Wasting money at the gym?

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. . .if you buy any of them and don’t use them.

I overheard one young kid in the gym the other day telling his buddy the container of protein that he bought wasn’t doing anything for him. I also heard him say that he just took it when he could remember to take it.

It reminds me of those people who buy into those”get rich quick” programs and then ditch them when they haven’t made a truck load of money in a couple of weeks.

I see two types of people every single day in the fitness area:

1. Those who know what they want and take action to get it.

2. People who may know what they want but think it’s too much work to get it.

But during the last couple of years being a personal trainer, I’ve learned that there is even a more significant step that comes before taking action.

In fact, the first step to achieving physical fitness success would be to accept complete responsibility for where you are, right now.

You cannot and should not blame anyone at all for where you are right now.

If you’re overweight, it’s because you made it.

Tired of how you look when you look into the mirror, you are responsible.

Do not have the muscles you want or the six pack abs you’d die for?

You are the reason for all of them.

Outside of particular medical conditions or events beyond your control, you’re where you are right now due to the choices you have made.

You see, if you are blaming your current results on everything but yourself, that’s what you will keep telling yourself to the point that you truly believe you’re not at fault.

And if you really feel you’re not responsible for the present

Condition of your body, do you think you’re going to take the steps required to change it?

Probably not, you are going to continue blaming McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, the spouse, the doctor, etc.. . And you’ll continue on your endless search for fitness success.

Taking total and complete responsibility for your current

Situation is extremely powerful. The simple fact is, by claiming ownership, at the point you realize that it’s you and only you that will be the one who changes what you need changed.

Whether it’s weight loss you are after, more muscle, more


So, unlike the egg you can not unscramble, you can unscramble your physical condition if you would like to.

You are the only captain of”your body”, and you’re able to steer in any direction you want to.

What to teach your new puppy

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Bringing home a puppy and introducing her to your home is very exciting for everyone. The only one who may be anxious about the situation will be the puppy. If you handle your puppy properly when she arrives, she will quickly relax and want to settle into her new house.

Does that potted plant sitting in front of the glass door look enticing? You might wish to consider moving it to a higher place. What about your favorite collection of teddy bears, or magazines that you have in a basket from the couch? They will most certainly raise the interest of your puppy. As you move these things from your puppy’s reach, remember it is only for a brief time. Once your new puppy has learned her place in the family, you can put your things back where they go. Your life should not be dictated by your puppy. However, by eliminating these fascination objects from the start, it is going to allow you to work with your pup on the basic training she will have to learn.

It’s important to recognize that as much as you want your new puppy to be a part of your family, your pet is still an animal. She’ll take her cues from her environment. If she’s allowed to have free run of the home and access to everything, you are teaching her that she is in charge. The principal instinct of dogs is to reside in a pack. Your pet will assume her new household is her pack. If she picks up the clues that she is her own boss and she can do what she wants, whenever she wants, she’s being taught she’s the leader of her pack. It is much easier on everyone, including the dog, if she learns from the minute she enters the home that she is not the leader and dictator of the family.

One mistake people make is letting their puppy sleep in a utility room, or kitchen. Dogs are from the wolf family, and actually prefer to have a den all of their own. Some people assume placing a puppy in a crate is cruel. To the contrary, if crates are introduced properly, they will be much loved by the pup. When planning for a new puppy, do not go out and get the biggest crate you can find for your puppy thinking she’ll grow into it. This is the worst error proprietor make. A crate should be large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in. Puppies usually learn from their mothers to not soil in their bed area. If the crate is too large, your pup may designate a portion of her crate for sleeping, and the other half for soiling. You should also never put your puppy’s food and water in her crate.

When your puppy is first introduced to the crate, do not just put her inside and lock the door. This may greatly disturb her. (You should place the crate in a room in your house where the family gathers. You ought not expect the pup to walk through the entire house to the back guest bedroom to nap. By having the crate in close proximity to the household, the puppy will feel as if she’s still hanging out with her pack, even when she’s inside her crate sleeping.) Place the crate where it will stay, and simply open the door. You can put a towel in the bottom, and a chew toy inside in the event that you would like. Some dog’s are very curious. They will simply walk inside. Others may be a bit more shy with the crate. Provide your puppy time to heat up to the crate. You might want to give her crate a title. When she enters the crate, you can replicate the crates name, and give her a treat.

