Weight Loss Retreats for Women

Many women struggle with the day-to-day pressures of losing weight. Between work, raising children, keeping house

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, social engagements and the other business of being a busy woman, healthy eating and regular exercise can fall by the wayside as your weight creeps up. One solution for many women trying to kick-start a healthy living program is to take a vacation at a weight-loss retreat.
Many spas or retreats let you tailor your daily activities to suit how strenuous — or easy — you want your retreat to be. Choose anything from classroom lessons on how to read nutrition labels to fitness classes, from long hikes to massages to melt away tension and sore muscles. Even unusual offerings such as life coaching, horseback riding and tarot readings are available at some spas.
According to “USA Today,” the expensive, luxury weight-loss spas that used to be the norm are facing stiff competition. Affordable spas that favor fitness education over white-glove treatment are on the rise. While typical weight-loss retreats for women used to average $400 per day, the newer options can cost $200 to $249, including accommodations, all meals and most activities. Long-term options, with stays of up to 12 weeks, are available for women who want to make significant lifestyle changes. These programs, however, can cost up to $25,000.
In addition to dropping a few pounds, which all of these vacations are designed to do, they offer other benefits. Women report returning home more relaxed and feeling like they have new skills to aid them in the battle of the bulge. Through a weight-loss retreat, some women have switched to a vegetarian or other diet, taken up yoga or daily meditation, or learned how better to deal with stress.
Though a week or two at a weight-loss retreat can jump-start a new or stalled diet and exercise plan, it is not a replacement for living a healthy lifestyle. Work healthy foods and fitness into your daily life for long-lasting fitness results. Dedicating a short time each day to your health and diet goals can help you to win the weight-loss race. If this is an ongoing concern for you, investigate programs that offer real-life education, taking women to grocery stores and restaurants and showing them how to make healthy choices a habit.

1958-1959 Edsel Corsair

There was no convertible offered, but the Corsair was based on the same Mercury platform and powered by the larger of Edsel’s two V-8s.

Pluses of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:

Minuses of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:

Production of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair:
Specifications of the 1958-1959 Edsel Corsair: Wheelbase, inches: 124.0 Length, inches: 218.9 Weight, pounds: 4,134-4,235 Price

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How to Bake a Moist Jamaican Fruit Cake

Traditionally served at weddings and holidays on the island, Jamaican fruit cake resembles its Christmas counterpart commonly found in the United States, but may have a drier and crumblier texture since it’s not soaked in liqueur. Without soaking the cake in liqueur, a Jamaican fruit cake can still come out moist when using the proper recipe and baking techniques.
Soak dried fruit pieces, such as apricots, pineapple, cherries, cranberries and raisins in dry red wine for at least 3 weeks prior to baking the cake. Soaking the fruit plumps it and infuses it with both the flavor of the wine as well as the moisture. Keep the soaking fruit in the refrigerator to prevent mold growth. Drain the fruit before using.
Set your butter out to allow it to come to room temperature at least 30 to 45 minutes before mixing the cake batter. Bringing the butter to room temperature allows it to cream with the sugar easily and blend with the dry ingredients fully to disperse the fat throughout.
Cream together butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Beat in molasses

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, extracts, citrus juice and rum. Using the juice from a lime or lemon makes the cake more tart, but orange juice sweetens the cake slightly, cutting back on the need for sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time until well combined.
Sift together the dry ingredients into a separate large bowl. Stir in the wet ingredient mixture a little at a time until fully incorporated.
Fold the plumped fruits, citrus zest and chopped mixed nuts into the batter. Do not over stir. Folding in the pieces helps keep the cake tender. Pour into two greased round cake pans.
Bake the fruit cake in a preheated 300 F oven for 80 to 90 minutes. Baking the cake at a low temperature for a long period of time helps hold in the moisture. Cool the cake at room temperature before frosting.

What are Sedentary, Moderate & High Activity Exercise Levels?

