Don't eat after you sweat

Thumbnail.aspx I've been really hitting the gym the last 3 months and I am starting to see some results (for me, it's all about fitting into my favorite pair of jeans!) BUT, WOW, my appetite has really taken off. I am so hungry right after a workout...well, my problem seems to be something a lot of people deal with.

"If people are going to go out and exercise to benefit their health, they should not be eating back the calories immediately upon finishing, or within a couple of hours of finishing," said Barry S. Braun, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "In order to maintain the benefits, you need to be in this calorie deficit." CLICK here to read the entire article.

So, I have a 90-calorie treat not totally ruin what I just did.

What is your biggest hurdle with food and exercising?

Too much

I've have made a concerted effort with my 4 year old daughter to esteem her for who she is and not what she does as much. My own personal quarter-life crisis was based on the fact that I had those backwards. But this article yesterday says that my generation of parents may be giving our kids TOO much self-esteem? That we are telling our kids that they are TOO special? That we are affirming them TOO much? I agree that maybe it has gotten out of hand with the "no F's" given in some schools, but I am not going to "take it down a notch" when it comes to affirming my kids.  I'm the most positive force in their, I am going to not affirm them as much because I am afraid they "might" be disappointed when they find out they are not as special to the rest of the world? What do you think? You tell me...

"These kids didn't raise themselves, they got these ideas from somewhere," Twenge said. With Mom and Dad handing out endless praise, kids today readily believe they are somehow superior, she said. And teachers aren't blameless, either: According to Twenge, research shows that high school teachers now give out an "A" grade more easily than their counterparts did in the 1970s, even though today's high school students report doing less homework than students from that era...."


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Proud American

How cool is it to see our country ACTUALLY taking an election seriously? I have voted every year since I could and this is the first election that I've seen my fellow Americans embrace the privilege of voting in such mass. Regardless if your guy wins, you have to be proud to see Americans acting like Americans and taking this election seriously. THIS makes me proud to be an American! I only waited 30 minutes to vote...Todd waited for 2 hours...How long did you wait?

Microsoft fires back


I'm sure you've seen the Microsoft ads with Seinfeld - yeah, they yanked them and went after Apple with a new set of ads in an attempt to change the "not cool" image that Apple has created of PC owners (I own both but love my MAC!) I applaud them on this new approach - I love Seinfeld, but those ads weren't cutting it.  Here's one of the new ones..

I'm a woman in church leadership

I have tried the best I can to avoid this...but I cannot any longer. After reading Vicky's blog today, I have a responsibility as a woman who is in church leadership to contribute to this conversation.   I have seen and heard more than I have ever wanted to about this subject in the last month. This issue is not strengthening the church - it is dividing it and that causes me such heartache.  I can only speak to my convictions and my experience in church as a woman.

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Gov. Palin interview with Charlie Gibson

Apsarahpalincharlesgibsoninterviewt I admit that as a woman, I have been energized by McCain's choice of Palin. Although I am not a Hilliary supporter, I was disappointed that her efforts in the primaries were not rewarded with a Vice-Presidential nomination from her party. Palin's nomination is bringing issues to light that working mothers face everyday, especially in this area of sexism. I felt that Mr. Gibson's interview did shed some light on some very specific areas in her political career that I wanted clarity ( Bridge to Nowhere, banning books, "Trooper Gate") since her arrival on the national scene. I do have a couple of questions for Mr. Gibson...Have you or will you ask the other candiates if they are afraid to be President/Vice-President? If they said no, would you ask them again if they felt overwhelmed? Have you asked the other candidates if they felt it was sexist to ask how they would be fathers to their children and be President/Vice-President? If you know of a transcript where these questions have been asked the other candidates, please let me know. If not, I look forward to these questions being asked of the other 3 candidates who might possibly be President.

Twittering for kids?

Logo Being a mother of 2 small children, I am very intrigued about how technology is shaping their lives even as preschoolers.  I'm all about protection and filters for my kids on the internet and  I REALLY think about what I show on videos that I post at cullenhouse (our family blog). However, they are growing up in a world where technology isn't something you avoid- it is an active part of life ( Look how Obama is taking McCain to task because he doesn't do e-mail). I twitter, but now my kids can?  Check this article out...

"IT would be easy to assume that the first month of Cameron Chase’s life followed the monotonous cycle of eat-sleep-poop familiar to any new parent. But anyone who has read his oft-updated profile on Totspot, a site billed as Facebook for children, knows better. Cameron, of Winter Garden, Fla., has lounged poolside in a bouncy seat with his grandparents, noted that Tropical Storm Fay passed by his hometown, and proclaimed that he finds the abstract Kandinsky print above his parents’ bed “very stimulating..."

Read the whole story here. What do you think?

It's not about your music

0624146200 Talk about some fallout from the VMA's on Sunday night...No, we are not talking about the musical performances of the artists - we are talking about their political, social, and moral views.  To Jordin Sparks and the Jonas Brothers, a big APOLOGY from musical artists everywhere.  We should be talking about your music, but we're not.  I applaud their convictions, but this is a MUSIC AWARDS SHOW.  They should not have to defend one another's moral convictions or for that matter have Paris Hilton do it - this was a night to honor their music. As Randy says in his blog today, "Come on, MTV, give us art-whether we agree with it or not! It certainly would go a long way to help legitimize a preachy and meaningless award show--and channel. "

It's not about the music anymore...does this upset you?


I did an hour bike ride this morning and it was delightful. Fall is coming, the winds of political change are coming, and Hanna is coming.  4 years ago, I was a DINK (double-income-no-kids) and now I am a mother of two.  15 months ago, I lived in New York City, ordered groceries online, and didn't own a car. We cannot escape change.  It is going to happen. I'd like to say that I handle change well all the time, but that would not be true. There are seasons of my life I wish had not changed.  There are things about the present I do not want to change (like the age of my kids). There are things about the future that I cannot wait to change. My prayer today? to be confident through change. I love this quote...

"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind.  To the fearful, it is threatening because it means that things may get worse.  To the hopeful, it is encouraging because things may get better.  To the confident, it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better."  - King Whitney Jr.

How do you handle change?