Two and A Half Men Part 2–Eh so far. But Judy Greer?!

Sep 26, 2011 by

Actress Judy Greer at the premiere of "27...

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I’ve been a fan of Judy Greer for a long time.  Last season she was on Mad Love.  A show that’s obviously gone.  In the past she’s been on a show here and a show there.  She’s always done good stuff playing a serious, dead pan role here and there.  And I was so happy for her tonight to see her now playing on Two and A Half Men in the post-Charlie Sheen era.

And then there’s the Chuck Lorre show-ending placard from this season’s show:

Chuck Lorre Productions, #351

“Sometime last year I realized I had become the unwilling contestant in a reality show.  I didn’t understand the rules, wasn’t sure if there even were any, and pretty much hated every second of it.  For many months I kept hoping and praying that it would end.  But it did not.  Somewhere along the way, something inside me died.  Anyway, now, suddenly, I’m being told that the reality show’s been cancelled.  Apparently, it was just one of those things that somehow got out of control. Sorry.  Whoops.  Live and learn.  Moving on.  Game over.  And that’s fine.  I am so good with that.  Yes, please, let’s all move on.  There’s just one problem.  That thing inside me that died?  It walks at night.  It’s angry.  It’s hungry.  And worst of all … it’s writing a tell-all book.”

I really know the feeling described above.   #Wining.

 

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Making More Changes

Sep 24, 2011 by

It’s almost been a month now since the heart attack in Huntsville and I’m in the process of making some significant and past due changes in my life.

Since returning to Dallas, I’ve cut ties with some fokes who have either tried to or succeeded in dragging me down in the past.  More on that is coming in the next few weeks.

My health has become my primary focus and diet and exercise once again are reigning supreme on all decisions made here.

This morning I was up at 6 a.m. and out for a 1.51 mile stroll.  This is the third day in a row now I’ve walked.  I’m sore, but a 30-minute walk a day is just the beginning for me.

UP AHEAD

In the coming days and weeks I’m going to have some announcements to make relative to a couple new projects that are underway personally and professionally.  A new site is in the works as well to go along with the new project.

And if you’ve not noticed, I’ve loaded a new template here on DaddyClaxton.com.  That last one was absolutely nauseating not to mention a PITA to work with.  I will never use the company I bought that template from again.  Their service was poor and their product sucked.  So much for that $35.

Onward and upward.

 

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Sorry it’s been so long

Aug 20, 2011 by

Hey All,

My apologies for the break in posts.  In late June I got sick with diverticulitis again, spent five days in the hospital and then the rest of the month in agony from the side effects of three rounds of antibiotics.

But I’m back to me, trying to eat healthier, and trying to continue to put my life back together.

Not every day is a great one, but I’m doing the best I can.  Some still choose to try to throw pot shots and me and be their nasty and evil selves, but I’ve really learned to just let their wickedness go and not play the game.

I’ve been meeting and getting to know some new and healthy people.  It’s so refreshing to see what dysfunction doesn’t look like. Frankly, I’d begun to think it didn’t exist.

My daughter, Chandler and I got to make a trip to Alabama.  She spent three nights with her grandmother in Birmingham and they had a great time.

Okay, back to work.  I’ve come up with a starling revelation in July and August.  More on that soon.

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The end of another day of diverticulitis

Jul 9, 2011 by

It’s Saturday.  Day 10 or 11.

Still low energy. I’m hungry, but don’t want to eat anything because I feel full.

Diverticulitis sucks.  It sucks the energy out of your body.  It sucks time.  It sucks on your mind.

I want to be better.  I must be better.  I have so much more to do in my lifetime.

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A Stay In The Hospital–Daddy/Daughter Time

Jul 3, 2011 by

Not every hospital admission has to be a bad thing.  In what now is Day 3 of this adventure, which was caused by a flare up of diverticulitis, I remain hospitalized and my precious, eldest daughter, Chandler, remains at my side here in the Texas Regional Medical Center in Sunnyvale, Texas.

Who would have thought a bout with an affliction, that if had ruptured could have killed me, could have brought about one of the things she and I have been needing together–MORE TIME WITH EACH OTHER.

The typical modern-day dad often is fighting for opportunities to spend time with his kids.  After a series of acts of drama  my time with my kids over the past two years has been severely curtailed. I’ve had to completely change my way of living in order to get to the point where I am now.

I was admitted to this hospital Friday afternoon.  It’s now Sunday at 7 p.m. and the doctor was just in here at 4 p.m.  saying, “Maybe tomorrow you can begin to have a little more to eat.”  It’s been IVs and beef broth, jello and a pop-sickle for lunch and supper.  (The nurses also have been getting me chocolate pudding to snack on.)

Chandler

And from the get go, Chandler, 14, soon to be 15, has been here by my side giving up some time with her friends, etc. on a historic weekend, and spend time here in the hospital with me.  Yes, she’s 14.  Did I mention she soon will be 15?

So many times she’s helped me by turning this on, and that off.  Through Facebook friends she was driven back to my place to pick up the Mac and a couple other items I’d not packed up in haste because when we left home Friday near mid-day, I sure didn’t anticipate being here three days later. Nor tomorrow’s fourth day.

But the true joy in all of this has been the opportunity to talk.

Friday night going into sun-up on Saturday morning, we just talked.

Time With Your Kids

From having seen Courageous last week in Dallas, (It opens in theaters Sept. 30,) it’s been reaffirmed to me of how little time we actually have with our children.  I didn’t ask Chandler to stay here at the hospital.  But I’m thankful to no end that she has. (Obviously I wish my twin daughters, 12, could have stayed, too, but that wouldn’t have worked here in the hospital.)

