“A Better You” Your 7 days program to self-improvement

Is your self-esteem ,on the rocky side.Here is some helpfull hints to improve,the better you i.n seven days.

I seem to lost count on how many times I’ve read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don’t), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.

There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite of how trivial it could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self.

So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think and improve on that should be enough for a week.

1. Know your purpose
Are you wandering through life with little direction – hoping that you’ll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time.

This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead end. But there’s always that little loophole to turn things around and you can make a big difference to yourself.

2. Know your values
What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals for 2005 – check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn’t align with any of your top five values – you may want to reconsider it or revise it.

The number shouldn’t discourage you, instead it should motivate you to do more than you can ever dreamed of.

3. Know your needs
Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself. Do you have a need to be acknowledged, to be right, to be in control, to be loved? There are so many people who lived their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter. List your top four needs and get them met before it’s too late!

4. Know your passions
You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who has inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.

5. Live from the inside out
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of us city slickers it’s hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home. In my case I often just sit in a dimly lit room and play some classical music. There’s sound, yes, but music does soothe the savage beast.

6. Honor your strengths
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three – if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence when you can share what you know to others.

7. Serve others
When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit – your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done to them.

Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that is worth it. It shouldn’t always be within the confines of an office building, or maybe in the four corners of your own room. The difference lies within ourselves and how much we want to change for the better.

Treadmills – Walking Your Way To Better Health One Step At A Time

Walking is one of the most natural, everyday movements that an individual can make. For years, this simple act has been believed to help improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress and burn calories at the same time. Because not everyone has the convenience or the safety of walking outdoors, treadmills are designed to offer the same benefits without having to leave home.

Walking is one of the most natural, everyday movements that an individual can make. For years, this simple act has been believed to help improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress and burn calories at the same time. Because not everyone has the convenience or the safety of walking outdoors, treadmills are designed to offer the same benefits without having to leave home.

While there are different variations of each, there are basically two types of treadmills. The first is a manual treadmill, which is powered solely by the individual. This device is not programmable and, therefore, is designed to keep up with the speed of the individual rather than the other way around. An electronic treadmill, on the other hand, can be programmed for the individual to keep up with the pace of the machine. With varying speeds and positions, electric treadmills can be designed to provide a slow or brisk walk at a flat or sloped angle.

A recent study divided individuals into two different groups, one of which participated in 30 minutes of exercising on treadmills while the other group spent 30 minutes resting. Each of the two group’s progress was monitored during the treatment which, at the conclusion, showed that both groups experienced a reduction in negative feelings, stress and tension. The group that spent 30 minutes training on the treadmills, however, also admitted to feeling an improvement in overall well-being. According to this study, walking is not only good for physical health, but proved to be beneficial for reducing stress and improving overall feelings of wellness.

While the study adds credence to the theory that walking is a positive exercise activity overall, it also lends truth to the idea that individuals do not have to walk outside in order to get the benefits of a regular walking routine. Treadmills are designed with indoor fitness in mind, which was the equipment of choice used in the aforementioned study. The use of a treadmill is especially beneficial during harsh winter months at times when walking outdoors may be slippery, in areas that are unsafe to walk or for individuals who simply prefer to exercise at home. Walking is believed to aid in the reduction of stress, the fight against obesity, cardiovascular disease and may be the most convenient exercise in existence.

The information in this article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice and/or recommendations. Before beginning any type of exercise regimen, including one that involves the use of treadmills, individuals should consult their physician.

Traditional Chinese Medicine To Help Stroke Patients Achieve Better Rehabilitation

Now scientists are impressed with how the ancient therapy can help stroke patients get back to a more normal life. NeuroAidhas shown efficacy for patients who suffered a stroke in the past 6months and have resulting loss of motor function or independence.

Introduction

Now scientists are impressed with how the ancient therapy can help stroke patients get back to a more normal life. NeuroAidTM was historically developed in China as a traditional chinese medicine to help stroke patients achieve better rehabilitation.

Moleac, a bio pharmacy company, is bringing NeuroAid to western medicine internationally and ensures it meets western medicine standards to attend to the needs of stroke sufferers: NeuroAid supports them to achieve better
neurological and functional recovery.

Researchers from the Universitys School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) have developed a technology to help stroke patients to re-learn movement, and local people are being invited to participate in trials.

Stroke

Stroke is the number one cause of serious adult disability in the United States. Stroke is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke ranks as the third leading cause of death in the world and is a main reason for disability and dependency in the elderly.

Stroke has a greater disability impact than any other medical condition. Stroke-related deficits are severe in approximately one third of the survivors and moderate or mild in the other two thirds. Stroke patients
have been shown to achieve significantly lower maximal workloads and heart rate and blood pressure responses than control subjects during progressive exercise testing to volitional fatigue.

Stroke patients usually experience the most dramatic recovery in the
first 30 days but may continue to improve more gradually for months. Stroke Drug The first of Moleac’s offering is Neuroaid, the first drug that can help patients recover faster from their stroke disabilities.

Patients

Patients suffer physical and other problems, such as loss of memory,vision, spatial awareness and mobility through paralysis. Patients may find that they can no longer understand written words, that they cannot pronounce words anymore, or that they can speak volumes of words but fail to convey the meanings they intend.

Patients in the study were offered 10 weeks the therapy, in which restraint of the unaffected arm forced them to use their affected arm for everyday tasks. Patients then engaged in daily repetitive task and behavioral shaping sessions, which included training in tasks such as opening a lock, turning a doorknob, or pouring a drink.

