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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
This Dec. 16, 2010 photo shows DeEtte Sauer, 69, as she poses before a swimming workout in Houston. Sauer remembers a vacation when _ at 5-foot-5 and 230 pounds _ she couldn't make it onto a small boat for a day out with her family. She got busy, slowly shedding the weight through sensible eating and exercise. She began to walk around her Houston neighborhood, then she discovered the pool. Now 69, the woman who once had a supermom complex is a competitive, medal-winning senior swimmer. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

At 45, DeEtte Sauer was a dead woman walking.

She was morbidly obese, her heart disease so serious a doctor warned her to expect "an event at any time." Eaten up by her marketing career, struggling to raise three kids, she smoked, drank and never, ever exercised.

Sauer remembers a vacation when at 5-foot-5 and 230 pounds she couldn't make it onto a small boat for a day out with her family.

"That's when it hit me. I was an elected cripple. I had done it to myself."

Monday, January 3, 2011
WANTED: Your original recipes!

It's time to put away those Christmas decorations and take out the old recipe box as the TIMES NEWS 24th Annual Cookbook and Recipe Contest is about to get under way. Share your recipes and show your friends and family what a terrific cook you are, and win a great prize while you're at it! Up to $900 in prizes are up for grabs.

We're looking for original recipes in the following seven categories: Appetizers, Casseroles, Desserts, Main Dishes, Salads & Sides, Sandwiches, and Soups & Stews.

Every entrant will receive a TIMES NEWS pizza cutter.

Friday, December 31, 2010

It's not New Year's Eve without a little sparkle. Why not bling in the New Year?

Designers are offering glitz and shine at all prices, and you don't have to put the twinkly looks away for next year's party.

"Shimmer never goes out of style it's as classic as lipstick," says Jen Ford, fashion news director for Lucky magazine.

Meredith Paley of the women's fashion chain Talbots agrees.

"Every woman wants a touch of glamour, and holiday is the best time of the year to add sparkles, sequins, gold accents and shimmer," she says.

Friday, December 31, 2010
Lee Hopkins and Kerri Marcin

George and Susan Marcin of Lehighton have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kerri, to Lee Hopkins, son of Lee and Jeanette Hopkins of New Egypt, N.J.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School and The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education.

She is employed by Wells Fargo at its corporate center in Raleigh, N.C.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of New Egypt High School in New Jersey and West Chester University, where he played football and completed a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Friday, December 31, 2010
William Dale III and Kyra de Lodzia

Kyra de Lodzia and William E. Dale III, both of Tamaqua, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dr. Georges de Lodzia of Kingston, R.I.; and Mimi de Lodzia of Narragansett, R.I. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a graduate of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

She is currently employed by the United Parcel Service.

The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of William E. Dale Sr. and Dorothy Dale of the Hometown section of Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
This product image courtesy of shows the Safe Eyes product. Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses Safe Eyes, an Internet-blocking program, to shut down his Web access for two-hour blocks twice a day so he can get his work done. (AP Photo/ NO SALES

NEW YORK (AP) – Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses an Internet-blocking program to shut down his Web access twice a day.

"I'm sorry, but try as I might, I could never, ever do this on my own," said the New York City comedian who's struggling to finish a book. "I wish I could, but I just don't have the discipline."

Nainan's system of two, two-hour blocks is one example of how Americans are trying to control their impulses using technology that steps in to enforce good behavior.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The new year is a great time to brush off your money-saving skills and start the year with a fresh attitude.

While I pride myself in being frugal, the holidays are a tough time for us. We eat too much, spend too much, and buy odd things at the grocery store because I'm in such a hurry.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
AP PHOTO Chocolate bourbon butterscotch souffles are designed to be easy to make, sturdy enough to serve without stress and will make you look like a kitchen wizard.

Nothing is more indulgent, more impressive or more intimidating than a souffle.

If they aren't mixed perfectly and folded gently, they don't rise. If you look at them the wrong way, they collapse. And then when you finally nail it and it comes out perfectly, how do you get it to the table without complete deflation? Of your souffle and your ego.

Our version has you covered. This is a sturdy souffle that will buy you the sort of wiggle room you need to ensure great results.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
@$:AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Tim Kocher, certified fitness professional and manager at Healthworks Health and Wellness Center, measures the waist of one of the gym's members. Healthworks is again hosting the Biggest Winner contest as a way to motivate area residents to make healthier choices and exercise regularly.

Want to lose weight, gain confidence and be healthier overall?

If so, then the fourth annual Biggest Winner contest could help change your life.

Blue Mountain Health System's fitness center, Healthworks Health and Wellness Center, located in the Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton, is hosting the annual event as a way to promote choosing healthy food and becoming more physically active. The contest runs from Jan. 2, 2011 through April 2, 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Q: When I get home from work I need to get dinner on the table pretty quickly. How can I made this process easier?

A: Sit down once a week and make a menu. Not only will you avoid stress, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing your meals will be tasty and healthy. Here are our top meal-planning tips:

Ÿ Bookmark recipes you plan to use and put them in a visible place.

Ÿ Vary your menu by making a few favorite dishes that you're comfortable with and a few that are new.