This afternoon Chandler’s “BF” has been here and they’ve been  visiting in the lobby.  About 6:30 she came up to check on me and tell me they’re about to walk down to the local Subway for dinner.  As they were injecting me with my latest dose of “pain management,” she was trying to decide if I was “high enough” to bring the boy in here to meet me.

What I have to talk to her about tonight is that I don’t want her to be thinking I needed to be on planet Pluto to introduce me to her friend.  Though what she also didn’t think about is that I might be souped up enough I might do the Martin Lawrence and Will Smith first date routine in Bad Boys II.  (He He!)

Okay, gotta stop.  You wouldn’t believe how hard this has been to write.  More later.

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DNA and Weight Loss

Jun 8, 2011 by

DISCLOSURE: Back in February, my client, Professional Nutrition Therapists of Dallas, under the careful attention of Carol Ireton-Jones and Donna Israel, conducted a DNA test on me to determine, based on my genetic makeup, what I have to do in order to lose weight.  This piece is going to reveal some very personal information about me, but I’m doing it so that those of you like me who have, as my friend Stacey E. R. Stakely of Montgomery  used to predict, have wound up with a tire around my waist can find some solid answers. (Ouch, that hurts.)  This post is designed to help you see, if you’re struggling with your weight, there are scientific answers and formulas that can be added to your lifestyle to hopefully turn things around.

My Weight Adventure Part Umpteen

On the 28th of February, Carol did a short DNA swab test of me.  She said it was going to check out my DNA, the fabric of life, and determine how my genetics and interactions with foods determined my weight. I took a stick with  some cotton on the end of it and wiped it around in my mouth for about 10 seconds.  We did two of them and then they were allowed to dry and put into a sterile bag for shipping.

In mid-March we received the information and sat down to talk about what I need to do.

The test was conducted through a system developed by Inherent Health, a CLIA-certified lab in Waltham, MA.

The Results 

Results present themselves in six categories based on genotype results and consumption and exercise required in order to burn fat in your body: 

  1. Carb Reducer-Moderate MET
  2. Fat Trimmer-High MET
  3. Fat Trimmer-Moderate MET
  4. Better Balancer-Moderate MET
  5. Better Balancer-High MET.

That’s only five.  Mine is a sixth–Carb Reducer-High MET.  Essentially, I have to cut my carbohydrates.  And, and this is a big and, I must have high-intensity workouts to make a difference.

This in part explains why I did so well with EA SPORTS Active the past two years.  It worked my butt off.

What I Need To Be Doing

In some ways it seems like common, clicheish sense.  Cut carbs. Whew.  Like I can turn on Dr. Phil, Oprah, and next year Catie Couric to figure that out.  Right?

Not so quick.

On page 5 of the report, there is a pie chart that shows if I want to lose weight, what the actual balance is for me when it comes to Carbs, Fat and Protein.  This formula isn’t the same for you necessarily unless you’re also a Carb Reducer-High MET.

According to my DNA test, my daily diet should be balanced this way:  45 percent carbs, 35 percent fat and 20 percent protein.

The report says that Carb Reducer-High METs are “prone to obesity and have difficulty with blood sugar regulation if their daily carbohydrate intake exceeds 49 percent of total calories.”   It goes on to say that carb reduction has been shown to optimize blood sugar regulation and reduce the risk of further weight gain.  If I keep high saturated and low monosaturated fats in my diet, my risk for weight gain and elevated blood sugar increases.  Essentially, I need to restrict my carb intake each day and shift the fat composition of my diet to monosaturated fats.

Top Tips For Me

  1. There is a listing of Glycemic Indexed carbs that show me which ones are bad and can cause high blood sugar and insulin levels.  High GI foods keep me from feeling full and worse, make me crave more.
  2. Read food labels and ensure in the list of ingredients that “whole grain” is one of the first few, not “enriched.”
  3. Include some protein with every meal and snack.
  4. Limit alcohol, fruit juice, caffeine consumption as these cause low blood sugar and leave me hungry and tired.
  5. Limit sweets following a nutritious meal high in protein and fiber to ensure I don’t overindulge or crave more sweets.
  6. Keep protein snacks handy so I don’t go craving a carb-loaded somepin somepin.
  7. Drink tons of water.
  8. Reduce my total daily consumption of calories.

You can learn more about this at InherentHealth.com, or by contacting PNT in Dallas.  They have a network of nutritionists throughout the world so your chances of finding one near you is pretty good.

I highly recommend this. It’s made me much more aware of what’s going on in my diet and after a day like yesterday where I weighed in with a four-lb increase, it’s good to be able to point my nose at the source of why that happened.

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1,800 Calorie Goal for June 8, 2011

Jun 8, 2011 by

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m on a mission to cut my calorie intake from “out of control” to 1,800 per day.  Not going to be easy.  Just to show you how easy it is to get to 1,800, I’m going to show you the next couple of days.

Breakfast: Two cups of Cheerios, 1 cup of skim milk (okay, maybe two). Two pieces of whole wheat toast, a small dollop of lite margarine and a dollop of grape jelly–Almost 450 calories.

Going for 1,800 calories today with three “larger” meals and three snacks.  That’s going to be hard when with just that little bit I’m already a third of the way there.

Snack 1: 10:15 a.m. 1/4 cup of honey roasted peanuts.  High in Sodium, but only 170 calories.  That puts me at 620 so far today.

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. Low fat low calorie roast beef sandwich on whole wheat, a dollop of mayo, salt and pepper.  One serving of kettle BBQ chips.  Add 550 calories and 1170 for the day.  Two more snacks and dinner to go.  Ugh.

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