Patients using simulator training were more likely both to pass the driver’s test and to retain the skill level achieved in training. NeuroAidhas shown efficacy for patients who suffered a stroke in the past 6months and have resulting loss of motor function or independence.

Therapy

New methods for speeding recovery will have an enormous impact for the individuals involved and for the costs of providing long-term therapy, support and care.

Now MIT pioneers in the field of robotic therapy are hoping a robotic gym full of machines targeted at different parts of the body will significantly improve stroke patients’ movement in arms, wrists, hands, legs and ankles.

In the first clinical trial, the researchers found that stroke patients who used the machine four to five hours a week improved further and faster,
as measured by increased function of the impaired limb, than a second group of patients that did not receive robot-assisted therapy. “We’re looking for efficiency because in the long run we could — it might be possible to do some of the therapy with a robot instead of having to ask somebody to drive in to the therapy center.

Conclusion

To regain speech and movement after a stroke, 150,000 Chinese have used a medicine containing extracts from leeches and scorpions, says the product’s manufacturer, Moleac, which is based in Singapore.

David Picard, CEO of Moleac, the Singapore/Biopolis-based
globalbiopharmaceutical company that develops and markets NeuroAid(TM) outside ofChina, said: ”We are delighted at the interest NeuroAid(TM) has generatedin the medical community worldwide.

Why Penis Patches Are Better Than Penis Pills ?

On the penis enlargement market, two kinds of product compete for the first place : penis pills and penis patches. Find out why penis patches take the first place, because of a small practical advantage.

For a couple of years, more and more men become aware of the many possibilities offered by the male enhancement market. Indeed, this niche market is expanding at a very fast pace and is now delivering high quality products to men looking for efficient penis enlargement solutions. This new market trend also implies a crucial question : which product should you choose ? Except some customers doing research before buying a new product, the vast majority of customers has no idea how the penis products work. Customers find themselves comparing things they don?t know about and they don?t understand.

For a new customer, telling the differences between penis pills and penis patches can be difficult.

Let?s now compare these two products. While it is easy to understand that patches contain the same active ingredients as pills, one has to understand that the main differences are the way substances are delivered and the formulas themselves. Concerning the effectiveness of the two products, there is nearly no differences.

But how does the human body assimilate the nutrients contained in the pills and in the patches ? For pills, once they reach the stomach and dissolve under the action of gastric acids, active ingredients pass through the liver and into the blood and start working. Modern pharmaceutical technology allows men to only take one pill a day, but this also implies that the concentration of active products must be kept constant throughout the day. The patch, however, sends all its active substances directly in the blood through the skin. This allows a quick delivery of substances without the natural degradation that happens in the stomach and liver.

With this method, patches have only to be changed after a few days. And that is why patches have a slight advantage over pills.

Conclusion : choosing between pills or patches is a matter of taste. Both are popular and well established penis enlargement solutions. Maybe are penis enlargement patches less known than pills because they are less marketed, but they offer a great and efficient solution to men willing a discreet penis enlargement solution without too much spending and too much constraints. It is also necessary to remind people about pills and patches ingredients. Even ingredients are carefully selected, customers have to know that products like yohimbe can cause heart problems. One thing is sure, customers have to make an informed decision and avoid spending money on inefficient or dangerous products.

Treatment Of Acne: Prevention Is Better Than Cure!

The first and the foremost point to be remembered in the treatment of acne is not to panic. Whiteheads or blackheads will have to be treated with a cool head! No doubt, acne on the face is bound to cause a confusing contour in the curtain of your mind, but desperate remedies are not the solutions for desperate situations.

The first and the foremost point to be remembered in the treatment of acne is not to panic. Whiteheads or blackheads will have to be treated with a cool head! No doubt, acne on the face is bound to cause a confusing contour in the curtain of your mind, but desperate remedies are not the solutions for desperate situations.

A basic understanding of the acne situation in each individual case requires a thorough study. Fortunately or unfortunately, the literature and expertise regarding the treatment options available are likely to be confounded! A mountain of literature about the molehill that is acne!

Let it be perfectly understood that total cure of acne is an impossibility. If someone, some product or some company- national or multinational promises it, take it as a business advertisement! They dwell upon it, because they have to sell. And all the selling is done at somebody’s cost!

If the golden rule, an ounce of prevention is better than a cure, is to be applied anywhere, apply it here; and apply it with profit. What is your basic formula for skin care? If it is no new spots, improved skin condition and making efforts to deny future scarring, you are on the right track! You have understood your acne! Personal treatment for a universal disease!

Human skin needs a certain amount of oil to maintain its natural condition. And when it comes to acne skin, skin care becomes even more important. Keep the spot-prone areas clean. Wash the affected area twice a day with a perfume free cleanser. Note that aggressive washing and strong soaps are big enemies of your acne skin.

Plus, hundreds of over-the-counter remedies are available with your chemist. The anti-bacterial agents in them, like benzoyl peroxide will help you a great deal to defeat acne. The skin areas where you feel that the spot is likely to emerge, must be kept clean. In effect, these agents dry out the skin and encourage it to shed the surface layer of dead skin. These effects make it harder for pores to become blocked and infection does not spread. When the antibacterial effects dry out the skin, the surface layer of the skin begins to fall. The pores are not blocked and infection is checked.

