Which gets me to thinking ...
Wow! I just read J.A. Konrath's blog and I'm sitting here with my mouth agape, astonished. That man never ceases to amaze me. Seriously! Not only does he churn out some really hot best sellers, he's been professionally published and yet, STILL, chooses to self-publish making, $100,000 in just 3 weeks. That's AH-MAY-ZING! I can only hope to sell that many books some day.
Which gets me to thinking ...
I'm about to be totally honest and personal right now, and it's only because of something I read. One of those chain e-mails that goes around every holiday, to remind us each to be thankful for what we have and to think of others during trying times.
I also just read an article online that was about a mom in her thirties, that had 2 children aged 10 and 12. She had moved to Texas from Ohio about 8 months prior and had applied for food stamps sometime in July. Unfortunately her application was denied. I guess she hadn't filled out enough information. Because her application was denied, she decided to take her two children with her to the state assistance office ... along with a gun. A standoff and hostage situation ensued, ending with the mom wounding her children and fatally shooting herself. Her children were critically wounded and are unconscious right now.
My questions are ... did anyone ever reach out to that mom to try and help her? Did anyone know their situation and offer a helping hand? Something had to snap for that woman to go about in the way she did.
I know this topic has absolutely nothing to do with writing, but I did make a promise to myself this year that I would write something every day, even if it's a blog entry. So here it is.
I'm fat. There I said it. I will freely admit it. I do not feel comfortable in my own skin. I have a hard time breathing when I walk a certain length. I have a hard time going shopping for clothes so much that I actually hate it. Seeing my size increase as much as it has, bothers me. Some may say, well then do something about it. I have, sort of. I've cut down on soda - which has been a HUGE staple for me these past ten years. I rarely eat junk food, sweets bother me and make me feel all icky inside. But I do imbibe at times. I look at my pantry and in my fridge and see what's in there and it makes me cringe.
Chicken Helper, Tuna Helper, Hamburger Helper, canned tuna fish (Light), spaghetti (cheap-o brand, not even whole wheat), Hunts spaghetti sauce, box-o-rice (white, not even brown or multigrain), and other obvious no-no's if one wants to lose weight.
Why is my pantry filled with so many bad things? Well, as I realized last night while grocery shopping, I can't afford the 'good things'. My budget right now is so tight, I'm lucky I can afford the things I bought. No wonder the US is having such a crisis. Those on welfare and receiving food stamps (I'm assuming), can only afford the junk - unhealthy foods - because they get more for their buck. If they bought health foods, it'd eat up all of their money and they wouldn't be able to feed their family. When you have a family of five and you're grocery budget is less than $150 a week, you can get more to feed the family when the food is cheap and completely processed. It's so awful. Why can't healthier foods be cheaper? Why does a salad for dinner have to cost more than a few boxes of spaghetti and sauce?
A Salad in cost ...
1 cucumber - $.89
1 red pepper - $.69
1 green pepper - $.69
A head of lettuce - $2.39 or a bag of lettuce - $2.50
Total: $4.66 or $4.77
I hate to say this but, that salad won't even fill my family up. They'd be looking for more. I didn't even include tomatoes or other salad 'staples'.
So let's switch it up and compare what I normally would spend my $4.77.
1 and 1/2 box of regular spaghetti - $1.50 or whole wheat pasta $2.39
1 can Hunts spaghetti sauce - $.98
1 tsp of Parmesan cheese x 5 - $.76
Total: #3.24 or $4.13
For a meal that will fill my family (meaning, they won't be looking for something else after dinner), I'm even saving money. But it's not healthy, not at all. Even with switching to the whole wheat pasta, I'm still spending a little less, but the meal is still essentially the same. Pasta is really only good for people who can burn off the calories.
I don't burn off calories sitting on my butt all day working in front of a computer, answering phone calls. Nor, by the time I get home after my hour drive, do I have time to do anything but get dinner made, children's homework complete, showers/baths, and children to bed. I'm sitting down again at the end of the night, exhausted. I'm lucky I burned off a total of 100 calories in my day.
But that's just me. I have to make a lot of changes, I'm sure, to make it work out the way it's supposed to. Until I make those changes, I'm just going to remain fat and unhealthy.
Changes I have to make - cut down the drive time, sitting time, computer time. Add more exercise. Unfortunately I'm not able to do that ... the times ya know? Need the job, so have to keep the ride, sitting time and computer time. Exercise will just have to be factored in there somewhere, just have to figure out where.
But anyways ... I'm done with this topic. I kind of got myself into a tangent and need to step away before I say something that will get me in deep doo-doo. LOL
Obviously I am the reason for my problem and the only way it'll get fixed is if I fix it. So send me your recipes for healthy living and cooking. Send me your encouragement and advice. I can certainly use it ... especially if you're in the same boat and have figured out a way to make it work.
But yeah ... send me some recipes!
J. A. Titus
Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend and Wife. Full-time worker, part-time worker, and writer. Lover of anything Eeyore, reality cooking, and horror. Eclectic music taste, reading taste, and movie taste. No need to further question my mentality, it's been wrapped up in this little summary. :)