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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Just going to go to bed, not sure it is a great idea, but not worse than here. I am in such pain since last night. My L hip aches and hurts, both knees are bad, wearing my brace and tensor bandage on either knee, ( not helping) my L ankle and foot are throbbing. arghhhhhhhhh no idea where the hip issues came from but just wasn't able to lay on it or anything. Oh well...... it will pass I am sure.
Also got word today that hubbys aunt on other side of the family, and his god mother passed today. We have no money to go to the island again and there is also a storm coming so won't be attending that funeral. I hope that is all. not coming in 3 as some say... eeek
Did well today, we went to visit sil as was her birthday on Sunday and her son left for his job. Good visit and got home before dark. Now going to go to bed, hope to read and sleep. just wish the aching would go.
Oh hubby went to drs today and lol she couldn't find when he was to come........ it was tomorrow! LOL
HUGS all cya

  
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/13/2014 5:41PM

    hope today is a better day

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NATHELESS 2/13/2014 8:24AM

    Hope your pain has passed! Very sorry for your loss...

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PEGGYO 2/12/2014 3:10PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/12/2014 1:32PM

    I hate to hear you are having this problem. I wonder if it's due to the impending storm. I know I'm like a weather barometer. If bad weather is coming I hurt all over and may as well go to bed. I recall seniors telling me this when I was young.

I'm sorry about your husband's aunt. I went through this many years ago and lost all the female members of the family. They were all gone in about 3 years time.

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Sunday evening a good day

Sunday, February 09, 2014

HI buddies, I have had a relatively good day. Aches and pains but nothing super outlandish and numbing. I have slept well for 3 nights running but dreaming a lot. lol oh well at least I am waking feeling mostly rested.
Had a good day today, got a bit done, rested some and just back from a good walk with allie, My knee hurt wicked when we started, and every few houses I would stop adjust my posture and keep going, only once did it give out and I didn't fall. 3/4 of way home I started to hurt and limp but that was pretty good. it was the farthest we had gone in a while.
Eating is better, we have been gf, for a week now and I am doing well. Hubby isn't eating lunch cos doesn't know what to have. lol I offered a lot of suggestions but no, also he still has laryngitis and cough so not feeling up to par.
Going to make chicken soup and also beef stew so we have some ahead meals and soup for lunches. Most store soup have wheat and also too much salt, rather make my own as I do with most stuff.
Okay off to read for a bit, then gong to do my stretches and go to bed. Oh well lol maybe not it is only 8:30! lol read, workout, then get ready yea it will be nearly 9:30 -10 by then lol

have a great day tomorrow and start it fresh and happy.
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ALEXSGIRL1 2/10/2014 4:06PM

    so glad you were out walking and enjoy that chicken soup so much better when you make your own.

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/10/2014 4:05AM

   

Sounds like this GF is really helping you. Sticking with it is probably difficult but if it helps manage your pain and other symptoms, it is worth working on. So glad you were able to get in a good walk with Allie. My foster granddaughter is ALlie too. LOL ENjoy the week and keep pushing you are getting so far with all your hard work.
Love ya,


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FENWAYGIRL18 2/10/2014 12:05AM

    Sorry your hurting, glad you were able to push yourself a bit to get out. I never realized how salty the canned stuff is even the low sodium since making my own chicken noodle soup ahaha. the noodles I used were gluten free they were called no yolk said dumplings on them but looked like noodles hahaha. Hope your hubby is soon feeling better!

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TRESSWANN 2/9/2014 8:24PM

    Sounds like a bit of progress. agree completely on the home made!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/9/2014 8:18PM

    I like homemade soup and stews, Can't stand the canned stuff. So gross. I hope your hubby is over his illness soon.

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Interesting article on biggest loser winner

Friday, February 07, 2014

Read this on a site on fb, and then thought would be interesting to share. Don't shoot the messenger and I watch the show and thought she looked great while on ranch, not at all at the finale. The article says feel free to share so hopefully no problems here for sharing as it
has the authors name and such.



LOOOONNNGGGGG Post Warning. Biggest Loser: Literally and Figuratively

I laughed at the number of people who messaged me or posted on my page asking my thoughts on the Biggest Loser Finale the night before. I admit, I had not watched it. I quit watching that show a few years ago, when I learned first hand what the show was all about. What you see on TV is only part of the story. So I looked at a couple images of the show’s winner, Rachel. I was appalled, but not entirely surprised, given what I know about the show.

