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Turkey Trickery

So, I’m back again! I know my posts have been very sporadic. But, I just had to post how I thought I was doing so well! I had lost 5lbs!

I thought that I had overcome the horrible temptations of the Thanksgiving holiday! I thought I did well at only having a small portion of the foods I love most. So, I had every bit of confidence when I got on the scale this morning…

Um..FAIL! Every pound I had lost; all of that hard work..was back on the scale this morning!!! So, here I am again..starting all over again! My first thought was “Screw this..I’m getting a frappacino this morning!” But, then I knew that mindset would not help at all! If I’m ever going to succeed and actually lose the weight, I’m going to have to take it one day at a time. I’m going to have to persevere and continue to make healthier choices.

Therefore, I will be on here more. Sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly! I’m hoping this outlet will help me observe my behaviors more and help me overcome my food addiction.

So, here goes my first confession: I think I’m a self –sabotager! I do so good during the day. Then in the evenings, the cravings get to me! I know my husband thought I was a crazy person last night! I wanted cookies so bad; maybe not even cookies so much as I wanted some sweet cookie dough! Well, we didn’t have any baking soda, so I searched online until I found a cookie recipe that didn’t require baking soda and just used baking powder. When I say I searched, I mean I had to have been looking for at least 45 minutes before I found one. And then, I went in the kitchen and whipped up the dough. I think I took my teaspoon and got three different bites before I even made any cookies. Then, they didn’t really turn out to be “cookies” more than a sweet biscuit thing. I then proceeded to eat 4 of those with a glass of milk. All I did was go over my calories and waste a lot of flour, sugar, and butter!  

I am admitting as I think back on my crazy person actions last night…I obviously have a problem, right?! Ugh… But, I don’t want to give up. I’m still trying. I still got up this morning and made my breakfast and I’m still going to have my salad for lunch. I just have to get it under control in the evenings.

To my husband, if you read this…please talk me out of crazyness like that last night!

Ok, carrying on now.

Side note: I do not like being put in uncomfortable situations and I dislike being judged and receiving snide comments because I don’t want to participate in an uncomfortable situation. A co-worker’s mother passed away, and the office was passing around a card for her. That’s sweet and all but the co-worker’s mother passed away-A MONTH AGO! Really?! I stated I didn’t want to sign the card because I thought that would be awkward and didn’t want to bring it up again. And, I go snapped at by my co-workers because I didn’t sign the dang card?! “I’m sure she thinks about her mom dying every single day”-says one coworker. Yes, so let’s just rub it in her face again…no thank you. Sigh..ok that kinda makes me feel better. Rant over for that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and stays on track; make healthy choices! 🙂


Learning to Love Myself

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would make a post about love. 🙂 Yes, totally cliché, but hey, my name even means love, so here we go.  I have a wonderful husband and I know he loves me as much as I love him. I just have a problem with loving myself as much as I love my husband. I do not loathe myself. I do have qualities about myself that I do love. But, I’m trying to learn to really love myself again.

When I really loved myself, I was so confident, happy, adventurous, fun to be around, etc. I’m starting to get some of these back, but they’ve been lost for a while now. I’ve felt just kind of stuck in this unhealthy boring rut in life. I’ve been at the same job, and though I work for an awesome company the work tends to get monotonous. And then I just didn’t want to cook so we were eating out a lot or I’d just pick up something on the way home-not healthy at all.

But, the tides have changed. It’s been a lot easier to eat healthier now that my hubby has committed to becoming a vegetarian. It helps me to eat more vegetables and fruit and less meat. I’ve gotten now to where I really only eat meat on the weekends and that is my “splurge” now, instead of the high carb, fried foods that I “cheated” with on the weekends. 🙂

I’ve still got a long ways to go to be at my healthiest. I know I need to step up my exercise and get active again. I have a wonderful co-worker that is going to let me borrow Turbo Jam, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m hoping to get started later this week with that program in preparation for when I’m able to get Turbo Fire, which also looks like a lot of fun.

