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The winter Olympics are beginning this month! Ever since I was a little kid, the Winter Olympics have always been my favorite. In 1968, when I was 10 years old, I watched the Olympics and was transfixed by the downhill skiing event. The speed involved with skiing and the intensity of watching people race is exhilarating. Everything about the winter game is so exciting to me, and I’m in love with watching it. My parents and I used to watch the Winter Olympics every time it came on. It was like a family tradition to watch the events. Now, my daughter likes to watch some of the events with me, so hopefully, we can continue that little tradition. I loved watching these events because they all involved snow and ice. I grew up in Texas, and we never really had the chance to do snow activities like sledding or ice skating. I thought these activities would be really fun to participate in, and it’s something that I wish I could’ve done while growing up. I eventually got the chance to do these things when my family started taking annual ski trips each winter for Christmas, and when I finally got to ski for the first time, I loved every minute of it. Downhill skiing became something I was so fascinated with that, as a kid, I wanted to be a ski racer more than anything in the world. That’s strange for someone growing up in Texas because there was nowhere you could go to practice or events to participate in. One of my favorite movies growing up was a movie about ski racing called “Downhill Racer,” starring Robert Redford. He played a brash I’VE ALWAYSWANTED TO BE A SKI RACER My Love for the Winter Olympics Goes Way Back
young American ski racer who wins the International Circuit. This was such a fun movie, and I have always loved it.
When my injury happened in 1980, I was unable to ski. But my dream of being a ski racer didn’t end when my accident occurred. Eventually, living my dream as a ski racer became a reality. I got involved in disabled ski racing, and I was on the Winter Park Disabled Ski Team for about 10 years. I got the chance to participate in a ski racing competition, and it was very competitive and a lot of fun. It was amazing to go down the slopes and feel the adrenaline that skiers feel while racing. After several years of training, I got better at it and even won a few medals. I even got a chance to compete against some of the ski athletes featured in Warren Miller’s ski movies. He makes these movies every year, and it was such a surreal experience to compete against these other skiers.
Never give up on your dreams, no matter what stands in your way. With determination and motivation, anything is possible. Ever since I was little, I wanted to ski race, and I finally got to live out my dreams. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever created.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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The Importance of a Good Night’s Rest QUALITY SLEEP PROMOTES HEALTHY AGING
Sleep is an essential part of our lives, but it becomes evenmore important as we get older, as it’s a necessity for healthy aging and staying energized. Ideally, everyone should sleep between 7.5–9 hours a night, but as we get older, this becomes much harder to achieve. Health complaints, minor disturbances, and a decrease in melatonin levels make it difficult for seniors to get a full night of sleep, which can cause irritability and fatigue.
In order to combat these disturbances, here are a few things you can do to ensure you get enough sleep during the night. Build an active daily routine. Outdoor exercise and general movement every day is good for your body, but being outside and absorbing sunlight can balance and optimize your melatonin levels, which can help you fall asleep easier. On top of exercise, try weaving protein-rich snacks and meals into your routine. Foods like light meat and nuts can improve sleep quality, and dairy foods contain tryptophan, which is a sleep-promoting chemical. Eliminate unhealthy substances. Limit your intake of caffeine and sugar throughout the day— especially right before bed — for better rest. It’s also best not to drink anything about an hour before bed, so
you don’t wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom and disrupt your sleep.
Regulate your sleep schedule. Keeping the same schedule for sleeping can reap immediate benefits. You will notice increased alertness during waking hours as well as enhanced memory and attention span. You may also start to feel tired around the same time every day, ensuring that you will actually go to sleep right on schedule. It can take time and patience to adjust to new habits to improve sleep, especially for the elderly. It won’t happen overnight, but the benefits that come with a better night’s sleep will have you feeling younger and healthier than ever before. If anything, you will feel more engaged and happier throughout your daily life.
‘But I Wasn’t Drinking, Officer!’ 4 Factors That Can Skew a Breath Analysis Test
Law enforcement can give out a driving while intoxicated (DWI) test if you’re pulled over. This test determines your blood alcohol content (BAC) and is one of the most common ways to be charged with driving under the influence. However, there have been instances when the test provided false positive results. Here are some reasons why a breath analysis test could give you incorrect findings. Test Was Administered Too Quickly Police officers should wait at least 15 minutes before distributing the test. However, they sometimes do not take this precaution. Your breath analysis test could showyour BAC level as higher if they gave you the test too soon. The test could’ve picked up alcohol residue in your throat and mouth, which can skew your results. Medical Conditions If you have acid reflux, gastronomical reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, or diabetes, it can increase the acid in your mouth and throat. This can make your BAC level higher than what it actually is, which could create a false positive even if you haven’t been drinking. Use of Oral Hygiene Products Items like mouthwash, breath sprays, and oral gels can contain high levels of alcohol. If you used them before a breath analysis test, they could affect your results. This is particularly true for oral gels, as they contain anbesol, a local anesthetic.
