Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'm skinny as hell...a milestone!

I've reached a milestone that I may never achieve again in my life: My belts are too big for me! It came to the point where last night, I borrowed a hammer and nail from my housemate Bradley so I could nail in a couple of extra holes in my belts so they would actually serve some purpose...waist size dropping in parallel proportions to the stock market!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Snippets from a month in transition...

NOTE: THESE POSTS ARE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER BUT WERE WRITTEN THROUGHOUT THE PAST MONTH WITH THE MOST RECENT AT THE BOTTOM... UKTV vs. USTV - A SUBJECTIVE ANALYSIS...

I've had time for it to sink in now. And I'm probably going to piss a lot of you off: BRITISH TV SUCKS, plain and simple. Yes, this is a sweeping generalization, but I will explain my thesis, if you let me.

1. American TV is the standard - all other TV around the world must conform to this standard.

2. Pacing: British "award-winning" dramas like Skins and Shameless have TERRIBLE pacing, and quite frankly, outside of a narrow British audience, will never find universal appeal. These shows wouldn't even make it out of the pilot phase in America - guaranteed.

3. Any British show that's good gets picked up by America...From American Idol to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to The Office to Life on Mars: If it's good, we will buy it and we will adapt it...it won't necessarily work, but we'll surely give it our best shots.

4. Brits love American humor (Friends and The Simpsons fuel your damn economy like Vodka/Red Bull fuels my dance moves)...but the love is not returned. We don't watch your shows in their original form, if we ever watch them at all...

MORSELS OF WISDOM DIET CHANGES I MADE IN 2007 RESULTING IN A NET LOSS OF 20 POUNDS...

The Discovery Channel has launched a new series about coping with life's everyday dilemmas and difficult situations, so people don't expose themselves to preventable injuries or death. I'd like to take staying fit to a more micro level: During the past year, I began to take my well-being very seriously, and I'd like to share with you ten nutrition tips that have enabled me to live a healthier lifestyle. Since arriving in the UK on September 3rd, I've dropped between fifteen and twenty pounds (I think that's 1 stone, but I haven't got that far yet)...Here's how I did it:

Riding the Culinary Roller Coaster... 1. Goodbye white bread, hello whole wheat bread - I'm now a multigrain superstar. 2. I also switched from typical pasta to whole-wheat pasta, but I'm still getting used to the flavor – the trick is to cook the whole-wheat pasta for a while, as when it's too al dente, it tastes like cardboard. 3. I now add pesto sauce to everything...it's delicious, give the green stuff a shot, and use it as a substitute for less healthy creamy pasta toppings. 4. Egg Yolks are good for you: There's no need to throw them away, especially if you don't have cholesterol problems. These yellow monsters have as many nutrients as a multivitamin. 5. Throw out your vegetable oil and use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO as celebrity chef Rachael Ray says)...and invest in a 1-calorie cooking spray to prepare your pans. 6. Why use catsup when you can use tomato sauce? I add it to everything from chicken and steak to eggs and potatoes and it's so much healthier. 7. You don't need to add salt to everything: Half the time you don't taste it anyway. More and more studies are showing the dangers of consuming too much salt. 8. Switch to low-fat cheese. In a blind taste test, would you ever know the difference between the healthy and high-fat options? 9. Yogurt is a great snack and helps you lose weight – add some nuts to it for some nutritious crunch. 10. For the alcoholics out there: Why waste 100 calories on soda or sugar-filled juice as a mixer with your vodka? Scotch on the rocks with a splash of water is the way to go.