I’m starting to feel better about myself and excited to see what all I can accomplish.  I love my valentine very much and I want to love myself so I can be the happy confident loving woman he fell in love with. I hope everyone else has a Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Charity 🙂

Do you know where your food comes from?!

My morning started off with me checking my Facebook, and a local farmer posted a link to a news article from 2003 on research of cloned animals in the meat industry. This caught my attention. I knew there were serious issues with the meat industry in the U.S. But, never had cloning crossed my mind. I soon began doing further research and reading other articles on both sides of this topic.  Quite frankly, I am deeply disturbed by this information. Here is a compilation of research I have found so far on this subject. I will list the websites from which this information came at the end of this document.

“Are You Eating Cloned Meat”-This article describes the many aspects of the cloned meat industry. The history of cloning animals began with the first cloned tadpole in 1952. In 1996 Scotland successfully cloned a sheep named Dolly from adult DNA. Though according to another article, “Clone on the Range”- “Dolly died from lung disease in 2003. By then, the hysteria and hype had faded and cloning had largely disappeared from the headlines. In the scientific world, however, the quest to perfect the techniques, and to profit from it, was just getting started.” The patents used by a Scottish biotech company to clone Dolly were then sold to ViaGen in 2003. Here is a chart trying to explain cloning:

The FDA’s stance in 2001 was to not allow cloned meat into the food supply. However, in 2006 the FDA stated that they did not find any dangers in cloned meat, but they asked manufacturers not to introduce into the markets just yet, though this was never enforced or regulated. Therefore the milk and other byproducts from cloned or genetically engineered animals could have been sold as far back as 2006. The FDA just looked at cloning as a “breeding option rather than food for the market option”. Their “studies” was on a “well it looks the same as normal bred animal meat, therefore it should be the same strategy”. In 2008, the FDA released a statement that the food from cloned cattle, swine, and goats were safe and would not require labeling. Of course, the biotech and meat industries are against labeling it, because it will “cause undo concern for consumers”. Arguments against labeling have also been the cost it would take to identify and track cloned animal sources.  But is it really unnecessary concern?

The Center for Food Safety argued against the decision of not labeling cloned food sources. The FDA in return released a 678 page risk assessment stating that “meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine, goats, and the offspring of clones from any species traditionally consumed as food, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals”. I thoroughly agree with a quote from one article, “Essentially the government is being dominated by the very industries that they are meant to be regulating.” The EGE-European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies studied the cloning of animals and found that “fewer than 5% of cloned fetuses live long enough to be born; roughly 20% of new born clones don’t survive the first 24 hours, and an additional 15% die before weaning.” In the cases of cows and sheep should the clone actually be born there is a very high risk of “large offspring syndrome” in which the animal may be born with extremely large organs, malformed limbs, and dysfunctional immune systems. There have also been cases reported that cloned and genetically engineered animals have been born inside out. There are other concerns that cloned and GE (genetically engineered) animals bring to the table, literally-no pun intended. “The National Research Council noted there other areas of food safety risks stemming from GE animals:

  •  Introduction of new allergens into the food system
  • Continuation of bioactive proteins after digestion
  • Creation of potentially toxic effects from novel protein expression”

The article “Clone on the Range” I found the most disturbing. This article gives a little bit of the history of cloning animals, but mainly focuses on ViaGen which is an Austin, TX based company that clones animals and holds animal DNA for future cloning. Their ambition is to be the foremost provider of cloned livestock for food. “The company claims it clones the hardiest breading stock in the industry”.

