Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blogging for Poverty

I wish you could truly know how every one's comments about my last post helped me keep things in perspective. Oh, & just in case you haven't been following my story, you may want to start here before reading any further. When I weighed myself this morning the scale read the same as last Saturday and I refuse to get all bent out of shape about it. I am over it. I would love to know for sure what my "real" weight is, but I can wait until Saturday. Besides the whole idea about today's action is so that we can feel good about giving. If I am getting all down on myself because of "whatever", I'm just defeating the purpose. The main thing is to move forward. My beloved soulSis Lisak suggested in her comments, ...why not donate as much as I've lost since I started Weight Watchers, who says you can't?...she wrote. I like that type of thinking Lisak! It seems so obvious now that she mentions it, LOL! Lisa is an amazing power of example of weight loss inspiration. I suggest you click on her name, above in green, if you want to see what she is doing about her weight. Lisa has awesome courage.
& then Muse Swings made me laugh out loud about the air pressure affecting the scales at Weight Watchers. Thanks Muse, you are very encouraging. You also happen to be a very talented woman with a heartfelt blog. I suggest anyone reading this to go check out her recent ghost story posts & she has a really funny one on spitting too. Go here.
And Kitty I have been thinking about your questions since you posted them. You really have given me food for thought...I can't believe I just wrote that, but it's funny so I have to leave it in. The very fact that this is the way I think is so telling. Anyway, Kitty questioned me about eating tremendous amounts of food & not feeling full. That's an interesting question because there have been many times when I have eaten a full well balanced nutritious meal and I wonder why I am still hungry. And then there are other times when after a meal I am completely sated. I definitely think I need to start paying closer attention to what is happening with me. Maybe keeping a detailed food journal will help, like one that includes how sated I am & how I feel energy wise. Kitty also mentioned 5-HTP. I have heard about using this natural remedy for depression, but never as an appetite suppressant. Thanks for including the link Kitty. & if anyone wants to see a portrait of Manhattan in photographs, please go see Kitty's work here.
& my Mom, she pointed out (by telephone) that all my exercise is making my body more muscular and that is why I am probably having problems with the scale. I don't really understand how all that works, but come to think of it, I have heard people run into issues with their weight and exercise. I guess I need to educate myself on that. Thanks Mom.
So here is what I did. I went and got some food over at my local "big box" store and I dropped it off at my local food pantry today. I felt great. It made me think of how my son and I used to do this on a regular basis and I wondered how I got out of that habit and then I remembered I really didn't, I just give money instead. That made me think how that's just not the same, so I think I can do both. I think I can give money and I can easily add a couple extra items in my cart for those in need. I really believe if we all did just a little something we could really make a big difference. Just look at what happened to me, I gave just a little and I feel like I got one hundred times more than I gave. It makes me want to give more. It's funny to me how that works.

This is what I dropped off at the food pantry. I decided to add up the weight of the food just to make sure it was at least 12 pounds. The really weird thing is, it added up to a little over 18 pounds. 18 pounds is my present total weight loss goal. I couldn't even carry it all at once, I had to make two trips from the car to the pantry. It makes me think what that added weight does to my body.
Thank you again my fellow women friends, you really are very caring, encouraging people!


MuseSwings said...

You are VERY welcome, and thank you for the kind words. One thing that I think is totally unfair about dieting: If you look at a candy bar and don't eat it you don't automatically lose some weight. I think that none eating activity - especially if it's a really good candy bar is worth about 16 ounces, don't you!

Excellent decision on the purchases for the food pantry! Well done!

Lily Hydrangea said...

LOL! So true! So true! & thanks again.
; )

Rachael Levy said...

Wonderful idea, and great motivator. Thanks for sharing it!

Kitty said...

hey, well I'm glad to help out.

I've read that overeating, craving carbs and not feeling full are symptoms that the herbal supplement cures. I felt the effect of it very soon after taking a 50 mg pill. Side effects for larger doses include nausea and diarrhea.

I think you're doing great. I think figuring out why you eat is important. The journal should include not just what you eat, but how you're feeling, what's on your mind, are you stressed, are you bored, are you feeling low.

anyway, keep it up. You're doing great!

Arnold Layne said...

Great post, and what a fantastic idea! Definitely an excellent way to not only help yourself, but the community as well!