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Mirrors: Friend or Foe?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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emoticon for checking this "revisit" blog out. By reposting it I am fulfilling a promise to a SP friend, who finds a wall of mirror, in her bathroom, to be disconcerting.

I originally posted it on March 31, 2010. WOW! Four years ago! Where does the time go? It seems to evaporate like a mist, doesn't it? I find comfort in the knowledge that we have the power to make these fleeting days, weeks, months, & years count for a lifetime, when we diligently work on our programs.

Lets make all the minutes to come count toward goal & into maintenance!

God bless!

Ima


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This is Ima’s farewell blog for the month of March! I have been blogging three times a week for the past month to meet the requirement of a challenge. And it has indeed been a challenge to give time to blogging! emoticon As much as I enjoy reading the blogs of others I have discovered that this gal is not a blogger! emoticon


Two insightful blogs, written by a dear SP friend about her fear in dealing with mirrors & her subsequent victory in overcoming that fear, have had me considering my own interaction with mirrors over the years.


Until recently I hadn’t considered mirrors to be friend or foe. To my thinking they were simply a useful piece of ‘equipment’ to use when needed for checking hair & makeup or a hemline or how shoes went with an outfit, etc.


Now I am thinking that our mirrors have a story to tell! The mirrors in the Vision home would relate that Ima didn’t pay attention to what was going on while she packed on the pounds. They would say that Ima would give a perfunctory glance in passing, as she went on her merry way!


Last month, as part of a challenge on one of my teams, I chose to inspect my body by standing unclothed before a mirror & carefully take in the different aspect my image presented. The exercise was very therapeutic for me, as I thanked each part of my wonderfully made body for the support given me in helping me along life’s pathways. I marveled when I thought how my body has served me well, as I went about my life as wife, mother & homemaker.


I, also, felt the need to humbly apologize to this body, designed so perfectly by my Creator God, for past over fueling abuses I, in ignorance, chose for it.


As kooky an exercise as that might seem, I found it to be a blessing, resulting in my having a deeper appreciation for the workings of my body. It also gave me a sincere desire to right as many as possible of the results that poor choices have inflicted on my body.


Years ago, I was listening to a talk show & heard Victoria Principal (well known actress at that time - although I can’t remember seeing her anywhere except on that talk show & on magazine covers at the grocery stores) telling how she had had friends over for dinner & as she stood at the stove one of her friends made a remark about her posterior ‘going south’. In other words her buttocks was showing signs of caving to gravity. She hadn’t noticed that concern; however, once she was aware she took corrective exercise measures.


What this gal took away from that show was that viewing ones body from all sides/angles is very important. I wonder how much quicker I would have been in getting to a place of being ready to do something about the added inches on my frame, “if only” I had made it my practice to do just that - pay attention to what was going on & to regularly study my body before a full length mirror.


Sadly, until recently, I chose not to do anything about that shared knowledge. emoticon


Lately, as mirrors have come to mind, I see them as a ‘friend’ - right ready to point out things I need to be aware of! I want the mirrors that reflect my image to have a “new & improved” story to tell! emoticon


Be blessed!


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RELISA4HEALTH 4/17/2014 11:14AM

    When I thought about the subject mirrors, I was reminded of how the word of God is also a mirror. I am so glad for truth for it is truth that has set me free. It has been when I have been aware, that I see what needs to be changed and this is growth.

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SCOTMAMA 4/14/2014 5:44PM

    For someone who doesn't like to blog, you certainly have a lot of followers so perhaps you should think twice before giving it up. Just sayin.

I can't say I hate or love mirrors, but if one or the other, I probably lean toward Love! Used as an accessory or fill-in on a bare wall, it makes the space seem bigger. Used behind a statue or a lovely bouquet it makes it more dimensional and vibrant. It doesn't always have to be about "US"

But on the us view -- I think everyone should take a good hard look at themselves in a mirror, from all views, yes -- NAKED. Clothes can hide a whole bunch of sins, but naked - well, you get the drift.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/14/2014 2:01PM

    Mirrors don't lie to us..... even though our friends & loved ones some times do....

God bless,

Dee

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ALNEAGLE 4/14/2014 11:35AM

    I look at myself in the mirror naked too. I started doing it when I started trying to lose weight. I did it for the same reasons. Clothes can hide some of my problem areas. I needed to take a good look at myself and see what needed changed and worked on. I have people tell me now that I don't need to lose anymore weight, but my response is always "You don't see me naked"! HAHAHA!! It's so true!!

