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Monday, May 05, 2008

"This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that I have left behind...let it be something good."

But what do you do when you get feeling the way I do today! I don't know how to describe it even I feel as though there is something in the air Like something is going to happen but i'm not sure what! It makes me restless and aprhensive almost. My emotions go all over the place I can't concentrate on one thing at a time I'm all over the place doing numerous things at the same time! I've got laundry on the go, I'm running around town doing errands, I come home and I paint for awhile get restless and clean something, go back to painting, on the computer, go back to painting, I'm a nervous wreck inside! My stomach is all butterflies! It's a wonder my hands are steady enough to paint today especially doing the intriquit (sp) work I'm doing with this picture! I'm all over the place Can't sit still for more than ten fifteen minutes at a time! AAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!
The good thing? It's not effecting my daily program I don't want ot eat anything I shouldn't or more than I am suppose to It's just what pent up energy?

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TAMMYP123 5/6/2008 7:49AM

    It sounds like you need to take a nice long walk in the park and get settled down. I don't know what your prayer life is like, but it would definitely be a good time to spend time with the Lord. There may be something coming you need to be prepared for. may just be a distraction to keep you unbalanced. Whatever it is, I will pray for you to have peace.

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Sleep does amazing things

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sleep does amazing things because that's when your body starts to repair itself - your brain assimilates the days information, your endocrine system optimizes and normalizes hormones, your body rebuilds skin, muscles, organs, detox's the body, etc., etc.
Have you ever been around a young child who hasn't slept enough - they're very cranky and cry a lot. As we grow up and become "adults", we hold back our emotions and it comes out as anger and hostility ... we become short tempered and irritable when we don't sleep enough.
But, if you're like me, you are either limited in sleep time due to your busy schedule or you have a hard time falling asleep at night.
So, let's discuss some options. But before that, here's something interesting about sleep and weight loss:
Sleep More To Lose FAT
Obesity rates in America (and around the world) have dramatically increased in the past 10 years.
Sure, people don't exercise enough (or at all) and many people eat junk, fast foods, etc. But have things really changed so much in just a decade? ...
I say that because even 20 years ago, people exercised even LESS, same amount of junk food, but with even LESS "healthy" options.
So, there's got to be another reason and it's SLEEP!
Every Hour = 118 Calories Of FAT ...
What's interesting is recent studies show that people on average are sleeping 1.5 hours LESS every day, than they use to in the 1970's. Inadequate sleep interferes with hormones that control appetite and PROMOTE nighttime eating.
Growth hormone, cortisol, leptin and ghrelin are important fat burning and appetite regulators.
Simply stated, the less you sleep, the worse your hormones are, which leads to excess fat gain (especially in stubborn areas like legs, butt, stomach, etc.)
Also, every hour you are awake, is another hour you can eat. Most people eat an extra 118 calories for every hour they remain awake.
This adds to nearly a pound of FAT gained every month!

• Take a walk before going to bed. It helps clear your mind and relaxes the body too.

Don't listen to any music or things that will "pump you up". Just walk and be alone with your thoughts. 20-30 minutes is all you need (it's great for weight loss too!).
• Write in a journal before bed. Again, this has to do with clearing your mind and putting it at ease.

I know there are things bothering you that you can't really express to other people. You may not want to burden someone else or come off as a "complainer".

So, just vent in your own personal and private journal. You can do it in a booklet with pen and paper, or an electronic journal on your computer with password protection (that's what I use sometimes).
• Take a really hot shower or bath, light candles and put on some relaxing music.

Maybe guys will skip the candles and music part, but taking a hot bath or shower really helps relax BOTH the body and mind.
• Eat something before bed, with a little bit of healthy carbohydrates. This whole crazy idea that you shouldn't eat late is just stupid.

Babies eat all the time and they listen to their bodies. Just don't have pizza or junk food. Have something little, but make sure there are carbs and protein in it.

Cottage cheese, rice cake with tuna or egg whites, a mini fruit salad with yogurt, etc. Keep it to 200 calories or less and make sure you have some carbs, since that will increase serotonin levels and help you relax. Having only protein before bed will surely keep you up and awake.

In fact, a simply remedy is just have half a banana by itself. The natural release of both tryptophan and serotonin will help relax your mind.
• Don't forget to limit your liquid intake the last 2-3 hours before sleep. For many people, getting up and urinating in the middle of the night causes them to stay awake and they have a hard time falling back to sleep.
• And MOST importantly, LIMIT "LIGHT" exposure. There are thousands of studies clearly showing that when your eye sees light - from the sun, light bulbs and your TV or computer screen, you have a much harder time falling asleep.

In fact, there was a study I read a little while back where scientist would shine a flashlight on the back of someone's leg (not on their face or eyes) and that ALONE kept them from falling asleep (your skin has "light" sensors).

Needless to say, dim the lights the last hour before bed, try NOT to watch TV and read a book.
I didn't want to list this because it's so obvious - but if you are a big time coffee and soda drinker and hence, caffeine is your best friend - STOP IT! Caffeine is one major reason your brain isn't relaxing and sleeping. So, don't fool yourself into thinking otherwise!
Nap Time Anyone?
Lastly, sleep isn't the ONLY form of "recuperation". Taking mini naps, putting your feet up for 10 minutes periodically through out the day and just thinking of a happy Island to go to or something else fun, is also very beneficial!