Then I started seeing a lot of posts on my feed about it. How could it not be talked about? The majority of what I saw echoed my sentiments of disgust at how shockingly thin that the winner was. Many said she looked anorexic, because she does. Many compared her to Karen Carpenter, and oddly, the finale was on the anniversary of Karen Carpenter's anorexia related death. Many said that the show has gone too far, because it has. Many said that her winning physique should not be celebrated, and it shouldn’t.

However, that’s not all I saw. I saw some people jumping in to defend her and the show. And that truly infuriated me. So I will tell you why.

A few years ago, I started training a Biggest Loser, Final 4, contestant during the “at home” portion, after their time on the ranch. I had loved the show, so I was excited to have the opportunity to have a little part in this girl’s journey. We talked during our sessions and she told me a lot about what really happens on the ranch. She told me that she had spent months eating 800-900 calories and exercised for a minimum of 6 hours a day, every day. She told me how several of them, herself included, were often delirious to the point of hearing voices that weren’t really there. She told me that they were pressured to work through incredible pain and injury. As she stood before me, having been one of the largest female contestants, she had her knees and ankles wrapped with more ace bandages than should be on one body. Her mobility was limited due to the amount of pain she was experiencing in her joints (FYI Biggest Loser Trainers: 300+ lb women should NOT be doing box jumps their first week on the ranch!)

I was shocked and completely disillusioned with the show. I thought I could help “save her” and coach her back to a healthier way of doing things, and I expressed my immense concern about her long term well being and what these drastic measures were going to do to her in terms of putting the weight back on when the show was over. But she was already brainwashed and wanted to win. Part of me hoped she was exaggerating.

That hope was put to rest after Jillian came to film an “at home” visit and workout. I was there for the workout, and the things Jillian said on film with a smile, didn’t match what she said off camera under her breath. Such as “yes, make sure you are eating at least 1200 calories a day *smile” while holding her hand over her mouth with a death glare on the girl saying “you better NOT eat 1200 f#cking calories”. I was beyond disgusted and at that moment, knew I could not watch this go on as her trainer.

The next day, I told her that I couldn’t be a part of watching her, and helping her destroy her health and her metabolism and that I was only interested in helping her lose weight for the long term… not just the show. I told her that I was confident that they didn’t give a rats ass about her well being, only ratings. To which she replied “well, I already lost X amount of weight on the ranch, so they obviously know what they are doing and maybe you don’t”.

We parted ways.

I said a prayer for her and knew she would gain all the weight back and I was angry at the show. That’s when I quit watching.

So now, for me to see people defending the contestants and the show? I will give them the benefit of the doubt because they don’t KNOW what goes on behind the scenes, but here is what people are blind to, that is right in front of them.

“Shame on everyone saying negative things about #rachel's weight loss. She just endured an incredible journey. She's 23 years old and has experienced more life than most of us. Go 'head girl. Haters gonna hate. #thl #finale”

To which I reply: It is not a personal attack on Rachel. I am beyond disgusted with NBC and The Biggest Loser. And while she may have endured an incredible journey to date, the most difficult part of her journey is only just beginning. Thanks to the biggest loser, she will likely never have a relationship with food that isn't completely disordered. Ever. And I'm sorry, her weight loss extreme, and the completely UNHEALTHY way they go about such weight loss should not EVER be commended or defended.

“I bet her BMI is perfectly healthy!”

To which I reply: BMI is completely ridiculous, as I am "overweight" at 18% body fat. And anyone that thinks she looked healthy has a distorted perception of what healthy means. At 23 years old, the dehydrated, wrinkled face told the story before seeing her tiny skeletal frame covered in skin. And just from the clinical perspective, losing 155 lbs in 5 months requires such an incredibly large calorie deficit per day, (over 3500 calories per day deficit) that they are physically pushing their bodies so hard for 6-8 hours on end and a deficit that large causes SEVERE adrenal stress, which most often results in total metabolic disorder. That "journey" is no where NEAR over. And I promise you with certainty, she will emerge far more damaged than she was at 260. And I am a nutritionist, whose livelihood depends on helping people lose weight and get healthy. And I would far rather see her at 260 than have her go through what she has done to her body.

