Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I'm getting married!

I'm getting married! Wooo! How exciting! And THIS from a person that was sure I would NEVER get married in my life time hahaha

So, I signed up to Sureslim on Sat (just hours before I got engaged which was a complete surprise) and will sit my blood test tomorrow morning. Couldn't do it sooner bc you need to be alcohol-free for 72hrs beforehand and I had celebratory drinks on Sun hehe

Oh and for anyone that asks, though I haven't seen the plan yet, I'm lead to believe it's about giving you a food plan with portions and meals mapped out which you cook yourself and weigh in one on one once a week. So no pills, shakes, frozen food..... though that would make it easier hehehe.

Think I can lose 35kgs in a year? That's how long I have 'til the big day!

Morning People And Night Owls Show Different Brain Function

June 24, 2009

Scientists at the University of Alberta have found that there are significant differences in the way our brains function depending on whether we're early risers or night owls.

Neuroscientists in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation looked at two groups of people: those who wake up early and feel most productive in the morning, and those who were identified as evening people, those who typically felt livelier at night. Study participants were initially grouped after completing a standardized questionnaire about their habits.

Using magnetic resonance imaging-guided brain stimulation, scientists tested muscle torque and the excitability of pathways through the spinal cord and brain. They found that morning people's brains were most excitable at 9 a.m. This slowly decreased through the day. It was the polar opposite for evening people, whose brains were most excitable at 9 p.m.

Other major findings:

* Evening people became physically stronger throughout the day, but the maximum amount of force morning people could produce remained the same.
* The excitability of reflex pathways that travel through the spinal cord increased over the day for both groups.
* These findings show that nervous-system functions are different and have implications for maximizing human performance.