40 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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40 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Benefit Your Health And Home

You would be absolutely surprised of the power and versatility of everything that is produced from mother earth. And, sadly enough we are just destroying the amazing resources that have been provided to us as a means of survival. Could you actually live off of the generous earthly provisions we have at our disposal? Absolutely!

Who would have thought that there were actually 40 valid uses for apple cider vinegar? That’s right, 40 uses for apple cider vinegar. That’s pretty amazing, agree? It’s awesome.

40 Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Replace Balsamic with your Apple Cider Vinegar in your homemade dressing.good health 2
  2. Add to your morning smoothie as an energy kick.
  3.  Use as an all-natural facial toner to fight fine lines & wrinkles.
  4. Mix with ginger and drink to soothe an upset stomach.
  5. DIY all-purpose cleaner: mix equal parts ACV & Water + a couple drops of a favorite essential oil
  6. Rub on to electrical cords as a deterrent to keep your house pet safe.
  7. Aromatherapy Detox bath: 1 cup ACV, 2 cups epsom salts, a few drops of lavender oil.
  8. Take a shot of ACV to cure those hiccups!
  9. Mix a teaspoon into a glass of water & drink to clear your stuffy nose.
  10. DIY fruit fly trap: thin layer of ACV (the “bait”) in a cup with one drop of dish soap (“the glue”)
  11. Add a splash to laundry to get rid of cat urine smell.
  12. Banish bad breath: mix 1/2 Tbsp in 1 cup water, gargle 10 seconds, spit, repeat.
  13. Add 1 Tbsp to your post-workout water bottle to fight lactic acid buildup.
  14. Fight yeast infections by soaking in a bath with 1-2 cups ACV.
  15. Soothe your sunburned skin with a light application of ACV.
  16. Briefly soak your hair after shampooing for shiny, detangled & dandruff-free hair.
  17. Whiten your teeth by gargling with ACV after brushing to remove stains & bacteria.
  18. Beat acne with one part ACV to 3 or 4 parts water–apply, let sit  for 10 minutes then rinse.
  19. Remove warts by covering them overnight with a cotton ball soaked in ACV.
  20. Soothe your sore throat by gargling gently with one part ACV + one part water.
  21. Allergy fighting drink: add 1 Tbsp of blackstrap molasses to your cup of H2O & ACV.
  22. Make homemade “buttermilk” by souring rice milk with ACV.
  23. DIY liver tonic drink: mix ACV with pure sparkling water.
  24. Fight fleas: use ACV as a final rinse after giving your dog a bath.
  25. Add to your water bottle to enhance fat burning during your gym workout.
  26. Apply to your scalp in the shower to clean and remove excess buildup.
  27. Fight off UTIs with a couple 2-tablespoon servings per day.
  28. Marinate your steak about 30 minutes before grilling for enhanced flavor.
  29. General health tonic: mix ACV with distilled water, raw honey & organic cayenne pepper.
  30. Add some zip to your morning tomato juice with a shot of ACV.
  31. Make the freshest, zippiest cucumber salad with ACV, chopped onions and some mayo.
  32. ACV Shampoo: rinse hair with 1 Tbsp ACV mixed into 1 cup chamomile tea.
  33. Add a shot of ACV to your green superfood smoothie for a recovery drink.good health 5
  34. Add a splash to rice water during cooking for fluffier rice.
  35. Drink straight to fight off allergies & fight sinus congestion.
  36. Duh, replace regular white vinegar in all of your recipes with ACV.
  37. Use as your first-line defense “home remedy” for nearly every common ailment.
  38. Clean your fresh fruits and vegetables with ACV before eating.
  39. Untangle your kids’ long locks with a quick splash of ACV during final rinse.
  40. Ease leg cramps by rubbing ACV directly onto your aching muscles.

Whew!!! And there you have it… 40 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s pretty amazing that there are actually 40 valid uses for apple cider vinegar. I know, you can’t wait to try at least half of them. Enjoy!

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How To Start A Successful Homebased Business When You Have No Experience

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Thinking About Starting A Homebased Business? Stop Thinking!

There are 10 major benefits to starting your own homebased business:

