Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tesh Tuesday- Halloween Treat Survival Tips

You wouldn’t eat a cocker spaniel for Halloween! Yet each year, statistics show that the average North American eats 24 pounds of candy – or the weight of an average dog – mostly around Halloween. So, here’s a list of survival tips to help keep all that candy from settling around your waist! These come from Dave Zinczenko, co-writer of the popular Eat This, Not That books:
  • Halloween survival tip #1Toss the candy dish. Research has shown that people who keep snacks easily within reach while watching TV consume more calories per day overall! So, limit your temptation to grab handfuls of sweets during commercials by keeping candy in its original bag, stored on a high shelf in the kitchen.
  • Halloween survival tip #2Consume drinks before treats. A study found that drinking a glass of water before meals can help you lose weight, because the water fills your stomach, and limits hunger. So, use that same strategy to curb your candy cravings. Just make sure you drink water, and not soda, because a can of soda contains more sugar than two Hershey’s chocolate bars!
  • Another survival tipDon’t skip dinner. Eating a healthy dinner will take the edge off your candy cravings – especially if you choose a meal rich in fiber and lean protein. Think chicken breast.
  • AlsoPlan a workout on Halloween morning, because exercise will reduce your blood sugar levels by15%. So, by the time you eat candy, the sugar will be more likely to stay in your bloodstream – to provide energy to your cells - instead of settling around your waist.
In case you’re thinking “a few small bites” of candy won’t hurt you on Halloween, consider this:
  • Just three miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have more sugar than a glazed doughnut.
  • Half a pack of Skittles has more sugar than a scoop of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream.
  • Nine Twizzlers carry as many calories as a Wendy’s Double Stack Burger!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What your Facebook Profile Photo Says about YOU!

What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About YouChoosing a Facebook profile photo is very serious business. It's the visual that will greet high school acquaintances, jealous exes, and your parents' friends when they search you out. The image you project is entirely determined by your photo choice.
While people think that the photo they choose is some sort of individual statement, they're usually wrong. Here are the 10 most misguided approaches that people take when picking out a profile photo. Each sends out all sorts of information that the person may not have intended. And while there are some sub-genres and lesser known variations, most of the pictures on the social networking behemoth fall into one of these categories.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Portrait

How to Spot It: A clear photo of the subject from the waist (or higher) up and includes the entire face.
What It Says About You: That you are a normal, well-adjusted adult who is confident in your appearance. Basically, you're pretty boring. However, if it is a headshot, author photo, or other promotional material, it means you are a narcissistic careerist. If it is a self portrait, you are slightly annoying. If the photo is of you in your bathing suit, you are probably hot and insecure.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Far and Away

How to Spot It: The subject is so far from the camera that you can discern there is a person in the frame, but can't pick out any details of his face or appearance.
What It Says About You: You are a private person who doesn't want any old gawker knowing what the hell you look like. You are probably slightly shy and reserved until people get to know you. Either that or you got fat or had a botched Lasik surgery and you don't want the mean girls from college knowing about your gut/lazy eye.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Up Close and Impersonal

How to Spot It: The subject is so close to the camera that you can only see part of her face or appearance.
What It Says About You: You want people to think that you don't want to be recognized on Facebook, but you really do and you mask that in pseudo artiness. You had an imperfection when you were younger (lazy eye, acne, stutter, irredeemably bad haircut) and still haven't gotten over being teased. Now you're the kind of person who is alone at parties not because you're shy, but because once people talk to you, they get annoyed.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Scrapbook Photo

How to Spot It: A picture of the subject when he was in his childhood, whether a candid shot or a school picture he made his mother dig out of a box in her attic.
What It Says About You: You are the type of person who thinks that everything in the past is better than it is now. You still listen to the same music, wear the same clothes, and love the same things you did back in high school/college, and you'll probably never change. You haven't amounted to much, and you looked much better as a child.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Pet Show

How to Spot It: A photo of the subject's pet, usually without the subject.
What It Says About You: It depends on what kind of animal it is. Cat: You are a woman without a boyfriend. Dog: You are  without a boyfriend or Michael Vick. Snake: You are a teenage boy or death metal devotee. Fish: You watch too much The Real World. Dolphin: You have a tramp stamp. Gerbil or Hamster: You are Richard Gere. Unicorn: You are awesome. Rabbit: Who has rabbits as pets? 
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

Family Photo

How to Spot It: A photo of the subject's children and/or baby usually without the subject.
What It Says About You: The only thing you have accomplished in your adult life is having children. You used to be fun and fabulous and have lots of friends, but now all you can talk about is play dates, potty training, and Dora the Explorer. But don't worry, being a mother/father is the most important job there is. No really. We mean that. Yup, totally.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Wedding Photo

How to Spot It: Man, woman, dress, tux—you know, the usual. Even if it's a gay wedding, you know a wedding picture when you see it.
What It Says About You: You want everyone to think that you are a grown-up. You have settled down to a life of calm normalcy and Family Guy reruns. You're not playing the field  anymore. No, you are married! Also, you are entirely defined by your relationship and don't have any friends of your own anymore. You probably spent too much on the ceremony and your mother-in-law hates you.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Pop Culture Reference

