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My Tooth and My Diet"

Monday, January 31, 2011

That's a strange title for a blog entry but there is a little story behind it. Last Wednesday I had a front tooth filled. The previous filling had to be replaced. I knew the filling was deep as even after I was numbed up I could feel the drilling at times. However, all went well. That is until the freezing came out.

The tooth ached and pained that day so I called the dental office the next day and they said that the tooth would take awhile to "recover". Now it's Monday... no better. I can drink hot stuff but no cold stuff. My poor tooth doesn't like anything cold now. I drank a mug of hot chocolate yesterday and it was yummy and didn't hurt the tooth a bit.

Later today I am having the tooth checked. I'm just hoping and praying that it doesn't need a root canal done. However, back to the title of my blog. This is really helping me lose weight as I am kind of limited in what I can eat and drink right now. BUT, I must say I would rather be back on my plan.

My dental appointment is at 4 pm. At 2 pm I have a family doctor appointment to get some prescriptions refilled and to go over the blood work I had done a couple of weeks ago. I called the doctor's office and asked if I kept the 2 pm would I have enough time to get to my dental appointment. The receptionist said, "Of course, no problem". The reason I asked is that sometimes I have to wait 2 hours in his waiting room before I get to see him.

Well, this will be an interesting Monday. However, it's the last day of January and one more day to Spring. We are supposed to get lots of snow on Wednesday. I guess it's from that storm that is going to plow through the midwest and northeast of the U.S.

I'll tell you how it all went in my next blog. Have a super day and a great week!

Spring Is Coming!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/31/2011 11:28PM

    good luck hope you feel better

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TWIN412 1/31/2011 12:18PM

    good luck on your journey emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 1/31/2011 11:50AM

    Good luck, I feel for you!

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NATPLUMMER 1/31/2011 10:59AM

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you don't need a root canal. Those are definitely not fun.
Good luck with the doctor's appointment!

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"Chasing Those Winter Blues"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I was just thinking that Spring is approaching (although you wouldn't know it here) and that Groundhog Day is next week. I can hardly believe it. This winter seems to be a long one for many people. Snow, snow and more snow and bitter cold temperatures have hit the U.S., Canada and Europe hard. Where I live, this winter's snowfall is sure making up for the past two winters when we had it pretty good.

The cold days, the short days, the snow and ice all make for depressing times for a lot of us. Here are five quick ways to kind of "shake it off" and get out of those winter doldrums:

1. Take a walk. Or do any type of exercise really. Exercise releases endorphins and and tends to make us happier and calmer.

2. Take a breath. Practice some breathing exercises. Breathing properly helps in two ways: it gets more oxygen into the body and it tends to relax muscles and both of these help reduce stress.

3. Take a mental break. Our minds tend to race so fast. We think and overthink. If we can just set aside a few minutes and perhaps use some mental imagery or guided visualizations or even meditation, ahhh... now that is relaxing and stress reducing.

4. Reframe your situation. Perhaps we can put a stressful situation into a different perspective, come at it from another direction. As Dr. Wayne Dyer puts it, "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change". Profound!

5. Try progressive muscle relaxation. This is where you tense and release all your muscle groups, leaving your body so much more relaxed afterward.

In the good old days when we were kids, there were many things we did to reduce stress and sometimes we have forgotten about them. Here are 10 stress relievers from our "Inner Child":

- Daydream
- Have a nap
- Getting a hug from a loved one
- Playing with a pet
- Singing
- Playing games
- Drawing, painting, sculpting
- Writing notes
- Playing team sports
- Imagining the future

Sometimes it is good for us to try and contact that "Inner Child" and perhaps have a heart-to-heart talk with him/her. This child may have something important to tell us. I would imagine the main point of the talk from the child would be to "slow down". And as this music video by Natasha Beddingfield says:

Wake up smell the roses
Life is happening and you don't know it
Wake up, take a moment
Grab it in your hands... and own it

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 1/27/2011 3:51PM

    Beautiful!! I just did a paint by numbers...just for the fun of it. January has always been a tough month for me. However Sparkpeople really helps me to stay on track. I log on daily to get my spin and to hold myself accountable.

