Scarsdale Medical Diet—FAQ

Yes, you’re on a diet. …But don’t forget to enjoy yourself too.

  1. How long do you have to stay on the diet?
  2. While on the diet I started to lose weight, and then I stayed the same or gained for two days in a row! I haven’t cheated—am I doing something wrong?
  3. Do you ever eat fast food on the diet? How do you manage?
  4. Do you ever eat at nice restaurants on the diet?
  5. What about the holiday season? Do you stay on the diet at parties?
  6. Can you substitute meals or recipes on the diet?
  7. Other tips and insights.

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Scarsdale Medical Diet—My Experience

I don’t really like fresh vegetables or fruit, but this diet has helped me appreciate them more.

Summary of Scarsdale Medical Diet

Dieters follow the Scarsdale Medical Diet (SMD) strictly for two weeks, and during which fast weight loss is promised (7-15 pounds). After the two weeks, you switch to “Keep Trim” for two weeks, where you plan your own menus. “Keep Trim” permits additional foods, and more calories. You repeat this cycle until you reach your goal. Continue reading “Scarsdale Medical Diet—My Experience”

The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm

“The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat mewed, and the cock screamed.”

This is a continuation of my “Secular Lessons“.

This is a funny little story about teamwork and farm animals–from the Brothers Grimm, “The Traveling Musicians”. Continue reading “The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm”

Dream Journal: Scottish Romance?

Maybe someday I’ll understand what it all means. 

I don’t often have memorable dreams. Most of the time, my dreams are actually really strange or disjointed and make no sense at all. They’re so jumbled up, I don’t really remember them well. Other times, I have dreams that are not fit to share on my personal blog, if you know what I mean… 😉 Still, others times—I have a dream like this one, which I will share with you. Continue reading “Dream Journal: Scottish Romance?”

Where Ideas Go to Die

Acknowledge the idea, and then let it go.

So many ideas, so little time. Sometimes my mind feels awhirl with ideas of things I want to do, blog posts I want to write, or cool projects that would be fun to work on. I only have 168 hours in a week though, and I thought that one way I could ease my mind and at least acknowledge my ideas is to just write them down and move on. Hence, this post–where ideas go to die.

Ahh… I feel better already. Continue reading “Where Ideas Go to Die”

Critical Thinking Crash Course with Peter Boghossian

Being humble about what one claims to know goes a long way. If someone asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, you say “I don’t know.”

I enjoyed this extremely short, well-organized, and dense lecture on critical thinking from Peter Boghossian. I’ve listened to the first part of it many times in order to internalize the content, and I am going to take notes on here so that I can retain and repeat it down the road.

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The Golden Bird | The Brothers Grimm

“Close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one.”

Length: 2500 words; 16 minutes.

A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. Continue reading “The Golden Bird | The Brothers Grimm”

A Workout Plan for Lazy People

A customized ass-kicking no matter what level you’re at: a wimp like me, or a seasoned gym rat.

It all started when a close male friend of mine texted me, “Want to do something that involves a lot of sweating and grunting?” Dubious, I replied “…sure? Like what–hauling bags of water softener salt?” 😉 He proceeded to throw down the gauntlet and challenge me to a workout routine that could be followed through our phones. It was a great success.

This is the second part of a trio of blog posts on weight loss, food, and working out. I am a lazy cheapskate, and that makes it really difficult for me to get to the gym. Allow me to complain for a brief moment before I reveal the phone app solution we used. Continue reading “A Workout Plan for Lazy People”