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……?


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.

The Real Cost of Obesity – It’s Really More Than We Can Afford!

Always shaking your head at the rising tax rates that you have to pay? If so, you may want to consider the role you could possibly be in contributing to those spikes.  There is absolutely no question about it, more and more money is being dumped into the medical system these days and a very large portion of that increase is due to the burden being placed upon it by those individuals who are overweight and obese.

All it takes is to walk into any major shopping center and you can see for yourself just how much of the population is currently suffering from a body weight problem.  The rates are alarming.

Let’s look at what this increased rate of obesity is costing you personally and what you should be doing to control it.

The Cost Of Obesity

Right now, more than one third of all U.S. citizens are classified as being obese.  Along with this increase in body weight, we’re also seeing record high trends of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, as well as certain forms of cancer, all of which require extensive medical treatment.

Never before has the demand for health care been as high as it is now, much of which is easily contributable to poor food choices and an inactive lifestyle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in 2008, the medical costs that were associated with treating obesity related conditions were around $147 billion dollars. Given that this is a few years ago, chances are the price of obesity is even higher today.

Looking at things from an individual perspective, it’s been noted that the yearly medical costs for those who are obese are $1429 higher than those who were of a healthy weight.

The facts are clear, being overweight definitely comes at a price not just to you, but to the entire health care system.

Questioning The Role You Play

So your job right now is to sit back and consider how you are contributing to this trend. Are you suffering from excess weight?

Are you taking steps to ensure that you eat a healthy diet so that you can promote an overall healthier body that requires less medical attention?

How often are you being physically active throughout the week?

If you aren’t doing your part to lead a healthier lifestyle, using a good diet and getting in more physical activity whenever possible, you are in part to blame for the higher taxes you might be paying along with the increased medical costs the country is facing.

While you may feel that you’re just one person and won’t make any difference, you will. If everyone starts being more responsible for their own actions, it will add up and help to reverse these trends.

And, if you’re struggling to get started, know that there are products out there that can help you.  Consider utilizing a weight loss support supplement such as Adiphene, which can make the process easier.


With its help and a good action plan, you can maintain a healthy body weight that won’t tax the system.


The Overweight Body: How Excess Fat Effects Your Organs

The Overweight Body: How Excess Fat Effects Your Organs

One of the greatest dangers of being overweight and carrying so much excess body fat is that this fat can start to influence the way in which all your organs function.

While you may be strictly focused on how badly you think that excess body fat makes you look, never discount the importance of the role it will play on your overall body functioning.

Let’s have a closer look at some of the main issues associated with excess fat and your organs.

Reproductive System

The first group of organs that will be impacted by excess body fat is the reproductive system.  Males who are overweight may not have properly functioning reproductive organs and may in fact become infertile.

If a male is very overweight and the couple is having trouble conceiving, this definitely should be looked into as this could be the primary reason why.

For females, having too much excess body fat can also pose a problem. Typically the major issues lie in too little body fat for women, which causes menstruation to stop, but too much body fat in some extreme cases can do so as well.

The Digestive System

The second group of organs that will be impacted by excess weight is your digestive system.  When so much body fat has accumulated the liver and pancreas will not function as effectively, and if there is constantly a high intake of glucose rich foods coming into the body which is what’s contributing to the weight gain in the first place, the pancreas may start to become very overworked as it puts insulin production into overdrive and this could set you up for long-term health problems such as the development of diabetes.

Maintaining a healthier diet with all the vital nutrients the body needs along with sufficient dietary fibre will help to keep the digestive system organs in proper working order.

Cardiovascular System

Finally, the last group of organs that will really be impacted by excess body fat is your cardiovascular system organs.

The blood vessels may start to experience an increase in plaque build-up as high cholesterol levels start taking place in the body and the heart is going to have to work harder and harder to transport all that additional body weight around.

This can eventually place a great deal of strain on this system and lead to heart disease or even heart attack.

Working to maintain a healthier body weight is important for good cardiovascular function and often this is one of the biggest benefits you see upon losing excess weight – your heart condition improves.

So there you have just a few of the different organ systems that will be impacted when you begin to grow overweight.

Being overweight is much more than just about looks. If you’re not careful there could be some serious health problems that you put yourself up to experience in the long run if you don’t take steps to get the weight problem under control.

To achieve better dietary success this time around, eat a diet that’s rich in lean proteins, high in fruits and vegetables, and that contains moderate amounts of healthy fats such as nuts, nut butters, fatty fish, and olive oil.