Today marks 8 weeks on my diet. Today I weighed in at 198lbs. Goal weight is 182lbs (Original goal weight was 196lbs, but I have more work to do!) Start weight was 231lbs. That’s an average of 4.125lbs weight loss a week. I’m really quite proud of that. Starting to feel really good in myself and my fitness has improved massively. Very happy.
First, here’s the video. Watch it in it’s entirety.
Jonah Mowry’s Bullying Video
My immediate thoughts were: What a brave kid. This will clearly be viewed by his classmates, teachers, friends, relatives…This took a lot of balls. For that, kudos to Jonah. And I’m sure that’s what a lot of people’s first thoughts are, and quite rightly too. @NattyRascal (Follow her on Twitter) posted this video, and mentioned that it made her cry. Whilst I’m sure that wasn’t Jonah’s aim, it’s definitely got that feel to it.
However, my secondary thoughts are: Is this a campaign video? Now I might be being a little too…I don’t know, but if this is a ‘don’t kill yourself’ video, it’s very, very good. And it would make sense considering the amount of kids killing themselves because of bullies recently. A lot of kids are looking to suicide as a way to get out of being bullied. That bothers me greatly, because bullies are such a small part of lives, seen so massively because of the effect they have, but to take your life because of them affects your family, friends, etc, and maybe that’s why people will believe it to be selfish. The reason it bothers me most is that these bullies will never see a punishment for taking it that far.
I guess I’m rambling.
Final Thought….I do think the video is legit. I also think it will go viral, and I hope it’s inspiration for those being bullied. With any luck, Jonah will go back to school (well, video posted in August says he’s been back for a while) and people will have seen this. Here’s hoping he finds people understand what he’s going through, and gets more support from his peers.
Yeah, that’s about it.
Not many of you will know this, but a few years ago, I was travelling (wrestling) with my old tag partner/lodger/pal guy (Dan), and we done quite a bit up in the Midlands. Well, this very short story is about one of those trips, or at least the absolute beginning of it.
So, it was early, it was cold, we left the house and with neither of us driving, caught the bus to the train station. Richmond train station. Inside Richmond train station, there is a small coffee shop. More like a stall. Specifics aren’t exactly important.
We arrived at the train station, and this was early. I mean, maybe 7-8am in the morning. We’re heading downstairs to the ticket hall, and Dan says to me “Hey, you want a tea or a coffee or something?” Sounded fantastic. We checked the train times…we had a few minutes, so I went on and waited by the train, whilst Dan bought us some coffee. Sure, there’s nothing unusual about this. A short while afterwards, I see Dan coming down the stairs, so I headed onto the train, and grabbed a seat. Dan walks onto the train holding TWO TINY CUPS, and said :
“I didn’t know what an expresso was, so I bought two”. One shot later, my coffee was gone, and I spent the rest of my journey wondering why I didn’t get my own drink.
Now the reason I tell you this is because today, I discussed this story with @BiPolarKoala (Twitter). Looking back, I really wonder how this happened. Did he look at the menu…tea…coffee…latte…mocha latte…expresso…hot chocolate…and just decide on an expresso? Did he feel we were low on time, and thought an expresso would be quicker? What happened when the guy put the TINY CUPS in front of him? Did he not think…”This isn’t what I wanted!”…and above all else, why did he pay (I believe it was…) £2.20 on a TINY CUP of expresso?!?!
It was funnier earlier.
To start, I will tell you that I am completely open to the idea that there are other motives for wars/conflict/invasions in parts of the world, and have no political alliance.
We have two possible truths as to why NATO sent help/bombed the Gaddafi compounds.
1. To aid the rebelling Libyan people against the tyrant Gaddafi;
2. To prevent the sale of African resources in a currency chosen by the African nations, a single currency to rival the Euro and US Dollar.
The rebelling Libyans were being slaughtered, way before they rebelled. Gaddafi’s reign of power left the Libyans living in fear. Gaddafi committed many atrocious crimes, including but not limited to amassing nuclear weaponry, and attempting purchase other massive weapons. He started wars, funded terrorist groups, and more.
The Libyan people rebelled against Gaddafi, and let’s be serious, without NATO’s help, they probably wouldn’t have succeeded in their quest to overthrow Gaddafi. The freedom they have now is what they should have had many years ago. The Libyan people, in whatever way it happened, executed Gaddafi, in the way that he executed those who disagreed with his ideas.
