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  • A bacon coffin?

    Posted by Fitz

    Well, if you eat too much, you may end up in this sooner than later!

    Bacon Coffin lets bacon lovers die AND go to Heaven

    Bacon Coffin lets bacon lovers die AND go to Heaven

    Credit: J&D Foods

    For just under $3,000, you can be buried in the Bacon Coffin.

     

    SEATTLE – Do you love bacon to death? Is your dying wish is to be buried in bacon?

    The local company behind Bacon Salt and Baconnaise are making it happen.

    J&D’s Foods has created the Bacon Coffin, what they call the world’s first bacon-wrapped casket.

    "Yes, this is really real," wrote J&D owners Justin and Dave in a press release. “Bacon Coffins are finished with a painted Bacon and Pork shading and accented with gold stationary handles. The interior has an adjustable bed and mattress, a bacon memorial tube and is completed in ivory crepe coffin linens."

    The Bacon Coffins are available for $2,999.95 plus shipping.

  • Stair Of The Dog!

    Posted by Fitz

     

    Although it is still in the prototype phase, manufacturers hope the $16,000 doglift will be be taken on by a big company and developed for a growing market.

    Chunky, pictured below, certainly wasn't working like a dog when he took a ride up the new elevator. The machine has been made with mutts in mind as it features a special 'paw push' start button situated close enough to the ground for the animal to reach with an outstretched leg. Pets can clamber into the plastic basket which then raises several feet off the floor before carrying the four-legged passenger up the stairs.

     

     
     

    Well, the good news is that it's only a prototype. This means it'll be at least a year or two before such contraptions are actually sold in stores... so you officially have a year or two to get your fat pets in shape. Get on it, America. (Also, this would be great for any old, disabled pets, too. It just cracked me up that the whole 'premise' of the machine is for fat pets.)

  • BBQ time!

    Posted by Fitz

    I love that little warm weather tease we had this past week.  It gave me a chance to do one of my favorite things!  BBQ!!!  I did some fabulous chicken breasts on the grill on Sunday.  I've been working hard on losing weight and working out hard at the gym.  I'm very excited about my weight loss and being diabetic as well, I really have to watch my carbs especially with BBQ sauces and such.  You know those sauces can be very sneaky with carbs!  I found a pretty good low carb sauce you can make if you are interested.  It's sugar free and tasty too!!!

    By the way, I use the liquid smoke instead of bacon, but let me know how it works out for you with the bacon if you decide to use as is.

    Enjoy

     

    Ingredients:

    • 2 strips of thick bacon, chopped fine (or see note)
    • 1 small onion, minced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste
    • 1 can (12 oz) diet (sugar-free) cola
    • 1/4 cup low carb (sugar-free) kethcup, (or see note)
    • 3 T mustard
    • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 pinch ground cloves
    • Hot sauce to taste

    Preparation:

    Note 1: If you prefer to leave the bacon out, add 1-3 teaspoons of liquid smoke, to taste, near the end of the cooking. Alternatively, add some smoky flavor using 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, or chipotle powder to taste.

    Note 2: If you can’t find low carb kethcup, leave it out, but add about a tablespoon of vinegar and some sweetener, to taste.

    1) Fry the bacon in a saucepan – a 2 qt pan works well.

    2) Add the onion and cook over medium until soft – 3-5 minutes. Add garlic at this point if you’re using fresh and stir it for half a minute or so.

    3) Add the rest of the ingredients, plus about half a cup of water. Stir well. 4) Simmer for 20-30 minutes. It will cook down a bit and flavors will combine. 5) Adjust the seasonings so you have the balance you want – you can add vinegar, artificial sweetener (liquid preferred), or hot sauce. (If it’s too hot, adding more sweetener will tone it down.)

    The recipe makes approximately 10 servings of 1/4 cup each. Each serving has about 3.5 grams of carbohydrate plus 1 gram of fiber.

  • 23 pounds down! Here's today's tip!

    Posted by Fitz

    Well, I"ve been hard at it  for 6 weeks.  I've been going to the gym everyday and trying to be good at mealtime.  It's paid off as I am now down 23 pounds!  160 total in 3 years.  I've never felt better...Fitz

    Today's tip:  Watch out for those co-workers.  They can be a negative influence on your health plan.  FYI, the crew at WLMI have been VERY supportive of my efforts!!!!  Just sayin...

     

    According to a recent survey of 325 dieters by a Florida-based franchiser of physician-supervised weight-loss clinics (via the Wall Street Journal), “Some 29% of people on diets say colleagues pressure them to eat more, make fun of their diets or order them restaurant food they know isn’t on their diets.” One dietician speculates this is because they feel “abandoned” by a dieter.

    Again, the “your co-workers are making you fat” story is nothing new. What is interesting, however, is that your co-workers can also be a surprisingly positive influence on weight loss:

    Peers’ attitudes and behavior are linked to success in weight loss, according to a study published last month in the journal Obesity. Among 3,330 participants in a team-based weight-loss competition, including many teams of co-workers, those who reported having positive influence from teammates lost a larger percentage of their body weight than others.

    “Social contacts can be extremely powerful,” says Tricia Leahey, the study’s lead author. While peers’ encouragement helps, dieting failures or negative attitudes among colleagues can discourage people from sticking to their own weight-loss plans, says Dr. Leahey, an assistant professor of research on obesity at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. “It cuts both ways.”

    Becky Hand, a dietician quote by WSJ, goes to far as to recommend memorizing refusals and pulling co-workers aside to ask for their support. It never would have occurred to us, but yes, that’s probably a pretty constructive way to keep your coworkers from sabotaging diet and health goals.

    But! We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve been made to feel uncomfortable by someone else commenting on what we’re eating. …So, let these studies serve as a gentle reminder to be more aware of your own potential shaming tactics. Together, we can eat carrot cake only with explicit consent.

  • Doing news really makes you tired!

    Posted by Fitz



    A Fox News reporter has been left red-faced -- after apparently falling asleep just before  the cameras cut to him on live TV.

    Doug Luzader had been due to be appear live from Washington to give a run down on the Republican race for the presidential candidacy.

    But when news station KTBC Fox 7 in Austin tried to link up with him, the DC correspondent was slumped in his seat and not quite ready to give his insight.

    Anchor Joe Bickett was left saying: "Hello Doug, hi Doug…I guess not" as he tried to rouse 
    snoozing Luzader. Unsurprisingly the clip has become a hit online.

  • Show me the money!

    Posted by Fitz

    Refund

    A new survey by TD Ameritrade reveals that 63% of people plan to save or invest at least part of the money they get back from the IRS this year. Other findings:

    50% of people will use their tax refund to pay down debt

    48% of people will use their tax refund for necessities like food or utility bills

    14% of people will use their tax refund to splurge on a big-ticket item or trip.

     "Are you using your refund on a big-ticket item or trip? If so, what are you doing?"