Carolyn Magner

Don't blame trucking!

Dear Carolyn, I was happily married for five years but as it turns out, my wife was not. She never shared that particular tidbit of information in our short time together. As far as I knew, all was well. I’m not pretending that I’m perfect but I’m not a mind reader either. I came home from a long trip and she had moved out and left me a note saying she was filing for divorce.  No ...

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Looking for Mr. Perfect

Dear Carolyn, My best friend thinks I should break up with my boyfriend. She makes good points about all his bad points. But she never mentions anything about his good qualities. I’m starting to wonder about her motivation. Lately, I’ve been thinking she might have her eye on him! What do you think? Kate Dear Kate, This is reason #272 why you should not depend on BFF’s for relationship advice. If you have the “feeling” that all is not as it ...

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New year, old troubles

  Dear Carolyn, I’m not any further into my goal toward becoming a better person than I was this time last year. I’ve got my resolution list all written and taped to my dashboard. But I don’t really believe I’ll accomplish any of them.  Right now, I’m taking your advice and taking it slow. Instead of trying to lose 50 pounds, I’m trying to substitute water for soda and walk 30 minutes a day. Those two things ...

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Holiday blues

Holidays can worsen depression in people predisposed to stress.  Add a few minutes of extra exercise to your day during the busy holiday season. Make good food choices and try to have a positive attitude.

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Spine Care

Don’t drive with your wallet or cell phone in your back pocket! It can put your spine out of alignment.

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Good choice, bad choice: Frozen Pizzas

We’d rather order a piping hot, high calorie, high fat pizza delivered right to the front door. But the frozen version can be a cheaper, convenient and healthier choice. We were surprised at how tasty the healthiest ones were.  These comparisons are all based on an approximate individual serving size. Healthy hint: Choose thin crust pizzas with extra veggies. Look for low fat and low calorie choices. Most frozen pizzas are loaded with sodium so ...

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Driving posture

Drive with your head straight and chin pulled in, shoulders back, chest out, stomach tucked in, back supported.  Don’t let your head protrude forward or lean too far back and don’t let your shoulders slump.  Good driving posture reduces lower back and spine injuries.

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Don't let the turkeys get you down!

Dear Carolyn, Well, I survived my first Thanksgiving on the road. It was not as terrible as I thought it would be. I had a lot of calls/texts/emails from friends and family. They even put my son on face-to-face and I read him a goodnight story. All was not lost! The waitress at the truckstop was really kind and I left a nice tip. I’m sure she didn’t want to be there anymore than I did. One ...

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Eye health

Eat lots of leafy green vegetables such s collard greens, kale and spinach to help prevent macular degeneration. Apricots and blueberries also help promote good vision and reduce eye fatigue.

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Snack Packs

Pack all your daily portions of snacks before you hit the road. Put in reusable Ziplock bags and keep handy for snack attacks.

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