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DAY 340 (Only 25 days left in the Diet of 64)
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Sunday, 2015-01-25, Day 340.

I unofficially weighed 254.4 lbs. My BMI is 39.8. My fasting glucose level was 103 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £0.40, for a total decline of £37.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "A brief market adjustment is concomitant with downsizing."

There comes a time in an old man's life when he just has to give up something he's always wanted.I've always wanted to be a jolly old fat man, like Saint Nick. I'm willing to give that dream up.

The thing is, the part I want to give up is the "fat", not the jolly or the man parts. What the hey, I'd give up the "man" part if you could guarantee I'd be like Sophia Loren's skinny twin, and not just a female version of me (shudder). If we're going to consider that fantasy at all, let's make the female body look like Miley Cyrus. Do that, and I'll even learn to twerk.

Breakfast, 5 grams and 370 calories: Atkins Farmhouse Style Sausage Scramble. After Breakfast Snack, 0 grams and 2 calories: Caffeine-Free Diet Cokes.

Lunch, 7 grams and 390 calories: Atkins Italian Style Pasta Bake. After Lunch Snack, 2 grams and 300 calories: Atkins Chocolate Candies with Peanuts.

Dinner, 7 grams and 360 calories: Atkins Mexican-Style Chicken and Vegetables. After Dinner Snack, 0 grams and 340 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Coconut in chocolate.

Total carbs today: 21.2 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 54.0. Total calories: 1762 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2960 and today's BMR of 2481 calories.

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DAY 339
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Saturday, 2015-01-24, Day 339.

I unofficially weighed 254.8 lbs. My BMI is 39.9. My fasting glucose level was 102 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £3.00, for a total decline of £36.80 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Always with the negative waves, Moriarty, always with the negative waves."

Breakfast, 28 grams and 742 calories: Denny's Ultimate Skillet (28/740), Caffeine-Free Diet Coke (.2/2). After Breakfast Snack, 0 grams and 340 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Coconut in chocolate.

Lunch, 0 grams and 492 calories: New York Strip Steak (0/492.2). After Lunch Snack, 2 grams and 500 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Coconut in chocolate, Milk Chocolate Delight Shake.

Dinner, 11 grams and 684 calories: Flatout Flatbread Light Original (7/90), Provalone Cheese (1/90), bacon (0/490), Bell Pepper (red, green, yellow,) (3.2/13.9). After Dinner Snack, 1 gram and 440 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Coconut in chocolate, Almonds.

Total carbs today: 42.4 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 53.3. Total calories: 3198 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2884 and today's BMR of 2484 calories.

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DAY 338 (An Official "Diets Can Go To Hell" Day)
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Friday, 2015-01-23, Day 338.

I unofficially weighed 251.8 lbs. My BMI is 39.4. My fasting glucose level was 92 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.60, for a total decline of £39.80 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "You think you can explain these losses better than me? you be the spokesman and I'll ask the hard questions!"

Breakfast, 2 grams and 320 calories: Atkins French Vanilla Shake. After Breakfast Snack, 59 grams and 500 calories: Wendy's Large Fries (59/500).

Lunch, 58 grams and 1340 calories: Large Chili (18/250), Triple with Cheese (40/1090). After Lunch Snack, 12 grams and 1032 calories: Blue Diamond Bold Habanero BBQ Almonds.

Dinner, 28 grams and 1181 calories: Flatout flatbread Light Original (7/90), Provalone Cheese (2/180), Fiorucci Genoa Salami (0.6/142.1), Fiorucci Sandwich Pepperoni (1.3/168.5), Pico de Gallo (3/12). After Dinner Snack, 6 grams and 560 calories: M&Ms (2/300), caramel nut chew bars (4/260).

Total carbs today: 164.9 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 32.4. Total calories: 4933 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2567 and today's BMR of 2461 calories.

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DAY 337 (An Official Weigh-in Day)
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Thursday, 2015-01-22, Day 337.

I officially weighed 250.2 lbs. My BMI is 39.2. My fasting glucose level was 115 mg/dL.

This week I gained 1.8 lbs. According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have lost 0.12 pounds since last Thursday. 89.2 pounds to go.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £1.20, for a total decline of £41.40 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "When someone says, 'You’ve changed,' it simply means you've stopped living your life their way."