  1. Personal freedom. If you’re used to spending hours in traffic to and from workwork from home 7 every day, some of the most exciting advantages to starting a home-based business are your newfound freedom and the retrieval of lost time. The average American spends 348 hours each year commuting, according to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Suddenly with a home-based business, you have those extra hours to regain control of your personal life. Plus, there are no bosses, no dress code, no set work schedule, and no office politics to maneuver. All you need is personal drive, discipline, and time-management skills.
  2. You get to keep the money you make. It’s a simple principle: the harder you work, the more money you can make. Your earning potential is directly proportional to your performance, so you don’t have to wait for a raise or a promotion. You work harder, and you produce more. You’ll also save money on gas and food. Preparing lunch at home is more cost efficient and offers a nice break in your workday.
  3. Increased opportunity. With so many corporations and industries in a slump,Work-From-Home 1 starting your own home-based enterprise means you can create your own income-producing opportunities. Good job prospects can be scarce in some industries, and promotional opportunities within major companies are also shrinking.
  4. Less risk. Running a business from home takes much less startup cash than a freestanding business, or even a franchise location. And once your business is up and running, it’s cheaper and easier to maintain than a separate business location.
  5. Tax advantages. There are a number of tax advantages to having your home and office under one roof. You can deduct a part of your home’s operating and depreciation expenses on your home as business expenses. This can be a percentage of your mortgage, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and/or the expenses of household maintenance.
  6. More time for friends and family. This is especially important for parents of school-age children: you can see the kids off to school and on most days be home when they return. Also, if someone is sick, it’s easier to leave your home’s desk than one in someone else’s office.
  7. Less stress. It’s a little less stressful to juggle the demands of work and family when you know you can stay home to care for a sick child and generally set your own schedule.
  8. Opportunities for professional growth. Being your own boss gives you the chancework from home 2 to wear a lot of hats: sales director, marketing professional, strategist, business development manager, and more. This gives you insight into and experience with all the aspects of running a business, which, in turn, makes you even more marketable.
  9. Increased productivity. Now that you no longer have to budget time and energy for commuting or a succession of useless meetings, you should have a lot more time and energy to make your business a success.
  10. A creative outlet. Launching your home-based business can be an opportunity for you to give birth to your passions and hobbies and create a money-generating outlet for your unique and creative talents.

work from home mom 17You see, the advantages are endless. And, it gets even better. Even if you don’t have any ideas, experience, or a lot of cash to start a homebased business, you can still take advantage of the enormous opportunity. But, beware, because there are a lot of opportunities being offered that are ‘bad’ opportunities. The scams are out there, ready to separate you from your hard earned money.

Now, needless to say you are probably getting an earful from friends, family, co-workers, and maybe even enemies. They might say things like, “You won’t make any money,” or “Why can’t you be satisfied working a 9 to 5 like everybody else,” or even “You don’t know anything about running a business!”

Well, they can all be proven wrong. If you are serious about starting a successfulwork from home 1 homebased business, we can help. Misery loves company, so most people lack the motivation to change their situation, so they want everyone around them to be satisfied with misery also. That doesn’t have to be you. The fact that you are reading this post means you are thinking about improving your situation, what ever that may be.

What if I told you that you could get paid every week, work as many hours as you like right from the comfort of your own home, and, I would provide ongoing support, tools, and resources to ensure your success? I know, your first thought is, it’s too good to be true. But, actually it is not. Right now I have Mom’s, Dad’s, Seniors, and College Students (college based business) on my team running successful businesses. Most of these people had no ideas, no experience, and very limited funds to invest in a business.

And last, but certainly not least… what if I told you that you could evaluate this homebased business at no cost to you? That’s right, you can secure your position on my team while you decide if this homebased business is for you. Now that’s what I call ‘no risk.’ You don’t have to part with a dime of your hard earned money while you determine if this business is for you. All you have to do is watch a 5 minute video, and then secure your position on my team at no cost, if you feel this homebased business fits your needs.

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How To Lose Weight Like Our Facebook Group Members

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Trying To Lose Weight? Getting Bad or No Results? Don’t Give Up Just Yet!

First of all, no matter where you are in your weight loss journey, give yourself some credit for even attempting to lose weight and improve your health. If it were easy to lose weight, trust me everyone would be doing it. Your initial decision to get rid of those unwanted pounds, is much further than most people get, even if you haven’t lost a pound.

“My Journey Was Long, Painful and Full of Disappointment”

For many years I struggled with being overweight, and battled many of the medical ailments associated with excessive weight, or to be more direct “obesity.” You name it, I had it! Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Neuropathy, Cataracts, etc. Just about anything associated with being overweight. Just like you I took that first step, and many times it ended in disappointment for numerous reasons. I tried everything, diet pills (bad for your heart), special foods (expensive and ineffective), meetings (boring), shakes etc. It was all a waste of time and money. Faddy diets and quick fixes don’t work, period.

So, I decided to try something different. I decided to change my lifestyle.

  1. I started to watch what I put in my body regarding food and drink.
  2. I found proven supplements through extensive research to help support the weight loss I was getting through monitoring what I put in my body.
  3. I changed my sleep habits with the assistance of a Nighttime Weight Management, Sleep Aid & Stress Reliever to ensure that I got the proper amount of rest my body needed along with stress and weight management.
  4. I started out with a small exercise program, and increased my program over time with the help of a supplement that increased my performance, recover, and energy. I also used this same supplement during the day just to get a quick boost or energy.
  5. I stuck with it by getting right back on the horse every time I fell off. Remember, if it was easy, everybody would be doing it.

