What has happended to Everyday Manners? – Email Ettiquette Gone Bad

Okay, off track from the usual subject matter I know.

BUT……what is happening today with email manners?  Why do people today not respond to emails when someone has taken the trouble to write them?

Now I don’t know if the usual explanation of “we are too busy” or “I didn’t get them” or “blah, blah, blah” is something that you have experienced, but it is really starting to annoy me.  More so as it seems to be happening ALL the time now.

My view is this.  If someone has taken the time to write an email, whether its a business or personal email, then the person receiving it should take the time to simply respond, or at the least, send an email back saying ‘thank you’.  But that seems to be a considerable effort for some – and its beyond me why.

Is it arrogance? Do they feel far too important to bother replying? Perhaps they can’t write or read? Or perhaps it is the result of a poor upbringing?

I think more to the point, it’s generally a level of arrogance combined with poor manners.  But it is damn annoying I must say.  And it’s really just not good enough.  What if people simply stopped sending these people emails at all?  What if, just as a thought, people decided “well, you can’t be bothered replying – so I just can’t be bothered with you!”

Today, I think I’ll try that approach…………..

A Fat House, Fat Dogs and Cats and a Fat Family – Is it just me or does everything seem LARGE today?

Well, for some reason today just seems BIG!  For no particular reason – everything just seems big today!

My husband and I still continue on our weight loss pilgrimage and so far, since January 01, 2013, we have lost a total of 26kgs now.  Don’t get me wrong, we are both extremely happy and are certainly motivated to keeping it up.

But do you notice that on those days when you haven’t lost a damn thing (and like today seem to have put on 1.2kgs – but who’s counting, eh?) that nearly everything seems larger?  Is it just me?

We walked our dogs today and I have to say they aren’t the largest dogs in the world – both are little white maltese crosses with a combined height of about 2 inches (they don’t know that though – they think they are HUGE!).  But as I was walking them – they seemed over-weight to me.  I really know that they are (they will eat anything and everything) but they seemed bigger today than yesterday!

My husband looks bigger today as well.  I don’t know why – he only put on about 0.0002gms but he looks enormous……………today!  Even the damn house looks like it has put on weight in the last 24 hours.

I think that, as we head into the third month now of our diet, I am starting to get stronger cravings as well.  Yesterday, I needed a piece of bread.  A simple thing – but I would have gladly taken someone’s kidney out (even my own of course!) if it meant having a piece of bread, preferably toasted with 5 pounds of butter smeared across it!

But it passes.  It’s the internal motivation that keeps us going to succeed – plus friends, family, two little white dogs and blogs on the net that help us all through.

Where ever you are if you are struggling at the moment (with whatever addiction you may have) take some solace in the fact that you aren’t alone.  Talk to someone, blog someone or just read the blogs of others – it will help you to keep the strength that we all need.

Now, does anyone know anything about liposuction for dogs……?


Green Tea, White Tea – You can’t really go wrong!

The Properties of White Tea: Dietary and Health Benefits

Whether it is green tea, Oolong tea, Pu-erh tea, or white tea, each of these teas has been traditionally known to have unique beneficial health properties. As more and more scientific research is conducted into these effects, it is becoming clear that these teas may possess numerous properties that make them beneficial to human health.

This article will take a detailed look at the known health and dietary benefits that are associated with white tea; it will also discuss the concept of synergy, whereby the effectiveness of different teas are combined together to maximize the full potential benefits.


White tea has been traditionally produced in Fujian province on the south-east coast of China. While all the other types of tea produced from the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) are brewed from tea leaves, white tea is produced from the leaves as well as buds of the plant.

In fact, the tea has acquired its name from the silvery downy hairs on the buds of the tea plant. Selection of white tea leaves is very stringent as only small and young leaves are suitable for the tea.

White tea is very lightly oxidized, and the buds and leaves are allowed to wither in natural sunlight before light steaming. Further processing is avoided in order to prevent more oxidization of the tea.

The Known Health Benefits of White Tea

Being derived from the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis), green tea, Oolong tea, Pu-erh tea and white tea all share similar chemical properties and make up, and therefore similar health effects.

For instance, white tea also contains a high amount of polyphenols, which are plant based anti-oxidants. Several studies have shown that polyphenols are responsible for a number of important health benefits.

