Sunday, July 01, 2012
The big storm blew through Friday night, leaving devastation in its wake. We (and over a million homes just in the DC area) lost power. Of course, it's nearly 100 degrees.
Fortunately, or so I smugly thought, we had had a standby generator installed almost 5 years ago. Haven't needed it much in that time, but I was happy to have internet, phone, TV, COFFEE!, and a/c. Until the generator stopped working yesterday. I called for the tech, who never showed. They are just too busy. But the tech on the phone helped me get it running just until someone can come out (at overtime rates and I don't care) and check it out. Our house for some reason, when we lose power in a storm, are without it for days on end. The other end of the street glows, across the street, full power. But our little cul-de-sac....nothing.
But I need to be grateful, too. The winds here in our town were clocked at 79mph Friday night and lots of trees came down. One of the houses behind me had one come through the roof. A bunch of people can't get their cars out to get to someplace cool because trees block the driveway and street. Whole shopping centers are dark and blocked in with downed trees. Two people were killed in their cars, and another two were killed when a tree came through the bedroom.
In a week this will all be just a bunch of stories, like Hurricane Isabelle in 2003. Or Agnes in 1972. It's tough to live through, particularly in our powered device lives, but, like everything, it will pass and life will resume. I need to remember that being hot and disconnected is just discomfort, and remember that the families of those who were killed will have to negotiate a terrible new normal.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Something has happened to the world over the 6+ decades I have been alive. People all want More rather than Enough.
If one pair of shoes is good, are 20 pairs better? If 10 rooms is good, are 15 rooms better? If 1 cup of pasta is good, are two cups better? If one drink is good, is the whole bottle better?
I watch shows on TV where people are constantly having to buy bigger homes to house their increasing amounts of stuff. Are they better off? Do the kids really need a thousand toys? Do you need all the clothes that require a closet the size of the bedroom I shared with my sister growing up?
Do super sized portions really make us feel better than the old portion sizes did?
When did we go from wanting "Different and New" to "More of the Same?" Just because we CAN have it, does it mean we should?
Maybe it's a new disease. Alas, the cure is an inside job.
Friday, June 08, 2012
I guess this is a followup from my last blog, but I have to share my amazement at what I saw at Costco yesterday. There was a woman pushing a cart full of Costco sized snack foods......and Sensa. This poor woman evidently believes the ads, that you can eat anything your heart desires and lose weight as long as you sprinkle Sensa on it.
I guess desperate people will believe anything that makes a daunting job seem easy. It's like the woman I met decades ago who drank a can of Metrecal with every meal and was upset that she wasn't losing weight. (For you younger folks, Metrecal was a meal substitute like SlimFast.)
There is no substitute for eating less, for some, a LOT less. If there were a magic, easy solution, someone would have found it by now. And be a gazillionaire.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Yesterday I read in the paper about another study that found yet another gene that may cause an overweight person's difficulty in losing weight. I see overweight people walking through the grocery store piling their carts with snacks and frozen entrees, even healthy ones.
Yet I know that they eat more than I do. They may exercise more or order "lower calorie" items off a menu, but they are heavier than I am because they eat more.
I learned long ago that I have to eat less of everything and none of some things. It's tough sometimes, but that's what I have to do if I wanted to lose that weight and keep it off. I used to think that when I saw a thin person, that she had found the "secret", the foods that she could eat in large quantities or the perfect "fat-busting" exercise that would enable her to eat everything her heart desired whenever she wanted to. Alas, they simply eat less. Once I absorbed and accepted that, I was able to do the same. It isn't easy; as a matter of fact it's sometimes the hardest thing I do. But I eat less than they do every day, no days off.
In the end, the "secret" wasn't so secret after all.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I was at Costco today, and had to maneuver around the crowds at the sample purveyors. One was for a frozen eclair. I actually wanted to get to the shelf behind the crowd, and one woman in the line asked me if I was waiting for a sample. I told her, No, I'm not much on samples because I feel guilty if I don't buy the item being sold. She said that if she were as thin as I am she'd eat the whole box.
Actually when I first joined WW to lose weight all those years ago, I had the same goal: get me to my target weight so that I could then eat whatever I wanted. Once I passed the "maintenance period" that WW used to have, I realized that I am thin not SO THAT I can eat those things, but BECAUSE I DON'T eat them.
Let me never forget that, no matter what temptation is presented to me!
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