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Optimist vs Pessimist

Monday, December 28, 2009

"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, "I'm possible!" -Audrey Hepburn

I saw this quote in a magazine and it registered with me. What an interesting way to look at the word impossible. Obviously, Audrey Hepburn was a "glass half full" type of person. I admire that so very much.

I, on the other hand, am a "glass half empty" type. I try very, very hard to be an optimistic type of person, but it never seems to work. My brain might be optimistic, but my heart is not.

Once I lost all my weight this time around and reached my goal, I thought, "Maybe now I will start feeling more optimistic about everything." But, no. Instead, I seem to be just as pessimistic as ever.

If something really good happens to me, I immediately start looking for what can or will go wrong.

I am going to continue to work really hard to change my outlook on life. I must realize that I have not only lost the weight I wanted to lose & achieved my goal...but I have also been able to keep it off for over 4 years now. That's a really good thing. My head knows that...now I must convince the heart, too!

  
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HEALTHY2MORROW 12/29/2009 3:17PM

    I'm really impressed with your weight loss maintenance. emoticon

Give up the pessimism! I know if that's your normal bent, that's easier said than done. But, pessimism stinks, it totters on the edge of the unhappy. And unhappy really stinks! emoticon
I'm a natural optimist, my husband is a a pessimist. In fact, if you look in a dictionary, (edited by someone who knows him) you would probably find a life size color poster folded between the pages under pessimist!
Ask him "Is the glass half-full or half empty?" The glass is not only half-empty, it is evaporating as we speak, and he is sure that there is a major heatwave coming.

Guess which one of us is happier? (although I get down sometimes, too- I must be human or something)

You are the right track, paying attention to quotes that are optimistic. Try to remember your favorites. Post them around the house, or at your desk-if that helps you.

And most of all remember you deserve to be happy!

Smile and Laugh Everyday!
Karen

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PJSTIME 12/28/2009 8:01PM

    I had not seen that quote before. I love it and will remember that one. You keep working at your pessimistic and she will come around and start realizing that the glass really is half full.
PJ

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HICALGAL 12/28/2009 11:05AM

    got that right. mind body and spirit need to be in unison girlfriend. you can...and you will. takes time but you'll get it. emoticon

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Back home again

Sunday, December 27, 2009

After spending an absolutely wonderful time with my in-laws in Minnesota, we are home again. Funny how great it feels to return home even after having a great time away. I absolutely love my in-laws - like they were my own family - but coming home again sure beats all!

My husband says the only bad thing about coming home is having to put everything away!

  
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DDOORN 12/28/2009 6:09AM

    Nothing like home-sweet-home and getting back into one's regimen, which for me ALWAYS seems to get "jostled" by traveling...!

Don

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MYFEETHURT 12/27/2009 10:30AM

  I totally understand, Judy. No matter how wonderful a visit or a trip goes...there really is no place like home.

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PJSTIME 12/27/2009 7:37AM

    Its always good to get back home from a trip whether it is a short or long one. I'm glad you had a good time.

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THE AMAZING CUCUMBER

Sunday, December 20, 2009

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just 1 cucumber contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium & Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda & pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins & Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror. It will eliminate the fog & provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs & slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin & your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy & make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast & easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes. The phytochemicals in the cucumber causes the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer & reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles, too!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed & wake up refreshed & headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins, & electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover & headache!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries & often used by European trappers, traders & explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview & you realize that you donít have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoes, its chemicals will provide a quick & durable shine that not only looks great, but also repels water.
9. Out of WD40 & need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice & rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out & donít have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber & place it in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals & nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water & be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers & college students during final exams.
11. Just finish a business lunch & realize you donít have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber & press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a ďgreenĒ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber & rub it on the surface you want to clean. Not only will it remove years of tarnish & bring back the shine, but it wonít leave streaks & wonít harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a pen & make a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber & slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons & markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

Who knew the lowly cucumber could do all that! I wonder how they ever figured out some of these things? Like, who tried cleaning their sinks or stainless steel with cucumber in the first place? I am just glad that someone tried it. Lucky for me I love cucumbers - now that I know just how good for me they are, I will eat them even more often!

