Carrie Fisher has struggled with her weight for years!! The press even compared her looks to Sir Elton John!! Well that's all changed since she became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig! It's been 8 months and Carrie looks amazing! She's lost 50 lbs!! The force is definately with her now!! Check out her before and after photo's here!!
AUSTIN, Texas â July 14, 2011 â NBCâs popular reality series âThe Biggest Loserâ is
launching a 13-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hitshow. They will be stopping in Austin, Texas along the way. Individuals and teams of two whohave at least 85 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will begin airingin January, 2012.Casting producers are looking for outgoing and charismatic teams of two and individuals whohave the personality, desire and competitive edge to vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity tolose weight, change their lives forever and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidatesmust be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States.People are asked to not line up prior to three hours before the start of the casting call. Candidatesare encouraged to bring a non-returnable photo of themselves (and their partners if applying as ateam). Casting call applications will be provided on-site."We are thrilled that The Biggest Loser has decided to hold a casting call in Austin," said MayorLee Leffingwell. "Although we are sometimes hailed as a fit city, obesity is a problem in ourcommunity just like in so many others across the country. This is an excellent opportunity forAustinites to step up and challenge themselves to lose weight and get healthy. I encouragefolks who'd like some extra inspiration to try out for the show."
SATURDAY, JULY 30
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Long Center for the Performing Arts701 West Riverside DriveAustin, TX 78704
ERCOT (The Electric Reliability Council of Texas) has issued a power "watch" for the state today due to more record breaking temperatures.Â The peak time to conserve energy is between 3pm and 7pm this evening.Â
Here are some tips to help you conserve energy this afternoon and evening:
Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, pool pump, or other home appliances between the hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
Close blinds and drapes on windows that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 80 degrees, and use fans to circulate the air.
Use microwaves or outdoor grills for cooking to avoid heating the home.
Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
The high yesterday in Dallas was 99. Houston saw 96 degrees; Austin saw 99 degrees.
Apples, celery and strawberries are at the top of the latest "Dirty Dozen" list compiled by the Environmental Working Group, while onions, sweet corn and pineapples are among the "Clean 15" fruits and vegetables the EWG says are least likely to carry pesticide residue.
In releasing theÂ 2011 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, its seventh edition, the advocacy group emphasized that the health benefits of a diet abundant with fruits and vegetables outweigh the risk of pesticide exposure.
Below isÂ a list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15:
Summer can often seem busier than other times of the year, with vacation, entertaining the kids while school's out, etc.
In the midst of all this activity, we sometimes forget that not everyone is able to do these things, particularly people who are homebound du to illness or other reasons.
That's why Meals On Wheels and More is so vital to our community, providing meals for people who are otherwise unable to cook for themselves. The organization relies on dedicated volunteers to transport 90 percent of the one million meals it distributes each year throughout the Austin area.
With summer approaching,MOWAM is facing a shortage of drivers to cover its routes, and more cancellations are expected due to summer commitments. 40 of these routes are currently open, which means they don't have regular drivers assigned to them, and are having to be covered by paid drivers. This raises administrative costs, including gas.
Meals On Wheels and More is looking for both regular and substitute drivers, particularly in north Austin and areas east of I35. If you can help, visit their website at:
Reality TV shows are quite the rage these days. Even our City of Austin is getting into the game, and it's all for a good cause.
The city has launched a program called Dare to Go Zero. Four local families have accepted a five-week challenge to reduce the amount of trash they generate, and will document their progress on camera. Each family is competing for a chance to win a sustainable home improvement package worth over $2000!
Dare to Go Zero airs Friday nights, 7 Pm, on Austin's local Government Access Channel 6, as well as on YouTube.
For more information about the Dare to Go Zero project, visit
Parents of picky eaters sometimes have to resort to trickery to get them to eat better. One "trick" that might encourage healthier appetites combines two techniques: enlisting kids' help with the cooking and mixing a sweet or surprise ingredient into the dish.
Modeling healthy eating habits and a positive attitude towards food should form the basis of your strategy for teaching your kids to eat well. Making your children eat what you eat and providing variety are also important.
But when your kids refuse, yet again, to eat what you offer and you start to fear they'll only eat chicken nuggets for the rest of their lives, you may be tempted to end the battle by smuggling healthy foods into dishes that they like, a la Jessica Seinfeld.
Perhaps you don't have to hide the healthy ingredients, though. Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan at the kitchn discovered one night that you can encourage your children to eat if you have them add the healthy ingredient into the dish (e.g., an apple in squash soup)âmaking it an intriguing game. It might not work every time, but getting your kids involved in the kitchen and making cooking fun is definitely worth a try (perhaps before you resort to hiding zucchini in brownies)
For many years, scientists have cited many reasons to not drink much coffee: it causes cancer, it's addicting, it's bad for your heart, etc.
Not surprisingly, more recent studies have begun to reverse those myths, and are coming up with reasons why we SHOULD drink coffee. Alex and Terri mentioned some benefits this week on Majic In the Morning, including weight loss among women.
I happened to come across an article in USA Today that touts another excuse to have a cup o' joe: it reduces the risk of stroke, particularly among women. Read the article here: