Fake it

Gracey Hitchcock,

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I loved Star Wars: The Force: Awakens

And if you haven’t heard, Carrie Fisher doesn’t look like

Princess Leia anymore. And why in the world would she?

She was cast as Princess Leia in 1977. She wore the now infamous

 slave girl costume in 1983.  Do the math.

Even before the movie opened Fisher was subjected to cruel and

stupid remarks about her appearance. Carrie Fisher is a 59 year-old

 actress playing opposite Harrison Ford who is 73.

For the record, Harrison Ford still a very handsome man but

he doesn’t look like Hans Solo anymore either – maybe Hans’s father.

 And Carrie Fisher looks just fine. I can’t say if she looks like Princess Leia or not because her hair was not in that ridiculous earmuff style that identified the character.


Fisher is not taking the attacks on her appearance silently. She is fighting

 back in interviews and on twitter. Fisher shot back at critics  saying, “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They’re temporary by-products [sic] of time and/or DNA”.

This is has been a nasty little media tussle and a demonstration of the  bullying that has become the norm today.Fisher is a strong, smart, and outspoken woman. She knows how to hit back.

One of the nastiest and most gratuitous attacks came from Fox News’Bill O’Reilly who actually said, in discussing the movie, “ But it comes

out worse for our friend Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia, because she  doesn’t look like Princess Leia.”  O’Reilly actually followed these nasty

 comments with the assertion that he “likes” Fisher. One can only wonder how he talks about people he doesn’t like.

Granted women are most often the victims of body shaming, but it happens  to men these days too. It has been normal for people to attack anyone

 they don’t like any way they want – and there is no penalty, until someone dies.

  Politicians mock and insult their opposition’s appearance in the crudest

 manner and are applauded. These same politicians and media types then

 later wring their hands over school bullying. Grow up people and set an example.


Just because Fisher can hit back doesn’t mean such attacks don’t hurt.

They always hurt and tolerating attacks on anyone or any group hurts us all.

Let’s all grow up. Treat people with kindness and tolerance.

 And if you don’t feel kind and tolerant, fake it until you do.

Take time to enjoy the sweetness in life.


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Guarantee success on your diet


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If you have been faffing around about losing weight then you need to read these five tips from Steve Siebold, author of Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People and Fat Loser! Mental Toughness Training for Dieters. Steve Siebold knows all about how to win and what it takes to reach a goal. He is a former professional athlete, national coach, and international businessman. Steve Siebold began studying ‘Mental Toughness Training’ as a world-class junior tennis player in the 1970s.


Here are Steve’s Five Ways to Guarantee Success on Your Diet:


Know Your Why

There’s an old saying in the world of peak performance: “Without knowing why you’re doing something, the how doesn’t matter.” This applies especially when you’re tackling big goals, such as becoming fit. My personal why when I was losing weight was to take back my life, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. How about you? You need to know the reason you’re engaging in this weight-loss venture and then you’ll fight more soundly when it gets rough. Once your why is answered, the how will follow.


Write about Your Body Vision

Just as you would write a business plan to ensure success in your career, you need to write a business plan for your body. It doesn’t need to be 50 pages long, but it does need to include the details of the image you want to create. It might include describing the way you want your six-pack abs or legs to look as you shape and sculpt them through exercise, or how big you want your arms to be. Make sure you describe the way you will feel when you reach your goal. This will keep you motivated when the going gets tough.


Embrace The Discipline

Something is fundamentally motivating about being on the path to success. The fulfillment the warrior feels when she is fighting the war is unique and unlike any other form of pleasure. It’s a deep psychological satisfaction that accompanies fighting the good fight. Being successful on your diet is no different. Don’t just endure the discipline; embrace it. Stare it down. Look it straight in the eye. When you feel those late-night hunger pangs and cravings, experience them fully. Think about the way it feels in your stomach and your mind. That’s the feeling of victory telling you if you can do this, you can do anything. Instead of fearing the pain or avoiding it, embrace it and the discipline required to continue. You’ll start looking in the mirror and seeing the person you really are and were always meant to be.


Accept Reality

The power of psychological delusion in the weight-loss process is formidable. Looking in the mirror and seeing the image you want to see instead of your real self creates a disassociation between fantasy and reality. It’s easy to avoid reality because it can be harsh and even cruel, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s real. It all boils down to the way you want to spend your life. Do you want to live in the real world or fantasyland? Stop pretending you aren’t overweight and that being fat doesn’t matter. Decide to wake up and see the world as it is and yourself as you actually are, instead of mentally medicating yourself with childish fantasy.


Pay The Price

We all know everything in life has a price, and losing weight is no exception. It’s your body and your battle to fight. No one can do it for you. For some, success comes quickly. Others will endure a long, drawn-out battle. Whichever experience you encounter, you’ll have to pay the price. Think of it this way: You’re already paying the price for being overweight, and if you stay that way you’ll be paying for the rest of your life. Pay the price one time to become successful and reap the rewards permanently.


The choice is yours: continue just dabbling around with your diet or really embark on your weight loss journey and conquer it once and for all. Start taking responsibility for your habits, actions, and behaviors and see how good it feels to finally win this fight.    





Sometimes you feel like a nut

Just an handful makes a healthful and tasty snack!If you shy away from almonds because you think they are fattening, think again. Almonds are healthful snack, if eaten in moderation. Here are three good reasons, courtesy of the Almond Board, to reach for handful of tasty nuts next time you need a snack.
Nut lovers have lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Research recently published in the Journal Nutrition Research shows that adults who eat plain unroasted and unsalted nuts — including almonds — as a snack (as opposed to as part of product such as a candy bar) have lower blood pressure, increased levels of HDL "good" cholesterol, decreased levels of insulin, and improved nutrient intake and diet quality.
One handful, which is one ounce or 23 almonds, is the perfect daily portion of almonds. It provides 13 grams of good unsaturated fats, just one gram of saturated fat, and is naturally salt-free and cholesterol-free. Almonds are the tree nut highest in protein, fiber, calcium, Vitamin E, riboflavin, and niacin.
Almonds can help lower blood sugar levels
Low glycemic index foods, such as almonds, help to regulate blood sugar levels, which help to avoid spikes and dips throughout the day. Including sliced almonds in oatmeal, using almond flour in pancakes, or blending almond butter in your morning smoothie are all easy ways to make sure you start your day on the right foot. In a hurry? Try apple slices spread with almond butter.
Almonds are a heart-healthy snack
Almonds are good part of a "heart smart diet" to help lower cholesterol naturally and help avoid the need for drugs such as statins.
There you have it darlings: almonds taste great, and help lower cholesterol and blood sugar, too. Some studies even they can help you control your weight. So munch in moderation!