”Why do people suddenly think it’s ok to body shame Rachel for being thin? It’s just as bad as body shaming someone for being fat. Leave her alone! I am a skinny person and it devastates me when people comment on it.”

To which I reply: Her “reveal” was a shocking site. And she INTENTIONALLY did it to herself over the last 5 months. Let's distinguish. She is not a skinny person…… that's the issue. She was an overweight person who became shockingly skinny for the sake of the contest. And I think it needs to be dealt with swiftly. The outcome was shocking. And the reactions were to how shocking it was. I don't think it's something that can afford to be candy coated.

No one picked her out of a crowded shopping mall and started shaming her for being too skinny. She put herself in the public eye by being in the show, and furthermore, she was a participant in making her "before" video where they are intentionally trying to "shock" people with a montage of them stuffing large quantities of food in their mouth, and jumping up and down in a sports bra and bike shorts grabbing handfuls of body fat and shaking it for the camera. They were TRYING to create divisive, negative thoughts and opinions about the contestants’ bodies in the viewers when they were on that end of the scale. So when someone takes it to the extreme at the other end of the scale, so how can anyone balk at the divisive and negative response to her transformation when it’s the opposite extreme?

”People can get mad about the show, and I admit, it doesn’t seem healthy, but they are monitored by doctors there. I put my trust in the doctors.”

To which I reply: Taking someone morbidly obese and putting them on 800-900 calories on 6-7 hours of strenuous exercise per day is 100% NOT kosher. Not even with a panel of medical doctors right off camera. Because I know FIRST hand that there were no physicians anywhere in sight when she was still under the shows "supervision" training at home. And putting your trust in a panel of physicians PAID by NBC where ratings are based on success and success is based on the most dramatic weight loss, I am confident in saying your trust has been misplaced. And now, you can see firsthand what the trust yielded. Her name is Rachel.

“The trainers looked equally shocked by her transformation, so I don’t think it was their doing, and Bob and Jillian put out statements that they couldn’t comment about her journey because they never trained her.”

To which I reply: Yes, they did look shocked, because it was shocking. But they absolutely KNOW what they have their contestants do – ALL of them. She just managed to take it a lot further than most peoples’ bodies and will power will allow them. Most people would have shut their metabolism down with that much weight loss, and that is what happens to most of the contestants, in the body's effort to preserve itself. However, hers allowed her to keep losing. I have no thoughts that she went rogue and did something more extreme than they allowed. The trainers were shocked because they knew the show was now exposed for what it truly is and they are all “caught”. They were shocked because they anticipated the backlash that was going to ensue. Of course they are going to distance themselves from her. If they congratulate her, there will be outrage that they are celebrating such a change. And they can’t really throw themselves and NBC under the bus because that’s who signs their paychecks…..

Next up: NBC and the show will throw her under the bus by acting like she acted alone and that they are not to blame. They will probably say that she had a pre-existing eating disorder that they were unaware of….. But no doubt, they will all try to save their own skin. At her expense.

In a nutshell though, it shouldn’t have taken this to open peoples eyes to how destructive the show is. The show takes the contestants in, humiliates them by putting them on display through the “before” video montage and the weigh-ins wearing minimal clothing (while they are at their largest). Funny how they cover them up more when they start shrinking…. The show AIMS to shame the fat version of the contestants. They isolate the contestants for extended periods of time, so they become so completely immersed in the show, it becomes their life… this tiny little microcosm that revolves around the gospel that these trainers are preaching. They do a great job. The show aims for shock value with the ridiculously inappropriate workouts, the first week, complete with puking and Jillian’s ridiculous “badass” face and shouting. They aim for shock value in the makeover episode, where apparently people must not realize that the show makes them all grow their facial hair and have unkempt hair so the “reveal” can be super dramatic. And in the end, they made the recipe for exactly what happened Tuesday night.

And seriously, who thinks that the trainers and show producers DIDN’T know she was that painfully thin? You think it’s a magical miracle the the show winner is always one of the last contestants to go? You think they didn’t have any idea how she looked and what she weighed and that 60% of her body was gone? Live TV or not, THEY ALL KNEW. And they not only condone it, they created it.

And anyone else out there who can support that and/or defend it…… in my eyes, you are equally guilty.

