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The Addicted Brain (Book)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Just finished reading this book on my Kindle. Written by a MD, it deals with how the brain becomes addicted and mainly concentrates on drugs. But at some points, it does talk about food and other behaviors. Some of the info is basic and learned in college courses, but there's some that is new and novel. For example, it is now thought that there is a correlation of childhood stress and eventually becoming an addict. It also talked about how relapse and withdrawal avoidance are part of the addiction cycle. It helps me understand why I've had so much trouble with sugar and caffeine withdrawals.

Wishing all a great day.

  
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ALASKASKY 12/15/2011 12:43PM

    Will have to check it out. emoticon

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SKYEFYR 12/15/2011 11:36AM

  I appreciate all your recommendations. This one I think will be a real winner. I've already purchased it and it's up on the other screen. :-) Sounds like something I should share with the hubby too.

Thanks!

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NATPLUMMER 12/15/2011 9:44AM

    Insight is a good thing.

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TRACYZABELLE 12/15/2011 3:36AM

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Forks Over Knives - Documentary

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thanks to a wonderful spfriend, I found this movie on Netflix. If you have the opportunity (I have Netflix unlimited), it's a great informational documentary regarding food and eating for health. Check it out.

Wishing all a great day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/14/2011 7:12PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. Between that movie and Eat to Live, it really makes me think twice about eating animal products or any refined foods.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/14/2011 6:04PM

    I have heard something about it briefly. I will check it out though.

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CATLADY52 12/14/2011 2:58PM

    emoticon for the info.

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NATPLUMMER 12/14/2011 10:48AM

    I'll check it out.

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DIANN111 12/14/2011 10:35AM

    I checked this out at the library. I plan on watching it today. Hope I can get my DH to watch it with me!

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TBRANTNER3 12/14/2011 10:31AM

  thanks

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Miscellaneous Observations About Sparkers

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

During my three-year adventure on the SP site, I've enjoyed meeting people from so many different backgrounds and circumstances. How interesting it is to "meet" people with one common goal - better health.

Some of the handles are obvious, but others make me wonder what they mean. I sometimes think, how did they arrive at that screen name for themselves? In the past, I had sent in the idea for the SP article on how negative names affect our self-image. It's always a pleasure to see a sparker change their name from something negative to a more uplifting moniker.

And as different as each of us is, so are the blogs here. Some write about nothing but health topics. Others have never even mentioned health. Some write daily jokes. Others write religious quotes. There's certainly an assortment to choose from.

I've also noticed that the sparkers who have had the most success in losing weight are usually the ones with the fewest award points. That is, they've been busy moving, rather than sitting at the computer accumulating points (of which I'm guilty - smiling - although I DO move quite a bit).

Wishing all a good day.

  
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THINBUCKEYE 12/15/2011 8:50PM

    Hey, I never thought about that points correlation. I'm guilty of trying to collect points sometimes myself...and more for articles and blogs than for fitness. Not good. Thanks for the inspiration!
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JILLYBEAN25 12/15/2011 12:43AM

    I always hate spinning more than a 2 or 3 on the Spark Wheel because I don't feel like I've "earned" those points. I always thought it was weird that I didn't like that... shouldn't I want more points? But, I basically believe the same thing you did. I should get points for doing what is healthy- exercising and eating right.

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SKYEFYR 12/14/2011 3:37PM

  My SP name is my public pagan name. SkyeFyr. It was a combination of my (at the time) Native American beliefs and my British roots (for spelling). It basically means lightening. My "whole" name is SkyeFyr NightSong - because of my love of summer storms at night. I'm usually the idiot standing out in them getting drenched to the skin.

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CATLADY52 12/13/2011 7:09PM

    You make a good point. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/13/2011 6:59PM

    Interesting thoughts

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KMICHA 12/13/2011 3:03PM

    Interesting!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/13/2011 1:54PM

    emoticonmoment!

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KANSASROSE67 12/13/2011 1:33PM

    Interesting observation! I care about logging my fitness but not about Sparkpoints or trophies. I have limited time and a slow Internet connection so I have to use Spark for the most important things first...logging food, followed by exercise, and then, hopefully blogging and encouraging Sparkfriends. I agree that it's more important to be up and active than spending TOO much time online, no matter what we're doing.

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JLITT62 12/13/2011 1:22PM

    I go thru phases of inputting my exercise . . . then not inputting it . . . one reason I don't have as many points as I could.

