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Re-posting: My Secret Weapon Against Fast Food

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428191


I wanted to share this again, as the weather is really heating up this week. Keep cool, friends!

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EGRAMMY 7/10/2014 8:58PM

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2014 10:01PM

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LINDAK25 7/9/2014 8:05PM

    Wow! What a lifesaver that would be. Brilliant!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/9/2014 3:26PM

    Thanks!

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NANCY- 7/9/2014 9:01AM

    Excellent solution.
When there is a will, we will find a way!
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TENNISJIM 7/9/2014 6:21AM

    Thanks for sharing. Stay cool.

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PHEBESS 7/9/2014 1:52AM

    Brilliant! I need to find one!

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Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Here's a good perspective. Have a great day, friends.

momastery.com/blog/2014/07/06/body-m
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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/8/2014 3:11PM

    What a great perspective about our bodies. emoticon for sharing.

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/7/2014 4:49PM

    Beautiful.

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TENNISJIM 7/7/2014 6:05AM

    Thank you for sharing the article.

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PHEBESS 7/6/2014 6:56PM

    Brilliant! So true! Too often we forget that living our lives is the point, not creating the perfect body.

Thank you for this one!!!!

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GYPSYGOTH 7/6/2014 5:49PM

    Great article! So true.
It annoys me that no one in blogging or the "new" journalism can use its/it's correctly (the HuffPo article you posted the other day, too!), but I am crazy emoticon

I have been focusing for the past few years on losing the weight so I will be happier with my body (thankfully MOSTLY the right way, with heavy lifting/clean eating/fun cardio), and lately I've been thinking I need to focus more on being HAPPY. I'm never going to be happy with my body. I was very heavy once and unless I want to suffer through/pay for surgery, it will never look how I'd like it to.

I like this paintbrush idea. Super cool. Thanks for posting this!


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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2014 5:48PM

    emoticon I hadn't thought of it in that way, but our bodies ARE the paintbrushes for our lives. I appreciate your sharing that perspective.

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STUDLEEJOE 7/6/2014 2:28PM

    Very good article thanks for sharing

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What You See

Saturday, July 05, 2014



We absolutely create our reality through the filter of perception. Notice how our inner conversation (some of which is not even verbal, but merely an emotional tone or habit of attitude) influences experience. I had this driven home to me last night. Throughout my neighborhood, folks were setting off illegal backyard fireworks, shooting them up in the sky so that the entire area was showered in pyrotechnic displays. I'd just finished working out and went out on my balcony to take a look, when I was delighted by the colors, lights and sounds of merriment. Five minutes later, my phone rang. It was a neighbor calling to express upset at the same display. She had her reasons, and certainly the activity is against the law in my city. So who was "right?" Me -- the fireworks are beautiful? Or she -- the fireworks are a serious problem? As I spoke to her, I noticed my mental confusion and a little emotional shame. Was I bad/wrong for loving the fireworks?

As I'm working my way back to some physical measurements I feel comfortable inhabiting (not so much weight as body fat percentage and waist/hip circumferences), I'm going to remember that moment of confusion -- what's true about the fireworks is true about this weight management journey. If I look in the mirror or at the measuring tape and see a setback or a problem, I'm going to feel like a failure. My thought and emotions go to an all-or-nothing mentality that fosters all kinds of bad behaviors, leading to the spiral of helpless/hopeless quitting. And that really starts before I look at the measuring tape or the little window on the scale. It starts with my moment-to-moment attitude about why I am doing this in the first place.

What I bring to my weight-management journey will color how I feel along the way, and that will be true no matter what the scale or measuring tape reveal. The concrete results are nothing but a metric for comparison. My goal is to bring joy, acceptance and enthusiasm right now. That's the truest measure of health, however ineffable.

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/6/2014 4:41PM

    i couldnīt agree more love it is all about our perceptive of life that makes us and our life what it is.it is not so much what life throws at you but more what you do with what life has thrown at you

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/6/2014 1:56PM

    Gorgeous!

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TENNISJIM 7/6/2014 7:34AM

    Thank you for sharing

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_BABE_ 7/6/2014 1:37AM

    Life is what we perceive it to be.....good one! emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/5/2014 10:10PM

    Bringing that forward we should realize that a by restarting exercise programs and weight management, that it's a positive step. Getting back into a healthy lifestyle. So why is it so hard to change that all-or-nothing mentality and that tail spin spiral? Shouldn't doing something positive make us feel good about ourselves? Now you've got me thinking about this. I think I need to change my attitude!

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MIAMOJO 7/5/2014 4:22PM

    Excellent post! We each have our lens through which we see ourselves, each other, our experiences, and the world. We're not stuck with it, though. When we become *aware that the lens is there* and then learn how it affects what we see, we can be our own optometrists and write a new prescription. It sounds like you've written yourself a good one!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 4:12PM

    You nailed it! The success of this voyage depends on our being able to accept ourselves, love ourselves, treat ourselves kindly every step of the way!

You are seeing that for sure and kudos! I think the older I get the more I realize I am the best ME there is. I might not be the same as anyone else but that's all right. THEY would make a good me and I won't make a good THEM either!

