Motivational Writings about Weight Loss, Habit Change, Fitness, and the internal battle and thoughts involved in having to forever battle gaining weight, from THINspirational Speaker and Recovering Perfectionist, Scott "Q" Marcus, a 50+ year veteran on the front line who lost 70 pounds more than 13 years ago and now writes and speaks on this topic in exchange for French Fries.
If you've been following my blog for a while, you know I have launched a motivational blog to go with my magazine, Two Words. One of my contributors, Lynn, wrote some real nice things about me so I just wanted to give her a thank you.
You can find her blog, the Hungry Little Caterpillar, here.
I'm out of town right now, specifically, I'm speaking at a foster parent conference in Yakima, WA so I'm eating out every meal. I do pretty well when I'm out of town. I've discussed that before. Anyway, I'm by myself and the waitress comes over to me. Overall, she was close to excellent. She was fast and very friendly. She got the order right. She even laughed at my jokes.
Her: "Can I get you anything else?"
Me: "Peace in our lifetime."
Her: <chuckle> "My shift ends too soon."
Me: "Big tip if you can do it."
Her: <chuckle again>
However, if you're a waitress and you're reading this posting, I have a piece of advice to you from countless folks, who I'm sure all share this opinion:
You gotta love this one. It's a report from Great Britain about a study that shows that if people were to clench their buttocks while waiting for the bus, they'd be more fit. Sure, why not? But I guess Great Britain has plenty of money to fund such studies.
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Huh? What's that about? Simple. The results came back from the biopsy on my side. Benign. Totally benign. Yahoo! Of course, if the scab wasn't located under my belt, it would probably feel better too. But, I'll take what I can get.
(Thanks for all the good wishes I received. They gave me a nice buzz.)
I am not afraid of a heart attack or stroke. Doing what I do, I take relatively good care of myself. I ride a bike. I walk a great deal. I don't have many fatty foods and I try not to stress a lot. (That might be the hardest one to handle.)
However, Cancer, the big "C" scares the crap out of me. My mother died from the results of cancer. She had bouts of skin cancer and then finally ended up with gall bladder cancer, which the oncologist said was very aggressive and very rare. Although she was probably hiding symptoms, she went from first diagnosis to death in 18 days. Too fast. Too soon. Mom, I barely knew you.
My brother-in-law Flip, only 47 years old with no history in his family, is currently undergoing cancer treatment. Out of the blue, boom! Bam! Crash! Rectal cancer. Stage three - or two, hard to diagnose. He's been on radiation and chemo since earlier this year. So far, things are looking good (all things relative). His surgery is scheduled for later this month. I admire him more than I can say. I send all my love to Cindy and Finn (my sister and nephew). I wish I could do more. I hate being powerless.
My wife calls me (among other things) "mole man." I am fair skinned and covered with moles. It's funny, I never had freckles but, boy when I aged, mole-city.
When I was 40, my doctor told me this type of "skin condition" is normal; it's got a name. I don't remember it, but I do remember that he said it's "pre-cancerous," which means can lead to cancer. Of course, if you follow the news, virtually EVERYTHING leads to cancer, from coffee to potato chips.
I've got a particularly annoying mole on my right hip. I had it checked out special last time I was at the doctor and he said it looked OK. However, as always, "keep an eye on it." Because I have so many of the damn things, it's hard to remember which is which, but this one stands out. We keep an eye on it; particularly in light of the warning signs of cancer:
1 Unusual bleeding or discharge.
2. A lump or thickening in the breast or otherwise
3. A sore that does not heal
4. Change in bowel or bladder habits.
5. Persistent hoarseness or cough.
6. Persistent indigestion or difficulty in swallowing