To wrap up this first full week of 2011, here are a few discussion items I've been wanting to rant about:
1. Elminating the "N" Word from Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn
2. The Man With the Golden Voice
3. The quest for my ultimate weight loss goal.
I am absolutely floored, stupified and totally irritated that this brilliant piece of literature is going to be altered in any way, shape or form. One of my major's in college was English and that included a whole plethora of literature requirements including American Lit. This book is a STAPLE of American Literature and to alter it in any way is like hocking up a huge loogie and spitting on it. It feels like just another way we are over-sheltering the next generation of kids and you know I'm throwing a huge eye roll towards political correctness. Taking out the word "nigger" from this novel takes away what could be a TEACHABLE MOMENT. Remember those? Oh right. Those don't exist anymore thanks to the freakish parents out there who feel like everyone gets a trophy and we don't keep score because someone will feel bad. Do we not have the ability to teach right and wrong anymore? Taking the word out is like ignoring a piece of time that really existed in this world- it doesn't mean that is the way we are as a society now. Is replacing the word with "slave" really any better? Cripes. I feel sorry for this next generation. I really do. I swear I am going to do the best I can to make sure that my son is taught morals, the difference between what is right, wrong and appropriate as well as in this world, you don't always get what you want.
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE
Most people have heard about this guy by now and is just a testament that God and the Internet works in amazing ways. Incredible.
MY ULTIMATE GOAL
I am proud to have completed a full week on WeightWatchers. Not going to lie, it was not easy. Like any other addiction, it is hard to break the addiction to food. When you have kids, you're running late, forgot to take the meat out of the freezer, etc etc etc, it is pretty easy to just stop and pick up something easy like a frozen pizza. I learned last night that my drastic change in lifestyle isn't going to affect only me, but my whole family. After a hectic day, my husband thought it would be a lot easier to pick up from the frozen section a Red Baron family size pasta bake. I kinda went off on him. Not even looking at the box, I knew the points would've been high and after working so hard all week, I wasn't going to blow it on convenience foods. I feel a little bad about flying off the handle, but this is exactly the reason I have gained so much weight over the last 2 years or so and I need to stop the cycle of unhealthy decisions if I am ever going to reach my goal. I feel a little bad about freaking out, but I don't know how to get this message across. Not to mention, I don't want to teach my son that this is the way to eat. We've been so good about pushing vegetables on him, but getting him to eat what we eat? Yikes. We'll just say that he's... 2. If he wants to eat organic pasta stars for the next two weeks, that might just be what we have to do.
I am most definitely a work in progress, but it is hard to force others to understand and live the lifestyle with you. I'm hoping my newly acquired good habits will be positive for those around me as well.
Wishing everyone a beautiful winter weekend!