**"DUDE--Where's My Bailout?"
Good News--You Can Create
Your Own Bailout With This Easy Plan...**
It's easy to get discouraged when prices are rising, stocks are
dropping, and Wall Street is going under. You can stuff your
money under your mattress and wait for the sky to fall or you can take
control of your money once and for all!
It doesn't matter how much you make or how much
you owe. Anyone can
use the strategies outlined in "How To Own Your
Paycheck Again"! This book has been helping people get out of
debt since 1995. The strategies work, in good times AND
Don't rely on the government or your "friendly" neighborhood bank. Take
back control of your money--today.
This is a really exciting week here at my
house. Tomorrow is my 14th
anniversary AND the due date of my younger
brother's baby. I have my
bag all packed and ready to go, as I get to be
the "official photographer" of the big event. (And a
very discreet one, too, I should add.)
Guess which snack I packed? If you've
read "Real People Don't Diet", then you know it's Fritos! I
eat Fritos nearly every day and still remain svelte (what does that
really mean, anyway...svelte...it almost sounds like a James Bond
nemesis, doesn't it? But I digress...)
Just in case you ever wondered...
Let's get into the meat of today's newsletter. Are you
dieting and still struggling to lose weight? Are you
experiencing general poor health and wondering why nothing's
Well, it appears that getting less than 7.5
hours of sleep a night may have a really detrimental affect on
your overall health, let alone weight.
A Japanese study of 1200 adults with high blood
pressure showed that those who got less than 7.5 hours of
sleep a night were 68% more likely to have a heart
attack, stroke or death from cardiac arrest. Here's the link:
Funny how the magic number is 7.5 hours...not 7, or around 7.
Seven-and-a-half hours of sleep or more is what you need if you want to
lose weight and stay healthy.
Wow. 68% more likely. All
because of sleep. That's sobering.
If sleep is that powerful, how does it affect
your ability to lose--or gain--weight?
According to this
at WebMd.com, sleep does two things:
- Makes you feel hungry even if you are full.
Sleep loss has been shown to affect the secretion of cortisol, a
hormone that regulates appetite. As a result, individuals who lose
sleep may continue to feel hungry despite adequate food intake.
- Increases fat storage. Sleep loss may interfere
with the body's ability to metabolize carbohydrates, which leads to
high levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar promotes the
overproduction of insulin, which can lead to the storage of body fat
and insulin resistance, a critical step into the development of
The article on the Japanese study notes that
lack of sleep has been linked to diabetes and obesity.
Does getting more sleep seem impossible to
It used to be impossible for me. My
bedtime had been 11 p.m. for as long as I could remember, no
matter what my family life or professional life looked like. This year I
decided to start getting up at 5 a.m. to work and have quiet
time. I changed my bedtime to 8:30 a.m. and aimed to be
asleep by 9 p.m. each night. I don't always achieve that, but
I'm usually asleep by 9:30 p.m.
I don't care what's on TV. I don't find anything worth
watching, anyway. I always have one good book I'm
reading, and that's my time to read it. Just like our
"Real People Don't Diet" strategy, I try to "trick" myself
into desiring to do the healthy thing because I want to, not
because I have to. You can do the same thing.
What's an activity you enjoy that you can set aside at a
certain time each night? Figure it out, and change your
habit. It only took me about 10 days to get into a rhythm.
And don't forget my recent newsletter that
highlighted a study showing how exchanging three sugary drinks
a day for three glasses of water led to an extra weight loss
of 5 pounds a year.
So if you find it hard to eat right, but think
you can manage to sleep and drink water, give these two strategies a
try: 7.5 hours of sleep a night and 3 more glasses of water.
See if you don't get results.
On a final and lighter note, here's something to make you
chuckle. You'll never look at your EVOO the same way again.