“to saginate,” v. trans. To fatten animals.
Sunday began busy, and as a result, post is late. Turns out Hog Manor is hosting the immediate family tonight (a fact not established until 1130) and the menu is looking distinctly non-dietetic:
- Appetizer TBD (last time General Tso’s and Celery skewers were a hit);
- Boring Salad (lettuce / cuke / carrots. Told you it was boring);
- Slow-cooked BBQ baby back ribs;
- Green veg’s (probably green beans w/walnuts & almonds) and (if available fresh) corn on the cob;
- Baked beans;
- Rice dish, either plain jasmine rice or rice pilaf;
ice cream and fruit. Update: Blogbro bringing fruit salad and cookies, neither of which we’ll eat. Calories saved!
So much for the diet, eh? Well, one can watch portions. As for the family, they’re getting saginated. Hope they’re ready.
Speaking of the fitness/diet results, here’s last week’s numbers, lbs., miles, and exercise calories, :
|Week 2 Ending 8/13|
Goals are 2 / 100 / 7000 which are aspirational. The goal of ≤1700 gross intake calories was met every day but one (when a scallop lunch pushed the number to 1800) this week. Weight was lower still this morning and that makes for a chart (right) showing a positive trend.
Longterm objective is 50 lbs off, then reassess. Meanwhile increasing fitness with strength training and more cardio.
Interesting discovery: Lobster is about the perfect low-carb food. A whole lobster contains only 150 or so calories, of which only about 6-8% each is fat and carbs. The rest is all protein. At least, until you slather it with butter. Didn’t realize that.
We feel like we spent the whole week on a bicycle, so the fact we’re so short of our miles is depressing, but we haven’t done any long rides (25 miles or so) and to do 100 miles a week, and take one day off, you have to average 17 a day, right? We’ve also been dogging it on bike variety — no indoor Expresso riding, no riding the Old Man Errand Schwinn (with baskets, etc.) or Montague the Folder, just the BikeE recumbent. We know the uprights use different muscles than the ‘bent because we feel different pains.
We tried to visit the ruins of a 16″ coastal battery, Battery Seaman, for, we hoped, a picture article this week.
- The coastal marsh around the coast defense installations is finestkind mosquito habitat. Your Humble Blogger probably has Zika now. Either that, or the skeeters have been poisoned;
- The BikeE really, really blows at off-pavement riding. It’s marginally controllable at low speeds on pavement as it is;
- A cell phone is a poor substitute for a camera. We bought a thing called an Ollo Lens that’s supposed to improve its capability — we wasted $100 on poorly documented, ill-fitting junk. (The fisheye image of the rear entry to the battery firing position was shot with the OlloLens Fisheye). Costly lesson, when you consider we already knew the answer: no, you can’t make a silk photographic purse out of a sow’s cellphone ear;
- Summer is the worst time to see the installations, because the vegetation is high;
- Is there no public place that has not been despoiled by the dyscivic accretions of drug users and “homeless” bums, who leave their wastes everywhere, and teenage grafitti “taggers,” who do essentially the same thing? The Singaporeans have much to teach us in regard to these two scourges.
Progress continued on Da Plane. These clecos were installed Friday morning.
(The yellow noses on most of them are anti-mar rubber boots). By 2330, they were all replaced by permanent rivets. All skins on one wing are complete. Now, on to the wingtip structure.