Monday, January 16, 2012
P.O.P. World Series Update and Happy M.L.K. Day!
For those of you following the Pounds Off Playoff World Series (humor me!), today marks the beginning of "Natural Foods" and the end of "Calorie Counting." Every month, I'll do half a month of each plan, with the plan with the most weight loss for the month winning the "game."
From January 1 through January 15, I lost 3.5 pounds on Calorie Counting. I tried to eat 700 fewer calories than I would for my maintenance weight, 500 to lose weight and 200 as insurance against miscounting. Mostly, it was easy to follow and I didn't feel deprived. Now, I shift gears to Natural Foods, which is all about minimizing processed food and maximizing whole foods. We'll see how it goes!
Happy Martin Luther King Day! The picture on my World Series badge is of Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series. It's amazing to me that we wouldn't have that memory if Jackie Robinson hadn't joined the Dodgers just seven years earlier, April 15, 1947. In fact, at the time of the '54 World Series, four major league teams still hadn't integrated! The New York Yankees, playing just blocks away from Mays' New York Giants, didn't have a black ballplayer until signing Elston Howard in 1955. It was two more years until the Philadelphia Phillies integrated (and would you the player was named John Kennedy?), then the Detroit Tigers in 1958 and finally, racially challenged Boston became the last team to integrate in 1959. A little history lesson, and a reminder to all of us not to be the Red Sox!
Let's work for a just world for all our fellow human beings. Happy M.L.K. Day.