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Weight Gain and Weight Loss: The REAL Neverending Story

“..a never ending story
Ahahah ahahah ahahah…”

— Limahl

Folks, let me tell you this straight up.

There is a way to lose weight without becoming a member at a gym. The gym industry is only interested in selling their services to people who want to lose weight fast. On top of that, many places know how to grab onto your credit card numbers by convincing you that you can’t get fit without them. Well, let me be the one to two you this: Yes, we can!

I’ve been through a weight gain and weight loss struggle nearly all my life. I’ll tell you my personal experience working out at a very well known gym. I was there for a one day trial after which I was immediately manipulated into signing an agreement. The representative had said that there was a special promotion going on for families which would require the signature of the current member — my sister. I had told the representative that I couldn’t find my sister and that I’d need to wait. So the representative said I could sign for her. I asked if it was okay and she said yes. Thinking it was a great idea I immediately let my sister know that I’m finally a member. Let’s just say she wasn’t too happy. She was livid. I had never seen her so angry. At the time I didn’t understand the big deal. I mean, I was able to schedule my first training that day and the manager had made me feel extra special by offering me 6 more consultations at no extra charge. So of course I was confused. So anyway, long story short, my sister had cancelled her membership with this particular establishment so she could afford payments on her new car. A few months later she learned that they still had my account active even though I signed through her account. The total came out to be over $2000. Let’s just say that that occurrence had caused a major rift between my sister and I for over 4 years. Now my sister and I are on friendlier terms (even though I still can’t stand her at times). A stupid gym membership debt is not worth the headache if it means it’ll ruin your financial, mental and emotional relationship with anyone. Sure, you may lose some weight but all that effort will be long forgotten when you regain those 15 pounds. It’s time to break the cycle. Force yourself to exercise and weight train at home. I’m here for you if you need my support. 

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Groovin’ to Billy Blanks Jr.’s Dance With Me Groove & Burn

I really enjoy working out to Billy Blanks Jr.’s  Dance With Me: Groove & Burn because I have not seen any other work out video like it. I never thought I would be the type of person who would enjoy sweatin’ to any DVD. I just always thought it is what old people would do. I’m very impressed by the content of the DVD which has a very sophisticated menu. You may have the option to watch from beginning to end or you may customize your work out by picking and choosing video titles between “Warm Up,” “Disco,” “African,” “Latin,” and “Cool Down.” “Warm Up” includes gentle, breathing controlled dance steps to activate all muscles throughout the body. “Disco” incorporates arm-toning exercises. “African” shows you how to move your leg muscles. “Latin” will make your core, abdominal muscles lean. “Cool Down” will help you stretch out your body and ease any sore muscles.

I am on to my fourth or fifth time dancing to Groove & Burn and plan to do so for each day until Halloween. I hope I have the strength and energy to keep this up. I’ve already lost 10 lbs so far, and hope to lose more weight by the start of the new year.

Hamsters in my car

Today I learned that my car needs a new serpentine belt tensioner. I felt sorry for the mechanic who had to go over every detail about what car parts I need and what goes where. He was making some notes about the car parts. Tension belt needs to be replaced because it’s making the same noise you hear from a hamster cage. You know the sound when a hamster is running in its wheel as if running any faster would get it out of its cage. I’m due for a tire rotation as well. During the check up I had discovered that my car’s bottom engine cover is missing. I had the mechanic explain to me the engine cover’s function which includes protecting the engine from water splashing from the road. To replace the engine cover would cost me $365.25 for a piece of plastic the size of a table. The mechanic had told me that it is an optional purchase and not required. After getting my oil changed and important auto fluids topped off the mechanic washed my car. I should’ve specified that I had wanted all the crumbs from my too friend in-car snacking to be vacuumed carefully. I had realized too soon my missed opportunity to get every penny’s worth. I’m scheduled for the next appointment hopefully by Friday. I’m looking forward to a quieter – hamsterless – drive overall.

The Trees

The sunlight dances through the trees

and casts a shadowy brilliance

on the pavement right below us.

Our grey ghosts peer

through the veil

which separates the people we once knew

from those who we wish to become.

Sweet dreams are made of perseverance and a can-do attitude

Let’s be realistic. In order to get anywhere in life you just have to set small goals at a time. Easier said than done, right? I’ve always wondered how other people seem to have easier lives. Are they just putting on a show? It would be great to simply bottle that good luck and drink it in doses. But no, life doesn’t work that way. The next time I hear of someone else’s good news I had better listen and learn. I now understand why there are envious people out there who cringe whenever they see anyone else doing better than them. I’ve been feeling this way for a while. I don’t ever want to be like that for long.

