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Archive for June, 2010

Losing the Fat Race

The Cheesecake Factory at Palisades Center in ...
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In Romans 7, Paul talks about the things we don’t want to do, we do; and, the things we want to do, we don’t do.  He’s referring to the spiritual vs. the physical, the battle we all have with the flesh and overcoming all of those habits that so easily beset us.  My walk with the flesh was pretty weak, today. In fact, I just laid down, rolled over, and got my belly rubbed!

After church, my husband, aunt, and I headed to the Cheesecake Factory (we don’t have one where we are in Georgia).  Of course, socializing  was part of the agenda since it had been several years since I’d seen my aunt.

Taking into consideration that the portions are humongous, I ordered a lunch time salad to be on the safe side. It turned out that also became my dinner.  Then, there was the Cheesecake menu.  I could have passed that up, but I didn’t.  After all, weren’t we at the Cheesecake Factory?

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An Overweight Body is a Sign

Frozen in Time
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Stress is everywhere.   The television show Hoarders is a perfect example of how stressful clutter and the accumulation of “stuff” depletes our energy.  When we don’t know where to start, we become overwhelmed; there is nothing left to do but shutdown.  Too many choices and too many obligations cause us to run amok.

The inner man is revealed through outward behaviors.  A stressful life can lead to poor diet.  We’re too busy and too tired to plan and cook a decent meal after working all day.  It’s just too convenient to stop and pick up fast food.  Sadder, yet- it’s cheaper than buying live, nutritious foods.

Eating well should be a priority; but, when there are too many distractions, we lose focus of the essentials.  An overweight body is a sign of an unbalanced life style.

What is causing your stress?
What are your consumption habits?

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Sugar and Osteoporosis

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When I broke my leg, I simply chalked it up to falling off my exercise Skechers until a friend of mine who is a nurse made a comment.  It shook me when she said that breaking the lower part of the leg or wrists is a sign of osteoporosis, and that I was fortunate to have done it now while there was time to reverse the effects.  REVERSE THE EFFECTS! I’ve never been in poor health, let alone break anything.

Terri is a great resource for healthy living. She had given me a nutritional package of reading material a few months ago.  I finally made time to read it.  I was shocked to learn that sugar depletes our bones of calcium and is a leading cause of osteoporosis.  I was a prime candidate.  Sugar has always been my downfall.  If not in desserts, then in bread.  I knew it was time to get off sugar no matter what form it took.

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I Look at Clouds From Both Sides, Now

I love clouds.  Not just any clouds.  Cumulus nimbus: billowy tufts of white, waiting.  These are a sign that there is moisture in the air.  Most likely, a thunderstorm is around the corner.

I love thunderstorms, too.  There’s nothing like listening to thunder and rain, and actually feeling the air take on a freshness.

Since we’ve come home to New York, I’ve been taking a lot of cloud pictures.  One reason is there are very few cumulus nimbus cloud formations on the Georgia coast.  The second reason is that clouds are very difficult to paint.  I’m hoping these pictures will help me to perfect my sore attempts. Read the rest of this entry »

Winning the Weight War

Well, no wonder I had such a hard time dragging my butt around on crutches!  I want you all to realize how difficult taking this picture was.  I am balancing on my left leg.  On top of that, by the time I got balanced and got my camera in focus, the stupid scale would turn off.  I must have tried it half a dozen times before I got everything in sync.

I’m not sure how much my cast weighs.  I’d love to say it weighs 5lbs, but that’s probably wishful thinking on my part.  It’s probably only 3 lbs.  I’m getting re-evaluated  this Wednesday.  The doctor will take the cast off and x-ray again.  I’d like to think that maybe he will give me a boot over another full cast.

Let the games begin.

Putting My Best Foot Forward

Life has taken a very different course for me over the last several weeks.  What started out as an innocent trip with my husband to Virginia, has become somewhat of a set back: far from what a “foot loose and fancy” summer ought to be.  (Read about my D.C. excursion, here.) I’m doing my best to take it all in stride and accomplish as much as physically possible.  Perhaps breaking my leg isn’t so terribly bad.  It certainly made me realize several things. Read the rest of this entry »