Everyone these days seems to have an mp3 player. It seems that all of us want to take music with us wherever we go. As a teacher in the school system, I even see students that are so connected to their music that the ear buds never leave their ears. I find that music makes my workouts go better when I listen to music. In fact, when I don't have my mp3 player, my workouts seem to go terribly and last forever. In this age of digital music, it is imperative that you have the finest equipment, and with dj headphones from musicians friend, you know you are getting the best.
Why I Don’t Lose Weight is a unique perspective to the battle of the bulge. Dr. A gets to the heart of the struggle with weight loss by identifying the root causes that keep you in a cycle of overeating; he then gives practical solutions for overcoming that struggle and losing weight for good. Wonderfully clear and simple steps to permanent better health from a physician who has lived it.
Struggling for almost a decade with his own weight problem, Dr. Aguila gained a personal understanding about the process of obesity. He remembers his battle with binge eating and the lessons he learned that allowed him to finally break the cycle of overeating. He shares with his patients these lessons so that they may break their own Cycles.
Dr. A is an author, radio show host, and national obesity expert. He has appeared on numerous morning TV shows and as a regular expert segment on Telemundo. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post as well as other publications. Through his weekly syndicated radio show (The Dr. A Show) and his motivational speaking engagements, Dr. A touches the lives of those suffering with serious weight problems and empowers them with the knowledge that they need to win their struggle.
My Story (Guest Post by the Author)
As a physician, I couldn’t understand why I allowed myself to become overweight. In my training I learned all about nutrition and health, yet I chose to ignore these benchmarks. I felt tired, fatigued, and short of breath all the time. My blood pressure was up and my blood sugars were on the borderline. I also felt embarrassed and vulnerable.
I tried multiple times to lose weight but I couldn’t keep it off. Intuitively I knew that in order to be successful I had to change the very fabric of my life... and that is what I did.
I looked deep inside and found the courage to face the real issues that were making me use food for comfort. I had always been a perfectionist and afraid to fail. Now with lack of time and working very long hours I was always afraid that I would not meet the expectations that I had placed on myself; not the ones that others placed on me which were far more lenient. I always tried to be all things to all people because I wanted people to like me. I realized, however, that I could not live like that and that I had to learn to accept good or good enough. I had to do my best and be satisfied with that.
Learning not to be perfect was no easy task, but I realized that I had to take it in spurts. First thing was to find a way to make more time for my family and for myself so that I could lessen the burden of never having enough time. We need to slow down; making more money is not worth missing the treasure of watching your kids grow up. Relieving the pressure of time allowed me to accept giving things my best effort and not pushing to be my definition of the best. I took a while but I learned that my best was far more than what was really needed and existed only in my mind. I still have my moments, but I can reason with myself now…and I listen!
Controlling my perfectionism also allowed me to understand that I will never be able to please everyone and that, as long as I do my best, I will help many. It felt like a boulder was taken off my shoulders and I am in a better place now to fight off the stresses that invariably come in life…but not with food.
You see what I now realize is that I had to go through being overweight and sick in order to understand why it happens in the first place, even to a doctor. No one is immune to this even if they think they are.
Later, after I had lost the weight I was looking for an explanation as to why I gained so much weight and, more importantly, why I was able to keep it off this time. I realized that it wasn’t about the eating at all; it was about the reasons why I was overeating. Now don’t get me wrong, I worked at it and I changed my diet as well as exercise, but in the past that wasn’t enough to keep it off. This time I found the root causes and I fixed them. It was then that I discovered the Cycle of Obesity.
I understood the cycle when one day I was in my office and I started writing down the different culprits that I thought made me obese. I searched deep inside myself, almost painfully to find them, but what emerged was something that made intuitive sense. The anxiety, the depression, and the guilt all came together in a cycle that was treated with food. The cycle is easy to follow and anyone can identify with it at first glance if they are struggling with their weight.
It wasn’t until a year later that I was able to really identify the root causes that put us in the cycle in the first place. What helped me with this was taking care of so many patients with the same problem that I had and empathizing with them every step of the way. More time passed until I gathered enough insight to find solutions to all the root causes and put it all together with the cycle to help others with it.