No treatment will tender on the spot results. Significant effects, if they materialize hopefully, will take their own time. If results are not forthcoming, say within a period of two months, then it the time to switch over the treatment after consulting a dermatologist. At this stage, he has many options depending upon your case-history and his understanding of the problem, after certain investigations, if necessary. He has an armory of treatment options- both for external application and internal consumption.

And finally, do not fail to consult your Grandma! That walking ‘encyclopedia’ may have unfailing solutions!

Insulin Pumps – Get Better Control, Get Your Life Back!

Key facts, information and FAQs for any Type 1 diabetics considering starting to use an Insulin Pump. How they work and why they are better then an injection regime is explained.

In recent years an alternative to manual insulin injections has emerged. Enter the Insulin Pump. The first Insulin Pumps were quite bulky, but modern ones are about the size of a small Cellphone or Pager. The pump is worn unobtrusively on a belt or in a pocket and it delivers insulin through a thin plastic tube (or Infusion Set) that is inserted under the skin.
WHY AN INSULIN PUMP IS BETTER
In a healthy person, the pancreas produces insulin constantly at low levels, keeping blood glucose levels stable. When a meal is eaten, the pancreas will send larger amounts of insulin into the blood stream to handle the food. Using a standard injection regime, slow and fast acting insulin is used to try and mimic the pancreas. An insulin pump much more closely copies the pancreas. The pump delivers a low level of background insulin (called basal) and at meal times can deliver a “bolus” dose at the touch of a button, to cover the food.
Just like a real pancreas, if you are ill, or exercising, the basal insulin rate can be reduced. If you skip a meal, the bolus is not delivered. In this way, the pump fits into your lifestyle, rather than planning your life around your injection schedule!
CHOOSING AN INSULIN PUMP
Most insulin pumps on the market today have all the basic features. Choosing one
is much like chosing a Cellphone, it is a mixture of personal taste and what you
plan on using it for. If you are a water sports fan, waterproof ones area available!
If you love analysing data to improve your control, you can get one with PC download
capability and analysis software. If you are new to the world of Insulin Pumps,
here are some key points to think about:

  • Choose a pump that allows you to set up different basal levels. For instance at night time, if you are sick or exercising. This is an important feature to help you live a full life.
  • Pumps that use a standard “Luer Lock” infusion sets are better. This means cheaper consumables.
  • Alerts to remind you to check your blood glucose level make life easier.
  • Check what batteries it takes, standard AA or AAAs are cheaper and easier to buy.
  • More advanced pumps include a carbohydrate calculator to help you figure out what your meal Bolus dose should be.
  • Coming to the market are integrated Insulin Pump/Glucose meters. The meters readings are automatically transferred to the pump which can use them to recommend an insulin dose.

Other features to look for include, being waterproof, having a carbohydrate food database and alerts to warn you if you have missed a meal, or the infusion set needs changing. In short, Insulin pump manufacturers are making
their products ever easier to use and automating more and more features. Life is getting better for diabetics!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q What if I don’t get on with the pump, can I switch back to injections?
A Yes. It is not a one way ticket, but most people do notice an improvement in their blood glucose control and find their lives improved.
Q I have a really hectic lifestyle, is a pump for me?
A Yes. Infact people who are extremely busy often see the biggest improvement. If you struggle to remember to test and inject at the right time – perhaps meal times vary from day to day, then a pump could really help you.
Q I am considering a pump but may get pregnant, is that ok?
A Yes. As pumps usually improve your blood glucose control, using a pump through pregancy and beyond is generally a good thing. Having as close to normal blood glucose levels reduces the chances of complications during pregnancy.
Q What are the costs?
A The initial outlay is in the order of a few thousand dollars, but prices are coming down all the time. Infusion sets need changing regularly too. The latest prices can be found from various diabetes suppliers on the web.

Natural Health Remedy – Feel Better More Quickly

Being ill and feeling run down all the time is not the best way to enhance your productivity at work and your energy at home. When your body does not receive the correct amounts of the proper nutrients, it cannot carry out its everyday functions properly. This is often caused by a lack of vital nutrients in the body….

Being ill and feeling run down all the time is not the best way to enhance your productivity at work and your energy at home. The reality of this situation is that many people suffer from fatigue and don’t know that there is a simple remedy for it. When your body does not receive the correct amounts of the proper nutrients, it cannot carry out its everyday functions properly. This is often caused by a lack of vital nutrients in the body.

In the meantime, you are expecting all kinds of things from your body. You might want it to deliver, but your inputs are just not creating the right outputs. Feeling lethargic, with a lack of energy and stamina is a sure sign of loss of natural nutrients in the body.

Many natural health remedies will help you fight all these issues with which your body is faced. A natural health regimen will incorporate the right eating habits, which means your body will get the right food to help you keep fatigue and lethargy at bay.

Natural health remedies come in many forms; these can be natural health products for internal and external use, natural health medicine or natural health tonics. As a consumer, you have a number of options. You should start with one product, build a regimen, and then move on to the next.

A natural health remedy can also involve using natural health products to help you keep your body as healthy as you possibly can. Natural health remedies will help you maintain wellness, not simply treat the symptoms, as is the case in most of modern American medicine.

Your body is like a car. It needs the right fuel, in the proper amounts, so that it can keep running at maximum performance. Natural health remedies will give you a helping and natural advantage in all the little everyday ailments that you are faced with. As a consumer, you have a number of options. You should start with one product, build a regimen and view the results, and then move on to the next.

