Remember that song from The Lion King, "The Circle of Life"? That soundtrack plays in my head these days.
As a teenager I thought, "Wow, my parents have a lot of people to take care of." We lived in New York City with one set of grandparents next door and the other set across the street. My parents had all of them plus three daughters depending on them for A LOT.
Are you a runner? I’m not - never have been. Honestly, if I’m running, something’s probably chasing me.
A few years ago, my awesome husband signed us both up for a Walk/Run group. Now, other than the fact that it was the middle of winter and the group met at 7:00 AM on Saturday mornings, this seemed like a great idea (note my sarcasm here). The program offered 3 groups: Runners, Walk/Runners, and the slow pokes…um, I mean the Walkers.
As I ran (or more accurately, limped) down the street wondering how much further our stopping point was, this famous quote ran through my head: "The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you're not in shape for it, it's too far to walk back."
I'd been invited by a co-worker to join a Team in Training running team. Before that day the only running I did was....OK, I never ran! :-) However, this was worth it because I could accomplish 2 goals: raise money for a great cause (The Leukemia Society) AND get in shape.
Ah yes, the holidays…mix all your favorite high-calorie foods with more stress, less time, less sleep, strained family dynamics and what do you get? Weight gain!
According to multiple studies, the not-so-merry news is that we can’t just “blame it on the holidays.” Americans tend to gain .4 to 1.8 pounds each year. At that rate, a 20-year-old who weighs 130 pounds could weigh 148 at age 30, 166 at age 40, 184 at age 50 and 202 at age 60 (does this sound familiar to anyone else?).
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Are your holidays usually stressful and jam-packed? Baking, visitors, cooking, family, high expectations, financial woes, a full calendar, parties, events, exhaustion, shopping, gifts, cleaning, and let’s not forget weight gain from all the cooking and baking. Some would say we’ve taken what’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of year” and turned it into “the most stressful time of year.”
In addition to the premium tax credits that people have heard a lot about, the Affordable Care Act also created “cost sharing reductions” (CSRs) to help low-income individuals pay their out-of-pocket expenses. Before President Obama left office, then-Speaker John Boehner and the Republican congress sued the president over these cost-sharing subsidies, saying that Congress had not authorized the payments his administration was making to insurers.