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Have a Strategy for Losing Weight in the New Year

November 12, 2018

Too many people resolve to lose weight but never actually have a plan in place for doing it. Therefore, year after year, they have the same New Year’s resolution because their goal was never achieved. Has this happened to you? How can you change this relentless pattern?

It’s important when setting goals to follow the S.M.A.R.T. goal system. This system will help you accomplish what you set out to do and reach your goals in a timely fashion.

  • Specific. Be explicit in what you want. Write down a specific number of pounds that you would like to lose.
  • Measurable. Weigh yourself every week and take note of your weight change, either up or down. Keep track of this in a journal.
  • Attainable. Small goals which lead up to a larger goal are often easier to reach. The success of reaching these small goals will keep you motivated.
  • Realistic. Understand what your body is capable of doing and set your goals accordingly.
  • Timely. Keep your goal in focus by setting a completion date.

In addition, here are some more weight loss tips to help you succeed with your New Year’s resolution:

1. Have a plan of action. How much weight do you want to lose? Break your total down into a series of smaller attainable goals. For example, plan to lose ____ pounds by ____ (date). Make these goals realistic, and then follow a plan of diet and exercise to achieve them.

  • Your plan may require changes in your lifestyle. Work these changes into your daily routines one-by-one to attain your goals.
  • Write your goals down in a journal, and review them every day.

2. Change your diet. Figure out how many calories you’ve been consuming each day. If it’s over 2,500, gradually decrease the number of calories instead of immediately dropping to 1,200 calories a day.

For example, try limiting yourself to 2,000 calories a day for a week, then drop to 1,500 for another week. Eventually, you’ll reach your goal without being severely deprived.

  • Reducing your daily calorie intake will require healthy eating choices. Consult your physician for recommended nutritional guides, and choose the one that works best for you.
  • There are online programs that calculate your calorie and fat intake for you. All you do is write in your food choices. Use whatever tools you need to simplify your tasks and stay motivated to reach your goals.

3. Get off the Couch. Set a reasonable exercise schedule to help you with your weight loss goal. Design your exercise regimen to target the areas that need the most toning (i.e. thighs, abs, arms, buttocks, etc.).

  • Keep your exercise goals realistic. Start small if you need to, and then increase your regimen. For example, running 5 miles every day will burn off a lot of calories, but it may not be feasible for you. You may need to first try walking to build up some stamina, and then add in running little by little.
  • Setting goals, which are too far from your normal activities, will quickly wear you out and discourage you. Start small and build on each success. Increase your exercise time (or treadmill speed, or incline, etc.) by a small increment each week.
  • Exercising a little bit each day will increase your energy and help you become healthier. And you don’t need a gym membership or expensive exercise equipment either. Walk or run around your neighborhood or use canned foods instead of weights. You can even borrow exercise DVDs from the library.

4. Make Some Friends. The people who are usually the most successful in losing weight and keeping it off are the ones who have a great support system. Nothing deters you like knowing you’re accountable to others for every bite you put in your mouth.

  • Your support team will encourage you, work out with you, and bring you confidence when times are tough.
  • Some people find it helpful to join a local weight loss support group or an online weight loss group. Celebrating your weight loss successes with others will make them that much more meaningful.

Losing weight is possible for anyone who approaches the challenge wisely. With some careful planning and determination, your weight loss goal can certainly become a reality in the New Year.

Building a Happy, Healthy Family at Home

January 17, 2018

What a joy it is to feel harmony in our home! Striving to build a happy, healthy family at home is a very important endeavor, and the rewards are great for those who make it a priority. Families provide each of us with a sense that we belong, and our families contribute to our individual identity.

A healthy family structure can provide the emotional support to nurture and instill a sense of security in all of us. Relationships that we share in the family also allow us to develop the morals and basic values that we carry throughout our lives. This is why it’s so very important that we each strive to have the goal of building a happy, healthy family at home.

Building solid relationships within the family is absolutely essential for the success of each individual in the family – whether young or old.

4 Elements of a Strong Family Bond

All too often you hear stories of dysfunctional families who have multiple problems and just don’t know how to function or communicate with each other. Surely this is not a scenario you imagined when you started your family! Rather than risk that path in life, here are some tips for developing a strong family bond:

1. Respect your family members. When it comes to family members, respect should be issued right from the beginning, even if it has yet to be earned. At the same time, it’s also important that you work to earn the respect of other members of the family.

