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Saturday, January 15, 2011

IT’S A WEIRD, WEIRD WORLD
Elizabeth Brennan, of Conisbrough, England, was sick and tired of people stopping in front of her house to take pictures of the street sign. Some of the gawkers even mooned the sign. So Brennan and her neighbors pressed the city council to rename the road (named centuries ago for a communal water butt that was originally in the area). The council agreed and changed the name to Archer Way. However, an Internet petition has since sprung up to change it back to its original name: Butt Hole Road.


COLD FEET? FEWER THAN 5% OF U.S. WEDDINGS TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
—MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., clergyman and civil rights activist

  
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JANI-LOU 1/15/2011 8:56AM

  Too funny!

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Musings

Friday, January 14, 2011

UNCLE JOHN’S STALL OF FAME
Honoree: Brad Feld, a venture capitalist from Boulder, Colorado

Notable Achievement: Making a “charitable donation”

The story: Feld recently gave $25,000 to the University of Colorado. Now the second-floor men’s room in the technology building displays a plaque bearing his name. Below the plaque is printed this piece of advice: “The best ideas often come at inconvenient times. Don’t ever close your mind to them.”


41% OF AMERICAN HOMES HAVE THREE OR MORE TELEVISION SETS.

“The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won but to have fought well.”
—BARON PIERRE DE COUBERTIN, founder of the modern Olympic Games

  
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VICTORY-LEE 1/15/2011 5:00AM

    Hey Hey Judy:

Baron Pierre De Coubertin is so true!! Not everyone can win but at least they were part of the action!!

Have a really GREAT DAY!!

Luv Ya
Lisa
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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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