These anti-oxidants are linked to a reduction in the level of cholesterol. Catechins which are anti-oxidants belonging to this category are known to keep arteries healthy by preventing the build-up of plaque on the endothelial lining of arteries.

Polyphenols have been linked to reducing cholesterol, keeping the circulatory system healthy and improving circulation. This helps in keeping blood pressure down and improving cardio vascular health.

Polyphenols attack harmful free radicals in the body and studies have found a link between these anti-oxidants and anti-cancer action. A 2010 study links white tea extract consumption with suppressive action on cancer cells.

White tea is also found to inhibit the growth of bacterial infections.

  • A study conducted in 2004 at Pace University, New York, found that white tea extract may have prophylactic applications as it was found to have anti-bacterial properties that retarded the growth of streptococcus infections, staphylococcus infections, pneumonia as well as dental infections. It was also found to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. White tea extract was found to totally inactivate Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cells and Penicillium spores. The study concluded that the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of white tea may be greater than green tea.

Studies have also found that polyphenols present in white tea may boost immunity by increasing the level of regulatory T cells in the body.

Studies have also shown that these anti-oxidants can have anti-ageing action, by keeping connective tissue healthy and maintaining the health of skin and eyes. Indeed, in China tea has been known to be an agent of youth and health.

  • A study undertaken in 2009 at Kingston University, London, found that white tea consumption could lower the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers, as well as heart disease due to its strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and its ability to keep connective tissue healthy.

The study also found that white tea prevented or slowed down the breakdown of collagen and elastin caused by enzymes, resulting in anti-ageing effects.

How Might the Tea Aid with Weight Loss?

Obesity is a growing concern today, especially in post industrialized nations. The rising incidence of obesity and related conditions such as cardio-vascular problems and diabetes has made the issue very relevant.

The potential effects of white tea on fat storage and weight gain have attracted the interest of scientists worldwide. Several studies have and are being conducted on these effects in order to understand the full extent to which white tea may aid in weight loss, and the results do look very promising.

White tea has been found to aid weight loss in various ways. Polyphenols present in white tea help lower the levels of cholesterol in the blood, as well as improve the circulatory system. A healthy heart is the first step to maintaining healthy weight through good diet and regular exercise.

White tea may also prevent the storage of fat in the body, and help metabolize fat quicker. It is also found that white tea can suppress appetite, making it easier to follow a healthy diet.

White Tea Suppresses Growth of Fat Cells

  • A 2008 study conducted on the effect of white tea extract on human fat cells showed that white tea extract caused the breakdown of existing fat cells and inhibited the growth of new fat cells. It was found that white tea suppressed or decreased the expression of genes associated with the creation of new adipocytes. The study concluded that white tea extract is a potent and natural source that can inhibit adipogenesis – which is the conversion of pre fat cells into fat cells, and stimulate lipolysis – which is the breakdown of fats for utilization by the body for energy.
  • The study by a German health food company in 2009 found that Chinese white tea reduces growth of new fat cells and broke down the fat contained in existing cells.

Helps Burn Calories Quicker

White tea contains caffeine and is a naturally thermogenic substance. This means that it helps speed up the metabolism. By boosting metabolism, white tea can help increase the rate at which stored fat is burnt.

While white tea speeds up the metabolic breakdown of calories, it does not contain any calories, making it effective in weight loss. Also, unlike other teas which also contain caffeine, white tea contains a very small amount, making it free from the unpleasant side effects of caffeine consumption.

Suppresses Appetite

White tea is known to dull the appetite, making it easier to refrain from snacking between meals. This can make it much easier to stick to a healthy weight loss diet.

Using Tea in Synergy

  • While all teas derived from the Camellia Sinensis (tea) plant have the same basic components and nutrients, each tea also has its own character, developed due to the way the tea is produced and processed. Even within white tea, for instance, the amount of polyphenols can vary based on the processing, the strain of the tea plant etc.
  • Green tea, Oolong tea, Pu-erh tea and white tea all have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to weight loss. However, several studies have shown that all these types of tea can be effective in combating weight gain and obesity.
  • For instance, while green tea has been shown to be particularly effective in reducing the amount of fat stored in the body, Pu-erh tea has properties that impact the digestive system and improve the efficiency of digesting tough fats. White tea has been shown to suppress the growth of new fat cells and help the breakdown of existing fats.
  • Thus using different types of tea together in the right combinations can help create an effective weight loss regime that heightens the benefits of each tea, while overcoming any weaknesses. This can be done by consuming a blend of teas designed specially to heighten the weight loss effects of each tea, or by taking a health supplement consisting of the right blend of tea extracts.

