Food Portions

Have you ever considered how many natural foods come in single serving sizes? 

Here are some examples that come to mind (random order) :

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  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Asparagus stalk
  • Onion
  • Watermelon
  • Baby carrot
  • Brussel sprout
  • Jerky (16 oz pack)
  • Spinach leaf
  • Crawfish sack
  • String bean

Leave a comment about your favorite natural single serving..

Brothers Malaprop

Recently, I met two men whom I have named “The Brothers Malaprop.”

These two are continually recounting stories that happened to a friend of theirs from back in Mississippi. The friend has made lot of money, even though he is not well educated. The stories are all about this friend’s “habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.” In case you did not know, that is the definition of the word “Malapropism(mal-a-prop-ism). (Special thanks to Melissa Donovan for pointing me to the correct word.)

fleas white as snowThe word is derived from the French phrase mal à propos (literally “ill-suited”). The Wikipedia states, “The terms malapropism and the earlier variant malaprop come from Richard Brinsley Sheridan‘s 1775 play The Rivals, and in particular the character Mrs. Malaprop. Sheridan presumably named his character Mrs. Malaprop, who frequently misspoke (to great comic effect), in joking reference to the word malapropos.”

(Note that malapropisms are different from other speaking or writing mistakes, such as eggcorns or spoonerisms.)

I have enjoyed these humorous phrases for years but I never could find the word that described them. Now I have found the word and I want to USE it!

So, here is a quick list of some of my favorite malapropisms. Some are from my memory, others from the web. All are hilarious! (Add your favorite in the comments.)

  • Yogi Berra‘s statement: “Texas has a lot of electrical votes.” The malapropism is the use of “electrical” instead of the correct word, “electoral,” which is similar in sound.

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China to Taiwan – a difficult trip

Ever heard the phrase, “You can’t get there from here?”

Well, although it is possible, Google Maps (step 10) suggests that the trip from “China” to “Taiwan” is going to be pretty difficult.

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Trip from China to Taiwan is really difficult!

Try it yourself. 

Visit maps.google.com and enter “Dongjing Dao, Fujian, China to Bali District, Taiwan” (without quotes) into the search box and hit enter….

Step #10 says you will need to “Swim across the Pacific Ocean.” At that point, it is only about 165 kilometer (or just over 100 miles). Be sure to get plenty of rest before you go…

 

Lose 3 Pounds in 30 Minutes!

Anyone can lose weight!

In this article, I will show you how. You can lose 1-3 pounds in less than an hour. This morning, I lost 2 pounds before breakfast! And it is not expensive.

Disclosure Notice: I am NOT selling expensive exercise machines, special diet foods, my book, or ANYTHING! I am not even recommending this kind of weight loss. This is just a public notice that weight loss is possible if you really want to – but do you really WANT to?
Caloric Balance

Click to visit www.cdc.gov / Caloric Balance

There is a limit to the amount of weight that a person can lose but it is considerably more than you might think. The average person can duplicate the examples that I mention here. How? By exercise.

So, what kind of exercise will cause me to lose that kind of weight? Well, it takes about 3500 calories to equal a pound of fat (about.com). You use about 700 calories per hour doing high intensity aerobics (Lisa Balbach). So, if you just do five hours of high intensity aerobics (non-stop), you will have used enough calories to burn one pound of fat! That is NOT something that I am going to do!

Richard Simmons sells DVDs under the title, “Sweating To The Oldies.” That is close to what we are talking about – but the type of music is unimportant. The SWEAT is what does it! Are you willing to sweat? If so, you can lose weight!

I discovered this process when I was running a few years back. I ran for about 30 minutes during my lunch break. There was a set of medical scales in the locker room and I weighed myself before going out one day. Then I weighed myself when I returned from a 3.5 mile run (about 30 minutes). I found that I weighed 3 pounds lighter than before. It was noontime on a hot summer day here in Southeast Louisiana. What had happened was that I had SWEAT off three pounds.

The old saying is, “A pint’s a pound, the world around.” Meaning that a pint of water is not just 16 ounces liquid weight – it is also 16 ounces physical weight. So, I had sweat 3 pints of water. That is NOT a good thing!! Everyone should re-hydrate themselves when they exercise. If you start to feel faint or dizzy – or if you stop sweating, you are likely getting close to heat fatigue – or even heat stroke! DRINK PLENTY OF WATER WHEN YOU EXERCISE!

Again, I am NOT suggesting that anyone use this technique for a weight loss plan. Although exercise is essential for everyone – especially if you want to lose weight, any loss of fluid is only a temporary weight loss. Stop by the Circle-K and get one of those 32 ounce “Big Gulp” drinks and you will GAIN two pounds (plus the extra calories that it contains).

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