Archive for January, 2015

Get Ready for Ellen’s Design Challenge

Friday, January 16th, 2015

I have paint and primer all over my hands. And some on my knee. And I just found some on my forearm earlier. But it’s all for a good cause: I’m re-doing my bathroom. Yes, I could pay someone to do it, but I love DIY and home design, which is why I also love HGTV. Which is why when I got the opportunity to meet and talk to the cast of an upcoming design show on the HGTV channel for HGTV Magazine, I jumped!

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And here’s the really fun part: The show is the brainchild of Ellen DeGeneres, called Ellen’s Design Challenge. Check out my newest piece in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of HGTV Magazine to meet the six furniture designers who will compete on the show. The premiere episode is Sunday, January 25, at 9 pm. And believe you me, I’ll be watching.

—Amy

Dr. Oz Magazine: Where’s Your 4 a.m. Zen?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Man, I used to be so good at sleep. If sleep was a school subject, mine was like recess: a break so stress-free, that by the time the bell rang, I was refreshed and ready to go. And then things changed overnight—literally overnight.

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Here’s what I mean: I can still fall asleep easily, usually dozing off with a book in my hands into a dreamy, deep slumber. But once a week or so, I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m.—sometimes because I heard a car alarm, sometimes because I have to pee—and instead of drifting back into Dreamland, my mind takes a detour through Worryville. Yep, that’s when I get the bright idea to stress about the work I have to do and the relationships I have to fix and the bills I have to pay. And the more I worry, the more awake I feel, and the more stressed out I get about how tired I’ll be the next day—you know, when I have work to do and relationships to fix and bills to pay! It can take me an hour or two to fall asleep again, and by morning when my alarm goes off, I’m groggy, foggy, and annoyed. Plus, those problems I tossed and turned over? They don’t even seem as big a deal anymore—and I’m mad at myself for losing sleep over them!

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Now, let me guess: This has happened to you, too, right? If so, check out my cover story for the January/February 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine: Turn Off Stress So You Can Sleep.

I got to speak with the biggest experts in the sleep and insomnia fields, who helped me understand 1) why we wake in the night 2) what’s keeping us up 3) how to fall back asleep and 4) how to avoid middle-of-the-night wake-ups in the first place.

The advice has helped me immensely in my own life, and I hope the piece helps you, too. Pick up the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life to see if it works for you, too.

Sweet dreams,

—Amy

Jen Widerstrom Gets Us Going in 2015

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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There’s nothing like some good fitness advice to get us all started fresh for the new year. Which is why I was so personally excited to be able to meet up with Jen Widerstrom, one of the two newest trainers on The Biggest Loser, to pick her brain.

For all of our benefit, I wanted to get more of her inspiring health secretes firsthand. And after a chilled out sit-down in North Hollywood on a warm afternoon, here’s the result: a fun collection of some of Jen’s best advice.

Check out the January/February 2015 issue of Health magazine for all the goodies, including: The best and worst things we can do for ourselves in our health. The best way to bounce back after overeating. The one fitness move you can survive and thrive on. Or read it online here at Health.com: Jen Widerstrom’s Shape-Up Secrets.

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—Amy