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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Leslie S. Chisum I, Gone From Our Sight But NOT Forgotten!

Leslie S. Chisum, I

BORN: Saturday May 2, 1942

DIED: Friday October 29, 2010

Friday November 5, 2010 2:00 PM

Chapelwood Memorial Gardens
1001 N. Kings Hwy
Texarkana, TX 75501

Leslie S. Chisum I, age 68 of Hooks, TX, passed away October 29, 2010. He was born May 2, 1942, in Bowie County, TX, to Hyrm Lewis and Annie (Haggard) Chisum. He was Baptist. Leslie proudly served his country from 1960-1967 in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. He was passionate about sports, especially baseball and bowling. Les was a stranger to none and loved by all who knew him. But first and foremost, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He led by example with his great strength and kindness.

Leslie is survived by his loving wife: Susie Chisum; daughters: Lisa Hall, April Matchen (John), Laura Griggs (Steve), Lea Chisum (Jen Odon); son: Leslie S. Chisum II “Dude” (Charly); special son: Tim Hundley (Rachel); 11 grandchildren: Tehresa, Jessica (Dustin), Brooke, Morgan, Stormy (Josh), Tyler, Amber, Heather, Michelle, Thomas and Damien; 2 great-grandsons: Ethen and Cayden, and another on the way; mother-in-law: Frances Rivers; sister-in-law: Valarie Steele; sisters: Virginia Hooks and Geraldine Britton; brother: Willie Chisum (Lucy); sisters: Shirley Frachiseur (Mouse) and Melinda Taylor (Jimmy); brother: Mack Chisum (Bobbie); sister: Barbara Frachiseur (Orval); numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Ruby Holcomb, Clara Francis and Polly Roach; father-in-law: E.S. Rivers; and numerous nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Friday, November 5, 2010, at Chapelwood Memorial Gardens, 1001 North Kings Hwy, Texarkana, TX 75501, with Bro. Tim Hundley officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance, 1200 G. Street NW, Ste 800, Washington, DC 20005,, or a charity of your choice.


You are greatly loved and missed by so many.  You have no idea the number of lives you have touched and hopefully will continue to touch as we take up your battle against colon cancer.  It is our prayer that we honor you daily in our walk and our fight.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Brief Reminder - Undy 5000 Chisum's Crew Fundraising Efforts & YOU!

Besides our monthly drawings, there are a lot of ways you can help the cause.

First, you can always donate to our team. Visit our Colon Cancer Alliance team website . On this site, you can donate to the team in general or to a particular runner. Note: to be entered in our drawings, you must select an individual to donate through so we can track your donation. Every $5 you donate equals one entry into our drawings. And your entries don't expire until the run is over, so they carry over from drawing to drawing until each entry is a winner or the run is over.

Second, you can join the team. On the same website as above, you can become a member of the Chisum Crew. Press the "join the team" link and help us support this cause. As a bonus, we will be rewarding prizes to the top fundraisers.

Third, during the month of August, when you shop at Words to Sweat By and enter the promo code "ChisumCrew", we will receive a portion for the team.

Next, attend our Avon eParty right here on the net. When you shop through our link , we receive 10% for our fundraiser!  Enter "UNDY5000" at checkout.  Orders totally $30.00 or more get free shipping.

Going green? We have another option for you! Visit EasyLunchBoxes and enter "Chisum" in the fundraiser code box upon checkout, and we will receive 20% for the cause!

Need more? Show your support with a purchase from the premier awareness website, GiftsforAwareness and no matter what cause you choose from, we get a percentage since you used our referral link!

Want a little something for your little one?  Order your Strider PreBike today using code: STRIDER3TXRO01 for free shipping, a savings of $12 or more! Chisum's Crew gets a donation for each bike ordered and YOU get a FREE ticket in our monthly drawings!

Want more chances to help? Be on the lookout for future announcements!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Let's Celebrate!

I am thrilled to announce that I am now an Avon representative. I love so much about Avon - the great prices, selection of products, and, most importantly, that they work!  Holidays and birthday shopping are a breeze because there is something for everyone!

Go to the Chisum's Crew Party Page and see all the great deals we have to offer. 10% of all sales between now and October 30th will go to Chisum's Crew, our Undy 5000-Dallas team, benefitting the Colon Cancer Alliance in Daddy's honor. Be sure to put UNDY5000 as the promotional code when your check out.  All sales $30 and up get free shipping!

Come join the party!

