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    Thank you for the ideas.
  • Great suggestions to use as is or to modify for personal use.
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  • This was a poorly thought out and poorly written article. Why because it speaks in absolutes and it makes them seem like they are achievable for EVERYONE. They are not. No one should ever carry snacks in their car - a moment's distraction causes an accident. I've been hit by a "healthy muncher" who wasn't paying attention to the road. I could exercise vigorously until I drop and I will never shed a drop of sweat. I don't sweat. Thankfully I learned this early - all I will do is overheat and then I will drop and be sick for days. As for the folks who are too busy to ... you fill in the blanks. You are only too busy if you let yourself get too busy. Say no. Kids don't need an organized activity every single day of the week. Begin by saying NO. Then completely UNPLUG at least 2 hours every evening. You don't need TV or your phone every waking minute. Only eat at the table. Avoid fast food and chain restaurants. None of it is good for you. Life is only complicated if you let it run you instead of choosing to live it.
    "Set up a bedtime routine and stick with it; this will help trigger your brain and body to prepare for rest."

    This is so true!

    Since using the bedtime setting on my Fitbit, and USING IT...I am sleeping better.
    The "alarm" goes off at 9:30pm which is my signal to turn off the computer AND phone, shower (lukewarm water) brush teeth, and get ready for bed at 10:00pm
    Some nights it helps, others it doesn't but the consistency is what matters!
  • Mindless munching changing to snack planning (fruits &
  • The article had good advice. I just had one problem with the "treating yourself". All the treats required spending money. I would have added free things to the treats such as a weekend camping trip away from people or go visit your favorite aunt that you haven't seen in years if possible. Little things can be free.
  • I can't seem to figure out which is better...wake up at 5:30 and get in a workout, or forego exercise for sleep. I lose an hour of sleep when I wake up to work out & my schedule is literally so tight that I don't have that 5 extra minutes to add each night. I run around until midnight, then pass out.

    So, my question continues to be...sleep or exercise? It sounds like it would be easy to have both, but as a full-time, working mother, I would love to know where I could find that extra time.
  • I've tried the sleeping advice and finally got my sleep pattern down - almost. The problem I have is when the time changes. So, to combat that, I change my bed and wake up time to stay the same. In the summer I get up at 6:30am, and in the winter, I get up at 7:30am. Seems to be working. P.S. I'm retired.
  • Sleep, no sleep, sleep, no sleep, sleep, no sleep. Kind of gets me tired just thinking about it. This camper defiantly skimps on sleep. The pay off for skimping is I end up not having enough strength to eat right, exercise, and plan. Sooooo, this was a great article for me to read.
  • This was such a boost for me. I've been on the vicious, self-defeating cycle of good habits that go bad within a few weeks. I'm back on track now, but after reading this article, I have a more strategic means of staying on track and reaching my fitness goals. Thanks so much!
  • The thing I really like about this article is that it got me thinking. When I read something like this I rarely agree with everything that is written. However, I typically find something that encourages me to try something new, think of something differently, or find comfort in knowing that others share in many of my struggles. While the suggestions for more zzZZzzzZzs won't help this insomniac sleep easier tonight, I can replace those sad (most likely rancid) almonds that have been in my glove compartment for months. This just goes to show that knowing and doing often show different parties! I need to see that they hang out together a little more often...heading to the garage right now!
  • I started at the beginning with the first assumption made in the article and was frustrated by the end. I loved veggies as a child. My sleep has always been an issue, all my life, yet I am told "just do yoga" or some other foolish thing. I've tried it all, my sleep continues to be messed up. I was very active as a child, as a teen, as a young adult and didn't change until my metabolism really messed up in my late thirties. Metabolic diseases are highly under-researched and easily dismissed yet they cause more damage than anyone realizes. Trust me when I say, after my gut healed (IBD), I was celebrating that I could eat veggies again.
  • Just started to change my eating habits today. I will eat smaller portions, healthier foods, no seconds, and make myself walk on that treadmill that has been gathering dust this past year. I need to do this to feel good about myself again.
    I am 70 years old and a professional dieter just not a professional loser. I have put on about 40 lbs in the last two years due to A-Fib, Planters Fasciitis, and knee problems. My Dr. is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist (for A-Fib) and our primary doctor both recommended cutting carbohydrates.
    We started this new way of eating since Dec 26 for a jump start but want to get into a long term habit. I have talked about diets for years. I now have a renewed since of focus and need to prove myself. I quit smoking on 7-24-07 at 10PM (who is counting?) I can do this to help with AFib, blood pressure, knee, and heel.

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