Weight loss support with a spiritual element. I will keep you posted on my journey in the hopes that you will join me in becoming the person God wants you to be. Don't worry about being religious. Come as you are.




Saturday, December 28, 2013

CANNOT's

Isn't there a riddle that goes something like, "can't, can't sitting on a fence watching all the can's go by"?  I am going to make somewhat of an issue with that. I think it is meant to shame people who say they can't do something into getting out there and get something accomplished.

There are some things that I have accepted that I CANNOT do even though there are many who can do the same thing without a problem.

I CANNOT keep wine in the house and just drink one small glass in the evening. That lasts for two evening at the most and then I will open the bottle and drink the whole thing. I then have dry mouth and leg cramps at night and worst of all if I drink alcohol I want to eat a whole pizza. I have a sister-in-law who is a stick and she came out one evening and drank four 16 oz. beers one right after the other. She doesn't eat when she drinks and she smokes so I may be better off in the long run but the point is she drinks and is a stick. I drink and will gain weight, lose control, and have a bad attitude. I know this but how many times have I told myself, "I can do it this time"? One of these days I will learn ya' think?

I CANNOT eat very many carbs without getting a craving for them. They actually make me half sick but does that stop me? Not so far.

I CANNOT order a large meal and then take half of it home for another meal. I either make myself half sick on it or just eat the rest of it when I get home. I have a weight lifter son who will solve that problem if he is home and if by some chance I bring some home.I know to just order a small meal and eat it all.

I CANNOT skip exercising. I must exercise at least 3 times a week. More is better but 3 is the minimum or I start feeling lethargic and start slipping up in other areas.

I CANNOT skip drinking plenty of water. I usually end up trying to eat enough to make up for the need for fluids - never a good idea.

There are people who CAN do these things. I will just have to watch them go by while I sit on the fence where I am safe.

Are there things you have accepted that you CANNOT do and be successful?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Preparation Mode

Even though I still have two more events I began the day after Christmas just getting back to three sensible meals a day and a snack (like a few almonds or 1/2 a food bar) at night. I was up probably 5 times last night getting rid of the water retention from the carbs.

My event tomorrow evening is at a restaurant so I can order something sensible and it will count as dinner and snack. Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. is a family get together so that meal will count as lunch and dinner. There will be all the usual holiday things but truthfully it's getting old. The food is getting old but I love spending time with my family. They are the best.

I will be making a cabbage soup on New Year's Day. Do any of you have cabbage on New Year's Day for good luck? My mother in law used to make a pot of cabbage with the smoked sausage and potatoes in it and she would add a dime to the pot. Whoever got the dime in their serving was supposed to have an extra amount of good luck in the coming year. Of course, we went through the children's servings to make sure they didn't get the dime. Choking to death would not be considered good luck.

You know what gets me? People who ask me if I am still losing weight. For crying out loud I've regained you idiot (I said that in my brain). I usually very good naturedly break the news to them that I have regained some of the weight and will be working on it post haste.

I will start a new weight chart on Wednesday. I can take it.

Anybody else glad the holiday is drawing to an end and we can get back to our routine? Me for sure. I read that one of the signs of an addiction is that the person goes ahead with the behavior in spite of knowing what the negative consequences will be.  That's all I'll say about that.

Be careful out there today.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

I Need A Silent Night

Anybody besides me feel like THIS?

I don't ever remember a busier holiday season. It has taken its toll. I am working toward food sanity and will get there. I am going to have to "redo" some pounds that were lost but that I have found again.

It is what it is.

I wish all of you a blessed Christmas.

Friday, December 6, 2013

You Thought I Was Dead Didn't You?

I found this article that I think we can all relate to. I have begun to reign in the eating; I am not going to wait until the New Year to address the situation. When we do that, we just give ourselves permission to overeat until then.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/teresa-s-porter/so-youre-feeling-too-fat-to-be-photographed_b_4351360.html

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Good Information

I especially support #10.

http://www.businessinsider.com/13-nutrition-lies-that-made-the-world-sick-and-fat-2013-10

Thursday, October 17, 2013

There Goes Another Excuse

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/16/athletic-mother-of-three-under-fire-for-posting-this-picture-do-you-think-theres-anything-wrong-with-it/

Great picture. Great message.

I have heard many women using having babies as an excuse for their weight. Eating too much for whatever reason causes excess weight, not having babies. My mother had 4 babies and stayed at a normal weight. In this world of political correctness and the mindset of "fairness" we have to be careful of hurting someone's feelings. I applaud this woman for sending the right message. Those who resent her are jealous of her because she destroys an excuse and because so many of us can't compare with her.

I don't have much of an excuse for not blogging. I have lost interest for the moment. And being totally honest, I miss Al and Norma. Many didn't like their style but I found them to be honest and straightforward. There was no confusion about where they stood on an issue. I thought they were a little harsh at times but they really provided some great leadership.

Hope all of you are doing well and experiencing the kind of success that comes from throwing out the excuses and getting/staying serious.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Learning Curve

From C. S. Lewis:

"We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection."

We have said it many times - "nobody's perfect".


Have you ever been lulled into a false sense of security because you have been on top of your game, staying on the plan, exercising, eating right, and all that? Have you ever been harsh with someone in blogland who is struggling? Have you ever looked at someone who is obese and thought unkind things? I have.

Have you also noticed that it's not too long before you slip up and do exactly what you have been critical of others for doing? I have done this as well. Keeps us humble doesn't it?

This also shows that we are not as settled in our lifestyle changes, our good habits, our overwhelmingly awesome and amazing self as we thought we were. Unicorn rides for everyone. We made the assumption that all of that was behind us, no more unwise eating for us, right?

We do need to remember that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments.

How can our failures be forgiven? Who needs to do the forgiving anyway? C. S. Lewis is a Christian apologist. I had trouble with the word "apologist" for a long time. It reminds be of the word "apology" which to me meant saying one is sorry. C. S. Lewis was an atheist but another author and apologist, J. R. R. Tolkein, brought him to Christ. An apologist makes very logical arguments for what he/she believes. Ravi Zacharias is another good apologist. They are not sorry they are Christians; they argue for their beliefs - this is what an apologist does. Do some research for your own understanding.

If we are truly sorry for something we have done; if we regret our behavior and understand the consequences, wouldn't one think we would stop this behavior? A sincere remorse, a true regret, an honestly contrite heart will change or forgiveness is futile and becomes an enabling mechanism. Why would we keep binge food in the house? Why would our trigger foods be around? Do we forgive ourselves for the binge and then go out and buy more junk food because it's for the kids? It's not for the kids; it's for us. If the spouse goes ahead and buys that stuff anyway, that presents another problem but not an insurmountable one. At least we can refuse to buy it ourselves.

There is this psychological mechanism that associates forgiveness as making something as though it never happened; therefore we don't have to learn from it or change our behavior because of it. Do any of us forgive those whom we know are just going to do the same thing again? Don't we stop loaning money to people who have not paid us back in the past for borrowed money? Don't we stop loaning people our possessions if they don't return them?

We don't really forgive ourselves and change our behavior because we really don't think it won't happen again.

Let's become apologists and argue for health - especially to ourselves.

It is true that nobody is perfect but wouldn't it be better to strive for perfection each day and fall short than to accept the binge as occasional proof we aren't perfect and skip our exercising because everybody does that and succeed?

Be careful out there today.



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good Information

EVERYONE PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOU LOVE ONES! IT'S VERY IMPORTANT!

