Sunday, February 27, 2011
1. Identify why you snack
2. Find an alternative
When you know the reason why you snack, it is easier to avoid it. For me I learned boredom and being tired led to snacking; it had nothing to do with my being hungry. When I realized that this is an example of emotional eating, I found ways to overcome it. I made a list of things to do to replace the habit of snacking, like napping, journaling or going to Bible Life Coaching with Sheri Rose Shepherd that I am participating in for six weeks. Simply put, I kept busy. I’m creating three DVD photo projects (a mini-side business of mine) and this helped immensely. Admittedly, it was hard to allow myself to take naps because there is an inner voice in me that says I must always be productive; go, go, go! So, I told that voice to shut up and crawled on the couch as needed for some shut eye. What a difference! When I awoke, the desire to snack was gone, plus I was refreshed and ready to plug on with my day.
The thought of not snacking was not appealing at first, but once I got used to it (mostly sweets), the craving disappeared. When I did get the munchies I made sure I had an alternative quickly at hand, like cut-up veggies in the fridge. Does this mean I can never snack again on junk food? Absolutely not! Moderation is key. Again the Greek Motto “Know thyself and Nothing in Excess” seems to be the simple answer to hopping off the unhealthy bandwagon of overeating and drinking. When I stepped back to see what I really wanted was not food, I allowed myself to feel the unpleasant feelings inside me. Okay, I did not like this part but I saw the anxiety through with a food journal instead of chowing, keeping busy and I found myself praying more when I felt weak. The results? Feeling closer and more dependent on God, physically back in balance and I can breathe in my jeans. Success!
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Each member of the family is valued and accepted for who he or she is. There is regard for individual characteristics.
Each person is allowed to operate within his or her proper role. A child is allowed to be a child and adult is an adult.
Members of the family care for one another, and they verbalize their caring and affirmation.
The communication process is healthy, open and direct. There are no double messages.
Children are raised in such a way that they can mature and become individuals in their own right. They separate from Mom and Dad in a healthy manner.
The family enjoys being together. They do not get together out of a sense of obligation.
Family members can laugh together, and they enjoy life together.
Family members can share their hopes, dreams, fears and concerns with one another and still be accepted.
A healthy level of intimacy exists within the home. Can I add my own pointer here? Healthy families pray together; dinner, bedtime or whenever. This builds family itimacy, allows members to share what's in their hearts, and displays a dependence and need for God.
This weekend my family will be laughing and enjoying life together (a healthy characteristic) as we take a trip to a mountain cabin for some sledding, rest and relaxation. It will be a perfect time to sit back and examine what we’ve done right and think of ways to improve where we’ve fallen short. It is never too late … there’s always room to grow and work on creating a healthier family!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Could it be that it went so well because love was in the air due to Valentine’s Day? Maybe. There is only one way to find out. I’ll have to appreciate my mate every day (this takes effort) with the hopes that the ripples of positive results continue.
Friday, February 11, 2011
|Love is bringing out the best in each other|
Valentine’s Day is just three days away! I can’t think of a better time to let your mate know what you love and appreciate about them. My guess? If you try this it will enhance your relationship in an amazing way. I mean, really, who doesn’t crave to feel appreciated and valued every day? Grab your pen and paper and start taking notes. I guess you could call them Love Notes.
Results to follow.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The Super Bowl is this weekend and The Steelers and The Packers are going at it. Although professional athletes are gifted in the strong, agile and powerful department, I think they are not the sharpest tools in the shed. Okay, they are dumb as rocks. Not all of them. But, enough to make me suspicious. I don’t know this for fact, but these quotes I found tend to back me up. Sure, they are at the top of their game, but they are out of balance, just like the rest of us. You might agree after your read my top seven favorite sports quotes.
1. Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann:
"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
2. Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach:
"You guys line up alphabetically by height." And, "You guys pair up in groups of three, and then line up in a circle."
3. Chuck Nevitt , North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice:
"My sister's expecting a baby, and I don't know if I'm going to be an uncle or an aunt.”
4. New Orleans Saint Running Back George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season:
"I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.."
5. Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson going to prison:
"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton ..."
6. Frank Layden , Utah Jazz president, on a former player:
"I asked him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?'
He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'"
7. Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins:
"He treat us like mens. He let us wear earrings."
I rest my case.