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Some sage advice from Chris Kresser

Friday, August 22, 2014

I signed up for his email list a few days ago and downloaded the free e-book, but it's just been sitting on my desktop since. I had a few minutes to start reading it today, and this little section jumped right out at me:

"Over 50 percent of the calories the average American consumes today (and my guess is the number is similar in other industrialized countries) come from flour, sugar and industrial seed oils.

"We consume flour in the form of bread, pasta, muffins, bagels, crackers, cookies, cakes, and a variety of other processed grain products. We consume sugar in obvious places, like colas and candy bars, and less obvious places like hamburger buns, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, and flavored yogurts. (Sugar is so ubiquitous that the average American now eats 152 pounds of it a year, or about a half a cup a day!) And we consume industrial seed oilsósoybean, cottonseed, sunflower, safflower, corn, and canola oils - in just about all processed, packaged and refined foods.

"So whatís wrong with these ingredients? Why is it such a disaster that they now account for more than half of what we eat on a daily basis?

"There are several reasons, but two stand out.

"First, these foods PROMOTE OVEREATING. Theyíre high in calories, but low in nutrients, fiber, and water. Nutrients, fiber and water are what make us feel satisfied after eating a food. And if we donít feel satisfied, we donít know when to stop eating.

"Iím sure youíve all had the experience of sitting down with a bag of potato chips or a pint of ice cream and eating the entire thing in one sittingóeven though you werenít particularly hungry. When is the last time this happened with a bowl of broccoli or even a juicy steak? People donít tend to overeat real foods like they do processed and refined foods, because real food satisfies us and nourishes our bodies in a way that processed and refined food does not."

You know, it's not like I myself didn't already know that. But sometimes I'm grasping for a way to make the light bulb go on for other people.

This has to be one of the simplest but most compelling explanations of how we end up so fat from these things!

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BLH507 8/23/2014 8:20AM

    I definitely agree! Although......that steak sounds really delicious and I could really overeat on a good juicy steak. Even excellent food needs some portion control.

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CAROLSMOM1 8/22/2014 5:44PM

    Thank you for posting that info from Chris Kresser. After reading your post, I went to his website, downloaded the ebook, and saved it to read and re-read. Then I sent it off to family and friends. emoticon Roberta

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/22/2014 5:36PM

    I read his blog and he makes a lot of sense. Thanx for sharing! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/22/2014 2:42PM

    Ditch them all! Best to go cold turkey....that is, eat some cold turkey...along with plenty of veggies!

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Dancing "On the Fly"

Monday, August 18, 2014

A FlyLady Morning Musing. I've read this one numerous times, but it still rings so true!

Morning Musing: Dancing on the FLY

Dear Friends,

I can tell you exactly why I put together a Control Journal! I was tired of building "To Do" Lists! Every day I would put the same thing on the list and every day I would check things off. Was I lazy! NO I call it resourceful.

We love to make lists. It doesn't take long until those lists become boring. Maybe I was just bored with the same thing and I needed a little creativity to make it fun again.

Now listen closely! My Control Journal took shape over several months. I did not build it on my fateful New Years Day that I decided to get organized. It was on that day in 1999 that I made the biggest list of all and promptly decided that it was mean to expect me to do it all in the beginning. That is when I came to the conclusion that it would be much kinder to just practice one habit at a time. That is exactly what I did! I kept my sink clean and shiny for the whole month of January. It was my only requirement and because I didn't pile on with that huge list I could just do what I wanted. I was FLYing from start because I was loving myself enough not to push too hard. Everything I did was fun because I was not under the gun of my perfectionism.

As my habits were established I began to think of them as dance steps. I put them together into logical flow to start my day. One, two, three! One, two, three! One, two, three! Dancing on the FLY!

Basic Steps to my Daily Dance

1. Get up 2. Make bed 3. Go to the bathroom

1. Weigh 2. Check calendar 3. Shower

1. Get Dressed 2. Fix Hair and face 3. Swish and Swipe

1. Take vitamins 2. Turn on computer 3. Put on shoes,

1. Check Laundry 2. Fix coffee 3. Dust Mop the floors

1. Empty dishwasher 2. What's for Dinner 3. Eat breakfast.

1. Fill water bottles 2. Start my music 3. Sit down to work at the computer.

Do you see how it all flows or shall I say FLYs by! One, Two, Three! This takes me about 20 minutes from start to finish because I have done my before bed routine and I am not trying to function in clutter.

My Control Journal became a place to hold my routines. I still had to be reminded when I was in the bathroom what the steps were. I am still a SHE and I will always be a SHE! This is why I love Post-It Notes. I don't beat myself up because I need them. I have a morning one and a before bed one in my bathroom. This is where I start my day and end my day. I even keep my calendar in my bathroom. I use it to chart my weight and put appointments in red to remind me. I am just starting to list my menu planning on it. This is because I have been cooking more.

Your Control Journal is just a place to keep your routines. It also helps others to see exactly what has to be done in a home. When you keep your routines in a sheet protector, you don't have to rewrite them every day or print them out from our Flight Plan. Use your Control Journal as your Check List for Take Off!

