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ThinnyMinny Gets a PepTalk!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Get shakin' or turn into bacon!

Get off your butt to get out of a rut!

When the going gets tough, strut your stuff!

Crummy mood? Put down the food!

Less talk, more walk!

Forget the funk-- move your junk!

Feel like a lump? Grab a rope and jump!

Acting lame, get in the game!

Just whining? AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!

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    emoticon That's what I say. You look amazing by the way. Thanks for the friend add and also the comment on my home page. Donna

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Embracing Challenge

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Have you ever watched a little one get all caught up in the excitement of learning and mastering a task--taking that first step, putting the puzzle piece in the right place, realizing that letters make a familiar word?

When the world is new, challenge is just part of the landscape, and working at mastering everyday challenges provides enormous satisfaction.

How sad that we sometimes grow to resent our challenges, the very sparks that used to add excitement and passion to our lives! I see this every day in those who resent the trying aspects of their jobs or their relationships.

Today I will work on creating a culture that embraces the challenges that life presents. We all have the opportunity to experience each moment as the one that teaches us something valuable about ourselves and helps us become the best we can be!

  
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FRUITYFUL 1/2/2013 9:32AM

    You should be a writer! This was so perfectly written, and so true. It gives me a new perspective on the challenges that I have in front of me.

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ADELCASALE 1/2/2013 5:40AM

    Great insight! You definitely have the right attitude for success! emoticon

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JOHN4FITNESS 1/2/2013 5:28AM

    Great blog. Thanks for the inspiration to face challenges!
John

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Roll of the Dice?

Monday, March 09, 2009

Have you ever heard of a tragic scenario and thought, "There, but by the grace of God, go I?" Maybe it was of a head-on collision that killed numerous people because a driver was using a cell phone. Or maybe you heard about a child who drowned because the parent got involved with something a looked away for mere minutes. Once I was outside talking to a neighbor in the yard when my seven-year-old decided to "fire" some clay in the microwave. When I walked in the door, the kitchen was filled with smoke. Fortunately, I got there in time before the innocent art project burned the house down. But luck is not always on our side.

In my new career path, I have had an insider's look at the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles. As a cardiovascular sonographer, I use ultrasound to get pictures of the hearts, veins, arteries, and carotids of people of all ages. What I have seen confirms what we have heard from medical reports for years.

Once a man suffered irreparable heart damage from years of alcohol abuse. The muscle of his heart had become so thin and ineffective that it was only pumping at about 15% of what it should have been. His small children had found him unconscious--having lost control of his bladder and bowels, and they were the ones who called 911. I still pray that he somehow was able to get a heart transplant, the only way to extend his life long enough to see those little ones grow up.

You know all that stuff you hear about the dangers of smoking? It's not just lung cancer, but serious heart problems and circulatory problems that result. Did you know that smoking can increase the plaque that builds up in your arteries and lead to heart attacks and stroke? It broke my own heart once to see a patient who was paralyzed from a stroke, lying motionless in a hospital bed. Her eyes responded to sound, but her body could not move, and she could not speak.

Most of us are fighting obesity, some for the sake of appearance and others for the sake of health. Two of my siblings had heart attacks in their forties, and, at the time, it shook me up enough to lose the 125 extra pounds I had been carrying my adult life. It's amazing how easy it is to lose the motivation of fear and to slack off about exercise and healthy eating. A decision of "just this once" can turn right back into an unhealthy lifestyle before you know it. I speak from experience.

I wish everyone could take a look at their own insides and see the sometimes frightening realities that lurk just beneath the surface. Is that fatty meal really worth the piece of plaque that may break off and go straight to the brain, landing you paralyzed for the rest of your life? Is that pack of cigarettes so good that it's worth the risk of leaving your children without you to guide them to adulthood? Is throwing caution to the wind and not taking your diabetes medicine, exercising, and controlling your diet worth losing your legs and your eyesight?

