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Getting to Sleep
If problems and chores swirl around in your head and keep you from sleeping, keep a "night-night" journal by your bed. Write down things to take care of tomorrow and say "night-night" to it. You won't forget it and it has a place to be other than your head!
I recently "decluttered my closets". I gave away all my big clothes! It was a great feeling. I keep trying to wear them with belts but they never look right. Someone else will get use from them.
While watching a t.v. show, I will stand in the yoga tree pose in order to improve my balance and focus. Sometimes I miss the show because I am so focused!
Time your worrying
When you can't let go of nagging worries, set your timer and give yourself 5 or 10 minutes to worry. Sit and concentrate on worrying. When the timer goes off, you have taken care of worrying about that subject.
Flatout Flatbreads (I get mine at Costco). 100 calories for a really big serving (8 or 9 fiber grams). Use them for wraps, pizzas, quesadillas, home made pita chips - endless possiblities. They really help me get enough fiber.
Give yourself time & have fun with it!
Take some extra time and mess around with this very powerful web site. I am always finding new ways to use it (like making maps of my neighborhood walks!). It is really fun to explore.
Get up without Help
Start working on getting out of your chair or up from the table without using your arms for help. This is essential to keeping your core strong.
Everyone should download "I Like to Move It! Move It!" from Madagascar onto their MP3 player. Nothing makes you feel like moving (and smiling) more than that!
Sunsweet has dark chocolate coated plums. They are yummy, rich and satisfying. The carbs are not bad, fiber is good and the calories are o.k. A serving is 14 pieces. I eat about half that and feel very indulgent!!!!
We freeze everything possible in half cup portions in muffin tins; brown rice, chili, soups, meat sauce, even bran muffins. Once frozen we take them out of the tins and put them into labeled freezer bags. When it's time to use them we just figure how many half cup muffins we need.