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My ass is the size of a meteor set to vanquish the solar system and my love handles are getting out of hand. I’m not obese nor am I overweight (according to my BMI, which you can compute here) but my fat is distributed unevenly making me look… uneven (especially in unforgiving dresses).

But I’m not going to obsess over my weight – if there’s one thing I learned last year, I have control of my life, and definitely I can choose to control my weight.

Now controlling your weight or losing weight shouldn’t be painful. Here are some small tips in your quest to trim off that excess baggage:cereal

Eat Breakfast
My mother, nagger extraordinaire, has always bugged us to eat breakfast – all together now – the most important meal of the day. Although I don’t live with her anymore, I can still hear her voice in my ear prodding me to eat breakfast. Starting your day with a full meal will make you eat less during the next few meals of the day – try a high-fiber cereal with low fat milk.

Bring out your old jeans…
The ones you used to strut your stuff. They can either motivate you to lose weight, or depress the hell out of you.

get into jeans that fit you…and get into jeans that fit you
Buy a new pair or start wearing one – it will serve as your barometer if you’re losing or gaining weight. I bought mine a couple of days ago because after the holidays, I can only successfully zip up 2 of my jeans – the rest will have to stay in my closet for the meantime.

8 hours of sleep
When you sleep less than your body’s requirement, your supply of leptin goes down. Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full. If it goes down, you’ll feel hungrier more often.

Drink a glass of water before every meal…
I’ve tried this and it works – I tend to eat less because I feel full.

….or you can have some soup
Try to have some soup(broth based) before the main course. No cream please!apples

Snack on fruits
Instead of munching on a donut, or drinking coffee during break, try to snack on a fruit – an apple perhaps. It’s sweet – which will satisfy your craving for sweets – and has less calories than a donut.

…and eat your vegetables
Whether it’s beans, carrot sticks, or broccoli, being naturally fibrous, will help in faster digestion, promoting weight loss.

Get Physical
Getting some good loving from your partner can burn as much 350 calories – almost equivalent to jogging for 30 minutes!

And most importantly: Try not to eat when you’re emotional

When I’m depressed, my boyfriend has to steer clear of the food section lest I stock up on snacks and ice cream. It’s even worse when I’m ranting – it’s either I’m on the phone eating a donut, or I’m having dinner with my friends. I’m the type they call an emotional eater (although I think we all are). When I’m overwhelmed with emotions, I respond by eating – and more often that not, I eat the highly-fattening type of food. This can be a nasty habit, and every time you’re feeling emotional, you’ll see yourself binging out.

**Nothing beats proper diet, and exercise to lose weight – but these small steps, consistently done can help you reach your goal of achieving a smaller waist, and a healthier, more fit lifestyle. Losing weight doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of all the delicious meals served by the world for you – give in a little every now and then – just remember not to eat more than your body can burn! 🙂

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Start fresh.

Breathe new life into a boring existence.

January is the perfect time for everyone to clean up their act. It can be trying to quit smoking – which is really difficult – getting your fat donque on the treadmill and start shedding the calories you piled during the holidays, or traveling to countries not regularly featured on the travel and living show. Everyone has a habit or two they can lose, or a new habit they can start practicing – to which everyone can relate to, no matter your age, or gender.

It’s been a habit of mine to start the year with resolutions. Last year, I wasn’t very successful so I’m very determined this year to, more or less, keep my resolutions not only last till January, but until the end of 2008.

  • Drink Enough Vitaminsfruits and vitamins for a better you

I don’t eat that much fruit or vegetables, and although I think I’m healthy – no diseases or sickness last 2007 – I still think I need to get enough vitamins. At my age, if I don’t want to go under the knife when I turn 25, I need vitamins to strengthen my cells – that in turn will show through my skin. On my list of vitamins to take are Vitamin C – for collagen production, and Vitamin E – for quicker healing of the skin and better hydration. GNC has Vitamin C with time release to pace the amount of Vitamin C released in your body, and a complete multivitamin with both Vitamin C and Vitamin E and other important vitamins.

schedule your annual check up

  • Annual check up.

For the women: when you start getting sexually active or you reach the age of 18, it’s a MUST to have a pap smear test. This helps detect the first signs of cervical cancer.

For men: prostate cancer exam, and std/hiv testing (if you have an active sex life).

For men and women: At home, you can do the stress test, the mouth test, a genital test, and a foot test(to check for athlete’s foot). Schedule an Annual Physical Fitness Test while you’re at it. Remember: your health is your responsibility.

 

  • Clean up closets

I have clothes that will never ever fit me again. I can be a bit sentimental, but my sentimentality has got to fit just 1 medium sized box, and not my whole closet. Get rid of old clothes (give them to charity if they’re still wearable), or make them into rugs you can use to wipe the stain off your kitchen counter. Jeans that are too tight can’t be salvaged so give them up as well. Can’t part with your old jeans? Keep them in your home gym or at the back of your door to remind you how thin you were back then and motivate you to lose the unnecessary pounds. Rule for throwing out/giving away clothes: if you can’t imagine wearing a piece of clothing this year or you didn’t wear it last year, then you won’t be wearing it in the next few years – put it in the bag.

