Calories and Art


Calories for Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My total calories for Wednesday, April 5, 2017 was a heavy 1,853, which is 243 calories above my daily target of 1,610 calories.

The bulk of the calories came at dinner, where I consumed a plate of Spaghetti Carbonara, a caesar side salad and a slice of bread. I also had two bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The total dinner calories were 1,453.

The family gathered at an Italian restaurant to celebrate my mom’s recovery from her stroke of late February. She has made a marvelous recovery. A doctor visit earlier that day confirmed that she is on her way to a full recovery. It was the first time mom has been outside the house (except for doctor’s appointments) since the event.

I had the usual Slim Fast shake for breakfast and a protein bar for lunch. I realize the two bottle of the all-so-wonderful Sierra Nevada Pale Ale pushed me over the target. Had I refrained from consuming the beer I would have been under the target. Fortunately I stopped at two bottles.

I had zero exercise calories for the day. Thankfully, the pain in my feet has subsided. It’s not gone but is fading. I may be ready for a short walk or run over the weekend.


New Art

Yesterday I mentioned that I purchased a drawing from the Tri Kappa New Artist show at the Lafayette Art Museum in Lafayette, Indiana. I intended to include a photo but did not include it before I posted. Anyways, here is the photo.

Loss Of Innocence, a drawing that I purchased from the Tri Kappa New Artist show at the Lafayette Art Museum, Lafayette, Indiana.

Loss Of Innocence, a drawing that I purchased from the Tri Kappa New Artist show at the Lafayette Art Museum, Lafayette, Indiana.

I’m amazed at the talent these young artists exhibit. The works in painting, drawing, textiles and sculpture was varied and showed concern for theme and style. The Loss of innocence drawing is really a mixed media piece, a drawing and collage. It caught my heart and attention as there is so much to look at and explore about in this piece, one reason why I love a great collage as this one is. Thankfully, it was still for sale. Many pieces were not for sale as patrons had already bought those items. The show started on March 9, 2017. I walked through the galleries three weeks later.

View of one gallery of the Tri Kappa New Artist show at the Lafayette Art Museum, Lafayette, Indiana. There were two galleries of new student art work.

View of one gallery of the Tri Kappa New Artist show at the Lafayette Art Museum, Lafayette, Indiana. There were two galleries of new and original student art work.


Wishing Everyone a Great and Beautiful Day !!

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New Exhibits

I have not been to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, yet I am on their email list. This morning the museum sent an email announcing two upcoming exhibits, Juxtaposed and Robert Williams: SLANG Aesthetics!

From the Fort Wayne Museum of Art web site, Juxtaposed “showcases the New Contemporary movement,  widely considered the largest and longest running art movement in history”. The SLANG Aesthetics! exhibit features Robert Williams who is “upheld as the godfather of the low-brow and pop surrealist art movements, and with as much frequency denigrated as an irreverent iconoclast among the arbiters of ‘high’ art”.

I am going to add the Fort Wayne Museum of Art to My Art Museum Bucket List. At least to take in these two exhibits, which runs from April 22 – July 23, 2017. This may prompt scheduling a vacation day to drive to Fort Wayne for the day. There is some family history in Fort Wayne as my paternal grandfather worked for Philo Farnsworth at the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation. I’m certain there is a historical marker somewhere in Fort Wayne I can search for.

I have a copy of the May 2013 issue of Juxtaposed magazine, yet don’t subscribe. I like the  high contrast art and text in that issue. Although I enjoyed that issue, I never subscribed. I don’t believe I saw another issue on the news stand. However, I have remedied that ‘issue’ and subscribed via the web site.

I have not heard of Robert Williams, the SLANG artist. This exhibition will allow me to know more about his work and his personality. I enjoy reading about artists and how they make their art, what effort they put into their craft, the emotions are revealed.


Calories for Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

I ended the day at 1,370 calories. That is 240 calories below my target of 1,610. I had the usual Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch, two beers for evening ‘cocktails’ and a bowl of Maple and Brown Sugar instant oatmeal for dinner.

I hope the Slim Fast shake and the protein bar gave the minimal amount of essential nutrients as I’m certain the beer didn’t and not certain about the oatmeal. Although the beer gave me a lift over the low level funk and the oatmeal was very sweet.

I walked two miles in the morning of April 4 for 169 calories. My feet were really hurting so I ended the walk. I decided to stay away from walking or running for a few days so my feet could stop hurting. Maybe I’m overdoing the exercise, or have bad shoes?


New Art

I purchased a drawing/collage by Nicole Huff, a student at McCutcheon High School. I saw her drawing in the Tri Kappa New Artist Show at the Lafayette Museum of Art. The drawing struck a cord in my emotions and so I bought it. It is titled “Loss of Innocence”.

I haven’t made any new art of my own. Although, I have built stretcher frames for 13 new paintings. I have one more frame to build and then I can start to make some new drip paintings. My parents asked if I would make a new painting for their home, so I should get on with the process.


Wishing Everyone a Fantastic Day !!

