I am Vindicated!!!

Love this article! It totally justifies my coffee addiction!

9 Reasons to Drink More Coffee!
By Lucy Danziger, SELF Editor-in-Chief – Posted on Tue, May 05, 2009
Ask anyone who knows me: I am a certified java junkie. I’m naturally energetic to begin with, but I rely on my caffeine companion to power me through long days, tough workouts and piles of work. I can even have three cups a day—including a dose after dinner—and still sleep soundly all night. Lucky for me—and the 87 percent of Americans who consume caffeine daily, with the average java drinker gulping down 8 ounces a day—more research is proving that coffee is actually healthy for you. So go on, have that latte without guilt. As if you needed more inspiration, here are some brew benefits to prove that sipping is smart:

It helps you shed pounds
People who drank more metabolism-firing caffeine gained less weight over 12 years than those who cut back on the coffee, say researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

It powers your workouts
Downing coffee and toast between back-to-back workouts can keep you humming, a study from the Journal of Applied Physiology reports. Athletes who drank a caffeinated carbohydrate beverage after cycling had 66 percent more glycogen (an energy reserve) in their muscles than those who had a caffeine-free version. Replenishing glycogen helps you go farther and faster in your next session. Do you run on caffeine?

It helps you wake up refreshed
Drinking a cup of coffee immediately before taking a 15- to 30-minute catnap can leave you alert and rested after waking up, according to research from The Sleep Research Centre, Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England. Caffeine takes a half hour to kick in, so it will rouse you after a short snooze. Try these tips to sleep your way gorgeous.

It can ward off illness
Increasing your coffee intake may prevent liver cancer, The National Institute of Environmental Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden, finds. Two cups of java daily lowered a person’s risk by 43 percent on average. In another study from University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, women who drank coffee had a 24 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease and other inflammatory conditions. Antioxidants in coffee are likely behind the protective benefits.

It can ease muscle cramps
Women who had the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee the day after their quadriceps were stimulated (as if they’d done squats) felt 48 percent less leg pain within an hour, research from the University of Georgia in Athens reveals. Caffeine may block the body’s receptors for the ouch-causing chemical adenosine, scientists speculate.

It makes cardio feel like a cinch
Women given the caffeine equivalent of about two cups of coffee an hour before cycling reported 40 percent less pain than those who went decaf, according to a study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Caffeine seems to block neurotransmitters that signal discomfort during exercise, researchers say.

It helps you get want you want
Dealing with a difficult person? Broach a tough topic over a cup of joe. Caffeine may make people more open to persuasion, the European Journal of Social Psychology notes. Researchers say it hones cognitive function, causing skeptics to be more receptive to a convincing case.

It may fight breast cancer
Young women drinking four or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily reduced their breast cancer risk by 40 percent compared with nondrinkers, a study in the Journal of Nutrition finds. The caffeine and polyphenols in regular coffee protect against cancer. Worried about getting the jitters? Even two cups every day can help.

It improves recall!
Caffeine perks up short-term memory, a study from the Medical University of Innsbruck in Austria reveals. One cup of coffee may be all it takes; drink it before a big meeting to be your sharpest.

Groundhog’s Day

Today is Groundhog Day, but you all knew that. Does everyone remember the movie Groundhog’s Day with Bill Murray? I love that movie. Don’t we all want that to happen to us? Where we get to relive the same day over and over until we correct our mistakes and have the perfect day? Which day would you go back and relive? Which mistakes would you correct?
I think for me one of the days (and yes there are many) that I would go back and relive would be the one where I put purple in my hair. I was in high school and my mother took one look at me and said “out by church tomorrow”. My mother didn’t make a lot of demands like that, so you knew when she did, she meant it. Well, as you can surmise it was a Saturday, I had a date that night, so, I did the only logical thing I could think of. I washed, rinsed, repeated until it was out. You guessed it, no date, as I had to do that a lot to get the purple out.
If I could relive that day, I would never, ever have put purple in my hair. I would have waited until the summer months, and done it on a Monday, that way I could have enjoyed it for a week before having to have it out by Church on Sunday. Purple hair rocked! I would never have missed that opportunity fully.
So what day would any of you chosen to relive?


3:30 comes early. Very early. There are days I wonder what I am doing! However when 2pm roles around and I am going home, I wonder no more! Everyone enjoy your Tuesday!!


Does anyone out there know how easy it would be for me to fall off the food wagon?? So very easy!


