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In today's Dear Abby column

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I get the daily "Dear Abby" in my email, and so just had to share this (to save for me!):

DEAR ABBY: I thought I'd share my own New Year's resolution with you.
For the past 25 years I have made the following resolution: Each day I
will ask myself, "What is the kindest, most loving thing I can say or
do at this particular moment?" I invite your readers to consider this.

DEAR WAYNE: I consider it a refreshingly positive way to start a day,
and I'm sure others will agree and add it to their list of New Year's
resolutions. Thank you for sharing it.

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MICKEYH 12/31/2013 5:41PM


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JILLYBEAN25 12/31/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon Perfect Resolution!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2013 3:24PM

    Definitely a great way to start the day!!!

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BOSS61 12/31/2013 12:12PM

    "What is the kindest, most loving thing I can say or
do at this particular moment?" - Julia, why in the world are you here? You need not be!

Happy New Year!

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123ELAINE456 12/31/2013 11:17AM

  Well Said!!! Thank You for Sharing!!!

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CONTUSIONS2014 12/31/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks for sharing! That's a great idea! emoticon

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LJCANNON 12/31/2013 8:48AM

    emoticon emoticon That is one Resolution that I could embrace, even though I usually don't make Resolutions.

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Back and Forth on the Fit Mom - Healthy Body Image etc

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"What's Your Excuse..." etc.

so here's another story, this one about a healthy Australian mom. I think she's a new heroine for me, much more reachable than Maria Kang.

Meet Taryn Brumfitt - see photos of her, airbrushed as well as the pale, unbronzed, c-section scars and what I would call a normal mommy belly (looks smaller than mine!)....

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123ELAINE456 12/27/2013 3:53AM

  Awesome!!! Have a Successful Happy
New Year. Keep Sparking!!!

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MICKEYH 12/25/2013 11:16PM

    emoticon emoticon
Merry Xmas and happy new year to you.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/25/2013 8:06AM

    Thank you!

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JANNEPERRY 12/25/2013 7:12AM

    Thanks for sharing a balanced view! As a trainer I really question having "skinny" as a goal over healthy. Beauty looks different on each individual. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 12/25/2013 1:51AM

  Great Topic. Learning to Love Your Body Is Very Important. Have a Wonderful Christmas With Your Family And Friends. Enjoy Your Day. Best Wishes and Hugs To Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Another Article linking Exercise Benefits on Depression; Self-Talk etc

Monday, December 23, 2013

Exercise four days a week and take food....

Another article from James Fell. I like the dry comments: "...strong circumstantial evidence..."

(quotes from article )

"We found that there was a slight effect in favor of exercise," Cooney told me. "There are some promising findings, but these need to be read with caution. The effect size is not that marked." Cooney stated that he was keeping an open mind and that he recommends exercise to patients for myriad health reasons.

But, he added, "I wouldn't be able to comment that there is data to support it as prescriptive practice for depression. It remains quite speculative."

This is in line with a review by researchers at the University of Cagliari in Italy that was published last July in Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, which states that there is a "persistent lack of high quality research" but still asserts there are "promising findings."

Cooney agrees to there being strong circumstantial evidence to support the connection. "There are relations between levels of serotonin and cortisol with depression, and these are hormones that are also affected by exercise." There is also a connection with self-confidence and self-esteem. Being a regular exerciser can enhance one's sense of control over life.

Church says exercise has a combination of beneficial physiological effects — meaning exercising has a direct effect on brain chemistry and psychology.

"Just the fact that they feel good about doing something that is good for them is powerful," he said.

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Read the rest of the article here:


And while I'm on the topic of depression - here are more articles on fat shaming, on how we get so negative on ourselves, because of the fat shaming, fat bigotry etc going on all around us:

This is a cool video from a Dr. Mike Evans, graphically illustrated by Liisa Sorsa (I *love* her way of illustrating concepts!!)

Much later. So I've been on the computer all day and seen some cool articles that I want to save for later. Then I need to go push the vacuum around (while it is connected to the electricity and actively sucking up crud) so I can work up a sweat. I read about the Canadian cereal called "Holy Crap" - not exactly appetizing a name, but the ingredients sound good...

and it's on SparkRecipes too, tadah!

Now I really got to get busy. It's cold. I should go for another walk. I went yesterday, so not sure why I'm being a wuss about going today. It's just as cold, not really any colder, not any more or less snow then what we had yesterday.

Oh and I need to do laundry, which means I have to hook the hose up to the water outlet hose on the washer and stick the other end into the toilet next to the laundry, because the pipe that normally handles the water draining hose outdoors gets frozen whenever temps are below oh about 10-20 degrees F. The plumber dude said, "oh just take the sheet rock off and the room temp will be warm enough to prevent it from freezing." Wrong. We may need to retrofit it with some sort of heat tape, but that's another project for another day. Maybe one comping up soon, when my husband has to go on winter break furlough (instead of saving his vacation days for the times we actually want and need to use vacation days.).

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/24/2013 8:19PM

    I will never complain about doing laundry again! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 12/24/2013 2:09AM

  Wonderful Topic. God Blessings to You Always!!! Keep Sparking!!! WTG!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2013 8:40PM

    That a wonderful looking recipe! I have everything but the hemp seeds, the I'm going to make it. Sounds like a new favorite breakfast.

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MICKEYH 12/23/2013 7:50PM

    Stay warm dear. emoticon

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

I read an interesting article on Saturnalia - some of the other holidays I wasn't familiar with.

And after visiting with my mom, I took Java for a walk - or maybe more accurate to say she dragged me around and I used a walking stick to help control for snow and ice. Thankfully I didn't fall, although the walk took about ten minutes longer. You know, tippy toeing around the patches of ice to get to the drier parts of the road. Afterwards, I got a picture of my twinkle toes Spark Tracker. It's anyone's guess if I'll actually get to sync today. I went for a walk yesterday morning, after we found out services were canceled, and that info never did sync. Evidently the procedure works better when I reinstall the software. Then it's all 'new' again. I walk by the computer and tap the tracker and the computer just ignores us, until I uninstall and reinstall. But... Since it was a reject being sold at Amazon, I guess I get what I pay for.

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/23/2013 5:31PM

    When I want my SPAT to "sync" I sit down and cross my leg so the tracker is near the dongle. Most times within 15-20 seconds the dongle starts to :flicker" and I get the pop-up saying that it's synced. Occasionally I do have to tap it near the Tracker.

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123ELAINE456 12/22/2013 11:39PM

  Take it very easy walking around in the Ice and Snow!!! Don't take any chances on falling and getting hurt. God Blessings to You and Your Family.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2013 10:02PM

    Good luck!!

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