Tuesday, October 11, 2011

OCT 11th A Book, A Rant & A Video

Howdy Journal & Friends,

Still poking along here in Oregon. I've been a little frustrated with all the recent controversary in the paleo/primal/lowcarb/diet world. Everyone has an opinion (me included, lol). But too many seem to think what works for THEM should/does/oughta work for EVeryone. So they take pot shots at each other, rather than remember we all have the same goal: to get healthy.

So, I admit to being a little burned out on blog reading. At least, the know-it-all blogs that enjoy promoting themselves and their oh-so-insightful latest revelation/opinion as being such Hot Stuff. 

Gimme a break! NO ONE has ALL the pieces to the puzzle. No one. It's like that old story about a bunch of blind men trying to describe what an elephant looks like... each one describes the part THEY are touching, and forgets that there are many pieces to the puzzle.

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the book Wheat Belly, by Dr William Davis.  He offers tons of research and draws upon years of his own practice of treating thousands of real-live patients. Yet Dr Davis has the humility to say many times throughout the book that there is still research to be done, and admits that some of the conclusions are speculative. 

Nevertheless... many have jumped on the let's-bash-DrDavis-bandwagon. What is it about human beings that seem to enjoy tearing others down???!!! 

Anyway... eat the meat an' spit out the bones, says I. 

In other words, take what works for you, and leave the rest. Personally, I found Wheat Belly a fascinating read. A little disturbing, to be sure. Add the expose' in it to all the rest of the crap I was told all my life about how I "should" be eating, what I "should" be doing... and I feel pretty duped by the so-called experts. 

So... once again, I am back to saying the same thing: do your own thing. Do what works for YOU. 

You know those folks that annoint themselves as the WeightLossPolice and make drive-by comments on your blog to let you know you are doing it all wrong??? Ha ha ha... just hit delete, and then dump them from your reading list. I did... and I feel sooooo much better!!!!

Hint to those who think it's their job to go around Bloggyland and dish out un-asked for Tough Love: Don't! 

Post whatever you want on your own blog... in fact, let 'er rip! I know for me, I read those and find them inspiring. But... unless someone one has signed up for your tongue lashings and actually ASKED for it, then who do you think you are going around smacking others on their own blogs with uninvited "Tough Love"???!!! You mean well, but it is counter productive to pound people who have NOT ASKED for your thrashing!

Don't you get it??  

It's. Not. Your. Job. to go around 
and dish it out to everyone, 
to those who did NOT ask you 
to become their own personal Jillian. 
Come down off your self-appointed throne!

Ahhhhhh... yes... finally got that off my chest. Whew!...REALLY feel better now.

Okie Dokie, rant over. :-D

Nope... nuthin else going on here. I'm still poking along. I do an informal weigh in each Monday, so know I was down another 2 pounds yesterday. Seems like ditching the last bits of wheat (like from my low carb wraps and crackers, that type of occasional thing) has helped to finally break my stall. I sure hope it continues!! I'm not insisting that's the path for everyone... it's just that for some of us, it could be very helpful. 

I got the Kindle e-book version of Wheat Belly, which was cheaper. Amazon has a free Kindle reader to download, HERE.   

If you enjoy free podcasts, here are some links to Dr Davis interviews that Jimmy Moore compiled. I like to listen to podcasts while I work around the house. 

My favorite book review was done by Dana Carpender, a well known cookbook author and blogger. This is the review Here,  that convinced me to actually READ Wheat Belly! 

Lastly, many many years ago, I ran across a poem called Don't Quit. Well, someone recently made it into a short video. 

LINK TO VIDEO (I couldn't get it to load here).

From Dr Phil's book: "When you are on the right track, there is an enormous energy that uplifts you."

My verse for today: "You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance."

My quote for today: "There is nothing like a blog to help you realize you have nothing new to say." --Penelope Trunk, entrepeneur and blogger 

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 786


Christina @ Just Running said...

Leave it to Loretta to write a nice, polite 'rant.' :) I think that was a very cool-headed, respectful way to let the rude people know they're not welcome here.

Nice job on the two pounds!!

Rettakat said...

There you are, Christina! I lost touch with your new url. :-)

Hopefully those 2 pounds will keep repeating themselves.

Off to bookmark your new site.

Anne H said...