I think the people in the cloning industry truly believe this meat is safe. The owner of ViaGen has his own ranch in which he has his own batch of cloned cows from one prize winning cow. He says, “They’re just cows. A bunch of people are afraid of them being in the food chain, but they’re just cows. I wouldn’t be afraid to eat one” –Gene Bruner. Then later though in the same article Brian Bruner even admits “that his cloned cows do sometimes unnerve him”. He states, “When we go to vaccinate them, they all go to the exact same part of the chute as 248 (original cow) did. They act the same and are afraid of needles just like she was. It is kind of eerie”.

So, in conclusion, do we eat cloned meat? -Probably not because the cost to clone an animal right now is so high. However, and a BIG HOWEVER, we do probably consume a cloned animals offspring or the cloned offspring’s byproducts such as milk, butter, etc! There is also no way of knowing in the mass produced industry of meat if that meat was from a cloned animal. As I said before, cloned animal’s offspring and byproducts could have been introduced into our food sources as early as 2006. Though, you may not be eating meat that came directly from a cloned animal (though you could since there are no regulations and after the cloned animal has served its purpose for breeding it is usually slaughtered with the rest of the animals), if you don’t eat certified organic meat and byproducts, you most certainly have eaten products from a cloned animal’s offspring.

Do we really know where our food is coming from? I don’t know about you, but I was deeply disturbed after doing research on this topic. There is a whole bunch more aspects about this also concerning the more than 7 different growth hormones that are used in our meat, as well as the fact that antibiotics are overused in our meat sources as well. But, I could be writing here for days and days about the disturbing facts involved in America’s food industry.

I had watched the famous movie “Food, Inc”. Which, yes is disturbing, and yes you should watch, but not nearly as disturbing as the fact that we have no idea how much of our meat and byproducts come from cloned and genetically engineered animals.  This information certainly will spawn research into local farmers markets and the difference in pricing of organic vs. non-organic/who knows what the heck it is.

I was so moved by these articles I felt the need to share this information with you. As for me, I am now looking into local and organic options. I do not want to know what the repercussions of this will be in the next 20 years from eating these meats and byproducts.

Here are the links to the articles I found:

So, I ask you:


Baby Steps vs Giant Leaps

When it comes to weight loss, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever been a “yo-yo dieter”. The person who decides to lose weight, overhaul their diet completely; lose the weight, then go right back to eating unhealthy like before and gain all the weight right back. Well, this viscous cycle has to end!

I’ve been researching small things I can change in my diet and exercise routine to make this weight loss a permanent change. This is a life long journey. I found a poster that says it perfectly:

 This is a lifetime revolution, a permanent change.

On the other end of the spectrum, my husband has decided he wants to give up meat and eat a mostly vegetarian diet. That’s a huge leap! This should have thrilled me since I am trying to lose weight and I want to eat healthier. After all, one of my daily goals is to get in at least 3 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables. So, why did I freak out?!

I suddenly thought about all the things I loved that had meat that I would never eat again and I panicked almost. Over food! That’s insane! But, I did. This week my husband is now giving up beef. First thought in my mind, was no more steak or never putting hamburger in the spaghetti again. Really?! Should this be a terrible thing? No! Of course not! Thankfully, I’ve had my “aha” moment today and have come to terms that yes, I to need to eat less meat.

My husband is one who can give something up “cold turkey” as people would say. He can just decide to quit something and that’s it, no turning back.

I don’t work quite like that. I don’t know if I can say I will never eat beef again. But, I am going to try to cut out meat mostly from my diet. If I do this, I’m guaranteed to get in my daily servings of vegetables and fruits. Ideally, I’d like to reduce my meat intake to just 2-3 days a week. But, I digress.

My point is, he may be able to just stop eating or doing something, but I am not that strong willed. And, I want this to be a permanent weight loss. Therefore, I have been reading articles and research on small changes that can add up to weight loss.

Thankfully, I have already made some of these changes. I hope these ideas will inspire you to also make small changes that will lead to a permanent weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. It’s all about the baby steps.

So, here are some links to articles and a video on some small changes that add up big when it comes to weight loss.





Here’s to a healthier week this week! ~Charity