Sunday, February 28, 2010
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Ireland, France, England, Egypt
If you could have your dream job, it would be...what? A full time encourager.
What would you like them to say about you ..after you're gone? She left an afterglow of love.
What are 3 things you'd like to do before you die? Find inner peace, lose this weight, travel abroad
What movie star would you love to look like? Catherine Zeta Jones
What is your biggest strength? The ability to keep getting up
What is your biggest weakness? Chocolate...lol
What is your favorite color? Blue...and then there's pink :)
What is your signature perfume or cologne? Millenia by Avon..discontinued :(
What kind of music do you like? All kinds...lean toward Motown sound
What obstacle would you like to overcome? Myself
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Both
Do you drive fast or slow...or right at the speed limit? Speed limit
Are you a rule keeper or a rule breaker? Rule keeper..until I break the rule..lol.
What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror? Hmmm...
When is the last time you cried? Yesterday...the movie, Flicka
When is the last time you laughed? Today...at myself
Are you weak or strong? Strong
Are you serious or carefree? Seriously carefree..lol
What is the one thing you can't live without? God / Love
What movie do you never get tired of seeing? Legends of the Fall
What book have you read more than 3 times? The Bible
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? Mustang
Do you like yourself? Yes
Do you sing when you're by yourself? Yes
If you were to give a speech, what topic would you choose? Endurance
Do you think people like you? Yes
What sport do you wish you could participate in? Archery
Do you spend more time looking back or looking ahead? Looking back
Finish this sentence: Someday, I'd like to ....? Write a book
What is your favorite thing to daydream about? Having my husband home again
Do you spend more time being happy or sad? Happy
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Both
What is your pet peave? People who won't listen
What makes you smile? My children and grandchildren
If you could be any animal..what would you be? A wild horse
What charity do you support the most? T.A.O.S.T. in Uganda
What is your favorite time of day? The early morning sunrise
What is your favorite number? 2
What is your favorite day of the week? Tuesday...don't know why..lol
Have a relaxing Sunday, everybody!
Feel free to copy and paste this quiz...just delete my answers and put your own in.
I sometimes like these quizzes as they make for an easy blog day...lol.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Are you stressed out?
Are you stressin'?
We all have a certain amount of stress in our lives and some of us have found ways to
handle, manage or elimnate certain "stressors". Since we're pretty focused on weight loss and stress has a way...or we allow it to trigger an eating binge..I am all for finding
ways to decrease the effects of stress in my life.
I always start by looking at the word itself...seeing how it is defined. I don't know why,
but for me...it helps.
Stress: Etymology: Middle English stresse, distress, short for destresse
Date: 14th century
1 : constraining force or influence: as a : a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part; a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.
Synonyms for: stress
try, strain, afflict
Synonyms for pressure:
coerce, hale, squeeze,
Synonyms for: strain
strive, reach, strain
tug, labor, labour, push, drive
tense up, tighten
Synonyms for: anxiety
anxious, nervous, queasy, uneasy,
Stress and Anxiety are companions..they walk together..they talk together..they play together.
They're always inviting others to come to their party...
Their guest list can sometimes include characters like:
I don't wish to party with them anymore...I have before...didn't wake up happy...didn't make me a happy camper. I understand that we all have to endure some stress in our lives...I guess the stress I'm talking about it "undue pressure"...the kind of stress that causes illness.
Here's an excerpt from "Reflections on Life and How To Live It" by H.R Stevens ©1993
A life with no stress would be rather dull and boring, but a life with too much stress would be dangerous. Stress in human life has been compared to the tension on a violin string; no stress/tension -no music; too much tension and it makes a little music before it snaps. However, the right amount of tension and beautiful music is the result. So you need to find the amount of stress that is right for you.
Sometimes the amount of stress in your life indicates the emphasis and significance you attach to various events. For example, if you attach a great deal of importance to marriage, the threat of divorce could produce high stress. But, if marriage is not that important to you, the threat of divorce would not be stressful. Adjusting to single life after marriage produces high stress much the same as adjusting to married life after being single.
In order to effectively manage stress, you need to know your body and how it feels when you experience a change in your regular routine or face a crisis. Stress can cause tension in the neck and shoulder muscles or it can cause headaches. For some people stress unsettles the stomach while with others it could settle in the vocal cords causing the voice to go off-key. It could cause cramps in the legs or a combination of other symptoms. To simply take an aspirin and hope for the best, is to throw caution to the wind and take your chances that the situation won't get worse.
