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EASY WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

If you’ve made a vow to lose those extra pounds this year, here are some fresh approaches. A few food swaps, a bit more movement, and some easy behavioral changes can make a big difference.

1. Don’t Sit Still

Make a conscious effort to move more on a daily basis, whether it is cleaning the house or taking the stairs. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic call this type of energy expenditure “Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis” or NEAT, and speculate that it’s more important than formal exercise when it comes to losing weight. For instance, the average 140-pound woman expends only 32 calories per half-hour watching TV. Ironing for the same amount of time more than doubles the burn (73 calories), and vacuuming nearly quadruples it (111 calories).

2. Make Easy Food Swaps

Try lower-cal food substitutions that mimic the originals’ taste. At lunch, nix the roll and mayo in favor of sandwiches made with whole-wheat bread and mustard to cut at least 130 calories. Snack on baked potato chips instead of fried and you’ll shave off 45 calories per ounce. Indulge in half a cup of chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla topped with hot fudge for a 140-calorie deficit.

3. Learn the Habits of Successful Losers

The National Weight Control Registry has collected data on people who’ve lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off. Here are some of their secrets:

• 78% eat breakfast every day. This doesn’t mean grabbing a donut on the way to work. The successful dieters ate a healthy meal like an egg-white omelet and whole-wheat toast.
• 62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
• 90% exercise about one hour per day.
• 75% weigh themselves at least once a week.

If a bad weigh-in sends you to the cookie jar for comfort instead of to the gym for revenge, skip the scale and keep an eye on how your clothes fit.

4. Ban Mindless Nibbling

Calories from those little tastes you take without even thinking about it can add up over the course of a day. Break the habit with this technique: “Plate it, sit with it, own it.” Anything you’re tempted to pop into your mouth – whether it’s the dregs of your 2-year-old’s PBJ sandwich or a single kernel of popcorn – must first be put on a plate and eaten while sitting down. Try this for a day or two, and your nibbling habit will be a thing of the past.

  
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TTEEVAN21 1/12/2010 7:44AM

    Great blog! Maybe now I won't mind vacuuming as much. :)

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CREATE YOUR OWN HAVEN

Monday, January 11, 2010

Everyone deserves a little sanctuary. Claim some territory in your home as your private retreat spot. Maybe it’s where you curl up with favorite books, write in your journal or work on satisfying projects. Warm up your personal space with fresh flowers, candles, soft lighting, cozy rugs and pillows…anything you need to make it comfortable and inviting. Avoid paying bills or watching TV in your haven. This is your dedicated place to calm your mind and restore yourself.

  
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VICTORY-LEE 1/11/2010 6:49PM

    I made sure along time ago to have what I call is my "Safe Place". I use this to journal, read & any other activity that makes me happy.

You have a really GREAT night!

Lisa
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MYFEETHURT 1/11/2010 9:35AM

  Oh, that sounds so heavenly to me, Judy. Don't know that I can find a spot like that right now. But you have got me thinking! Thanks.

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DDOORN 1/11/2010 7:48AM

    YES! I made a commitment to doing this a while back and for me my workout room is my haven...it's where I can listen to my music without competing with the TV, "dance like no one is looking"...and of course workout on my treadmill or weights.

Don

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PRACTICE “UNI-TASKING”

Sunday, January 10, 2010

In our busy culture, we pride ourselves on being able to do many things at once. We juggle so many tasks, rarely taking time to slow down and experience the present moment.

So it’s a surprise to discover how relaxing it can feel to do just one thing at a time. Try it: Have a phone conversation without checking your email or surfing the net. Chop vegetables, noticing their color and texture. Sip a tall, cold drink and just enjoy it.

For a few minutes every day, put your attention on one activity, without bringing in anything else. You might be surprised at its calming effects.

  
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DAISES2 1/11/2010 3:25AM

    i love all your blogs.
they are always informative,interestingand makes me want to do things.i must come back and write some of these things downc

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DDOORN 1/10/2010 11:46AM

    Or another way of thinking of this is to practice "mindfulness" during our daily activities. Not always easy to do, but always rewarding...!

Don

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GOING2LSEITNOW 1/10/2010 8:06AM

    A magazine I read had that same thought in it last month. I am working on a puzzle to try to focus on just one thing at a time. It is relaxing.

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MIND-BODY CONNECTION

Saturday, January 09, 2010

When life is out of balance, we can feel it. Stress leaves us drained, exhausted and irritable. That’s why knowing how to manage stress and rebalance our energies is essential for health and happiness. It’s not a luxury to make time in your life for things that feed your spirit. It’s something we all owe ourselves, and the people around us.

Here’s 10 little life-balancers to recharge your batteries in a weekend, an afternoon or just a few minutes:

1. Get into nature. Head for a hiking trail or the local park. Walk on the beach or along the river. Nature has healing powers.

2. Connect with a friend. We all need them for support, advice and laughs. Meet for coffee, catch a movie or just call and catch up.

3. Connect with an animal. “Pet therapy” lifts the spirits and takes your mind off yourself for a while.

4. Center yourself. Anytime, anywhere: put your attention on your breath in one spot and leave it there. You’ll feel calmer and more grounded.

5. Sweat it out. When you’re tense, a vigorous workout is a great way to blow off steam. (Check with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.)

6. Say no. It’s OK if you don’t do everything all the time.

7. Say yes. If someone offers to help, let them.

8. Express yourself. Write in a journal or make art. Unleash the creative force within you.

9. Do something spontaneous. Shake up the routine. Take a drive in a new direction – or be a tourist in your hometown.

10. Have a drink…and make it water! Water is an essential nutrient for the body.

  
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CIRCLEBLOOM 1/11/2010 12:18PM

  Great simple to do list that will get results. I have shared on Twitter, thanks for the ideas.

Sue Cooke
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DDOORN 1/9/2010 9:53AM

    Great list...! Many are routine strategies for myself. Stewing about something? I put 'er on the 'mill and walk / jog it off! Often I get inspirations while working out too!

Don

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EILEENANDERSEN 1/9/2010 7:43AM

    I like your life balancers - very common sense yet we forget so easy.

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STUCK IN A RUT?

Friday, January 08, 2010

Try something new & different. Adventures can take many forms – from jumping out of an airplane to studying Shakespeare. Make space in your life for things that inspire you.

Travel near or far. A change of scene opens up new vistas in the mind. It doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive.

Challenge yourself. Train for a race or conquer your fear of public speaking.

Get outdoors. Look into outings with Sierra Club or Audubon Society.

Follow your art. Join a community theater, chorus or writers’ group.

Get involved. Work for a cause you care about. Look online for local organizations you can volunteer with.

Study up. Learn Italian, calligraphy or something to jumpstart your career.

PURSUE YOUR PASSION

By this time next year, I want to _______________________________________

To make this happen, I need to ________________________________________

My next step is to __________________________________________
_________

For me, the answers are: I want to find a good job. I need to do more networking with others in my field. My next step is to attend a couple of library lectures to help with networking.

What is your passion? How will you achieve it?

  
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DDOORN 1/8/2010 7:27AM

    Great ideas...! For instance AARP offers this service: "To make this even easier, we’re launching a new volunteering feature. Sign up to receive a monthly email from Create The Good® and be the first to know about service and volunteer opportunities in your area."

http://createthegood.
org/

Don

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