Monday, December 29, 2008

Acne Complex

One thing that can be deflating to anyone's self-esteem is acne. It should not be, but, many times it is. Believe me; I went through it. Nothing seemed to help. I tried everything.

A friend of mine has had acne all of his life, and he also tried everything. Unlike me, he didn't just grow out of it. No matter what I said, his acne embarrassed him. He had a terrible acne complex. Finally he discovered a product that completely eliminated his acne.

As my friend will attest, Murad Acne, with its 90% success rate, is one of the best products on the market. I would highly suggest that, if you're struggling with acne, you try Murad Acne Complex. For only $30, you could be acne free in 4 weeks.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Aquatic Therapy

My mother has so many problems with her legs and feet. There were days when she could hardly stand, because her feet would be so swollen. She has consulted a doctor, who discovered a blood clot. After clearing the clot, he suggested Aquatic therapy. After researching this, I have decided that this is incredibly effective. It has worked miracles for my mother. Soon after the doctor suggested this therapy to her, she joined a fitness center with an indoor pool. Every morning, she goes to the gym for her aquatic therapy. You can actually see a difference if she misses a few days in a row.

If you are recovering from some kind of leg injury or surgery, you should really look in to this. There are actually pools you can buy specifically for therapy. You can look at different types of hydrotherapy pools at I can definitely tell you from experience that this therapy works. First of all, it is very low impact; so it does not hurt your feet, knees or hips. It also can be fun and relaxing. Instead of going to regular therapy, you can just take a trip to the swim spa. Swimming is also great exercise, cardio and fitness.

Aquatic therapy is actually becoming more popular. I know so many young people who view this is a type of therapy for older people, but that is a complete misconception. I have some knee problem myself, and I can tell you that this helps. If you're suffering from any type of leg or feet problems, you should research aquatic therapy.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Weight Management and Fitness Forum 31st Edition

Welcome to the 31st edition of the Weight Management and Fitness Forum. We hope that you find these articles helpful and informative. Our increase in submissions and readership are a testament to your continued participation which we appreciate very much. After reading through this forum, please come back to Weight Master for our other posts and our next edition of the forum.


Lauren Rose presents 7 Surefire Strategies to Avoid the Dreaded Holiday Bulge posted at Supertraining, saying, "Unfortunately, the holidays are the time of year when many people end up putting on the extra “holiday pounds” which is easy to do for the season continues for just about two months!"

Andrew Edgington presents What type of Steroids? posted at Mick, saying, "Discover this very accurate anabolic steroid cycle information which certainly is a great guide for bodybuilders who want to get Really Big Muscles."

Cory Albertson presents An Oldie but a Goodie posted at Eating Healthy, saying, "One of the easiest and cheapest (hey who isn't looking for cheap ways to stay in shape nowadays!) fitness methods is the good ol' pushup."

General Health

Marsha Hudnall presents How Much Stress Do Weight Worries Create for You? posted at A Weight Lifted, saying, "The contribution of the holidays aside, stress is a constant in our lives. What we often don't realize, however, is how much concern about weight can cloud all we do, adding stress to even the happiest situations.

Patricia Turner presents Exercise is good for the Heart posted at Pharmacy Technician Certification.

Serena Huynh presents Why you get stretch marks How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks posted at How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks.

Tony Huynh presents Why and How I Broke My Addiction to Caffeine at posted at, saying, "When I took account of what I was doing, I realized that I had a physical and mental dependence on a drug. Any substance that could affect me like this was making me weak. I resolved to quit caffeine immediately."

JRickG presents Personal Deconstruction, by JE Gonzalez posted at JE Gonzalez

Will Edwards presents The Tragedy of Drugging Our Children posted at White Dove Books, saying, "Americans are among the unhealthiest people on earth and this situation continues to get even worse. The reason is clear why this unfortunate situation continues to be so frightening. It's because you cannot get well by taking prescription drugs to resolve your ailment. I don't understand why the general public is so gullible to think this is the way to wellness."


Jeff Carlson presents Fruit before, Not after posted at Gobs Channel, saying, "Fruit before? Fruit after? what's the difference."

Erin Pavlina presents Going Raw for 30 Days posted at Erin Pavlina's Blog, saying, "I’ve decided to do a 30-day trial on a raw diet. I’m really excited by this challenge. Three or four years ago I tried going raw for 30 days but stopped after a couple of weeks."