Laura Griggs

Get YOUR beauty on!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Strider PREbikes & Chisum's Crew

Wanted the Strider PREbike but didn't win? Have no fear - Strider is still walking hand in hand with your fave Undy 5000 team *cough* Chisum's Crew *cough* and wants to share in the fun with your little one.

Order your PreBike today using code: STRIDER3TXRO01 for free shipping, a savings of $12 or more! Chisum's Crew gets a donation for each bike ordered and YOU get a FREE ticket in our monthly drawings!

Simply go to Strider's web site, pick your child's fave bike color and enter to code at checkout.  It's a true win/win!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Sheer Solution

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The answer is crystal clear

We all know we should drink more water.  We hear it everywhere... on TV, in the paper, on the news and in every single diet book.  So why don't we do it?  Why is it so much easier to pop the top of that soda can instead? 

But I'm a woman of science and just hearing all of these smart people say I *should* drink more water isn't enough to convince me.  I want to hear the details.  Why is water so important?  What kind of significant difference will it make in my life? 

Then I received an email that put everything into perspective.  Here is a portion of what it said:


#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated..
#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.
#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

So I should  obviously drink lots and lots of water.  Many of my health issues could be dealt with very easily just by making the decision to do the right thing and drink more H20. 
But what about those other drinks?  They contain lots of water, right?  Well, maybe not....
#1 The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
#2  The number one ingredient in most "fruit" drinks and sodas currently on the market is high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient currently under investigation by the FDA for its relationship to increased cases of juvenile diabetes, obesity, allergies, epilepsy, and ADHD
#3  Even milk products are not immune from problems.  Research shows that the more Americans are lactose-intolerant than previously believed, including many infants and children.  The rising instances of childhood allergies, stomach ailments, and a number of immune system issues have been linked to the condition.  Most people, however, do not realize that the discomfort they experience is linked to lactose.
Clearly drinking more water is essential to our health and all of those other things may actually cause us more problems than they are worth.  By replacing just one of those drinks with a glass of water, you can significantly impact how you feel and your future health.
So what should you do if you don't like water?  Well, there are number of options open to you, but be careful!  All of those packets you can mix with your bottled water are not good for you!  Look at the ingredients to make sure you are not consuming a staggering amount of sugar or a lot of chemicals. 
Instead of those packets, make your own flavored water.  Any real fruit juice can be added to your water to give it a boost.  Some favorites?  Lemon, lime, strawberry, pomegranate, and white grape.  Not only do they taste great, but they also add nutrients to your drink.  Best of all, they are natural!  Using fresh fruit to do this will give you a great excuse to eat more fruit, but if you are not ready for that, there are many fine juices out there that will serve the same purpose.  Be sure to check the ingredients, however.  If the first ingredient isn't fruit, say no.
Drinking water is not your only option.  Many excellent foods are very good sources of water.  Any melon and many crisp vegetables are made up almost entirely of water mixed with fiber, vitamins and assorted nutrients.  By increasing your intake of these types of foods, you can increase your water intake as well.  Sneaking these foods into your diet can be as simple as choosing jello instead of pudding, fruit instead of cookies, or a salad instead of soup. 
In my last post, I talked about switching to green tea.  Drinking more tea can increase your water intake as well since it is largely water, but be aware that tea has it's own problems and should not be your sole drink.  In addition to being a diuretic, tea often contains caffeine and other chemicals that may actually increase your thirst.  Straight water is always your best choice. 
As long as I'm encouraging you to drink more water, please also say no to bottled water.  In addition to being horribly expensive, it is also environmentally irresponsible and there is a risk of chemicals including BPH leaching from the bottle and into your drink.  Instead, invest in a reusable water bottle that you can sanitize regularly, reuse often, and refill from a filter pitcher.  =)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June Drawing: Just Days Away!

Your chance of winning a prize is slipping away!  Get your free ticket by following us on Twitter and retweeting at least one post (check out the link in the right hand column).  You'll also earn a ticket by following our blog! (right hand column... full of good information.... promise)  And don't forget to follow us on Facebook!  When you RSVP for the monthly drawing, you become eligible to win a free ticket!  More tickets increase your chances of winning so load up!  You earn one ticket for every $5 you donate to the Colon Cancer Alliance via our Undy5000 team (links you know where!).  So hurry up!  Great prizes and nonwinning tickets roll over to the next drawing!


Going Green

In an effort to make better health choices and reduce my risk of developing colon cancer and other life threatening diseases, I decide to start small.  Studies suggest that small, sustained changes over a long period of time are more effective than big sweeping changes made all at once, particularly if they are lifestyle changes.