Discovering this cycle also led me to discover my newest cycle, which is the cycle of success. This cycle is a roadmap to achieving success in setting goals. What I found is that these two cycles are intimately connected and explain why sometimes we get complaisant and ultimately fail to keep our goals.
I have used both of these ideas with many of my patients with great success. Despite diets and/or surgery, if you don’t eliminate the root causes, the weight will come back. I know that the weight can be conquered...I am living proof.
Fueled by grief
after his fiancée is brutally murdered, Detective Sam Walker focuses on finding
her killer -- a calculating predator who binds books with human skin. Dani Barrington, the newest member of NOPD's
Victim and Witness Assistance Unit and a survivor of another frightening
attack, helps him discover the terrifying link between the monster's known
victims. Despite his anguish, Sam is
struck by Dani's strength and determination, especially when her
inquisitive nature makes her the
killer's next target. He must find a way
to protect her or risk losing the one woman who can bring his dead heart back
wasn't at work. She wasn't at home. She hadn't gone out to run an errand. She
had simply... vanished.
Orleans Detective Sam Walker stood in the center of his fiancée's cluttered
bedroom and struggled to piece together the timeline of her disappearance. Last
night they were supposed to meet for dinner, but he'd caught a case. They'd
talked on the phone around eleven, and he'd asked her to meet him for lunch
hadn't spoken to her since.
was supposed to arrive at the Victim and Witness Assistance Unit for work at
nine a.m., but never made it. One of her co-workers had called him about ten
o'clock. He'd tried Kristen again, but she hadn't answered.
he'd come here and found her car in the driveway.
she sure as hell wasn't here.
bed was meticulously made, the way she left it every morning, dumping him out
if he'd stayed over. A damp towel lay beside the bathroom sink. Soulful jazz
drifted from the iPod dock on her nightstand. What terrified him most, though,
was the spot of blood marring the door frame and the lone pink sandal lying in
the living room floor beside her purse, keys, and cell phone.
heart lurched. He couldn't breathe, couldn't think. Simply could not absorb
that she was missing. They'd been engaged for five months and three days, with
only a month to go until the wedding. They should be mulling over the guest
list, squabbling about where to go for their honeymoon, and deciding where they
wanted to live.
Sam stared at an empty bed.
no sign of forced entry, so she either let the guy in or he jumped her when she
went after the paper this morning." Major Sabbatini's voice seemed to come
from far away. "I'm thinking she fought him off and ran, and he caught her
here in the bedroom."
would have clawed him." Hell, she would've drawn blood with those nails.
Sam should know. He had the marks on his back to prove it. Moisture blurred his
vision as he eyed the smudge on the door jamb. "She... she just had her
nails done a couple of days ago. They're like talons."
check the blood for DNA. You know that. What were her plans for today?"
just work, far as I know. She and I were supposed to have lunch." Sam
shook his head. "Then tonight, she was going to a wedding shower. I
was the last time you spoke with her?"
-- last night." Sam's eyes fell on a partially-filled mug on the table
beside Kristen's favorite chair, where she liked to read. A hard knot formed in
the center of his chest. "She didn't... even finish her coffee. She loves
gonna find her, son."
don't know that." Sam's voice cracked. He turned to his boss. "What
if I never see her again?"
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Melanie Atkins a
multi-published author of romantic suspense, an editor for an online publishing
company, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her—it’s a way
of life. She grew up in the Deep South
listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes
gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry
little feline muses.
Melanie is an active member
of Romance Writers of America®, the Magnolia State Romance Writers (MSRW), the
Published Author Network (PAN), the Electronic and Small Press Authors' Network
(ESPAN), the Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC), Sisters in
Crime (SinC), the Red Dog Writers, the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the
Southern Writers, the Mississippi Authors Guild and the Byram Writers’ Group.
She currently serves as Past President of MSRW.
