Wednesday, December 25, 2013
"What's Your Excuse..." etc.
so here's another story, this one about a healthy Australian mom. I think she's a new heroine for me, much more reachable than Maria Kang.
Meet Taryn Brumfitt - see photos of her, airbrushed as well as the pale, unbronzed, c-section scars and what I would call a normal mommy belly (looks smaller than mine!)....
Monday, December 23, 2013
Exercise four days a week and take food....
Another article from James Fell. I like the dry comments: "...strong circumstantial evidence..."
(quotes from article )
"We found that there was a slight effect in favor of exercise," Cooney told me. "There are some promising findings, but these need to be read with caution. The effect size is not that marked." Cooney stated that he was keeping an open mind and that he recommends exercise to patients for myriad health reasons.
But, he added, "I wouldn't be able to comment that there is data to support it as prescriptive practice for depression. It remains quite speculative."
This is in line with a review by researchers at the University of Cagliari in Italy that was published last July in Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, which states that there is a "persistent lack of high quality research" but still asserts there are "promising findings."
Cooney agrees to there being strong circumstantial evidence to support the connection. "There are relations between levels of serotonin and cortisol with depression, and these are hormones that are also affected by exercise." There is also a connection with self-confidence and self-esteem. Being a regular exerciser can enhance one's sense of control over life.
Church says exercise has a combination of beneficial physiological effects — meaning exercising has a direct effect on brain chemistry and psychology.
"Just the fact that they feel good about doing something that is good for them is powerful," he said.
(end of quote)
Read the rest of the article here:
And while I'm on the topic of depression - here are more articles on fat shaming, on how we get so negative on ourselves, because of the fat shaming, fat bigotry etc going on all around us:
This is a cool video from a Dr. Mike Evans, graphically illustrated by Liisa Sorsa (I *love* her way of illustrating concepts!!)
Much later. So I've been on the computer all day and seen some cool articles that I want to save for later. Then I need to go push the vacuum around (while it is connected to the electricity and actively sucking up crud) so I can work up a sweat. I read about the Canadian cereal called "Holy Crap" - not exactly appetizing a name, but the ingredients sound good...
and it's on SparkRecipes too, tadah!
Now I really got to get busy. It's cold. I should go for another walk. I went yesterday, so not sure why I'm being a wuss about going today. It's just as cold, not really any colder, not any more or less snow then what we had yesterday.
Oh and I need to do laundry, which means I have to hook the hose up to the water outlet hose on the washer and stick the other end into the toilet next to the laundry, because the pipe that normally handles the water draining hose outdoors gets frozen whenever temps are below oh about 10-20 degrees F. The plumber dude said, "oh just take the sheet rock off and the room temp will be warm enough to prevent it from freezing." Wrong. We may need to retrofit it with some sort of heat tape, but that's another project for another day. Maybe one comping up soon, when my husband has to go on winter break furlough (instead of saving his vacation days for the times we actually want and need to use vacation days.).
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I read an interesting article on Saturnalia - some of the other holidays I wasn't familiar with.
And after visiting with my mom, I took Java for a walk - or maybe more accurate to say she dragged me around and I used a walking stick to help control for snow and ice. Thankfully I didn't fall, although the walk took about ten minutes longer. You know, tippy toeing around the patches of ice to get to the drier parts of the road. Afterwards, I got a picture of my twinkle toes Spark Tracker. It's anyone's guess if I'll actually get to sync today. I went for a walk yesterday morning, after we found out services were canceled, and that info never did sync. Evidently the procedure works better when I reinstall the software. Then it's all 'new' again. I walk by the computer and tap the tracker and the computer just ignores us, until I uninstall and reinstall. But... Since it was a reject being sold at Amazon, I guess I get what I pay for.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Some have asked... and while explaining, I also found an interesting blog from a man who I've never personally met, and his experience mirrors mine so closely it's not funny. It's both a video and the transcript (more or less) following it. He was older than me when his parents made the decision to stop telling stories about Santa Claus and all of that, and I'm guessing that makes him like nine years older than me. But whatever. I don't have a lot of time to be online for now, about time to leave for services. I thought I'd share this as a quick blog... not my words, now, remember, but pretty much everything else is same...