WOW!!! Real interesting! Something I did not know, could come in handy..

I wish when my nephew was badly burned someone had known this.

A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in it. He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors ignited and engulfed him He jumped from his truck, screaming.

His neighbor came out of her house with a dozen eggs and a bowl yelling: "bring me some more eggs!"

She broke them, separating the whites from the yolks.
The neighbor woman helped her to apply the whites onto the young man's face.

When the ambulance arrived and the EMTs saw the young man, they asked who had done this. Everyone pointed to the lady in charge.

They congratulated her and said: "You have saved his face."

By the end of the summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her. His face was like a baby's skin.
A Healing Miracle for Burns:

Keep in mind this treatment of burns is being included in teaching beginner fireman. First Aid consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin. Then, spread the egg whites onto the affected area.

One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg whites from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution. The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.

She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white. By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn. 10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.

Since this information could be helpful to everyone: Please share it!




I promise I am working on a relevant post - just letting you know I am still alive.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Mayonnaise Jar

THE MAYONNAISE JAR

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family,
children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.” he said.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you...” he told them.

“So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Please share this with other "Golf Balls"

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Indian Giver?

Still want to binge? Didn't we give that up? What is it about the binge that we want back? This is something to think long and hard about. What about the binge do we want to be an Indian giver about? Remember an Indian giver is a person who gives something away and then wants it back. These people usually aren't held in very high esteem. We need to have enough self-esteem to put the binge to death.

Romans 6:17-18

The binge is but a stepping stone back to the familiar. Most of us who have lost significant amounts of weight have spent more of our lives in obesity so it is very familiar. We know what to do. We know how to act. As we continue in the healthy life we have worked so hard for this will become familiar as well. We must stay at this point until we manifest the health we are creating for whatever period of time it takes to not ever want to return to the unhappiness that was obesity. Is it worth experiencing some hunger? Is it worth exercising when we would just as soon skip it today? Is it worth drinking all that water? You betcha.

Are we truly set free from the slavery of the binge? Are we going to allow the evil in this world called satan to succeed in making us believe we cannot walk in consistent victory over temptation? Put it to death. Write a letter to yourself and read it often concerning this.

Remember this: what we believe determines the way we live. If we believe we are going to sin (gluttony is sin, so is making an idol out of food), then we will. If we believe we have no choice but to live in bondage, we will. If we believe we can't live victorious lives, we won't.

"Fear not, (your name here), I am your shield; your reward shall be very great". (Gen. 15:1)

This topic came from the daily readings of Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

My zucchini relish recipe is in my answer to Jasmine's comment on my Aerobics post a couple of days ago.

Be careful out there today and have a blessed Sunday.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Family Reunion

We had a family reunion today. You know how you can never find anything worth eating at those things. ;-) I was good however. I had my usual bran muffin that I use all whole wheat flour and substitute the sugar for Stevia in the Raw when I bake them. I had a handful of almonds before I left. I made a green bean casserole to take as I have a bazillion of them. I had slaw, taco salad, two naked hot dogs from the grill, some of my green bean casserole, and cantaloupe for dessert.

There were plenty of opportunities to "stray". There was potato salad that looked great as well as a pasta salad. There was a Texas sheet cake, a peanut butter pie, and cookies in addition to a jello cake all of which did not tempt me. I will say it again. If you will get the carbs out of your system they do not call your name anymore. I never thought I would see the day. I just drank water and had some black coffee. I passed on the beer I was offered.

When at events like this we must do the best we can. I am probably done eating for the day. I will probably have one more cup of decaf coffee with creamer and some green tea. I like those flavored creamers for a treat but they can be a little "much". I mix them half/half with half & half - does that make sense? There are 2 cups of creamer in those bottles so I mix 1 cup of the creamer with 1 cup of the half & half and it cuts the carbs in half. I know I probably should leave creamers out all together but it is a treat that I enjoy and doesn't take me out of my carb limit for the day.

After all, it's low carb not no carb. I think my liver can handle the small amount of additives in this. It's a choice. Do you have any "sinful" things that are a treat for you but which you can control now?

Be careful out there today.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Aerobics Change Up

I have quit using the step in aerobics and stay on the floor but carry a 5 lb. weight in each hand. While we do the routine, I work my biceps and triceps. I can tell carrying the extra 10 lb. while doing aerobics is building muscle. I can tell because I felt pretty tired for the rest of the day as muscles healed. I use 8 lb. weights when we do the weight portion of the class. I was using 10 lb. weights but after missing so much for a while I had to drop back a bit. I should be ready to use 10 lb. weights again soon.

I haven't been around much because of yard and garden work. I have canned about 60 half-pints of zucchini relish which will be used as Christmas presents. It's such a good recipe. I was eating it out of the jar the first time I tasted it at the friend's house who gave me the recipe. I have now canned 56 quarts of green beans. I highly recommend the variety called "Jade" - you will have to order it from a seed catalog. It's very productive. I have canned this much from 3 rows and have given some away and there is more out there to pick. I have canned some tomatoes as well.

Our yard is on next year's Historic Centerville Garden Tour so we are trying to get as much of the mulching done this year as possible. It's a big, big job. We have gone to a farmer's place and gotten rocks to edge flower beds with - I love the look of rocks in a landscape. I have also been landscaping the dry creek bed I did last year.

I have tried to leave comments on blogs that have the word verification feature. I cannot get my comments to publish on those blogs. I have been reading and commenting occasionally. I have just been super busy. Things should calm down soon when gardening is done!

Hope all of you are well.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Does The Truth Work In Our Lives?

Emmet Fox - July 20   Bearing Fruit

Read Matthew 7:15-20

If man really were left without a simple practical test of religious truth, he would assuredly be in a sad plight - but happily this is not the case. Jesus, the most profound, and at the same time the most simple and practical teacher the world has ever known, has provided for this need, and has given us a universally applicable test for truth. It is as simple and direct as the acid test for gold. It is the simple question--Does the truth work in our lives? This test is so staggeringly simple that most clever people have passed it over. Truth heals the body, purifies the soul, reforms the sinner, solves difficulties, pacifies strife. There is no such thing as undemonstrated understanding. If you wish to know how you really stand spiritually, look about you at your environment, beginning with the body. There can be nothing in the soul that is not demonstrated sooner or later in the outer, and there can be nothing in the outer that does not find some correspondence in the inner.  By their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:20)

We certainly cannot expect to go on breaking the laws of the plane on which we live, and expect prayer to compensate for this foolishness. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

As I have said before, Emmet Fox is a favorite of mine because his writings are so practical, so convicting. As most of us around here are finding our way when it comes to health and fitness we need to take these words to heart and think on a deeper level about truth. Who doesn't know the truth about gluttony and its consequences but do we understand, are we demonstrating this truth? Do we think we will be spared the consequences of not living the truth that we want to believe we understand? Maybe we don't understand after all? If we truly understand would weight loss and fitness be such a struggle, such an on again off again undertaking? Are we just giving lip service to this?

The fruits of some bloggers tell us they really don't understand. Sometimes I have produced fruit that showed I didn't really know the truth or care about the truth because I was being too proud to admit my lack of conviction. We are all good at the talk but how about the walk?

Let's align ourselves with the truth, look at our bodies for the fruit of what we are demonstrating, and decide if our inner world and our outer world are matching up - they always do eventually.

Be careful out there today.

 


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Is This The Right Approach?

This Chef is being treated unfairly I think.

The decision is being made solely upon his weight. The kicker is that he has lost weight since coming to New Zealand. I wonder if blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers are being considered in making this decision.