Side Effects of White Tea

White tea is a completely natural substance, as it has been derived from the tea plant and minimally processed. It contains a very small amount of caffeine, so there are known to be no real side effects for white tea. However, in order to avoid adverse interaction with any existing medication, it is important to seek medical advice before taking any health supplements and products made from concentrated white tea extract.


White tea is a minimally processed tea traditionally produced in the south-east of China. Being derived from the tea plant, white tea shares many of its health benefits with other teas such as Oolong and green tea.

The polyphenols present in white tea are beneficial to health in a number of ways. They can help keep the circulatory system healthy and improve cardio vascular health. Studies show that they also play a preventative role in heart disease and other cardio vascular conditions such as stroke. Polyphenols have the ability to lower bad LDL cholesterol, and prevent the build-up of plaque on the lining of arteries.

These anti-oxidants are also linked to anti-ageing action. A 2009 study found that white tea is particularly effective in slowing down the enzymatic breakdown of elastin and collagen, resulting in anti-ageing action.

In the light of the global obesity epidemic, white tea has become especially interesting to researchers owing to its potential benefits for weight loss.

A 2008 study showed that white tea may have an anti-obesity effect on human fat cells. The study found that white tea has the ability to suppress the expression of genes that cause the generation of new fat cells. Not only this, white tea also brings about the breakdown of existing fat cells.

By speeding up metabolism, white tea can help increase the rate of fat oxidation. It also has an effect of suppressing hunger, making it a very effective component of any weight loss regime.

Although different teas derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant have similar base properties, each tea also seems to have its own unique properties as well. For instance, while white tea is found to cause the breakdown of fats, Pu-erh tea is found to have a degreasing effect and help in getting rid of certain types of fat.

Consuming different teas together as part of a regime can be the most effective way to use them in weight loss. This concept is known as synergy, where different teas can be used together to overcome any individual weaknesses and maximize their strengths.

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New Product – Tea-Tone Plus – Green Tea Diet Supplements

Tea-Tone Plus – A New Green Tea Supplement

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Tea-Tone Plus is a brand new weight loss pill from RDK Global, the company behind the bestselling Phen375 diet pills. Tea-Tone Plus contains 3 premium quality tea extracts, bringing all the benefits of drinking green tea to a pill, to fit in with the demands of a busy lifestyle.

With its advanced formula that is 100% natural, Tea-Tone Plus may aid weight loss, reduce appetite and aid digestion, as well as being a great source of anti-oxidents.

Some Background for You on the Benefits of Green Tea

Tea has been cultivated and consumed by numerous cultures throughout the world for centuries. In fact, tea consumption is second only to water across the globe. Cultures in which tea is the primary beverage and is consumed throughout the lifespan exhibit lower levels of cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and degenerative bone loss, and enjoy an overall higher level of health. Although practitioners of traditional medicine in Indian and Chinese cultures have long used tea to treat illness and disease, Western researchers are now turning their attention to the preventative and restorative powers of tea.

While all tea comes from the same base plant, Camellia sinensis, three main varieties are created through the manner in which the tea leaves are processed. Green tea is made from tea leaves that are left unfermented. The active ingredients within green tea are catechins; a sub-class of flavonoids. These complex organic molecules are highly powerful antioxidant compounds which are believed to be critical in reducing the risk of various diseases. In relation to weight loss, research suggests that catechins play several roles in losing weight and burning fat.

One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at 100 healthy adults over a 12-week study period. Participants were divided into groups and given a daily dose of either 625mg catechins or a control beverage with caffeine added to match the levels of the catechin beverage. They also agreed to perform 180 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. The results of the study found that participants who had consumed catechins lost more body weight than the control group, and also that they lost more abdominal and subcutaneous fat than those participants who did not receive catechins.

Another study focused on the measurable ability of green tea extract to inhibit the digestion of fat. This study was conducted in test tubes, and not within the human body. However, over a 12 week period, researchers observed a reduced amount of fat digested with the addition of green tea extract. The results were comparable to the effects of the prescription weight loss drug Xenical.

