Current Events: Clean Bill, Teens, "Vedge" and Vulgarity

December 6, 2011

The Big News for The Big Sexy...A Clean Bill of Health!

Happy snippets for The Happy Big Sexy!
  • Last week was a good week. I had my last follow up with the doctor that treated me at my second hospital stop and The Big Big Healthy! The inflamed lymph nodes are no longer inflamed. The enlarged spleen is no longer enlarged. My lungs were a mess and partially collapsed, but no longer. Even my liver, which was enlarged for the past few years even before I got sick, due to my obesity and poor eating habits, is now pristine and relative to normal liver as well.
  • My son came home with 12 college friends to spend last weekend at home raising money for cancer. They worked hard...and ate like shit. Cheese steaks, chicken wings, pizza and more. Amy and I prepared for the onslaught by grabbing great salads and vegan Indian food from the salad bar at Whole Foods. By the time the little carnivorous chow hounds got to our house, we were stuffed and ready for the smells and foods of yesteryear. I'm not really sure this paragraph is meaningful, but I promised Ethan's friends that if they'd like my blog, I'd give them a holla! So here's my quid pro quo PSU gang. Now stop eating shit!
  • There is a new vegan restaurant in Philly that is off the charts. It's called Vedge and it's owned by a great couple who used to have the best vegan restaurant in Philly and took over the awesome new space to expand their creativity yet again. It's over the top elegant and different, including a "veggie bar" with an incredible array of veggie options uniquely and beautifully prepared. The chopped Brussels sprouts with a mustard sauce was my favorite. Rich and Kate are the owners and we were treated like family from the time we got there until the time we left. The desserts were sinful, unique and memorable. We had a meal for the ages.
    •     We live almost an hour from the restaurant. It was so good we made a reservation for the following night before we left. That was because our 10 year old Charlie was devastated that we'd go without him, so we thought nothing would make him happier than to know we would return with our little vegan man. He liked it as much as we did. You should have seen the smile on his face when Mommy woke him the next morning for school and told him we were Vedge-bound. He told all of his teachers and as it turns out, one of them had been there and told us to try the mushroom dish. Again, memorable.
  • Our trademark application for our "Beat Meat and Get a Heart On" tee shirts was rejected due to it being "vulgar and lewd". Show me one vulgar and lewd word in that entire phrase! What geniuses we have making these decisions. They'll approve something brilliant and clean like "Eat Shit and Die" or "Fat People are Hard to Kidnap" or "Paddle faster, I hear banjos" but "Beat Meat and get a Heart on" is offensive?
Here's one for our friends down in the trademark trenches in Washington........."Eat me, I'm Vegan!"

Onward and downward!


Yep.....Givin' Da Bird....Da Bird

November 27, 2011

Dear Vegan Friends....

The Big Sexy survived! It wasn't easy. I thought I had everything under control until I entered the Thanksgiving Day house. The smell smacked the livin' crap out of me. It smelled really, really good.

But immediately, Ms. Sexy and my in law/hosts Steph and Steve triple teamed me and did damage control. I was on the ledge for a minute...uncertain, afraid, feeling naked! Steve....hit me with an awesome glass of wine. Steph pulled me over to the vegan stuffing, sweet potatoe...
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Thanksgiving.....the BIG Sexy's Big Challenge

November 23, 2011

Quotes from Thanksgiving in years past:

"Pass the dark meat please....pass it again please....(repeat)."
"I can't move."
"I need to lie down."
"I'm too tired to watch the football game."

Ahhhh, to be vegan......

I've always loved Thanksgiving. What Fat Fuck wouldn't? After all it was about food, excess, oh yeah and family and being thankful.....and then more food and excess.

When The Big Sexy started this journey, I had tomorrow circled on the calendar. How am I going to approach this day? What will...

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The Vegan "Club" and a very sad week.

November 14, 2011

Last Monday night, I took My Little Big Man to his first pro football game. Eagles vs. Bears. Our team stunk and lost, but we still had a ball. Charlie is enthusiastic about everything in life...and many of the fans sitting around us enjoyed watching his unbridled enthusiasm at the game. It was awesome. He loved it. We loved it.

Next to Charlie was a pretty drunk guy. He was fun, nice...but drunk. Behind us were two pretty girls. He flirted with them nonstop. By the midpoint of the second quar...

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Breaking Through My Wall

November 2, 2011

I really relate to this picture. Breaking through the wall to blue skies, beyond bricks on the ground like the crap we have to overcome to transform ourselves towards better health. My bricks are lifelong bad eating habits, a lack of long term exercise, being work obsessed and more recently, overcoming my health setback.

My recent "wall" was a tough one for me to break through. I was convinced that once I left the hospital, I'd be fine. I worked a lot harder than I should have in order to catc...

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Our Un-First Date...

October 23, 2011

Recognize any of the first four faces? Go from right
to left.
White Jersey(sucks); Orange jersey(#1);
front row-Big Sexy;
front row-Mrs. Sexy

So this was the place of our first date. I knew there was something different about My Amy from our first few amazing phone conversations. I never took any other woman to my hallowed ground on the ice on a first, second or third date. In fact......I think the only female I ever sat in these seats with before Amy was my precious daughter!

But she was a vege...

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75 Days...50 pounds!

October 16, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, Philadelphia Flyers Ice
Opening Night. Look closely, the little
guy in the orange/
black unitard is my 10 year old Charlie.

That's right, the Big Sexy is down 50 pounds in only 75 days. I have stuffed my pie hole with anything vegan I choose, exercised, and even with a couple of the bumps I've had in the past few weeks with my health...I'm leaner.....sexier...and back to exercising, feeling energized, loving my food and happy as shit to be healthy and thinner.


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Why I craved meat this weekend!

October 11, 2011

Chill man...I didn't eat it, I just craved it!

When I was in the second hospital, I asked my overweight, attending doctor, who is a renowned infectious disease specialist, whether there's any chance my newer vegan way of life played a role in my illness. He told me:

    "I eat poorly. Meat, meat, meat. But I can assure you that if you changed your diet and this     helped your general state of health, I am confident it's helping you fight back this virus.     What you are eating now is certainl...
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Back to Basics

October 8, 2011
Thank God the fevers and rigors and headaches have ended. I'm home, in my bed, next to my wife. My dogs won’t leave my side and are making it clear they missed me.Thank God my kids can move towards peace and focus on their own young lives again.

I have so much to be thankful for. I know it. Here’s the twist.

I don’t feel like high fivin’ everyone in sight. I don’t feel like jumping for joy. I don’t feel strong and I don’t feel great. I still feel some of the depression ...

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Body Wars

October 7, 2011

When we don't feel well, there's usually little that we can do to avoid the low grade fever, sore throat, cough. Sure, some like Jack LaLanne or Thomas Jefferson believed that they were privy to secret antidotes that allowed for prolonged health and wellness and that prevented these minor setbacks.

Whatever it may be that temporarily weakens a person, usually the healthier and stronger you are, the shorter the episode.

Then there's illness.

For those struck down by illness, it's a differen...
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