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Imagine harsh consequences to avoid temptations

Sunday, December 20, 2009

This article appeared in my ScienceDaily newsletter, and I thought it was interesting enough to share.
~NB

ScienceDaily (Dec. 16, 2009) Your ability to resist that tempting cookie depends on how a big a threat you perceive it to be, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Authors Ying Zhang, Szu-Chi Huang and Susan M. Broniarczyk (all University of Texas at Austin) studied techniques that enable us resist food and other temptations. "Four experiments show that when consumers encounter temptations that conflict with their long-term goals, one self-control mechanism is to exaggerate the negativity of the temptation as a way to resist, a process we call counteractive construal," the researchers write.

For example, in one study, female participants were asked to estimate the calories in a cookie. Half the participants were told that they have the option of receiving the cookie as a complimentary gift for participation and half were not. The results showed that consumers with a strong dieting goal construed the cookie as having more calories and being more damaging to the attainment of their long-term goal of losing weight.

Another study demonstrated that counteractive construal is helpful in situations that involve a self-control conflict. In a study of 93 college students, the researchers found that students with a high grade-point average were more likely than other participants to estimate an upcoming party to last longer and take more time away from studying. Those students consequently reported lower intent to attend the party, but only when their academic goal was made salient.

The authors also found that environmental stimuli such as posters could subtly activate people's long-term diet goals and lead them to engage in counteractive construal. In one study, female participants entered a room that either had posters depicting fit models or nature scenery. "Participants who were exposed to posters depicting fit models (goal-priming stimuli) were more likely to exaggerate the calories in a tempting drink that they expected to consume later on, and consequently consumed less when offered the drink," the authors write.

"The mental construal of temptations may be distorted when people experience a self-control conflict, and such distorted construal, rather than accurate representations, determines consumers' actual consumption, helping them resist the temptation and maintaining their long-term goal," the authors conclude.

  
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JOY_JOY 12/23/2009 3:48AM

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JOY_JOY 12/23/2009 3:47AM

  Cool -- not hard to believe! I wonder how hard or how easy it'll be to start seeing bad food as bigger threats...I'm gonna try to be more conscious of what I'm thinking about food. Thanks for posting the article!

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MBSHAZZER 12/21/2009 9:35AM

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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JLPNURSE 12/21/2009 7:09AM

    Very interesting!

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SOAPNUT 12/20/2009 4:00PM

    Interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

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PHEBESS 12/20/2009 3:49PM

    Interesting!!!! Thanks for sharing! And I guess I'll have to start imagining cookies as poisonous or something.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 12/20/2009 3:04PM

    I agree with this. That is probably the reason I would rather do without than just a tiny serving of something I used to indulge in. I know how much damage it can do.

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MEXIFRO33 12/20/2009 3:02PM

    These are some really interesting ideas.

I'm actually noticing something similar with my own reaction to foods since I started SP. I've always responded more readily to negative consequences than to positive consequences.

Neat article! Thanks for posting.

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Recovering just in time to torture my lungs again

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

After 3 days of slight improvement, I'm happy to report it's not a fluke- I'm finally beginning to recover from this horrible bronchitis that has thwarted my fitness progress since early November. It is going slowly, my my coughing and gasping have decreased to the point where I think I can quit my breathing meds (thank goodness, I don't want to buy any more). I have perhaps one emergency dose left in my inhaler.
There is SO much to do- this is the last week of school and I've been focused on final exams- my father in law will arrive sometime this week and he always makes me nervous... not because he isn't a nice guy (he is), but because he is an extreme neatnick. His house is so immaculately clean, you could eat off his floors. It's intimidating.
I know that AS A MAN, my husband will NEVER be held accountable by our guests if the house is dirty. Testicles have a MIRACULOUS way of absolving their owners from any kind of housekeeping culpability if there is a woman in the household.
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Please let the bronchitis end so the dusting, vaccuuming and mopping can begin. Otherwise, it will NOT get done.

  
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NOTBLUSHING 12/16/2009 1:30PM

    As if!

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JLPNURSE 12/16/2009 6:54AM

    I agree with Phebe - have your husband pay for a cleaning service!

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PHEBESS 12/15/2009 1:15PM

    Poor NB! I think, since it's your FIL coming to visit, DH should pay for a cleaning service!

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MBSHAZZER 12/15/2009 12:44PM

    HAHA, I love (not!) that it's your HUSBAND'S father that is the neatnick but YOU are the one held accountable for the cleanliness of the house. Testicles indeed. Send him to our place first and yours will look like a sterile lab in comparison!

Glad you are feeling better!

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CKENTFIELD 12/15/2009 12:08PM

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Testicles...absolving their owners from any kind of housekeeping culpability

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MAGA99 12/15/2009 12:03PM

    u continue 2 b in my prayers

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Making a long, slow, painful recovery

Saturday, December 12, 2009

It's been...
TWO months now that I've been sick. The bronchitis has been especially painful and perseverant.
Yesterday, for the first time, I began to feel as if a faint glimmer of healing may finally be making it's way into my bronchial tubes.
I really hope so, because I have just about used up my inhaler.

  
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NOTBLUSHING 12/22/2009 11:35PM

    And it continues, but so slowly.

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MARLOU4 12/13/2009 12:21PM

    Hope you are feeling better. There must be an epidemic because I've been to the Dr. 2 times in the last month for lung congestion.

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JLPNURSE 12/13/2009 10:29AM

    I am so sorry! I hate how these things settle in. It makes it hard to work out and enjoy life. Glad you are on the upswing.

