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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Musings

Thanks to those of you who left such kind and loving comments on Friday's blog. The self-hatred monster has left the building and I am back to my self. Good riddance.

Does anyone know why, despite choosing healthy food when eating out, each and every time I eat in a restaurant I gain anywhere from 1/2 to 2 pounds from one meal? Some say it's salt (which means water weight). But if it's water weight, it should disappear the next day or so, but it doesn't. It takes a week or two.
I maintain my weight by not eating out so much, but friends are starting to grumble a bit.

I'm having to learn 7 new songs for our next Sugartime program. That means getting lyrics into this brain of mine, choreographing moves, and teaching those moves to the others. It's a blast, but the older I get, the harder it is to get new material to stick. Maybe that's why Sugartime has taken priority over everything else. I feel as if I have this window of time (60-70 or so) when I will be able to still sing and dance fairly well. I want to take full advantage of it.

My family member goes back to the specialist for a second visit this week. I'm still holding positive thoughts that they do not have a dreaded, degenerative disease. I'm also holding my breath...



Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

7 songs is a lot to learn! Especially since you've got choreography, too.

Hope you'll have good news later this week for your family member.

I've heard that restaurant food is frequently just loaded in calories...even the healthier items. I've seen online that many chain restaurants actually have people posting the calorie count of popular menu items online...maybe y'all can choose a restaurant that has lower cal/lower-fat menu items.

Gail said...

Wow, seven! It is a magical number, you know, so you can do it.

Mason Canyon said...

Learning 7 songs is a lot but I know you can do it without problem. I think one reason we seem to gain more from restaurant food is because of the way their food is processed and even served. Keeping positive thoughts for your family member.

Thoughts in Progress

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

There's a lot of hidden fat and sugar in restaurant food.
Karen, before you go out to eat, lose a pound or two and you'll break even!

KarenG said...

I missed your Friday post, glad that negative voice has left the building! I have days like that... As for restaurant food, I'm with Alex-- it has so much fat, cream, butter. Maybe only eat half, and take the rest home?

Vicki Rocho said...

I'm betting it's the salt too. I'm assuming you're checking the nutritional values on the website before you go? There are always a few things that sound healthy but are packed with calories.

Good luck with the new songs!

Anonymous said...

Blessings on your family member!

My daughter, other daughter and her husband, and I went to a wonderful restaurant Saturday here in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Chinese/Asian and American. No far, cream, butter, KarenG. Fly out here!! Both of you Karens might like it!!

I hope you'll have a very positive week, Karen W!!! My best wishes for you.