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from the publisher Dancing Stars of Atlanta— We hit our goal!!! Thanks to all of you who supported my fundraising efforts for this amazing cause. Alzheimer’s is currently the most underfunded epidemic facing our nation. With your unbelievable support, we were able to raise more than $10,000 surpassing my personal goal. And...I came in 2nd place in the dance competition to a very worthy opponent, former mayor, Shirley Franklin. It was a great experience and my take(left to right) Christjohn Batters, Sherri Adair and Kristine Knipp away is an appreciation for the sport of dance, which I will continue. Last, but not least...hats off to Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta and owner, Kristine Knipp, who sponsored the endless practice sessions and to Christjohn Batters, the most gifted teacher and talented professional partner I could have hoped for. Thank you so much.
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Shedding old habits can be a chore, especially when you have become so accustomed to doing things a certain way. However, when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, sometimes those old habits can be preventing you from achieving your goals – like losing weight, eating better or having healthier relationships. Don’t be bogged down by the old, and instead make room for the new! The best news is it’s never too late to start and there are plenty of resources out there to help you. In our Weight Loss feature this month (pg. 35), we get the inside scoop on what works and what doesn’t from local health professionals. We also get some sage advice from author Carolyn Evans and her Forty Beads Method on how it can improve the intimacy in your relationship. (pg. 28). Your life, afterall, is too short to be anything other than healthy and happy.
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The Write Stuff If you’re jonesing for some unique stationary, head over to the Westside Provisions District during the ﬁrst week of July for the opening of Simplyput Paper and Gift. This stationary boutique is the creation of awardwinning stationer, Ashley Woodman. The store will offer custom stationary products, gifts, fun tabletop items and a candy bar where patrons can feed their sweet tooth. Details: Westside Provisions District, 11001210 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318
Smart Holder, Smartphone Carting your phone around has just been made easier. The Texthook puts your Smartphone within reach for music, texting or answering calls while you’re working out or when you’re out and about. The Texthook attaches to treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and most stroller handles. $25.99 Details: buybuyBaby, 7121 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30022, www.thetexthook.com
Risa Soap uses natural ingredients like organic shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil and more, to create sweet smelling suds that are not only good for the skin but also good for the environment. Even the packaging is made from recycled material and is biodegradable. There are several different scents to choose from including lemongrass and rosemary, rose and sandalwood, lilac and lily and even an unscented bar. These sweet smelling soap bars are sure to make your bathroom and your skin smell amazing. One bar with soap dish, $10.50
Hats Off to the Chef Kids looking to dabble in the kitchen alongside their peers won’t have to look further than the newly opened Hal’s Kitchen in Sandy Springs. Headed up by local cooking teacher Cyndi Sterne, children ages 7 to 10 will have a fun ﬁlled culinary experience as they take part in different cooking camps and classes. With state of the art Wolf and Viking stoves, ovens and cookware at their ﬁngertips, kids will have a blast preparing a variety of dishes. Adults looking to try their hand at cooking are welcome to sign up for classes as well. Register at www.halskitchen.com. Details: (404) 847-6991, 206-B Johnson Ferry Road Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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Awareness on the Green The 19th annual Tim Hudson Braves Celebrity-Am golf tournament will be held on August 29. This two-day event provides a memorable opportunity to play golf and socialize with current Braves players, former professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, and local celebrities. Proceeds from the event beneﬁt pediatric cancer research at the Aﬂac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Details: (404) 785-7373, www.choa.org/sports
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Time to Work Out This colorful collection of watches is the perfect way to keep track of your workout time. RumbaTime’s newest addition is the Broadway, a hexagon-shaped watch with an interchangeable face and slap-wrist strap. These silicone watches are water resistant, durable and a fun, fashionable ﬁtness accessory that keeps up with your active lifestyle. $25 Details: Sports Authority, 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy., Atlanta, GA 30338, www.rumbatime.com
Contributing Card The ﬁrst annual Dinner & A Cause Card beneﬁting the “Children of Conservation” project is now available. The card costs $50 and offers holders a 20% discount at Atlanta restaurants while contributing 100% of the proﬁts to the education of children and protection of wildlife in third world countries. Participating restaurants include Murphy’s, Einsteins, JCT Kitchen and more. Visit the website for a complete list of participating restaurants, places to buy the card and more information about the Children of Conservation project. Details: www.stumpefoundation.org
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The thrill of riding your ﬁrst bike is not easily forgotten, and the new book Bicycling: A Reintroduction aims to recapture that excitement. Whether you are interested in a leisurely bike ride through Piedmont Park or want to get into mountain biking, this book also gives you all the information you need on the right bike for you, appropriate clothing, helmets, maintenance and repair and more.
