KOSHIE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOSHIE1 KOSHIE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Progress at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966503 OK, so the last blog was a short concise remark on the hard time I've been having and the hard work I've done in getting my house on the market. Finally, all done as of Thursday AND on the market. The realtor at the last minute wanted to ask for $100K more (shocking, right?) than her initial estimate -- the hard work really DID show! Well, certainly some of that is her estimate of the "heat" of the local market -- but I get the rest of the credit! <BR> <BR> We want the house to move quick... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:08:09 EST worn to the bone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962921 I've spent the last two months working 8-14 hours almost every day trying to do Everything myself to get our house ready to put on the market. The handyman I hired is WORSE than a total amateur, WORSE than a kindergartener, WORSE than....hell. I finally had to get someone else to fix what he's only half-done and made a mess of and charged me for, of course... <BR> <BR> The cleaning service I engaged didn't show up. The For Sale sign is up and I still have the kitchen to clean. That is fo... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:11:55 EST LC Tip of the Day #180 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956658 Fake it 'til you make it -- keep on smiling! It WILL lift your mood and the mood of those around you and life will feel better and seem easier..... and you'll be more motivated to achieve your goals! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:09:30 EST LC Tip of the Day #179 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936768 Schedule it. Don’t wait for it to just happen. Sat, 30 May 2015 12:02:32 EST LC Tip of the Day #178 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932176 10 minutes? 10 minutes, that’s all to start! Yes, you’ve got ten minutes to USE! Thu, 21 May 2015 19:51:43 EST LC Tip of the Day #177 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927718 To be __________, <BR> you must sacrifice what you are for what you could become. <BR> <BR> Yes, weight loss involves sacrifice. Wed, 13 May 2015 21:30:50 EST LC Tip of the Day #176 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926881 Motivation is the ability to give yourself the chance to make conscious decisions and take responsibility for these choices. You are not a victim! Your motivation will be as strong as the amount of effort you put into making your own decisions (regardless of what they are) with conscious awareness. Your motivation will be weak when you consider yourself to be helpless. Change the story you tell yourself: "I am active, powerful, effective, normal. I choose; I am responsible." Tue, 12 May 2015 10:37:00 EST LC Tip of the Day #175 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924313 Don’t eat WHOLE food (bear with me)! Cut/divide your serving into smaller-yet servings – and eat those smaller servings as a unit into itself. For example, don’t eat a whole peach. Cut it into 16 pieces, place 4 slices in a cup, and eat that one cup of 4 slices before you serve yourself the next 4 slices. Research shows you eat smaller bites, take longer to eat, and eat up to 75% less! You can do this with ANY food: steak, smoothies, power bars… Thu, 7 May 2015 13:42:57 EST LC Tip of the Day #174 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922643 1) You’re an "emotional eater"? Get at the root cause of your negative feelings. Forcing yourself to think about problems isn't easy, but it's the biggest step to making a change and gaining control. If you can’t resolve problems immediately, take baby steps. The following short-term interventions can help: <BR> <BR> Write about the emotion you're experiencing and the problem causing it. <BR> <BR> Alternative activities get your mind off food. Good "distracters" include calling or ema... Mon, 4 May 2015 20:27:28 EST LC Tip of the Day #173 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915725 BEETS helped cyclists increase their endurance. researchers discovered, by up to 16 percent. "Beets seem to reduce the amount of oxygen the body uses during exercise," says exercise physiologist Stephen Bailey of Exeter University in England. "The result is muscles that can tolerate high-intensity exercise longer." Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:42:22 EST LC Tip of the Day #172 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913114 Things go much better when you see motivation as the ability to give yourself the chance to make conscious decisions and take responsibility for these choices. Therefore, the main "enemy" of motivation is the tendency to see yourself as the hapless victim of forces (or urges) over which you have no control. <BR> <BR> Your motivation will be as strong as the amount of effort you put into making your own decisions (regardless of what they might be) with conscious awareness. Your motivation wi... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:36:33 EST LC Tip of the Day #171 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910176 List reasons you want to lose weight. Post everywhere; carry them with you. Whenever temptation strikes, read it – you’ll be stronger! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:20:58 EST LC Tip of the Day #170 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904783 Foods rich in potassium allow the body to flush out excess sodium, giving you a flatter belly. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:42:50 EST LC Tip of the Day #169 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899671 Open the blinds and get some some sun first thing in the morning! Preferably before noon. This resets your biological clock helping you get to sleep at night; and exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin levels, which may curb your appetite, according to research. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:06:24 EST Only 3 things you have to do to lose weight and improve your life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896973 Losing weight through calorie restriction is effective and can be fast! BUT! It wasn't something that I could do for life! I REMEMBER pacing in the kitchen. Just pacing -- because I was so hungry but wouldn't let myself eat! I REMEMBER looking in the the fridge for my shoes and in the oven for my briefcase (does that date me? LOL!). Because, honestly, I was looking for SOMETHING I could EAT! Calorie restriction didn't teach me good eating habits for life; it taught me I would be hungry f... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:11:17 EST LC Tip of the Day #168 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894624 Intensity vs. Volume <BR> Which would be more beneficial for fat loss, increasing the exercise intensity or increasing the exercise volume? Studies show exercise intensity appears to be the number one factor for maintaining performance. For instance, if you were to lower your volume for 4 weeks, but maintain your intensity (i.e. lift just as heavy) then you would actually improve in various adaptations. However, if you were to lower your intensity (i.e. drop from 300 to 250 pounds in the squa... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:35:32 EST LC Tip of the Day #167 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893694 Acidic foods, such as lemon juice, lime juice, and vinegar, slow the digestion of carbs and the rate at which your stomach empties. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:47:25 EST LC Tip of the Day #166 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888319 GET MORE SLEEP! This boosts leptin levels and drops grelin hormones! Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:31:37 EST LC Tip of the Day #165 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880874 Appetite out of control? Sprinkle a tablespoon of chia seeds into your meals. The little seeds can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water (helping to fill your belly). They also contain 5 grams of fiber. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:24:38 EST LC Tip of the Day #164 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880685 Soak your face in ice water for 1 to 2 minutes. Exposure to ice water allows you to reset levels of the appetite hormone leptin, which leads to faster fat loss. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:24:34 EST LC Tip of the Day #163 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874635 Control cravings: Cross your forearms. Squeeze the little flaps of skin by your ear canals (not your earlobes) for 30 seconds. Breathe deeply, exhaling twice as long a time as it takes you to inhale. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:31:00 EST LC Tip of the Day #162 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870130 Listen to upbeat music to feel better and distract from cravings. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 14:38:09 EST Rise and Shine! (and lose weight!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865260 "Rise and shine" isn't just something you should say in the morning to drag yourself out of bed. According to a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, published in the journal PLOS ONE, actually doing it—i.e., getting up and catching a couple quick rays—may help you lose weight. As it turns out, the people who got more morning light had lower BMIs than those who got less—and that was regardless of their age, how active they were, and what they ate. <BR> <BR> S... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:56:47 EST Dean Anderson, our own behavioral psychologist, says: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864099 "The Winning Attitude: IF YOU NEVER HAVE PROBLEMS, YOU'LL NEVER HAVE ANY SUCCESSES. (emphasis added) You’re in the business of changing your lifestyle, and finding solutions that work for you will take a lot of trial and error. Your problem areas and setbacks can become valuable opportunities—if you let them. So ditch the drama and the negative self-talk, and replace it with a little open-minded curiosity. What was going on when this problem happened (in your environment and in your mind)? Ho... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:11:14 EST LC Tip of the Day #161 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853967 Pleasant scent affects the brain area that causes cravings. Smell something non-edible that you like (your husband, flowers,…). When scientists scanned the brains of people eating different foods, they found that the brain reacts to fat in the mouth in much the same way that it responds to a pleasant aroma. So if you feel a craving coming on, apply your favorite scent. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:08 EST Kick a Weight-Loss Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847909 AS FOUND ONLINE AT PREVENTION.COM: <BR> <BR> Trying to kick a weight loss plateau? Unhand the celery and head for the spice cabinet: New research shows that cumin powder can help jumpstart weight loss, decrease body fat, and improve unhealthy cholesterol levels naturally. <BR> <BR> Researchers at Iran's Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences randomly split 88 overweight or obese women into 2 groups. For 3 months, both groups received nutrition counseling and decreased their daily i... