America’s Dream House Ain’t Comin’

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 8:03 am

americasdreamhAlmost no Image holds as much sway over our romantic reveries as the dream house we will someday buy or build. Each of us has a vision of this dwelling, from the built-in kitchen pantry to the scented linen closet, from the window scat in the upstairs hallway to the rose-covered arbor leading to the backyard garden. Every woman secretly believes that someday she’ll cross the threshold of her dream house, whether carried by Prince Charming or walking on her own.

Several years ago, after tier marriage ended, a good friend was forced to do the unthinkable: sell the beautifully restored, eighteenth-century farmhouse in which she had lived, loved, and raised six children over three decades. It was wrenching to watch her pack tip a lifetime of memories and go through the motions of moving on.

From the outside, the small suburban town house she settled into was as unassuming and plain as her former home had been imposing and grand. I remember feeling awkward as I rang the doorbell (more…)

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Running Down Your Dream

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:52 am

rdydWhen your training pace is too quick, your race pace can suffer.

I was warning down after a speed workout with my all-women’s team, Atlanta, and fell into step with a runner who’d just joined us. “I’m glad we get a chance to run together,” she said. “I want to get my race times down, so I’m trying to train faster.”

“How fast do you train now, for your regular running?” I asked.

“Seven-minute miles.”

The woman had races a recent 5K in 20 minutes – about six minutes, 27 seconds per mile. “I don’t think you need to train faster than a seven-minute pace,” I said. If anything, I thought she should train slower.

Why? How does pace (the number of minutes in which you run a mile) figure into the formula of injury-free training and successful racing?

Training too fast (along with running too many miles) is the (more…)

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Live To “Dye” Another Day

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:58 am

livetodayanotherdayThe latest way to a man’s heart may be through his hair. Here’s how to help him say good-bye to gray.

In out dads’ day, men had it easy. A quick shave in the morning, a few slaps of Old Spice, and they were done. Today’s man, in contrast, wades through a sea of cleansers, moisturizers, and styling gels. (Have you noticed how much less space you have in the medicine cabinet lately?)

Now, add hair dye to the list. It’s used by one out of eight men, according to beauty-industry estimates. In 1986, male hair-color products took in between $18 million and $27 million; today men spend nearly four times that amount, succumbing to the same younger-is-better pressures women have faced for years. Still, most men shudder at the prospect of sitting in a salon all foiled up and smelling like chemicals, and they have nowhere to turn for comforting advice. Men’s magazines don’t write much (more…)

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Love Is All When It Comes To Sex

Monday, May 25, 2015 at 6:43 am

comestosexDoctors are promoting everything from injections to pills as quick fixes for Impotence. When these remedies work–and when to try time and a little TLC.

Throughout her marriage, Celia Greene’s(*) sex life had been very satisfying. When friends confided their bedroom problems, it was difficult for her to relate. Then, last year, her husband, Stephen,(*) 41, lost his job–and his ability to have an erection. It was the first real crisis in their seven-year marriage: “We were too embarrassed to talk about it much,” recalls Celia, 38, who lives in Mamaroneck, NY. “I think we just thought it would go away.”

Instead, the problem became a silent plague in their relationship. “In every other way we kept functioning,” she says. “We looked like a happy couple, and sometimes we even felt like one. But under the cheerfulness, there was definitely a lack of fulfillment.”

Stephen landed a new job within a few months, but by then the couple’s sex life had deteriorated so badly that they were finding excuses not to go to bed at (more…)

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Everyone Likes Pasta – Right?

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:49 am

pastaPasta is one of the great energy-packed foods -maybe that’s one reason it’s been around more than 5,000 years and can be found today in over 600 shapes. Pasta done right can fill you up and keep you going. Done wrong – that is, loaded down with rich sauces and fatty meats – it can load you down and put on pounds. But as the recipes here will show, pasta can be done right deliciously.

THE IDEAL TRAINING FOOD

* Pasta is low in fat and calories. Often pasta dishes are accused of being fattening and high in calories. And they can be – depending on the topping. Five ounces of plain pasta (one cup cooked) contains only 210 calories with only .2 to 3 grams of fat, and no cholesterol. A lean five-ounce steak, on the other hand, contains nearly twice the calories and 20 times the fat.

* It’s high in carbohydrates. And this is where the energy comes from. Plain pasta is composed of 80 percent carbohydrate, the chief fuel source for your working muscles.
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