I also wonder that if New Zealand is concerned about health risks if they also deport those with various treatable cancers or those with Type I diabetes.

New Zealand is the third fattest nation following America and Mexico. We would be deporting about 1/3 of our population if we took that approach.

I also know we have to start somewhere and there will always be those who have good numbers but weigh too much. There will always be those at a healthy weight but have high blood pressure or are diabetic.

And since I am such a know it all, I also know the government pretty much screws everything up when they try to control people's lives. I also know that when people don't feel in control of their own lives, they often weigh too much. I would be willing to bet there is a correlation between those on public assistance and obesity.

For some reason I am at a loss to explain, we seem to address the wrong problem. I see this in education. We know we have a problem but don't want to face what has to be done or deal with the opposition calling those who would treat the real problem heartless and cruel. We think more technology will do the trick. We mess with the school calendar. We absolutely must work around the lunch schedule and athletics. We keep throwing taxpayer dollars at it. How would you say all these liberal policies concerning discipline, self-expression through no dress codes, and this attitude of "rights" and "fair" is working for us? We are destroying competition and the desire to achieve because those who would rise to the top must be held back because somebody's feelings might be hurt.

We need people to be held accountable. We need to stop separating consequences from behavior. I know it seems unfair when those who commit crimes are found to have been abused children or raised by a single parent or have been disadvantaged in many ways. "It's easier to build a child than to repair an adult". We are going to have to start a lot earlier than when a child becomes truant or gets expelled. We can't save them all unfortunately. Our schools are so bad in some inner cities that I think we need the military to help with discipline. Those who are trouble makers should spend some time in boot camp with men who don't care about their little egos or their rights. It needs to start early and it needs to be convincing. Can't you just hear the liberals and the race baiters on this one?

I seem to have gotten off my original topic. It happens.

Be careful out there today.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Award Questions

Thank you for the award Jasmine. Here are my answers to your questions.

Everybody - I have been trying to answer comments by they aren't getting published. I have tried commenting on the blogs of others and it doesn't work. I do apologize because I always reply to my comments so hopefully this will be cleared up soon. 

1) Do you speak any other language, other than English?

I took Latin in school and was very good at it if I do say so myself. It is not a spoken language however and I even think it is called a dead language but it certainly does contribute to verbal skills.

2) Do you have any serious regrets?

Yes. I regret not continuing with the piano. I regret not taking physical fitness and health seriously at a much younger age. I have been mediocre in way too many facets of my life. I have settled for average too often.

3) Have you ever broken a bone?

Not unless you count stubbing my toe or jamming a finger so badly it had to be taped to the digit next to it. I have never had to have an x-ray because a broken bone was suspected.

4) If you could change one major law, what would it be- and why?

I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. There would be no gay marriage if I could have the final say so. I believe the breakdown of the traditional family is the root of all of our problems in America. It's silly to me to even have to discuss this. Marriage is not only about love - it's a part of it for sure but sex is for males and females to create more of our own kind. I am not against gay people; I am for traditional marriage.
I read that 3 1/2% of Americans are gay. We change laws for this small number? I know of an aunt and a niece who live together to share expenses. Shouldn't they just get married now and get the tax benefits? There are 2 brothers living together or 2 sisters or uncles and nephews, why not get married and get the tax benefits now that marriage will mean nothing? Scripture tells us that a man will leave his parents and cleave to his wife. We are paying a dear price in America through our youth because of  "the sins of the fathers being visited upon the sons to the third and fourth generation". Enough of that.

5) Have you ever had a pet that was truly a terror, but you loved it anyway?

Right now we have a male German shepherd that I could kill with my bare hands sometimes. He is 2 years old and still a pup. However, he is very affectionate, can't get close enough, but I might as well talk to a tree as tell him to stop, or stay down, or get back, or whatever. I have yelled at him until my throat was sore. I am ready for him to be out of this puppy stage. 

6) Are you a home body?  If so, why?

I am. Now that I am retired I love how relaxing it is at home. I can work in my yard and vegetable garden all I want. I get up without an alarm clock and take a nap if I want and go to bet when I get tired. Love it.

7) Do you sometimes break the law if nobody gets hurt?  Or do you always toe the line?

I do things like speeding, no seat belt, blow through stop signs out in the country if I can see all ways so that would be a "yes".

8) Have you ever discovered something that you absolutely love that you thought you never could or would?

Nope. Can't think of anything anyway.

9) What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I guess it would be spending too much money on fabric and flowers.

10) What is the biggest surprise of your life?

I must have a pretty boring life. It takes a lot to surprise me evidently because I can't think of anything. 

11) If you needed to live somewhere outside of the United States, where would you choose?

I have always thought I would enjoy Japan. I have also always wanted to go through a big castle in Europe somewhere. Europe is such a mess financially so I will probably stick with Japan although I have heard New Zealand is a neat place to go. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Where Does Your State Fall?

http://www.weather.com/health/which-country-fattest-20130709

Guess which country is the fattest? The states are also listed from the very fattest (#1) and on down the line. Indiana where I live is the 13th fattest state with an alarming 28.8% obesity rate. That's pushing 1/3.

Where does your state fall?

We can be a part of the solution or a part of the problem.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Why Do We Suffer?

We suffer because we have a lesson to learn.

I read this thought and decided to expand upon it because I am coming to realize that I cause my own suffering and a huge part of the reason for the suffering is because I didn't learn the lesson the last time I suffered for the same reason.

If experience is the best teacher it begs the question of why I have to keep experiencing the same discomforts repeatedly and still not learn the lesson that is there for me and quite frankly is right in my face. How dense must I be to keep doing self-destructive things, suffering the consequences, and then doing the same thing again?

One of our most vulnerable times is after a victory or an extended length of success seeing weight loss, improvements in fitness, and success with self-discipline. We let our guards down; we didn't learn the lesson. We didn't seal the victory.

We must all ask ourselves toward what outcomes are our lives moving?

Are we learning any lessons?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Aerobics Class


Who Knew?

The Journal of the American Medical Association has some astounding findings.

Turns out if people are awake longer they eat more. Go figure.

Weight gain was also linked to being sedentary.  How amazing :-) is that?

We are stuck in a rainy, cool pattern. I just canned 35 quarts of green beans. I could not believe it. It was the first picking of 3 rows and there will probably be at least two more pickings. It will be tomatoes after that. The peach tree is loaded as well. I am doing the "3 sisters" method with my sweet corn. This is what you do:  first, plant your sweet corn and when it is about knee high plant a vining bean that will use the sweet corn for support. I used white half-runners. You then plant some kind of squash between the rows. I used butternut squash on the first planting and spaghetti squash on the second two. The squash vines will cover the ground blocking out weeds and holding in moisture.

Take care.



Thursday, July 4, 2013

It's a Free Country

Marion has a great post about freedom. I agree.

You and I are free to get as fat and out of shape as fast as our emotions/eating/sedentary lives can get us there.

How many times have you heard someone say, "It's a free country"? They are usually referring to someone else's choice as to how they live their lives. It's the same for us.

Let me say here that I am so thankful to our men/women in uniform who fight so that we can be free. Many of them have sacrificed their lives. Many have lost limbs. Many have come home so emotionally disabled that life is never the same again for them. I like a couple of sayings regarding this - "Land of the free because of the brave" and "If you can read this, thank a teacher; if you can read it in English, thank a soldier".

