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Daydreaming

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Daydream about chocolate, get slim?

If you're trying to stick to a diet, don't block all thoughts of brownies from your brain. It's natural to assume that pushing away dessert (or whatever your downfall is) will help bolster your willpower, but a new study in Psychological Science found the opposite to be true.

Researchers say that's because it's impossible to avoid thinking about the temptation forever-so when the craving comes rushing back, your defenses will be down and you'll be likelier to give in.

Hooray - "permission" to daydream about my favorite foods!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LLLAWSON 1/13/2011 8:17AM

    That's interesting. hummmm


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JUDITHANNIE 1/13/2011 7:15AM

    love to daydream, thanks for the permission emoticon

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LADYRH 1/13/2011 6:16AM

    I am with you on that, dream about big steak and fries.

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Proud Heart

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Want to be healthy?

Love yourself. High self-esteem may protect your heart emoticon, according to a study from the University of Canterbury. Just a small boost in confidence can lower heart rate and put less pressure on your ticker. Keep good company: Positive reinforcement from friends and family is one of the best ways to increase your sense of self-worth.

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SHERILYNCAVA 1/13/2011 12:37AM

    I just got positive reinforcement from you... emoticon

Sherilyn
New member to the TOPS Friends Spark Team

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MYFEETHURT 1/12/2011 9:31AM

  Thanks for the reminder, Judy. Sometimes I'm like the little train that has to keep saying to myself...I think I can, I think I can...now if I can just get to the point of saying...I know I can, I know I can. emoticon mary

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One week to beat stress

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

There's no way around it: We're living in exceedingly stressful times. And stress doesn't just do a number on your mood; research shows it can also have a detrimental effect on your health. But there are ways to manage it.

Is all stress bad?

Some short-term stress is good. For example, exercise is a form of stress. Revving up your system actually helps brain cells grow. When stress is chronic, though, levels of the stress hormone cortisol stay up, and that can be harmful. If your brain cells are bathed in cortisol, your memory can be impaired.

Why does stress make some people gain weight?

Cortisol makes you crave fatty, sweet, salty, crunchy stuff. These foods work as natural tranquilizers-they kick off the same reward circuit in your brain. You eat them and relax a little, but then either you get stressed again or the effect wears off. So you have to eat more in order to regain that same sense of calm the food initially brought you. That's why they're called comfort foods.

What's the best way to reduce stress in your life?

Make a list of attainable goals for the week and work toward achieving one each day. If you're setting a goal, and it's a goal that you can meet, you're going to alter your perception of stress in general.

What specific goals will help?

Notice something good that happened to you today and tell someone about it. Also, exercise regularly; it can essentially stress-proof your brain. Keep a gratitude record where you write down one thing you're grateful for every night. And concentrate on being mindful for at least 10 minutes a day-if you're out walking and you try to listen to the crunch of gravel under your feet, you won't be hearing your 401(k) tank.

  
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LLLAWSON 1/11/2011 7:57AM

    Stress eating is one of my biggest struggles. I have identified it, but still even in the midst of the stress have a hard time saying no.
Exercise is a great stress reliever for me.

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JENKEN1998 1/11/2011 6:52AM

    exercise, crafting and journaling are my "go to" stress relievers. I am not sure what kind of person I would be without those outlets! emoticon

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Be Fearless

Monday, January 10, 2011

If you make only one resolution this year, let it be to live boldly. You control this moment: Rather than cautiously test the water, dive straight into life with freeing abandon. Imagine the person you want to be and the life you want to live, then simply commit to them. Believe in yourself. Embrace your beauty. Discove a new passion. And whatever you do, wherever you go, don't be afraid to make a splash!



What do you do with a blue monkey?

Cheer it up!


UNCLE JOHNíS DICTIONARY OF WORD ORIGINS
Scavenger
Meaning: A person or animal who collects junk or waste

Origin: In the 1300s, English towns levied a tax called a scavage on goods sold by out-of-town merchants, giving local merchants an advantage because their goods cost less than their competitorsí. The government employees who collected the tax were called scavagers. Scavagers were also responsible for cleaning streets. When the scavage fell out of favor over the centuries, and the original purpose of the scavagers was forgotten, they remained street cleaners, whose job included collecting junk.


A COUGH TRAVELS AT 600 MPH.

  
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GETDONE 1/10/2011 9:47PM

    Such a bright spot in my day today----Thanks Much my SF
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LLLAWSON 1/10/2011 6:44PM

    LOL at the speed of a cough.

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DIET RULE MEANT TO BE BROKEN

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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IN MODERATION!!!!!

  
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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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