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TIME-OUT

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Resolve to take a 30-second time out.

To lower your blood pressure, stress levels and risk for heart disease, you could take up kickboxing, make over your diet and start training for your first half-marathon. Or you could simply learn to breathe better by meditating. When you're stressed, simply take a deep breath in through your nose (so deep that both your chest and abdomen expand), slowly counting to four as you inhale. Pause for a few seconds, then purse your lips and exhale VERY SLOWLY through your mouth, counting backward from four to one. Repeat this a few times, then return to what you were doing.

This breathing exercise can make you feel better in 30 seconds. Plus, it teaches your body a better way to respond to high-pressure situations so stress can take less of a toll in the future.

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CRAFTYKRF 1/5/2011 10:06PM

    Thank you for reminding me that it is ok to take some time and breathe. emoticon

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MOM4407 1/5/2011 9:01PM

    Ok right now 30 sec deep breathing.
Wow I really do feel better,
Thanks.

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KEEKEE1ST 1/5/2011 11:43AM

    I breathe deeply and roll my head to stretch my neck to help with stress.

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LLLAWSON 1/5/2011 8:23AM

    I always like to take 10 deep breaths when I'm stressed. It helps.

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/5/2011 7:09AM

  Good advice we can all use! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 1/5/2011 7:06AM

    It already worked for me! Good morning Judy! Thanks for reminding me to breathe!!! emoticon

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Some Funnies & Some Interestings

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

What has more lives than a cat?
A frog—it croaks every single night!

How many angels can fit in a Honda?
All of them. For it is written: “All of my angels shall sing my praises in one Accord.”

SOME RANDOM FACTS ABOUT JANUARY 1
• All racehorses’ birthdays are officially recorded as January 1. (Only their age in years counts.)

• Fidel Castro led a successful Communist overthrow of Cuba’s government on January 1, 1959.

• Two early American icons were both born an January 1: Betsy Ross (1752), purported to have created the first American flag, and Paul Revere (1735).

• Of the 34 college football bowl games played at the end of the season, only five are played on New Year’s Day. (It just feels like more.)

A RANDOM ORIGIN
READER’S DIGEST
In 1914 DeWitt Wallace was in a French hospital recovering from injuries sustained in World War I. Bored and having nothing to read, Wallace got an idea: a pocket-size anthology of short articles on a variety of topics written in basic, easy-to-understand English. When he got back to the United States, he approached several publishers with his idea. They all rejected it. So in 1922, he printed 5,000 copies of his magazine himself. He sold them all (at 25 cents each), and the popularity of Reader’s Digest grew quickly. By 1926, just four years after starting, the magazine had a circulation of 40,000. Today, it’s about 17 million worldwide.


TUESDAY IS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE DAY OF THE WORK WEEK.

  
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MOM4407 1/4/2011 1:29PM

    Love it. I passed some of them on.

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MRSUKYANKEE 1/4/2011 8:28AM

    Thanks...cool info!

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CARMEL466 1/4/2011 7:25AM

    Made me laugh this morning.. love it! Thank you. Have a great day.

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SWEAT BEFORE BED

Monday, January 03, 2011

Question - Does exercise help you sleep better or keep you up at night?

Answer - Go ahead, sweat before bed. It's true that if your body is aroused, you won't sleep as well, but that goes away within 10 or 20 minutes after a workout. Exercise reduces blood pressure and lessens anxiety. Another reason shut-eye and sweat mix: More than half the weight lost in 14 days by dieters who slept about 7-1/2 hours a night was fat, but when they clocked about 2 hours less a night, they lost significantly less fat in a month.

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CARMEL466 1/3/2011 8:31AM

    Thank you for the tip. I'm a morning person but could use a short workout in the evening also.

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LLLAWSON 1/3/2011 8:20AM

    Also a good reminder of how important sleep is. Thanks for sharing.

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ANIMALMAGIC 1/3/2011 7:12AM

  Sounds good to me! Back to 5am starts for me as from tomorrow so will have to keep reminding myself of this! emoticon

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ANGELOO29 1/3/2011 7:10AM

    Good reminder

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FESTIVAL OF SLEEP

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Tomorrow, January 3rd, is Festival of Sleep Day, and boy, do we all need a solid night of rest! Scientists now know that sleep is essential to memory - your brain uses those hours to arrange memories so you can better recall key emotional moments.

Other good reasons to put in the pillow time: People who skimp on sleep show elevated levels of inflammation (a risk factor for heart disease and stroke) and crave higher-calorie foods because of hormone imbalances.

Good sleep = Good health!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/2/2011 7:38PM

    WOW, I wonder if that is really true. It sounds pretty good to me.

Either way, have an awesome day!

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MOM4407 1/2/2011 6:39PM

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I started today.

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SYLVIALYNN2 1/2/2011 9:09AM

    I made the connection years ago. My exhusband would want me to stay up with him at night. I realized that I often substituted quick cookies and carbs when what I really needed was sleep. Went from 107 to 165 before the divorce. Lost to 135 but with new hubby gained up to 215. I am still married to hubby #2 but am now taking care of myself and my goal for this year is to release the last 60 pounds. Part of the plan is to ensure 8 hours of restful sleep.

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Positive Mantra

Saturday, January 01, 2011

When you feel self-pity, wishing you were a smaller size, make up a positive mantra to counter it, like "I am strong. I shine."

Thinking positive really works. When you think you can do something, you are already half-way to success!

I find when I am walking, if I visualize myself arriving at my destination, it seems like I get there in no time at all!

Try it!

  
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ANIMALMAGIC 1/2/2011 6:15AM

  Great advice - I will try this!

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CLECTIC-WANDRER 1/1/2011 10:33PM

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I post little index cards with motivational saying on them around the house from time to time. That way I find them randomly and it adds a little happy to my day.
I am a big believer in positive affirmations and mantras.

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MOM4407 1/1/2011 6:50PM

    Positive self talk is so important.
I use the TOPS Pledge as my mantra

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/1/2011 5:25PM

    Ah, good wisdom to start 2011 with.

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