Do we want to be thankful to the soldier because he/she fought for our right to be unhealthy? Not me. Why not start each day thankful that you CAN be healthy if you choose because after all, it is a free country.

Would we have a different attitude if we were forbidden to exercise? What if there was an extra tax on fresh vegetables like our wonderful government would like to do regarding soft drinks?

Are you and I aware of the freedom we have to live lives that are so much more than those who live in Syria or Iran for instance? We are taking it for granted because it hasn't cost us anything. I think only about 35% of the people who are eligible to vote take the time to cast their votes. Apathy is a very dangerous thing. I saw a YouTube video where people on the street were asked why we celebrate July 4. Many people don't know. America is headed to socialism which will be followed by communism and it's because people are willing to let the government run their lives and take care of them. There will soon be more people in the wagon (dependency) than there are people pulling the wagon (taxpayers). There are some states already in that position. Enough politics.

Just remember that today you and I are free. At the cookout today or even if we are at home, we are free to eat junk all day and sit on our butts. It's a free country. We are also free to use our brains, appreciate our many freedoms, and eat sensibly, get our water in, and get in some exercise.

It's a free country.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Told You So

Don't you hate when somebody warns you about something, you don't listen, and then you have to listen to "I told you so"?

Results are difficult to argue with. What kind of results have you and I been getting lately? Are your days and my days orchestrated by fear or by determination? If I feel fear when facing a situation, I usually am not very successful. Determination is a different situation. Both of these emotions will get results. Remember that Winston Churchill said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself". This is true for us as well.

We are born with only two fears - the fear of falling (notice how a baby will throw his or her arms out when being laid down backwards), and the fear of loud noises (a loud noise will scare a baby and the baby cries). All of our other fears have been learned. 



It seems to me the most successful people at weight loss and maintenance are the ones who are proactive. They don't wait until stuff happens to them, they make the stuff happen. There is a goal and a reason to do the right thing with health/fitness. I have the read the blogs of people who are trying a new eating plan and they say "I hope this works". I can go ahead and tell you this person will fail.

YOU decide what lifestyle changes you need to make. The first one I made was to stop eating sugar. I began drinking the water and exercising at least 3 times a week. How hard is that? There were no journals, no check-off sheets, no new equipment like a FitBit (whatever that is). This was a success and I found that cutting that many carbs got enough out of my system that I craved it no longer. I then began working on other carbs such as bread, white potatoes, etc., and began enjoying wonderful salads, fresh fruit in season, and lean meats. So what if I had a naked cheeseburger at a cookout; I was losing weight. It was a small price to pay.

Be fearless today.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The 25 Most Overused Words/Phrases of the Decade (in case you were wondering)

  1. Wardrobe malfunction
  2. Status update
  3. Tweeted (as in “I just tweeted about that”)
  4. “Cougar” to describe any attractive woman over the age of 35, who happens to be single, or any woman dating a man more than three years her junior.
  5. The “clever” blending of two words to create one era-appropriate word, like “Staycation,” “bromance,” “Metrosexual,” “Recessionista,” and “Brangelina.”
  6. “I just threw up a little in my mouth.”
  7. Date Night
  8. Getting anything “on,” like “getting my drink on.”
  9. All IM- and text-inspired abbreviations: OMG, TMI, WTF, LMAO, ZOMG, and the granddaddy of them all, LOL.
  10. “Hot mess” to describe anyone a little attractive whose sanity — or outfit — is questionable. i.e., Juliette Lewis.
  11. The shortening of words — which we are definitely guilty of — like “whatevs,” “obvi,” and “totes.”
  12. “That’s what she said.”
  13. Seriously. Seriously? Seriously.
  14. The word “amazing” to describe anything that isn’t actually amazing.
  15. “That’s hot!”
  16. Wuzzup!
  17. Un/Friended (as in “I friended/unfriended him on Facebook”)
  18. Beyotch
  19. “Dude!” (as an exclamation or a greeting)
  20. “What a douche.”
  21. “Voted off,” thanks, primarily, to the number of reality shows that vote members off the island/out of the house/off the show.
  22. “There’s an app for that.”
  23. Sexting
  24. “Like white on rice.”
  25. “I’m over it.”
My personal pet peeve is #14 - sometimes I think if I read another comment that says somebody is "amazing" for having lost a pound or started over after the third binge this month or exercising three times this week I will bash my computer. Really? (see #13 - similar). I have seen #25 used in addition to "I'm not going to beat myself up over it" or "I'm OK with it" or "I'm more than a number on a scale". These are just slogans that people use when they decide it's not fun anymore to eat everything in sight; it's time to blog about the amazing revelations that have come from it, repent, and get even more amazing. I still kind of like #6; it's funny as well as #8.

If you binge, I understand. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt (another list item?) Binging is an emotional response to things we don't even understand. It begins before we know it and then we don't know how to stop. It must run its course. I wish I could tell you why. I can think of a couple of bloggers I know who really suffer over their binges. I know they truly want to stop.

This is different than the person who uses an event like FitBloggin' as a reason to binge because FitBloggin' will be the new beginning. I read some blogs where the conversation was between two people who weigh more this year at FitBloggin' than they did last year at FitBloggin' and just made light of it. I don't think either of these two was serious, just immature. One was just fishing for support and validation that she was amazing. This has nothing to do with emotions. It has everything to do with insincerity.

Have you done something amazing today? Did you drink water, exercise, eat right? Well, butter my butt and call me biscuit (couldn't resist).

Be careful out there today.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Thought "V" Was For Victory

I did some reading through links on the pages of those I follow. I found a lot of victims out there.

There were victims of:

cookouts
eating out
parties
empty nest
vacations
poor planning
poor choices
company
the wind was out of the north
the sun came up in the east

I joined a discussion group on Facebook and one gal posted about her grandchildren coming to spend a week or a weekend or something and she needed help and prayers and divine guidance and all that because she would be the victim of these grandchildren and would have to make hot dogs, pizza, macaroni and cheese, and go to the dairy queen and all that. I asked her if all these scenarios were her idea or those of her grandchildren. I suggested enlisting their help by telling them of her efforts to lose weight. You know there are a lot of children who like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats.

Another gal had a long story and all the comments were the pat on the head, it's OK, and now toddle along and we are here to support you. My comment was more direct and I talked about those who enable others. My comment wasn't published. I dropped out of the group.

We all must decide if "V" is for victory or victim.

Take care.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Day is Done

So today I had my raisn bran muffin for breakfast - I have shared the recipe before. I have tweaked it by using all stevia in the raw instead of the sugar and all whole wheat flour. These two changes really help with the carbs and glycemic index. Lunch was a big salad - the lettuce, cauliflower, and onion came from my garden. I arrange the lettuce on the plate and then I drizzle the salad dressing on the lettuce so it is easier to get some dressing with each bite. I made the candied pecans myself by finding a recipe which called for beating an egg and then mixing it through the pecans then add sugar and cinnamon and bake it. I, of course, used stevia instead of the sugar and these things are great in a salad w/o adding carbs and getting in some good tree nut protein. After my nap (I am getting to be such a geezer) I had a banana with some almond butter on each bite and then I had some plain Greek yogurt just now to which I added stevia and sugar free jelly for the fruity part. I just scrape off little pieces of the jelly into the yogurt and then stir it through. I will be picking black raspberries soon so will be using them shortly. I also think there are few strawberries left I need to pick and I can use them.