The weight loss journey is a very difficult one. If someone says it’s easy, they are flat out lying! Most people who need to lose weight don’t even consider it until their health fails, or they get tired of looking at those unwanted pounds in the mirror everyday. Even then the percentage of people who give up the first week are sky high.

“Join Our Group For Support, Tools, and Resources To Ensure Your Success”

belly fat 4Most people will fail or succeed depending on what type of support, tools, products, and resources they have available to them. We are humans, we need guidance and validation to nurture our collective effort(s). Everyday millions of people get special foods delivered, go to meetings, get prescribed diet pills from their doctor, or pull some slim fast off the shelf at the local Walmart. That’s just not enough for most people to actually have weight loss success. Without guidance and validation, the journey will end abruptly in failure and disappointment.

facebook 1Join our group for the support, tools, products, recipes, and resources you will need for weight loss and weight management success. Also, you have a mountain of information available to you 24/7/365. With over 14,000 followers, you can be sure that there is someone who’s story is very similar to yours. You don’t have to order any special foods, or attend any boring meetings. Find out how our members are losing weight, their success, failure, experiences, and much more. You can also find out what you need to do to get rid of those unwanted pounds, for good. Let’s face it, being overweight is not healthy. Some may say to accept yourself how you are, but in reality accepting unhealthy conditions in your life will catch up to you at some point. Take it from someone who knows, it just gets worse over time. Join our group today… what do you have to lose but weight?

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How To Become Motivated To Lose Weight When You Have Tried Everything Else

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Anybody trying to lose weight goes through a similar journey.

You start out on fire.

You’re motivated to exercise and it’s easy to say ‘no thanks!’ to junk foods. Making healthy choices feels effortless.

But then, you hit a rough patch. Unexpected challenges and unforeseen complications take you off track.

Suddenly, everything you were doing right, has morphed into a hot, frustrating mess.

Your motivation is gone. Exercise seems inconvenient and you’re craving all of those foods you’ve left behind.

“Maybe I should skip the gym. Pizza sounds sooooo good right now!”  And all of the sudden you’re 3 slices in and feeling guilty.  Like a failure… like you knew better but you did it anyway… and you find yourself wondering “Why can’t I stay motivated to lose weight?”

Sound familiar?

It should. It’s the frustrating shift that virtually every person trying to lose weight experiences on a regular basis (myself included). As with many things in life, we gobelly fat 3 through changes in stages. Weight loss is no different. As you know, successful weight loss is about changing your lifestyle. That’s just another way of saying you need to change your behaviors.

The 5 Stages of Weight Loss


In the first stage of weight loss, people have no intention to change their lifestyle. They either don’t see a reason to change their habits, don’t think there’s a problem with their body/health, or they’re happy just the way things are. In this stage, people rationalize their thoughts. They may think to themselves “losing weight is too much work” or “life is good just the way it is” or “I don’t need to lose weight to be happy.“  The good news? If you’re reading this you’re probably not in this phase.


Contemplation is the phase where most people wanting to lose weight get stuck. In this phase you’ve made a conscious decision that you need to make changes if you want to lose weight. Now you’re contemplating, what to do to make that happen. Maybe you already know what to do, or maybe you don’t have a clue. During this phase you’re seeking out information, but not yet actively changing your eating or exercise habits. You may be in this stage right now.


During the preparation Phase you feel ready and able to make lifestyle changes, because you see that there’s a benefit associated with the effort you’ll be making. You feel ready to make changes because they’ll results in a reward. You feel encouraged and inspired to take action. So you start outlining a plan and making small behavioral changes like drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or swapping out fries for a side salad.

Moving from the contemplation phase to the preparation phase is a big deal. You’ve successfully acknowledged and accepted that you need to make changes and have begun to make small changes. The preparation phase is one of the most important phases. Many people stay here. While others skip this phase completely and immediately start to take action. I admire their drive, but their success levels dramatically decrease, as they skipped right past one of the most important parts of changing their lifestyle – having a complete plan that works for their goal, educating themselves about what they should eat and which exercises they need to use to reach their goal.


The action stage of weight loss is one of the most difficult. The action phase is whereweight loss 59 you’ve set goals and start taking action to get them. This is when you’re actively changing your bad habits and replacing them with good ones.

It’s the time where you’re breaking your emotion addiction to food. It’s the time where you’re questioning if you have what it takes to do this for the rest of your life. It’s the phase where many people make it to, but end up failing and relapsing back to the 1st or 2nd phase. People struggle to stay in the action phase because they don’t have the education, tools, plan, and support they need to stay motivated. If you can stay in the action phase for at least 6 months, you have likely made a lasting change in your life.


In the maintenance stage, you have successfully changed the majority of your bad habits and have lived a healthy and active lifestyle full of whole foods and exercise for more than six continuous months. You know how bad behaviors can adversely affect your weight and health. You know that eating healthy food makes you feel so much better than the temporary happiness emotional eating provided. In fact, you have no intention of engaging in that behavior ever again.

