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Get off the Treadmill I don’t mean literally to get off the treadmill. I am referring to the “treadmill of life.” Unlike the treadmill for exercise, the “treadmill of life” can often be harmful to our physical and emotional well-being. When the day-in, day-out lists of chores, to do’s, and seemingly endless emails, texts and phone calls become your life, it is time to regroup and get some balance and perspective. How do you accomplish that when it feels like you can’t stop or your world will fall apart? My suggestion is - just stop. Meet a friend for a movie in the middle of the day. Stay in your PJs all day and say “no” to technology. Take a trip. Get a massage. Just take yourself out of the typical day and put yourself in a place where you can break free from your daily routine. It may be for an hour, a day or weeks, but just do it. For years I have wanted to visit Australia but have been saying “I don’t have time” or “it is not in my budget right now.” Motivated by the desire to see my son who has been living in Australia and knowing he would not be home for the holidays, I bravely made my move. The day before Thanksgiving I flew 24 hours to Sydney. It was so liberating and refreshing to get away and look at things from another vantage point. While you don’t have to be on the other side of the world, it is important to take a break. Getting off the “treadmill of life” can be as simple as getting on the treadmill at the gym. So, take a second and regroup. It’s time to regain balance with a new perspective in the New Year. All the best,
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Get the motivation and knowledge you need to kick off your new year at Tammy Stokes’ Live Your Healthiest Life event on Jan. 13 from noon to 2:30 p.m. This one-day event includes cooking demos, weight loss secrets, stress reduction advice, beauty secrets, fitness techniques and more. This event will be held at West Coast Workout studio in Buckhead. The cost to attend the event is $100. Details: (404) 467-0602, www.westcoastworkout.com
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Not knowing exactly how your child’s school cafeteria prepares their lunch might be detrimental to their health. The EVOS Healthy School Lunch Program is an easy way for parents, camps and schools to make sure children are eating healthy and enjoying it. From the air-baked chicken wrap to the all-natural beef hot dog, kids are sure to find something they like. EVOS also has healthy choices for vegetarians.
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Challenge Yourself The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and “The Biggest Loser” have partnered in The Biggest Loser Challenge this month. From Jan. 8 – March 7, 2013, this program will equip participants with proper workout routines, nutrition and weight management. The person who loses the most percentage of pounds will receive a two-night stay at the King and Prince Resort on St. Simon’s Island. Program fees are $202 for MJCCA members and $252 for non-members.
Local Pilates teachers looking to expand their knowledge should attend the Pilates on Tour event on Feb. 1-3. Learn new modalities, new moves and hands-on tools to help improve your practice. Master Pilates instructors Leslie Clayton, Sara Sammons-Ulmer and Donna Riley from Body Awareness Studios will be presenting at the conference. A one-day pass is $295. Details: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta, GA, (877) 745-2837, www.pilates.com
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These days, soy is in everything from milk to beauty products. Now in candle form, these products by the SOI Company help keep skin naturally hydrated. Once melted, the soy oil doubles as a skin moisturizer. These candles burn clean and don’t emit harmful toxins into the air. They also burn 40 percent longer than regular wax candles. $26 Details: www.TheSoiCo.com
Improve skin this winter with Earth Balance Biodynamic Body Infusion Massage Oil. Using pure ingredients like vitamin E, peach kernel, coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oils, skin is left feeling hydrated and renewed. This light oil is scented with a fresh hint of lime and bergamot. $49
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Keep your nails and cuticles hydrated and super soft with the water-based, natural Nail Polish Moisturizer by Acquarella. The hydrating formula also includes natural amino acid sodium PCA to rejuvenate skin and lock in moisture. Soothing aloe vera and green tea refresh tired and damaged skin while vitamin C nourishes. $11.95 Details: www.acquarellapolish.com
