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My most exciting fashion purchases lately...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

1. four new belts.
2. two pair running shoes.
3. two new sports bras.

Is it wrong to be this excited about new sports bras? And a confession: I have more sports bras sitting in virtual shopping carts all over the internet.
Also, I continue to discover how important socks are for runners. I have always resisted paying for expensive running socks, but just before Christmas, I treated myself to 3 new brands of running socks, averaging about $12 each (insane, IMO). Well, guess what I have worn every single day? Exactly.

I'm happy that I registered for my New Years Day 5k, because it was a great psychological kick-off for a year of fitness (it would be such a shame to NOT do 5k every day). I know that I can't do 5k every day this year (some days all I do is sit on an airplane), but so far, it's a great streak. And new belts mean I'm not constantly yanking up my jeans anymore (what a relief).

Here's to a healthy 2012!

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TARABEAR 1/12/2012 8:01PM

    Those all sound really exciting to me. For real! Love good sports bras, running socks and shoes! (Which reminds me that I desperately need to replace my shoes.) Great job on your New Year's 5k and all those to come this year!

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MBSHAZZER 1/12/2012 7:31AM

    Happy new year! Sounds like you are off to a great start!

Never underestimate the power of good socks! I'm sure some would say that about sports bras as well, but as the president of the IBTC, this is an area I am not familiar with!

Just in case you are looking for MORE good socks, I highly recommend the ankle socks by Brooks

Enjoy the running!

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JLPNURSE 1/11/2012 11:45AM

    Sports bra and good sports socks are UBER IMPORTANT. I'd rather spend more on stuff I'm going to like and actually wear vs. cheap stuff you never wear. That's the real wasted money.

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PHEBESS 1/11/2012 11:36AM

    I love the fact that you need new belts - way to go!!!!!!!!

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Twilight is a cultural phenomenon

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Obviously, the Twilight series is not going away. So instead of ignoring it, burying my head in the sand, insisting that Twilight is for teenagers, and blaming my cultural illiteracy on my age, tonight, we will begin watching the entire Twilight saga beginning with the very first episode.

Today was cabinet knob day. We installed them all and they look great on the new cabinets, just as I'd hoped they would when I ordered them online. I'll post more pictures after black Friday, when I plan to buy a new camera.

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ZOEYBLU 12/24/2011 4:40PM

    Love , Love Love the twilight series...........
Beautifully photographed....Soundtrack is magnificent


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COLETTEMR 12/12/2011 2:43PM

    I thought the same about the Twilight saga until, its debut was on FX, Im hooked now. Took my 21yr old to see part 4 and I was making more comments to the film than she.

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MBSHAZZER 11/24/2011 1:16PM

    It's amazing how new knobs can totally change the look of a room!

I have no idea what Twilight even is! Hope you enjoyed the marathon!

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JLPNURSE 11/21/2011 4:42PM

    We got the first one and we couldn't get through it. It was too cheesy for me.

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PHEBESS 11/21/2011 1:18PM

    The whole vampire-as-injured-hero thing baffles me!

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_UMAMI_ 11/20/2011 9:26PM

    I'll pass, TYVM. My son (then 10?) was encouraged by a classmate (F) to read the book, and said it wasn't very well-written.

If I'm going to watch "vampire" movies, or even teen-oriented movies, I'd rather watch something better than the Twilight Series. Sorry---just my opinion! Glad I don't have teen girls!

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NOTBLUSHING 11/20/2011 8:41AM

I think teenagers are easily impressed.
How the characters "fall in love" is definitely fantasy. I feel very sad that teens might actually think this is how romantic relationships normally progress. As in, the characters JUST MEET and within days express powerful feelings (literally, ETERNAL bonding). Not at all like a real, and healthy, scenario.

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PHEBESS 11/20/2011 8:02AM

    Okay, so what did you think of Twilight? (I haven't seen any of the series either. Probably never will.)

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Self control isn't just about eating

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In my virtual shopping cart right now, there are two dresses and a handbag, totaling $834.
This amount might seem huge for only three items, but trust me, I've been coveting them for more than a couple of years, and two of these items are now big bargains.
What will I buy instead? A stainless steel range hood and some cabinet knobs, so I can finish my kitchen remodel.

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MBSHAZZER 11/13/2011 8:45AM

    Very smart!!! :D

As a confirmed "non-shopper" I am reasonably certain I have not spent $834 on clothing in all of my adult life! LOL!

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PHEBESS 11/12/2011 4:27PM

    I totally understand! Keep telling yourself that 20 years from now (or even more) you'll still have the house and the remodelled kitchen - and the dress and bags would be out of style!

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What does addiction look like? Obesity.

Monday, November 07, 2011

For the past few years, the subject of "brain obesity", or the study of how the human brain reacts to food in obese people, has fascinated me.
Trying to understand this has been part of my weight maintenance strategy. It's been a tough battle to maintain my weight loss, much to my chagrin; and figuring out the mind-body connection seems to be a critical component that most people, including medical doctors, aren't exploring enough.
Today, sparkpeople featured a health headlines story along these lines. Here are a few tidbits that caught my attention:

In a 2010 study, scientists at Scripps Research Institute fed rats foods that were very high in sugar and fat (like cake frosting), then measured activity in regions of the brain involved in registering reward and pleasure.
Rats that had access to these foods for one hour a day started binge eating, even when more nutritious food was available all day long; and rats that had access to the sweets and fatty foods for 18 to 23 hours per day became obese.
This is exactly the same result produced by cocaine.

