Ten Days without food …. (posting in lieu of lunch)

So this is it. Last day on the so-called Master Cleanse fast — lemonade made with maple syrup, fresh lemons, spring water, and cayenne pepper. Why? Pal Marta, one of the fittest people I know was pretty persuasive and I needed to: a) lose some weight, b) reset eating habits, c) generally clear out the plumbing.

Random observations:

1. Fasting makes people uncomfortable. “Whaddya going to do? Get all spiritual, meditate, and swallow a string?”

2. I was never hungry — the lemonade mixture took care of that. I did crave stuff, specifically: french bread and cheese, dal makhani, a grilled chicken breast. Pizza, hotdogs and the stuff the kids push into their mouths never got me that worked up.

3. I lost 8 11 pounds.

4. I was able to exercise regularly with no increase in heart rate or decline in erg scores.

5. I slept better. I feel better.

Tomorrow I taper back onto real food — starting with orange juice, then soup, etc. The issue is what to stay with to keep the weight coming off and the exercise continuing.

Happy to see other people on it too.

NYT to drop TimesSelect — Blodgett

Silicon Alley Insider

“This move confirms just how hard it is for news organizations to generate subscription revenue online: If the Times can’t do it, almost no one can (the one modest success story, the Wall Street Journal, will presumably be next to throw in the towel). The failure of TimesSelect is also yet more proof that newspapers will have to fundamentally restructure their businesses as the world migrates online. The revenue-per-reader the companies can generate online is only a fraction of what they can generate in print, and the online businesses simply won’t support the same cost structure.”