A Good Standard of Living




Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business
and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life
may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lose Weight by Eating

I was at home the other morning, once again due to adverse weather, and it gave me a chance to watch Rachael Ray, which I don’t often get to do.  She had a guest on named Audrey Johns.  Audrey lost 150 pounds in one year without following a traditional diet. 

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She stopped eating all processed foods, artificial sweeteners and diet soda.  She began cooking her own meals instead of eating frozen diet dinners and the like,  and increased her intake of water. 

She wrote this book and I bought it!

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The food looks wonderful and doable!  I don’t see being deprived with  the wonderful “comfort food” recipes in the book.  NOTE: I am not being paid to write this and I don’t get anything should you buy the book, but I wanted to share this with any of you who might be struggling with weight.  I’ve struggled with it my whole life.  This is probably the most realistic plan I’ve ever seen.

I found out the last time that I went to get my DOT physical that I am a borderline diabetic.  That scared me.  If I can’t pass a DOT physical, I lose my job  and my livelihood.  I have been frantically looking for a way to control this with diet and I’m happy to say, that after only two days of using this method, I got my blood sugar down from 312 to 165 when I tested this afternoon.  Still a tad high, but it’s a pass on a DOT physical.  I hope to get it down even more.  I think I’m kinda in the detox phase and I’m pretty sure I’ve got some sugar withdrawal to go through. 

I’m feeling really positive about this and best of all, I don’t think I’m going to feel deprived or miserable.  That’s been my downfall with every other diet I’ve tried.  I did fairly well on South Beach as far as losing wieght, but I felt deprived when I had to give up bread for the most part.  Bread is something I love and I don’t have to give it up with this.  I just have to eat the right kind! Losing weight is one thing, but keeping it off is another.  I’ve been up and down the scale so many times and nothing has stood the test of time.  I pray this does!

I will keep you informed on how it’s going!

~Deb

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Waste of Time

I came across something today that I hadn’t heard about before called ‘Bullet Journaling’.  I gathered that it is something rather trendy right now.  I think it was pioneered by someone named  Ryder Carroll.  Apparently it’s pretty popular in some circles and I suppose if you have endless hours to doodle and dabble in this method of organizing your life, more power to you.  Even though this is a fairly new method it just seems so archaic in the way it’s applied. 

 

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My Rooster Canisters

I guess what I’m getting at here is that it seems like a bigger waste of time trying to organize your time with some of these methods,  when all that’s really needed is a simple journal or calendar and a whole  lot of FOCUS and SELF DISCIPLINE

For example, how much time do you spend on Pinterest, pinning all the  stuff that you want to cook, or try, or make, or whatever it is, and you never actually put any of it to use?  How much time do you spend on Facebook or other social media, when you could be working on your budget, planning meals or getting things done around the house?  It’s ok to spend a little time just browsing around without any particular goal or reason, but have you actually calculated  how much time you’re being robbed of?  Productive time?  How much could you have gotten done with the time you’ve spent looking for things to do?

I am definitely a list maker and a planner.  I have a written budget, a holiday planner, a master list of all the projects that need done around the house, a list of things I need to buy, like tools, etc., but they’re simple lists that don’t require a lot of time and upkeep. 

I have been totally guilty of wasting countless hours online, doing absolutely nothing and getting absolutely nothing done.  Fortunately, I became aware of it and have taken steps to use my time more wisely.

So, that said….I’m going to get off of here and get busy!  The weather has me on a three day weekend, and I plan to take advantage of it!

~Deb

Thursday, April 21, 2016

R.I.P.

<strong>Record label:</strong> NPG Records
<strong>First release:</strong> <cite>For You</cite>, 1978

This Minneapolis native realized long ago what many artists now recognize: CD sales can be a mere complement to a musician's core commerce. Prince astonished the music world in July, 2007 when he had his latest CD included for free in the <cite>Daily Mail</cite>, a London newspaper&mdash;and promptly sold out a three-week engagement at a London stadium. Previously, Prince had offered free copies of <cite>Musicology</cite> with a ticket to one of his concerts. He has also begun playing shows for small, affluent audiences paying hefty ticket prices. It's all part of a business strategy that emphasizes collecting his profits at the front end, rather than waiting for record sales and royalty payments. Publicly likening his former record deal with Warner Bros. Records <a href="http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/snapshot/snapshot.asp?symbol=wmg" target=”businessweek”>WMG</a> to slavery, Prince has been independent since 1996. He releases his work on his own NPG Records label.