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Scary moment

Monday, October 29, 2012

Arrived at client's house. She is holding back a barking beagle. "Do you remember her, boy?" She says. I reach out my hand and he sniffs it and licks me.

"Wow!" she says. "That was great! He's an attack dog. Good boy, not biting!"

Which, yay. But WHO DOES THAT?! Shouldn't there have been a "careful, he bites"?!

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JANEMARIE77 10/30/2012 9:58PM

    some people hard just do kind

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TATTER3 10/30/2012 6:55AM

    What a jerk!!!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 10/29/2012 11:33PM

    It's idiots like that who make me crazy - and who probably should never be entrusted to care for an animal or small child either.....

Glad you came out of the encounter in one piece!

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SANDYW1945 10/29/2012 5:42PM

    Oh for heaven's sake. That is NOT a responsible person. She should not have a dog! Glad you came out of this without injury.

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/29/2012 11:00AM


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MAHGRET 10/29/2012 10:02AM

    Whoa! That would totally freak me out!

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NELLJONES 10/29/2012 9:53AM

    AAkkk!! Good think he liked you!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 10/29/2012 9:10AM

    I'm glad you didn't get bitten. emoticon

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Not sure about this "rubber/road" thing

Friday, October 26, 2012

Well, I made my 2,000 miles of biking goal before the weather turned really nasty. In fact, yesterday I had one of the best rides ever--it was twilight, and very still, and I felt like I was sort of floating along instead of actually pedaling.

But tonight is the monthly Critical Mass ride, which I intended to do. Except it looks like it's going to be chilly and rainy. And I'm not sure I'm so dedicated to biking that I'm willing to go out in the dark AND the cold *AND* the rain.

Maybe two out of three.

It does make me extra glad that I finished my pledged miles, though, because I don't think I'm going to be one of those cyclists who keeps going despite of snow and ice and such. There's simply nothing fun about riding in those conditions, and at that point the control of drivers starts to seriously scare me.

Still, I can hope for another mild winter and that biking season is nice and long.

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DOTTIESPLACE 10/28/2012 6:38PM

    I second the hope for a mild and warm winter with lots of beautiful days for riding!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 10/27/2012 7:45AM

    2,000 miles is already an awesome achievement. I tend to be over-cautious, so I definitely see your side about curtailing rides in the ice and snow! Take advantage of riding when you feel it's safe (and FUN!) and then spring will be here before you know it!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 10/26/2012 9:51PM

    Congratulations on achieving your incredibly emoticon goal of 2,000 miles on the bike! WOW, that is a mind boggling feat! I am so impressed by your dedication!

I had hoped to get a membership at one of our local YMCAs a few weeks ago for my youngest D and myself, but have been virtually sidelined indefinitely with a nasty wound / 'ulcer' on one shin, which requires a lot of care and patience..... I had even bought bathing suits for the two of us ( let me tell you that whole experience was NOT a pretty picture, especially with 'surround you' mirrors!) with the idea that we could get in some swimming.

Hopefully the leg will heal soon, and Meaganne and I can start on our own 'road work'.

I sure hope that the weather cooperates with you so that you can enjoy more time on the bike.

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CHEFSOPHIE 10/26/2012 3:07PM

    Enjoy the weather while it's still nice. Fall is going entirely too quickly.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 10/26/2012 12:34PM

    I normally walk every morning, but yesterday was wet and rainy, and in the 30*'s. It was fine last year with 50 pounds more, but I'm danged chilly this year.

You'll find something you'll enjoy during the winter!

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That one word thing

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Answer every question with just one word

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favourite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favourite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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TATTER3 10/26/2012 6:42AM


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MILPAM3 10/24/2012 2:53PM

  Do I like simple, forthright answers?

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HONBAD 10/24/2012 2:31PM

    I was in Napa one year ago and it was so amazing!! Also, do you call Heinen's Heini's?! Or was that just a typo? My mother-in-law from out of town always calls it that and I can never tell if she's doing it to be funny or if she really thinks that is the name. Now we do affectionately refer to it as Heini's sometimes!