So today is my daughter Elizabeth’s 21st birthday. 21 years ago today it was sunny and bright outside when we entered the hospital to have her. By the time she was born it was below freezing and a raging ice storm outside. The beautiful spring newborn ensemble I had bought would not do to take her home in. She had to go in her brother’s old boy winter clothes as it was so cold outside.
That day epitomized Elizabeth’s personality, strong, adaptable and ever changing. I have always told Elizabeth that she was my birthday present. In 1989 I got 2 presents. Elizabeth and the snow storm; both were welcome, both were perfection.
When I was pregnant with her, I prayed for a girl, wanted a girl, and could feel in my bones I was carrying a daughter. I am never ever wrong; let that be a lesson to all! LOL. She is all I could have ever asked for in a daughter. She has so many of my personality traits that at times it is like looking into a mirror.
She is so much more than I am at the same time being so much like me. I am so very proud to call her my daughter. I love you Elizabeth Anne!

Eating Habits

I have been ingesting 500 calories, 50 grams of protien or more a day since Tuesday, today is Saturday. I feel amazing. I am not going to lie the first few days were rough. I can smell sugar now. I could not before. I mean walking down the baking aisle at the grocery store was tough. I wanted to rip open a bag of sugar and stick my head in it. I resisted the urge.
But today, today, I feel lighter, more energetic, and my clothes are less tight. I am going to do this for one more week then move the caloric intake up to 900 calories a day. Keeping the protien to 50 grams or more. You have to keep the protien grams up or your hair falls out. Before any of you say OMG this woman is insane. I have done this before under a doctors care, and it is all perfectly safe. It is more about cleansing your body of toxins and yes losing pounds. I firmly believe you have to strip away everthing in order to start fresh. I have a spreadsheet that I keep track of my food intake on. I could not do this without writing everything down.
I am not suggesting this is for everyone. It is for me however. It is healthy. Once again not doing it forever, just 2 weeks. Then will be adding fresh fruit and vegetables back in my diet. I want to lose weight because I feel better at a lower weight. I look better. I wear clothes better.


Today I accessed an application on Facebook (huge shocker) and one of the questions you can ask your friends is if I died today what you would say about me.
So of course I quickly chose it and sent it out. But it leaves me wondering what would I say about certain friends? Well, that led me to coming here and spouting my thoughts, so here goes:
Jess, since the day I met you, you have been an amazing friend. Your wisdom and intelligence keeps me grounded, even though it may not seem that way at times. Your uber intelligence keeps me on my toes intellectually. I appreciate all of the times you have listened to me wax on nonsensically about, well everything. Your ability to placate me without being condescending is much appreciated.
Kat, what can I say about you, well only good things. I admire your strength to pull through difficult situations. Your resilience, your upbeat attitude. I miss our workouts together! We had the best talks. Never forget you totally rock.
Tammi, well, Tammi, my BFF, truly, we have been best friends since we were 13. You are truly my sister. I hate that we live so far apart. I wish you were in Texas with me. We have been through so much together, remember you are stronger than you think you are, you are an amazing woman, a wonderful friend and the best sister a woman could ask for. You will come out of what you are going through stronger, wiser and still beautiful.
Michelle in CA! OMG, girl I am so glad we have become friends. I feel like I have known you forever and we have never met face to face. I love your sense of humor and taste in shoes! You totally make my days at work go by faster. I look forward to the day we meet in person and go shopping!
Mary L! My life is so much richer for having gotten to know you; I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate our friendship. I see you not only as a true friend but a mentor. I am proud to call you friend.
Jan, well you just totally rock. You have stood by me through so much drama. I may have given up on me but you didn’t. You remind me so much of my mother, so calm, wise and an ability to put people at ease. I could never ever have gotten through as much as I did without your friendship.
There are so many more friends, I just don’t know if I have the time or the space to put them all!
For now that is all I have the energy for as my coffee is wearing off. Till next time, and know that even if your name does not appear in my writings today it does not mean you are not in my heart and on my mind. It just means that I am getting carpel tunnel, or however you spell it!


