Monthly Archives: December 2016

Keeping Up the Weight Loss on Vacation

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For many people, going on vacation is a time of reversing all of the progress they have made on their weight loss to date. Rather than continue to watch their diet, exercise, and watch that total weight continue to drop down, they abandon their calorie-counting, stop lacing up their walking shoes, and feel increasingly sluggish and remorseful over their gluttonous and lazy vacation. But when you go on a vacation to a land htat is known for its beaches and sunny weather, there are plenty of reasons to get outside and keep losing weight.

First off, you can head to the Santa Monica Pier and beach area and enjoy some fresh air, some great sun, and go for a long walk. Whether you prefer to walk along the clifftops in Palisades Park, down on the sand with the waves crashing about your feet, out on the famous wooden pier, or along the concrete footpath between the waves and the cliffs, you have plenty of opportunity to get your 10,000 steps in here.

If you preferred to spend your time at the beach laying out on a towel instead, and are looking for a little night-time exercise, how about picking up an 8 pound bowling ball for a couple of hours? Check out some of the many fantastic bowling alleys in and around Hollywood and you will be breaking a sweet in no time. Our favorite? Lucky Strikes.

Maybe you are not a beach go-er, but still want to explore one of the many things to do in Los Angeles. Schedule a famous Hollywood walking tour to get a sight not only of some of the famous museums, theaters, and sights like the stars on the Walk of Fame, but also a chance to see real-life stars in their neighborhoods in the hills up above town.

No matter what you want to do, Los Angeles offers plenty of options to continue your weight loss while on vacation. There is no need to come back from your once in a lifetime vacation feeling as if it was not a healthy undertaking – you can certainly keep losing weight while having a great time.

Top Tips for Restaurant Lighting Design

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The atmosphere of a restaurant can either make or break its success. And with so much of that atmosphere created by the lighting, it is becoming more and more important for owners and managers to pay attention to their lighting designs. Below are some great tips to get you started creating the right lighting design for your restaurant.

Don’t Blanket Your Lighting

The worst mistake that you can make when lighting a restaurant is to assume that each area needs the same amount of light. This leads to nothing but a completely washed out restaurant floor and diners eating with glare on their plates. Ensure that each area of your restaurant floor is individually lit and creates its own ambience.

Adjust Your Lighting

The same lighting that you have during the day is not going to work during the night, even if your restaurant is completely closed in. Evening diners, after all, don’t want to enter a restaurant full of bright fluorescent lights as would day diners looking to get in, eat, and then out. You don’t need to install an expensive system for this. Simple dimmable LED lights can do the trick.

Curtains and Blinds

Not all lighting design has to do with the lights themselves. Look through the Groupon Coupons page for Blinds.com for curtains and blinds which can complement your lighting. For example, a heavy velvet and dark colored curtain, when placed under a light, can reflect a warm tone for diners to enjoy in a more romantic area of the restaurant.

Don’t Forget That People Need to See Their Food

It can be easy to get carried away with creating a romantic or mystic dining atmosphere and forget that your guests actually need to see their food. Whether it’s small table lighting or targeted overhead beams, always be sure that diners can see the food they are eating.

Lighting a restaurant is just like any space, if you pay attention to the details, you will end up with a successful lighting plan. Take these tips into account when considering your next lighting scheme and see how much your diners prefer the new atmosphere.