Thursday, January 07, 2010
My Dog, Charlie Brown
I got Charlie when he was just six weeks old. He was already named and at that time he had more brown on him than he does now. He is a shih Tzu and was born in June, 2004. I had recently needed to put down an older cockapoo and I got Charlie to keep my other shih Tzu, Cal, company. He is a very loving dog and I love him very much. He does have one rather strange habit. He doesn’t bite anyone but if he gets upset, or even thinks he is upset, he growls ferociously and chases his tail. I don’t think he even bites his tail as it never looks sore.
He does not like to get groomed and when he was younger I had a groomer come to the house to do him and I had to give him something to sedate him. That groomer retired so I had to find a place to take him. I found a place that seems to do a good job with him. He is always so glad to see me when I go to pick him up. I eventually had to put Cal down as well. The first time I took Charlie to the groomer after Cal was gone, he was really frightened and you could almost hear him thinking, “She took Cal out of here one day and he never came back.” So he was doubly glad to see me that day. He loves to go for walks and he so enjoys playing with my other two dogs. He is good with everybody, even kids. So that is good since I have little great grand kids that come around.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
Then, using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Crème Donuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?” And Man said “Yes!” and Woman said, “And as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.
And God created healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof. God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake,” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s Food.”
God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.
God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said. “You want fries with that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And super size them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
Then Satan created HMOs
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.
2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.
3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.
4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.
5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.
6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!
7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.
8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking
Causes calorie leakage.
9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories
Rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate.
We all know how calories like to CLING!
So, go out and enjoy those Christmas Cookies - we only get them this this time of year!
Friday, January 01, 2010
I have been heavy since I was ten years old. I don’t think I really realized the problem until I was about to graduate from high school.
I had friends and we would eat the same things. We would walk to the store and buy potato chips, the same size bag, and I would gain and they would stay thin. I ask you, how fair is that??
Then in my senior year I decided I needed to do something about it.
Thus began my yo-yo journey. I did very well and lost 55 pounds in about four months. How? Well, I was, as I recall, eating raw cabbage, boiled eggs and I don’t recall what else. I do recall having ketchup on a lot of it. I kept that weight off for a little bit but then, bang, it all came back with some added in.
I joined TOPS and, again did very well and lost 80 pounds. How? Well, I was starving myself until the evening after the meeting and then I would go home and eat anything that didn’t move fast enough.
Again I kept it off for a bit and, look out, here it comes back and then some!!
Over the years I have tried low fat diets and again lost a lot of weight. I tried Slim Fast; drinking a shake for breakfast, eating a bar for lunch and a meal for dinner. Same thing~~~~~~~I lost and gained it back. I tried a diabetic diet as my daughter was gestational diabetic and lost weight during her pregnancy instead of gaining. Well, I can do that, I said. And I did. But the same thing happened again. Then I tried eating cereal for two meals a day. Lost and gained. I thought maybe I could eat in diet fashion four days a week and as I wanted the other three. NOT!!
What I can’t understand is, I am a reasonably intelligent person so how did I allow the weight to come back??
I found the answer to that question here at SparkPeople.com. I had been ‘dieting’ instead of learning a new life style! Dieting does not work because when you stop, any weight you have lost comes right back.
I have been a member here for just a little over eight months, I have lost 52 pounds (please don’t count the couple ‘holiday pounds’ that snuck back.) I am exercising, which was never a part of my life before. I am drinking water which also was never a part of my life. I have gone down three sizes in slacks and I know that it will just continue going down.
I have friends that I could never have done it without. Teams that inspire and motivate me. I tell everyone I meet that they need to check out Sparks, whether to lose weight or to just get healthy. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. And now I am reading the book which will help me even more to reach my goals.
Thanks Chris Downie!!
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