I want to talk about my great home state of Oklahoma today.
Every day I am inundated with people saying derogatory things about my home state. I want to correct some misconceptions.
First off let me state that even though I have chosen not to live in Oklahoma I am an Oklahoman, by birth and by choice. I am proud to be associated with the great state of Oklahoma and I am going to tell you why.
First off Oklahomans are a rare breed of individuals, they are kind, considerate, and helpful and there with a helping hand anytime anyone is in need.
Oklahoma was the first state to send help to New York after 9-11, you see the wonderful people of Oklahoma had already been through a terrible terrorist attack and survived. Not only survived, but persevered, you see we are an amazingly resilient people. If you have never been to the Oklahoma City Memorial, go, it will be well worth the trip.
My parents were native Oklahomans as well; I learned from them what it means to be an Oklahoman. It means being a survivor. They both grew up during the depression. They had no bitter memories from the experience; they talked of helping their neighbors, of making do, of stretching the dollars they didn’t have. They gave me a sense of pride in the fact that I come from a people that not only can survive a crisis, they can survive with their dignity intact. And their helpful spirit, their ability to see the good in others. Their innate ability to see that the worst has not happened and anything can be fixed with a little laughter, a little elbow grease and a lot of perseverance.
I love going back home, the minute I cross that state line into Oklahoma I am a different person, and I am at once more relaxed and for some reason have an accent. I can’t explain it, I don’t try, and I just go with it.
I especially love going back to Owasso. Although it has changed so much since I have been gone, it is still the same in a lot of ways. The people are still friendly, the atmosphere is still hometown magic, and they still welcome me with open arms.
My best friend Tammi still lives in Oklahoma; we have been best friends since we were 13. She is still the person who knows everything there is to know about me and still loves me. How many people can say they have a best friend like that? Well this Oklahoman can.
I know what you are thinking, there has to be some negatives, well there probably is, however, I choose to ignore them.
One last thing, GO OU!


This is a retread I first posted this in august 08, however I still love this song and it still holds true, so enjoy this rerun:

I have a new favorite song. I know that you are all surprised by this new development and may wonder why it is news worthy

It is the new Kidd Rock song, All Summer Long. See lyrics below:

Kid Rock All Summer Long Lyrics
Songwriters: Marinell, Leroy; Wachtel, Robert; Zevon, Warren; Ritchie, R J; Shafer, M; King, E; Rossington, Gary; Vanzant, R;

It was 1989, my thoughts were short my hair was long
Caught somewhere between a boy and man
She was seventeen and she was far from in-between
It was summertime in Northern Michigan

Ahh Ahh Ahh
Ahh Ahh Ahh

Splashing through the sand bar
Talking by the campfire
It’s the simple things in life, like when and where
We didn’t have no internet
But man I never will forget
The way the moonlight shined upon her hair

And we were trying different things
We were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet home Alabama all summer long

Catching Walleye from the dock
Watching the waves roll off the rocks
She’ll forever hold a spot inside my soul
We’d blister in the sun
We couldn’t wait for night to come
To hit that sand and play some rock and roll

While we were trying different things
And we were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake to our favorite song
Sipping whiskey out the bottle, not thinking ’bout tomorrow
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long

Now nothing seems as strange as when the leaves began to change
Or how we thought those days would never end
Sometimes I’ll hear that song and I’ll start to sing along
And think man I’d love to see that girl again

[Repeat Chorus x2]

Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long
Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long


If you changed 1989 to 1981 and Northern Michigan to Northern Oklahoma and all the she’s to he’s and well you get the point this could have been my summer! Almost, some differences…

This song is the most amazing thing ever, any song that samples Werewolves of London and Sweet Home Alabama! OMG, seriously amazing.
I am not usually a huge Kidd Rock fan but he really out did himself with this piece.
I love it!
If I had music on this site I would have this song playing.


As I begin my attempt to lose weight in order to look good for my wedding day (and yes I know it is 2 years away) I find myself giving up everything I hold dear.
Yes I am attempting to give up sugar. No more sour skittles. No more Godiva chocolate, no more full blown cafe mochas. It is just sad.
I have done it before, I can do it now. I not only want to look good for my wedding, I want to look good for me. I want to feel good. Every time I give up sugar and eat lighter I feel better. I sleep better.
So here we go, yesterday went really well. I hope today goes just as smooth. It is the 3rd day that is usually, well, hades. So that would mean by Thursday I will be a raving lunatic. The good news is that it usually only lasts a day or so, then the cravings subside.
I know what you are thinking, why start on a Tuesday and not a Monday. Well Monday was not conducive to giving up anything. Maybe I will explain later, maybe never. probably never.
It is early and I need to get dressed for work.
Will keep everyone updated on the dieting craze!