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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy people tend to be found in the company of other happy people, while unhappy people are likely to spend time with unhappy people. You are probably saying, "Yes, that's right." You may have thought about this relationship before, or you may just now be scanning through a mental list of people you know and finding the correlation. Either way, it is a matter of personal experience that both happy and unhappy people tend to mingle with others having a similar degree of happiness. Why is this true? Are happiness and unhappiness infectious?

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AMYLT82 8/15/2009 5:11PM

    I believe that is 100% true. The problem is almost everyone I know of, isn't that happy. The people that I know who do laugh the most, tell jokes that are cruel and distateful most of the time, so I wouldn't want to be friends with them either. It would be great if the world cheered up quite a bit!!! AmyLT82 emoticon

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    Misery loves company.

Happiness loves company.

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SUNNYARIZONA 8/13/2009 2:59PM

    Why would a happy person want to be around a GRUMP?! The Grump is more likely to rub off on the happy person bringing them down. Doesn't usually work well the other way around!

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CYCLISM222 8/13/2009 2:32PM

    I do think that's true! Misery loves company, right? But the same can be said about joy/happiness.

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Hey chew on this for a while,

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Been reading "Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life - 5 Secrets For Breaking Your Bad Habits"- Jonathan Lockwood Huie, and wanted to share.

He states that by nature, we are all creatures of habit. We instinctively adopt familiar routines for most activities. We eat about the same number of meals each day - at more or less the same times. We have a regular pattern of sleeping - unless it is perturbed by illness or shift work. Most everything we do is habitual.

Such as eating three meals each day, why is this? Why not two or five? There is nothing particularly "natural" about our pattern of eating three meals each day - it is just a habit that we share with most of those around us. Actually, a number of studies indicate that eating five smaller meals is more satisfying and healthier than eating three large ones.

I know that I will always have habits - things I do regularly and without conscious thought - but I do have the ability to CHOOSE my habits. Here's how...

1. Begin to pay attention to WHAT you do, WHEN you do it, and WHY you do it. One of the bad habits I fell into was eating a large dish of ice cream in the late evening. Obviously, "ice cream" was the "what," but the "when" was more than just "in the evening." "When" was times I felt stressed, hadn't had a satisfying dinner, or was bored. "Why" was mouth sensation, having something to do with my hands, and sometimes hunger.

2. Keep a journal of the "what", "when," and "why." Make an entry whenever you find yourself doing something that isn't really your choice. You will find that you gain better insight into the "when's" and "why's" as you get more entries in your journal. Soon a pattern will emerge that can enable you to find healthy habits to replace the harmful ones.

3. Look for other activities that would satisfy the "when" and "why." A hot bath for stress, hard candy for mouth sensation, a good book for activity, a warm bowl of soup for real hunger.

4. Make the undesirable activity difficult. Don't keep the cigarettes or ice cream in the house. When ice cream was in my own freezer, it was hard to resist, but when eating a dish of super chocolate chunk required a trip to the convenience store, it was much easier to turn my attention to other activities and a low calorie snack - if any snack at all.

5. Begin new habits not only because you need them to replace unhealthy ones, but also because they are the things you always wanted to do, but couldn't find the time or money. That book club or yoga class makes a great substitute for the eating or smoking, and you can more than pay for your health club membership with what you save on cigarettes.

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UPFORFUN03 8/19/2009 9:16AM

    Thanks for sharing this. What an excellent way to look at things. I searched it online and signed up for the daily emails.

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SECRETMUSIC 8/13/2009 4:52PM

    Sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to look for it! Thanks for posting.

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OAHARRIS 8/13/2009 1:58PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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On the Lighter Side

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead.
Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow.
Do not walk beside me either.
Just pretty much leave me alone.

The journey of a thousand miles will probably include a broken fan belt and leaky tire.

It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was worth it.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Some days you're the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Now that you have had a good chuckle don't you feel better?

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SKYEFYR 8/9/2009 3:14PM

  On the bright side, with the Harley you don't have to worry about the broken fan belt!


Thanks for the smiles!

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    Yes I feel much better, thanks for the laugh!

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KDLOCA 8/8/2009 10:49AM

    My day will be much brighter now that i have had a good chuckle. emoticon

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DIVEDIVA1 8/5/2009 10:30PM

    Love it! Thanks for the smiles.

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BIGTIM3 8/5/2009 4:55PM

    All so very true!

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MOCOHOLO 8/5/2009 4:17PM

    I love the first one! I'll have to remember that for one of my moody days.

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SUNNYARIZONA 8/5/2009 3:52PM

    VERY FUNNY! emoticon

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Tip of the Day: Know when enough is enough

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Is it a natural response or a product of society that when something delicious touches my lips, it creates an inclination to eat and eat and eat. Yes, I may be full but I just keep munching away. Why? Well, it’s tasty, (or that is what I have convinced myself.) And because it tastes good, I mindlessly keep going until my plate is clean!

Don't get me started on dinning out. It is almost impossible for me to eat out and be served a reasonable amount of food. And let’s be honest- it happens at home too. Super size bags of chips, party sized containers of ice cream for the non dieters seem to end up in front of me.

