October 31, 2010
Enjoy my sisterfriends,
A woman was asked by a coworker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.'
God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.
Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.' :0)
I was sent this in an email and I thought it was worth sharing!
October 27, 2010
I KNOW THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS...BUT I CANT EVEN BELIEVE THIS ARTICLE I READ!!!
MARIE CLAIRE MAGAZINE
Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?)
October 25, 2010 9:00 AM by Maura Kelly
The other day, my editor asked me, "Do you really think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?"
Because I can be kind of clueless — I'm not much of a TV person — I had no idea what she was talking about, so she steered me to this CNN article, about the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. As CNN explains, "the show centers around a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous group [and] has drawn complaints for its abundance of fat jokes [as well as] cries from some viewers who aren't comfortable watching intimacy between two plus-sized actors."
My initial response was: Hmm, being overweight is one thing — those people are downright obese! And while I think our country's obsession with physical perfection is unhealthy, I also think it's at least equally crazy, albeit in the other direction, to be implicitly promoting obesity! Yes, anorexia is sick, but at least some slim models are simply naturally skinny. No one who is as fat as Mike and Molly can be healthy. And obesity is costing our country far more in terms of all the related health problems we are paying for, by way of our insurance, than any other health problem, even cancer.
So anyway, yes, I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I'd find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.
Now, don't go getting the wrong impression: I have a few friends who could be called plump. I'm not some size-ist jerk. And I also know how tough it can be for truly heavy people to psych themselves up for the long process of slimming down. (For instance, the overweight maintenance guy at my gym has talked to me a little bit about how it seems worthless for him to even try working out, because he's been heavy for as long as he can remember.)
But ... I think obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It's something they can change, if only they put their minds to it.
(I'm happy to give you some nutrition and fitness suggestions if you need them — but long story short, eat more fresh and unprocessed foods, read labels and avoid foods with any kind of processed sweetener in them whether it's cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup, increase the amount of fiber you're getting, get some kind of exercise for 30 minutes at least five times a week, and do everything you can to stand up more — even while using your computer — and walk more. I admit that there's plenty that makes slimming down tough, but YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me. It will take some time, but you'll also feel so good, physically and emotionally. A nutritionist or personal trainer will help — and if you can't afford one, visit your local YMCA for some advice.)
Then again, I guess these characters are in Overeaters Anonymous. So ... points for trying?
Then again, I tend to think most television shows are a kind of junk food for the mind and body. The boob tube gives us an excuse to turn off both our brains and our bodies and probably does a helluva lot to contribute to the obesity problem, over all. So ... I don't know.
What do you guys think? Fat people making out on TV — are you cool with it? Do you think I'm being an insensitive jerk?
UPDATE: I would really like to apologize for the insensitive things I've said in this post. Believe it or not, I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this, and I sorely regret that it upset people so much. A lot of what I said was unnecessary. It wasn't productive, either.
I know a lot of people truly struggle to lose weight — for medical and psychological reasons — and that many people have an incredibly difficult time getting to a healthy size. I feel for those people and I'm truly sorry I added to the unhappiness and pain they feel with my post.
I would like to reiterate that I think it's great to have people of all shapes and healthy sizes represented in magazines (as, it bears mentioning here, they are in Marie Claire) and on TV shows — and that in my post, I was talking about a TV show that features people who are not simply a little overweight, but appear to be morbidly obese. (Morbid obesity is defined as 100 percent more than their ideal weight.) And for whatever it's worth, I feel just as uncomfortable when I see an anorexic person as I do when I see someone who is morbidly obese, because I assume people suffering from eating disorders on either end of the spectrum are doing damage to their bodies, and that they are unhappy. But perhaps I shouldn’t be so quick to judge based on superficial observations.
To that point (and on a more personal level), a few commenters and one of my friends mentioned that my extreme reaction might have grown out of my own body issues, my history as an anorexic, and my life-long obsession with being thin. As I mentioned in the ongoing dialogue we’ve been carrying on in the comments section, I think that's an accurate insight.
People have accused me of being a bully in my post. I never intended to be that — it's actually the very last thing I want to be, as a writer or a person. But I know that I came off that way, and I really cannot apologize enough to the people whom I upset.
