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Baby Steps

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I couldn't find the Baby Steps video from What About Bob, but here's another great scene from an underrated movie:

Baby Steps.

Seems life is all about baby steps. If you didn't watch "What About Bob", it's about making small changes in your life towards an eventual goal.

One of those steps for me is my diet and working out.

I wrote previously about starting Crossfit, and now I have finished seven weeks, starting around the beginning of March. I first was going twice a week, it was all my body could handle. I recently upped to three times a week.

I'm still learning. Every class. It's hard. One of the things that I didn't like about lifting & working out was that we all get into a routine. I passed by an Equinox this morning and watched the people on the elliptical machines sweating it up, but they were like little robots. Same motion. Just swing the legs. Sweat the calories. Not getting stronger, and maybe losing weight if they do it for a long enough time.

I honestly believe that we, as a society, are lazy. We are lazy because we want it easy. Take a pill to lose weight. Do the "baby food diet" to lose weight. People cry about not being able to give up things or sacrifice. People get fixated on the word "DIET" when really eating should be about Baby Steps.

I love sweets. You name it, I love it. Cookies, cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels and donuts are my weaknesses. Oh, not to mention pasta, pizza, bread and alcohol (beer and wine!).

Funny thing is -- I still eat them. I have no plans for a six pack. But, I do want to be healthier. So my attitude is pretty simple: Be healthy when you can. Cheat when you want.

My work diet is the same diet that I posted before. I start my day with a smoothie. 3 hours later I eat a fresh mixed fruit cup now (cantaloupe, melon, pineapple, blackberry, strawberry, grapes) instead of eggs & oatmeal. 3 hours after that I order from Qdoba rice, beans and chicken in a bowl. On workout days I eat another bowl of that 3 hours later and on non-workout days, I might 'cheat' and have guacamole & chips with it. For dinner, its sometimes healthy and sometimes not - and often I have one beer with my dinner.

Funny thing is, that if you broke down my diet, I really only eat one 'bad' meal a day, and certainly if I cut out that beer with dinner it would be that extra 150 calories I didn't need.

You know what? It's fine. To me, if 75% of my diet is good and I 'cheat' on 25%, I think i'm doing plenty better than the rest of the world - and i'm sane and not counting calories and panicked if I decide one day after work to go to Sweet Revenge after work and have a beer & a cupcake.

Since I started Crossfit, I have been feeling great. Probably the best of my life. I was brushing my teeth the other night, with my shirt off. I looked at my abs - and noticed my muscles. The last time I could actually see my abs was in NROTC at Villanova. Sure, I still have plenty of fat, and i'm a far, far, cry from a flat stomach. But it certainly make me laugh a bit to see progress after six weeks of Crossfit.

Baby steps. Baby steps.

I would just like to let a lot of you know about some of the insanity that's going on in Hoboken.

Many of you may have been like me when you first moved up here, not really giving a shit about local politics.

There's a bunch of people in town who were born and bred Hoboken, called "The Old Guard". They hate us (but sure like our rent money!). They hate the new people who moved here, and would do anything to put things back to the way it "used to be". They are the people who are the most corrupt bastards you ever met, who want to keep the public in the dark and steal as much money as they can through corruption and bribes from developers.

The champion of The Old Guard is Mike Russo. Take five minutes of your life and check out this link which details a conversation between him and an undercover FBI informant:

http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2011/04/this-is-game-were-in.html

Basically Mike verbally accepts a bribe (in the form of very large donations) from the informant. This is the same informant who caught Peter Cammarano, our former mayor.

The only difference is that Mike backed out in accepting the bribe at a later date. Otherwise Mike Russo would be in jail right now.

Look, I get it. Why vote? Some of you don't plan to live in Hoboken for a long time or even if you have been here you think that one vote can't make a difference.

Some of the 2007 ward elections were decided by around 100 votes. The Old Guard wants it to stay that way. The DO NOT want the "yuppie scum" (as they lovingly call us) to register to vote. For this next election you have until April 19th to register, it takes two minutes to print this out, fold it and drop in a mailbox:
http://www.njelections.org/form_pdf/09-voter-regis-forms/hudson-voter-reg-form-013111-rev..pdf

Even if you don't have a HOBOKEN drivers license, you can still vote for the local elections. If you lived in Hoboken 30 days before the election you are fine. People have said to me before "But my license is still registered at my parents house..."

You can vote. You simply fill out the registration with where your rent in Hoboken & the license of your old home. No license, no problem, just enter your social security number. Read the form, even HOMELESS people can register to vote, LOL!

Hoboken Revolt is organzing a rally tomorrow, Wednesday, outside City Hall at 6pm. There is strength in numbers, and even if you can take 30 minutes to stand with me and stand up to corruption, I implore you to join me and others outside City Hall.

But seriously, I can't stand the bullshit that's going on in this town, I need YOUR help. I don't say that very often, but I need my friends to come to City Hall tomorrow and stand with the rest of the people who are sick and tired of people like Mike Russo who think it's OK to lie to the public. Sick and tired of his fellow council people and friends who stay mute when you can clearly see him getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar by an FBI informant.

We rallied to get Cammarano to step down and he did. Time to show the city council that we are sick and tired of people like Mike Russo.

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