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What does food do to your body?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I've been listening to the Biggest Loser Fan Podcast. I download it to my phone and listen to that while I'm working at my PC. They're free, or I wouldn't have them! LOL!

Anyway, today's podcast (at least, it was today for me) one of the hosts said that his "Aha" moment was when he started to think about what was actually, physically happening to his body when he ate certain things. What does your body do and what are you doing to your body when you eat fat? Or sugar? Or fiber?

That question made me pause...with a pretzel M&M halfway to my mouth. LOL! (don't worry, I got that M&M into my mouth along with all of the others!) But, it also made my thoughts pause too. I don't know exactly what it does to my body when I eat poorly. Or when I eat healthy. I know how I feel when I eat well. I know how I feel when I don't. But exactly what's going on in there? Are my cells doing happy dances and singing "bring on the sugar" when I eat that cookie? Somehow, I don't think so but I'd kind of like to think so! LOL!

So, I think I'm going to go to the library and get Dr. Oz's book about the human body. I think I want "You: An Owner's Manual" not the "You: On a Diet" book. Maybe knowing what food does to me will make it easier to make healthy choices.

Or maybe I'll have sugar parties! emoticon

  
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LIQUID11 8/16/2010 2:58PM

    It's a mind game I play recently.
I observe how I feel before, during and after a meal in combination with the macronutrients and calories it contains.
I did not know there are books pertaining to this specific subject, though.
It was a rather instinctive reaction. Cool!
Try it.
It helps a lot and you become more efficient controlling not only your "hunger", "appetite" and "cravings but your psychological condition also. Drugs free, fuss free and all natural and personal!!

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DONNAORLENE 8/14/2010 12:37AM

    Something to ponder....I love the way you put it all together with the M & M's. I really love Dr. Oz too. Been watching him for years! Haven't read the book though. Maybe I should, huh?
anyway, hope you have a good weekend while you're thinking about all of this! Later!

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Donna

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KENDRACARROLL 8/14/2010 12:08AM

    I bought that book a while ago and I did start on it. It is quite interesting. It is however, currently sitting among some other half-finished books right next to my bed. Some day I will get back to it. Let me know what you find out.

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CAROLEHZ 8/13/2010 8:51AM

    I'm glad you found the podcasts, I find them interesting and sometimes motivating too. I would like to know about the sugar thing. I watch the Dr.s tv show sometimes and recently they showed blood after consuming fatty foods..it was an eye opener for sure because it actually gets thicker...not a fan of looking at blood but the visual was very helpful. Looking forward to your book report. Maybe we should have a book club until Clinton and Stacy come back.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/13/2010 7:18AM

    Good idea! Let us know that he says, okay? I just started wondering what low protein and fat are doing to me.

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BKNOCK 8/13/2010 7:16AM

    Maybe you can start reading that book and you can write us a synopsis every night?

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JUNIAATROME 8/13/2010 1:24AM

    what did you do -the library or the sugar party?

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CARLANNIE 8/13/2010 1:05AM

    Have you ever really watched what food looks like when you get it all wet and ready to spray down into the disposal? Pretty gross sometimes. Or if it's greasy, it just clings to anything it can. And stays there. I think maybe we should stop thinking about this . . .

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GEEMAWEST 8/13/2010 12:09AM

    Love, Dr Oz. He knows his stuff. Maybe more than I am ready to admit. LOL

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I am in the top three!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The last month or so, my gym has been listing the members who had the most visits during that month. Last month, I was #2! I think the guy who was number 1 (no potty references, please!) visited more than once a day. I say if you want it bad enough to cheat, you can have it! emoticon [Notice how I immediately take down a level, or three?]