In addition to using natural health remedies, you should also learn what to eat and in what proportions, so you can prevent stress and fatigue. Changing your diet will have benefits that last beyond the day or the week; changing your diet will have a lifelong impact on your energy level and productivity.

Many of the natural health remedies are praised for their fast and effective means of dealing with many of today’s ailments. Their long history is something that cannot be denied. Chinese herbal medicine has been around for centuries, and in the Western world, folk medicine is being proven by modern science to be based in fact. No longer is folk medicine viewed as an archaic tradition from the hill country of the Southern states. It is joining the mainstream of modern America because people are sick and tired of not only the cost of pharmaceuticals, but because many feel that doctors are simply “throwing” medicine at a problem instead of finding a cure.

My own experience is an example of this. After knee surgery 3 years ago, I developed serious allergies that caused me to break out in hives on a daily basis. Nothing a prominent allergist or my family doctor has done can find the reason for these daily attacks, yet they “keep me going” by prescribing huge doses of Allegra and Tagamet. Out of pocket expenses for these medications, if I did not have co-pay, would be outrageous.

This experience has caused me to become interested in natural herbal remedies and all things related to natural medicine. My quest for a cure has begun with research. I have developed a website, http://www.naturesherbalremediesonline.com , to address the issues facing people today who are seeking answers.

The website is designed to be interactive, with a form on the home page designed for the reader to ask for more information and to give suggestions for topics. I urge everyone interested in natural herbal remedies to visit today, and leave your feedback.

Building a Better Body

Building a Better Body: How to Put the Pieces Together?It’s Easier Than You Think

Interestingly, when I made the comment that it’s easy for me [to get in shape], Shaun jumped into the conversation and emphatically stated…

“It’s not easy. No way. It’s simple!”

And you know what? He was right.

It’s not easy to get into shape. To eat better. To train harder. To set a plan in place. Rather, it’s simple. It’s simple to make such small changes in your lifestyle. And as a result, create such incredibly satisfying and rewarding changes in your physique.

I told Shaun he was right. Building a better body and getting into tiptop shape isn’t easy.

What I got from our conversation was a little perspective on this subject. That is, whenever I decide I am going to get into better shape, it is easy for me because I know what to do. That’s the difference.

See, most people, when they make the decision to get into their best shape (whether it’s their first time or a second, third, or forth time trying), simply don’t know what to do. For that reason, for them, it’s not easy.

“It’s simple to make such small changes in your lifestyle. And as a result, create such incredibly satisfying and rewarding changes in your physique.”As Shaun and I talked more, we found there were many other things we had in common. One of which was that we both agreed that most people tend to make this topic more complicated than it needs to be. And if people really knew how simple the changes they need to make to build a better body are, many, many more people would do it.

So, after dinner I promised Shaun I would start by sharing my personal view on building a leaner, healthier, more muscular body in our upcoming newsletter. To help others understand how each lifestyle change works together?along with how simple weight training, diet, and supplements really can be.

Therefore, what I’d like to do is take you through a typical day for me. Using specific examples, I’ll guide you through how I follow my own Maximum Growth Program. Basically, I’ll show you how, when, and what I eat; which supplements I use; and how I follow the exercise plan.

But before we start, there’s something I need to tell you. There are plenty of ways to gain muscle size and strength and build a head-turning body, and in no way am I proclaiming that my way is the only way. (Far too many self-professed “experts” do this already!) What I can honestly say is these techniques and tools are simply what have worked for me?year after year?and continue to work for countless others. And if you follow them, for at least four weeks, you will absolutely, positively achieve greater gains in strength and size and lose more bodyfat. Results you can be damn proud of. I promise.

Are you ready? Great. Let’s get started.

First, I can’t understate the importance of planning. Before I even consider anything else, I always, always make sure I have my entire day planned in advance. For me, there could be nothing more integral to my success. In fact, whenever I don’t plan my days, I notice that everything feels “out of control” the next day. And it is. (Maybe this has happened to you?) That’s why I always take about 15 to 20 minutes each night, before I go to bed, and plan out my next day’s workout, prepare my meals, write my most important “To-Dos,” and as corny as it sounds, pick out my clothes to wear. I can’t tell you how much time the next day this nightly ritual saves me. I’d bet over ten times.

“…whenever I don’t plan my days, I notice that everything feels “out of control” the next day.”If you’re already good at planning, then you’ll certainly agree. If not, then I’d encourage you to start tomorrow and adopt this results-producing, fantastic habit. Remember, the only thing that separates those who are successful from those who are not are habits. It’s easy to see those who follow good habits are much more likely to be successful, and those who follow haphazard, free-spirited habits, are usually less successful. You get the point.

So now let’s take a closer look at exactly how I apply these techniques and tools to my new, improved Maximum Growth Program (which, by the way… has been completely updated and revised with a full 8-week Program, new diet plans, weight-training routines, and even a section which provides explanations and pictures of each exercise. It is at the printers right now, and I plan to produce only 1,000 to start. So, if you’d like to reserve your copy today, so you don’t get left behind, please call us at 1-866-688-7679 and tell whoever answers that you are a regular reader of Real SOLUTIONS and you want to reserve your copy of Volume 2 of Maximum Growth. Like I said, there will only be 1,000 copies printed, and since they are free?all we ask is a measly $5 to pay for postage and handling?I expect these will go quickly. Don’t get left behind. Call us now. The number is 1-866-688-7679. Even the call is free! Or, click here and fill out your information online: Maximum Growth).

