Monday, November 30, 2009

How to De-Clutter Your Life

Everyone has a certain amount of tension in their lives. Being unorganized can only add to this anxiety and make us feel run-down and unmotivated, preventing us from doing the things that we love. With the holidays approaching why not regain this energy by focusing on reorganizing your life and make the upcoming celebrations worry free? Following are a few ideas which could help you out of your pre-holiday confusion.

De-Clutter Your Desk and Work Space
Whether you work from a home office or a tiny cubicle, there’s no way you can be totally productive in a pace that doesn’t function for you. Have you ever met anybody who is extremely successful who works in absolute chaos? I haven’t. Sure, everyone has a junk drawer or a messy desk on occasion, but if your clutter is taking over, it’s time to scale back. Start by compiling three separate stashes:
1. What to keep
2. What to shred (sensitive information)
3. What to just throw away.

Follow a similar routine working from desk to files to shelves. Clear everything off and sort into appropriate stacks. Use file folders, three-ring notebooks, or magazine sorters to hold important papers. And immediately pitch what you don't need. Get creative with containers. Coffee mugs and decorative boxes hold everything from paper clips and tacks to business cards and pens. Look toward vertical wall space as a new storage solution, instead of those piles we seem to make. Piles are hard to address and papers within them become hidden. You can’t pay a bill or return an important message if it’s hidden at the bottom of a stack on your desk. Instead, option wall space. Set bills in a hanging bin, keys on a hook, magazines in wall hangers. Now you can see and reach items easily.

Clean Out Clothing Skeletons in Your Cluttered Closet

If closets are your nemesis, you’ll need to spend some time getting down and dirty. The first step to cleaning a closet is to take everything out. Then you can see what you have. Often you’ll need to purchase storage boxes or organizing bins, shoe holders, or shelving. Don’t forget plastic garbage bags for trash and donations. Have a few bins or boxes for items that don’t really belong in the closet but will be moved elsewhere. Be realistic. Do you really need or want each item?
A good mantra here is: “If you haven’t seen it, needed it, or worn it in one year, get rid of it.” Ask yourself these three questions: Does it fit? Have you worn it in the last 12 months? Is there some sentimental value strong enough to keep it? If the answers are no, toss it in one of three options — in a bag for charity, to sell at a garage sale or on eBay, or for the trash heap.

Here are more steps to help you clear clutter from your life:

Organize in bite-size bits: If the thought of getting organized completely overwhelms you, set a timer for just 15 minutes a day. Knowing you won't spend hours working on an organizational project might make working in small nuggets easier to manage.
Mainstream email: Instead of checking email with each ding of the inbox, read your emails on a regular basis only twice a day. When you open an email, answer it immediately and don't save it for later.
Handle snail mail only once: Create a special time and place to read your snail mail regularly. During the appointed time, open the mail and immediately take action on it. File it with bills, shred it, toss it in the trash, etc. Commit to touching each piece of mail immediately and only once.
Avoid horizontal piles: When possible, avoid putting paper in horizontal stacks in your home or office. Save time and frustration by categorizing and finding a home for paper as soon as it comes through the door.
Purge regularly: This applies to every room in the house but don’t forget the kitchen and bathroom. Check expiration dates regularly on medicines, vitamins, supplements, and cosmetics. Stick to the “when in doubt, throw it out” rule. If you can’t remember when you purchased it, let it go.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

Introducing a new and exciting way to healthy weight loss!
Featured here each month will be a delicious natural recipe to combine with our own Lucille Roberts natural shakes.
Use the one below as an alternative to pumpkin pie this week.

Pumpkin Delight
½ Cup Canned Pumpkin
1 Scoop Vanilla Lucille
Roberts Live Rite Shake
5-7 Ounces of Water
½ Cup Ice Cubes
2 Dashes of Cinnamon
1 Dash of Nutmeg

Blend all of the above
ingredients in your blender
and enjoy!

You can also take the
above shake and pour into
8 Popsicle holders and freeze to
enjoy later as a low calorie tasty
and healthy snack.

Stop by the front desk at your Lucille Roberts club location to start “Shaking Up” your weight
loss with Lucille Roberts Live Rite Shakes!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Super Weight Loss Month

Lucille Roberts wants you to be in the best shape you can possibly be in. The better shape you are in the better you'll look, the more confidence you will have, and of course the better you'll feel. Come to Lucille Roberts during our Super Weight Loss Month to register with no contract. You'll be able to come to any Lucille Roberts work out as much as you want, loose as much weight as you want with no contract. Lucille Roberts Super Weight Loss Month give you the opportunity to get in shape before the holidays. Why waist a perfectly good New Years Resolution on weight loss when thanks to Lucille Roberts Super Weight Loss Month, you would have already lost that weight.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Finding Strength in Numbers

Discover the Power of Team Play for Individual Results

Sometimes taking care of number one, means counting on others for support and guidance. That's why at Lucille Roberts we encourage our members to attend group exercise classes. We've discovered that when it comes to establishing an exercise routine and sticking to it there really is strength in numbers. Our members seem to agree. They have discovered that exercising in a group offers them the following benefits:

Motivation: Did you ever notice how much easier it is to get something done when you're motivated to do it? The same is true of exercise. By joining others, of all different experience levels, our members find they are motivated to work a little harder and garner strength from others.

