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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Almost all of us have days when we look in the mirror & wish we were a little thinner, taller, or more athletic. Men & women alike are increasingly plagued with negative perceptions of themselves. According to some national research, as many as 60% of American adults are dissatisfied with their bodies. If you’re one of them, take heart: You don’t have to change your appearance to change how you feel about it. A new study in the Journal of Health Psychology shows that exercising, regardless of whether you actually lose any weight, can redefine the way you see yourself.

Researchers at the University of Florida found that the simple act of working out improved body image even if other goals – such as fat loss, increased muscle strength, or better cardiovascular fitness – weren’t met. In fact, men & women who did not exercise enough to meet the minimum for health benefits (usually considered to be 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) experienced just as much psychological improvement as other, more athletic participants.

“The duration of the exercise didn’t seem to matter,” says exercise psychologist & study co-author Heather Hausenblas. “People felt better about their looks even if they didn’t lose fat or gain muscle. One of the reasons may be that exercise lowers levels of anxiety & depression, & that manifests in body image.”

The study is one of the first & largest to examine the effects of physical activity on body confidence. Researchers hope it will help people who have found themselves trapped in a cycle of self-destructive behaviors due to negative body-image issues. Such behaviors often include drinking, binge eating, or smoking, which can have long-term effects on both physical & emotional well-being. Taking even a short walk can quite literally be the first step in breaking this pattern.

There’s one caveat though: The setting in which you choose to exercise matters. “If you are self-conscious about your looks, a gym where everyone is wearing tight clothes & there are mirrors all around can cause your anxiety to go sky-high,” Hausenblas cautions. “If that’s the case, look for an environment that won’t cause distress. Consider working out at home or walking with a friend.”

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DDOORN 12/31/2009 9:01AM

    "exercise lowers levels of anxiety & depression"...beats ANY medication BAR NONE! :-)


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PJSTIME 12/31/2009 8:01AM

    I agree and I hate those mirrors and when in that situation I get as far away as possible and then don't look. PJ emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/31/2009 7:14AM

  This makes sense. Thanks!

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Word Puzzle Answers

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


1. Words must be composed of two short words in a row. (Example: mango= man + go)
2. The words cannot be rhymed.
3. The names become words when the last two letters are removed.

So, how did you do????

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HEALTHY2MORROW 12/30/2009 9:55PM

    First question was the only one I guessed. emoticon

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HOPE2BE 12/30/2009 8:42PM

    I never would have guessed that one. Thanks for sharing. Hope

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DAISES2 12/30/2009 12:34PM

    i was rubbish,did'nt get any of them emoticon

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KELLI9001 12/30/2009 8:18AM

    Ok...u win on that one. Give me Sudoku anyday!

Thanks for sharing!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

No.1 – These words follow a rule: mango, pineapple, pumpkin

These words don’t: cranberry, lemon, pear, plum

Can you find the rule?

No.2 – These words follow a rule: aqua, orange, purple, silver

These words don’t: blue, brown, green, red, yellow

Can you find the rule?

No.3 – These words follow a rule: Blitzen, Cupid, Dasher

These words don’t: Comet, Dancer, Prancer

Can you find the rule?

I will post the answers in my blog tomorrow. Have fun!! emoticon

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KELLI9001 12/29/2009 10:18AM

    Ditto to Hope2be. I got the reindeers but still working on the others!

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HOPE2BE 12/29/2009 7:49AM

    I love puzzles and like how you'll give the answers tomorrow. I want to know the answers. I notice on the reindeer its B, C, D on the 1st set and not on the 2nd set. but other than that I couldn't see any similarity for the other 2 except for the 1st one I know the Mango won't produce without a male mango tree nearby. Is that true for the pineapple and the pumpkin. Oh well that's the best I could do. Maybe the 1st set are all big fruits and the 2nd set are all small fruits. The middle I couldn't figure out.

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782298 12/29/2009 7:36AM

    I love puzzles. Thanks for not taking all the fun out of it by giving the answers. Now I can exercise my brain By trying to figure out the answers. I am looking forward to the answers tomorrow.

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Optimist vs Pessimist

Monday, December 28, 2009

"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, "I'm possible!" -Audrey Hepburn

I saw this quote in a magazine and it registered with me. What an interesting way to look at the word impossible. Obviously, Audrey Hepburn was a "glass half full" type of person. I admire that so very much.

I, on the other hand, am a "glass half empty" type. I try very, very hard to be an optimistic type of person, but it never seems to work. My brain might be optimistic, but my heart is not.

Once I lost all my weight this time around and reached my goal, I thought, "Maybe now I will start feeling more optimistic about everything." But, no. Instead, I seem to be just as pessimistic as ever.

If something really good happens to me, I immediately start looking for what can or will go wrong.

I am going to continue to work really hard to change my outlook on life. I must realize that I have not only lost the weight I wanted to lose & achieved my goal...but I have also been able to keep it off for over 4 years now. That's a really good thing. My head knows that...now I must convince the heart, too!

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HEALTHY2MORROW 12/29/2009 3:17PM

    I'm really impressed with your weight loss maintenance. emoticon

Give up the pessimism! I know if that's your normal bent, that's easier said than done. But, pessimism stinks, it totters on the edge of the unhappy. And unhappy really stinks! emoticon
I'm a natural optimist, my husband is a a pessimist. In fact, if you look in a dictionary, (edited by someone who knows him) you would probably find a life size color poster folded between the pages under pessimist!
Ask him "Is the glass half-full or half empty?" The glass is not only half-empty, it is evaporating as we speak, and he is sure that there is a major heatwave coming.

Guess which one of us is happier? (although I get down sometimes, too- I must be human or something)

You are the right track, paying attention to quotes that are optimistic. Try to remember your favorites. Post them around the house, or at your desk-if that helps you.

And most of all remember you deserve to be happy!

Smile and Laugh Everyday!

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PJSTIME 12/28/2009 8:01PM

    I had not seen that quote before. I love it and will remember that one. You keep working at your pessimistic and she will come around and start realizing that the glass really is half full.

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HICALGAL 12/28/2009 11:05AM

    got that right. mind body and spirit need to be in unison girlfriend. you can...and you will. takes time but you'll get it. emoticon

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Back home again

Sunday, December 27, 2009

After spending an absolutely wonderful time with my in-laws in Minnesota, we are home again. Funny how great it feels to return home even after having a great time away. I absolutely love my in-laws - like they were my own family - but coming home again sure beats all!

My husband says the only bad thing about coming home is having to put everything away!

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DDOORN 12/28/2009 6:09AM

    Nothing like home-sweet-home and getting back into one's regimen, which for me ALWAYS seems to get "jostled" by traveling...!


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MYFEETHURT 12/27/2009 10:30AM

  I totally understand, Judy. No matter how wonderful a visit or a trip goes...there really is no place like home.

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PJSTIME 12/27/2009 7:37AM

    Its always good to get back home from a trip whether it is a short or long one. I'm glad you had a good time.

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