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It is almost certain that excess in eating is the cause of almost all the diseases of the body, but its effects on the soul are even more diastrous.--St. Alphonsus Liguori

"You made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until we rest in you."
---St. Augustine

"It is a poverty that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."
--Blessed Mother Theresa

Quotes from GK Chesterton (The Apostle of Common Sense). They don't necessarily have anything to do with weight or health, but I love him!

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." - Everlasting Man, 1925

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." - ILN, 4/19/30

"Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity." - The Man Who was Thursday, 1908

"I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid." - ILN 6-3-22

"Man is always something worse or something better than an animal; and a mere argument from animal perfection never touches him at all. Thus, in sex no animal is either chivalrous or obscene. And thus no animal invented anything so bad as drunkeness - or so good as drink." - "Wine when it is red" All Things Considered

"Men invent new ideals because they dare not attempt old ideals. They look forward with enthusiasm, because they are afraid to look back." - What's Wrong With The World, 1910

"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around." - Orthodoxy, 1908

"To hurry through one's leisure is the most unbusiness-like of actions." - "A Somewhat Improbable Story." Tremendous Trifles

"The past is not what it was." - A Short History of England

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." - ILN, 1/14/11

"The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man." - Chapter 19, What I Saw In America, 1922

"The unconscious democracy of America is a very fine thing. It is a true and deep and instinctive assumption of the equality of citizens, which even voting and elections have not destroyed." - What I Saw In America, 1922

"He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative." - Varied Types

"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." - ILN, 4/19/24

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." - ILN, 7/16/10

"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions." - ILN, 1/13/06

"The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden." - ILN 1-3-20

"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." - ILN 8-11-28

"All men thirst to confess their crimes more than tired beasts thirst for water; but they naturally object to confessing them while other people, who have also committed the same crimes, sit by and laugh at them." - ILN 3/14/08

Member Since: 7/14/2008

Fitness Minutes: 20,585

My Goals:
120-123 for good.

To be free, not in bondage to food, eating & drinking in moderation. For my weight not to be my #1 obsession.

To be more active.

My Program:
Just cancelled my WW account. Soooo, my goal here is to eat to live not live to eat. Keep it at 1200-1400 calories from mostly natural, real food.

Do 3 hours of cardio a week. Right now I have a shoulder injury, but when I'm well my program will include upper body & core strength training at least two days a week.

Personal Information:
My name's Marianne. I live in a small town in northern California (between Sacramento & San Francisco) with my wonderful husband. We have two grown kids and three fabulously entertaining grandchildren. Right now I work in a restaurant that I own with my sister (who happens to create some of the most beautiful plates of food I've seen anywhere in the world (well, the US, Spain, Italy, Mexico or Morroco!) . I love my family (as bizarre & sometimes absurd as we are), to travel, to read, to walk, hang out at the beach, God, people, red wine & food. Not necessarily in that order.

Other Information:
I love to read almost everything. Besides the Bible, my favorite books include Born Fundamentalist Born Again Catholic (changed my life), Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, anything by Brocke & Bodie Thoene, The Lord of the Rings & The Chronicles of Narnia. I love the writing/wisdom of GK Chesterton. I love cookbooks with beautiful pictures.

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