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SIMPLY AMAZING!  At 41, I accomplished something I never thought was possible!  I became so inspired by Coach Berry that I achieved not only getting my health back but went on to enter competitions and won!  Read my story and become inspired...click here >>

Crusin' with a NEW Trim Body in 5 Weeks Time!

I am Sharon, 64 and very proud of it!  I am on my way to a new, fine turned, trim and toned body like I use to have.  Read my full story on how to achieve amazing results in just 5 weeks...>Click here

I got ENERGY to spare!

I am Melynda, a mother of 2 and a RN.  At 35 I was begining to feel the pressure of keeping up with my active children and demanding job.  While fullfilled and happy, I was always tired and short of feel well.  Working out with Coach changed all that.  Now, I have energy to spare and I can't stop smiling.  I am really, really happy!  Come see the Coach!   You can change your life, get shapely and feel great.  No need to feel tired or 'get old'.  Age is just a number around here.  We are the picture of youth!

This Month In Life
  • When Obsession Becomes Compulsion
    You walk through the house, make sure the lights are off, the doors are locked, and the alarm is on. All of these steps are completely normal ways to ensure your house is in order and your family is safe. But what if you were so obsessed with the fear of intruders that you checked the doors multiple times before bed even though you knew they were already locked? Read >>
  • Around the Table
    Family meals. At one time, they were an everyday occurrence. Today, they're becoming a thing of the past. Here's why you should bring them back into your life. Read >>
  • Sleep Adventures
    How many mornings do you wake up with memories of strange stories you conjured up in your sleep? Whether good or bad, dreams can leave you wondering why you dream and what they mean. Read >>
  • Bedtime Snacks
    What do heartburn, trips to the bathroom, and insomnia have in common? They may all be caused by what you eat and drink in the hours before bed. Read >>
Health and Fitness News
I hated smelly gyms, exercising and getting all sweaty. OMG! Dare to Be Fit change all that for me!

Julie46

Hi, I am Juile age 46.  I never like working out, getting all sweaty and I don't like gyms.  But since I became a member of Dare to Be Fit, all that has changed.  I am no longer on blood pressure medication.  I look and feel more energic and trim.  People are comlimenting me all the time on how much I have changed.  I smile a lot more because I feel so good.  Coach discovered the 'gym rat' in me and I am proud to say that I am in the best shape ever at 46 years old.  If you are serious about exercise and healthy choices, then Coach, Ray and Ty will lead you every step of the way.  Dare to Be Fit is like my very own personal training club.  

Thanks for keeping me smiling!

Julie

Sleep Adventures

Why do you dream at night, and what do they mean?

How many mornings do you wake up with memories of strange stories you conjured up in your sleep? The stories may make sense or be completely bizarre and the images, ideas, and feelings in your dream may be frightening, wonderful, or simple, everyday stuff. Whether good or bad, dreams can leave you wondering why you dream and what they mean.

Over the centuries, scientists have proposed theory after theory to answer these two questions. Modern brain imaging technology has helped to answer why you dream, but the meaning behind dreams is still largely mysterious.

One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams. - E.V. Lucas

The Why

When your body sleeps, you'd assume your mind would also. Quite the contrary. Your mind is very active during sleep, especially during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep. Sleep studies show most people have four to six dreams each night.

The purpose of dreams isn't known for sure, but they seem to play a part in your mental, physical, and emotional health. When people aren't allowed to experience REM sleep (they're consistently woken up before this stage of sleep), they're more likely to be anxious, depressed, tense, have trouble focusing, lack coordination, gain weight, and develop mental disorders.

Recent sleep studies have found that dreams consolidate memories and help people process emotions connected to those memories. Many scientists believe you dream to mentally rehearse self-defense behaviors, find solutions to life's problems, aid the learning process, or consolidate important information for long-term memory and clean out stuff you don't need to remember.

The Meaning

Just as there are numerous theories for why people dream, there are countless opinions as to the meaning of dreams. Today, many scientists view dreams as random electrical brain activity with no real meaning or connection to one's daily life. As you sleep, the brain pulls thoughts and feelings from its memory and constructs them to form dreams. This theory is known as activation-synthesis hypothesis.

Psychologist Sigmund Freud had much to say about dreams and believed they revealed a person's subconscious desires, thoughts, fears, and motivations. To Freud, dreams allowed a person to satisfy his or her repressed longings. While people report having similar dreams (falling off a high cliff, being seen naked in public, or being chased by an animal) the meaning behind each person's dream is unique.

Many people believe dreams can predict the future. But even though a dream may seem to come true, experts say it would be merely a coincidence or your own faulty memory of the dream.

Dreams are mysterious and fascinating. If you want to study your dreams or decipher some sort of meaning behind them or pattern to them, keep a dream journal by your bed to write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, when their memory is freshest. Record the story line (be honest about it), the random images that may not make sense, and the feelings you had in the dream.

Have trouble remembering your dreams? There are some tips that may help. The first step is to not set an alarm. The annoying sound of the alarm may easily distract your thoughts away from your dreams. It’s also a good idea before you go to sleep at night to tell yourself that you want to remember your dreams. This conscious decision may help you focus on remembering in the morning. Keeping a dream journal can also help. Writing down the parts you remember will help you process what you dreamed.