I believe the early church handled stress better than our generation, because the Bible says, "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people..." (Acts 2:46-47) You see, where members of a congregation are close and share each others cares, stress rarely reaches uncontrollable levels. But when members are suspicious or envious, they tend to keep a lot of frustration bottled up inside and suffer in silence. There is a passage in James' writings that is profitable for spiritual well-being, but it also has physical value as well: "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed..." (James 5:16) Having a good friend to talk to, a good prayer life and a good plan for exercise and relaxation should help to reduce and maintain a safe stress level in your life.
Starting on my quest for "Less Stress"..lol
Feel free to comment on how you handle stress in your life.
The camradery and close knit group of sparkfriends and the way they rally together to
help eachother is fantastic! So thankful for each and every one of you!
Friday, February 26, 2010
I just love helpful tips and here are a few from the RealAge website!
Your blood pressure could be lower just by indulging more in this sweet tropical treat: bananas.
Cheap and plentiful year-round, bananas are bursting with potassium. And a review of several major studies suggests that people who add the potassium equivalent of an extra 1 1/2 to 2 bananas to their day could drop their blood pressure 2 to 3 points.
Drink a glass of this with your oatmeal to help elevate your breakfast to superfood status: orange juice.
Why? The nutrients in oatmeal and OJ work synergistically to provide double the benefits you'd expect from simply adding their powers together.
Want to burn more calories during the day? Then hit the snooze button.
Seriously. Recent research shows how a sleep deficit does more than foster cappuccino cravings. A lack of slumber may also increase your risk for weight gain -- even if you're not overeating.
For a razor-sharp memory, give your mouth this 6-calorie snack to munch on: a stalk of celery.
Celery is a top source of a high-powered flavonoid known as luteolin, and these compounds may help cool off destructive inflammation in the brain's memory center (otherwise known as the hippocampus). Not a bad trade for 6 calories.
Your body might be able to break down fat better if you do this one simple thing: stand more.
A small study suggests that when people sit around too much, enzymes that help break down fat are practically turned off. Bad news not just for your waist but also for your heart and artery health. The solution? Fidget, pace, get up, get down. Do whatever you have to do to move those legs of yours. Often.
It's long been a favorite of midnight moviegoers, and research now shows that it could give your gastrointestinal (GI) tract the red-carpet treatment, too. It's popcorn.
An 18-year study suggests that eating a couple of servings of the stuff each week could do nice things for your colon, like reduce the risk of diverticulitis by 28 percent. www.realage.com/tips/fortify-your-GI
For more youthful knee joints -- or anything that bends -- consider what's in your kitchen.
These six foods could be your best medicine: berries, ginger, avocado, flaxseeds, omega-3-rich fish, and soy. Research shows they help stifle joint-damaging inflammation, according to John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD: The Big Book of Culinary Medicine. www.realage.com/tips/6-foods-that-kn
Here's an easy trick for cranking up the disease-fighting power of your peanuts: Roast them.
Peanuts already pack a solid protein, fiber, and fatty-acid punch. But a new study suggests that dark roasting your peanuts will release more disease-fighting phenolic compounds from the nuts' cellular structures
How much of the sweet stuff can you have without blowing a healthful eating plan?
If you want to ward off excess pounds and heart disease, heart experts recommend you use this simple cap: 100 calories. That's about how many calories' worth of added sugar you should limit yourself to each day
Fruit, veggies, exercise -- they all make the heart-healthy list. And now, according to a new study, so does this breakfast staple: cereal.
But we're not talking about Cocoa Puffs. We're talking about whole-grain cereals -- like steel-cut oats, shredded wheat, or muesli. Men in a study who noshed at least once a week on whole-grain cereals were significantly less likely to experience heart failure. www.realage.com/tips/a-breakfast-sta
Just a few tip from realage.com website. You can even sign up for the tip of the day...I think I will!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Here's a good article with tips on turning negative self talk into positive.
Reduce Stress and Improve Your Life with Positive Self Talk
Develop the Positive Self Talk Habit!