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SENTERSTOCK 4/14/2014 9:17AM

    Very nicely written. Interesting to me is one of my goals is to like the reflection in the mirror :-)

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SHILOBOOTH 4/14/2014 2:47AM

    Re mirrors - I tend to find they reflect my mood more than my body. Sometimes I do not look so bad, other times I look awful. I am what I am :)

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SWEETLIPS 4/13/2014 10:33PM

    Yesterday I had an encounter with a mirror in the dressing room. I initially was sad, but all the clothes I had taken in were my what I considered my current size and were now big - actually, I am at an awkward size and decided after careful scrutiny, that I know what I am working with and adding in exercise was the key. It become my confident. Great blog!

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PATTYKLAVER 4/13/2014 4:28PM

    Mirrors: I often look at myself, but don't really...I need to pay attention. But we all know mirrors are all different. The ones in clothes stores come from the circus.

Victoria Principle was Bobby Ewing's wife on "Dallas" - her name on the show escapes me.


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ALEXSGIRL1 4/13/2014 2:13PM

    thanks you great blog

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SUGARSMOM2 4/13/2014 10:24AM

  thank you . i find they are a truth teller . like or dislike them they are a fact and show us what is and isn`t.

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PEGGYO 4/13/2014 8:35AM

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NELLJONES 4/13/2014 7:40AM

    Personally I am grateful for mirrors. Can you imagine going out into the world not having a clue that there is lipstick on your teeth? But a mirror is just a piece of furniture, not something that judges you.

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MJEFFERSON23 4/13/2014 7:40AM

  Mirrors are just mirrors, it's our attitude that changes that changes everything!

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JANET552 4/13/2014 7:31AM

    I avoid mirrors whenever I can but perhaps I should rethink my attitude.

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MJ2AHM 4/13/2014 2:59AM

    I never gave much thought to mirrors. What a great insight.

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COMPCHIC52 4/13/2014 1:24AM

    I think you are a very good blogger and like reading this. glade you were able to reflect on you and what you have been given. emoticon

I hate mirrors and just use them to fix my hair and brush my teeth. I don't allow pics of me to be taken unless it is a special family time...like xmas. new years. last pic was taken of me at Christmas that is what is on my sparkpage and my brother took that without asking me so I kept it. I have now lost 20 lbs when I lose 40 more then another one can be taken emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 4/12/2014 10:55PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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NANCYPAT1 4/12/2014 9:28PM

    Great message

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IGNITEME101 4/12/2014 7:35PM

    mirrors emoticon emoticon are my friend! Even if I do look older, I still feel 30!

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TOPSBEAR 4/12/2014 7:17PM

    Mirrors...can t say I really like them, but that is not because of the image of the body that the mirrors show me.It is because it shows me my age.

Most of the time, I think I have dark hair and because I feel 19 I therefore am 19 ..still...

Then I see a mirror and there is this gray haired old woman staring at me! That person moves when I do and looks right at me like she knows me....I don't know her though! And I don't really want to get to know her either. If I do...then I might get old...inside, where I feel like I am 19

Perhaps that might sound silly to some people. and that is okay, I can live with that.

When I sat and thought about this thought , I realized that it probably came from my past. I was born late in my mothers life, so every one around me as I grew up was old and most died before I was 6 years old. Then my dad died when I was 8, though he wasnt that old only 48. It just seemed like, as a little kid, I was surrounded by old people that "creaked" when they moved, either that or they groaned.

NowI dont have a "thing" about older folks, I get along with old young, fat skinny and every color of the rainbow people...I just don t want to be a creaking old person with no zest and agility in this life of mine

And no, I dont avoid mirrors. I have a full length on in my bedroom and hallway, I have a mirror on my dresser and three in the bathroom, I also have a mirror for the living room but it is not up in this house, as it is too heavy for these flimsy walls.


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GENRE009 4/12/2014 7:08PM

    I think your blog was very insightful, and you are a very good blogger. Victoria Principle had a pampered life. do you know what that means? It means you can go to the most expensive spas, and have them electro cute you to lose weight, or suck fat out of you, or do fillers to your face, I bet she hardly exercises. She never talks about it. Now she does in commercials about she crème for wrinkles, it doesn't work at all. She is married to a plastic surgeon, so don't think that cool sculpt couldn't correct a flabby but, or get rid of love handles, or giglly arms. I definably think she wasn't a good example of a human trying to fight aging. even models in magazines are air brushed. they have make up people who do miracles to people, that look like hell without make-up. But that mirror thing is a very good motivator. I keep looking at it, and the ones I see in the changing rooms remind me of the trick mirror at carnivals that make you look really wide. mine at home makes my face look like I have really taken a blow from stress. eva

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SOXYINMO 4/12/2014 5:55PM

    Great blog! A friend of mine who had bariatric surgery said that she was taught that they should look in the mirror every day. I was HORRIFIED at the thought. I have one mirror in my house and I would make sure my hair wasn't too horrible in the mornings, never catching the eye of that person in there, and then ignore my reflection the rest of the time.

