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Are You Eating Something or is Something Eating You?

April 12, 2013

Good Morning Mintdom!

As many of you know, I have been sick and have been away from Mintdom for a couple of weeks. I am feeling much better although a little stuck in my writing. I started two other topics this morning; however, this one phrase sticks in my mind:

Feelings are not fact – the fact is you have feelings.

Why is this important? Well… for an emotional eater, it is very important. Many of my feelings are not a fact in my life; however, I DO have them. Today, I am learning to distinguish between feeling real physical hunger and emotional hunger. Here is a little cheat sheet for distinguishing between emotional (feeling hunger) and actual physical hunger.

Emotional Hunger          

Strong urge often paired up with strong emotions
No physical signs
Is above the neck
A desire for a particular food – you have to have it!
Is urgent – have to have it now|
Paired with upsetting emotion
Involves automatic absent minded eating
You do not notice that you are full and keep eating
You feel guilty

Physical Hunger

Is gradual – your stomach growls
Is open to different foods
Is based in the stomach – growling, gnawing, rumbling sensations
Is patient
Occurs out of a physical need
Involves deliberate eating and an awareness of eating
Stops when full
Realizes that eating is necessary

As I write this (rather long post), I decided that I need to print this little cheat sheet out and keep it with me as a reminder to eat more out of physical hunger. Honestly, I think my stomach rarely growls. When was the last time that your stomach rumbled?

AffirMINTion: I will not eat to my feelings today. 

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

PS. I would like to wish a happy birthday to JP Blankenship who is an awesome young realtor on our team and who one of the nicest young men that I know. In fact, if you ask half the builders in Loudoun County, they will say the same. JP is smart, energetic, kind, and tenacious in addition to being a wonderful work mate and friend. Happy birthday, JP, I hope it is a GREAT one!

A Mini Minty MoMINT 

My mom says…. Happy birthday, JP… AND I LIKE IT! 

Life is Minty Fresh!
minty 2013 feb

xoxo

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Our Best Asset!

March 25, 2013

Good morning, Mintdom

I have missed you! I have not written and this will be short because I have been sick for the past 10 days with a good case of bronchitis. Today is my first day back at work and I am so excited! One of the most important things that I learned is that my health (and your health too) is the best asset. Sometimes, I take it for granted but I think it will be a while before I do that again. March is normally when I make my annual trip to the doctor and before I was sick, I was thinking of putting it off. I do not like going to the doctor; however, if I want to avoid going, I need to go for my annual physical and follow the directions she gives me. I do not want to lose my BEST asset?

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain

Are you taking care of your BEST asset or are you taking it for granted?

AffirMINTion: I take care of my BEST asset.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says… to be healthy I need to rest…. And I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

resting with my momxoxo

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I Am Not Yogurt Fan – Sooo… Why Do I Buy it?

January 30, 2013

Good morning, Mintdom!

Many of you know that I attend Weight Watchers. Last night there was a discussion about small things that we can do during the week in order to have a good week. I told the group that I buy yogurt, even though I do not like it. The instructor asked, “Why in the world would you buy something that you do not like”. My response was that I buy it to self-regulate. If I have snacks that I do not love, I will not eat that much. Voila – instant portion control! It is a small thing and helps me in a great way; however, I bet you will not see it in any diet books!

 “If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.” ― Napoleon Hill

Do you have any small things that you do that help you in a great way to live a better life?

AffirMINTion: I do small things that improve my life.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says… I am little, I am GREAT… and I LIKE it!

Life is Minty Fresh!
Great Things - Small Packagexoxo

Great things come in small packages

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Minty Monday: Just Do It and Do It Now!

11/14/2011

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin.  Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen

 My mom’s friend, Deb and Nike says, “Just Do It”… and I like it!