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Health At Every Size

Friday, October 12, 2012

There's a lot of debate going on regarding the Health At Every Size (HAES) movement. Most of it seems to focus on the idea that HAES is just a way of giving fat people permission to stay fat, or that it encourages people to get fat by not shaming them for not being perfect.

Setting aside the absurdity of thinking that HAES makes people get fat on purpose, let me explain *my* understanding of what it means. I'm not the expert, and other people may have differing views of it, but here's what I take from it.

First of all, the success of long-term weight loss is pretty miniscule: 90-95% of people who lose weight regain it within 5 years. Programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are *required* to put that "Results not typical" disclaimer on their ads because, hey, the success stories they are touting are NOT the usual outcome of the program.

Now, no one WANTS to regain the weight they fought to lose. Kirstie Alley had the additional incentive of a million-dollar salary, and she still couldn't keep the weight off. So assuming that Joe and Jane Average regain their weight only because they are lazy and gluttonous is pretty naive and arrogant. The shame and pain of being overweight would be enough to keep people thin, if it was the least be effective.

But research has shown that weight is not the predictive factor for health. Fitness is. Yes, obese and unfit people have a much higher mortality rate than normal weight, fit people. But for obese, fit people? That mortality rate drops down to almost the same as normal weight, fit people. And it's half the mortality rate of normal weight but unfit people. The link to the study is at the end of this entry, but this graph really illustrates the differences:

So instead of trying to sell us on all being thin, a goal that eludes most the people who attempt it, HAES emphasized being FIT, a goal that is within the grasp of many more people, and that will actually improve their health.

Most of the time, overweight people are sold on exercise and fitness as part of the whole "get thin" package: "You should work out and eat healthy food AND THEN you'll get thin!" Fitness is treated as a means to reach the Holy Grail of a size 4 dress, instead of something that is an inherent good in and of itself. HAES is about unlinking fitness from thinness and emphasizing overall health, rather than an elusive goal weight.

Why is this important? Because most people won't succeed at getting thin, but CAN succeed at getting healthy. And if people only associate exercise and fitness with "the time that I'm on a diet" then they don't learn to think of it as something good on its own, only as something that they have to suffer through when they are in the dieting phase of their lives.

Furthermore, HAES is about saying that it's okay, and safe, and *fun* to work out even when you don't look like a magazine cover. It's about providing a supportive environment where people can work on their fitness without feeling embarrassed or pressured into conforming with someone else's ideal of beauty. It's about encouraging people to get moving and enjoy the body they have, without some hidden agenda that judges them if they don't lose weight.

Do people practicing HAES lose weight? Some of them do. Some of them don't. I have, over the last year, and I will probably lose more. But if the Weight Fairy came to me and said that I wasn't going to lose another ounce, I would keep on living like I'm living because this is about my health and how good I feel. It takes disconnecting fitness from the "...and then you'll lose weight!" message in order to make it something that discouraged, unfit people can learn to practice and enjoy.

And that, to me, is what HAES is all about.


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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/15/2012 4:53PM

    Great blog! Thank you for taking the time to put it all together and express the ideas so clearly.

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A*L*P* 11/15/2012 8:11AM

    I know that you posted this awhile back and I stumbled across your page from one of the message boards that you posted on intuitive eating. I am HUGE on the HAES and IE movements. The anti-diet, diet movement. I am one that has struggled with body image issues, food issues, exercisee issues and it has not made me a better person, in fact just the opposite. I am not obese, but rather I am 10 stupid pounds (at least I was the last time I weighed which has been awhile as I have given up the scale) away from my pre pregnancy weight. I have let 10 pounds destroy my life, my image of myself, my self esteem, my ability to laugh and I am through. I turned to intuitive eating over 2 years ago and it was the most amazing process, I got distorted thinking after my baby was born and started weighing myself (the scale does it tome every time) and I got wrapped up in the obsessive thinking, tracking, weighing, over exercising again. I read the Health at Every Size book and it really opened my eyes on a lot of things. I dug my intuitive eating book back out and re-read it and I got more out of it the second time through.
I love this blog post, I wish there were more like this.......

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MOTLEM 10/15/2012 11:48PM

    Top blog! Health is everything! Without health, you are nothing.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 10/15/2012 1:56PM

    I needed the balanced viewpoint in this blog after a few hours of obsessive surfing from one "healthy" website to another this morning.