Get dry skin under control with Butter Cream Healing Salve by Suki. This multi-functional balm is great for rough spots on feet and elbows and leaves a non-greasy feel on the skin. Made from fair trade cocoa butter, lavender and 100 percent pure essential oils, this cream is sure to keep skin moisturized and hydrated during the winter. $28 Details: RAW Bronzing Studio, 280 Elizabeth St. NE, Atlanta, GA, (770) 683-8267, www.rawbronzingstudio.com
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Give dry hair and nails an internal boost with the all-in-one supplement, GNC Women’s Hair, Skin and Nails Formula. Packed with lutein for healthy skin, gelatin and amino acids for strong nails and biotin, it even defends against aging with tons of free radical fighting antioxidants. $19.99 Details: Your local GNC store, www.gnc.com
Pick of the Month Growing up in Hawaii and Arizona meant I spent a lot of time outdoors. Naturally, I was thrilled when I discovered a new product line that uses ingredients indigenous to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Sia Botanics Prickly Pear Collection uses the cactus’ antioxidants to fight free radical damage. I never imagined that one day prickly pear would be touted as the next pomegranate or acai nature cure. Its juice and seed oil contains high levels of betalains, a class of superantioxidants that help reduce inflammation and speed cellular turnover. These anti-aging products do not contain sulfates or skin-irritating fragrances and the company is passionate about skin care. The collection contains five products for just $100. www.siabotanics.com Jessica Dauler For more info visit www.bestselfconnect.com For more info on Jessica visit www.jessicashops.com
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You don’t have to be rich or famous to stay on a private island. Just three hours away from Atlanta, Reed Bingham State Park offers a uniquely fun place to relax, exercise and soak up the sun. This recently opened camping area is located on Eagle Island, a small tract of land in the middle of the park’s 375-acre lake. Campers can reach this private island by paddling just 15 minutes from a dock in the main state park. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent from the park or you can bring your own. Surrounded by trees, the Eagle Island campsite offers shade and privacy from nearby boaters and onlookers. Although small, the island comfortably fits up to 30 campers. There are also grills and picnic tables available to cook up a feast. Try fishing, go swimming or explore the hiking trails.
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For those who enjoy a more modern campground, simply stay on the mainland where hot showers and bathrooms are available. Whether on the campgrounds of Reed Bingham State Park, or on Eagle Island, you are sure to have a wonderful outdoor adventure. Reed Bingham State Park will host several events next month including a Georgia Arbor Day celebration on Feb. 9 with native tree planting, educational programs and tree crafts. Then on Feb. 16 there will be a Backyard Bird Count where bird watchers of all ages can participate. Bingham State Park’s new Eagle Island campsite is $60, and rental canoes or kayaks are $25 for the duration of stay. Reservations are required. Details: 542 Reed Bingham Road, Adel, GA, (229) 896-3551, (800) 864-7275, www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/ReedBingham
Take the Plunge Soar to new heights at 120 mph from 14,000 feet in the air. Get a bird’s eye view of Georgia for the first time with Skydive Georgia. Don’t worry about opening the parachute on time, as the professionals at Skydive Georgia will accompany first-time skydivers. Tandem skydiving is the most popular form of skydiving for first-timers. Divers will freefall for about 70 seconds, then enjoy a smooth-sailing canopy ride for seven to nine minutes. Strap up and feel the excitement and adrenaline rush through your body as you explore the atmosphere. Details: 493 Airport Road, Cedartown, GA, (770) 684-3483, www.skydivegeorgia.com/first-skydive
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Teamwork in the Trees Thrill-seekers can gear up for some exciting fun at Serenbe’s newly opened challenge course. This attraction offers visitors a chance to foster teamwork, leadership, problemsolving and communication. The course offers nine different levels of zip lines and various teambuilding exercises. Whether you’re looking for an activity to unite your employees and colleagues or just want to have fun, try zipping through Serenbe. $49 per participant. Details: 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills, GA, (770) 463-2610, www.serenbeinn.com/thecourse.html www.bestselfconnect.com