Food Certain foods such as protein bars, pecans, energy drinks, ripe fruit, bread, and pizza can skew a breath analysis test. This is because these foods contain some amount of alcohol or yeast. Although it isn’t enough alcohol to impair your driving, it can cause a test failure. Since the alcohol from foods is in your mouth and not in your bloodstream, rinsing your mouth with water to wash away any residue could do the trick. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DWI, allowyour friends at Medlin Law firm to assist you. We can look at your case and see if any of these factors played a role in your charge.
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GIFT FROM THE HEART 4 Present Ideas for Valentine’s Day
‘OpenWhen’ Letters The re i s some t h i ng special about receiving a handwritten letter. These letters work by giving someone a series of letters and instructions on when to open them. Each envelope will have a sentence written on them, such as “open when you’re feeling down,” “open when you miss me,” “open when you’re angry at me,” and “open when you’re happy.” The themes and ideas of these letters are up to you and are something that your loved one can cherish for years to come. Constellation Picture You can order a picture of the constellation of the sky of the day you two first met, your wedding day, or when you decided that they were “the one.” This gift is meaningful and can also be used as house decor. You can also purchase a star online and receive a certificate in the mail that shows the location of your star. No matter what you give your loved one this holiday, make sure it’s coming from your heart. It doesn’t matter how big or small the gift is, as long as it’s full of love. Happy Valentine’s Day!
During Valentine’s Day, a bouquet of roses, heart boxes full of chocolate, and jewelry are popular gifts to give your significant other. Although these are great gifts to show that you’re thinking about your loved one, there are alternative, more unique gifts that your partner can enjoy for years to come. Picture Book Take a stroll down memory lane with a picture book filled with some of your favorite memories with your partner. This can include pictures you took during the beginning of your relationship, your wedding, or with your children and grand - children. Maybe there are some candid pictures of your partner that you like. There are many possibilities of what you can include in this picture album. You can also add captions explaining each image. Love Coupons You can create your own coupons that your significant other can use at any time. These coupons can consist of doing the laundry, cleaning a certain area of the house, cooking a meal, giving massages, going on a fun date, and much more. Get creative!
Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breast
2 chicken breasts
10 large basil leaves, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 tsp curry powder
2 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed 2 canned artichoke hearts, chopped 4 tsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
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1/2 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 365 F. 2. Cut a slit lengthwise to create a pocket in the middle of each chicken breast. Place the breasts on a baking sheet. 3. In a medium bowl, combine the mozzarella cheese, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil, and garlic. 4. Divide the mixture in half and stuff each chicken breast pocket. Using toothpicks, seal the edges of the pockets. 5. Season the chicken with curry, paprika, salt, and pepper, then bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 F. 6. Remove the toothpicks and serve with rice, potatoes, salad, or roasted vegetables!
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
1. How I Made My Ski Racing Dream a Reality
2. Quality Sleep Can Promote HealthyAging
‘But I Wasn’t Drinking, Officer!’
3. Leave the Roses and Chocolates at the Store
Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breast
Health Benefits of Being in Love
THE POWER OF LOVE Love Really Can Be a Drug
It’s crazy to think that being head over heels, madly in love with someone can benefit your body in the same way that broccoli can, but it’s true! Science has proven that being in love comes withmyriad health benefits. Fewer colds and natural pain control? Yes, please! Love triggers the “feel good” hormone, dopamine. When you first fall in love — and the butterflies are flying uncontrollably — dopamine is at very high levels, and mentally, you’re happy, healthy, and positive. As the relationship matures, oxytocin, also known as the bonding hormone, blends with dopamine and reduces stress. We all know that stress can lead to a number of health complica - tions, so the less stress, the better! New research has found that just being around someone you love can act as a natural pain reliever. Research has also determined that married people complain less about headaches and back pain.
When your mind is happy, your immune system is stronger, making you less prone to getting a cold or stomach bug. Some research has even shown that happily married couples live longer than those who are not happily married. The hormone vasopressin helps to control your blood pressure. Being in love releases vasopressin into your body, keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level. Both your heart and lungs are also impacted by the love you have for another. If you aren’t in love, you can still reap the benefits through a strong and healthy social support system. When you have friends who bring you joy and happiness, even just a hug may help to release positive hormones and keep your health on track. Take time to invest in positive relationships to keep your heart and body healthy and happy, both literally and figuratively.
So, what are you waiting for? Let the love flow!
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