Monday, September 12, 2011
To be true to yourself means to act in accordance with who you are and what you believe.
If you know and love yourself you will find it effortless to be true to yourself.
Just as you cannot love anyone else until you love yourself, you cannot be true to anyone else until you are true to yourself.
Be who you are. Have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as as someone else thinks you should be. Do not take action or pretend to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance.
To be true to yourself takes courage. It requires you to be introspective, sincere, open-minded and fair. It does not mean that you are inconsiderate or disrespectful of others. It means that you will not let others define you or make decisions for you that you should make for yourself.
Be true to the very best that is in you and live your life consistent with your highest values and aspirations. Those who are most successful in life have dared to creatively express themselves and in turn, broaden the experiences and perspectives of everyone else.
Be true to yourself here on SP. Don't document if you aren't doing the work. Document what you eat truthfully. It will come back to either haunt you or you will get the true results you are really aiming for.
"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away."
Tips On Being True to Yourself
* Be who you are, be your genuine self
* Follow your own value system and common sense
* Listen to the advice of others, but make up your own mind
* Recognize, appreciate, and develop your unique talents
* Stand up for what you believe in and you will gain respect
* Know that being 'different' is a gift
* Understand that you are enriching others by being yourself
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I want to pause today and remember all of those that lost their lives 10 years ago today.
The Day America Cried
Covered in dust at ground Zero
stood an unknown hero,
devastation in his path
brought on by another’s wrath.
Many buildings destroyed that day
too many lives taken away,
Lady of Liberty looks silently on
tears in her eyes for what’s now gone.
Death. Destruction. Disbelief.
Long hours of searching with little relief.
Missing faces upon a wall,
in place of the towers that did fall.
The world stood still and paused to pray
that fateful September Eleventh day.
A day in history turned to night,
to many Americans a burial site.
As we move on may you be
forever in our memory.
Written by: Donna G Fowler
Saturday, September 10, 2011
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.'
'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied.
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. 'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life.
Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.
'Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
Have a great day my friends Donna
Friday, September 09, 2011
We all know the importance of drinking water for weight loss. Or so we say. There are so many benefits of drinking water, its amazing the world isn’t following this simple advice.
Let’s see. There’s a free substance with zero side effects that accomplishes all of the following:
•Cleanses the body
•Keeps skin clear and bright
•Wards of disease
•Helps mental clarity
•Lubricates the joints
Water is the very foundation of life. Drink more. You know exactly what to do; it’s simply a matter of doing it.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
This is super easy. Just drink half your body weight in ounces, as a bare minimum. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, drink at least 75 ounces of water a day. This is a great start, but this is really just a bare minimum figure. I recommend drinking double that.. Easy peasy.
I hear the complaint all the time – “I can’t drink that much water,” or “I don’t know how you do it,” or “I don’t like water.” Bull. The easiest way to drink water is to drink nothing but water.
Water for Weight Loss
Soda, alcohol, juice, energy drinks, and milk really don’t have a place in a healthy diet. Perhaps occasionally, but not regularly. You know what’ll happen when you eliminate those things? You’ll be thirsty. Yep. Go figure.
It’s not hard to drink more water, really. Some tips I’ve learned for drinking more water are:
Have a bottle or glass of water with you at all times. In the car, as you work, when you exercise, when you run errands, and even when you go out at night. Every time the thought occurs to you, take a chug.
Never just take one sip. Take 3 or 4 huge chugs every time you take a drink.
When you’re really just not feeling super thirsty, add a squeeze of lemon or lime to your water to help it go down easier.
Make it a rule that you drink at least three cups surrounding every meal you eat: one before, one during, and one directly afterward. If you’re eating 5 times a day, that’s 15 cups right there. Nearly a gallon, done!
Use rubber bands on your water bottle to remember how many cups you’ve drank. Move them up and down your bottle each time you finish one off.
Think about it. Every single weight loss program recommends drinking water for weight loss. Yet how many people do you know are actually doing it? Take a look at all the fit people in the gym. I bet you’ll notice them walking around with a gallon jug, or a half gallon at least.
So why not make a resolution to drink more water? A good figure to aim for is a gallon a day. If you’re currently addicted to other drinks, you can wean your way off of them if you’d like, although I’m more of the cold-turkey variety of folk. One way to wean, though, is to say to yourself, “Okay, I can have this [diet soda], right after I drink 2 cups of water.” Or, for every quart of water you drink, you can allow yourself a drink of choice.
Good luck with your water for weight loss efforts, and happy chugging!
(Article taken from Body Mojo)
Thursday, September 08, 2011
A calorie is a calorie, right? And it doesn't matter if my 1200 - 1500 calories per day come from all veggies, all carbs, all protein or a balanced blend, right? So other than the nausea, the headaches and the sugar rush, what nutritional damage, if any, can be expected if I consume 1200 calories of Milky Ways and Cokes, for example? For just one day.
As far as weight gain or loss, a calorie is a calorie. If you normally eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, fiber, healthy protein, good fats and whole grains, I don't believe that eating nothing but candy and sugar for only one single day would really do any damage to your body in the long run. You would feel bad for a day or so, though.
Of course if you started eating like that with some frequency, you would have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, you wouldn't get the healthy fats you need, you would eat too many saturated and unhealthy trans fats and you wouldn't get enough protein. You would probably have poor health due to the deficiencies, low energy levels, and your immune system wouldn't work as well as it should.
Below are some problems associated with varies vitamins (rather long)
Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene): Found in fish and liver, green and yellow fruits and vegetables, Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, butter, cantaloupe, carrots, cheese, garlic, green olives, milk products, mustard (fresh), papaya, parsley, peaches, prunes, red peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and watercress.
