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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

I am reading the book Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink. A couple of nights ago I read the question, "Do you save the best for last?" They set up studies to find out the answers. For this issue they learned that birth order made a difference. The researchers discovered that people who ate the best one first either grew up as a youngest child or came from a large family. The people who would save the best for last were the oldest children or only children. There is much more detail in the book, and I would recommend reading this book since it very interesting but be warned sometimes in reading you may end up eating!
I am grew up the youngest so I can start with the best first such as eating a dessert before a meal. I think I also have this tendency too because I bottom out and I need that quick pick me up.
Another eating behavior I noticed is that I consume ~ eat very quickly. I am not sure this is a childhood behavior as much as I see it as being learned because of the role of being a mom. When the children were born, I would eat quickly to tend to their needs. My children are now all adult yet the behavior continues.
My daughter Lisa had a jaw problem and eats very slowly. (She is currently in an internship for being a dietician.) When she eats with us, I try not finish my food until she completes her meal. Lisa taught me the little trick of setting my fork down between bites. A simple gesture yet it makes a big difference.
Mondays are my meditation day where I begin to learn a new Bible verse. I am trying to carry that over to my other lunch meals. It helps me to slow down. My goal is to eat and enjoy/taste the food I'm eating. Too often I just consume and move on to the next task.
I have not mastered this goal. I will probably always have the tendency to 'eat and run'. I had made progress. One example is I drink one green tea a day. In the past I could consume the 16.9 bottle within 15 min. now, it may take all day or at least 1/2 of the day. I have my bottle of water to sip in between and I find that it helps me to slow down.

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SEAHONEYBEE 2/5/2014 10:01AM

    hmmm, I am the youngest of 2 children and I save the best for last.
Great tips on eating slower!

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CINDYAST 2/4/2014 8:23PM

    Great blog full of helpful tips! Thanks for sharing!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

Just before Christmas I had the GI bug, which went through our family except for my son. After New Years, I went on a whirl wind trip with my son to Nashville. He was returning to college and he chose to live off campus. The only problem was he had not found any place to live.

So, I took the journey with him. I normally hate car rides, but I truly enjoyed this time with him (especially knowing that his goal is not to be returning back home). We spent the first night in St. Louis at my daughter's house. (It was her birthday but she was in Co. with her husband's family) It snowed, so we had to shovel before leaving. Thankfully we had had good roads.

Arriving in Nashville we drove around looking for places. We toured one "luxury" apartment. I was not impressed especially since the NEW countertops had SEVERAL major scratches. My son received a text from someone wanting a roommate. I followed up with a phone call. The caller just happened to be working at the Holiday Inn Express. We decided to stay there for the night. My son was able to meet this person, and we set up a time for the next morning to view the apartment.
The apartment was in a good location. They had to do a background check on my son and I. (It was a blessing that I went with him since he probably would not have been able to have signed the lease since he is not currently working.) Since it was a Sat. we would not get confirmation until Mon. but they allowed him to move in.

The roommate drove us around to find a mattress. We found one a few blocks away. My son and I carried it back on top of our heads since it would not fit in the car. The roommate had a box springs, so it all worked out well.
As you know from my previous post, I was able to attend church with my son. Little did I realize that I would learn the lesson of having quiet in my life. I was to fly out on Tues. morning but the plane had mechanical problems. It ended up being a blessing in disguise. My son came back to pick me up, and we were able to sign the short term lease papers on his apt.

I flew out that night. Slept great in my own bed. A day later, I woke up with watering eyes, and by the end of the day I was sick. I truly rested the next day and then went to work on Sat. Needless to say, that was not a good choice. My meds wore off, and I was miserable. I went to the doctors on Mon. I have the flu.

I am not by nature one who can sit still. The doctor of course told me to go home and rest. I was exhausted so that is what I have been doing. I have been sleeping in the basement because we have a leather couch that can recline. Today I decided to emerge from the basement. I have enjoyed looking out the window and seeing the freshly fallen snow just glistening in the sunlight. I've used my time to listen to the Bible online (almost done with reading the Bible!), heard my son's pastor preach, and enjoyed K-Love.

I look forward to having energy again. To be able to do my chores, and yes I even long to work out. Being ill has taught me once again to be thankful for the little blessings.

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CINDYAST 1/15/2014 8:22PM

    Isn't it exciting when God works things out for us? I'm always surprised, but really shouldn't be. So glad you found a place for your son to live and everything got done in time. I can just picture the two of you walking down the street with a mattress on your head! Only in a college town! lol!
Take care of yourself, lots of fluids and get the rest the doctor ordered!

