Change Your Perspective
Lifestyle changes start with taking an honest look at your eating patterns and daily routine. After assessing your personal challenges to weight loss, try working out a strategy to gradually change habits and attitudes that sabotaged past efforts. Move beyond simply recognizing your challenges — Plan how you’ll deal with them to succeed in losing weight. Setbacks happen. Don’t quit. Start fresh the next day. It won’t happen all at once. Stick to your healthy lifestyle and the results will be worth it.
It is early evening, the sun is stretching toward the horizon, Vinnie’s mom and dad sit on lounge chairs on the deck sipping iced tea. Vinnie’s mom touches Vinnie’s dad’s forearm, “Al today was the best day so far this summer. I think Vinnie’s turned a corner.”
Vinnie’s dad is holding his iced tea in his left hand and his iPhone in his right hand. He’s streaming live baseball from somewhere on planet Earth.
“Al? Al?” says Vinnie’s mom.
“Are you listening to me?” asks Vinnie’s mom.
“Un huh,” says Vinnie’s dad.
“Okay, what did I say?” asks Vinnie’s mom.
“Do I have to answer now? The game is at a crucial moment. There is a no hitter going,” pleads Vinnie’s dad.
“Vinnie’s mom says, “I have two questions: One, what teams are playing? And, two, what inning are they in?”
Vinnie’s dad turns his head away from his ball game and says, “Can I plead the 5th amendment?”
“We’re not in court and you’re not talking to Vinnie. You didn’t hear a word I said, admit it.”
“Not true, Marti. I heard every word you said. I don’t remember them, I was singing the national anthem along with the crowd. Was it important?”
Vinnie’s mom remembers what she said and wonders if men ever mature. Her psych teacher in college never lectured on male emotional intelligence. She’s taken out of her thinking when Vinnie’s dad interrupts. He says, “What are you thinking?”
Vinnie’s mom turns toward Vinnie’s dad and says, “Vinnie’s following in your footsteps.”
Vinnie’s dad beams. “That’s so nice of you to say. I try really hard to be a good role model for him.”
“Believe me, Vinnie’s taking it all in,” says Vinnie’s mom. “Where is Vinnie, Al? I haven’t seen or heard him since dinner.”
“Didn’t I tell you?”
Vinnie’s mom anxiety alarm is beeping. “Tell me what?”
Vinnie asked if he could go to Joey’s house with Larry and Sara to work on their bug project.”
“Dear God, you let him go to Martha’s kitchen? Did he take Rupert and Dexter with him?” says Vinnie’s mom sitting straight up on the lounge and reaching for her iPhone.
“Vinnie didn’t say anything about going in Martha’s kitchen. He said they were going to watch a show on the Discovery Channel that will give them some ideas. He promised he’ll be home by 7:30,” says Vinnie’s dad checking the time on his iPhone. “He’ll be home in twenty minutes.”
“What show? Do you have any idea how many calories of junk food he’ll consume in twenty minutes?”
“He didn’t say anything about junk food,” says Vinnie’s dad.
“Why do you think he always wants to go to Joey’s house? Martha greets people with cookies and cake and that’s at the door,” says Vinnie’s mom, “There’s no telling what she’s going to give them while they’re watching TV. They’ll probably get pizza, fries, popcorn, and ice cream.”
Vinnie’s dad’s eyes light up with the thought of grabbing a piece of Martha’s homemade pizza. He stands up, “Don’t bother calling, I need the exercise, I’ll walk over and get them.”
“Dear Lord, is there any hope?”
“You talking to me, Marti?” says Vinnie dad as he’s leaving the deck.
How Are Very and Too Different?
A: It is very hot.
B: It is too hot.
A is a simple statement- It’s HOT!
But B shows some difficulty, like maybe because it is so hot, I feel terrible. Or because it is so hot, no one is happy.
Here are some more…
C: Lisa is very tall.
D: Lisa is too tall.
C is a simple statement. Wow! Lisa is a tall girl.
But D has a negative feeling. Perhaps because Lisa is tall, she hits her head on the ceiling. Or maybe she is so tall, she can’t get a date or has no friends.
So remember, using too shows that there is a problem with the situation.
“I know it’s difficult in the beginning. But, listen. If you have the impulse to write, do yourself a favor, do the world a favor, and write.” ~
by Wendell Berry
How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.
For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.
What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.
In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.
State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.