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  • Get some sleep!

    Posted by Fitz

    Hmmm sorry, Tim, I don't see morning radio personality on this list!


    The 10 Most Sleep-Deprived Jobs from msn.com

    1. Home health aides: Home health aides look after people in need of around-the-clock care, such as critically ill patients or older adults. The work is both physically and emotionally demanding and often requires overnight shifts.
    Median hourly wage*: $9.84

    2. Lawyers: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of those lawyers who work full time, about 33 percent work 50 or more hours per week. No wonder they aren't getting the recommended eight hours of rest.
    Median annual earnings: $110,590

    3. Police officers: It's not surprising that police officers made the list, considering the occupation was deemed one of America's scariest jobs, according to a CareerBuilder survey. In addition, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 40 percent had at least one sleep disorder.
    Median annual earnings: $51,410

    4. Physicians, paramedics: According to Sleepy's, health-care professionals such as emergency medical technicians and paramedics work, on average, 180 hours more a year than the average worker and are often on call all night.
    Median hourly wage (paramedics): $14.10

    5. Economists: While it might seem surprising that this profession made the list, the BLS notes that many work under pressure of deadlines and tight schedules, which may require overtime.
    Median annual earnings: $83,590

    6. Social workers: According to the BLS, social workers often have large caseloads, leading to longer hours. Some also work evenings and weekends to meet with clients and tend to emergencies ? all of which may lead to lack of sleep.
    Median annual earnings: $39,530

    7. Computer programmers: The website collegegrad.com states that while most computer programmers work typical 40 hour weeks, longer hours may be required due to deadlines or technical problems.
    Median annual earnings: $69,620

    8. Financial analysts: Given that much of a financial analyst's day is spent traveling, meeting with clients or answering calls, many must burn the midnight oil in order to complete their client work.
    Median annual earnings: $73,150

    9. Plant operators: According to the BLS, plant operators usually work one of three 8-hour shifts or one of two 12-hour shifts on a rotating basis. Working rotating shifts can cause stress and fatigue due to constant changes in living and sleeping patterns.
    Median annual earnings (power plant operators): $58,470

    10. Secretaries: Secretaries and administrative assistants have many people relying on them. They are expected to keep track of people's schedules, coordinate meetings and book travel, among other duties. It would be easy to understand if a secretary was kept up at night thinking about the next day's to-do list.
    Median annual earnings: $29,050

    *Median hourly and annual earnings according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Whoa! Holy Caloric intake, Batman!

    Posted by Fitz

    Okay, anyone who pays attaention to my blog realizes I've been on a weight loss plan. I always say, it's okay to indulge in a sinful meal every now and then.  I mean you have to live your life, right?  Well, I might do one of these once a month if my day is planned out properly with plenty of treadmill time.  This may seem scary, but some of these are incredible!  


    11 Worst Burgers To Eat from menshealth.com

    Worst Classic Fast-Food Burger
    Burger King Whopper with Cheese 760 calories 47 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans) 1,410 mg sodium

    Worst Burger Kids’ Meal 
    McDonald’s McDouble Mighty Kids Meal with Fat-Free Chocolate Milk Jug 765 calories 30 g fat (9.5 g saturated, 1 g trans) 1,215 mg sodium

    Worst Basic Burger 
    Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger 920 calories 62 g fat (29.5 g saturated) 1,310 mg sodium

    Worst Fast-Food Burger 
    Sonic Ring Leader Loaded Burger Double Patty 1,660 calories 120 g fat (44 g saturated, 4 g trans) 1,450 mg sodium

    Worst “Healthy” Burger 
    Ruby Tuesday Avocado Turkey Burger 968 calories 61 g fat 1,601 mg sodium

    Worst Burger Melt
    Red Robin All-American Patty Melt 1,254 calories 94 g fat 1,951 mg sodium

