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Friday, August 05, 2011

I've been struggling with keeping up with the program for about a year. However, except for a few weeks, I've kept struggling. I've gained back 25 of the pounds I lost the year before, and I've been very frustrated. HOWEVER, the struggle pays off even if some of the numbers are going in the wrong direction.
I visited my doctor yesterday and was pleased to learn that even my half measures and struggles had raised my good cholesterol and improved my liver, kidney and glucose levels.
The moral of the story. Track your food, exercise every day, etc. but if you fall off the wagon, keep struggling to get back on. Every effort is progress!

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USE2BWILD 5/3/2012 1:03AM

    Well, thank goodness! Honey, you can do this! You are so worth it! I know every day is a battle, but be a soldier and make yourself stick to it. Eat super healthy and when you are tempted, eat a piece of fruit. I have been eating very ripe kiwis (less tart) and watermelon and papaya. Please let me know how you are doing. I want to be a better cheer leader for you! Prayers and hugs!

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    Glad to hear you got some good news out of it. This could be motivation to get totally back on the wagon. Good luck!

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Great Editorial About Body Image and Politics

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This editorial was syndicated in The Seattle Times, our local newspaper. I think it's very thought provoking. I wish I lived in New Jersey so I could show Gov. Corzine just what I think of his tactics! And I'm a Democrat!

Weighing in on political ads

Political ads have hit a new low. In New Jersey, the battle between Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Christopher Christie has put the spotlight on the weight of one of the candidates.

By David S. Broder

Syndicated columnist

WASHINGTON Every time you think politics has hit a new low, it finds a way to go lower. I thought we had reached the nadir last month when Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted "You lie!" at President Obama while he was speaking to a joint session of Congress.

But then The New York Times caught me up on what has been happening in New Jersey. Campaigns there are rarely elevated affairs, but the current battle between Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Christopher Christie has sunk to new depths.

As the Times pointed out, a television ad for Corzine, "about as subtle as a playground taunt," shows Christie "stepping out of an SUV in extreme slow motion, his extra girth moving, in several different directions at once. In case viewers missed the point, a narrator snidely intones" that Christie, the former U.S. attorney for New Jersey, "threw his weight around" to avoid several traffic tickets.

As if that were not enough, Corzine, who is 62 and conspicuously fit, has been running weekend 5- and 10-kilometer races in cities around the state to demonstrate that he has kept himself in much better shape than Christie, despite the 15-year difference in their ages.

I have no rooting interest in the New Jersey race, but the ad hoc Committee of Journalistic Ethics Enforcers has authorized me to condemn this advertising tactic. I very much fear that if Corzine pulls out a victory next month after trailing Christie for months in the polls, the precedent will be set for a really distasteful tactic the "fat boy" ploy.

If you believe, as I do, that the "beautiful people" already have enough of an advantage in this age of television politics and cable trivia, then the last thing we need is a wave of ads highlighting that others are really ugly.

I worry about the many Senate and House incumbents in both parties who have plumped up since they came to Washington. Lobbyists can no longer buy members' lunches or dinners, but there still are notable trenchermen among them including some prominent men and women who always try to be photographed with their coats buttoned.

It's long been argued that Abraham Lincoln, with his hangdog looks and bad complexion, could never be elected these days. If Stephen Douglas had chosen to ridicule Lincoln's face, rather than debate him on the issues, American history might have turned out very differently.

This is not an issue that Barack Obama can afford to ignore. As the leader of the Democratic Party, he is accountable for the Corzine campaign. He has to know that if he, Obama, were not such a lean, fit basketball player, he could be a target himself.

He may be tempted to emulate Corzine's tactics when he runs for re-election, if he's lucky enough to draw Newt Gingrich as his opponent. But he ought to remember that it could as easily be Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty or the calorie-counting Mike Huckabee.

But Democrats with longer memories (or less dire political circumstances) than Corzine's ought to remember recent history. Suppose that George W. Bush, Mr. Fitness, had thrown weight onto the scales against Albert Gore in 2000. Does anyone think it would have taken 36 days to figure out who won?

Or go back to Bill Clinton, who obviously showed the effects of too many stops at McDonald's. Papa Bush and Bob Dole, with not an extra ounce of fat, could have made him a laughingstock.

When I get to New Jersey in a couple weeks, I'll be intrigued to learn whether there has been a backlash among voters who may be sensitive about their own weight. But the Times reported that Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University poll, said that when asked to say what came first to voters' minds about Christie, one of the most frequent answers was "fat."

