I had a good week overall. I went to a weight loss support group meeting and got to catch up with a few people. It was an interesting meeting because many of us ended up dumping on the nutritionist because the psychologist did not show up. People were really upset as it appears over the past few months that the meeting is losing support of the organization. I have not been around as much as I was previously so, for me, it was interesting to hear what was upsetting the others. I did feel bad for the nutritionist as she jotted notes about what was bothering everyone. It turns out there is another meeting at another site that the majority of us knew nothing or been invited to attend. I felt that a lot of people felt excluded and were upset because surgery does not cure weight loss and there is a definite need for follow up programs. They felt the follow up program has been lacking. Several people had good ideas for topics in the future and none of us could express enough how important we felt for the psychologist to come more often. We'll see what happens perhaps change is in the wind. Change is never easy.
I started a weigh-in/workout challenge this past week via my personal trainer. I was not going to as I'm leaving town again, but Lori and I worked together to come up with a program. I have to say I've put on a few pounds and need to get myself together again. As I mentioned above, it's never easy no matter what we do. It's the mental part of losing weight that is even harder than the food part. What do you think?
I can't believe the holidays are upon us. This week is Thanksgiving. I try to remember to be thankful every day. To me, it seems that suddenly everywhere I look; at least for a few weeks; everyone talks about being thankful or grateful for XXXXX. Why should it only be for a short period of time every year? Perhaps a goal or an item on a "to do" list could be: Remember to express thankfulness or gratitude today. I believe giving back whether it be in terms of volunteering and/or donating is also something that should be done year round not just at the holidays. Then again, as long as it comes from the heart does it matter? I'm not sure how you feel about this subject, but it's something I've been thinking about.
I read a couple of books this past week: 1. "CRITICAL CARE" by Theresa Brown. This is a story of a first year nurse as she faces life and death in an oncology ward. She was an English professor who decided to switch careers and become a nurse. Very well written as you learn about the health care system and her patients. 2. "GRANDMA GATEWOOD'S WALK" by Ben Montgomery. This story is about the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail. She was 67-years old when she decided to take a walk with hardly any money and a very small hand-made satchel. This is an inspiring story about human nature, mother nature and a strong woman who went through so much in life. What are you reading? Please remember any time you would like to borrow one of the books I mention, just let me know. I don't keep the books forever, but at least for a few months.
A reader noticed that on the FB page I normally post inspirational or affirmative postings. This was a conscientious decision as I wanted to focus on the positive. There are too many places on the internet where you can find the negative and this is my way of spreading some joy. I hope you can appreciate my reasoning. I have noticed a few new people following me on FB which is encouraging. Please let me know what you think.
There are many good and bad thing happening in the world. I try not to discuss politics and world events in my blogs as I want to be open to many things. I try to focus on the good, but as always the fear and anger at the bad creeps in. I am sad and upset at the bombings and the killings. I can understand the fear many have regarding refugees coming to the U.S. But, I also believe, we can not let our fears stop us from helping others or living our lives. I know too many people that won't travel because they are afraid. I think the immediate reaction of many is to lock their doors (so to speak) and hibernate so nothing can get to them. When the majority of people take a step back and a deep breath they will realize it is unrealistic to hibernate. I do hope the news does more to focus on good news stories vice always pushing the ugly.
A belated Happy Birthday shout out to my oldest nephew Shamus as he turned 21 the other day. So proud of the man he has become. Also to my friend Melanie - I always forget that they share a birthday. Thank goodness for FB that lets me know when it's someone's special day.
I am going to end it here today. From reading the above I can see my thoughts are scattered so I hope you enjoyed it. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"IF WE MAKE OUR GOAL TO LIVE A LIFE OF COMPASSION AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, THEN THE WORLD WILL INDEED BECOME A GARDEN WHERE ALL KINDS OF FLOWERS CAN BLOOM AND GROW." Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"LEARNING MAKES A MAN FIT COMPANY FOR HIMSELF." Thomas Fuller
References are always appreciated.