For a regular gym user, it can be hugely frustrating to have to wait in line for a treadmill.  When January rolls around, every person has the same new years resolution – lose weight. Between 2007 and 2009, it was found that 61% of humans are overweight. (Hutchison, 2011) Thankfully for my sake, once February rolls around, the gym is back to normal and I don’t have to stand in line to use the machine of choice – Why? Because they called quits on their new resolution.
In the text Understanding Human Communication, the section on common perceptual tendencies, it talks about how people are more severe on others than on self. How true is this for weight? 
Fashions come and go, but in today’s age, fat is not fashionable. Anyone can recognize this truth, and we can easily look at someone and know if they are overweight, or not following the fashion; yet, why cant we lose it ourself? Do we not judge ourselves as strictly as the people around us? Why don’t we only eat healthy? Why don’t we work out? Why do we sit on the couch and complain about our weight?
the answer to losing weight - there are millions, but, the best one ive heard…  
“The only way a person is going to lose weight and keep it off is to like the life they’re living while they’re actually losing.”  (Hutchison, 2011)
If losing weight is not fun, then the chances of losing weight are slim.
We watch shows like ‘Biggest Loser’ and think “If they can do it, so can I!” society loves to watch shows that make them feel empowered. If they can do it, why can’t everyone else? Do we really need Jillian Michaels screaming in our ear to be able to lose 20 pounds? If that’s the case, why do fitness centers play music… They should have recordings of people yelling at us to push us harder. They should put weight shows on all the TV’s, so when we get tired we lift ourhead and get another boost of encouragement.

Do we really believe in ourselves? Do we truly believe that if we eat a salad everyday and work out for an hour, we, too, will loose weight? I truly think that’s where it all begins – do you really believe you can do it? Do the people around you believe In you? If you made a new years resolution and told all your family and friends, and everyone truly believed in you – how would you be able to just quit?Sounds a little like self fulfilling prophecy…
An article I read on weight loss talked about a nutrition professor named Mark Hauh who, for 10 weeks, live on 1800 calories a day (800 less than the usual person); however, he didn’t eat salad and veggies, he ate twinkies, chips, and brownies!  Even more surprising, he lost almost 30 pounds and improved his health! He simply lessened his eating portions.
I think it all depends on the person, their body, their discipline – but it starts at believing in yourself, and having others believe in you too. Things we want aren’t always easy, but don’t give up. Just refuse to quit.
If I had to wait every single day for a treadmill, I think I could get used to it if i knew we all were not giving up.
And to encourage you a step further, here is some before and afters…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0_JgEarxW4 
(Source: The Globe and Mail)

By Sarah Glover, March 21st, 2011 12:30pm
Hockey mom of two, at Boston pizza, for her son’s winning game after party, had waited too long for her food – an hour was too much. She storms into the kitchen in a fit of rage yelling about how her children have waited too long and they are going to starve if they don’t get their food immediately. Overhearing this, I first covered my mouth to hide my look of total shock and turned promptly to hide my red face – red from embarrassment for this woman, and boiling anger. I closed my eyes so tight, so tight, to hold in my thoughts and not speak what I was thinking. As I walked away I screamed to myself HOW DARE YOU!
When I heard this woman complain, images flashed through my head
Bedu, Haitian 2 year old, family has no money and no food – her and her brother share a piece of bread for the day.
Milouse, 26 year old Haitian, boiled water, loaf of bread and a banana split between herself and her 8 other family members.
Perla, 7 year old Mexican girl who always begged for water because her family didn’t have enough that was fresh and clean.
Injustice makes my blood boil.
 
There is a possibility that I am merely biased and making radical comments because I’ve gone and I’ve seen – I lived in a compound in Haiti after the earthquake, I lived on an island in panama and in a village in the middle of the Panamanian jungle – their methods of berry picking, sugar cane carving, fishing and crocodile hunting takes a lot longer than an hour. Trust me. They never once complained. How did we slip up this much? This summer I’m going to Ethiopia to live in a leper colony located in a garbage dump. They eat the garbage.
 
Call it cliché or call it real life, but there are starving kids all over this world, joyfully, and I mean the happiest people you will ever encounter, joyfully eating their piece of nothing; yet, this woman and the society she represents, complains that she hasn’t gotten her seven cheese ravioli pasta, up-sold with cheese toast and a side order of nachos and fries. To top it off her children are starving. I know some people who can tell you a better definition of starving then her two sons. Not saying I know first hand, but I’m going to take a risk and assume that those who are starving don’t complain about waiting an hour for food.
 
