148 years

My Weight Loss Journey:

Left - I started at my heaviest weight @148 lbs about three years ago. I always was teased about my weight and I wasn’t happy about my body so I decided to change for myself. Eating healthy and working out wasn’t easy all the time. Weight loss was full of slip up’s and guilt trips, for me anyway.

Right - In summer 2016, I was at my lowest weight @120 lbs. I was proud of what I accomplished over the years - mentally and physically. Through all the strict dieting and “wow, you lost weight.”

Currently: I am @125 lbs, still striving to be the best version of myself. Through this journey, i’ve learnt to be mentally and physically stronger to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I’m not even close to my goals and I am currently still fighting for it everyday.

Work hard and Trust the process. 🔪

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December 6th 1865: 13th Amendment ratified

On this day in 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified by the states, formally banning slavery in the United States. Ratification does not require unanimous approval, and some states rejected the amendment; Mississippi only ratified the 13th Amendment in 2013, 148 years after the amendment’s passage. The 13th amendment marks the first of the three so-called ‘Reconstruction’ amendments, which secured civil and voting rights for African-Americans after the Civil War. The amendment was proposed by the Lincoln administration following the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation - which was a temporary war measure abolishing slavery in the Confederacy - to assert that the ban on slavery was to be permanent. Lincoln did not initially intend to free the slaves, and always prioritised saving the Union, but emancipation became intriscially tied to Union victory. This was due to the actions of slaves, who fled to Union lines and tried to enlist in the army. The Reconstruction period that followed the American Civil War was largely a contest over the implications of the 13th Amendment and the emancipation of four million slaves. Radicals in Congress pushed for equality of the law and opportunity, while white Southerners, with assistance from violent groups like the Ku Klux Klan, sought to maintain racial subordination and white supremacy. Reconstruction ultimately failed to truly implement freedom for African-Americans, and it was not until the Civil Rights Movement one hundred years later that America again tried to come to terms with the legacy of emancipation.

Okay, well I apologize to Mississippi for pointing out that they didn’t ratify the Thirteenth Amendment – which officially prohibited slavery – until 1995 and didn’t formally notify the federal government that they finally co-signed that decision until February 2013, 148 years after it became a part of the Constitution. Sorry, Mississippi. My bad…not when it comes to ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment, of course. That’s your bad. But I apologize for pointing it out and making Mississippians feel weird about living there.

Grumpy Old Men

Today, George H.W. Bush became just the 3rd American President in history to reach the age of 91 and is closing in on becoming the longest-living President. Bush will pass Gerald Ford as the longest-living President if he lives until November 25, 2017.

Longest-living Presidents
Gerald Ford—93 years, 165 days
Ronald Reagan—93 years, 120 days
George H.W. Bush— 91 years, 0 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
Jimmy Carter —90 years, 254 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
John Adams—90 years, 247 days
Herbert Hoover—90 years, 71 days
Harry S. Truman—88 years, 232 days
James Madison—85 years, 104 days
Thomas Jefferson— 83 years, 82 days
Richard Nixon—81 years, 103 days
John Quincy Adams—80 years, 227 days
Martin Van Buren—79 years, 231 days
Dwight D. Eisenhower—78 years, 165 days
Andrew Jackson—78 years, 85 days
James Buchanan—77 years, 39 days
Millard Fillmore—74 years, 60 days
James Monroe—73 years, 67 days
William Howard Taft—72 years, 174 days
John Tyler— 71 years, 295 days
Grover Cleveland—71 years, 98 days
Rutherford B. Hayes—70 year, 105 days
George W. Bush—68 years, 341 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
Bill Clinton—68 years, 297 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
William Henry Harrison—68 years, 52 days
George Washington—67 years, 295 days
Woodrow Wilson—67 years, 37 days
Benjamin Harrison—67 years, 205 days
Andrew Johnson—66 years, 214 days
Zachary Taylor—65 years, 227 days
Franklin Pierce—64 years, 319 days
Lyndon B. Johnson—64 years, 148 days
Ulysses S. Grant—63 years, 87 days
Franklin D. Roosevelt—63 years, 72 days
Calvin Coolidge—60 years, 185 days
Theodore Roosevelt—60 years, 71 days
William McKinley—58 years, 228 days [Assassinated]
Warren G. Harding—57 years, 273 days
Chester Arthur—57 years, 44 days
Abraham Lincoln—56 years, 62 days [Assassinated]
Barack Obama—53 years, 312 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
James K. Polk—53 years, 225 days
James Garfield—49 years, 304 days [Assassinated]
John F. Kennedy—46 years, 177 days [Assassinated]

Of course, Bush also served as Vice President, but it’ll take longer to break the record of the longest-living Vice President, John Nance Garner, who died just two weeks short of his 99th birthday.

Longest-living Vice Presidents
John Nance Garner…98 years, 351 days
Levi P. Morton…96 years, 0 days
Gerald Ford…93 years, 165 days
George H.W. Bush…91 years [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
John Adams…90 years, 247 days
Harry S. Truman…88 years, 232 days
Walter Mondale…87 years, 158 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
Charles G. Dawes…85 years, 239 days
Thomas Jefferson…83 years, 82 days
Hannibal Hamlin…81 years, 311 days
Richard Nixon…81 years, 104 days
Aaron Burr…80 years, 82 days
Martin Van Buren…79 years, 231 days
Adlai E. Stevenson…78 years, 234 days
Alben W. Barkley…78 years, 157 days
Spiro Agnew…77 years, 261 days
Henry A. Wallace…77 years, 42 days
Charles Curtis…76 years, 14 days
Dick Cheney…74 years, 133 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
Millard Fillmore…74 years, 60 days
George Clinton…72 years, 268 days
Joe Biden…72 years, 204 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
George M. Dallas…72 years, 174 days
John Tyler…71 years, 295 days
Thomas Riley Marshall…71 years, 79 days
Alexander H. Stephens …71 years, 21 days (CSA)
Nelson Rockefeller…70 years, 202 days
Elbridge Gerry…70 years, 129 days
Richard M. Johnson…70 years, 33 days
Dan Quayle…68 years, 128 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
John C. Calhoun…68 years, 13 days
William A. Wheeler…67 years, 339 days
Al Gore…67 years, 74 days [Still living as of June 12, 2015]
William R.D. King…67 years, 11 days
Hubert H. Humphrey…66 years, 231 days
Andrew Johnson…66 years, 214 days
Thomas A. Hendricks…66 years, 79 days
Charles W. Fairbanks…66 years, 24 days
Lyndon B. Johnson…64 years, 148 days
Henry Wilson…63 years, 279 days
Schuyler Colfax…61 years, 296 days
Calvin Coolidge…60 years, 185 days
Theodore Roosevelt…60 years, 71 days
Chester Arthur…57 years, 44 days
James S. Sherman…57 years, 6 days
Garret A. Hobart…55 years, 171 days
John C. Breckinridge…54 years, 116 days
Daniel D. Tompkins…50 years, 355 days