Your confidence levels are sky high, and your body has undergone a complete transformation. People (including the original non-supporters) are now complementing you on your weight loss and asking you how you did it. Congratulations, you have successfully changed your life for good, and living this new healthy lifestyle is just as easy to do as living the unhealthy one was in the past.


To lose weight you have to stay in the action phase… people typically lose theiroverweight 3 motivation to lose weight and leave the action phase for 4 reasons:

1) You haven’t accepted you have to give up the habits that caused the weight in the first place. Are you really ready to give up your bad habits? You don’t have to change overnight. Make a conscious effort to slowly phase out your vices, and replace them with healthier alternatives.

2) You’re not emotionally jazzed up about your goal body. They don’t want to lose weight bad enough. Get crystal clear about what you want, why you want it, and how (freaking!) good it’s going to be when you get it. Visualize it! Think about how bad you want it every time that little devil on your shoulder is trying to get you to cheat on your diet or skip the gym. The 90 Day Challenge can help you stay motivated and focused.

3) You aren’t getting the results you want… so you give up out of frustration. This happens when you don’t follow a complete plan that’s best for you and your goal. Make sure you’re following the right program for you. But it’s also important that you follow professional advice…. Preferably someone who completely understands exercise, nutrition, and how WOMEN’s body’s lose fat… like me! ; )

4) You have a hormone imbalance working against you. Cravings, hunger, never feeling full and constant mood and motivation swings are all signs that you may have a hormonal imbalance working against you. The good news is, it’s completely possible to use food and exercise to Reset your hormones.

You CAN do this!!

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11 Fitness Motivation Tips

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Low energy. Busy schedules. Oversized expectations. These are just some of the common barriers (or excuses) that can come between you and your fitness goals. Despite knowing that regular exercise can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and help maintain a healthy weight, sometimes actually, well, moving is simply easier said than done.

Here, 11 motivation secrets from wellness pros and the latest health research to get you to finally stop thinking about that run, and actually doing it.

1. Get Fitted For New Kicks

Those five-year-old running shoes not only look like they’ve seen better days, but worn-down arch support and shock absorption can set you up for injury. The answer? Get fit by a pro to find the right shoe for both your feet and your style, suggests Heather Milton, senior exercise physiologist at NYU Langone Sports Performance Center. Plus, modern running shoes are “no more than 10 ounces, so you can carry them around in a bag and pull them out at the ready,” she says. Say goodbye to the “I didn’t bring my shoes to work” excuse.

2. Think Outside The Treadmill

If you’re normally an elliptical kind of exerciser, grab a friend and a bike and hit the road. Or maybe you’re bored with your regular running routine—why not try a new group class? Both boredom and plateauing results can be motivation buzz kills. To keep your fitness commitment strong, Milton suggests experimenting outside of your comfort zone. “Try something you think is ridiculous,” she says. Don’t be afraid to bust out that ancient jazzercise video: “Having fun is important! Laughing at yourself while working out with Richard Simmons will make you smile, not to mention, laughing is good for your abs.”

3. Pay Yourself For Hard Work

What if the benefits of exercise came in the form of hard earned cash? One Mayo Clinic weight loss study split participants into two groups—one either paid or received $20 for meeting (or not meeting) their monthly weight loss goals, while the other group didn’t receive a payout. At the end of the 12 month-period those in the incentivized group lost an average of 9.1 pounds, while the other group averaged only 2.6 pounds lost. What’s more, 62 percent of the cash-incentive group completed the entire study, while just 26 percent of the control group finished—suggesting a stronger commitment to fitness when money is up for grabs. Try it yourself: Programs like Healthy Wage allow you to bet on yourself, making a wager on how much weight you’ll lose in a self-allotted time.

4. Go Just A Little Bit Further

Just completed a high-intensity 20-minute run? Congrats! Now keep going, says Sean Wells, DPT, PT, fitness expert for bistroMD. When you think you’re finished, or you’ve reached your initially determined time, add three to five more minutes. “Spend a couple extra minutes on the elliptical, or five more minutes walking,” says Wells. If you’ve gotten this far, a few more minutes are attainable, but challenging, which adds up to personal bests and records that make you feel proud. Not to mention, each little nudge gets you that much closer to your bigger goals—faster.

5. Remember: There’s An App For That!

From food journals to weight loss trackers, smart phone apps can help you stay on track with starting and maintaining a fitness plan, or understanding what you’re eating in a day. Wells likes apps such as Happify, which focuses on games and activities based on the science of creating happiness. Or try Lift, which lets you enlist the help of a coach, available 24/7, to track your improvements toward goals.

6. Be Prepared, Be Prepared, Be Prepared

You’ve heard it before, but that’s because it works: Preparing for a healthy week sets you up for success. Weekend meal prep is important, but that’s just half of the equation. “Pack three or four gym outfits on Sunday with a snack—protein bar, nuts—for the whole week,” says Wells. “Sometimes just getting to the gym is the hardest part, but you’re more likely to keep your commitments if you’re ready.”

