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Why you need a HUG

Thursday, February 09, 2012

In cleaning out paper accumulations I found a clipping of interest. From the June 2006 Prevention magazine page. 54

"Why you need a HUG.

"The reassuring hand you reach for in times of trouble has more power than you know: It calms areas of the brain that register alarm, finds a new study from the University of Virgina and the University of Wisconsin. Neuroscientists put 16 married women in a stressful situation (they knew they'd receive mild electric shocks). When a friendly male volunteer held their hand, scans showed less activity in the parts of the brain that respond to danger. The effect was even greater when the hand belonged to the participant's spouse.
"It may be that your mind relaxes because someone is there to help," explains lead researcher James Coan, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UV. Other forms of touch - a hug, a shoulder rub - may also ease an anxiety-ridden experience and even reduce the amount of stress hormones the brain produces. RM"

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CELEST 2/10/2012 7:01AM

    How incredibly are bodies are made....I cannot understand how anyone can think that with one bang things came about and then evolved thereafter.
Fabulous blog thanks.

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TATTER3 2/10/2012 6:53AM

    I like this!!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/9/2012 10:41PM

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COOLCALLALILY 2/9/2012 10:38PM

    I need a hug.

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It worked! I am stunned!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I don't lose weight easily. I struggle with my blood sugars as well.

In January of 2006 I began occasionally recording my measurements/weight and other related health stuff. I now am SO glad I did.

In February 2007 I found Sparkpeople. In February 2009 I found T-Tapp.

T-Tapp suggested keeping a record of measurements, so I recorded everything.

I have just done an evaluation.
I love T-Tapp and have been doing mostly just the BWO+ since I started in February 2009. I took measurements then and occasionally since then. I did it again today and am astonished at what I have found.

The First follow up measurements only had a net loss of 3/4 inch..and I was hugely disappointed. That was in March 2009

Today's measurements showed an entirely different story! I have a net loss of 19 1/2 inches!!! I was stunned! My weight in that time is down nearly 15 lbs also (not counting all the ups and downs along the way!) I simply HAD to share this revelation with all of you. No doubt about it, T-Tapp works, even for the folks like me for whom it is a struggle.

No straight line of success for me. My journey is a very bumpy one...but apparently I am doing even better than I thought (just incredibly slowly!)

Am I pleased? YES!!! emoticon

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SNEAKY 2/20/2012 7:53PM

    That is awesome!

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AHGIRLS 2/14/2012 1:43PM

    Congrats Asta! Thank you for turning me on to T-Tapp. I know it works! I haven't seen any changes on the scale yet, but my measurements are going in the right direction and I can tell I'm stronger and more flexible.... and I stopped doing it for a few weeks! I'm back at it and last night I was able to do the whole BWO+ - all the reps of every exercise. It was exciting.... and it's thanks to you!

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    emoticon Nice to know what's working for you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2012 4:08PM

    Well done Asta!!!! So glad it is working for you.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 2/8/2012 2:26PM

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! emoticon

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CELEST 2/8/2012 1:35PM

    My word that is amazing!!!!!!!!!!
So good you kept that record it is fabulous and will spur you on to keep doing your t-tapp. emoticon(you can see I know all about t-tapp emoticon)

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CINA-MINI 2/8/2012 12:34PM

    That is so great to hear! Congratulations!

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WDWGIRLS 2/8/2012 12:15PM

    What a wonderful accomplishment! All that work definitely paid off, great going! I had to go look it up on google, never heard of it before.

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/8/2012 12:14PM

  Way to Go Asta!! I"m proud of you too! HUGS!!

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COOLCALLALILY 2/8/2012 12:03PM

    emoticon I am so PROUD of you, Mom!!! emoticon Good job! I love you! emoticon

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    Congratulations! Great work.

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BOXINGBUNNY 2/8/2012 11:55AM

    That's awesome!! Keep up the great work! I'm judging my progress based on the fit of my clothes, I should keep measurements too!

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No chocolate? Who me?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I love chocolate. When I learned I was diabetic, I began to be much more selective in my choice of chocolate...learning to like darker and darker chocolate. I would have my chocolate most days, but wanted the calories to be a good choice.

When I lived in the US Virgin Islands for two and a half years, my chocolate of choice was Dove Dark, but I couldn't find it on the island. One serving (my choice of serving size) was three pieces. My daughter mailed me bags of Dove Dark from Carson City NV...and I rationed it out. 3 pieces a day. My blood sugars were in very good range. All the walking I did every day was contributing to that.

Now, almost 8 yrs after returning to TN, I am struggling with my blood sugars and my chocolate addiction. Easy access made it easier to indulge. Then I met darker chocolates, and began cultivating the taste for them though Dove remained my favorite for a long time. THEN I met Xocai! Oh dear. High antioxidant chocolate with acai berries and blueberries in a very dark chocolate (and very pricey dark chocolate!). I learned to LOVE it! Because of the price, I was again doing better at limiting how much...and for a while, that was all each day.

This last year or so, though, I found myself eating more than my allotted amount...first more Xocai, then more of other chocolates. Still dark, but without rationing.

