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Have They Ever Been Fat?

fat donutI am disgusted. I just spent an hour on Pinterest looking for exercises that I can do to help lose weight and work on some problem areas. Here are the problems.

1. I weigh 240 lbs.

2. How the hell do they think I can get down on the floor and twist like a frickin’ slinky?

yoga-bend3. Running in place with high knee kicks? Really? Bend forward and touch my nose to my knees? You’ve got to be kidding!

4. The marketing for weight loss geared toward the obese is shameful and insulting. What the hell is the fascination with having a bubble butt. And back in my day having a bubble butt was a very bad thing.

5. Why don’t trainers and fitness “experts” come up with more than six exercises that obese people can do until they lose enough weight and/or inches to be able to get up and down of the floor without pulling every muscle in their damn bodies?

6. Do the advertisers really believe that all of us fat people are inspired by the pictures of all those anorexic looking women with boobs way to big for their bodies?

Let me tell you, I’m not impressed and trying to come up with an effective exercise program that is plausible and the my body can actually do is FAR MORE stressful than being fat.
Just sayin’.

Color me Thinner

TOPS #307 31 Aug 2018 Presentation

For more than 4000 years, people have been using color therapy to cure/treat physical and mental health issues. Being non-invasive is a bonus for many who have larger amounts of weight to lose, as it eliminates the need for dangerous surgeries. Colors work on vibrational energy. The energy affects the pituitary gland, which affects the entire metabolism.

As with anything, please consult your doctor before you make any life-altering decisions concerning the treatment of your health. Color therapy has not been studied enough scientifically, but there have been proven results. There is no guarantee it will work for you, but you won’t know if you don’t try.

APPETITE SUPPRESSANTS

bulb3-1Have you ever considered the affect your refrigerator light has on your eating habits? The color BLUE is said to help suppress your appetite. Consider changing the light bulb in your refrigerator to an economical blue light.

Other ways to incorporate BLUE into your weight loss regime is to use BLUE dinnerware, or try changing your dining room color scheme to BLUE.

COMMITMENT 

Yellow-colour-therapy-glassesMany of us have a difficult time staying focused on our weight loss and maintaining healthy eating habits. It is thought that wearing YELLOW shaded sunglasses for a half an hour a day will help to enforce your focus on eating healthy. Because of its intensity, YELLOW will also help those of us who might be a bit more sluggish to find the energy we need for a healthy lifestyle.

DETERRENTS

color-healsOne of the worst times for losing weight is Fall. It is not clear how many people suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It is often called the “winter blues.” Whatever you call it, SAD can be crippling for those trying to lose weight. The basic symptoms of SAD are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling irritable
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Guilt or low self-esteem
  • Thoughts of suicide

Some claim that SAD is responsible for an increase in the craving of carbs. One thought is that the lack of sunlight decreases our serotonin levels. There was a time when research thought a bright white light was the best treatment for SAD, but discoveries are leading us in the direction of BLUE light. By increasing the amount of light we get during the SAD season we can fight off the urges to eat.

ART THERAPY

Another way to use color in your weight loss program is by actually coloring. This simple task serves us well in many ways. First of all, it is a distraction. I personally find that when I color I am less interested in eating. I am so focused on my work that I have even forgotten to eat a meal.4302-colored-pencils-rainbow

Other benefits from art therapy might include:

  • Perception and self – perception-helping to focus on the now and to understand the relationship between our physical body and our emotions
  • Personal integration –helps to improve self-image and to understand more deeply our conflicting emotions
  • Impulse and emotion control – pretty self-explanatory
  • Changes in behavior – helping us to change behaviors directed at ourselves as well as others
  • Insight and comprehension – helping to turn non-verbal emotions into actual words

CONTRADICTIONS

I’ve saved the color RED for last because there is confusion among researchers as to how this colors actually affects us. Some say RED helps reduce the appetite, but I, and many others, believe the opposite. RED is a stimulating color, making it a prime choice for restaurant owners to use in their marketing. If you look at the line of fast food joints who implement this color, I think you will agree. Who doesn’t get a twinge of hunger when they see a giant sign for:

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  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Krystal’s
  • Checkers
  • McDonald’s
  • Wendy’s
  • Arby’s
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Bob Evans
  • Hardees
  • Pizza Hut
  • Dairy Queen
  • Burger King
  • Pizza Hut
  • Sonic

Are you seeing a pattern? These places have used the STOP mentality by incorporating RED into their signage and marketing. When we see these signs, our minds, that have been trained by RED STOP signs, tell us to STOP. We know that what we will find inside those doors will be unhealthy, bad for our overall weight, and probably not satisfying, but we will go in anyways. The key to this is STOP. Red may be the color of passion, but it is not in our best interest to be so passionate about food.

Puzzle Piece Found

George Henry Jones

That’s my daddy! George Henry Jones.

As some of you may know, I have been working on my family tree for about 30 years now. This has been no easy task since I have just mixed ethnicity. For those not in the know, My father was a Negro and my mother was Dutch. I have had great success in tracking my mother’s lines, but my father’s have been…challenging.

Over the last three weeks, my friend and I have been driving from state to state searching our roots. One of my most difficult line is my father’s lines. The are Negros from Mississippi, North, Carolina, and Tennessee during the slave era. OY.

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Karen, Michael, and Jeannie Jones 2018

At any rate, this past week I went to Lansing, MI to see my sister and brother. Jeannie, Michael, and I share a father. I got to spend a week with my sister about 30 years ago, but had never met my brother. Last week was the first time the three of us had EVER been together at the same time. To tell you it was incredible does not do it justice. It was like finding a part of myself.

Jones_George_Henry-Karen_Louise-1967-MIAs my sister and I sat looking through pictures, I found something I had long ago given up hope of finding. Jeannie had run across a picture and she didn’t know who it was. I knew immediately upon looking at it that it was me and my father. I felt like I had won the lottery. My whole life I have ever only had one picture of my father, none of us together.

For nearly three weeks, we drove across so many states and hit so many libraries, and the last night of my trip I discover the piece of the puzzle I have been missing. Actual proof of me and my father together. What a glorious feeling.