Friday, November 30, 2007

Small things to help...

To Improve Nutrition:
1. Buy whole foods -- whether canned, frozen, or fresh from the farm -- and use them in place of processed foods whenever possible.2. Reject foods and drinks made with corn syrup, a calorie-dense, nutritionally empty sweetener that many believe is worse for the body than sugar, says Katz.3. Start each dinner with a mixed green salad. Not only will it help reduce your appetite for more caloric foods, but it also will automatically add veggies to your meal.

To Improve Physical Fitness:
1. Do a squat every time you pick something up. Instead of bending over in the usual way, which stresses the lower back, bend your knees and squat. This forces you to use your leg muscles and will build strength. 2. Every time you stop at a traffic light (or the bus does), tighten your thighs and butt muscles and release as many times as you can. (Don't worry, no one will see it!) This will firm leg and buttock muscles, improve blood flow -- and keep you mildly amused! 3. Whenever you're standing on a line, lift one foot a half-inch off the ground. The extra stress on your opposite foot, ankle, calf and thigh, plus your buttocks, will help firm and tone muscles. Switch feet every few minutes.

To Improve Stress Control:
1. Give your partner a hug every day before work. Studies show this simple act can help you remain calm when chaos ensues during your day, Katz says.2. Have a good cry. It can boost your immune system, reduce levels of stress hormones, eliminate depression, and help you think more clearly.3. Twice a day, breathe deeply for three to five minutes

To Improve Sleep:
1. Sprinkle just-washed sheets and pillowcases with lavender water. The scent has been shown in studies to promote relaxation, which can lead to better sleep.2. Buy a new pillow. Katz says that studies show that pillows with an indent in the center can enhance sleep quality and reduce neck pain. Also, try a "cool" pillow -- one containing either all-natural fibers or a combination of sodium sulfate and ceramic fibers that help keep your head cool.3. Eat a handful of walnuts before bed. You'll be giving yourself a boost of fiber and essential fatty acids along with the amino acid tryptophan -- a natural sleep-inducer.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Weight Management and Fitness Forum 5th Edition

Welcome to the Fifth Edition of the Weight Management and Fitness Forum. We appreciate everyone's support and participation. We hope you enjoy the article selections for this edition. Find out more about the next edition of this forum at the end of this post. Enjoy!


Dan Taylor presents The Strength to Change posted at The 45-Year Old Six Pack

Zoe Anderson presents 8 Pilates Myths and Truths posted at, saying, "An article that distinguishes 8 myths and truths about pilates."

Andrew Edgington presents Bodybuilding and Training Errors (Part 1) posted at Mick, saying, "Back to basics again boys and you may have to make some important decisions in your life. Read on please."

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Top 10 Cheapest Ways To Exercise posted at The Digerati Life

Nutrition Fitness Life presents Back to Basics 101: Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercises posted at Nutrition Fitness Life, saying, "Here's a review of aerobic and anaerobic exercises and how the body responds to them, as well as how they improve your fitness."

General Health

Mike Remer presents Is STRESS Real? My Path To Fitness Blog posted at My Path To Fitness Blog

Sohail Ismail presents Masturbation: It is NOT healthy for you, contrary to popular belief! posted at The HealthBlogger, saying, "Yes, that’s right, I have chosen to write about a topic which is commonly perceived as taboo, though I know many will be intrigued and curious to read the information presented and learn the negative consequence of such an abhorrent practice."

Ian Welsh presents Fat Nation, Here We Are! posted at The Agonist

Tupelo Kenyon presents Inspire Yourself on Purpose – Inspiration from Inside Out posted at Tupelo Kenyon, saying, "Here are twelve common sense reminders on how to inspire yourself. The word “inspire” derives from root words that mean “in spirit” or “spirit within.” Although there’s always another step to take, these points are a natural result of recognizing and identifying with this realization of who we really are. (Enjoy soothing instrumental music as you read plus songs with lyrics related to each article – all free.)"

Becky Gillaspy presents Just How Much Water do You Need Each Day? Video posted at Weight Loss without Worry, saying, "Do we really need 8 glasses of water a day? This article breaks down the official beverage guidelines so you can understand them."


