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It seems as if, as soon as I crawl into bed & settle down, I am immediately cold. When I'm cold, i can't fall asleep. So I spend about 15 min. before going to bed walking in place. I've heard that physical activity before bed is not conducive to sleep, but if I'm cold I can't sleep anyway. A brisk walk in place while doing arm movements (arm circles, shadow boxing, pumping my arms) warms me up, adds 1500-2000 steps to my day, and puts me to sleep rather quickly.
Check out this CNN Money article about "7 banks that are still awesome":
You probably receive hundreds of return address labels in the mail. (I had enough to wallpaper a large room.) While watching TV, I cut my name and address off the labels and then give the remaining images to children in my family or leave them in the break room at work for others to take home. I keep ones I think won't interest them, but pass on images of flags, animals, flowers, and other colorful designs to the kids.
Instead of agonizing over what to eat, stick to this simple strategy: salad topped with grilled chicken, skip the croutons, light dressing on the side, water or unsweetened coffee or tea. Dip the tines of our fork into the dressing to get a taste in each bite. You'll probably eat less than half of the dressing this way. You should easily be able to eat less than 500 calories for the meal while getting your veggies and protein. (click title for more info)
Setting a specific goal for myself helped me to start & continue to lose weight. and motivate me for over a year.
I used to go to the Y 3X/wk & work out with kettlebells at home 3X/wk. Then I hit a plateau. Everyone says that exercising too much can backfire, but I figured if I added to it gradually, it might work. So on days when I didn't go to the Y, I went for a 15 minute "mosey" around the block. Gradually, I added time and walked faster until I was doing a least 30 minutes at a good clip. Then I slowly added a walk... (click title for more)
If you are a member of AARP or know someone who is, check out the August/September 2011 AARP Bulletin for a pull-out section featuring 99 ways to save money. Notbody can do all 99, but I'm sure you will find at least a few you haven't thought of before.
I happened on a web site that offers bridesmaid dresses that can be wrapped and configued in a variety of ways. They come in many colors (to match or coordinate) and you can add many different accessories (flowers, headbands, purses, shawls.) The short version is $140, long $180. I haven't purchased a dress like this for ages, but that seemed like a reasonable price ---and because the dress is so versatile, it could be worn strapless, with one bare shoulder, look like (click title for url)
Make good choices. Ask if you can have an extra vegetable instead of rice, potato or pasta & whole wheat instead of white bread. Most restaurant meals are larger than meals eaten at home, so as soon as a meal is before you, ask for a container to take home the leftovers. But, don't wait to see what is leftover. Immediately divide everything in half. Eat the half left on your plate & take the rest home. One exception is if the vegetable or salad portions are...(click title for more info)