I’m back!!!

Man, I haven’t blogged anything in ages…  I’m not really sure why not. Just lazy, I guess.

A few co-workers and I have been participating in our own little diet challenge.  For July, the rules were that we had to workout 3 times per week (but the definition of workout was rather lax, as a 15-minute walk would qualify) and that we were not allowed to consume anything other than water after 7:30 pm (with the obvious loophole being that one could pig out before 7:30 pm). Anyone who blew it had to pay $2 (this penalty was per week, not per occurrence, so if you blew it once, you might as well blow it again…)

For the four weeks we did this, each of us had two weeks where we failed at least once. (My first failure occurred on the very first day, because I was so hungry at night that I had to snack at around 10 pm.)

Last Friday, we took our penalty money and splurged at a Chinese buffet…

We started  a new challenge on August 1. We have to do a 30-minute workout every day (penalty of $1 per day where you don’t do a 30-minute workout.) I have succeeded both days this month (30 minutes on the treadmill yesterday and today) so far, but I don’t see myself working out every day for a month.

I think S (one of the participants)is waiting for the rest of us to blow it so when we go out to lunch again she will be eating lunch with our money… (I don’t think she will blow it because I think she lives on a treadmill since she eats a ton and stays in great shape…. by the way, I am also in shape- round is a shape!)

Update 8/3: I lost about 3 pounds in July.

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I’ve been consuming Chinese powder milk…


This is my stash of candy that is made in China with powdered milk as an ingredient. I’ve already eaten about half the bag. If I suddenly stop posting, you can probably guess what happened…

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How low can the Chinese government go?

In a quasi-capitalistic society such as China, it is not a surpise that lawyers have volunteered to help the victims of the recent milk scandal. Unfortunately, it is also not a surprise that provincial government officials have been putting pressure on these volunteers to quit, but I would venture to guess that if the provincial officials did not do so, the national government would soon have done so.

Chinese governmental officials are obviously from a different planet. On what planet is poisoning pet food and infant milk not punishable, while embezzling money or protesting against the Chinese government can be punishable by death?

Hopefully the winner of the presidential election will do something about China soon after he takes office.

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Not all Nalgene bottles leach BPA

About two months ago, I decided to abandon my Nalgene water bottle because it was widely reported that Nalgene bottles leached BPA.

I was doing some googling research to find out exactly which types of plastic bottles are good (#1,2,4, and 5), and I found that the only bottles that leached BPA were #7 (polycarbonate plastic.) So I looked at my Nalgene bottle and it turns out to be #2.

So it turns out that I really abandoned it for nothing (good thing I still have it, so I can use it on long trips, since it is 32 oz and my current one is 18 oz.) I have no regrets about buying my stainless steel one, as the water tastes better (I’m now addicted to cold water from the stainless steel bottle).

I just wish that the media would have emphasized that people needed to check the bottom of the Nalgene bottle to see if it was a #7.

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Post-Olympics: China sinks even lower…

One would think that after all of China’s problems (such as tainted pet food, toys with excessive amounts of lead, all sorts of defective products, all sorts of counterfeit products, having a girl lip-sync during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, and using underage gymnasts at the Olympics) that China would be very careful not to have any more scandals and cause even more damage to their reputation.

Of course, China just sank even lower. Several infants have died and thousands more have been sickened by powdered baby milk and liquid milk that had a chemical added by scumbags in order to pass quality checks. I wonder when their government will realize that at the rate things are going, all countries will refuse to buy anything made in China.

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Are these doctors insane?

For some reason, doctors declared Dick Cheney’s heartbeat normal after his annual checkout yesterday. I’m not sure how they could have thought the sound of a cash register could sound like a heartbeat…

They may be dumb, but they are apparently smart enough not to go hunting with him.

Health benefits of green tea vs coffee?

Both green tea and coffee can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Somebody should do a study to find out which one is more beneficial. (I have both sides covered – I drink both at work now.)

If funding is needed for this project, I suggest that we pull the money from the team that “discovered” that poor eating habits during pregnancy may be bad for the child’s health.