But Mandie said that it's important to get to know your body and watch your changes. It took a long time and quite a few pounds to get to that point, but now I take a quick look every day and a longer one from time to time, and, most amazing of all, I can even look myself in the eye.

I guess in the end the mirror itself is benign, but our actions and reactions to that piece of glass can make it, and that person looking back at us, a friend if we'll let it.

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Winter in Fenway (Home of the Red Sox!)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

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emoticon for checking this out. I hope you enjoy it as much as we Visions have.

I must admit that I had never given thought to what Fenway looked like during the Winter months. For this gal it will always be under the sunny skies of summertime!

Somehow this clip reminds me of how the butterfly comes to live through Metamorphosis. First --- the time of snow & more snow. Next --- into the vibrant colors of the baseball season months --- mirroring the quite beautiful butterfly stage at the end of its cycle of life. emoticon

I enjoy knowing that soon the seats will be filled & there will be many folks enjoying the games played on that field!

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God bless!


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PRAIRIECROCUS 4/9/2014 1:56AM

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MCJULIEO 4/8/2014 10:33AM

    Brrrrrr!

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    Thanks for sharing.

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CATLADY52 4/7/2014 3:06PM

    That is emoticon! The parks in the West don't have a chance for snow so we look to the Midwest and East parks for snowy venues.

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WAY2GOCAT 4/7/2014 8:35AM

    God bless you, too!

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    Awesome! Detroit managed to get their games in! SURE SIGN SPRING and SUMMER are on it's way! emoticon emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 4/7/2014 8:16AM

    It does remind me of the pictures I've seen of Comerica Park in Detroit. They even put in new sod the week before last with snow on the ground. Even though I found out that there are heaters underground, I thought that was a bit strange. I really didn't think the weather would be ready for Opening Day last Monday.

You sound like another baseball fanatic. I sure do love summer.

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GRAMMYEAC 4/7/2014 5:55AM

    Boy, it sure looks different in the wintertime!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/7/2014 5:35AM

    thank you I will have to show this to my husband later today we are big Red Sox fans

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"Green Thing" (Actually a walk down "Memory Lane" for some of us!)

Friday, March 28, 2014

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The following is from an e-mail that a friend forwarded to me. I hope you enjoy it.

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God bless!


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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.


The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."


The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." emoticon


She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in our day. emoticon


Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized, refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.


So they really were recycled.


But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. emoticon


Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags emoticon , that we reused for numerous things, most memorable, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. emoticon This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown bag, but we didn't do the "green thing" back then. emoticon


We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. emoticon We walked to the grocery store emoticon and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.


But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day. emoticon


Back then, we washed the baby's diapers, because we didn't have the throwaway kind. emoticon We dried clothes on a line -- not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.


But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. emoticon


Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.


In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.


When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.


Back then we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. emoticon We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. emoticon


But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then. emoticon


We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.


We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.


But we didn't have the "green thing" back then. emoticon


Back then people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes emoticon to school or walked emoticon instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." emoticon


We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.


And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. emoticon emoticon


Isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were, just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then? emoticon


We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tee us off . . . especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartmouth who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.


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MCJULIEO 4/8/2014 10:34AM

    Really hit the spot!

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SUGARSMOM2 3/31/2014 3:06PM

  yes i remember it all . i am older then the hills . like my kids used to say do you have any of the stuff you bought over with you in the covered wagon ? that is how old i am . old to old to fight smart mouths kids .

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JUSTLYLE 3/30/2014 8:02AM

    Great blog, yes I'm old enough to remember these and a few more. I was raised on the farm right after the depression and at least we did have milk, that we milked our own cows and food with a big garden and orchard. Didn't realize we were poor, all our neighbors were the same.
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The Ole Farmer Skeeter

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LIGHTNING572 3/30/2014 12:29AM

    Love this, thank you for sharing!

