Exercise - it really works. I believe it is the single most important choice/action needed to get fit & healthy.
I was working out moderately 2 weeks ago & dropped 2 or 2.5 lbs (there's always water-weight fluctuations) _ then last week I was working out often, nearly everyday, and I dropped 5 lbs; this week I haven't worked out yet Edit: I worked out 45 minutes on the elliptical for lunch: yea. & I've neither dropped nor gained weight Edit: I weighed myself today & I did drop 1 lb this week too - but it's so easily water weight in that range, I like to wait to count it - but it's good to see a little progress this week, and I'm picking up the slack again as of today, so I can catch up on my exercise goals for the week, still. : considering my goal & healthy weight is quite a bit lower then where I'm at (I want to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight or better) it should go down some each week until I meet my goal, to be at my healthiest.
Now I have always eaten a healthy diet, relatively, and not huge quantities. Really, I gained preganancy weight, and my inactivity levels just never burned that off. It's all about exercise. Diet alone will not make a person fit, nor 100% healthy. Not all on its own: it can hinder or help, but it doesn't make a person fit.
Plus, I think thin people who have no muscle are not healthy, either: to me health is all about being strong & properly weighted for your frame: not just being thin or superficial things like that. The good news is, for me, that I have a lot of muscle from all my years of martial arts, and I can feel that it's still there: that both helps me to burn calories, but also to maintain a rigorous exercise schedule, if I give myself the time to indulge in that: the time is now. Why wait?
Anger- specifically,Intermittent Explosive Disorder. I never knew there was a term/identity & treatment for this. I guess it's pretty new discovery to Mental Health Care, too.
So: What is Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and how, really, is this not like being angry?
"People think it's bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don't know ... is that there's a biology and cognitive science to this."
So the next question is how does one differentiate between intermittent explosive disorder and common rage? Researchers describe intermittent explosive disorder as acting far and away out of proportion based on the incident, for example breaking a toaster that burnt your toast by throwing it across the room. Generally the illness includes making threats, and other agressive tendancies and appears first in young teens.
Another article source states the symptoms as:
And also: Intermittent Explosive Disorder is where a person has defined episodes of violence precipitated by little provocation. These episodes begin and end very abruptly, but may last for hours. During and episode, the person experiences urges to break objects, feel confusion or suffer from amnesia. After the act however, they do display remorse and assume responsibility, generally.
-I learned about this new idea & it's relation to road-rage & domestic abuse - it was on this NPR Morning Edition early show yesterday, it's well worth listening to. Research News - 'Road Rage' is Called a Diagnosable Disorder.Morning Edition, June 6, 2006 · Harvard Professor Ronald Kessler talks with Renee Montagne about a new study that shows "road rage" is a diagnosable disorder. Intermittent Explosive Disorder has a strict definition and has been a serious problem for years. Kessler is one of the authors of the study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Here's the story page and you can listen to the story there, or order a transcript, but it's a pretty brief news story.
It was interesting in how it pointed out most people don't ever get treatment for Intermittent Explosive Disorder unless they get treatment for conditions that often accompany it, namely: Depression & Alcholism. If those conditions are not present, or go untreated the Intermittent Explosive Disorder is also untreated, even though it has been shown to have significant improvement with pschology sessions that target triggers, and response controls and adaptations.
It's great that not only Cognitive Therapy, but specifically Biofeedback has shown to be quite effective.
Lossiness - A friend used this in a sentence the other day & I thought it was a great use of the word. In reference to communication, we were discussing how one's ideas or intention may be perceived from comments &... they said, (that the intention of a communication)... "is obscured even more on the internet because of the lossiness of written communication." I thought: that's so true. I've read & discussed this before, but that word is a perfect succinct way to explain what happens: Lossiness.
