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How to make your resolution stick

1 Jan

Millions of Americans are going to make New Year’s resolutions today. It is no secret that very few of them will stick to their resolution in the first month. Would you like to ensure lasting change as you set your goals for the coming year?

Here are some strategies that will give you the secret edge:

Keep a positive attitude
Be specific about your goals
Be realistic about your goals
Put your resolution in writing
Develop a plan of action
Reward yourself for progress

Happy New Year!

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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It is Christmas Eve

24 Dec

Isaiah 9:6 which says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”


America’s Most Amazingly Energized Woman

21 Dec
This holiday season, the makers of Centrum® multivitamins and Molly Shannon are in search of “America’s Most Amazingly Energized Woman” and need your help!
In celebration of women who live life and love to the fullest by staying healthy and energized, even during the busiest time of the year, Centrum® is kicking off a new contest. 
Visit LoveFeelingHealthy.com to nominate yourself or someone special in your life.  Tell them your secret to maintaining healthy energy levels so you can enjoy the great things the holiday season brings – including friends and family time, giving gifts, hosting parties, and so much more!
How to Participate:
Bloggers who post about “America’s Most Amazingly Energized Woman” and submit their posts and reports by Dec. 17 (11:59 pm EST), there will be a drawing for one of ten $25 Visa Gift Cards (on Dec. 20) plus you’ll get an extra entry and still be eligible for the grand prize.  For those who submit their posts and reports by Dec. 31, you will be eligible for a Grand Prize drawing of one $500 Visa Gift card or a runner-up prize of one of five $50 gift cards
 Click here to log into your Member Home Page and sign up to participate.
Even if you are not a blogger, check out the contest and tell your friends.  Nominate yourself or a friend – it’s a great prize!
Participants are asked to submit 300 words or less that explains how you (or who you nominate) does it all.  Nominations are being accepted until January 2, 2011 (12pm EST).
Five Finalists will be selected and then, from January 17-31, 2011, the public can cast their votes for who should be coinced “America’s Most Amazingly Energized Woman.”
– Grand Prize: $3,000 XPERIENCE DAYS Gift Certificate
– Four (4) Runner-Up Prizes: $400 XPERIENCE DAYS Gift Certificate
XPERIENCE DAYS offers thousands of unique gift experiences nationwide.
Open to US Residents only.  Sweepstakes Rules & Regulations Here.

The Revolve Tour

21 Dec

Awesome music, straight-talking messages, drama, and a ton of fun combine for a 2-day weekend event for teen girls!

Influence a girl for good . . .

You were a teen girl yourself once, remember? You probably had “older” women in your life that you looked up to then. Guess what: you’re one of the people she’s looking up to now. You can be a positive influence by your example and by sharing resources that can help her in a world where so many influences pull at her every day.

Would you join with us in reaching out to her? Invite her to dream, because “God can do anything!” (Luke 1:37 NCV) Take her—and her friends—to The Revolve Tour.

January 21-22 Dallas (Garland), TX Special Events Center
January 28-29 Atlanta (Duluth), GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
February 4-5 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena
February 18-19 Denver, CO Denver Coliseum
February 25-26 Phoenix, AZ U·S Airways Center
March 4-5 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
March 11-12 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
March 18-19 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Event Center
March 25-26 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
April 1-2 Hartford, CT XL Center
April 8-9 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
April 15-16 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena

Join me in losing 5 pounds in 2 weeks with Yoplait!

16 Dec

You could lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks! Beginning Sunday December 26th  join me in quickly dropping those added holiday pounds in just a few steps, along with some tips and a little guidance provided by Yoplait.

  • Replace breakfast and lunch with a Yoplait® Light, a grain and a fruit
  • Eat a sensible dinner rich in lean protein, and your favorite vegetables for snacks
  • Choose 3 additional servings of non-fat dairy, like skim milk
  • Stay active with 30-40 minutes of walking every day

Step 1: What is your motivation?

I myself would like to get a tune up right after the holiday season and get a good start of healthy eating for the new year. What is your motivation?

Step 2: What are your favorite flavors?

Yoplait Light comes in 33 different flavors, From Apple Turnover to Strawberry.
I like to stick to the basic flavors myself (Strawberry, Raspberry) I am a bit of a picky eater sometimes.  What flavors will you choose?

Step 3: View & Print Your Two Week Menu

Develop a sample menu plan or create your own using What to Eat & Do as a guide.
Suggested Recipes
Here is a Printable Tracker that you can create and track your 2 week menu.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Most individuals who want to lose a few pounds can follow the Two Week Tune Up plan. The plan has been tested in healthy, overweight women. As with all weight loss plans, we recommend you consult your health care provider before starting this dietary pattern and exercise plan

Men can follow the Two Week Tune Up plan but should make some changes because of their increased calorie needs.

Kids and teenagers have different health and nutrition needs than adults, so they recommend you consult a health care provider for guidance.

The Two Week Tune Up is designed to help individuals lose weight over a two week period. If you want to lose weight beyond the two weeks see here for more details on how to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

More Answers to FAQ’s here.

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Protecting our children & families from leftover medicine

10 Dec
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Young children are especially at risk for accidental poisoning from medicines left in the home.  Thirty-two percent of child poisoning deaths were caused by someone else’s prescription medication and 26 percent were caused by over-the-counter medications.


Accidental poisoning is not the only risk posed by leftover medicines; prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country. The rates of prescription drug abuse are especially high among teens. In fact, medicine cabinets have become the new “drug dealer” — three out of five teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to get from parents’ medicine cabinets.