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RELISA4HEALTH 3/29/2014 5:48PM

    How true. When I look at all the technology, that is supposed to help us save time, I see it eats away at time, and steals from people the opportunity to connect with friends and family. I see young people caught up with texing and yet, can not hold a conversation one on one.
I remember the paper bags used at the store. I remember my mom using them to cover my school books.

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S73694205 3/29/2014 4:10PM

    It was an invigorating reminder that change is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks.

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SCOTMAMA 3/29/2014 1:53PM

    Some of these younger people don't know the meaning of "going green"

They should have grown up at my home!

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/29/2014 1:35PM

    nice thank you

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GARDENQE2 3/29/2014 10:45AM

    Agreed!
May I add that those frugal habits we developed while young make it a lot easier to live in comfort on a tiny pension! emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 3/29/2014 9:34AM

    Great blog!

I agree with most of the comparisons. But I'd sure miss my computer and SparkPeople!

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SHERYLP461 3/29/2014 9:20AM

    Well worth seeing again!!

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NELLJONES 3/29/2014 7:34AM

    I always love seeing people who have giant houses with closets the size of my bedroom all filled with stuff, giant bathtubs, 15 foot ceilings, a million appliances, then put in a bamboo floor and call themselves "green".

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DESERTDREAMERS 3/29/2014 7:30AM

    excellent!

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LJCANNON 3/29/2014 6:41AM

    emoticon Sad, but Very True!!!

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GEMINI-SKY 3/29/2014 6:40AM

    Gosh, You sure brought me back...WAY BACK to my childhood...
I remember all of those things.
Even having our milk and bread delivered so we didn't have to go out.

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LADYRH 3/29/2014 6:02AM

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SUSANBEAMON 3/29/2014 1:02AM

  use it up, wear it out, pass it on, or do without.

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GENRE009 3/28/2014 11:48PM

    I agree. but they dilute themselves if they really believe they are trying to save the world, or it's better cause they are doing the green thing. Big manufactures don't care if they pollute, or damage forests, or dump oil in the ocean, or exploit people who work for the ( even if they are from foreign countries on cruise ships). The list go on and on. We act like we don't want to exploit kids in clothing factories, so they starve, but we exploit their parents instead. eva

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BOHEMIANCAT 3/28/2014 10:07PM

    Yes! I received this by email last week. It is worth repeating.
Thanks for sharing.
Linda

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EMMACORY 3/28/2014 9:56PM

    How true! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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IMREITE 3/28/2014 9:19PM

    i love it. i heard that before and i do laugh a lot when people start talking about "going green" so that is wht they have to throw away things that are not eco-friendly. I dont remember all those options, but i remember hanging up laundry on the line, reusing paper and plastic bags. i foucs on reusing instead of throwing away. i also do not buy new things to match trends- it wastes money and resources.

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MERRYMARY42 3/28/2014 8:59PM

    great blog, and from the response, everyone agrees with me,
I still find myself wiping off tin foil and saving it for reuse, not quite as much as my Mother, but some of those habits are still with me, all for the good

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LOVETOLAUGH56 3/28/2014 7:43PM

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I've seen it before but it's always a good reminder of how we did do that back in the day!
Karen

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TOPSBEAR 3/28/2014 7:28PM

    all true and quite correct.

People keep trying to drag me up to date in todays world, when I am quite happy to be in the old days. They ask why?
why dont you have a cell phone
why dont you have a big tv
why dont you use bottled water
and so on

The answers are just as easy as it was for them to ask those questions

I dont want or need those things! I have an old tv that works just fine.
I have a landline that works just fine and it is cheaper to use than a cell phone. Besides, when I leave my house, I dont want every one tracking me down all over town through a stupid phone AND I wont be insulting anyone by rudely answering the phone in the middle of talking with someone.
water...why should I pay for a bottle to hold water when I have a tap with perfectly fine water in it and a glass in my house?

So yes I totally agree with this ....But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.... BUT we also dont have to be sheep and follow the so called "progress" that is pushed upon us either..

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GINNABOOTS 3/28/2014 6:21PM

    I love, love, love your blog. It couldn't have been said better!

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BAMAJAM2 3/28/2014 5:31PM

  Oh I remember the brown bag covers for my books!
Your blog gets an A+ and you earn a Gold Star!
This is GREAT!

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    emoticon I want to put as many "woohoo's" I can fit in this little box but that still wouldn't be enough!! emoticon emoticon

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    So clever. And so true. emoticon

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LISLANDA 3/28/2014 4:23PM

    How is it that this blog is not number one right now? Awesome blog.