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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2011 2:42PM

    Thank you for the tips! I shall try to add some of these into my day.

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"My Mid-January Update"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hmmm. Well, what have I been up to lately? To tell the truth, not much. As far as SparkPeople, I have been logging my food every day and logging my other goals. My main thrill with SP over the past couple of weeks is reading all of your blogs. It's like getting letters from home, haha.

We seem to have been getting a snow storm every couple of days and the streets in the city have been very icy. I don't know why the city doesn't pre-treat and salt the streets better. Some of the side streets are like driving on washboards (our poor vehicles). We just got through another storm overnight and into today. The street plow just went by and the plow that does my driveway has been here. I just got in from cleaning the ice and snow on the car.

It's my Mom's birthday on Saturday. They will have a big cake for her at her special care home. She will love that. I hope to get there, but another storm is expected for Friday, so I'll have to wait and see. I visited her yesterday and she was in fine spirits! She has a form of dementia and doesn't remember one day from the next but she still knows me and likes people to visit.

I am not a snow person. But the nice thing, and what I think about, is that spring will soon be here. March is not that far away. I love the spring... it's my favourite season of the year. I like spring better than summer, which can be very hot and humid here. I don't like driving in the snow... I get very tense and nervous, not so much about my driving but having to watch for others who drive as if it's summertime.

I had some blood work done on Monday. I get a full batch of it done every year as a routine thing. I have an appointment with my doctor on January 31 to go over the results. We have been watching my blood sugar levels and my cholesterol levels. They have been inching higher over the years but I am still on no medications for them. This is another thing I love about SP. It gives me a great place to watch what I eat. And the groups on here are wonderful to get information and to make friends and to ask questions.

I'm about to give American Idol Season 10 a watch tonight. I followed it the first few seasons but not so much in the past as it hasn't been as good. In fact, I thought last season was terrible (what I saw of it and the finalists). Perhaps this season will be better, we'll see. I don't watch much television. I would rather listen to podcasts or music on my iPhone or read. There is not much on television that I like to watch. And all the news today is so negative, I avoid most of it. I also play games online and that whiles away the time.

I have to blog more. I started out with great intentions of blogging every day. I just don't have that much to write about to blog every day. But I'll try and put down a few notes more often. Take care friends!

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2011 9:12AM

    It's good to hear from you. I am certainly glad I don't live in the snow. I have read about it a lot in people's blogs and heard from my parents to know I would not enjoy it. That's why my parents moved out to California.
I do hope you get a chance to spend some time with your Mom on her birthday. I'm sure she would love it and you would to. I hope the weather cooperates.
I'm getting some blood drawn myself this Saturday but I have already been to see my doctor yesterday. I hope your glucose and cholesterol levels are good and you don't need any medications.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/19/2011 9:51PM

    spark on my friend! logging and tracking is great keep it up

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"I Should, I Must, I Ought To"

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hello everyone. I've been a wee bit lax in blogging over the holiday season. But, I hope to get back on track. Over the holidays, I came to realize what many have written about and that is the effects of the words, "I should, I must and I ought to".

Why do these words so negatively impact our general mental health and well-being? When I look back over the holiday season to try and determine why my positivity and drive were low, I began to think about how many times I said to myself, "I should do this" or even worse, "I MUST do this". Using these words can certainly put pressure on you and bring you down.

I found that every day I said, "I should really get to work and do this" or "I must get this ready by 5 pm" or "I ought to send a card to her even though I only send cards to close relatives". Then I would stew over it and let it swim around in my brain until I really became stressed out about it.

Obviously, there are things you "have" to do. Paying bills, shopping for groceries, getting gas for the car. But, having to do something is much different than filling your mind with the shoulds, the musts and the ought to's. These are most often optional words. They are designed to get you anxious and depressed if you let too many of them sink into your subconscious and mull around there.