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A woman with a secret…
The Federal Paranormal Unit is an elite squad of supernaturals dedicated to solving missing persons cases. Erica’s gift allows her a special connection with the crime, but it comes at a deep personal cost… Until now, she’s kept her gift a secret, even from the other members of the team. But this case will throw her together with Agent Trent Buchanan. He’s the object of her secret desires, but he’s also a cocky womanizer. She’d rather swim in shark-infested waters with a paper cut than admit she has feelings for him.
A man with one desire…
Wolf Shifter Trent wants Erica more than he’s ever wanted any woman. He’s spent years patiently waiting for her to admit that she wants him too. Working one-on-one in a race to find a serial killer, Trent’s patience and Erica’s resolve wear thin. When Trent discovers the truth about Erica, will he accept her for who she is? And can he protect her from the horrors that her gift brings?
A case that pushes them to the edge…
Erica will have to risk it all if she wants to stop the killer, and when she does, Trent may have to put his own life on the line to make sure his mate is protected…
Want to know about this author? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.
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Bella and Britt are worried
about all the trash appearing on their beautiful beach. But what can they do? Britt is leaving on vacation, and Bella can’t
solve the problem alone. Without adults to lend a hand, can they possibly save
Bella, Britt and all their friends built sand
castles and filled moats with salty sea. But this summer, the girls were
all this trash, Britt,” said Bella.
nodded. “Yeah, and I leave on vacation tomorrow. I can’t help pick it up!”
morning, Bella walked along the beach alone. “Hello.” Bella said to the old
crooked beak pelican, perched on his piling. “Somebody has to help, and I guess
Nancy is the bestselling and award winning author of
the four Bella and Britt Series books for children: One Pelican at a Time (eighteen weeks on
Amazon Bestselling List), Sea Turtle Summer, (which won the Children’s Literary
Classic Gold Award), Bella Saves the Beach
(which won the Gold) and Mystery at
Manatee Key. The authorized biography,
Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage,
is the story of Katrina Simpkins and Winter, the dolphin. One Pelican at a Time
and Nancy were
featured in the PBS Tampa special, GulfWatch.
All are published by Guardian
Nancy is a
frequent speaker and presenter at writer’s conferences throughout the United States. She conducts workshops and seminars and
speaks to school children on writing and helping save their planet. A blogger with a worldwide audience, she writes
of all things pertaining to children’s literature.
Nancy’s travels take her extensively throughout the
world, most particularly Africa. She is US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya,
that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their
education. She and her husband live
in Tampa and St. Louis.
We have a fairly young, active dog, and I am so pleased that I was asked to review this product from PSCP pets. They asked for my honest opinion, and that is what I will provide in this post.
PSPC Pets provides very tasty and functional supplements for dogs, and today I wish to tell you about their joint supplement for dogs. This unique product contains some wonderful ingredients to keep your best friend's joints in top condition. If you take a look at the ingredients, you will find glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, manganese, and Vitamins E. You probably know how these benefit us as humans, but they work well for dog's bones and joints, too.
The two most important ingredients are:
Glucosamine--protects joints from arthritis damage and provides a cushion for the joints
Chondroitin--helps increase the effectiveness of glucosamine
Manganese--notable for its detoxification properties
Vitamin E--antioxidant and immune system aid
This is the first of several products I will be reviewing from this company, but these were the original ones. The "treats" were little discs, and when I opened the container, the smell was not to my liking, but my dog loved it! Piper (that's her name) got herself into a routine that caused her to remind me to give these to her every day. She could even walk over to the drawer where I hid them, and she knew when I said "special treats" that it was time to get these.
I will be honest. Since Piper is young, I didn't notice much difference, but these kinds of supplements often work better when used over the course of months and years. If we had an older dog, I think I would have seen more improvement and results. What I do know is that Piper loved these treats, and she would happily eat them every day, if she could (and I just may go and purchase another bottle). Sometimes pet supplements are very unappealing to the animals, and it is nice to see that Piper loved these!
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I am so pleased to tell you about a fantastic product that I have gotten to review in exchange for my honest opinion! I had never heard of the company BabyGanics, but when they agreed to let me review their Fine & Dandy Hand & Face Wipes, I was pretty excited, and I will share my thoughts with you.
