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Self-Destruct

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Pieces of me lay on the floor, cannot put myself back together again
I have torn the flesh from my own limbs and I am only bones now
The parts of me that once were beautiful are now ugly and decayed
I reek of death and loss as the Grim Reaper comes with his plow©

by Mac

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Age Is Just A Number

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“It takes a long time to become young.” ~Pablo Picasso

 

th-27I’m going to put it out there and say it, “Aging scares the $#%T out of me!” I am vain, there, I said that too! I have blonde hair, blue eyes and a pretty darn good complexion. But, I am getting on into my upper 30’s and… Well, I just don’t want to get old! When I turned 30, I pretty much thought life was over and now 40 is on the horizon. Go ahead and laugh, my husband does. He also says, “Well, there’s always the other option…if you aren’t getting older then you’re dead.” This stated in a sarcastic, straight faced tone. Ugh, men! My husband is six years older than me. So, yes, he is in his 40’s. And I have figured out, men just do NOT get it- the fear women have of aging. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have to age gracefully! A man can go bald, get a big belly, slouch, get wrinkles and so on, other men (in general) will not judge them! And, by the way, I am not stating this is what my husband is doing- I am making him age gracefully! There shall be NO ears, nostrils or eyebrow hairs where they do not belong! 

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But, women and men will judge a woman for aging and if she doesn’t do so in a fabulous sort of way, it can get brutal! We are living in a society where social media is at it’s peak. Women are skinnier then EVER and other women are bigger then EVER- and both will be judged! We compare and contrast, we use photo imaging software to portray who we are not. We can dye our hair, put hundreds of dollars of product on our faces and more- still someone is going to judge us. There is just no making anyone happy- including ourself! So, what is the solution?

 

 

susan sarandon quoteI personally have decided that I need to start thinking of myself more as a fine wine. “I’m getting better with age…and I’m also getting more expensive.” I think of all the awkward moments of my 20’s. Things that I didn’t know, understand or even realize about myself! I need to stop worrying about what people think of me and work at what I think of myself! Ultimately, it is me who has to look in the mirror at the end of every day and live with who I am on thee inside! I want younger people to look at me with respect and want to be more like me. I want my kids to think highly of me and who I continue to become. And really, aging doesn’t mean you have to lose your looks or who you are…does it?

 

via Daily Prompt: Youth

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The Missed Date~ #SOCS

My husband and I enjoy going to the movies. We enjoy about 90% of the same styles of movies, that is- Sci-fi, action and suspense. Friday has turned into our little date day. Blessed with the ability to set our own schedules most weeks we have worked hard at setting this time aside for movie dates. If there is nothing playing that we want to see we will try to do something else or maybe rent a movie.

Yesterday we were hoping to see a double feature. He was going to see “Pete’s Dragon” with me (there is that 10% we have in different taste) and then we were also going to see “Ben Hur.” Some great throw backs this month! Anyway, he got an emergency call on Thursday night though and we had to cancel. I have to say we were both disappointed. But life will go on and movie date makeup days are already in the works.

I will tell you, 18 years of marriage this month and I still love going out on dates. It is a time for just the two of us to put aside whatever is going on in our lives and just be in the moment with each other. I also think it’s good for our teens to see, an example of a working, loving relationship and how you keep it going. I highly recommend dates for married couples or those that have been in relationships for long periods of time. Purposing to take the time out with each other keeps you communicating and engaging, so important in a relationship. It doesn’t have to be weekly (although I highly recommend it) but, at least one day a month should be set aside for just the two of you.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was the word, “date.” Find out more at Linda Hill’s blog:

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Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

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Stream of Conscious Saturday: Prompt “date

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Give Me Sugar and No One Gets Hurt

“Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, ‘No thank you’ to desert that night. And for what?!” ― Erma Bombeck

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My life has been an endless struggle with my weight. When I was younger I always was one of the bigger gals in class, or so I thought. I think it really had a lot to do with perception. I look back at old pictures and certainly I was never petite, I have big bone structure and I’m tall. But, I think that food has always been a problem, or perhaps thee obsession with it. The cravings are real!

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I come from a family that has always dealt with their weight. Generationally, my grandparents and extended family, on both sides, right down to my parents and sibling- all struggle with weight. So, growing up, I was not really taught to be active and our eating was not always healthy. Of course as a child of the 80’s & 90’s, it was the years of boxed, conveniently packaged and preservative filled everything!

Although, thankfully, I did not end up with an eating disorder, I do think it was the beginning of some body dysmorphia. I believe what counteracted this weight issue, I have always been very confident, so I’d just throw back my head and make the best of life. But, again, I look back at pictures and think, “Wow I was NOT heavy!” So where did this obsession with thinking I was fat come from? 

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Our culture’s perception of what beauty, healthy and perfect look like, play a big role in society. But I also think that I grew up around a LOT of negative self-talk about body image, also an obsession with weight loss and dieting. Still, to this day, my family gets very verbal about our bodies. Although we all live in separate parts of the country, one of the first things we talk about on the phone is how our newest weight loss is going (or not going). And, as much as I’d like to say I think this will change, I don’t think that it will. However, I am working on the next generation!

I am trying very hard to break the cycle with my kids. Although my husband and I both struggle with weight (and now I am over weight) we attempt to not put this onto our kids. I do not make comments about their bodies and endorse positivity. But, the biggest goal has been to promote healthy eating, life style and being active. Also, working on NOT being negative or putting myself down…this one is hard at times!

“It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.”― Margaret Mead

I have realized I am a food addict. And unlike other addictions, unfortunately I need food to survive. I have yo-yoed through my 20’s and over half of my 30’s with my weight. I am currently not at my highest weight, but still not where I need to be. 

th-21A year ago we moved South, mainly because we needed the warmer claimant, for health reasons. We needed our family to be able to be active year around. It really has helped, in four months I had lost 30 pounds. Just good old walking, weights and “clean” eating. I refuse to diet or get on the fad band-wagon! But…yes there is a but, unfortunately. I have begun to fall off the wagon yet again! I crave sugar like a drug addict wants crack! I have done sugar detoxes before, man they are brutal! I know it’s what I need… But, I really want that cinnamon roll, ice cream, cake and oh the list goes on- not to mention pizza! And, even though I feel better when I’m living healthy, my stinking mind craves this unhealthy diet.

I do not write this to get sympathy. I know it is my own fault I am where I am and I truly don’t blame anyone but myself. I write this for myself, to put it in black and white, to see that the issue is present. Maybe I will also help another person who struggles, to know, you are not alone in this! I want to break this cycle, I want to succeed and live a long life! But, I also don’t want to get caught up in negativity of self and society’s idea of what my body should be. 

“I finally figured out the big, elusive secret to weight loss. Don’t eat! Who knew?” 
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

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