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The thing about last minute weight loss, is the more last minute it is the least healthy it is.  Usually, you end up thinking you shouldn’t eat at all.  Food is not your enemy.  What seems pretty simple now, may end up with side effects. Starvation diets can leave you weak and with sleeping disorders.  You may have stomach problems as well. But these are just the physical problems. There are also psychological problems that ensue such as depression and anxiety.  The weight loss you experienced will turn into rapid weight gain once you start eating again. And even worse, you may end up with an eating disorder. There’s nothing that is worth all these problems.

There are people that even consider becoming bulimic as a solution to the weight loss problem. Throwing up or taking laxatives is an unhealthy solution.  I know how it feels to want to lose the fat around your belly and thighs.  I am overweight and am fighting the battle just as you want to do.  There’s no point in creating problems for your body in the future. There is another solution.

You can eat healthy and have fairly rapid weight loss as well. It all starts with your decision to lose weight. With that done you need to find a diet that is fairly easy to do because you will never keep up something that is difficult. For example, many pre-packaged diets cost up to $ 500 a month. I’m sorry, but how many people can afford to keep that up? Or being on a low-carb diet.  How practical is it to eat vegetables and meat? It is a short-term solution that doesn’t take into account the real world.  We eat bread, rice and potatoes in the real world.

You have to find something that would trigger you to eat less.  You should eat 5-6 small meals a day that include lean meats, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Also, you have to eat foods you like, otherwise, it’s just a plan on a piece of paper.

You need to incorporate your exercise into your current schedule. To radically change your schedule to make room for exercise seems impractical. Why not do some lunges and squats while watching TV?  Why not take the stairs when you can or walk a little more on your lunch schedule?

And surprisingly you can lose up to 10 lbs in 14 days. Don’t get caught up in “last minute weight loss“. It’s all possible. Find Out How!

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Though many in Austin consider themselves to be health conscious, there are still moments in each of their lives when a good hamburger sounds delicious. Austin is home to many burger joints, and some have been around for over half a century.

Hut’s Hamburgers has been around since 1939. Homer “Hut” Hutson opened his establishment originally on S. Congress Avenue. That same year, Sammie’s Drive-In opened on W. 6th Street. In 1959, Hut moved his burger joint to the current location of GSD&M’s Idea City on 6th, and a decade later bought the Sammie’s Drive-In lease. Though the Drive-In was no longer there, the dining rooms they added on were, and it’s from this location that Hut’s still stands, selling 20 different burger combinations, named after 50s legends such as the Buddy Holly burger, or the Wolfman Jack. In 1981, Hut’s survived the massive flood which devastated the surrounding Shoal Creek area, and their slogan, “God Bless Hut’s” was born.

The Frisco Shop, on Burnet Road in north Austin, was established in 1953 as part of the Night Hawk restaurant chain. Harry Akin, who served as mayor of Austin through the late 60s, ran the chain of restaurants, and was the first in Austin to integrate public dining facilities, and make them available to black and white patrons. Though the Night Hawk chain has gone away, the Frisco Shop still stands, serving up the “Frisco Burger”, with cheese, relish and Russian-style dressing. R. Harry Akin, nephew of Frisco’s original owner, bought the Frisco Shop in 1994, and currently co-owns the restaurant with two other partners.

Sandy’s Frozen Custard, located at 603 Barton Springs Rd., set up shop in 1947. Though obviously Sandy’s sells a variety of frozen treats, their hamburgers are not only delicious, but on Thursdays the lines form around the building to get their “Thursday Special”: a 1/4 lb. burger, fries and a drink come to a total of $ 3.19.

Dirty Martin’s Place (commonly referred to as just “Dirty’s”) is located just west of UT’s campus at 2808 Guadalupe St., and has been in business longer than many establishments in town. They opened their doors in 1926, and have been making the “Kum-Bak” burger longer than many of the surrounding university buildings have been standing. The price of the burger, hovering just over 2 dollars, brings in a large college crowd, as it has for over 80 years.

Though Casino El Camino has not been in business since the middle of the century, their burgers have been voted “Best in the City” in the Austin Chronicle more than once. Casino’s is located on 6th street, and has remained longer than most other neighboring establishments, and for good reason. Their burgers are topped with anything from bacon to avocado to blue cheese, and are 3/4 lb. and 1 inch thick. Though the atmosphere is very dark, literally and figuratively, it fits the rock and roll feel of the place, and the award-winning juke box is the perfect touch.

