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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

If you're among the 57% of women who skip wearing sunglasses in winter (yup, that's me!), it's time to see the light (preferably behind a pair of protective lenses). Ultraviolet radiation is a danger even on cold or cloudy days. Plus, fresh snow reflects almost 100% of the sun's ultraviolet rays, doubling your exposure.

That could result in sunburned eyelids or corneas (Ouch! Have you ever burned your eyelids? I have - and it REALLY hurts). Even worse, lifetime UV overexposure could lead to cataracts.

Whether you're on the slopes or out for a brisk run or walk, don a pair of shades that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and have these safety features:

Wraparound design protects the delicate skin near your outer eyes against cancer.

Amber tinted lenses block UV light as well as blue light, which may both cause retinal damage.

Shatter resistance-check specifications to see if they meet ANSI impact requirements.

It's funny, because I KNOW this stuff...but I still don't wear sunglasses. I really, really have to start wearing them.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/29/2010 7:07PM

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MOM4407 12/29/2010 8:12AM

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Alway important.
Snow is more reflective than the grass.

Do you think you need to wear sunscreen too???? Ha! Ha!

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DIANE7786 12/29/2010 6:57AM

    Great reminder. Thanks!

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EACH MONTH, MODIFY YOUR GOALS

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

Not every tip you try will work. Some sound great, but prove impractical. Others sound crazy, yet would be surprisingly effective if you gave them a shot.

By tracking your progress, you will be able to determine which of your tips are working and which ones need tweaking.

For some people, something as simple as using a tablespoon instead of a serving spoon to dish out your food can make all the difference for you.

Keep on trying new things - when you find the ones that work for you...keep on doing them!

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/28/2010 6:07PM

    Upward & onward to newer and better things!

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SYLVIALYNN2 12/28/2010 4:04PM

    Think I need to serve myself with a teaspoon. One thing I like to do is to pretend I have has lapband surgery. My friends can eat only a half to a handfull of food at a time. I take the smallest desert bowl I have and serve myself what ever it holds and let that be my meal. Then wait at least 2 hours before eating again.

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GETDONE 12/28/2010 10:17AM

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LLLAWSON 12/28/2010 8:18AM

    Great reminders.

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ANIMALMAGIC 12/28/2010 7:30AM

  More sound advice - thanks for sharing!
Jay x

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TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

Monday, December 27, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

It takes about a month to break an old habit and replace it with a good one.

Many people struggle to follow their plan unless they write it down. Try the Power of Three checklist. Take a piece of paper and write a month's worth of days across the top, then write your three daily goals down the side. At the end of each day, check off the changes you made that day. Not every day will be perfect, but the idea is to track your progress so you can see that you need to work on.

Some SparkPeople use their daily blogs to "write it down". Use whatever method works for you - but try it...it works to track your progess visibly.

  
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JUDITHANNIE 12/27/2010 9:11AM

    good idea Judy, thanks used to but kind of got away from it...will go back to it now.... emoticon

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MOM4407 12/27/2010 7:49AM

    I could not agree with you more. Writing it down really does work. I read the article and it sounds so easy but yet it is so hard to put into practice.

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ANIMALMAGIC 12/27/2010 7:48AM

  Great idea! I may well try this myself....
Jay x

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/27/2010 7:17AM

    You are so right. When we write it down it makes us more aware of what we are doing and the choices we are making.

Good thought to start the new year off right.

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MAKE 3 SMALL CHANGES

Sunday, December 26, 2010

(Adapted from AARP Magazine)

Most diets fail because they ask you to do too much-give up all carbs, or all sugar, or cut your intake to 1,000 calories. Instead, keep it simple: change just 3 things about your eating habits. It's not always possible to adhere to all 3 changes. That's okay. If you try for 3 a day and you only hit two, you're still losing weight.

Easy tricks: These 10 steps have helped people lose at least 20 pounds in 6 months.

1. Include a fruit & a vegetable with your lunch and dinner.

2. Don't eat white foods at dinner.

3. Use the half-plate rule (fill half your plate with salad or veggies).

4. Have a sweet or salty afternoon snack only if you first eat a piece of fresh fruit.

5. Drink one glass of water before every meal or snack.

6. Use the Restaurant Rule of Two: Limit yourself to two items other than your entree.

7. Never eat in front of the tv.

8. Eat a piece of fruit on the way to work every day.

9. Save desserts for weekends.

10. Freeze half of what you make and serve the other half.



  
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SYLVIALYNN2 12/26/2010 11:57AM

    Timely blog for those New Year Resolutions. Wonderfully simple ideas.

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LKWQUILTER 12/26/2010 9:46AM

    I need to try that. Thanks.

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BARBARAJ73 12/26/2010 9:01AM

    All good ones........ emoticon

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JAPOPE1 12/26/2010 8:43AM

  definitely simple and basic suggestions...sounds so easy.. ha!

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THIAWINTER 12/26/2010 7:57AM

    Great ideas!!! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/26/2010 7:53AM

    All good ideas to jump start the new year and this new week.

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SUPERCLAM 12/26/2010 7:50AM

  Smart ideas!

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LADYRH 12/26/2010 7:42AM

    Great suggestions and all we can live with.
I bought smaller plates so it looks like I have lots of food - which I do not.
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Holiday Knock Knock Joke

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Knock, knock

Who’s there?

Dexter.

Dexter who?

Dexter halls with boughs of holly.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! HOPE SANTA WAS GOOD TO YOU.

  
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BARBARAJ73 12/26/2010 9:01AM

    I emoticon knock knock jokes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    LOVE IT!

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ANIMALMAGIC 12/25/2010 11:35AM

  emoticon emoticonSanta was VERY good to me - will blog about it when the champagne has worn off! emoticon
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