7. Wear Your Active Wear Beyond The Gym

Wearing yoga pants out—even if you’re going to brunch, not yoga—is nothing new. But with the latest trends in ath-leisure clothing, gym gear has suddenly become even more acceptable outside the studio. Use this to your advantage, suggests Milton. “Wear your sports bra under your sweater, or yoga pants instead of leggings,” she says. If you find yourself with some extra time, squeeze in a quick gym visit—you’re already dressed. Plus it only takes 15-20 minutes of activity to give you an energy boost to get through the rest of the workday, she adds.

8. Take Control

Why force yourself into a routine you hate or one you’ve done so many times you’ve lost track—and interest? Research suggests that taking control of the format and progression of your workout can make a big difference. When participants were able to choose the order in which they completed an exercise routine, it lead to increased repetitions and overall engagement with the workout, according to one study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise. So while group classes and DVDs can be helpful, once you’ve mastered the basic moves, try remixing it on your own.

9. Focus On Your Health Not Your Hips

Intrinsic motivation means you’re working out because it makes you feel good—both physically and emotionally. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, means you’re dragging your feet to the gym on a Sunday afternoon in order to slim down for your upcoming high school reunion. College women whose goals were purely based on appearance experienced reduced body image—despite how often they exercised—compared to those with more health-focused goals, according to findings from a 2014 study.

10. Turn Everyday Activities Into A Workout

The connection between day-to-day activities and traditional exercise is more important than you might think. Consider every time you drop something and bend to pick it up (squatting movement) or when you lift a heavy box onto a high shelf (pressing movement). Proper form both in an out of the gym can make these regular activities easier on your body long-term. “It sounds archaic, but I actually scrub my kitchen floors with a dish sponge,” says Milton. “It may take longer, but putting in a little elbow grease improves core and upper body strength.”

11. Think About Positive Memories Only

Remember that time you snapped the finish line tape at a college track meet—that felt awesome, right? But there was also that time you were competing in a relay race and face-planted—ugh, you wish you could forget that one. Research says you should try. A recent study shows that thinking back on positive fitness memories can actually help you be more active now, while—you guessed it—holding on to those unpleasant moments in your exercise history can discourage you.

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How To Take The Headache Out Of Weight Loss

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You see them everywhere you turn. Pitch after pitch about weight loss products. It’s enough to drive you crazy. Powders, pills, liquids, wraps, special foods, boring meetings etc. Unsubstantiated claim, after unsubstantiated claim… It’s never ending.

Now, are some of these products effective and deliver on their claims. Sure, some, but buyer beware. The field is full of unripe fruit for the picking because consumers are too impatient, and too quick to the draw with their credit card. A little patience and research will go a long way in preventing a frustrating experience with a product or opportunity.

This recent article about the dangers of prescribed diet pills will totally shock you. Too often the ‘quick fix’ is sought after to attain weight loss goals, and unfortunately the recipient of these prescription diet pills put themselves on the short end of their life span buy abusing these pills. Yes, they are prescribed by a licensed physician in most cases, but moderation unfortunately is not present in the vocabulary of many adults. It can be frustrating and dangerous at times when you finally make the decision to get rid of those unwanted pounds.

If you are reading this post you are in a very unique position. Since you have finally made the decision to lose weight (or currently thinking about it) this blog can offer you the support, tools, resources, and products you need for success. No dangerous diet pills, wraps, special foods, or boring meetings. You can join the over 14,000 people who have access to our groups, recipes, guides, products, support, tools, and resources they use daily to get the weight off (keep it off) and live a healthy lifestyle. It’s not easy to lose weight, so needless to say it only complicates things when you are exposed to a multitude of options you may not be able to trust.

I had a very long history with bad health and being overweight. So, I know what it’s like to run into brick wall, after brick wall, trying to find something that works. Yes, I tried it all. The special foods, boring meetings etc. It all ended in frustration. Whenever I was lucky enough to lose a few pounds, they came right back and brought along some friends with them. The yo yo, roller coaster diets will always be plentiful, available, and ready to separate you from your hard earned dollars. Lucky for you, help is right here ready for you to take advantage of the many assets that you have available to you on this blog and in our groups.

Here, you can lose weight the healthy way, and live a healthy lifestyle you can pass on to friends, family, and co-workers. Wouldn’t it be nice to share your success with a friend or someone you love who is struggling with obesity or bad health? Many have been able to get rid of some of the most serious ailments as a result of what we have to offer. Take 10 minutes and check out the blog, what we have to offer, and our groups for people who struggle with their weight, health, and diet. First, start with getting some healthy foods in the house, and get rid of everything else deemed unhealthy!

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Get Fit And Healthy

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Procrastination May be Causing You To Lose Out On Fitness

Attitude means the difference between diet success and failure. Our 8-step plan will keep you on track.

