Weight Loss For Women And Men

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Here is the one major  principle for weight loss, “ expend more energy than you gain from your food and drink”. I have a suspicion that modern food additives don’t particularly help a person keep to a healthy weight.

What is a healthy weight?, a weight that you feel good about, doesn’t cause any health problems and also makes you feel positive about the way that you look. The way a person looks is important and it is not just vanity, because looking good helps confidence, and therefore encourages psychological health. The normal quoted height/ weight ratios found in medical journals and websites do not tell the whole story, especially for males who work out. A 6ft male who weighs 190lbs with a 33 inch waist is considered overweight according to the Mayo Clinic BMI calculator. If the male works out however, this weight is on the low side and doesn’t take the exercise into account. I would not consider such a person as overweight, I would expect that this person looks good and has an attractive muscle tone. Generally, the average suggested weight range for a 6ft male is 155lbs -170lbs, which appears to be on the light side to me.

For the ladies, the average female height in the U.S.A. is said to be 5ft 4 inches with an ideal weight of 120lbs. The height quoted, seems to be somewhat less than I would expect, but it is an average of several different races of people. Ladies tend to concentrate on their looks over health when considering weight. This does not matter, as a healthy weight will result in both good looks and health.  A woman can carry more weight than the height/weight and BMI charts quote and still be very attractive, so don’t stress out over ideal weight charts and media publications on perfect weight and body type and such things.

Weight Loss, Men Vs Women.

Men lose weight more easily than women for several reasons,

  • Muscle – men have more muscle than women and because of that, they burn more calories.
  • Estrogen –  reduces a woman’s ability to  burn the energy off, after eating.
  • Stored fat –  men and women store fat in different areas of the body and it is easier for men to lose their belly fat that it is for women to lose the fat stored around their hips and thighs.
  • Water loss –  men lose water more easily, glycogen and water are stored in the body together. Glycogen is stored carbohydrates and when the energy in glycogen is used, it also releases the stored water.Men use more carbohydrates during exercise than women. Water is heavy and because men burn more carbs than women, they lose more water because of this.
  • Comfort eating – this more favored by women and comfort foods tend to be high carb, processed foods.

These are physiological facts and nothing can be done about it, however, studies show that after a few months of a dedicated weight loss program the different results between men and women begin to even out, so at the end of the day it is possible for both men and women to lose as much weight as they wish, just don’t get into a weekly weight scale competition with a man in the early stages of a diet plan.

 

Natural Body Type

The three body types commonly used are the Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph.

As with everything, most people can be a some of one type and a little of another, but identifying your body type in general terms can sometimes assist you in your choice of weight loss program, including physical exercise, and will help you to know what to look out for during the course of your program.

  • Ectomorph – Slim/thin in looks, with long slender limbs and no signs of accumulated fat or much muscle, they can eat what they like in as much quantity as they wish and still won’t gain weight. The type of body that female supermodels posess. It looks good on a woman but not so flattering for a man.

 

  • Mesomorph – Muscular and solid looking without gaining fat too easily. The bones are of a medium density and they are the middle ground between the ectomorph and the endomorph. The mesomorph can gain muscle easily. A great body type for a man.

 

  • Endomorph – These body types have wide waists and big bones, they tend to gain weight easily and don’t gain muscle very quickly. Not so good for either men or women, but these minor disadvantages can be overcome.

 

The basic body types are very generalized and only give a person a simplified guide as to their natural tendency. Most people have a mixed body type that only favors one of the major types to a greater extent but also has qualities of other body types to a lesser extent such as a man with mainly ectomorph qualities who also adds muscle to his body reasonably easily.  Nothing is absolute, and it is perfectly possible for an ectomorph to gain muscle and an endomorph to lose weight. Good eating habits and the correct physical exercises can achieve whatever result that you wish, to a large degree.

 

Age and Weight Gain.

Many people gain more weight as they age and there are many possible reasons. It could be that they are less active. This is an easy fix, just be as active as you can.  I have noticed lately, that I see more older people who look slim and fit and more younger people who look like they have been on a diet of chips, soda and candy for their whole lives. We could also speculate that younger people generally don’t get a full serving of exercise anymore during the course of a normal day and the fit looking younger people are the people who have to expend energy at the gym in their own time after work to stay fit.

Some scientists suggest that age effects our eating habits and that older people can become less perceptive about their body’s nutritional needs , specifically effecting the mechanism that stops us from continuing to eat when we are full.

As we age, our metabolism slows and this leads to fewer calories being burned. Burning calories can be achieved by exercise, so older people who don’t want to gain weight can take as much regular exercise as their health allows.

Loss of Muscle. Muscle burns more calories than fat and as we age, we lose lean muscle if we don’t exercise.. Weight training can counteract this aging effect and also boost strength and flexibility.

 

Food Quality

Food quality is as important as the type of food eaten, this should be remembered when selecting your diet plan ingredients. The best approach if you haven’t got a diet plan yet, is to minimize highly processed foods, drinks and anything that states that it is a diet or low-fat product unless it is naturally low in fat, make your meal size smaller than your usual size and cut out the snacks. The grocery stores are normally laid out with the fresh foods around the perimeter and the processed foods in the aisles, so minimize eating foods found in the aisles, which are normally canned or dehydrated.

Organic foods should be chosen over anything that does not state that it is organic. Non-GMO labelled products are preferred. If you wish to grow some vegetables, make sure that you buy Non-GMO seeds.