James D. Brausch presents Do Microwave Ovens Make You Fat? posted at Weight Loss Dude

Randy Powell presents Ramblings of a fat man posted at Alkaline Diet blog

Chris presents Here’s One Way To Eat Healthier Snacks posted at The Healthy Snacks Blog

Weight Loss

iamstr8fire presents Never Settle For Less - Letter To Everyone Struggling with Weight posted at Do It Light Do It Right Do It Wrong Do It Long, saying, "Heart felt letter outlining how and why I lost 50 lbs between November of 2006 and April of 2007!"

Ron King presents Diet - Weight Control: Lose 10 Pounds posted at Diet & Weight Control Blog

Vern L presents Do It Thai Style! A Lifehack for Losing Weight? posted at Aim for Awesome!, saying, "I inadvertently lost a lot of weight while not really trying very hard. This article is about how that happened, I think it's very easy to lose weight without hardly trying. Read this and let me know of your success! Best of life!"

Anmol Mehta presents Online Yoga Exercises for Healthy Weight Loss posted at Mastery of Meditation, Enlightenment & Kundalini Yoga, saying, "Effective yoga exercises for safe healthy weight loss, fitness and energy."

Paul Heingarten presents Lose Weight Fast For Your Wedding Day Dress posted at Workoutebooks, saying, "Your wedding dress is one of the most important outfits you will ever wear. Read on about how to make sure you fit into that dress without any issues."

Lucynda Riley presents Hold me Accountable posted at A Public Diet

That concludes this edition. We hope you enjoyed the selections. Look for the next edition of the forum to be published on December 1st. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Weight Management and Fitness Forum using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

The Mist

I am a big fan of Stephen King's novels and movies. He has had some great novels made into feature films including It, The Shining, Carrie, Misery, Pet Cemetary, Cujo, and Salem's Lot to name a few. Anybody that does not understand why clowns are scary has obviously never seen It. The Shining is such a classic with Jack Nicholson. There are so many great lines from that movie, "Here's Johnny", and "Redrum. Redrum.", not to mention those creepy little girls. Kathy Bates is the very picture of demented obsession when she breaks James Caan's legs in Misery. Just the thought of that dog from Cujo and Sissy Spacek getting all that blood dropped on her in Carrie creeps me out.

I am excited about his next great thriller opening in theatres November 1st, The Mist by Stephen King. It is about a large group of terrified townspeople who are trapped in a local grocery store by a strange mist that has deadly, otherwordly creatures in it. As the townspeople are trapped in the store the base nature of human kind is revealed and they begin to wonder which is worse the monsters in the mist or the other ones, their neighbors inside the store. If you are a Stephen King fan like me, I encourage you to go to The Mist's official site and watch the movie trailer. I cannot wait to see this movie and get the willies.


I never do good at the holidays as far as watching what I eat. So I have decided to get a head start to try to counteract all of the eating I will do in the next couple of months. I have started a walking program. I am walking thirty minutes every morning before work. It is very enjoyable walking in the brisk autumn morning and viewing all of God's wonderful nature. Maybe this will help me keep up my weight loss during the holiday season.

Dental Repair

It is getting close to Thanksgiving, and that made me start thinking about past holidays I have enjoyed. My uncle from Charleston usually comes down every year at Thanksgiving and we all get together and eat too much at grandma's house. But one Thanksgiving my uncle did not get to overeat. In the middle of taking a big bite out of a turkey leg, he let out a loud grunt of pain. As he carefully removed the drumstick from his mouth, a dental crown that he had on one of his teeth fell out of his mouth and landed in his dumplings. It was somewhat humorous how it happened, but we all tried not to laugh because it was obviously causing him some pain and not to mention a lot of embarrassment. He was not able to eat anything else that Thanksgiving and was not able to get the crown repaired until he went back to his dentist the next week.

This story could have had a better ending if my uncle had known about Dentemp OS. Dentemp OS is the number one temporary dental repair material on the market. It provides fast, temporary relief of pain and discomfort. Just remove it from its plastic vial and it's ready to use. No Mess! No Mixing! Several Applications in each vial. Replaces lost fillings and may be used to temporarily cement loose crowns. You can eat on it within 30 minutes of setting. All products have been tested and fully comply with FDA Regulations for Oral Care.
So all of his problems could have been temporarily fixed in less than an hour and he could have enjoyed his Thanksgiving meal instead of watching us eat it all, if he had known about Dentemp OS.