Seeing these realities has hit me much harder than reading about them. I'm writing this blog to remind myself that while life may look like a roll of the dice, we do determine much of our luck by the choices we make along the way. Of course, we all hear of the rare 90-year-old who smoked a pack a day and beat the odds. But much more typical are the innumerable stories of regular folks who thought nothing bad could happen to them.




  
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/18/2010 1:21PM

    emoticonfor sharing these thoughts. What a difference it makes to make and keep making healthy and positive choices. Healthy lifestyle choices make a big diff!

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KARLIEK 6/4/2009 3:37PM

    Hi! I know you wrote this a while ago, but today I read it. It's a great reminder how we need that good nutrition!! Thank you! karlie
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ILYPEREIRA 5/21/2009 12:14PM

    Thanks for Sharing! emoticon

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CRUISEHAPPE 5/5/2009 2:28PM

    WOW......

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GORDAMIA 3/31/2009 12:43PM

  It scared but just reading this and I have so much to loose and I feel I will never make it and I will become one of those people in those situation I already have alot of those problems. Maybe this is the wake up call I need . I am all gung ho and then I slide back and pull myself out again but I don't have that steady pace to keep up.Thank you for this blog I need to hear it like that.

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MARALEE3 3/31/2009 5:33AM

    i enjoyed reading your blog....and you are so right if we could see what our insides look like and what we are doing to ourselves it would scare us....which it should we think oh nothing is wrong with me, I may be a little heavy, out of breath etc.....but we don't stop and think of all the stress this puts on our organs and how they suffer and then one day they are going to be just too wore out to work anymore.

Thanks really reenforces why I am on this journey and that is to be healthy both inside and out.

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_BECA_ 3/15/2009 10:40PM

    Great Blog ! how most of us forget it really is about being healthy everything else WILL fall into place if we eat in a way and move = Health= weight loss.
Thanks for your incite and I wish you continual success.


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ARTLESS 3/14/2009 6:21PM

    Wonderful entry!

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SUNFLOWERS 3/12/2009 9:55PM

    Very well said! emoticon

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BILL60 3/9/2009 9:45PM

    Rosie:
What a great blog. Thanks for the reminders that we need to heed. Hang in there and keep on plugging.

Bill

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CUDDY521 3/9/2009 8:44PM

    Hi Rosie, I just hope my healthy life style I`m living
now, will give me more years, I see my cardiologist
on a regular basis since my heart ablation & I haven`t
eaten meat in over a year & I gave up those horrible
cigarettes almost 9 years ago. When we are young we
don`t realize how precious life is.
Life is a gift from God & I will never take it for granted
again, so I hope I have a few more good years with
my family.
S.P. has helped so much & great friends like you!

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KALISWALKER 3/9/2009 8:22PM

    My weight loss seems so slow at times it seems I will never reach my goal. Just once, is so easy to slip into but you are so right, I don`t feel lucky. Hard work has always been how I got what I wanted. Thanks Minny, I need a little pick me up.

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Don't Know Much About History

Monday, February 23, 2009

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
George Santayana


When I first started listening to the 24-volume audio set of the book, JOHN ADAMS, I thought to myself, I'll never finish this. It's just too historical.

But since it was a Christmas gift and my favorite NPR station was in the midst of an interminable fund-raiser, I recently decided to give old John a whirl.

Gradually, I found myself lured into this 18th century patriot's world: his love for his wife, his personal vanity, his disappointment in his ne'er-do-well alcoholic son, his hurt over the betrayal of friends he trusted, his awareness of his own aging, his resolve to become more disciplined in his studies and exericise, his concern about finances, his determination to make a mark on the world, his desire to be a positive part of the pages of history.

With only four more cds to go, I am already missing John Adams, a President I knew little about before my extended visit with him on my commutes to and from school, hospital, and work.

I am struck by the similarties between his time and ours-- the corruption and ego that permeates government, idealism that is struck down by the punishing weight of reality and inertia.

While we fancy ourselves quite different from our forebears, at the core so much of being human is the same ol' stuff.