Luckily, a great deal of the planning “work” has already been done in my new book. We’ve laid out the days you should work out. Pointed out exactly which body parts to train. We’ve even planned the exact number of sets, reps, and time to rest for each workout. On top of that, we included seven full sample meals?from breakfast, to pre-and post-workout, to nighttime meals?so you can easily put together your daily eating plan.

Believe me, when you look at how much of the guesswork we’ve taken out of building muscle and gaining strength with the Maximum Growth Program, you’ll realize it doesn’t get much better than this. In fact, if someone had offered me a Program like this one when I first started out, I would have paid a couple of hundred dollars for it, easily.

(To me, it seems no one wants to really help you like this any longer… they just want you to buy their supplement, shake your hand, say “good luck,” and send you on you way. I don’t agree with this approach. I feel it’s much more important to provide a plan, a path, and every bit of assistance I can to help you reach your goals. I honestly really care about people).

Anyway, let’s get back to how I put everything together as I follow the Maximum Growth Program to build my best body:

Once I’ve planned my Weight-Training journal sheet, I move onto my nutrition plan. From the first to the last meal, including the supplements I’ll take and how much water I plan to drink. I don’t like to leave anything to chance, and as a result, I usually stay right on course each day. I’ve found the closer you follow your plan, the faster you reach your goals. There are really no two ways about it. I’ve also provided blank Daily Meal Plan Sheets here, so you can print out copies and use them to plan and write out your meals each day.

If you read through the Maximum Growth Program, you’ll notice my total calories are somewhat higher than the examples I’ve provided in The Meals section. That’s because I weigh around 220 lbs and the examples I’ve provided are for a 175-lb person. You might weigh more or less than this, so you’ll need to calculate your daily calorie and protein needs for your desired weight. Once you do that, it’s pretty easy to plan your meals.

Or, you can simply look at the daily sample meal plans we’ve provided for you. From there, you can pick and choose which meals most closely match your likenesses for particular foods and then adjust the portion sizes to meet your calorie and protein needs. If you have trouble figuring out how to do this, I encourage you to give us a call (anytime), and one of our friendly, qualified fitness experts will be glad to help you out. We can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (MST). If we don’t answer your call, please leave a message, and we’ll call you back right away. Our number is 1-866-688-7679.

Now that I’ve written out the meals I plan to eat the following day, I’m about 50% done with my planning. Next I prepare the meals I am going to eat. Since tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me (and I have a luncheon meeting), I plan on eating two whole-food meals and three nutrition shakes… so I’ll need to make the meals in advance. After preparing my tuna pita sandwich and putting my cooked brown rice in a Tupperware bowl, I grab the rest of my fruits, bottled water, and supplements and put them in my shoulder bag to take to work with me the next day. I always double-check my supplement case to make sure I’ve got enough supplements to last me the entire week. (If you don’t have a supplement case, I’d encourage you to get one. They are pretty inexpensive and very convenient to use. You can buy a pocket case online at WebVitamins.com.)

Because I usually train in the mornings, I keep most of my breakfast foods, like oatmeal and condiments like Splenda? sweetener, at the office since that’s where I eat after my morning workout. I also keep a spare container of Eat-Smart (my favorite meal replacement shake) at the office too, so I don’t need to lug it back and forth?from home to work and from work back to home. That can be annoying.

Now that I’ve written out my goal weights for my next workout; written out and prepared the meals I plan to eat tomorrow; made sure I’ve got the supplements I need to use, the final thing I do is prepare my clothes. Since I work out in the morning, I make sure I’ve got a comfortable T-shirt, a pair of track pants, some socks and underwear, and my tennis shoes and baseball hat laid out. Then, I pack the clothes I’ll wear at work in my gym bag. Last, I make sure I’ve got my iPod (a digital headphone/music system that helps keep my intensity up, while working out in the early morning), wallet, keys, and cell phone… all packed and ready to go. After this, I’m off to bed. It’s usually around 10:00 or 10:30 p.m.

“There’s nothing more refreshing, and important, than a tall glass of water first thing in the morning.”The next morning, just like I do every day, I wake up at 5:15 a.m. Without hesitation, before getting dressed, I head for the kitchen and pour a large glass of water. There’s nothing more refreshing, and important, than a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. Especially considering your body hasn’t had any food or liquids for about seven to eight hours. Typically, most people would make a cup of coffee at this point?to help them “get going.” But I don’t feel this way. I think coffee actually robs your body of energy, instead of really giving it to you. As you know, when you drink coffee, the increase in energy only lasts about an hour, until it wears off, leaving you feeling worse than you did before. This is called the “crash.” I hate the way this makes me feel.

That’s why I helped create and use a supplement, instead, called Energize. We developed this all-natural supplement with Dr. Mark Tallon. He is a very bright person, earning his Ph.D. in biochemistry. He even works with Olympic athletes as a nutrition consultant. Plus, he’s an IronMan triathlete himself. To say this guy is brilliant, and in great shape, is an understatement.

He formulated Energize to work with your body’s natural ability to produce safe, long-lasting energy. And it works especially well, either in the morning to really perk you up, or during the middle of the day to avoid the fatal midday “crash” after lunch. I absolutely love using it before I weight train. I find it clears my mind and cranks up my workout intensity. This is helpful when you train, like I do, at 6:00 in the morning!

I take two time-released tablets of Energize with my water (on an empty stomach). I head back upstairs to my bedroom, get dressed… kiss my wife and kids goodbye (while they’re still sleeping), grab my gym bag, and head off to the gym.

