Sleeping the Weight Away

It sounds obvious; medicine and science have found that many adults are sleep deprived. That most people manage to only get a few hours of solid sleep a day, lack naps and are overdosing on stimulants such as caffeine in order to keep up with their days. This leaves people feeling exhausted, hungry, tired, and crabby. In addition, sleep deprived individuals make more decisions, look for quick energy sources like caffeine and sugar, and gain weight.

Yep, you read that right, your lack of sleep is what is making it harder for you to fit in those skinny jeans you love so much. There are quite a few reasons that sleep is such a major contributor to one’s weight loss goals and the fight against obesity. One is that those individuals who are sleep deprived suffer more stress due to the lack of sleep. This causes a jump in cortisol, and this jump then translates into more energy being stored as fat.

Another concern is the intake of sugars in order to obtain that quick energy many people need in order to stay awake. This increase in sugar is then stored by the body as fats. The carbohydrates that are burnt as fuel are burnt in stead of, not in addition  to, the fats that the body already has stored as energy sources. While the sugar does provide the individual with that quick burst of energy, it also slows down the individual’s energy level after the burst wears off, requiring more sugar to keep going.

Sugar also has a lot of excess calories in it. These excess calories are not needed by the body and therefore they are stored. The body cannot just dump calories, and therefore the calories are transferred into fats, and those fats are then stored around the waist, in the legs and butt of the individual.

Sleep deprivation also limits the body’s ability to heal itself. Healing and repairing damaged tissues is vital to the health of the body. If this is not allowed to happen, one risks serious injury or even illness or death. Repairing the body takes a lot of work, and that uses up additional energy. This additional energy is not being supplemented by sugars and excess foods, so therefore the body uses fat reserves in order to complete the task.

If you are looking to lose weight or maintain the weight you have, without gaining any more, consider going to bed a little bit earlier, sleeping a little bit later. You just might wake up feeling refreshed, happy, full of energy and ready to tackle a new day. While you will still have to watch your diet and enjoy exercise, you just might find yourself losing weight by taking naps and enjoying a little extra sleep during the day.

Importance of Foundation

Foundation is the foothold of everything, be it a building, a relationship or make up. Being able to find the right foundation can make or break whatever is built over that foundation. While it seems a little overly dramatic to compare a home’s foundation to make up foundation, rest assured it is the same concept. There are some important things to consider when purchasing foundation make up and using the foundation. This can make or break your image.

  1. Look for foundation that resembles your natural skin tone. When the foundation is placed on the back of one’s hand and gently applied, the foundation should appear to disappear. Remember, foundation is not used to change our skin tone, but rather smooth out the skin tone.
  2. Apply the foundation with a sponge. This way the foundation can be evenly spread and it has a more natural appearance. For those areas that require a little bit more coverage, dab the foundation on, as opposed to wiping it on. This will provide more coverage without necessarily increasing the amount of foundation used or causing a fake appearance.
  3. Be sure to blend the foundation well. Most people tend to forget to blend the foundation along the jaw line and hair line. This gives the individual a mask like affect, even if the amount of make up used is minimal.
  4. Use foundation wherever additional make up will be placed with the exception of the lips. This will provide the powders that most make are made from something to stick to, and will provide an individual with a longer lasting finished look to them.
  5. Use liquid foundation first then set this with a foundation powder. This will feel light but will also provide one with a stronger and longer lasting image. This will also allow one to appear softer and more natural than if liquid or powdered foundation alone were used.

Paul Amendment to Strike OSHA Provisions Defeated in Senate

An amendment introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky to strike Flight Attendant health and safety protections from the Senate FAA reauthorization bill was defeated yesterday. Your phone calls helped to bring this issue to the attention of the members of the U.S. Senate—another example of why AFA-CWA is known on Capitol Hill for our effective grassroots advocacy. Thank you for taking the time to call your Senators and register your opinion on issues that affect our profession.

During yesterday’s debate, it appeared that Senator Paul was unfamiliar with the provisions he was trying to strip from the bill. The section in question would have required the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to continue their work on the 2000 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is designed to provide health and safety protections in the aircraft cabin and addresses issues such as sanitation, hazardous materials, noise and blood borne pathogens. During the short Senate floor debate, Senator Paul claimed his amendment was necessary to keep OSHA out of the cockpit (the MOU is specific to the aircraft cabin only).

