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Avoiding weight gain at parties

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yes, you CAN enjoy parties without gaining weight.

Follow the 300-calorie rule.

Don't restrict yourself unreasonably. Instead, eat a little of what you love. One good rule of thumb: Allow yourself up to 300 extra calories only on days you have special events. You may gain a pound or two, but not the five or ten you might otherwise.

Have a party strategy.

If it's not a 300-extra-calorie day, first fill up on diet drinks. At the buffet, look over everything before choosing, then take moderate portions of the three or four foods you love best. And limit yourself to one alcoholic drink.

Don't let one slip-up throw you.

If you eat an extra cupcake, you probably won't gain weight. But if you say to yourself, "I can't believe I did that! I might as well eat whatever I want today and start my diet again tomorrow," you could gain two pounds overnight. Think of it this way: If you made a mistake and went through a red light, would you continue to go through red lights for the rest of the day? Of course not.

Don't write off exercise.

Take every chance you can to get it. Walk up the stairs. Get off the elevator two floors early. Park far away from stores. It all adds up!

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JESSFLO1 1/19/2011 11:51PM

    so true!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/19/2011 3:28PM

    You are so right on many accounts. Also, Prepare ahead of time. Let yourself know how far you will go. I went to a New Year's eve party, no knowing what the appetizers or the dinner would be.

During the appetizer I chose a small amount of cheese and loaded up on fresh veggies, no dip.

When sandwich time came, I had one small croissant, 2 pieces roast beef luncheon meat and 1 slice cheese, no dressing. Also more fruits and veggies. Also diet soda.

I was determined and stayed the same from Dec 1 - Jan 1. I got up the next day, weigh in day, Jan 1 at 6:30 AM and weighed the same as Dec 1. that was my goal, NOT to gain over December. emoticon

We can do this!


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Instant Inspiration

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

-Audrey Hepburn

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JENKEN1998 1/18/2011 7:11AM

    That's great. Thanks for sharing!

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NOMIS1 1/18/2011 7:02AM

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Chewing Gum?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Try this for quick energy. Next time you're yawning at your desk at 3 pm, skip the caffeine run and pop a piece of gum instead. People are more alert, focused and even cheerful after chewing gum.

Chewing stimulates your sensory nerves, increase muscle tension and speeds up heart rate - all of which have been shown to improve alertness. And unlike caffeine, which fuels tension, gum may help reduce stress. It's possible that chewing works like exercise to make you relaxed.

Chewing also helped people ignore distractions and improved their attention, so it's ideal when you need to concentrate or do something mentally challenging.

Choose peppermint for the biggest boost; the scent activates regions in the brain related to alertness.

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KEEKEE1ST 1/17/2011 2:48PM

    I have gum in my desk at all time just for those occasions. I also chew gum when going into a meeting/training. It helps stop the yawning from bordom!


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JUDITHANNIE 1/17/2011 8:51AM

    great idea, thanks

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LOSTLIME 1/17/2011 7:15AM

    Thanks for the tip. I use gum in the evenings when I think that
I need to raid the refrigerator!

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Will it make you happier to quit complaining?

There's nothing wrong with having a reasonable gripe and discussing it with the person who can help fix the problem. But if you spend a lot of energy lamenting over what's gone wrong to people who have nothing to do with the situation (that's what I do!), it might be time to deal with what's making you feel dissatisfied.

If you regularly grumble about the things your boss asks you to do, for example, you should consider looking for another job. By taking steps to improve your situation, you'll not only feel more confident, you'll be happier in the long run too.

When it comes to everyday annoyances that you can't control-like the plumber who shows up late or the stop-and-go traffic on the way to work-keep your frustration to yourself. Remember, our thoughts and our words are extremely powerful. What you choose to focus on influences your perception of a situation, your relationships and your health. If you act like you're in a good mood, even if you're not, eventually the positive emotions will follow. Give the "fake it till you make it" approach a try-it really works.

This is easier said than done...but whenever I have managed to achieve it-I find that it really does work. When I was having a tough time with my TOPS group - I'll admit that I shared that information with people who had nothing to do with my group (hello, SparkFriends!). But after I had done that, I then concentrated on happy thoughts. Eventually, I realized that I had undergone a complete change of attitude and was no longer feeling that depression! I'd "faked it till I made it"!!!!

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BARBARACT 1/16/2011 6:46PM

    I agree the "fake it til you make it" approach does work well. Just sometimes can be hard to do. But I keep trying when I start to get down. It does help sometimes.

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SYLVIALYNN2 1/16/2011 2:32PM

    It is true that feelings can follow behaviors as well as the reverse. Our job is to keep it positive and happy.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 1/16/2011 10:06AM

    I use the "fake it til ya make it" approach all the time now and it really has made my life so much easier.
Great blog!


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TEDYBEAR2838 1/16/2011 9:00AM

    Well, said


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JOHNNIEGIRL0612 1/16/2011 8:11AM

    I have heard of the "fake it til you make it" approach and just recently have been told of the 'gratitude journal'. Every night before going to sleep you write down 3 (or 5 depending on who you hear it from) things you are grateful for. You cannot repeat. So you cannot write 1.My family 2.My best friend 3.My porsche every day. That's day 1. Then day 2 might have 1.The beautiful sunrise I watched due to the stop and go traffic, etc. Keeping a gratitude journal teaches us to look for things to be grateful for during the day and not so much the things to complain about. I don't know if it's true or not but I'll find out because I'm starting mine tonight! Good luck to you and nice blog!!

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CARMEL466 1/16/2011 7:42AM

    No complaints about this blog... emoticon Good as usual. Hope you have a beautiful Sunday.

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LADYRH 1/16/2011 7:22AM

    I agree some days all you can do is paste on a smile and keep going. Before you know it you are actually feeling better.
Keep on going one small step at a time.

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Would you want to live on...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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.


“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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