I usually arrive at the gym a few minutes before 6:00 and, after getting my iPod headphones on with my favorite music, I’m ready to start training by 6:00 a.m. sharp. Today I am going to work out my chest, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. (See The Exercises section by clicking here for a detailed explanation and demonstration photos for all of the exercises I do.)

Today’s weight-training workout should take no longer than my scheduled goal of 45 minutes. While it’s not my goal to always finish under my scheduled time, it is important to stay within it by a couple of minutes. After my workout, I sit down on a bench and take a couple of minutes to record my final actual reps and then run a quick glance over my goal to actual planned weights and reps for each exercise. Today everything was pretty close.

Remember, when you do your workouts, you might use less or more weight than I do. That doesn’t really matter. What matters most is that you keep a constant record of the actual weights and reps you did, and pay close attention to the time you rest between sets. This way, you’re sure to keep your intensity levels up and make the most of your time spent in the gym. I also use this time to jot down a few notes about the workout. For instance, today I repeatedly noticed how pumped my arms felt. I got a great burn, and I was very strong. In fact, I’ll need to make a note for the next time I train chest that I should increase the weights used?since I hit a new six-rep max today! This is all very important information to record.

And this is it for the weight-training portion of my day. Pretty simple, eh? Not easy, but as you’ll see in my new book, it’s relatively simple to follow!

“…there is absolutely, positively no better way to start your day than with an intense, focused weight-training workout.”After I finish my early morning workout, it’s usually around 6:50 a.m. and it’s time to get into the office and focus on my nutrition. I have to tell you, though, there is absolutely, positively no better way to start your day than with an intense, focused weight-training workout. By the time I walk into my office, my mind is refreshed, and I’m ready to take on the day’s challenges.

Following the weight-training Program from Maximum Growth Volume 2 means I train with weights four days a week. I follow the calendar to the letter (which is contained in the new book as well). In fact, like I said earlier, the closer I follow my plan, the faster I see results… and the greater my progress.

Oh yeah, even though this Program doesn’t suggest doing any cardio exercise, if you want to perform it, I would encourage you to do it on alternate days. On the days you don’t weight train. Or, if you have the time, you can always perform cardio after you train with weights. But remember, never, ever perform cardio before your weight-training workouts or the day after you train your legs.

By the way, there is really no need to do cardio exercise any more than three times during the week and for no more than 30 minutes at a time. Any more than this will only be harmful to your muscle-building progress.

I arrive at my office at 7:00 a.m., and the very first thing I do is head for the kitchen?to eat. But not any meal will do. Because I just worked out, my body is primed for quality nutrients to help it recover and start rebuilding new, lean muscle mass. (Besides that, I haven’t eaten now for nine hours, so I’m extremely hungry too!) This time is called my “open window.” My muscles will literally suck up anything I feed them during this state. That’s why it’s critical we combine our post-workout meal into a specific three-to-one ratio of carbohydrates to protein.

I start off by making an Eat-Smart meal replacement shake. I simply combine 20 oz of water into the blender, add three ice cubes and two rounded scoops of my Eat-Smart Base formula. Then, because I’m going to have my favorite post-workout Fruit Smoothie Maximum Muscle Shake, I add one Strawberry Cheesecake Flavor Enhancer packet to the blender. Now, for added carbohydrates, I add one-half cup of frozen strawberries. And to top it off, I add two scoops of our orange-flavored lean-mass-building supplement, Meta-CEL. Each serving of Meta-CEL provides an effective dose of creatine and D-pinitol, two compounds which have been shown in a recent study to increase absorption and retention of creatine within the body. (The more creatine you have in the body, and the longer it stays there, the more likely you are to experience greater gains in muscle size and strength and retain it for longer). The reason I use orange is because when it’s mixed with the strawberry flavors already in the blender, it gives the shake a fruity taste?a lot like one of those frozen tropical fruit smoothies you get while on vacation in Mexico or Hawaii.

While blending my special Maximum Muscle shake, I heat up a bowl of water in the microwave and stir in one-half cup of old-fashioned oats. After it’s heated up, I stir in two packets of Splenda sweetener. And now, for my “post-workout” meal, I’ve got a chilled, thick, rich nutrition shake… and a bowl of complex, heart-healthy oats… in less than a minute. That’s what I call convenient. I’ve now provided myself with the perfect three-to-one ratio of carbs to protein, which is essential for supplying my body with the precise nutrients it needs to reach my goals. This “meal” will keep me satisfied for another two and a half hours, at least. So, I take a shower, get dressed, and start my work day by 7:30 a.m.

In between my first and second meal, I’m continually drinking water from a large bottle I keep at my desk. It is really important to stay hydrated, especially since I just trained as well (and lost a great deal of water through perspiration).

At 10:00 a.m. I’m ready for my second meal. I take a quick look at my nutrition plan, and I’ve got “tuna pita sandwich, brown rice, and half an apple” written down. So, I head back to the kitchen to eat just that. (I like to take paperwork back with me to read while I eat. This way I can be more efficient.) With this meal, I make sure I drink two tall glasses of water as well.

I have a luncheon meeting today, so I won’t need to prepare anything in the kitchen for lunch. At 12:20 p.m., my appointment arrives 10 minutes early. We head to lunch at a favorite nearby restaurant of mine in Golden, called Blue Sky. I like this place because the servers, managers, and owner know me very well. (Keep this in mind the next time you go out to eat. Try to choose places where you can visit regularly and employees can begin to become familiar with your healthy eating habits.) I find this helps. A lot. They don’t look at me like I’m crazy when I ask for egg whites and extra chicken, with no butter. This is important, because you don’t want to miss out on being able to socialize and have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your family, friends, or people you work with. It’s easier to become familiar with restaurants that will happily accommodate your “healthy” eating requests. If they don’t, then I wouldn’t eat there any longer.

