Recent content by Sam_C

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    Animals and Health

    There is nothing like coming home to my sweet dog, Tab. Her big smile, crazy hair and excited shrieks are a wonderful antidote to negative human interactions, the news (which tends to be awful) and the stack of bills waiting in my mailbox. She is affectionate and protective, and even though she...
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    Moving to a new place and building routine

    Congratulations on your new opportunity, katz91! You must be so excited. Getting into a regular routine may require trial and error. When I first started exercising, I scheduled my workouts in the morning and writing at night. Unfortunately, the pool was too crowded in the a.m. I wasted up to an...
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    Losing my passion

    Having transitioned to writing full-time, I'm no stranger to self-doubt. I doubt my ability to write, and to transform this venture into a viable business. It’s been hard. But when I find myself spiraling (the path my doubt tends to take), I do the following: 1. Take a break. It sounds simple...
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    Weight Managament

    shelbyk – I like what you said about mindfulness. A big part of keeping my weight under control is to pause and think before and during my meals. Dessert sounds great, but am I still hungry? My eyes say yes, but is my tummy on board? I may want that piece of cake, but do I really need it? If I’m...
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    Relationship "Rules"

    My husband and I make a point not to raises our voices at each other. That’s not to say we don’t argue – all couples do. But, it’s important to us that we don’t allow our disagreements to escalate to the point of yelling or screaming. By staying in control, we’re able to hear one another; to...
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    Coping with Social Anxiety (Parties are Painful)

    I am married to a very social man who likes to go out and enjoy the company of others. I want to join him, but my anxiety gets in the way. I have a hard time in group settings – large and small. I clam up and want to leave. My husband doesn’t understand it. He tells me that I'm funny, smart and...
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    Finish my books

    I hear you, bjfdaisy72. I can’t tell you how many times I've started my “novel” only to put it away after the first 10,000 words. I have the time to finish it, but seem to always lose steam. An online writing class or circle is a wonderful idea. I could really use the support and feedback, and...
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    Advice for kicking a sugar habit

    I am with bmcd16 on this one. Quitting cold turkey is tough and probably not necessary. You can still enjoy the sugar, but in smaller amounts. I LOVE chocolate, but eating an entire bar at once is out of the question. Instead, I will snap off a small piece every night over the course of a week...
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    Swimming: Strengthens AND Soothes

    For me, nothing works out my ENTIRE body – mind, body and soul – like swimming. It’s meditative, works my muscles and mellows me out. Best of all, it gives my body a much-needed break from gravity, which in mid-life, can start to take its toll. It’s the only workout I’ve managed to stick with...
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    Foods for the Brain

    I’ve read that wild salmon is also a great memory-booster and helps support overall brain health. Even better, it’s a quick and easy meal for busy weeknights. I season each fillet with salt, pepper and cayenne, and sear them (flesh-side down) in a piping-hot, oven-friendly pan. After a few...
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    Staying Positive When You Feel Frustrated

    I used to be a gold-medal brooder. Minor frustrations would often lead to full-on, day-long meltdowns. I eventually came to realize that my moods were holding me hostage. I was losing hours, sometimes days, sweating the small stuff. Now, when I feel my frustration getting out of hand, I stop...
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    Trying to Save More, Spend Less

    I’ve been trying to rein in my spending – eating out less, canceling memberships and subscriptions, and steering clear of online stores (confession -- I'm an Amazon addict). I haven't bought a coffee in weeks. The goal? To beef up my savings account and pay down my debt. I realize that cutting...

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