Day: October 30, 2013

The Only Happy FAT Woman in America

One more. This one was at the beginning of my fitness quest and I had some who doubted my sincerity. I really was happy then and am happy now.

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This is kind of a continuation on the last post but I was so angry  I just had to write about it.  Today I went to the gym and worked extra hard to burn off some of 2 pieces of pizza and a breadstick I ate for lunch. (Did I mention pizza/Italian food is my weakness?). Anyway, I decided to do 35 minutes on the exercise bike and then my usual swimming (ended up doing 25 min in the pool- 1 hour total one of my longest exercise sessions!).  As I was pushing myself on the bike I started to watch the Oprah show.  She was doing an episode profiling extreme weight loss with fitness guru Bob Greene (who I might add has a promotions deal with McDonalds….Strange?).  As I watched the program I found myself wanting to throw a shoe at the screen.  Once again the people were portrayed…

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Should or Want?

Today is classic blog post day. This is the second blog I ever wrote in 2008. Enjoy. Totally relate to it

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Lately I have been thinking a lot about my motivations in life. Being in between jobs means that most of the activities I participate in are by my own choice. What I mean by that is I don’t have a boss or authority figure telling me how I must use my time. It has caused me to wonder about the following question- how much of my life is dictated by what I want and how much by what I should want. For example, a woman may not want a family but feels that she should want a family; therefore, she forces herself to want a family.

I suppose there is another facet to this question- there are some choices that are based on needs and not wants. For instance, I will eventually have to get a job because I need money but what type of job I get could depend…

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Classic Disney

This is one I don’t think enough people read. What’s your favorite classic Disney?

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I have always been a huge Disney fan. I love Disneyland and eagerly look forward to new animated films each year. My favorite movie is almost always animated with Tangled being in my top 5 movies of the last several years.  I love the music, artistry and characters we get in any Disney film.  As a child my favorite movies were The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

Recently I have been getting classic Disney films on netflix and watching them in order of release date.  It is a fascinating exercise.  I just finished Bambi and one of the things that stuck out to me is how dark the films all are.  All of them have near-deaths or deaths and are painted with a somewhat somber tone.  This is interesting because you would think the last thing audiences in the 30s would want is a sad picture?   Perhaps there…

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Things that Make Me Smile

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Since I just did a post on pain I figured I need to lighten things up a bit.  I do after all smile a lot.

So here are some things that make me happy:

1. Fresh Cut Flowers- I wish I could get them every day or even just go into a little flower shop and stare at them, smelling them and feeling of their cheerfulness.  One of the things I love about New York is the flower shops.  I wish I could find a place like that in Draper.  They have one flower store but it is pretty sterile. I love fresh flowers and wish I didn’t have to buy them for myself all the time.  Someday!

FRESH-CUT-FLOWERS

2. Hallmark Original Movies- In fact I am watching one right now and loving it.  It is called Remember Sunday about a man who has no short term memory because of an…

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Warriors in Pink

I have been having a rough go of it lately and honestly felt like most things I do have been a mess.   What is the best thing to do when feeling depressed?  Usually find a way to serve so I’ll ask for you all to keep reading my blog if you’ve found any of the 720 posts helpful over the years and forgive me if I have offended you in any way along the way.  I have certainly done the best I could to make this as compelling reading as possible.  My choices haven’t always been great but don’t give up on me!  We’ll get another 720!

But let’s focus on other people and let the chips fall where they may.  I want to tell you about the Warriors in Pink program because its pretty awesome.    It is a program of outreach and well made/attractive products that helps to prevent and find a cure for breast cancer.  The goal is to “keep the topic of breast cancer part of everyday conversation and encourage women and men to engage in self-exams. Greater awareness can lead to earlier diagnosis, which in turn, could save lives”

I can’t think of a much better goal than that!  Breast cancer is particularly important to diagnose early because it is so treatable.   The American Cancer Society says in 2013:

  • About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer

So clearly if we can spread the word on diagnosis and treatment we can save lives.   To read about how to do a proper self-exam and to know what to look for go to nationalbreastcancer.org.  This is important stuff so if it feels awkward, do it anyway.

After monitoring your own health, would you like to contribute as I desired to?  That’s where Warriors in Pink comes in.  They sell wonderful clothing, scarfs, bags, and a variety of items for reasonable prices with 100% net proceeds going to 5 breast cancer charities- Susan G Comen, Susan G. Research Foundation, The Pink Fund and the Young Survival Coalition.  You can give to one of the 5 or all 5.

I was really impressed with the quality of the items I got and just the apparel proceeds since 2006 adds up to almost 5 million in donations.   Pretty great!

The prices are very reasonable with beautiful scarfs selling for $35 down to keychains for $10.  There are also beautiful ties for men to show their support.  The more women we can keep around for their families the better off this country will be.  I firmly believe that.

So its a win-win situation.  You get a quality product at a good price that looks cute and you donate to a very important cause with 100% net proceeds going to the charities.   Please follow my lead and contribute if you are able.

Thanks, Rachel

I love the big and wide pink scarf.
I love the big and wide pink scarf.
Scarf and bag.  Bag has a nice lining in it.
Scarf and bag. Bag has a nice lining in it.

Want to see them up close and personal on this video!  Go for it!