These results are just a small sample of the scientific research that proves the weight loss and overall health benefits of green tea. In addition, unlike many synthetic or chemical weight loss methods, tea therapies are all-natural and completely safe! There are no worries that your body won’t react favorably to tea, or that you may experience a frightening list of adverse side effects. There are no studies that warn of any negative effects of tea.

Advanced Tea Tone Plus is not a weight loss fad. It is not a synthetic, untested material cooked up in a lab and sold as a weight loss “miracle.” The proprietary formula that makes up our supplements simply takes advantage of the known benefits of a combined tea therapy regimen and adds the powerhouse of raspberry ketone. By combining all four ingredients in one supplement, your body is able to take advantage of the synergistic properties of the blend, each helping the other to be more effective in reducing weight, burning fat, and increasing alertness and vitality.

  • May aid weight loss
  • May reduce appetite
  • May aid in digestion
  • May help support concentration and memory function
  • Good source of antioxidants
  • May improve energy

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New Product: The Properties of Pu-erh Tea – Dietary and Health Benefits


Pu-erh tea is a Chinese tea native to the Yunnan province in southern China and has a long history and a firm place in indigenous Chinese tradition. It is a post fermented tea, in which the ‘raw’ tea leaves undergo microbial fermentation after the tea leaves have been dried and rolled.

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Pu-erh has been known for its health benefits for centuries in Chinese culture. In recent times, though, modern science is also beginning to discover the effects of Pu-erh tea on health in general and weight loss in particular.

In this short report we will look at the known benefits of Pu-erh tea, along with significant studies and their outcomes, with a particular focus on its potential role in weight loss. We will also discuss the even greater rewards that may be achieved by combining different teas together under a concept known as synergy.

The Known Health Benefits of Pu-erh Tea

The tea plant Camellia Sinensis is native to China, so it is no surprise that various ways of producing and consuming tea are an integral part of Chinese heritage and culture. Green tea, white tea, red tea, Oolong tea, as well as Pu-erh tea have been consumed in China for centuries and are known for their healing and preventative properties.

Traditionally Known Effects of Pu-erh

Pu-erh has been traditionally thought to improve digestion and enhance the functioning of the stomach and spleen. Customarily it has been used to combat the unpleasant effects of alcohol consumption. It is used in Chinese traditional medicine to improve blood circulation, eyesight and digestion; and to keep the body free of toxins and improve immunity. It has particularly been known in Chinese medicine as possessing properties that help to detoxify blood.

Effects of Polyphenols 

Pu-erh, like other types of tea such as green tea and Oolong tea, contains a high amount of plant based anti-oxidants known as polyphenols. Research has shown that these compounds can play a significant role in keeping the circulatory system healthy, by keeping arteries clearer and prevent the build-up of plaque.

Pu-erh tea may therefore play a preventative role for cardiovascular illnesses like stroke, angina and hypertension.

Polyohenols may also have a preventative link to certain types of cancer. Studies have shown that the anti-oxidants in Pu-erh tea attack harmful free radicals in the body, which may translate to anti-cancerous and anti-ageing effects on the body.

Findings from a study conducted in 2006 found that Pu-erh consumption may protect human fibroblast cells (connective tissue) from oxidative damage.

Cleansing and De-greasing Effects

Pu-erh has been traditionally used to ‘cleanse’ the body and blood of toxins and excess fat. Scientific studies conducted in recent times have strong evidence that this may well be the case. Pu-erh tea has the ability to remove bad fats from blood, and studies conducted on lab animals have also shown that Pu-erh may also have a role to play in keeping liver tissue healthy and preventing it from becoming fatty.

 How Might the Tea Aid with weight loss?

Several studies conducted around the world on lab mice as well as human subjects have found evidence that Pu-erh tea has significant cholesterol lowering effects. Studies have also shown that Pu-erh has degreasing properties which help the body remove unwanted and hard to digest, leftover fats. It is this cleansing ability of Pu-erh that has brought it to the attention of researchers the world over.

