Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ten Tips for Dining Out

"According to an article published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, larger portion sizes and eating too much fast food have both contributed to the prevalence of obesity in the United States. The research showed that women who ate more fast food meals had higher calorie and fat intake and more body fat."

Unfortunately, I can attest to this. In this article on the site, Beth Reinke gives tips for dining out without pigging out. I like that! I'm already splitting my portions in half and saving it for lunch the next day, but I need to work more on getting sauces and dressings on the side.

Dining Out Done Right

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Drug Worse than the Malady?

I just saw another one. A commercial for a drug touted to relieve the symptoms of a serious illness. The funny (or not so funny when you think about it) thing is that the side effects mirror the symptoms of the illness the drug is supposed to treat. I know you've noticed this. The announcer has a bright, chirpy voice for the first two-thirds of the commercial telling you of the miraculous healing you'll receive. Then for the final third, the voice over artist takes it down a notch, lowering his or her pitch and in rapid fire fashion lists the side effects. By the time the commercial is over, my head is spinning. Will it help? Will it hurt? Will I be worse off for taking something that's supposed to help? Good grief.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tripping Down Memory Lane

Here's the other picture my husband found. You'll notice I'm standing behind a table laden with sugar. Back then, I don't remember eating one donut or drinking one cup of punch. And I didn't even drink coffee back then. What a thought! I'm a Starbucks junkie now. Think all that caffeine, sugar, and cream might explain my expanded waistline and depleted energy? Hmm...something to ponder.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Aha! There's My Waist

My husband was searching for information in an old book and found two pictures of me tucked inside. There I am - young and healthy. I started to add 'skinny,' but being skinny was automatic for me back then. What I remember about my eating habits is that I consumed food, but thinking about, preparing, and eating food did not consume me. I ate to live, not the other way around.

I found my waist again, but in a very old and slightly yellowed picture, not in real life. I'm still working on that!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Seeing Myself on Video

You know how you can fool yourself into thinking you look pretty good - as long as you don't look into a full-length mirror or see candid pictures of yourself? Wait until someone records you and puts it up on YouTube! We have a new media minister at church and so far, he has put up 3 or 4 videos of me singing. I didn't mind until this last one when I didn't have a large wooden pulpit to hide behind.

The thing is - after watching it a couple times, I could get my mind off of my appearance and enjoy the song and the message. I'm enthused and joyous while singing about My Redeemer and I think that shows.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've struggled with a lot of pain in my ribs as well as generalized pain all over. That particular morning, I had struggled to get ready for our Resurrection Sunday service, but once I start singing, I feel no pain. Please continue to pray for me. I'm almost resigned to start taking the injections into my ribs. The thought of that really freaks me out, but if I can endure momentary pain for weeks of relief, I'm sure it would be worth it.

Here's the video.  I hope you are blessed by the song. 

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