The truth is when one buys “ oversized ” or economic family size, you are only setting yourself up for temptation… and often failure. I know I have to step up and say, “enough is enough,” and mean it this time. I am going to do this even if it "kills" my family with good nutrition and healthy normal portions of food, not the portions society believes is the norm now days.

So today's motto: Pay close attention to my portion sizes-it really is a great strategy for weight loss even if it is tasty, less is best.

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DIVEDIVA1 8/5/2009 10:32PM

    Portion distortion has always been my nemesis. I now own a scale and weigh most everything that goes in my mouth, I also use my measuring spoons and cups for the items that are not weighable, think peanut butter! I am trying tostay away from eating out for now.

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SANDRAKDEE 8/5/2009 10:46AM

    I agree with the portion sizes at resteraunts. I don't go out much usually buffett because the grandkids can get their food quicker. However when we were on vacation we went to a nice resteraunt and I ordered Shrimp Scampi with angel hair pasta. Let me tell you my plate (which was a big plate) was piled high with pasta. I ate less then half of it and was full. Any other time I would have continued to eat because I was raised to not waste food. Taking it home was not an option as we were traveling the next day. So to keep myself out of it I dumped shrimp sauce on it. Problem solved!

I do find that using a smaller plate does help tremendously.

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Tip of the Day: Your Most Effective Fat Burning Tool

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Here is something for thought. If exercise is the best way to lose weight permanently, why is it then that so few people use it. Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 16% of Americans engaged in regular exercise on an average day in recent years. Most people trying to lose weight use diet as the main method to achieve weight loss rather than exercise. Yet, it's a well-known fact that most people that keep the weight off after years of having lost it are those that exercise regularly.

Ok so why do people have such a negative attitude about exercise? It is mainly because of the following…

1)When people start exercising they tend to do too much, too fast. This creates an association with exercise as painful and uncomfortable.

2)Many people try to do exercises based on what is fashionable or what they think they should be doing, rather than activities that they like. If a person doesn't like the exercise they are using, they will quickly quit and exercise becomes associated with something negative.

3)The more sedentary a person is, the less energy they will have. The sedentary person has a hard time getting going. The mere thought of exercise feels unpleasant.

4)The less fit someone is, the more difficult exercise feels initially. If the person is expecting themselves to exercise at the level of someone who is already more active they will become frustrated. These expectations and feelings can keep a person from starting to exercise.

5)Social factors can come into play with some people. They can feel exposed trying to exercise in gyms and other public areas. Feelings of self-consciousness can make them think of exercise as something negative.

Did you match any of the above? If so now ask yourself " How do I get rid of my negativity toward exercise? "

Here are some tips:

1)Start where you are. Make your experience with exercise a positive one from the beginning. Start slowly and take small steps. Forget about what anyone else is doing. Instead, focus on improving your own performance step-by-step. For example, you might start walking down the street in the evening when it's not as hot. Make the distance or time goal one that is achievable comfortably. Once you can perform the same task without a problem, go a little further or a little faster until you can accomplish that goal comfortably, too. Continue in this fashion.

2)Do what you like. Look for activities that you find pleasurable instead of ones that you feel are expected or are what everyone else is doing. Make exercise fun.

3)Think "Movement" instead of "Exercise." By replacing the word "exercise" with "movement," you're not only getting away from a word that is paired with negative thoughts, but you're also reminding yourself that you can be more active throughout your day - not just when you're engaging in formal exercise sessions.

4)Listen to your body. Strive to breath deeply but not so hard that you can't comfortably have a discussion with someone else at the same time. As you continue to build on your exercise you will find that you can do more while breathing comfortably.

5)Reward yourself. Praise yourself for your efforts no matter how small.

6)Make it a priority. Making exercise a lifetime change requires an attitude that it's a priority in your life and that you have an important appointment that can't be changed easily. Just say, "Sorry, I have a commitment at that time."

Learning to feel good about exercise is what is really important - it's the best fat burning tool available. Use it and you will be doing yourself the best service of a life time.

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KDLOCA 8/8/2009 11:02AM

    I agree with sunnyarizona. I was doing the recommended 30 mins a day. It helped to keep weight off. But when you want to lose you do have to ramp it up. But this time i am starting slow so not to burn out. I set a goal of fast walking 60 min 3x a week. Next week i will add strength training on the other days. Slow but more is my goal.

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SUNNYARIZONA 8/5/2009 12:51AM

    Interesting how very true this is. I really got it into my head about exercise after readcing an article here titled "9 hard facts about weight loss":. It wasn't really anything new, as this blog is really nothing new...however, for someone reading it, it may be the AH HA moment for them. I hope so.

What I had need 56 minutes of exercise a day at least 5 days a week, well for me that was MY AH HA moment. I was barely getting in 30 minutes a day, thinking that would do it with the way I was eating. BUT I realized the reason I was NOT loosing like I wanted, was this very fact, I needed to push my exercise to MORE than an hour a DAY. I am still not there yet, but I will make it! AND best of all I know how to keep it off!!!!

Thanks for this post! emoticon

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RUNNINGPFUHL 8/4/2009 5:37PM

    Good Info! :)

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