Goal Setting For Weight Loss

Setting measurable and reachable goals for yourself can give a clear focus to your weight loss efforts. Goal setting is one the oldest and most popular success technique because it really does work.

Yet, many people struggle their entire lives with setting and reaching goals. They don’t know how to set goals that they’re likely to reach and they don’t know how to go about making those goals a reality. Instead they spend their entirely lives setting goals that never materialize. It can get a little depressing over the years.

The truth is that you are much more likely to lose weight if you have a clear goal in mind. Here are a few tips on how to set and meet your weight loss goals:

Set a measurable goal. For example, instead of setting a goal that says, “I want to lose weight,” set a goal that is specific and includes a timeline for meeting that goal. This way you know exactly what you want to accomplish and when you want to accomplish it.

A weight loss goal might be “I lose 25 lbs. on or before January 1st.” This goal clearly states exactly how much weight you want to lose and your goal date for losing that weight.

Set reasonable goals. It’s important to set goals that you can realistically meet. Otherwise, failure to meet your goals can make it difficult to set new goals and feel confident that you can meet them.

Therefore, don’t set a goal to lose 40 pounds in two weeks. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy. Be sure that the amount of weight you want to lose is realistic for your current weight and commit to doing it in a reasonable time frame.

Develop detailed action steps for reaching your goal. In addition to setting a long term weight loss goal, also set weekly or even daily goals that you want to accomplish on a short term basis. A large weight loss goal can seem overwhelming and even impossible. But if you break it down into smaller steps, it seems much more manageable.

If you set a weekly goal to lose five pounds, decide how you’re going to meet that goal. Plan your work outs and meals for the week. Armed with a plan, you’re much more likely to meet that goal.

Attach a reward or risk to your goal. Motivation to reach your goal can be difficult to muster if there’s no risk or reward associated with meeting the goal. If you’re looking forward to a new wardrobe or privilege when you meet your goal, you’re motivated to reach it. Just make sure your reward isn’t food!

But some people aren’t motivated by rewards. They need to have a risk involved with not reaching that goal. If you have a favorite television show, commit that you won’t watch it for six months if you don’t meet your goal. Or commit to giving something up that you enjoy for a period of time. Either way, associating a risk or reward with your goal can make the process fun and raise you motivation.

There are people that commit their entire lives to the practice and study of goal-setting. But with these few simple tips, you can create a weight loss goal that you’ll actually meet. And won’t that feel amazing.

4 Steps To Eliminate Body Odor

There’s never an acceptable social situation where smelling rotten is better than smelling pleasant. Foul body odor, for the most part, is generated from your feet, and where skin rubs against skin – armpits and between your legs.  If you have bad smells oozing out of your forearms, you need to see a doctor because that’s a medical problem, not a hygiene problem.

If soap and water have failed you, the following should help…

Sweat the stink out: Bad body odor can cling to your skin like a leech. If a shower isn’t washing away the surface smell you need to get at the problem from the inside. Get a good sweat going and purge the body odor from your pores.

If exercise isn’t your thing, a sauna or steam room will get the job done.

Eat clean and you’ll smell clean: If you needed another reason to avoid junk food, here it is – it can make you smell awful. It’s even worse if you’re older and your body isn’t as capable at processing unhealthy garbage. Alcohol might be the worse olfactory offender. If you’ve ever been near an older alcoholic you know they smell like grim death.

Do I need to tell you what you should be eating to smell nice? You already know the answer; fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, lean protein, lots of water, etc.

You might not be the problem:  Stink can embed itself in the fibers of your clothes. They’ll smell alright fresh out of the laundry, then the bad smell is activated when the clothing becomes warm and moist against your skin.

This especially becomes a problem if you wear your clothes more than once without washing them (stop doing that).

Plain laundry soap won’t knock the embedded smell out. You need bleach. Bleach can ruin your clothes if you don’t know how to use it, so look up the instructions if you’re unfamiliar.

Exfoliate with a lofa or baking soda: Running a bar of soap over the problem area isn’t enough. You have to really get in there and scrub away the stench. You can use a luffa to do this, or you can put a little baking soda on a washcloth and scrub away.

These four steps should eliminate most cases of body odor. You can also experiment with different brands of soap and deodorant. Maybe what you’re currently using isn’t strong enough and you need something labeled antibacterial?

Master Cleanse and Lupus: A Reader’s Story

A reader left the following comment about being diagnosed with Lupus, and how the Master Cleanse helped…

On my 3rd year now since I started including the Master Cleanse into my lifestyle and I have never needed medication or fallen ill since. I was diagnosed with Lupus 4 years before that and now my blood count is back to normal and is the healthiest I have ever been. I take part in full marathons and swim at least 2km a week.

It’s a real game-changer and would recommend it to anyone; not just the sick.

Good luck to you all

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It also makes its own fertilizer, and is designed to save water and prevent dripping (if you ever lived in an apartment and had people above you water plants on their balcony, you know how messy plant water drippings can be).

This video will show you how to set up the Garden Tower and start gardening with it. The Garden Tower is currently discounted by $110 at Amazon.com if you’re interested.

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