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12 September 2008
BRONCHITIS, BRONCHITIS YOU SHALL NOT BRING ME DOWN!
What started off as sniffles a day after the wedding and then progressed into the flu has now turned into bronchitis.
I am so stuffed full of meds that I feel like a walking zombie. I havent been able to fast even though I really have no appetite.
But that shall not dampen my spirits because I have an interesting anecdote to report.
I was feeling this random curiosity about Imluuvd's daughter and decided to google her name in hopes of finding out more about this brave little soul. Well the Google page turned up results but not for Imluuved. Instead, I found a link to meetups happening in my area.
So I clicked the link and found a moms group in my local town and joined up. They have a meetup happening on Tuesday which is only a mile away from my house.
So, in an odd sort of way, thanks to FS and Imluuvd, I have finally found a mommy and me group!!
Touchwood, this turn of luck and good fortune will continue on my path!!
07 September 2008
Well they say that Ramadan is a month of blessings but I didnt imagine it would include being blessed enough to attend a half a million dollar wedding!!(yep you read it right - HALF A MILLION DOLLARS SPENT ON THE WEDDING!)
My mother in laws cousins son (is that first cousin once removed?) managed to hook up with the daughter of one of the richest men in Michigan. The cousin is quite rich and all his kids went to elite private boarding schools, but he is nowhere in the region of the brides father.
I have never attended a wedding like this and I dont this I will ever see a wedding like this again in my lifetime, unless my kids also luck out with filthy rich in laws!!!
I had heard that the father of the bride is responsible for everything but this guy booked every room in a five star hotel for all the guests and choosing to also stay at the hotel as well!!
The view from the hotel was the lake that divides Canada from America and the room was majestic..like a french chateau with 25 feet high ceilings!
They had an Indian themed decor shipped all the way from California. Apparently, the company is so expensive that they are almost exclusively booked by the Elite of Hollywood only. Their home was also on a lake and the view was spectacular. They had a 25 piece live orchestra and in the evening there were fireworks that would shame Disneyland synchronized to live music!
It felt so odd to even attend such an extravagant wedding because I could never imagine in a million years anything this surreal.
I was fasting on the rehearsal dinner and the wedding, but they had organized a special service for the few fasting attendees.
Oh yes, initially I had called in my apologies because I couldnt find a babysitter for little Bear. The father of the bride sent their personal housekeeper to take care of Little Bear, Princess Drama Queen and a nephew during the rehearsal dinner. On the wedding day, she took them out for the day so that they werent cooped up in a room. My mother in laws cousin was kind enough to pay her fees as well.
So I got a break for the weekend from the kids, stayed in a five star hotel for a night and got to attend the wedding of the year (at least in Michigan!!!). Life is Good and I thank the Lord for all the blessings of happiness I am being showered with recently. I also believe in the power of prayer so I want to thank all of you who have been praying for me because I truly believe every little prayer counts. Thanks guys!!
02 September 2008
RAMADAN KAREEM!! (Gotta love any felicitation that has cream in it!!)
Yesterday I completed my first day of the month of fasting called Ramadan.
One part of fasting is the obvious, abstain from all food and drink from sunrise till sunset. So apart from a little weakness and lethargy, it really didnt go too bad. It felt like when I started the Atkins. The first few days involved jittery feelings, lethargy and a lot of headaches. I guess its the detoxification stage at the moment. I know from experience that it takes about 8-10 days for the body to settle down. After that, you dont even realize that you are fasting. My headaches are light but oddly enough, only happen when I eat. Any ideas why that might be happening?(sararay???)
My daughter came up to me yesterday while I was preparing the sunset feast (when you can end the fast) "How can you be around so much food when you are fasting?". Quite easily actually. The funny thing was that I didnt feel the urge to snack on the veggies or other foods I was preparing, which is good!! Knowing that you are not allowed and being imposed upon by a higher authority than yourself really helps.
There is another part of the fasting that most non Muslims arent aware of. Not only are you supposed to detoxify your body, you are supposed to detoxify your soul too. So for the entire month , no lying, cheating, swearing, gossiping, backbiting, slandering etc, etc...No hugging, kissing or you know what(from sunrise to sunset only, for those of you worried about lack of affection-after that you have the whole night to make whoopee. AND...it becomes better quality due to the lack of time available!!). We have to discipline ourselves to have restraint and patience in worldly things.
To be honest with you, I find that harder than not eating!! I cant shout at my kids if they annoy me. In fact I am supposed to restrain myself from getting annoyed in the first place! I cant vent about people currently around me,so no gossip about certain people for the next month!! I dont really indulge in the gossip or backbiting thankfully so that is not a problem. The make out stuff is not a problem, because I am already restrained in that department, but knowing you cant have something just makes you want it more. It increases our 'intimate moments' during the month, so I always look forward to this 'honeymoon' month.
In just one day though, being forced to retrain myself into a more positive person has worked wonders. Things that would irk me before are not so stressful because I try to find excuses for that person and why they are doing what they are. Extensional members are insisting on preparing the meals, which initially felt like stepping on my boundaries but then I came up with a compromise of letting them do a few days and then suggesting I do a few days to share the workload.
