The only thing I take seriously is my Freedom. And Bacon.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Why I'm Not Leaving Facebook or Twitter

 I'm not leaving Facebook (or Twitter) even though they are very frustrating to me, but for a different reason than most people.

Why I dislike Twitter and FB Google and Youtube is because they do discriminate and try to influence politically. However, the people they haven't banned or flagged unjustly (Kathy Griffin stands with a bloody head of Trump and remains on Twitter. Milo is mildly suggestive (not even a quarter as politically incorrect as rap stars, sports stars, and leftist) and he is banned.  

However, Twitter, for me, is a great resource in news as it happens BEFORE any major outlets are reporting. Often there will be authentic tweets from people who are live at the scene unwittingly. But you have to also be aware that there are sometimes people planted specifically to make a scene appear worse than it is or who have planned the "spontaneous event." 

Twitter often elevates events they want featured, but Facebook is the real villain here when it comes to controlling the news you see.

I've found many people I wouldn't have found without these social media outlets. Andrew Breitbart, Dave Rubin, Milo, Rich Zeoli, Dr. Jordan Peterson (to name a few).

Facebook keeps me connected with friends and family I don't see because (I hate driving, my party days are mostly behind me, and also, I hate driving).

Social media keeps me connected with small towns around me who have accounts because I don't read the newspapers any longer because they too, are political in nature and seldom give both sides of the story.


A) If you're leaving Facebook because you're concerned about them using your info, then do not shop at Giant Grocery, Wegmans, Amazon, or any corporate retail place. Do not use a credit card. And do not use a bank (so far, my credit union seems to be keeping my info private).

B) Believe half of what you see from people you don't know. And 75% from people you do know. Not everyone's life is perfect all the time, and the 75% complainers probably have little outlet or like the attention from complaining (headache today, runny nose, can't sleep, pot holes).

I respect when people elect not to shop until a company changes or if they don't agree with company values.

But I also know if all dissenting voices leave - then there really is no "free speech" and it will be more difficult to see all sides and make rational choices (which is what I do when I read facebooks 'trending' news and compare it with a variety of news outlets).

I've been censored by Twitter and one time I was tossed off facebook. I have, at times, allowed the left voices to censor my speech. And it's frustrating. I haven't been altogether banned yet, and sometimes I waver about "what" and "if" I'm ever banned.

Because I do believe it is up to the business to choose who they do business with. However, what is disturbing to me is that these social media CEO's preach tolerance and diversity, but they don't practice it.

For me, trust is the biggest issue facing our country; if you can't trust anyone to be who they say they are, then there is no freedom to pursue a career, a talent, a lifestyle. Without trust, you'll constantly be looking over your shoulder, worried, anxious. Life is chaotic enough with natural disasters and sickness. There needs to be basic rules and they should be followed, not followed selectively.

And that is why I'm not giving up on social media.
I may be dingy or have many 'blonde moments' but I did recognize that being on the internet met being "exposed."

I just never thought I'd be vilified for having a 'wrong' or 'different' opinion by the very people that claimed to be in favor of diversity and freedom.  

Beach Body on Demand Day 13

My Beach Body on Demand is NOT going so well, not because of a lack of videos, but because of the dreaded cold/flu going around. And I'm a pussy (can I even say that word?) and would rather stay in bed than workout like the amazing/dedicated people I know who push through.

My last workout (Yoga, I started with the week two, day one, because I like the woman trainer more than the guy trainer and I have been doing Yoga on and off for years) was on April 5.

Just wanted to update to let people know I haven't had any streaming problems so far. Also, I was worried that they might take more out than the 39.99 (for three months) after the 14 day trial, but they did not overcharge me. It is not very clear when you sign up and they reply by email that you will be charged only for the 3 month trial (there is a 6 month and year payment plan also).

Next update will be end of month!

Be well!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Starting Beach Body On Demand

My slim down from March 2012 to Jan 2013.
A few years ago, I went from 140 to 106 (I am 5"4). I was in my mid forties. I dropped the weight strictly by dieting. Though I did walk my dog a-lot. I wrote about it here . 

I kept the weight off - maintaining around 110-115 until I started working at a grocery store in the fall of 2015.

I'd  had some health issues - it seemed I was always battling something (I'd had a full hysterectomy in 2014) but my health did drastically improve when I had my breast implants removed in the summer of 2017.

Anyway. As I write this today, I am at 134 pounds. Too much for my frame. I feel best when I can wear my size 4 jeans. That's Just Me.

The pounds started creeping on when I started working at the grocery store. I was now seeing all the food I usually avoid (the snacks aisles) - and the weight started creeping on. We are influenced by what we are around - and being around a ton of "seasonal" Oreo cookies, "limited coconut ice cream" etc, well, my will power just tanked until I no longer felt good wearing a tank top.

This winter has been brutal. All this snow. The cold weather. All the comfort food. I saw an add for Beach Body On Demand on Instagram (dang, sometimes those ads do work), and I signed up for the 14 day free trial.

So far, so good. There are so many different programs to choose from. Which can almost be frustrating. I started the first day with the 21 Fix and liked the first program but I didn't care for the second day of the 21 Fix and so found myself trying a little of everything. I spent about 60 minutes doing some dancing, yoga, and didn't really click with anything. It was overwhelming. I then watched The 20's (the Reality show trying to find a new instructor to add to their "brand") and THAT was entertaining. I also finished the ice cream  I'd bought before getting serious about losing the weight. I started day 3 doing The Clean program and Beach Body Yoga (link here to story about day 3) - and enjoyed that. Then day 4, I continued with The Clean and Beach Body Yoga (upper body - which was frustrating).

Today is day 5 - I'm going to take full advantage of the free trial. So far, I'm sore, but I'm feeling more confident, eating healthier.

Okay. I did buy some Robin Eggs after my shift at work last night. Because, you know, they are seasonal. And I did eat them last night. That's the one negative (for me) about working out. Often, after I've worked out, I find myself saying "well, you know, I did burn extra calories sooo" - Beach Body on Demand won't fix that - but I know I can. I've done it before, I can will do it again.