Well said!
Love the video - I was just thinking about that very poem just this very day!

Tell those rude people to be gone!
Pay them no mind at all.
Control. Alt. Delete.
*control* and DONE!

that TOPS lady said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. I blog partly as a journal, just talking, getting my feelings out. I have had people (one person in particular) comment and tell me what a loser I am. I tried to not let it hurt me but it really did! Ya know the "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"?...some people just don't get it!

By the way, I think you are awesome :)

Anonymous said...

hmphf. I missed the Wheat Belly controversy!

As far as the rant--you know that I agree with you! As much as we'd like to dismiss them, those comments do sting.

We put our guard down when we write, so it hurts when we get slapped. When you're prepared for a fight, it's a bit different.

Someone mentioned using their blog as a journal. I used to do that. Used to. I now have a private, no folowers, blog that I use as a diet journal.

When I finish an entry, I often remember that i used to put those kinds of entries on my blog. That's what my blof was for, after all. I miss that, but blogdom has become unsafe.

I think that's sad. I also think it's not much of a stretch now for me to quit blogging altogether. The bullies will make fun of that, too, I suppose.

Hah. This post hit a spot I was moaning about just last night--as I hit publish on yet another private post. Such a shame.

Thanks for this post; it needed to be said.


Judy W said...


spunkysuzi said...

I have ordered wheat belly from the library :)
I have always believed that if you don't have anything good to say don't say anything. I wish others would do that!!

Anonymous said...

Sing it Sister!!!

affectionforfitness said...

I hate bloggers who have *never* been overweight in their lives who proceed to tell everyone what their problem is. Err! I don't listen to that. I thought about designating a know-it-all commenter's posts on my blog as "spam."

:-) Marion

Christine said...

I guess I just don't see the point in it...you know, hurting people who are already struggling. My Goodness, I am not anywhere near to perfect and I know it. I have all sorts of imperfections and problems. sometiems I may come off too blunt if I am asked...but I don't mean it in a hurtful way. But, if I ain't asked...I aint talkin. lol. Great job on keeping on keeping on.

The Merry said...

I know most of these people mean well (most), but I always want to say something along the lines of "you don't tell me what I should do, and I won't tell you where you can go."

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

And again I say, doing what works for you is definitely the way to go! Good for you. Blah to the naysayers. Happy to hear about the 2 lbs!

M Pax said...

Sounds like I missed out on new weight loss bloggyland behavior ... thank goodness. It's too easy to bash people. These days we all have to stick together and encourage each other.

No matter what, we will all take our own paths and do things in our own way. That's the only way we can find success.

Loved the video. I need to bookmark it and watch it once a day. lol I liked the dune with one side in shadow, how you can't see how close you are to the sunny side while on the way up. It's so true. In everything we do. And we all start at the bottom and fight our way toward that summit. Sometimes sand slides and we cover the same ground, but don't give up and we'll make it. I keep my don't quit banner on my new blog.

I like your I can do hard things, cowgirl up badge in your sidebar. I could tell immediately you had made it. You have such a wonderful style.

Didn't mean to write a novel ... that's my day job. lol

mamajuliana said...

Amen...Ditto...and Preach it, sister!

I am trying to live on less wheat products, but I grew up with bread at every meal and good old Eastern European food fare...can you say 'carbs'?

Rettakat said...

@Mamajuliana: I did, too. Not Eastern European, but Southern Californian, LOL. We always had bread of some form at almost EVERY meal.

I'm not a purist... I go for substitutes that I can live with. I've tried tons of recipes, trying to find a good low carb wheat free, gluten free, AND low carb recipe.

I've found some good ones... just not "the" one yet. So far, I found a wonderful cracker recipe, a good dinner roll recipe, and very good sweet type quick breads. And of course, cookies are easy peasy.

But... so far still a-hunting for a truly good wrap and a sandwich bread.

But I don't mind... the benefits are going to be worth it, I think. :-)

Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

Hey Loretta!
Fan-tas-tic Post! Maybe you were just getting off your chest, but I thought it was primo!
To each his own! And let it be!
I've been out of circulation for a while, but am starting a new series on my blog called "Doppelganger". Yes, that was the one you got the preview for. Hope you have to to visit and enjoy the journey.
Love and Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Awesome post!

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