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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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    What are your favorite M-F smart snacks?

    Too often during my work week, I find myself reaching for a donut, or a rich, sweet coffee (one of those complicated caramel thingys). While delicious, they’re murder on my waistline. I’d like to have some healthy go-to snacks ready for when I’m feeling peckish between meals. What do you stock...
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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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    Workout motivation techniques??

    I motivate myself with the promise of a little pampering on the back end. I stock my shower at home with my favorite soaps and shampoos, and fill the bathroom drawer with yummy lotions and potions. I also bought a soft, plush bathrobe to lounge around in post-shower. I like the idea of coming...
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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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    What's your favourite thing about yourself?

    I strive to be open-minded during every interaction. It is so easy to judge and jump to conclusions. But, when I listen to others with an open heart and mind, I learn so much more. I see the world through different eyes, beauty in different things, and find hope in dark places. Keeping an open...
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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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    Do you have some routines that instantly get you in the right mood?

    When I am feeling anxious or things seem chaotic, I stop whatever I am doing and do a quick clean around the house. Nothing major – no mops or vacuums. But, I’ll make the bed, put away my clothes and fill up the dishwasher. Also, sweeping the floor is oddly meditative. Picking up the house gives...
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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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    Do you have a special place that makes you complete?

    My special place is Dodger Stadium. I love everything about it. The greener-than-green grass. The sweeping views of the San Gabriel mountains. The sea of fans in Dodger blue. There is nothing quite like kicking back with a Dodger dog as the sun sets below the upper deck. Or the simple pleasure...
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    What is the best thing that happened to you today?

    I’m anything but a morning person, so it was nice to wake up to my puppy sitting in front of my face, mouth hanging open in a big smile. Between her smile and rock star hair, I couldn’t help but laugh. She curled up with me for a few more minutes before nudging me out of bed. I got up a half...

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