Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fat Tuesday

I’m going to do it. Really. I mean it! I’m serious this time. Seriously.

By this time next year I will be back at my goal weight. I was going through pictures for this post trying to find ones of me now and back when I was at my goal weight. Not surprisingly, there aren’t many recent ones of me. They are either accidental shots where I look like one of those headless “obese Americans” that are shown on the news:

Or I’m hiding behind something:

Or I’m far away and wish I had never been photographed:

I am currently at my peak weight of all time…and it sucks. Let this post be my manifesta that I will do my utmost to once again look like this:

I had already had one baby at that point! No excuses! I want to be that comfortable again. Sure, my boobs were completely gone, but you know what? I don’t care! I’m not going to lie, it took a lot of sweat then, and I think it will take more now, but I can do it. I don’t want to be a size 2. I honestly don’t think my bones would fit into a size 2, I am not shaped that way. But it would make my year to be able to fit into my favorite Ann Taylor dress that hangs in my closet mocking me. It’s a size 10. That’s all I want…my size 10’s back.

I will have to do a lot of this (you can see Big Sister wearing the medal I got for finishing a 5k):

But I will get back into my dress, and I will get this (or something very similar):

There may be Spanx under it, but I’m ok with that. I will rock it. And it will be divine.

NOTE: Don’t worry. This isn’t turning into a weightloss blog; however, I’m going to post milestones and pitfalls. I need some accountability, and this might be a way to achieve that. I’m definitely not posting my actual weight because, well, I don’t wanna!

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Menu Monday (abbreviated edition)

This week’s menu will be a little abbreviated because I’m going on a trip with the hubby (and 43 other people) on Friday, so I’ll be eating on the road Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. My folks are coming to stay with Big Sister and Little Bit for the weekend, and there is absolutely no telling what they’ll eat while we’re gone!

Monday: grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches, chips, fruit
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan Stromboli, salad
Wednesday: Frito chili pie
Thursday: Chicken enchiladas (but in reality, probably pizza…hubby is leaving the night before our trip to go ahead, so it will just be me and the girls).
Friday, Saturday: road food
Sunday: church!

My freezer cooking day was pretty successful (though less productive than I intended). Eventually, I’ll get a post together about it!

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Personhood Act, Effectively Banning All Abortions | Addicting Info

Oklahoma Senate Passes Personhood Act, Effectively Banning All Abortions | Addicting Info.

Oh, Oklahoma Senate, what in the name of all that is good and holy are you doing?! Whether or not you believe life begins at conception, these “Personhood Acts” are so far beyond the bounds of governmental intervention, it has ceased to be funny in any sense of the word.

Ok, so for the sake of argument let’s say that “conception” (as it is very loosely defined by these bills) marks the beginning of life, what marks the end of it? Getting pregnant? That seems to be when women cease to be human and become incubators who are incapable of making decisions. These “Personhood” acts are so dangerous. They essentially place more importance on the “life” that cannot live without the womb it may or may not be encased in (as in the case of frozen embryos) than on the life that must sustain the embryo itself.

I am pro-choice. I will tell anyone that (obviously). Pro-choice is sometimes confused with pro-abortion. I have never in my life met ANYONE who was pro-abortion. Never. Believing that it is a woman’s choice whether or not her body becomes a vessel for childbirth does not make someone pro-abortion or “anti-life”. This sort of rhetoric generally comes from people who claim to be “pro-life”. The issue for me is “whose life are you interested in?” Many who are “pro-life” are also “pro-death penalty”…work that one out.

The biggest piece of irony in the latest “Personhood” quests are that they originate in the ultra-conservative part of the Republican party that is “anti-Big Government”. Keep the government out of my business! Well, you have effectively forced the women of Oklahoma to bow to the wishes of the state government. In theory, if a woman wanted to seek an abortion provider (already difficult to find in Oklahoma anyway), she could cross the border into Texas or Kansas or New Mexico or Arkansas…good luck there…especially if you are lying in a hospital bed.

I feel violated. I feel that this group of conservatives is co-opting scripture to suit their own personal beliefs. Yes, I feel quite certain that God values life…he puts up with our crap and loves us anyway! But if we can get past the idea of “playing God” when it comes to taking the lives of prisoners, enemies, or just people who don’t look like us or in using artificial means of becoming pregnant, why can’t we get past the idea when it comes to population control or family planning?

