April 18th, 2010

weight watchers


I am happy to report that I lost 40 pounds in 15 weeks and reached my Weight-Watchers goal.  I have always been able to lose weight but keeping it off has been a more difficult challenge.

This is the first time that  I enrolled in Weight-Watchers.  I am hoping that I learned to maintain my weight loss with the program.

I was surprised how much I was able to eat each day and still lose weight at the beginning of the program.  I had to be selective but I learned that some foods were acceptable and some had to be avoided completely.  Others could be enjoyed in moderation.  We are surrounded by high fat & calorie foods, especially at restaurants and not just the fast food ones. 

I learned to read the "label" and be aware of what was going in my mouth.  Portion control is very important. Exercise is also a key to losing and maintaining healthy weight.

Americans in general are overweight.  We are surrounded by so many cheap, quick, but very bad choices.  Eating healthy is more expensive and inconvenient than eating junk.   As with most other problems, government legislation is not the answer to America's weight problem. Personal responsibility is the only solution.

I am happy to reach my weight loss goal, but I also know the most difficult challenge starts today.
campaign for liberty

Trust In Government Hits Near-Historic Low

Americans' trust in government and its institutions has plummeted to a near-historic low, according to a sobering new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Only 22 percent of Americans surveyed by Pew say they can trust government in Washington "almost always or most of the time" -- among the lowest measures in the half-century since pollsters have been asking the question.

And an increasing number -- almost 1 of every 3 people -- say they believe government is a major threat to their personal freedoms and want federal power reined in.

Pew asked people to say whether they were content, frustrated or angry with the federal government -- and 3 of every 4 people said they were either frustrated or angry.

The public's unalloyed hostility flows from what Pew Center Director Andrew Kohut characterizes as a perfect storm of conditions: a bad economy, backlash against Washington partisanship and "epic discontent" with elected officials that found fuel in this year's bitter health care debate.

"Health care reform contributed in the second half of last year to this growing concern about the power of government," Kohut tells NPR.

"The public," he says, "wants a less activist government."