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No Big Fat Life this week….

…things were too crazy to write….graduation last week, kids end of school events, work, wrapping things up for the summer, etc.

I’m back again next week.


See you here July 4th 🙂

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NBCC Journalism: A glimpse into My Big Fat Life – at work

Here’s a link to a video produced by two of my talented students, Geoff Stairs and Kyle Dupont.

It’s a profile of our Journalism program.

If you or anyone else is interested, you can find out more at

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Take some “TIME” to read some “TIME” articles – on weight loss, foods children should avoid, and why exercise won’t make you thin

Some things I discovered today, via my friend Angela, and a few links to some Time Magazine articles you might want to take a peak at!

🙂 Happy Reading!

Heading to the gym to help in your weight loss efforts…maybe you should head out for a walk instead –,8599,1914857-1,00.html

Think you’re too fat? Why not read your email?  Read here for more….,9171,1902832,00.html

Worried about the weight of your children? Here’s an article on what foods kids should avoid…,28757,1824402,00.html

I love this next one – it’s about stress and sleep conspiring to make you fat 🙂



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2010 in review – compliments of WordPress – pretty cool!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 62 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 102 posts. There were 48 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 18mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 18th with 226 views. The most popular post that day was My Big Fat Life: Theresa is running – and she’s not running on empty.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for big fat life, my big fat life,, bigfatlife, and mybigfatlife.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


My Big Fat Life: Theresa is running – and she’s not running on empty October 2010


My Big Fat Life: Cherishing the Parenthood Merry-Go-Round May 2010
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MY BIG FAT LIFE: Theresa credits her ex-boyfriends for the happiness in her marriage October 2010


My Big Fat Life: Theresa thinks we all need some help in eating healthy – This week, putting pressure on corporate grocers to do their part November 2010


My Big Fat Life: I’ve never liked the song, Suicide Is Painless … November 2010

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PBS does it again = great stuff, great topic, and some wonderful insights. This time, it’s childhood obesity…

Who is winning the childhood obesity war?

PBS held a forum to try and find out….

It’s worth your time…

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Diet vs. regular pop: All pop is bad when you boil it down to nutrition…

Some readers have suggested that if it’s sugar I’m targetting then a pop tax should not be applied to diet soda.
I think because there is no nutritional value in ANY pop, the tax should apply to all.  Take a look at one of the many articles I found on pop and its impact on health:
Soft drinks began appearing on the American scene back in 1849. Few took notice. The average consumption back then was less than a pint per person for the whole year.1 Today the average American consumes over 240 pints of the stuff each year – over 30 gallons.2 Since there are roughly 250 million of us, that means a whopping 7.5 billion gallons down the hatch.

Why Cut Back?
As with everything else we put into our mouths, our chief concern should be its effect upon our bodies. What we consume today determines our health tomorrow. Is soda pop a health-promoting choice? No. What about the diet kind, or the kind without sugar and caffeine? Isn’t there some sort of soda pop that’s okay? Not according to David Reuben, M.D., author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition. In uncompromising fashion he flatly warns, “Don’t use soda pop in any form.”3

Phosphoric Acid
The chemicals in soda pop fall under the categories of artificial flavorings, artificial color additives and dyes, acidifying agents, buffering agents, viscosity-producing agents, foaming agents, and preservatives. One of these chemical additives, phosphoric acid, is added to many kinds of soda pop to help keep the carbonated bubbles from going flat. Because good health depends upon our bodies being able to maintain a one-to-one balance between calcium and phosphorus in our systems, calcium is released from our teeth and bones into our bloodstreams to help balance the phosphoric acid in the pop we drink. Eventually the phosphoric acid is excreted, taking with it the released calcium. Thus, a habit of soft drink consumption actually robs our bodies of calcium, leading to a condition known as osteoporosis – soft teeth and weak bones.

Phosphoric acid is also known to neutralize the hydrochloric acid in our stomachs. This is unfortunate, for we need hydrochloric acid to help us digest our food and utilize its nutrients. It is especially required for calcium utilization.4So, not only does phosphoric acid leach calcium from our bones, it also prohibits hydrochloric acid from helping to restore it. Bones and teeth just can’t win with this stuff in our diet.

In a survey designed to measure the amount of phosphoric acid in twenty different soft drinks, the following were found to contain the highest amounts: Tab, Coke, Diet Coke, caffeine-free Coke, and Mr. Pibb.5 The formulas may have been changed for the better since this survey was conducted. Read labels. By the way, Pepsi Free, Diet Pepsi Free, Like Cola, 7-Up, and Mountain Dew had no phosphoric acid in them. This, however, does not mean that these products are free from the other problems true of soft drinks.

Tap Water
The main ingredient in bottled soft drinks is water, straight from the tap. We’ve already talked about the nasty stuff found in tap water. To the sea of chemical additives in soda pop are added things like chlorine, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and organic pollutants found in abundance in our nation’s water supply. Not the stuff on which good health is built.

The sweetener in regular pop, of course, is sugar. We’ve already discussed the health hazards that sugar presents as part of the standard American diet (SAD). It rots teeth, impairs the immune system, and can lead to the onset of degenerative disease.

The manufacturers of soft drinks are the largest single user of refined sugar in this country.6 One 12-ounce can of regular soda pop contains over an ounce of sugar (or about 7 teaspoons). “The sugar is cheap, rotten refined sugar that can only do you damage – diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, and all the rest,” observes David Reuben, M.D.7


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Sometimes I wish I didn’t care so much……

This week has been a week of anger, heartache and thankfulness.

If I didn’t care so much, sometimes I think my life would be a lot easier.

I got angry over the treatment of a friend last week.  I butted heads last Friday with the person my friend felt was her mentor.    That caused some sleeplessness for a night or two. But I know I did the right thing in expressing my anger.

I felt horror and then relief when I discovered a dear friend of mine was involved in the horrible explosion at a daycare in Moncton.  She survived the unbelievable accident while ensuring every child got out of the building safely.  She is a hero – no question there.  She’s now in the burn unit at the Moncton Hospital.

I was shocked and upset when I got a call from a principal on Monday.  One of my kids was involved in an incident at their school.  During a mediation talk I realized that my child wasn’t the only one who learned a thing or two through the process – we both came away learning valuable lessons that I hope we never forget.

I cried today, uncontrollably at times, when I found out about a death of a dear man.  A close friend’s husband died last night and I have to admit I’m still in a state of shock over the loss.  I spent most of my morning praying for the family.

I gave thanks and was also happy today as I counted a special blessing in my life.  My mother turned 69 today and is happy and healthy.  After I got off the phone with her this afternoon, I said a prayer of thanks for her presence in my life.  Our family is blessed.

I felt a great sense of pride as I watched men and women march through our downtown today.  My husband and son took part in the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Woodstock – hubby in full dress as a firefighter, son in full dress as a member of the local Army Cadets.  My heart nearly burst at the sight of them…my two special men. The love I feel for these two (for all of my family in fact) is something hard to express in words.  Words do not give my feelings justice when it comes to the deep love and affection I have for them.

And my heart swelled with love this week too.  My daughter got engaged and is the happiest I’ve seen her in years.  She’s so excited at the prospect of walking down the aisle with her soul mate.  She’s like a bird thrown off course in high winds, fluttering here and there, not sure where to start with the planning, but enjoying every minute of the excitement.

Such a roller coaster of emotions this week….but I’m blessed that I am here to experience them all – the good and the bad.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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