Bummer

169.8 … bummer, a weight gain. Ah … my first gain in this twelve week effort.

Disappointed? Yes. Anxious? Somewhat. Why? I hope this is not the beginning of an extended affair with weight gain or a notorious plateau.

Last week I was at 169.0. This week it is 169.8. So, a 0.8 pound gain. Next week, I hope to be under 169.0 as I believe this 0.8 pound gain to be some sort of fluid retention and not actual fat. At least, that is my hope.

My eating over the last week was in control. Save for Friday night, where I logged 2,244 calories from a salad, a beer, a Slim Fast shake, two slices of meat lovers pizza, and a healthy amount of ice cream. And, there were no exercise to offset those mega calories.

Otherwise, the eating and exercise was ‘normal’.

The only item that could, maybe, cause the weight gain is the amount of Diet Mountain Dew that I am consuming. I drank six 16 ounce bottles in the last three days. And, my water consumption is down.

Ah … so … my first weight gain since January 1, 2017. It had to happen sooner or later. But, there are some non scale victories to report and hopefully balance out the slight  trauma of a weight gain.

  • I have received 3 compliments in the last 4 days on the weight loss … so people are noticing.
  • I can comfortably tighten the belt past the 5th notch … so I am losing belly fat even though the scale ticked upwards this week
  • My heart rate was pinged at 54 this morning … the lowest I’ve seen it in a very, very long time.

The weight gain is disappointing. Though, on the bright side, at least I stayed under 170. And, it had to happen sooner or later so I’m not really surprised that it has finally happened. At least it was only a 0.8 pound gain.


Wishing Everyone a Great Monday

 

End of March

Ah … the last day of March. There have been 90 days so far this year. From January 1 – March 31. Have they been good days? Yes, for the most part. A couple of days were spent down with the flu. Some days were bitterly cold but otherwise the winter has been mild. The few days of Spring have been chilled and wet.

I had goals for this month. They were :

  • Lose 6 pounds.
  • Complete the first week of the C25K program.
  • Continue to track calories everyday.
  • Blog at least 5 times a week.

Lose 6 Pounds

I entered March weighing 176.1 pounds. At least my last weigh-in was on February 27. My last weight-in of March was on March 27 at 169.0. 176.1 – 169.0 = 7.1. So, I lost 7.1 pounds during March.


Complete the First Week of the C25K Program

I did the first workout in the C25K program on March 10. The second workout was on March 12. The third workout was on March 14. So, I did complete the first week of the C25K program. As a bonus, I also completed the second week of the program.


Continue to Track Calories Everyday

I did, in fact, track calories everyday, including today. I’ve tracked my 190 calories Slim Fast breakfast shake. Will track whatever my lunch and dinner count is.


Blog At Least 5 Times a Week

With the inclusion of this blog post, there are 21 posts for the month of March. And, that is dependent on if I counted right as I haven’t come across an easily seen WordPress stat for blog posts in a month – I’m sure there is – I just haven’t come across it. Since there are 4 weeks in the month, 21 / 4 = 5.25 blog posts a week. So, I blogged at least 5 times a week.


Analysis

I met all four goals. I lost 7.1 pounds, completed the first week of the C25K, tracked calories everyday and blogged 5 times a week.

Cool.

Am I happy? Yes, of course. I set measurable, specific goals with a reasonable time frame. And, I met all goals. I am happy.

However, I could have done better.

  • I should have lost more weight. But, due to my beer consumption, which I faithfully tracked, I didn’t lose as much weight as I did in January and February.
  • I did exceed the C25K goal by completing the second week.
  • Could have blogged more. Blogging helps with my internal monologue and helps refine my thinking. I usually blog when I’m at work and in front of a computer. I hardly sit in front of a computer on the weekends so I usually don’t blog during the weekends. Could have.
  • I did track calories everyday so there is not much more I could have done there.

Overall, I believe I did ok. Could have lost more weight and run more and blogged more but I will be happy with these results.


Random Photo

I was looking through old photos and came across this photo of a photographer taking pictures of a young couple, which is out of the frame. The setting was the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Museum on a beautiful November day in 2015.

Captured this photographer as she was taking photos of a couple, probably engagement photos.

Captured this photographer as she was taking photos of a couple, probably engagement photos. Photo taken on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Photo taken on November 1, 2015.


Wishing everyone a great day!!

Moving On Thursday

I woke up at 4:45 am this morning. After a quick mental debate I decided to get up and take a walk. So, I walked three miles around the neighborhood. It was very pleasant with temperatures in the low 50s.

I’ve completed my five miles today as I was able to get out and walk two miles during lunch. A thunderstorm has passed through mid morning and I wasn’t certain if the weather would allow a lunch time walk. Thankfully, it did.

So, for today, I have 420 exercise calories on the books. My eating calories are at 390 so far. That includes a Slim Fast shake at 190 calories for breakfast and a protein bar for lunch at 200 calories.

So, at this moment, I have a deficit of 30 calories for the day. My total calories for the day will be normal, as it is the weekly Thursday night Family Night and we will probably go out to diner somewhere.


