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Self-Acceptance, the Pre-Requisite for Change

Self-Acceptance, the Pre-Requisite for Change

by Tash Weddle

The New Year is upon us and if you’re like most people, you’ve probably set some kind of resolution to get healthier, decrease body fat, or just feel better physically.  I commend you on your desire for healthy change. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people you won’t be sticking to your new found behaviors even into February.

Why is it that so few can hold onto their conviction long enough to see their New Year’s resolutions come to fruition?

I have a couple of theories:
1) Paralysis by analysis.
Sometimes people get so caught up in finding the perfect plan and the […] Read More

Post-holiday Financial Hangover

Post-holiday Financial Hangover

by Pam Coyle

Inability to get into your skinny jeans after too many slices of pie is one thing. But think of the post-holiday financial hangover as a wake-up call for financial fitness.
Take a hard look at your discretionary spending.
Discretionary income is considered what is left for spending, investing or saving after taking care of personal necessities (food, utilities, rent or mortgage payments), insurance and taxes. Money spent on non-essential items such as vacations, concerts, another pair of knee-high boots is discretionary.

Most of us blur the line between what is essential and what is a luxury. Grabbing take-out for dinner rather […] Read More

The unbarfed-on rug isn’t really worth having

The unbarfed-on rug isn’t really worth having

By Ellen Margulies

I made the decision a long time ago that couches with unclawed arms and rugs that had never been barfed on were for suckers.

I don’t know what else you’d call someone who would pass up a chance at a lifetime of unconditional love with a being who is literally always happy to see you, doesn’t care how often you bathe and never judges you, no matter how badly you stumble. That really only scratches the surface (see what I did there?) of the many beautiful reasons there are to have pets, but they’re among my favorites.

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The Fog of Illiteracy

The Fog of Illiteracy

By Ellen Margulies

This is what the first line of this blog post might look like if you couldn’t read:

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Pretty confusing. Pretty unimaginable for anyone actually reading these words. Yet the statistics about literacy in one of the world’s wealthiest and most educated countries are staggering. Consider the following from dosomething.org:

Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70 percent of America’s inmates cannot read above a […] Read More

No Smoking, Please

No Smoking, Please

By Ellen Margulies
April 9, 2006. 2 a.m.
That’s the exact time and date of my last cigarette after a 25-year habit that briefly, in my late twenties, peaked at a staggering three packs a day. Seriously, I don’t know how I found the time. I do remember negotiating with the man who wanted to hire me at that time for a smoking office. “Either I get to smoke in the office,” I told him, “or I don’t take the job.” An occasional  smoker himself, he relented. I felt like a winner, even though no one else in that tiny office was […] Read More

Ain’t nothing sweet about “the sugars”

Ain’t nothing sweet about “the sugars”

by Pam Coyle

Actor Halle Berry, politician Mike Huckabee, chef Paula Deen, Randy Jackson, actor Tom Hanks, rocker Bret Michaels.

Which celebrity doesn’t fit with the others?
 

If you picked any of the six, you’d be wrong. All have Type 2 diabetes. All have what older movies, and some of our older relatives, quaintly call “sugar diabetes” or “the sugar sickness,” or simply, “the sugars.”

But there’s nothing sweet about diabetes. Untreated, it can cause loss of limbs, blindness, and death. In Tennessee, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death. In 2011, the most recent year with complete data, […] Read More

"I walked into a door"

“I walked into a door”

By Ellen Margulies
How many of us have gotten that phone call?
 

Maybe it was late at night, maybe it wasn’t. A girlfriend, a coworker, a sister in trouble. A man who, possibly right up until you got that phone call, you thought was a perfectly normal guy turns out to be a monster. Punching, kicking, violent jealous rages — or maybe just the imminent threat of those things.

If it’s happening to a loved one, you might help her move out, give her a place to stay and help her make the break. And if you’ve ever done those things, your girlfriend […] Read More

Early Detection - The Devil I Know

Early Detection – The Devil I Know

by Pam Coyle
Monday I will disrobe from the waist up and get squished.
 

I should be thrilled – it will be the first time in more than five years I’ve gone 12 months without a mammogram.

I was on a six-month cycle for a few years even before being diagnosed with early-stage invasive breast cancer in November 2011. After a lumpectomy, radiation and ongoing hormone treatment I am considered cured.

My story isn’t terribly dramatic but dramatically shows the power of early detection. Six months earlier, the mammogram showed no tumor. Six months later the small tumor would have doubled in size and […] Read More

National Depression Screening Day® - October 10, 2013

National Depression Screening Day® – October 10, 2013

by Diane Gramann
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression affects all walks of life. From young adults to the elderly and across all races, nearly one in 10 people in the U.S. suffer from depression. Screening for depression allows individuals to identify warning signs early and connect with the appropriate treatment resources. Early recognition and treatment offers the best opportunity for recovery. “Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about half of American adults will develop a mental illness at some point in their lifetime,” says Tom Starling, President and CEO of Mental Health America of Middle TN.  “It’s […] Read More

It's National Yoga Month!

It’s National Yoga Month!

 by Pam Coyle
That 20 minutes of yoga I do every morning makes a huge difference in how my day goes.
 

I’m more focused and more flexible. I feel less stressed and know I’m better toned. I start the day with a great outlook.

Ok, I just made all that up. I WISH I started every day with yoga. I’ve done a little yoga, and the benefits of this gentle practice are so vast I want to do more. I believe hope remains for me, and the timing is perfect.

September is National Yoga Month and Sept. 30 is Worldwide Yoga Day. The U.S. […] Read More