Friday, June 03, 2011
I'm going to attempt to do this 30 in 30 thing that I've seen a few people doing lately. Except my 30 in 30 will be 30 in 27 'cause I'm a few days late starting. I'm gong to do the first 3 days today; so stay tuned for Days 2 & 3 to follow this one. Why do I always have to be different? LOL
Ten Facts about Me:
1. Yes, this is my natural hair color!
2. I am the oldest of 3 (I have 2 brothers)
3. I was born in Newfoundland, Canada
4. The hottest guy I know is a pastor (AWWWW OM gosh, this one is sizzling)
5. Even though I got my drivers license when I was 18 & now I'm *cough, cough* much more than that... but not too much... I'm still waiting to get my 1st car.
6. I have a crush on a guy who almost drove me crazy (literally). So on that note, I guess I really am crazy.
7. I watched a lot of submarine races after dark from Signal Hill (Ya gotta be a Newfie to get that one!) :-)
8. I'm as stubborn as a mule.
9. I believe there are two perfect foods in this world... Cheesecake & Pizza, Oh, and Doritos.
10. I have huge faith in Jesus; and I have super power called prayer. (OK, I know, that's sorta 2 in one).
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Here's an article that called "6 Weird Weight Loss Tricks That Really Work"... and you know what?! I think they really are. Most articles I see about things like this ... or articles that list 6 "new & amazing things"... are things we've all known for decades. Rarely do you see anything that's truly "new" and "shocking". Just like on the evening news. So often we see a story about some "new" discovery... and it's all stuff that's really old news! Anyway... that's just one of my pet-peeves. lol These tricks in this article seem to be realistic enough to work.
Here's the link and the article:
Posted by CalorieCount.com, originally By Tina Haupert of Health.com
The key to maintaining my feel great weight is to not feel like I am missing out on the fun. I love to enjoy life, which, for me, does not mean starving myself. Over the years, Iíve found lots of little ways to cut calories or squeeze in extra exercise. But some of my best diet tips are a little stranger. These are the ďunconventionalĒ ways I enjoy my favorite foods and drinks without feeling like I am sacrificing.
I Follow the ď2 out of 3″ Rule.
Never heard of it? My ď2 out of 3″ rule allows me to indulge (within reason!) by choosing two splurges from a mealís usual options: bread basket, cocktail, or dessert. I allow myself to enjoy two of these three choices so I donít feel like I am missing out on all the fun when I dine out, but it keeps me from overdoing it in the calorie department.
I Start with Some Bubbly.
No, not champagne! I like to start my meal with a glass of no-calorie seltzer water. The bubbles from the carbonation give my stomach a full feeling before the meal even starts, which helps me slow down and think about my food choices as Iím looking over the menu. In fact, even drinking plain old water before a meal can help you limit calories and portion size.
I Snack on Hard-to-Eat Foods.
When Iím feeling especially snacky, I reach for foods that require some work to eat, like oranges, pistachios, peanuts, or edamame. These foods make you work for it, which forces me to slow down and become more aware of what I am putting into my mouth.
I Use Small Plates.
Iíve had one too many potato chip binges eating straight from the bag standing in the kitchen! So whenever I eat a snack, I make sure to use a small plate and sit down to enjoy it. Iím more likely to perceive it as a true snack this way. I also try to make my snacks seem special, so I focus on how many calories Iím consuming. I like to use fun dishes and placemats to enhance the eating experience.
I Pay for It with Cash.
I find that I make healthier choices when I pay for my food with cash than with a credit or debit card. Donít ask me why, but when I use cash, I give more thought to what I buy and tend to pick items that are healthier for me. When it comes to Starbucks or a happy hour cocktail, I tend to think twice about my selection before blowing my hard-earned dollars.
I Satisfy My Sweet Tooth with Chocolate.
But not just any chocolate! A little dark chocolate not only satisfies my cravings for something sweet, but it also packs some surprising health benefits, like protecting your heart and even lowering anxiety and stress. Plus, eating a small piece of chocolate as a snack can actually help curb your hunger and make you feel full longer.