This month, I am once again second on the list! I don't remember the guy's name from last month, but it might be the same one this month. Dagnabit! LOL! Anyway, it's kind of cool to see my name up there. Even though until very recently (like, last week), no one I actually know and speak to belongs to the gym so no one would see it. Except me. And I'm pretty happy with myself! Go me! emoticon emoticon


Parting note...DD was watching Wild Child which is apparently set in England. "Mom" asks my intelligent, lovely daughter. "Why are they speaking English?" emoticon emoticon

I'm still giving her grief over that one! LOL!

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 8/12/2010 10:55PM

  So when do you start going twice a day? We all know you have a wide open schedule. (HaHa)
Your daughter and my sister should get together. She once declared that Italy is in France.

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USERNAMEDD 8/12/2010 4:51PM

  GO YOU!!!!! emoticon

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NEWNAC304 8/12/2010 1:52PM

    Congrats on being in 2nd place! That's awesome!

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STEELKICKIN 8/12/2010 11:50AM

    Number 2, huh? AWESOME! Keep on keeping on, Wild Child!

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LIFE-FAITH 8/12/2010 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work!


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GEEMAWEST 8/12/2010 9:20AM

    Way to go Barb!! You Rock! But then you already knew that, didn't you?

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BKNOCK 8/12/2010 9:11AM

    2nd place, awesome!

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IAM_HIS2 8/12/2010 8:40AM

    Way to go...congratulations!! emoticon emoticon

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JUNIAATROME 8/12/2010 4:40AM

    Yeah, why are they? LOL

BTW - I am pleased to let you know that now we all know that you scored 2nd on the gym list! WHICH IS GREAT! you are a dedicated lady and a model to the rest of us. Keep it up.

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JOANOFSPARK 8/12/2010 1:48AM

    Love it...*grin* great for you...just keep on doing what you are doing, and one of these days he will slip up. The main thing is that you do know that you are on that list, which is pretty cool,when you think about it....that you are putting forth all that effort every month and it is paying off, big time......*woohoooo* emoticon emoticon

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DONNAORLENE 8/12/2010 12:51AM

    Like I said, I don't know where you get the strength or energy! But I'm happy for you! You can always do whatever you set your mind to. As for DD's comment, I'll have to get together with you sometime and tell you some of Marshall's - He's really a hoot! Some times he can get me rolling on the floor I laugh so hard! (Is that really what they're speaking! LOL!!)

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Donna

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KENDRACARROLL 8/12/2010 12:45AM

    Congrats on your gym attendance. Yay you!

emoticon over DD's question. This is such a kid thing to do! Talk first, think later. Gotta love them for it :)

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Football practice is forcing me out of my rut!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Football practice for my son started this week. Even though he is not released to play/hit/block/tackle/etc., he can do most of the warm ups and running. His practice is every night (for the first two weeks) from 6 to 8. I prefer to stay at his practice the whole time. Partly cos I like to watch him practice. Partly cos I like to talk to the other parents. Partly cos I'm worried he'll hurt himself and need his mommy (not that he would admit that!). LOL! emoticon

Before this week, that 6 - 8 time would be used in coming home to make dinner, eating dinner, getting ready for and heading to the gym. Now, I eat dinner when I get home. Monday night, I headed to the gym after dinner and didn't get to bed until 11:00. I got up at 4:20 to meet a friend at the gym (and then I didn't have to go tonight!). The thought process is that I will go early in the morning so I don't have to try to go after dinner.

It worked so far (one day). emoticon Of course, that was one day AND I was meeting my friend. Tomorrow will be a true test of my mettle (meddle?). Not meeting the friend. Planning on the gym. Wish me luck!

So, not only is my exercise rut rerouted, but so is my food rut. I used to have a snack around 3:30 or 4:00 and then eat dinner no later than 6:30 or 7:00. NOW, I don't eat dinner until after 8:00. I have to work a second snack in there that will keep me satisfied without blowing my calorie budget. I think I'm going to try carrots tomorrow. I can eat a lot of those for very few calories. emoticon

  
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KENDRACARROLL 8/12/2010 12:15AM

    Good luck! I'll say! (I don't do mornings - at all.) emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/11/2010 10:37PM

  Couldn't you just walk around the field while he is practicing? Maybe they have a spare tackling dummy you could use for strength training. Just kidding.
Don't get behind on your sleep. Take it from me - you can never catch up and being constantly tired is a real drag.

