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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Thank you Joyce W, Judy A, Sally W, Brenda H, and Diane H!

    Here are my best tips to get a good nights sleep:

    Put the tip of your tongue on the ridge behind your top front teeth, draw in tour breath to a count of 4, blow out your breath to a count of 7, Do this 4 times at bedtime.
    Then count 1,2,1, 2 never higher. I am asleep in under 15 minutes. You can repeat this if you wake up in the middle of the night.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    When it's time to turn in, do you lower the heat so your room is nice and cool? Do you listen to relaxing music before bed? Maybe you say no caffeine in the afternoon, or you stop eating a few hours before bedtime. Whatever brings you sleep success, share it here with the group.

    Why it matters

    Studies show that people who sleep less at night have a higher risk of weight gain and obesity, so getting the right amount of sleep can help you reach a healthy weight. Plus, when you're tired, it becomes too easy to reach for foods that contain lots of fat or calories. Although they may comfort you in the moment, these foods take you further away from your goal.

    Fun fact

    Koalas sleep over 14 hours a day - and then fit in another five just for relaxation! All this rest is due to their diet of eucalyptus leaves, which provide them with little energy and take a while to digest.

    "Share what helps you get a good night's sleep"

    September 20, 2017 at 16:47 UTC
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    Thank you Brenda H, Joyce W, Judy A and Diane H!

    I don't do brisk walks, but there have been times that I drove away from a stress filled situation. Most of the time it is not the right time to leave when the situation is "hot". Afterwards is the time to distress.

    I am on late today because this time of year is so busy! My table is set, silver polished, apples from the farmers market still have leaves!, goat and sheep cheese purchased at the farmer's market, mushrooms too!, desert has been purchased, soup is prepared, Beets have been roasted and cubed, matzoh balls are finished, eggplant is finished, we have gefilte fish(not for me). I still need to cut the mushrooms, potatoes for mashed potatoes, and green beans.

    The Honey Crisp apples have leaves on them! These will be served with honey as guests are greeted

    Appetizers are assorted cheeses, thin cut hard salami, Ritz crackers, hummus and Nann chips

    First course is gefilte fish or eggplant salad with challah

    Salads Tomato slices with a touch of salt, oregano and EVOO, Beet salad with arugala, goat cheese and Raspberry balsamic reduction

    Main Course is Chicken Marsala with cremini mushrooms and garlic,

    Side dishes are mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, green beans roasted with garlic.

    Dessert is mini Bunt cakes in assorted flavors, coffee and tea

    We will gather at 5:30 Wednesday!

    Happy Rosh Hashonah everyone!

    "Plan to take a brisk walk the next time you feel stressed"

    September 19, 2017 at 21:56 UTC
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    Thank you Diane H and Sally W!

    Rae and I compliment each other and stress bust each other. It is a very difficult day if both of us are in a cranky mood. Fortunately this is a Rae occurrence!

    How to do it

    Think back to the people you chose to be your sources of support in the Get Support section. Can one of them double as your personal stressbuster?

    This is a person you can lean on when you feel stressed out. It can be a family member who always responds to a text when you are overwhelmed, for example, or a friend who is up for doing something fun to blow off steam. Or perhaps your personal stressbuster is someone right here in your Better Weight group? You can post a picture of your stressbuster if you like.

    Why it matters

    When the going gets tough, you need someone to help you cope with stress! Having a person who can get you through a rough moment can keep you from eating unhealthy foods that take you further from your weight loss goal.

    Fun fact

    The inspiration for "Lean on Me" was Bill Withers' childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. He wrote the song after moving to Los Angeles and longing for the tight-knit community of his hometown.

    "Think about your sources of support and pick one to be your "personal stressbuster.""

    September 18, 2017 at 14:06 UTC
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    I like to drive my car. It relaxes me. I don't mind traffic. Driving always has a purpose. It requires concentration. It amuses me to see the way some people drive. Did you know that most green lights are 18 seconds? Turn arrows are about 6 seconds, Red lights 18 seconds. There are some longer or shorter lights, but you can count and see if you will safely pass an intersection. It amuses me to see people race up to a light that I know they can't make. Is it worth your life for an 18 second delay? This information makes driving less of a challenge. Count 1
    one thousand, etc. and check out your traffic lights. You might enjoy driving more. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Picture yourself in a place that makes you feel peaceful. This could be a beach, garden, meadow, or other location that relaxes and calms you. Imagine all the details of this place, including the sounds and smells. Breathe slowly as you enjoy your surroundings.

    Why it matters

    When you're under stress, your body has a natural "fight or flight" response that can make you feel tense. But when you breathe deeply and imagine yourself in a peaceful setting, you can slow down that response and replace it with feelings of calm and relaxation. If you find yourself eating when you are stressed, this exercise can help prevent you from reaching for unhealthy food.

