Friday, December 27, 2013

W is for Weight

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Twelve measly pounds! Since last January, I've needed to lose 12 pounds to reach my  goal weight. An entire year has gone by, and I did not lose those last twelve pounds.        
I never did figure out why I self-sabotaged. I was up and down in weight all year round.  Mind you, I've lost 63 pounds since January of 2011, but just struggling to reach those last few pounds. It's the goal weight my doctor set for me, and it is doable and livable, but to reach it has been unachievable! 

I thought I was motivated enough. The weight loss support group I'm in-TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) has been helpful and holds me accountable to the scale. But even the dream of attaining goal by the last weigh-in of December, so that I could participate in next years' state convention was not enough for me.

It doesn't help that I cannot exercise much, due to the chronic pain of my hip being bone on bone. I am having replacement surgery within the next 3 or 4 months; just waiting for a date. I used to walk 20 miles  per week- now it's painful to walk 20 feet. I do have the option to swim- yet I wimp out because it's too chilly. I know- excuses, excuses! 

Okay, so another January is about to roll around. Come on, Barb, get yourself together and lose those last 12  pounds!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

V is for Victorious

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No matter the trials that come my way, I am reminded that I am not a victim, but rather, VICTORIOUS!  We are More Than Conquerors and that we have Victory in Jesus!
vic·to·ri·ous [vik-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr-]    adjective
1.   having achieved a victory; conquering; triumphant: our victorious army.
2.   of, pertaining to, or characterized by victory.



Friday, December 13, 2013

U is for "Under the bus"

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I've often heard the phrase that someone was Thrown under the bus or She threw her under the bus. In fact, I've been the recipient of being Thrown under the bus many times.    :(
I get the gist of the phrase- that someone is trying to or has achieved getting someone in trouble; but I was curious as to the actual definition and how this phrase came to be.

 My research first led me to the Urban Dictionary                                 

                   Throw under the bus:

1.  To sacrifice some other person, usually one who is undeserving or at least vulnerable, to make personal gain.               He'd throw his mother under the bus if it'd mean he could beat the rap.

2.  One is thrown under the bus when they are made the scapegoat or blamed for something that wasn't their responsibility in the first place. A cover-up for your mistake.                                                                                                             Ruby Red, I didn't have time to do the business report, so I threw you under the bus and told the boss it was your job instead

3.  Physically throwing a person under a big, smelly city bus is the perfect metaphor for the act of positioning someone to be ground up under the wheels of the ever rolling omnibus of society in your stead. The bus carries people. The people's weight is what crushes the victim. This setting up of a patsy has an earlier, more agrarian beginning in "throwing him to the wolves." Someone is going down, it's not going to be you, so you select a candidate to feed into the system.
                    Every time the president gets in trouble, he'll throw another cabinet member under the bus.

4. You get thrown under the bus when someone (usually a co-worker) reports some wrongdoing or slacking off to a superior or other influential person. Sometimes used with the suffix "Vrooooom!" to simulate the noise the bus would make as it passes by at a high rate of speed                                                   "Dicky George, I can't believe you just threw me under the bus."

These are some very disturbing definitions and I was curious about the origination of the phrase. However, the online research brought up many different versions of how the phrase was coined, and most were within the last 20 years. They range from sports related, to something sung by Cyndi Lauper, to a radio station DJ. In each different case, the basis was that one person caused another person to be the scapegoat for something they did, or didn't do.
Whatever the reason, it's not a very nice thing to do!

I hope that I've not been guilty of throwing someone under the bus-even if unintentionally! 

Have you ever been Under the bus

Friday, December 6, 2013

T is for "Tie My Shoe"

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An online friend has just published her first book- a child's picture book titled "Tie My Shoe"

I first met Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom a few years ago when browsing the forums of the Faithwriter's website. We've never met in person, but a connection was made because she lives in upstate New York, near the town where I was born. Shann has a lot of medical issues yet has a heart of gold. 

This blurb was take from the website where the book can be purchased:    "Tie My Shoe is a whimsical look at a day in the life of a kindergarten class. Rhymes and colorful illustrations make it an ideal book for children ages three to six. The ABC format will help kids learn each letter of the alphabet. As parents read the repetitive verse aloud, the child will soon be able to boast, "I can read this all by myself!" Hidden on each page is the adorable Bow Bug." 

If you have young kids in your life, try getting this book. It will be good for the kids and good for Shann!         :)