Like many of you, my income is very modest. I work as a preschool teacher and it’s not an easy job. Thankfully, I have Obamacare to help me out with my health care. For those of you who don’t know how grateful people are for Obamacare you had better listen. I stopped receiving coverage for health and dental care at age 18. My mom at the time was working as an assembly line attendant for a well known candy company. In the mail I had received a letter from my mom’s company which had offered premium health care coverage for her dependants up to age 25 at the expense of a few extra dollars she would have to pay for her premium. My mother didn’t understand the letter so of course she was uninformed. So as a result I had to go without coverage until I worked for AmeriCorps at age 25 although that lasted for only a year. From ages 18-23 I was enrolled at university as a full-time student and worked part-time. None of my jobs led to full-time status. Therefore I had to move back  home with my family immediately after graduating from college. I had worked in a number of part-time jobs in retail, clergy, office support, and now I work part-time as a preschool teacher. I’m 29 years old and I feel like I’m ready for full-time.

The free healthcare act has helped me immensely and I can’t be more thankful for having medical coverage. I only hope that it remains this way for a long time until America sorts out its troubles with the 99% of us who need the extra help. Because sometimes we need the extra push in order to become better at living healthier lives.

Girl Most Likely…

When I was a young girl (I’m in my late 20s which is still young, I know) I had always dreamed of being a veterinarian-lawyer-counselor-restaurant inspector-singer-actress and chef. I didn’t realize that one has to actually gain relevant work experience in any given field. Even at age 10 I had already known that I’d be the girl most likely to have too many career plans at once.

As a child I had always assumed that grades determine one’s career. For example, I would think that a doctor only needs straight A’s to become one. As for janitors and the other 99% of the population I would have guessed that they had had poor grades in school. Keep in mind this is not how I actually view things as a an adult. I now know that to become gainfully employed good grades aren’t the only important things. I also didn’t know what 99% had meant back then. It’s like if you said 99% in the 90s people would look at you and think “99%… fat free Snackwells cookies? They are TOTALLY the best!”

At age 12, I remember tagging along with a friend who would spend her afterschool hours at a community center to earn credit towards a full-ride scholarship. It was called the GEAR UP scholarship. GEAR UP is an acronym which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness through Undergraduate Programs. Not the most easy title to say in its entirety, I know. GEAR UP teaches young boys and girls the value of education as early as 6th grade. The program allows scholars to experience college life. Scholars learn about real life scenarios that first-year college students go through. Time management and financial literacy is worked on. Field trips to educational sites are arranged. If you think I’m endorsing this program, than yes, how is it not obvious.

In high school everyone had said I was smart. In real-life I was not prepared. As someone who graduated from K-12 schools, I feel like the public school system should only have college credit or honors courses. I remember standing in line in the school’s cafeteria during freshmen orientation to pick up my first semester’s class schedule. No honors classes, just ordinary ones. For students who wanted to schedule for honors classes they had to do so with their guidance counselor. Now, remember in college when you had to schedule that first meeting with your career counselor. Imagine the same stress but 10 times worse for a 13 year old. I just think that public schools should immerse all freshmen in honors classes from the beginning as soon as they set foot into a high school. Should they wish to change their classes to an easier (Wal-Mart fast track) course load than that should be determined after their first visit with a guidance counselor. New high school students should be educated on how their high school studies affect their career choices later in life. I feel like most public schools are setting children up for failure.

I’m positive that most children don’t want to be known as “Most Likely to be Working Minimum Wage” for the rest of their lives.

It’s official: Love Peace and Coconut Grease Blog is trending!

Okay. So maybe it isn’t. I’ll admit this is my first ever blog through WordPress. This isn’t the first online writing platform I have used. I’ve had my run with Blogger, Yahoo Voices (formerly Associated Content), Facebook, Twitter, and other sites, though I haven’t seen anything more long-lasting than WordPress. I have read countless WordPress content since the 90s and it appears to still be going strong. That’s why I’ve decided to finally give in and open a new account here to meet all of you. I’m glad you’re taking the time to get to know me. It feels great to continue creating online content after taking a long break from writing.

Many of you don’t know that in the past I have struggled with anxiety which has dampened nearly all facets of my life since childhood. I guess I was always the weird kid in my family. I was the quiet kid in school who wouldn’t say a word to anyone until afterschool. I’d have trouble talking to even my closest friends except when on the phone or through email.

Writing has always been an outlet through which I am able to share my most honest thoughts and feelings. I hope that through my blog I am able to inspire in my readers that same regard that I have towards writing.

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