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Narcissism for Black Women: The Very Good and Healthy Expression of Deep Self-Love, and Extreme Self-Devotion. Why? Because It's Good For Ya! And Sometimes I Write about Natural Hair, Among Other Things


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Lately, people have been calling me skinny

It’s a weird comment to hear, especially coming from one of the office whales. You know, like if you think I am skinny, what does that make you? And she sounded exasperated, like how dare I appear so small – at least in her eyes, because I don’t see it. I was told by someone […]

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Do I Want To Talk About

I suppose my hiatus is over. It’s hard to blog sometimes. Events happen quickly. And by time I think to write about it – I’m not feeling it anymore. Do I want to talk about Floridian Cannibals? No thanks. Makes me lose my appetite. Do I want to talk about the NBA playoffs? I only […]

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Black Actress Review: Just Wright – Big Boned Gurl Gets Good Guy Balla

I like Queen Latifah (Dana Owens), so I am willing to sit down and watch her movie(s). Long Descriptions Ahead Did I like Just Wright? To be honest, I dunno. Sometimes I’m too busy thinking about its message to appreciate whether it was fun to watch or not. What message? Oh, the Good Employed Hard […]

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Black Women – Devil’s Advocate: Has our femininity been denied?

It’s September, and it’s Devil’s Advocate* month. This topic will be a bit spicier than usual. Are black women allowed to be women? Has our femininity been denied or compromised? Do we have the right to be respected, protected, and cherished like all other women? We are accused of being jealous acid tossing lunatics by […]

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Picture Day: Guess My Weight

This is how I look at the moment. ** Update ** The poll is closed. Final results were: http://bettychambers.com/uploaded_images/2010/09/august.2010.weight.answer.swf And a big virtual hug to those who thought I weighed from 175 lbs to 150 lbs, which were answers 3 through 6. It was close too. Amazing. Thanks for humoring me. 😀

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Weight Loss Weirdness

It’s All in My Head I’ve lost 25 lbs since April. I didn’t feel overweight, fat or obese back then. I was content. But boy, oh boy, do I feel super-heavy, super-big now. Isn’t that odd? I can now wear clothes I had buried in the closet, because they wouldn’t fit before. I can confidently […]

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Health and Exercise

After having fallen off the (exercise) wagon several times, I’ve climbed back onto the horse. (See how good I am with mixing metaphors?) I don’t read the news, which is hard for this news junkie to do. And yet, I feel way better than I used to. I think during the winter when cabin fever […]

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For Black Women: Why White Men are a Better Choice

A topic guaranteed to make your teeth grind or make you smile. I am tongue in cheek, so if you don’t see any clarifications like the word some, I still don’t mean all. So, I’m looking around the web, and as a woman who likes men I’m seeing a positive development: black women affirming an […]

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Health Issue: Salt, Sodium and Exercise

During the winter I watch what I eat, yet I rarely exercise. I stop around the time I need to see a doctor regarding respiratory or bronchial problems. I was rather good at keeping my weight down. Yet, come Spring it jumps up a bit. I’ve been walking since February, but haven’t made much headway. […]

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Weight Loss: More Water

Whenever the digital scale starts creeping up – I drink more water. I do this to make it easier for me to lose weight. By the way, the digital scale is a remarkable thing! I love its accuracy. On the older models, it looks like one has gained a pound overnight. Not so! You get […]

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Weight Loss: Staying on Course

In my daily journal (spiral notebook), I enter the following: date of entry weight for that morning, before I eat exercise conducted – period of time of exercise – estimate of calories burned calories to eat for the day – every meal I eat is subtracted from this total. There you have it. Everyday, I […]

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Personal Goals: Starting All Over Again

I’m resetting the clock on my goals. I try to carry them out roughly every 3 or 6 months at a time. I don’t wait to make a New Year’s Eve resolution, I do this all the time. Success?Have I succeeded? In some areas, I’ve made progress. It is easier to change the external with […]

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Vanity Check: Hair and Body

When one is as vain (sometimes) as I am, I like to periodically do the head and body check. Finally, lost another inch, down to 39-30-39. I was able to squeeze into a pair of Levi’s size 12 (super stretcher!). Counting from my highest weight (almost two years ago), I’ve lost 40 lbs. Oh the […]

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Weight Loss: Eating Healthy

In another attempt to ratchet up my healthy eating habits, I’ve added flax seeds to my diet. I toss in about a tea or table spoon of it to my blended morning breakfast drink. Flax seed is supposed to have all sorts of health properties: Omega 3 and whatnot. I’m also looking at changing my […]

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Weight Loss: Getting a Digital Scale

I’m not sure if it will make any difference in losing weight, but I purchased a digital scale. It measures the level of: body fat, water, and muscle. I found the body fat amount similar to what I get from web site calculators. The Digital Scale is a Conair Weight Watchers brand. The picture is […]

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Weight Loss: The Holding Pattern – Part 2

There are many emotional issues behind the holding pattern regarding weight loss. I’ve certainly had my share of them. Why the weight comes back or more won’t come off: 1. Getting tired of it. The exercises become boring. The body is adjusting to the torture, um, exercise and after a while I need to find […]

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Weight Loss: The Holding Pattern – Part I

Well, it starts to get real tough when the weight starts to sit at the same number for a few weeks. I am not LYING when I say I work out every day. So, it must be something I’m doing wrong. I did an initial weight loss profile on Jillian Michaels’ website, turns out I […]

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Another Milestone

There are two small differences between the two photos: I look taller in the bottom (most recent) and my hair is probably an inch longer. How to tell? Well, it was a struggle to take the first photo. My head is tilting backwards and reaching that twist was a real strain. I made several attempts […]

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Raw Food "Diets"

I remember Susan Powter from the 1990’s. She’s the Australian who – to me – was the first to talk about eating non-processed foods. It made sense, limit the amount of processed foods; eat as much raw (uncooked) foods as possible. She fell off the map after filing for bankruptcy, but her ideas (although I […]

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Weight Loss: Another 2 lbs Bites the Dust!

This will probably be my last entry with regards to weight loss until next month (July). It sure is good to see some changes occurring. After another week, I’ve lost another 2 lbs, and I am feeling great. Warm weather is always the easiest time to begin shedding excess weight. The nice thing about my […]

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