Whether you love to travel or not,the most efficient way to get from here to way over there is via flight. Not on the wings of an eagle, rather via a small seat in a crowded plane that is filled with airborne germs.
Until scientists have figured out how to ‘beam us up, Scottie,’ here follows a list of useful hints that MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE – or – at the very least make your flight more comfortable.
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I’ve been paying close attention to the news coverage of this primary season and listening to the pundits pontificate on the same points over and over again.
They talk of exit polls as they do the breakdown dance of statistics in a variety of ways. Male, female, white, African American, Latino, the boomer vote, the youth vote, economic groups, blue collar, white collar, high school graduates, college graduates, religious affiliation. You name it. They have a statistic on how the group of the moment votes. And how about the debates?
The candidates have been asked questions ranging from the heavy topic of war to questions about the wearing of lapel pins. However, I’ve yet to hear the candidates queried on their position on trans-fats or high fructose corn syrup. Not one word about the obesity problem in this country. Who will get the FAT Vote?
How will those of us who have experienced the ups and downs of the scales of injustice cast our vote? When and where will the FAT Debate take place?
Before I ask the candidates the hard questions, let’s look at the statistics. The Stats.
58 million Americans are overweight; 40 million obese; 3 million morbidly obese
78% of Americans are not meeting basic activity level recommendations
25% completely sedentary
76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-50 years old since 1990 What is the cost of overweight and obesity?
Total Cost: $117 billion
Direct Cost: $61 billion
Indirect Cost: $56 billion The cost of lost productivity related to obesity among Americans age 17 to 64 is $3.9 billion.
Workdays lost: $39.3 million
Physician office visits: $62.7 million
Restricted-activity days: $239 million
Bed-days: $89.5 million And now, some weighty questions for our candidates.
How much happiness is enough? Are we too happy? Am I too happy? (Something new for me to fret over; add to my list of neuroses.)A recent and interesting study, which caught my happy eye, published in December in the journal of Perspectives on Psychological Science indicates that â€“ on the one hand – the happiest individuals in their four studies went on to have lower levels of income, academic achievement, and job satisfaction than did people who say that were only â€œmoderatelyâ€ happy.On the other hand, those who experienced the highest levels of happiness had more friends, felt more centered, balanced and stable, were successfully in a long-term relationship, and were more likely to give unto others (i.e. volunteer).According to Shigehiro Oishi, one of he authorâ€™s of this study, those who exhibit moderate amounts of happiness strive for more, something better. It fuels them to move forward. However, when one reaches their highest level of happiness, there may be a moment when they look at their partners as less than ideal. Perhaps, they think, there is something better out there! From this â€˜happy idiotâ€™ to you: Itâ€™s NOT BAD to be happy! While it is true that it is a challenge to maintain â€˜10â€™sâ€™ in all areas of your life simultaneously, I do believe we can learn strategies to manage it all and have it all. Donâ€™t worry. Be happy. What do you think about happiness? How happy are you? And if youâ€™re not happy, are you now happy to know that it might not be such a bad thing???? Twist your mind around that! Leave a comment below and visit the Kick in the Tush Club community to discuss amongst yourselves.
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As I was sippin' my morning mega-mug a' joe (more than a cup for me, please), I remembered one of my all time favorite yum-delicious smoothies and whipped up a blender full. There’s enough here for at least 2 people, so if you are in the neighborhood, come on over (before I over do it!) … and if not, please whip up a batch at your home and share the experience with me. A Buzz-Makin’ Banana Coffee Smoothie
2 small frozen bananas (I toss over-ripe bananas into the freezer. Good to have on hand.)
1-1/2 cups no-fat or low-fat milk
1 (8oz.) container no-fat or low-fat coffee yogurt
1 buzz-worthy teaspoon instant coffee
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 packets artificial sweetener or raw sugar or brown sugar or honey or healthiest choice available (yes, I know that artificial sweetener is not good for me)
dash nutmeg Directions:
Combine frozen bananas, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender container. Cover and blend till smooth. To serve, pour into glasses.
If you want to get fancy, garnish with fresh banana slices and a coffee bean!
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Kick in the Tush Tuesday: The One-Minute Vacation! I am fairly certain that the most underutilized resource we have is our imagination, which is why I invite you to imagine. Imagine a one minute vacation!
Imagine what it might be like to live in a world where there is no internet, no computer, no iPhone, no iPad, no Microsoft tablet, no YouTube
Eat This: Lose Weight - Divinely Pious Pears Positively divine and delicious, these pious pears will delight your taste buds as well as light up your olfactory system. An Our Lady of Weight Loss 5-yum favorite!
Divinely Pious Pears
2 large ripe pears
1/2 cup white wine
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Rejoice, Your Motivation Is in the Toilet? This morning, one of my star clients (you’re all stars) confessed that she was having a difficult time keeping her focus, determination, commitment and motivation up front and central to her day. Who amongst us hasn’t felt that way from time to time?
With that in mind, I’d like to off
"Janice Taylor is a 'kooky genius'" ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
Janice Taylor is a Weight Loss Coach and Certified Hypnotist, author, artist and motivational speaker. She is the author of Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal and All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss's 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville (publication date May 15, 2008). Janice is also the creator of the popular e-newsletter Kick in the Tush Club and a 50-pound big-time-loser.