Successful Weight-loss Pointers

Well we're at it again, trying to honor our promise on New Year's Day to lose weight and tone up those flabby parts. Although the year's still young more than half of our New Year's Resolutioners have strayed from their promise of fitness and or weightloss. The reasons may vary as to why their resolutions have been pushed to the side, one common compliant is difficulty in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Why? It's difficulty to break old HABITS! For so long we've had a life of overindulgence with the foods that are considered taboo, now we're expecting ourselves to enjoy doing without those favorites with no effort whatsoever. Rather than ease into a new way of eating through gradual elimination of our no no foods we jump in with both feet not expecting any backlash. To our surprise we have reactions ranging from endless cravings,headaches, stomach and intestinal discomforts.Some pointers for being successful this year:

    1. As mentioned above ease into your new eating plans, gradually eliminate forbidden foods from diet. As far as exercise is concern give yourself plenty of time to build your endurance, don't attempt to workout for two hours the first day and you've been sedentary for twenty years.
    2. Set goals that are short term. Instead of setting a long-term goal to lose forty pounds this year, lose four pounds a month.
    3. When you feel anxious and desperate to reach your goal in a hurry remind yourself of past day,week, or month's progress. Losing alot of weight in a hurry leaves little time to adjust lifestyle habits for long-term success.
    4. If you're not able to reach your goals alone join a support group that reflects you. Stop by and peruse their categories of health and fitness surely you'll find a list for a individual like yourself.
    5. Have hobbies and other outside interests so you're sure to get a mental break from your goal. Thinking to much about having to lose forty pounds can depress even the most enthusiastic of persons.
    6. Don't be afraid to take time out of your day to relax your nerves and do nothing but enjoy that moment.
    7. Use you imagination to see yourself after reaching your goal. The more vivid the mind picture the better, doing this will enlist the aid of the subconscious. It has been said that our goals are 10% actual work and 90% mental. So don't be afraid to be child-like in using your imagination to help you reach your goals without sweat and strain.
Always remember, "What the mind can conceive it can achieve!"

Regena English,editor
St.Mary Publishing Company of Houston

-~ The Legends of Sex & Love: The Art of Woman ~-
We all moan and groan when we flip through magazines or turn on the TV and see the gaunt and ridiculously unnatural looking women who are supposed to epitomize beauty in our culture. If you think about it for a moment, though, you must realize that many of these images are guided by the technology of our era due to the numerous "enhancements" that are made to these pictures before we ever actually see them.

How were women depicted before extensive makeup and video editing became such useful tools? Here's a profound idea: realistically! Art through the centuries has presented many images of women in their true forms and the idea of womanhood has been one of high esteem as givers of life and love.

As far back as 28,000 BC, stone carvings showed women as round figures with extremely large breasts and bulging bellies, an obvious representation of fertility and life. Upon discovery of these pieces centuries later, the carvings were immediately called "Venuses" after the Roman God of love and beauty.

The first carvings of the cave dwellers left the faces of women featureless, but as history progressed, the style began to change. Fertility was still emphasized in Aegean art of the Neolithic period, but facial features began to develop, adding personal attributes to the idea of womanhood as a whole.

Art in the 12th and 13th centuries saw a dramatic change as the idea of "woman" was elevated to a new level. The emphasis in all forms of art and music turned to beauty and love and the female figure was no longer regarded as merely an object of fertility, but instead found herself revered simply because she was a woman. This did not fall in accordance with any rules or stipulations about what type of look was considered beautiful. A woman was a woman, a figure of "luxuria", or sensual pleasure.

The demand of our society today, unfortunately, is to see those emaciated bodies and hollow cheeks flashed across the mass of glossies at the local newsstand. Though this may remain the trend for quite some time, we must remember that we are all women, in whatever shape or form.

And when we look in the mirror, we are beautiful.

Linda Weathers
Lace and Funnery

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