How to Spot It: This comes in many forms: a picture of a fictional character, concert, a movie poster, a book cover, reality star, musical act, or a celebrity. Basically it is anyone who is not the subject. Even if done ironically, it's all the same.
What It Says About You: You have no personality of your own. You define yourself (and others) completely by their entertainment choices, whether they be television, music, sci-fi, literary, or otherwise. Talking to you like reading a list of movie quotes from an IMDb page and you are full of useless knowledge on your favorite subjects. You own at least two T-shirts with stupid slogans on them.
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Art Portfolio

How to Spot It: A photo that somehow tries to be artistic and usually fails. This can contain the subject or not. It is often in black and white.
What It Says About You: You tell people that you are an actor, writer, photographer, or artist, but you are really a waiter, blogger, bartender, Whole Foods checkout person, or trust fund baby. Unless you have a trust fund, you will probably never make more per year than the cost of the liberal arts college you attended. 
What Your Facebook Profile Photo Says About You

The Party Picture

How to Spot It: The subject, often with someone else, clearly at a party. She may be holding a drink, drinking a drink,   playing beer pong, dancing on a banquette, or giving duck lips and gang signs.
What It Says About You: You are young and stupid and will be fired from at least one job for something you posted on Facebook. You are susceptible to peer pressure and you will one day regret this picture and replace it with a wedding picture, and then pictures of your children.
[Photo, top, via AP. All other photos via Facebook]

Just an FYI my Facebook pic is this...

I know... I'm completely boring : ) But at least I'm happy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fat Fact and Fat Fiction - Tesh Tuesday

It’s time to separate “fat fact” from “fat fiction.” The definitive answers about how we gain and lose harmful body fat. Here’s a True/False quiz, courtesy of CBS News:
  • First Fact or fiction: Thigh fat is healthier than belly fat. True. Because the more belly fat you have, the greater the chance it’s between your organs. That’s visceral fat, which is harder to lose, and raises your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Your risk rises as your waistline gets bigger.
  •  Fact or fiction: You can spot reduce fat – or target a specific area of the body to lose weight.That’s False. Everyone loses weight in different places. For example, many people will lose weight in their face first, but you’ll gradually lose weight throughout your whole body.
  • Another fat fact: Lose sleep and you’ll gain weight. A new study found that people on a diet who are sleep-deprived may drop pounds – but they’re not losing body fat they’re losing muscle! Losing muscle slows metabolism and makes losing weight even harder.
  • You can pig out during the holidays and work it off later. That’s False. Studies show the damage done to the fat cells of your body during a bad food month can last for years, and it always takes longer to lose weight than to put it on. Plus, if you gain weight in the winter, it’ll be harder to take it off because the weather is bad, so you won’t be motivated to get out and exercise as much. The fix? Don’t put it on in the first place. Keep a food journal and write down everything you put in your mouth – from a bite of your kid’s mac-n-cheese, to that donut in the break room at work. When you see evidence of how much food you’re actually taking in, it’ll help you eat in moderation and realize, you’re probably not as hungry as you think.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Follow up to D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T

So I received this Anonymous comment over the weekend in regards to my post

Anonymous said...
The men responsible for 9/11 were terrorists who in no way represented any organized religion other than their own sick agenda. Those men were misguided and brain washed, much like Bill O'Reilly. I find it so sad that of all the bigger lessons to be learned from the ridiculous exchange on this vacuous show, your only concern is whether or no Bill O'Reilly was disrespected. Really?

And I say Yes.  Really.  I stand behind my point that it was RUDE for the two ladies to walk off stage.  I never said I agreed or disagreed with Bill's comments.   I simply said "How class-less can you get? Way to be narrow minded and disrespectful to your guests."  

Let me further clarify before you fire back another "anonymous" comment.  I used narrow minded because Joy and Whoopi spend SO much time talking over each other, the other co-hosts and their guests, that the moment someone says something they disagree with they dismiss it.  The adult thing to do would be to remain on stage and "take a stand" by explaining their point.  Instead they chose to disrespectfully storm off the stage like children who were just told they can't stay up late to watch a scary movie.  

I will agree with Bill when he said... "listen to me because you'll learn."  They should listen to their guests.  It's their job.  Do they have to agree with them? NO.  But they should be able to hold their tongues long enough so their invited guest has a chance to speak. Barbara wasn't happy with Bill's comments but had enough cooth to stay. 

Would you invite someone to your house for dinner and after the main course walk out the door because they upset you? How about pick someone up in your car and decide to just jump out of the drivers seat at the next red light?  Maybe it is polite to take someone on vacation and on day 2 leave them at the hotel and never look back.  Are these comparisons silly? Yes.  Am I trying to make a point? Yes.  When you invite someone to do something they are your guest.  You should respect them.  Joy and Whoopi did not.  

If you can't see that- then we'll have to agree to disagree.  But I find it "so sad" that you think it is okay to walk away from a situation when your point isn't only one being considered.  If you don't like it- take your anonymous comments somewhere else.