Sunday, December 08, 2013
My mom showed me a video on Facebook that was doubly tragic - heavier women at a dress store, talking amongst themselves. I have NO clue what they are actually saying, because of course, Special K (United States) made no effort to have the video commercially captioned. It wasn't until the camera close-up zoomed into the "tags" on the clothing with comments printed on saying stuff like "I'd look fat in this" or "I have a muffin top" etc and I'd see the hurt and puzzled expression on the women's faces, that I began to get an idea of what the video is about. And at the end, there's some text that sort of clarifies some more, but I still felt left out and not included in the whole video.
Here it is:
And for those of you on Twitter, you can look for @SpecialKUS (I don't know if I will have to re-edit this for the special characters that are used for Twitter accounts and the hash tags, since it will look like HTML code for links etc.). The Hastag is #FightFatTalk
I believe the message they are trying to convey is in harmony with many of the articles on SparkPeople - it's just that they are going at it in an "Audist" way... Audist meaning those who are hearing, sort of the same top man/bottom man one up/one down unequal ratio, with people who are hearing assuming that they are "superior" because they have hearing, and they see deafness or being hard of hearing as somehow "faulty" or "abnormal (I'm not impaired, so don't even start up with the whole "hearing impaired" - that's totally incorrect and most deaf/hh don't like being called "impaired".
It's the same kind of one up/one down thing like the whole historical male vs female or black vs white vs people of multiple colors or the whole white collar vs blue collar - whatever. And here the video is fighting against the self-labeling of "fatness" instead of just accepting what is and being kind to yourself, and then oh by the way, if you're deaf, you're on your own sucker.
I've made my comments on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter this evening, will be interesting to see what sort of response. Hopefully Special K will recognize their double-standards and fix it. (Not like I buy their products anyway, since a lot of it is overly processed for my tastes, and that's a whole separate issue...).
(edited later - when I clicked on link above, it went to a Home Improvement site, so trying other links. Sometimes YouTube makes a customized link for those posting on Twitter?)
Later: My son tells me there are TWO different YouTube videos both uploaded by SpecialKUS, one has like 52,200+ views and maybe marginally better captioning, and the one I originally saw here had less than 2,000 views.
This should be the link to the video that has the greater number of views, and slightly "better" captioning...
But... here are a few examples of poor captioning in the other video, the one I mentioned earlier -
"... to show how damage awards can hold week reduced or ..."
"...tail and mane he enhanced hell ..."
"...sadism feel this way about sales most definitely I'll thing "
"... need to be jealous support reversing that ..."
Plus, the timing is very poorly done - they aren't showing the words right when they are being said. I know it's hard work, because I've done it before, but it can be done. When it isn't, it's an example of someone just sliding through as quickly as possible and not taking the time to go back on the timing and insert the text stream at that point. I was gonna upload the link to one I did on DotSub.com four years ago, but they've done something since then, or the owners of the video deactivated the caption stream (it's one of those deals where the video has one URL and then the caption stream is on another URL and they just "overlay" it over the video like a blank screen with only the words at the bottom. That's one way of doing the captioning process.).
So it's a huge subject but it's an ongoing thing. It's not only this video - it can be the national news on TV or any other video...
The message here seems to be a good one in general for all of us, hearing or deaf - we all have negative self-talk that we need to stop. And the video had a text comment in it about "we wouldn't say this to others, why do we say it to ourselves..." I had to laugh on that one, because I have been told to my face that I'm fat, or that an outfit makes me look fat, or other unkind things. Many of us here in SparkPeople have had cruel words like that said to them. So SpecialKUS seems to be a bit delusional in that context, I'm afraid...
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
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