News, updates, &
pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think
When we stop setting goals
for the future,
we stop living and merely exist.
It's my belief that making "New Year's Resolutions" is like
dieting. They set us up for failure. So I don't "do" either.
I do, however, make sure that I have goals. Not so much
goals with deadlines, but goals that I can "carry over," like
cell phone minutes, if I don't get them accomplished in a timely
fashion. I have to have goals―dreams―things to look forward to.
Otherwise, I find myself feeling agitated and adrift.
When Joe, my husband, and I were in Texas for the Christmas
holidays, he and his mom, Millie, got on the topic of age and
"getting old." Millie is 83 years young. Joe told her that I was
in denial about getting old. I quickly assured them that I'm not
in denial about getting older, but I am in denial about getting
"old." In my opinion, getting older is a matter of passing
years, but being "old" is an attitude. Then I said, "When a
person stops dreaming about the future, they stop living and
start existing, and I don't ever plan to do that."
So, everyone, set some goals―but don't burden yourself with
One of my goals is to finish at least two of the three
books that I have started.
Everyone have a wonderful, safe, happy and prosperous New Year!
Word From Pat
A few days after having a
wonderful combined Thanksgiving/Christmas meal with our son, Eric, and his
family, Joe and I headed for East Texas for the Christmas holidays.
We had a warm, fuzzy time in Texas. We spent time with friends that Joe
has known since grammar school, with his mom and brother Michael, with my
brother Tim and his family, and my brother Paul.
Coming home we drove straight through on Sunday. It's 662 miles from
Nashville to Frankston, Texas, so it's a long drive when you try to make
it in one day. But we had a safe trip, and that's what matters.
And now I'm ready to get on with 2009. I've got things to do! How about
Visit Pat's Place at
www.patballard.com | Write me at
from Pearlsong Press:
Pat's first nonfiction book,
10 Steps to Loving Your
(No Matter What Size You Are)
As a young woman Pat Ballard almost died trying to starve her body into a
societally approved size. In 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter
What Size You Are) she shares the steps she created―and took―to
heal the damage of years of dieting. Join her in celebrating size
diversity, self esteem, positive body image, and health at every size.
Your body is a unique work of art.
There never has been, nor will there ever be,
another body just like yours.
Learn to love it and it will love you back.
More info at the
Pearlsong Press website.
(All copies of 10 Steps
purchased from the Pearlsong Press website are autographed by Pat.)
About The Queen & Her Books
Pat's Place website
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About Pat Ballard
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Pearlsong Press blog posts about Pat
Overweight women have lower
risk of premature birth
NEW YORK (Reuters Health)―Among pregnant women at higher-than-average risk
of premature delivery, those who are overweight or obese seem to be
afforded some protection, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that of 253 women who were followed during pregnancy,
those who were overweight or obese had a far lower rate of preterm
delivery compared with normal-weight or underweight women. Just over 8
percent gave birth before the 35th week of pregnancy, versus nearly 22
percent of normal-weight or underweight women.
All of the women in the study were considered to be at higher-than-normal
risk of preterm delivery because of previous preterm births or bleeding
problems during the current pregnancy. But excess weight seemed to lower
this risk, the researchers report in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
The reason may be related to differences in the frequency of uterine
contractions, according to the investigators, led by Dr. Hugh M. Ehrenberg
of Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.
They found that normal-weight and underweight women tended to have more
contractions between the 22nd and 34th weeks of pregnancy.
The explanation for this finding is not clear, but may have to do with the
fact that body fat affects hormone levels, which may in turn affect the
frequency of uterine contractions during pregnancy, the researchers note.
Whatever the reason, they conclude, the findings suggest that when doctors
screen women for their risk of preterm birth, overweight women who show
uterine-contraction patterns similar to those of thinner women may need to
be considered high-risk for early delivery.
SOURCE: Obstetrics & Gynecology, January 2009.
Reader Review of the
We're now featuring reader reviews of Pat's books in
The Queen's Proclamation.
Post a review at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website and
email us at proclamation @ pearlsong.com to let us know, and we'll
consider yours for inclusion in The QP.
The following review of
10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) was
on the Amazon.com website by Judith Matz, author of
The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance & Self-Care.
As a therapist, I know that the toughest
part for most women in their journey to make peace with food is learning
how to build a better body image. 10 Steps to Loving Your Body
is a fabulous resource for doing just that. Author Pat Ballard offers her
own wisdom, along with inspirational quotes from people such as Gilda
Radner and Wayne Dyer. One of my favorites: "Begin challenging your
assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them
off every once in awhile or the light won't come in." (Alan Alda)
If you are struggling with weight/body image issues, keep this book on
your nightstand or in your purse, and open its pages often. It will be
like having a kind and gentle best friend with you who wants what's best
for you and knows how to help you get there.
an interview with Pat at The F-word (Food. Fat. Feminism.)
Communicate with Pat
via her "Amazon Connect" blog on Amazon.com!
Pat's romantic suspense novel Abigail's Revenge is featured on the Beautiful
and has been reviewed by AmaZe eMag:
An article on Pat has been
And an EP Extra review of Abigail's Revenge is posted at
Look for an interview with Pat on Lonnie Cruse's blog at
Calendar of Events
New from Pearlsong Press—Pat's
latest (and first nonfiction) book, 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No
Matter What Size You Are).
See http://www.pearlsong.com/10steps.htm to order.
All copies purchased directly from the Pearlsong Press website will be
autographed by the author.
Hear Pat on
the air at Radio Free Nashville! Listen to or download the mp3
recording of Pat's June 23, 2008 guest appearance on the Health
At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville
by going to
Pat regularly guests on Radio Free Nashville's
Health At Every Size
show, which airs every Monday morning.
She's usually in the studio on the fourth Monday of the month. The show is streamed live
over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. You can
also now subscribe to the podcast of the show (automatically receive the
mp3 recordings of the weekly shows on your computer, iPod or mp3 player)
via iTunes. Click on the "subscribe in a reader" button/link in the upper
lefthand column, and select "Add to iTunes" or the podcatcher of your
Listen to the live
broadcasts over the Internet at
http://www.radiofreenashville.org/. You can also listen to
the live broadcasts through your telephone via UPSNAP.COM. See the
Health At Every Size show website or the
Radio Free Nashville website
for details. Davidson County, Tennessee residents can also hear the show
live through the Secondary Audio Programming of Comcast cable's Channel
For more on the show, check out
the show blog at
http://www.healthateverysize.info. You can also listen to or download recordings of some of the shows,
including several with Pat, at
You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with
Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.
discusses Pat's romance novels
Show #2 discusses women of size and their sexuality
And check out the photos from the Nov. 6, 2004 Mississippi Authors
Festival that are online at
The Pearlsong Letter
(Click on the Mississippi Authors Festival link under the "Photo Albums"
heading in the lefthand column of either blog to view the photos.) While
you're visiting, post a comment on the blog!
Give someone a good
read as well as support in loving themselves.
Pat's books make great gifts!
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