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Gain weight in the shower?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I was telling my son, the Registered Dietician, about how much my weight bounces every day. I'm at maintenance so not trying to lose, yet my weight just pops around. He told me to weigh myself before and after a shower. I gained .6 pounds just from the shower and body lotion! That is how much water my skin absorbed in just a few minutes. And, of course, it came off by morning. I know I swell in humid weather, but who knew from a shower??

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ZEEDRA 10/30/2012 4:02PM

    My students who live with me, from Japan (others who have lived with me are from other parts of Asia), always shower at night. This makes me think that it's good to go to bed hydrated.
So, I try to emulate them and have a shower or bath at night as well (and maybe the salts I use hold in even more water?).

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123ELAINE456 9/16/2012 5:46AM

  Very interesting!!! Will keep this in mind. Thanks to your Son. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/30/2012 5:15PM

    That's news to me. Thanks for telling us.

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ILOVEMALI 7/30/2012 3:27PM

    I will never weigh myself after a shower again! LOL! Thanks for the post!

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    Wow! Glad I weigh before my shower.

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NOMIS1 7/30/2012 11:51AM

    Very interesting. I weigh before shower, when i get up, what's my excuse?

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JEANNE229 7/30/2012 9:14AM

    Wow! I didn't realize this. So, if you DRINK lots of water, I wonder if you absorb as much from the shower?

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KARENNK8 7/30/2012 8:38AM

    Very interesting. I my weight bounces around a bit, from hour to hour, day to day. Which is why so many experts tell dieters to weight just once a week! But over a half-pound from a shower... I wouldn't have thunk it.

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LESLIESENIOR 7/29/2012 9:59PM

    It's so dry where I live in So. Cal.......I only HOPE my skin absorbs war. But, I'll weigh BEFORE my shower. Thanks.

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DARLENEK04 7/29/2012 8:34PM

  Very interesting Nell....I will keep that in mind.....

Tell your son thanks..........and thank you for sharing...


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BARBARASDIET 7/29/2012 5:28PM

    Funny. I only weigh myself at the one time in the morning, after I get up so that it is fairly constant.

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HHB4181 7/29/2012 12:55PM

    I had no idea. How interesting... thanks for sharing!

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TORTISE110 7/29/2012 11:24AM

    This is a fun observation. I'm thinking maybe I am just too clean at the moment... Fun to think about. Thanks for the post.

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CINDYWAGNER1 7/29/2012 11:12AM

    INTERESTING!! Who knew. Thanks for sharing this!

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LIONESS678 7/29/2012 11:08AM

    Hey! I don't feel so fat now!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/29/2012 10:49AM

    That's amazing. Thanks for the information.

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KATIEGARCIA2 7/29/2012 10:44AM

  Thanks for sharing!!

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

I am coming off an extremely difficult year and a half, yet my weight has remained the one thing completely controlled. I have rules in my life for many things: I don't do debt, which relieves me of a huge amount of stress that others bear. I don't go to bed with a dirty kitchen. I don't leave the house with the bed unmade. I pay bills when I get them. I put my clothing away or in the laundry as soon as I take them off. I clean up the bathroom when I am done. These are rules I made for myself, they didn't come from my parents, or at least the house care ones didn't. In an unpredictable world, it gives my life structure and at least a minor form of predictability: I never have to wake up to a messy kitchen and I always know where my clothes are.

And I don't eat between meals. I know that many people incorporate snacks into their days, but I know myself well enough to know that my mind will twist that permission to snack into something I can't control, so I don't do it. It took awhile to figure out that snacks were something I couldn't control. God knows I tried. It was best to just give them up, and eat meals appropriately. As soon as I finish dinner, I brush and floss, then clean the kitchen and take out the trash.

It's a crazy world out there, but with my own rules for my own life, I have managed to find a way to manage my weight reliably, and therefore comfortably. Rules have gotten a bad reputation, and I am not fond of rules imposed by others (most speed limits are WAY too low!), but my own rules were made by me to improve my own life. I can't go to jail for breaking them, but I would pay with loss of peace of mind. I have already paid that price, and I don't care to pay it again.

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WATERMELLEN 8/19/2012 8:40PM

    I'm for rules, so long as they are MY rules, and I do have a few of my own. I always put everything on my desk away before leaving work. I always have flowers on the kitchen table. I always make my bed in the morning before I leave the house, and prepare my lunch the night before a work day.

But: like the idea of eliminating all snacks. I've been tracking them . . . but it would probably help just to eliminate them!

Thanks for another great blog.

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TRAINER_T 7/27/2012 11:24AM

    Ditto, rule maker here!

Love this blog, and because I can soooooo relate thanks for posting it.