 Life is Minty Fresh!


xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

11/09/2011 – 4,559 steps

11/10/2011 – 4,793 steps

11/11/2011 – 5,961 steps

11/12/2011 – 5,530 steps

11/13/2011 – 5,153 steps

Good morning, Mintdom!

Do you ever say to yourself things like, “When this happens, I will start” or As soon as I have this (fill in the blank), I will do that”? I had breakfast with my friend and author of  The Path to the Springs (available on Amazon.com), Deb Saunders last week. We had a GREAT discussion on just this question. I know that there are times that I am guilty of this kind of attitude; it does not serve me well. I love Deb’s attitude that we need to start where we are right now. Nike sums it up with its “Just Do It” slogan.

Since that breakfast, I am more aware than ever when I am “putting things off until tomorrow” attitude because tomorrow never comes.

AffirMINTion: I am working on my goals right now, today
Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

PS I was finally able to buy a new Weight Watcher pedometer (they are the BEST) and I am back at counting steps! I feel like I have my groove back!

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Minty Mondays: Overslept

11/7/2011

A Mini Minty MoMINT

Sleeping is no mean art:  for its sake one must stay awake all day.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

My Mom says… it is OK to oversleep  occasionally…AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

 

 

xoxo

 

 

Good Morning Mintdom

Actually, it was not Minty that overslept this morning – it was me! In addition, I have Toastmasters this morning so this is it for this Minty Monday

AffirMINTion: I give myself permission to oversleep today.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

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Minty Monday: Starting Again is OK

11/30/2011

 Mini Minty MoMINT

 “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

My mom says… I can start my day over at any time… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

I think I need to start my day over


Good Morning Mintdom,

I love Dolly Parton’s quote. I think that sometimes I get married to an idea that is not working because it is comfortable, instead of being open to new ideas. I know there are also times that I go impulsively through my day without giving a lot of thought or planning to my day UNTIL it starts spinning out of control – Yikes!

The days that I stay in my quiet time a little longer instead of plunging into the day’s activities go a lot smoother. The days that I make a plan in advance are more productive than when I wonder aimlessly through my days. I just read during my quiet time the other day that a great athlete takes time to prepare mentally before the competition.

Do you have a quiet time each day? Do you plan (it is not written in blood) your day in advance? OR you have to start paving a new road often? I like the idea that I can start a new road; although I do not want to have to start too many that do not go anywhere. I think that quiet and planning time is crucial to any day, any goal, and for living a healthy lifestyle. If you are in the middle of a day that is not going well, remember that you CAN start your day over any time you choose to.

 AffirMINTion: I love my quiet time each day.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?
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Life is good!

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What Would You Do…..?

09/21/2011

Good morning, Mintdom!

What would you do if some genie gave you an extra 5 minutes or an extra hour in your day? What would you do if you were given an extra day? Would you ignore those 5 minutes? Would you waste the extra hour? Would you squander the extra day? Here are my answers.

5 Extra minutes: I would spend cuddling with Minty – I so appreciate her. Sometimes I look at her and think that I could just eat her up because she is so sweet.

1 Extra hour: I would spend learning something – I am an eternal student

1 Extra day: I would spend with – I was going to say family and friends – but honestly, I would spend it with my parents.

Since I do not think that, a genie will ever give me any extra time, I believe I need to make the most of the time that I DO have. That is one of the reasons that I stopped watching TV this past month. It is amazing, all the things that I have done that I would not have done had I been watching TV. I did turn it on during the hurricane and for one of the presidential debates but that was it until Monday night when I turned it on to watch Dancing with the Stars. I like that show and my family watches it.

How would you spend that extra time? Would you spend your time watching TV, playing Facebook games, or sleeping? Time is our most precious commodity – what do you do with YOUR time?

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.” Horace Man

AffirMINTion: I make the most out of the time that I have each day.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?
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Life is good!
A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Time – Life. Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.” – Alan Lakein

My mom says…she is the mistress of her life… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

Hmmm, how do I want to spend my day?

xox0