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CARLANNIE 8/11/2010 9:50AM

    Hmmm.....good plan to get up so early, but question: will you have to go to sleep earlier? And will it disrupt your SP time? If only we could get by on two hours of sleep.

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BKNOCK 8/11/2010 8:19AM

    Wow, getting out of your rut, you? Sounds like you will be doing alot of eating after 8! I am glad that your son is doing good. I can't believe it is almost school time again. My niece is not looking forward to 4th grade!

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NEWNAC304 8/11/2010 7:35AM

    Ah, I remember those days. My son was in JFL and the field was 30 minutes from our house and I worked 30 minutes from home. We had a lot of sandwiches those days so he could he eat before practice and my daughter and I would eat while he was practicing. I'd get home from work, pick them up and drive to practice.

Did you manage to get up this morning and make it to the gym? I had to get up at 4:30 so I could get in my workout and shower before the guys did. It's going to be a long day.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/11/2010 7:13AM

    Good luck! I'm trying to figure out how to fit gym into my schedule next month, once my various injured joints settle down, and it isn't easy! It's probably even harder for you, because you have kids at home. Making the time for a change in routine might mean turning the daily schedule upside down, shaking it up a bit, and looking at it entirely differently.

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DONNAORLENE 8/11/2010 12:49AM

    I'm tellin' you, if you get any busier you won't need to exercise all the time! Do you get to count all of that as calories burned or something? Going, going, going,.....going crazy or something! LOL!! Oh well, I guess I'm just jealous. You're such a great person and a good Mom...by the way, how is you DS' arm doing? Hope all is going well. And you better slow down a little bit, after all you do need some sleep! Hope you have a good day tomorrow! Take care and God Bless!

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Donna Orlene

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Sat in the sun

Sunday, August 08, 2010

for about an hour today. Maybe longer. It was really cold (to me) in my house and it is my weekend so I decided to take it easy. I could have cleaned, but I didn't. I could have done laundry, but I didn't. Could have organized, but I didn't.

Instead, I read my book. I played Words with Friends on my phone and I relaxed! I deserved it! After all, I took my daughter, her friend and my son shopping for school stuff today. Oh...and football cleats. It was tiring, but we got some stuff done.

Wishing it was still sunny so I could be outside again. Next weekend!

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 8/9/2010 10:49PM

  I feel so guilty when I just sit, but it feels soooo good some times to just do nothing!

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STEPHIEKNITS 8/9/2010 7:56PM

    I think sitting in the sun relaxing is what was deserved after shopping for back to school stuff especially the cleats. Great way to recharge your batteries. emoticon

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BKNOCK 8/9/2010 7:33PM

    Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday! Way to hot in NC to do that!

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NEWNAC304 8/9/2010 8:09AM

    I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday. I did nothing (except laundry) all day and it felt pretty darn good.

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DONNAORLENE 8/9/2010 12:31AM

    I'm glad you had a good Sunday. I thought of you today reading and sitting out in the son...can you believe it?!?!See I told you I think of you often too! Thanks for the good comments on my blog page too. Yep, my faith is definitely what keeps me going. God can do it every time. Have a great week and I'll be checking in on you now and then.

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Donna

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GEEMAWEST 8/9/2010 12:30AM

    What a great way to spend the day, Barb. Don't let Dutchie scare you. She's all talk, no action. Unless she decides to write a blog about you.
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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/8/2010 11:46PM

    So really what you're saying is... you've just been damn lazy again... ;0)

Oh well... I'm just jealous!

and still keeping me eyes on ALL of you!!

oll' fart... Dutchie

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SASKATIA 8/8/2010 11:42PM

  That sounds like a wonderful way to spend time. Sometimes I really love taking cat naps and reading in the sun. But it has to be the right kind of sun or I burn.

