Keep Working on it Kirstie Alley!

Kirstie Alley’s Big Life is better and more inspirational than watching all those Jenny Craig commercials. To see her actually exercising, going hiking and climbing those stairs… it is far more real than all the polished commericals ever were. I think before it seemed she had someone lose the weight for her, it was never real. We get so used to seeing Hollywood being fake and fawning over each other. I really like seeing Kirstie as someone real, doing real things, feeling real things.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and I’ve wondered at how different the Hollywood lifestyle is (cause there is no way I would have thought a rat running around my house was cute – dead, not cute).  But, watching her last Sunday and again this weekend, I can’t believe she is really doing it and being a real fat woman versus someone selling a diet program. Good for you Kirstie!

I’ve been trying to eat less. I don’t exercise. I try to walk more but not really thinking of it as exercise. I can’t say I will do more after watching Kirstie but I don’t feel quite so alone in the world.

Kirstie on Twitter and her Blog

Have a look at Phitter too.

Phitter is a Phitness Phocused community and gift from Kirstie to encourage talk or ‘Phits’ about health, diet & exercise while making new Phriends in the Phitter-mmunity and having Phabulous Phun…Phew!

Found on Oprah.com:

Recipe created by Kirstie Alley and Sean Prenter
In her quest to lose weight, the actress eats this green soup made with as many organic vegetables as possible.
Servings: Makes 23 cups
Ingredients:
Kirstie Alley’s Green Soup
6 to 8 big chunks shallots
8 leeks (Cut leeks just above their white part, about 2 inches. Peel the outer layer off and then slit them open lengthwise, but not completely severed clear through. Rinse them out well.)
1/3 cup organic olive oil
2 big bunches asparagus (cut the hard ends off about 3 inches)
3 big bunches broccoli (cut the stems off halfway up the shafts)
2 big bunches spinach (cut off the tiny part of the dirty ends)
6 containers (32 ounces each) organic chicken broth (for vegetarians, use vegetable broth)
Sea salt (at least 3 tablespoons of coarse grain)
Pepper , to taste
Directions:
Peel and slice shallots thinly.
Put all the olive oil in a very large, deep pot. Turn the heat to medium-high. Put the shallots into the oil and sweat the shallots. “Sweating” means to cook the vegetables to tenderize them without browning them. Adjust heat as necessary to ensure they do not brown.
Add 1 tablespoon of coarse, ground, good quality sea salt to shallots to absorb while they are sweating. Cut the leeks into thin slices and toss them into the oil with the shallots. Sweat the leeks along with the shallots. Chop the asparagus into small bits and then add them to the mixture and sweat them, along with the shallots and leeks.
When the shallots, asparagus and leeks are fully sweated and tender, break the broccoli into small chunks and throw them into the soup pot. (If the shallots, leeks and asparagus combo gets too dry before they are tender, just add small amounts of chicken broth to the mix and keep on sweating.)
Let the broccoli sweat a little while (about 2 minutes) and then add half of your organic chicken stock. Cook this for about 10 minutes.
Add remaining chicken stock and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes. (You want the broccoli to be tender, but not overcooked, and you want the color of soup to always remain a nice, bright green.) Add all the spinach and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the flame off the mixture and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
Transfer the soup into a blender by increments and puree the mixture. Put the pureed soup mixture into one big pot. Then taste and season it to your liking. Only season with salt and pepper. If you desire any other seasoning, create an individual serving, not in the whole pot.
Split the soup into 2 equal parts, one for you and one for your Chubby Buddy or for storage. Cool the soup before refrigerating and/or freezing.
You are basically adding the vegetables in order of their hardness. The spinach is so soft, you would never want to add it too early. If you do, it can make the soup turn brownish…ICK!
Eat this soup once or twice a day or whenever you are hungry. Green Soup is 62 calories per cup.
This recipe yields about 23 cups of soup, enough for you and your Chubby Buddy for an entire week. Make sure your cooking pot is big, or you can halve the recipe.