In another recent study, 26 overweight women were given MRIs as they took sips of a high calorie milkshake (Haagen-Dazs and Hershey syrup). Six months later, the test was repeated, and researchers found that the women who had gained weight during those six months showed blunted response in the brain's reward centers during the repeat test. According to their brains, they needed more sugar than thinner people to get the same feelings of satisfaction.

Again, "this is exactly what you see with chronic drug abuse” said Eric Stice, a researcher on this study. Researchers say that damage to the brain’s reward centers may occur when people eat excessive quantities of food.

Here's what science seems to indicate: In addicts, dopamine receptors become unresponsive, which causes addicts to steadily increase their dosage in search of the same high. Studies found that obese people had a muted dopamine response, compared to thin people, when eating the same treats.

During one study, rats that were allowed to drink sugar water every day drank “more and more” while eating less of their usual diet. In one study, they preferred sweetened water to cocaine! The rats also showed withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, shakes and tremors, when the effect of the sugar was blocked with a drug. Additionally, they had measurable changes in brain dopamine levels, JUST LIKE those seen in drug addicted animals.

Scientists studying food addiction have to overcome a lot of skepticism, even from their peers. Scientists who seek funding for this type of research may have trouble finding it, but manufacturers of junk foods are highly interested in paying for any studies that try to refute these findings.

Read the whole article here:

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FITBUG96 12/7/2011 11:49PM

    This is interesting because it explains how we "think" and "react" to different foods. I never thought I could give up eating a good steak or chicken, but since I stopped eating all meats recently, I really don't miss it. I "thought" I couldn't ever give up something that I enjoyed so much, but when I did give it up (more as a dare to myself), I ended up being blown away that I really didn't miss it at all.


Thank you for sharing this.

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LOLLYGAGGING 11/26/2011 2:15AM

  I may not be able to cut food cold turkey but sugar is gone! I refuse to eat it anymore. I'm done. From now on it will only be natural foods the way they grow (exceppt meat....gotta cook it!) this will be my mantra from now on!

Thank you for teaching me something new today and showing me how my eating habits are way off balance.....

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TARABEAR 11/15/2011 4:58PM

    Did someone say frosting?

Very fascinating!

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MBSHAZZER 11/7/2011 6:59PM

    That's really interesting! Thanks for sharing. I totally, 100% believe it. The BF and I never drink soda... diet or regular. Over the weekend, we had real (full sugar) Coke and the first thing we said to each other was that it was like a drug and we totally understood why people became addicted to it.

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CRYSTAL8488 11/7/2011 10:56AM

    This is pretty interesting. Thank you for sharing. :)

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PHEBESS 11/7/2011 10:37AM

    Wow. Some scary findings - because while I might be addicted to food, I can't go cold turkey without, right? And there will always be sugar, and there will always be fat - and somehow, finding that happy balance is a constant struggle.

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TBRANTNER3 11/7/2011 10:27AM

  something in the brain gets turned off or turned on by food/sugar/ always, a very interesting study, and when I observe people around me who are trying to lose weight etc. i see this behavior in them and in myself.

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No, I don't get dressed up for Halloween.

Monday, October 31, 2011

If YOU do, knock yourself out. Have fun.
Some people really get into it... more power to them.
But unless you count me dressing up as a middle-aged homeowner who hands out candy whenever I answer the door, dressing up seems ridiculous to me and I just can't be bothered.
I don't eat candy either.
To me, Halloween is for KIDS. For me, it's a scheduled block of time (usually about 3 hrs) during which I can't do anything else but stay by the door with the candy. It's inconvenient. I have other things to do. It costs a small fortune in candy, but I do it so kids can have Halloween trick-or-treat memories, and to build a sense of community with my neighbors.

It's sad to me that so few houses participate. They turn out all the lights or go out for the evening. I used to do this too. I know that the candy is expensive and handing it out is basically a chore. But as far as chores go, it's a pleasant one.
Every year, my neighborhood has more children, and they need to have Halloween. Children need candy on Halloween like bees need flowers. The neighborhood parents all know they can count on me to come through, so they come marching up my sidewalk every year, and I tell them their kids are cute.

I stopped trick-or-treating at age 11 and only dressed up a few times after that for parties. My parents were stuck at home handing out candy. Now I'm a homeowner and it's my turn to hand out candy - that's just where I am in my life now.
And it's not asking too much.

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    I totally understand. I live in a flat at the fourth floor with no lift. It;s the third Halloween in the flat and we had absolutely *NO* kids around at any time. I always bought sweets, just in case, but nobody ever came and my colleagues in work took advantage of the feast. I would love to have a couple of "trick or treat"ers sometimes! I still have no kids though!

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JLPNURSE 11/4/2011 2:27PM

    We had ZERO trick or treaters this year. I wish we had some. I think the kids are so cute when they are dressed up.

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PHEBESS 10/31/2011 6:18PM

    I'd be happy handing out goodies if the kids here went door to door for candy - unfortunately, the ritual here is to throw eggs (or rocks) and passing cars, and create mischief like that. Haven't had a child come by our place EVER!

On the other hand, I did trick or treating with friends in high school - we were in it for the chocolate! Although there were years when the goal was to spray shaving cream on the boy you liked (in about 8th grade)........

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MBSHAZZER 10/31/2011 4:36PM

    Hehe, Halloween where I live (South Beach) is a totally different experience. There is not very much trick or treating or candy involved... but the costumes are OUTRAGEOUS!! I like to dress as a party pooper and see what everyone else has dressed up as on the pedestrian mall near my house! Of course, tonight, I will be trapped at my desk into the wee hours, but if I were not... I'd be out in force with my camera!

Enjoy the knowledge that you are a good citizen!

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