Effects of Pu-erh on Cholesterol Levels

  • A study conducted at the Wun-Shan Branch Tea Research and Extension Station, in Taipei, compared the effect of different teas on the cholesterol levels in lab rats. When extracts of green, black, Oolong, and cooked Pu-erh tea were fed to rats, it was found that the rats that were fed Pu-erh tea not only had lower percentages of bad LDL cholesterol than the other rats, but also had heightened levels of good HDL cholesterol.
  • In a study at the Chinese Kunming Medical College, consisting of 86 subjects with very high levels of blood cholesterol the differences in the treatment of patients with Pu-erh tea verses conventional cholesterol medication were observed. 55 subjects took a regimented amount of Pu-erh tea three times a day, while the remaining subjects took a cholesterol-lowering prescription drug known as PCIB. At the end of a two month period, subjects who took Pu-erh tea showed a 64.29% reduction in blood cholesterol levels, while the group taking the prescription cholesterol medication showed 66.67% reduction.

Studies have found Pu-erh tea to contain a chemical called Lovastatin in small quantities, which has the ability to lower LDL levels in the body. Lovastatin is a prescription chemical used to control cholesterol. Pu-erh tea therefore can play a uniquely significant role in lowering bad cholesterol.

Anti-Obesity Effects of Pu-erh Tea

Studies that have found that Pu-erh tea has a lowering effect on LDL and triacylglycerol have also shown that Pu-erh may suppress weight gain and help prevent obesity.

  • A study conducted at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, on lab rats, found that the rats supplemented with Pu-erh tea showed hypolipidemic and anti-obesity effects. The active compounds in the tea that were found to be responsible for the anti-obesity effect were caffeine, an anti-oxidant known as catechin, and theanine.
  • In another study conducted at the Yunnan Agricultural University, the anti-obesity effects of Pu-erh tea consumption on rats with high fat diet induced obesity were observed. It was found that Pu-erh tea significantly lowered the overall body weight, as well as reduced fatty deposits in the body. Pu-erh tea was also seen to reduce cholesterol levels, particularly LDL and triglycerides concentrations. It was not seen to affect good cholesterol (HDL) levels.
  • In a French study conducted at the ARMA Medical Research Association, Dr. Tran Dai-Sy and his team found that out of 350 study subjects, 299 subjects successfully achieved weight loss with a regular diet supplemented by a cup of Pu-erh tea per day. The extent of the weight loss was a staggering 5-10 pounds per subject over a span of two months.

The anti-oxidant polyphenols in Pu-erh tea help boost metabolism, which increases the rate of fat oxidation, which effectively helps burn calories. At the same time, Pu-erh tea also has unique properties that help activate the stomach and spleen and improve digestion.

While a healthy spleen absorbs nutrients from the food, and gets rid of excess fluids, an unhealthy spleen accumulates fluids, which, in the course of time, turn to fat. Pu-erh helps stimulate and tone the spleen and stomach and keeps them cleansed and efficient.

Pu-erh tea may possess another unique property in that it may help suppress appetite by creating a feeling of fullness. This has important implications for weight loss and preventing obesity.

Using Tea in Synergy

  • Studies have shown that Oolong tea, green tea and white tea also have properties that make them effective on weight loss. Being derived from the same tea plant, all these teas have the same basic make up and certain common properties.
  •  However, each tea also has its own unique strengths, as findings from various international studies have illustrated.
  • For instance, while Oolong tea may have a strong impact on fat oxidation, Pu-erh tea is particularly effective in tackling tough and hard to digest fats in the body. By keeping the digestive system healthy it also prevents excess fluids from turning into fatty deposits.
  • Maximum weight loss effect could therefore be achieved by taking these teas in combination with each other, and using the properties of each tea in synergy to take full advantage of their weight loss and health effects. This can be done by consuming the teas in a blend that is designed to maximize their weight loss properties, or in the form of a health supplement (even a convenient tablet) consisting of the correct blend of extracts.

Side Effects of Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh tea is a natural substance, and there are no known side effects of consuming the tea in sensible amounts. However, it is important to note that Pu-erh tea does contain caffeine, albeit in relatively small quantities. Therefore, all the contra indications that apply to caffeine consumption do also apply to Pu-erh tea.

If taken in moderation, Pu-erh tea either as a brew or its extract is safe and has no known side effects.


Pu-erh tea is a Chinese tea traditionally produced in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. Pu-erh has been consumed for several centuries, and is known to have a number of beneficial properties. It is particularly known to help the body get rid of toxins, clean the blood and help get rid of hard to digest fats.