Calories for Wednesday, March 29, 2017

For yesterday, my eating calorie total was 1,496. That is 114 calories below my target. I ran the same eating plan as the day before. A Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch, two beers before dinner and a chunk chicken salad for dinner. The beer came from the New Glarus Brewery in Wisconsin. Recently, a friend traveled through Wisconsin and picked up a sampler case for me.

Sampler case of New Glarus Brewing Company, one of my favorite breweries.

Sampler case of New Glarus Brewing Company, one of my favorite breweries.

The two beers totaled 300 calories. So, it wasn’t a huge hit on the budget. To compare, a tall Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee from Starbucks is 230 calories with low fat milk and now whip. Add whole milk and whip the calories ring in at 340 calories (according to this web site).

I choose the beer. About the same calories.

My exercise calories for the day was 420 for the five mile walk, three in the morning and two at lunch.

I did not count the calories from the hour that I was walking around the yard pushing a drop spreader. It is time to apply weed control and fertilizer to the yard and yesterday was a great day to do so.


Blood Pressure

This morning, the blood pressure was 101/67 with a resting heart rate of 66. Wow. Could be the lowest reading in recent memory.


Wishing everyone a great day.

Lost The Auction

Yesterday, I shared how I stumbled onto an original oil painting that I needed to own. It was selling on eBay and I placed a bid and eventually won the auction. I also tuned into two other original paintings created by the same artist that I also wanted to own. So I placed bids in those auctions.

The euphoria from winning the first auction was a pleasant rush. And so, I wanted to feel that rush again and win the next two auctions.

However, I was outbid in both auctions.

Since I wasn’t monitoring in real time I didn’t realize I was outbid in both auctions until I turned on the computer this morning and read the emails. By then the auctions had ended.

Bummer.

This could be a learning experience. If I continue with eBay auction, maybe I should download the eBay app and monitor auctions over the phone when I’m not in front of a computer.  Or maybe I should have a better ‘maximum bid’ strategy. Or maybe I shouldn’t get all worked up for the resulting rush of winning an auction.


Googly Pet

I did receive a package in the mail yesterday. It was a Googly Pet. I bought this happy little creature from Amazon. How can you not smile with this squishy hairy lion!

A Googly Pet arrived in the mail on March 28, 2017, from Amazon.

A Googly Pet arrived in the mail on March 28, 2017, from Amazon.


Calories for Tuesday March 28, 2017

I ended the day at 1,851 calories. That is 241 calories above my 1,610 calorie target. I had the usual Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch, a rather large glass of Samuel Adams Rebel IPA (on tap) and a rather large grilled chicken salad for dinner.

The beer was 396 calories for its 24 ounces of mental and hoppy goodness. If I only had 12 ounces of the Rebel IPA the calories would have been only 198. Even so, I still would have been over my daily target. In this case, the only way I could have stayed under the daily target would to have cut out the beer entirely and choose a calorie free soft drink or water.

I did have 421 calories of exercise (from 100 minutes of walking) that could offset the 1,851 eating calories. Had I applied the exercise calories to the eating calories I would have been under the daily target by 180 calories. However, I choose not to ‘eat’ my exercise calories.

I did drink the beer, though.


Exercising This Morning

I started walking at 5:05 am (Wednesday 3/29). I walked a mile (one lap around the neighborhood) and then started the Week 2 Day 3 of the C25K program. I finished the ‘run’ (actually a run 90 seconds – walk 90 seconds – 3x) with an average pace of 14:14 with a total distance of 1.95 miles.

It was an enjoyable time. Quiet, warm at 54°F. Sort of gave me an energetic morning boost.

I’m looking forward to the day when I can run a 5K again.


Wishing everyone a great and happy day !!

How Many Calories?

In a Halls Triple Action Menthol Drop? According to the Halls web site there is 15 calories in each drop.

Other than a Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch, another protein bar for an afternoon snack, and some air-popped popcorn for diner, I’ve been living on these red little Halls drops in the last 36 hours.

My total calories for Wednesday, March 22, 2017 were 910. I didn’t feel like eating a salad last night so I opted for popcorn. After popcorn, I was fast asleep.

And, I didn’t count all the Halls Triple Action Menthol drops I’ve consumed. Maybe I should?

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Halls Triple Action Menthol Drop. Had 15 calories of soothing throat and sinus clearing goodness.

The flu/cold/yuk bug continues. I don’t feel any energy, any motivation, any desire. Other than to sleep. I haven’t exercised in the last two days. Office mates and friends have similar bugs. The Health People say something is going around.

Just in case anyone is wondering, the parent company of Halls Triple Action Menthol Drops (at 15 calories each) and the Halls product family brand is Mondelez International, headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey. They are listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker MDLZ and currently trading at $44.18 per share.  Disclosure … I don’t own any MDLZ shares. However, I may look into buying a few. I’m not giving any market or financial advice – just saying I am consuming a good quantity of their Halls Triple Action Menthol Drops.


Wishing everyone a healthy bug free day!