Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Every morning I take my coffee with me and sit in front of my desktop pc and read the news.
I read the local newspaper online and visit CNN, which is becoming more of a gossip site than a news site, IMHO. Looking for more substantial fare, I found the New York Times online, accessible and free..
The NYT has a lot of really interesting (to me) items every day. They even cater to a little hidden passion of mine, correct grammar. I know that's a weird thing to be interested in for most people, but hey, that's my thing. It's called AFTER DEADLINE and addresses all the improperly structured sentences, etc. that were used in their own publication. There's quite an archive of these items and it should be required reading for every school grammar class. In fact, it should be required reading for all local newspaper editors, lol, who are notorious for bad grammar in their publications. Book reviews, travel tips. All sorts of goodies.
But I digress. The really important thing I look for while reading the news is the HEALTH news. I love to hear what new issue is being discussed; another new story about people fighting the weight battle and succeeding or not; scientific discoveries that help me hang on to a healthy bod just a little longer, etc.
The NYT doesn't disappoint. They have a RECIPES FOR HEALTH section, too, as well as all sorts of articles on every aspect of health. I can always find something that applies to me or someone I know.
What's YOUR FAVORITE daily source for news, health news, especially?
After Deadline (scroll way down for all of it)
Recipes for Health
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Everyone who has a little food problem knows what the M Word is - MODERATION!
Is that the hardest thing to consistently achieve or what?
You don’t offer an after dinner smoke to someone who is trying to quit, do you? No one drags alcoholics to a bar and says, “Now just have one.” Or takes a compulsive gambler to a casino for a few hours of fun! Yet, we who can’t resist tasty food are expected to sit down at a sumptuous meal on any given day and practice portion control!
It’s hard. Really.
Of course, when you DO achieve it, Moderation is wonderful. And don’t you feel so virtuous? So thrilled! You look back on that day, that meal, and pat yourself on the back. And you should.
The very reason that every other addictive behavior is treated by going “cold turkey” and NEVER going near the temptation again, is that MODERATION is a real test of human will power!
Joe asks me if we can have pasta for dinner one night. He asks me because he knows it’s hard for me to eat just a little. He doesn’t want to tempt me, but I’m always telling him I must learn to eat anything in any situation and still practice portion control. So we agree on a pasta dinner. HE cooks it. (He’s a wonderful cook!) I prepare for it - in my food tracker, in my mind.
We sit. We eat. I have my portion. It’s wonderful. I love the look. The aroma. The texture. Gulp.
I want more.
I want MORE!
I WANT MORE!
I run through the house, wildly waving my arms, stopping now and then to beat my head against the wall, and yelling, “PASTA! PASTA! I want MORE! DON’T GIVE ME ANY!”
Poor Joe is so sweet and so worried, he actually takes the little portion of pasta that’s left and stuffs it down the garbage disposal, lol. He looks at me like, "It's gone, hon. It can't hurt you now." lol Now THAT’s a good man!
Yes, I felt pretty happy the next morning that I didn’t eat ALL the pasta.
Yes, I feel really happy to have such a good buddy in Joe. WooHoo!
Yes, I know MODERATION will always be the M Word, a “four letter” word no matter how you spell it, and something I’ll be WRESTLING with all my life.
It’s not fair.
It’s not reasonable.
But we can’t go “cold turkey” on food abstinence, can we?
Is anyone out there a model of Moderation? Or do you still fight with it now and then? Or, are you like me, and know it well as a daily sparring partner?
Still striving to be a Model of Moderation. sigh
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
There was a blonde who found herself sitting next to a Lawyer on an airplane. The lawyer just kept bugging the blonde wanting her to play a game of intelligence. Finally, the lawyer offered her 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the blonde could not answer one of his questions, she owed him $5, but every time he could not answer hers, he'd give her $50.00. The lawyer figured he could not lose, and the blonde reluctantly accepted.
The lawyer first asked, "What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?"
Without saying a word the blonde handed him $5. Then the blonde asked, "What goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes back down the hill with 4 legs?"
Well, the lawyer looked puzzled. He took several hours, looking up everything he could on his laptop and even placing numerous air-to-ground phone calls trying to find the answer. Finally, angry and frustrated, he gave up and paid the blonde $50.00
The blonde put the $50 into her purse without comment, but the lawyer insisted, "What is the answer to your question?"
Without saying a word, the blonde handed him $5.
Which reminds me of the advice I give to all the men I know.
Never argue with a woman. Even if you win, YOU'LL BE SORRY.
Have YOU laughed today?
(You could call it a lawyer joke, lol, but that's not PC either. Just say "The moral of this joke is never pick on a woman" and change the word blonde to the word woman. lol. Karen)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Reminiscing with a friend and co-worker from the past, we remembered the sign we walked under every single day on our way into lockup to interview inmates in the county jail:
IN GOD WE TRUST.
All others we search.
Any memorable signs in your life?
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Last Christmas, Joe's SIL, Marianna, lost her battle with lung cancer. (Photo of her on my page)
She never smoked; never lived with a smoker. No one in her family ever had lung cancer.
At the memorial service, packets of sunflower seeds were handed out. Marianna was a Master Gardner, (just one of her many talents) and the sunflower was her favorite. She planted a lot of them at her home. Her garden club facilitated that giveaway of sunflower seeds. I'd never heard of anything like that being done, but it is such a wonderful way to remember someone!
Needless to say, Joe and I planted sunflower seeds in our yards. Mine are blooming now and it is indeed a wonderful reminder of a sweet, gentle person, every time I walk out into the yard.
Seeing it makes me smile, just the way I smile whenever I think of Marianna.
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