Friday, February 29, 2008
It's all in how you think. Put the right pictures in your mind and see what happens..The more you do it the better you get at it. I like to visualize a parking space in a crowded mall, the highest number on the spin wheel, myself and hubby sitting in a rocking chair holding hands and enjoying nature on the patio. So much good, so little time. Why didn't I learn these things long ago. I'm having a great leap year day. Picture that slimy fat sliding down your leg and off your foot. Picture yourself lean and running on the hiking path with your dog at your side. Picture yourself looking in the mirror at your slim body, the elation that you feel when seeing the results of all your hard work.. Picture you standing over a pile of naughty food with a bat in your hand ready to bat food down when it tries to overcome you. Picture you eating healthy and slimming down,Picture yourself on a big shopping trip with all the money that came to you in a windfall, buying all new clothes because all your clothes are too big. Picture yourself packing up your plus size clothes to give to some poor soul who's struggling with their weight. The possibilies are endless. You can do this, it's all in the mindset. Picture your check after getting that great job that you wanted, picture yourself in the car you've always wanted with your hair flying in the breeze...picture yourself with a special someone (especially if you have no special one) on the beach holding hands , picture yourself giving things away and being able to buy new things for your family, picture yourself giving things to people who are in need and having all the things you gave away being replaced by new and better things, and on and on....Bug
Of course if you add prayer to that, you're really doing it...and God will bless you for your giving spirit.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Taken from Spark...
As a whole, we are made up of 70% water. Water regulates every function in your body. Water flushes out all the waste and toxins in our bodies. It also transports all the necessary nutrients our bodies need to look and feel good. It flushes out impurities in the skin; when skin cells are hydrated, they plump up to give you a good complexion. Also, muscles that are hydrated look more toned because they are made of 70% water. Not drinking enough water is similar to depriving that less-than-vibrant plant you water every few weeks. The plant will survive, but at what expense… Other benefits to drinking water include:
Helps digest food
Lowers Blood pressure
Supports healthy hair and nails
Carries more blood and oxygen to your face
Regulates body temperature so you don't get too cold or too hot
Prevents water retention
There are so many aches and pains that most people attribute to being old, sick or tired, when in all actuality, it’s probably just a case of dehydration. Even a lack of concentration and focus can be attributed to a lack of water. It only makes sense, considering our brains are made up of 90% water. Those nagging headaches we often get, that most people shrug off as part of life or the common cold can also just be a case of dehydration. What about those painful joints that we complain about? Water works as a lubricant – the two opposing surfaces (for example, the femur and the tibia at the knee) will glide freely and minimize friction damage, causing less pain.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
It's the funniest thing. You wouldn't think that eating good fat would make losing weight easier, would you? But for me, it does. It's been sort of an accidental thing that I learned this. I had heard things that suggested it but it goes against all we've been taught for many, many years. I've done low fat always, not just when I was dieting but all my life, since fat. All I got for it was not lost weight but dry skin and low good cholesterol. Extra Light Olive oil raises your good cholesterol and I've always been way down on that. Well, it seems for me to lose the best that it takes a combination of things. Low carbs, low calories, high fat and JUDDD. I can eat more carbs and calories without gaining if I up my good fat. Not just a little but to this ratio: 75% fat, 5-10% carbs and 20% protein. It seems some say eating too much protein while doing low carb, our bodies use the protein and what ever it doesn't use it stores as fat. Whereas, if our bodies don't have carbs or protein to use, it will use fat, yes, our fat. Well, I didn't know but I thought I'd try it and sure 'nuff for me it works. I also find that by upping my good fat (olive oil) I can eat more carbs and calories. I take 2 tablespoons in the morning and if I eat too many carbs, I take another tbsp. Don't ask me how but it is working for me. One of the most important things I've learned is to use JUDDD to conquer food instead of it controlling you every day. Without the JUDDD bootcamp I would have never succeeded. I love JUDDD...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
One thing I noticed right away when I started JUDDD was that after a few down days, I felt like I was in control of my body, my food and my future. It gave me such optimism for my future and I knew that I would reach goal and never be fat again. I also had lots more energy, I no longer wanted to lay on the sofa and watch TV or take a nap. You may wonder where I would get these thoughts and the extra energy? I got it from doing JUDDD. I had never heard any other people describing the feelings that I had until today when Nicurn blogged about it and then I remembered that Dr. Johnson had said something about a state of mind so I went to his site and copied and pasted it right here. Here's what he had to say:
The natural history of diets is that the vast majority of people, perhaps 95% of those who are able to lose any weight at all lose less than 5% of their body weight over a period of few weeks, then go off the diet and gain the weight back within months, often gaining some additional weight. With Johnson UpDayDownDay Diet™, a different state of mind is created which will change your perception of dieting forever. Because of the ease of getting on and off the diet, there is no failure. Your effort is focused on only one day and you never have the endless horizon of deprivation. You are always starting over. You can plan your life around the schedule of “down” days and enjoy your life again, without constant guilt and frustration.
I love JUDDD....
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I'm writing to say I'm sorry
For being angry yesterday
When you seemed to ignore my prayer
And things didn't go my way.
First, my car broke down,
I was very late for work
But I missed that awful accident
Was that your handiwork?
I found a house I loved
But others got there first,
I was angry, then relieved
when I heard the pipes had burst!
Yesterday I found the perfect dress
But the color was too pale,
Today I found the dress in red
Would you believe it was on sale?
I know you're watching over me
And I'm feeling truly blessed,
For no matter what I pray for
You always know what's best!
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