Sunday, November 22, 2015

Auntie's Full Shelf Challenge 18

BookThe Weight Loss Mindset. (Kindle Edition)

Author: Sarah Patterson

Info: Copyright 2013.  TCK Publishing

Where acquired: Free Kindle Download.

Rating (on a scale of 1-4 hashtags): # # #

What it's about:  Patterson asserts that there are 10 common thoughts those who are overweight struggle with.  She discusses how those thoughts keep people overweight, or at least makes the struggle for health harder than it should be.

Favorite Quotes

"The truth is, nature and nurture may nudge you towards an unhealthy weight, but being overweight doesn’t have to be your fate. There are examples all around you that counter the beliefs you’ve accepted without scrutiny."  Location 114

"Dave Ramsey is famous for saying, “If you’ll live like nobody else now, you can live like nobody else later.” Meaning, live within your means now and you’ll have what you need and want later. It’s the same thing with food. It’s as if there’s a food budget you can work with. If you eat everything now, you will not have the health you need to be able to enjoy food later."  Location 153

"Give some thought to your attitudes about food. In reality, it is fuel. It is not an emotional crutch, a prize, a validation of your worth . It is to be enjoyed, but not gamed."  Location 234

"Not to be gross, but is food just something that you’re going to stuff into one hole and eliminate through another? Your perspective on food is a huge factor in whether you will be able to release the excess weight that you are carrying."  Location 367

"If you cannot support your health and your body by proper eating and exercise, all these other things that you think you’re so busy doing, will cease to be a problem for you because you’re going to end up sick or dead." Location 371-376

"Are you going to look at life as if it’s never going to go your way, that it’s a constant battle, that it’s hard? Or are you going to look at it as a joyful experience that’s full of opportunities? Can you see that you are fully equipped to face any challenge that comes your way? To enjoy the wonderful life you have every moment you’re here?" Location 422

What I Liked:
  • Many of the mindsets she dealt with were right on point for me. 
  • The writing style was conversational.
  • The author deals with why these thoughts derail ones efforts to gain health.  She doesn't simply say, "These thoughts are bad.  Stop thinking that."
  • This is not a "think yourself thin" book of psychobabble.  The author doesn't leave out the need for diet and exercise changes; she simply says that to do these things but still think negatively will stall one's efforts.
What I didn’t like: 
  • At 51 pages, the book was too short.  It contained some good starters, but it needed more practical solutions to change the damaging thoughts she describes.  Yes, she does deal with the what and why, but the book is lacking in the "how" department.
  • There was nothing of the author in the book.  She doesn't describe how she (or anyone else for that matter) defeated these thoughts, lost the weight, and kept it off.  Is it merely theory with her, or is she a fellow struggler?
  • This electronic edition had no real page numbers.
  • There were typographical and grammatical errors that any decent editor should have caught and corrected.
To sum up:  This book gave me incentive to tackle some of these damaging mindsets.  Since the author doesn't really offer any, I will have to seek out solutions to changing the thought pattern.  I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with weight issues.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Chimney Peak: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Sunday, November 1, 2015

Outside my window …  One word: rain.

I am thinking...   Last week, I was thinking about how to handle a baby shower situation.  I decided not to make anything.  I just don't know them well enough to risk the possible rejection.

Speaking of rejection...

I think I should just write the words "So What?" on my forehead.  I got a dose of it online a while back.  No big deal; online BS is easy to minimize (if not eliminate) with the click of a mouse.  However, I'm getting it in person and it's really starting to burn my grits!  I'm tired of being a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Who Gives a S&%t.  Sorry to be so crass, but when I pour my heart out to people who claim to care and their response is "so what," I tend to get a little on the edgy side.

I'm considering suspending blogging for a little while.

I am thankful...  for sermons that give me hope, for a Pastor who meets you right where you are in your pain, rather than questioning your faith in God and belittling you for having a less than perfect life.

From the Workshop...  Still working on several projects.  No pictures yet.
I am reading...  Finally!  I finished They Tore Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat by Lewis Grizzard.  The review is here.  I also finished The Calling of Emily Evans by Janette Oke.  The review is here
I am looking forward to...  a couple of days off.  I'm not sure when they will be, but I am looking forward to them.

I am learning… that doctors should call their own patients, or at least make sure the receptionists don't overreact and freak people out.
A favorite quote for today... 

"Has he once failed to justify our trust? Ah, no! our God has not left us at any time. We have had dark nights, but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness; we have been in stern conflicts, but over our head he has held aloft the shield of our defence. We have gone through many trials, but never to our detriment, always to our advantage; and the conclusion from our past experience is, that he who has been with us in six troubles, will not forsake us in the seventh. What we have known of our faithful God, proves that he will keep us to the end. Let us not, then, reason contrary to evidence. How can we ever be so ungenerous as to doubt our God? Lord, throw down the Jezebel of our unbelief, and let the dogs devour it." - Charles Spurgeon

A peek into my days

Last Friday at work...

Our CEO, Shane, is a Tennessee fan (bless his heart).

Last Sunday was Pastor Appreciation Day at church.  It was tough to sit through two services knowing I had nothing to give.  Maybe I can make it up to them at Christmas.

I found another pretty spot in our county.  I lived in JackVegas for more than 30 years and didn't know about Chimney Peak.  It's the highest point in the city.  I drove up there after church last Sunday.  With the fall colors popping out, the ride and the view were gorgeous.

Thanks to the couple there who were gracious enough to take a picture for me.

A few plans for the rest of the week:   Nothing special.

And now for something totally different...

From Twitter: @ChrchCurmudgeon tweeted:  "Just a friendly reminder: If you don't like one of my tweets, treat it like the third verse of a hymn. Skip it and move on."

From Twitter:  @JimGaffigan tweeted:  "How many chapters are you allowed to have in a daily entry of a food journal?"

From Twitter:  @GregBQuotes tweeted:  "Rick, they have 'big and tall', but they don't have 'squatty and short', they don't have those sizes." On @BillBubbaBussey's Blue Jeans

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