The Senate vote to take the Paul amendment off the table was a 52-47 party-line vote with all Democrats and Independents who voted, supporting Flight Attendant health and safety, and all Republicans voting against. Let’s be clear: This vote was only on whether or not OSHA protections should be extended to Flight Attendants, nothing more.

To see how your Senator voted, go to the following link:

If your Senator is among those who supported the Flight Attendant profession in this vote, please take a moment to place one more call to thank her/him. To find your Senator’s contact information, enter your zip code here .

After defeating the Paul Amendment, the Senate passed a final FAA reauthorization bill, 87-8, which now includes health and safety protections for Flight Attendants.  Once the House of Representatives passes a version of the FAA bill, the two bills will be reconciled in conference.

AFA’s press release on this latest legislative success is posted on our website . Click here to read the press release>>

Thank you for your participation.

Cleaning For A Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

Hips Don’t Lie

The “Dancing with the Twin Cities’ Celebrities” hips with probably the most exciting action have been undermined by a bum knee.

St. Paul’s FACES restaurant owner David Fhima had to pull out of Saturday’s charity event at the Minneapolis Hilton because his orthopedist doesn’t think the muscles around the chef’s knee need the added stress of trying to remember dance steps. Fhima doesn’t need to be out of commission with any new knee problems, his wife, Lori Fhima, told me.

I imagine, just from watching Mr. Sexy Pants navigate FACES’ kitchen and dining areas, that he can dance? “He can dance,” said Lori.

Melinda Jacobs, who will dance the bolero, asked me to handicap the hip action of her competitors. But since not everybody is doing a dance that requires hip action, this is all I have to offer. No matter how Macy’s trend expert Laura Schara sambas, guys will love it. Fashion blogger Richard Moody of will tango up a storm. And Joe Schmit, KSTP sports anchor … well, let’s just hope he doesn’t pull anything.

And the Arthur Murray Dance Studio professionals would probably appreciate remaining uninjured at this benefit for various charities.

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Consume These Five Things Daily for Youthful, Supple and Toned Skin

Skin, it’s the most noticeable and the largest organ on our bodies. Our skin can say a lot about who we are, what our health and eating habits are like, and can easily dictate how presentable that we feel, as well as greatly contributing to our self confidence. It goes without saying that all fashion-minded individuals generally care a great deal for the health of their skin; I sure do.

But you don’t necessarily have to break the bank by spending oodles of cash on tons of different supplements and skincare products to enjoy healthy skin; although such products can really aid you along the way. To better help you enjoy more youthful, supple and elastic skin—here are five easy and delicious things to add to your daily intake.

1. Go crazy over berries! Did you know that yummy berries, such as blueberries and strawberries, are loaded with antioxidants? These help to eradicate free-radicals, which can damage your skin or contribute to premature aging.
2. Speaking of free-radicals and antioxidants, don’t forget to get your daily intake of green tea, iced, hot or even in a smoothie. It contains some very potent antioxidants as well.
3. While we are on the subject of antioxidants, eat more uncooked olive oil. You can enjoy it on bread or on a salad, or a number of other tasty eats. It’s not only bursting with antioxidants, but olive oil also contains certain phytochemicals that help to keep your skin healthy.
4. Water, water and more water! Our skin is comprised of mostly water. So drink up, because you should be drinking at least 7-8 glasses per day.
5. Don’t forget to get your proper amounts of vitamin E in. A delish way to do this is by eating more nuts, or seeds or even dark green vegetables. They provide a substantial source of this vitamin, which is crucial in the maintenance of healthy skin.

Handling Valentine’s Day Blues

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day of happiness and love. This is when people send time with their loved one and do something romantic together. This is one of the hottest days for jewelry purchases, roses and chocolate. Restaurants will be packed, as will the movies. However, not everyone has that special someone in their lives to spend this Valentine’s Day.

Not having anyone to share Valentine’s Day with can cause some people to experience a depression. They may even feel as though they are the only one who does not have anyone to spend the holiday with. However, there are many people who lack a special someone to spend this commercial love holiday with. For these individuals, there are some things that can be done to pass this time alone and maybe even find someone to spend next Valentine’s Day with.

One of my favorite activities was to go out to some of the bars that featured the “Meet Markets”. These were activities geared specifically for single individuals where they get to go out, drink and dance, and even potentially meet that special individual. These activities are ideal because they get everyone together, take the pressure out of introducing ourselves and they even provide an activity.

