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Thursday, June 24, 2010

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”—Samuel Adams

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Gone are the Good Old Days of Denial

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I well remember the years where I was "Just FINE".

The years of eating fast foods, denying their effect on my body.

The years of drinking light beer and only white wine, because they weren't fattening.

Not needing to exercise was understandable, because after all, I was so ACTIVE! Ms. Smarmy is saying "Right! Active, huh? The most activity YOU got Sister was with the remote control and trips to the refrigerator!" ( She's SUCH a BITCH!!!)

The times of self satisfaction when I knew I was " hurting no one but myself" through my eating habits, smoking, drinking alcohol, non-exercise and general unmanageable life style.

The years of shopping away all guilts, fears, angers, low self worth and low self esteem.

Those lucious glazed donuts, especially the ones with the chocolate topping.

The double and triple cheeseburgers from Jack in the Box. Chocolate malt to go with it, and upsize the fries, too.

Barrels of extra butter on the popcorn at the movies, along with the giant Dr. Pepper.

Half a pizza with extra cheese at a sitting.

Cookies by the ton, repeated trips to the cake stand, chocolate covered peanuts.

And Fry Bread with lots of melted butter AND honey!

Top Ramen by the package, only add an egg and some peas to make it healthy.

Buttered, cheesed pasta by the serving bowl size.

Check out the buffets BEFORE committing to eat there. Do they have enough fried foods and plenty of desserts?? How about pasta dishes too. And creamed soups. What variety of bread are they serving??

No, I will pass on the salad at the beginning of the meal. I will dig into the cream soup and breads with extra butter, then head for the pastas, fried fish and fried chicken, throw on some spareribs and maybe biscuits and gravy. Don't forget to grab at least three desserts before everyone pigs out on them!

Oh, I will just go back for another boat load of food........I mean! After all it IS an All You Can Eat Buffet, and I want to be SURE I get my money's worth! Oh, and don't forget to keep refilling that huge glass with the soda!

Let the cobwebs stay where they are on the scale until I clean off the scale and hide it from me under the bathroom sink.

We ALL know manufacturers have made their sizes smaller! It isn't ME getting bigger; it is they are making clothing in sizes for those little tiny Asian women in their Asian countries!

You know what I mean. The blouses with the tiniest sleeves that even an inch worm couldn't get into. The bust sizes are smaller, too, but read the bigger numbers.. Not to mention the lies in their labels about the waist size, hip size...........even the SHOE sizes!! They are making EVERYTHING smaller!!!

Yep. All of the above, and more, eaten right down to the bottom, only to belly up for more.

Then here comes Bossy Daughter with her Spark Ideas! And Darcey. And Shirley. And Karen. And Cat. And, and, and ..............

No one on this site hestitates for a moment to set me straight. You have all barged right in on my Denial system, making sure I understand that Denial ain't a River in Egypt.

You all crashed and exploed so much of my lovely little fantasy world that now evern the idea of going to a buffet doesn't sound good.

When I pass fast food places, my mind thinks of GREASE.

My shopping is now done at thrift stores because my sizes change, and besides that, I can't afford to blow money on clothes that will only make me feel good for about a nano second.

Even my DOG grabs his leash and tells me it is time to hit the streets. (Can't do that right now due to injuries, but it will happen again once I am all healed up.)

My scale is in plain sight, even though I still hate it. I am even noticing trails as I drive, making mental notes as to where they are and that some day I will be walking them.

I have learned that one piece of pizza actually fills me up. Sodas are too carbonated for my taste any more. I don't require tubs of extra buttered popcorn at the movies either. In fact, that popcorn is losing its appeal, too.

I make better air popped corn at home. Did you know that you can use Molly McButter in the spray can on popcorn? And there is even a lower sodium salt to use on it? And that the best beverage with popcorn is orange JUICE??

I don't look for "cute" shoes any more. I look for walking long distances shoes. My hiking boots are right next to the front door so I won't have to go upstairs and dig them out every other day. (Again, on temporary hold)

I prefer fresh fruit medley to cakes or cookies. I do not like whipped cream on my iced coffee either. I tried one of those glazed donuts the other day, and couldn't believe how tasteless they really ARE! I am sure they have changed the recipe!