I think this Ramadan has come at such an apt time in my life because I really did need more discipline in my thoughts and feelings and I can feel the changes already!
Oh yeah..finally..it was my birthday on 29th August. We didnt really celebrate it because hubby was working late as usual. We did go to the Rainforest cafe and had a birthday meal there a day later. But yesterday, I got a diamond heart shaped pendant!! Muslims believe that the devil is locked up for the month of Ramadan because it is such a sacred month. So I said to hubby.."Now I believe that the devils are locked up..because whatever devil was inside you stopping you from giving me gifts has obviously been taken away!!" I never get gifts, especially expensive ones so it was definitely a big big surprise for me!!
Boy, this month is rocking!!!
27 August 2008
I CAN AFFORD THE BURDEN OF NEEDING TO LOSE WEIGHT
Did you ever think that being overweight may actually be a blessing? Have you ever contemplated that your excess weight may signify more than just a state of overeating?The fact that being overweight is actually a luxury not everyone can afford?
Here we are on Fatsecret all dying to stop eating when there are people on this planet dying to eat. There are millions of starving people around the globe trying to feign off starvation and poverty, all with the common goal of trying to live, trying to keep their families alive.
The above heading was a quote I read in a magazine recently and it impacted me profoundly. I never realized that being fat could actually be a luxury that one could afford. We have the means to be gluttonous and put ourselves into the situation of eating in excess. Just think about the amount of chips and soda we consume or have consumed just on a whim. Ever picked a bag of popcorn because you felt like it and then ended up eating more than you want to just because its there? Unfortunately, there are too many people who dont have such liberties. They cant find a grain of rice to eat, much less a whole bowl. They probably dont even know what a chip tastes like, let alone contemplate the variety of flavors we fuss over.
I would like to suggest a mini challenge to everyone to be done over the entire month of September. Every time you want to eat a unhealthy choice item, calculate the cost of that and put that money aside instead. If you eat the item, you can should double the cost of the item. If you only want to eat a portion of something, place a value on it. E.g. how much would two cookies be worth? As this is for a good cause, be generous!
This should be an incentive for you to avoid the food and to do a good deed at the same time.
At the end of the month, donate the money to the charity of your choice, whether it is local or international.
I will be fasting for the whole month of September as part of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims. This is when you fast from sunrise to sunset each day, so I intend to donate the cost of each meal I miss (breakfast and lunch). You can choose to donate in lieu of snacks or meals.
Finally, please report how much money you collected from not eating the foods you contemplated and which charity you are going to donate to at the end of the challenge. You can keep daily tallies or give a final report at the end of the month.
I hope that this challenge will help motivate both your dieting and your compassion. Good luck!
26 August 2008
A soft gentle grin, giving traces of the tiredness he felt, lingered as he gazed into her eyes. He felt a sense of comfort and security as they sat together, enveloped in the moment.
She returned his gaze with a loving, devoted look, knowing that he was feigning his alertness for the mere sake of being with her, but not wanting to lose the moment by sending him away to rest. They chatted casually about the daily going ons and the relaxation in the atmosphere would lull anyone to sleep.
KRRCK! Suddenly there was a sharp but low sound of something breaking.KRRCK KRRCK. Again and again, like the sound of thin ice shattering against the weight of heaviness. Silence. Tears began to seep, almost tiptoeing down her cheeks. Her heart was shattering into a thousand tiny pieces at the sight of the two joyful people in front of her. She had yearned and begged for so many years for such a moment but it never bore fruit. She had just put it down to him not having the capability to express himself but there he was, relaxing, staying awake, talking, actually looking happy. He was pummelling her heart with his actions and she scrambled to reclaim whatever piece was left, wiped her face and walked in with a naive smile. The other woman stood up and walked off. He looked at her walking in and then at the other woman walking out. As if by mutual intuitive agreement, he also stood up and began to straddle to his room, but not before giving a piercing accusative look. She had broken their peace. She had disturbed the emotion. He felt more disdain towards her now then before.
She sat down on the sofa, numb in a state of confusion. What had just happened? The tears that were trickling now began to flow with a vengeance. Her heart, newly patched up, but still full of dark holes, began to pound in defiant anger at the man who dared to taunt its master and owner. Faster and faster like a runner heading for the finishing line. Her head was also waltzing, putting her into a spin, draining her with every twirl.
A soft gentle arm slid across her shoulder. A boy looked at her and said "its not worth it. They're not worth it. You couldn't change anyone for so many years and its not going to happen now. Why put yourself through this constant pain of anticipation or hope?"
She turned to look at his face. This manly, loving face which once was the size of her palm. The boy who once was just a babe in her arms depending on her soothing words for comfort, was now comforting her. She smiled and hugged him and then realized something. She had been looking for love all these years from her husband but she was never lacking in love in the first place. The love of three more than made up for the lack of the love of one. Her husband could love his mother, but they could never experience the intensity of love between her and her children. She had the better deal and it took a fifteen year old to teach her that.
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