Kirstie Alley’s Green Soup Recipe created by Kirstie Alley and Sean Prenter
In her quest to lose weight, the actress eats this green soup made with as many organic vegetables as possible.
Servings: Makes 23 cups
Ingredients:
Kirstie Alley’s Green Soup6 to 8 big chunks shallots8 leeks (Cut leeks just above their white part, about 2 inches. Peel the outer layer off and then slit them open lengthwise, but not completely severed clear through. Rinse them out well.)1/3 cup organic olive oil2 big bunches asparagus (cut the hard ends off about 3 inches)3 big bunches broccoli (cut the stems off halfway up the shafts)2 big bunches spinach (cut off the tiny part of the dirty ends)6 containers (32 ounces each) organic chicken broth (for vegetarians, use vegetable broth)Sea salt (at least 3 tablespoons of coarse grain)Pepper , to tasteDirections:
Peel and slice shallots thinly.
Put all the olive oil in a very large, deep pot. Turn the heat to medium-high. Put the shallots into the oil and sweat the shallots. “Sweating” means to cook the vegetables to tenderize them without browning them. Adjust heat as necessary to ensure they do not brown.
Add 1 tablespoon of coarse, ground, good quality sea salt to shallots to absorb while they are sweating. Cut the leeks into thin slices and toss them into the oil with the shallots. Sweat the leeks along with the shallots. Chop the asparagus into small bits and then add them to the mixture and sweat them, along with the shallots and leeks.
When the shallots, asparagus and leeks are fully sweated and tender, break the broccoli into small chunks and throw them into the soup pot. (If the shallots, leeks and asparagus combo gets too dry before they are tender, just add small amounts of chicken broth to the mix and keep on sweating.)

Let the broccoli sweat a little while (about 2 minutes) and then add half of your organic chicken stock. Cook this for about 10 minutes.
Add remaining chicken stock and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes. (You want the broccoli to be tender, but not overcooked, and you want the color of soup to always remain a nice, bright green.) Add all the spinach and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the flame off the mixture and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Transfer the soup into a blender by increments and puree the mixture. Put the pureed soup mixture into one big pot. Then taste and season it to your liking. Only season with salt and pepper. If you desire any other seasoning, create an individual serving, not in the whole pot.
Split the soup into 2 equal parts, one for you and one for your Chubby Buddy or for storage. Cool the soup before refrigerating and/or freezing.You are basically adding the vegetables in order of their hardness. The spinach is so soft, you would never want to add it too early. If you do, it can make the soup turn brownish…ICK!
Eat this soup once or twice a day or whenever you are hungry. Green Soup is 62 calories per cup. This recipe yields about 23 cups of soup, enough for you and your Chubby Buddy for an entire week. Make sure your cooking pot is big, or you can halve the recipe.

Biker Chic

Have you ever thought of yourself as a biker chick? The things you would do, the adventures you could have? The leather outfits? The open roads? The power of riding a big machine? I have. I would be surprised if there is a woman who hasn’t thought about being a biker chick, even just to herself, secretly.  It sounds fun, free and a real break from the regular life of being a good woman, daughter, Mother and all the other roles we taken on every day.

Get a vision of yourself as a biker chick. See the life you lead and then write about it. Develop the character. Give her a background, different from your own. Bring the character of the biker chick to life.

Does your biker chick have a touch of Mad Max, something of the science fiction/ distopia/ apocalypse theme? Mine does. She’s a survivor of more than just her personal past.

I started thinking about biker chicks today after looking at a link to Garage Party, which has a contest for a biker chic make over.

Pink Biker Chic – The world is full of ways to shift into gear and align yourself with your own truth. The Pink Biker Chic programs are the GPS for feminine transformation.  We take women from heels to wheels and help them take control of the handlebars of their own life, value who they are and walk in their authentic power through the Power of PINK.

Have all Women’s Magazines Sold Out?

“Most women’s magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.” Gloria Steinem.

It does seem this way. Even those who try to rise above the consumerism become caught up in it when they want to make money. How can they not? Our economy is geared into making women consumers.

When you read women’s magazine the basic sections (health/ fitness, beauty/fashion, parenting, home/garden) are full of glossy, full paged ads and the articles themselves show large photos of products. The text articles, the ones about heartbreak, loss and health tips don’t get the big, mouth watering photos to illustrate them. After all, there are no products to focus on, nothing to sell. However, they do sell the woman we should be, the perfect one who does all the responsible green planet saving stuff, the one who knows which foods her kids are safe eating and the one who still has time to do her make up before she leaves the house. (Of course it’s a house, it’s always a house in those ads and the illustrations for articles). There are the token articles about great things some woman is doing somewhere. The magazines may even have a career section still, most don’t, though some did in the past.

