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3 WAYS TO SPEED UP YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Saturday, January 16, 2010

1. Prepare things the night before. Do whatever you can-set the coffee machine, pack the bags-before you go to bed.

2. Take it a week at a time. Post a weekly chart on the fridge that lists each child’s daily tasks. All they have to do is give a quick glance and they know what’s going on-so if it’s gym day, they remember their sneakers.

3. Keep essentials by the door.

Anybody else have any good ideas to help get out the door faster in the mornings?

  
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PJSTIME 1/16/2010 11:02AM

    I shower at night and decide what clothes I will wear also. PJ

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DAISES2 1/16/2010 8:29AM

    luckily i'm retired,so don't have to think about it anymore.
have a super dupper weekend

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7 WAYS TO BE MORE ADVENTUROUS

Friday, January 15, 2010

1. Wear red lipstick. Ruby lips make you feel mysterious!

2. Just do it. Do you ever notice yourself saying “I’d love to learn how to…” Well, what are you waiting for?

3. Get on Twitter.(or SparkPeople!) You’ll meet people you might never otherwise.

4. Shop vintage. You never know what you will find.

5. Get lost. Visit a new hood and spend the day walking around.

6. Leave your next trip up to chance. Close your eyes, spin the globe and buy a ticket to where your finger lands.

7. Turn off your computer and cell phone for a day. You’ll be amazed at what you come across!

  
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DAISES2 1/16/2010 8:27AM

    these are all good tips,i'm surprised more people don't comment.im sure it is just timing and volume of blogs,there are hundreds.

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8 STEPS TOWARD CHANGING A BAD HABIT

Thursday, January 14, 2010

1. Follow the 20-second rule. Adding a mere 20 seconds to an activity can make it no longer worth doing. So if you’re addicted to e-mail, add a password: it’ll discourage you from logging on.

2. If you stop a negative habit, start a positive one. Give your brain something new to concentrate on. If you give up smoking, pick up, for example, reading five minutes of poetry each day.

3. Take baby steps. You can’t make your brain change in one day. So if you’re trying to, say, cut out all sugar, start by cutting back a little every week.

4. Think positive. The biggest tool for stopping negative habits is the belief that your behavior matters.

5. Enlist a buddy. Trying to break a habit with the support of someone else trying holds you accountable.

6. Keep track of your progress. For 21 to 28 days in a row, check off how many days you’ve gone without the habit. You see that progress, which encourages you.

7. Write down your goal. When you pledge to do something, your brain moves from the emotional – “Great idea!” – to the rational: “How do I accomplish this?”

8. Create a vision board. Looking at photos of yourself from before the habit or inspiring ones from magazines helps you visualize what your life would be like without that habit.

  
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SALLYSEAGULL1 1/14/2010 7:03AM

    Thank you for a great inspirational blog.

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SHERYB777 1/14/2010 6:38AM

    What great advice. Thanks for the encouraging words. I plan to use these steps, starting today.

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7 WAYS TO LOOK MORE RADIANT

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

1. Add almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts to your daily diet. They’ll give you a great energy boost and keep you looking healthy.

2. Stand up straight. It makes you look taller. (Your mother was right!)

3. Apply moisturizer correctly. Moisturizers only lock in the moisture you already have, so make sure your skin is damp before applying.

4. Develop a five-minute morning stretch routine.

5. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D. It provides bone strength, protects the heart and supports the immune system.

6. Fly smart. Pop some North American ginseng before getting on a plane to boost your immune system against the germ-filled cabins.

7. Eat (or drink!) dark chocolate. Research shows cocoa rich in flavonols may help protect your skin.

  
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CARMEL466 1/15/2010 5:27AM

    Great tips. I use two of them and they are fantastic. Will be addding a couple. Thanks

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GRANDMAAMIE 1/13/2010 10:34AM

    THANKS FOR THE TIPS
HAVE A NICE DAY!

AMIE

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MYFEETHURT 1/13/2010 10:10AM

  I used to have great posture. Now I often have to remind myself to STAND UP STRAIGHT. It really does make you feel better. And yes, it makes you look better as well.

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CULTIVATINGB 1/13/2010 9:43AM

    Very interesting, thank you!

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DAISES2 1/13/2010 9:08AM

    i used to have fresh raspberries in my daily oatmeal ,but they are very exspensive,about$3.5 dollas for a small punnet that only did me 3 breakfasts.i'm going to use walnuts now.
i am short on my vit d.can't get out to walk with the snow,don't want to slip over.can't take a supplement because of medications.
love no 7 CHOCOLATE.always good info.

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JOSIANE2934 1/13/2010 8:25AM

  thank you!

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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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