Mixed Emotions

Sunday, May 04, 2008

I hope everyone had a better day than i did yesterday! Don't get me wrong or mi understand me. I actually had a GREAT day but the Fibor pain was almost to the point of being unbaralbe! So, I don't know what I feel today. I'm happy to be alive I'm feeling highly optomistic but I'm also feeling like I'm emotionless. I'm very tired physically from the last couple of days. My Fibro has flared up so bad in my lower legs I could hardly walk by the time i got home. It took a hottest shower, a good massage, some pills for imflammation and my Spray to get it to be at least barable by the time I was ready to actually go to bed. And because I was so exhausted I slept like a dead horse. So I am feeling rested but my energy is way out of kilter and I need to do so much today. But right now i'm concentrating on getting my first water into me and a good healthy breakfast That should kick start me. ANd what helps big time is the sun is shining and the wather is warmed up again NO SNOW!
I have very little to do on these last paintings and I'm done! That is one goal this morning. First on the list. My legs are already hurting and aching but I don't care I have to keep going! If I give into it it ony gets worse.

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GMRKITTY 5/5/2008 11:44AM

    Wow, I hear you. I've had days like that - and you're right, if you stop then you're stuck.... emoticon ... not a good place to be....

Hope your days are getting better ^..^ and I hope that you can find something to smile about (a little smile can go a long way when you have a chronic illness) emoticon ... so remember - BIG SMILE emoticon!!!! and soft emoticon!!!

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In the face of doubt

Saturday, May 03, 2008

If you accept someone else's idea of reality and personal limits, you'll have no control over your own destiny. You can only go as far as that view will let you. Do you normally accept things as they are, or do you ask "why" and "what if"? Being an individual and thinking for yourself--even while others are calling you crazy--takes courage. For many, trying a new perspective is scary. But if we always stick to the familiar, the known, we never grow and learn. Don't be afraid to go against the grain. Ask the tough questions that everyone else is afraid to ask. Try a new way to do the same thing just to see what happens. We guarantee you that the world won't end. You'll see solutions that nobody else would see if they're all looking at a problem the same way. Practice new ways to combine unrelated objects. After all, somebody had to try peanut butter and jelly for the first time


When the time comes

Friday, May 02, 2008

More elusive than Bigfoot, more mysterious than the alien residents of Area 51—they’re so anonymous, we’re tempted to ask "do these people actually exist?" I’m here to tell you that YES they do exist. You may even know one or two.

They’re the legendary 5% of people who have lost weight and actually kept it off for the long-term. If you’ve never met one these people before, don’t be surprised. They prefer to stay relatively unknown. Having discovered the prized secret to a healthy lifestyle, they tend to enjoy their status and privacy.

But what about the other 95% of us who have struggled with weight loss and continue to do so? Are we doomed to a life of frustration and failure, with no promise of good health in sight?

Of course not! At SparkPeople, I’ve witnessed a lot of these 5%ers in action. I wondered, what do they do differently than the rest of us? After a non-scientific review, I was able to boil it down to a handful of key strategies and tactics that are pretty common among people who succeed. For the first time, their secret is out. The doors are blown off. Join me in exploring these secrets and use them in your own life. Pretty soon, you can be part of this group too.

The 5%…

…Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by writing down or announcing your goals, you automatically increase your chances of success. Keeping a Community Journal or blog is a non-threatening, productive way to make your goals public.

…Pay Attention. A permanent, healthy lifestyle is created on purpose. Planning, tracking, reading menus, asking questions, following progress reports—they’re all part of the 5% strategy of knowing what’s going on and preventing setbacks. This crowd doesn’t believe in fooling themselves or relying on chance to make things happen. Usually (if not always) aware of the foods they eat, and on the lookout for opportunities to stay active, they know that good health is no accident. Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Planners play key roles in this strategy.

…Enjoy Themselves. There’s a reason that a healthy lifestyle sticks around for this small minority. They make weight loss a positive experience and have fun with it. Because they feel good about their goals and their new habits, they also feel good about themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Programs based on negative messages, dread, resignation, or criticism are doomed to disappear. Optimists are proven to reach more goals than pessimists. They also live healthier, longer lives.

…Make Gradual Changes. The 5% know that permanent change is a process, not a 21-day event. Able to see what waits on the horizon, they spend time building a few small habits at a time, rather than diving into a program that’s totally incompatible with their current lifestyle. Too much too soon is like moving to a new country and expecting to adopt the new culture and language in a week. It works much better if you simply stick around and pick up a few bits and pieces at a time.

…Allow Themselves To Fail. It’s a guaranteed certainty. Every one of the 5% has failed at some point along their weight loss journey. The difference is that they learned to forgive setbacks and refused to beat themselves up. Every failure is simply one step closer to ultimate success. With this outlook, and using lessons learned along the way, they kept these setbacks from turning into full-fledged disasters.
Not so mysterious, now that you know their secrets, huh? A permanent, healthy lifestyle may be closer than you think!


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