Hugs

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I'm Hooked

Friday, July 04, 2014



After a few weeks of yoga practice, I'm hooked. I've found a studio I like, and have begun taking classes once a week, while practicing at home with online classes between. I love the feeling of calm and strength I get from my practice, as well as the improvement I'm feeling in my injured right shoulder/arm (from overdoing it with weight training).

Some of my favorite online resources for free yoga classes are Yoga with Adriene on YouTube and doyogawithme.com.

I hope you all are having a beautiful weekend, friends.

Here's a link to an article on Huffington Post that includes the image above (so you can see it better), with information about how yoga transforms the body starting from the first sessions.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/bo
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/5/2014 3:26PM

    Yoga has improved every part of my life and my body.

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LINDAK25 7/5/2014 3:12PM

    That's great! I've been wanting to try yoga, but I'm not sure if it would bother my back or not.

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KANOE10 7/5/2014 9:24AM

    I went to my first yoga class. I liked it also and am going to continue. Thanks for sharing those online sites and the article with the benefits. I also injured myself with overdoing it on the weight training. Hope your injury is healing.




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HEALTHY4ME 7/5/2014 7:32AM

    Great thanks. that is a neat site! all types so I can get back to it I was doing back care yoga till my knee got so bad I wasn't able to get down and also can't even do childs pose which I loved, my knee wont bend enough. I will find something on here. Thanks

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TENNISJIM 7/5/2014 6:45AM

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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THINFITKINDVGAN 7/5/2014 5:47AM

    I also love yoga. There isn't anything I don't like about it. LOL

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ERIECANALGAL 7/5/2014 12:11AM

    emoticon I want to try it too! Good Luck.

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BELLENGLISH 7/5/2014 12:01AM

    I am going to try yoga soon. That is wonderful that you have found something you like to do and have seen good results. Keep up the great work.

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1200 Calories

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Check out this blog from Huffington Post:

www.huffingtonpost.com/sophia-herbst
/1200-calories_b_4816597.html


This is the best piece on weight management I've read in a very long time.

What do you say?

  
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PIGGYWAY 3/18/2014 2:42PM

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TREV1964 3/15/2014 8:42PM

    Some really good information here - Thanks for the link.

Cheers

trev

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MANDYLOVE_76 3/7/2014 4:09PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2014 9:16PM

    It is all about building muscle, listening to your body, eating HEALTHY.

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PIGGYWAY 3/6/2014 4:41PM

  THANK YOU

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LINDAK25 3/6/2014 2:58PM

    Oh, I love this! We all know what she's talking about--where did that 1200 calories come from?

Talk about empowerment--wow! When are women going to stop measuring themselves against Hollywood's anorexic mindset? I love Sophia's comment about Special K. Don't you think a Special K bar is akin to eating a snickers?

Thanks!

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CHESSARIA 3/6/2014 2:04PM

    I really liked that article! It is spot on, and something that I have been thinking about lately.

I even sent it to my co-worker and my sister. I might post it to my facebook page as well.

Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!

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NICKYCRANE 3/6/2014 1:54PM

    SP tells us not to go below 1200 cals! I count most of my cals. But I notice when I clock up cals from e.g. fruit, my weight doesn't seem to go up.
I enjoy feeling the fat decrease and the muscle, yes, MUSCLE!, increase. Having reached my goal weight, actually 2 kilos below my original goal, because I kept shedding weight, and decided to stop where it felt comfortable, I now have other goals, e,g reduce the spare tyre, so I can wear the summer shorts that were too tight last summer, DONE!: exercise more,for the moment at least 30 mins, burning at least 150 cals, DONE!: walk and jog faster, aiming for 4 mph walking, 5 mph jogging, progressing slowly but still progressing.
When I tried to eat intuitively without counting cals, my weight started going up. Now I eat intuitively, but also keep track of the cals. I ump on the scales every day, but only weigh myself exactly, no clothes, and record it once a week.

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TENNISJIM 3/6/2014 6:00AM

    I checked it out -- an article for women.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/6/2014 5:52AM

    There's a lot in there. Probably too much for many people to digest in one reading. But I'd say most of it is spot-on in regard to my experience.

You haven't yet told us what YOU think about it...

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PHEBESS 3/6/2014 4:41AM

    Wow, excellent article! Should be required reading by every women, maybe once a year!

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TIGER_LILY_613 3/5/2014 11:14PM

   
It's so true : the media needs to lay more emphasis on eating HEALTHY and getting strong instead of harping on empty calories all the time.

LOVED this article. Thanks for sharing it !

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SERENE-BEAN 3/5/2014 11:12PM

    Calories are my friend. I cannot get the energy to go about my life if I do not get enough calories. I cannot get enough nutrition if I am near starvation.

Or, as I like to say, Calories are the POINT of food!

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ANGELCITYGAL 3/5/2014 10:59PM

    What do you think about the author's points?

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THINFITKINDVGAN 3/5/2014 10:55PM

    1200 calories from what source? Burritos? Mc Donalds? What percentage is fat from animals? What part of what you are eating is chemically derived? How about nutrients?

Calorie based thinking is focusing on just one little bit of the entire picture of natural weight management - which we are looking for.

For me I am a raw organic vegan. My caloric intake starts at 2000 and can go up to 3100 if I'm working and training. BUT that is all from raw nutritionally dense food that the body either utilizes or disposes of. What is unused is NOT stored. Totally different Universe.

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