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2016 Aspirations

New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.

Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later. 

It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it.

Why is maintaining resolutions so tough?  Perhaps you’re setting a goal that’s too vague or having unrealistic expectations (lose 30 pounds by March 1-ha!)  Outsmarting the odds means setting doable goals then breaking them down into reasonable steps.  A new you in the New Year!

Reboot your diet...do a kitchen cleanse.  Toss unhealthy products (chips, sugary granolas, sodas) from your pantry.  Reboot your workout…people who are successful are more likely to view fitness as a permanent lifestyle change.  Reboot your stressful days…Say no to something every week.  A simple “I can’t, sorry” is a helpful immediate fix.  Try meditation.  Meditation is like your brain’s virus checker, detecting toxic stress and blocking its effects on your physical and emotional health.   Reboot your energy…People are just too tired to focus on change.  Make a to-don’t list.  After you write out your to-do list for the day, ask yourself which tasks really need to get done-and which aren’t realistic.  Drawing a line through the later removes energy-draining clutter from your mind.

 

Whatever your goals, be kind to yourself and realistic.  That is the key to forming good habits that will last a lifetime. 

  

 

 

25 Things To Be Thankful For This November

Happy November!

October has come and gone, Halloween (or Halloweekend) is over and the time to get in the holiday spirit has finally arrived! While many of you will begin to listen to Christmas music now and start drinking peppermint mochas, it's important not to forget about one of the most important holidays of all: Thanksgiving. Even though this is the beginning of November, there is no better time than now to think about what we can be thankful for.

This November, here are 25 things to be thankful for:

1.     Beautiful hair & Fall hair color

2.     Starbucks

3.     Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream

4.     Laughter

5.     Sweaters, fuzzy socks or anything comfy to wear in the fall

6.     BOOTS!

7.     The fact you can almost listen to Christmas music (and be socially acceptable)

8.     Blanket scarves – or really any scarf

9.     Rogue Rite (Burgundy) CND Shellac (two week manicure)

10.    Netflix

11.     Black Friday sales & Cyber Monday

12.     Warm Apple Cider with cinnamon

13.     Cozy Fireplaces

14.     Nordstrom

15.      Red Lipstick

16.     David Yurman Jewelry

17.      Cuddle weather with your favorite book

18.     Ugly Christmas sweaters

19.    Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day parade

20.   Hot Stone massage

21.      Pumpkin facial

22.     College Football

23.    Pumpkin Beer

24.   Driving through the colorful changing leaves, trees and scenery

25.    All your amazing friends, family, and loved ones (because this is what Thanksgiving is really about; being thankful for the people who influence you and care about you. If you have any one that is special to you, you are truly a lucky person)

Ready...Set...Fight!

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. 

Healthy lifestyle choices may help lower your risk of different types of cancer and other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Although not all the behaviors listed below lower the risk of breast cancer, they are good for overall health.* One large study found that women who followed these guidelines had a lower risk of breast and other types of cancer including colorectal cancer.

Everyone should aim to:

·         Be physically active (get regular exercise).

·         Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. (Survivors who are overweight or obese should limit high-calorie foods and beverages and increase physical activity to help with weight loss.)

·         Eat at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day.

·         Choose 100 percent whole grain foods (such as 100 percent whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, millet and quinoa).

·         Limit red meat and processed meat. Choose chicken, fish or beans more often.

·         Limit "bad" fats (saturated and trans fats). These are found in foods such as red meat, fatty deli meats, poultry skin, full fat dairy, fried foods, margarine, donuts and microwave popcorn.

·         Eat "good" fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats). These are found in foods such as olive and canola oil, nuts and natural nut butters, avocado and olives.


Adapted from the American Cancer Society’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines.

The Bright Bounty of Fall

 

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the change in weather, the colors of the leaves outside, scarves and light coats, the smell of a fireplace, and the tastes of warm apple pie, spices and pumpkin.  

The beauty about pumpkins is that they can last for up to six months when bought whole, and it is sold in a can in those months when you can’t get it. So this is one vegetable that is good for you that you can easily find in most countries of the world. And that is good, because pumpkin is very good for the body. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are usually extremely useful for the body and pumpkin is loaded with the good things.  It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes, vitamins C, K, and E, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron.

How is pumpkin good for the hair and skin when applied externally? Well…vitamin A is extremely good for the scalp, if you search any commercial beauty mixture you will find that synthetic vitamin A is added to a lot of products. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and when you use it directly, you get all the natural goodness from it straight from the source. Like banana and avocado, pumpkin is another rich source of potassium and this nutrient is especially useful in promoting the re-growth of hair. This makes pumpkin one of the vegetables for hair loss.

Due to the many benefits pumpkin has, here at the Color Room Salon & Day Spa, we offer Pumpkin Facials, Pumpkin Chemical Peels, Pumpkin Spice Latte Pedicures and Pumpkin Spice Latte Manicures. Continue your experience at home with our Pumpkin Soufflé candle or Pumpkin Soufflé Body Butter.