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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Necessity of a Vacation

At the turn of the last century, the typical urban dweller worked a 10-18 hour day-children included, at least until child labor laws went into effect.  Taking a vacation or “holiday” was rare. The workaday life of the family farmer was no easier with a seemingly endless work day.  Today, the “average” American employee works a 40-hour work week-or so we’re told.  In reality, most Americans would be thrilled with the prospect of a 40-hour work week.  While many jobs require longer hours, things like commuting, children’s taxi service, errands, personal appointments and daily exercise push most employee work weeks well beyond 40 hours.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Right Weigh to Weigh...In

Life is becoming complicated. Who would've thought there was a right way and a wrong way to do something as simple as weighing yourself?  As is often the case, there's more to this weighing-in than meets the eye.

If the only thing standing between you and physical perfection is the bathroom scale, you're about to discover that the little machine in the corner of your bathroom is no longer the enemy-that is, IF you follow these tips:

  • Weigh yourself only once a week-weighing yourself more often than  that, will make you crazy. When weighing multiple times a week, daily, or worst of all, multiple daily weigh-ins, craziness, is almost guaranteed. The scale reflects normal fluctuations in the amount of water retained in your body cavities, circulatory system and tissues (this is especially true for women, who must contend with monthly dipping and surging estrogen levels leading up to and/or during the menstrual cycle that encourage water retention.)