Another thing I like to do when I don’t have a date for the lover’s holiday is to indulge in a girl’s night in. This typically includes ice cream, chick flicks and make-overs. However, this is a very gender specific idea. Men would indulge in a man night, watching sports or what ever else men like to do when they get together. (Sorry, never actually been invited to a man’s night in/out, so I have no idea.)

No matter what I did on Valentine’s Day, I make sure I had fun. Just because I was single, it did not mean that I sat around and sulked. It just meant that I had to try a little harder to ensure that I was not left out in the activities and the fun that is the holiday. You shouldn’t either.

37 Seconds to Change Your Life

Now, I’m not someone who normally tries to change people’s life or tell anyone how to live. After all, what do I know about your life? What do I know about anyone’s life other than my own life? However, every now and again I stumble across something that touches me and makes me want to share it with others. This is one of those rare things that I came across that I think needs to be shared.

Now, I’m not going to bore you with the whole story although I will give you a link to the website. Here is the gist of the story though. There are 2 men; they are in a hospice care center, getting ready to die. One of them is able to sit up and look out the window, but the other one is forced to stay on his back the entire time and is not able to look out the window.

The man who is able to sit up tells the man who is unable to what he sees. He describes beautiful summer days, parades and other events. The man who could not see out the window sat and enjoyed the stories, closing his eyes and imagining the story. Unfortunately, this was not to last as the man who peered out the window died one morning.

After a few days, the other man asked to be moved next to the window. As he was laying there, he convinced the nurses to help him into a sitting position. When he peered through the window, he found nothing but a brick wall. He was shocked and told the nurses what the other man said was there. The nurse looked at him, smiled and informed him that the other man was blind.

The moral of this story is that one can make any situation into something else. This includes a bad situation, such as being blind and dying. While people are busy worried about every negative problem, it is important to visualize the positive, be thankful for what one has and create new reality for your self.

While I don’t know if this story touches you or not, I know it touched me and it has helped me through some more challenging things that have come into my life. I think this story will continue to help me by reminding me about the different things that I have to look forward to and how to best see the good in every situation.

As promised, here is the post that I found. I don’t know if this is the original posting or not, but it is where I got the story.

Learning Fashion

As with just about everything else that people can learn about, fashion can be taught through the use of various games. These games are not always geared towards children. Some of these games and programs are geared specifically for adults and help the individual look his or her best no matter what.

These different games and different programs come in a wide variety of mediums. This can include cell phones, game systems and lap tops. These different programs allow people to upload or take photographs of how the individual looks, and then evaluates the image and allows for the changing of clothing and color digitally. These images come with scores that show how good or how bad one looks.

What is really nice with these different programs is that they are not generally programmed to act on the idea of fads. This helps to ensure that one does not look dated, but rather looks more appropriate for his or her age and body type. The program works to match the appropriate color pallets, clothing shape and general appearance of the outfit.

With these programs and games, anyone can become a true fashion professional. These programs help to convey the most fitting images possible and allow one to evaluate not only themselves but those around them as well. This can make even the person that people ask last about fashion the person that they ask first.

Healthy, Sexy Nails with These 5 Easy Tips

So you want your nails to look healthy, sexy, and vibrant and to be strong and not have those nasty white spots – which is caused by zinc deficiency – huh? Well the good news is that there are some really simple tricks and healthy nail tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily regiment that can allow for you to more easily enjoy the nails that you so desire. Alongside of taking care of your nails the best that you can, there are some easy ways to keep them looking gorgeous. Our nails are a very noticeable external amenity. So do them justice and take good care of them with these simple healthy nail tips.

  1. Hydrate your nails every evening. That’s right! Nails need some hydrating in order to look their best. An easy way to accomplish this is to massage small amounts of petroleum jelly or castor oil into the cuticles before you go to bed each night.
  2. Eat more eggs and drink more milk. A glass of milk and a hard boiled egg once per day will allow for your body to absorb more zinc. This helps keep your nails strong and healthy, and allows for you to avoid those white spots, which are usually attributed to a zinc deficiency.
  3. Vitamin B and biotin for healthy, super strong nails. Some recent studies suggest that persons who consume biotin and vitamin B have nails that are as much as 50% stronger than persons who don’t.
  4. Toss out polish removers that contain acetone or formaldehyde, which can cause some serious damage to your nails. Instead, use a milder remover that contains acetate.
  5. Always wear strong rubber gloves when cleaning. Those industrial-grade cleaners can wreak havoc on your delicate nails.