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Journal #2 - BLC-14

Friday, October 08, 2010

 Today's prompt is writing about what inspires you. Write about a quote or a saying that inspires or motivates you.

Your #2 assignment is to put that inspiration somewhere you can see it! If you have a quote or saying that inspires you.. how about putting it on your fridge, or maybe bathroom mirror.

I have a few favorite quotes:
“The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.” from SP quotes

“As you think, so shall you be.” Dr. Wayne Dyer (taken from book by Norman Vincent Peale).

“Think and Act cheerfully, and you will feel cheerful.” Dale Carnegie

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Normal Vincent Peale
There have been a lot of people with quotes of this type of affirmation.

This is my inspiration picture. I wished I had taken a picture of myself 2 years ago when I was in good shape.
But, this will do. Taken back in my 30s.”
Okay, I couldn't get it to post, but it is in my gallery. picture taken in 1986.

  
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SHIITAKE 10/11/2010 11:53AM

   

I like all your quotes, Courti ! emoticon

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STLOUISWOMAN 10/8/2010 9:54PM

    Great quotes, Courti. Thanks for sharing.

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YJNANA 10/8/2010 12:45PM

    Love the Quotes and like seeing them on a fridge :)

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SEANDA 10/8/2010 12:06PM

    Hey Courti.. LOVE the quotes!!! And i love your inspiration pic!! I love the quote to not outdo others but ourselves. Woo hoo!!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/8/2010 11:47AM

  Great inspirational pieces!

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JENS_DOIN_IT 10/8/2010 11:46AM

    What AWESOME quotes! They really are something to think about! I really like "Change your thoughts and you change your world"!! That is sooooo true!! Thank you for sharing!

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Journal #1 - BLC-14

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Journal#1 What are your goals... long term and short term in relation to your health? What steps are you taking to reach them? Be specific.

emoticon I can fit into another pain of jeans and my legs look skinner in my exercise pants.

I believe life will be different because I will have more confidence once I am fit, toned and eating healthier. I’ll be able to fit back into my ‘small’ clothes. I’m just sorry I got rid of some outfits, thinking I’d never be small again. So people told me, “Oh no, your metabolism has changed with age, you won't be as skinny any more.

I’ve proved that theory wrong, because I was almost fit, healthy and skinny about 2 years ago. Before I had to go up north for a month.

I had lost inches in my inner thighs, butt, calves and abs. INNER THIGHS! I never thought that would happen, but I now know it is possible. The legs of my pants fit loose!

But, tending to family matters I got out of my routine and gained back everything, plus more.

It seems that when I am just this close (thumb & first finger almost touching) to achieving my complete goal….something happens to kick me back.

This time it was going up north to move my mom down. No treadmill, not safe to walk around the neighborhood like I use to in the past.

I plan to keep on target and get my body back. Some people think I don’t need to do anything, that I am skinny because I’m 4’8” and weigh around 102. I can tell when my clothes fit tight or that I can’t fit into them at all.

Since camp, I have gotten more motivated. I can now get down on the floor and get back up without effort. I try to stretch every morning.

Being retired and being a SAHD (stay at home daughter) I am able to spend more time working on my goals.

Long term goal is to hopefully get off my Lipitor. emoticon

  
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SHIITAKE 10/11/2010 11:52AM

   

You are very determined, girl and you will meet all your
goals ! emoticon

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STLOUISWOMAN 10/7/2010 9:25PM

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You can do it, Courti. You've made amazing progress & will reach the goals you've set for yourself. Keep up the good work.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/7/2010 1:33PM

  I agree - emoticon

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LASARRE 10/7/2010 12:53PM

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SEANDA 10/7/2010 12:40PM

    Woo hoo, Courti! You are sooo close to your goals.. and regardless of the number on that scale you are making progress in your life.. getting healthy and lean and fit! You are doing awesome! And it is good that you have time to both take care of your mom and YOU!

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JENS_DOIN_IT 10/7/2010 12:39PM

    We are here rooting for ya all the way girlee!!!!

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An Onion A Day, Keeps the Flu Away

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I got this in my personal e-mail:
Very interesting - don't delete it till you read it all.

(No wonder this isn't widely known - the pharmaceutical companies would go bankrupt!!)

Very important subject.. especially for those who love to eat onions.
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat this flu, as many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many had died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone in his family was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).

The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She obliged and when he tested it, he found that the onion was riddled with flu virus. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria and therefore, kept the family healthy.

I heard this story from my hairdresser: she said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu and also many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick (and no, she is not in the onion business).
So the sensible answer would seem to be, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office (under your desk or even a windowsill). Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and none of us contracted the flu. if this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..
Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few pennies on onions!!

Now there is a P.S. to this, for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: "Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story, but I do remember that I contracted pneumonia and,needless to say, I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar, placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.

Sure enough, it happened just like that.. the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago.They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties."

Here is another point: LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS!!

I have often used an onion which has been left in the fridge and sometimes don't use a whole one at a time and so save the other half for later. Now with this information, I have changed my habits and buy smaller onions!

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products,makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters of the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up and I wanted to share what I'd learned from a chemist.The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. Ed is one of the brothers and a chemistry expert who is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He's even developed a sauce formula for McDonald's.
Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz.During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise.. people are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil.Ed's answer will surprise you, as he said that all commercially made Mayo is completely safe."It doesn't even have to be refrigerated- there's no harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary", he explained. He said that the pH in mayonnaise is set at an environmental point that bacteria could not survive in
and he then talked about the quintessential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.
Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the victim last ate onions and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says that it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors, it's the onions and/or the potatoes (ever seen a potato go black? Thought so..)

