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Same Song Title--Two Very Different Messages

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I have downloaded on my exercise iPod Nano, "Try" by Pink. Its refrain works to do some intervals while warming up. Basically it is a pick-yourself-up-after-a-failed-love song. (With some very nice instrumentation.)

There is a new "Try" out by Colbie Caillat. It has a very different message -- that you don't have to try to make others like you. One line is: "When you are all alone by yourself, do you like you?" There is a wonderful YouTube video that goes with the track. It shows women of different ages and shapes without makeup. It is wonderful. I have been playing the song a lot because it gives such a positive message, one that I need and one that I think many women need.

  
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MSFROGGIE 9/11/2014 8:03AM

    Don't remember if I've heard the song, but I will definately look at the video. Thank you for sharing!

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SO_WORTH_IT 9/10/2014 11:06PM

    I'll have to check it out. I haven't heard the song or seen the video, but it sounds good!

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Misinformation

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How many times have you stopped and immediately read an article with a headline that screams "New Weight Loss Method" or "Secrets of Big Weight Loss"? Me - Every time. I am often disappointed or even worse, laughing at the ridiculous supposed medical research. But sometimes, I wonder if there is truth in the claims of the latest toxic cleanse, adrenal gland diet or supplement missing from the modern diet.

An event this morning has brought this to mind. I had just parked my car in the first parking space I could find about three blocks from church. I live in a tourist city - Washington, DC. As I stepped out, a woman asked me, "Which house is Madeline Albright's?" I replied that the last I knew, she lived about five blocks away in a townhouse condominium complex. (It was common knowledge because of the Secret Service cars who were there as security. I tried to avoid the street when I thought she might be home because of the possibility of a motorcade.) The woman replied that someone had told her she lived right here. She then asked, "Why is she famous?" I did not laugh, but replied that she had been Secretary of State.

The sermon today was hard to follow. To be truthful, impossible to follow. Fervently delivered, but with such a heavy accent that two words had gone by before I figured out what a word had been. My mind wondered to this encounter on the street. Aren't I a tourist in Diet Land. I pick and choose what sights to see and sometimes I fall for the Amazing Diet Dinosaur Land tourist traps. I look for the Holy Grail when the truth is something else. I know how to lose weight. I have done it. It is work. It is not easy. There is no Instant Cure/Pill or Quick Way. I need to get back to the home truths and not be led astray by the Tourist Traps.

  
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JUNEAU2010 8/25/2014 3:02PM

    Great analogy! I suspect Mrs. Albright would have had an interesting reaction to the questions!

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Measuring Mental Pain

Friday, August 22, 2014

When I have had surgery, I have been asked routinely to give a measure of my pain on a scale of 1 to 10. On my personal scale, childbirth after the epidural failed and blocked gallbladder are my number 10's. They were such big things that all else has seemed much less.

But there is no scale to measure mental pain. I have been struggling since last Saturday to get over the hurt of being totally ignored at a family outing where I did all the organizing work. During the even I kept my stress eating to zero. But it has been hard this week to try and look forward instead of back because the hurt is so big and so raw.

I'm making myself go out tonight and be with other people, not family. Maybe I can move on and try to stop thinking about how this hurt feels on a scale of other hurt in my life.

  
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WINDSWEPTACRES 8/24/2014 6:06PM

    Oh, Sweetie, I'm so sorry for your pain. Family can be brutal sometimes. Just know that we're proud of you for not letting it push you into a binge. I had to cut ties with my own family for similar reasons. I understand it's about them and not really about me, but it just hurt too much to keep trying.

Friends are the family we choose, so surround yourself with people who appreciate and support you. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 8/23/2014 8:10PM

    emoticon I know exactly how that hurts. (We could swap stories.). I wish you lived nearby. We'd go for a long walk and talk it out and end with a hug - one of those deep, sincere hugs that reaches into the wound and starts the healing.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 8/22/2014 5:13PM

    emoticon You have learned a powerful lesson.
Just enjoy your friends tonight and move on!

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Why Does Hot Weather Slow Me Down?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

It's already 90 degrees and it is not even noon yet. Those of you who live on the desert are thinking, "What is she complaining about?" But add in high humidity and it contributes to what the weather people call the "misery index".

But I am inside in air conditioning. Why do I feel like doing nothing? This year featured a very long snowy, icy winter that kept my new knee and I virtual prisoners in my house. But winter is over. The really short spring gave way to the full brunt of summer. I still can't get moving. Is it just mental or is there a physical component to it? I am going to try to think about this over the next few days. And try to get moving.

  
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JUNEAU2010 7/15/2014 3:31PM

    Alaska - cool and humid, rainy most of the time (wish I had that now)
New Mexico - hot and dry with thin air and almost zero moisture
Arkansas, Georgia in summer, Vermont in summer = hot+humidity = misery
California - in between it all and far too dry this year

Heat has always taken the starch out of me! I can so relate.

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GARDENQE2 7/9/2014 12:39PM

    Misery index is a new term to me, but I'll accept it.
Last August, driving home from Chicago, I spent a day walking around Hannibal, Missouri. It wasn't as hot as my usual desert summer days, but with 90 degrees and 90 % humidity, I was more miserable than ever before.
I wondered how people could live like that?
Me, who works in the garden at 104 degrees!
Try to stay cool, and hope for a long pleasant autumn!

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WHYNOTJ1 7/8/2014 3:31PM

    I don't do well in heat and humidity either. The long winter kept me from my walks, too, but I finally was able to get out there. I walk in the early morning, before it gets too hot. Part of it is just habit, I think. Don't think about it too much, just find a way to do what you need. Walk somewhere with a/c or get out in the early morning or later in the evening. Start slow, but do it. You can increase gradually.

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When Life Makes You Check Your Thoughts

Sunday, July 06, 2014

I have been trying all week to get back to my prior habit of blogging each morning. Of course, life has gotten in the way. Today on the way to church as I tried to avoid the bicyclists who seemed to be were trying to commit suicide in front of my car, I was trying to get in the proper frame of mind for the service. I committed to making sure that I did a blog today. I remember thinking about challenges.

Near the end of the service, a loud child's crying came from the pew behind me. It was a child of about 8 who has some kind of mental difficulty. I know the parents only by sight, so I don't know if it is autism or something else. It took both parents to get him into his stroller and get him calmed down. As the mother hefted what i can only term a large diaper bag to her shoulder, I thought that no matter what my trials are, I have nothing compared to these people who I see every Sunday in church. I prayed for them and for me to have the compassion to look outside of my challenges to the bigger picture.

Yes, I have challenges. Yes, I had challenges with my children when they were younger, but it all pales when you see what others go through daily. It is always good to have your perspective turn outward instead of inward. Have a good Sunday and a good week.

  
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JUNEAU2010 7/6/2014 8:51PM

    The more I see, the more I realize I don't know the whole story. When I remember that, I am not irritated and my day is a whole lot more peaceful.

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ARISYEAR2014 7/6/2014 4:02PM

    I needed this! Thank you!

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