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NATPLUMMER 12/13/2011 1:19PM

    I guess it's time fore me to get off the computer ;-)

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JUDI_CUTIE 12/13/2011 11:58AM

    Interesting observations!
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/13/2011 11:52AM

  You and me both have the same thoughts lol

I know exactly what you mean, I would rather see results on by body instead of the poionts lol

So, I go through periods of not listing my fitness minutes and then I figure why shouldn't I list my fitness minutes? I do them, I will take any credit for doing the fitness minutes I can get lol

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My Status Thread is Like the Movie "Ground Hog Day"

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I crack myself up with my thread. Seems as though it's always "Day 1 of no sugar" or "Day 2 of no caffeine." Maybe one of these days I'll get past five months of no sugar that I recently did and felt so much better w/o.

Wishing all a fun day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/13/2011 1:50PM

    I hear you!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/12/2011 2:38PM

    That sugar one is a tough challenge for me also! You are definitely not alone there.
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MEXGAL1 12/12/2011 1:12PM

    sounds like a great goal to work for....good luck with that!

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SKYEFYR 12/12/2011 12:29PM

  Hey, 5 mos is so much better than most of us could do! You're my hero when it comes to sugar deprivation. :-)

Today was the start of the "holiday food" at the office. I so don't want to be here around temptation like that. After his past weekend it's so much harder than usual.

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NANCY- 12/12/2011 10:40AM

    You know repetition is not always a bad thing. Look at all the days you have been without sugar or caffeine this year. It is much better than not even giving it a go. Give yourself credit for what you have done. What does the overall picture look like?
I think you are doing great, you are staying focused and keeping your attention on moving forward toward your goals.
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KO1215 12/11/2011 10:28PM

    Funny! Well we know he eventually changed his outcome....so what are you going to do different?

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DJ4HEALTH 12/11/2011 9:58PM

    One day at a time and you will do it.

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TERRI289 12/11/2011 3:50PM

    Funny, I feel that sometimes...But every day we get another chance to get it right!!! My eternal optimist self....

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NATPLUMMER 12/11/2011 1:17PM

    We are biologically programmed to want sugar so it's very difficult to kick. One day at a time.

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JLITT62 12/11/2011 12:29PM

    You're not the only one that seems to repeat the same old patterns! It's human nature, I guess.

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GRAMMACATHY 12/11/2011 12:09PM

    You can do this. I do my fasting from junk food in three day cycles. It is easier for me to cope with the small time frame. Often I go more than three days, but just knowing I can have a little treat, makes it easier. Then I am back on another three days.

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The Case of the Abandoned Elliptical

Saturday, December 10, 2011

I was so excited when I'd gotten my new elliptical a couple of years ago. However, I never bonded with it; the motion isn't comfortable for me and I don't like it.

It's in my bedroom so that I can hop on it whenever I want. I haven't wanted. (smiling) But I'm going to give it another go instead of hanging misc things on it. Just tired of looking at it. Either use it, or lose it.

Wishing all a fun Sunday.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/13/2011 1:44PM

    Awesome!!!

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SKYEFYR 12/12/2011 12:31PM

  You could always throw it on ebay and put the money towards something else that you might like better / use more. Although I have to admit that the primary reason my treadmill is in the living room is so that it COULDN'T become an additional hanging space. :-)

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JILLYBEAN25 12/11/2011 5:52PM

    My favorite machine is the elliptical! Someday, when I'm grown up and working, I'm totally going to get myself one.

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MEXGAL1 12/11/2011 11:04AM

    I hope you can get use to the motion as it is an excellent exercise.
good luck with that.
have a great day.

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NATPLUMMER 12/11/2011 10:28AM

    You would think that all ellipticals feel the same when you're on them but they certainly don't. I tried everyone they had at Sears before finally picking the Sole I have now. It was the most comfortable for me.
See how it goes and if you still aren't comfortable then let it go.

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JLITT62 12/11/2011 10:19AM

    Exercise equipment is a really personal choice!

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NUTRON3 12/11/2011 7:28AM

    I love mine

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FLAMENM 12/10/2011 11:50PM

    Using exercise equipment as exercise equipment is always a plus. Great luck on your elliptical.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/10/2011 11:15PM

    Put it in front of the TV and watch a movie and you will see how much time has pasted when you do that.

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