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The Evolution Of A Congresswoman - June 12, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today I saw the long-awaited pictures, finally published, of Gabrielle Giffords. I have been waiting expectantly since first hearing of the awful shooting back in January, when we would be able to catch a glimpse of how her recovery was progressing. In five-months' time her progress is nothing short of miraculous. Her hair is shorter, probably growing back in after it was shaved for the surgeries she needed. Except for a small, hardly noticeable depression along her left temple, and her tracheotomy scar, you would never guess that she was so close to death back in January.

But what struck me the most about the pictures was her smile, and the unmistakable brightness of her eyes. Her face was positively radiant. Before January, I honestly had never heard of her. Since January, I have followed her progress quite closely. Her determination, her spirit, her drive, her dedication to the task that was put before her shows an amazing capacity of will. Even her doctors have said that she has defied the odds, that her recovery has amazed even the most seasoned amongst them.

And here I sit. Trying to lose weight. Trying to fashion a better life. So much of what we are trying to do here is so under our control, bound by our will, if we would only allow it to happen. I am so humbled today by this middle-aged congresswoman, who has taken on a herculean task to recover from such devastation, and still with a long road ahead of her.

In the larger scheme of things, I have to ask myself, why is this weight loss thing, so hard then? Why is there such an internal struggle to capture the essence of what I need to do, to harness this untamed beast once and for all? In my own mind, it does not measure the struggles of others I see around me. And I'm not referring to weight loss.

I think that for myself, I have to rededicate myself daily to the boundaries of that one day. And if each day is planned well, the rest should follow.

At least that is my hope for tomorrow. What do you have planned for tomorrow's success?

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NUMD97 6/15/2011 3:34PM

    You are absolutely correct: I like your word for it, luminosity. She still has a very long way to go. But she is quite remarkable. Makes the whole weight loss thing kind of dull by comparison, don't you think?

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JENNSWIMS 6/15/2011 3:20PM

    I had the same reaction to her new photos... she looks lovely. Radiant. She has a luminoscity or a glow or something. Whatever it is, she looks wonderful, and it gave me hope that she would get better. Really better.

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Taking A Moment - May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

We all lead busy lives, and we all are here to get the much needed support to continue with our weight loss project, but today, I want to take a moment's pause to remember our veterans who were flung into harm's way, in order to keep us free.

If you're a veteran, I humbly thank you for your sacrifice and service.

A peaceful Memorial Day to all.


Obesity And Brain Damage - Ooooh Really? May 25, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

As if I needed a new reason to lose weight, here is something I have not come across yet, until today:

If nothing else, it is an interesting theory. I like the connection that weight loss will improve my memory (now where did I leave the house keys again?). The converse is a bit scarier: What in obesity is causing "brain damage" (the study's words, not mine, surely), in the first place?

I'm going to add that to my list of reasons of why I am working on losing 145 pounds, total. Have you come up with a list of reasons of all the positive benefits for losing the weight yet? Quite a few Sparklers have cited this motivator already, so I honestly cannot take any credit for it, but I do like the idea a lot. Each reason equals one pound gone.

Let's get that list going!

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SABRINALONDON21 5/26/2011 6:08PM

    I think there is genetic factor they missed, my mom has always been skinny and she has poor memory from time to time, and so do I. I can remember events, but do not me ask where did I put that paper (which is now lost) so it would not get lost!

Comment edited on: 5/26/2011 6:09:28 PM

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FRANNIEDID 5/26/2011 4:03PM

    Interesting article, but I am just as absent minded after losing weight as I was before! I guess I didn't benefit!!!

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NUMD97 5/25/2011 12:46PM

    For whatever it's worth, besides the weight loss, a complete overview by a neurologist can be helpful. Many I know who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, once diagnosed and treated, have noticed remarkable changes in memory and concentration.