I also feel that when you do these "tasks, rules" there is comfort in accomplishment of dedication don't you? Of course I also think that when you do have a day that "life gets in the way" you are better armed.

Taking it a step further, I also pick out my clothes the night before, and make my lunch then also. This way if something does come up in the morning, I'm organized right out the gate.

Your a CHAMPION, not many can do did it, and do it emoticon

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ELIZRN 7/27/2012 11:13AM

  Yes to RULES...we need a disciplined structure. It feels so good & on some days that is all we have. When the going gets tough, I go directly into my discipline. In fact, I often add some additional areas. I just finished journaling this morning & designed a few more to add some sanity to my life. In a way, these are the gifts that come from the unpredictability of life.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/23/2012 8:24PM

    I really enjoyed reading this. I, too, have rules that make me happy and I think that I could use a few more to add greater structure and stability to my life. I think I'll try doing the kitchen before I go to bed.

Great blog!

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DARLENEK04 7/17/2012 4:53PM

  Rules are good. Thanks for posting this.


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MEDDYPEDDY 7/9/2012 11:35PM

    I envy your rules, would really love them myself, but my authority (me) does not seem to be able to make me follow them.... a wrok in progress!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/8/2012 6:51PM

    We each have to figure out what works. Glad you've done that.

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    Oh, Nell, you always give me food for thought!
I can't manage snacks either, but I keep trying. Maybe it's time to just stop the snack wagon! I got into the habit of having them after my husband died, and it has become a "habit". Thanks for pointing that out to me!

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CELIAMINER 7/8/2012 2:20PM

    I also like my personal rules, and many of mine are similar to yours (make bed, leave kitchen clean, put clothes in hamper). I do snack, but my personal rule is to plan for snacks and know what I'm going to snack on. Afternoons are tough for me, so I plan some crackers (measured out) or fruit about every hour and a half. So far it seems to be working. What is sneaking up on me, though, is evening snacking. As long as DH is home, no problem, because we "dine" rather than eat, so the meal is consumed at the table with lots of lingering conversation. When he is away, I'm finding myself right back on the couch in front of the TV. Time for new rules there.

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VICB57 7/8/2012 1:42PM

    I need to be in as much control over myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

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MIMICOTO 7/8/2012 12:04PM

    I read your blogs and posts often, but rarely comment. I admire your focus, discipline and the ways in which you march to the beat of your own drum. Kudos, hats off and our 'if it feels good, do it - if it's too hard, don't' culture, it is encouraging and refreshing to hear a rare voice reminding us of the benefits (and feasibility)of limits! I love routines - especially those that support the outcomes I seek.

Thank you for sharing your perspective!!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/8/2012 12:03PM

    Great job. Do what works for you.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 7/8/2012 11:59AM

    Yes, rules can make a life so much more manageable. I keep saying "I need to grow up", in that I need to stop giving myself whatever I want even when it isn't good for me (like sweets). Growing up is hard to do...


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Life without electric power.....

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.

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KALISWALKER 7/7/2012 3:15AM

    I hope all is well again!

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SKYEFYR 7/5/2012 11:27AM

  Wow! Sorry to hear you're still without power. A lot of my friends in S. Jersey were hit hard, along with the ones in MD. I'm glad you're able to make the most of it and at least get the really important stuff back up and running. Although that reminds me - I need to remind my dad about a backup generator for his oxygen.

Hope you get your power back tocay if it's not back already!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/1/2012 7:52PM

    Storms are really scarey. I'm glad your OK, except for the heat and discomfort. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

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CELIAMINER 7/1/2012 2:25PM

    Nell, are you in NoVA area? We have two spare rooms and power.

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GUITARWOMAN 7/1/2012 2:15PM

    I hope things are restored back to normal soon!


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CATLADY52 7/1/2012 2:14PM

    Good luck having someone come out to do a service call. They are probably backed up til September.

We live in Eastern Oklahoma and the worst thing we have experienced in the five years I've been here was last summer's 100 degree days for about a month and a half. emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/1/2012 2:04PM

    My hearts go out to all of the suffering folks in this heat.

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/1/2012 1:45PM

    I can´t imagine what it´s like to have those dangerous wind as a threat, where I live (Sweden) weather never gets dangerous...o course it gets cold and snowstorms and thunder but nothing really to worry about...

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DEEJON123 7/1/2012 12:19PM

    Ah, you poor Americans, the worst I get here where I live (western Canada) is a thunderstorm or two. I can't believe some of the weather some of you have to endure. All the best for getting over another storm and it's consequences! And, HAPPY 145th BIRTHDAY CANADA (today!)
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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/1/2012 12:02PM

    Hope your heat subsides and people get power back soon. We have a generator, but dd has lost power for 3-4 days in the last 2 months. Hard when your trying to work, etc.

