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!
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.
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.
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:
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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