• Fourth Time is a Charm

    By Eric Stoudt

    Research shows that New Year’s resolutions almost always fail. My failure point is usually right around the second week of January. In years past I’ve even blown it on New Year’s Day, by piling the roasted pork and mashed potatoes way too high, then dousing the pile with a big scoop of gravy. Other times I would try a “small” piece of each pie on the table to get a sampling. A new thought came to me this year, “My 34th birthday is in February and I’m still wrestling with the same 34 lbs I’ve always battled against.” At the same time, I began hearing public service announcements on the radio giving warnings about obesity and pre-diabetes. I know they were applicable to my situation. This perspective gave me renewed feeling of conviction to do something about it. I’ve always …

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  • Healthy Ways to Deal With Stress

    By Betsy Fick

    I’m kind of a crier.  Ok, that’s an understatement.  I’m really more like a human faucet.  Just ask my husband.  I can cry about anything….something adorable, something sad, just out of sympathy if someone else is crying (even in a movie).  And when I’m stressed?  Well then I can just get weepy. But sitting in a puddle of your own tears when you feel like one more straw and your back will break isn’t exactly the healthiest way to deal with stress…or is it? Honestly, that cry, getting it all out, probably feels really good.  And it’s necessary in a lot of situations.  Well, all situations if you’re me!  But there are also other ways to handle stress that can help you go from a faucet to productive.  Identifying what works for you is essential to these tips, but here …

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  • Treating Your Body Like A Temple

    By Sherri McGaffin

      When I compare myself to where I was last year at this time, I’ve gained some weight. When I compare myself to where I was 10 years ago, I’ve gained A LOT of weight. I have a wider range of sizes in my closet than most stores do. I have read countless books and magazines, attended various support groups and weekly weigh-ins, looked to success stories, and the list goes on and on. I know a lot about losing weight and have actually lost weight in the past. One time I even lost 60 pounds! Unfortunately; however, I gained it all back and then some. It is so frustrating. As my weight has increased, I have noticed that I have developed new health problems and health problems I already had have gotten worse. I have plantar fasciitis that has …

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