Recent scientific studies in the effects of Pu-erh tea on health have found evidence to support many of these claims.

Pu-erh is rich in anti-oxidants called polyphenols which have many beneficial health effects.  Like other herbal teas such as green tea and Oolong tea, Pu-erh is known to improve circulation and maintain cardio vascular health. Some studies have also found a preventative and suppressive link between these anti-oxidants and cancer tumors.

Several key studies have found that there is a strong link between Pu-erh consumption and the lowering of bad LDL cholesterol. Some studies have also found that Pu-erh consumption can increase good HDL cholesterol levels.

Pu-erh can have anti-weight-gain effects as it speeds up metabolism and increases fat oxidation, while also improving the functioning of the stomach and spleen, which helps the body get rid of excess fluids. It is also known to suppress appetite.

Pu-erh tea when taken in combination with other beneficial teas like Oolong tea and green tea can help maximize the weight loss effects of these different teas. Their unique properties can work together in synergy to enhance their effect and get maximum benefits.

Pu-erh tea is known in Chinese medicine to promote the health of the stomach and spleen and get rid of dampness from the body. It is also known to keep the mind alert and agile and promoting sound health by boosting immunity.

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The Seven Secrets to Reaching Your Goals – What, only seven?

There are certain factors that not immediately obvious, which when you discover will enable you to easily reach your weight loss and fitness goals. In this article you are about to unearth the 7 Secrets to Reaching Your Goals which will allow you to create the positive and last changes that you desire.

The 7 Secrets to Reaching Your Goals

  • Too many people abdicate accountability for their results onto other people or situations or organisations. That may be very convenient but it leaves the person in a position where they have essentially given away their own personal power to someone or something else. Ultimately, the person is then not in control of their results. So it’s important that YOU take responsibility for your results and that you tune into what’s going on for you. You must pay attention to the feedback you are getting and keep doing the things that are working well for you and make adjustments where appropriate to keep you on the right track so that you get to your goals.
  • Having a clear understanding of your own motivation is a critical element of succeeding in accomplishing your desired outcomes. Spend time and figure out what’s important to you about these goals? What it is that getting these goals is going to allow you to do? Find out what your own internal driving force is and then bring it to mind every time you need a boost of motivation. This is another effective way of keeping you on the pathway to weight loss success.
  • Write down on paper what your goals are. Just keeping them in your head, means that they stay as a bit of a day dream. Writing them down gives them physical form and something that you can refer to.
  • Focus is everything! You have to train yourself to Focus on What Your Want! Keep your thought, your actions and your words aligned to the exact things that you want to achieve.
  • Having written down your goals, this will give you a clarity around what your targets and outcomes are. Pay attention to the sensory based information within your goals. In your mind you may discover that you have a “mind picture” of what you want to be like, how you body is going to look, the compliments that other people are going to give to you, how amazing you are going to feel. All that information that is wrapped up in that “mind picture” gives you a positive image that you can focus on.
  • You’ve heard of will power. Most people don’t exercise their will power these days. They give in too easy. Stay strong, stay positive and refocus on all that you want to achieve.
  • You must take action! Lots of people can talk a good game but when it comes down to it, to get the results you want, you have to do something about it. If you are going to do something, then you may as well do it well. So go for it! Commit to your goals and give it 100%.


Key Questions to Ask Yourself to Ensure Your Weight Loss Success

When you decide to create a change for yourself, one of the most important things you must learn is to maintain your boundaries. Do not let anyone step on your boundaries and equally do not tread on your own boundaries either. What does that mean? You have to be assertive. You’ve decided that this goal and way of being is important to you, so you most respect yourself enough and support yourself in creating this change. So if someone offers you something, that if you ate or drank it, it would put you off track, say “No thanks”. When you say “No thanks” then mean it. Even if their response is, “Go on, you know you like these! Go on, one won’t hurt!” This is the process of not letting people tread on your boundaries. You must also uphold your boundaries by not having sneaky cookies from the cookie jar because then that would be you, treading on your own boundaries. If you do not maintain your boundaries, you will not achieve the results that you say you want.

A great question to ask yourself is; do I really want to lose weight?