Chocolate is actually beginning to not tast very good. Yogurt and fruit tastes better.

I must admit here that the IDEA of eating chocolate is still with me, despite the fact that I don't get as much enjoyment out of it, and even my Oreo intake as diminished.

In fact, there are four Oreo cookies in the pantry, and have been there for over a month. And when going to Costco, I have deliberately not bought more, because they just don't sound good. I am truly thinking of throwing those four away..........just not completely ready for such drastic action yet, but I know it is coming if I stay with Spark!

Yes, I am stronger, healthier and more interested in life in general since joining up with you reprobates! I am looking forward to being able to do all the jumping, dancing, running, walking, climbing, hopping again once my body is healed up.

In the meantime, I will try to eat my grapefruit and decent portions.


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QUILTINGBEAJ 6/25/2010 1:09AM

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We are a bad bunch, aren't we?????

Cute blog!

So true!


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NORTHERNMIBBW 6/24/2010 6:35PM

    Awesome blog!! emoticon

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LOVESCAMPING 6/24/2010 6:24PM

    You sounds a lot like me, but you're further along the way of permanent healthy lifestyle. I still have slips but am working on it.

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DARCEYOH 6/24/2010 4:07PM

    Throw 'em away!!! I know you're committed to this lifestyle, and throwing those oreo's away will show all the oreos in the world that you are committed and happily married to a better way of eating. You have a found a new soulmate, and his name is Mr. Eat-Right!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/24/2010 3:27PM

    Sounds an awful lot like me . . . candy in the 'fridge from Christmas that I have no interest in, cookies that I haven't touched in ages and are probably stale, figuring out ways to squeeze in a little extra exercise or running, trying new things like Zumba . . . and it is all YOUR fault along with the rest of my Spark friends. That riverfront property I had on the banks of Denial is pretty empty most of the time now. What's a girl gonna do??


Looking forward to the day when you can do some jumping, dancing, running, walking, climbing and hopping again--continue to take good care of yourself!

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MAMAWPHYLLIS 6/24/2010 2:25PM

  I loved this blog. I copied it and posted it on my refrigerator as a reminder, I can do this. Thanks for the laugh.

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One for the Money, ALL For the Show.....

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hi Friends, I received the following email yesterday, and it just made my blood boil, and believe other Americans need to know the truth about what is happening regarding the oil spill.

Why can't our politicians (especially our President!) get it through their thick skulls that we don't want grandstanding............we want the damned oil spill stopped!!??

Subject: Message From Grand Isle, Louisiana

I witnessed something yesterday I wanted to share with my friends.
It was disappointing, to say the least, but not at all surprising. I was in Grand Isle yesterday when we were visited by our president. Our street has about a dozen camps, one permanent resident on it; and yesterday we had a fair crowd of people. The first incident that was brought to my attention was four bus loads of, I guess you could call them workers, was spotted at the Bridge Side marina and looked as if they had come from New Orleans. For you who do not know, Bridge Side is the first marina coming onto Grand Isle and this is where the buses stopped and the WORKERS got off. I later witnessed not four but five buses pass our street on Hwy 1 going to the end of the island where our president was to visit. I made a statement to my neighbors that they were probably going to stage a scenerio where a large amount of people were working on our oil spill problem and guess what, I was right. Liz and I witnessed this on one of the specials when I got home and a large number of men had rakes and were dressed in white hazardous suits working on the beach. But where did they go; No one had seen these guys before yesterday and no one can find them now. I was told WWL is getting question after question about this today, go figure our leader not being truthful and staging something like this.

The next thing I really found unusual was that no one cared if he was on the island. I later saw 38 cops on motorcycles, yes I did count them, and many other police vehicles escort what I am sure was the president in his motorcade of black suburbans. I was told he landed in Fouchon, about 10 miles from Grand Isle, then was brought to Grand Isle in the motorcade. I did see his helicopter and the escorts fly north of us to meet him at the Coast Guard facility were he spoke. My point is when he went down Hwy 1, not one person made an attempt to see him. There wasn't any one taking pictures, no one even looking in his direction, no one lining the streets and waving flags, no one cared. I really think if it had been any of our prior presidents, even Clinton, an attempt would have been made to be along the side of the road and cheer or wave. It is really sad that this country is being run by a man that no one likes or has any respect for. God help us get through the change.