First up, tempering my lifelong love of Southern Sweet Tea (and yes, I think it deserves the capitals...) against the notable health benefits of green tea.  Let me begin by saying that I am not a big fan of green tea.  I tried it once in college during a Japanese art class and it made me gag.  To be fair, that was matcha designed for the tea ceremony and it is very strong compared to the green teas that are the market today.  I have tried commerical green tea since then in various guises but always found it wanting. 

My solution?  I took a page out of my best friend and sweetheart's book and decided to switch over one bag at a time.  First, we switched to decaf.  One painful bag at a time.  Last week I made my sweet tea just like I always do, except instead of seven bags of black tea, I used six black and one green.  That wasn't bad so when I refilled my supply, I moved to five black and 2 green.  Every few days, I add another green and remove a black.  Tonight I am sipping a refreshing glass that started out as three black and four green.  Not bad at all.  As a bonus, I've noticed that the more green tea I add, the sweeter it tastes so I have been slowly decreasing the amount of sugar I add as well, usually by a tablespoon per bag of tea.  It really adds up fast!  I'm nowhere near as awesome as my baby who is to six green to one black and zero sugar, but I am on my way and I'm feeling pretty good about it.  I had a McDonald's sweet tea the other day and it nearly knocked me on the floor.  I used to guzzle that stuff, but now it seems like too much.  I have no doubt that I will still enjoy the sugary sweet nectar once in a while, but for now, I'm pretty happy with my current brew and I think I might even be ready for another level next week. 

The research on green tea is confusing and often counter indicative.  Current scholarship suggests that all tea drinking inhibits folate absorption which can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by as much as 40%.  Ironically, once cancer is diagnosed, the same quality actually increases the growth of tumors.  As a result, it is important that each person consider their personal health when making the decision to switch over.  Pregnant women, in particular, should avoid drinking an excessive amount of tea due to an increased risk of fetal abnormalities including spinal bifida. 

The added benefits of tea, however, should be considered.  Green tea has been linked to increased metabolic activity and has been shown to help increase weight loss when paired with diet and exercise.  It appears that the lack of fermentation during the processing of green tea may be at the root of these benefits.  "Green tea is particularly rich in a type of polyphenols called catechins. These substances have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, but recent research in animals show that catechins may also affect body fat accumulation and cholesterol levels." (Jennifer Warner, WebMD Medical News)  The news is even more encouraging, however.  In addition to these benefits, green tea drinkers have shown better bone density and improved dental health.  The antioxidants in green tea help fight free radicals and cellular damage, antimicrobial molecules may help preserve teeth, antibacterial proteins aid in gum and joint health, and it tastes great too?  Sign me up!

So if you want something simple to help kick start your healthy lifestyle, start GREEN by increasing your intake of green tea.  Be careful, however, as research is ongoing and studies suggest that sugar and sweeteners may counteract the benefits of the tea.  As with all changes, I advocate slow and steady to increase your likelihood of sticking to it. 


I've tasted a lot of green teas and there are a few that really stand out. 

For a basic iced tea, I stick to Lipton Decaffeinated Green Tea.  It tastes great, is readily available, and is reasonably priced.  With rare exception, every grocery store in the country should stock it.

When I want something special, I love Harney & Sons Green Tea with a Thai Twist.  I got mine at the Starbucks in Barnes & Nobel.  It is a soft, delicate tea with a hint of coconut and perhaps a tiny touch of ginger.  I rarely even need to sweeten it and it actually tastes creamy as though it has coconut milk in it.  Sometimes I drink it hot, but I really enjoy it iced with just a touch of honey.  Their website describes it as "An Organic green tea with lemongrass, ginger, vanilla and sweet coconut. A fragrant aroma reminiscent of Thai cooking."

Harney & Sons have a lot of other flavored green teas as well, but my favorite flavored teas have always been from Republic of Tea and when it comes to their greens, they do not disappoint.  Their newest, Sea Buckthorn, is awesome and refreshing plus it is loaded with vitamin C.


Green Tea Shake


1 cup vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup brewed green tea
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 drops green food coloring (optional)
12 cubes ice cubes

1.Combine the ice cream, green tea, sugar, food coloring, and ice cubes in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
*note:  i like it better with honey instead of sugar and i prefer a frozen yogurt to the ice cream. 

Not a fan of green tea?  That's okay!  White tea is loaded with antioxidant as well, so give it a try!  The main things to consider are caffeine and sugar.  Moderation is always a good thing, but just replacing one drink a day with a powerhouse like green or white tea can make a huge difference in how you feel and reaching your health goals.

Resources: Tea

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beyond Logic

Logically, I know that I will lose my father to colon cancer.  The vast majority of cases are curable when caught early, but his prognosis came very late.  Following extensive, invasive, and agonizing surgery, his chances are still very small.  While some trials have shown results, none of his scans suggest that a miracle cure has been found for his disease.  To make matters worse, his health was already fragile with advanced adult diabetes, high blood pressure, and confirmed exposure to Agent Orange during his Air Force career. 

My brain tells me that my father will die from this disease, but my heart never gives up hope.  It may seem foolish, but I am convinced that the secret lies in more than pills and drugs and radical therapies.  Somewhere after medicine there is a force that rivals even the greatest technologies-- faith.  I have faith in my father's will to live, in his strength and tenacity, in his heart and in his absolutely maddening stubbornness.  After all, I inherited my own bull-headedness directly from him.  I refuse to believe in anything less than a miracle because he deserves nothing less. He has spent my entire life giving me the world... the least I can do is have faith in his ability to overcome, to persevere, and to live. 

And if he does not survive, I owe him this.  I guess if my father has to go through chemotherapy and tests and surgery and other indignities as he struggles with colon cancer, the least I can do is learn from his experience. I've always known that my eating habits and lifestyle were not healthy, but seeing my dad hooked up to tubes and machines put everything into perspective in a way that simple logic never could.

So in honor of my father, I'm taking back my life.  I've been overweight my entire life.  I've made excuses, I've pretended not to care, but I know what I need to do.  On this blog, I will chronicle my efforts to apply the current medical advice to bring my life under control so I can decrease my risk of developing colon cancer. 

You have always been my inspiration, Daddy... and you always will be. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Mile in Daddy's Shoes

Now that you know about daddy and his battle with colon cancer (original post here) I can confess some of my random thoughts. Like - Would I fight as gracefully and bravely as he is? Would others find me an inspiration like I do him? Do I even want to know? The answer is I don’t know.
What I do know is that I don’t want to have to battle colon cancer one day, I don’t want HIM to have to battle colon cancer now and I don’t want ANYONE to have to battle colon cancer ever. I so I pray. I pray for daddy, mama, our family, the doctors, the drugs, a cure. I pray that no one has to know the helplessness that comes from watching a loved one fight a battle you cannot do anything about. And I run. I run for peace of mind. I run for a cure. I run for daddy.

As I was lacing up this morning to work on week one of the Nike Training I thought about ”wearing” daddy’s shoes when I was a kid and shuffling around in shoes that were too big for me. I can’t wear daddy’s shoes now either. I can’t fight for him, I can’t cure his cancer. But I can train and each time I think of giving up or calling it good enough I can think of daddy and how he battles every day, every moment and I can go on. Step by step, mile by mile until there’s a cure and no one else’s daddy has to battle an insidious disease like colon cancer.

I am forever grateful to Stephanie at Metropolitan Mama for her How to Train for a 5K post. On it I found great advice on training, shoes and such. I also rediscovered my love for running. While I’m nowhere near the in the same shape I was in as a teenager I still love it. I can’t run as far or as long as I used to but I’m getting there one step at a time. And we’re getting closer to a cure one step, one dollar at a time. Won’t you join me in the race?


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June Raffle Schedule Is Posted!

Thank you so much for your contributions to our Undy 5000 - Dallas Team.  Chisum's Crew is hoping to make a big impact for a cure for colon cancer our first time out.  Be sure to check out our outstanding sponsors and prizes on our Facebook page.  Don't have your tickets yet? Why not? Remember, you earn one ticket for every $5 you donate to the Colon Cancer Alliance and all non-winning tickets roll over to the next drawing! We have over 30 prizes to give away by the end of October so you have a lot of chances to win!

June Sponsored Drawings:

• Smart Ass underwear

• Strider™ PREbike courtesy of Strider Sports International

• Sterling Silver PavĂ© Blue Ribbon Charm on a Sterling Silver Necklace from CharmFactory

• $50 gift certificate to Gabriel Cosmetics

June minor prizes:

• Red Envelope stationery set

• 3 piece Pawsafe cleanser set

• Yves Rocher bath & beauty products

Got2B Frizz Free!

-----  Winner Update!  Congrats to Amber! -----

I had the opportunity to try got2b smooth operator smoothing lustre lotion through BzzAgent today. I have to say that it held up to my expectations. My curls are frizz free in the sweltering Texas heat! And to top it off, it smells divine.

