While the title of this post may seem to be a tad odd…even cryptic, that is far from the intent. Basically it has to do with waking up one morning, checking the scale and seeing that there was another loss. In this case, it was another 18 lbs down. YAY….this to me is great on several levels. Not the least of which is showing that the diet is working…but also the recent tweaks to same; for example cutting out those so-called ‘lean’ frozen food items which actually were high in certain items that were and are counterproductive to the idea or concept of weight loss. A conundrum? Yes….A paradox? Again, yes. A marketing ploy? Damn straight. So unless it is one of those days or evenings when there is a sick and twisted need for protein…those have been cut out…in favor of fruits and veggies. That along with cutting out the late night dinners.
Not to dwell on this point throughout all of this, but when I was going nuts over the fact of the drop, my cats thought I was seriosuly nuts *S* After all…they do not need to worry about diets per se, their foods are consistent and they play a lot more than I do. But I had to explain to them that this meant that all of the help [oilchanges and riot acts being read as well] by my ‘gang of five’ has and does actually work. Hence, I am on the right path.
The good news from here [which has been related on a daily basis to **** via email communiques each night…if my crush were here she would see that this is going on and I am in infinitely better shape than I was 3.5 years ago] has and was tempered by seeing some posts and conversations which showed how much of a disconnection from the world around us some in the T-communuty are. For example…there is a rather vicious, if not short-sighted right wing view about the ‘Occupy’ movement. Granted, I am not that happy with the fact that parks in downtown Portland and other cities have been taken over and they look like Woodstock without Hendrix, The Who, Crosby, Still and Nash or Jefferson Airplane [kids ask your parents, those were 1960’s references :)]. But these folks are exercising their first ammendment rights here and in other countries, the right to freedom of expression…and for that they are to be applauded. The times right now are so bad, there was a need for this uprising as it were, if only because many would not be heard in the corridors of power otherwise.
The above, along with the fact that they have the same right to voice their POV’s just as much as the T-community does itself. But there is a rather ugly and visceral conservative bend among some transgendered folks to the ‘occupy’ folks that bothers me. Such as they should go out and find work and contribute like everyone else. Much easier said than done…if anyone were to really read the unemployment, as well as the underemployment figures out there, they would see this is not as likely as previous. Add to that, some groups have an even higher rate of job loss and inability to secure anything, even with a college or university degree and the words about ‘get a job’ ring hollow. But what seems to be worse here is that that very few in the community see that their struggles are connected to what is going on at the Wall Street site…along with Portland, Oakland, Iowa City, Seattle, London and others. Almost gives credence, in a very twisted way to an idea that some T-folks are part of that 1%…and do not give a damn about what goes on that does not get them to the HRT or the SRS. Plus it feeds into what the rest of the world sees of the community as being so incredibly egocentric and myopic. I realize that to some that may sound mean, but it is a reality that is out there. If there is a possible solution to this, it is for those who are being that standoffish about what is going on in the ‘occupy’ movements to stop going to the clubs and conventions for a while and see what is happening for themselves. Yes it may be a bit smelly and will make some think this is a bad nightmare….however the rights they enjoy were started by a movement not too dissimlar to what is going on a couple centuries back.
So enough of that for now…..what I do ask as you have read through this is to think, not dismiss this out of hand due to it not being one of those ‘woe is me because of my gender issue’ posts. If one were to or was expecting the other end as in: ‘gee all is wonderful since starting transition’ posts…sorry to dissappoint. Real life does have a habit of intruding. [The good thing about that is in dealing with ‘my kids’ …the ones who I am an online mom for as well as a tutor and spare shoulder….they understand the real world a hell of a lot better than the T community does and these are folks from all over the spectrum of things…..and it is way cool to see on a daily basis]
And with that…..til next time….from the land of the colourtini…enjoy the words as the pictures fly through the air.