Your heart is a little like a machine that gets dialed to low, medium or high depending on the intensity of the exercise you’re doing. However, machines aren’t human, so if you’ve been leading a sedentary lifestyle a low-intensity workout can still dial your heart to high. Activity levels are often determined by how hard your heart works when you exercise. They also describe the types of activities and exercises you typically perform in a week and your overall fitness level

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A sedentary activity level describes someone who gets little to no exercise. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or watching television, without working out regularly, you¡¯re considered sedentary. The activity you do perform during your daily routine is low-intensity. When you exercise at a low-intensity level, you are able to breathe normally, and are able to sing while you perform an activity. Under normal conditions, low-intensity exercise will not make you sweat. Examples might include taking an easy walk, stretching, shopping and light gardening. At this level, health care professionals will likely recommend that you start a regular exercise regimen to strengthen your heart and improve overall health.
If you do exercise but get less than the 2 1/2 hours per week of the moderate aerobic activity that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, you¡¯re at a moderate activity level. With aerobic exercise at a moderate intensity level, you breathe harder and deeper than at a sedentary level. You can’t sing any tunes, but you can hold a conversation as you take a brisk walk, which is a good example of a moderate level exercise. After around 10 minutes of exercise, you should break into a sweat. Mowing your lawn, riding a bike on level surfaces and playing doubles tennis are examples of moderate exercises.
If you work out vigorously for at least one hour and 15 minutes every week, you¡¯re at a high activity level. At a vigorous level of exercise your heart is working at maximum efficiency. Talking will be difficult at this level and you will breathe rapidly. You will break into a sweat after just a few minutes doing exercises like biking or hiking on hills, jogging, swimming laps, playing basketball or high-intensity aerobics.
It¡¯s helpful to know your maximum heart rate to monitor your progress during exercise. Subtract your age from 220 to determine your maximum heart rate. Your target heart rate will fall between 40 to 85 percent of the maximum heart rate when you are exercising. If you’re sedentary, aim at the lowest point of your target heart rate

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. After a few weeks you may be able to increase your exercise level to moderate, working your way up to the high end of your target heart rate. If vigorous activity is too much for you, you can gain the most benefit by exercising moderately for five hours per week.

Polyester Vs. Silk Dresses

Once upon a time, there were few choices in terms of dress fabrics. Cotton has historically been a mainstay in every woman¡¯s closet, while silk is considered a luxury material. However, polyester is an increasingly common dress material due to its affordability and durability. When choosing between polyester and silk dresses, consider the benefits and potential risks of each type.
Polyester is a synthetic, or man-made material. It is made out of terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol, which can be woven into materials of different thicknesses. Because polyester is man-made, it is widely available in numerous pieces of clothing on the market, including dresses. Silk, on the other hand, is not as popular because of its rarity. The material is derived from silkworms, and clothing manufacturers refine it through a process called sericulture.
Between the two dress materials, polyester is considered the most durable, even though silk is considered one of the strongest natural fibers. Silk dresses tend to wrinkle easily, particularly when they get wet. If silk fabric does get wet or is exposed to heat, it loses its strength

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. Because of silk’s delicate nature and required maintenance, polyester is often chosen for its resilience over silk. However, silk is much smoother and softer. The exact occasion you¡¯re wearing the dress for can dictate the material you choose. Polyester dresses tend to be most versatile for sitting and for on-the-go. Polyester dresses can be machine-washed, requiring dry cleaning only if there are embellishments. Silk dresses should always be professionally cleaned to prevent damage.
Polyester and silk are both ideal for cooler weather. Both fabrics are heavier than cotton or linen. When it is hot, polyester particularly tends to stick to the skin, making related dresses quite uncomfortable to wear. If you are attending an outdoor event during the summer, silk is your better option over polyester because it is slightly lighter. Still, you might get hot quickly, so make sure you wear quality lotions and makeup that won¡¯t sweat onto the dress and leave unsightly marks or stains.
Due to the meticulous nature of silk

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, dresses of this material are more expensive. The more material used to make the dress, the more costly it is. This is why silk wedding dresses are among the most expensive in the fashion industry. Polyester is much more affordable because it is a man-made material. This fabric has come a long way in terms of aesthetic appeal since it first gained popularity in the 1970’s. If price is your determining factor when buying a dress, then polyester may be your best bet.

10 Must-have Gadgets for the 2012 Holiday Season

Here’s the good news on the topic of gift giving: Nobody has everything — especially when it comes to technology. That’s why high-tech gadgets can make ideal holiday gifts. Many fall into the category of something a person would love to have but might not need

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Gadgets also make ideal gifts because there’s virtually no end to the possibilities. Every year, brand new products or updated models provide different and exciting options. Keep in mind

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, though, that if you’re going to go for the most sought-after gadgets, you might want to shop early. Popular tech items can sell out long before the holidays arrive. To get jump on that shopping competition, though, you first need to know what you’re in the market for. Read on to check out some of the coolest, must-have gadgets of 2012.