It seems that regardless of what part of town the hungry burger-lover is in, a good burger place will probably been a stone’s throw away.

Ki lives and works in Austin Texas. His company helps clients interested in Austin real estate. Potential buyers can start searching online using the Austin MLS. Ki also provides information about Austin on his Austin real estate blog.

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Rise of the Jumbies

  • The Rise of the Jumbies

Deep beneath the waves, a great enemy awakens . . .

Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne.
 
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Adolescent years are a challenge. For everyone involved. Young individuals searching, yearning for their independence though not yet prepared to manage the cost/benefit scales of life. Crazed parents hurt by their child’s sudden rebuttals and scared by both their loss of control and their child’s inability to make consistent good choices. These years are typically speckled with yelling matches, sulking, door slamming, grounding and aren’t often remembered as the glory days. I’m sure we can all remember wishing we could just run away, with only the thought of living on the street and having no money keeping us home.

But children of divorce uniquely have another option. They have somewhere safe to run. Somewhere that is also considered home. Their other parent’s home. And almost every single child of divorce that I know, including myself has done the house hop. For the child, it’s a logical solution. Most likely it has been important to both parents for them to feel the other parent’s home was their home too. So if their current residence isn’t satisfactory, why not try the other? It’s certainly not as tumultuous as moving in with grandma or an aunt. Much better than living in a gutter somewhere. Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to live with a biological parent. Either one of them.

And so the question gets posed. Can I come live with you? But the answer can be tricky. A catch twenty two. For the other parent doesn’t want to say ‘no’. What would that say to their child? A rejection. It would say ‘no, I don’t want you. You don’t live with me and there’s a reason for that.’. But what does ‘yes’ say? It says ‘sure, don’t try to work out your relationship issues. Escape is a perfectly acceptable solution to conflict. So come live here instead.’. How can a parent win? How can the child?

Co-parenting. Pure and simple. Because teenagers are rash. Parents living with teenagers become overwhelmed. And that leaves only one role available to relieve the situation. The moderator. Decisions made out of anger or resentment are never wise and decisions made by teenagers are rarely well thought out. Someone needs to be the voice of reason. Someone not directly involved in the battle but who’s opinion is also valued. And the other biological parent is in the perfect position to take on the job. But as I’ve mentioned before, co-parenting isn’t easy.

And the role of moderator is difficult even by co-parenting standards. Made more difficult if relations with their ex spouse are tenuous or if they have an underlying self interest in custody. And the level of difficulty only increases if they have never had the experience of parenting, really parenting a teenager themselves. But moderating is vital to teaching the child how to positively deal with problems in relationships. Their sense of conflict resolution may already be based on a model of severance or withdrawal due their own view of their parent’s divorce. And it should be vital to any parent not to reinforce that. It’s a pattern they don’t want established. Once the crisis has been moderated between the child and parent, then both parents can discuss the custody agreement with each other. If both are in agreement, changes can be made. For although there is debate among professionals on this topic, I believe that custody issues should never rest on the shoulders of children.

I am still haunted by my own experience with doing the hop. Thirteen hundred miles and a complete breakdown in co-parenting escalated the situation to a level it never needed to go. But as I look around at my ACOD friends, it is rarely such a dramatic event. Just another strange reality in their line up of strange realities. I hopped twice. Once from my mom’s to my dad’s, then from my dad’s to my mom’s. I’ve seen some hop from just once. Others over and over; back and forth. I still carry the guilt of my hop with me. The typical child of divorce. Responsible for everything. Wondering if it was my job to be the moderator instead of the teenager.

House hopping will happen. As long as the decision isn’t made as a means of escape, I don’t really see the harm. Parents should understand that it’s not personal. Look past the pain and realize that it is simply a teenager finding one more way to exercise their independence. It may not be something that your peers with nuclear families have to endure, but your child doesn’t live in a nuclear family. So take solace in the knowledge that your child loves you. Will always love you. Even if they are a little house hopper. I mean really, why shouldn’t a child of divorce get to experience living with both of their parents? The other kids get to. They just don’t have to move to do it.

Carolyn is the founder and primary author of her website http://www.thegrownupchild.ca As a nearly lifelong child of divorce, she has a profound understanding of what it means to grow up with divorce as well as a gift for writing about her related feelings and experiences. With strong opinions regarding both how divorced parents should conduct themselves and what children of divorce need, she is always striving to provide insight to all involved.