    Worst BBQ Burger
    Chili’s Shiner Bock BBQ Burger 1,300 calories 74 g fat (24 g saturated) 2,840 mg sodium

    Worst Sliders
    Applebee’s Cheeseburger Sliders with Applewood Smoked Bacon 1,340 calories 87 g fat (75 g saturated, 3 g trans) 2,550 mg sodium

    Worst Double Cheeseburger 
    Denny’s Double Cheeseburger 1,400 calories 87 g fat (41 g saturated, 2 g trans) 2,680 mg sodium

    Worst Crazy Burger Creation 
    Friendly’s Grilled Cheese Burger 1,540 calories 92 g fat (35 g saturated) 2,490 mg sodium

    Worst Burger in America
    Chili’s Jalapeño Smokehouse Bacon Burger 1,910 calories 126 g fat (43 g saturated) 5,290 mg sodium

  • Remembering Dick Clark

    Posted by Fitz

    PLUS: Dick Clark Link Round Up: Click for Stories, Pics & Videos [LINKS]



    The star of "America's Bandstand," "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and the producer of many TV projects from the Golden Globes to the Academy of Country Music Awards suffered a massive heart attack this morning. His death comes eight years after suffering a stroke. Clark, 82, leaves behind three children. 

    • Watch Clark's final New Year's Eve countdown

    • Watch his first "countdown" to 1973

    • Watch 29-year-old Clark's "This is Your Life" episode from 1959,

    • See the Ryan Seacrest's tribute to "American Bandstand" from last year

    • See Clark's life in pictures,

    • Clark on TV Guide's cover in 1960,

    • Read the NY Times' full obit

    • Watch Clark's TV Legends interview.

    • Reactions from Ryan Seacrest, Clark's "The Other Half" co-star Mario Lopez and many other celebrities.

  • Dick Clark dies at 82

    Posted by Fitz

    TV and music pioneer Dick Clark dies at age 82


    Dick Clark, the creator of "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," died Wednesday morning, his rep tells FoxNews.com.

    He was 82.

    Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering  St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday night for an outpatient procedure, according to his family. 

    Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful. 

    Clark had suffered a stroke in 2004, which forced him to significantly curtail his hosting of "New Years' Rockin' Eve," a show he created in 1972.

    Long dubbed "the world's oldest teenager" because of his boyish appearance, Clark was also a successful businessman. He created a variety of popular game shows and music specials, including the American Music Awards.

    But it was "American Bandstand" for which Clark was best known. The show was one of network TV's longest-running series, airing as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. 

    Over the years, "Bandstand" introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna.

    Clark is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/04/18/report-dick-clark-dies-at-age-82/#ixzz1sQOefRL5

  • Down to 170!

    Posted by Fitz

    Well, the daily workout routine and 5 small meals a day is working very well.  I'm down to 170 pounds and loving life!  3 years ago today I was 350 pounds.  


    10 Things You Really Need To Do To Lose Weight .. diet tips to slim down for the summer from imag.com

    1. Track everything you eat or drink, as well as your physical activity. There are many free mobile apps on the market today. What I love about the mobile aspect is that it makes it that much easier to accurately track calories in vs. calories out. Knowing how your eating and exercise habits balance (or don’t) is essential to finding where you can, and are willing to, make changes. Be honest in your tracking, even when your intake far exceeds your needs for the day.

    2. Fill your day with non-starchy vegetables. These foods are naturally low in calories and high in water content, which means they’ll take up plenty of space on your plate and in your stomach. Their volume and fiber will keep the body satisfied, and their vitamins and minerals will keep the body nourished. Some examples include cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, lettuce, leafy greens, squash, asparagus, onions, artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, coleslaw, bok choy, jicama, radishes, water chestnuts, and more.

    3. Stop drinking alcohol. This may seem harsh, but the truth is, if you’re looking to cut extra calories, one of the first places you should look is your pre-dinner cocktail, brunch mimosa, dinner table wine, etc. Alcohol has 75% more calories than carbs or protein (7 calories per gram of alcohol compared to 4 calories per gram for carbs or protein).

