A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
We have been listing daily tasks on our 2015 Do List now for 31 days, counting today. In case you haven't followed all 31 days and 31 tasks, you can find the complete list under the heading "Categories" on the right of this blog, just go down the categories until you find "Curmudgeonly Professor's 2015 Do List." Each of these activities on the first month's do list suggested some activity or some action that could be taken to improve or change some aspect of our lives and the way we are now doing things. Now it's time for our first monthly exam, so here are the questions on the exam:
T F I have made an effort to eat less throughout each day.
T F I have made an effort to be more physically active and move around more.
T F I have made an appointment with my doctor for a complete physical exam.
T F I have defined and written down several goals I hope and plan to achieve this year.
T F I have begun keeping a daily journal in which I write my thoughts about what I want to achieve and how I am going to achieve my goals.
T F I have begun keeping a daily food and drink journal so that I can have some basis for assessing my eating patterns and so that I can identify changes that I need to make.
T F I have made an effort to record how I spend my time each day so that I can identify ways in which I can minimize time-wasting activities and focus more on the tasks that matter.
T F I have made an effort to get through bad days with less stress and more self confidence.
T F I have begun to give more thought to the consequences of each choice I make and each action I take so I can think more clearly about how these choices and actions are affecting my life.
T F I have realized that I need to get rid of resentments that I have needlessly harbored so that I can face life with a more positive and healthier outlook.
T F I have begun making a more regular practice of saying "Thank you" to anyone and everyone who does something for me in some way each day.
T F I have avoided the temptation of succumbing to one of the many diet fads and so-called magic solutions for weight loss.
T F I am drinking more water more regularly and avoiding other drinks that are either harmful in some way or loaded with calories, additives, and chemicals.
T F I have resolved not to be a quitter and to never give up on my quest for making improvements in my life that affect my health and happiness.
I have included only 14 of the 30 tasks for January in this exam. These 14 questions, however, are key questions and form the foundation for much of what we are going to include in our daily task list for another eleven months. If you are consciously eating less, and telling yourself each day at each meal and each snack time to eat less, then you are well on your way to conquering your weight problem if you have a weight problem. If you are keeping a food journal, you are adopting a practice that diet researchers have found is instrumental in helping people lose weight: People who keep a daily food journal lose more weight than people who do not keep a food journal.
I know that I have found over the years that if I can successfully implement even a few of the many changes I need to make to keep my life going as smoothly as possible, that making other changes becomes easier and more automatic because I have developed an entirely different and more conscious attitude about what I am doing each hour of each day. Thus, you may think that some of the tasks I have listed for January are either trivial or self-evident or both, but failure to pay attention to them can be costly if we are truly serious about moving our lives ahead down a more positive and healthier path. At the same time, each of the January tasks can provide a firm basis for thinking about and implementing a variety of changes in our lives that will make us at least happier and thinner by next January, if not wealthier. So take the True False exam. Reflect on what you have accomplished so far and what you need to accomplish. Then just keep going. You have your entire rest of your life in front of you. Enjoy the Super Bowl and get ready for February 2015. The Curmudgeonly Professor.
Just the mental images and aromas on Super Bowl day of an endless array and flow of dips, salsas, wings, ribs, burgers, beverages, chips, crackers, sausages, and whatever else that can be barbecued, deep fried, lathered in cheese, soaked in marinade, smothered in cream cheese, or nuked in the microwave are enough to throw any idea of losing weight out the window for a day. After all, what does it matter if we add 2,500 calories for chips and dips, 1,259 calories for deep fried chicken wings, 3000 calories for super duper triple bacon quadruple cheese and triple patty burgers? You've got to live it up, enjoy life, relish the super bowl fantasy. After all, February 2 means that the real world comes crashing down on our 5 to 10 extra pounds of added fat. But we're strong, we're mature, we can handle it, we'll go on the super duper starvation weight loss and have it all back off in another six months, easy.
Grocers and restaurants are only too happy to cater to our gluttony. Restaurants are hiring extra workers while touting the number of mile long HD TVs lighting up their premises. Groceries are stocking every kind of appetizer and 200 kinds of cheese balls. Beer brewers are counting their kegs and six packs, while the soft drink semi-trucks are busy hauling sugared and caffeinated water around the country, back and forth between the bottlers and the retail outlets. Just think of the Gross Domestic Product that enhances the economy while we add to our gross domestic body weight.
The interesting thing is that many times the so-called Super Bowl can turn out to be a bore and a snore. But the Super Bowl is a ritual, no matter who is playing and no matter whether the game is a real contest or whether we are left shaking our heads and wondering how one of the teams ever got to the Super Bowl. Some women are likely to watch the game, but their main function as perceived by the male species will be to provide cold beverages, replenished snack and appetizer trays, greasy chicken wings, and all other food comforts perceived as necessary by their loving spouses.
And then the Super Bowl is ended. Whether the end is marked by a clear victory or a double overtime, the only thing left to do is to clean up the mess left by three hours of prolonged food and drink consumption. Empty bottles are gathered, a front end loader is brought in to scoop up the mess, and the Super Bowl is over. Maybe we need the Super Bowl as a respite from the tedium of daily sniping and carping among so-called politicians, or as some relief from a pressured job or a raft of personal problems. We may feel afterward that a few of the ads are the best part of the show while some of us can cheerfully ignore what apparently is meant to be entertainment at the half time.
The daily task today is to think ahead, plan ahead, and budget the amount of food and drink you will consume on Super Bowl orgy day. Repeat the mantra, eat less, drink less, behave yourself and you won't have a bushel of crocodile tears, whines, and complaints as you fight for a few days or weeks to undo the punishment you heaped on your poor body. Good luck, enjoy the game, and keep going with your plans and good intentions. The Curmudgeonly Professor.
I've often wondered how birds communicate when some goose or other bird decides that it's time to get off their bird rear ends and fly around for awhile and then land either somewhere else or come back to where they started. How does this all work?
Here is a January shot of the area surrounding the St. George LDS Temple in St. George UT. The view extends to the south end of the city into the rugged bluffs extending beyond. The photo was taken with a telephoto lens on a Canon 7D from the Red Hills Parkway. The Red Hills Parkway is an east-west connector across the tops of the bluff on the north side of St. George extending from Bluff St. on the west to the east side of St. George and into Washington City on the east. Double click for full detail.