Breakfast, 5 grams and 370 calories: Atkins Farmhouse Style Sausage Scramble (5/370), Bottled Water (0/0). After Breakfast Snack, 0 grams and 2 calories: Caffeine-Free Diet Cokes.

Lunch, 14 grams and 591 calories: Flatout flatbread Light Original (7/90), Provalone Cheese (2/180), Fiorucci Genoa Salami (0.6/142.1), Fiorucci Sandwich Pepperoni (1.3/168.5), Pico de Gallo (3/12). After Lunch Snack, 3 grams and 280 calories: Atkins M&Ms (1/150), Caramel Nut Chew Bar (2/130).

Dinner, 15 grams and 2181 calories: Beff Merlot (6/310), beef sausage (0/600), Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos (9.1/1271.2), Diet Root Beer (0/0). After Dinner Snack, 4 grams and 28 calories: pistachios (2/80), almonds (2/200), .

Total carbs today: 41.2 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 30.3. Total calories: 3452 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2393 and today's BMR of 2449 calories.

According to Basal Metabolism Theory, I should have lost 0.12 pounds since last Thursday.

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DAY 336
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Wednesday, 2015-01-21, Day 336.

I unofficially weighed 251.4 lbs. My BMI is 39.4. My fasting glucose level was 95 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.20, for a total decline of £40.20 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else."

Breakfast, 10 grams and 757 calories: Jumbo eggs (1.5/288), Bell Pepper (red, green, yellow) (1.2/5.3), shredded mozzarella (1.6/140), Pico de Gallo (6/24), Beef Sausage Links (0/300). After Breakfast Snack, 0 grams and 300 calories: Beef Sausage Links (0/300).

Lunch, 2 grams and 638 calories: Boneless Pork Chop (2.3/638.4). After Lunch Snack, 4 grams and 100 calories: Breyers Carb Smart Fudge Bar.

Dinner, 0 grams and 432 calories: Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese. After Dinner Snack, 2 grams and 132 calories: Caramel Nut Chew Bar, no-caf soda.

Total carbs today: 18.8 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 30.5. Total calories: 2360 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2436 and today's BMR of 2458 calories.

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DAY 335
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Tuesday, 2015-01-20, Day 335.

I unofficially weighed 250.2 lbs. My BMI is 39.2. My fasting glucose level was 110 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading even with yesterday,, for a total decline of £41.40 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Become more humble as the market goes your way."

Breakfast, 5 grams and 370 calories: Atkins Farmhouse Style Sausage Scramble (5/370), Bottled Water (0/0). After Breakfast Snack, 1 gram and 40 calories: Coffee (0/0) with Half & Half (1/40).

Lunch, 6 grams and 490 calories: Crustless Chicken Pot Pie (5/330) with French Vanilla Shake (1/160). After Lunch Snack, 0 grams and 977 calories: Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese (0/456.9), Pepperoni (0/520).

Dinner, 6 grams and 480 calories: Chili (4/320) with Milk Chocolate Delight Shake (2/160). After Dinner Snack, 12 grams and 1000 calories: Various snacks (12/1000).

Total carbs today: 30.0 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 32.6. Total calories: 3357 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2390 and today's BMR of 2449 calories.

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Death and Taxes
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In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.—Benjamin Franklin

Since I am not planning to die any time soon, that leaves only taxes to talk about. I've had mine done since January 1st, with some minor glitches.

  1. The IRS did not finalize the tax forms I use (Form 1040A) until after the 10th. I have nothing to itemize; I'd use form 1040 EZ if it weren't for my military pension, which accounts for 40% of my income, give or take. The forms I used for first trial had "DRAFT" watermarked throughout.
  2. Uncle Sam had a 1099R up on the appropriate site, downloadable, before New Years. Aunt Virginia, on the other hand did not make anyone's W-2 available until Friday the 16th. I had estimated my taxes using the pay stub for the 31st, which had blocks for YTD (year to date). They didn't match the W-2.

  3. I had a link to TurboTax. I used the free version last year - it still had my information on file. I entered everything and found I'd made a few errors. More money back!. Then I discovered I hadn't used the free version and they wanted $79 to print out the forms and/or file electronically.

