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Warm-up before bed

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 bris...

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Fed up with bank fees?

Check out this CNN Money article about "7 banks that are still awesome":
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/pf/1110/gallery.best_banks_checking/index.html?iid=EL

Not every one of them will be good for a particular individual, but many offer no ATM fees (or reimburse you for the fees), pay...

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What to do with free return-address labels

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 ke...

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Weighing corn on the cob

Instead of cutting the corn off the cob, weigh your corn on the cob, eat the corn, weigh the leftover cob, subtract. Then you'll know exactly how much you've eaten. (I weigh in grams for accuracy.)

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Simple Fast-food or Restaurant Strategy

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...

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Set a goal

Setting a specific goal for myself helped me to start & continue to lose weight. and motivate me for over a year.

I had lived out of the country for a while. When I left I was VERY skinny.

Over the intervening 40 yrs. I had gained 110 lbs. I wanted to go back for a visit, so I set ...

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Breaking a plateau

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. Gradua...

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99 ways to save money

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.

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Versatile bridesmaid/prom
/party
dresses

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 purchas...

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Restaurant survival guide

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 wha...

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