Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nursing in Public is Offensive

Before my pro-nursing friends spit fire I'll get right to it...

Nursing in public (NIP) is offensive...but should that matter?

There's a mentality going around that NIP isn't offensive. So what if it is?  I find scantily clad women to be offensive (seriously, it's okay if your skirt covers your butt...) and have been called "anti-woman" because of it. (Because women have the "right" to show off their bodies) 

If you are in your own home you have the right to limit the offensive material that enters it. You can ask someone to go in the other room to breastfeed, you can ask someone to stop smacking their food at the table, or you can request someone put on a jacket if their outfit offends you. In public, however, you can't. You have to accept that when you leave the house you will be presented with things that offend you. 

When I go to the zoo I accept that there will be pro-evolution rhetoric everywhere (and "old Earth" stuff). I don't get mad at the zoo...if I didn't like it I would leave. If I get offended at the amount of skin I see at the store I'll leave. "But I'm trying to do my shopping and she's flaunting it." I can all but guarantee that she's not "flaunting it" when she's nursing. (If she's following you around screaming "LOOK AT ME BREASTFEEDING!!!!!!" then I'll retract my statement)

Now this is where people will say (and have said to me) "You have to be respectful of people. If it offends someone you shouldn't do it." or "If it could arouse someone you shouldn't do it." These kind of go hand in hand (because the line is kind of thin between the two).

Here's a list, off the top of my head, of things that pertain to my appearance that could possibly offend people when I leave my home:
- I cut my hair
- I have pink in my hair
- I wear makeup
- I wear pants
- I speak in a loud voice (some people do believe that women should only speak in meek, small voices)
- The language I use ("lame" is offensive apparently)
- I don't cover my head

Do I take any of these into consideration when I leave the house? Nope. Should I? I don't believe so. 

There will always be something that offends *someone* in the world. The only way to be 100% sure that you're NOT offending someone is to never leave your house...and even then people will get offended that you keep turning them down when they invite you to things. 

What about arousing men? Should I be afraid that my NIP is arousing someone? No. I have no control over that. My stand-by phrase for this comment is this: "People have foot fetishes and I still wear sandals." 
There was actually a study done on fetishes...
It was concluded that the most common fetishes were for body parts or for objects usually associated with body parts (33% and 30% respectively). Among those people preferring body parts, feet and toes were preferred by the greatest number, with 47% of those sampled preferring them. Among those people preferring objects related to body parts, footwear (shoes, boots, etc.) was most preferred (64%) source
So you're not even "safe" if you wear shoes! The mere act of leaving your house means that someone, somewhere, will be aroused. That isn't your responsibility.

I'll end this long post with one of my NIP photos! Me nursing the baby at the zoo.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guest Article: Exercise Proves to Be Highly Beneficial for Cancer Patients

So, a few months ago Liz approached me to guest write on my blog. I know, right? Does that mean I'm cool now? Ha! I *love* her article. If you like it be sure and show her some love in the comments!!

Cancer patients face a range of emotions upon the diagnosis. Unfortunately, an unintended side effect is patients becoming sedentary when hearing the diagnosis of cancer. Formerly active patients sometimes abandon exercise routines with their new primary focus being on the illness and treatment. This is a mistake as exercise is highly beneficial to cancer patients.

 Cancer patients that have never adopted an exercise routine greatly benefit from doing so while undergoing cancer treatment and continue it after the illness has gone into remission. Suggestive evidence states that patients exercising regularly have a lower risk of recurrence. During treatment exercise is highly beneficial to combat many physical and psychological effects of treatment.

 Those exercising during treatment have a greater quality of life, sleep better, feel more self-confident and do not put on excessive weight from certain systematic treatments. Added health benefits include lower levels of fatigue and nausea, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis and less reports of severe depression. Depression over the diagnosis and the major life change it brings causes people to slow down when they need most to keep moving, keeping their body healthy and their outlook positive.

 Some cancers call for specific attention to certain exercises. Gastrointestinal, head and neck cancers lead to loss of muscle mass to the point that range of motion is decreased. Those undergoing treatment for these types of cancer benefit from exercises that build lean muscle mass such as barbell curls and squats. 

 Breast cancer patients are at odds with weight gain due to increased appetite due to corticosteroids, taken to combat nausea, causing increased appetite. Another factor is that chemotherapy sometimes leads to early menopause in younger cancer patients, making their metabolism slow down, causing weight gain. Breast cancer patients benefit from weight loss exercises such as brisk walking, cycling and jogging. Pilates is also a favorite of many breast cancer patients. Pilates builds strength and flexibility and deepens the mind and body connection, making it a great exercise for any cancer patient well after treatment. Breast cancer patients often deal with the onset of lymphedema, which is a building up of lymph after breast cancer surgery. Moving muscle by exercising moves lymph fluids which prevents the lymph build-up.

 So far breast cancer has been the most thoroughly researched when it comes to its correlation with exercise. After seeing positive results other cancers are now being looked into more like lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and peritoneal mesothelioma.

 Doctors often fear overwhelming newly diagnosed cancer patients by influencing them to begin a fitness routine. This makes it important that patients do their own research if not lead by their medical professional. Of course, any fitness plan must be approved by the oncologist prior to a patient beginning.

 Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Great dinner...and some updates

From dinner the other night:

I mostly just loved out the plating turned out with this...I'll show you the picture before I really start explaining (because it's prettier than it sounds!)

