Healthy Food from Subway

I’m trying for the 97th time to eat healthy. I’m not a vegetarian, I’m not cut out to become a vegetarian, but I can compromise… I think.

Subway has a new breakfast sandwich.
Subway breakfast sandwich
open breakfast sandwich showing the contents
It contains eggs, very thinly sliced ham, tomatoes, spinach, red onions and no cheese on flat bread. I don’t know for sure because I haven’t looked it up, but it “appears” healthier than their regular sandwich.

The girls swear it’s healthy, but they’ve raised dieter’s denial to an art form.

I’m eating as I write this and it tastes pretty good, but I still should have gotten an orange juice. It would go well with the vodka I have stashed. –Just thinking out loud.

I’ve weakened to the point where I now allow myself two cups of coffee a day, but no espresso. I also make sure I drink lots of water, but with the daytime temperature getting up in to the high eighties, I’m jonesin’ for a cold beer.

We’re due to cool off in a few days. When I say cool off, I mean low seventies.

On the upside; I’m back down to 270lb –looking for 235– and I can use my treadmill for almost 20min without feeling like I’m going to die.

TheNowReport.Vegas Media Room

TheNowReport.vegas. is an up and coming online newspaper, and because I know most of the people involved, I can wander around at will.
(If you go to the Now Report website, please excuse the incredibly annoying popup ad for The Park. The MGM is their primary sponsor, and their webmaster hasn’t yet figured out how to deal with such things.)

So I thought I’d show you their media room.

As you enter the first thing you notice is the pool table. It’s a cheap bar sized table with cushions that are so dead the vultures have landed. But it’s level, and if you’re one of those guys that shoots like they’re trying to drive the ball through the rail, it’s playable. And yes, that really is a ping pong table you see in the background.
TheNowreport media room Pool table

This is their two person basketball game. –I mostly bounce it out of my hoop and in to my opponent’s hoop.
TheNowreport basketball game

They actually have a couple of TVs hanging on the wall for watching CNN, that everybody seems to ignore. They also have a couple of desks, but I noticed that most of the actual meetings are done standing up.
Desk in thenowreport media room

And this is what I want to play with. It’s a 27″ iMac, complete with a full subscription to Adobe, that sees very little use.
TheNowreport Video editing station
They use it for editing video, but unless it’s a big story, they wind up doing most of their editing on laptops.

Their previous editor was a news reporter that had won a number of awards, but who hadn’t done much editing. Between her lack of experience and her OCD it took her several days to get a story done. She would work it until almost finished and then decide to start over because it wasn’t perfect.

Now she’s off to work for a big city news outlet where she will have a full time editor and her very own cameraman.

How Not to Lose Weight

I’m trying to lose weight, but It’s not going well.

A man stopped by my office selling tamales.

So, because I’m on my diet, I only bought a dozen.
Tamales

This dude has been successfully selling tamales for at least 10 years.

Like all street vendors around here, he may or may not have a license and all the requisite permits, but his food is really good. Which is all I ever worry about.

I guess it’s because of all the food stalls/carts I’ve eaten from.

If you’re traveling, I guarantee that if you look for the vendors with long lines, the food will be better than the overpriced stuff that you get in the average tourist restaurant.

As for my weight; fuck it!

I starve myself and it takes at least a month to lose five pounds, and I’m miserable the whole time.

Well, I guess I’ll dust off my treadmill and use it until I can walk far enough to grab my camera and wander aimlessly looking for something interesting.

In the meantime I’ve eaten two of the tamales and it’s not even noon yet. 😉

Caffeine Withdrawal

I had to quit caffeine. Which means no coffee, no black tea and no colas. My God that sucks.

My blood pressure was high enough that I broke down and went to one of the walk-in clinics run by Southwest Medical. They checked my BP (185 / 105) and bumped my meds, told me to lose weight, give up salt, fatty foods and caffeine.

I’m trying to go along with them. Heck, I even brought a salad for lunch.
(One of the girls just said she’s going to In and Out Burger for lunch…. Bitch!)

But my head hurts like the beginning stages of a migraine, and I generally feel like shit. I even gave the girls my Takis, they’re like hot Cheetos, but taste like they have even more salt.

And the truth is, I feel so crappy that I thought there must be something serious wrong with me. So I Googled “caffeine withdrawal” and came up with this on OneMedical.com:

Headaches are the most common symptom, occurring in about 50 percent of people experiencing withdrawal. But there are a variety of other issues that can accompany quitting caffeine, including:

Fatigue
Anxiety
Irritability
Depressed mood
Difficulty concentrating
Drowsiness
Brain fog
Flu-like symptoms with muscle aches

Symptoms typically begin within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuing caffeine, peaking during the first two days, and can last all the way up to day nine. Although high-dosing coffee drinkers are more likely to experience intense symptoms, it only takes about three days of regular caffeine consumption to create the withdrawal effects. Re-introducing caffeine during the withdrawal period can actually reverse the symptoms within just 30 to 60 minutes, but that will make it harder to reach your ultimate goal of total abstinence.

Yup, that describes me to a tee.

And this; this is really depressing. –It’s empty.

I just washed it carefully and am putting it on a shelf until I can have my coffee again. –Someday soon, I hope.

I also put away my Nespresso machine and my coffee pot.

The PAC I saw at Southwest Medical said I could drink all the green tea I want. Have you ever tasted green tea? It’s like drinking hot water.

Yeah, I’m getting even crankier. I hope the people I work with have the good sense to leave me alone unless it’s really, really important.