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Restaurant Tricks: Ways to Save Your Hard Earned $$$

Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Probably you already are aware of most these ideas; however, I am hoping you will learn something new or, at least, find this a refresher course on eating out.

God bless!


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MCJULIEO 4/8/2014 10:35AM

    All good tips!

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SUGARSMOM2 3/27/2014 11:21AM

  all good tips thank you so much for adding them here to read and learn .

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LEANJEAN6 3/27/2014 9:29AM

    great info---I love it!!!!--Enjoy the day----- Hugs-Lynda emoticon

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IMAVISION 3/26/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon with DJ4Heath's statement about making our own food.

The reasons being:

1) Assurance of ingredients. emoticon emoticon

And more important to this gal:

2) Assurance that the food has been prepared with the utmost hygiene. emoticon emoticon


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JANET552 3/26/2014 10:36AM

    Thanks for sharing. We don't go out much (DH has celiac disease and it is just safer to eat at home) but I'll keep them in mind for when we do.

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DJ4HEALTH 3/26/2014 2:51AM

    I like cooking my own food that way I know what is in it.

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SUSANBEAMON 3/25/2014 2:09PM

  it's been a really long time since i've eaten out. the tips are good reminders for when i might do it again.

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WILSHAR7 3/25/2014 12:19PM

    Thanks for the tips. I already know most of these. I don't go out to eat much.

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GARDENCHRIS 3/25/2014 10:42AM

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SENTERSTOCK 3/24/2014 4:39PM

    Very good resource! Thanks for sharing!

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/24/2014 4:22PM

    thanks you I cook mostly at home but these are good ideas

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SWEETLIPS 3/24/2014 10:22AM

    Thank you so much for the information. I really appreciate it.

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CATLADY52 3/24/2014 10:21AM

    Thanks for the reminders. I solve the problem by not going out more than once or twice a year. emoticon

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WALLINMW 3/24/2014 8:45AM

  Stay motivated!

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PATTYKLAVER 3/24/2014 8:19AM

    I've been using some of these tips myself, but it's always great to see new ones and have a reminder of the old ones. I also work hard at keeping my grocery bills down: coupons, comparison pricing, etc. This way, it saves at home and also allows me to splurge at a restaurant on occasion.

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NELLJONES 3/24/2014 7:58AM

    We rarely eat out, but on the occasion that we do, we seem to follow all those suggestions. I do, however, tip well. I am taking up just as much potential earning time for the servers, and they live off tips rather than salary. I don't want my desire to be cheap to negatively impact their ability to meet the rent.

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GENRE009 3/24/2014 12:31AM

    If I really want to save, I just don't go out. I have a friend that can only afford $5.00 on his expensive meals cause he eats out all the time. I hate getting together to eat with him, cause it's always fast food. Thopse ideas were really good though.

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GRAMMYEAC 3/23/2014 10:43PM

    Dining out is a social event for us -- we're not going to forgo those opportunities. Many of the "tricks" mentioned are things we already follow. Sometimes we can do the early/late option, but other times it just doesn't work for the other couples we dine with. We're definitely water only people who order a large entree (both to avoid dessert and to give us another meal at home).

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MJ7DM33 3/23/2014 10:39PM

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CRYSALLIS1 3/23/2014 10:20PM

    Stay home seems like such a simple idea. In deed I'm sure it is for some. My husband & I enjoy the outing. Thanks for the ideas we need to save some $. emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 3/23/2014 9:07PM

    I just don't go. Problem solved! Thanks for sharing!

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MERRYMARY42 3/23/2014 8:46PM

    yep, I do lots of them too, a few new ones, Thanks, but mostly, I too stay home and cook it myself

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IMREITE 3/23/2014 8:36PM

    thanks

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PEGGYO 3/23/2014 8:32PM

    thanks

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KKLENNERT809 3/23/2014 8:30PM

    Thank you for sharing

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LAURANCE 3/23/2014 8:19PM

  I have a large purse in which I carry plastic food containers. Rather than ask the restaurant for a styrofoam container, I eat part of my food and then put the rest in my food containers that I can use and wash and reuse. I get two meals out of one dinner.

And I do know to not order an appetizer, unless I want it to be the meal. In this day and age many restaurants serve "appetizers" that are as huge as the meal, rather than a small taste.

And I know to not order drinks, other than water. But my Sweetie doesn't understand this, and there's no use in explaining about the price of drinks.