After your puppy has warmed up to her crate and has entered and exited it a few times, you can shut the door. She might whine and paw at the door. She may even start yelping and barking. Don’t let her out. Walk her straight to the area designated for pottying. You should never let your puppy out of her crate and allow her to accompany you through the home to go outside. Most dogs will just squat and go where they please. Once you’re outside, set her down. You would then encourage her to potty. Choose a couple of words such as,”Go potty,” of”Do your business.” She will not have a clue about what you’re saying, at first. But, after repeated efforts and with being granted a puppy treat and praise, she’ll learn what those words mean. Most puppies will have to go out at least every hour during the first few days to familiarize them with their potty area. Lavish them with compliments.

The first couple of nights may make you wonder why you even brought the puppy home. The repeated yelping and whining coming out of the crate can seriously upset many adults who need their sleep. You should take a look at your new puppy as the baby in the household. Puppies less than four months old might want to go out once during the evening. When she does, pick up your puppy and take her into her designated spot. After she has relieved herself, put her immediately back to the crate. You shouldn’t play with your puppy during the night time hours. This will only encourage her to keep the yelping up. After a few days, your pup will adjust to the night time patterns of her”pack” and everyone will get more rest. Most dogs have the ability to make it through the entire night without a potty break around 18 weeks.

Some individuals may think it is unpleasant to scold a puppy. These individuals may be the exact people that have a dog running wild in their home within a year. Dogs that aren’t disciplined can wreck havoc on a home. You may return to locate a shredded sofa, chewed up shoes, and garbage strewn all over the place. If there are other pets in the house, you also need to consider their feelings. They will most likely be intimidated by such a tyrant, and struggles could commence while you are away.

If you catch your puppy chewing on something she shouldn’t, a firm”no” is usually enough to prevent her antics. Just like other forms of training, this may take a couple of days for her to learn. This is why you’re advised to move precious things away. Some people have a rolled up newspaper to swat the pup with if they refuse to heed a”no.” The rolled up newspaper does not hurt. It’s just loud, and it teaches the dog you are the alpha in the family, rather than her. If she were really in a dog pack, her alpha would nip her soundly. Therefore, don’t feel as though you’re mistreating her. In actuality, most puppies appear to feel more secure when they know their location.

The most important thing you can do with your puppy apart from introducing a crate immediately, instilling a potty regular, and teaching her what”no” means, is to build the relationship with your new puppy. Get on the floor and play with her. The bond will grow between you and she’ll love you.

Information about Laser Hair Removal

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The process is to permanently remove hair from any part of your body that you wish by the use of a light at a designated wavelength, which is projected into the skin by means of a laser hand held instrument.

What the laser accomplishes, after it’s reached into the interior of the skin, is to focus on the hair’s pigment. The laser destroys the follicle of the hair but doesn’t damage the rest of the hair tissue around it.

While laser hair removal can be very effective and has been so for many, it’s new, and, when compared with older hair removal treatments, relatively simple. What this means is that we really don’t know yet just how safe or dangerous it may be and the possibility of side effects. Another issue with the newness of this laser hair removal process is that nobody has used it for long enough to have continuity of data that would indicate the speed of response to the laser hair removal treatment and the speed at which the hair grows back after each laser hair removal treatment.

Two of the most crucial elements to consider in qualifying potential laser hair removal candidates are skin color and hair color.

1. Skin Colour. As a result of lighter pigmentation, the laser hair removal results occur more quickly. They just have to be content with the knowledge it will take longer to see results and a greater number of treatments are probably going to be required.

2. Hair Colour. The reason for the difference is the pigment pheomelanin, which can be found only in red or blonde hair. It is very hard for a laser to penetrate pheomelanin. On the other hand, the laser goes easily through eumelanin, the pigment found in black and brown hair.

Treatment costs can add up to more than $1,000 as multiple treatment sessions may be required to obtain optimal outcomes. This is largely due to how laser hair removal is most effective for hair that’s in the anagen phase (the growth phase). Thus, more sessions are necessary to target hairs while they are in anagen.

How much and how long a person respond to complete hair removal by laser hair removal differ from case to case. So, no hair removal practices can guarantee 100% permanent results by a particular period.

Massage health benefits

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Massage is all a matter of signature. We are all sensual beings and as a result our bodies respond well to massage and human contact. Whenever there’s touch, more healing occurs.