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Direct Access Emory-Adventist Hospital offers an online tool called “MyAccess” which allows patients to securely view and store hospital health information. Patients can now manage their health information anywhere they have access to the Internet. Through “MyAccess,” patients can review their medical record summary, including discharge instructions, immunizations, medications and procedures and access their clinical results, such as lab results. Details: www.emoryadventist.org.
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Here is one of our favorites: Amy On Food Amy is an in-town foodie and adoption attorney who loves to share her experiences at different restaurants, her favorite dishes and foodrelated events. Details: www.amyonfood. blogspot.com
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Wild yams sound like something you would ﬁnd in a Thanksgiving dish; however the anti-aging product Lumière Riche incorporates this ingredient to help ﬁght the signs of aging. Lumière Riche helps to smooth the appearance of ﬁne lines and wrinkles, reduce the look of under eye darkness and alleviate the appearance of pufﬁness. The wild yam extract also helps to minimize the appearance of sagging and improve skin’s moisture retention. Details: NEOCUTIS, Inc., (866) 636-2884, www.neocutis.com
One way to stimulate collagen production and reverse signs of aging is through skin resurfacing technology. YSGG is a new ablative laser that uses an intermediate wavelength for both traditional full skin ablative resurfacing (Pearl) and fractionated resurfacing (Pearl Fractional). The Pearl Treatment uses advanced YSGG full skin resurfacing technology to remove the epidermis and stimulate collagen production. The Pearl Fractional treatment, the newest application in laser skin rejuvenation technology, treats a percentage of full thickness skin in a safe, effective manner to improve deeper dermal color imperfections and wrinkles. Details: Kalos Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, (404) 963-6665, www.kalos-plasticsurgery.com
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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month Best Skincare Deals Summer is here and soaking in the sun makes skincare a must. With so much technology, it’s easy to spend a fortune on the latest treatments, but you don’t have to! Try Bella Medspa’s “Refresh Laser Facial” that layers several lasers (for redness, brown spots, & tightening) with a vitamin C treatment and collagen mask resulting in no down time and dramatic results. It’s usually $300 but they are offering it to readers at 50% off for $150. Gardner Dermatology also offers a Hyperbaric Oxygen Facial, a favorite anti-aging treatment among celebrities like Eva Longoria for $150 per session, but you can purchase a package of six for only $575 and also receive a free gift (1 offer per person). Or, try their Microdermabrasion Facial for 20% off (normally $125). Finally, Dermatology Consultants can help you freeze fat away from those problem zones with CoolSculpting by Zeltiq for 15% off. All offers are for Best Self readers who mention “JessicaShops” and expire 7/30/11. Spoil your skin this season with great savings! Bella Medspa (678) 908-3491, www.BellaLLC.net Gardner Dermatology (770) 952-2100, www.GardnerDermatology.com Dermatology Consultants (404) 351-7546, www.DermatologyConsultants.org Jessica Dauler For more info go to www.bestselfconnect.com. For more info on Jessica, visit www.jessicashops.com
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bestbites Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body Grilled Summer Vegetables When eggplant, peppers and summer squashes are in season, use a simple cooking method such as grilling to fully enjoy them and beneﬁt from their nutrients. Ingredients:
1 green bell pepper, quartered
Preheat grill to high heat. Working in batches, arrange veggies on the grill and cook, ﬂipping once, until tender and just beginning to char, 3 to 5 minutes for the zucchini and squash, 6 to 8 minutes for the peppers and eggplant. Spread out to cool slightly on a large baking sheet.
1 eggplant, cut crosswise into ½ inch-thick rounds 1 red bell pepper, quartered 1 yellow squash, cut crosswise on the bias into ½ inch-thick slices 1 zucchini, cut crosswise on the bias into ½ inch-thick slices 2 tbsp chopped herbs, such as tarragon, thyme and/or basil 2 tbsp red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar ¼ tsp ﬁne sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
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Local restaurants aren’t the only ones using organic ingredients these days. Turns out caterers are getting into the act as well. Moshile Rafeedie, owner of Rafeedie’s Catering & Events, believes that everyone should have the option to eat healthy food and that’s one of the reasons he created organic and raw food items on his menu. Growing up eating healthy, Mediterranean cuisine is something that he enjoyed and decided to incorporate into his business. Menu items like raw burritos, meatless meatloaf, stuffed zucchini boats and the green goddess vegetable mold are just a few of the many dishes he offers.
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Melanoma skin cancer accounts for only 5% of all skin cancers but it has the greatest potential to spread to other parts of the body and therefore, the highest mortality. The best chance for a cure is early detection, prompt removal, and close followup care. • Protect your skin - Know your skin type and how easily you can burn • Know your area’s daily UV index – ﬁnd it on the National Weather Service’s site • When outside: slather on sunscreen and seek shade Early signs of melanoma are changes to the shape or color of existing moles or in the appearance of a new lump anywhere on the skin. Use the common mnemonic ABCDE when examining the shape of the mole, which stands for: 1. Asymmetry 2. Borders (irregular) 3. Color (variegated) 4. Diameter (greater than 6 mm (0.24 in), about the size of a pencil eraser) 5. Evolving over time —Courtesy of the Melanoma Hope Network
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As July is UV Awareness Month, it’s only natural to spotlight an organization ﬁghting skin cancer head on: Atlanta’s Emory Winship Cancer Institute. The institute is Georgia’s ﬁrst and only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, with more than 30 cancer teams joining researchers, physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, engineers and social workers in an effort to prevent, treat, and control cancer. The melanoma team alone consists of a multidisciplinary cancer team, featuring members from dermatology, medical-oncology, radiation-oncology, surgical-oncology and ophthamology. Dr. Navneet Dhillon, Assistant Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory, has been a member of this melanoma dream team since March 2010. She says no two days at Emory are the same. Dhillon spends her time treating patients, teaching medical students, and working on developing research. “Our team meets each week for what we call the Melanoma Tumor Board to review and discuss patient cases and treatment plans. This means that patients beneﬁt from the expertise of a full team of medical experts, all working together to develop the best treatment plan for our patients.” Dhillon says while the exact cause of melanoma skin cancer is not known, there are certain risk factors linked to the disease, including too much exposure to UV radiation, certain types of moles on the skin, as well as fairness of the skin, or having a family history of melanoma. “Catching melanoma early is critical in our ability to treat it,” Dhillon says. “Catching cancer before it has a chance to spread increases the chances of stopping it in its tracks. Melanoma is one of the few cancers which are deadly, even when it is very small.” With the team’s designation as a Melanoma Center of Excellence by the Melanoma Hope Network (www.melanomahopenetwork.org), a network dedicated to helping those affected by melanoma, the Emory team is certainly on the right track towards combating this deadly skin cancer. “We are honored by this designation. It means a tremendous amount to us to be recognized by an organization like the Melanoma Hope Network,” Dhillon says. “Our melanoma team is committed to working closely with our patients and their family members, and providing the best possible treatment and care. We place great value on communication, research and education.” And while avoiding the sun altogether on your summer trips may not be feasible, Dhillon suggests these tips for covering up while outdoors. “The best protection is staying out of the sun, and wearing appropriate clothing in the sun, such as wide brimmed hats and full sleeve shirts. Sunscreens are not usually the ﬁrst line of defense and do not guarantee complete protection from UV radiation, even when used correctly.” For more information regarding the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, or the Melanoma Team at Emory, visit http://winshipcancer.emory.edu or call 404-778-1900.