~Carlene Steenekamp
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DIANESKATZ 2/12/2014 1:21PM

    emoticon for posting this. I used to like The Biggest Loser. Never do we see what goes on behind closed doors. I have often wondered what they ate and how. Only 800-900 calories?? Geesh. That's starvation for anyone; including all that grueling exercise. Everything in moderation is the key, I think. I hope the show's ratings go down indeed.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/8/2014 3:15PM

    I suspected that it would be like this, with that show. I have never actually seen it and it was because I thought the only way public TV would possibly show it would be to humiliate the "before" contestants and to create obsessive disordered eating and fitness routines to produce the "afters". Too bad my suspicions turned out right.

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HAPPYWALKER 2/8/2014 10:15AM

    I'm really glad you posted this, Cindy. When I expressed my comments on facebook regarding how unhealthy she was, I was surprised at people who came to her defense. Some people thought she looked beautiful. However, my reaction was also common with many others. I really and truly felt sorry for her. What's most disturbing is that there are young girls out there who look to that image as a role model and they will starve themselves into this unhealthy look. Some of them will die.

I have watched The Biggest Loser for many years and always looked forward to seeing all their transformations at the finale. I thought Rachel looked beautiful on the make-over episode - I think she was about 150. I was rooting for her to win, but imagined her getting to maybe 120. I knew in my heart that there is no way the average person could lose that much weight in such a short amount of time, but I sort of looked past that. That is, until this season's finale. When Rachel walked out, I was shocked and disturbed. Those bony legs, that sunken face, the skin-on-bone arms! She was the only female that did NOT wear a form-fitting dress because it would have shown her skeletal frame even more. She reminded me so much of how Karen Carpenter looked in the end. At 105, her BMI is underweight. She was happy and everyone cheered her to encourage her she had done something great. I think that after the confetti is gone, she's going to be stuck in a psychological and physical horror with no NBC-affiliate to help her.

No amount of money should motivate someone to do that to themselves. I don't blame Rachel. I definitely blame the show. Even if NBC says she did this on her own after she left the ranch, they are the ones who created this mess for her.

I only hope she gets the psychological and nutritional advice she needs to healthfully gain back enough weight to maintain a healthy BMI.

As for me, I will no longer be watching The Biggest Loser. I would love to see people boycott the show and put it out of business.



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2015TODAY 2/8/2014 7:23AM

    I don't live in the US and am not following the Biggest Loser stuff.
I am not surprised that when we make weight loss a super-goal, some people will take it too far.
Someone who is addicted to food and morbidly obese - saying this as an overweight binge eater myself - has something wrong in their mind. An anorexic has something wrong in their mind. The connection between food and fuel went missing.
Some of those people in the contest may go back to being obese. Rachel, poor soul, got too thin. It means that their bodies changed and the amount and type of foods they ate changed (at least while the contest lasted). But their mind didn't change, their relationship with food is probably as sick as it was before.

I think western society is totally crazy if it's about food and weight. No one seems to remember the basic idea was HEALTH.

Let's not be upset with the shows. Let's try to figure out what is going on in our society that these shows are even made and that so many watch them.


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CIPHER1971 2/8/2014 5:38AM

    Wow your insight into Biggest Loser was educational in the extreme. Thanks for sharing

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COSMIC_ENERGY 2/7/2014 10:57PM

    Just goes to show that often underlying issues of control spiral into loss of "seeing" reality and only seeing the fat girl or need to win at any cost. They are not in any sort of "real" environment on the ranch. Then they are pushed to the brink that it's no wonder they fall over the edge.

It's a wake up call for the show and for what we as consumers of "reality" TV are supporting.

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DOLLYHOLLY 2/7/2014 10:16PM

    Personally I thought the winner that emerged at the end looked like she was dangerously thin and bordering on anorexia. I agree that dieting and exercising to such an extreme in a short time is not healthy. But I think also, now that she's off the show, maybe she can get some real help from nutritionists and trainers who will help her regain a few pounds and some fat on her face/arms so that she can be slim AND healthy for the long-term.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/7/2014 9:17PM

    I'm a nurse and watched the show once time and that was enough for me. I didn't like what I saw. I saw Rachel on T.V. she looks horrible.

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_BABE_ 2/7/2014 9:04PM

    The show has a long history and this finalist is certainly the most shocking results I have ever seen. I think like a few of the others who have went the distance she will rebound up a bit.