Alvin Hopkinson presents Foods for High Blood Pressure posted at High Blood Pressure Treatment and Medication Reviews, saying, "Foods for high blood pressure are important to maintain a low blood pressure and minimize the affects of the annoying side effects caused by these medications."

Weight Loss

Joel Gray presents Dieting Tips for the Holiday Season posted at Health Tips 101

Valeria presents 10 Back-to-Basics Ways to Lose the Buddha (Belly) posted at Timeless Lessons.

Edwin Casimero presents Oprah admits she is obese, she needs TRUTH about Health & Nutrition, not gold diggers posted at My Family Health Blog.

Andy presents How to Stop Overeating posted at test, saying, "Sick of being overweight? Maybe you’ve been fat all your life, I have and I hated it. Until recently I was a slave to junk food."

Dr Martin Russell presents The LAP-BAND Solution posted at Dr Martin W. Russell, saying, ""The LAP-BAND Solution: A Partnership in Weight Loss" is the title of a book by Australian surgeon Dr Paul O'Brien which I read with interest when one of my patients found it in a library and showed it to me."

Margaret Garcia presents Nature v. Nurture: Genes Proven to Strongly Affect Weight Issues - Ultrasound Technician Schools posted at Ultrasound Technician Schools.

Bill Urell presents Anorexia, The Starvation Diet, And Drinking posted at Addiction Recovery Basics, saying, "Using a starvation diet to justify drinking without weight gain is a desructive strategy that is gaining popularity."

That concludes this edition. Please look for our next edition to be posted here at Weight Master on January 4th. 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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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Austin Real Estate

You may have heard that there is an economic crisis and global recession going on that was triggered by mortgage failures and the bursting of the real estate bubble. However, if you are financially able now is a good time to be a buyer in the real estate market. If you are a buyer then HomeCity is a good place to look on the web. They have listings as well as aerial photographs, slide shows, and virtual tours of homes in the austin mls. The site also gives information and tips on buying a home, selling a home, and qualifying and selecting a mortgage. So, if you are in the position to buy in the Austin Real Estate market, I definitely suggest you check out HomeCity for more information.

Healthy Chicken Recipe

I discovered this healthy chicken recipe at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website and thought I would share it.

Wine, lemons, and mushrooms flavor this chicken recipe the lower salt and lower fat way.

1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C flour
4 chicken breasts, boned, skinless (5 ounces)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 C Marsala wine
1/2 C chicken stock, skim fat from top
1/2 lemon fresh lemon juice
1/2 C sliced mushrooms
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1. Mix together pepper, salt, and flour. Coat chicken with seasoned flour.
2. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat oil. Place chicken breasts in skillet and brown on both sides. Then remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
3. To the skillet, add wine and stir until the wine is heated. Add juice, stock, and mushrooms. Stir to toss, reduce heat, and cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce is partially reduced.
4. Return browned chicken breasts to skillet. Spoon sauce over the chicken.
5. Cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until chicken is done.
6. Serve sauce over chicken. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Yield: 4 servings--Serving Size: 1 chicken breast with 1/3 cup sauce
Each serving provides:

Calories: 277
Total fat: 8 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 77 mg
Sodium: 304 mg

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Many of you may not know, but gang violence in Macon, GA is increasing rapidly. In fact, it is probably the most violent city in Georgia. I live about 60 miles east of Macon. With the bad economy and Christmas this close, the crime rate is increasing even more. There are so many people moving to Warner Robins, GA just to escape the violence.

I always been taught that fighting is a last resort, and I still believe that today; however, this is a bad time right now. I know three people whose houses have been broken into in the past month. Last week I took a safety and security class. It was amazing to learn all the different things about gangs and the way they interact and mark themselves. It did not frighten me into a hole, but it did make me more aware of how bad things are getting and can become.

I own three guns; a 22/250, 22, and a 12 guage, but I do not own a hand gun. I always kind of wanted one. I have actually considered getting my license and buying a hand gun. Does anyone have an opinion. I mean, I may not ever use it, but It may one day save my life. I have talked to a few of my friend and cops, and they gave me mixed opinions.

Believe me, I have done my research, and I am leaning toward going ahead and buying a handgun and getting my carrying license. Honestly, knowing me, I will never use it, but I will feel safer. Besides, I have been looking at some guns and some really cool holsters, and it has gotten me siked. I know I would not carry it on my side. You guys should check out This site really has some jam up, cool stuff.

