Tuesday, August 17, 2010
“It’s always greener over the septic tank” By: Erma Louise Bombeck ~February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996~
If you don’t know Erma let me introduce her to you…. she was the beloved American humorist whose newspaper column, “At Wit's End” grew to such fame that it became nationally syndicated in 1965. Some of you may not remember her but I adore many of her quotes and would like to honor her memory here. As woman and mothers, you'll probably find good humor in her quips about the life of a housewife.
Like Erma said… “I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.”
Would you give up a meal for sex?
Friday, August 13, 2010
Socrates' guiding rule was, "Know Thyself." I’ve been self actualizing since a psych class I took in college way back in the 60’s. Since joining SP and reading Chris’s introduction to “The Spark” it’s as if my keen sense of self is transforming from a fuzzy focus to a much clearer vision of what really triggers my emotional eating.
For decades I’ve found myself standing in front of the pantry almost in a fog… searching, searching, searching for something to make me feel better and as my glazed stare sharpened I’d some times say out loud to myself, “What am I looking for?”
Food (comfort) of course… but why? Had I just seen, smelled, thought of food or realized I was hungry or missed a meal? No, I was standing there because I had had some kind of uncomfortable encounter with someone. Not always the same person, never for any particular reason but clearly because I’d been triggered by anxiety of some sort
I’ve known for a long time that paying bills always triggers a hot flash so I use a CD called “relaxpeacefully” by Solitudes and now, Voila no more hot flashes. Now that I realize its people that trigger me to over eat I’m using more appropriate responses to deal with the anxiety… like affirmations, which includes prayer, exercise deep breathing or a sweetened cup of calming tea to take that bitter taste out of my mouth. The ultimate reaction will be no reaction at all. I’m working on not taking things personally as well as “considering the source.” Maybe I’ll even grow a pair and speak up (I was raised not to talk back) but then I’ll have to remember to keep my words soft and tender, because I may have to eat them…. so for now I’ll just whisper sweet nothings into my own ear and breeeeeeeeeeeath while I wait for the teakettle’s whistle
What triggers your over eating?
Monday, August 09, 2010
A snippet from WomansDay.com on Improved Brain Function......
Sure, you may forget your keys more often, but the latest research indicates that, as with a fine wine, age might actually be good for your brain. “In her book , Barbara Strauch cites research that shows that in our middle years—ages 40 to 65—we are better at solving problems because we can think more creatively and conceptualize issues in a more comprehensive manner,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, MS, PT, a psychologist in private practice in Wexford, Pennsylvania. “Our wisdom from years of experience helps us be more intuitive so we can quickly and more accurately size up people and situations."
Well of course I know being older has its perks... what I didn’t know is I’m still considered “middle aged” According to this article I have two more years before I’m official a senior citizen and that’s plenty of time to push that envelope and come up with another title I like better because that’s what us Baby Boomers do
My inner child still feels young… my outer self not so much. But the euphemisms used to describe women in their 60s and beyond don’t fit any more. I don’t care for these…. old woman, pensioner, geriatric patient, granny, silver brigade, the elderly, in my sunset or golden years, aged, old folk… Booooo
Lets find a more appropriate title to describe the new us as we grow older gracefully through a healthier life style.
Any suggestions fellow SP?
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