Are you ready to FLY with your Control Journal as your Personal Flight Plan!


If your perfectionism has gotten in the way of you building your Control Journal; I have a solution for you. I made you one to fill in the blanks.

You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up;
I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?

Rock Your Routines in 2014!

Woubbie's thoughts....

I've always tried to apply this methodology to my health and wellness goals.

If you tackle too much all at once you're setting yourself up for probable failure. You cannot get through life relying on willpower to get things done, you have to develop doable routines.

When you make food and activity choices they have to be sustainable; and that doesn't mean that you just cave in to all the poor choices you've made in the past, because continuing in poor health habits is not really "sustainable".

And I love the 1-2-3 image! Eating and exercising should be fun, and a natural, graceful part of your life, not an endless struggle for mastery. Break it down! Break it down into doable steps and then make it routine, daily, and non-negotiable! Yes, it takes longer than a season on The Biggest Loser, but it lasts. And when your situation changes, as it inevitably will, you'll have the skills to roll with those changes and adjust!

emoticon emoticon Babysteps!!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/19/2014 2:41PM

    Aaaack!! THAT is what I am missing!! Post it notes!! DUH!! I lose track and don't look back at my journal because it is often farther away from me than is practical. I tried carrying it around, but eventually set it somewhere and move off to another floor of the house. With post its I can remind myself! Woo-Hoo! Thanx!

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EDDYMEESE 8/19/2014 12:53PM

    I love this, too! FlyLady is so awesome :)
I have a journal that I keep (just a day planner, nothing special) but I've had trouble figuring out what to put in it. I like the 1-2-3 routine.
I think mine would look something like this:

1. Get up 2. Make bed 3. Bathroom
1. Boil water 2. Let dogs out 3. Feed the cats their morning treat
1. Make coffee/tea 2. get on Spark, check Facebook 3. Take thyroid meds
1. Make breakfast to eat at work, pack lunch 2. Get dressed 3. Makeup/hair
1. Let dogs in 2. Check all windows/doors (so Bruce doesn't escape) 3. Go to work

Not much there from the FlyLady stuff...thinking maybe adding check laundry, check calendar, etc. and the rest of the tasks that will keep me on track. I'll work on this!

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A new project

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I've been inspired by VJH-W65's blog. She finally completed a very difficult quilt project that's been in the works for over 20 years.

Well, my little cross stitch is just under that mark. I probably started it just before or just after the boys were born, so that puts it at around 18 years. Here's what the finished product WILL look like (emphasis on the WILL):

My eyesight is not what it used to be, though I can still manage with bright light and limited time spent. So, my goal is to do just 30 minutes of stitching per week. This was always intended to be one of the showpieces in my bedroom remodel, and since that is finally underway too, I'd better get a move on!

Updating this blog with a picture showing the progress to date. So actually I'm closer to ⅓ complete. Today I spent 2 minutes making sure I had all the floss and materials ready to go, and having my son take a picture. This fabric is very fine, so the stitches are very small. The hoop I'm using here is about 4" across. Look at the needles to see the relative scale of it.

06/15 2 minutes
6/22 10 minutes

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KITTYF54 8/14/2014 5:23PM

    don't know if you have one already but I've seen shoulder mounted magnifiers that might help you if you haven't already tried that. Cheers and hope you get that baby done. who knows, maybe you can do it by Christmas! wouldn't that be amazing. .

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POCKETFULOFSUN 7/21/2014 11:44AM

    So pretty!

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JAZZID 7/10/2014 4:11PM

    emoticon ... reasonable goals. Very inspiring, I am trying to get a series going in my artwork, you are helping to motivate me!

Thanks, for sharing your beautiful work! ~ Dee emoticon

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DITZYMUDGIRL 6/30/2014 9:57PM

    Amazing! It is a very doable goal.

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GOLDIEFOXX 6/29/2014 10:33PM

    Very Nice!! You will cherish it once it is completed.. emoticon


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MAYA_ANGEL 6/21/2014 11:42AM

    I too have a 15-20 year ongoing needlepoint! I only have a few stitches to go and then I have to figure out how to block it and make it into a pillow! I belong to a "Stitch N Bitch" group and that really helps me make progress.

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KNOWMOREBBK 6/18/2014 10:14PM

    Very nice! I love projects like this, because they keep my mind off of EVERYTHING else.

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TWESTEN1 6/16/2014 7:24PM

    Wow - that really is gorgeous. I'm glad you're committed to working on it & getting it finished one day. Definitely something to be proud of!

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EDDYMEESE 6/16/2014 12:16PM

    I can barely even see the needles! It is absolutely GORGEOUS! What a fantastic project :)

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CINDYT63 6/16/2014 11:08AM

    I'm always impressed when people can focus on and do needlepoint. It's a very beautiful one and think how gratifying it will be to see it on your wall. My mom took twenty years to do one, and she just completed a four month one. You can do it!!!

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    Looks awesome! All of your cross-stitches are so beautiful, this one will fit right in :)

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    Beautiful and so detailed! Just lovely. emoticon

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GURLNEXDOOR 6/15/2014 7:37AM

    Beautiful piece! Time just for you to do 30 minutes of stitch time per week is a Great idea! Maybe like a pedometer you could get a stitchometer to keep you logging your daily stiches! Just a thought!