One of my favorite quotations is, "History is not destiny." But with the comparisons that exist between our time and Adams', I am inclined to question that truth.

For history NOT to be destiny, we must employ an action verb. Unless, we muster our resolve, formulate a plan of action, and stick to our goals, I see that we probably ARE destined to repeat history. Changing destiny on any level requires action and commitment, and it is a fallacy to assume otherwise.

If we keep the same eating habits that led to our parents' obesity, we will keep the same obesity and harmful effects to our health. If we maintain the same prejudices our ancestors lived by, we will propagate the discord that exists in our society and our world. If we don't change, we doom our children to the same destiny we inherited.

One of the misfortunes of middle age is the perception and reality that there is little time left to do all that must be done to make a difference.

The moment to act is now. Destiny is fast approaching.

  
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RANGERAMPS 3/14/2009 11:49PM

    You realize you can just 'watch' the 7 hour mni series on dvd by HBO ;-). I watched that when it first aired and since then have read the book. In my opinion he was probably 'one' of the best one term Presidents. I think he really knew what this country was all about. Heck, he was a major founding father and does not get as much recognition as the others do. He was a simple man who loved his country about all else, perhaps to a certain degree even his family eve though his wife understood the importance of what he was doing. Anyway, I've wated and read about John Adams so I know quite a bit about him.

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MARYGNOMES 3/8/2009 9:00PM

    Audio books made my 100 mile round trip to work go by fast! I really enjoyed the series Clan of the Cave Bear .

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JIBBIE49 3/2/2009 9:40AM

    Oh, I listened to all of JOHN ADAMS since I got it from the library. I have a "boombox" radio in the kitchen that has a CD player, so I listen to my "Books on CD" while I'm cleaning. I just loved it. I also, listened to James Madison. What a group of brilliant men. Makes you thankful that they were running America and not the greedy bunch today.
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KALISWALKER 2/24/2009 12:51PM

    Audio books are wonderful. I Iisten to them at the gym.

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FRUITYFUL 2/24/2009 12:31PM

    I love reading your blogs...especially your most recent ones. I see myself in each one of them!

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CUDDY521 2/23/2009 10:40PM

    Rosie, Thanks for sharing this history!
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SUSANLUSAN 2/23/2009 9:44PM

    I believe evolution is unstoppable. Not just on a biological basis but for everything. Ideas evolve. Cultures evolve. Humans are still evolving. Some humans here now are more evolved than others. While some core stuff may remain the same, in reality all of life is changing. Always has, always will. What appears to remain constant can be something that is simply changing slowing. We are still finding weather patterns so big we don't see all of the pattern. Like fractals, the information available for us to mine is practically a bottomless pit.

Did you know humans are remarkably less violent now than we've been in the past? And that this has been improving almost exponentially? To watch the news, one would not think so but it is factually true.

I see prejudice dying by the sheer fact that ignorance busting informal education is becoming increasingly cheap or free and with universal access. The first time I "chatted" with someone from the other side of the planet, I knew we were in for some big changes, good changes. I think the best has yet to come.

Man, you make some really interesting blog entries. More than worth the wait for them.

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BILL60 2/23/2009 4:58PM

    Rosie:
What a great message in this blog. Thank you so much, my Bud.

Bill

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NO MORE TEACHERS' DIRTY LOOKS

Monday, February 16, 2009

NO MORE PENCILS,
NO MORE BOOKS.
NO MORE TEACHERS'
DIRTY LOOKS!!!!


When most of us finished school, we grabbed that diploma and mentally or physcially dumped at least one textbook in the garbage, intending never again to look at that heinous subject. You can go 50 years--or a lifetime--without thinking about a geometry theorem, an object of a preposition, or electrons and protons.

Many people approach weight loss the same way: Reach the goal, "graduate," never have to think about it again. Right.

The hardest part about reaching a weight loss goal is maintaining it. I can remember thinking, "Oh it won't be hard for me because I can't imagine not exercising every day for an hour, and I definitely would NEVER GO back to my old eating habits. Nosiree.. I have CHANGED."