Need advise

I stay awake half the night. It's been like this for nearly a year. I have a deviated septum, but it's gotten worse the past year. The Dr. has told me before that the only thing he can do to correct the problem is surgery. I've heard mixed stories about this surgery. I've decided to have it, but I was hoping someone who has had it would let me know how their's turned out. The bottom line is, though, I can't keep not sleeping like I'm doing now. It makes for a miserable day.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Vinyl Shutters

My cousin and her husband are building a new house. They have it for the most part dried in. It has hardie plank siding colored with a natural wood stain. The shingles are a good grade and have a greenish tint to them. They are trying to decide on what type of vinyl shutters to use. I found Larson's ExteriorShutterSource online. They offer premium quality wood, composite, and vinyl shutters in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. The website is very user friendly, and you can order online and get free shipping so you are just as well off ordering online as going to your local building supply store. I am going to suggest my cousin take a look at this site. If I were her, I would go with the dura-vinyl framed board-n-batten style shutter in a pine green color. I think this style shutter would like good with their siding and shingles. If you are building a new home, I suggest you check out Larson's ExteriorShutterSource for all your vinyl shutters needs.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tips to a Healthy Life...

1. Move More
2. Cut Fat
3. Quit Smoking
4. Reduce Stress
5. Protect Yourself from Pollution
6. Wear Your Seat Belt
7. Floss Your Teeth
8. Avoid Excessive Drinking
9. Keep a Positive Mental Outlook
10. Choose Your Parents Well

Hunting Gifts

Do you have a hunter to buy for on your Christmas list this year? If so I suggest you take a look at the Nikon Hunting Christmas Promotion. They have excellent seasonal prices on all their hunting equipment including rifle scopes and hunting binoculars. You can receive up to a $50 gift card with the purchase of select scopes and binoculars. They also have the Ultimate Hunter's Package which includes a ProStaff rifle scope, ProStaff 550 Rangefinder, and a DVD with great hints and techniques for successful long-range shooting. So don't forget to look to Nikon for all the hunters on your Christmas list this year.

Healthy Lasagna

I found this healthy lasagna recipe on Meals Matter and thought I would share it with you.

Lasagna Rolls

12 Whole-wheat lasagna noodles

1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves Garlic, minced

1 14-ounce Package extra-firm water-packed tofu, drained, rinsed and crumbled

3 cups Chopped spinach

1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons Finely chopped Kalamata olives

1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1 25-ounce Jar marinara sauce, preferably lower-sodium, divided

1/2 cup Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse, return to the pot and cover with cold water until ready to use.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add tofu and spinach and cook, stirring often, until the spinach wilts and the mixture is heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; stir in Parmesan, olives, crushed red pepper, salt and 2/3 cup marinara sauce.

3. Wipe out the pan and spread 1 cup of the remaining marinara sauce in the bottom. To make lasagna rolls, place a noodle on a work surface and spread 1/4 cup of the tofu filling along it. Roll up and place the roll, seam-side down, in the pan. Repeat with the remaining noodles and filling. (The tofu rolls will be tightly packed in the pan.) Spoon the remaining marinara sauce over the rolls.

4. Place the pan over high heat, cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium; let simmer for 3 minutes. Sprinkle the rolls with mozzarella and cook, covered, until the cheese is melted and the rolls are heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 354
Total Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Carbohydrates: 46g
Protein: 21g
Vitamin A: 1500 IU
Calcium: 300 mg
Sodium: 374mg
Iron: 2.7 mg
Fiber: 8g

Gift Card

Many times I just have no idea what to give someone for Christmas. In these instances I usually give gift cards. However, this gift is a little impersonal and bland. Now I have found the GiftCardLab which allows you to upload pictures, art, or graphics to design your very own personalized custom made Visa gift cards that can be used anywhere Visa is accepted. So now giving gift cards can be fun and not seem like an afterthought.

Health Maven

I am please to announce that the Weight Master website has been accepted into the new Health Maven program. I have attached a copy of a press release detailing the Health Maven program.

Recession Special: Free answers from doctors and expert patients who truly care
Wellsphere’s Health Mavens provide free answers to millions of health seekers

In these difficult economic times, it’s comforting to know there are medical and patient experts out there who care enough to answer health questions online for free. Dr. Geoff Rutledge, MD PhD, Wellsphere’s Chief Medical Information Officer, told reporters today about the new Health Maven Program, which connects volunteer doctors, psychologists, nurses, personal trainers, expert-patients and other experts with health seekers who are looking for answers. Anyone with access to the Internet can get their health questions and concerns answered quickly and at no cost at Wellsphere's Health Maven.

