Stupid is as stupid does.
Drunks do many stupid things.
Like lighting the alcohol before they drink it.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Drunks do many stupid things.
Like lighting the alcohol before they drink it.
Around and around
I am chasing the blue dot
Never to end it
Some guys look good with beards
Just because you can grow them
Doesn’t mean you should
Maybe you shouldn’t
Especially if you are a ‘good looking’ movie star
You look weird being scruffy
Like I said
Beards are not for everyone
Now, go see the barber!!!
Feel the burn, Weight Loss Market in the U.S.!
You are NOT successful in your endeavors…
Despite the fact that you are a $60 billion dollar-a-year, money generating industry-monster.
And now Science?
Is standing up, and taking notice.
Thank goodness – It’s time to stop this out-of-control diet industry madness!
[via eScience News] Contrary to popular perception, a large proportion of obese Americans can and do lose weight, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. What’s more, they say, the old tried and true methods of eating less fat and exercising are some of the most effective paths to weight loss success. The research results appear in the April 10 online issue of theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.
“This is great news because studies have shown that even a 5 percent reduction in weight can lead to improved health,” says lead author Jacinda M. Nicklas, MD, MPH, MA, a clinical research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. “With more than a third of Americans now obese (Though Qatar is easily the fattest nation on Earth!) and fifty to seventy percent of them trying to lose weight, this is important because the health risks associated with carrying that extra weight are substantial.”
Nicklas and colleagues analyzed data from more than 4,000 obese individuals culled from the 2001-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the health and nutritional status of adults in the United States.
“Those who exercised more and ate less fat were significantly more likely to lose weight,” say the authors. “Additionally we found a correlation between joining weight loss programs and greater reported weight loss, which may speak to the importance of structure in a weight loss regimen” says Nicklas. And while those who used prescription weight loss medications also reported weight loss success, this represented only a small number of study participants.
In contrast, the authors found that, “self-reported use of popular diets, liquid diets, nonprescription weight loss pills and diet foods/products were not associated with weight loss.” [Read More]
Now? It’s time for the rest of the world to take a stand.
Do NOT work. They are temporary modifications to lifestyles, which offer, mediocre at best, temporary results.
Want REAL, lasting results.
A lifestyle change is key. Get exercising to work off those calories.
And with THIS (below) neat little gadget?
Working off the calories has NEVER been easier!
[via Gizmodo] The Fuelband is Nike’s foray into the crowded graveyard that is fitness tracking devices. Remember the spectacularly awful Jawbone Up? The Fuelband is like that, but thankfully, not spectacularly awful. It’s more like a Fitbit, but for your wrist—it’s a wristband that always measures your activity as you go about your day. That means everything you do—running, doing laundry, washing dishes, having sex—is measured and totaled up to give you an idea about how active you are on a daily basis. With the Fuelband, you can quantify the consequences of your lifestyle.
The best thing about the Fuelband is that you use it without ever thinking about using it. You set a daily goal, wear it, and forget about it. It’s that easy! The accelerometer in the Fuelband keeps track of your movement. To check your stats, tap the button on the Fuelband, and the previously unseen LED lights (there are a 120 of ‘em) will show you how many calories you’ve burned, how many steps you’ve taken, what time it is, and how much Nikefuel you’ve gained.
But, uh, what in the hell is Nikefuel? Nike says it has correlated movements of the Fuelband’s accelerometer with specific fitness activities, then created a way to translate all that into a Nikefuel number. It’s a way to bring everyone onto the same unit of measurement for activity—if you and an Olympic athlete ran side by side and did the same activities, you’d both get the same Nikefuel number. An even playing field, so to speak.
What I like about Nikefuel is that it gets you away from thinking about the net balance of calories consumed and then burned. It shifts the focus towards how much Nikefuel you’ve gained. It’s only a slight change in perspective, but it gives you a finish line to reach. Positive over negative. Be active, and good things—like losing weight—will eventually follow. [Read More]
So you have no excuses.
Drop the fad diet and change your life!
One Nikefuel number at a time.
What is a gene?
gene (jēn) n.
A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of DNA that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes undergo mutation when their DNA sequence changes.
Singular, incomprehensibly infinitesimal minute units, which combined together?
Make us ALL…
Not only who and what we are?
But HOW we are.
[via LiveScience] Many times, two siblings raised by the same parents, and subject to similar environmental influences, can turn out to be polar opposites: one kind and generous, the other mean-spirited. A new study reveals that the latter might simply have been dealt the wrong hormone receptor genes.
Oxytocin and vasopressin, two hormones that inspire feelings of love and generosity when they flood our brains, bind to neurons by attaching to molecules called receptors, which can come in different forms. The new research, led by psychologist Michel Poulin of the University of Buffalo, suggests that if you have the genes that give you certain versions of those hormone receptors, you’re more likely to be a nice person than if you have the genes for one of the other versions. However, the researchers found that the genes work in concert with a person’s upbringing and life experiences to determine how sociable — or anti-social — he or she becomes. [Read More]
Despite this seemingly, unchangeable (EVER!) molecular make-up?
Who, what and how you are is NOT inalterable.
