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Saturday, December 22, 2012



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Another diet gone by the wayside.
A month ago my son Micheal told me to try the method of dieting that he had just used to lose forty pounds that had slipped up on him. It took him three months to lose it.
So, I downloaded it on my iPad, like he did, and began a ‘counting-calorie’ program through, his recommendation.
It was fun and productive through the eleventh day, lost six pounds, only thirty-four to go to lose by my 55th class reunion in April 2013. But then counting calories got tiresome and I wanted to eat some of the food I usually ate without counting calories – cookies, handfuls of Good ’n Plenty, Lindor’s Truffles, Hershey’s candy kisses, bowls of ice cream, cheese sandwiches, spaghetti, pizza, and the list goes on and on. All no-no's. 
So I decided to take a break. A reward day, we call it. I rationalized also that the diet had screwed up my bowel habits, and Metamucil, as Micheal suggested, wasn’t working for me. Whenever I eat my regular way, I never have a problem with constipation.  
So, I took a day off, then a weekend, then a week, then . . . I still haven’t got back to the ‘counting-calorie’ program, and now . . . I’ve regained the six pounds I lost while doing it.
According to MyFitnessPal, if I would have stayed with it for just five weeks I would have lost twenty pounds of the forty I wanted to lose, then another five weeks would’ve done the trick. 
Okay, here it is, honesty, pure honesty . . . I am over 70 years old, 5’4”, and I weigh in at a man's weight.
I’m shouting it to the rooftops, I won’t deny it anymore!! I am obese according to the charts and to my wardrobe. I am fat!!! I don’t care what anybody says. I know what I am and how I look. Don’t try and tell me I look fine when I don’t. I am fat and ugly. No, no! I said don’t try to convince me otherwise. I won’t listen. This is who I am. I am obese.
And as some of the self-awareness books say … ‘love yourself’ and it will be alright … the hell, you say! I do not love myself weighing as much as a man. Sorry, Charlie! Tell that to somebody else, not me.
I’m sick of it! I’m tired of it.
Right now I’m visualizing myself as I was in my 40s—this was after I had all four of my kids—when I could wear jeans with a T-shirt tucked in, no muffin-top, no fat rolls between the hips and the bra-line, no flabby underarms, no gobbler neck, no ten-ton boobs, no thighs slapping, no horse haunches, none of it! 
I’m tellin’ ya, I’m sick of it!

Have you seen any of the Joyce L Vedral weight training books? Here is a woman who proved that any woman over fifty could stay in shape by following the Vedral methods.  She says “Anyone can do it, easy to follow.” Well, it is easy to follow.  I did it for awhile. But again, the problem is to keep it going.
Isn’t that what it’s all about? Keeping it going?
Vedral’s method is just twelve minutes a day. Why couldn’t anyone do the exercises just twelve minutes a day?  I mean, it’s done in your own home, on your own time, with two 3-pound weights. How simple is that?
So here I have in front of me two simple methods that could get rid of my fat and keep it off and tone my muscles at the same time. I could become my ideal once again.


What is the matter with me? 
And to top it off, I watched the 2012 London Olympics and every single day I saw the results of commitment and body training right before my eyes. Why can’t I demonstrate just a tiny bit of that commitment in my own personal diet and exercise program? I’m not unable to do it, no physical inhibitors. It wouldn’t take much of my energy and time.
It just means I’ll have to enter exactly what I eat on my iPad (the program automatically figures out your calories, food values and maximum nutrient requirements) and do Vedral’s simple weight-training exercises just 12-minutes a day. 

Dammit, I’m gonna do it! Starting right now. 

--to be continued--

Monday, December 17, 2012


According to Mother Jones ( there have been in excess of 60 mass murders committed in the U.S. in the past 30 years and most of the killers got their guns legally. 

Today, I just want to say a few words about the tragedy in Connecticut . . . I can't look at the photos of the victims without choking up and shedding tears. It's just too much for anyone to handle, much less the families of those dear little ones. The children were so young, only on this earth for 6 or 7 years. Can you imagine? And the dear teachers who tried their best to protect them, losing their own 
lives too is unspeakable. It's just unimaginable.

How to prevent such massacres? Honestly, I don't believe we can do that. If an evil or deranged person wants to do it, he'll find a way. If he wants guns, he'll find a way to get them. The problem may be closer to home, just as in this case. But then, there was no one at home except the mother. And I don't know about you, but we mothers tend to be protective of our sons, we would never want to believe our son would be capable of doing something like this, no matter how strange we might think he is. It was said that she quit work to stay home to take care of him ... which makes me wonder what that was ... a young man his age. And then maybe when it must have become evident that something was really wrong with him and maybe she feared he might do something against mankind, it was too late. He killed her first.

Now, we can blame the assault rifle, and I don't see any reason any private citizen should have one of those, handguns yes, but not a gun that can shoot a gawd-awful number of bullets without reloading. I mean those are used in combat or by swat-teams or sad to say, gangster wars. A private citizen doesn't need one. So yes, they should be banned from possession by private citizens. Mainly to keep them out of the hands of someone who is suffering from a mental condition ... just as in this case. 27 lives gone. It might have been less with only handguns. But still there would have been deaths, so what is the answer? I don't have a clue.