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Don't make me stop and pull over...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009



Okay, so you are thinking to yourself ... I don't feel like doing anything because I don't like how I look or it's too hard to do things. Well here is how to put the cart before the horse.”

Stop telling yourself that once you get in shape you'll start to do things: fun things, adventurous things. You need to start doing those things now. The sooner you start living your life and doing new things the faster you'll reach your goals. Imagine instead of an evening of TV watching you go for a walk with friends, or bowling, or join a volleyball team. How many more calories will you burn doing that? Plus, instead of reminiscing the next day with coworkers about the popular TV show, you can talk about how you won the archery competition or got kicked in the head sparring in taekwondo. The sooner you realize life is worth living, not later but now, you'll be closer to your health and fitness (and life) goals than you can imagine.

  
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UMUCGRAD 8/20/2009 10:35PM

    Yes. Carpe Diem!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/19/2009 9:28AM

    LMAO! Very Cool, I say this way too much!

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UPFORFUN03 8/19/2009 9:08AM

    Wow, this is great. The title caught my attention. I'm glad I followed my instinct to open and read it. I love the kitten... and I love the "don't make me pull over!" How many times have I said that? Thanks alot. And have a great day.

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SANDRAKDEE 8/18/2009 10:21PM

    How right you are. Now if I can just remember this every day. I continue to tell myself when the grandkids move out I will have more time to exercise, eat right and do things I don't do when they are here. I should be teaching them to eat right, taking them for walks and doing things with them every evening instead of putting it all on hold.

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I can't believe it's a diet gadget...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I was thumbing through a health magazine when I came across this ad for the greatest break through in dieting... Okay ready for this?

~It is the Meal Measure~ taaadddaaaa

~Easy to use
~Measures your food right on the plate
~Fits most dinner plates
~Cavities are labeled vegetable or fruit, starch and protein
~Each cavity is one cup at the top with one-half cup line inside
~Protein portion is equal to the size of the deck of cards
~Follows the USDA My Pyramid serving sizes
~Top-rack dishwasher safe

The Meal Measure is now only $19.99 (Tax/Shipping included with your order.)



Now why would anyone would want to spend that type of money? When they could go to the Dollar Store and pick up all these items that are useful instead.

Measuring Utensils

Measuring cups ($2) and spoons ($1) aren't just for baking. They're essential for calculating serving sizes. Use them every time you eat instead of eyeballing ingredient amounts.

Kitchen Scale

Sometimes you need to measure ingredients by weight instead of volume, so that's when a kitchen scale ($5) comes in handy. Measure out three-ounce serving sizes of fish, or quarter-pound turkey burgers. It's better to measure than estimate so you know exactly how much food you're eating.

I am looking at all these gadgets that are aimed at the health fanatic or the dieter is bombarded with. It is kinda mind boggling to a degree. So I ask you my fellow dieters what is the strangest gadget you have ever thought about buying, or used?


  
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KDLOCA 8/24/2009 10:16PM

    I have seen this the other day too. And I just laughed. I thought i have measuring cups, scale and a calorie book. This might be a good tool to teach children what and how much to eat.

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SANDRAKDEE 8/18/2009 10:24PM

    Ha! silly as it is someone is a rich person for thinking of this gadget.

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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/17/2009 5:39PM

    I am not into stuff, but have seen some wild stuff out there, havent seen that one though!

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AINTNORMAL 8/16/2009 6:24PM

    Enjoyed the blog. Some companies still work on the "there's one born every minute" principle.

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WAIT, I've changed my mind...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The old proverb “Change you mind and your body will follow” has proved to to be the best way for me to stick to my weight loss goals. Different things work for different people. One way is to set mini-goals and when you reach them, reward yourself but not with food! I also use sticky notes to write down daily reminders of what I need to do to stay true to my program.

Yes there are all sort of ways to keep your progress moving forward, but the real key to finding success comes from your head. Without the right mindset in place, it can be extremely difficult to keep motivated. Sure, mini-goals are great and rewards will work to some degree. But it is an entire mind change that makes the absolute difference,

You must envision success. You must really want it! This is what is going to fuel your stamina to make it happen. Without it, you will always lean toward weakness. So remember, most of your success starts in your head. Make the change there and your body will certainly oblige.

  
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AMYLT82 8/17/2009 1:13PM

    I agree. Another way I have heard it is similar to this, it is good to change your mind, then you have a nice clean mind! It is the thought that counts. Your Friend, AmyLT82 emoticon

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CHEVYGIRL4 8/16/2009 9:07AM

    This is so true! I have been walking around for the last few weeks saying stuff like, "I don't want junk food, I want to be healthy, and I want small portions." It is alot to do with the way we think. I have been having success with this approach. How we think determines many things in life and this is one of them.

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MOCOHOLO 8/15/2009 6:46PM

    This is so true! Great post!

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MRSNEIDLINGER 8/15/2009 5:26PM

    Such a good point!

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SUNNYARIZONA 8/15/2009 5:03PM

    Good one. We cannot use excuses in the long run. WE are the only ones who can make the lasting changes in our lives!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/15/2009 4:40PM

    So very very true!

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HISTOMOM 8/15/2009 11:41AM

    Stormie... you know I never thought of attacking my weight loss goals in that way...it all makes sense...get your mind in on the plan and your body will follow. Thanks for the insight. emoticon

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Did you know,...

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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REDNECKFEMINIST 8/14/2009 11:45AM

    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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