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This Night Owl Needs To Wake Up Early

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

My husband sent me a link to an interesting news article on a recent study...

To slim down, it helps to get up early and see the light, study says
touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/articl
e/p2p-79803674/


I think we've basically known that, judging by various articles here on the Spark about the advantages of waking up early. I also know that many of us have butchered up schedules, what with working split shift/second shift/third shift (etc), having babies that wake up all hours of the night, you name it. (This isn't a contest to name the most exotic reason why we go to bed late and don't wake up early!!).

I know many nights I'm up late-thirty just because I'm on the internet, reading all the wonderful articles and blogs here on the Spark, goofing off on Facebook, whatever...

Soooo ... this is yet another reason why I need to get outside and at least be aware and cognizant of the light outside. There are gobs of other reasons, like staying outside for awhile (before 10 am or after 3-4 pm, to avoid the majority of skin-cancer causing UV and UB rays) to help build up one's supply of Vitamin D, or to get myr exercise over with for the day.

  
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JANNEPERRY 4/12/2014 7:32AM

    You know I started getting up early (a little after 4am) for work and now it's Saturday morning-no work and I could only sleep to 5:45am!
There's good science out there that shows that those that work out in the am burn more calories through the day than those that work out later. Of course it should all be balanced with the goal of getting enough sleep. Sleep is an important component of overall health and weight loss. emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 4/3/2014 2:43PM

    I think the real point is to get yourself in the habit of getting to bed early enough that you are getting enough sleep to be ready to awaken with pep and anticipation ... rather than having to drag yourself out of bed in the morning still tired and filled with dread of the day ahead.

I know it is true for me... I also know how easy it is to get caught up in electronic devices and thus create havoc with my wake / sleep schedule... when I manage to get too far out of whack... I end up getting sick with whatever happens to be making the rounds at the time.

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FUNZ81 4/3/2014 10:00AM

    Oh, dear! That means I should go to bed before 1:30 A.M.??

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SOMAR12570 4/3/2014 7:22AM

    I read that article too. Very interesting

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NMNEWWMN 4/2/2014 10:48PM

    hmmm, interesting.
Thanks

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MICKEYH 4/2/2014 10:42PM

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MJ7DM33 4/2/2014 10:24PM

  Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2014 9:45PM

    I am an early bird, so that doesn't bother me. It's when I have a late evening that I fade! Good luck.

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“Be that beacon of light, the one who shines a light on the other many souls who sit in the dark.” Gina Arianne
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Irish Prayer

Monday, March 17, 2014

Saw this today in "Dear Abby", and I have seen this before in other places.


IRISH PRAYER


Take time to work,

It is the price of success,

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Take time to think,

It is the source of power.

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Take time to play,

It is the secret of perpetual youth.

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Take time to read,

It is the foundation of wisdom.

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Take time to be friendly,

It is the road to happiness.

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Take time to love and be loved,

It is the privilege of the gods.

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Take time to share,

Life is too short to be selfish.

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Take time to laugh,

Laughter is the music of the soul.

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CARINEVE 3/21/2014 12:41PM

    Good to remember these, they are so true!

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DIBANANA 3/18/2014 10:46PM

  Very nice!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2014 9:48PM

    Happy St. Patrick's Day emoticon

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MICKEYH 3/17/2014 4:15PM

    Happy St. Pat day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 3/17/2014 2:14PM

    O-o-o I like that. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Audra

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BOB5148 3/17/2014 11:28AM

  nice emoticon

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LINDA! 3/17/2014 11:25AM

    Very nice.

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-BLESSINGS- 3/17/2014 10:53AM

    very nice... thanks for sharing

~Happy St. Pattys Day~
BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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SOMAR12570 3/17/2014 10:50AM

    It's so beautiful and so true.

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HANDBOOK 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

HANDBOOK 2014

Health:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily at least. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:
11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive, present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past, so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last, but not the least:
40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about. I just did.

  
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SOMAR12570 4/7/2014 9:53PM

    This is great advise for living a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing!

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TMCAT1129 3/17/2014 9:56AM

    Wonderful words of wisdom to live by! emoticon

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FUNZ81 3/16/2014 6:57PM

    Great advice to live by, Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2014 2:46PM

    Wonderful!!! HUGS and here's to a great weekend.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 3/15/2014 8:16AM

    Thanks for sharing

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    emoticon emoticon For Sharing.

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MICKEYH 3/14/2014 11:00PM

    Yes, these are great advice! emoticon emoticon

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Links to Recipes for various Persian, Middle Eastern dishes

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This is really more a collection of links for me to remember to go check out later - I am fixing to make up some Ghormeh Sabzi (Sabzee), which is a green Persian soup, lots of herbs. I had it at this restaurant in town. I thought it looked disgusting at first, shrugged, and said "When have I ever had 'bad food' here? Everything has always tasted great, no matter what it looked like.", and plowed into it. OHHH Now that was SOOO yummy! I ended up buying some of it in a takeout container to take to my girlfriend that day. I didn't think she would even try it, she was looking at it and questioning my sanity. She wasn't feeling well and it's hard to get her to try new food. I just said "take a bite - because if you don't like it, I'll be MORE THAN HAPPY to take it home and finish it off!" Well, she took a sip of it and her eyes popped and she had a bigger bite, and ate it all up! Later, after I left her house, she apparently craved having more of it so much, that she revived enough from feeling poorly, drove clear back across town from her house to the restaurant, and bought another huge carton to take home!