Christie has tried to dispose of the "issue" by losing 25 pounds in just the last four months. But he ought to remember what happened with Huckabee in last year's presidential race. He drew as much attention early on in the primaries as a successful dieter as he did for any aspect of his biography. But he lost.

This issue has no place in our politics.

David S. Broder's column appears regularly on editorial pages of The Times. His e-mail address is

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    Yup - we are shallow

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USE2BWILD 12/12/2010 12:34AM

    Good point. emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 1/20/2010 5:40PM

    hmmm...very thought provoking.

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TRINI_TEACH 10/11/2009 9:58PM


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Trick for doing onerous tasks

Sunday, September 27, 2009

So this is probably not new, but since I'm using my trick today, I thought I'd share it.
When I have to do something I don't want to (like grading the HUGE stack of papers that accumulated when I was sick), this is what I do.

Half Hour on/Half Hour Off - I set my kitchen timer to 1/2 hour and make myself stay at the table correcting for the full time. When the timer goes off, I set it for 1/2 hour and do other tasks. These aren't usually fun, but they seem fascinating as an alternative! I do things like cleaning the house, doing the laundry, etc. If I'm really good, I even may get to "spark" for a few minutes!

You must understand, I'm not a fan of house cleaning, but I find when I have something I MUST get done, I have the most creative mind for finding other things that are even more critical - like cleaning the corners of the floor with a toothbrush!

Hope you're all having a great day and that you're on your way to your goals.


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WOLFKITTY 9/15/2010 10:46PM

    LOL!! I think this is a GREAT tip! You should also submit it as a "Spark Secret"! Really! (If you haven't already.)

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ADAMST3 2/12/2010 9:31AM

    Oh, Girls! You have helped me this morning. 5 classes of kids...150 essays to grade before Monday. I've to get started NOW. Timer...half on half off. Here I go...

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TRINI_TEACH 9/27/2009 7:48PM

    I do a similar thing when grading papers (a task which I do not enjoy at all!). I tell myself that for every 10 or 20 papers (depending on my mood) I will do 15 - 20 minutes of something fun. I like the idea of the timer though because sometimes the time of fun can extend just a tad! emoticon Have a great week!

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USE2BWILD 9/27/2009 6:58PM

    This is a great idea. So simple appealing to my sense of fun and at the same time sticking to the task at hand. Thank you!! emoticon

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Just for a giggle

Friday, August 07, 2009

So I went to see a dermatologist about a bothersome thing on my cheek. (It's not cancer, thank God, and he treated it). Our medical center allows patients to access their records online. Today, I went online to get the name of the thing on my cheek and saw what he wrote about me. "A pleasant, well nourished woman". For some reason, it really tickled my funny bone. "Well nourished" - yeah, like nourished enough for several people lol. Anyway, I thought I'd share it in case it gives anyone else a giggle.
I would correct it, however, since I'm not this big from being well nourished, but from not being well nourished! But now that I'm part of SP, well nourished is becoming more accurate every day!
Have a happy weekend.

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SEESALLYRUN 11/21/2009 9:34PM

    I grinned reading your post, but thought I would let you know that is very common language on medical histories... emoticon emoticon

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USE2BWILD 9/16/2009 12:16AM

    Glad you found spark. There is so much to learn and it is fun to have support along the way. This entry did make me laugh. I am so glad you got that checked out and that it wasn't serious. I am not sure if I told you this but I love that bible quote on your page. If you ever need anything, I am only a click away. From, Mcgee emoticon

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TRINI_TEACH 8/10/2009 9:28PM

    Tee hee! You know, I wouldn't mind being referred to as pleasant and well nourished. As you said, SP is helping us to become healthier eaters...hence...well nourished. Hope your cheek is healing nicely.

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SHERIRJ 8/9/2009 12:01PM

    Yes, I got a giggle out of this too! You make a good point with the meaning of "well-nourished". Perhaps he remembered that his patients could go online and read what he wrote and was trying to gently note the circumstance without offending you. Glad it wasn't cancer!

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TRES_ME 8/7/2009 6:24PM

    Glad it wasn't anything serious. I actually like the "well nourished" description and would take that as a compliment.

Perhaps because it can be viewed from a different perspective. For instance, we tend to "nourish" something/someone we care about. Be it with food/water for loved ones, plants and pets, knowledge for students, ... Your blog entry reminds us to "nourish" ourselves with nutritious food and exercise, knowledge and perhaps most of all with patience.

Happy your day went well. Congrats on the first blog entry!

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