What does got2b have to do with training and running for a cure one might ask.  And I'm glad you did.  Usually by the time I come in from my walking/jogging (wogging?) my face is framed by these lovely, annoying whisps of curls.  When you're sweating from the effort of training and the Texas weather, you seriously consider attacking them with scissors.  Trust me on this. 

So today I thought why not give got2b smooth operator smoothing lustre lotion a try before I go out?  I ran a dime sized amount over my hair before putting it up in a pony and hit the door.  When I came back in 30 minutes later my hair looked pretty much the same, not counting the sweating.  :)  I'm now hooked.  I won't be training another day without got2b in my hair.  I'm so excited I can't wait to share samples and coupons for one winner and a friend.

Btw, Walgreens has got2b on sale right now for $3.99 (usually $8.99). Go out and grab you a bottle now!



Winner will recieve 2 0.35 oz (10 g) samples, 1 coupon for $1.00 off any full size got2b Smooth Operator Product (exp. 5/11/11) and 1 coupon for $2.50 off 1 Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion or 1  Smoothing Hairspray (exp. 9/30/10).

To enter this giveaway, please tell me about your hair woes. This is mandatory to participate.

2 entries- Become a Running Buddy

Please post one message for each extra entry. Remember to include your email address so that we can contact you if you win.

Contest closes June 18 at midnight CST.

Contest open to U.S. Residents with a valid street address. No PO Boxes please. Winner(s) are selected randomly through the use of unless otherwise noted and will be announced on the contest closing date. To claim your prize(s), you must contact us within 48 hours of the contest closing Prize(s) not claimed by (48 hours) will be forfeited and a new winner will be selected in a live giveaway. Please provide a valid email address to be informed in case you do win a giveaway.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A T-Shirt for Daddy and His Crew

Chisum's Crew Running for a cure in Daddy's honor! by happishopr - Father's Day T-Shirt Design

Vote for my Chisum's Crew Running for a cure in Daddy's honor! design submission and help me win over $500 in prizes for the Father's Day T-Shirt Design Contest. I created this cool Dad t-shirt for Daddy and I need your votes and comments. 

The Undy 5000 is a 2k run/walk to support colon cancer research. On October 30, 2010, we will be participating as a team at the third Dallas Undy 5000!

Please support our team’s involvement in the Undy 5000 with a tax-deductible donation. Your support will help us end colorectal cancer. Don’t forget to check with your employer when you make a donation, many will match, double or even triple making your dollar go farther!

Or even better, join the team!

Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for great raffles: grand prizes include a 16GB iPad and TRIA Home Laser!!! Receive 1 entry for every $5 you donate between now and October 30 and all non-winning entries roll over to the next drawing! Also have fun monthly drawings from sponsors like Smart Ass Gifts – With our inspirational sayings emblazoned on the back, each smart ass thong provides a panty pep talk!, Orglamix Cosemetics – Pure Mineral Makeup & cpcreations – handmade zip pouches and more, Paradise Pens, Bag’n Baggage, Charm Factory and many more!! Facebook: Undy5000- Chisum Crew for more details.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Undy 5000 - A brief run for a cure for colon cancer

Les Chisum, our father, brother, uncle, son, husband, and friend, was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2008. Despite medical predictions to the contrary, he is going strong. We will be walking in his honor at the Dallas Undy 5000 in October.

The Undy 5000 is a 2k run/walk to support colon cancer research. On October 30, 2010, we will be participating as a team at the third Dallas Undy 5000!

Please support our team’s involvement in the Undy 5000 with a tax-deductible donation. Your support will help us end colorectal cancer. Don’t forget to check with your employer when you make a donation, many will match, double or even triple making your dollar go farther!

Or even better, join the team!

Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for great raffles: grand prizes include a 16GB iPad and TRIA Home Laser!!! Receive 1 entry for every $5 you donate between now and October 30 and all non-winning entries roll over to the next drawing! Also have fun monthly drawings from sponsors like Smart Ass Gifts – With our inspirational sayings emblazoned on the back, each smart ass thong provides a panty pep talk!, Orglamix Cosemetics – Pure Mineral Makeup & cpcreations – handmade zip pouches and more, Paradise Pens, Bag’n Baggage, Charm Factory and many more!! Facebook: Undy5000- Chisum Crew for more details.

God bless,

Chisum's Crew

* Please donate through a team member’s link so that we can track your eligibility!! Don’t forget to mark “Yes, you can display the amount of my donation publicly.” and leave your name or nickname so that we know you qualify and will be able to post your name on our facebook page as a winner. If sending in a donation by mail, please send us a message on facebook that you’d like to be included in the raffles