If it’s not clothes keeping your closets full, and it’s all papers and bills, throw out unnecessary bills, and bills that you won’t be needing for any auditing purposes, etc. This year, go green and try to lessen paper print outs and keep most of your bills online.get more sleep

  • Sleep more

My eyebags are the size of Mexico, and as dark as coal – I’ve been successfully hiding them with concealer which takes up a lot of time so I resolve to lessen the nights I’m out, and try to crash my bed earlier. A good 8 hours of sleep does wonders for the mind and body – faster cell regeneration, and a more alert, creative mind (this doesn’t work for all – some tend to be more creative when living off 4 hours of sleep)

  • Start a conversation

Not all people are endowed with the charm to talk to anyone they meet, me included. I admit there’d been times in my social life I was a wallflower. My excuse: I’m tired, I’m shy etc. Being sociable can be developed – with practice you can get better and better. Start a conversation – a nod, a smile, a small hello – the person beside you might just be as shy as you and is only waiting for you to make the first move. What have you got to lose? It sounds scary but if you start a conversation with a stranger every time you’re out, you’d have added more confidence within yourself and a worthy network of friends.

  • Help Others

An act where both parties benefit – you and the one you’ve helped. You can volunteer at a nearby adoption center and teach once a month, or save enough money to contribute at the end of the year. Donate clothes or furniture that you have no need for. A little act of kindness goes a long way.

  • Take the time to reflect

Everyone seems so busy. Everything seems so fast these days – fast food, tivo, broadband internet – sometimes it pays to slow down and smell the roses. In your busy day, devote 5 minutes to reflect. Reflect on where you are in your life, what you are doing in your life, and what you can do to keep improving. There’s always room for improvement and through these reflections, you can discover what works for you and what doesn’t. It also gives you time to breathe out all those negative emotions you’ve incurred during the day, and prioritize what’s important in your life.

 

It’s never too late to start fresh and make resolutions. It doesn’t matter if it’s January or the middle of September – what’s important is the effort you’ve put into writing down those resolutions. Writing them down is half the battle, and that half you’ve already won – the other half is sticking to those resolutions.

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Internet Suicide Pact

Taking out their own life or suicide has been vastly growing all over the world. There’s a lot of way how to end your life, but in Japan, there’s a trend that’s been circling around, especially on teenagers. It is what they call “Internet Suicide”.

Internet suicide pact or cybersuicide pact is a suicide pact made between individuals who meet on the Internet via email, forums, chat, and mostly on websites. These teenagers meet on one of these rooms in the Internet and that is where it all started. They got acquainted through websites and agreed to make a pact to end their lives at the same time, with the same kind of death and now, meeting up and ending their lives together.

Internet suicide pact started in Japan in October 2000 by two net couple. They met on a chat room on a suicide website. The Japanese man was a 46-year-old dentist, who apparently, had health problems and family trouble. He was separated from his wife, while the 25-year-old woman had resigned from her job and was also worried about family trouble. After meeting on the website, the pair had been exchanging numerous e-mails, in which they both asked for the support of each other in committing suicide. Autopsy reports said that they died after swallowing lethal quantities of sleeping pills. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/)

After this incident, and after the media had covered and tackled the issue heavily, Internet suicide became popular, trendy, and rapidly growing. So if you know someone who is depressed, talk to them before it’s too late. Don’t let them be another victim of Internet Suicide Pact.

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There are a lot of ways how to beautify and how to take care of our skin, but the question is, are we aware of what we must do and how to have a healthy and radiant skin.

Here are some tips on having a healthy and radiant skin:

  • No Smoking – always remember that smoking is not good for our skin, as it is bad for our health. Smoking causes wrinkles and pimples as it dehydrates our skin and make it dull, thus, we start aging prematurely.
  • Eat Healthy Food – whatever you put in your body reflects on your skin. For example, if you eat greasy food, you’ll feel and notice that, that grease you ate can be seen on your face, hair and can be smelled when perspiring. Food rich in antioxidants are good for your skin, this also reduce skin aging and makes your skin radiantly glow.
  • drink lots of water

Water Is Good – water will always be good for us, inside and outside. People perspire a lot, active or not. So in order for us to make up with all the lost fluid in our body, drinking plenty of water is necessary and good.

  • Use Soap – for people who have oily skin, mostly teenagers and people who work with oils or gases, washing your skin with water alone isn’t enough. But be aware that excessive soap washing can dry your skin, so always put on lotion after washing.
  • Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate – exfoliation gets rid of dead skin and cleans pores, thus revealing younger looking skin.
  • Home Body Exfoliation – in order for you to save money on exfoliating, just mix olive oil with sea salt or sugar. Apply circular motion all over the body, but avoid the breast area, rinse off in the shower, then apply a moisturizer after bathing.
  • Use Sunscreen – using sunscreen everyday don’t just protect your skin from the sun, it also helps you prevent wrinkles. Sunscreen products can help hydrate and protect areas of our body exposed in the sun. Use lotion or any product that has SPF to protect you from harmful UV rays.

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