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HONBAD 10/15/2012 1:12PM

    Another awesome blog!! I try to explain to people all the time it's about overall health, not a number on a scale or a dress size. I was technically under my ideal weight a few years ago, but a DEXA scan and a trip into a Bod Pod showed that my body fat was 29-30.5% - not a healthy level! I realized I was tricking myself thinking that I was healthy even without working out.

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RICHILA 10/12/2012 10:18PM

    Thank you for sharing this and the link to the study.
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KATHYSCOLLIES 10/12/2012 9:27PM

    MISS G - I am so glad that I saw this blog and took the time to not only read it, but also to 'digest' what you are saying. I believe this is something so very important for us to understand.

Those who struggle on a daily/ lifetime basis with their 'weight problems' as perceived by all around them need to be encouraged to realize that fit and thin are not always the same thing!

But knowing and believing are not always equal in our minds and hearts, sadly. too many of just see the fat person exterior. The person who has already lost even just 10% of their body weight and who is perhaps exercising for the first time in their whole lives is still perceived to be very unhealthy - perhaps even morbidly obese - rather than someone who is working at becoming a healthier more fit person , especially by that wonderful tiny little 5 year old stick person running on the next treadmill.......

Well said, well thought out, well done!

Thank you so much for sharing this information about the HAES perspective!

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MZMELISSA2007 10/12/2012 4:23PM

    Very insightful. This made me smile :-)

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KIRKCARP11 10/12/2012 1:44PM

    What an insightful post. I agree wholeheartedly. But *knowing* something and *believing* it are two different things. I can know that I am doing the right thing by exercising even when everything jiggles and bounces, but the belief in my heart is still that being smaller is better. It takes some serious work to move beyond that "thin-is-best" mentality.

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CHEFSOPHIE 10/12/2012 1:09PM

    I agree with you. The reality is even if you don't end up thin, you will probably still weigh less and drop inches because you will be exercising and paying attention to what you are eating.

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Even Sparkers have bad days

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I've had a pretty successful year, and I am pleased with my progress. But Friday and yesterday were the kinds of days that fill me with frustration. If it wasn't nailed down or actively running away, I was eating it.

I'm not sure what set off this raving hunger, but it was definitely a bad couple days. Now I'm all jazzed up on sugar and will have a couple rough days getting it worked back out of my system.

But I made myself do the two things I most didn't want to do: record it all in my food journal, and get on the scale. When I do that, I feel like I still have some control over my life and my decisions, and that I'm being accountable.

Today? There will be ice cream. Very special, limited edition ice cream. But I will be biking 30 miles to get it, so I'm okay with that!

EDIT: Oops, no ice cream trip after all. DD is not feeling well enough to ride, and I don't want to go out there alone. Ah well, next weekend.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/30/2012 11:35PM

    Sounds like you are a pretty normal human to me - not a perfect one, but someone who works hard at doing things the 'right way'!!

Awesome that you still tracked and wrote in your journal - bet that would not have happened before you got the SPARKle in your life!

Tomorrow is a new day, don't take the time to beat yourself up about a little straying from the path.


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TATTER3 9/30/2012 9:58PM

    Like it that you're normal!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/30/2012 8:33PM

    I'm impressed you tracked your food! I'm not very good at that when overeating. That is awesome that you tracked it!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 9/30/2012 8:13PM

    I think that counts as "normal life"! Good for you for getting back on track, though.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/30/2012 2:49PM

    Such a very true lesson - no one of us is perfect, no one of us will avoid having a bad day (or two) here and there. So rather than bemoan it and let it become a week of bad days or worse, you brought it to a halt, faced the worst of the consequences and know that the good days you can create today, tomorrow and moving forward are more important.


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CAKEMAKERMOM 9/30/2012 12:46PM

    I feel that way when candy finds it's way into the house, whether it's mine or not. You'll get through this hungry time and eventually it will go back to a normal amount of hunger. Enjoy your bike ride!

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/30/2012 12:08PM

    I think ice cream with 30 miles of biking is just fine. In fact it might justify two servings. Enjoy!

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SLUNDQUIS 9/30/2012 12:03PM

    no too bad

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