The Fat Menagerie

From The Editor’s Desk

My stupid doctor insists that I must absolutely lose 8-inches from around my waist or I will probably die! —- I am 80-years-old and more or less muscle bound in the waist area and there is no way I am going to lose 8 inches from that area. —- I go around watching other people and you simply would not believe the number of other men I see out there where are not only 40 or more inches around the waist but who are more likely to be 60 or more inches around their waists. —- They don’t seem to be any worse for the wear.

I told my doctor that I will work on losing weight but he got all paranoid and belligerent and informed me that he doesn’t care whether I lose weight or not … it is not losing weight that he is obsessed with right now …. he is obsessed with me getting from my present 43-inch waist down to a 35 — and like I said, “I cannot see the possibility of that ever happening again in my lifetime.”

By the way, folks, this is an ageing Veterans’ Administration doctor that I am talking about here. This is the one who told me during my last visit that I was headed for a stroke and he didn’t care! —- If you are a veteran and you are reading this, I hope you are doing a lot better with your primary care physician than I am with mine. Maybe yours is somewhat sane anyway.

The mid-term elections are over in America now and people are breathing a sigh of relief. This one has been nerve-jangling and finger-biting and the airwaves have been virtually clogged with campaign advertising to the point that it over-saturated me and made me start to detest the very thought of electioneering.

But what people are failing to understand, I am afraid, is that now that the mid-terms for 2018 are over, the campaigning for the 2020 Presidential election will soon (too soon) get into full swing and we will have the same old media grind of endless screaming, accusing, negative advertising to contend with once again …. for two or more years …. non-stop … around the clock ….No peace to be found anywhere except in the mechanics of the human wrist that is capable of turning knobs and pressing buttons to turn the noise off ….. for a little while.

Bellies Are Gods To Some People

Philippians 3:19 King James Version (KJV)

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

” … Whose God is their belly …..”

Being obese because I love food a little too much (I am praying for forgiveness), I have decided to try a new protein-based milkshake.

For the time being, I will drink this shake twice a day — once for breakfast and once for my evening meal and I will have a nicely-proportioned, well-balanced meal (Heavy on vegetables) for the Noon-time meal.

This might help me and it might not.

Please understand that I am not recommending that anybody else use this drink. I am sharing this information for the sake of friends who might find it interesting but I repeat, I am not recommending this to anybody else besides myself.

Here is how it shakes out. (Pun intended):

In an electric blender I am placing the following ingredients:

8 ounces lowfat milk

1 banana

1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt

1/4 block extra firm plain tofu

1 scoop whey protein powder

1 teaspoon raw unfiltered honey to sweeten.

I am setting the blender speed to “Smoothie” and letting it run (supervised of course; never unattended) for 15 to 30 seconds.

The total calorie count on this thing is somewhere in the neighborhood of 455 to 500 calories — ( a little more or a little less) —

Two of these and a decent meal at Noontime will average out at about 1,600 to 1,800 calories which should be sufficient to get my weight down safely and consistently.

The main thing about this approach is that I tire of things quickly and I might abandon this idea if it doesn’t work as good or as fast for me as I think it should.

One other thing that I need a lot of is patience. I am praying that God increase my patience.