Health mavens are carefully selected, knowledgeable, health experts who are committed to helping others live healthier, happier lives. Hundreds of Health Mavens have volunteered to join the program and answer questions, with new Mavens signing up every day. “We’re witnessing an incredible growth in the number of people using the Internet to find health information” said Wellsphere’s CEO Ron Gutman. According to an iCrossing research repot, for the first time in history people with health questions are more likely to turn to the Web for answers than to their doctor. “Recognizing this trend among our users, we assembled the world’s leading network of over 1,800 medical and patient experts to share their experiences and expertise with’s almost 3 million monthly visitors. We are humbled by the experience, expertise and genuine care these wonderful individuals share every day with people who come to Wellsphere looking for answers” said Gutman.

In addition to providing a wonderful service to people seeking answers to their health questions, the Health Maven program allows participating medical professionals and patient experts to broaden their impact by sharing their experiences and expertise with a much wider audience, and to get the recognition they deserve. Here are a few of their comments:

"Being a Health Maven gives me the opportunity to interact directly with the Wellsphere community. It's been a lot of fun and professionally it's incredibly rewarding." - Melissa McCreery, PhD

"Wellsphere has taken caring to a new level and I'm glad to be a part of it," - Kathleen Blanchard, RN

"I enjoy being a maven - it seems that doling out advice and answering questions seems to be my calling in life." - Lynn Dorman, PhD

To find out more about the Health Maven program, please visit Wellsphere's Health Maven.


I have a friend that has a family member that has a problem with drug addiction. He overdosed a few weeks ago and she had to leave work to check on him at the hospital. They had to pump his stomach among other things. Lately she has been looking for an effective drug rehab center to enroll him in. He has been to one before but he returned to his old problem. My friend was looking on the internet for information on different centers and come across the Narconon Drug Rehab Program website. She was very impressed. The program has one of the highest success rates, 76%, in the country. They use an all natural approach to treat addiction. The program uses vitamins, minerals, exercise, and education to detox and rehabilitate the patients. The Narconon Drug Rehab Program is run by people that were once addicts themselves so they understand what the patients are going through. The Narconon program has centers throughout the United States and even has many international centers in many countries throughout the world. She is still trying to convince her family to use Narconon Drug Rehab Program, but I just hope he gets the help that he needs wherever he goes. I'll be praying for him, and I hope you will too.

SEC Championship Game

My brother and I went to the SEC Championship Game yesterday. We had a great time. We just wish Alabama could have pulled out a victory. But it was a close and good game and the atmosphere was electric.

Lung Cancer

I have a cousin dying of lung cancer. She has been a heavy smoker most of her life. She has had chemotherapy twice and has elected to not take anymore. So unless the Lord heals her, the doctors do not give her any hope. Please keep her in your prayers. Because of her sickness, I have done some research of my own about lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer in men and women and is most often associated with smoking. Although many times those in early stages do not exhibit symptoms, lung cancer symptoms include a cough or chest pain that doesn't go away, a wheezing breath, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, hoarseness, and swelling in the face and neck. Lung cancer diagnosis can be done with CT scans of the chest and biopsies of the lung. After diagnosis there are a number of lung cancer treatments depending on the patient's unique situation. If the cancer is in the early stages and has not spread to other parts of the body lung cancer surgery to remove the tumor and the parts of the lung affected by the cancer may be all required. If the cancer has spread chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may be recommended. While other times both surgery and therapy may be recommended.

I found most of this good information at the website for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center website. If you know someone suffering from this disease or other types of cancer, I suggest you reference this site for much easy to understand information.

Male Grooming

Many times, when we think of Health and Beauty products we automatically think of women's products. However, men have needs for these type of products as well especially when it comes to grooming. It is important for men to develop good grooming habits that consistently represent themselves the way they want to appear. Shopwiki has guides that offer advice and tips and product reviews in different areas of men's grooming. Shaving is probably the first thing you think of when thinking about male grooming. Whether you want to be clean shaven or have a neatly trimmed beard it is important to have the correct shaving products. Hair care is another area that is most often linked to women, but guys you should keep that hair neat, trimmed, and in order to present a consistent look. Finally, you do not only want to look good but smell good as well. However, men's noses are not as sensitive as women's and it is easy to over do it with after shave or cologne. Understated is the key when using scents. Hope these simple grooming tips and Shopwiki help you become the slick, well groomed, man-about-town that you want to be.