Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day

Hey everybody,

Happy Father's day.

The weather is nice here in Philly.  I was up early this morning for no particular reason and when I walked outside, I was shocked at how comfortable the air was.  I honestly believe that it is the perfect temperature out there.

Well... had a healthy breakfast of 2 of my homemade super healthy egg mcmuffins.  These are great extremely good and on weightwatchers they're only 5 pts each.  I also challenge anyone to switch over to the "oscar meyers" low sodium turkey bacon.  It is healthy, but I swear it is the closest to real bacon I've tried... and believe me I tried them all.  If you have a staunch anti-turkey bacon eater... swap it without telling them and I guarantee they won't notice.
(each sandwich is: 1.5 slice of oscar myers turkey bacon, 1 slice smartbeat cheese, 1.5 egg white, on a thomas english muff)

Lunch time was again an oscar meyers turkey bacon fiesta... BLT w/ cheese.  Another extremely filling and healthy selection.  Each sandwich again is 5 pts.  The trick I've found is to cut the tomato thick... gets more bang per chew.

So the food has been ultra healthy today... and I hit the gymski for a swim and a bike ride.  35 min. on the bike and 1/3 mile swim.  Feeling the burn folks... feeling the burn. 

So enjoy your fathers day and here's a little trivia for you in honor of the day.


Father's Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities. The first observance of Father's Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It is possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother's Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. Instead, credit for Father's Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father's Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis' Mother's Day. Clayton's celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon's proclamation of Father's Day, and worked to recover its legacy. The celebration is now held every year in the Central United Methodist Church, as the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was torn down in 1922. Fairmont is now promoted as the "Home of the First Father's Day Service".[1]
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.[2] In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.[3] US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress.[4] In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents"[4]. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.[3] Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.[3][4]In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are fathers.

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