That's it for the day. I got in my water - did not exercise. My back is really sore from what we did yesterday in step aerobics. I stopped using the ball for ab work because that really made my back hurt but yesterday we leaned forward while sitting on the ball and lifted weights for the back. I think that is what did it. I am not too crazy about all the props in exercise classes. I spend more time fighting to get everything right and then the instructor has started w/o me and that makes me mad so sometimes I just do my own thing. I hate chasing a ball around, trying to get to my weights, and getting a mat situated. I will be going to step aerobics tomorrow.

I figure my calories and carbs are OK.

Hope everyone had a successful day.

Still More Of Nothing To Do With Weight Loss

Zip Lock Baggies...........who knew?

We went with friends to a restaurant on Sunday for lunch and sat in the patio section beside the store. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious!The owner told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google.

Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer!

Zip-lock water bags: #1 Says:I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer.The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

#2 Says:Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says:I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store& have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection& won't come around.

#4 Says:Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies" were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn't hang around long.

Somebody Needs to Pay Attention

I have gained some weight as you can see from the right side of the page. As we all know and as I have just demonstrated, when people stop blogging it is usually a sign of things gone awry. While it is not a great amount and I am still in the ballpark I need to nip it in the bud as they say. It's easy to "drift" back to old ways.

I haven't weighed myself too much lately and as most of us will attest to we need that reality check. It's easy to start thinking we can be like the naturally slim and not give eating and exercise a second thought. When will we learn?

I am sure my thyroid situation factors in (hyperthyroidism/Grave's Disease) a bit but I also know I am prone to latch onto that and use it to rationalize all kinds of things. I was prescribed a medication and then had some blood work done. The endocrinologist's office called to tell me to cut the pills in half three times a day rather than taking a whole one as I was doing. It must have been too drastic of a drop in medication because I had one of those spells with my heart beating fast and hard. I had to sit down for a while because I was feeling bad during this. I started taking half a pill twice a day and a whole one in the evening and I feel much better.

I was not attending my aerobics class because I was working so much. It was about a month of no exercise but now work is over for the rest of the year as I have reached the limit for Social Security so I am back to aerobics and being more careful about getting my minimum 8 glasses of water a day. I am out working in the yard and garden until dark almost every evening - love it. Green beans will be ready soon and they are beautiful and in full bloom.

I took the Master Gardener's class and we have a display at the 4-H fair. We did a square foot gardening display and my project was to take a bag of garden soil - poke a few holes in the bottom of it for drainage then turn it over, cut a square out of the top leaving the sides to hold the dirt. I planted radishes in it and it turned out really well. This would work for things such as lettuce, spinach, or green onions but nothing with a really long root or something with a large root system like a tomato. I took two other projects that were the bottoms of those old, ceramic large roasters with holes drilled in the bottom, filled with garden soil, and then I planted lettuce in one and spinach in the other. Several of the gals brought projects in buckets. There was also one of those old children's wagons with an herb garden planted in it. Cute. If you are limited on space but would like a salad garden you might try some of these ideas. Just keep the root system of what you are planting in mind when you choose your container. I saw one cute idea where a person had stacked old bicycle tires for a planter. I have used car tires for potatoes before. Start with one tire, put dirt and maybe three seed potatoes in the bottom. When the potatoes come through, add a tire and cover them with dirt. Repeat that one more time, be careful to water, and when the potatoes are done, take off the tires, push over the dirt, and pick up your potatoes. If you can find a tractor tire, they make good raised beds.

I am also going to try to make my own root cellar. It will be a lot of work but worth it I think. You bury an old chest freezer up to the lid - that's it. The freezer will be below the frost line and you can store potatoes, squash, beets, dahlia bulbs, etc. without them freezing. Digging that big hole will be a challenge.

Keep calm and carry on.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nothing To Do With Anything Regarding Weight Loss

Wow, Some interesting stuff here!
DID YOU KNOW?

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jello
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vick's vaporub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36.. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. Gatorade is good for Migraine Headaches (PowerAde won't work)
43. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you 'squeeze' for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are:

Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.

So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Found Something to Share

http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/what-makes-us-fat-20130529

Most of us already know this information but it is worth repeating.

I appreciate those who read this. I have only lost 3 followers due to my long, dry spell. Just haven't been inspired I guess.

I have been working in the yard and garden like crazy. The lifestyle change is working. I am where I was with my weight. I am done with working for the rest of this year. I have already reached the Social Security limit and told ATM Solutions I was going to quit when that happened and they could re-hire my in January if they wanted (or if I want - I could get used to this). There will definitely have to be some restructuring of the budget but I still think we'll be OK. Last year I earned so much I didn't get SS checks in November or December and we still owed $2,600 - enough of that noise.

Hope all of you are well and still working at your goals. I read a good piece of advice - you only make a mistake once; the second time it is a choice. Let's all keep that in mind.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

This Is Very Touching

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200984941443947&set=vb.1179008166&type=2&theater


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Working On My Heart

I went to a funeral today and I am always struck at how people remember the deceased. I know I am no better and all sin is the same before God.

People remembered this person differently from the impression I had of him. He could turn the air blue with his swearing. He was very wealthy and had two daughters who didn't speak to him or visit him or send him cards on Father's Day or anything of the sort. He used to give them thousands of dollars at a time and when they kept coming back for more and more and more; he finally ended it. They stopped speaking. They just now started coming back around when he got sick. He was 91 and a bowel blockage took his life. The daughters and the son were not at the casket receiving people when I walked in. I saw no tears.

If the relationship isn't built when the children are young, it is nearly impossible to do so later. He owned a business and was occupied with getting rich (he gave $100,000 to the hospital one year). He had to have been a hard worker and very conscientious to build his casket company like he did. My aunt, who was his long-time companion, said once that he would never live long enough to spend his money. She is the executrix of his will and it has been a nightmare dealing with his daughters.

One man spoke and related stories from various people in the family about him. There was nothing really too personal. This friend of his said he was non-confrontational; I thought he could be quite belligerent. He did provide a house for my aunt's grandson. Maybe he was too generous. He loved to play gin rummy and had my Mom and Dad over often to play it. He was a good host when we were there. I wonder why some people  are better with those outside their family than they are with their own wives and children?

How much can we tell about a person at that person's funeral? There really weren't too many people there.

A friend's brother died in a motorcycle accident while drunk. He used drugs. When she spoke at his funeral she pointed above to indicate where he was now. It's not my call; I know that.

I hope I am living in such a way that people will mourn my death and miss me for personal reasons. I hope I am remembered for being a good example and a good influence - it sure won't be for how much money they are going to get.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I Should Just Eat At Home

Al has been on a tear lately. There are weight loss bloggers and then there are the rest who pose as weight loss bloggers. He is absolutely right and doesn't concern himself with tact unless you like bulldozers.

He said something a few posts ago that got me thinking. He said in so many words that these train wrecks and Amtracks, etc., won't profit from losing weight. They will lose followers. I have caught myself losing interest in the blogs of people who have lost their weight and have maintained it. These are the people I should be looking to copy. There is no drama I guess. I guess it seems kind of boring if one isn't struggling or repenting or starting over or something. I guess that's the allure of soap operas.

We ate out with some friends tonight. I ordered halibut fillets but neglected to say baked halibut fillets and got deep fried ones. Oh well. The choices for sides only had a tossed salad that interested me so since the meal came with two sides I ordered two salads. I asked if they had sweet potatoes and if they did to replace one of the side salads with the sweet potato. I got this dish of mush covered with a syrupy brown sugar goop. Oh well. I gave that to my husband. I also gave him my dinner roll. The decaf coffee looked like tea. Needless to say I won't be going back there to eat.