First, I will say that I’m actually FOR a singular currency in Africa. It will bring better riches to the continent as a whole, but that would never have happened for Libya whilst the majority of business were controlled by Gaddafi, who had huge amounts of riches. Whilst the people of Libya were living in poverty, Gaddafi and his family lived in luxury. A single currency is a very nice idea, but not whilst one man is using those additional finances to aid only himself and his family.
Do I feel it’s right for NATO to intervene in whatever way, if Africa had decided to go ahead with this currency? No. It’s not right at all, and it’s not their right to invade a country, just because the country is doing something LEGAL that they don’t agree with.
I feel that no matter what side of the argument you’re on, there will always be an argument as to who is right. I think that the only thing people will agree on is what happened on this day is brilliant for Libya, and it’s people. People who were ruled with an iron fist can now experience democracy, and live in a country they can feel proud of.
Ok, so ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a thing for LEGO. I fuckin’ love Lego. I would play with Lego, even at like 18 years old, just sit playing with Lego, like a 5 year old. True story, I once stopped my young niece playing with her Lego, took it, and turned the entire box into a huge spaceship, completely symmetrical, and forced my parents to keep it. Ha.
Anyway, an idea formed in my head, that I could, at some point in life, make an entire room out of Lego. Sofa, coffee table, TV casing, picture frames, everything. You might see where this is going now…
JAMES FUCKING CUNT MAY decides to build a HOUSE out of Lego. And he intended to stay in it overnight. What a cunt. Why take my dream away? Why do it first? I hate him. Anyway, I emailed James May. I told him, look mate, this was my idea. I asked him if I could help, maybe stay there with him, after all, it was my idea first.
HE EMAILED BACK WITH A GENERIC ‘BRING SOME LEGO AND HELP BUILD THE HOUSE’. I don’t wanna help build the fucking house. Well, I did, but not like everyone else was. I wanted to achieve my dream, the dream he stole. GENERIC FUCKING EMAIL! What a cunt.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I hate JAMES CUNTING MAY.
So, I saw this recipe on the internets, and figured I’d give it a go. Because, well, I like cake. First of all, I have to say, use a big mug. This cake can get big. Small cups just won’t be enough.
So…made a trip to Sainsburys, for ingredients, and already had eggs from Iceland, before you get all picky about it.
These, right here, are the ingredients.
Microwave (not pictured), Caster Sugar, Self-Raising Flour, Eggs, Cocoa Powder, Chocolate chips, Vanilla essence, milk (not pictured, vegetable oil (not pictured), a spoon, and my awesome mug. Hell yeah.
And here’s how I did it.
4 x Tablespoon of Caster sugar.
4 x Tablespoon of Self-raising flour.
2 x Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder.
They go into the mug. Mix them all together, and we have this…
Next, we add one medium sized egg. Yes, I got large eggs. I like eggs. Go away. No…stay, keep reading. I’m sorry.
Yes, it’s blurry. Try holding a camera still when you’re as excited as I was.
Anyway, I don’t have a picture for the next mixed up bit, because it pretty much looks the same. In retrospect, I could’ve taken a non-blurry picture, and just put that one up…But, well, I didn’t.
So, add in 3 tablespoons of milk, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and a few drops of vanilla essence. Mix that all together. (I didn’t add milk. I forgot/didn’t read that bit. It tasted fine. But add milk).
Then add some chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, whatever it is you want in your cake.
Microwave it for 3-4 minutes. My microwave is 800W, and I left mine in for about 3mins 30secs, so work out from that how long you’d need to leave yours in for.
Watch it rise. Pull up a chair, and watch the microwave, and like magic, the cake will rise above the mug. Don’t worry about it rising too much, just leave it, it’ll be fine.
The finished product…
And it tastes awesome.
For the record, I made a second cake shortly afterwards (not for me, I’m not that much of a fatty), and it got even bigger, and was too big to pull out of the microwave upright. That’s how amazing it is. And that one can be seen below. (This one has milk).
So why are you still reading this? Oh…I asked you to stay…Well, go away now. Go make a cake. In a mug. With chocolate. And a microwave. Go!!!