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WITCHYALISHA 3/23/2014 7:09PM

    When my sister and I want to go out to breakfast and don't have much cash we order the big boy meal and split it, It comes with biscuits and gravy, French toast, three eggs and two choices of meat also toast. It is more rtf hen enough and saves at least 5-7 dollars over separate meals.

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LINDA! 3/23/2014 6:50PM

    Yes, we do many of these things to save money. Thanks to you for sharing.

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CAROL494 3/23/2014 6:08PM

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UMBILICAL 3/23/2014 6:01PM

  Stay home

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What do physicians owe their patients?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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emoticon in advance for taking the time to check out this "revisit" blog. I originally wrote & posted it four years ago tomorrow. I continue to be interested in the input of others on this subject, so am resubmitting it for examination.

God bless us all with dedicated & caring physicians!


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On occasion I have heard folks say that they aren’t going to be inclined to listen if an overweight doctor told them they need to drop weight. Some have equated such a situation with the smoker who tells another not to pick up a pack of cigarettes or the drinker who tries to forewarn the unsuspecting on how easy it can be to get hooked on alcohol.

I have never been able to understand the thinking behind such statements. Just because a doctor deals with his/her own set of weight issues it does not make his/her knowledge about the benefits of weight reduction invalid. To this gal it says that they struggle & probably understand the dynamics of the situation much better than their slim counterparts do. It says that they care about a patient (who faces the same frustrating concerns as they do) enough to face possible ridicule by offering a wealth of helpful information aimed at helping correct the concern. As I see it we seek out our doctor for help with the medical concerns that we are faced with & their weight has nothing to do with their knowledge or their ability to share that knowledge in such a way as to help a patient.

As for the smoker who urges a non-smoker to never begin to smoke, I say they are indeed caring folks. They obviously know the pitfalls of smoking (addiction, extreme cost both financially & health wise, possibly a certain humiliation in obviously not having overcome that particular addiction, etc.) & care enough to try to forewarn others before they take the chance of becoming addicted to cigarettes. I say “Bravo!” to them!

As for the one imparting their wisdom on the ‘evils’ of drinking ~ who better to listen to than one who has traveled that road & lived to regret it?

Not having been a smoker or a drinker, I have never been in the position of having one addicted to those vices share about the dangers associated with either. However, I have dealt with weight issues & surprisingly enough, never once did my doctor broach the subject of my added girth. I believe that she assumed that I knew that my weight was not at a healthy level & that I was bright enough to bring up the subject if I wanted her help in dropping pounds or that I had the intelligence to make corrective changes when I got to the point of deciding “Enough is enough!”.

I finally did get to the point that enough was enough & made the decision that I was tired of carrying an extra forty-five pounds around & have successfully dropped thirty pounds to date. However, I have been pondering why my slim & trim doctor didn’t gently put me to task about my weight gain? Is she overworked to the point that she doesn’t have time to address such obvious concerns? Is she uncaring? Unfeeling? Unconcerned? Is her attitude lackadaisical in regard to my over all health?

As my physician what does she owe me with reference to addressing my tendency to pack on the pounds?


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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CRYSALLIS1 3/27/2014 5:44AM

    When we don't accept the advice from drs because they are overweight etc we are only hurting ourselves. We accept so many dumb excuses from ourselves to avoid changing to healthy lifestyles.
I went to an urgent care last fall. They gave me a slip of paper that had my BMI written on it with basically a caution note of the risks of obesity. The nurse nor Md mentioned interventions etc but just gave me the slip of paper to tell me I'm obese. Kinda felt like an F on a report card. Hmmm. I was more embarrassed then anything else. Had it been followed up by an offer for assistance I would have felt better. Mentally I used it as a reminder of yet another reason why I need to become more fit. They were trying but I don't think that intervention will bring them what they want. So basically I officially know I'm fat now. emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 3/21/2014 11:15AM

    I have found that each person must be their own health advocate, educate themselves the best they can, and be open to what others tell them. I've seen good, caring doctors that I will gladly listen to, no matter what their own health is like. I've seen doctors who appear to be healthy who, for whatever reasons, don't pay attention to others and are in effect useless. There's always that fine line.

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MJEFFERSON23 3/21/2014 12:31AM

  Thought provoking! We all know each doctor is different.