First of all, here is some important information about the product:
Their biodegradable, SLS, bleach and paraben-free formula lets you clean all of your baby’s sticky messes with no worries. Plus, special skin conditioners and emollients gently nourish as you clean. With better skin hydration than the leading brands, you won’t want to leave home without them!
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CLeans sticky hands and faces
Leaves baby’s skin clean, soft and fresh
Now let me be clear--we have no babies around the house. The youngest member of our household is almost ten. We live out in the country, and dirt is a way of life out here. I'm not complaining--just being realistic.
These wipes arrived at the ideal time. About a week ago, our water stopped. We have a well system, and for some reason, the pump stopped pumping water. We had to go two days with no running water--not a fun experience, I can tell you. I won't go into details, but using the toilets was not a pleasant experience. At least we had power, so I didn't spend a lot of time complaining.
After using the bathroom, we had to either use soap with bottled water (don't try that unless your desperate--the soap foamed up big time, and I had to use nearly a half bottle) or hand sanitizer (my mom did that, and her hands were really dried out). I remebered these fantastic little hand wipes, and I have to tell you, they did the job! No one else seemed to want to use them, but I have to say these were perfect. They smelled good, and they cleaned my face very well. My hands never dried out, and they felt clean.
Don't let the name "baby" keep you from trying these wipes. They are perfect for any age, and I think you will find many uses for them. Each package contains 30 wipes--they are small, but they do the job. BabyGanics’ Fine & Handy Hand and Face Wipes retail for $4.99 and can be purchased at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon.com, Diapers.com and Vine.com.
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The State of the World's Mothers (SOWM) report is Save the Children’s signature annual publication, which compiles global statistics on the health of mothers and children, and uses them to produce rankings of nations within three groupings corresponding to varying levels of economic development. We have produced the reports annually since the year 2000. Though the core report indices are the same every year, each year there is a new feature or story angle added to it. In 2013, the new feature is the Birth Day Risk Index -- the index compares first-day death rates for babies in 186 countries to identify the safest and most dangerous places to be born.
I have been asked to share my birth story, and I am quite honored to do so. My experience will probably be unique due to several factors.
I used a midwife.
I had my baby at home.
My daughter lost weight due to insufficient breast milk
So here goes. I got unexpectedly pregnant with my first and only child back in 2002. I was one of nine women on staff who got pregnant that year. I was already overweight when I got pregnant, but thankfully my good health kept my risk low. From the beginning, I insisted on using a midwife even though my insurance refused to cover such procedures. I had no ultrasounds and only the tests my midwife said I absolutely had to have done. I chose not to learn the sex of the child, and the only concern happened in the last trimester--my blood pressure was up. I nearly had preeclampsia, but due to natural products and finally bed rest in my last month, all was fine.
I went into false labor a couple times before I actually went into full-blown labor. My husband, my parents, my sister-in-law, and my niece were at the house. My husband was skateboarding in the garage when I first when into labor, and my mom had to convince him it was really happening. It was the evening before my 29th birthday, and it looked like the unexpected would happen. My child was going to be born on my birthday!
My labor was pretty intense, as you can imagine. I can remember vomiting everything I had eaten, and there was one time I passed out. I remember crying out in pain and saying I couldn't do this. I had nothing to ease the pain. My blood pressure spiked pretty high, and I lose enough blood that I almost could have had a transfusion--I probably would have had I been in the hospital.
My midwife did exactly what was necessary. I remember she had to break my water. And my sister-in-law was a little too loud at times as she helped me through the labor. She and my mom were on either side of me as the moment got ever closer. I can remember the intense stretching occurring as my child's head began to crown. My sister-in-law told me to look in the mirror so I could see how close the child was. However, I didn't want to. I just wanted to focus on the task at hand.
I can recall the intense relief when I pushed my child out, and one of the first things they told me was that I had a girl! I was so happy because although I had told myself that it wouldn't make any difference, I really wanted a girl. I somehow knew this would probably be my only child--I think my premonition on that was right since I am now a single mother.