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2013 PT Solutions Resolution Run 5K & 10K
Jan. 1 / 10:30 a.m. This family-friendly event includes a One Mile Fun Run that is open to all and begins at 10:30 a.m. The Resolution Run begins at 11 a.m. All 5K and 10K participants will receive a long-sleeve shirt. 1990 Vaughn Road, Kennesaw, GA, www.atlantatrackclub.org
Atlanta Ballet’s Cinderella
Jan. 4 – 6 Bring the kids and enjoy the tale of Cinderella told through the beautiful art of ballet. Tickets are $10-$55. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth, GA, www.gwinnettcenter.com
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Jan. 4 Enter the enchanting world of monarch butterflies at Fernbank Museum. This IMAX movie runs 44 minutes. (404) 929-6400, www.fernbankmuseum.org
Shen Yun Performing Arts
Jan. 5 – 6 Experience the essence of traditional Chinese culture through exquisite classical dance, storytelling and theatre.Tickets range from $79-$331. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, GA, www.cobbenergycentre.com
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Jan. 11 / 1- 4 p.m. Body Awareness Studio is offering this special detox program. Sign up by Jan. 1 and receive a free personal assessment from Elica Woodford, the Detox Advisor. $97 www.thedetoxadvisor.com
Discover The Night Sky: How To Buy & Use A Telescope
Jan. 11 / noon Explore the stars and galaxies beyond with a telescope you’ve put together yourself. Hitson Memorial Activities Center, 85 Mt. Vernon Cir., Dunwoody, GA, www. nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club
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Jan. 13 / 8 p.m. Listen to Pink Floyd favorites played by one of the oldest U.S. Pink Floyd tribute bands. Tickets are $20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA, www.variety-playhouse.com
Blue Man Group
Jan. 15 – 20 The theatrical tour features classic Blue Man moments as well as brand new content.Tickets range from $25-$65. Special group rates for 10 or more are available by calling (404) 881-2000.The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, www.FoxATLTix.com, (855) 285-8499
A King Celebration Concert
Jan. 17 / 8 p.m. Join Robert Spano, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Morehouse College and Spelman College Glee clubs for a musical sensation. MLK Chapel, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA, www.atlantasymphony.org
Explore Puppetry Series: Tabletop Theatre
Jan. 21 / 7 - 9 p.m. Learn tabletop puppetry, a variation of Bunraku (traditional Japanese puppetry). Tickets are $30 and $15 for the general public, and $20 and $10 for members. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA, www.puppet.org
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Jan. 25 – 31 Experience the award-winning classic Broadway musical,The Producers.Tickets are $25-$65. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, www.foxtheatre.org www.bestselfconnect.com
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A Lifelong Struggle As the daughter of an army colonel, Carney spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. “I was born in Alaska, but we moved every couple of years,” she explains. “I lived in Germany for six years, but my weight problem really started when we moved back to Georgia in first grade. By then I was the poster child for childhood obesity.” Her sedentary lifestyle didn’t help matters either. “When we came back from Germany, I became fascinated with TV commercials, variety shows and Sesame Street,” she says. “I watched a lot of television, which contributed to my weight issue. But I always had a love for it (television). My dad’s father said I should be in news because I love telling stories.”
All Roads Lead to Atlanta While Carney attended Georgia State University as a Music Industry major, she took an internship at Motown Records. It was during this time that she also began taking acting classes. “Because I worked in marketing at the label, I was able to market myself,” she says. “I specialized in TV commercials. I was in my twenties when I decided I really liked TV more than any other medium.” While her acting career would eventually take her to New York and Los Angeles, Carney always felt a connection to the Peach State. “For some reason I’m always drawn to Atlanta when I need to regroup,” she says. “In terms of career, I’m an Atlanta-made career girl. I learned the ropes here, and got all the tools I needed to go to New York and LA to work in television.”
But slowly, the reality began to set it for the young actress. “At one point, I was getting sent home from jobs because I couldn’t fit in the clothes since I lied on my size card,” she says. “Then I started having back problems - when I stood up, my back hurt.” Carney was back in LA when she finally went to see a doctor. “When the nurse weighed me, I expected it to say 160 because I was wearing socks,” she says with a laugh. “Then it went to 240. I thought something was wrong with the scale. Then I had a moment of whoa, isn’t that what heavyweight boxers weigh? Why don’t I know I weigh 240 pounds?”
The Aha Moment In addition to her weight gain, Carney had noticed some other alarming symptoms that she couldn’t explain. “I was losing too much hair, my cycle was erratic, my skin wasn’t like it used to be and I was putting on more weight in my midsection,” she says. “I wasn’t putting the symptoms together, but the doctor diagnosed me with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).” After performing an ultrasound, that doctor determined that Carney had 30 to 40 cysts on each ovary. He promptly put her on medication to control her PCOS, but Carney would also need to get a handle on her weight if she had any hope of regaining control of her health. “On my way home I stopped at a gas station and had an ‘aha’ moment,” she says. “I was debating over which gas type to use, and then I asked myself, ‘How do I spend more time debating over the fuel I put in my car than the fuel I put in my body?’”
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So she armed herself with diet books to educate herself on healthy eating. Then a friend gave her a copy of “Make the Connection” by Bob Greene, and it was this message that really resonated with her. “He had Oprah work out twice a day, and I thought, if she can do it, I can do it.” (In a fun twist of fate, Carney met Greene years later when he was promoting a new book at CNN. She shared her story with Greene, who shared it with producers at “Oprah.” In 2004, Carney was invited to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to tell her story). Instead of setting a lofty goal that would just overwhelm her, Carney began small. “I wanted to hit one goal every day, so at first I just committed to going to the gym twice a day. That’s it. I would walk through the front doors, be in the space for a minute, and leave. But I’d met my goal.” And it wasn’t long before one goal led to another. “By the fourth day, I set a new goal of one minute on treadmill,” she says. “That was a minute more than I did the day before, which meant I’d hit a new goal. On day eight, I added two minutes, then four. Soon my body became acclimated to it, and it wasn’t as overwhelming as going from zero to 60.”
A New Game Plan “I wasn’t tracking my weight closely at that time, but I’m guessing I lost 30 to 40 pounds,” she says. “Once I’d lost 50 pounds, I went back to New York, thinking I would work even more. But when I walked into my agents’ office, all of their faces fell.” Carney was typically cast in the “chubby girl” parts, and now that she was 190 pounds, they said she wasn’t going to get roles anymore. But Carney was feeling better, and she knew intuitively that she was doing the right thing. “By the time I was down 90 pounds, I went to a new doctor who looked at my PCOS,” she says. “All of my tests – cholesterol, blood pressure, cycle – looked better. That attention to health wasn’t as hard as I would have ever thought it was.” So instead of continuing with her acting pursuits, Carney switched gears and took her career in another direction.
Paying it Forward “After I reached my goal, I thought maybe I could help someone else, so I bought the domain www.theweighwewere.com and shared my story there,” she says. “Then I started getting emails from women from all over the world who also had PCOS. So I built another site, www.soulcysters.com, to encourage more women to tell their stories.” The site started growing, and Carney knew she was on to something. During this time, she went back to LA where she would write for six TV shows in three years, including one show for Discovery Health. As she built a reputation as a health reporter, Carney caught the attention of producers at CNN. They offered her the position of medical anchor, and once again, she was back in Atlanta.
A Life In Balance After losing 90 pounds, Carney quickly learned that keeping the weight off would be just as challenging as taking it off. “It’s not fair to say I hit my goal weight and stayed there,” she says. “Once I got to CNN, I put 50 pounds on again because my life was out of balance. But this time I knew how to take it off.” Today a big challenge is maintaining healthy habits around her long workdays at GPB. “In TV, I don’t have a nine to five day, so the challenge is not letting my lifestyle throw me off balance,” she says. “I’ll travel with a jump rope and get in four minutes at the hotel, or I’ll do some push-ups and squats. And I’ve started wearing a pedometer. It’s little things like that.” She’s also learned to make healthier food choices. “I used to love an iced venti latte at Starbucks, but when I saw how many calories were in it,
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I switched to black coffee with half and half,” she says. “A lot of that is connected to how much physical activity I’m getting. When I exercise, I naturally want to eat healthier.” But ultimately, Carney says it all comes down to balance. “The biggest challenge was wrapping my head around the fact that it was a combination of diet, exercise, and stress management,” she says. “If one of those things is out of balance my PCOS comes back. I need all three to be healthy.”
The Weigh We Were “I’ve always been obsessed with weight loss success stories,” she says. “When I was losing my weight, I had files and files full of them, and every day I would read one. Just seeing the before and after pictures and knowing someone had done it helped me keep going.” Carney knew she could help other people with their weight loss journeys, and she wanted to do it in the way she knew best: storytelling. The result is a series on GPB called “The Weigh We Were.” In each of six 30-minute episodes, viewers see 12 to 15 guests reveal, step by step, how they lost up to 200 pounds. “There are 34 people on the show counting me,” Carney says. “They’re just average people, so viewers can see themselves reflected. It’s about getting into that mental space where you believe you can do it.” The show’s website, www.theweighwewere.com, also features detailed information of each person’s weight loss story, including lifestyle changes, meal plans, exercise regimes and even recipes. “There is a mental switch that happens before the physical switch,” Carney says. “You have to look at what you’re saying to yourself about your ability to lose weight. I realized it takes the exact same amount of energy to say ‘I like this’ as it does to say ‘I hate this.’ So I would tell myself that working out is great, or veggies are yummy, and over time I started to believe it.”
The Best Version of Herself Today Carney has found balance in her life, and she couldn’t be happier with where her experiences have taken her. “Having lost the weight, I feel like I’ve dialed the clock back several years,” she says. “My skin looks better now at 43 than it did at 23. I just feel like I’m now coming in to my prime. After losing 90 pounds, I feel like I did it. There is a sense of accomplishment, like I can do anything.”
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How to achieve happiness and success in the New Year Whether you call them goals, priorities or New Yearâ€™s resolutions, almost everyone thinks about them around this time of the year. Some of us even go a step further by making a resolution to change, but not everyone sticks to it. Before you can set your resolutions in motion, begin to assess what it is you really want to change in your life. This could be anything from getting more fit to saving money or spending more time with loved ones. Once you understand what you want to change, you can begin forming a plan on how to make your resolutions a reality. This interactive resolution road map will not only help you organize your goals, but also help you set up a plan to achieve them. So get a pen and start planning your best self for 2013!
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What Do I Want To Change? Assessing My Priorities
First it’s time to get your priorities organized. Ask yourself what areas of your life you would like to improve. Start out by circling these different areas of your life and ranking them from the highest priority level (5) to the lowest priority level (1). We’ve also left some blank lines for you to fill in other areas that may be more personal to where you are right now. My Overall Health
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Assessing Your Probability for Success It’s time to ask yourself some important questions. You now have a clear idea of what areas you would like to improve, so take a look at those areas and see which ones you want to work on first. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
1 Do I have the willpower, passion and fortitude to see this through?
Being clear about why you want to achieve your resolutions will help you stay focused. If you haven’t discovered why you want these changes in your life, then chances are you probably don’t want them badly enough to sustain your efforts through the year. Assess and focus: ask yourself if your resolution is something you are truly passionate about. If you have the desire to make the changes, then the goal is more realistic and more achievable. Don’t dwell on negative thoughts, and instead focus on the positive outcome of making your resolutions a reality. Need help? Then ask a friend or loved one for encouragement or advice when you’re feeling stuck.
2 Have I set a realistic timeframe to achieve my
Whether you want to lose weight or reconnect with loved ones, trying to do too much at once will not only be overwhelming, it can also be discouraging. Write it down: keeping a journal or diary of what you’re doing on a daily basis to achieve your resolutions is an easy way to see if you are staying on track.