Monday after aerobics there was this morbidly obese woman in the dressing room. She was in a swim suit and as she walked away from me toward the shower I couldn't help but stare that her legs rubbed back and forth over each other down to her knees as she rolled more than walked toward the shower. Her arms would not lay flat against her sides but made an "A" shape and she had to swing them to get some momentum to move forward. I felt sorry for her while at the same time thanking God for my success. I have to give her credit for being there and trying to get some exercise. People like that almost have to get in the water so the water will help take the pressure off of their joints. I can only hope that she is determined to get healthy because she has a long way to go.

We can fool some of the people some of the time but we can't fool all the people all of the time. The people Al has been blogging about do have a lot of people fooled just by looking at their followers. I understand the groupie thing but some of those followers need a life.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Changing Price Tags

This is usually associated with shoplifting but as I read this in one of my daily readings I started thinking about how many of us want to apply this to losing weight. We want something for nothing; we want it to be easy. It has taken me a long, long time to accept the necessary lifestyle change. We cannot steal our goal weight. We cannot steal health. There is a cost we must be willing to pay.

I weighed 175 the last time I weighed - another half pound. Slow and steady works for me at this point. I have noticed that even when I eat outside the boundaries of hunger and fullness that I choose things like almonds and a square of dark chocolate or a hard boiled egg or an apple. In the past if I knew eating outside those boundaries was coming I would adopt the mindset that I might as well go ahead and have cookies for example because I had already decided it was going to be another fail. If I do engage in mindless eating which I rarely do I eat one of the things I mentioned above (not the cookies). There are no cookies in the house now. Last night was the spring dinner for Historic Centerville. The menu was fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, dinner rolls, with cake for dessert. There were cheese balls and crackers for the appetizer. I had a double serving of green beans and a piece of chicken. That's all. I didn't act like a martyr. No one commented on what I ate. It's all good.

I also noticed the other day that I went to my morning aerobics class and hadn't eaten anything because I had eaten almonds late the night before and wasn't hungry. In the past I would have been in a panic because everybody knows that I could have fallen flat on my face from lack of food.  I used to eat so I wouldn't get hungry. For example, if it's going to be a long time before the next chance to eat I would go ahead and eat because who knows what could befall me if I had a growling stomach. I would have eaten before going to aerobics in the past because I needed my strength and all that. A growling stomach does not bother me like it used to for which I am very thankful.

I have had to give up the step and just stay on the floor because with this thyroid thing if I get too hot I don't cool down very well and then my heart starts beating too fast and then I am tired. The thyroid medication seems to make me somewhat less energetic as well.

Are you still trying to change the price tag or are you willing to pay the price for the item you want?



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Give This Up!

I haven't been posting but have been reading blogs a bit. Crazy work. Yard. Garden. Exercise. The internet has become a time sucker for me so I have been absent. This is interesting reading however.

Give This Up!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mud and Vomit

Proverbs 26:11 - As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

2 Peter 2:22 - They prove the truth of this proverb:  "A dog returns to its vomit."  And another says, "A washed pig returns to the mud."

When I return to unhealthy behaviors and unhealthy eating I am like the dog that returns to its vomit. Have you ever seen that? Doesn't it make your stomach do a flip and cause the gag reflex to kick in and your eyes start to water? I have been thinking about this a lot because as disgusting as the mental picture is, it is a very accurate description of what we do when we aren't thinking. Think about that binge food as vomit.

We clean ourselves up, buy all the right food, and get some new workout clothes because this time it's for real. We forget that getting OUT of the mud and washing up won't keep us there without getting the mud in perspective. Why do we feel so comfortable in the mud? Does a fish know it is in the water? It's right at home. It knows what to do and how it feels.

Let's not be fools or pigs.



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Long Day

I put in 13.5 hours today - after the route there was an e-cash (taking money to an empty or near empty machine), a service call, and a meet with a technician to fix an ATM. I keep thinking of having the end of this year off because I have told them when I reach the limit for Social Security ($15,120) I am quitting and they can re-hire me in January if they want. Last year I went over so much that I did not get checks in November and December and we still owed over $2,000 - that won't happen again. We are already almost half way there.

A family member is in the hospital on her death bed. Her kidneys are failing. It is truly death by knife and fork. I told you about her a few months ago. She is morbidly obese. She needs an oxygen tank and has to drag it with her wherever she goes. At a birthday party when she had to walk up a small incline to get to the house she had to lean against the wall and catch her breath. At one family gathering her husband put out a pie to share and said there had been two but she had eaten one of them. I have always felt sorry for him because her most challenging activity was working a puzzle book. He mentioned how he would love for her to do things with him but she just sat, and sat, and sat. Now she is spending her last hours in the hospital when it could have all been avoided.

People - we must quit thinking "it won't be today" and get this weight off and lead healthier lives. Libby is going to die younger than she should and it's her own fault.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Just A Bit Of Information

As you can see at the right, I have lost 1 lb. in 2 months - hopefully none of my followers will enable such behavior so I will :-) While losing a pound in two months will not be confused with "leaning into it" there can be something positive here (besides "at least you didn't gain", or "a loss is a loss"). We could call that maintaining which is a little premature but in two months how much damage could you have done? I don't even want to think about it. I have posted several times about a lifestyle change and something had to have changed for me to go two months without completely going off the rails. I still watch the carbs closely and don't eat sugar, drink the water for the most part, and exercise. My goal weight is 157 lb. so I have a little less than 20 lb. to go.

I have Grave's Disease. I started my anti-thyroid prescription today. I have an ultrasound on May 22. The endocrinologist said cancer is unlikely. My doctor was going to wait until after the ultrasound to start me on the medication but I went to aerobics after missing a few weeks because of work and I went back last week. I didn't cool off for the rest of the day. My heart was beating hard and fast and it made me tired for a couple of days. A friend of mine whose heart has done that told me her doctor said when the heart beats like that it is like you are running and that explains the tiredness. Right now I am sweaty for no reason. I asked my doctor if we could start the medication now and he agreed. I have to take it three times a day so I am going to have to work real hard at not forgetting that one in the middle of the day.

Here is a thought I wanted to share with you from my OA daily readings:

The only way to predict the future is to have the power to shape the future.    -Eric Hoffer

In the days when I was a practicing compulsive overeater, I could not predict my behavior. I went through life a sliver, slice, and slab at a time, thinking This time I will control it. But it is not controllable, not predictable. That is the disease of compulsive overeating. Powerless to carry out my good intentions to eat only certain amounts, I found myself unable to manage other aspects of my life as well.

Though I have come a long way, I am not cured. I have a daily reprieve that, by enabling me to abstain today, restores to me the power to become the person I want to be.

I like the "daily reprieve" concept. Each day can be a reprieve from out of control eating.

Do you and I have the power to shape our future of eating, exercising, and hydrating? Of course we do. We can then predict our futures because we DO have the power to shape it.

I appreciate those who have asked where I have been and telling me they missed reading what I write. I have been a little burned out I guess. I really like the blogs of people who describe their workouts and what they eat but it just isn't me. I am more concerned with the emotional part of this. If you and I can get our emotions under control and learn to be proactive success awaits.

We do have the power to shape the future.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Declare a Fast?

Have any of you ever fasted? I have. I have fasted for a day just to clean out my system and get back in the game. I have fasted to regain control and prove who's boss.