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SAMMIESMOM13 3/20/2014 9:54AM

    Personally I think that alot of the not taking advice from someone who's been there is really an excuse. Gives them an "out".
My Dr. and I have talked about it a bit, altho I don't need to lose alot, just about 16 lbs. Wouldn't you think I could do that? But, I just can't work up the "gumption" and I know I'll be sorry. I did lose and keep it off several years, now a medication I'm on and my back issues have helped it re-apply itself. :( But I need to do something about it or not complain.
Why do the Drs. "owe" us a weight chat? If we are going in for a physical, yes, that should come up. If we are going in for the flu, not so much. But my question is, if we know going in that we need to lose, why is the Dr's. fault for not bringing it up? I see that as another excuse. My Dr. talked about the benefits, but did not offer weight loss help. That was up to me. People now look for someone to blame rather than take responsibility. Come on, you know if you are overweight. Figure out how to lose or at least try, don't blame it on someone else. Blame it on that extra helping and the couch, not the Dr. (This comes from someone who knows and is there, does that make my advice and knowledge have less impact?)

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NJENGEN 3/19/2014 7:07PM

    Very thoughtful blog post and good questions! At my top weight, I was about 90 pounds overweight and not once did my Dr (a woman, thin) say anything about it until one day I asked if my weight put me in the "morbidly obese" category and she admitted that yes, it did. But even then she didn't offer any suggestions or advice, maybe waiting for me to ask. I do find this troubling. Obviously my weight is potentially the greatest health risk I have and my Dr says nothing?!? Having given this a fair amount of thought, what I concluded is that the medical profession has little to offer folks other than "lose weight". I think they're far more prepared to treat things like diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol than they are to advise on weight loss/control.

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PATTYCAKE17 3/19/2014 6:54PM

    emoticon thanks for bringing up the subject; good to thnk about!

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CATLADY52 3/19/2014 4:49PM

    None of my doctors are over weight so I can't see myself have a problem but, if I ever do have an overweight doc I'll probably say something to him or her. emoticon

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BAMAJAM2 3/19/2014 1:38PM

  On the topic of smoking: A dear neighbor died,-- likely from an illness related to years of chain smoking. He used to say, "You gotta die somehow"--so he enjoyed smoking. In his final days of suffering, he said that he would never have smoked if he had known the painful consequences.--- Isn't this a lesson!
It drives me crazy to see young people smoking---WHY?
In the olden days it was not clear about the health risks; now it is clear!

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/19/2014 9:38AM

    My doctor is or normal weight ,she has information laying out in the waiting rooms , and usually asks if she can assist you with making changes in your lifestyle .This question is part of her routine as she goes over your chart .

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JANET552 3/19/2014 7:50AM

    You make excellent points!! I think doctors should address weight issues in some way. Mine mostly talks about nutrition and exercise. She seems happy that my weight is stable but suggests I lose a few.

As for taking advice, people do so when it suits them. If they aren't willing to take the advice, they will have some reason for not doing so.

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NELLJONES 3/19/2014 7:48AM

    That would be like discounting the warnings about breaking the law from someone in prison: He knows whereof he speaks.

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GLC2009 3/19/2014 4:57AM

    every time i go to a doctor and they ask if i have any health problems (medicals for driver's license, insurance, that type of thing), i say nope, just fat. they have all said you're fine, everyone gains a bit of weight as they get older. what?? i have been 265 pds. i am now 225 pds and need to lose at least another 45 pds (i'm 5'10"). now come on, how can you look at a person who is 50 or 80 pds overweight and say they are fine??
now my mom, who is not overweight, sometimes she might gain 10 or 15 pds, says her doctors are always bugging her to lose weight. now how does this make any sense in the world?
as far as trusting an overweight doctor about weight, i don't know. i mean how can they give advice when they don't know if it works or not? although, i guess i don't want diet advice from a naturally slim person either. well, i guess i just couldn't trust any doctor to discuss diet, could i? emoticon
what i have really wanted is at least one doctor to agree that yes i am overweight and they are available for me if i want to discuss solutions.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/19/2014 2:10AM

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SUSANBEAMON 3/19/2014 1:24AM

  Doctors go back and forth on the weight issue. Most of them have, hopefully learned that hitting it too hard makes their overweight patients stop talking to them about other issues. I have left doctors when their response to my cold was a lecture on my weight, as if the added pounds caused me to catch a cold. My current doctor keeps an eye on my weight, but since all my other numbers are fine, I don't get pressured.