    4. Stop drinking liquid calories in general. This is a huge area for cutting calories. Liquid calories usually come from added sugars that we simply do not need in our diets. Researchers have found that people who drink more sugary drinks actually have a higher risk of belly fat, weight gain, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and gout. Instead of soda or even fruit juice, sick still or sparkling water. Unsweetened black, green, white, or oolong tea are also great choices.

    5. Make time for exercise every day. If you have trouble finding the motivation to work out, remind yourself that you don’t have to wholeheartedly want to do something to start doing it. As the saying goes, "just do it."

    6. Stand up for yourself. Stand up tall - literally. This tip is a bit of a cheat, but if you want that statuesque look, part of it can be accomplished through good posture, supported by a strong core. Tightening your core and pulling your shoulder blades down and back goes a long way to present a longer, slimmer picture.

    7. Don’t be afraid of the big fat truth. Good fats are part of a healthy diet and can even help with weight loss. Fat is metabolized more slowly than carbs or protein, so including it in balanced snacks and meals will keep the body satisfied longer.

    8. Portion it, then put it away. Hunger and appetite are not the same thing. Hunger is a cue to replenish a physiological requirement for food - appetite is the reason we eat everything else. Our appetites often outpace our hunger. The easiest way to put a check on appetite is to portion food appropriately. That means serving yourself as much as fits into your eating plan, then putting the rest of the food away. If you finish a meal or snack and still feel very hungry, try doing something else for 20 minutes – go for a walk, read a magazine, organize your closet, whatever.

    9. Use smaller plates, bowls, and glasses. When your flatware is smaller, it takes less food to fill them up. This helps those of us whose appetites are governed by our eyes first and our biological hunger cues second. You still get to fill your plate, but it should naturally contain less food and therefore fewer calories.

    10. Expect a challenge and rise to it. It will happen!

  • Watch out salad lovers!

    Posted by Fitz

    Dole Salad and Sushi Salmonella Recalls: What You Need to Know



    Attention salad lovers: Check that bagged salad in your refrigerator. Dole is recalling their Seven Lettuces bagged salad because of possible risk for Salmonella contamination. The recall is in effect in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

    During routine testing by the State of New York, some of Dole's lettuce tested positive for Salmonella.


    But wait! That's not the only Salmonella contamination story for the day. There's more: Do you like spicy tuna rolls?


    Unlike with the lettuce, this Salmonella outbreak wasn't caught in time. Over 100 people in 20 states have gotten sick from packaged spicy tuna sushi rolls. Apparently it was the "Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA" -- the pink slime of the sea! It's yellowfin tuna that's scraped off the bones and turned into a sort of pulp that can be mixed with spices for a tasty raw treat that, now that I hear that description, is maybe not such a great idea to eat raw.


    A little more info on the lettuce: If you do happen to have Dole's Seven Lettuces at home, check your bags for the product codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B or use-by date of April 11, 2012 (located on the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package). Or check the UPC code on the back below the bar code: 71430 01057. Those are part of the recall batch.


    Even if you buy "triple-washed" bagged salad, it might still be a good idea to wash your greens one more time.Consumer Reports tested a random sampling of pre-washed bagged greens and found plenty of bacteria (though no pathogens). Rinsing your greens isn't going to chase away all the bacteria, but it can carry away any remaining soil.

  • It looks like Kevin Bacon needs to move to Florida!

    Posted by Fitz


    Heaven forbid anyone have any fun in Weston, Fla.: In a preemptive effort to ward off trouble, a new ordinance specifically bans any nightclubs, dance halls or skating rinks from ever going into business in the city. Sounds like the town could use a little Ren McCormack action to shake things up a bit. You, know, get a little Footloose, as it were.