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Placing a bead in her Beadcatcher not only signaled his interest in sex, but also symbolized the understanding that he would deﬁnitely get lucky within the next 24 hours. This simple shift turned out to be one of the best things to happen to Evans and her marriage. “Life is just easier and a whole lot more fun,” Evans says, “Even when the hard stuﬀ pops up, we’re ready for it and deal with it better as a couple, because the beads keep us connected to each other.”
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“I’m so thrilled that the book is resonating with so many women on such a deep level.”
Evans is quick to explain that her book does not dispense advice on doing the actual deed, but instead gives direction on getting you and your partner in the mood. “Sex keeps a couple connected—both physically and emotionally—and a healthy sex life is an important part of a healthy marriage,” Evans explains. “The Method is about couples having fun as they pull sex back to the front burner of their relationship.” The idea of having and maintaining a healthy sex life is not a new idea. It’s the presentation of the Method that seems to have captured people’s attention as well as set it apart from other self-help or relationship-help books. One of the concerns that some have had with this method is the idea that sex is a commodity that must be ‘bought’ with the currency of ‘beads.’ Evans addresses this idea in the chapter aptly named “Beads as Currency.” Beads have had a long-standing history of being used during trade and have at one time had a monetary value placed on them. Evans claims that taking this “long-abandoned token system and applying it to sex inside a marriage might seem crazy, but it’s really not.” As we go along our busy day, there is usually a long list of things we need to accomplish. Evans challenges readers to take sex oﬀ your “mental list” and place it in your “physical world” instead, making it a deﬁnite instead of just a possibility. The simple act of doing this can change how couples view having sex. “That bead in your Beadcatcher is a physical representation of your commitment to the Method and more importantly, your relationship,” Evans explains, “Using the Method separates sex from the things you mean to do in any 24-hour period, and puts it with the items that you’re going to do.” With the Method, sex becomes a priority for the couple, encouraging intimacy and creativity in the bedroom. “The Method is about choosing love—again and again and continually moving a relationship forward. It’s about not getting bogged down by the petty minutiae of the day, like the sock on the ﬂoor or the toilet seat left up,” says Evans, “Couples who use the Method continually rise above what commonly pulls them apart on a daily basis.”
had a hunch it would work for other women because I’m a really hard one to convince." Evans decided that simply talking about it to friends wasn’t enough, she decided to form a local Bead club in her hometown of Charleston where women could get together and talk about how the Method was working for them and oﬀer each other support. “Once I developed the Method—the rules, the subtleties and began to understand exactly why it works so well, I had to share it with other women,” she says, “And you know, when we women ﬁnd something that works for us, we like to tell all our friends about it. So that’s how this Forty Beads Movement began—very organically—by word of mouth.” The next step seemed obvious – a how-to book explaining the Method and how it worked. Penning her ﬁrst book, Forty Beads: The Simple Sexy Secret for Transforming Your Marriage turned out to be a labor of love, both literally and ﬁguratively. “Writing this book was like pouring water from a pitcher,” she recalls, “I started writing it and I couldn’t rest until it was done. I’d wake up at 4 a.m. and write all day. ‘Obsessed’ would be a word that comes to mind. It took me about four months to complete the manuscript.” www.bestselfconnect.com
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More from Carolyn Evans… 1) How would you describe The Forty Beads Method? The Forty Beads Method is a sweet little token system that sort of magically dissolves the negative tension that can build around sex in a marriage (speciﬁcally, the frequency with which it does or does not occur) and replaces it with the sex life you always thought you should have, which in turn creates the relationship you've always wanted. It’s all about creating that sense of abundance around sex—which permeates the whole relationship. 2) What is the best complement/story you’ve gotten from fans of The Forty Beads Method? Of course, I get lots of “Thank you’s” from men, but the greatest complement I keep getting is from women telling me that they feel like I’m one of their best friends talking to them when they read Forty Beads. I love that. I feel such a bond with every woman who uses this Method and I love connecting with them on my Facebook page. Oh my gosh. There have been so many amazing stories. I’ve had many couples tell me BEST SELF ATLANTA
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With so many gimmicks, gadgets and diet fads on the market that guarantee weight loss, it’s easy to get discouraged and give up altogether. However, when you understand the basic building blocks of healthy living, you can enjoy weight-loss success for life. Don’t fall into the trap of empty promises; instead, focus on tried-and-true techniques that take weight oﬀ slowly but surely. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling healthy and ﬁtting into your favorite pair of jeans.