John Munnerlyn, a friend of Grand Isles


How do you like THIS way to spend our tax dollars?!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Detention Facilities to Offer Bingo, Dance Classes to Illegal Aliens

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and a private prison contractor have agreed to make a number of changes at nine privately owned facilities used to detain deportable aliens. According to ICE officials, the changes – which include offering art classes, bingo and continental breakfast to “low-risk” detainees – are part of the Obama administration’s previously announced efforts “to make the immigrant detention system less penal and more humane.” (Houston Chronicle, June 8, 2010; Examiner.com, June 10, 2010; Kansas City Star, June 10, 2010; See also FAIR’s Legislative Update, October 13, 2009).

The forthcoming changes at the nine facilities were revealed in a May 27 ICE e-mail. They include:

“Relaxing security” by allowing “[l]ow-risk detainees” to have “freedom of movement” in the facilities and by “reducing” pat-down searches;
Eliminating “lock downs” and “lights out”;
Allowing detainees “to have visitors stay as long as they like within a 12-hour window”;
Increasing “attorney visitation space”;
Adding “un-monitored phone lines” and giving detainees “email and free, Internet-based calling”;

Providing unit managers who “will be available to take complaints directly from detainees”;

Allowing detainees “to wear their own clothing or other non-penal attire”;

Providing detainees “at least four hours of recreation daily…in a natural setting, allowing for robust aerobic exercise” ;

Offering “movie nights, bingo, arts and crafts, dance and cooking classes, tutoring, and computer training”;

“[S]oftening the look” of the facilities “with hanging plants” and “fresh paint and new bedding”;
Providing detainees with “more variety in their dining hall menus”, including “self-serve beverage and fresh vegetable bars.” (Houston Chronicle, June 8, 2010).

According to ICE official Beth Gibson, some of the changes to the detention system for illegal aliens will be in place within 30 days, while others may take up to six months to implement. Gibson sounded a positive note on the decision to relax existing detention standards: “When people come to our custody, we’re detaining them to effect their removal. It’s about deportation. It’s not about punishing people for a crime they committed.” (Id.).

ICE union leaders, however, have criticized the changes. Tre Rebstock, president of an ICE union in the Houston area, said that the changes would create “an all-inclusive resort” for detainees. Rebstock added that the changes would jeopardize the safety of ICE agents, facility guards, and the detainees themselves.

Pointing specifically to the plans to relax restrictions on the movement of detainees, reduce pat-down searches, and eliminate lockdowns, Rebstock stated: “Our biggest concern is that someone is going to get hurt.”

ICE official Gibson attempted to downplay concerns about relaxing security measures, noting that “[a]s a general matter, it will be the non-criminals who don’t present a danger to anyone else who are benefitting from the lowest level of custody.”

However, Rebstock acknowledged that some detainees may be classified as low-risk because they have no serious criminal history, but could still be gang members who simply “haven’t been caught doing anything wrong yet.” (Id.).

Rebstock also lamented the fact that American taxpayers would be footing the bill for the changes: “My grandparents would have loved to have bingo night and a dance class at the retirement home they were in when they passed away, but that was something we would have had to pay for. And yet these guys are getting it on the taxpayers’ dime.”

ICE official Gibson countered that a private contractor would fund the changes at no additional cost to the feds. (Id.).

ICE’s actions caught the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who sent a letter to Assistant Secretary for ICE John Morton.

Expressing “serious concerns” about the changes, Grassley stated: “Giving illegal aliens access to computer training and tutoring, as well as dance lessons, cooking classes and movie nights, will only encourage illegal aliens to ignore the law and take more risks to defraud our immigration system.”

Grassley went on: “[T]axpayers would be very disappointed if the reports are true since they are financing detention and removal efforts. Expanding taxpayer dollars to give illegal aliens access to bingo, dance lessons, and the internet is a slap in the face to hardworking Americans who foot the bill.

It’s even more frustrating given that so many Americans are unemployed and looking for work while illegal aliens are getting free tutoring and computer classes to advance their own lives.” (Grassley Letter to John Morton, June 11, 2010).