These types of words sap your energy, your drive and your fun. These are not positive words. They are the ugly, negative words that none of us need to have. I know I have to watch using them or I become overwhelmed quickly.

I had a nice Christmas with my Mom and the residents at her special care home. I went out on Christmas morning and stayed for a long time. She will be 94 in January and, except for her failing memory, she is doing pretty good and often says she wants to live to 100. She has a wonderful, positive attitude and I know her outlook of taking one day at a time has gotten her to this wonderful age.

So I say, eliminate all of the shoulds, musts and ought to's from your life (or as many as you can) and live with my Mom's attitude of "living for the day". Positivity like hers sure as heck beats the negative stuff every time!

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VAMANOS 2/1/2011 12:23PM

    Reading randomly to get to know you, and I can see more and more points of common interest. I began a study of the power of words a few years ago, and have been careful to eliminate some ways of wording things as often as I remember to do so. You are so right about these phrases...

I also have virtually eliminated 'try' except in the sense of a trial usage...such as "I will try Zumba." Yoda was right...there is no try, only do or do not.

You write very well, my new friend. I will enjoy future blogs.

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STEVENGO2 1/2/2011 11:46AM

    Having to force yourself to do things~Should, Must, Ought~takes the joy out of what you do. Replacing those to~I can, I want to~makes life more enjoyable by not putting extra pressure on yourself!


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LARIESHA 12/29/2010 10:19PM

    I love this blog. I will stop and think from now on when I say those words. I find myself in the same boat as you trying to get it all done and I become overwhelmed and for about 75% of what I ought to be doing. I love your mother's outlook on life so very positive. I gotta give it to you, this is a great blog and a wonderful outlook on life.

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NATPLUMMER 12/29/2010 6:41PM

    What a great way to be. I will certainly try!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/29/2010 6:34PM

    my councelor has always said never say shoulda... it implies guilt. say could have. and when I thought about it enough yea shoulda does make you feel guilty. one of the many insightful things dh and I learned from her.
just a thought.

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"The Benefits Of Laughter"

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most of us have heard the expression, "Laughter Is The Best Medicine". Did you know that a 6 year old laughs an average of 300-400 times a day while an adult laughs an average of only 15 times a day?

Here are some benefits of laughter:

- it reduces stress
- it releases negative emotions
- it helps us relax
- it makes us feel good
- it strengthen our immune systems and help us recover from illness
- it lowers blood pressure
- it helps healing
- it improves respiration
- it protects the heart
- it connects us to others and makes us fun to be with

So, why do adults not laugh nearly as much as children? One reason may be that people don't realize the great benefits of laughter. Another may be that a person's upbringing may curtail laughter. But, the number one reason is that children tend to be spontaneous and laugh at anything and everything while an adult tends to be very discriminating and selective about what he or she laughs at. This may be due to stress and our environment where an adult thinks too much about being taken seriously.

How can you make yourself laugh more often?


1. Remind yourself to look for something humorous in your every day life and from others.

2. Remember the humour when it happens.

3. Retell what happened to someone else.

Try and surround yourself with funny, positive people and not negative ones. Watch a comedy or a funny movie. Set aside a time and place for your own laughing sessions (laugh out loud even though there may be nothing to laugh about).

Introduce some laughter into your life. If you do laugh a lot, laugh even more and laugh harder! Have fun and laugh yourself to a healthier, happier life!

Now, I have to start laughing more! Please join me!



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LUNADRAGON 1/1/2011 3:42PM

    I have had lots of laughter this week, and I am cherishing every moment of it! I know it has healing properties!
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WISEWIFE 12/28/2010 10:41AM

    We don't stop playing when we get old, we get old because we stop playing!

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STEVENGO2 12/10/2010 7:27AM

    You did bring a huge grin to my face today with the video! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LARIESHA 12/7/2010 6:01PM

    That was funny! I like to laugh and try to do it more often. It is so much better than frowning. It hurts to frown, but feels so good to laugh. LOL!

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SHANNONSTILLS 12/7/2010 3:05PM

  Yet another reason to laugh


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