Have any of you ever had to fast before having blood work done? Doesn't it cause anxiety? We figure out the last possible time where we can eat because it could be 12 WHOLE HOURS before we get to eat again. We all know someone who has died from this don't we? My husband just had to fast before having blood work done and he ate two large cheeseburgers rather than his usual one in the evening. It bothered him that he couldn't have anything to eat after that. Aren't we silly? It's kind of like the anxiety we feel when we have to wait for a meal or a pizza to be delivered.

I have read that a fast is a good way to clear out the liver and get rid of food that is backed up so to speak. I always have tea, black coffee, and water during my fast. Some people have bouillon as well. I have read of people who fast one day a week. I don't know if I am up to that but I have fasted.

People have fasted for spiritual reasons - as a way to concentrate on God and not the flesh.  Jesus said that some demons can only be cast out through prayer and fasting. Do we have demons we need to cast out? I know I battle my personal demons and you probably have a demon that you battle as well. This can also be a besetting sin.

What has been your experience with a fast if you have ever done one?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Just An Update

I have kind of hit a dry spell. Sometimes it seems there are just so many different ways to say the same thing. The only way in my opinion to git-r-dun is your own way; your own rules but it must be healthy eating. Add to the healthy eating exercising and getting in the water and that is the formula for success.

I think everyone surely knows this and we end up dealing with the emotional/obsessive/compulsive/addictive aspect of this undertaking. I know it helps me to read the blogs of people who seem to have it together with a few missteps here and there to show they are normal. I like to blog as well as it is a vent for me and it is a way for me to try and encourage/convict/exhort/connect with those who are trying to do the same thing I am trying to do.

Last Friday I was on the way to fix an ATM and my heart started beating hard and fast. I felt weak and fainty and was thinking I was going to have to pull off the road because I felt like I could pass out. I called my doctor and had an appointment today. At first I thought it was my heart but there was no pain radiating down an arm, no nausea but my chest did feel funny. I wouldn't call it a tightness but rather like I have felt when breathing hard for a time - like a rawness I guess. I have told you about my thyroid before and the doctor is suspicious of Grave's Disease. I will be getting blood work done in the morning and we will go from there. He said my thyroid probably shot out a big dose of hormone and that caused the way I felt. He said it's very common and treatable.

I am going to take a break from blogging for a while unless I have something really profound that I think you need to read. Be careful out there today.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Well, maybe--

A positive self-regard is important but let's not let it get in the way of owning up to our situation. I do think some people point out all the good things about their lives and themselves to cover up for obesity and/or a lack of resolve to getting healthy. They will eat 4 pieces of pizza and tell themselves, "At least I didn't eat the whole thing." They look around at other hefty people and say, "At least I am not that big." I know this because I have done it.

It's still a cute cartoon. Be careful out there today.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

First Impressions

http://www.doyoueven.com/

Great inspirational videos here but be sure to watch the inspirational transformation video. You will never whine again about exercise.

What did you think when you first saw that picture in my last post?

I had mixed feelings. I couldn't tell one way or the other the motivation for that picture. It brings out the prejudices of some, the questioning mind in others, and anger at discrimination in others - in all depends on our own situation and what we ourselves have experienced.

Watch that video ASAP and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Images

I have had a few more thoughts after reading comments and replying to them regarding my last post.

I think we all pretty much agreed that the image we see in a photograph is hard to accept. The image in a mirror is easier to deal with for some reason.

Our self-image is hard to change. A negative self-image that is developed over years is hard to change even in the face of evidence to the contrary. We filter our evaluation of our appearance through that self-image that was pounded in to us through constant comparisons to others that we wished we looked like. We wanted that hair, those clothes, a body like that, the popularity and all the rest of it. We lost our weight or very nearly all of it and we still don't feel like we always thought we would when the weight was off.

Most of us have to deal with flab. There are stretch marks. We are older now and time takes its toll. Is this all there is? In many ways there is disappointment so how do we feel good about how we look? Will we ever be like those who have never been obese? Probably not. We must fight the voices that tell us we still don't measure up.

But - we have done something at which many fail. We have failed many times before we finally got it right. That keeps us humble. When we have been successful for a while we can get self-righteous and judgmental - then there is rough spot and we come face to face once more with how fragile this can be. It can break like fine china. We now know once more that we have to have a healthy respect for our achievements and what it took to get to where we are. It can all be lost and we know it.

So - who should we compare ourselves to? I can compare myself to that unhappy teen who weighed 250 lb. and wore a size 24 1/2 in the 10th grade. That girl never went to a prom or had a date.  That girl was constantly rejected at home and at school. Is that flab and the stretch marks worth not being like that anymore - you betcha.

I used the higher step in step aerobics on Monday. It was hard. I did better than I thought I would.  I can pass up sweets with no problem. I speak up now more than I ever would have in the past.

 I look good, flab and all - battle scars I guess.

Hope you can identify with some of this. I know some of you (and me) are getting close to maintenance. I can tell some of us are a little intimidated at the thought of keeping the weight off. We have failed so many times in the past and the very thought of regaining is terrifying don't you think? I know this is the third time I have lost my weight. I don't intend to do it again. If I can lose it, I can keep it off as well.

Be careful out there today.

Mirrors, Photographs

How many times a day would you say you look in a mirror? Do you pick yourself apart each time?

What if you are given a picture of yourself? What thoughts go through your head?

Here's some of what goes through my head.

Look at those saddlebags.
Shouldn't wear that top again until a few more pounds are gone.
I should be standing sideways with one foot forward.
I look fat.


Why is there a difference between looking in a mirror and looking at a picture as far as self-evaluation goes? We are usually only looking at the neck up in a mirror. We do tend to take care of the neck up don't we? The hair, the make-up (or shaving), brushing the teeth, etc. I have always noticed how good a professional photographer can make a person look. We do look our very best if going to a photographer.

I really don't know what the point is here but it is something to think about.

Be careful out there today.

Monday, February 4, 2013

What Is A Comment?

Arlee has a very good post on commenting. I think we should all read it and consider what he says.  Be careful out there today.

Fat Kids

OK fill me in on the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo thing. I don't watch television and I have evidently missed the obesity epidemic in this family.

From what I can tell - this is pretty mindless.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

From: The Center for Consumer Freedom



Big Fat Lies

The Truth about the Obesity Debate

A growing number of public health activists are downplaying individual responsibility while blaming food and food companies for rising obesity rates. To make their spurious points, they spread a number of half-truths and myths about obesity.
  • Activists argue that “junk” foods, such as cupcakes, potato chips, and fast food, are uniquely responsible for the obesity epidemic, even though they sometimes deliver fewer calories than the “real foods” activists promote.
  • Kelly Brownell first proposed the idea of a “Twinkie tax” on foods that he deems unhealthy or “bad.” He has directed much of his advocacy towards convincing governments to tax sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • Television’s Dr. Oz argued that there are chemicals called “obesogens” that are uniquely responsible for obesity. Dr. Oz also classified farm-raised salmon as an “obesogen” and recommended that his readers eat the usually more expensive wild variety.
I cannot think of a junk food such as the ones mentioned that would deliver fewer calories than something healthy. Maybe if a person would only eat one potato chip that would do it.
Kelly Brownell sounds like a liberal with too much time on his hands and so wants to run the lives of others.
From me - I really wonder if Dr. Oz has a license to practice medicine sometimes.