The world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years. 925 million people are hungry and that is just those accounted for in 2010. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds.  According to these statistics and if I do my calculations right there are 60 seconds in one minute which means that would be 12 children dead, and in one hour it would be 720. SEVEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY.
There were 1.4 billion people in extreme poverty in 2005. The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty worldwide. 
Dear woman, use your voice for something that matters. The ability to raise your voice when you feel there have been injustices is advantageous; however, use your voice for the cause at hand. Complain about hunger; but, complain about the hunger of the nations.
My apologies, thanks for your patience, can I discount your meal for you, or give you a free dessert, or better yet, the meal is on the house! 
 I can’t believe the world today.
 Next time, pack a PB&J sandwich when going out for dinner. God forbid you and your family might “starve.”
 
*For the McMaster Campus newspaper entitled ‘The Silhouette.’ This Op-Ed piece is written in order to bring awareness to students and people in this generation to use their voice to make a difference.
Social Network or Social Informer Facebook — a worldwide phenomenon. Everyone has Facebook — children, teenagers, adults, parents, even grandparents — my own grandma has a Facebook account. Many love Facebook because it is a social network that connects people together. It allows distant friends to become close again, it allows families living all over the world to stay updated on eachothers lives, it brings people together… Facebook is clearly a social informer, but not necessarily in a positive way. Mere acquaintances, even strangers, can know everything one could ever want to know about others. A recent video post in the Globe and Mail, went so far to say that Facebook is ruining relationships and breaking up marriages. At first I thought this was too extreme, but the more I pondered this thought, the more real it became. The words, “facebook creep” are thrown around, but the truth is, facebook allows you to “creep” in on peoples lives in a way that would otherwise be impossible. It allows a form of jealousy to arise that also would otherwise be impossible. Within a relationship, one can see their significant others updated thoughts, ideas, photos, comments, what they say to other people, what others say to them, private messages, what they did at that party the night you were studying… In the movie — Social Network — the final touch that completed Facebook was the ability to show if one is single or in a relationship, whom one is interested in — male or female, and what they are looking for — friendship, random play, relationship, etc. This completed it because people want to know, that is to say, people want to know all about the lives of others, and facebook has made this possible. The strangest part, I find, is that people from high school, 3 years younger, whom I never knew, request to “add as a friend” I find Facebook impersonal… Just like in the text, Understanding Human Communication, it says that those who use the internet reported spending less time talking in person!  Is Facebook limiting face to face communication? hindering our ability to have physical communication through the form of speech and listening. Our society is bad enough at being good listeners, now we only have to read - and have the option to delete! Instead of Pseudo and selective listening we now have pseudo and selective reading — the ability to pay attention to the messages and wall posts we like or only the one’s we want to read — ignore everything we have no interest in.  Short funny video to futher this point? check it out… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrlSkU0TFLs  (Source: The Globe and Mail)

Social Network or Social Informer

Facebook — a worldwide phenomenon. Everyone has Facebook — children, teenagers, adults, parents, even grandparents — my own grandma has a Facebook account.

Many love Facebook because it is a social network that connects people together. It allows distant friends to become close again, it allows families living all over the world to stay updated on eachothers lives, it brings people together…

Facebook is clearly a social informer, but not necessarily in a positive way. Mere acquaintances, even strangers, can know everything one could ever want to know about others. A recent video post in the Globe and Mail, went so far to say that Facebook is ruining relationships and breaking up marriages. At first I thought this was too extreme, but the more I pondered this thought, the more real it became.

The words, “facebook creep” are thrown around, but the truth is, facebook allows you to “creep” in on peoples lives in a way that would otherwise be impossible. It allows a form of jealousy to arise that also would otherwise be impossible. Within a relationship, one can see their significant others updated thoughts, ideas, photos, comments, what they say to other people, what others say to them, private messages, what they did at that party the night you were studying…

In the movie — Social Network — the final touch that completed Facebook was the ability to show if one is single or in a relationship, whom one is interested in — male or female, and what they are looking for — friendship, random play, relationship, etc. This completed it because people want to know, that is to say, people want to know all about the lives of others, and facebook has made this possible.

The strangest part, I find, is that people from high school, 3 years younger, whom I never knew, request to “add as a friend”

I find Facebook impersonal…
Just like in the text, Understanding Human Communication, it says that those who use the internet reported spending less time talking in person! 

Is Facebook limiting face to face communication? hindering our ability to have physical communication through the form of speech and listening. Our society is bad enough at being good listeners, now we only have to read - and have the option to delete! Instead of Pseudo and selective listening we now have pseudo and selective reading — the ability to pay attention to the messages and wall posts we like or only the one’s we want to read — ignore everything we have no interest in. 

Short funny video to futher this point? check it out…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrlSkU0TFLs 

(Source: The Globe and Mail)