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BUTEAFULL 5/25/2011 12:41PM

    losing weight hasn't helped my short term memory any, I still can't remember where I put things

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/25/2011 11:23AM

    mmmmm, I think it might be another of those things doctors will use to fob people off...your arm hurts because you are have an ingrowing toenail because you smoke...
thank you for sharing it, I just won't be believing it!
best wishes, Sandra

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LISA01605 5/25/2011 10:37AM

    When I started eating healthier, reduced sugar and salt a lot along with a large reduction in calories, I noticed a greater degree of mental clarity. I also started exercising more regularly about the same time so I can't really pinpoint which change caused the mental clarity. Maybe it was an effect of both. All I know is healthy living gives me more energy and more mental clarity and those are good reasons for me to keep it up.

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Packing A Lunch For The End Of The World - May 21, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I was thinking yesterday how "The End Of The World" as we know it, is supposedly coming today. This definitely is not in my schedule, and especially not now: We have great theater tickets for a Broadway show in June, and I still would like to lose a decent amount before that celebration night.

So what DOES one eat, for the last day on earth? I still think eating a healthful low calorie breakfast is key for setting the calories for the rest of the day. Cereal for me is the best option that I have found. It keeps the calories at around 150 and allows for using a lot for the other two meals. To get the veggies in, I LOVE salads for lunch. It's colorful, it's refreshing, and 2-4 ounces of protein, makes it filling. That allows for the bulk of the calories to go for dinner: Fish or lean meat.

And if tomorrow does indeed come, I will not replenish the pantry with empty calories. I'm going to drink more water, have more fruit (for the sugar cravings that stress brings), and stick to what I started.

I refuse to fall off this plan, ESPECIALLY today. I'm going to be optimistic and stick to the plan, EVEN today.

What do you have planned for the last day on earth?

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NUMD97 5/22/2011 8:51AM

    Rainbowchoc, you reminded me about the raspberry vinaigrette. It's a great way to dress up a salad!

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NUMD97 5/22/2011 8:49AM

    Forgetting that yesterday was "the end", Buteafull, was probably the best way to go. I'm glad that before the world disappeared you had a moment to stop by my page.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/22/2011 8:19AM

    Perhaps on the day after you could splash out with some raspberry vinaigrette for your tasty!

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BUTEAFULL 5/22/2011 12:59AM

    I totally forgot today was supposed to be the end, just went about my day as usual, good thing nothing happened

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NUMD97 5/21/2011 11:01AM

    I'm glad you have this day covered, DiveDiva1. Sounds like a full day to me!

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DIVEDIVA1 5/21/2011 10:57AM

    I wasn't really planning for the end of the world so just the usual....walking my 5 K, eating balanced and healthy, tracking here, maybe working in the garden and a relaxing glass of wine this afternoon in the sunshine...... emoticon

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NUMD97 5/21/2011 9:48AM

    Well said, MissyGeen! I'm with you there.

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MISSYGEEN 5/21/2011 9:31AM

    Well I guess I should be praying. I started by sparking and then went for a walk. I'm going to make some eggs and toast for the gang. We'll say grace before we eat. I just downed a liter of water, one of earths most precious commodities. Maybe I will reflect on the goodness that the earth gives us even when we don't love it back.

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And Once Again The Universe "Self-Corrects" - May 18, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This is going to be short, sweet, and to the point: Every now and again, when we see something woefully wrong and out of place, it is heartening to see that sometimes, the universe gets it right and "self-corrects".

Even in SP land, what this past week has shown us is, that when something goes awry, it can, indeed, be fixed. The take home here is that bullying of any sort, be it out there in the real world or here in the cyberuniverse, will not be tolerated, and will be exposed for the vile, secretive, inappropriate behavior that it is.

And I promise you, that every time it rears its ugly head, there is now a greater unified force that will beat it back, under that rock, where it belongs.

Bullies, consider yourselves, warned.

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LISA01605 5/18/2011 12:43PM

    I think I missed something... How were things corrected?

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