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MBSHAZZER 12/13/2009 7:56AM

    Ugh, 2 months of bronchitis... that totally stinks. I hope you are getting better. All that running around with Tiger probably didn't help....

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CELLEBRUCE 12/13/2009 4:33AM

    I'm so glad you wrote this blog! I know exactly how frustrated you are because I've been fighting bronchitis since August and just as I think I'm getting better, here we go again. Now, they're treating me for chronic bronchitis--you know the drill, anitbiotics, prednisone, inhaler, etc. In addition, my stomach has been giving me problems for almost as long, I'm a wreck! Wonder if my weight has anything to do with that? lol

Anyway, be patient because they tell me it takes a long time to recover, however, if you don't feel any better it might be better to have a dr check you out again. Hope you feel better real soon!

Marcell

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PHEBESS 12/12/2009 6:23PM

    Feel better, sweetie!

And as an aside, my asthma went into overdrive when I started menopause - so it may be worth talking to an allergist or asthma dr, you may need some other meds.

Breathing is essential.

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REKANN1 12/12/2009 6:13PM

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Preserving the Evidence (satire)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

After reading my last blog, where I let the cat out of the bag about my indiscretions with a famous golfer, a friend on one of my spark teams posted this:

This is for you NB, although I thought others might enjoy it. DH was reading it and thought it interesting.
www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stor
ies/2009-12-06/call-girls-out-class-mi
stresses/


I couldn't agree more. The fact that Jaimee Grubbs held onto Tigers text messages for MONTHS proves, in my mind, that she thought they'd come in handy one day when she needed to substantiate her story for the highest bidder. Same reason Monica Lewinsky didn't launder her dress. I wonder if anyone ever noticed a navy dress sealed in a one gallon Ziplock in her refrigerator?
As I stated in my blog, I deleted Tigers texts immediately. And like the author of this blog pointed out, I was always quick to remind Tiger that he should be more discreet with what he put in digital writing. I mean, duh.
Of course, I have no evidence to sell now. Which is why I can come clean and add myself to the heap of female bodies piling up on the pyre that was Tiger's marriage.
Yesterday I was a hot mess, but today I composed myself and confessed everything to my husband- all the "business conferences" and time away from home (I wasn't enrolled in THAT many classes), the arguments when he wanted to cuddle up and watch a movie and I wanted to watch the Masters, and my insisting he switch our cellular plan to unlimited texts. It's over between me and Tiger.
The thing that hurts the most is something Tiger said once, that didn't seen significant at the time; we'd just finished playing a round (if you know what I mean) and Tiger said something about beating Bill Clinton. I thought he was talking about golfing, but now it all makes sense.

  
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JLPNURSE 12/10/2009 7:04AM

    You are VERY funny.

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MBSHAZZER 12/9/2009 12:19PM

    He never even bothered to text me! Even after we hiked the Appalachian Trail together!

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Doesn't everyone keep the evidence? Just in case?

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MARLOU4 12/9/2009 7:46AM

    Funny. I'm betting I would have enjoyed reading your text messages to Tiger. lol

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Like, should I delete all these texts from Tiger?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Just kidding.

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I tried to go jogging with the dog again today, thinking that I could 'snap (my lungs) out of' my bronchitis... yes, the bronchitis I've had for over a month. And again, it didn't work. I really NEED to exercise. But, I NEED to breathe.

Most of the backlogged work has been completed, and most of the stress associated with it has left as well. I finished 15 assignments in Psychology while holed-up at my conference in California last week, finished everything in my Sexuality class, and finished a 17 x 22 landscape plan for a highly contentious client- which he subsequently rejected, enabling me to AT LAST terminate our relationship, and lifting a huge weight off my shoulders. This was my first professional "failure", if it qualifies. But I could smell trouble from the get-go, the client constantly zigzagging, changing his criteria and lowering his budget. He was argumentative and tried unendingly to get MORE work for LOWER fees, in the end, he all but admitted he was looking for a highly qualified, well educated professional who could be intimidated and manipulated into working for less than minimum wage. Dumping this one was nothing but a relief.
Tomorrow, I have to put together a 50 specimen herbarium... again... because the season changed and so did the semester, and I haven't started on it yet. And it's due Thursday.
Wish me luck.

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I'd like to send a HUGE SHOUT-OUT to all my girls on the DBTFG team-
these wonderful ladies honored me today in a big way, and flooded my sparkpage with warm wishes. It really made my day, and I'm beyond grateful for all their love and support. Thanks sisters!!!!!!!!

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KUNGFOOD 1/2/2010 8:51AM

    How'd it turn out? I would love to see pictures.

I mean the herbarium, of course.

What a great *Fail*... sorry you had to waste any time with "that one," but hopefully it gave more insight into screening new potential clients.
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MBSHAZZER 12/9/2009 12:17PM

    That sounds like an excellent client failure! WAAAY more trouble than it's worth. Good luck with the herbarium!

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PHEBESS 12/9/2009 8:42AM

    Good luck on the herbarium. And congrats on not being intimidated by your manipulative client - what a jerk!!!

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JLPNURSE 12/9/2009 6:53AM

    No keep the texts and sell them to the highest bidder so you can say screw you to all your bad clients :).

Hope you are feeling better soon!

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SECRETFUN 12/8/2009 8:19PM

  So many people have told me it took them 3 -6 weeks to get over the upper respiratory things going around this season, so I hope you heal well soon. reducing the stress is good!

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