    Fun fact

    The rise of going to the beach as a leisure activity coincided with the development of railways in the 1840s. English sun-seekers could now easily ride the train to seaside resort towns, which grew rapidly and became major attractions.

    "Practice a visualization exercise"

    September 17, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
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    Thank you my tireless friend Ginger P!

    Overwhelmed, hungry, and angry come to mind. Last night I had part of a carmel apple with nuts when I was feeling this way. Sometimes I have no good solutions to problems.

    For this first challenge, take a moment to think about how you feel when you're stressed. A lot of people find that stress makes them edgy, anxious, cranky, angry, sad, or confused. Do any of these sound like you? List your three words here for your group. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!


    Why it matters

    The first part of managing stress is recognizing it. By thinking about how you feel when you're stressed, you can pause and take steps to cope with your emotions. Coping with stress is an important skill to have, because stress can interfere with your weight loss goals.

    Fun fact

    On the topic of stress, actress Lily Tomlin has said, "Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it."

    "List 3 words that describe how you feel when you're under stress"

    September 16, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
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    Thank you Joyce W, Twilla C, Vicky P, and Brenda M!

    No need to write a note. Rae and I live together. She is my rock!

    How to do it

    Choose one of the people from the list you wrote last week. Then write that person a quick letter, email, text, or private message to share your progress in the Better Weight program. Talk about your successes and any barriers you've had to overcome. And be sure to end with a thank you for their help! If you feel like doing this for anyone else on your list of three people, you can go ahead and do that, too.

    Why it matters

    Taking time to write to the person who supports you shows your gratitude! Talking about your challenges also lets them know that you can't go it alone, and that their support is important. Bonus: Writing this note also gives you a chance to reflect on how everything has been going.

    Fun fact

    Want your letter to make waves? Send it to someone on the Magnolia River in Alabama, where a 15-foot mail boat makes deliveries to 176 dock-side mailboxes.

    "Send an update on your progress to 1 or more of the people on your list"

    September 15, 2017 at 14:09 UTC
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    Thank you Judy A, Norma S and Joyce W!

    I am the only one that stands in the way of my goals. Like others, I have a lazy side. I need to push past my lazy side and just walk! I am my own worst enemy. As the saying goes, those that think my weight matters I don't mind. those that Those that matter, don't mind my weight. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    On the first day of the Better Eating program, you shared the reason why you want to reach a healthy weight. Think about that again for a moment.

    Now imagine you are talking to someone who is standing between you and your goal. What would you say? Here are some ideas:

    "I need this time to exercise, because I want to avoid getting heart disease."
    "I'm cooking these healthy foods because eating well helps give me more energy."
    "Thanks for saying I'm fine the way I am, but I'm trying to keep from getting diabetes."
    "Thank you for offering, but I don't want another helping of that food because I'm trying to get back down to my old weight."

    Why it matters

    Although friends and family care about you and want you to be well, sometimes they can get in the way of your goals. This may be because they don't understand what you're doing or why you're doing it. By thinking about why you are making healthy changes, it will help you explain what you're doing - and why it's so important to you.

    Fun fact

    Many actors don't memorize their lines in the way we might imagine. Instead, they start by reading the script many times and look for what's called a "throughline," the theme or plot that that connects one event to the next.

    "Spend 3 minutes practicing what to say to people who get in the way of your goals"

    September 14, 2017 at 15:22 UTC
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      Liz B. replied September 14, 2017 at 18:27 UTC:

      MAke it a Relaxed Day,Jill...Rome was not made in a day.....Every Thought, Every Step,makes a Gigantic difference.....

    • Brenda M.
      Brenda M. replied September 15, 2017 at 14:59 UTC:

      I am also my own worst enemy. I was a fat baby, slimmed down as I grew up (although I always thought of myself as fat), and started gaining again as I aged. Now, I want to lose weight because it will make doing some things easier. Slow and steady, I suppose, is the best w ...see more

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    Thank you Bobbie , Vicky Rhonda, Sally Sandy!, Ginger , Rhonda, Brenda and Ginger!

    I fell this morning outside while walking into the house. The fire department came and helped me get off the ground. Nothing is broken. As I fell, I pitched myself toward the grass. I would have broken bones if I hit the concrete. Everything hurts. I have been thoroughly checked by my GP. I had an appointment at 10. I fell at 8:50. My weight is 322. I am 8 pounds down. I am doing the best that I can. Everyone have a wonderfilled day! I am very lucky!

    How to do it

    Once again, it's day eight. Ready to check your weight?

    Do it at the same time as last week, and while wearing the same things. If you like, you can record the number.

    Why it matters

    Now that you're several sections into the Better Weight program, weighing yourself again can give you good insight into how you're doing. Studies show that people who are trying to lose weight are more successful when they weigh themselves regularly and keep track of how their weight changes over time.

    Fun fact

    Dolly Parton has her own unique way of evaluating her weight, saying, "If I can get my dress on, my weight is under control."

    "Weigh yourself and record the number"

    September 13, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
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