3 Am I doing too much too soon?
Depending on what your resolutions are, you may be able to combine them. For example if your goal is to be more fit and make new friends, try joining a recreational sports group. Make time every day: whether taking large steps or small steps, every move in the direction you want to go is one step closer to achieving your goal. Don’t be bogged down with making big changes all at once, sometimes small changes can add up to a big difference.
What the Statistics Say According to statistics data from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, however, only a few are successful in achieving their resolution.
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Overcoming the Obstacles Part of any good plan is also understanding your potential roadblocks, or things that will prevent you from achieving your goals. Recognizing these roadblocks will help you learn how to deal with them before they come up. Take this short quiz to find out what your Resolution Roadblock is and how you can break past it. Circle the letters that apply to you.
In the past when I set a goal for myself, my biggest worry is: A
There’s not enough time in my day
I have too many other things on my plate
I don’t have enough money in my budget
I’m too tired to start right now
When I think about getting started on my resolution list, my first thought is: A
As soon as I have a free moment I will get started
There’s too much to do, I’ll never get to it
I need to save up a bit more money first
I’ll start tomorrow!
The thought of finally achieving my goals makes me feel: A
Relief. It will free me up to do other important things
Doubtful. I can’t really see achieving my goals this year
Satisfied. I won’t have to spend any more money on them
Let down. I won’t have that to look forward to anymore
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Spend too much time on other projects and never get to them
Get overwhelmed and end up not doing anything
Spend my money on other things
Start with the best intensions, but end up abandoning my plan D
When I don’t achieve my resolutions, it’s because: A
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Mostly A s - Your Resolution Roadblock is TIME We always wish we had more, but giving yourself a realistic timetable to complete your goal is often a good motivator and will help keep you on track. No matter how much time you devote to accomplishing your goals – make sure it is a daily commitment – even if it’s just 15 minutes a day. Carving out even a few minutes to work on your resolutions will not only make you feel better about starting them, but also less guilty about taking time away from other things. Take it slow, and you’ll get there before you know it. Steps to avoid this roadblock _______________________________________________________________________________________
Mostly B s - Your Resolution Roadblock is FEELING OVERWHELMED Doing too many things at once can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed and anxious. The best thing to do is relax and don’t try to do too many things at once. This can be easier said than done, so recognizing this is the first step in the right direction. Try making a list of small, easy steps you can do every day to help you get closer to your goals. Don’t feel stressed or disappointed in yourself if it’s slow going at first. You can build momentum as you go instead of feeling discouraged when you blaze a trail too soon and then burn out. Steps to avoid this roadblock _______________________________________________________________________________________
Mostly C s - Your Resolution Roadblock is MONEY Depending on what your goals are, you may want to think about getting some advice from a financial advisor, especially if your plans involve something more costly like redoing the kitchen or traveling more. There are always different ways to tackle a resolution, and you shouldn’t let money issues stand in your way. If you can’t afford a gym membership, get some friends together and start a walking group in the park. Take a look at your finances on your own or with a professional and see where you can start cutting back and saving for what you really want. Steps to avoid this roadblock _______________________________________________________________________________________
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Understanding the Disease Model The NIDA defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Alcohol and drugs alter the brain’s reward system by flooding it with dopamine—a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in behavior, cognition, movement, motivation, emotions, mood and sleep patterns. Stored by certain nerve cells, dopamine is released upon stimulation. The brain guarantees lifesustaining activities are repeated by associating them with reward or pleasure. When the pleasure center is activated by drugs and/or alcohol, the brain recognizes that something significant is taking place and must be remembered. The brain then teaches the user to repeat the activity over and over again; however, the user begins to develop an increased tolerance in order to achieve the same euphoric effect.