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Burnt semi - coulda been so much worse

Sunday, August 08, 2010

In my status, I mentioned that the neighbors at the end of the cul-de-sac had a fire early this morning. I wanted to go see how they were, offer my assistance and (of course!) find out what happened. But I also didn't want to be a nosy neighbor or pain in the buttooski!

I decided to go down there. I introduced myself and we talked...for almost an hour! First, the fire started in the semi truck that was parked in the driveway. Apparently the ACM (brains of the truck...yeah, I had to ask too.) had a short and started the fire. Someone driving along the road, the main road behind my house, not the cul-de-sac, saw the fire and banged on the door of the house to wake them up.

That person's quick action actually saved the house! The tenants got out, called 911 and called the owner of the truck (he was in a nearby town). He almost beat the fire fighters there! LOL! If they had been 10 minutes later, the house would have been engaged and there would have been so much more damage.

As it was, the semi is a complete loss. But since it was diesel, no explosions (I didn't know that diesel doesn't explode!) But, the owner was not in the sleeper. Otherwise, he wouldn't have been talking to me today...or ever. The siding above the garage and to the side melted from the heat. (Melted siding looks really cool!) The boards under the siding are blackened, but never actually caught fire. The firemen did cut a "man hole" in the garage door...from the inside! emoticon Not sure why they had to do that, but they did!

That's it! No structural damage to the house. No injuries to anyone! And, I met my neighbor. Really nice guy too!

Kind of an odd side note. He had a 4-year-old who asked him not to park the semi in the driveway yesterday. The child actually got mad when Daddy didn't listen! Did that kid have a premonition? I prefer to think so.

  
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STEELKICKIN 8/9/2010 10:06AM

    Wow...thank goodness everyone is okay! I'm sure that they appreciated your words. And little kids DO sense things! I'm a firm believer; they always seem to know when someone is not a good person or if a situation is "bad." Of if they are getting on your nerves when you're on the phone so they step it up a notch! Kids are really awesome, aren't they?

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/8/2010 9:14PM

  Diesel is actually the same as home heating oil. Can you imagine if it were explosive? You're right about melted siding looking really cool.


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CARRAND 8/8/2010 2:34PM

    Interesting! I didn't know that about diesel, either. I'll bet the neighbor was glad you came by.

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KENDRACARROLL 8/8/2010 11:47AM

    Who says you have to travel in order to have adventure emoticon
Glad everybody is okay.

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BKNOCK 8/8/2010 9:37AM

    Wow Barb, what a story. I am so glad that everyone is safe!

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CARLANNIE 8/8/2010 9:35AM

    Wow - exciting times! I'm not surprised that your neighbor talked to you for so long. I'll bet his adrenaline was still running high, and when extreme things happen like that, I think people just really 'need' to talk about it.

So what do you have cooked up for Sunday????

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SUZYMOBILE 8/8/2010 9:15AM

    Wonderful that you got to meet someone new out of the experience. Plus you learned a lot.

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DEUSMACHINA 8/8/2010 3:09AM

    Glad they didn't just tell you too sod off! Glad no-one was hurt, hey?

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DONNAORLENE 8/8/2010 1:22AM

    WOW!! The things that happen in your life! Good judgment call though and I'm so glad to hear that no one was hurt. The little boy..."and the children shall lead them". You never know. Anyway, I'm glad you mad new friends too. It's nice to know your neighbors sometimes. Take care and have a good Sunday!

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Donna

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GEEMAWEST 8/8/2010 12:29AM

    You did the right thing, obviously, by going over and talking to them. I'm sure they appreciated it. Glad no one was hurt. And I also think that the 4 year old knew something just wasn't right.
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CINABEE 8/8/2010 12:22AM

    Thank god no one was hurt and I am glad you got to meet your neighbor.

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