I know I said something about my daughter not getting enough to eat in her early weeks, and that is true. For five weeks, she nursed almost around the clock, and my midwife's assistant did not really take care of issues that she needed to. To make a long story short, my midwife called us in, and she discovered that Martha was not getting enough breast milk. We had to supplement with formula, and God was good enough to keep my daughter safe during that time. You would never know there were any problems like that now!
That's my little one at around six months.
Isn't she a doll?
And she is still a doll--she will be 10 next month!
What a difference when I compare my story to the rest of the world. My daughter was actually bigger than this little one when she was born, and they even think my daughter was born early.
I believe that babies born worldwide deserve the kind of care I receive because infant mortality is much easier to keep from happening in today's medical science world.
This video reminds me of my early fears of having my little one. I think all mothers go through this, but with the help of God, my midwife, and my family we made it through!
Exactly one year before my dad's birthday (he is 71 today), Glenn Miller and his band recorded Chattanooga Choo Choo. Let me tell you that I have been a Glenn Miller band since seeing The Glenn Miller Story when I was in high school. I love James Stewart and June Allyson, and I can't recall how many times I saw that film. Louis Armstrong is in it, too. Talk about a great film full of big band music. And it is an emotional film as well since Glenn Miller died so suddenly. Last I heard, they hadn't found the spot where the plane went down, but I think they have a pretty good estimate.
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Swept from the
aristocracy of England
to The Colonies on the eve of war, Jessamine Stone vows to wed no man but her
onetime fiancé, Christian Haukinge. She sets out to win back Christian's
affections, unaware that her brother has already offered him a bribe to break
something dark, Christian agrees to the devil’s bargain, but soon finds
Jessie’s innocent passion, trust, and faith undermine his resolve for
vengeance. Now only the woman he has betrayed can heal his deep and scarring
wounds. But these are dangerous times and love alone cannot mend all wounds.
Park, April 1763
sort of man paid to have his sister’s heart broken?
Christian Haukinge tossed the parchment aside, and reclined deeper into the
leather desk chair, contemplating the inconceivable notion.
didn’t bother considering the issue it raised: What sort of man accepted such a
proposal? He already knew the answer to that one.
scribbled letter before him bore no salutation—a deliberate rudeness, a
flagrant omission of his title—courtesy though it may be—and his demeanor, as
he retrieved the parchment, shifted from indifference to keen irritation. His
gaze skimmed the page once more, settling upon the last paragraphs.
as she seems to have convinced herself no other beau will do, save you, fatuous
as it seems, and she has set her face against the new contract I have put
before her, clinging to your annulled betrothal simply to defy my wishes, I am
forced to offer this proposal. Please consider the above remuneration for your
services; the amount is more than adequate for your brief employ, and, indeed, should
prove quite useful in the refurbishment of your newly purchased estate. As to
that, please accept my condolences.
am certain you shall wish to begin with all due haste, and look forward to your
timely response in this matter. The sooner she has been suitably disillusioned,
the sooner you might be compensated for your troubles. For the greater good, I
do hope we might overlook the nature of our past relationship, and endeavor to
assist each other in persuading my dear, misguided sister in choosing the
right-minded course. The advance will assure you see it my way. Accept it in
good faith. I shall enlighten you further when we are face-to-face.
the greater good?
b---d. My review will be up later on today. For now, read on and enter the giveaway.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tanya Anne Crosby has
written seventeen novels, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists
including the New York Times and USA Today. Best known for stories charged with
emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered
reader praise and reviews and she’s a five-time nominee for a RT Career
Achievement Award. She lives with her husband, two dogs and two cats in North
Michigan and grew up in Charleston,
ROBIN IN THE HOOD IS NOTED AS THE BEST YA SINCE THE HUNGER GAMES!
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“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?” 15-year-old Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth. They’re broke. And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad’s hospital room to collect. His only saving grace is what he reveals to Robin in between drools: He truly does love her, in spite of all his mistakes. Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank. Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a magical romance that turns Robin’s whole world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy .
I write novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. I have a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those of us who burn brightly to live each day as a gift--because it is! I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to visit me at www.banditsranch.com or message me on facebook or twitter (@DianeJReed) to share the whispers of your spirit.