(COD), such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, major depression and bipolar disorder. “While drugs and alcohol may have helped the person deal with the symptoms of his or her disorder early on, substance abuse eventually leads to its own problems and unmanageability,” Seckman says. “This compounds the already-intricate set of issues with which the person is struggling.” Because women have an innate desire for connection, their addiction is closely linked to their relationships. “Men seem to compartmentalize their addiction, whereas substance abuse in women radically impacts every part of her life, including her identity, roles and relationships,” Seckman says. According to the Addiction TecÚology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, substance abuse in women is multifaceted and often results in violence, sexual abuse and a multitude of other complicated conditions. The disease is so fierce, in fact, that it has the ability to rob a woman of her maternal instinct. This is certainly not meant to downplay addiction in men, however. From 2004 to 2005, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported in its National Survey on Drug Use and Health that men were nearly twice as likely to have a substance use disorder than their female counterparts. During active addiction, it is common for a man to endure more legal and job-related problems, and he is more prone to seek professional treatment since substance abuse in men is less stigmatized.
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The Effects of Hormones on Aging Why does losing weight become more difficult after the age of 40? As we age, men and women alike change, and the endocrine and immune systems are responsible for our body’s change in the aging process. The endocrine system regulates our body’s temperature, reproduction, growth, aging and immune system. Our hormones communicate between these systems, allowing our bodies to adapt to our environment. Hormone production decreases around age 40 and continues to diminish each year.
How do our hormones play a role in our ability to lose weight? Recent literature found that 90 percent of women experience weight gain between the ages of 35 and 55, or what has been defined as perimenopause and menopause. There are four essential elements to weight loss: nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and balanced hormones. Imbalanced hormones can directly impact appetite, fat storage and metabolism. Cessation of estrogen by the ovaries during menopause creates a need for the body to find another source. As a result, our body learns to convert more calories into fat to increase estrogen production. Progesterone, an opposing hormone of estrogen, causes water retention or bloating as hormone levels decline. Testosterone in women works to build and maintain muscle mass, which works to burn calories and cause a higher metabolism. Insulin resistance occurs when the body incorrectly converts every calorie to fat. Over time, your body resists the insulin produced in the body.
What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy? Hormone replacement does not reverse the aging process, but it can slow down the process to achieve less deterioration, less illness and a better quality of life. Hormone replacement helps us maintain our good health and prevent many age related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Within six to 12 months of therapy, patients with balanced hormones notice reshaped bodies, fat disappearing, increased muscle tone, increased energy and more youthful looking skin.
What is a bio-identical hormone, and how is it different from a synthetic hormone? A bio-identical hormone has a chemical structure that is identical to the hormone naturally produced by the body. We refer to them as natural because they are natural to the human body. Natural hormones cannot be patented by drug companies. Synthetic hormones have a structure similar to but not exactly the same as hormones produced by the body. These chemical differences mean that synthetic hormones act differently and produce substantially different effects. Natural (bioidentical) and synthetic hormones should not be considered the same or used interchangeably. A multitude of studies have demonstrated many harmful effects of synthetic hormones, whereas the medical literature supports no harmful effect of natural hormones, only beneficial effects.
What should people look for in a doctor who administers hormone replacement therapy? A large percentage of patients who are taking “natural hormones” from other doctors are on an inadequate regimen. Most health care providers are not trained to target optimal levels based on blood levels. Optimization of the hormones is achieved by replenishing these hormones to physiologic levels, which has been shown to alleviate these age–related changes.
