Survivor 2014 (spoiler)

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The new season of Survivor is here. 😀

Brawn, Beauty and Brains.

Some people seemed surprised that Brains didn’t do to well.

I’m not. As I qualify for the brains team, I feel I have some insight into the problems for them.

1. Quite a few (not all) really smart people have absolutely no common sense. 

oh really? You may ask.

Well,look at Garrett if anyone had absolutely no common sense, it was him. He professed to watching Survivor but was surprised at there not being enough food, and that the conditions would be challenging.

2. Smart people will over think every problem. Make things much more complicated than they need to be.

My proof. J’Tia and the shelter.

She formulated a complicated plan and it failed.

Why?

She over thought it.

She was sure her plan was better than any used previously.

3. Arrogance, they are so sure their brains gave them the edge, they didn’t plan effectively.

The only smart thing I saw them do, was during the second challenge, instead of trying to swim the heavy fish traps back to shore, they used the weight to their advantage and walked them along the bottom.

Final thoughts, I was so happy with the two that were voted out.

While I was disappointing in J’tia for dumping the rice, if Garrett wasn’t such a dumb-ass, that would have never happened.

I can’t wait for the next episode, if the Brains don’t adjust their strategy quick Brawn and Beauty will be the only tribes to make it to the merge

 

 

 

 

Impulse Control and Addiction Disorders

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My friend webmd.com classifies Impulse Control and Addiction Disorders as:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/default.htm

  • Impulse control and addiction disorders: People with impulse control disorders are unable to resist urges, or impulses, to perform acts that could be harmful to themselves or others. Pyromania (starting fires), kleptomania (stealing), and compulsive gambling are examples of impulse control disorders. Alcohol and drugs are common objects of addictions. Often, people with these disorders become so involved with the objects of their addiction that they begin to ignore responsibilities and relationships.

I’m thankful I have never personally suffered from wither of these categories, though they have touched my life.

My most horrific memories as a child can be traced back to someone else addictions, and it still effects me to this day.

While I don’t have an impulse control disorder, Bipolar Disorder can effect your impulse control and I have had problems with that control, but while I have urges to do dangerous and harmful things, I can control the impulse.

These conditions in my opinion have the most adverse effect on those around you, but that is just my opinion and experience.

As with all conditions I am covering in my mental health series if you suspect your being effected by any symptom or condition, please consult a mental health professional, and remember you are not alone.

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(I am not a mental Health Professional and in no way am I giving medical advice)

*If you have or are experiencing +Mental or +Emotional +Illness, there is nothing to be ashamed of, you did nothing wrong and there is hope and help out there for you. You are not alone.*

 

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Therapy Appointment Followup

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I had my second talk therapy (psychotherapy) appointment yesterday.

It wiped me out, I cried like a baby (for me anyway), and by the time I got home I was ready to sleep.

Although I was exhausted, I also felt peaceful, calm but not closed off.

The picture included in this post is pretty accurate on how I usually feel, yesterday I felt like I found the first breadcrumb to lead me back.

My therapist suggested CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), Its an intensive 12 week (twelve appointments) program that takes you into the memories and teaches you how to cope and move past them. (very simplified explanation).

The most encouraging part, the literature he gave me says that some PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) sufferers come out of the completed therapy no longer meet the criteria for the PTSD diagnosis.

I’ve decided to do the therapy, here’s to being hopeful and optimistic but staying realistic.

Baked Sweet Potato chips

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Guess what, sweet potatoes also have antioxidants.

I guess I’m in a healthier snack food kind of mood.

I say healthier because we know even though these are baked not fried they still need to be eaten in moderation.

A snack should never exceed one serving, just my opinion.

I’m a recovering snack monster.

I suffered from malnourishment and extreme obesity close to two years ago.

I’m still working on the weight loss, but I am happy to say my nutrition has greatly improved and that has contributed to the 30+ ponds I have lost since January last year.

Happy snacking.

Ingredients

1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced very thinly
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl toss sliced sweet potato with oil.
  3. Arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet then sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time.

Dark Chocolate and Salted Peanut Bark

Ingredients
12 ounces ( 1 3/4 cups) semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, 3/4 cup salted peanuts

Directions

Put a piece of parchment paper onto a cookie sheet.
In the microwave or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate until it’s smooth and liquid.
Spread the chocolate out on a piece of parchment paper in a 1/2-inch thick layer.
Evenly distribute the peanuts over the chocolate. Press lightly into the chocolate to make sure that they stick.
Refrigerate the chocolate for 20 minutes until it has hardened.
Break the bark into individual-sized pieces.

Store at room temperature for up to 2 week or longer in the refrigerator.
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I have a hard time finding treats that I can have with my NEW ME movement.

This yummy looking treat is right up my alley, dark chocolate and salted peanuts.

While I wouldn’t say large quantities are good for you, moderate snacking to take the edge off the snack attack won’t hurt you.

According to webmd.com, my go to web site for all things medical, dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and can also help lower high blood pressure.

But you have to balance the calories in your diet.

Bonus, peanuts are high in antioxidants too.

You can’t lose, but, as with all things moderation is key.

Happy snacking.

Eating Disorders

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Time to cover Eating Disorders.

Webmd says:

  • Eating disorders: Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors involving weight and food. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are the most common eating disorders.

Now most of us binge eat at times, feeling blue, you hit the ice cream.

Chocolate is many a woman’s guilty sin.

Carbs are the diet no no.

I could go on and on, this is not what an eating disorder covers.

If you have any questions or concerns about eating disorders, or you think you might have one or more, please seek out a Mental Health Professional.

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(I am not a mental Health Professional and in no way am I giving medical advice)

*If you have or are experiencing +Mental or +Emotional +Illness, there is nothing to be ashamed of, you did nothing wrong and there is hope and help out there for you. You are not alone.*

 http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Call 24/7  1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255

http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

This web site is not intended for use as an emergency service. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 immediately.

You may also call our 24-hour Crisis Lines at 775-784-8090775-784-8090 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255 to speak immediately with a crisis interventionist.

Pschotic Disorders

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We move on to another Mental Health disorder.

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/default.htm

  • Psychotic disorders: Psychotic disorders involve distorted awareness and thinking. Two of the most common symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations — the experience of images or sounds that are not real, such as hearing voices — and delusions, which are false beliefs that the ill person accepts as true, despite evidence to the contrary. Schizophrenia is an example of a psychotic disorder.

Schizophrenia can manifest with auditory (hearing) and visual (sight) hallucinations and sometimes both.

There are different forms of Schizophrenia, just like most other Mental Illnesses.

Please, If you have any signs or symptoms, seek help from a mental health professional.

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(I am not a mental Health Professional and in no way am I giving medical advice)

*If you have or are experiencing +Mental or +Emotional +Illness, there is nothing to be ashamed of, you did nothing wrong and there is hope and help out there for you. You are not alone.*

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Call 24/7  1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255

http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

This web site is not intended for use as an emergency service. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 immediately.

You may also call our 24-hour Crisis Lines at 775-784-8090775-784-8090 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255 to speak immediately with a crisis interventionist.