Today, just like most days when I visit Blue Sky, I order the Rambler Skillet. This dish consists of sliced potatoes, diced chicken breast, egg whites, topped with roasted pecans. It’s a perfect combination of complex carbs, good quality proteins, and even essential fats (from the nuts). With lunch, I drink a glass of iced tea with a packet of Splenda and a glass of water as well.

About 30 minutes after lunch, I typically take another two tablets of Energize. This way, I am certain I won’t get hit by the “mid-day crash,” which no matter how hard you try, sometimes seems inevitable. I don’t always need this extra dosage of Energize, but I know I still have a lot of work to do, and I’m going to be working late. Besides that, I have several more important meetings today, and I really want to be refreshed, clear-minded, and focused for them. Energize does that for me and keeps me going strong all day.

At 3:00 p.m., I head for the kitchen to make an Eat-Smart nutrition shake. Only this time, I make a different flavor. See, that’s the great thing about Eat-Smart: you can choose from a wide variety of flavors so you never get bored with them?like I did with regular chocolate and vanilla from other shakes I used to drink. This time I’m going to make a Cinnamon Roll flavored shake. And to get another 50 grams of carbs, I’ll add a banana to the blender while I’m mixing it up. Man, these shakes are tasty. I know I’m a little biased, but they’re almost too good if you ask me! A lot of people have emailed to tell me how much they love the flavors of Eat-Smart and that it contains such high-quality ingredients, like fiber and flaxseed oil. That makes me feel good?because we worked really, really hard to develop such a fantastic supplement.

As you can see, it’s important to feed your body with protein, carbohydrates, and essential fats it needs. That’s why I eat every two and half to three hours during the day.

At 5:30 p.m. I have what I call a “snack-meal.” It’s not really a full meal, and it’s definitely more than a snack. It’s not really a part of the Program I’ve put together for you, but I do this differently because I know I’m going to be heading home from work in about an hour to 90 minutes, and my wife Julia… well, let’s just say she’s from the South and loves to cook. So, while I don’t want to spoil her fantastic dinner, by eating too much too soon before we eat dinner, I don’t like to go home starving. My snack-meal consists of a bowl of low-fat cottage cheese, some fruit, and a overloaded spoonful of Power Butter’s peanut butter. This gives me just the right amount of protein, carbs, and some healthy fats. This type of meal will also digest more slowly and therefore I won’t feel as hungry when I get home, which keeps me from overeating (which, if you ever come over to visit and eat at my house, is easy to do, with my wife’s glorious cooking).

I usually arrive home near 7:00 p.m. That’s when we have dinner as a family. Although my wife is a great cook, she is also very cautious of how our food is prepared. While she doesn’t douse our foods in butters and unhealthy oils, she uses plenty of spices and healthy oils to really make our food taste great! Plus, one of our goals as parents is to help our children learn healthy eating habits, early on, so they can live healthier lives too. Julia always makes sure protein is the center of our meals, whether it’s chicken, fresh fish, or red meat. Tonight she has prepared her famous tuna steaks with fat-free wassabi mayonnaise. A side dish of wild brown rice and asparagus accompanied the meal. (For more of Julia’s meals, you can read her regular column, by subscribing to our Real SOLUTIONS magazine, or find them in The Lean System Nutrition Guide.)

Finally, at 9:30 p.m., I have another Eat-Smart shake. Only this time, I use less water than the label recommends, which makes it into a creamy pudding. I use the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup flavor. This is my absolute favorite flavor, only to a close second Cookies and Cream. After I mix it up with a spoon in a bowl, I let it sit in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Voila! It’s instant dessert, only I know it’s good for me.

After I finish my Eat-Smart pudding nutrition shake, I drink another serving of Meta-CEL, mixed with eight ounces of water. I always use a second serving of Meta-CEL on the days when I weight train because I know my body needs it (and will use it!). Now, with my Meta-CEL, I take a multivitamin and mineral formula (it’s made by GNC, called Mega Men).

“…there is nothing overcomplicated about my workouts, my eating habits, nor the supplements I take. There is no magic.”Now, it’s close to 10:00 p.m., so I sit down and review my notes from today and start my planning for tomorrow. The next day, however, I won’t be weight training, so I only have to plan out my meals.

And that’s it! That’s how I put all of the basic pieces together to build the best body my genetics will allow. It’s pretty simple, and best of all, it’s worked well for me, and I’m certain it can work for you too!

As you can plainly see, there is nothing overcomplicated about my workouts, my eating habits, nor the supplements I take. There is no magic. To be honest, I’d say most people make it way more complex than it needs to be. Now, make no mistake about it, I’m not saying it’s easy. Rather, I believe it’s simple. It’s simple to follow a plan?as long as you’ve carefully thought it out. The most important thing is to be consistent and treat each day as another step closer toward reaching your ultimate goals. Put enough steps together and you will not only begin to feel better about yourself and the changes you’re capable of making, but you’ll certainly look better too… as you steadily increase your body’s ability to build muscle size, strength, personal power, and confidence.