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Belk Inc. donated $55,000 to the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA) as part of its ongoing partnership with the organization, which is in its fifth consecutive year. Belk will continue to support various JLA programs Helen Pickett and events including ShamRock n’ Roll, Tour of Kitchens, the Centennial Fund and the Empowerment awards. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Emory-Adventist Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and stroke. www.emoryadventist.org
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Resurgens Orthopaedics continues to grow and expand its services with the addition of orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Jeffrey P. Garrett and Dr. Chealon D. Miller. Dr. Garrett will see patients at the Resurgens Roswell office, located at 1285 Hembree Road, Suite 200-A. Dr. Miller will see patients at the Dr. Garrett Dr. Miller Resurgens Covington office, located at 3211 Iris Drive. Resurgens Orthopaedics has 21 offices and six surgery centers throughout metro Atlanta. www.resurgens.com WellStar Health System, a not-for-profit health system, has been recognized as one of the 2012 Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies for the fifth year. Working Mother rewarded companies for their wide array of progressive workplace programs, including childcare, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave. This also makes their third year among the coveted Top Ten companies. www.wellstar.org
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Piedmont Healthcare and WellStar Health System announced a partnership to develop a new health-system-based health insurance plan. The initial goals for the health plan include offering Medicare Advantage, commercial and self-funded products to the general public that will launch in 2014, as well as to their employee and family base. This partnership comes on the heels of a prior announcement that Piedmont and WellStar had formed the Georgia Health Collaborative, a first of its kind in the state, focused on the development of innovative healthcare delivery models.
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Facial Rejuvenation … What You Need to Know Now! Confidence in one’s facial appearance is critical to developing and maintaining a positive self-image. However, both men and women as young as their early 40s begin to notice (and in some cases fixate) on changes to their facial appearance. Fortunately there are many new minimally invasive and non-invasive techniques to correct and maintain facial appearance. When treating a face, there are three components related to facial aging that must be addressed: The Skin’s Surface The skin itself reveals the effects of sun damage, life habits such as smoking, and disease processes such as rosacea and acne. A number of pigmentary changes such as melasma (brown discoloration), excess blood vessel growth, and lines and wrinkles due to a loss of skin elasticity and dermal thickness need to be addressed with a combination of athome skin care and interventions such as intense pulsed light therapy, V beam laser treatments, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing. Gravity-Related Sagging The second is gravity-related sagging of the skin and underlying fat and muscles of the face. Non-invasive techniques such as Ultherapy, which uses focused, high intensity external ultrasound energy to tighten the skin and deeper tissues of the face while stimulating collagen production, offers a non-invasive, no downtime technique. For more advanced aging, tissue repositioning and removal is sometimes required. Examples of this are blepharoplasty for excess eyelid tissue, which can often lead to both aesthetic and functional visual field improvement, brow lifting procedures, and lower face and neck lifting known as a facelift, or rhytidectomy. The downtime related to these procedures is about 7 to 10 days, but the benefits can last decades. Seth A. Yellin, MD,FACS Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facial Volume Three-dimensional loss of facial volume contributes just as significantly to facial aging as skin sagging, and is often the first manifestation that patients recognize. But instead of filling a line or wrinkle, patients can re-volumize the face to recreate a more youthful facial shape. As we age, both men and women lose midface volume and add lower facial volume, which is why some feel that men age more gracefully than women since the aging face accentuates desirable male characteristics. With the advances in injectable fillers, facial plastic surgeons now have a palette of products that can best serve the patient’s needs.
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Free local workshops help parents save thousands! Woodstock, Ga—Metro Atlanta parents planning on sending a child to college in the next few years, but who aren’t quite sure how to pay for it can now rest a little easier. Jason Flurry, CFP® founder of the National Center For College Planning and Legacy partners Financial Group has been educating parents about what to do if they haven’t saved enough for college and retirement. ‘It’s really sad, but most parents we talk to have done really well financially, but never found the time to save for college, and now they’re facing a bill of $18,000-$50,000 a year. They don’t know who to turn to for help,’ he says. ‘Furthermore, most of the time, all they hear is to not even bother applying for any aid because they make too much money. However, most of the time, that is simply not true…even if they make a good six-figure income.’ Jason would know, because he’s worked with over 1000 families in the last 16 years ranging from single moms to corporate CEO’s, and he swears he can help anyone get through the process and save a bundle….no matter how good of a student they have or how much money they make. ‘Simply put, we show parents the truth that they aren’t hearing anywhere else about how the college process really works, and how they
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