Got Up This Morning

Awoke at 6:00 a.m., made breakfast — Oatmeal with 1/4-cup walnut pieces and One cup fresh blueberries — Took a tablespoon of “Viobin” wheat germ oil on the side ….Total calories around 650. (Calorie allowance for today is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,800.

Lunch today is going to be grilled salmon patties and green sweet peas and maybe a cup of vegetable soup.

After breakfast, I put on my walking shoes, got out the bear spray (In case I might meet up with a set of bared and snarling nasty-tempered dog teeth somewhere along the way — and set off for a nice 4-mile power walk (Walk normally for a minute or two and then jog for a couple of minutes and then go back to walking normally and then repeat the process.

On the walk, I happened to stop by a Kroger store and purchased a scratch off lottery ticket, winning Fifty dollars in the process. For some reason, unknown to me, the “Pot” that I began playing the lottery with a few years ago has never gone negative. I have always managed to win enough here and there to keep the original “Pot” alive and well. Sometimes it gets low but so far it has never zeroed out on me.

While at the Kroger store, I purchased a new container filled with “Whey” protein concentrate. I have been a fan of protein powders ever since I was about 16-years old. Back in the day, all the weight-lifting muscle builders were hot on using protein powders by making milkshakes with them and by including some of it in some of their food. It was about the age of 16 that I, too, began lifting weights regularly and I have really never laid the barbells down even to this day …. but I do not lift as much or as often these days as I used to.


I like a few pancakes now and then so I have been experimenting with how I might make them a little healthier and this is what I came up with:

You will need … One banana, 1 cup of instantized oatmeal and 3/4-cup lowfat or skim milk.

Grind up the oats in a food processor or a blender and blend in the milk and the banana. This is your batter for the pancakes.

Preheat a griddle or a stove top burner to 350-degrees, use 1/4 cup of the batter per pancake and cook them for two minutes per side.

I like to top my pancakes with fresh berries or banana slices (Or other fruit) and some pure maple syrup because I do not have sugar issues.

I think these are a lot more healthy for my purposes than pancakes made simply with white processed flour., Two of the things I try to avoid (Most of the time) (I admit I am guilty and I do go on bread binges now and then….) are white processed flour and corn syrup. (But I admit I do have an appetite for candy corn sometimes and most candy corn is nothing but corn syrup … predominantly — or so I have been told … do not take my word for it.

I can’t believe my luck sometimes. We just went to a service station to put gas in the car and while there I won another $50 on a scratch off lottery ticket. My gambling profits for the day so far (After expenses) is $70.00.


Somebody asked me once, “Why don’t you ever go down to the Senior Citizens’ Center and mingle with the folks there … play some billiards (Pool) … some cards …. attend an art class …. go on a bus tour with a group …. eat a bite with them at lunch time ….There are many things to do at Senior Citizen Centers to be sure.

First of all, Senior Citizen Centers remind me of my ever-advancing age and being around other older people is nowhere near a comfort to me. Second of all, the last time I went to one of those places, a few do-gooders tried to pair me up with the women there …..I was married once for 33 years and I definitely am not interested in being match-made at a local Senior Center. I have always considered senior centers to be akin to “Pre-Nursing Home” training and I am not ready for that just yet.

I have been on a website calling itself “Next Door” which is a site where people of various neighborhoods can exchange information they deem helpful to others. I assume this website is national. Just Google “Next Door” and see what happens … and if it doesn’t work that way then try “Nextdoor.”

Anyway I was on this site tonight telling people how I will not eat at those restaurants that serve their food cafeteria style where the customers all dip their food out of a common tray in a big display of foods. If covid-19 hasn’t taught me anything else, it has taught me to avoid getting in the way of careless fools with filthy habits who might have dipped into the food tray from which I am supposed to serve myself.

So this one helpful neighbor comes on and replies to me and says, “You ought to live in the bubble of your own house. You are stirring the pot again. You must enjoy stirring the pot. Why don’t you get a hobby?”

That is the kind of helpful comments I often get when on this site. It is obviously filled with either internet trolls or people who missed their 3rd grade graduation because they were chasing racoons up trees.

I am looking at the clock on my computer as I write this and it is 11:34 PM now and I am asking myself, “What are you doing up at this hour writing a blog post?” I answer myself and say, “What better thing is there to do at this hour or any hour? At least I am not out in the kitchen eating and getting even fatter than I am already.

Speaking of growing older … I have seen people 90-years-old who look and act and say they feel a lot younger. I have also seen people 40 years of age who look like they are ready for the retirement home. What is the difference between these two kinds of people? I think it all boils down to the power of the mind …the mindset. For years I went around with a favorite mantra that I repeated often each day … a mantra that said, “I am getting younger and younger with each day that goes by.”

I kept repeating that mantra over and over and over again as many times as I could remember doing it in a single day.

You might get the idea that I am crazy for saying that to myself when the mirror is saying otherwise but I have to admit that I am among that group of 80-plus year old people who act and feel like a 40-year-old. I actually believe that it is our mindset, our attitude that helps us as we gain years.

I believe there are many things we can do to get back to that “Younger” mind set. I always get up every morning determined to refuse to believe that I am “Old.” I get up every morning and have that healthy breakfast and I put on those walking shoes and I get outdoors and go for a couple of miles as the sun is rising. I keep a “Can Do” attitude that is often supplemented with an “I Will” attitude and it helps me a whole lot to feel younger than the calendar says I am.

I refuse to lead a sedentary life and I am always challenging my cognitive abilities. It all seems to help!

Author: John American Citizen Opinion Blogger -- Inspired and Educated, smart but not all that gorgeous.

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