He explained that onions are a huge magnet for bacteria,especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion and he says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator,It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and exposed to the air for a while and can be a real danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you have put in your hotdogs and burgers at the vendors!).

Ed says that if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be OK, but if you slice that leftover onion and put it on your sandwich, then you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will take to even begin breaking down.
Take it for what you will. I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist.
And another point: dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onions to cook the next day. They become highly poisonous even if just left overnight and create toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

  
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SHIITAKE 10/11/2010 11:49AM

   

Interesting, indeed.....Courti ! emoticon

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ANYA_ONION 10/6/2010 12:55PM

    Very interesting. I'd heard about the onion on the bedside table for helping with the flu before, but not about keeping cut up onions for later. I will use the whole onion when I cook from now on.
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PHEBESS 10/6/2010 12:53PM

    The part about cut-up onions is false - read it here:

http://www.snopes.com/
food/tainted/cutonions.asp
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Sorry, no way to make this a link - but cut up onions are okay.

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AIDELADE27 10/6/2010 11:46AM

    I've actually read this before. I have a big cold at the moment so when I get home, I'm going to experiment with this and see what happens. I'll let you know!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 10/6/2010 12:00AM

    emoticon This is very important information as we enter the flu season
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DJ4HEALTH 10/5/2010 11:15PM

    Very interesting.

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LMSTRAW 10/5/2010 11:00PM

    Very interesting; thanks

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JOSI1959 10/5/2010 10:29PM

    I had heard about placing the onions around to keep- from getting the flu though I haven't yet tried it. I think I will this year.
I love onions and rarely have left overs, but now I know not top use them. I love potato salad and it usually don't last long at my house so I guess that's a good thing.
Thank you for the blog on onions, very informative! emoticon

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Good workout Day

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I had a good workout day. The day before weigh in for my BLC team and I feel like I had a fairly good workout. Walk/jogged on the treadmill and worked out to a tape, plus some other exercises form team challenge. Now, I hope I have a good weigh in tomorrow.

What is your thoughts on Rice? I use that Lipton, well it is now Knorr. Spanish Rice. It calls for 1 cup. I had chicken noodle soup too.

We threw out the brownies and my mom's left over birthday cake. DH bought some apples, bananas and grapes.

Being retired makes it easy for me to get in a lot more exercise than most people. I remember my work days and trying to fit this in and that in. Your day will come.

  
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SHIITAKE 10/11/2010 11:44AM

   

Good workout, Courti......I know you will have a good weigh in
day !

Have you checked out the sodium content on that rice ? I was
stunned when I saw how much sodium is in it ! emoticon

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STLOUISWOMAN 10/6/2010 11:43AM

    Sounds like you're definitely on the right track. Good luck at weigh-in.

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TRILLIUM22 10/5/2010 9:54PM

    Great job working out. Then you can really enjoy your facebook/computer time. Good luck with weigh in tomorrow.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/5/2010 6:25PM

  I'm glad you did so much positive stuff today! Good luck on the weigh-in.

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COURAGETOMOVE 10/5/2010 6:21PM

    Sounds like a great bworkout day emoticon

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Harry Potter - Weasley Family

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Do you like Harry Potter, reading the books and watching the movies?
There is a team Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

If you are a Harry Potter fan and like role playing, this is a team for you. Just let me know if you are interested.

We have: challenges, support and fun. Come discuss the books and movies. It is all positive. The only magic is losing weight and eating healthy and making new friends.

The team is made up of 4 families: The Weasleys (which I belong), The Blacks, The Malfoys and The Potters. I mainly know about the Weasleys.

We have weekly challenges between the families. Do what you can if you don't have time to devote to the whole challenge. A little is better than none.


Some of the spells we've used:
Diffindo - split leftovers into single portion containers
Impedimenta - chew each bite 24 times
Reducio - use smaller plates

This is a private team, so you will need to contact me so I can have an invite sent to you.


  
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SHIITAKE 10/11/2010 11:40AM

   

emoticonYou go, girl ! Not much of a Harry Potter fan........sorry, my friend !
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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/5/2010 4:08PM

  Great recruiting idea, Courti!!! I agree with you - I love our Weasley family, and the challenges are nice. I hope we get some new "adoptions" to the four families from this!

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-COURT- 10/5/2010 2:39PM

    We do have weekly challenges. We post on our home thread and have a separate tracking thread for challenges (like BLC). It is a competition against the other families. If you don't have a lot of time to put in on a challenge, the least little bit helps.

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AIDELADE27 10/5/2010 2:14PM

    Awesome (and simple) way to recruit newbies!

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JENS_DOIN_IT 10/5/2010 2:12PM

    I am interested Courti! What sort of commitment is required? Do you have to post a certian amount during the week, or is it when you can?

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BEACHLVRMI 10/5/2010 12:18PM

    Oh this looks interesting...I am a bad HP fan as I haven't read the books but I have seen all the movies. Please send me some info..

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NIMAWEYGH 10/5/2010 12:04PM

    I think this is a great blog and why did I not think of it emoticon

Way to recruit................Weasley girl.

Nimsy Whimsy Weasley

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TENACIOUSTIGER 10/5/2010 11:04AM

    hi id like to join as i am an avid hp fan and need all the magic i can get on this quest emoticon

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