bookmark_borderI just say thank you…

Last weekend I was alone in the Petite section of a department store. My two shopping companions dropped me off and then took off to the Women’s section. This is a fairly new phenomenon and I’m still getting used to the fact that I am wearing regular petite sizes again.

There was a study done a few years ago that revealed women don’t consider themselves fat until they start wearing a size 16.

But you know, I didn’t consider myself fat when I was a size 16. I considered myself chubby. And I never felt unattractive which is atypical. In fact, I feel as cute as I ever did — I just have more clothing options now.

But some people seem to think I am vastly cuter now. I am getting quite a few compliments on my my new shape. Apparently I look just fantastic — which makes me ask (not out loud) — did I look horrible before?

bookmark_borderCalm the hell down

Nicotine may help calm people by altering the activity of brain areas involved in the inhibition of negative emotions such as anger, a new study suggests.

No kidding.

Same study. And more to the point.

Anger management classes may help smokers to quit, a new study has indicated.

Some advice I found online:

Anger and irritability increase in the first week after quitting smoking. It is common to feel edgy and be less able to control your temper. Take a walk or participate in other exercise to blow off steam. Give yourself soothing times to relax in a hot bath.

I’ve bathed so much my tattoo has faded.

When necessary just find a quite place to be alone and let it all out. Cry, scream and stomp your feet to let the tension out. You’ll feel better and be surprised at how short-lived those feelings are.

Maybe for some people. I am still very annoyed — all of the time — even after I stomp my feet and scream.

If you happen to accidentally let your anger spill out to family or associates, apologize for your actions and get on with your life. Understand that these feelings will not last forever.

And how long will they last? It’s been eight days and I’ve been accidentally spilling all over the damn place. I am angry that I can’t get myself to calm the hell down.