As for getting a screwy relationship with food....everyone who goes on that show has one so if the pendulum swings the other way which is bound to happen whose to say which Is worse.

Thanks for posting this and allowing us to add our 2 cents!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 2/7/2014 9:03PM

    Very interesting blog. I never liked the show. Really couldn't stand to watch it.
I never realized it was even worse than I thought. Thanks for sharing this info.
It doesn't surprise me.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 2/7/2014 8:59PM

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TWESTEN1 2/7/2014 8:47PM

    It's always preached to us that to lose weight it should be slow and steady. I'm thrilled when I lose 2 pounds in a week... I can't imagine losing 15! So to me, the show has always been unrealistic and unhealthy - but I think they are also trying to encourage people to take control of their lives & lose weight. Of course, how many people does it discourage when one is trying to lose weight & isn't losing those crazy high amounts. After reading that article and hearing about all the behind the scenes...ridiculously low calorie count with those long hours of training - I don't think I'll be watching it in the future.

Thanks for sharing!

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STONECOT 2/7/2014 8:09PM

    I don't know about the US version. I stopped watching the UK version because I was appalled at the way the contestants were expected to exercise to destruction. I expected to see a heart attack, stroke or sudden death. There was no attempt to promote healthy habits, but extreme food restriction, and ridiculous forms of exercise. I don't see the show as anything other than an exploitation of the desperate.

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February 6th

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Boy I have been so mixed up on the day and dates lately. Since we had to leave to go and then back and go again, I am not sure what day it is LOL

Today I am hoping we stay home and then if we do go out only go to 2 stores lol I have a list and I want to get it done. Sort my pantry as I can't find the flours I need easily. I want to use glass so have jars and have to take out the first row to see the others it is so frustrating and figure will only be time before one breaks on the tile floor. This kitchen has no cupboard area and I have to figure a better way. Would love to afford a pull out shelf even for just one....

Also on the list is to tidy kitchen and bath, then clean my papers and recipes off the dining room table. But I do want yogurt and some tasty gf crackers at Costco. Also need 3 items at bulk barn yet again! LOL

So hoping to get organized this am. Hubby still not well, and he has snowblowing to do. So know I won't be going anywhere till after lunch at least. Plenty of time to get a lot of it done.

Want to clean the fridge out too and make a huge salad for lunch. Have supper planned so should be a healthy day. Even figure with what I want done will get some moving in and will do my phsyio and strength too.

HUGS

  
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/7/2014 7:07PM

    sounds like you had a busy day

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TRESSWANN 2/6/2014 10:33AM

    sounds like a busy day. don't get overwhelmed

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/6/2014 9:28AM

    When we redid our kitchen we put a lot more cabinets in including a commercial pantry. I have another big panty though in the laundry room. It really helps.

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Feb 3rd

Monday, February 03, 2014

Really pleased this am. it is only 9:30 and I have supper done for when we come back ( casserole that will keep a day in fridge) and ironing done and kitchen cleaned. Hospital called for hubby on his kidney ultrasound reschedule which was only end of March WOW!! and my dr called but he has to call back.

So now hubby is in shower, and all presentable LOL beard, hair and moustache all trimmed up and now it will be my turn. Then let dd dogs out before we go, and then off we go to get sil and then over to island again. Cya tomorrow evening.
The worst thing is that my sciatica is acting up probably from sitting in truck even though we got out a few times. oh well hoping that once we are back tomorrow eve. and can rest and get back to normal it slows down, have been feeling it some IT will NOT come back, I said so! LOL
HUGS all, stay healthy! OH btw have gf muffins made, oatcakes and taking cut fresh veggies. So when we stop I will get my tea but no muffins, doughnuts or bars!!! Prepared and taking 2 oatcakes in purse for the reception or whatever it is called after the service. I am going to do fine!

  
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/5/2014 4:39PM

    great to hear you made the oatcakes

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TRESSWANN 2/3/2014 6:04PM

    Good on sticking with the GF. Curious as to how it's going to work. Keep it going

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HOLDINGMYOWN 2/3/2014 4:54PM

    emoticon on *planning* that IS the KEY!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/3/2014 12:33PM

    Have a safe trip! I hope you have a good time - pain free, of course.

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MOTHER-NATURE 2/3/2014 11:08AM

    Good planning Cindy emoticon

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