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The Disease of "More"

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.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/23/2012 8:28PM

    You have another powerful blog entry here. I totally agree with you. When I was growing up whole families lived in houses which many people would sneer at today.

I have been working hard to avoid any excess expenditure over the past few years. I want it to be easy for people to clean up after me when I die. That's not a joke; just a sincere reflection on how little I need.

I have moved more to library books, to listening to the radio instead of having to own music, to renting instead of buying some things. It helps to keep things less cluttered.

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SKYEFYR 7/5/2012 2:05PM

  Hubby's like this. Only instead of multiples, he needs the latest and greatest as soon as it comes out. Then he's always frustrated with the bugs. My attitude most of the time is if it still works, why replace it?

Although all the rules are off when it comes to chrome for the bikes. I actually realized I went a little too far and now it's figuring out what to take off to bring it back to showy and away from tacky. :-) It's a very fine line!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 7/1/2012 3:34PM

    I have that 'disease' in one area; costume jewelry. I kept buying new peices, and I would wear it a LOT for awhile and then not be wearing it; then buy more, and same thing happened. I kept doing this, and now I have a whole bunch of stuff that I supposedly treasure, but don't wear.

I finally realized that what I am doing is buying to fill an emotional need that can’t be filled by any amount of buying. I just have to deal with whatever issues are creating that ‘emotional hole’, and keep the money in my pocket for purchasing because of the right circumstances. I still ‘slip’ and ‘fill’ my emotional needs with more jewelry - just like I do with handling my feelings with food - but I am working towards handling the emotions appropriately. One day at a time.


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PENNYLOU7 6/27/2012 1:22PM

    It seems the "more" we have, including choices, the less happy we are. It definitely seems out of balance. I like the "cure" being an "inside job," Nell. So true.

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KALISWALKER 6/26/2012 12:16PM

    People are never called greedy when they take more than they need. When did that change?

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    Been thinking the same kind of thing lately.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 6/25/2012 12:58AM

    I don't think that it is necessarily a "new" disease. I, too, have seen what appears to be a shifting focus over the last 6+ decades. I believe, in part, that we are saddened by the visibility (reality tv, internet, facebook, twitter, etc.) of the disease of "more". It is exploited as never before. But how much is it on the rise? It has always been there. It is debatable whether or not it is spreading. Those who strive for simple lives are not big news or dramatic enough to be splashed about the tv and internet. I am cheering for all who are looking to find what is truly most important in life and not just "more". You are right, It is and Inside job! :)

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SLENDERELLA61 6/24/2012 8:49PM

    Very astute observation. So true. Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking blog.

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MSWEEZER 6/24/2012 4:52PM

    Your blog was shared with me by MEADSBAY and all I can say is WHAT TIMING!! It is so true. We are truly spoiled and no 'thing' can make us truly happy. It is all from within. Thanks for the reminder!!!

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MTPOETNH 6/24/2012 1:11PM

    I enjoyed reading your Blog.. what you said is so true.. I am coming to believe the more stuff we "own" , the more the stuff actually "owns us".. like you say needing bigger house ( and mortgage) to keep it all in. emoticon Peggy

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FISHINGLADY66 6/24/2012 12:38PM

    This is so true. Great Blog Nell. My kids are living proof of this.

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NEW-CAZ 6/24/2012 11:07AM

    So true, great blog!

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MEADSBAY 6/24/2012 10:45AM

    OMG- I 'liked' this blog and LOVED it!
You are SO right.
We had so much fun growing up- with hardly a toy in the house!


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BROWNCOFIDDLER 6/24/2012 10:32AM

    Love it. Society's 'want' list is out of control. The truth is that most of us have all that we need already. You're right, the problem lies almost does present itself as a societal disease, without bounds. Great blog!

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BELTONWALKER67 6/24/2012 10:01AM

    Great Blog! So True! I often wonder why people can't be content with what they have and take care of what they have rather than keep buying new and more of the same stuff. Only leads to cluttering all aspects of life.

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JEANNE229 6/24/2012 9:36AM

    How true this is! I am always amazed at how much people EXPECT and never appreciate.

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EVIE4NOW 6/24/2012 9:26AM

  Think you hit it right on the head! Kinda goes with the saying... He who accumulates the most toys wins. (wins what?)

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What they have in their carts!!

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.

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TRAINER_T 7/27/2012 11:35AM

    What a super blog!

I don't care about others carts, just MINE.

I can't change people that are not my clients and I don't care if someone checks out my cart.

My DH loves all kinds of junk, so people may think I eat it but I don't. (and he goes to the donut shop once a week)

Like others comments here, you never know who they are buying for.....but does it really matter? People love food, so as long as they buy it will still be made $$$,

Great topic, thanks for posting it!!!!

