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LOGGING AND DRINKING

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Click to make weight loss stick. Successful dieters who recorded their eating habits online at least once a month for 2 years kept off 3 times more weight than did less frequent loggers.

Water Works. Downing 2 cups of water before meals helped people lose about 5 pounds more than those who said no to H2O. Water is filling, so sippers ate 75 to 90 calories less.

  
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LEANGRL42 12/9/2010 5:35PM

    AHHH, THE BENEFITS OF WATER! THANKS FOR THE TIPS. I'M MORE DETERMINED TO DRINK 1/2 MY BODY WEIGHT IN WATER EVERY DAY...CAN'T EMPHASIZE HOW IMPORTANT WATER REALLY IS TO OUR BODIES. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE COMMENT ON MY BLOG. YOU ARE A STEADY REMINDER OF SUCCESS AND MAINTAINING THAT SUCCESS. YOU INSPIRE ME EVERYDAY! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/9/2010 10:00AM

    Loving my H2O!

Need to do better with logging...

Don

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YOUCANDOITSUE 12/8/2010 8:21AM

  I am glad we are all headed in the right direction. emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/8/2010 7:26AM

    I get my 8 cups in each day but I'm going to try for more.

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WOMANCHEF 12/8/2010 7:18AM

    Thanks for the reminder! I have to admit your title made me curious - I wasn't sure what you would be blogging about. emoticon

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10 QUICK STRESS BUSTERS

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

When you're at the end of your rope, try one of these expert-approved tension-tamers.

1. TALK IT OUT. Sharing your feelings and concerns with a partner, work colleagues, clergy or mental-health professional provides a release and a fresh perspective. emoticon

2. TAKE UP A HOBBY. Whether it's as simple as planting flowers in a window box or as ambitious as woodworking, a hobby you truly enjoy helps dial down job-related stress. emoticon

3. TRY YOGA. In a recent study, hatha yoga (a gentle form of exercise that uses body postures and deep breathing) helped people recover from stress. emoticon

4. BREATHE! Inhale slowly through the nose then exhale slowly out the mouth as you say a relaxing word (like ca-a-a-lm). Pause, then repeat up to 15 times.

5. SAY NO. Some stressors are self-created-like overpromising at work or overcommitting your social life. Learn to identify them and back off.
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6. TURN OFF YOUR CELLPHONE. Even just 10 minutes of "me time" each day can refresh your mental outlook and slow down your body's stress response.

7. EAT RIGHT. Aim for at least 2 servings of fruit emoticon emoticon and three of veggies emoticon emoticon emoticon per day. One banana, for instance, is loaded with vitamin B6 to help the body create mood-boosting serotonin.

8. RELAX YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS. emoticon Drop your head to one side, gently roll it around in a wide circle; repeat 3-5 times, then reverse directions. Repeat 5 times.

9. VISUALIZE PEACE. Spend 5 minutes imagining a peaceful scene such as a warm beach emoticon or a quiet spot in the woods. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?

10. WALK! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon People who get the CDC's recommended 150 minutes of brisk activity every week see improved mental health.

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55WALKER 12/7/2010 7:38PM

    I particularly needed to read this this week. Thanks.

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Still more Here's to a Happy New You

Monday, December 06, 2010

15. Spend on experience, not stuff. People who spend their money on experiences like classes, hobbies or travel report more satisfaction with their purchases than people who invest in possessions.

16. Declutter to destress. Turning down visual "noise" like a messy room or cluttered desktop helps relieve stress.

17. Say "thank you." Take time each day to write down things you're grateful for-replaying the experience in your mind as you write helps you reap the mood-boosting benefits of a gratitude journal.

18. Use one pharmacy. You're more likely to prevent drug interactions and even save money on medications when you obtain all your prescriptions from one pharmacy.

19. Change your batteries. Firefighters recommend you recharge your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time you change your clocks every spring and fall.

20. Replace your shoes. Worn-out shoes are a stealthy cause of back pain. Upgrade-or repair-your kicks as soon as you notice the heel or padding wearing down.

21. Have a meat-free Monday. Lower your risk of heart disease by 4% & your risk of stroke by 6% by replacing meat with more veggies at least one day a week.

22. If you smoke, buy a pack of nicotine gum. No, quitting smoking is NOT easy, but it's on this list because it will pay off big by cutting your risk of heart disease, cancer and lung disorders.

23. Don't dial and drive. More than 5,000 traffic fatalities were caused by cellphone use in 2008, the last year fro which figures are available.

24. Drink a cup of joe! Coffee may decrease your risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, liver cancer and heart disease.

  
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MOM4407 12/6/2010 1:27PM

    Drink a cup of joe! Coffee may decrease your risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, liver cancer and heart disease

I like this one. I drink 2 cups of coffee every morning. Many have said coffee is bad but i think in moderation it is just fine.

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DDOORN 12/6/2010 9:41AM

    I especially value "Spend on experience, not stuff"...! I look forward to many, many new cycling adventures! Problem is: I DO need to buy some "stuff" to better equip myself for this...ugh!

Don

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More Here's to a Happy New You

Sunday, December 05, 2010

8. Mellow out to Mozart. Listening to 30 minutes of classical music every day while concentrating on slow, deep breathing can help bring down elevated blood pressure.

9. Stand up! Non-exercise activity-like standing instead of sitting or walking to a co-worker's office rather than sending an e-mail-may be more beneficial than aggressive exercise.

10. Eat in, not out. Home cooking is the most effective way to cut down on sodium, saturated fat and starchy carbs, which can lead to weight gain and heart disease risk.

11. Get more sleep. Get a minimum of 7 hours' sleep each night-sleep-deprived people have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes and depression.

12. Buy this app. Be prepared for any emergency with Emergency Aid, available from iTunes. The app, which works on iPhone or iPad, talks you through roadside emergencies, rescues, first aid, drug interactions and other essentials.

13. Turn down the heat. Keep your home temperature between 65 and 68 degrees F to get a good night's sleep and feel energized throughout the day.

14. Spice up your eggs. Dice up fresh or roasted red chile peppers in the morning-they'll make you feel fuller and less likely to eat a fatty lunch.

  


HERE'S TO A HAPPY NEW YOU!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

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Some smart, simple tips to make 2011 your healthiest year ever!
(From Remedy Magazine)

1. Bake a potato. One humble baked spud with a teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt has heart-healthy potassium and magnesium, nearly 3 grams of fiber and immune-boosting B vitamins.

2. Take your pulse. If your rate is higher that 90 beats per minute, lower daily sodium to 1,500mg, get 30 minutes of brisk exercise five days a week and mention it to your doctor.

3. Adopt a dog. Pet ownership lowers blood pressure and stress. And walking a dog for 15 minutes burns 61 calories!

4. Wear sunblock. Slather on a sunblock that protects your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays-no matter what the weather or season.

5. Ask for a housecall. If you have trouble getting to the doctor's office, request personalized and attentive care by contacting the American Academy of Home Care Physicians (aahcp.org).

6. Ask your doctor 3 questions. Ask what screenings are appropriate for your age, how your family history might affect your care and whether your current prescriptions and dosages are appropriate.

7. Eat a handful of walnuts. They contain compounds that lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and can even help repair damaged arteries.



  
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MICKEY341 12/4/2010 9:58PM

    Some very good tips. Thanks for sharing!

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