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
Bones, eyes, hair, immune system, skin, soft tissues and teeth.
Acne, allergies, loss of appetite, blindness, colds, dry hair, eye sties, fatigue, insomnia, impaired growth, itching and burning eyes, loss of smell, night blindness, dry skin, sinus trouble, steroid synthesis reduction; Decreased immune system function, cancer susceptibility. (Vitamin A is essential for bones and teeth and protects against cold and flu.)
Vitamin B Complex: Found in dairy products, meat, nuts and vegetables high in protein, broccoli, beans, brown rice, cabbage, cauliflower, cheese, eggs, fish, meat, milk, poultry, pork, oatmeal, raisins, spinach, asparagus, nuts, peanut butter, brussel sprouts, whole grains, and yogurt.
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
Body cells, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, hair, liver, mouth, nervous system, skin.
Acne, anemia, appetite loss, bad breath, cholesterol (high), circulation (poor), constipation, dark tongue color, depression, digestive disturbances, fatigue, dry hair or hair falling out, hypertension, insomnia, tender/painful leg muscles, nervousness, dry or rough skin. Problems muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract, and liver. Depression and anxiety. Anemia, contributes to electrolyte imbalances. Memory loss, nervous system disorders, and immune system problems (low platelet count).
Vitamin B12: Found in beef, blue cheese, cheese, clams, crab, fish, eggs, herring, kidney, liver, mackerel, milk and milk products, pork, seafood and tofu. It is not found in vegetables - only in animal sources.
(all vitamin B supplements should be taken together).
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
liver, nerves, red blood cells, gastrointestinal tract.
appetite loss, diminished reflex responses, fatigue, irritability, memory impairment, mental depression and confusion, nervousness, pernicious anemia, unpleasant body odor, walking and speaking difficulties, weakness in arms and legs. A deficiency can cause problems with digestion, absorption of food, metabolism of carbohydrates and fats, nerves, fertility, growth and development. There can also be hallucinations, memory loss, eye disorders, and anemia. A vitamin B12 deficiency can indicate there is a problem with absorption (common in people with digestive disorders).
Vitamin C: Found in green vegetables, berries and citrus fruits, asparagus, broccoli, beef liver, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, citrus fruits (like grapefruit and oranges), lemons, mangos, sweet peppers, pineapple, radishes, spinach, strawberries, and tomatoes -- just about all fresh fruits and vegetables.
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
Adrenal glands, blood, bones, capillary walls, cells, connective tissue (skin/ ligaments/ bones/ gums), heart, mucous membranes, nervous system and teeth.
anemia, bleeding gums, breath shortness, capillary wall ruptures (bruise easily), dental cavities, low infection resistance (colds), muscle degeneration, nosebleeds, poor digestion, stress, weakened cartilages, blood clots, and slow healing wounds. Vitamin C helps prevent infection, enhances immunology and can help prevent cancer.
Vitamin D: Found in fish and dairy products fortified with vitamin D. Also: Eggs, butter, milk, oatmeal, salmon, sardines, sweet potatoes, and tuna. And, vitamin D can be converted from the action of sunlight on the skin!
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
Bones, heart, kidneys, nervous system, skin, teeth and thyroid gland.
Brittle and fragile bones, burning in mouth and throat, diarrhea, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, low blood calcium, myopia, nervousness, pale skin, poor metabolism, rickets, sensitivity to pain, soft bones and teeth, Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, and hypocalcemia. Vitamin D also enhances the immune system.
Vitamin E: Found in vegetable oils, whole grains, vegetables (dark leafy green), nuts and seeds, spinach, almonds, herring, kale, peanuts, brown rice, cornmeal, eggs, milk, oatmeal, organ meats, sweet potatoes, soy beans, unrefined cereal, and wheat germ.
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
Arteries, blood vessels, heart, lungs, nerves, pituitary glands and skin.
Enlarged prostate gland, gastrointestinal disease, dry or falling out hair, impotency, miscarriages, muscular wasting, muscle weakness, sterility. Decreased circulation, slow tissue healing, leg cramps. Vitamin E helps prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts and reduces scarring from some wounds. Zinc and Vitamin E work together.
Vitamin K: Found in alfalfa, broccoli, dark green leafy vegetables and soybeans. Also: brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, egg yolks, liver, oatmeal, rye, and wheat.
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
Blood, bones, metabolism and liver function.
Brittle or fragile bones, low platelet count in blood and poor blood clotting, high glucose in blood. Vitamin K plays an essential role in blood clotting and bone formation. Can help to prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin K also converts glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver.
Folic Acid: Found in beans, beef, bran, barley, brown rice, cheese, chicken, dates, green leafy vegetables, lamb, lentils, liver, milk, oranges, organ meats (like liver), split peas, pork, root vegetables (like carrots), salmon, tuna, whole grains, whole wheat and yeast.
BODY PARTS AFFECTED:
Metabolism, red blood cells, overall growth and development, and nerves.
Sore tongue, B12 deficiency, depression or anxiety, and fatigue. Folid Acid is needed for energy production, protein metabolism, the formation of red blood cells and it vital for normal growth and development. A deficiency of Folic Acid may contribute to depression and anxiety, a B12 deficiency, and birth defects in pregnant women.
One problem with sodas and candy is that once we start indulging our cravings for those sweets, the cravings get worse and worse and we may eat more and more of the sugary foods which would displace all the healthy foods we really need.
Hope this proves to be useful material.. Have a great day.. Donna
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