1. Define Your Motivation

Weight loss is a three-part process: Exercising and cutting calories are vital, but your mental outlook can mean the difference between success and failure.

“Self-defeating thoughts are often the most overlooked factors when a dieter gets off track,” says Jeffrey Wilbert, PhD, author of Fattitudes: Beat Self-Defeat and Win Your War with Weight (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). “You feel disappointed when a quick fix turns out to be anything but, or weak if you succumb to an intense craving for ice cream.” Without the resolve to overcome such thoughts, sticking with any major lifestyle change can be difficult, if not impossible.

The key is to adopt the right attitude before you start your plan. “If you’re really serious about slimming down, you need to think long-term. That’s why it helps to ready yourself emotionally to take on the challenge,” says Daniel C. Stettner, PhD, a behavioral-medicine specialist at Northpointe Health Center in Berkley, Michigan. These eight strategies will help strengthen your mind-set.

You probably have lots of reasons for wanting to lose weight. Not all, however, may be good ones. “If your decision develops primarily out of pressure from someone else, your conviction to succeed could diminish over time,” says Stettner. “To ensure success, you need to develop the will to improve your life, not someone else’s vision of it.”

Start by listing all the reasons you can think of for slimming down. Highlight any that include other people. Rewrite the list, omitting the highlighted items. Next, inspect each one for phrases like “have to” or “must.” Such words imply obligation, not desire; eventually, they’ll also invite the instinct to rebel. (Test the theory: Stand in front of a piece of chocolate cake and tell yourself over and over that you must refuse it. You’ll instantly want to dig in.) Translate each “have to” into a “want to.” If your reasons lose their relevance, pare down the list again, until you find two or three of the most compelling motivations.

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2. Choose an Attainable Goal

“Studies show that most dieters expect to lose as much as four times what they really can in a six-month period,” says Stettner.

Think smaller: Count on losing just 10 percent of your weight within six months, and focus on keeping it off for more than a year. But be careful about relying solely on figures. “A number on the scale isn’t a goal; it’s a measurement of success,” says Bonnie Goodman, a psychotherapist based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who specializes in behavioral therapy. Instead, focus on behaviors you wish to change: to reduce your daily fat intake to below 35 percent, or to cut out your afternoon soda or vending-machine snack. Also, consider setting non-weight-related goals, such as entering a 5K race. The pounds you’ll automatically lose in the process will seem like a bonus.

3. Design Your Own Plan

Rather than trying every new diet fad, create your own plan that will fit your lifestyle. Yougood health 2 need to cut out only 150 calories a day to lose 15 pounds in a year, so start small.

“Little changes to your current eating style, like downsizing portions or preparing foods differently, can add up to big results,” says Stettner.

Think about the foods you can — and can’t — live without, then try to work your diet around them. Love chocolate? Have a small piece every day. If you’re a born snacker, divide your daily calories into six or seven mini meals so you always feel like you’re having a nibble. Whatever you do, don’t give up your favorite foods. You’ll inevitably feel deprived, which will only make your cravings stronger — and your willpower weaker.

4. Visualize the New You

A mental dress rehearsal prepares you to recognize and accept success. “Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and picture yourself healthier and slimmer,” suggests Goodman. How do you walk? With your head held high. How do you dress? More boldly. How do you feel? More confident, energized, and proud of your achievements.

5. Get Your Priorities Straight

Start by making “commitment appointments.” First thing in the morning, set your goal for the day, whether it’s to spend an hour at the gym or to cook a healthy meal. Before theweight loss 20 beginning of every month, decide which days you’ll work out and what you’ll do. Shop for healthy foods once a week, always on the same day if possible.

Stettner also recommends planning ahead for any obstacles you might encounter, such as a visit from the in-laws or a weekend getaway. If your mother-in-law stresses you out (and leaves you raiding the fridge after everyone’s gone to bed), schedule private time during her visit to unwind. Going away? Book a hotel with a fitness center, or plan an active outing. Keep an exercise record and a food diary (noting not just what you eat, but when and why), and schedule a time to make entries.

6. Uncover Emotional Obstacles

Sadness and anger are two of the most common reasons women overeat, but food won’t quell either one. Your diary can provide valuable insights into what may be causing you to binge occasionally. Once you start evaluating your eating triggers, you’ll be able to develop more effective strategies to deal with the underlying emotions. Keep in mind, too, that the very act of committing to a diet plan can bring its own challenges.

“Fear of change is a particularly formidable enemy,” says Wilbert. “Altering your lifestyle involves taking a risk, and that can dredge up insecurity.”

As your body changes, so will the way others perceive you, which can be unnerving. The best way to combat any type of fear is to face it head-on. Keep reminding yourself that every change you make brings you one step closer to becoming a bolder, more confident woman.