Camaraderie: A social, fun environment makes it easier to get moving. The time goes faster when you see the same friendly faces in the classes you attend.
Technique: By watching others you can learn a whole lot. The right technique is imperative to getting the most out of your exercise routine .Watching others helps you learn the right techniques for squats, lifting weights, doing push-ups and sit ups, leg lifts, etc.

Challenge: Chances are you will see a lot of the same people in the classes you choose to take. Many exercisers find themselves comparing their abilities to others and challenge themselves to match them. From the number of reps you do, to the weight you use, a little friendly competition pushes you to be the best that you can be.

Consistency: People who exercise in groups tend to return to the gym more often to repeat the same classes. Again, it could be the friendly faces they have grown accustomed to seeing. It might be the encouragement they get from others or the challenge they put on themselves to work harder and better than their neighbor. Regardless of the reason, the result is the same….the more consistent you are, the better the return.

Preventing Boredom: Sometimes doing the same thing, in the same way, can lead to boredom. If you get bored, chances are you won't want to exercise anymore. By choosing a number of different group classes to attend, you'll continuously be providing your body and your mind with new challenges.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine an important fitness trend is group exercise. From aerobics classes to yoga, step classes to basic boot camp, the group that moves together…improves together.

To find the group exercise classes that best fit your style and fitness goals check out what Lucille Roberts has to offer.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lucille Roberts - Here Come the Holidays!

Here come the Holidays…Eat, drink and be merry. And, then come the New Year’s Resolutions again. But, who says you can’t make an easy resolution or two, now. Here are some ideas to help you to healthily enjoy Autumn and the coming winter holiday season.

Ways to Improve Your Diet…Now.

Nearly half of all Americans make a New Year's resolution or two. For many, adopting healthier eating habits will top the list again for 2010. If you are in this group, make it real this year. If you're serious about changing your diet—and losing a few pounds along the way—a resolution can help. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that those who pledge to make behavior changes by means of a resolution were 10 times more likely to succeed than those who simply want to make a change. Going public and sharing your goal with someone can also bump up your odds for success. But a commitment to better eating is only the start. You also need to figure out how and what to change. Here are four suggestions that can put you on the right path:

1) Keep a food record

To fix your diet you should understand where it's broken. One good way to do that, says Washington, D.C.- based registered dietician Katherine Tallmadge, is to keep a pencil and notebook handy as you go about your day. For at least a week, record everything you eat, when you eat, and maybe how you feel after you eat.
The exercise can be eye-opening, says Tallmadge, who is also author of "Diet Simple: 214 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspiration" (LifeLine Press, 2004). By analyzing your eating routines, she says, you can discover both the good habits you practice as well as those that regularly route high-calorie, low-nutrition fodder toward your mouth.

It can also unveil such misguided behaviors as chronically skipping breakfast. "Studies have shown that if you eat breakfast," Tallmadge says, "you eat proportionally fewer calories the rest of the day." Keeping an ongoing food record while trying to establish better eating patterns can make you accountable to yourself and discourage mindless eating. And make sure to record one other item: your weight. Climb on the scale at least once a week if not every day, says Tallmadge.

2) Discover vegetables
Mothers have told us from the beginning of time to eat our vegetables. Now it's time to pay attention. Melanie Polk, a registered dietician and director for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), says by adding ample amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans to your diet you reap a nutritional bonanza. You also benefit from non-nutritive plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds called phytochemicals.

Moreover, recent studies show that consuming plant foods can play an important role in weight loss, says Polk. High in water and fiber and low in “energy density,” they create a feeling of fullness without delivering the big calorie load of high-fat foods.

If you suffered childhood trauma from having to face mushy, flavorless vegetables, Polk says cooking techniques today such as roasting and stir frying can help heal those memories. Of course, many vegetables are also delicious raw.

3) Remove temptations

When retraining your eating habits, avoiding temptation is a better strategy than trying to resist it. “We're eating machines—that's instinctive,” says Tallmadge. “That's why it’s important to keep only healthy foods in your home.”

Tallmadge recommends purging your home of chips, cookies and other items you don't want to ingest. Then make sure you have nutritious foods around that are easy to grab when you do feel like snacking. One good option is pre-made vegetable soup in your refrigerator that you can quickly heat up. Another is chopped fruit and vegetables that you can dip into humus, yogurt or light ranch dressing.

Also, be ready for the challenges you face outside of your controlled eating environment. “If you know you’re going to overeat at a certain event, seriously consider not going,” she says.

To avoid feeling deprived, Tallmadge says it's alright to occasionally indulge in the foods you have eliminated yet still miss. But better yet is to find an alternative, non-eating way to treat yourself, such as scheduling a massage.

4. Don’t give up
Finally, if you begin to slide into your former eating patterns, refuse to give up and abandon your effort. Persistence is better than perfection.

“Accepting the setback and moving on is the best strategy,” says Tallmadge. Tallmadge notes that weight loss studies have shown those who keep weight off and those who regain weight typically have the same number of slip-ups. “Successful people just know how to rebound from them better,” she says.

Making a resolution to eat better doesn’t mean you have to fight your wayward dining habits all alone. Solicit the advice of nutrition counselors, doctors, or the 92-yearold marathon runner next door if you think they can help you help you get—and stay—on the right track.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lucille Roberts Dollar Sale

Now is the time to join Lucille Roberts! For the next two days you can get a membership at any Lucille Roberts for just one dollar. Think of all the money you will save and all the weight you can loose for just one dollar. You better act now because Lucille Roberts Dollar sale wont be around forever.

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