Archive for November, 2011

Lost 165 pounds between November 29, 2009, and November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Two years ago today, I initiated a major, definitely overdue change in my eating habits.  On November 29, 2009, I was the heaviest of my life, and was determined I would immediately start a major weight loss with a goal of loosing a minimum of 150 pounds.  Happily, I attained that weight loss goal in August 2011.  I have lost another 15 pounds or so since that time, and proudly report that I weigh 165 pounds less on November 29, 2011 than I did on November 29, 2009.

As ecstatic as I am about this major accomplishment of loosing over 150 pounds, I must ensure I do not loose focus, and gain a large portion of it back, or horror of horrors, gain it all back.

I have managed to loose all this weight by eliminating desserts, in-between meal snacks, popcorn / candy at the movies, and limiting my evening snack to an apple.  I still have my main meal at my favorite restaurants, and order my favorite menu selections without concern about calories, or other items dieters usually worry about.  By giving myself this freedom to order what I want at my main meal (minus dessert of course), I am not overly deprived, and have a better chance of keeping the weight off permanently.  Of course, other than the main meal, I do follow my new changes strictly. Strictly does not mean total abstinence. I do have an occasional dessert, or popcorn when celebrating a holiday, birthday, or reaching a weight loss milestone; however, these intentional deviations are indeed just occasional. Today, I had a delicious brownie sundae for dessert to celebrate my successful two year weight loss, but tomorrow, back to the no dessert policy.

I am surprised I was able to loose all my desired weight without making additional eating modifications.

“Muppets” is good.

Sunday, November 27th, 2011


3 out of 5 stars.

Not really into the Muppets, grew up before they came on the scene.
Movie was enjoyable, cameos interesting, time passed quickly
Technically, movie was fine, and although not into Muppets, do get a kick out of Miss Piggy.

“We Bought a Zoo” is good

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

“We Bought a Zoo”

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Not a fan of Matt Damon, but movie overall looked good.
Geared for kids, but adults can enjoy.
Story was very entertaining, CGI minimal, animals fun, and Damon was OK. 
Supporting cast was very good particularly actress playing the daughter.
Your kids should enjoy, and go with them, you should enjoy as well.

“My Week with Marilyn”

Friday, November 25th, 2011

“My Week with Marilyn”

4 out of 5 stars.

Previews looked good, and I am old enough to remember seeing Marilyn’s films when released.
Performances were all fine, supporting cast exceptional, story very interesting, and time passed quickly.
Minimum CGI, but not much needed in this type of movie.
Some beautiful scenery in addition to the beauty of actress playing Marilyn.

“Arthur Christmas 3D” is very good

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

“Arthur Christmas 3D”

4 out of 5 stars.

Seen previews, and looked like a kid’s movie an adult could enjoy.
Animation was top notch, and 3D was a nice enhancement.
Story was very entertaining with many laughs scattered throughout.
Overall, movie was very good for target audience, and adults should enjoy as well.
Loved the Grandsanta character.
Voice cast selection was excellent.
Go with your children to see this movie, you should enjoy it as well.

“Hugo 3D” is OK

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

“Hugo 3D”

3 out of 5 stars.

Technically, the movie is excellent, but I was semi-bored for most of the movie.
3D, and CGI are very good.
Movie is a bit intense like all movies by this director.
If the movie was half hour shorter, probably would have enjoyed more.
There was applause at the end, I assume because some of the audience really enjoyed the movie.  Just didn’t fo it for me.

“The Descendants” is excellent

Monday, November 21st, 2011

“The Descendants”

5 out of 5 stars.

Not a fan of George Clooney, but had seen all other movies.
Overall, movie was excellent.
Story was very interesting, performances all fine, time passed quickly.
Although not a fan of George Clooney, he was exceptional in this movie.
Sad story with moments of humor that were appropriate, and respectful.
Highly Recommended.

“Happy Feet Two 3D” was disappointing

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

“Happy Feet Two 3D”

2 out of 5 stars.

Although the quality of the animation, and 3D are excellent, I was disappointed with this movie.
I was bored throughout the movie, and about a half dozen people left early.
This movie just did not click with me, and I do realize I am not the target audience.
I enjoyed the original movie much more.
I don’t know what the writers were thinking of, but it did not click with me.
Maybe your children will like this movie, but an adult, not too sure.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” is very good

Friday, November 18th, 2011

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1”

4 out of 5 stars.

Definitely not the targrt audience for this movie, but not many new ones this week.
A bit too mushy at times, but for a female target audience movie, it wasn’t bad.
I like Pattison from other roles, and he played this role well.
Overall, movie was very good, and I assume it is excellent for the target audience.
Definitely a well made movie for its genre.
Time did go by fairly quick, and CGI was top notch particularly the wolves.

“Like Crazy” is OK

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

“Like Crazy”

3 out of 5 stars.

Seen all other movies.
Previews looked good.
Overall, movie was OK.
A bit too mushy for me, but I am not the target audience.
Fine performances for the genre, relatively interesting story, minimum CGI
Target audience should like this movie.