7. Celebrate Every Achievement

“Rewards reinforce positive behavior, but only if they’re meaningful,” says Goodman. “When you reach a milestone in your weight-loss or exercise routine, treat yourself to something that celebrates the particular goal you achieved and helps further your progress.”

Logging an extra mile a week on the treadmill? Invest in a pair of top-of-the-line running shoes. If you’ve dropped a dress size, buy an outfit that highlights your new figure.

8. Forgive Yourself

“If you make an unhealthy diet choice, admit that you’re fallible, but don’t drown in a sea of judgmental thoughts,” says Wilbert.

Berating yourself won’t foster the courage you need to dust off those cookie crumbs and move on. A momentary slip won’t register on the scale. An egregious misstep, like a no-holds-barred vacation binge, may delay your weight loss slightly, but it isn’t likely to undo every bit of progress you’ve made. Think about what else you did on vacation, then focus on the positive. For instance, lounging by the pool relieved stress, while sampling the buffets exposed you to new flavors you can incorporate into your own low-cal cooking. Turning negative thoughts into encouraging ones will propel you to keep at it until you finally reach your goal weight.

Courtesy Fitness Magazine

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10 Ways To Stay On Track With Your Weight Loss Goals

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Staying on track with your weight loss goals can sometimes feel like that illusion game where the object is to keep track of the ball underneath a certain cup as they get shuffled rapidly right in front of you. Although it starts out fairly easy inevitably when done your brain starts to stumble as it blends together and before you know it you… the ball is lost.

One would think it would be as easy as paying attention but as anyone who has maintained weight loss goals can tell you, if it were that easy then we’d all be fit and healthy. If you’ve ever struggled with finding that balance then this list is for you.

10 Ways to Stay On Track With Your Weight Loss Goals

1. Remind yourself every day it’s a marathon

If you tried to sprint a marathon full force you would never make it so to apply the same mindset to maintaining weight loss is not only silly but a set up for failure.

2. Stop buying your problem foods

If you have a penchant for sweet, savory, fried, or all of the above and find yourself saying, “I’ll buy just one package of [insert problem food here] so I can have some when I really want it…”, it’s time to stop. You’re creating a comfort zone for self sabotage. Just don’t buy it, okay?

See more: Healthy snacks

3. Keep track of your nutrition when you feel you’re losing your grip

Eating too much or eating too little are both equally are the nemesis of maintaining weight loss. The best way to combat that war is to keep track of your nutrition when you feel most out of control.

Whether using Skinny Fiber, a manual journal, or any other options with documentation is a perfect way to gain knowledge as well as steer you back to “true north” when you need it most.

4. Keep a tangible calendar on the wall so you can “X” off days

Visually seeing your “checklist” being marked off, feeds the part of the brain that wants to list accomplishments and will keep motivation high as well as serving a daily reminder of the lifestyle you’d like to lead. Eventually it will become habit and can always be done again if needed!

5. Memorize this phrase, “No thanks, I just ate.”

When you’re trying to make better choices regarding eating, it’s easy to get bombarded with turbulence over, “you can have just ONE” or “I heard not eating can be BAD for you” when in reality they just want you to join in on the fun. When you say “No thanks, I just ate,” it cuts down on the need to defend yourself BIG TIME.

See more: 41 Awesome Non-Food Rewards for Weight Loss

6. Drink as much water as you can

I mean it. Not only will you stay hydrated but your body will be running on all 8 cylinders keeping you constantly tuned up.

7. Ask yourself “Will I be happy with that decision an hour from now?”

Odds are the answer is no and it helps to focus on the outcome rather than the instant gratification. If the answer is yes, then that’s what you should be doing! Self accountability at it’s finest.

8. Establish an accountability buddy

It helps knowing that someone else understands the struggle of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having an appointed friend you can call or text in that moment of weakness can do wonders for talking yourself off the ledge. Even if you don’t call/text it’s a great tool just knowing you can.

9. Get rid of all your bigger sized clothing

You don’t need that safety net anymore and when you have no choice to get back on track unless you want to buy a whole new wardrobe, it can be motivating to get back on the health wagon.

10. Never give up on yourself

You’ve got to want it more than anything because anything can stop you.

What is your favorite weight loss tip?

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Please, don’t let the name offend or fool you. We are very serious about health and healthy living. In our group you will have access to an abundance of information about weight loss, weight management, mental health, healthy living, weight loss products, skin care products, preparing healthy meals (including recipes), and more…

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Good health is very important, but as many of us know oh too well it’s very hard to lose weight loss 4weight, and keep the weight off. So many of us have tried the expensive special foods, the inconvenient meetings, and countless weight loss products. Healthy living is a lifestyle, and many people have started the journey, only to wind up disappointed and discouraged. This group is here for it’s members with support, resources, and tools to help members who are on the journey, and give those who are not a very loving push.