Hey guys. I'm going to the University of Georgia football game tomorrow. We are going to have a blast I know. It is going to be a tough game against Auburn though. Wish us luck so hopefully it won't be a long trip home. Go DAWGS!

Shop the Alzheimer's Foundation eStore

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that affects millions in the United States. You may remember an earlier post where I talked about a lady I know that has Alzheimer's, but if you do not remember I will retell her story. There is a lady at my church that is suffering the early effects of Alzheimer's. There are times when she forgets where she is or just stares into space. She also forgets who people are including her immediate family. She also understandably seems to suffer from depression and cries a lot. I feel sorry for her and her family, but I try to do my best to encourage them or help them any way I can.

One way that you can help her and others suffering from Alzheimer's is by shopping at the Alzheimer's Foundation eStore. All proceeds from purchases made at the eStore go to support the programs and services of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. The eStore is a great place to get the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones. The products they offer help to raise awareness and enhance knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. They have for sale some very beautiful jewelry and I will probably be getting one of their necklaces for my mother this Christmas.

One of the biggest problems facing those suffering the effects of Alzheimer's is receiving quality care. Many family members and medical professionals do not understand how best to handle people with Alzheimer's and dementia. Too often the care is limited to trying to prevent the patients from hurting themselves. While this is important, the care should be comprehensive and include enhancing their quality of life. So, while seeking a cure to Alzheimer's is important, ensuring quality care for those who suffer from the disease must not be overlooked, so the holidays are a good time to gift a donation, buy a gift from the eStore, or just spend some quality time with a friend or family member that is suffering from Alzheimer's.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Weight Management and Fitness Forum 4th Edition

Welcome to the Fourth Edition of the Weight Management and Fitness Forum. We appreciate everyone's participation and hard work. We had some very good submissions for this edition, and we had a difficult time narrowing them down to these select few. Hope you enjoy the selections and look at the end for submission guidelines and details about our next edition.


Doris Chua presents Get Active - Exercise! posted at Life..Passion..Travel & More...

The Free Geek presents How to Create a Free Home Gym posted at Free Geekery

James D. Brausch presents The Problem With Exercise posted at Weight Loss Dude

Jason presents Muscle Growth: Playing God With Your Body, Part 1 posted at World Fitness Network

General Health

Tupelo Kenyon presents Choose Excellence and Lose Mediocrity posted at Tupelo Kenyon, saying, "What if you knew that a life of excellence was lurking right around the corner, if you would only prioritize your moments in such a way so that you could recognize it. Take an objective look at the various activities of your life. Get inspired to lose the mediocre to make room for something better. (Enjoy soothing instrumental music as you read plus songs with lyrics related to each article – all free.)"

MT presents How To Keep Heart Healthy? MT Herald Dot Com posted at MT Herald Dot Com

Baseline of Health Foundation presents Jon Barron and the Baseline of Health Foundation - Detox Center posted at Jon Barron Blog, saying, "Free Online Detox Event"


Andrew Edgington presents Basics of Diet & Bodybuilding posted at Mick, saying, "It's really back to the basics, but without the basics you just won't get big muscle gains."

Weight Loss

Liz Smith presents The Metabolic Slump posted at Practical Living Blog, saying, "What to do when your metabolism heads downhill."

Juan Millon (1mil) presents How I Lost Weight and Gained Control - - Personal Finance, Business, Investing and Life posted at, saying, "The story of how I lost weight and saved money doing it!"

Becky Gillaspy presents How to Prepare for Weight Loss Success posted at Weight Loss without Worry, saying, "You decide to start a what? You won't see results on the scale until you start doing the right things, in the right order, and in a purposeful way. This requires some lead-in time because you need time to prepare properly. Here is what you need to do before day one of your diet."

Jenny presents Busy busy week posted at the so called me

Ted Reimers presents The Freshman 15 posted at CampusGrotto

That concludes this edition. Again thank you for your participation and we hope you enjoyed the informative selections. Look for our next edition to be posted on November 17. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Weight Management and Fitness Forum using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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