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Live out your castaway fantasy – with mod cons and chic touches, of course – at these stylish island hideaways.

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WHY? This white cliff-top hideaway is Capri’s hippest boutique hotel. With only 22 rooms, it’s as intimate and relaxed as a luxurious, well-staffed private residence.

WHERE? A 45-minute hydrofoil ride from Naples, in the midst of a Roman settlement, overlooking the Marina Grande (harbour).

STAYING IN This handsome 19th-century villa has long been a hotel, but was recently transformed into this glamorous incarnation by Michele Bönan, the French architect responsible for the super-stylish Ferragamo-owned Lungarno hotels. Most rooms have sea views, but if you tire of gazing out at the azure blue, adjourn to the library for a flick through the coffee-table books, or head to the teak terrace and heated outdoor pool – taking in breathtaking views of the Amalfi coast and Mount Vesuvius. Lunch alfresco on the terrace at JKitchen, where the salad of buffalo mozzarella and local cherry tomatoes is the must-try dish – former guest Princess Caroline apparently took some mozzarella back to Monaco after her stay. At the end of a taxing day reading and wafting about in your kaftan like a Fifties screen siren, dress for dinner and sip Bellinis as the yachts twinkle below.

STYLE STEAL Achieve the nautical-meets-Ralph Lauren look with a blue-and-white palette, lacquered black floors, plump white couches and monochrome artworks.

OUT AND ABOUT Take the chairlift from Marina Grande up to the whitewashed town of Anacapri – at its best after the day-trippers have gone – or hop on the shuttle and browse Capri’s boutiques. Pack a polka-dot one-piece and Loren shades and spend a day out at lido-restaurant La Fontelina, situated on a rocky jetty in view of the Faraglioni rocks.

MORE INFO Double rooms cost from around £624 per night (+39 081 838 4001, jkcapri.com).

BELVEDERE

WHY? To check out this David Rockwell-designed hotel that’s all about sophisticated lounging against a rustic backdrop.

WHERE? In the School of Fine Arts quarter of Mykonos Town, where bougainvillea-covered white houses mix with full-throttle bars and nightclubs.

STAYING IN If you can resist the Mediterranean waves, everything you need is on hand. The rooms are a mix of traditional Greek colourways and state-of-the-art mod cons. It’s airy and floaty enough for you to feel like a Greek god/dess, but with the added bonus of being able to plug in your iPod. After a day by the pool, choose between Asian or modern Greek food in the hotel’s two restaurants, Matsuhisa and the new Belvedere Club. The former was set up by Nobu Matsuhisa, of Nobu restaurants fame, and serves up the same gorgeous Japanese food.

STYLE STEAL For slicker storage, try leather under-bed boxes with stitched corners, such as those at Store.

OUT AND ABOUT The winding alleyways are packed with glam boutiques, with Soho-Soho on Matogianni Street being one of the most popular – even SJP has flexed her plastic here. For seaside fun, Super Paradise Beach is partylicious, or head to unspoilt Lia, where a small taverna serves up fresh lobsters.

MORE INFO Standard double rooms cost from £357 per night (+30 228 902 5122, belvederehotel.com).

BARAZA

WHY? Endless sunshine and pristine beaches, to which the Baraza adds the perfect space for unadulterated relaxation.

WHERE? On the unspoilt east coast of Zanzibar – think talcum-powder sands, crystal sea and gently swaying palms – an island that lives up to the romantic connotations its name suggests.

STAYING IN Each villa has its own private terrace, complete with plunge pool, while the public areas offer plenty of shady nooks with bolsters, pouffes and scatter cushions. Arise from your slumber to sample menus inspired by Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavours, explore the grounds, or drop in on the spa – the essential oils, infused with local cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns (this is a spice island after all) work a particularly evocative magic. If they prompt a burst of energy, then diving, windsurfing and all kinds of aqua activities await on the beach.

STYLE STEAL Limit the beaten metallics and keep things neutral to ensure the look is more ‘rock the kasbah’ than ‘Aladdin’s cave’.

OUT AND ABOUT Head for Stone Town, the island’s cultural heart, and lose yourself in bustling bazaars and winding alleyways. Snap up spices to enliven your cooking, or jump on a dhow for a cruise round the outer islands.

MORE INFO Villas cost £768 per night, including meals, drinks and some activities (baraza-zanzibar.com).

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