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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (18th March 1945)
On the Russian Front...
Soviet armies open a new offensive against the isolated German Army Group Courland in Latvia
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front is attacking around Samland, Koenigsberg, and Heiligenbeil
Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front is attacking around Gotenhafen (Gdynia) and Danzig
Polish 1st Army of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front captures Kolberg
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front is attacking German 6th Army, German 6th SS Panzer Army, and Hungarian 3rd Army
Kriegsmarine minesweeper R-227 and German vessel Orion are sunk by Soviet aircraft during evacuation operations in the Baltic
Edvard Benes participates in preparation for transition of his government-in-exile to the provisional government of liberated Czechoslovakia
Hitler tells his production minister Albert Speer that nothing should be preserved to support the German people because if the war is lost they do not deserve to survive
Six US 8th Air Force B-17 bombers are downed by a mass attack of Me-262 jet fighters
With USAAF and Soviet aircraft operating in close proximity, Soviet fighters mistakenly shoot down a US P-51
On the Western Front...
US 1st Army continues expanding the Remagen bridgehead
US 3rd Army is fighting its way into Koblenz and advancing across the Moselle River toward the Rhine
US 7th Army is attacking around Ensheim, Ommersheim, Bobenthal, Niederschlettenbach, Dieffenbach, and Surbourg
Kriegsmarine 6th S-Boat Flotilla conducts minelaying operations and attacks a convoy off the British coast overnight - British vessel Crichtoun and Rogate are sunk
RN landing craft carrier Daffodil is sunk bya mine
In the Mediterranean...
Kriegsmarine 10th Torpedo Boat Flotilla is conducting minelaying operations off Corsica when it is surprised by British destroyers Meteor and lookout - two torpedo boats are sunk
In the Atlantic...
U-866 sunk by USN destroyer escorts Menges, Mosley, Pride, and Lowe off Nova Scotia
In the Pacific...
Luzon: US 6th Army is attacking around Putlan, Mount Baytangan, Mount Tanauan, and Mount Bijang
Panay Island: USN Task Group 78.3 lands 185th Regiment of 40th Infantry Division near Iloilo. The landing is unopposed and troops advance inland.
Off the Ryukyu Islands: Japanese vessel T-18 is sunk by USN submarine Springer and Japanese vessel No. 3 Tsukushi Maru is sunk by USN submarine Trigger
Iwo Jima: US V Amphibious Corps is mopping up Japanese pockets
Yellow Sea: Japanese vessel No. 2 Daito Maru is sunk by USN submarine Balao
The government orders all schools to close for one year as of 1 April
British 14th Army artillery with RAF support continue bombarding Japanese 15th Army positions in Mandalay
Japanese 33rd Army is attacking British 14th Army around Meiktila
Today's Air Raids...
Germany on railways, tank factories and targets of opportunity by US 8th Air Force
Southern Germany on rail lines by US 15th Air Force
Hattingen, Langendreer, Witten, Hanau, Berlin, Kassel and Nuremberg, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
London by fifteen V-2 rockets
Hungary and Yugoslavia on rail lines by US 15th Air Force
Northern Italy on transportation lines, supply depots, and military targets by US 12th Air Force
Borneo on Japanese airfields by US FEAF
Tainan, Takao, and Koshun, Formosa by US FEAF
Chichi Jima and Haha Jima by US 7th Air Force
Kyushu and offshore shipping, Japan by USN aircraft from Task Force 58 - a sub-chaser and six cargo ships are sunk, and 400 Japanese aircraft claimed destroyed. In response, IJN 5th Air Fleet sends 48 kamikaze and other regular aircraft to attack the USN force. Carriers Intrepid, Enterprise and Yorktown are damaged
Nagoya, Japan by US 20th Air Force
Burma on Japanese positions, transportation lines, supply depots, and military targets by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATIONWell, I've started - a dietary regime I wouldn't dream of recommending to my clients or anyone else for that matter - one meal a day, supplemented by multivitamin, omega-3 and Chromium tablets. And I intend to do it for LIFE
Because I've never heard of anyone else doing it, and it's contrary to a lot of nutritional advice, I've been reluctant to accept what I know to be true - this is right for ME. I know because I've done it before twice. The first time in the early 1990's was spectacularly successful - I dropped to 10st 2 and a 30" waist. The second time around 2008 I didn't persevere for as long but still dropped to 12 stone.
There are additional factors required for this to work - my circumstances have to be benign, and secondly - and the reason weight kept coming back - LOW SUCROSE. Flooding my system with simple sugar is a significant factor in the lifelong anger management issues I've had and makes me highly aggressive when there's a sugar crash - and hungry!
I have had no nutrition guru to help me figure all this out - I've had to learn it myself through a lifetime of trial-and-error! On the other hand, having taken so long, I know absolutely what I'm doing - with myself anyway!
Prior to this turning point I have already drastically reduced sucrose intake. This has given me the ability to manage "the feeling". This feeling I have called "hungry" but I no longer believe that's what it really is. In reality it's the point where the glucose derived directly from the last meal runs out and I am starting to burn glycogen, the body's carbohydrate store. This is the store you're actually supposed to live off, and meals top it up.
I have been living on the glucose obtained directly from food and any left over is stored as fat. When on high sucrose, this "feeling" is particularly intense and makes me aggressive. But I have it right now and I don't feel aggressive at all! Now I can live with it, I've already won before I've even started!
The feeling is hard to describe. There's a feeling of vulnerability that on a sugar crash makes me highly aggressive, but right now is reasonably mild. There's a lightness in my limbs and a feeling of being mildly sedated. Oddly there's no sensation at all coming from my stomach. This feeling as it stands right now is not incapacitating me, so I'm quite excited that a lifelong issue is going to be conquered at last!
However, it's only Day One. Outside of this blog, which is my "hiding in plain sight" inner-self, I will not announce I'm losing weight until next week, just in case I'm deluding myself! If the rest of this week continues as today, I'll be confident by Monday to go truly public - and make some publicity out of it!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you truly understand what is right for you?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny throughout, though cloud will build from late morning
A north-easterly breeze will blow from late morning
Max Temp = 7 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 3 degC at 9am
Sunrise at 06:15
Sunset at 18:16
Weathertrack: An anticyclone directly over Britain will bring dry, cool settled weather
Air Pressure: 1031 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Why do dwarves keeping asking for money? Because they're permanently short :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
American pioneers treated earaches by pouring warm urine in their ears and then plugging them with cloth
9. ZEN WISDOM
Courage and compassion are two sides of the same coin. Compassion without courage is not genuine. You may have a compassionate thought or impulse, but if you don’t do or say anything, it’s not real compassion.