The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

Where did the week go? — September 3, 2009

Where did the week go?

Wow, it’s already Thursday. That’s good because that mean the 3 day weekend is that much closer! Yeehaw!!

For some reason, a few Blogger blogs won’t let me comment (Doc Manette and Jenn – I’m looking at you). So if I normally post on your blog, and you notice I haven’t commented in a while, that’s why. I’m still reading, just unable to comment, which makes me sad because I love to hear myself talk leave comments.

I’ve been reading a lot of new-to-me blogs lately, and I’m getting ready to update my blogroll. If you want me to include you on my blogroll, let me know. Or if you specifically DON’T want me to include you, let me know that too. Or  if I added your blog and you want me to take it off, let me know that as well. Or if I added you and then took you off, and then you changed your mind and decided you do indeed want to be included in the exclusive club of “Blogs Read By Jill”, let me know that and I will add you back on. Cause I’m easy like Sunday morning. (Not easy that way…well okay I am easy that way, but only since I’ve been married.)

One of the “new” blogs I’ve been reading is Jack Sh*t Gettin Fit. Does everyone else know about this guy except me? Am I tardy to the party or what? This guy is great. He’s funny and he’s very insightful. This post is awesome. Really, please go read it…now…and then come back…I’ll wait. Go! Go now!!

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See? Good stuff, huh? He’s been added to my Google Reader, and will be added shortly to my blog roll, unless of course he doesn’t want to be, but that would make me sad, and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t want to make anyone sad on purpose.

I’ve been listening to Dr. Laura on the drive home from work lately, and even though I have mixed emotions about her (she scares me a little bit when she’s mean, but sometimes she is right on the money), I find myself drawn to what she will say next. For instance, the other day she had a caller who wanted to know why she couldn’t lose weight (oh man, don’t questions like that just make you want to cringe, because you KNOW Dr. L is going to get all over her), and Dr. L’s answer caught me by surprise. It’s honestly not something I had heard before, but makes total sense. Basically, she said it’s because she (the caller) like so many others (me) didn’t know how to endure suffering. Endure the suffering. Suffer through it. Yes, it’s painful to Just Say No to the chocolate glazed donut with sprinkles, but if you can suffer through that initial wanting, then you’re already ahead of the game. Yeah it sucks to have to get off the couch and go work out, but you suffer through it because you know that ultimately you will be better off in the long run. Suffering is just part of the game when it comes to breaking bad habits, and really, being overweight is (most of the time anyway) just a result of some bad habits that we picked up. I know I sometimes feel like having to suffer is a personal affront, like it shouldn’t happen to me (I think that comes from being the baby of the family – someone was always there to make sure the problems would always be taken care of. I even wrote a post about it one time), so I get almost offended when I have to suffer a little. It’s crazy and naïve, I know, but that’s how I feel sometimes, so the idea of actually embracing and enduring the suffering is a new idea for me. I also think that sometimes I feel a sense of entitlement – like I shouldn’t have to suffer – I’m entitled to that Ding Dong because (insert excuse here), which is total BS I know, but anyway that’s just me. So I’m going to explore this idea of being a big girl and just dealing with the suffering. We’ll see how it goes.

Oh and something else Dr. L said yesterday, was interesting. She was talking to a mom about her 14 year old daughter. The mom was very wishy washy and whiney, and DL told her that she needed to be strong and assertive (or something to that effect)  so that she could take better care of her daughter. Then she said this: “The more respect your daughter has for you, the better she will treat herself.” Read that again…The more respect your daughter has for you, the better she will treat herself. No matter what your opinion is on DL, don’t you think that’s brilliant? Just a little nugget for you to ponder on today!

So tell me, what did you think of Jack’s post? What are your opinions on Dr. Laura? What are doing this 3 day weekend? What should I get my sister for her birthday? Please chime in with answers to any and all questions!

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