Full, glossy ad pages are devoted to displaying nail polish, salad dressing and other things available at a mall near you. There are few car ads places in women’s magazines. I’ve yet to see an ad for sports equipment in a woman’s magazine, unless it is an ad for a spa, gym or weight loss clinic type of thing. We are still consumers who look after the family while looking pretty. Even the great Cosmo has long since fallen. Last time I picked one up I was sickened by it’s focus on looking after your man. It’s long lost track of the independent woman who was strong and looked after herself, first.

Do you read women’s magazines? I do. I admit the glossy pages appeal to me. I want to dream about this great life on display between it’s glamorous pages. I sneak them into my purse so no one sees me bring them into the house. My Mother buys them too, for the recipes. I think we actually did use one of the recipes, in the past two years. For me they are wishful thinking. Yet, I am angry too. I try to limit myself to not buying any at times. I would like them to change. I would like them to represent my reality. But, they can’t. I just don’t make enough money to buy all that stuff.

I Think We’re Alone Now

You see a woman eating alone in a busy restaurant. What does she look like, how is she dressed? Picture her in your mind. Is she older, middle aged or a young woman? What is her story? Did someone stand her up? Is she a quiet person who prefers to be alone? Is she just having a quick bite before she goes home to a house full of family? How do you see her and what expectations do you get from seeing a woman alone in a restaurant?

What changes if the person is a man? Do you get a different feeling, different assumptions and different expectations about a man eating alone?

Do either of them bring something to read? What are they reading, does the man read a newspaper while the woman tends to read a novel?

It is interesting how we perceive people. I like to compare men to women too, cause we always see each one differently even when they are doing the same thing.

The Character Project Writing Exercise

Writing prompt from The Character Project:

That guy. The one over there in the red shirt. He’s been in here every day this week.

“That guy. The one over there in the red shirt. He’s been in here every day this week. He bought the breakfast platter and then two coffee refills after that. He read the newspaper, three times over, but still he sat right there all that time. He didn’t leave until noon and then he came back the next day and did it all again”. Tim stopped to look at me and make sure I was listening. Tim owned The Cookin Chicken diner and treated his staff well, as I knew even though I’d only been there a short time.

“Now, it’s Saturday, we’ve got the tourists filling every seat and he’s back again, settled in like he plans to spend the whole morning today. We need to get him out of here. He can’t take up a whole booth during the Saturday breakfast rush. Can’t you just accept his proposal and take him away? I’ll even give you the rest of the day off. Heck, I’ll give you the whole weekend just to get rid of him!”

Tim was looking pretty grumpy. It suited him. He has one of those dark, scruffy faces that look so well on male models and actors. Tim looked good too. I’d been trying to get him to look at me as more than just another waitress but it wasn’t working. Instead, it was Jim, Tim’s twin brother, who kept noticing me, sending me longing looks and expensive flowers.

Not that Jim wasn’t a good guy, he just wasn’t my first choice. For one thing, he was a widower with six kids. Six kids were kind of intimidating. I’d never been the type to take on something with that much responsibility. But, now, Tim and Jim were conspiring to get me to give Jim a chance. I knew Tim wasn’t really angry about his brother hanging around. Though it was true that Saturday is busy and the diner was getting really full with a line up out the door.

Still, I really think it was a bit extreme and desperate for Jim to propose marriage the first day he met me. Tim said not to take it seriously, that he’d already asked almost every single woman in town and was just trying it out on me cause I was a new face in town. But, still, it’s not quite the usual pick up line.

Jim finished his coffee and began clearing his own table. I guess he knew Tim was about to ask him to move out and let customers have the spot. I watched Jim clear the table, he looked sad, like someone who was giving up on something. I felt kind of bad. Tim promised he wasn’t an axe murderer, just a bit of a geek. Really… a weekend off work would be kind of nice. I still hadn’t gotten used to standing all those hours and the tourists could be pretty demanding as customers.

Tim was frowning down at me, not quite glaring, yet clearly wishing I’d take his brother out of his hair. Jim came towards us, about to walk out the door. Maybe an opportunity for a good guy after all the times I’d said I never met any good guys. I took a deep breath, held it a second and then, just as Jim stepped past us I reached out and took hold of his jacket. Suddenly it all felt right. He felt the tug on his sleeve and looked back at me. I smiled up at him. I never noticed Jim had that twinkle in his eyes before. Tim didn’t have that.

“Let’s blow this chicken stand, Jim.” That was all I needed to say. Jim had the biggest puppy dog look of happiness then he took my hand and escorted me out of the diner.

Will You be Blogging for Christmas?

xmsbloggingChristmas is on my mind today. I’m watching romantic holiday movies. Right now The Lake House with Keanu Reeves. I admit I have a thing for Keanu. How could any Canadian woman not have a soft spot for a hockey player who can dance? It’s just finishing up, the final scene, the last great kiss. Funny that he looks older in this movie and yet there is still just something about him… Well, you don’t really want to read my mind babbling on about Keanu Reeves.

Will you be blogging for Christmas? Do you keep blogging during the holidays or do you put your blog into suspended animation?

I will be here. For me I like having some alone time during the holidays. This year it is mucked up cause my sister is having a baby and I am the prime babysitter for her other children, those who have left the womb. I will be glad when the babysitting time is done. I am loving having the house to myself for this bit of time. I can cook things the way I like them, or not bother with cooking or eating at all. I did make the Christmas cookies. So I’m not being wicked and lazy and forgetting about the holiday thing. Later, I will haul the Christmas tree and the box of decorations out of the garage. Not looking forward to finding out if mice got in there or not. I’m hoping for at least not too much.

How is your holiday spirit hanging on? Blog about it!  🙂

Can You Write This Profile?

Mindful Meandering has Profile Stress: 

Putting together our adoption profile was very intense and extremely stressful. How on earth do you adequately capture on paper the essence of why a woman should choose you to raise her child?? How do you come across as likable?

There is a hard profile to write, this makes writing a profile for yourself on a dating site look simple. What would you write about yourself in an adoption profile? (Assuming you were in that situation, of course). It would be really hard just to start, to feel safe in being sincere about your wishes to adopt versus sounding like you were a selling yourself like a used car salesperson.

Hiding, Even from Yourself

“With lies you may go ahead in the world – but you can never go back” – Russian proverb.

You’re one of the great con artists. You’ve been doing it for years, making a very nice living at trickery of your fellow man (and woman). All is well until, you want to visit your parents in your home town to see them once more, they aren’t getting any younger.

The problem is how well known you came to be in that small town. No one will be happy to see you unless they have you under their thumb or thrown in jail. What is your great idea for a disguise, something foolproof. So foolproof that you wouldn’t even know yourself!

Oh My, Keanu!

There is a local woman making claims that Keanu Reeves is the Father of her four children. The children are mostly grown up now and she wants Keanu to pay her for their child support and her own common law (or some such idea) support retroactive to when they first got together. Keanu is not talking about it but his representative has commented to the newspaper, the local one. I doubt her story…

I’ve had my own long, passionate, drawn out, affair with Keanu for years. I’m sure he would have mentioned her at some time. Our six kids, most of them gone away to universities around the world now, like to talk to “Daddy” on the phone every weekend. Now that the kids are away Keanu just about lives here when he isn’t making movies. The sex is mad. He’s just a lusty dragon of a man in bed and a romantic soul out of it. Keanu is one hot, mad, squirmy male submissive too. Moaning, pleading and twitching, he looks really great tied to my bed, in the doorway and over the chair. (Not all at the same time). In the showers… well, can’t give away too much. A grrl has to keep a few secrets.

Write about your own passionate, secret lust filled affair with a celebrity. Just for fun. No Keanu’s were slept with before or during the making of this blog post.

Shrinking Woman and the Pirate King

You shrink yourself accidentally, sort of. You did invent a great shrinking ray which will make so much change for the moving industry for one. Just think how much easier it will be to move all your stuff if you can shrink it to fit into your purse.

Anyway, you were tinkering around with the shrinking ray machine when it went off. Sure you should have put on the safety off switch but, you didn’t. Now you’re shrunk. About the height of a dust bunny, a small one.

Not much you can do but wait for it to wear off. If it does. Your laboratory assistant is away for the weekend so you really only have to last until she comes back.

It’s really interesting wandering around your laboratory and then the rest of the house. It sounds silly to say everything looks so much different now it really does! Amazingly so. Stuff you took for granted stands out like skyscrapers. Plus, you really should do a lot more dusting, floor sweeping and such. To get away from the thick dust in one area under a chest of drawers you wander into a paper airplane you had long forgotten, dropped down behind the drawers.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could fly now? See the world from the wings of a paper airplane, blowing along in the wind, dodging birds and eventually falling into the sea to be waterlogged and saved by a Pirate King the size of a flea. Oh the adventures you can dream up living as a woman the size of a breadcrumb…