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An interesting problem requires drastic action

I hit the scale today and was a little disheartened to find that I dropped another pound – that puts me at 157.2.  If I go by the BMI calculators, I’m smack dab, right in the middle of my healthy weight – in other words, I don’t want to lose any more…

So drastic measures are in order.  WARNING:  If you’re on a diet, stop reading this now.  If you happen to be a cardiologist, look away, look away.

Big Daddy Jim’s Bad-Bad BBQ Bacon Burgers:

1/3 lb Burger (ea.) times 2 per person

Fry Bacon (2 pcs per burger minimum) in a skillet

Dice one onion and saute the onion in the leftover bacon grease – if you think this sounds good, wait till you smell it.  Yum

Place onions on a plate and set in the oven with the bacon (which you also put on a plate for the litigious in the house) and keep warm at 210 degrees F – this trick also works for large meals that you can’t possibly make everything finish at the same time.

Prepare burgers, season with McCormick’s Spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning

Grill burgers (or fry them in the leftover bacon grease if your cholesterol level on your last checkup was below 150).

Top burger with bacon, sauteed onions, a little mayo and some Sweet Baby Rays Barbeque Sauce

Serve with a side salad…(Kind of like the Diet Coke with a Double Cheeseburger, Chicken Nuggets and Large Fries).

Good luck just eating one – I won’t.


UPDATE:  I didn’t eat just one and they were heavenly…  I didn’t think that the recipe, simple as it was, could be improved upon.  I was mistaken.  God bless my lovely wife who suggested donning the burger with…  wait for it… 

Mesquite BBQ Potato Chips

I need a nap.

Bgddyjim out.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

Saturday morning, it’s 40 degrees (F) outside right now at 4:24 in the morning, I’ve got a cup of coffee, a movie on the tube and I just woke up after a good seven hours of sleep…  And in about three and a half hours I’m going to head out on another 30 mile (+) Saturday.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

To most normal people (including a younger me), it might seem odd for a fellow to be awake, drinking coffee, watching a movie, typing a blog post about how it doesn’t get any better than this at 4:30 in the morning on a Saturday.  Well, we’d be right to an extent but there’s a method to the madness.

I wake up early during the week.  I have for the last several years and I used to struggle with it.  I was a snooze bar pusher.  One day I just got tired of rushing to work because I’d hit the snooze bar one too many times.  The crazy thing was that I noticed a pattern on days that I hit the snooze bar compared to days that I’d jump out of bed.  It occurred to me, over time, that it was harder to wake up and get rolling after I hit the snooze bar – even once.  I started doing a little internet research on how to wake up without hitting the snooze bar (really, I did).  I can’t find the article anymore, and to tell you the truth, I really didn’t look that hard…but this article suggested that in order to wake regularly during the week, don’t sleep in on the weekends by more than one hour.  So I stopped sleeping in and started waking up on time and I never hit the snooze bar again.  I’m happier for it too.  I can’t remember how often I let the committee (in my melon) beat me down for waking up late.  Now how can one start a productive, happy day by kicking one’s own butt (figuratively) for not waking up or for sleeping in?  You can’t.  That little, gnawing, emotional response will bust you every time.  Of course this can be recovered from with a little work, but why not skip the whole process from the start?  That’s the way I look at it.


So happy Saturday.


UPDATE:  The ride to the running club was awesome.  Sun was shining, wind at the back for a few miles (and a gnarly cross wind for the rest)…  Run was nice, but I had a terrible stitch at 4-1/2 miles – walked back the rest of the way which was I was perfectly happy with.  The ride back, however, made me question wisdom in winter riding altogether.  The wind was in my face the whole way (WNW) at 17mph and it was COLD.  All I could do was spin in 4th and 5th gear (of 14) and I could only muster an average of 15 mph…  Time to shower that off.