Heather Eng

Win a Fitbit Ultra Fitness Tracker! Enter by 10/31/12


Want to drop pounds almost effortlessly? Do you dream of waking up feeling refreshed instead of exhausted? This tiny motivating tool could be the answer to your prayers. (It worked for the Lehmans and Avaglianos!)

The Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker not only tells you how many steps you take each day, but how many flights you’ve climbed, how many calories you’ve burned and how well you’re sleeping. One lucky family will get four of them!

Just go here to enter by October 31, 2012.

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Challenge Yourself: Help Your Teens Sleep Better

Teens need nine hours of sleep to be well-rested and focus during the day.

Tiffany and Peggy have shared not only their struggles to catch more zzzs, but their kids’, as well. If you’re having a hard time getting your kid to hit the hay at a decent hour, check out our story, “4 Solutions to Teen Sleep Problems.” It’s filled with expert tips on getting them to do so, plus important reasons why they need at more than nine hours of sleep a night.

Have you been able to get your teens to stop burning the midnight oil? Share your tactics in the comments below.

Challenge Yourself: What You Should (and Shouldn’t Do) to Get More Sleep

For the past two weeks, you’ve read about how Peggy and Tiffany are trying to get more sleep. If you’re also struggling to catch more zzzs, it’s important to know what’s beneficial–and what’s counterproductive–to achieving that.

For example, did you know that exercising after dinner won’t keep you up for hours? Or that you should never use your snooze button? Learn why, and read more ways to get better sleep here.

What’s the most interesting change you’ve made to achieve better sleep? Share in the comments below.

Challenge Yourself: Exercise at Home

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Peggy and Tiffany have been sharing their progress as they work out at their new gyms. But even if you don’t belong to a health club or can’t afford a trainer, there’s no reason you can’t get fit on your own, in the comfort of your living room.

Check out our slideshow, “Get Fit on a Budget: Easy At-Home Exercises.” Developed by fitness expert Gregory Florez, the routine only requires three inexpensive pieces of equipment. And best of all, you’ll lose weight and gain strength in four to six weeks if you do the moves three days a week.

What are your favorite at-home exercises? Tell me in the comments below.

Challenge Yourself: Go for No-Guilt Desserts

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Yesterday Peggy shared her favorite treats that satisfy her sweet tooth without destroying her diet. For even more suggestions, check out our slideshow, “Low-Calorie Dessert Ideas”–and feel free to indulge!