You might say, “Well of course I do!” The proof is whether you are taking action towards what you want and supporting yourself in achieving that goal, i.e. maintaining your boundaries. If you choice to stay on the path of eating too much or eating foods that are unhealthy or not exercising, then that will maintain the problems you have associated with being overweight and you will continue to gain weight.

We’re not saying you have to change. Just consider for a moment though, what will the outcome be if you don’t change anything, how will your life be 20 years from now? Will it work well for you, if at the age of 80 years old, you turn around and you announce, “Now I have the time to exercise, to eating healthily and deal with my emotions instead of overeating?”

Another great question to ask yourself is; do you I how to change?

You may be aware of the basic formula for weight loss, i.e. Eat Less and Move More. However if you are unsure of what you should eat less of (and what you should include more of) in your diet, then you must seek professional advice. That is the same for increasing your activity levels; get professional assistance to design a work out plan for you, which will allow you to accomplish your goals.

Next ask yourself; am I prepared to do what it takes to achieve this outcome?

It’s important to know within yourself that you are committed to making this happen. To create a change, it no good hoping, wishing or praying for the result; you are guaranteed to create the results you want when you take action and do something about it. Otherwise it just ends up as a vague, hazy idea.

Then discover and deal with any obstacles by asking yourself, what’s preventing me from achieving this?

By asking that question you can elicit and deal with any barriers to your success.

Another important question is to find out; what do I need to motivate me?

Some people are great at motivating themselves, while others find that making a commitment to a buddy or support group helps them. Alternatively, get a coach, it’s a great way to keep you motivated and ensure you stay on track.

Finally, consider these vital questions that will allow you to think in a new and multi-dimensional way:

1. What will happen if I do?

2. What will happen if I don’t?

3. What won’t happen if I do?

4. What won’t happen if I don’t?

Quit Procrastinating and Get Motivated!

How many times have you heard the famous words, “The diet starts tomorrow” or “I can’t be bothered to go to the gym tonight, I’ll go in the morning” or “I do really want to lose weight but….”

Maybe you’ve made statements like that or you’ve heard someone else saying them. It’s a common thing.

Here’s the problem though, “wanting” to do something is not actually doing it though, is it? People are good at coming up with lots of reasons for putting things off but in doing that they are not taking action and therefore not creating the results they claim they want.

If you don’t do it what will life be like 2 years from now? What will life be like 5 years from now? What will life be like 10 years from now? I’m guessing if you don’t do anything, then it’s going to be significantly less satisfying than it currently is and you may be left with fewer choices about what you can do.

The future can be anyway you want it, because it hasn’t happen yet. So you have a golden opportunity now to take action to get on a path to creating what you want. That’s exciting!

It’s easy to get started too.  Let’s have a look at our 5 Top Tips for Eliminating Procrastination for Your Weight Loss Success

#1 First thing to do is make a plan. That includes a work out plan and a diet plan, plus supplements to assist you in your success. Set some goals that are realistic and make them short range goals to start with, that will automatically kick start your motivation. How many pounds can you realistically lose in the next week? Make sure you write your goals on paper or create a file for your goals on your laptop or computer.

#2 Now, set some longer range goals. What could you achieve 1 month from now, 3 months from now, 6 months from now and 1 year from now. As you think as each goal imagine what you will look like at each stage, what will you be saying to yourself, how amazing will you feel because of all that you have achieved?

#3 Create a diet plan or hire an expert to design a diet plan for you. Plan out your meals, create a shopping list and then get only the items on the list. It’s fair easier to stick to a diet plan when the food is already in the refrigerator!

#4 Create or hire an expert to design a work out plan for you. By the way, it doesn’t mean that you have to bust a gut in the gym everyday! Again the plan needs to be realistic and experiment with what activities and sports you take part in to find out what works well for you. The key is to get moving.

#5 Get a buddy! Finding some support is a great way to maintain your motivation. Ask a friend or your partner to join you for your work outs or walks in the park. Having to be accountable to someone else is a great personality trait to draw on and can assist you to stay motivated with you diet and work out plans.

The key is to take action and get started!

Creating a Mind Set for Success!

Your thinking and creating a mind set for success is your personal launch pad for shedding the excess pounds and dramatically improving your health and fitness. You must remember that the formula to success also includes an effective fitness and diet regime as well. Training your mind allows you to increase your focus and awareness of the goals that you are on course to achieve.

