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THE GIRLFRIEND GROUP

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Linda, aka BuncoLady62, posted this great tip to relieve stress:

Reach out. Develop a network of friends and family who you can rely on and confide in. Call or visit them when you need to talk or vent. By sharing and listening they will help you calm down.


Thanks, Linda!

This is such a great and very important tip! Especially as we get older and perhaps retire from work/public life.

I have a Girlfriend Group that I started about 3 years ago. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at a different local restaurant each time. We eat, yes, and most of us are very calorie conscious so we check the menu BEFORE we go.

The main course is LAUGHTER. It burns more calories, lol, and just makes us feel good. We catch up on each other's lives and offer support where needed, but we mostly just get to be ourselves and enjoy the company.

I started by inviting two women who had been my friends for over 20 years. Along the way they invited a friend of their own that I had never met. The group fluctuates in number,and we take turns picking the next eating place, but FUN is always first on the menu!

In fact, I enjoy this so much, I think I'm going to try to get a morning group going - of women who are retired - maybe meet for morning coffee at Starbucks once a week.

This is such a fun, easy thing to do. You only need one friend to begin. Then she invites a friend. Then her friend invites.... well, you get the idea. Try it!

KAREN in Texas

  


VEGGIES!

Monday, June 29, 2009

I grew up on a farm eating freshly picked vegetables of all sorts. So I've never had much trouble getting enough veggies.

Often we spoil the benefits of eating veggies because we drown them in creamy soups, tons of butter or loads of cheese. Sometimes we FRY them!

One way to make really tasty veggies is to roast them in the oven. Coat them with a little olive oil first. Either use a kitchen spritzer and spray them or put a tablespoon of olive oil in a zip lock bag with all your cut up veggies and coat them that way.

Then spread them out on a cookie sheet and roast them at about 400 degrees for 20 minutes, depending on the veggies you use and/or how crunchy you like them.

I've never liked cooked carrots but carrots roasted this way are delicious! I also use squash, broccoli, onions, peppers, eggplant and mushrooms.

I roast a lot of them at one time and put them in zip lock bags. During the week I add them to frozen dinners, rice, pasta, etc. Try it!

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BIRDLEGS29 6/29/2009 10:20AM

    Sweet potatoes are my favorite to roast! Try red potatoes, too; loaded with potassium.

Jean

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GRANDMAHOWLEY 6/29/2009 8:54AM

    Try slices of sweet potatoes. It's like candy!
pat

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Did you know?

Friday, June 26, 2009

There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only 8 who do.

Marilyn Monroe wore a size 12.

The average American woman weighs 144 lbs. and wears between a size 12 and 14.

The models in the magazines are airbrushed - they are not perfect!

A psychological study in 1995 found that 3 minutes spent looking at models in a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty and shameful.

Twenty years ago models weighed 8% less than the average woman, today they weigh 23% less.

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ROSILEIGH 6/26/2009 8:23AM

    You are so right half the models now are so thin they look ill. I would'nt mind having a figure like Marilyn Monroe although in the uk she would have been a size 14 our sizes are different to yours.
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PACE YOURSELF!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

THE EARLY BIRD MAY GET THE WORM, BUT...
THE SECOND MOUSE GETS THE CHEESE, LOL.

  
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LAINYE 6/25/2009 7:57PM

    I hadn't heard this before. Very cute

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ROSILEIGH 6/25/2009 2:45PM

    I like that

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TEXAS-STARR 6/25/2009 12:36PM

    That's great - I LOVE it!
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From All or Nothing to Ten Minutes at a time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Everyone knows by now that I live with a back condition and chronic pain that has changed me from a very active person to a very active "wannabee", lol.

I've finally got it through my head, I think, that just because I can't walk til I drop anymore doesn't mean I can't walk at all. Or do exercise.

I read somewhere that exercising ten minutes at a time 3 times a day is as good as exercising for 30 minutes at a time.

So now I plan my walks, my recumbant bike rides, and anything else I think I can do, for JUST TEN MINUTES. Gee, it was really hard to stop once I got going!! Old habits die hard. But it does seem to be working. As long as I spread those three increments over the day, I'm not experiencing many bad repercussions in my body.

Here's hoping I can keep this up. I'm going to keep trying.

The one exception is I can spend 30 minutes treading water, hanging on a noodle while I move my arms and legs, and doing laps in the pool - all with no ill effects. I guess the pool is my new BFF, lol.

  
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GRANDMAHOWLEY 6/24/2009 9:19AM

    Good morning Karen!
There are countless paths to the top of the mountain. It sounds like you are finding the right one for you. My DH is working hard to get our pool cleaned. clorinated and ready to use. I am looking forward to trying some water-supported exercise this summer.

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LAINYE 6/24/2009 9:17AM

    Great! We all have to find what works for us, and you have! Keep up the good work.

Lainye

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