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  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
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  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

In our group we discuss and address all risk and ailments our members may be dealing with. For most, it helps to speak with someone who can relate to what they are going through.

good health 2Needless to say good health starts with what you put in your body. But, many people have no idea what is truly good or bad for them when it comes to the food they consume. In our group, good and bad foods are part of the discussion, along with recommendations and recipes to help prepare good, healthy meals. Remember, if you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it! Right? Well, that’s the way we have to think anyway, and try to stay away from bad foods even in our travels.

In our group you will also have access to weight loss plans, and weight loss and weight management products that actually work in association with our weight loss plans to help our members reach their goal(s). Get useful information that will help you to get your body working to lose weight and get healthy from the time you get up in the morning, until bedtime.

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5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Your Belly Fat, No Matter How Much You Work Out

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The award for the most stubborn part of the body goes to: the belly.Sometimes, no matter how many hours you spend in the gym, the fat around your middle just sits there, staring at you like, “Is that all you’ve got?”
Unfortunately, that refuse-to-budge fat is the absolute worst for your health, with manyexcessive fat experts saying that waist circumference is a better measure of body composition and overall health than BMI. After all, according to a 2016 International Journal of Obesity study, more than 30 percent of people with “healthy” BMIs suffer from insulin resistance, too-high blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation levels.So, yeah, it’s in your best interest to practice some stubbornness of your own.

To help you troubleshoot your tummy, here are five of the biggest reasons your belly bulge won’t budge, no matter how hard you sweat it out.

1. You Are Stressed To The Max

“Stress related adrenal hormones increase your body’s susceptibility to storing any extra calories around your belly,” says Georgie Fear, R.D., author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight LossAnd if you’re trying to lose weight by eating less calories than you’re burning, you’ll lose fat from other regions before you ever start to lose from your stomach, says Fear. In fact, research from the University of California, San Francisco, suggests that stressed-out women are more likely to have high levels of abdominal fat—even if they have a healthy BMI. (Get the secret to banishing belly bulge from WH readers who’ve done it with Take It All Off! Keep It All Off!)

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to master that whole stress-management thing, Fear says. Try to identify the things that are contributing the most stress to your day-to-day routine, and then have an honest talk with yourself about what you want to take on and what responsibilities or stressors you can let go of. Remember, it’s okay to say, “No.”

2. You Do A TON Of Abs Workouts

Please repeat after us, “Spot training does not work.” While performing abs exercises will strengthen your core, which is important, it won’t really decrease the amount of fat that’s covering your abs, says Albert Matheny, R.D., C.S.C.S., a trainer with SoHo Strength Lab in New York City. Crunches and planks don’t burn that many calories, so you need to focus on moves that work your whole body.

“When exercising, your biggest return on investment is performing movements that work multiple muscle groups at once,” he says. “The more muscle mass you engage, the more calories you will burn and the closer you will come to burning off your abdominal fat.” Belly-fat blasting exercises include squats, deadlifts, pushups, pullups, thrusters, and rows.

3. You Eat A Lot Of Processed Foods

If your diet is high in fructose, which is found in lots of processed foods, you’re more at risk for abdominal obesity. That’s because your body metabolizes fructose differently than it doesbelly fat 1 other forms of sugar, Matheny says. Yes, fruit also contains fructose, but unless you’re downing a dozen bananas a day, reducing your fruit intake in the name of weight loss won’t help you lose belly fat.

Instead, focus on removing processed foods from your plate. 2016 research published in BMJ Journal found that ultra-processed foods, such as frozen meals, snack foods, and soda, are responsible for 90 percent of the average Americans’ intake of added sugar, especially high-fructose corn syrup.

4. It’s Not Actually Fat

Sometimes when women complain about their belly, their issue isn’t fat, Fear says. Chronic bloating, which can make your pants feel tighter regardless of your body fat, can be an issue for many women, including those with irritable bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, lactose intolerance, and other common GI issues and food intolerances.

To minimize bloat, make sure you eat high-fiber foods to keep you regular, including fruits, veggies, and beans to keep your gut bacteria healthy, she says. “Steer clear of foods sweetened with sugar alcohols since they can contribute to gas.” If you notice that your clothes feel more snug over the course of the day or after meals, talk to your doctor about what might be messing with your gut.

5. You Don’t Eat Enough Protein

Protein is critical to fat loss. But when it comes to crushing belly fat, it may be even more important. In one study of 90 women, researchers from McMaster University in Canada found that those who followed a high-protein diet lost more weight and double the belly fat, compared to those who followed a low-protein eating plan. This may be because a high-protein diet encourages the body to lose weight from fat, rather than muscle, translating into improved insulin sensitivity, Matheny says.

In the study, the women on the high-protein diet got 30 percent of their calories from protein, which many experts believe is a good target when trying to lose weight. That translates to about 540 calories if you’re sticking to a 1,800 calories a day budget. Once you’ve got your protein calorie goal in place, plan to divvy up your protein equally throughout the day, he says.

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