    The Sun-Sentinel says the commission is taking action because of trouble they've seen going on in those kinds of businesses in neighboring towns. And as for why skating rinks are also included in the ban, the city manager says a rink could hide a nightclub business.

    Mayor Eric Hersh says it's not even an issue, because they've always aimed at keeping those kinds of businesses from opening in the town anyway.

    "There aren't those uses in Weston, there won't be those uses in Weston, and we were never planning to allow those uses in Weston," he said. "This is something that we thought would protect the city."

    Unlike the movie starring Kevin Bacon, dancing itself isn't outlawed — there are still school dances and gatherings for teens at the YMCA and city parks. The town just doesn't want crime and crowds or the drinking and drugs that may come along with those businesses.

    No one was specifically worried or applying to the city to change its zoning code, however, says the mayor. The town leaders just figured it should happen.

    "There were no applications on anyone's desk when this passed," he said. "We just thought this was the best thing for our city."

  • Is it really Betty?

    Posted by Fitz

    This morning, I reported on Betty White having a twitter account after she said she never would.  This new twiiter account seems to be a fake!


    Yes, Betty White is on Twitter. Everyone’s favorite 90-year-old has finally graced us with her presence on social media by joining Twitter with her own verified account. Given her popularity, it didn’t take White long to accumulate over 90,000 followers in just a matter of hours. So what did White send out as her first tweet?

    Betty White first tweet


    Yeah, we never thought a woman her age would want to ‘tweet’ either. But the timing couldn’t be more perfect. White’s new hidden-camera reality series, ‘Off Their Rockers,’ recently premiered on NBC and White used Twitter to promote her new show. The ‘Hot in Cleveland’ star also sent out a randy tweet to Ryan Seacrest.

    Betty White Ryan Seacrest tweet


    But the next morning, Valerie Bertinelli, who costars on White's other show, TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, stirred up the Twitter-verse by suggesting White's account (which now has more than 144,000 followers) was not legit. 

    "Just spoke with Betty and she is VERY upset!" wrote Bertinelli. "@BettyMWhite is NOT her. Don't know how they got verified, but it is not Betty. Please RT!" 

    And many followers did in fact re-Tweet as the phones started ringing and emails starting flying at the offices of White's reps. 

    Minutes later, Bertinelli suggested the account heralded as "The Official Twitter Page of Betty White" was opened without White's knowledge. 

    "Stop the presses!" she wrote. "Betty just got a call. An account was opened on her behalf by her people. More to come..." 

    The "more" took the form of a retraction and a profanity. 

    "It's all a misunderstanding," wrote Bertinelli. "@BettyMWhite IS Betty's twitter account! Now follow me back, b----! ;-)" 

    She added, "I think @BettyMWhite pranked me but good! #blushing.

  • Careful with your debit card!

    Posted by Fitz

    4 risky places to swipe your debit card




    Debit cards are different
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    Debit cards are different

    Would you give a thief direct access to your checking account?

    No? Unfortunately, you may be doing just that by regularly using your debit card. Debit cards may look identical to credit cards, but there's one key difference. With credit cards, users who spot fraudulent charges on their bill can simply decline the charges and not pay the bill. On the other hand, debit cards draw money directly from your checking account, rather than from an intermediary such as a credit card company.

    Because of that, even clear-cut cases of fraud where victims are protected from liability by consumer protection laws can cause significant hardship, says Frank Abagnale, a secure-document consultant in Washington, D.C.

    He cites the example of the The TJX Companies Inc.'s T.J. Maxx data breach that exposed the payment information of thousands of customers in 2007. The incident resulted in $150 million in fraud losses, and much of it was pulled directly from customers' bank accounts. While credit card users got their accounts straightened out and new cards in the mail within a few days, the case created major problems for debit card holders who waited an average of two to three months to get reimbursed, Abagnale says.

    While debit card fraud is always a possibility, being careful where you use it can help keep your checking account balance out of the hands of criminals.