By Elizabeth Scott, M.S., About.com Guide
Updated: November 01, 2007
Patterns of negative or positive self-talk often start in childhood. Usually, the self-talk habit
is one that’s colored our thinking for years, and can affect us in many ways, influencing the experience of stress to our lives. However, any time can be a good time to change it! Here are some ways you can stop yourself from using negative self-talk and use your mind to boost your productivity and self-esteem, and relieve stress.
Notice Your Patterns:
The first step toward change is to become more aware of the problem. You probably don’t realize how often you say negative things in your head, or how much it affects your experience. The following strategies can help you become more conscious of your internal dialogue and its content.
Journal Writing: Whether you carry a journal around with you and jot down negative comments when you think them, write a general summary of your thoughts at the end of the day, or just start writing about your feelings on a certain topic and later go back to analyze it for content, journaling can be an effective tool for examining your inner process.
Thought-Stopping: As you notice yourself saying something negative in your mind, you can stop your thought mid-stream my saying to yourself “Stop”. Saying this aloud will be more powerful, and having to say it aloud will make you more aware of how many times you are stopping negative thoughts, and where.
Rubber-Band Snap: Another therapeutic trick is to walk around with a rubber band around your wrist; as you notice negative self-talk, pull the band away from your skin and let it snap back. It’ll hurt a little, and serve as a slightly negative consequence that will both make you more aware of your thoughts, and help to stop them! (Or, if you don’t want to subject yourself to walking around with a rubber band on your wrist, you’ll be even more careful to limit the negative thoughts!)
Replace Negative Statements:
A good way to stop a bad habit is to replace it with something better. Once you’re aware of your internal dialogue, here are some ways to change it:
Milder Wording: Have you ever been to a hospital and noticed how the nurses talk about ‘discomfort’ instead of ‘pain’? This is generally done because ‘pain’ is a much more powerful word, and discussing your ‘pain’ level can actually make your experience of it more intense than if you’re discussing your ‘discomfort’ level. You can try this strategy in your daily life. In your self-talk, turning more powerful negative words to more neutral ones can actually help neutralize your experience. Instead of using words like ‘hate’ and ‘angry’ (as in, “I hate traffic! It makes me so angry!”), you can use words like ‘don’t like’ and ‘annoyed’ (“I don’t like traffic; it makes me annoyed,” sounds much milder, doesn’t it?)
Change Negative to Neutral or Positive: As you find yourself mentally complaining about something, rethink your assumptions. Are you assuming something is a negative event when it isn’t, necessarily? (For example, having your plans cancelled at the last minute can be seen as a negative, but what you do with your newly-freed schedule can be what you make of it.) The next time you find yourself stressing about something or deciding you’re not up to a challenge, stop and rethink, and see if you can come up with a neutral or positive replacement.
Change Self-Limiting Statements to Questions: Self-limiting statements like “I can’t handle this!” or “This is impossible!” are particularly damaging because they increase your stress in a given situation and they stop you from searching for solutions. The next time you find yourself thinking something that limits the possibilities of a given situation, turn it into a question. Doesn’t “How can I handle this?” or “How is this possible?” sound more hopeful and open up your imagination to new possibilities?
You can also help yourself develop more positive self talk by bringing more positive energy into your life.
Here's the link to the article and there are more resources available to check out...like positive affirmations, spiritual spring cleaning, etc... enjoy!
I personally liked the suggestion to just say; STOP!!! ..or turning it into a question....I think that one would really work for me.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I absolutely ate a couple of things that I shouldn't have...yesterday.
I condemned myself...but not for long. What's with me...am I sabotaging myself? I felt proud for losing a total of 20 lbs and have almost given myself "permission" to blow it...
...funny thing...in my mind..I'm calling it a "reward".
Why do we have to "reward" ourselves all the time? Hmmmm....food for thought.
Food for thought has no calories..lol...yeah, right. :)
So I got on the scale and was amazed...I didn't gain a pound. ...not ONE pound!!!Surprised...yes,but in my mind..I just knew I'd gained.
It's all good...because I can see that I must work harder at battling negative "self-talk" and old mindsets.
***Note to self: Stop relying on the past to tell you how to think or feel. Live in the now....for t his moment. Live in this moment...mentally....emotionally!
Strongholds can and will be taken down...brick by brick... now let's get busy....we've got work to do!!!
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