1) Forget the Diet, Change Your Lifestyle “Don’t think ‘diet’—this word implies a temporary approach to weight loss. Instead, think ‘lifelong meal plan,’” says Lisa Giles, MS, RD, LD, CDE, registered dietitian and certiﬁed diabetes educator at Northside Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Education. “The right meal plan is 50 percent of the equation. It should be a plan that is tailored to a person’s daily work or school schedule, medical needs and behavior patterns to promote successful and lasting weight loss. Meal planning has to be sensible and sustainable for the long haul or it won’t work,” she adds. According to local nutrition and ﬁtness expert Mark Macdonald, “Beginning a nutrition plan is all about preparation and education. People typically start diets when they are at their tipping point: their clothes are too tight, their weight is higher than ever before, or their energy is too low.” Macdonald, who is the creator of the Venice Nutrition Program and author of New York Times best selling book, Body Conﬁdence, notes the danger in this approach to dieting. “When people become frustrated, they become desperate for immediate results. Many individuals fail because emotions dictate motivation, and they are willing to do anything to progress.” As they begin the plan, they may progress but not fast enough, eventually becoming unmotivated and abandoning the plan. The key to experiencing weight loss success is to surrender the dieting mindset and replace it with goals based on the eﬀort you can put into your health. “The reality is that with the right plan, all health goals can be achieved—the only unknown is the time frame in which you will achieve them. Everything in life is an ever-evolving process, and your health is no diﬀerent. Staying present with your goals and evaluating them on a weekly basis keeps your emotions in check and sets you up for success,” says Macdonald.
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2) Make Exercise a Priority If making healthy lifestyle changes and establishing a lifetime meal plan makes up 50 percent of weight loss, then a regular exercise regimen makes up the other half. “It is virtually impossible to maintain long-term weight loss without regular physical activity. The goal should be at least 30 minutes a day, ﬁve days per week. This is a minimum goal—strive for an hour of activity, if possible,” Giles comments. According to David J. Wyatt, MD, owner of WeightLossMD in Vinings, “I caution patients about exercise routines that are too ambitious. I look at a person's baseline activity and try to alter it somewhat. That way, the change is attainable and maintainable in the long run. It is important to use the ‘muscle confusion’ approach and incorporate various exercises into your routine, including interval training, strength training, aerobics classes, dance, swimming, etc. Ultimately, you should enjoy your workout.”