Glitches, as I said. So, Saturday, with the correct finalized 1040A and Instructions downloaded, (and the 760 and instructions for Virginia), with my W-2 and 1099R downloaded and printed, I painstakingly entered all the appropriate data and looked up the taxes, filled in and filled out, printed the results and signed them. Then I stapled the W-2 and 1099R in the indicated locations, folded everything to fit, inserted them in envelopes with address labels (printed in an OCR font).

New glitch. I can't find stamps and the post offices are closed for MLK Day. No, wait—there they are, four "Forever" Stamps I bought last year to mail my taxes with. All that remains is to take them to the Post Offal and send for my refunds. I like refunds.

Found this: TurboTax Federal Free Edition

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DAY 334
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Monday, 2015-01-19, Day 334.

I unofficially weighed 250.2 lbs. My BMI is 39.2. My fasting glucose level was 97 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £0.20, for a total decline of £41.40 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration."

Breakfast, 1 gram and 460 calories: Atkis French Vanilla Shake(1/160), bacon (.4/300). After Breakfast Snack, 4 grams and 280 calories: Atkins Dark Royale Chocolate Shake (2/160), Dues Shorties (2/120).

Lunch, 7 grams and 392 calories: Atkins Italian Style Pasta Bake, Caffeine-Free Diet Coke. After Lunch Snack, 2 grams and 130 calories: Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar.

Dinner, 6 grams and 312 calories: Atkins Beef Merlot (6/310), Caffeine-Free Diet Coke (.2/2). After Dinner Snack, 4 grams and 240 calories: Duke's Shorties.

Total carbs today: 24.8 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 32.5. Total calories: 1814 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2378 and today's BMR of 2449 calories.

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DAY 333
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Sunday, 2015-01-18, Day 333.

I unofficially weighed 250.0 lbs. My BMI is 39.2. My fasting glucose level was 112 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly lower than yesterday, down £1.80, for a total decline of £41.60 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "We are an organization in reorganization."

Breakfast, 2 grams and 160 calories: Atkins Dark Royale Chocolate Shake. After Breakfast Snack, 1 gram and 8 calories: Caffeine-Free Diet Cokes.

Lunch, 22 grams and 236 calories: Southpark Mall Food Court Bourbon Street Chicken (5/210) and Spicy Bourbon Street Chicken (5/210) on Fried Rice (33/251). After Lunch Snack, 0 grams and 170 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Coconut in chocolate.

Dinner, 22 grams and 236 calories: left-over Southpark Mall Food Court Bourbon Street Chicken (5/210) and Spicy Bourbon Street Chicken (5/210) on Fried Rice (33/251). After Dinner Snack, 6 grams and 560 calories: Atkins Chocolate Candies with Peanuts (1/150), Atkins Brownies.

Total carbs today: 51.8 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 30.9. Total calories: 1369 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2403 and today's BMR of 2448 calories.

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DAY 332
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Saturday, 2015-01-17, Day 332.

I unofficially weighed 251.8 lbs. My BMI is 39.4. My fasting glucose level was 102 mg/dL.

In the market today, Gary Jordan (GSJ) was trading slightly higher than yesterday, up £1.00, for a total decline of £39.80 since last February. When asked to explain the losses to date, a spokesman for GSJ said, "Gloria Steinem said, 'I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.' What company was she CEO of?"

Breakfast, 2 grams and 168 calories: Atkins French Vanilla Shake (1/160), Caffeine-Free Diet Cokes (.8/8). After Breakfast Snack, 10 grams and 650 calories: Atkins Caramel Nut Chew Bar.

Lunch, 7 grams and 360 calories: Atkins Mexican-Style Chicken and Vegetables. After Lunch Snack, 7 grams and 390 calories: Atkins Italian Style Pasta Bake.

Dinner, 6 grams and 610 calories: Atkins Beef Merlot (6/310), Oscar Meyer Fully Cooked Thick Cut Bacon (0.35/300). After Dinner Snack, 5 grams and 485 calories: Russell Stover Sugar Free Peanuts in chocolate.

Total carbs today: 37.3 grams, compared to the 7 day average of 28.7. Total calories: 2663 calories, compared to the 7 day average of 2332 and today's BMR of 2461 calories.

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