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2014 New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Physical: I want to do a pull up. ( This is my dream goal. Still need to work on the specifics. Will look at feedback from Spark Coach to help develop this one.)
I want to lose 5 pounds. (The scale will be my measuring took/feedback. I will weigh in once a week however I'll record monthly.)

Spiritual: Memorize one verse at least bi-weekly. I will use Memverse to help assist me in learning, reviewing, and maintaining. Go on this website twice weekly.
Finish reading the Bible through in a year. Books left to read: Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

Financial: Save the money from my extra shift (put it in savings ~ may be use for mortgage payment or to buy a car.

Emotional: To take time to use my craft room and scrapbook.
Have rewards: simple such as accepting backrubs from my husband to using the massage bed at the Club. I would like to say weekly, but I will start out to say at least once a month. I have to be realistic (rewarding myself is not a strength that I have)

Below is sermon notes I took this past Sun. evening. (1/5/14) It was on New Year's Resolutions!
Sermon Notes from Cross Point by Pete Wilson:
•More faith, less fear Trust God Heb. 11:6
•More wisdom, less foolishness
Read a chapter daily in Prov. during Jan.
•More quiet, less noise Create Silence Luke 5:16
•More gratitude, less entitlement Give Thanks 1 Thess. 5:18

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CHARTERDAWN 1/11/2014 5:41PM

  Here is the website if others are interested in having help in learning Bible Verses.

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CINDYAST 1/9/2014 9:27PM

    Outstanding goals! And reasonable. You can do it! What's the e address for the memeverse? I've never heard of it. I'm still working on Romans 12, but I've noticed that when I slack off (like over Christmas) I have to relearn parts of what I thought I'd memorized or I get them out of order. This could be a good tool for me too for maintaining.

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A Creature of Habit

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I've been on this journey for awhile. I have access to a wonderful health club and there are several classes that I do on a weekly basis such as cycling, Reformer, and a cable class. Outside of doing the cable class I have not been successful doing weight training at the Club. So, I'm back to using my Total Gym at home. I've found a new routine and I'm sure there are more out there if I look so I should be able to add variety in time.
I have several DVDs that I can use at home. The one I use the most and I know it has made a difference is my stretching. I try to make it to the Club at least 3 times a week. I have not yet established a consistent workout plan at home outside of my daily walking with my golden retriever Leo. Since the weather is now very cold in MN., I need to have an alternative.
This morning I pulled up my 29 year old Nordic Track. My husband has wanted to dispose of this for years but I have not let him. Once again I am reminded why ~ it is 9 degrees outside and I do not thrive in cold weather. All of which to say, I will be using my old faithful Nordic Track this morning. I am learning what works for me is what counts. My only disappointment is that Leo may not like it. I may have to brave the cold for short walks!

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CINDYAST 11/25/2013 2:26PM

    You're right when you say you have to do what works for you. But poor Leo! lol! I'm sure he'll still get his walks, maybe even faster ones! I'm doggy sitting our sons 1/2 boxer 1/2 german shepherd (75 pounds and goofy) this week and it's cold here too. Not as cold as you have it though! If the sun would just pop out it would feel so much better! Stay warm and Nordic Track on!

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Club or Home

Monday, November 11, 2013

I belong to my work Health Club. I like the Club for the classes since I seem to do better when working out with others. My Club has lots of equipment/weight machines and plenty of extras. My Club routine is to attend a cycle class on Wed., cable class on Friday, and I attend a Reformer class on Sat.
I try to walk my dog on a daily basis. I did not walk today since it was 20 degrees outside with snow on the ground. I know in another month this day will probably seem like a 'warm' day. I am not ready for winter.
Since I do not have success with weight training at the Club, I've gone back to using my Total Gym at home. I still have not developed a consistent routine however I tried a new one today that I found on Pinterest. I have a couple of DVD's that I can work out with too. I am stretching out by using a DVD program.
I wish I could take a poll to see how others incorporate a gym membership with working out at home. I think the main point is to work out. I am trying to add variety to my program. emoticon

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CINDYAST 11/12/2013 8:25PM

    Let me be the first to be part of your poll! lol! I do most of my workout at the gym, treadmill, lateral trainer, weight machines, incline board, etc., then I TRY and stretch when I get home from work in the afternoon. I say try, 'cause most of the time it's half hearted or not at all. I did take a stretching class at the gym., but it's hard to work into my work schedule. So, lately I've been doing a short stretching routine on my own at the gym right after my workout while my muscles are still warmed up. When I'm "doggy sitting" my sons dog, in addition to the above, I walk her before work and after I get home.
You're workout routine sounds like a great one to me! Lots more variety than I do!

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