Friday, May 29, 2009

The One Common Habit of Unhappy People

Happiness comes in many forms: sleeping until noon on Saturday, finding a twenty in your pocket, biting into a warm cookie.

But here's something that could put you squarely in the unhappy camp: spending too much time with the tube.

Happy-Time Pastimes
Studies confirm it. In analyzing 30 years worth of data collected from a national social-survey database as well as other previous studies, researchers found that people who considered themselves unhappy tended to watch significantly more TV than those who said they were very happy. Higher-spirited folks, they found, spent more time on other types of hobbies, including mingling with friends and family members, reading newspapers, and attending religious services.

Bonus:
Less time clutching your clicker could mean less risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's how too much TV trashes your blood sugar levels.

Blood Sugar Booster
Seems that watching television affects the glucose in your blood -- and not in a good way. More tube time may mean higher blood glucose levels, particularly for women. Over time, that could set the stage for type 2 diabetes, where chronically high blood sugar levels can damage your eyes, heart, kidneys, and other organs.

Don't Kill Your TV
Watching a little TV here and there isn't a huge threat to your quality of life, as long as you don’t devote more time and energy to it than to your personal relationships, hobbies, or other interests.

Age Benefit: Taking care of your emotional health and well-being can make your RealAge up to 16 years younger.

EDITOR'S PICK

Kindle

Are you a couch potato? If you're spending hours in front of the tube, it's time to make a change. Get out there, exercise, find a fun hobby, or read a book! Don't let your imagination waste away. Check out the new Kindle on Amazon -- you can house an entire library in the palm of your hand.

-This info is from RealAge.com - they have lots of healthy tips, and will tell you your RealAge - I am way older than I should be. Check it OuT!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

You may look like Tinker Bell, but you'll be in Tingle Hell

"Jeans May Cause Tingling Thigh Syndrome...

Published : Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 10:42 AM EDT

(MYFOX NATIONAL) - If you (or a friend) are a fan of trendy skinny jeans, you may want to consider trading them in for looser fitting pants.

Turns out that "tingling thigh syndrome," or meralgia paresthetica, which usually affects obese people or manual laborers, is cropping up in younger people. The onslaught on skinny jeans on the market has caused some younger people to suffer from the symptoms of this condition.

MSNBC.com writes that experts have seen a rise in the condition among young women. One woman describes a tingly sensation running up and down her thighs while wearing tight jeans.

According to the Mayo Clinic Web site , meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer part of your thigh. Lucky in most cases the condition can be relieved by conservative measures, such as wearing looser clothing.

Constant pressure from the skin-tight denim cuts off the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. "The nerve, in some people, is susceptible to compression," Dr. John England, of the American Academy of Neurology said .

Skinny jeans are not the first pants to cause the condition; super low-rise jeans, popular in the late 90s and early 2000s, were linked to meralgia paresthetica; and in the 1970s, there were rumors that snug jeans caused infertility in men and yeast infections in women.

Salon.com does counter that the condition may not be affecting very many people. "Numbers are hard to come by, but I think it's safe to say we could be talking about handfuls of young women," writes Kate Harding."

...hmmm well it seems that the verdict is still out on this fashion dilemma ladies.. but it is certainly something to watch out for.


NY owns it

Every summer in NY we fly the flag high above the George Washington Bridge. We are proud to be American, and grateful to all those who make our freedom possible.

What does your city do for Memorial Day?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Subway Showdown


It was 8:00 AM on a Monday morning.. and I was riding the subway to work, here in NYC. As per the norm, there were lots of characters on this ride. And as is also standard, there were lots of young professional women dressed to the nines. I did my normal glance around, taking in the designer labels, the shoes, the accessories.. thinking to myself.."nice use of color".. "hmm that girl accessorizes well"...and as I continued my survey of the scene "ugh why is she so thin and perfect!?" then as more women entered the subway car I noticed the usual "Too many pieces of jewelry in one outfit dear"..and "wow somebody spent their entire bonus on a handbag".

Then of course, there was the young teenage beauty. She had a little figure, and her long hair was swooped down over her eyes.. she stood there listening to her iPod as each woman in the subway car examined her look.....It's just what we DO. I for one wasn't even in a fashionable ensemble that morning, but nonetheless sized up the other females.

Make no mistake they were each doing the same. It is a distinctive look one has when she is surveying the attire on another woman. If she isn't looking, she is standing there with a certain look on her face.. We don't glare but we certainly don't smile either.. we remain straight faced, trying to exude an Ora of confidence, and carelessness.

Our lovely subway showdown was going on just fine when all of a sudden an old man appeared from the corner, making his way to the door. His clothes were torn, and he had a white foam-like residue forming around his mouth. This is certainly not an uncommon site on the subway, so I didn't feel the need to stare. But as he moved closer to the door, I heard him say something to the teenage girl listening to her iPod. The innocent girl, tried to be polite and removed her headphones to hear what he was saying to her. She flashed him a nervous smile. He was blocking her path, since she had been leaning against the door. Instantaneously, every woman turned and glared at him. Some moved in closer to her, and others stood still ready to pounce at his next move.


No one said a single word. No one said anything to him, or even to her. But, in one unanimous motion we rallied around our kin. It was clear, we were watching. Do NOT mess with one of our own... He got out at the very next stop.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Shoe-Off starts today.

so i know that i neglected posting last week...but i'm back this week with the Shoe-Off where a few more pairs should be eliminated.
Please head back over to my blog and vote "keep" if you want me to keep the pair on the left and "toss" if you want me to keep the pair on the right....
why do monday's suck!? i do NOT want to be here....
http://daily-ann-tidote.blogspot.com
:)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

MAY

Thanks for sharing this video with us Pete.

I don't do it too much (oh you don't know what it is? watch the video.), but this video is pretty effective and makes me want to- plus that music is sweet.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Human Power


A couple things:

*Congrats a hundred times over Anna on your beautiful baby boy, he is so precious and those pictures...I had tears in my eyes!
*Yay for Mariah starting her own blog.

I post a lot of random pics on my blog and there's one I found that I had to post here. I call it "Oats inspiration" ;-)

Hope everyone is having a great week. I have a grateful heart!!!

<3 Jmay

P.S. I promise to be better about posting Liza ;-)

launch party

Ladies of Own IT,

I've had so much fun over here that I decided to start my own blog!

http://www.uptowngirldiary.blogspot.com/

owning it,
Maria aka Uptown Girl

Monday, May 4, 2009

Momma Mary



I have the dearest memories of May crownings in my hometown...my momma was in charge of making the crown...the whole town would gather...main street would close and we would sing.walk.throw roses. show honor and devotion to our heavenly mother. I can't begin the month of May...the month of new life...without calling to mind Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope.