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OUT OF SIGHT = OUT OF MIND

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Losing weight just got easier.

New research shows that people who focus on changing their surroundings - ditching the candy bowl and moving junk food out of sight - are more likely to stick to their diets than those who try to cut out dessert or drink less soda. Environmental changes are simpler to make because they don't require a lot of willpower. For instance, instead of swearing off soda, keep just one can in the fridge at a time and store the rest in your basement. Having to make a trek every time you want another one will force you to stop and think. Chances are, you'll decide the extra calories aren't worth it.

  
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DENI_ZEN 9/8/2010 12:45PM

    You bet! Out of sight, out of mind, although I've been known to go "out of mind" when my fave foods weren't even in view :) - Sandi emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 9/8/2010 10:36AM

    I agree. Living alone makes this easy though. But sometimes the smell of my dogs treats . . .
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WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

For the healthiest skin, you need seven to nine hours of zzz's. Here's why:

First 3 hours: You get the deepest sleep of the night. Your body produces the most human growth hormone, which is crucial to skin and hair repair, during this time.

Middle 2 hours: Deep sleep shortens and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep begins. Melatonin, a hormone that's also a sking-protecting antioxidant, increases.

Last 3 hours: This is when you get the most REM sleep. Your skin's temperature reaches its lowest point and your muscles relax, giving skin its deepest recovery.

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DDOORN 9/7/2010 10:41PM

    It's always a struggle for me to nail 7-8 hours of sleep!

Don

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SVELTINGTON 9/7/2010 3:14PM

    Great info!

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PJSTIME 9/7/2010 7:39AM

    That is one thing I do get is my sleep everynight.

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TALK A BIG GAME

Monday, September 06, 2010

No one ever wins by believing that they can't. That's why athletes pump themselves up with positive self-talk. Repeating "I can do this" to yourself is a way to replace the negative thoughts that pop up when you're under pressure. It helps you focus on what you CAN do rather than on what you fear you can't.

With practice, you can turn your inner Eeyore into your biggest supporter. Every time your internal voice goes rogue, counter it with a cue statement-a brief phrase that shuts down the critic, such as "I'm strong and in control" or "It's not a problem." Single words like "Go" or "Relax" are also good. Experiment to find out what sticks, or arm yourself with several. Saying your cue aloud can help, as can writing it in visible spots. In time your affirmative thoughts will become automatic, heading off self-doubt before it appears.

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SVELTINGTON 9/6/2010 11:50AM

    Great!

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MYFEETHURT 9/6/2010 10:55AM

  I just realized my cue word is O.K. I find myself thinking that when I get flustered or frustrated. I try to reassure myself that things will always turn out that way...O.K. Still need to work on positive self talk. Thanks, Judy.

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MRSUKYANKEE 9/6/2010 10:43AM

    I talk about this in my Psychology course and work with teens on doing positive self talk all the time. It truly does work. It's called a self-fullfilling prophesy...and it has great power to do good or evil! Glad you are using your power for good!

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BIGMAMAT 9/6/2010 9:07AM

    I like the little engine that could. I think I can, I think, I can, I THINK I CAN!!!!! emoticon

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DDOORN 9/6/2010 7:37AM

    We can DO IT!

YES! :-)

Don

ps...thx so much for stopping by my blog...!

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PJSTIME 9/6/2010 6:59AM

    I give myself pep talks all the time.

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A lifetime journey

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This lifetime journey of ours always starts with just one step. emoticon It is much easier to think of things on a smaller scale emoticon (no pun intended) rather than to look at the big picture. When you realize that you have lost, say, 10 pounds - that will encourage you. emoticon If you say, instead, I still have to lose 50 pounds - you will get discouraged and might give up. emoticon

Just keep on thinking small - before you know it...you will have reached your goal! emoticon

  
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SVELTINGTON 9/6/2010 11:51AM

    Small steps is the only way I can deal with how much I need to lose.

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DENI_ZEN 9/1/2010 9:55PM

    Well said, Judy! Y'know, everywhere we turn in life, we're told to formulate big goals, have high hopes, and listen to an imaginary chorus of angels spurring us ever onward (maybe fading up Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" theme from way back when to send us soaring to greater heights!).

Do the impossible! Achieve your dream! Make it happen! And the chorus swells...

Well, after almost six decades of listening to this claptrap and even believing I was falling short - simply because my arms weren't flap-flap-flapping along in utter ecstasy - I have come to a position of COMPLETE SOLIDARITY with this post of yours! And my new mantra (which seems to be workin' so far, knock on wood...) is "Inch by inch, it's a cinch; yard by yard, it's very hard."

Life by the millimeter! I can DO that! :) - Sandi emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/31/2010 11:52AM

    You are so right small steps lead to big goals.

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DDOORN 8/31/2010 7:10AM

    Step by step...us tortoises are BIG WINNERS! :-)

Don

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BIGMAMAT 8/31/2010 7:04AM

    Thank you for your post and your insight. You are truly and inspiration! Thank you for being you! emoticon

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MOTIVATION MATTERS

Monday, August 30, 2010

Be your own inspiration. People who dropped pounds for personal reasons such as feeling confident were more likely to lose weight than those driven by external forces like a high school reunion. Internal incentives are more stable than surface ones. Write down your motives to read when your drive flags.

  
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LLLAWSON 8/30/2010 6:25PM

    Totally agree!!

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SVELTINGTON 8/30/2010 12:27PM

    I agree!

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BRENRW213 8/30/2010 8:49AM

    Great idea!

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55WALKER 8/30/2010 7:28AM

    My home looks like a dorm room sometimes with all the notes and messages to self on bulletin boards and dry erase boards everywhere. Definitely helps the focus.


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