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July 26, 2005, 9:17 pm CDT

Here you (all) are

It seems I am the pokey little puppy again. :))



On the Emotional Whack-A-Mole thread. . .



It wasn't until recently that I came to the realization that food is my vice. No (or no excessive) gambling, drinking, sex, drugs, etc. I am able to get the cheapest fix, with the most reliable high and no hangover the next day. The side effects creep up on you over years, just one at a time, and no collateral damage.



Then like Rebecca's doctor suggested, excessive eating is suicide. I won't go into unnecessary details, but that's certainly a verb that's been on my mind all of my life.

And that's what keeps me hacking away at the 7 Keys.



Like Stacie, and Cherie pointed out, we need to work on our thought lives and keep plugging away. Even if we are on page 1, we are still moving forward. :)


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July 26, 2005, 10:03 pm CDT

Darn, I ruined the image.

Here's what I was trying to do :)



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July 26, 2005, 10:04 pm CDT

That's not it either.

Back to the Help Board for me :(
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July 26, 2005, 10:36 pm CDT

Using the Scale

Whenever I come across a healthy weight-related article online, I am going to summarize it and post it for all of us to peruse. This is pretty basic, but. . .



There's a right way and a wrong way to use the scale. Some people love to weigh daily, but experts recommend once a week for most people. Some daily scale users can become obsessed with the number on the scale, and it takes over their life by setting their mood for the day.



When you do weigh, try for the:

  • Same time of day, on the
  • Same day each week, wearing the
  • Same clothing, and using the
  • Same scale, placed on a hard, level surface.

Weight fluctuation is normal day to day and week to week due to:

  • Eating starchy or salty foods
  • Weather
  • Water retention
  • Hormonal changes

Other ways to monitor weight loss progress include:

  • Professional body fat assessment by bioelectrical impedance or calipers
  • Paying attention to how clothes fit
  • Using a tape measure to track changes in your shape
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July 28, 2005, 12:40 am CDT

Rock & a Hard Place

I was promoted at work.

Positives include:

  • Performing the same duties for 5% more per hour
  • Increased chance of picking the best shifts / days of the week
  • Guaranteed a higher number of hours per week during lean times
  • Monthly evaluations are more subjective (much higher ratings)
  • General bragging rights

Negatives include:

  • I despise my job
  • the company I work for
  • the people I work for
  • the people I work with
  • & the clients/customers/whatever I serve

So, I think of people who are in much worse financial & physical condition than I am, and slap myself for being an ingrate.  ~heavy sigh~

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July 28, 2005, 12:49 am CDT

This was the picture I was trying to display last night!

Space Dog!



     It's killing me that I don't have better control over how my messages appear.  I was so used to being able to post / edit / post / edit for 1/2 hour per message on the old boards.  :(



Speaking of old messages, they were only able to save the most recent archive for each topic.  I was going to suggest we contact every person who has ever posted a message, just to remind them we're still here, but it seems that is no longer possible.  I also regret not being able to go over every message from the beginning.  That was going to be one of my projects for August.



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July 28, 2005, 1:14 pm CDT

Exercise & Skin

Lifting weights, aerobic workouts, and stretching all benefit skin, the largest organ of the body.



Exercise increases circulation, which increases delivery of nutrients to skin cells and speeds removal of damaging toxins, especially surface contaminants like cigarette smoke, air pollution, and even certain chemicals in hair spray, deodorant, and shower gels.



Exercise gives skin the optimum conditions for making collagen support fibers. Fibroblasts, the collagen-producing cells in the skin, become fewer in number and lazier with age so skin becomes less firm, drier, and more wrinkled. Exercise infuses skin cells with oxygen and nutrients.



Exercise mediates the production of testosterone-related hormones such as DHEA and DHT, a major part of acne flare-ups, androgenic hair loss, and stress.



Exercise increases sweating, which in turn can unclog pores and have a positive effect on breakouts.



Certain exercises can break up pockets of cellulite which forms when fibrous connections in skin are pulled tighter creating those puckering pockets of fat. Toning and pulling the muscles with Pilates or weight training reverses that tension because a well toned muscle is more pliable.



Exercise relaxes your whole body, including the muscles in your face. Eventually crow's feet and anger expression lines soften up.



Exercise gives a rosy pink glow, as compared to a yellow-green or ashen grey cast, to the skin.



If you are properly hydrating during exercise you will get better blood flow to the skin. This encourages the elimination of toxins that would otherwise accumulate in the skin cells, especially for those who overindulge in alcohol, drugs, and / or junk food.



The effects of facial exercises, beauty calisthenics, are temporary at best and may cause you to develop more lines and creases from overusing certain facial muscles.

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July 30, 2005, 12:44 pm CDT

Kale & Bean Soup - 4 servings

The Banshee, a local pub/restaurant, serves only very traditional Irish dishes but has a Wednesday lunch special of Portuguese andouille kale soup.  No one knows why, but if it's an advertising ploy, it's certainly very clever.



I'm not the biggest fan of sausage, personally, but when I need to use it in a recipe, I use a low-fat turkey sausage.  So here is a version called Kale and Bean Soup.




  • 18 ounces low-fat turkey sausage, sliced
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 ½ cups onion, chopped
  • 4 cups fresh kale chopped
  • 4 cups low-salt, fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cups white kidney beans (or any other cooked beans)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste



Slice sausage into bite-sized slices. In a large pot, heat olive oil then add garlic and onion. Sauté until soft. Add kale and sauté until wilted. Add 3 cups of broth, sliced sausage, and 1 1/2 cups of beans, tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes.



Blend the remaining beans and broth until smooth then mix into soup to thicken. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.



I prefer one dish meals and often substitute more vegetables (occasionally fruit) for grain/bread/starch.  The proportions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates aims to comply with the Rapid Start meals.

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July 30, 2005, 12:53 pm CDT

link to Kale & Bean Soup recipe

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July 30, 2005, 9:15 pm CDT

Cut & Paste

Cherie, I don't know the technical terms, but the Message Board software is in charge when we are in the text box.  There are fewer options & different rules than when you try to do the same things in a word processing program.     After some experimentation, I find it best to write my messages in unformatted text (like using notepad) and then paste it here.

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