A few weeks ago I decided that I was out of control. I was wanting chocolate before breakfast. I was nibbling at chocolate every chance I got...sometimes mindlessly. Of course, my blood sugar problems were not helped by this indulgence. Chocolate was becoming an obsession and of ridiculous proportions.

As I approached my last bottle of my diabetes meds I knew my HbA1C test was coming up with the next Dr. appointment. Hmmm...not good! BUT, that gave me the incentive to stop.

So, two weeks ago, I chocolate Dove pieces or bars, no Hersheys (fill in the name!). I had to stop. I also upped my blood testing when I could.

My HbA1C test is still a few weeks away...but as of today, I have gone two weeks without my beloved chocolate.

I HAVE had a few other things with chocolate in them, but very little. I am trying very hard to manage the impulse to nibble/snack etc. My kids have been out of school for years, but I am STILL finding that the mental "snack time" around 3:30 in the afternoon when my kids had after school treats is a trigger time for me. I have broken the "free for all" snacking mentality from that hr on.

Hopefully, this effort will bear good results. I look forward to chocolate again sometime (soon perhaps) but simply cannot let it be my food of choice from when I get up till when I go back to sleep!

So I ask: No chocolate? Who me? Yup, ME for now! I did it...two whole weeks...and counting.

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ANITA_CHANGE 2/7/2012 5:46AM

    That is great that you not only recognized your issue, but are doing your best to control it. Mine problem has been pepsi. I am doing better, only splurging here and there, but it does show in my face when I have cheated. Knowing that makes me want to stop right there! I am learning that I can't have a splurge, like an alcoholic, I will use the excuse, I had a drink, one more and I will stop tomorrow. Not good, so I have to do the cold turkey thing. It has been working for the most part. Keep up the good work.

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JOYCEATH50 2/1/2012 8:18AM

    Good Job! Balance is the key to everything. Finding balance in every area of our lives is hard but important. Love Joyce
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CURLYL0CKS 1/30/2012 11:17PM

    WooooHooooo!!! emoticon

2 weeks is awesome!!

I struggle sometimes with not letting food be 'the boss of me'.... Like sometimes I put food (or my favorite treat) on a pedestal and it takes a while for me to get my brain back into gear in order for me to be 'the boss' of my food!

Good for you!!!

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JEAN111766 1/30/2012 1:13PM

    Hershey's unsweetened cocoa with Splenda and 1% ricotta with a little vanilla is a delightful chocolate treat that I enjoy... when you are ready to venture into the chocolate land again... this one is a safe one ;)
Hope your HBA1C comes back ok!!!

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CELEST 1/29/2012 12:40AM

    emoticon Now that you have gone two weeks, you will be able to control it. They say that it takes two weeks to break a habit, you've done that. Why why why do we get into these situations? emoticon
I just did too. I know NOT to diet, it just derails me. Its why I LOVE calorie counting which pretty much allows me anything as long as I track it. I ended up CHOOSING to change back to a diet to help someone else kickstart their diet. In the end, the other person didnt manage and I ended up eating all wrong for me, which ended up in a lost day. I know one day isnt much.....but I was doing so well till then. emoticon

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SANDYZEE 1/28/2012 10:29PM

    Amazing!! Great effort. It encourages me to do better . Way to go, Sis emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 1/28/2012 10:21PM

    Well done!!!

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NASFKAB 1/28/2012 10:19PM

  Good for you

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SUNNYWBL 1/28/2012 9:00PM

    Make your chocolate of choice a tin of Hershey's Cocoa. The effort of making a cup of hot chocolate should give you pause.

Have a protein snack - Reduced Fat String cheese, cup of skim milk, slice of turkey breast, etc plus a glass of water should hold you until dinner.

Hope this helps emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/28/2012 8:21PM

    Congrats on the hard choice and staying with it!! Way to go!!
Blessings to you!!

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CINA-MINI 1/28/2012 6:51PM

    Wow Asta! I am really proud of you for giving up chocolate for 2 whole weeks. I hope your doctors appt. goes well.

I have always wondered why I get "snacky" around 3:30-4:00 in the afternoon. That is when we had after school snack! It was normally homemade cookies and a big glass of milk. Memories! My boys come home from school and act like they haven't eaten in a month. Any leftovers from the previous nights dinner is in their bellies as soon as they walk in. Then, they want burritos and chips. Knowing full well that dinner is less than 2 hours away. After eating all that food, they still eat all their dinner! Boys and their metabolism!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/28/2012 6:30PM

    emoticon I too have gotten out of control lately so have restricted my self to the daily allotment for the FMS pain.

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COOLCALLALILY 1/28/2012 6:18PM

    I'm proud of you, Mom! Love you SO MUCH! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/28/2012 6:15PM

  I should have your strength dear! lol. I did the rationing with M&Ms for a YEAR (remember that??) and now I can't have anything in the house! I have to have my ______ (fill in the blank) OUTSIDE the house! You'll do it! HUGS!!