The idea that hormonal birth control or condoms are in some way immoral or sinful is very troubling to me. Yes scripture does say to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). It also says a lot of other things we conveniently ignore. I believe that God is infallible. I believe that he inspired the writers of the Bible. I also know that the writers of the Bible were men; men who were writing to people who didn’t live long and whose cultures had very high infant mortality rates. Not to be a broken record (since I said this yesterday), but people are not going to stop having sex. If birth control is restricted, abortion is illegal, and life begins before egg and sperm even meet, what is the government going to do to support all this new life they so deeply value?

These people make Christians look like power hungry idiots who don’t think about the far-reaching consequences of their quest for a “return to family values”. Here is another group of people claiming to be Christian who does not speak for me.

 

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Congressional Birth Control Hearing Involves Exactly Zero People Who Have a Uterus

Congressional Birth Control Hearing Involves Exactly Zero People Who Have a Uterus.

Disclaimer: There are a couple of dirty words in the linked article. If you are sensitive to that sort of thing, don’t read it. Also, the author of the linked article makes a few gross generalizations about Christians. Just FYI.

Not that this development is particularly surprising, but it seems like after 50 years of debating the safety, effectiveness, and availability of birth control, women would finally be allowed in on the conversation. If the roles were reversed and women were debating the virtues and accessibility of vasectomy or erectile dysfunction treatment, you better believe men in Congress would say, “Um…excuse me! Why are a bunch of women talking about what should happen to our penises?!”

I find this whole debate frustrating. If a church doesn’t want to pay for their employees’ birth control, whatever, but how anyone else’s access to birth control at all affects religious freedom is beyond me! I am a proud Christian. I might even call myself religious. I have used birth control in the past. I don’t honestly think that is my “religious leader’s” business. I belong to a church that doesn’t attempt to butt into my reproductive life, and I’m proud of that fact too.

Essentially what people who are so adamantly against birth control fail to realize is that if you’re going to attempt to make abortion illegal, birth control harder to get and more expensive, welfare more difficult to obtain and keep, and continue to cut state budgets for subsidized healthcare programs for children, this country will have even more unwanted, unloved, sick, malnourished, and damaged children than we already do. I’m sorry to tell members of Congress, but people are not going to stop having sex. Sex makes babies, and babies don’t feed, clothe, and care for themselves.

“Oh, but there are so many people who can’t have babies that would LOVE these babies so much!” That’s true, but have you heard how much a domestic adoption costs these days?! It’s absolutely insane! It is literally cheaper to fly across oceans to retrieve the unwanted from other countries and bring them back than it is to adopt domestically in most cases. Plus, the incidence of minority children being adopted is so low that many stay in the foster system for their entire childhood and adolescence. And of course, with a shortage of foster parents, how well does that work out for many of the kids? So, knowing these things, many low-income families keep kids they “can’t afford” rather than see them turned over to the state. So, wouldn’t it be easier for all involved if birth control were more accessible and less expensive?

The bottom-line for me is that, as a Christian, I resent the fact that these men are assumed to speak for me. They do NOT speak for me. If a little pill, shot, implant, IUD, or ring is all that stands between a woman finishing college or her dropping out because she can’t afford to go and support her baby, or between a woman having piece of mind or having to make a gut-wrenching decision about abortion, or between no baby and one that is viewed as a burden to its family then I think the debate should be moot. These men do not speak for “Christians”. They may speak for LOUD Christians or the “Christian Right” (whatever that is), but they do not speak for me.

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Menu Monday

Ah Monday…it has come around again. While that is definitely better than the alternative, it still isn’t my favorite day. Five classes, Big Sister’s gymnastics class and then, for the next month, rehearsals for our community “Follies” show make Mondays looks pretty daunting. I’m tired just writing it.

I’ve decided to start posting weekly menus on Mondays. Maybe you’ll get some meal ideas, and I think it will make me be more organized and creative with my meal planning! Now, this is my actual menu, so nights where we have other plans, I won’t have a meal listed. Most weeks, there will only be 5 meals because we are lucky enough to eat at church twice a week! Woohoo, someone else to cook and/or clean the kitchen!

Monday: Pepperoni and mushroom calzone with garlic bread and salad
Tuesday: Baked chicken strips and fries with fruit
Wednesday: Chicken enchilada casserole at church
Thursday: Pasta with diced tomatoes and salad
Friday: Tacos with rice and beans
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Meal at church (woot!)

Stay tuned for my first ever “freezer cooking day” coming on Saturday!

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