Habits You Need to Stop For Better Skincare

Good skincare habits are the primary determinants of healthy skin. This article discusses some bad skin care habits people should avoid to achieve better and healthier skin. It also provides information on how these habits can affect the skin along with tips on correcting them.

Most people have the idea that having clear and healthy skin costs a fortune. But, this is a misleading concept used for marketing skin care products and treatments. You may use the most expensive skin care products money can buy, but these can’t guarantee a blemish-free and clear complexion. Why? Because skincare does not start with the products you use or the skin treatments you undergo. Skin care depends on your habits and their effects on your skin. Below are some habits you can do without to achieve better skin:

Dehydrating your skin

You can slather on jars after jars of moisturizers on your face but these won’t do any difference on your skin if it is dehydrated internally. The most it can do is give you an oily sheen and some zits. Not drinking at least eight glasses of water daily can dehydrate your skin and make it lose necessary moisture. Lack of moisture can make your skin lose its elasticity and suppleness. This can lead to a condition known as ?elderly itch.? With this condition, your skin becomes rough and dry, hence, making it itch. This can lead to premature aging of the skin which can give it a leathery appearance.

Washing your skin excessively

Ideally, your skin should only be washed at least once or twice a day. Washing your skin more than twice daily strips it off the necessary oils needed to maintain surface moisture. Aside from stripping your skin off its natural oils, overwashing can lead to irritation, dryness, and skin conditions like eczema.

Foregoing sun protection

Your moisturizer container may proclaim that is has SPF 15 but this is not reason enough to forego applying sunscreen or sunblock. For total protection, your skin needs at least SPF 30, more if you are going out between 10am to 4pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Even if the day is cloudy, make it a point to wear sun protection since UV rays can penetrate clouds. Overexposure to the sun, can cause skin discoloration, sunburns, dryness, and other skin conditions. Use sunscreen on your face, lips, and other exposed body parts. Additional sun protection like hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas can also be used.

Touching your skin frequently

Your facial skin is very sensitive compared to the skin on the rest of your body. Touching it frequently such as by picking, rubbing, or scratching can irritate it and cause breakouts. Your hands also come into contact with a lot of surfaces and can transfer bacteria on your skin which can lead to cystic acne. Facial skin is also delicate since it is prone to sagging and wrinkling when touched frequently.

Using the wrong products

Just because a product worked well on another person, it does not mean that it will work great for you too. Choosing an inappropriate product for your skin type can worsen your skin’s condition. For example, using an oil-based product for oily skin will make it oilier and prone to more breakouts.

These are just some habits that can damage your skin. To prevent your skin from aging prematurely or breaking out, be sure to improve your skin care habits. Good skin care habits coupled with the skin care products can make your skin healthier and better.

Body Building Basics ? Building a better body you can be proud of!

Body Building is all about commitment and belief. There is an abundance of information about how to begin and conduct your journey, but without a burning desire to achieve, you are doomed to inevitable failure. These tips will help you identify and achieve your goals of bodybuilding. If this sounds like ?Goal Setting 101,? guess what? It is!

There are as many varied opinions on what ?plan? one should follow to build muscle, as there are people who have those opinions. On one thing they do agree, however. You must have a regimen.

? You can begin by defining your objective.
? Why are you interested in body building?
? What do you hope to accomplish?
? What is your ultimate goal?

It?s all about commitment and belief. There is an abundance of information about how to begin and conduct your journey, but without a burning desire to achieve, you are doomed to inevitable failure.

The following tips are not intended to be a ?one size fits all.? Take from it what you will. In that light, consider the following list:

1.Before beginning any serious weight lifting or body building regimen, consult your physician.

2.Set your goals. Define what you expect to achieve with your new bodybuilding campaign within a realistic time frame. If you create goals that are unattainable you are setting yourself up for failure. You can become bored, disappointed and disillusioned to the point where you may give up. This is a very sad outcome to what might have been the best decision of your life. Don?t sell yourself short. Set your long-term goals, of course, but also set short-term goals that are achievable. And, don?t forget to reward yourself when you do achieve them.

3.Consider the costs. If you don?t already have a budget, create one. Then, determine what amount of discretionary funds you have available for your bodybuilding program. This will determine whether you can afford to have a home gym or if your needs would better be served by joining a club. Joining a club is still a good short-term introduction before spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on equipment that might not be appropriate for your needs.

4.Don?t forget some of the low cost alternatives to purchasing your bodybuilding equipment. If used equipment is still functional why spend the extra dollars just for a little glitz! Good, brand name used equipment is every bit as functional as something right off a showroom floor.

5.Consider combining a home gym along with a membership in a public facility. Purchase less expensive free weight equipment for use at home and join a gym to have access to the more expensive equipment. You can design your entire workout routines around a combination such as this.

6.Eat healthy! This can?t be stressed enough. The only true bodybuilding aids are good nutrition. Consult a licensed dietician. Watch your local community calendar for free seminars on diet and nutrition. Learn all you can about what nature freely provides that can help you to develop a healthy diet.

7.If you choose to use dietary supplements, make certain that you know what you are putting in your body. Follow the packaging guidelines we outlined above. Ask your physician for his/her recommendations based on the regimen you have selected. No friend, coach or acquaintance can take the place of your physician. In fact, you may even investigate finding a physician who specializes in sports wellness.

8.Be kind to yourself. Yes, it?s important to push to achieve your goals, but it?s very easy to tip the scales in the other direction and create a nightmare for yourself. Obsessive, compulsive behaviors are not conducive to a healthy bodybuilding lifestyle.