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BESCATS 1/28/2012 6:12PM

    Good for you, but it sounds like you need to go longer without your chocolate, to keep your diabetes in check. Try just getting a small candy bar once-in-awhile, instead of a bag. I know it's hard, I love candy & if I have it in the house, I can't just eat one piece, so I don't buy it very often. Good luck, keep up the good work. emoticon

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lesson in a glass of water

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My friend Pauline shared this. Thought it worth sharing with you.

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question , 'Half empty or half full?'... but she fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter, it depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "And that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest, before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... pick them up tomorrow, or better yet...eliminate them completely, if possible.

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KRBALCOM67 1/25/2012 12:01PM

    Great Post! Thank you! I'll share that with my mom too!

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SHASSYSUE2 1/12/2012 11:44PM

    I just had a friend just send this to me, and I love it!! It was exactly what I needed!!!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 1/12/2012 9:48PM

    I really, really liked this. I think I will share it with my mother. Thanks Asta!

((HUGS))-Rose emoticon

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    thank you i really needed this right now. i am having a meltdown from stress at work. i think i will go to my workout room and ride my reclinging bicycle for 30- 40 min depending on how the joints feel.

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GAMOMMY3 1/11/2012 10:36AM

    Beautiful illustration!

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CELEST 1/11/2012 4:19AM

    Excellent, thats why the bible says dont go to sleep in a provoked state. But do we listen? Its hard to put our problems down, but an absolute necessity.
Great words!

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CINA-MINI 1/11/2012 3:16AM

    It's all in the perspective!

Thanks for sharing!

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/10/2012 10:51PM

  Love it Asta! I need to share it with some others. Could you send it to me please? HUGS

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CURLYL0CKS 1/10/2012 10:13PM

    Great post. Good for the soul.

Thank you. :o)

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NEW-ME-IN2012 1/10/2012 6:25PM

    emoticon Yes, thank you for sharing that illustration. I'll have to share it tomorrow out in service.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/10/2012 5:26PM

    Very true!

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What a great idea. Thank you for sharing it with us.



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God's Wife

Sunday, December 25, 2011

This came to me in an email today. I have heard most of it before, but thought others might enjoy it, too. Don't know if the contest thing is accurate or not. (Also...the share it with everyone comment is part of the email...not my message).
A beautiful collection of stories. It would be wonderful if more people were like that. We know that when Jesus' rule is firmly established there will be no more want or need and everyone will be loving and caring In the meantime.....

Subject: God's Wife

God's Wife
especially number 5 (Yes! it's the best!!)

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once
Talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the Contest was
to find the most caring child.

The winner was:

1. A four-year-old child, whose next door
neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old Gentleman's' yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his mother asked him what he had
said to the neighbor, the little boy just said,
'Nothing, I just Helped him cry.'


2. Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were
discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted.
A little girl said, 'I know all about
Adoption, I was adopted..'

'What does it mean to be adopted?', asked
another child.

'It means', said the girl, 'that you grew
in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy!'

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3. On my way home one day, I stopped to
watch a Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was
'We're behind 14 to nothing,' he answered
With a smile.

'Really,' I said. 'I have to say you
don't look very discouraged.'

'Discouraged?', the boy asked with a
Puzzled look on his face...
'Why should we be discouraged?
We haven't Been up to bat yet.'

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4. Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot
in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.

Jamie was trying out for a part in the
school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen..

On the day the parts were awarded, I went
with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement..
'Guess what, Mom,' he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to me....
'I've been chosen to clap and cheer.'


5. An eye witness account from New York
City , on a cold day in December,
some years ago: A little boy, about 10-years-old,
was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering
With cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said, 'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'

'I was asking God to give me a pair of
shoes,' was the boy's reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed
his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him
a pair of shoes..

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him.. She patted him on the head and said, 'No
doubt, you will be more comfortable now..'

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her:

'Are you God's wife?'


Hope this put a smile on your face it
Sure did mine!

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JOYCEATH50 12/31/2011 10:57AM

    Very sweet and encouraging. emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 12/27/2011 5:13PM

    A treasure! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MARIE4950 12/27/2011 4:14PM

    My heart is hUGE. Thanks for sharing and I will send it on.

Love you emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 12/27/2011 1:53PM

    Very sweet!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 12/27/2011 1:16PM

    Aw, almost made me CRY! How beautiful. I read that one about Leo Buscaglia before, he is amazing.

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AIMEESINGS 12/27/2011 10:46AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CINA-MINI 12/26/2011 1:07PM

    Tears are flowing. I have read them before too, but they are so "feel good"!

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CELEST 12/26/2011 4:53AM

    Thats just so beautiful. Besides 5 I just loved the attitude of positivity in 4. Wow a lesson learned.

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TATTER3 12/25/2011 7:12PM

    Thank you! Keep Sparkin'!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 12/25/2011 6:45PM

  I've heard em all before but they ALL bear repeating. You can read all of these, I believe in various "Chicken Soup (for the soul)" books. LOTS of "AWWWW's" HUGS

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MORITZMOM 12/25/2011 6:36PM

    Thanks for sharing that. It really lifted me.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/25/2011 6:30PM

    I've had this one several times before. It always brings a lump to your throat.

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