What does the research say? A hefty number of studies has shown that the trend of rising obesity rates can be attributed not to increased intake of food in general (or any particular food) or to the influence of restaurants, but rather to less physical activity compounded by a variety of other factors that are constantly being explored.
  • Researchers writing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2004 found: “It is often assumed that the increase in pediatric obesity has occurred because of an increase in caloric intake. However, the data do not substantiate this.”
  • Researchers writing in the Lancet in a 2005 study discovered: “These results suggest that habitual activity plays an important role in weight gain, with no parallel evidence that energy intake had a similar role … The composite findings from NGHS so far indicate that the drastic decline in habitual activity during adolescence might be a major factor in the doubling of the rate of obesity development in the USA in the past two decades, since no concomitant increase in energy intake was apparent.”
  • In 2003, then-FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan told audience members in a speech at the National Food Policy Conference: “So it’s perhaps surprising that, in a debate that has often focused on foods alone, actual levels of caloric intake among the young haven’t appreciably changed over the last twenty years.”
  • A 1999 Report of the Surgeon General on Physical Activity and Health found: “Only about one-half of U.S. young people (ages 12-21 years) regularly participate in vigorous physical activity. One-fourth report no vigorous physical activity.”
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation said in 2002, “More than a third of young people in grades 9-12 do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity. Daily participation in high school physical education classes dropped from 42 percent in 1991 to 29 percent in 1999.”
  • Researchers writing in the publication Diabetes Care in 2004 discovered: “There was a steep inverse gradient between fitness and mortality in this cohort of men with documented diabetes, and this association was independent of BMI … Obese men with fitness levels greater than the lowest quartile were at no increased risk for mortality when compared with men in the reference group.”
  • As society has become much more mechanized, we spend less and less energy on everyday tasks and chores. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic calculated that replacing manual chores — like washing dishes, mowing the lawn, and cleaning the car — with their automated versions can increase monthly energy expenditure by 8,800 calories, which could add up to 30 pounds a year.
  • A 2010 Cato Institute Study challenged the belief that increased restaurant dining is the cause of American obesity and indicated that policies focused on reducing caloric intake at restaurants are unlikely to reduce obesity substantially. The study found that increasing taxes on restaurant food may alter where people eat, but is unlikely to curb an individual’s desire to overeat.
What’s the bottom line for me? Instead of focusing solely on food, focus on physical activity. The obesity equation has two parts: energy intake and energy output. Put another way, weight gain (or loss) is simply a matter of an imbalance of “calories in” and “calories out.”
  • Citizens must encourage schools to increase the frequency and duration of physical education classes and recess, during which kids can expend energy.
  • Being overweight isn’t in and of itself unhealthy. A growing body of research documents that people who are “fit and fat” have a lower mortality rate over a given time period than those who are thin and unfit.
  • Daily tasks have become more and more mechanized over time, reducing the number of calories we spend doing chores. It may be that we’re getting fatter because we’re simply moving less and less in these small ways.
IT IS STILL THE INDIVIDUAL'S RESPONSIBILITY (from me)

Be careful out there today. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Dieting - One of the Causes of the Obesity Epidemic?

Interesting - I already knew or suspected some of this but there is some new information here. Hope it helps those who are struggling and DIETING (following someone else's rules). We all know there is a right way and a wrong way to lose weight. In fact, there are many wrong ways and just about one right way don't you think?

Take care.

It Never Ends

This is almost over the top for ridiculous. As the article states at the end - we need to chew our food better so it can be sucked out through this device. Large chunks clogs it.

Just when I thought stupid had reached it's limit in weight loss - this comes along.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Screaming right along with a 2 lb. loss in January. So the good is I lost some weight. The bad is I missed the mark by quite a bit as I resolved to lose 5 lb. a month until goal. The ugly doesn't matter. I am going to step it up a bit this month. There is definitely room for improvement.

I guess getting complacent could be the ugly part. When we look fine, we are fitting in to new clothes that are wonderful to buy (oh the sales at this time of year), and feeling good it's easy to pretend we are in maintenance.

All the schools are on a two-hour delay today so my step aerobics class won't meet. At least I don't have to run the route. I will do something here at home - maybe that No. 1 Fat Burning Exercise I posted about back in 2012 somewhere. I also have some exercise videos by "The Firm" - they are all great. They use weights with the moves for extra work and they don't take much room to perform. We have a small house and there isn't room to move around too much.

They are trying to give me fewer hours at ATM Solutions as I told them when I reached the limit for Social Security I was going to quit and they could re-hire me in January if they wanted. Last year I was allowed $14,640 before having to return $1 of SS for every $2 I earned. I made over $23,000 so between $14,630 and $23,000 I was basically working for half. I knew they needed the help and I felt sorry for them but it isn't going to happen again. I told them I would keep them posted. In January I earned about $2,300 so I did the math and got 6.5 so I told them at this pace I would be quitting in the middle of July. I am allowed $15,120 this year. I have never understood why they don't let people go ahead and work - I would be paying into social security and other taxes if I am working so it seems it would be to their advantage. Go figure.

Guess what I had for breakfast? Raisin Bran muffin. I made some chicken vegetable soup after buying a rotisserie chicken and boiling the carcass/bones/skin to make a great broth for the base. I added about half the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, and cabbage to the broth. Good stuff. I am going to do a stir fry with the rest of the chicken. I also have plenty of salad fixins'. I have been using spinach as my greens and no lettuce at all.

My resolution in February is to do better than January. I didn't even lose my holiday gain for crying out loud. Be careful out there today.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Burning Calories

Did you realize (I didn't - guess I just hadn't thought about it) that you burn most of your total calories for the day while sleeping and sitting around? I guess if we think about it that makes sense. That hour at the gym that might have burned 300 - 600 calories is about 1/4 of the total calories we burn in a day. In my earlier post about The Fallacies of Fat this author made that point and it does make sense.

I tend to focus on the time I spent in my step aerobics class or body sculpt. I do realize that the 300 calories I used while working out is not the net calories burned because I would have been burning calories anyway sitting at my sewing machine for example rather than in my aerobics class.

I also think this is why people misjudge what calorie benefits that come from exercising. On another note, some food plans allow activity points or give what has to be done to make up for an ice cream cone for example. That is just playing games I think. I know I have eaten something I shouldn't and then did the math for what I would have to do to burn those calories I just ate. Do we really have enough time or stamina to make up for eating a whole pizza? Doubt it.





Monday, January 28, 2013

Norma - This One's For You

I couldn't believe all these were on my facebook page and they screamed "NORMA".


Self-Concept

When I am on top of my game and getting my exercise done as well as staying within the low-carb boundaries and drinking my water I feel like this cat. I just see myself in a better light. The good things I do trump the negative feelings I have about the flab, the brown spots on my skin, and the wrinkles around my mouth.  If I am not doing all the right things the flab, brown spots, wrinkles bother me a lot more.

I question a compliment a lot more when I am off plan; I want to contradict the person complimenting me. If I am on plan, I am cheered by kind words. I agree with them.

werk owt


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Death Panels

Death panels were ridiculed when Sarah Palin brought up the subject. Health care will have to be rationed under Obamacare or The Affordable Health Care Act to make it sound harmless. I know they tell us differently but let's be realistic.

Socialized medicine may not be as wonderful as they would like us to believe.

I do understand that at some point we must discontinue the efforts. Should that be a family's decision along with a doctor's advice or the government's decision?

Even if a person does smoke or is obese will their treatment costs differ much from someone with a handicap from birth who needs constant care? What will happen to the handicapped under Obamacare? Will people who cannot contribute to society be seen as an expense that we cannot afford?

After all, we just sent F-16 fighter jets along with some tanks to Egypt - let's get our priorities straight.