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:29:46 EST LC Tip of the Day #160 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847826 To deal with a craving: <BR> substitute another treat; <BR> call a friend and talk; <BR> try various points of accupressure; <BR> get away from it for 20 minutes (leave the room!); <BR> eat something else that is very strong-flavored; <BR> go smell something you really like; or <BR> tap (your feet, your head, your fingers on a table, your chest....preferably watch yourself tapping);. <BR> <BR> And how do YOU deal with cravings? <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:00:14 EST LC Tip of the Day #159 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839274 Goals are dreams with DEADLINES. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:13:52 EST LC Tip of the Day #158 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834188 Know that cravings last only ~20 minutes. Distract yourself; it will pass. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:29:22 EST LC Tip of the Day #157 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832408 You don’t have to diet ALL day -- only for the next 20 minutes! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:19:25 EST LC Tip of the Day #156 (5 STAR!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829158 The rewards of accomplishing your goals will never grow strong enough unless fed daily. <BR> <BR> There is a sense of reward generated every time you honor your commitment to yourself. Over time, the desire for the reward will become stronger and more influential in daily decisions. This desire is what is oft termed as MOTIVATION. Basically you are creating a new reward system that, over time, will be able to compete with the old one of eating. It takes time to find what empowers you but it... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:09:52 EST LC Tip of the Day #155 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827824 Because the scale doesn't show a difference doesn't mean that your mind and body aren't making a difference! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:32:38 EST Research shows SUGAR is ADDICTing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826659 "'Everyone who owns pet rats knows if you give them a cookie they will like that, but no one experimentally had given them all they want,' Sclafani told me when I met him at his lab in Brooklyn, where he continues to use rodents in studying the psychology and brain mechanisms that underlie the desire for high-fat and high-sugar foods. When he did just that, when he gave his rats all they wanted, he saw their appetite for sugar in a new light. They loved it, and this craving completely overrod... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:18:18 EST LC Tip of the Day #154 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826611 Apply abstract mental labels: Associating foods with abstract ideas like: “energy crash” or “longevity” or “gum disease prevention” helps you resist temptation and opt for healthier choices. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:35:03 EST Allow me to let you in on a secret -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824964 Something most women either don't know or don't believe: sexy is all in the head! Yup! It is an attitude of confidence in yourself, the knowledge that you have something good to offer others, and the belief that you are attractive where it counts (on the inside). It is loving yourself! Notice that I didn't say beautiful or even pretty anywhere. Trust me. <BR> <BR> Men get it. Too many get it TOO well and ignore their need to maintain themselves physically. Ugh. But women seem to devote e... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:57:58 EST LC Tip of the Day #153 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824739 Denial doesn’t work. Moderation does. So plan to have your “weak moments”. Choosing between loads of temptation or loads of deprivation? To avoid complete surrender: Remember to eat less for several days before. Stuff yourself at home with diet foods before the party so that you can only just barely sample the most tempting items; buy a diet treat to take to take along in your purse (a really fine bittersweet chocolate, a LC candy…); make a favorite diet treat to have at home later (why ea... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:00:55 EST LC Tip of the Day #152 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823596 Make contact. Have a diet buddy, and exercise buddy, a hobby buddy… your family. Social contacts keep you committed and strong in many ways. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:31:37 EST LC Tip of the Day #151 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821042 OMG, it has been a full year since I posted one of my tips. I am renewed and reinvigorated to start fresh. So here's a new one: <BR> <BR> Part of success is stifling the urge to “Quit!” There is NO excuse good enough; no short cuts! You have to really want it. It’s work, but no one regrets it. It changes everything. When we come out of our comfort zones, we grow mentally, emotionally, and physically. It empowers you. I find out a lot about myself when I am pushing my limits. <BR> You don'... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:00:50 EST OK. Now it's REALLY over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623087 I got a call back (FINALLY!) from the district attorney regarding the case against my brother. They told me they dismissed it since <BR> 1: they didn't want to get involved in a "family matter" and <BR> 2: it seemed to have nothing to do with the state of Wyoming. <BR> <BR> Unbelievable! If he had killed me, it STILL would've fit those two parameters for dismissal! And totally cutting off my air supply WAS an act against my life! I consider that a VERY serious thing! Unfortunately, ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:59:18 EST It's over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620638 I got a letter from my attorney. Charges against me have been dropped. It only took 6 months for the state to finally conclude that there is no evidence against me to uphold the assault charge. It appears that instinctively fighting for your life while being choked is allowed by law after all. <BR> <BR> The state still hasn't contacted me regarding my assault charges against my brother, who choked me. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:07:18 EST Back from my trip and visiting family. Not boring. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548377 So my brother choked me in July and I called the police and we both spent the night in jail since I somehow scratched his arm while fighting for my life.... Yes, we are pressing charges against each other.... and my family is playing "blame the victim" since they all believe I should not have called authorities. What should I have done? Die? Allow myself to continue to be further intimidated anytime I try to see my family and he's around? It doesn't matter what I do. The moment my brothe... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:30:06 EST LC Tip of the Day #150 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531264 Forget about being “bad” or “weak”. So what? We all have “moments”. You know, you didn’t learn to walk by giving up when you fell down. Simply begin anew at the first available opportunity. You are that much further ahead than last time! Don’t give up your ‘edge’! Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:07:50 EST Happy Halloween! Adult Humor #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528276 I've been searching for SOMEthing to do on Halloween.... so I'll go to a flash mob scene this evening and wear my Ghost Buster's Costume -- which I made for a video for church. I posted a few pix on my SP page. <BR> <BR> There was a haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk - the ghost which 'lived' there was feared by all. <BR> However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he enter... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:24:37 EST Adult Halloween Humor #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525688 It is NOT WISE to marry on Halloween -- it brings out the mean spirit in us! Husband and his wife had a bitter quarrel on that day, their 40th wedding anniversary. <BR> <BR> The husband yells, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads, 'Here Lies My Wife - Cold As Ever'." <BR> <BR> "Yeah" she replies, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads, 'Here Lies My Husband - Stiff At Last.'" <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:06:45 EST Adult Halloween Humor #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525026 So here is my long, convoluted, joke based upon a Massachusetts accent: <BR> <BR> It seemed a scene out of "The Birds"! Along a Massachusetts stretch of farm-to-market road there were SO many dead and dying birds... mostly black birds, crows, and other corvids -- it was scary! Many were horribly mangled! What threat could've killed so many? The state ornithologist was called in. He collected samples and all the dead birds were removed -- but the birds kept dying in great masses! Whatever the... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:24:39 EST Adult Halloween Humor #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523482 SO! It is FALL and it is FRIDAY -- and you know what that means! FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL! <BR> <BR> Every now and then, Halloween falls on a Friday. And to help fill the stands, the local stadium had COSTUME NIGHT on Halloween. A couple of long-time friends, ladies who were now over 50, decided to go to the game together as "The Flying Nuns" (remember Sally Field in that old series?) Sitting up in the nose-bleed section, they were unfortunate enough to be sitting in front of some young rowdie... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:38:56 EST Body Fat Percentage Calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520855 www.everydayhealth.com/toolkit/body-fat-ca<BR>lculator.aspx Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:51:32 EST Adult Halloween Humor #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519543 An extremely shy and very modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests, the last of which had left his digestive system upset. <BR> <BR> Upon making several false-alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided that the latest was another false alarm, so he stayed put in his bed. He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond his ability to remain rational. Loosing his presence of mind, he jumped up, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window. <... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:10:56 EST Adult Halloween Humor #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517902 Just in case you have forgotten the rules for a safe and Happy Halloween: <BR> <BR> 1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead. <BR> <BR> 2. Never read a book of demon-summoning aloud, even as a joke. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell. <BR> <BR> 3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out. <BR> <BR> 4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not kn... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:59:56 EST Adult Halloween Humor #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517901 Just in case you have forgotten the rules for a safe and Happy Halloween: <BR> <BR> 1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead. <BR> <BR> 2. Never read a book of demon-summoning aloud, even as a joke. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell. <BR> <BR> 3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out. <BR> <BR> 4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not kn... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:59:56 EST