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SKYEFYR 7/5/2012 2:10PM

  I love being told that someone is buying the junk food for the kids. Why??? To teach them bad habits early? Why on earth wouldn't you teach them early on what nutrition is and how to feed your body? I just don't get it. Not to mention that all the chemicals in those products isn't good for you! Urgh!

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IGSBETH 7/2/2012 1:07PM

    The poor lady.

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MOMMA-MOOSE 7/1/2012 7:33PM

    I always worry - but not as much as I use to - about what people might think of my shopping cart. I shop for me and my husband, our 13 yr old daughter and our 21 yr old son. We also have a couple of house guests around our sons age staying with us right now too.

I buy plenty of fruits and veggies as well as staples like eggs, bread, milk, and juice. I also have whatever I need for dinners the following week, but it's not tofu. I cook pretty average meals and always include a salad or veggies, but there's also things like mashed potatoes, or mac n cheese - things some of the other people in my home might prefer. I've learned to work around dinnertime meals but adding in the salad/veggies, avoiding the high calorie sides, and practicing portion control for myself. You might also see ice cream, cookies, and/or chips in my cart. These things don't really tempt me and the others in my home like them. My husband drinks diet soda and I drink water, but you will see several sodas in my cart each week as well.

I used to worry that people would judge me by what's in my cart and assume that was why I was fat. I'm not so fat anymore, but I would still hate to think that someone was making assumptions about my eating habits based on what they see in the checkout line.

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EMMANYC 7/1/2012 5:46PM

    How do you know that she was buying either the snack foods, or the Sensa, for herself?

Why do people feel the need to judge people based on appearances (of the person or what the person seems to be doing)?

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    I am a fat person and I push a cart of vegetables all the time. Maybe people shouldn't be so judgmental.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 7/1/2012 3:44PM

    For the one who said, "I don't think I ever saw a fat person pushing a cart full of veggies" I am that person. I am fat, and yet usually you will see my cart loaded with only produce; no junk food and no processed foods. It is my binge episodes of sweets that make me fat, and keep me fat.

I too look in people's carts, and often what I see is shocking, and also makes me feel for them. And, what's really sad is that once in a blue moon I have a cart that has jelly stuffed donuts, pie, ice cream, ritz crackers etc. in it. That's when I'm not dealing with my feelings: the anxiety, stress, grief, anger etc. in my life, and when I am eating simply to cope cause I am 'hanging on by a thread'. But, still, 90% of the time I am pushing a cart loaded with produce. Most of the time people will look at my cart, and wonder how the hades I got fat eating like that!?

Dealing with my feelings more appropriately, and, having my carts loaded with produce, are how I will get healthier and thinner.


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FISHINGLADY66 6/11/2012 10:01PM

    You are so right.

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DARLENEK04 6/9/2012 5:39PM

  You can sprinkle anything you want to on your food, and
if you continue to shovel in JUNK you will get nowhere.

You cannot eat like a horse and expect to be a pixie....

And Diet Coke is full of chemicals by the own
personal opinion is no soda is good for anyone....if you
ever read the full list of ingredients, then look them up,
it should scare you out of drinking soda...and it just
breaks my heart to se any mother pouring soda pop into their
infant/toddlers' baby bottles..........shuddering........


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MEDDYPEDDY 6/9/2012 2:01AM

    When I buy burger meals I always have diet coke – and wonder if they ridicule me for doing that since it surely does not make up for the calorie-packed serving I am eating. But the thing is I got used to diet coke years ago and the only soda I ever have is that diet coke with drivethrough meals.

I am slightly offended by your assumption about this womans beliefs and behaviour, we don´t know why she had that combinaation in her chart do we? Diet coke is the only substitute I have used since I am suspicious of chemical stuff but as insane I am with food and eating I have not that much to say about what others do...But thanks for inspiring me to a blog!

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    I don't think I ever saw a fat person pushing a cart full of veggies.

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TEXASLYNN 6/8/2012 11:08AM

    Love it but have you ever wondered what people think when they see a fat gal pushing a cart full of veggies?

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AVANELL 6/8/2012 10:32AM

    I knew a lady who said her doctor's dietician told her that South Beach Diet bars were nutritious and would help her lose weight so she took that literally and ate nothing but them for 24 hours--3 boxes of them! I don't think she lost any weight!

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JEANNE229 6/8/2012 10:26AM

    Or...eating a 3 pound burger and fries with a diet coke. I WISH there were a magic pill. No such thing.

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KALISWALKER 6/8/2012 10:18AM

    emoticonShe is in for a surprise.

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DAP1313 6/8/2012 10:07AM

    Yep, I agree with you about it not being easy. But I think the inner child wants to have her cake and eat it too. LOL

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TAMPATINK67 6/8/2012 10:02AM

    True, true, true!

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