So, why not simply toss leftover medicines into the trash or flush them down the toilet? After all, it seems like an easy solution – right? Wrong. Throwing unwanted medicines in the trash or flushing them simply passes them into our waterways and environment. Here in the Pacific Northwest, researchers have found drugs like painkillers, antihistamines, antibiotics, heart medications, and hormones in our environment, potentially impacting our surface, ground and marine waters, in addition to the soils and sediments. Nationally, a wide range of medicines have been found in the drinking water of 24 major metropolitan cities.


It’s time to think of leftover medicine as toxic waste from the home. You don’t put motor oil or batteries in the trash, much less the toilet. And in this case, we are talking about 33 million containers of medicines per year, in our state alone that need to be disposed of in a way that protects our families and the environment! We need to keep these waste medicines out of our drinking water supplies and protect our food chain – especially for our kids.

What is desperately needed is a statewide program with convenient locations where people return their unwanted medicines for disposal in a safe and secure manner. Today, high temperature incineration is the best and safest method for disposing of this type of toxic waste.

The growing volume of leftover medicines is rapidly becoming a very serious issue both in and outside the home. In many Washington counties, communities and taxpayers have stepped up to provide temporary take-back programs. But funding is limited and these programs are only a band-aid measure at best. It’s time we address this issue head on and ask the drug manufacturers who make and profit from these products to help dispose of them. They have the resources, the expertise and the responsibility.

Currently, the pharmaceutical industry runs an average of 80 television commercials an hour in the U.S. Last year in Washington state alone, drug companies spent $487 million on adverting and generated over $4 billion in sales. The latest estimate puts the cost of a medicine take-back program at about one penny per container of medicine. Is it so much to ask that an industry that makes billions pay so little to help protect so many? The cost of doing nothing is enormous – drug addiction, poisonings and pollution.   Just across the border in British Columbia drug manufactures already support and pay for exactly this type of program – why should Washington be any less safe?

To find out what you can do to protect your community, view statistics and get involved visit: www.takebackyourmeds.org and join them on Facebook at TakeBackYourMeds. If you are located outside Washington State you may go online to DisposeMyMeds.org, an online resource to help you to find medication disposal programs at the local independent community pharmacy near you.

One woman’s dental history

8 Dec
Cervical decay on a premolar

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An average has 32 teeth. This woman has 17 whole teeth and 4 partial and she has not even reached her fortieth birthday.

How does this happen to an average educated United States citizen? Well here is the woman’s story: (I am keeping her personal identity private to protect her)

Born to a lower class family no proper dental hygiene given to her as a baby. Slept with a bottle, whole milk not formula. No fluoride was issued and it was not in her cities local water system.

As a toddler several unhealthy snacks were given throughout the day. Dental hygiene was forced yet unsupervised, therefore a proper cleaning routine was not established. No history of dental visits.

In early school years random dentist visits were on the calendar. cavities removed and filled with silver. State benefits did not cover much. At home still no proper dental routine. meals were full of starches and sugars, she had very little nutrition. Milk was either powdered or watered down and only given once a day, not entirely enough to build strong healthy teeth and gums.

The woman recalls a time when she wasn’t yet a teenager and she had an incredible toothache. Her father gave her a shot of whiskey and yanked the tooth out with pliers and various other garage tools. She does not remember much of this day however she pictures her father sanitizing his tools with a lighter and rubbing alcohol.

As a teenager the family became a little better off and she was able to visit the dentist yearly. She also learned how to brush her teeth well. Yet poor diet habits were already formed and she still had very little nutritional value in her daily meals.

She went off to college after graduating from high school.   State benefits ended at the age of 18. Since she worked part time to pay for her part of school and her cost of living she had no dental care.

Married young, still no insurance, however she was able to visit a dentist and pay out of pocket at least every two years. During one of her visits she began treatment for Periodontitis which is  a set of inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontists involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth. This has since been untreated which can lead to the loosening and subsequent  loss of teeth.

Pregnancy of her first child created havoc for her teeth and gums. Chipped teeth, bleeding gums and cavities went untreated while all the finances focused on their child.

An emergency visit to the hospital spurred correct attention to her dental care after a tooth was cracked after her husbands fist knocked it out.

Tho the solution was temporary to both of the cracked teeth. She planned on having it permanently fixed one day, however circumstances changed when she ended up pregnant again and alone. She has had work done on her teeth when her tooth pain cannot be controlled by over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol,  ibuprofen and orajel. A local church connected her with a dentist that temporary fixed the problem however no arrangements for further care were made.

She struggled to provide proper dental care for her children but she made it priority. Her ex- husband and father of her children does not pay dental insurance so the state take cares of it. Her persistence and care of her children’s teeth has been successful for their last dental check-up they had no cavities!

The woman re-married and continues to struggle. After her last pregnancy the temporaries broke and her gums are very sensitive.  She has dental insurance however the funds to cover the co-pays and remainder of the costs is hard to come by.

She brushes and flosses 2-3 times a day however the decay and destruction is so far along she cannot manage to get them healthy on her own. She is now being treated for depression and anxiety which is controlling her long life habit of grinding her teeth. Her diet is well balanced however with very few teeth in the back and sensitive gums eating can sometimes be a challenge.

So what does she do now?

She has a dentist appointment today however she is not sure how she will cover additional costs. Yet she was forced by a toothache to make the call. She has to get this done.

I share this with you for it breaks my heart. She is so full of joy yet unable to smile for she is ashamed at what she looks like. Has our system failed her?

What do you think she should do? What are her options? Is there anything that can help this woman and others like her?

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