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SINGINGLADY47 3/19/2014 12:24AM

    Thank you for posting this. I believe you are pretty much right on the money. The thing about doctors that gets to me the most is when they don't seem to have the time to answer your questions or talk to the specialists they send you to and the different specialists don't communicate with each other. But my PCP is execellent. She called me recently one afternoon and talked with me for over 15 minutes on the phone explaining things to me where I could understand what was going on. She is a very busy doctor in this small city and I was very appreciative and she tells me also how proud she is of my successful weight loss. I am blessed to have her. Judi emoticon emoticon

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 3/18/2014 10:53PM

    I agree with what you said about taking advice from those who know, whether it's overweight doctors or people who are struggling with other addictions. I think doctors, do care, but they may not mention it because they think it won't do any good. "If they want to lose weight, they'd ask about it" attitude. I've had several doctors mention it or I bring it up. They don't preach, and depending on my health at the time, they've said that I just need to deal with one thing at a time, like walking and breathing, and then deal with the weight. I don't think it means that a doctor is uncaring if they don't mention it.

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MERRYMARY42 3/18/2014 10:50PM

    my DH has a bad back and hips, osteoarthritis, and he saw many specialists, I always go with him, and always ask if he lost weight it would help, not one of them said it would be a good idea, beings it was what it was, anyway, one said yes, it would be a great idea, and should help some, he was overweight, and within 4 months he lost 40 something pounds, and felt so very much better, all I denied him was mayonnaise (which he ate on most everything and fruit drinks, grape, apple orange etc. and so no real hardship on him, although he did miss the mayonnaise for quite a while, well he has gained back about 10 pounds, so we have to work on it again, did I mention he loves his dessert in the evening? emoticon


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GENRE009 3/18/2014 10:22PM

    I have a friend that has to be at least 350 pounds. they see themselves as only 100 pounds over weight, although I have tried to press the issue. they like to be delusional about their life. They are constantly telling me that every time they go to their doctor, he never fixes what's wrong with them. yet I always seem to discuss how they have a hard time communicating, or being direct. yet somewhere in this scenario, I do feel they're doctor doesn't care because they don't care. My friend has so many things that get him sick on a weekly basic, yet he never changes his bad habits ever. It's too inconvenient. So, the other day he was complaining that his cholesterol was really good, and he should stop taking that medicine. yet he says his numbers stay the same. I try to tell him that all he does is eat cholesterol foods, and that day it burns up what he ate. that his waist, and stomach has so much fat that they can't even strip his legs for veins. yet he still ignores everything, and I feel that he enjoys playing the victim. I really can see why his doctor relates to him like he does. it's like talking to a wall.

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LKWQUILTER 3/18/2014 9:15PM

    My first doctor when I got married and had babies 1969, 1970 and 1975 was great and would tell me I needed to be careful weight-wise while I was pregnant but never "preached" to me about it. When he retired due to heart problems in the early 1990's, I have gone through about 7 different doctors and none really said anything about weight issues unless I mentioned them. I do have a good dr. now that supports everything I am doing weight-wise and does give some tips and advice.

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MILPAM3 3/18/2014 7:39PM

  Good POV (point of view).

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/18/2014 6:33PM

    yes hard to find a doctor that really cares mine does

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KITT52 3/18/2014 6:21PM

    maybe your doctor was waiting for you to ask for help...
and if you were not there for weight related issues , she did not feel she should talk about it....
I see more doctors blaming weight for any issue you go in for...
I must say for 35 years I had the most wonderful Dr. who helped in a kind and caring way to loose weight...he was a young healthy man 35 years back and I watched him gain weight and have other issues...when I went the last time after dropping 200+ pounds he asked me for help and advice how to loose weight....

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/18/2014 6:19PM

    Interesting topic! My doctor, who was a jewel, never mentioned my extreme obesity (40 plus BMI) even though I was a frequent visitor to his office, with issues that truly were aggravated by my weight! Perhaps physicians aren't taught how to address topics such as obesity with patients who don't bring the subject up themselves!!! Hmmmm....



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USMAWIFE 3/18/2014 5:56PM

    I find doctors tend me so uncarrying and unfeeling a lot of times. To find one who cares about the total patient is a miracle. Luckily I have found three of them, and two don't take insurance so they are not rushed into seeing the next patient and do not have that 8 patients in one hour rule like a lot of practices

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TRYNAGAIN194 3/18/2014 5:50PM

    emoticon as long as the advice I get is a benefit for me ...I dont care if the person is overweight /smoker or not. . my Dr. is overweight & I'M ONLY TO HAPPY TO LISTEN TO HIM IN SUGGESTING THAT I LOSE WEIGHT.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/18/2014 5:37PM

    Not that I agree, the reason people are not inclined to accept advice from an overweight doctor about weight is die to trust & credibility. Humans are funny & often illogical creatures.
Victoria

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