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How Fast Is Fat?

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HOW Fast Does Fat Hit Your Waistline?

Have you ever gorged on a big meal and then had to loosen your belt because your tummy was so full? And if you had the nerve to weigh yourself right then, no doubt the scale would register a couple more pounds than you might expect. Turns out there is a reason for both. After a big meal, fat hits your waistline in as little as three hours and causes actual weight gain, according to researchers from Oxford University in Great Britain.

Your waist size is a far better predictor of heart disease than total body fat. Find out the numbers for men and women.

London's Telegraph reports that the fat in food can be converted into tissue around the plumpest parts of the body within hours--far more quickly than anyone previously thought possible.

Led by Fredrik Karpe and Keith Frayne, the Oxford team found that the first fat from any meal enters the bloodstream about one hour after being ingested. And just three to four hours after that, the fat will have been incorporated into the adipose tissue, which is in the fat stores around the waist.

Translation: A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. If you eat a meal containing 30 grams of fat, two to three teaspoons will go straight to your waist. And if you continue to overeat, the fat will then move into tissue around your hips, rear and thighs.

The study has shed new light on how we gain weight, and it is much faster than anyone thought. Prior to this, it was believed that food moved from the tummy into the blood where nutrients were used by muscles; any excess was then stored as fat. Instead, the fat is quickly moved around the body and stored--for good.

The process is very fast, " Karpe, who is a professor of metabolic medicine, told The Telegraph. "The cells in the adipose tissue around the waist catch the fat droplets as the blood carries them and incorporates them into the cells for storage. If you eat too much, you don't get into this phase of starting to mobilize it. There will just be constant accumulation, and you will start to put on weight.
"What can you do? Get on the treadmill. The Oxford team also found that fit people have an easier time getting rid of unwanted fat, since exercise gives a long-term boost to fat-burning mechanisms.

The study findings were published in the journal Physiological Reviews.

HOW PRAYER LEADS TO FORGIVNESS

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How Prayer Leads to Forgiveness
Fact: We all commit hurtful acts, violate trust and hope for forgiveness.
Fact: Nine out of 10 Americans say they pray, at least on occasion.
Florida State University psychologist Nathaniel Lambert put these two facts together and came up with a theory: Why not take all that prayer and direct it at the people who have wronged us? Is it possible that directed prayer might spark forgiveness in those doing the praying and in the process preserve relationships?

Study No. 1: A group of men and women prayed a single prayer for their romantic partner's well being. Others, who served as the experimental controls, simply described their partner, speaking into a tape recorder. The researchers then measured forgiveness, defining it as the diminishing of the initial negative feelings that arise when you've been wronged. Their results showed that those who had prayed for their partner harbored fewer vengeful thoughts and emotions. That is, they were more ready to forgive and move on. If a single prayer can cause such a striking difference in feelings, then what could prayer over a period of time do for a relationship? The team embarked on a second study to find out.

Study No. 2: The researchers asked a group of men and women to pray for a close friend every day for four weeks. Others simply reflected on the relationship, thinking positive thoughts but not praying for their friend's well-being. The researchers also added another dimension. They used a scale to measure selfless concern for others--not any particular person, but rather other people in general.

They speculated that prayer would increase selfless concern, which in turn would boost forgiveness. And that's just what happened. How does prayer exert its healing effects? The psychologists have an idea: Most of the time, couples profess and believe in shared goals, but when they hit a rough patch, they often switch to adversarial goals, including retribution and resentment. These adversarial goals shift cognitive focus to the self, and it can be tough to shake that self-focus. Prayer appears to shift attention from the self back to others, which allows the resentments to fade. The study findings were published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

THE DESIDERATA

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DESIDERADA
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what piece there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quickly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexation to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vane or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real position in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. Do not let this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and the disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have the right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with god, what ever you conceived him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. In all the sham, drudgery and broken dreams this is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

WHY YOU CAN

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You will find that people may do what you do but no one can do anything no one can ever do it the way you do things. You are and have been very special at birth and there is no reason in the world to doubt your individual value at any point in your life. Enjoy that feeling, it is real. Failure does not exist, there is no such thing. Only your degree of success ever needs to be measured by you. Even your most pitiful degree of success is a seed for the future. It will grow with any kind of attention at all that you give it. Fear is always a fantasy, then again so is success. You alone are going to choose which one of these the world will see as being real. Remember "I would if I could". "I would" is a dream and a very good dream. "If I could" is the search for a plan or a way to make it happen for yourself. I can" is the harmony of all the feelings and thoughts that make your life happen, on purposes successfully. I Can, I Have, I Do, I Create, I AM, I Will, I Choose, I Enjoy I Love

PASSIVE - AGGRESSIVE - ASSERTIVE

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Patricia Cameron, B.A. Joseph J. Ferrandino, Ph.D. Michael Katz, M.A. Our emphasis in the E.I.P. Asser-tion Training Program is to encourage behavioral awareness and choice options.


PASSIVE BEHAVIOR:
Not getting one's needs met or getting them met indirectly through manipulation. When a person acts in a passive manner, that person either ignores or simply does not express his rights, needs and/or desires. The consequence of such behavior is the infringement of one's rights, resulting from the fear of standing up for them. However, the passive individual sometimes does get his needs met through manipulation. This is an indirect and dis-honest tactic, which seeks to obtain something from the other person engaged in-the interaction. In this instance, the passive person has allowed another to choose for him. Passive behavior aims to avoid unpleasant or risky situations; this is accomplished through hedging and/or apologetic and indecisive language. The ultimate consequence of this behavior is feelings of anxiety and frustration, which can culminate in a later aggressive outburst.

AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR:
Getting one's needs met without taking into consideration the rights and needs of others. Although an individual behaving in an aggressive manner may indeed be standing up for legitimate rights, he does this in a fashion that violates the rights of others. Aggressive behavior is an inappropriate outburst or hostile overreaction to some stimulus situation. While aggressive behavior may be effective in one's efforts to achieve his goal, in the long run the outcome may be feelings of resentment and alienation by others. This behavior may be self-enhancing; however, the aggressive person may also experience feelings of guilt, since such behavior is generally emotionally impulsive. In short, friendship and respect may be sacrificed to satisfy immediate needs.

ASSERTIVE BEHAVIOR:
Expressing one's rights and needs while taking into consideration the rights and needs of others

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