It looks like some nifty restaurant meal doesn't it? Yeah...that's a hamburger and fries! 
I can't tell you what it was seasoned with because my husband made them! I wasn't privy to the ingredients (he probably wouldn't remember anyway to be honest) 
I sauteed some mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. 
We did sweet potato fries (and one red potato worth of fries). 
The plating started as an accident. I was putting mushroom and tomato on it and it looked so pretty that I went with it! 

See what a little creativity can do?
Where have I been? Why, Kas Fitness of course! I'm still trying to get it up and going so be sure and jump over and check it out (and make my analytics numbers go up and stroke my ego...)

Stefan recently bought a NICE camera. We're starting a little photography biz. It's pretty exciting. I'm hoping that in a few years we'll both just being working our businesses and will be able to dictate our own hours. *sigh* SOMEDAY!
Here's a little bit of what he can do!

Light editing

Some extreme editing (let's play "spot the difference")
So if you or someone you know in the San Antonio area wants/needs photos done (for pretty much anything) head on over to Something More Photography and use the Contact Us button! We're working on a full website so it's just the landing page for now! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jonathan is growing...

I don't have any really good pictures so you'll have to check back later :) after I take some!

I will tell  you that Jonathan is growing....a lot. My evidence?

Last night, in the course of 2 hours, Jonathan (11mo) ate:
- At least 1/2cup of cooked rice
- 2 shrimp
- At least 5 Ginger Snap cookies
- 2 full breasts worth of breastmilk

 This morning, in the last 30 mins, he's eaten:
 - An egg and a half worth of scrambled eggs
- Half an oatmeal cookie
- 1 strawberry
- 3-4 raspberries

 ...and he's still hungry.

 Growth spurt much? He's a bottomless pit! He's eaten more than his 2.5yo brother.

Friday, December 9, 2011


I've had SCREAMING children most of the day. I have no idea what's going on with them...I'm blaming the weather.

However, I still managed to finish:
- 1 round of dishes
- Counters (sort of)
- Sweep kitchen and dining
- Clear Dining Table (only to put more crap on it)
- Make Bread (and then eat half of it)
- Put all the clean laundry in bins instead of the floor
- Pick up the Guest Room
- Wash diapers
- Start another load of laundry
- Clean the downstairs bathroom
- Vacuum living room (including under furniture)

I still need to clean upstairs some more...mostly the guest bathroom and vacuum the hallway...and I need to rotate dishes (the sink is still full)

Was your day productive?

Source: via Kasondra on Pinterest

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The $5million Question...

This is something fun I've done before on forums and whatnot. The rules are VERY specific.

You're given $5million. However, there are rules you have to follow in spending it...

$1million has to be on yourself...NO savings.

$1million has to be on someone else in your family.

$1million has to be on someone NOT in your family.

$1million has to be to a charity.

$1million has to go to a total stranger...

So, what would you do in each category? Go shopping? Buy land and build your dream house? College savings for your kids?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Be Still And Know... (repost)

I know, another repost!

There will be several because I loved them when I wrote them last year...

My sweet boy

The verse that is on my mind today is Psalm 46:10a Be still and know that I am God.

Why that verse? Mothers of toddlers (I'm willing to bet especially mothers of BOYS) will get it quickly.

We want our children to know God. We want them raised to know that they have a wonderful Heavenly Father that sent his Son to die for their sins. The verse I've chosen is very specific in the manner of knowing God: Be still.

As a mother of a toddler boy (with another boy on the way) I have to laugh a little bit. (It's okay to laugh when you read the Bible right?) My son is very rarely STILL. Even when he's not actively running around tearing the house down he's still moving. He's always busy. The only time this child is STILL is when he's sleeping...and sometimes not even then! As a result, I often forget to be be still.

New Year's Challenge: Create a time of stillness to commune with God. Even if it's just prayer time before bed. All of us need to have that time. We should begin developing this habit before the new baby gets here!

Will you accept the challenge? How are you "still" to hear God?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Taking Christ OUT of Christmas (repost)

I did this one last year. I hope you get something out of it this year too!

I thought the title might grab some attention!

It's a popular subject this time of year. There are entire websites devoted to the "cause" of keeping Christ in Christmas. There are lists put out by groups telling you which stores to avoid because they refuse to say "Christmas" on the grounds that it's offensive.

I'm going to submit a different thought. You've been told to fight these companies that are taking Christ out of Christmas...but what are you doing to put Christ IN Christmas?

It seems like a simple question doesn't it?

Today's Scripture choice is
Matthew 10:33 (NKJV) But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

I know there are probably a few people out there bristling right now. "I have NEVER denied Christ!!!" Before you click away, let's look at another definition of deny:
2: to refuse to admit or acknowledge
Do your toes hurt? I know mine did. 

You can passively refuse something. If you don't actively acknowledge that Christ belongs in this season then you are in danger of passively denying him. It can be as simple as a prayer before a meal. You can show the love of Christ by donating your time at a homeless shelter. Sign your Christmas cards "Love in Christ" instead of the standard "Merry Christmas." Read the Christmas Story in the Bible to your children this year. Do Advent activities. Take the focus off of Santa and gifts!!

This year be aware of how you're projecting your faith this season. Is Christ in YOUR Christmas?

I'm sorry!!

I feel like I've been neglecting you!

I'm working on getting my Fitness Blog off of the ground.

I'm working on some blogs for you guys. Just hold on!


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