Wednesday, November 28, 2012
By Roy F. Baumeister (psychologist) and John Tierney (writer). The idea of collaborating with a writer is a good one, the book gets across some complex ideas in a clear, easy to read manner. The ideas are research based.
This blog is my work only and does not constitute endorsement of the authors, or publishers, etc., etc., etc. I have received no monetary compensation to write it.
I am going to focus on dieting, in a chapter the authors call "The Perfect Storm of Dieting."
Briefly, willpower, or the ability to self regulate, is a brain function that depends on adequate glucose levels. As we go through the day, we use our willpower for all kinds of things; functioning at work, getting along with spouse, etc. We use it up. So, by the end of the day, we may not have much left. Thus we may binge. How do we restore our willpower? BY EATING!!! YIKES!!!
Or, as the authors put it, in order not to eat, a dieter needs willpower. In order to have willpower, a dieter needs to eat.
The writers identify the "What-the-Hell" effect. That's right, When we exceed out calorie level, or eat a forbidden food, then all is blown--for the day, the week, the month.....the binge.
What to do? The authors identify some useful strategies.
When your willpower is high, make a pre-commitment--like joining sparkpeople.
Commit in public.
Measure and record--food, weight, exercise, and so on. Sound familiar? These authors recommend daily weigh ins, research shows that this seems to work better for weight loss.
Use Positive Procrastination. That is why Marathondad's challenge not to eat any junk until Christmas is doable. We can tell ourselves that we can eat our faces off on December 25. We likely won't, but the thought that we can if we want to helps self control in the present. Saying "never" does not work so well.
If we do not want to work out, we can use the "Nothing Alternative." We tell ourselves we have a choice. We can work out, or do nothing for the same amount of time. No TV, computer, reading, talking, sleeping, nothing. The idea is to get rid of competing tasks and get so bored that we will work out.
There is a lot more in the book, about other lack of willpower problems such as addictions.
And, for my fellow fitbitters, the fitbit is mentioned as one of the measurement devices one can use.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I think I have gotten my picture situation straightened out, so here goes the blog.
The guitar I am writing about is my present-to-self for 2 years of maintenance. All opinions are my own!
For the guitar techies out there, the model name is NCX1200R. Its' specs are standard classic w/cutaway, that is, 2 inch wide neck, connects at the 12th fret, standard depth--and it has on-board electronics. Yamaha calls it a nylon electric. Yamaha has some kind of new process where the wood is pre-aged, and it sounds fabulous!
Here is the guitar:
You can see the cutaway. It has a sitka spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and mahogany neck. The neck has a truss rod, not found in a standard classic and certainly adding to the weight. But, the construction is stronger.
It came with a rather unusual case; the case has a fabric cover but is solid, and form fitting to the guitar.
Here are pictures of the battery opening and the on-board electronics. It also has a built in tuner.
A close-up of the cutaway.
A close-up of the sound hole decoration--quite modern looking!
And finally, i went and got a Peavey acoustic amp to go with it! Oh my goodness, me buying an amp...
Hope you enjoyed!
Friday, October 05, 2012
The worlds want to collide this afternoon.
It's Friday afternoon and I am at work. I am really, really tired.
I have had two nights this week of less than 5 hours sleep each. One was work-related, and one was attending a social event. I used to be able to manage this kind of deficit, but not any more.
So, I am emotionally hungry. And there are muffins for free in the kitchen. And I have eaten a bit more than usual so far in the form of an extra fruit.
I know that if I eat one half a muffin, or one tootsie roll (in a a jar in someone's office) or one of anything else, I am heading into Bingeland.
Actually, it is rather useful for me to realize that "just one" will lead to many, many more. So I will work on avoiding the "Just one" and keeping on plan the best I can.
Wish me success! And if you have any ideas about avoiding the "just one," let me know!
Friday, September 21, 2012
fell rather flat, I see. Maybe folks did not understand it, or didn't get the lack of capitalization, or something.
The lack of CAPS indicates that I am gobsmacked by my own behavior. I'm looking behind me to see if I am lurking behind me. Who is this woman?
Now, and I do hope fellow musicians (and especially guitar players) get this, there are those of us from the 60's who thought amplification was an abomination. When Bob Dylan went electric at Forest Hill Stadium, we went into mourning. When Clapton started playing a Fender...well I think you get my meaning.
I have been an acoustic purist for 50 years. And nylon strings at that.
Now, nylon is lovely, but it is also very quiet (imagine smaller font). Classical players can mic their guitars, or play loudly, but there is just so much that will accomplish.
And I play Yamahas, which are know among other things for their volume.
So, here I am, looking to get back into singing and accompaniment, for volunteer gigs when I retire. And reward myself nicely for 2 years of maintenance. So, I got an electric acoustic. It sounds wonderful unamplified, but it does have a pre-amp built it, with controls. Plus a strap hanger on the back, that is, oh my, hollow, where you can insert a cable....
Next logical step? Amp. I had an old practice amp from when my son fooled around with electric, but it was broken and was not the right kind anyway. With acoustic, you are not looking for all the weird effects, just more natural sound...a lot more.
So, credit card in hand and heart in mouth, I shopped again, and ended up with a Peavy acoustic guitar practice amp. Not so little, 20 watts it can be used in a small sized room.
You should have heard me last night. Amplified Renasissance lute music. As I said, I keep looking behind me to see who is there.
Okay, I am going to blame this (or thank this) on Sparkpeople. I do not think I would have gone in this direction without my learnings from this wonderful site and my sparkpeeps.
I think there are a lot of us out there who have gone in unanticipated and unusual directions in our wellness journeys. Just keep smiling!
I will take pics of the amp and include them when I do my picture blog.....
Have a good one!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
First, I do want to apologize for not getting the guitar blog up yet, very busy, will try for the weekend.
Today is my two year maintenance anniversary. I can hardly believe this. I have no great words of wisdom, but I can say a few things.
First of all, I am eight pounds up from my goal weight. Still have a healthy BMI, still fit in all my clothes. Those eight pounds are a combination, I think, of muscle weight, some binging effects, and inactivity during the summer after my foot surgery. Am working on losing them, but would be happy to split the difference and lose four or five.
Since I am an emotional eater who binges, I have worked on reducing the number of my binge triggers. There are still a few, all dealing with interpersonal relationships, that set me off. I have learned on SP to be kind to myself and get back on track as quickly as possible.
SP has also helped me focus on total wellness, and my physical activity has truly ramped up. Feels great when it doesn't feel sore! I have also learned to enjoy healthful food.
And you know what? If I can do this, so can you. It is never too late!
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