Monday, July 04, 2011
I just finished reading a booked called "Mindless Eating - Why We Eat More Than We Think"
This is a truely wonderful book by Cornell University consumer behavior professor Brian Wansink.... interested? here his website - you can also find him on Facebook....
I enjoyed this book so much that I will be purchasing an e-reader (once I'm at my next goal) and will order an e-version of it (I originally borrowed it from our small local library) so that I can go back and re-read bits as necessary.
One of the things I found interesting was that on average, each of us makes 250 food related decisions on a daily basis - wow! It also explains that most of us don't overeat because we're hungry (I'm living proof of THIS fact) - We overeat because of family and friends, packages and plates, names and numbers, labels and lights, colors and candles, shapes and smells, distractions and distances, cupboards and containers.... scary stuff!
After reading this book (twice!) I feel as though I have a bit more insight and control over the 250+ decisions that I make regarding food on a daily basis...
Good read! Highly recommend a visit to your local library and checking it out. You'll also find a large number of helpful tools on the website above
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I just finished reading a novel by Louise Penny called Still Life. It's set in Quebec and centres around a Detective and a small village called 3 Pines. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already reserved a few more of her novels that are set in the same village.
What I found remarkable is that there was a passage that I felt was written specifically for ME - who'd have thought that I'd find such a golden tidbit in a book that I selected simply to take my mind off my troubles?
From the novel Still Life by Louise Penny:
Life is change. If you aren’t growing and evolving you’re standing still, and the rest of the world is surging ahead. Most of these people are very immature. They lead “still” lives, waiting.
Waiting for what?
Waiting for someone to save them. Expecting someone to save them or at least protect them from the big bad world. The thing is no one else can save them because the problem is theirs and so is the solution.. Only they can get out of it.
“The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings”
That is, the fault lies with us and only us. It’s not fate, not genetics, not bad luck, and it’s definitely not Mom and Dad. Ultimately it’s us and our choices. But the most powerful, spectacular thing is that the solution rests with us as well. We’re the only ones who can change our lives, turn them around. So all those years waiting for someone else to do it are wasted. The vast majority of troubled people don’t get it. The fault is here, but so is the solution. That’s the grace.
Who among us can admit that the problem is us?
I was truly amazed to find these words of wisdom in a mystery novel... but thankful that I did!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I am SO excited. I usually weight myself Sundays, but wanted to take a peek today.
And I'm 199.3!! Just 2.3 lbs shy of 80 lbs GONE!
Now, it's taken me a while to accomplish this - with many slip-ups along the way - however I think i've finally come to an understanding with my little annoying voice that tends to discourage me and make suggestions like "let's hit the drive-through!"
I think that what's helped me stay on track so well these last 6 months is that I've stuck to my meal planning, logged into Sparks daily, and donated my clothing that is too big.... giving away my old clothes was scary - what if I gain it back? In the past, I've kept it - just in case... and found that when my jeans became a little snug it was far too easy to just slip into my old ones... No more! if clothes get snug, I will just need to refocus and deal with it until they're no longer snug!
Next Goal.... 20 lbs gone by August 1st....
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I think that the dogs think they're in heaven. I'm on vacation this week, and since Friday night I've been taking them to the beach for our walk.
I even managed to get my oldest daughter to go with us yesterday morning. It was such a lovely sunny day, and aside from the yelling "NO!" every 5 minutes to stop any icky rolling in dead fish, (the dogs.... not my daughter lol) the walk was very enjoyable.... blue water... blue sky... spotted a few bald eagles... ahhhh.
This morning was a bit cooler, and it was just the dogs and me, as both my daughters were at school/work, and my DH wasn't home from work yet (he's a trucker)
It's overcast now, so hopefully the weather will hold for another morning at the beach tomorrow!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Well - I decided to post my january goals - hopefully it can be seen ok with my lack of technical savvy - haha
Going well so far this month. Tonight, it's just my youngest daughter and me so I will be picking up Subway for dinner as a treat.
Weigh-in tomorrow morning!
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