Your genes can be overwritten…
[via Gizmodo] Tough Times Are Written in Your DNA; Good Thing You Can Erase Them
You’ve seen the reports that individuals with a lower economic and social status suffer from poor health more often than folks in higher tax brackets. Now, thanks to a multi-year study of rhesus macaques monkeys, researchers have found genetic changes caused by stressful environments are likely contributing to that poor health.
On the bright side, the results also show your genetic fate isn’t permanent when you hit a rough patch. We have the power to change our genes as we manage our stress or improve our situation.
So it appears that genetic changes are fluid and definitely not permanent. What does this likely mean for humans? Says Tung:
I think that this study suggests that our physiology—at least as captured by gene expression in our blood cells—may be fairly plastic in response to changes in our social environment. In other words, if you can improve your social environment (or alleviate social stress), your gene expression profile will rapidly reflect that improvement.
One just has to make the conscious decision to try to do so.
And could the best possible way to start, be as simple as this: Take two minutes out of your day for a period of daily meditation.
It almost seems too simple, doesn’t it?
But just because it seems overly simple…
Doesn’t mean it won’t work.
When it comes to the betterment of one’s health?
One has so very many options these days.
The easiest being?
[via Natural News]Recently, medical researchers have been exploring the physiological and psychological benefits of daily meditation.
Research on meditation proves health benefits
(1) Heart health: Meditation leads to calmness and better stress management. One report from England claims it cuts heart disease in half. The study was done on people with a history of heart health problems. Another study in Southern California had similar conclusions.
(2) Blood Pressure: Blood pressure is lowered naturally by practicing meditation daily. This has been measured and recorded.
(3) Stress reduction and improved energy levels: General health, immunity, and energy levels are boosted by meditation in that it reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, resulting in reduced stress hormones released. Chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue and a compromised immune system are the direct results of too many unnecessary adrenaline and cortisol secretions.
(4) Increased intelligence: AUniversity of California, Los Angelesstudy showed MRI evidence of increased gyrification (brain matter folding) in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain associated with overall cognitive intelligence.
(5) Self awareness and reflection: Similar studies in Massachusetts and Germany showed brain matter changes corresponded with feelings of improved self esteem and peacefulness within eight weeks of daily meditation. [Read More]
And it doesn’t take long…
In fact only a few moments a day to pause and to reflect.
And by a few?
I mean just two.
[via LifeHacker] Zen Habits blogger Leo Babuta hits on perhaps the most important aspect of making meditation a centering tool for your hectic life: forming the habit. Don’t buy a mat or pillow, or focus on 15-minute sits—not yet. Just sit for 2 minutes, every single day.
Babuta’s post is a great primer for those who feel like there’s just no way to fit meditation into their schedule, or, maybe more so, those who have tried and fallen off. Just two minutes, and the self-discipline of an unbroken streak, are all you need, Babuta writes:
Start with just 2 minutes. This is really important. Most people will think they can meditate for 15-30 minutes, and they can. But this is not a test of how strong you are at staying in meditation – we are trying to form a longer-lasting habit. And to do that, we want to start with just a two minutes. You’ll find it much easier to start this way, and forming a habit with a small start like this is a method much more likely to succeed. You can expand to 5-7 minutes if you can do it for 7 straight days, then 10 minutes if you can do it for 14 straight days, then 15 minutes if you can stick to it for 21 straight days, and 20 if you can do a full month.
Two minutes a day to invest into your future well being?
If you don’t have a mere two minutes a day to spare to put towards the betterment of you?
Those who have immersed themselves into the political lifestyle…
Are often viewed by those of us smart enough NOT to partake in such roving idiocy?
As stuff-shirt morons.
We wouldn’t be wrong.
Not completely right either.
People who live the political lifestyle?
Can be fun…
[via ABCNews] CARTAGENA, Colombia — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicked back Saturday night, dancing and drinking beer at a local hotspot after a day of summit meetings in Cartagena.
The AFP/Getty got images of the Secretary dancing at Café Havana with her hands up in the air and swigging a local brew with friends.
Clinton and President Obama are spending the weekend in the resort town for the Summit of the Americas, along with the leaders of 33 Latin American countries. [Read More]
And maybe even?
Let’s just say a little TOO fun.
[via Examiner] The Secret Service sent home about a dozen agents for misconduct in Columbia
The reports was scandalous to be sure. A dozen or more Secret Service agents sent to Columbia in advance of a visit by the President of the United States involved in serious misconduct when they invited “prostitutes” back to their hotel room for sex. Unconfirmed reports suggest some of the Secret Service agents were married calling into question their morals and ethical behavior. It may have also compromised the security of the President although the Secret Service is quick to point out that none of the agents involved in the misconduct were part of the Presidents “personal detail”.
According to statements made by Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the AP after he was briefed on the investigation on Saturday that “close to” all 11 of the agents involved had brought women back to their rooms at a hotel separate from where Obama is now staying. We do know however that “11” members were placed on leave pending a full investigation.[Read More]
I mean seriously, guys…
Don;t you have something better to do.
Like, oh, I don’t know…
Making sure that the President of the United States is as protected as he possibly can be, maybe, instead of trying to pull a ‘James Bond’ and get your mattress rumba on?
Jeez, Secret Agent Men.
You are a disgrace to secret agents everywhere…
And all because you GOT CAUGHT!
“My wish isn’t to mean everything to everyone but something to someone.”
“When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.”