I went to dictionary.com & m-w.com & hyperdictionary.com to confirm my understanding of the word was correct, and None of those sites had Lossiness In their dictionaries. I then regoogled the word to be sure I had typed it right: It's there, all over the interenet. So I Googled "lossiness definition" to find a non-dictionary site defining it, & I found this, which is quite good I think: on, of all places, Minnesota State Electronic Records Management Guidelines - but anyhow, they define it as : Lossiness - The degree to which data is lost during file compression. That was what I thought: it is that missing pixel in a .jpg compression - and in writing, it is that missing data (voice, body language, hand gestures) which account for the 'context' of communication that lets us know so much more about the meaning in a person's words. It's wonderful to have the internet, books, and so on to be able to communicate with many & across great distances, but there is a lossiness to this communication: that touch, the voice, the reflection & expression in a person's eyes, the hand gestures & subtle hints of all the thoughts behind the words. Just wanted to share, since I really felt this was a great use of the word, and those dictionaries should get on the ball & add it! *grin*
Pronoia - "Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You With Blessings".. hee hee, it's a book, by Rob Breezney. Here's a link to it/can see inside the book as well: http://www.sfweekly.com/astrology/index.html I must get this book! hee hee.
Sparklines "What Are Sparklines? -- Sparklines are "intense, simple, wordlike graphics" so named by Edward Tuft.
In lieu of a more detailed introduction, Professor Tufte's site has an early release of a chapter on sparklines."</i>
- Again, I'm all about the communications concepts; this is an idea I've studied before, as will anyone who's picked up an Edward Tuft book - gorgeous books, by the way..
I've always thought of Tufte as a genius of visual modeling & communications that cross that line between math & art.
So this website, to finally get to the point, is "a PHP Sparkline Graphing Library." I'm very interested. I don't have time to play with it today, but I'm journaling it, and I hope to come back to try it out sometime soon! http://sparkline.org/
Make your own bug repellant, Care2 has instructions on how to make your own, non-toxic, bug repellants! Cool, eh?
1o to 25 drops essential oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (olive oil is fine)
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing.
Here are some suggestions for your choice of essential oils:
Bug Repellent Essential Oils
Caution: Pregnant women should consult with their doctors before using.
Ticks First Choice: Rose Geranium
Other: Palmerosa, bay, eucalyptus, European pennyroyal
lavender, tickweed (American pennyroyal)
Mosquitoes: Pennyroyal, lemon balm (citronella), thyme, lavender
Blackflies: Sassafras, lavender, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, cedar, lemon balm (citronella), peppermint
Head Lice: Tea tree, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, rose geranium
Fleas: Orange oil
A note about wasps and yellow jackets: Don’t wear perfume, hair spray, or scented deodorant. Avoid wearing bright colored clothing.
Witholding -Today's Daily OM: witholding
The most common form of withholding is what we commonly call "the silent treatment," but withholding encompasses any unwillingness to express your true feelings. It also includes an unwillingness to give support, praise, or positive attention to the people you love. We have all known someone who is impossible to please, and many of us have suddenly found ourselves at the other end of a chilly silence with no explanation. At the same time, many of us will recognize our own tendency to withhold our emotions rather than express them. Most of us have seen both sides of the withholding dilemma. Emotional pain is at the root of our tendency to withhold, and withholding causes pain to the people subjected to it. It is a dysfunctional pattern that creates a breakdown in communication and understanding.
No one deserves to be subjected to withholding. Feeling ignored, disrespected, or shut out, and to not know why, is a terrible feeling. The first thing to remember if this is happening to you is that you are not to blame. You are caught in someone else's pain pattern. This person does not know how to express feelings in a healthy way probably because this is what they learned when she or he was a child. The second helpful thing to remember is that the withholder is acting out of pain. They are stuck in a habitual mode of response that is self-defeating and alienating to the people they love. Remembering this will help you feel compassion for the person hurting you. However, if you have suffered too long with this pattern, you may need to get some space. Take some time to look at your own patterns and understand why you have taken part in this drama. If you are dealing with people in a family situation, you can step up to the plate to help break the chain of this behavior pattern.
If, on the other hand, it is you that tends to withhold, understand that this is a learned response and it can be unlearned. Find safe places to begin to express all that you've been holding back. Begin to make an effort to say what you're feeling and thinking. Give praise to someone you love. The more you do this, the healthier you and your relationships will become. What was learned over a course of a life cannot be changed overnight-remember, one day at a time. Source = http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2006/3695.html