Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's a Thanksgiving Feast! Enjoy the holiday without overeating

Telegram Staff Writer

Let's not kid ourselves. Thanksgiving is a weighty affair where the calories not only wait but beg to expand your waist line.
Think about it. The dinner won't be served until 3 p.m., but you're expected to arrive at noon.
That's three hours to graze on appetizers and sample your aunt's new brownie recipe. And then when you all gather at the table, it's time to eat some more. There's the turkey, the potatoes, the salads, casseroles and desserts.
And just when you've eaten that last bite of pie, it's time to do the dishes. Mom doesn't want to stand on the stool to get another piece of tupperware.
'There's just one bite of this left,' she says. 'Can somebody just go ahead and eat it, so I can wash the bowl?'
The calories keep coming, and before you know it, you're at home in a pair of sweatpants feeling groggy and bloated. But then morning comes, and it's time for breakfast - and in a month, it's Christmas, and you get to do the whole thing over again.
'Oh,' you say to the woe of all that food. But you don't have to dread it or fear it. The food is not in control, you are. Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to eat it.
There are ways to get beyond the holiday temptation to overeat.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Brockett: It's never too late for dreams
This story was picked up by the Associated Press.
Telegram Staff Writer

Her dream was to be a model.
So having just graduated high school, Ima Jean Brockett wanted to learn the trade.
But she couldn't. Pete, the man she was engaged to marry, was more important to her.
'He gave me a choice: him or modeling school,' Mrs. Brockett said. 'It was no contest. I chose him. He meant more to me than anything.'
So without regret she lived the life of a farm wife in Munday, a small town outside Abilene. She and her husband raised two daughters and before they knew it, there were grandchildren in the picture.
'But the idea of modeling never left me,' Mrs. Brockett said. 'Every time I saw a magazine or catalogue, I'd study the pictures in it. I'd look at how the models were posed, how they smiled and I'd imagine myself doing the same thing.'
Her passion was kept secret and it would have remained so if it wasn't for the inspiration she found in her mother's nursing home.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Granger church opens food bank

Telegram Staff Writer

Granger First United Methodist Church has launched a Feed the Hungry Food Bank for area residents.
'With times so tough now for so many, we knew this could help the families who are struggling,' said the Rev. Judy Gotcher.
High gas prices and the economy's downfall inspired the idea for the food bank.
'But we knew we couldn't handle it alone,' Ms. Gotcher said, explaining that the church has a weekly attendance of just 13 people. 'So we worked to make it a community effort.'
It didn't take long for the Granger school district, some area businesses and neighboring churches to get involved.