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NOWYOUDIDIT 6/15/2014 1:18AM

    WOW! That is inspiring! In my de-cluttering I threw out sooooooooo many projects that were only 1/4 done. My 19 year old no longer likes Barney- ha! ha! My oldest granddaughter now 17 no longer collects horses. The effort to finish the unfinished projects would be a waste of what time I have now. So I kept only 3 to finish. I like your idea of a time minimum each week- very do-able! Thanks for sharing!

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SKATER787 6/14/2014 9:06PM

    If you can, make it standing up while you work on it. It's the sitting that kills. Good luck.

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CAROLSMOM1 6/14/2014 9:00PM

    Oh, that is BEAUTIFUL! What a labor of love. Good for you! emoticon Roberta

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If you really want to thank a vet

Monday, May 26, 2014

take action and help get things done. Here are two places to start:



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EDDYMEESE 6/5/2014 10:15AM

    Fantastic! I may not have been in the US military, but as a soldier, it breaks my heart that this country isn't taking care of its own.

On another note...as insane as this sounds, I know...but it took me a few "thank a vet" bumper stickers to realize they weren't talking about me, lol (veterinarian). Silly!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/27/2014 2:22AM

    Those are great! I give to the Wounded Warrior foundation when I can. Hopefully they can help some vets the VA has let down. :o(
So sad. I want my youngest son to join the Army like my dad and my Grumpy, but if they can't take care of the vets- why serve? :o(
Just my humble opinion.

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 5/26/2014 10:07AM

    As ever, you've got data to support action! That's Woubbie! emoticon

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Shopping for a bra....

Monday, April 21, 2014

An open letter to Phyllis (she isn't dead yet?) Schlafly from a future leader of America! (Excerpt follows, full text available in link.)

Dear Ms. Schlafly,

Iím a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing ever just because weíre different. Really though, I think since you want to be all up in the public eye, it would really do you a lot of good to understand things from the perspective of one of the young women who will be taking over this country soon.

Iíve been thinking about how I can explain what feminism means to my generation in a way you might not have thought of before. I wanted to try to work from something we have in common, and itís been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra.

I was reading recently about a company called Yellowberry that was started by a young woman because she took her younger sister bra shopping and her sister didnít like any of the choices. None of the bras fit her, and she felt the selections were too sexual. So she started a line of bras so that girls would have more options. As for myself, I shop at Victoriaís Secret. Itís not because I want to be sexy or have any grand delusions of looking like one of their models. I shop there because they have different styles of bras so I can find something I think is pretty that fits me. I donít know where you shop for your bras, but I bet you have a favorite one. I bet you have that one bra thatís comfortable and goes with just about everything. I bet the last thing you were thinking about when you bought that bra was what a man would think about it.


A link to the full article:


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MJEFFERSON23 5/12/2014 8:44PM

  Yep, there's an old saying that says, "I can't hear what you're saying for seeing what you're doing!"

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    Well at least there is one kid is this next generation that might be able to make it! With people like this Phyllis lady around the world will go even wonkier than it is now!

With the way things are I am afraid to even bring a child into this world and my husband agrees. No matter how much my father wants a grandbaby he's just gonna have to deal with not having one unless there is a big 'uh oh' in my future. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 4/29/2014 11:29AM

    The thing I despise about her is that she IS a lawyer, had a full career, spent much time away from her children and family, and yet she advocates basically "barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen" ideas. She is a hypocrite of the worst kind.

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JIBBIE49 4/29/2014 11:07AM

    I'm 64 and remember Phyllis, but she is a lawyer, so she did put out effort. I always found her a liar, since she was all about women staying home and raising kids (she was Catholic) & supporting the man, yet, she only had one kid & worked all the time. What I find amazing today about young women is being on welfare and having a kid and not being married isn't an issue. It keeps them in poverty. As for the bra, a man isn't concerned what kind a woman wears, he just wants her to take it off so he can play.

Comment edited on: 4/29/2014 11:26:45 AM

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CINDYT63 4/24/2014 2:29PM

    It makes me hopeful that things are going to change radically.
Especially when the dumbing down of our culture is so rampant, and we are encouraged to believe that celebrities rule the world, and the shows on television are committed to encouraging a continued decline in the least common denominator.
Critical thinking rules!

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WOUBBIE 4/23/2014 9:51AM

    Schlafly is the worst kind of hypocrite - working tirelessly to make it more difficult for other women to have exactly what she has had. She'll have an interesting discussion with Jesus someday.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 4/23/2014 5:44AM

    Yup Phyllis is alive and well.

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EDDYMEESE 4/22/2014 9:09PM

    Huh, very interesting. That kid has an amazing future ahead of her if she wants it!

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    Great article! Thanks for posting!

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GLC2009 4/21/2014 10:56PM

    aw, she's an awesome little girl. almost enough to make me want children emoticon

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AMBERBREEZE 4/21/2014 6:54PM

    emoticon For linking that open letter. What an amazing 12 year old, and wise words too. A great way to start my day.

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