For everyone, life eventually interferes and tests the depth of one's resolve.

When I started back to school, my time constraints erased from my calendar the hour a day I had set aside for exercise. My constant companions were not my gym buddies, but rather other students and hospital workers whose days are brightened with any excuse for a celebration involving food.

I never abandoned my goals. But maintaining my nutrition and exercise habits has sometimes taken a back seat to other pressing demands. While 12 pounds doesn't seem like the end of the world after losing 125, my clothes are tighter, my resolve is weaker, and I feel less confident in every way. Notably, I have had several recent opportunities to talk to people who have expressed a desire to lose weight. In the past, I would have shared my success in an effort to help them and show them what is possible. Lately I just keep quiet. I guess I feel like I should be perfect in order to have something to offer.

Bottom line, I know that "If I keep on doing what I'm doing, I'll keep on getting what I'm getting." Bad habits, a lack of commitment to exercise, excuses for poor choices will definitely lead to decreased confidence, weight gain, ill health, less stamina, more regret.

It's time for me to nip this behavior in the bud. On May 11, I graduate from school with a degree and training that will help me create a whole new professional life. At that time, I want to be where I was physically and emotionally when I was on ELLEN a year ago.

I have 12 weeks to reach my goal of losing 12 pounds. That may be a bit ambitious, but I can give it my all. When I take my diploma this time, I'm hanging on to all I've learned, however difficult it was.

  
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TARRA1011 4/30/2009 10:35AM

    Here it is 4/30 and a month since that entry which I read today. I do hope that you are well on your way to achieving those goals. You can do it! I have all kinds of faith in you. Chin up, shoulders back and smile on your face!

You're an inspiration to me!

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JENNYTX 3/31/2009 3:02PM

    just read this, how's it going. I love to hear about how motivators are doing today, not just "back then."

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GORDAMIA 3/31/2009 12:50PM

  You have such passion in your blogs you can just feel it. I know you can do it!!

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OCSHORDY 2/17/2009 5:37PM

    There is never a dull moment in this life we're living but the beautiful thing is our past experiences are reminders that we have been and can always be successful. KEEP THAT SPARK GLOWING! emoticon

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BILL60 2/17/2009 6:47AM

    My sister from a different mother, I'm with you. Let's see what you have.

Bill

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CUDDY521 2/16/2009 8:49PM

    Rosie, I have learned so much from you & I know you can do this!!
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SUSANLUSAN 2/16/2009 12:54PM

    I believe you about the hardest part to it is maintaining it. If it were an automatic pilot deal, I would never have let my weight get out of hand in the first place. Soooo clearly I have zero ground to conjure up it becoming automatic just because an arbitrary goal has been reached. It is good to have you share this so we can modify our fantasies of what it will be like when we arrive at "bathroom scale nirvana". But please, throw that perfection monster out the window, woman! And be prepared to remind me of same when I get there, k? Remind yourself that an old goal met is simply an invitation in waiting to set a new goal. And I see you have. Bravo!

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FRUITYFUL 2/16/2009 12:02PM

    I'm certain you can do this Rosie. You can do anything you put your mind to. I'm so proud of how you've worked your way through this program and the fact that you've only put on 12 lbs is really amazing. I admire what you have done and I'm 100% certain that you will reach your goal of 1 lb. per week over the next 12 weeks. You are truly an inspiration!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2009 10:34AM

    It's funny how life sometimes gets in the way of our goals. You sound really motivated and healthy in your attitudes and habits. I know you can do it and you'll be successful!

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MRSHONEYCOMB 2/16/2009 10:25AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 2/16/2009 10:24AM

    It's a wonderful goal to launch yourself into your new career feeling and looking good. All the best to you.

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ONEANDDONE 2/16/2009 10:22AM

    Awesome thing you have learned and passed on to those whom have read your blog. Keep up the good work - 12 weeks = you can get your goal! You have been dedicated to getting your degree and you can do this too! emoticon

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