  
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CARMEL466 12/22/2009 7:02PM

    Great tips! I love cucumbers in so many ways. Never knew they were good for so many other things. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your support. Happy Holidays!

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DAISES2 12/20/2009 11:25AM

    well,instead of learning one new thing today i have learned loads, about cucumbers.fascinating.

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/20/2009 10:01AM

    I never knew cukes had so many good qualities!

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PJSTIME 12/20/2009 9:21AM

    Wow I had no idea a cucumber could be used in so many ways. Thank you for the info, PJ

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FITKAT2010 12/20/2009 9:13AM

    I am a whole foods eater and lover. Not only did I find out a ton of new things reading your blog, I have a greater appreciation for the cucumber.

Hope you don't mind me coping this and posting it on my Emotional Eaters team. I'm also copying it for my files.

Thanks for your contribution to a healthier lifestyle on Spark!

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My Dad

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My husband & I went out to dinner last night with my dad & his lady friend to celebrate my husband's birthday. I was just thinking about how lucky I am to still be able to do things with my dad. He's 84 years old (he'll be 85 in February on Lincoln's birthday!) and still going strong. He still drives and still owns & lives in his own home.

I sure hope that when I am his age, I can still take care of myself like he does. Naturally, he is slowing down as he gets older, but that's not stopping him. He is planning another trip to Springfield for Lincoln's (& his own) birthday - he's been doing that for several years now. It's so impressive to me.

I just feel so very lucky to have him for my dad!! I love him so much. I will admit it - I'm a daddy's girl big time.

  
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DAISES2 12/19/2009 2:33PM

    this was such a lovely blog to read.
unfortunatly only my mother is alive.and she suffers from bad health,she is in hospital again right now.
i feel sure you have inherited all his good genes,how nice

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DDOORN 12/19/2009 10:08AM

    Lucky you indeed!

I know I have been SO grateful for my parents' health and sometimes fret about the horrific loss I know I and everyone will feel whenever their time arrives... But in the meantime I love them and treasure the times I have with them.

Have a WONDERFUL holiday and give your folks an extra hug from us! :-)

Don

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MYFEETHURT 12/19/2009 9:07AM

  Oh, Judy....you are lucky indeed. And how marvelous that your Dad is still so outgoing...a lady friend, a planned trip for his b-day. Maybe that is half of what keeps him on his toes. With your dedication to life rest assured you will be healthy and happy to a ripe old age.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/19/2009 8:57AM

    i want to be like your dad when i am older. there is an 85 year old lady i see at the gym every day even doing weights that who i want to be. have a happy and healthy week. emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/19/2009 8:29AM

    Your dad and my dad are about the same age. Dad will be 86 next April and he is still driving and going too. I hope all those good family genes are passed down to their daughters. PJ

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HEALTHYPRIYA 12/19/2009 8:02AM

    your post made me miss my daddy, i am gonna call him today..

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MORGANSMOM52 12/19/2009 7:58AM

    I'm glad you appreciate him. Enjoy him as long as you can. Happy Holidays

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General thoughts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I love this time of year. There are so many holiday concerts and shows to see - mostly for free at the libraries in my area. I love to hear holiday music or see a holiday play with neighborhood children as the performers. It's such fun to see the pride on the faces of the parents when their children are performing.

I am a huge fan of driving around the neighborhoods and looking at Christmas decorations, too. I was afraid there wouldn't been too many because of the bad economy...but was I ever wrong! Seems like more people than usual have decorated, which says to me that people really need Christmas and what it stands for now more than ever.

  
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PJSTIME 12/16/2009 1:21PM

    I love to look at the lights too. Maybe more people are staying home so they want their home to look more like Christmas. PJ emoticon

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