Monday, May 23, 2011
I once heard a quote by Richard Simmons that went something like this... if you ask an overweight person why they're eating, you'll get responses such as 'I'm upset', 'I'm happy', 'I'm celebrating', or even 'I don't know'; but if you ask a naturally thin person why they are eating, they will respond with something like 'Duh, because I'm hungry'.
For me, I was never an emotional eater. When I'm upset I stop eating, sometimes for a couple days (this is also BAD people, and is not something a healthy person should do but I'm working on it). I never understood the idea of eating if I'm not hungry. I spent my whole life until my late 20's being super skinny, naturally. I gained weight because of meds.
This article / slide show attached really lists some of the ways that have always been part of my thinking process. It's called '12 Ways to Think Slim' by Marisa Cohen of Self magazine.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I was reading about Stockholm Syndrome. Here's an article on the issue
What I don't understand is this... how does knowing the reasons why one falls in love with their abuser help you to stop feeling it?
I don't ever talk to him anymore; but I do still see him all the time and it can't be helped. The feelings I had for him were intense. The good feelings were as intense as the bad ones were on the bad side. Despite all that he put me through (mental and emotional abuse) my heart still stops each time I see him.
Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing?
Friday, May 13, 2011
It's almost time Friends. Time for my doggie to come home! Woo Hoo.
See as awesome as my new apartment is, there's one thing missing. My dog. Those who have been following my stories for a long time may remember me talking about my dog. There's pics of him in my photo gallery. Anyway, the new building doesn't allow dogs. The thing with this, though, is that not allowing dogs into apartment buildings is completely illegal here in Ontario! That, however, doesn't always make it easier for people who are still afraid to stand up against their landlords. You may get 'one up' on your landlord with the law if you want to push it; but the landlord, if s/he is under-handed enough, they could do things to make your life so miserable that you would want to move. My landlord has the reputation of doing this. It's a big company who owns and manages a lot of buildings.
Granted in other places I've lived, I knew the law, and it didn't bother me what the landlord said... I took my dog with me and I never had any trouble and never regretted it. This time, though, is a little different. See for a few reasons I have a bit of a personal connection with the owner of the company who owns this building I live in. This is a person who was very influential in helping me get this place to live; and thereby helping me stay out of a shelter or off the street. So, because I'm so overwhelmingly thankful, I don't want to appear to be ungrateful. It is SO very important to me that this doesn't happen. If I brought my dog home, because I have the right to do so, the landlord may regret helping me. I just don't want to be that kind of person. Yet, I know my rights, and I need my dog. I have had some struggles in my Bipolar because I don't have him anymore; including the changing of my meds several times.
So, 2 of my doctors (my GP and my PDoc) plus my pastor that I do counseling with; have all written letters of support for me, saying that I need my dog as an emotional-support dog as part of my therapy for my Bipolar Disorder. Today, I got the last one of these needed letters. Plus, the other day, God put an article in my path that talks about new medical studies that show that dogs, even those who are just pets and not actual trained therapy dogs; are known to help people with Bioplar. So I have a copy of this article to accompany my letters of support.
My next step is to write a letter to my landlord and submit my request that she give me her blessings to bring my dog home. I have also been in touch with legal support about this as well. So I have that if I need it. But I don't think so. God has been guiding this whole journey with my life and I know that He will not keep me and my dog separated. I have faith. I have been praying for a long time. It's almost a year now that my dog and I have been separated. He's living with a friend. As a matter of fact, I also have been praying that God change this person's heart to do good for people and their pets instead of using her position and power to hurt people as she has been. I have such faith that I wrote a long journal entry about it so later when it happens I can show people that I 'knew' because of my faith!
I've felt God telling me on several occasions that my dog and I would be separated for a year... which, at the time, felt more like a decade. Well, the end of this month will be a year! Coincidence? I think not... but then as a Christian I don't believe in coincidences. I believe in the love and supernatural power of the Lord and Creator of the Universe; who happens to love me very much!
So next week, I will submit my request. Then I'll wait. So, friends; please pray for me and my baby. We will be reunited soon.
Thank you for the love and support you guys have given me for such a long time now.
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