And THAT, my friends, is the latest brainstorm from Washington!!

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KAROUSELL46 6/15/2010 6:18PM

    What the !!!

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NOTFATCAT 6/15/2010 11:54AM

    Perhaps I should consider one of these facilities as my next vacation spa site!

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POCKETLLAMA1 6/15/2010 7:14AM

    Well, it isn't okay with me! If somebody from another country wants to move to America, they should do it through the proper channels and not illegally. The illegal alien problem is one of the major causes of our economic problems. And the more perks we give them, the more they are likely to come over here with their hands out for a hand out!

We have better things to do with our money. Yes, treat them humanely, but that's where it ends!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/15/2010 12:38AM

    Wow--I'm speechless.

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BEVPRESLEY 6/14/2010 11:36PM

    They live better than a lot of people in my area. How sad.

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AFM-SPARK 6/14/2010 11:35PM

    It's OK with me. These are not prisons. Many are unfairly locked up to begin with. Just because other things aren't fair doesn't mean we need to treat others unfairly. I believe in the golden rule.


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A Real Pain in the ...................

Friday, June 11, 2010

Well, I got the message from my Doctor today.

Seems my fall injuries haven't ended.

I have a hairline fracture in my pelvis.

No wonder it hurts so much to sit!! I can stand fairly comfortably for a bit, and lie down flat quite well.

But WOW! When I sit for a short time, I really hurt.

I am concerned about not being able to get in all my walking miles I want to this year, and I am nearly half way there.

I want to walk 700 miles this year. It is not a team challenge, but it is a challenge I made for myself.

I wanted to finish a 5K this year, too, but that was not to be, either.

As soon as possible, I will be doing my walks, and then I will go back to that damned trail and do the 5K again. I WILL COMPLETE THAT ONE this year!!

Grumpy me today. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 6/15/2010 6:16PM

    Oh my goodness. I keep saying that getting healthy is going to kill me. Something new hurts all the time. Listen to your doc. I hope you heal quickly and feel better soon...gentle (((hug)))

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NOTFATCAT 6/12/2010 5:44PM

    In August the PA senior games include a 5K on the waterfront trail if you are healed physically and mentally by then.
Something to train for anyway.
Get better soon.

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LOVESCAMPING 6/12/2010 12:51PM

    Sandy, I'm so sorry to hear about the pelvic fracture. I know it can get discouraging when something happens to get one off track, but I admire your spirit and determination.

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TOWHEE 6/11/2010 11:46PM

    How disappointing, but please follow the doctor's recommendations. Your goals were set before you had your accident, they can be modified to take the healing time into account (maybe only 630 miles instead of 700; a 4K (2.5 miles) instead of the 5K). I admire your determination, but your body needs time to heal or you will be having trouble for the rest of your life (I ended up in a cast for 6 weeks because I wouldn't stay off of a sprained ankle. That ankle still doesn't have the mobility and flexibility of the other ankle).
I like PFLEG's idea of water walking or water aerobics. See if your doctor approves.


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ILUVTOTAT 6/11/2010 11:43PM

    How frustrating for you!! I hope you heal quickly.

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PFLEEG 6/11/2010 7:44PM

    Wow. I'm sorry to hear that! What does the dr recommend you do to facilitate healing? What about walking laps in a pool? You'd still get a decent workout with resistance, but no impact.

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CARLANNIE 6/11/2010 6:57PM

    Wow - glad you got in to see the doc. I guess it happened when you fell during the race? How long to heal? Just take this time to take care of yourself. Let's see - what can you do standing up? A lot of dusting???

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FITJEDI 6/11/2010 5:27PM

    Holy molely!!! Recover and then hit those goals hard again.

(This from a person who broke her ankle and had trouble slowing down .... but ..... try to follow doctor's orders.)


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WALKAWAY 6/11/2010 5:18PM

    emoticonI'm soooo sorry. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Take care.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/11/2010 4:59PM



Please take it easy and don't try to do too much too soon--the walking and that blasted trail will be there when you heal up completely. You'll conquer those miles and the trail both, just not quite as quick as you had planned.


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ALICEART2010 6/11/2010 4:46PM

    take care of yourself.

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