Friday, March 30, 2007

The Road Stops Here

... in Atlanta. Once again, I have the wonderful opportunity to attend the Final Four. Even though the teams that I like have lost, I'm excited to be going. As you know, I love college basketball and March Madness. It's great to have surpassed the goals of my To Do By 30 List! Join me in cheering for Georgetown (and anyone who play against Ohio State) and UCLA.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Here's an interesting bit of information I found out today. I just thought I would share it with the rest of you. I had no idea!

Stress buster

It is a great stress reliever, it quiets the mind and has the effects of meditation. If your mind still races while you're kissing someone, you are simply kissing the wrong person. Kissing the right person makes the experience relaxing, warm, passionate and tender. Kissing demands staying in the moment and it ought to have your total attention. Additionally, it induces many of the same brain wave and chemistry changes that meditation does. It induces a sense of peace and calm.

Burns calories

Kissing burns calories, too. Professor Bryant Stamford, of the University of Louisville, postulates that a deep, passionate kiss may double your basic metabolic rate and burn as many as two calories a minute. Do the math. Kissing for 15 minutes burns approximately 30 calories. If one were to kiss passionately for 15 minutes that might lead to other calorie burning activities such as sex which may, of course, lead to more passionate kissing. More passionate kissing could lead to more torrid sex, thereby creating a passion loop. This could be a more exciting expenditure of energy than climbing stairs or taking a walk for the very same result. It's not exactly a cardiovascular workout, but it certainly has a delightful place in a healthy lifestyle.

Tones facial muscles

French kissing? Think about those tongue muscles! Kissing can give them quite a workout. How about the muscles in your lips, cheeks, face and neck, etc? The possibilities are endless. It will make you smile, too; and that definitely will make you look better, happier and healthier.

Boosts immune system

While kissing isn't a replacement for brushing your teeth, it does provide extra saliva that washes bacteria off your teeth. And, speaking of bacteria, kissing boosts your immune system. By exchanging bacteria through a kiss you are stimulating your internal defence mechanism. Increases pleasure Kissing can be an exciting journey into sensuality. The lips are a bundle of nerve endings and, therefore, are very sensitive. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips. Many times kissing induces other types of touching. We are a touch-deprived nation and, therefore, hugs are extremely therapeutic as well. Kissing, hugging and touching increase feelings of security and wellbeing. When our wellbeing improves our self-esteem increases. We feel more secure and better about ourselves, and our outer persona reflects it. Others can't help but notice. Therefore, the possibilities of self-improvement through the beneficial effects of kissing and what follows are endless.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

We are Dancing!!!

Selection Sunday Update: We are dancing as a #14 seed in Spokane, WA. Can we make it back to St. Louis?!?!?!?

We are MAC Champions!!! I'm so excited and I LOVE MARCH MADNESS! The last time we made the tournament was in 1999 when we went to the Sweet 16. The Selection Show is at 5:30PM on CBS ... find out where we will play.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Believe it or not

I’m walkin’ on air
I never thought I could feel so free
Flying away on a wing and a prayer
Who could it be?
Believe it or not
It’s just me

I believe this song to be very uplifting. I feel good just about every time I hear it and sometimes listen to it intentionally so that it gives me a certain feel. On our last session of the Well-Being Way, we had to bring in something that made us refuel our feel (remember how we want to feel). I chose this song as well as a self portrait from one of my trips to California. The challenge is bringing how we feel during those special circumstances into our daily lives and learning to do things that help us to feel how we want to feel.

*song is the theme from The Greatest American Hero

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Should I be Swoop on Saturday?