Respect is simply the process of placing value in the other people who make up your family.

2. Enjoy shared experiences together. The old saying, “A family who plays together stays together,” is very relevant in today’s world. Sharing experiences helps to build respect. It also enables you to learn more about the people that you share a home with so you can discover their likes, dislikes, and the things that make them thrive from day to day.

Families should work hard to ensure that they make time to spend with each other, both as a team and with each other on a one-to-one basis.

3. Trust your family. It’s been said that trust is a requirement for all fulfilling relationships, whether in your personal life, social life, or professional life. If you have respect for an individual and spend enough time with them to know their needs and desires, a mutual trust grows naturally.

Trust is necessary to have open and honest relationships in the family.

4. Learn to give as well as take. Successful families know and understand the importance of the “two way street” that should exist within the family structure. When every family member understands this, you will all enjoy working and playing together.

Every family member should know and understand their role and work to give and take on an equal basis.

It’s Never Too Late To Start Building a Happy Family

If you currently have discord and contention in your family, you might think it’s too late to rectify the situation. However, by taking positive steps to make changes as a whole family, you can start to rebuild your trust and respect.

One parent alone can’t make these changes by themselves. Open communication is critical so the entire family can understand what the current problems are and how to fix them. You may meet some resistance, but focusing on peace and harmony in the home should motivate even the most stubborn child. Once your family members get a taste of the happiness and security that a loving family brings to them, they won’t want to live any other way!

Healthy Alternatives for Harmful Chemicals in Your Home

Harmful chemicals have become commonplace in many homes. Most people don’t even think twice about the toxins that are included in our cleaners. Do you?

Disorders such as ADD, ADHD, autism, cancer, and auto-immune diseases are on the rise. Many scientists believe that the harmful chemicals in our own homes are playing a vital role.

What can you do about it to protect yourself and your family? Well, you can use healthy alternatives to these harsh, abrasive, and toxic fume-ridden cleaners!

Consider using these natural alternatives:

1. Vinegar. Vinegar has many uses. It can be used for cleaning many surfaces as well as softening clothes. Vinegar is effective for:

  • Coffee and tea stains
  • Carpet stains
  • Cleaning drains

2. Hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is another natural agent that can help you with the laundry. It can be used in the place of bleach and can even get rid of blood stains. Hydrogen peroxide can also help in the bathroom; use it for bathroom mold in a spray bottle in combination with two parts water.

3. Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can be used on tough mold and mildew stains instead of harsh bathroom cleaners. The oil should be mixed with water and sprayed onto the offending area. Don’t rinse. The area may have a strong smell that will eventually fade.

4. Baking Soda. Baking soda has many household benefits. You can even use it in the place of drain cleaner: pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by boiling water. Tough clogs can be followed by vinegar. Baking soda can also be used for:

  • Cleaning burnt on spots at the bottom of pots and pans
  • Dissolving grease on kitchen areas
  • Getting rid of offending odors and stains from clothing and carpeting

5. Lemon Juice. Lemon juice is a completely non-toxic alternative to many cleaning agents. It can be used to clean and freshen up pots and pans as well as aluminum and porcelain surfaces.

6. Borax. Borax, or sodium borate, can also clean, deodorize and disinfect. It can even be used to clean wallpaper. It’s a great way to use a natural ingredient to clean painted surfaces as well.

7. Washing Soda. Like some of the other alternatives, washing soda has many cleaning abilities. It can be used to soften water, clean walls, or even remove stains and grease. It’s important to use caution when using washing soda because it has been known to irritate mucous membranes.

8. Soap.
Of course most of the cleaning supplies you use contain soap to some degree. However, soap is usually packaged with other ingredients, some of them being harmful chemicals. Soap in its natural and pure form can make an excellent cleaning agent alone.

Other Household Changes

There are some other changes you can consider making to your home in addition to getting rid of harmful cleaners. Instead of using air fresheners and other scents to mask odors, you can make it a point to get more fresh air into your home by opening windows.

Also, consider a no shoes indoors policy so that family members aren’t dragging in dirt. It’s always a good idea to stay on top of a cleaning schedule. When everything is fresh and clean on a regular basis, you won’t have to worry about using harsh chemicals to cut through layers of grime!