But there's other foods that I've had there, and I'm not sure what the names are - yet, I just discovered a few recipe collections here on the Spark, and when I look at the descriptions, it sounds like foods I remember eating and tasting (I like to try to guess the ingredients, right?).

Rachel's Persian Cookbook
recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.asp?co
okbook=94304

Ghormeh Sabzi (Slow Cooker) submitted by CIOUID
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.as
p?recipe=553755

Ghormeh Sabzee (persian) submitted by VIVALARAZA
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.as
p?recipe=218654


Oooh another group by CIOUID
Breakfast - Foul (Ful) Moudamas Submitted by: CIOUID (I had this in Egypt and it's gooood!)
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.as
p?recipe=1441927

Spicy Vegan Potato Curry Submitted by: CIOUID
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=1467228

Tandoori Chicken Submitted by: CIOUID
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
tail.asp?recipe=545913

Mirza Ghasemi (Persian Eggplant Dip) Submitted by: CIOUID This one kinda sounds a bit like Baba Ghanoosh, only without the tahini added to it.
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.as
p?recipe=383251



Persian Recipes - Created by ARTENZIE
recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.asp?co
okbook=562732

(later) I added these all through the "Add Link" generator button up here... but now I get a whine-o-gram asking me to remove all HTML !? weird. So that means you will need to copy each link, open a new tab, and paste it in. So sorry. Not my choice. I guess I exceeded the number of links I was allowed to quote? I'm not sure. Haven't had my coffee yet, so I don't want to sit and figure this out now.

  
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GRAMMACATHY 3/5/2014 10:23PM

    I just discovered a little Indian resale shop in our town with Indian spices hidden in the back room. I was so thrilled to get my hands on a pkg of Masala. Hoping this lady will have other spice blends for me to try too. I think the older we get the more interesting exotic and elegant spices can be.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/1/2014 8:27PM

    Going to plow thru these recipes. I love the spices used in Middle Eastern cooking: cardamom, cinnamon, clove, turmeric . . . aromatic spices.

And good for you too!

Knock, Knock!

I knocked at heaven's door this morning. God asked me...My child, what can I do for you?

And I said, Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message. God smiled and answered...Request granted.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind
of battle."




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You Asked: Can Yoga Help Me Lose Weight? - Best SPBlog Ever

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I just read the best Yoga blog here on SparkPeople:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=you_asked_can_yoga_help_me_lose_weight


It's really encouraging for me. I've always "somehow known" that yoga was good for me when I did it, but it's too easy for me to get discouraged and quit because of naysayers...


(later - like a few hours after I started this)... I thought I had already sent this blog in. Just now found out that a former family doctor we had, and member of our local congregation, died last night in a plane crash. He was a pilot and I had forgotten that he was a pilot, if I had ever known that? And would be logical for him to be a pilot because both he and his doctor dad and doctor brother were used to practicing out in rural communities where there were hardly any doctors. He had moved out to far western Kansas, up near Colorado border, and there he was only one of three doctors. So that's a huge loss for their county.

And I think there was something else I was going to upload here as a blog, different topic. I've already forgotten. Weird, because I've been getting texts from my dad who is struggling with his own memory, wondering what the details were of his marriage to my mom some 54 years ago (I was just barely born 9 months later...). So that's sad for my husband and me, as he remembers when his father was declining so much mentally that he couldn't even remember and figure out where in town they were, when my husband took his dad out for a ride around town to run some errands, and it's the town that his parents had lived in some 53 years at that time, and his dad asked him "where are we now?" - right in the heart of downtown, some of the most recognizable and iconic buildings of the town. My husband was a bit freaked by that surreal experience.

So I'll ship this. If I have any other profound thought or memories, I can add them later...

Have a great beginning to a new week today!! It's gorgeous here at home, still a bit chilly but no snowflakes in sight!!

  
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 2/24/2014 8:14AM

    Thanks for the link. Reading it next. Yoga has been "calling" to me for awhile now. I've been slow to start.
My mom, too, has Alzheimer's but it's still in the early stages. She is in complete denial and there is little we can do without making her angry. We are waiting for that phone call when she gets lost on the road since she likes to travel. And she is obsessed with picking up cans on the roadsides despite the dangers. Her dad got the same obsession when he had Alzheimer's.
Sorry to hear about your former family doctor.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/23/2014 10:15PM

    ((((HUGS)))) My Mom has Alzheimer's and it is heart wrenching when the memory starts to go, which hers is too. **SIGH**

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 2/23/2014 3:16PM

    It is sad and scary when ones we love still look the same to us, but the person living in their body is a relative stranger. That was my mom, her last years were like that for me.

I will go check out your Yoga connection.


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