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***I GUESS PEOPLE WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET THEIR 15 MINUTES OF FAME! WELL THE BLOGGER GOT IT AND I HOPE SHE IS HAPPY THIS IS WHAT SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED BY!!! I GUESS IF YOU ARE OVERWEIGHT YOU DONT DESERVE TO BE LOVED***
I CANT EVEN BELIEVE THE EDITORS LET THIS ARTICLE GET POSTED! WOW!
Marie Claire's web editor Kate Schweitzer by email
October 26, 2010
Lord have Mercy! This DVD tried to kill me...LOL! No seriously, I did this 20 minute workout because I was unable to make it to Zumba Class and if you are questioning the burn after 20 minutes...question no more! It works! My body is hurting today like I was in a fight last night! Its a good body hurt, but I am sore today! The workout seemed a little longer than 20 minutes but she does have you moving for the full 20 minutes, she said the only way to receive the full effects is to make sure you are moving the full time.
Getting back into working out is killer! But I have to stay motivated to get some weight off! I have been making my lunch at home and bringing it to work to ensure I eat something healthy. And last week I worked out a few days and if I didnt get a chance to do a full workout I made sure I got some walking in at least!
How do you stay motivated to work out??
"Set for theatrical release of Nov.5, 'For Colored Girls' is based on Ntozake Shange's award-winning 1975 play of the same name. The story consists of a series of poems performed through a cast of nameless women known only by a color. The characters deal with subjects such as love, abandonment, rape and abortion."
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October 25, 2010
For the Month of November I will be doing the 30-Day Blog Challenge. I have been wanting to do this for a while but I have finally decided to do it. There are 30 days in this month which is perfect for a 30-day challenge. I hope to blog daily but if not the next post I will catch up from the most recent, and by the end of November I will be done!!!
Day 1: A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
Day 2: A photo of something you ate today.
Day 3: Your idea of the perfect first date.
Day 4: Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
Day 5: A photo of yourself two years ago.
Day 6: A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
Day 7: Your dream wedding.
Day 8: A song to match your mood.
Day 9: A photo of the item you last purchased.
Day 10: A photo of our favorite place to eat.
Day 11: What’s in your makeup bag?
Day 12: A photograph of the town you live in.
Day 13: Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14: A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Day 15: Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 16: Your celebrity crush.
Day 17: A photo of you and your family.
Day 18: Something you crave a lot.
Day 19: Another picture of yourself.
Day 20: The meaning behind your blog name.
Day 21: A photo of something that makes you happy.
Day 22: A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 23: 15 facts about you.
Day 24: A photo of something that means a lot to you.
Day 25: What’s in your purse?
Day 26: A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 27: A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 28: Your favorite movie.
Day 29: Something you could never get tired of doing.
Day 30: A photograph of youself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days
Wish me luck as I do the Blog Challenge. And feel free to join in with me...if you havent already done it! Im a little late in doing the blog challenge.
Since being engaged (still feels weird to say) I have been away from my blog, with all the different things going through my head. Darrick and I have already started planning even though we are a year and a half away.
- Right now we are in the planning stages and we are trying to book the reception venue as soon as possible, due to it being on Memorial Day Weekend 2012. This weekend my friend Robyn and I went to look at the Old Courthouse as a reception site. I talked to the company that books this location early last week and she told me to stop by and see it all decorated, to see if I liked it. Darrick had to work, and was unable to go see it so I took pictures (I didn't upload my pics so these are the ones that I found online)
- I'm so glad this term of school is almost over! I know I stated this before but I haven't been very motivated this term, and I'm still getting an A in the course but it's been REALLY hard to stay focused!! Next term I have Current Issues in Student Affairs in Higher Ed and I hope this is interesting...the title sounds very interesting.
- I only exercised twice last week and I didn't really stick to eating well this weekend but I plan to eat better and work out more this week! I will be walking with a co-worker on lunch twice a week, and going to Zumba class. Sidebar: I was in the bookstore this weekend with Darrick when he told me that he looked Zumba up online to see what kind of class I was going to...he said he didn't know what it was so he had to find out so he would understand what I was talking about! LOL!! I thought that was cute!
- I have to get organized this week. I feel like ever since I have been back from Pittsburgh I have been all over the place, and forgetting to do important things. This has got to change, so this week I will get organized! I will write in my planner what I need to accomplish for day and I will check them off as I do them.
- BROWNS WON!!!! Wahooooo!!!! We beat the defending NFL Champions!!!! And it was on my Mom's Birthday!!! Happy Birthday Mommy!!! Love You!!!