3) Keep a Food Journal “Journal writing can be powerful and should include diet and exercise habits,” says Cris Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, manager of the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center at Gwinnett Medical Center. A daily food diary boosts awareness, improves self-control and keeps you accountable. By recording your food intake and workouts on a daily basis, you will begin to notice patterns in your eating habits and exercise routine. A daily journal serves as a great motivator for sticking to the plan. “The most eﬀective weight loss methods include implementing strategies for changing behaviors and habits, maintaining a positive attitude and ﬁnding motivational factors along the way,” says Hartley. If keeping an actual journal is inconvenient for you, there are several phone applications and websites that help you keep track of your daily food intake. MyNetDiary and MyFitnessPal are convenient mobile applications, and Weight Watchers oﬀers useful online tools. Also, the American Dietetic Association provides a wealth of sound, evidence-based advice at www.eatright.org.
4) Ask for Help When Needed According to Carlos Jordan, certiﬁed super trainer and owner of Ultimate Bodies by Carlos, “One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight is giving up their current eating habits cold-turkey and starting a rigid, usually unhealthy diet in its place.” Jordan suggests consulting a professional if you are serious about changing your lifestyle. Nutritionists and certiﬁed personal trainers are knowledgeable in their respective ﬁelds, and can determine the best plan for you. “Each approach to weight loss is diﬀerent,” says Hartley. “To provide further support and develop a map, the Gwinnett Medical Center oﬀers a program called Diet by Design, which is a personalized, ﬂexible approach to weight management. One of our registered dietitians acts as a personal coach, and will design a plan tailored to suit your lifestyle.”
The HCG diet is a weight-loss program based on human chorionic gonadotrophin, a hormone that is naturally secreted during pregnancy to ensure enough nutrition for the fetus to grow. When the body is ﬂowing with HCG, it mobilizes the abnormal deposits of fat for nutrition during times of starvation or very low-calorie diets. As these fat stores are being utilized, the weight drops rapidly. Dr. Sarah Ghayouri weighs in: “It is not uncommon to lose 0.5 to one pound a day on the HCG diet. The nutrients released into your blood give you energy and reduce your appetite naturally,” says Dr. Ghayouri, medical director at Atlanta Wellness & Aesthetics. “Considering all the risks associated with obesity and the side effect of appetite suppressants and other diet pills, HCG is relatively safe.” The program requires medical supervision to ensure the safety of patients. “More than 95 percent of my patients lose weight on this program. The weight loss is variable depending on how compliant they are with the diet. Overall, people feel better emotionally and physically on HCG and are able to complete the diet.” Dr. Gail Ravello weighs in: “What makes HCG different from dieting alone is that many restrictive diets can trigger a “starvation mode”, putting the brakes on your metabolism and actually causing fat storage. HCG combined with a reduced calorie meal plan (500 calories per day) stimulates the body to mobilize stored fat, making it available to your body as an energy source.” explains Dr. Ravello of Natural Medical Solutions. “This means fat is burned instead of muscle, without the typical hunger pains one would experience with such a low calorie program. It is common that HCG dieters ﬁnd that even very small servings, to be completely satisfying.” This program helps reset your caloric needs, your metabolism and fat regulations system. It's important to continue to be aware of the foods you take into your body and your caloric intake. After completing the HCG diet, you should ﬁnd your appetite, eating behavior, and of course, your body has changed.
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5) Set Reasonable Goals “Oftentimes, people make too many changes too quickly. They set short-term goals for weight loss that are not realistic for improving health. Some fasting and starvation type diets can peel oﬀ pounds, but most of the weight that is lost is only water loss, which comes back as fast as it was lost,” says Ashley Ritchie, RD, LD, community nutrition education specialist and culinary specialist at Good Measure Meals. While short-term goals may serve as motivating factors to stay the course, they should support the long-term goal. Remember, healthy weight loss will not occur overnight. “The advice I always give people who are trying to lose weight is they don’t have to make enormous changes to their lives. If they can make two or three diet-related changes and do them consistently, they will experience success. Most people try to change
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“Weight loss is not a quick process. Set reasonable time frames for losing weight. Prepare yourself up front for a slow, steady progression of 0.25 to two pounds per week. You may need to lose 30 pounds, but break it into smaller goals like ﬁve to six pounds per month until you reach your goal. Also, set realistic weight goals to minimize disappointment. If you haven’t been a size four since your wedding day 30 years ago, chances are it’s unrealistic,” notes Giles.