These Are a Few of known health benefits of Massage Therapy:

Improves blood flow, thus allowing increased oxygen and nutrients to be sent to treated areas such as areas which have been hurt or have undergone overexertion.
Helps to reduce blood pressure.
Aids in detoxification by propelling toxic waste products through the lymphatic system.
Relieves anxiety and promote awareness of wellbeing.
Relaxes injured muscles, reducing cramps, and muscle spasms
Stimulates the release of their bodies’ natural endorphins which may aid in pain control.
Provides increased exercise stretching for atrophied muscles.
In reality, increasing evidence show that massage therapy will help to bolster the immune system of a person. Some studies reveal of cellular changes in immune function following massage therapy, including the new research on healthy women that indicates increases in disease-fighting white blood cells and natural killer-cell activity.

In front of a Massage Therapy session, you might wish to talk to the Massage Therapist as to your treatment goals. Various combinations of massage techniques may be used to accomplish these aims. As an example, if you have a sports injury, you may want to have specific massage strokes targeted to reduce swelling and to improve blood circulation in that area. Or the therapy session may just be a general de-stressing and relaxing one.

If you agree that most of today’s illnesses are due to stress-related problems, then Massage Therapy which assists in the reduction of anxiety, can really help in the process of building white blood cells. For a better immune system and decreased stress levels, attempt Massage Therapy today!

Hurricane Preparedness

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If you’re going to get hit by a Hurricane are you prepared? Do you have enough plywood to board up your windows? Often the local lumber companies will be sold out. The truth is if you wait till the last minute Home Depot will be out too. Do you have a portable generator? No? Get one. Have you got enough fuel to keep it powered up? Most generators can use up to 1.5 gallons per hour and thus you need spare fuel tanks as well? If you’re talking about a direct hit Category III or IV it is entirely possible it will be at least that long.

So what do you actually need? You will need water first off. Fill up your bathtubs and any containers you have before the hurricane. Figure about 15 gallons per day per person. Next you will need food. Remember with the energy out those foods needing refrigeration will spoil in a few days, so you need ready to consume type foods. Perhaps freeze, just as much of your water as possible, ice is always a superior after a Hurricane.

In case you have babies you will need to be prepared with those particular needs and foods. Pets are also serious issues, as they will rely on you for a lot of things, permitting them to go hunt food for themselves may cause significant hygiene issues and bacteria from broken sewer lines and debris floating in the nearby flooded waters.

In case of cuts you may need rubbing alcohol, bandaids and a basic first aid kit. It is also wise to have fleas repellant as the Mosquitoes will multiply fast in these weeks as stagnant water aids them. Chlorine can also be used to clean water. Rubber Gloves are also essential.

Besides your portable generator you’ll need some additional Duracell batteries, transistor radio, lighter, extra propane for cooking and a full tank of gasoline in your vehicle. Think on this, better safe than sorry.

Tips for beautiful skin

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For the majority of women, part of the morning and evening routines involve a skincare regimen of applying creams, moisturizers, tonics, lotions, and the like. Why do women put themselves through this? To combat the signs of aging, and to maintain youthful looks and beautiful skin! However, how many women consider what is in the products they are using?

Some women probably don’t realize that what they are putting on their skin may actually be undermining what they want to prevent to start with. In fact the average woman puts twelve products on her skin daily, most of which maintain harmful chemical compounds. Dr. Myron Wentz, founder and chairperson of USANA Health Sciences has this to say about beauty in the June/July 2005 issue of the “USANA Health Sciences” magazine: “Some say that beauty is only skin deep. Nonsense! But true health and true beauty have an outer component, which is why we require protection from environmental insults such as solar radiation, pollutants in our environment and the drying effects of air… The simple fact is, you simply cannot contain a healthy body if your skin isn’t healthy. And your skin can’t be healthy if you’re subjecting it to poisonous substances that are ultimately absorbed into your body.”

How can they combat environmental pollutants, the impact of solar power, and the drying effects of air? How can they be sure that they are using the best products in their skin so they can be healthy inside and out?

1. Be very aware of what is in skincare products. Use products that are all natural as far as possible.

2. Search for products that contain Dermal Surface Renewal Technology. DSR smoothes away present signs of aging such as laugh lines, crows feet, and dullness.

3. Regenisomes penetrate the skin to speed cell renewal after sun exposure. They also use the light of photosomes to reverse sun damage, and have ultrasomes to renew skin while sleeping.

4. Find products with Proteo-C and Proflavonol-T. Both of these vitamins protect the skin from premature aging caused by sunlight, pollution, and other environmental factors. They also provide advanced nutrition to the skin to keep it appearing smooth and firm.

5. Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives that are commonly used in personal care products like shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products, make-up, facial masks, skin lotions and creams, and deodorants. They are also typically found in baby lotions, shampoos, and other personal care products for infants and children. Additionally, parabens are in many foods and pharmaceutical products. Researchers are beginning to find parabens in benign and malignant human breast tumors. While some studies have challenged their toxicity in several products and question their long term impact on people, using products that are paraben free can eliminate the risk of exposure to this harmful chemical.

6. Drink plenty of water! Water hydrates hair and skin in addition to flushes toxins out of the body.

7. Limit stress or learn how to manage it effectively. Stress is harmful both emotionally and physically. Find that stress reliever activity that works best and use it on a daily basis!

Follow the above 7 tips to true beauty and health.

Effects of catnip on cats

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Catnip is indeed an unusual phenomenon among cats, it has the ability to alter your cat’s behavior like nothing else can.

Unfortunately for such curious minds the specific reason of why Catnip affects cats in this manner remains mostly a mystery. There is however much that we do understand about Catnip and cats even when we do not have the ultimate response of precisely”why?” yet answered.

The Science Materials

Catnip is scientifically classified as Nepeta cataria and is a perennial herb in the mint family and is actually also known as”Catmint”. It’s a plant native to Europe but has been exported and is now found around including the USA and Canada.

The active ingredient in Catnip is an oil; Nepetalactone, which can be found in the leaves of this plant. This is the reason you have the ability to locate Catnip in a jar or spray form in some pet stores.

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Catnip is not only good to stimulate activity in cats, it can also be used by humans as an herb for a medicinal tea that might soothe toothaches, help against coughs, and might also function as a sleep aid. Lately Catnip has also been garnering favor as a natural insect repellant rivaling the potency of many store bought varieties of repellant.

Catnip and Kitty

Catnip affects approximately half of all cats. What determines whether a cat will respond to Catnip is a genome that’s inherited (or not inherited as the case may be) at birth. Kittens, no matter whether they carry this genome, don’t react to Catnip until reaching about three or four months of age and becoming sexually mature. Further adding to this belief is that the similarity of a sexual pheromone found in the urine of the male cat to nepetalactone (the active product in Catnip).

Cats that may be traced to regions where Catnip isn’t native seem to be unaffected by Catnip. The domesticated housecat is not the only cat that may be affected by Catnip. Larger cats may also be impacted by the Catnip effect, felines like the bobcat, lynx, tiger and even lion are known to respond much the same manner the common housecat would. It is interesting to note that while Catnip can act as a stimulant when a cat sniffs it, it can conversely act as a relaxant when ingested. Therefore, you may see another, nearly opposite result depending on whether your cat chooses to consume the Catnip you supply for him/her or simply sniffs it (the latter being the more typical behaviour ).

Catnip can prove to be a very useful tool for a couple of common issues with your cat. If you’re lucky enough to have a cat which does react favorably to Catnip then here are a couple of ideas for you and your furry little friend.

Catnip and Lazy Cats:

Catnip can be used to find a lazy cat off his or her butt. Some cats are notoriously lazy, opting to sleep much of their day away in a wonderful golden patch of sun on the living room rug, only waking to eat and gather some necessary attention from their indulgent owners. If this sounds like your cat, you may soon see (if you have not already) that your cat is becoming more and more round. This is generally not a good thing. Catnip may be able to assist. Presenting catnip to your cat promotes activity (obviously provided the cat sniffs instead of ringing the herb).

Many adult cats will react to Catnip in a fashion that resembles their childlike kitty Behavior, jumping, playing and running around as if it had been given an injection of kitty adrenaline, which in essence, is the situation. The impact of Catnip on a cat can last somewhere between two and fifteen minutes. If the latter is true, then this is an adequate amount of exercise and will help maintain your cat a bit more svelte than without a Catnip therapy. Furthermore, if you leave the Catnip out for a few hours then your cat may come back to the herb after (an hour or two after the effect has worn off) and react in an energetic fashion. So in this sense you may consider Catnip kind of like a kitty energy beverage.

Catnip and Cats That Scratch Furniture:

If you have a cat that appears bent on the destruction of your furniture then Catnip may again be able to come to the rescue. Cats can be frustratingly picky about just about anything under the sun including where they would like to sharpen their furniture destroying claws. It’s not unusual for a cat to damage or destroy a piece of furniture simply because the owners finally gave up on trying to redirect their cat to the unused cat scratching post that set them back anywhere around a hundred dollars and more. A fantastic way to try to alter this frustrating and costly behaviour is to rub some Catnip or Catnip oil on a scratching post that you are attempting to get the cat to use. Introduce your cat to the newly”Catnipped” scratching post and find out how he/she reacts. If all goes well, your kitty will sniff and inspect the article and begin clawing at it. After a few times (you might need to re-Catnip the article ) hopefully kitty will be trained to utilize the post rather than the sofa.

