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Friday, May 15, 2009

There are good days and there are bad days.

I can't control the weather, the traffic, the annoying people who pass through my day.
When you really think about it, there's not much in life that anyone CAN control.

And yet, now and then, sometimes without a plan or a lot of thought, I have a perfect day!
That one perfect day, where everything goes smoothly, happily, joyfully throughout the entire day - just makes me remember it's possible and makes me want an instant replay - another one just like it.

It happens that way with food, too. I always have this plan in the back of my mind... how I should eat, how I want to eat, to feel good, be healthy, stay slim and trim.

Some days I stick to that plan with no effort at all. Some days EVERYTHING seems to be fighting my desire to eat healthy foods in healthy portions.

So, I'm always searching for that perfect day. Perfect food day. Perfect eating day.
It seems to me that the ONE thing I CAN actually control is what I put in my mouth.
Surely I can't let someone else control that? Surely I can't let my emotional reactions to the weather, the traffic, the annoying people, control that?

So here's my challenge for THIS day - to make this a Perfect Day for my bodily consumption of food and drink.

JUST THIS ONE DAY - I will completely control what I put in my mouth. ME. Not the weather, not the traffic, not the annoying people. NOT my response to all of that.

JUST THIS ONE DAY - I will strive to have a perfect food journal - whatever that means to me - that perfectly reflects a perfect food day.

No matter how many days of trying it takes to get that Perfect Day, I will do it.
I'll keep trying until I do.

And WHEN I do, I'll relish it, enjoy it, celebrate it, BLOW IT ALL OUT OF PROPORTION!

Maybe I'll have a parade!! emoticon

I'll make such a big deal of it that the FEEL of it will stick in my mind, will stay with me, and it will be that much easier to do it again - the next day.

Wishing us all a Perfect Day!

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TEXAS-STARR 6/24/2009 8:51PM

    Loved it. You said it very well, thank you!

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LAINYE 5/15/2009 5:52PM

    Here's to all of us having a Perfect Day! And then we can have a big celebration. I am looking forward to that too.

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A Serious Look at Laughter * (And Love)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Laughter is wonderful medicine for the soul. " I read that somewhere.

So true. What would we do if the human body were not capable of laughter? What a sorry state we'd be in. When we are really down, really worried, if someone can make us laugh, our mood is lifted tremendously.

I've developed a habit over the past years, of giving thanks every day, usually before I even get out of bed, for all the wonderful things in life. I began with being thankful for my wonderful bed, for my amazing body (if you don't think your body is amazing - get a really good anatomy book and read how the human body works!) - and the list goes on and on.

Eventually, I began to be consciously thankful for the abstract things in life, like love and laughter. Isn't it wonderful that an emotion like love even exists for us to experience? I can dwell on that for a long time and be amazed and awed by it. Where would we be without laughter and love? Aren't you so happy they exist?

Unlike anything else in human behavior, laughter is produced by the active participation of almost the entire body. This could possibly be a reason why it is attributed with so many effects on the health of the body.

“We are more likely to laugh out loud when in a group than when alone.”
Obviously this person never sat in an empty house in front of a computer logged in to Spark Pages!

“The act of laughing reduces the production of certain hormones associated with stress which disrupt the balance of the immune system. When one laughs, the body produces more gamma-interferon t-cells, or disease fighting cells.”

Here’s the part I like best -

“Don't like to go to the gym? Just laugh the pounds away. Because of the natural shaking and gestures we make when we laugh, it can be an aerobic workout that lowers blood pressure and increases oxygen intake.” (I read that somewhere, too, and copied & saved it. )

I want to thank all of you here on Spark Pages for sharing love and laughter here. What a great tool for healthy living!!

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MAYBELL75 5/14/2009 5:04PM

    What a great blog, if only we all could have laughter in our daily lives, what a better world this would be.

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