6) Allow Yourself to Cheat Do not to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. When reviewing your food journal, use common sense to determine when it is time to treat yourself. If you have spare calories on a given day and want to indulge in a sweet treat, go for it.
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It happened for me in one simple breath. At one of my first Pilates Teacher Training workshops, I rolled off the cylindrical foam roller for the first time and landed on my mat. My body melted into a relaxation unlike anything I’d ever felt before. I began to notice subtle sensations moving through me. Some felt like pulsations moving through my blood. Some were like waves of warm water washing over my body. I remember liking the feeling. Nothing else mattered in that moment. The whole world disappeared and I was the world all at the same time. This was something very new for me, and it was my little secret at first. Not because I didn’t want to tell others about it, but rather because I didn’t know how to describe the feeling and I really didn’t know if anyone else would care. I had been teaching Pilates for about a year by that time, so I told a few clients about my secret and attempted to guide them into this mysterious yummy surrender. Sometimes it worked for them. Sometimes it didn’t. It was like an itch that I couldn’t quite scratch.
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It’s been 16 years since that Pilates experience and I’ve had many more since then. Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen and stretch your body. When your done, your body feels like you’ve had a massage. Enjoy. Besides being the name of my business, body awareness is a term that defines the pathway toward self-acceptance and true love. The action steps that take you on the journey inward and onto that pathway are simple, but they can be hard to choose. They require aligning your physical body with Earth and Heaven, being willing to feel your emotions fully even when it hurts, focusing your thoughts with pure intentions, and consciously choosing when to take action and when to wait for life to unfold naturally. You were born with all of this information available to you, but it takes focus and technique to put the knowledge to transformative use. Aligning the Body Become aware of your posture as you move through this gravitational world. Your posture influences your state of being. When your bones and spine are aligned properly, you will have less compression on your joints and your muscles will function with ease and grace. The energy that moves through your meridians will flow like rivers and your vital organs will receive the nutrients that they are thirsty for. Your body needs good food, clean water, exercise and rest to thrive on this Earth. Learn to listen to your body and tend to it as a sacred temple. Love and appreciate your body, and the earth will feel your intention. She will align with your health. Your body is directly connected to the planet. Every step you take to benefit the planet will support your own well-being.
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The ultimate kick-off event for the Peachtree Road Race. Come pick up your race number and browse through the exhibits featuring sports and athletic apparel, nutrition and much more. Peachtree Road Race. AmericasMart, 230 Spring St. NW, Building 2, West Wing, Atlanta, 30303. Times vary by day. www.peachtreeroadrace.org
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Atlanta Track Club. Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30326. 6:45 am. www.peachtreeroadrace.org
PEACE CONTAINERS’ 8TH ANNUAL CHARITY AUCTION AND WINE TASTING Mustard Seed Communities. Ravinia Club, 2 Ravinia Dr., Suite 100, Atlanta, 30346. 5 pm. www.eigth.eventbrite.com
DRY HUMOR - A NIGHT OF COMEDY The Triangle Club. Relapse Comedy Theater, 380 14th St., Atlanta, 30318. 8 pm. www.dryhumor.eventbrite.com
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A high-end craft show that will feature vendors from around the Southeast selling their handmade goods and other items, from paintings to quilts to woodworking to pottery. Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, 30305. 10 am. www.pinkchristmasinjuly.com COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF FAN FESTIVAL Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. UGA Football Practice Fields, Corner of Smith St. and Rutherford St., Athens, 30602. 3 pm. www.choa.org
5TH ANNUAL CLAY SHOOT Speedway Children’s Charities. Cherokee Rose Sporting Resort, 895 Baptist Camp Road, Grifﬁn, 30223. www.atlanta.speedwaycharities.org
POSITIVELY INFECTED N Chaney. Atlanta Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, 30303. 3 pm. www.nchaney.com
NBAF. Ritz Carlton, 3434 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30326. 7 pm. www.nbaf.org
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. University of Georgia Golf Course, 2600 Riverbend Road, Athens, 30605. 11 am. www.choa.org
HEELING DIABETES “SHOENISTA” AUCTION Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Shula’s 347 Grill, 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, 30326. 5:30 pm. www.shoenistaauction.eventbrite. com
ATLANTA BELTLINE SOUTHWEST 5K
This is the second race in the running series and features a competition between the Atlanta Fire Department and the Atlanta Police Department. Atlanta BeltLine. Rose Circle Park, 914 Rose Circle SW, Atlanta, 30310. 7:30 am. www.beltline.org 7TH ANNUAL PINK RIBBON WALK Sisters… By Choice, Inc. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 8 am. www.sistersbychoice.net
Run for Wounded Warriors, Inc. is a non-proﬁt organization that was established to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project through hosting a 5k race and 1 mile. It is the inspiration of Jonathan Borden who, when he was 17-years old, saw several biographies about severely wounded service men and women, on Memorial Day 2009 on the Military Channel. The bios were produced by the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to raise awareness of these severely wounded heroes. This race is a qualiﬁer for the annual Peachtree Road Race, and is part of the Kennesaw Grand Prix series. The race will be held on August 6, in downtown Kennesaw at 8 a.m. Registration can be completed through Active.com. This is a family-friendly race on a relatively ﬂat course. There will be a post-race party and awards ceremony. Please visit WWP’s website, www.woundedwarriorproject.org, and the event’s website at www.runforwoundedwarriors.org. These brave men and women deserve all of the support that we can give them.
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BACK TO SCHOOL FALL FASHION SHOW Makayla Jefferson Foundation. Dekalb Technical College Conference Center, 495 N. Indian Creek Dr., Clarkston, 30021. 3 pm. www.makaylajeffersonfoundation.org
POOLSIDE FOR A PURPOSE Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Concourse Athletic Club, 8 Concourse Pkwy. NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. 6:30 pm. www.ccfa.org
Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation and The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Atlantic Station, 171 17th St. NE, Atlanta, 30363. 7 am. www.support.sbtf.org
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HEARING FROM THE HEART Sharon St. Cyr Fund. The Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, 30324. 5 pm. www.hearingfromtheheartatl.eventbrite.com
Fearless Philanthrophy. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, 30309. 9 am. www.fearlessphilanthropy.com
The Atlanta Braves Foundation. Loews Hotel Atlanta, 1065 Peachtree St., Atlanta, 30309. TBD. www.braves.com
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BACK PACK IN THE PARK For The Kid in All of Us, Inc. Greystone Pavilion in Piedmont Park, 1215 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, 30309. 4 pm. www.forthekid.org
CLUB BLUE AUGUST MIXER Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Hudson Grille Midtown, 942 Peachtree St., Atlanta, 30309. 6 pm. www.bgcma.org
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Spiritual Women Aiding and Nurturing Sisters. Goodby Recreation Center, 2302 Godby Road, College Park, 30337. www.evolve-strive-reach.org
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Georgia Organics. JCT. Kitchen, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 30318. 1 pm. www.georgiaorganics.org
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FREE TO BREATHE 5K National Lung Cancer Partnership. Virginia Highlands, Greencover and Virginia Ave., Atlanta, 30306. 8:30 am. www.freetobreathe.org
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LIVE MEMORABILIA AUCTION Speedway Children’s Charities. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton, 30228. www.atlanta.speedwaycharities.org
RIDE OF A LIFETIME PRE-RACE PARADE LAP AUCTION Speedway Children’s Charities. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton, 30228. www.atlanta.speedwaycharities.org
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DINE OUT FOR NO KID HUNGRY Share Our Strength. Various Restaurants. Times vary by day www.greatamericandineout.org
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