Here are our top tips for you to Create a Mind Set for Success:

1.  Adapt your thoughts for healthy weight loss and remember to be patient with yourself and the process.  The most effective way to lose weight is to adopt a healthy way of living. One that you can sustain, so be kind to yourself and the surplus weight will just melt away.

2.  Relax. Getting worked up and stressed out about losing weight is counterproductive. Stay relaxed and focused on what you want to accomplish is a key factor in your success. It aids the body’s natural ability to shed those pounds.

3.  Don’t set yourself up to fail with unrealistic goals and expectations. Train your thoughts on setting achievable outcomes and prove to yourself that you can succeed. When you do, you will be delighted!

4.  Establish a routine that works for you. Establishing a routine is a crucial factor. This includes a schedule for working out, for your food intake and also your mind set.

5.  Pay attention to your body. Tune into your bodies requirements, it will soon let you know if you are pushing yourself too hard or if you are eating too much or, on the flip side of the coin, not eating enough. All you need to do is listen to your intuition.

6.  Make use of your powerful imagination. Your mind is incredible and using your imagination to picture and visualise how your want your body and your life to be, is the first step in manifesting those results for yourself.

7.  Don’t rush! It would be unrealistic to expect that your body, your fitness and indeed your mindset will change overnight! Take your time and invest in getting great results by knowing that this is a long term solution.

8.  Spend time and figure out what is it that you truly want. A lot of people know what they don’t want and not many know what they do want. By understanding the driving force for you to create this change in terms of your health and fitness is a very important factor for keeping you motivation to achieve great results.

9.  Take responsibility for your results. You are the one who is accountable for this outcome that you desire. That means that you have to take responsibility for your thinking, what you are eating and how many times you work out.

10. Be positive. This will help you to feel better about yourself when you stay positive. Thinking negatively about your goals and dreams will make them harder to achieve. Being positive will make you feel happy and boost your motivation, which will assist you to lose even more weight.

Obesity and Physical Activity – Who Would Have known, eh?

One of the greatest trends in the health care system is the burden that obesity is causing. People are growing larger by the day it seems and with this increase in waist size comes an increase in all the health problems that are associated with being overweight.

Many people don’t fully understand just how interconnected their body weight is to the numerous conditions that it can lead to and as such, don’t take the problem nearly as seriously as they should.

Let’s dig a bit deeper and show just how important this trend is and why you must start paying attention.

Rates Of Inactivity On The Rise

With fast food locations around every corner and far too many passive leisure time options to choose from, rates of inactivity are now currently trending towards 43% in the most inactive countries.

While some areas maintain a lower level of inactivity around 10.1% in areas such as the South and Appalachia, these areas are few and far between.

Most countries are now experiencing record high rates in terms of how many people are spending the vast majority of their time in sedentary pursuits.

Health Problems Obesity Can Lead To

So what’s the price for this sedentary lifestyle?

These countries that experience the highest rate of inactivity also report the highest rate of diabetes as well as overall obesity.  Since exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight are highly interconnected and body weight plays a critical role in diabetes development risk, you can easily see how all three of these statistics would be heavily interconnected.

In addition to that, high rates of inactivity can also lead to other health concerns such as heart disease, high blood pressure, along with bone related conditions due to lack of weight bearing activity.

Taking Action

So what’s the solution? What can be done to put a stop to these record high’s in inactivity?

The first step to take is to start figuring out activities that you enjoy doing. So many people are forcing themselves onto workouts that they just don’t enjoy doing and thus, they fall off the bandwagon far too quickly.

Instead, start focusing on doing activities that you look forward to each and every day. When first getting into the habit of adding more activity into your lifestyle, this is the smartest route to go. Once you’ve built the association between exercise and pleasure, then you can look towards putting a more structured workout program in place.

The Diabetes Prevention Program has found that 150 minutes of physical activity per week at minimum along with losing 5 to 7% of your total body weight can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 58% of people who are at risk for diabetes.

Be sure that you are also combining this physical activity change with a smart diet plan as well as a supplement to help increase the rate of weight loss even further such as Adiphene so that you can reach your goal weight as quickly as possible and shift away from the negative health risks associated.

If everyone works hard, we can reduce this trend of inactivity.