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Sunday, January 09, 2011

The rule: Hold your ground against cravings.

Smarter strategy: Indulge yourself-in moderation. Sure, you can try to substitute your way out of a craving, first by noshing on an apple, then a couple of graham crackers, followed by a fat-free pudding. But you'll probably end up consuming more calories than if you had simply enjoyed a few squares of chocolate or whatever it is you really want.

Psychologically, we're tempted by what we can't have, which is why deprivation makes us desire 'forbidden' foods more than usual. When you do give in, odds are good that you'll devour more than you should. Researchers at the University of Toronto found that women who were deprived of chocolate for a week experienced more cravings and ate more of the sweet stuff than those who weren't denied it.

Still, it's best not to keep temptation too close to home. This way, when a craving hits, you'll have to go to the nearest store to get something. You'll burn calories along the way, or you'll decide it's too much trouble and skip the trip altogether!

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SHARDEL1 1/22/2011 11:31PM

    I love the last paragraph! ;-) Thanks for sharing this info. emoticon

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DIDMIS 1/10/2011 3:47PM

    That can be so true.

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CARMEL466 1/9/2011 10:08AM

    Great information. Thank you.

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LKWQUILTER 1/9/2011 9:24AM

    That is so true!!

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Too many women swat away compliments by rejecting or disagreeing with them ("This old thing? I got it on sale!" or "You like my hair today? I didn't even wash it!"). But dismissing kind words can gradually chip away at your self-esteem, making it harder for you to face challenges. Accepting accolades, on the other hand, may boost your confidence, giving you the guts to tackle just about anything, whether it's a job interview or even a marathon.

When someone compliments you, assume that it's sincere unless you have ample evidence to the contrary, and take a second to think about it. If you reflect on why it may be true, you bring to mind positive aspects of who you are, which will help build your confidence. Then simply say thank you and enjoy the moment.

P.S. Get ready for many more compliments in 2011, now that you're fitter, happier and healthier than ever!

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ANIMALMAGIC 1/9/2011 5:02AM

  This is definately a work in progress for me..... thanks for the reminder!

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55WALKER 1/8/2011 9:05AM

So true. And Ellen, I think I'll make a list of things I learned from my mother and need to unlearn! She is a wonderful woman but some of the things she learned from HER mother, well- times have changed, guys! lol

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LMATTHEWS76 1/8/2011 7:39AM

    It is so very true that I have had a harder time accepting compliments than I have actually losing the weight etc...

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ELLEN0407 1/8/2011 6:53AM

  i agree. my husband changed me. at first i would take a deep breath and say thank you and then hold my breath for 10 seconds. it was so hard to accept the compliment. now i am great at it. i learned this negative behavior from my mom. she can never accept a compliment and she deserves them.

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DAVIDFITBITS 1/8/2011 6:48AM

    Excellent post. Thank you for the challenge to all of us!

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Friday, January 07, 2011

The two-time Oscar winner was studying a script in a busy Los Angeles bakery when she noticed an older woman—who was obviously in a hurry—asking for help at the counter. All the salespeople were busy with other customers, so Swank walked behind the counter (she was a regular customer, so the staff thought it was okay), and put together the woman’s order. Later that week, Swank was pulled over for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California. The cop let her off with just a warning. He had been in the bakery that day and witnessed Swank’s good deed. And the woman she helped, he told her, was actually a high-ranking judge in Malibu.

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LLLAWSON 1/7/2011 8:30AM

    Good deeds come back. It's nice to hear a story and see the results.

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SYLVIALYNN2 1/7/2011 8:22AM

    I truly believe in "paying it forward". For a long time, I have made it a practice to help others when I can with no expectations of repayment in kind. A favorite preacher often told our congregation that "God uses His people to help His people and that helping others is a way to keep God's love going and rolling forward." So, when I help someone, I do not expect repayment. I just ask them to help someone else along the way. It may not be monetary. It could be babysitting, giving someone a ride to the doctor even if it is out of your way, or volunteering somewhere. I have found that along the way, when I have a need, it is often met by another person.

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SJTEBB 1/7/2011 7:04AM

    Good deeds usually come back to you in spades. Good tale.

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TEDDYTEDDY 1/7/2011 6:42AM

    Great story!!! emoticon

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Do you have a lot of weight to lose? Don't be intimidated by that. Focus instead on half a pound at a time. Every step you take is one in the right direction.

It took me a long time to realize that I should not worry about the amount of weight I wanted to lose. As I lost each 1/2 pound, I began to realize that I was learning how to live at the weight I wanted to finally be...not just reach that weight.

It took a while for me to achieve my final weight goal, but once I did it...I was really excited to realize that I now knew how to maintain that loss as well!

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KIMCLARK5 1/9/2011 8:11AM

    Thanks, I will try to take baby steps. I just started again a week ago and thought I could just pick up my exercise where I left off 30 lbs lighter. I was very sad and dissapointed in myself for getting back into this shape, but I am trying really hard not to give up and just eat.

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BIGMAMAT 1/6/2011 7:43PM

    Judy!! words of wisdom, my friend!!! Thank you!!! emoticon

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CARMEL466 1/6/2011 10:28AM

    Thanks for posting this. It's one of my biggest problems. I have a tendency to think... okay, I'll lose ten lbs this month and ten next and so on.. It's a cycle I'm having trouble breaking but reminders like this help me to know it's the small steps that keep me going day to day. Your blogs always give me something to think about. Thanks!

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1ROCKYMAMA 1/6/2011 8:15AM

    That is great advice, I use that application too,

Baby Steps will get us to out goals

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ESPI422 1/6/2011 8:13AM

    Thanks....before I read your post this a.m., I changed my status to overwhelmed. I kept just focusing on the 55 mile journey (weight) I that I had to take. I told myself to take one step at a time. I will now focus (as you per your post) on each 1/2 pound as I take each step. emoticon

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JUDITHANNIE 1/6/2011 7:57AM

    Thanks, I'm really intimidated right now after a horrible holiday season. I'm going to take your advice, pick myself up and start all over again from where I am right now. Thanks for the wake up call. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SYLVIALYNN2 1/6/2011 7:22AM

    Good advice. Thanks for sharing it. A goal for me to emulate.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Resolve to take a 30-second time out.

To lower your blood pressure, stress levels and risk for heart disease, you could take up kickboxing, make over your diet and start training for your first half-marathon. Or you could simply learn to breathe better by meditating. When you're stressed, simply take a deep breath in through your nose (so deep that both your chest and abdomen expand), slowly counting to four as you inhale. Pause for a few seconds, then purse your lips and exhale VERY SLOWLY through your mouth, counting backward from four to one. Repeat this a few times, then return to what you were doing.

This breathing exercise can make you feel better in 30 seconds. Plus, it teaches your body a better way to respond to high-pressure situations so stress can take less of a toll in the future.


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CRAFTYKRF 1/5/2011 10:06PM

    Thank you for reminding me that it is ok to take some time and breathe. emoticon

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MOM4407 1/5/2011 9:01PM

    Ok right now 30 sec deep breathing.
Wow I really do feel better,

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KEEKEE1ST 1/5/2011 11:43AM

    I breathe deeply and roll my head to stretch my neck to help with stress.

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LLLAWSON 1/5/2011 8:23AM

    I always like to take 10 deep breaths when I'm stressed. It helps.

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/5/2011 7:09AM

  Good advice we can all use! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 1/5/2011 7:06AM

    It already worked for me! Good morning Judy! Thanks for reminding me to breathe!!! emoticon

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