Using Catnip with Many Cats

If you’ve never used Catnip earlier and you have more than 1 cat it’s advisable to check it out separately on each cat before introducing it to all your cats at exactly the exact same time. The main reason is because Catnip affects some cats in a negative way causing the cat in question to become competitive instead of merely playful. Introducing it to your cats individually lets you control the situation and maintain a cat that may react aggressively isolated from the other cats. This naturally means avoiding a possible catfight that could lead to broken furniture, hurt kitties (possibly requiring a vet visit), annoyed neighbors (and probably owners), or a combination of all the above.

Growing and Maintaining Catnip

Growing your own Catnip can be rewarding as it can save you money, give you the satisfaction of doing something yourself and ensuring that you always find fresh, high-quality Catnip for your furry friend. A word of warning however; the exact kitty reaction you want to grow your own Catnip is something to be wary of. If you plan on growing your Catnip from doors and other cats can access your Catnip garden then be ready for undesirable feline visitors. This might not be a problem for you personally, but cats are by nature territorial and if you’ve got a cat that lives alone without the company of other cats this could prove to be an area of stress for your cat. Even if you keep your cat inside at all times, your cat may get agitated if he/she looks out the window to see another cat frolicking in land your cat considers his or her own. If you choose to cultivate your Catnip indoors, take care to keep it out of reach of kitty. Otherwise you will probably have Fluffy jumping up on furniture even to the most out of the way place to find access to the herb that is tempting. Cats are great jumpers and not known for respecting precious household knick-knacks. So in case you do decide to grow it indoors to get a cat that reacts to Catnip, take care to grow it into a place that your cat won’t be able to get it. A room that you always keep closed into the cat is probably the ideal solution for indoor grown Catnip.

If you do find that your cat reacts positively to Catnip you should be sure to use it sparingly so as not to dull the effect that can be the result of overexposure. A good guideline is to not treat your kitty more than once a week on average to Catnip.

Given all of the positive effects that Catnip might have in your cat you owe it to yourself (and obviously your fluffy little ball of affection) to see how he/she reacts to this strange and famous herb. It will provide enjoyment and exercise for your cat and probably a fun show for yourself too. It is a win win situation. Check out Jupiter Bat Removal for more information.

Benefits of green tea

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The Chinese have known about Green tea as a powerful

Medication for at least 4000 years.

Some tea leaves accidentally fell into boiling water, and

he tried it and found it invigorating. Green tea became

Part of the Chinese diet and lots of important health benefits

Were attributed to it. Now recent clinical studies in both

Asia and the west are providing a scientific basis for the

Claim that drinking green tea has very considerable health


Green tea, like black tea is made from the leaves of this

plant Camellia sinensis. The difference between the three

Main kinds of tea is the way they are produced. Green

tea is unfermented tea meaning that the leaves used for

Green tea are steamed soon after been plucked in order to

In this way the leaves

Remain green and the active compounds within the leaves

Made from fermented leaves and as a result have less

Thus green

and black teas have different chemical properties.

Modern science has lately been able to

Demonstrate that green tea is beneficial to your health

And this is mainly due to the fact that tea contains high

Levels of antioxidants called polyphenols or flavonoids.

The antioxidant activity of tea has been compared to that

Of vegetables and fruit in a number of studies. One study

Concluded that consuming three cups of tea per day produced a

Similar quantity of antioxidants as eating six apples.

Which cause damage to cells and tisuues in your body.

While all tea is healthy to drink, it is green tea that

Contains the highest level of flavonoids. Recent medical

Studies suggest green tea to be beneficial in several areas

-Digestive and respiratory health.

-Lowers cholesterol levels

-Arthritis – anti-inflammatory effect.

-Oral hygiene – because of antibacterial properties.

-Skin conditions like acne


Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that an extract from

Green tea may speed up fat oxidation. A study was conducted

Of ten healthy men over a period of 6 weeks. It was

Discovered that those guys who were given green tea extract

Burned more calories per day than those who weren’t given

the extract. Much more research needs to be conducted in

this area but the signs are certainly very encouraging.

Anyone for tea!

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