Studies on groups of animals have suggested that GMO foods caused them to gain weight when compared to groups that were fed Non-GMO foods over a period of months. Studies have also shown that GMO crops are between 10% to 25% lower in nutrients than they were 50 years ago, so a weight loss diet with a high level of GMO ingredients is counter-productive. Even if you don’t trust the studies, do you want to risk sabotaging your diet by ignoring the possibility that the studies were correct?.

 

Surgery For Weight Loss

I would not advise this approach unless it is the only option in a life threatening situation. I don’t believe in any surgery that is not for emergency purposes. The surgery itself is not necessarily dangerous, but It is tempting fate to allow someone to perform invasive surgery for a problem that could probably be solved by dietary change, exercise and determination. Surgery is also very expensive as it is usually considered cosmetic.

 

Exercise

There are people who can lose significant weight without exercise but I believe that exercise should be an integral part of any weight loss program. Weight training is ideal because it builds muscle and muscle burns more calories than fat. This results in a win-win situation, you get to look more toned and lose weight more effectively. A whole body approach is advisable for weight loss, meaning that you should exercise every part of your body in each session, chest, shoulders, arms, back, legs and abdominals. A body builders approach can be used, where you break the training sessions into two or more body parts per session, such as chest/back one day, legs/shoulders another and arms on another day but this requires more dedication. A full body approach to weight training ensures that you keep your muscles in balance and you can’t skip the less appealing exercises such as legs for the men and upper body for the ladies. Don’t worry ladies, you won’t end up looking like Arnold, (it takes a huge amount of effort, among other things, to produce those results) but you will look very toned. With weight training, the body continues to burn calories long after completing the session.

Cardiovascular exercise is also good for burning calories and it keeps you fit. The exact exercises will have to be a personal choice, but running is good, circuit training in a gym class is good, including the popular boxercise and martial arts inspired classes.

The bottom line on this is that it is wise to include an exercise plan along with your diet plan for best results. Pick an exercise regime that you enjoy because this will help you to stick to it.

 

Mental Approach

Determination is needed to be successful in weight loss, this is why I suggested earlier that it would be beneficial to experiment with finding the diet that suits you, psychologically and physiologically.

A desire to succeed and a positive approach are needed. Aids to this can be visualization techniques, affirmations and meditation. I believe that many high performing athletes use some or all of these techniques to perform at their best, as do many high performing people in all walks of life. It might sound New Age, Hippy, Weird etc, but it can’t hurt, and if you discover that it works, you have found a new assistant, one that was in your own mind all along.

 

Types Of Diet

There are many diets available, the trick is to discover which diet your body responds to best. I would also suggest that a weight loss diet does not have to be boring, painful or debilitating. The expert official advice is not always the best advice to take and I believe in researching and experimenting for yourself, because where diet and exercise are concerned, you are the expert regarding your own body. The saying that “one man’s meat is another man’s poison” is very apt here, and it should be considered when choosing your diet plan. Find out what works for YOU, keep notes and use the information to improve the quality of your life and achieve your goals.

If you have known medical issues, I would advise checking with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

Most diets plans will work if the programs are followed accurately (no cheating). I have listed some interesting ones below but there is no guarantee of success on any of the plans listed, it’s up to you to test them out and see if one of them works for you!!

 

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The PFB Diet uses modern science to help you reach your absolute highest possible fat burn rates WITHOUT destroying any of your lean body mass. It relies on a specific combination of foods that have been proven to REDUCE your hunger and cravings even as you enjoy insanely high fat burn rates.

 

The 4 Week Diet

 

 

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A secret that reversed my Type 2 diabetes…

A secret that had me shed 40 lbs in 3 months without drugs or dangerous surgery.

A secret that left my “know-it-all” doctor absolutely shocked and questioning everything he learned in medical school…

A secret that gave me the ENERGY I had as a teenager and the sex drive I thought I’d lost for good…

A secret that didn’t just “save” my marriage, but had my husband come crawling back to me, treating me like a queen… practically worshipping the ground I walked on…

 

 

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DOES IT WORK?

Customized Fat Loss for Men is a weight loss program exclusively for men because it consists of unique nutrition and training strategies designed to work with the male metabolism in order to support healthy weight loss and optimize the release and effectiveness of naturally occurring male hormones.

Now, it’s important to understand this weight loss program is not some kind of supplement and has nothing to do with silly exercise gizmos, pills, powders, potions or anything of that nature whatsoever. And this program definitely isn’t some kind of crazy crash diet or celebrity fad of the week. Rather, with Customized Fat Loss for men you’re provided a complete nutrition and training program along with a custom nutritional software designed to help your body optimize fat loss by systematically allocating calories and macronutrients at specific times based around you as an individual….

The amount of calories you consume, when you consume them, and the macronutrients they’re comprised of are all determined by various personal factors like your age, weight, height and most importantly your body type. Your customized training program is also individually determined by all of the above personal characteristics along with your exercise history and capabilities.

Customized Fat Loss For Men uses a unique 3 phase approach designed to provide a healthy, natural and fully customized solution to help men achieve their weight loss goals.

 

 

 

Full Throttle Weight Loss

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This is the end of your fat loss journey, and the beginning of your new lean self.
You’re going to watch your body change, you’re going to feel your joint pain
disappear, and you’re going to experience more confidence than you
EVER have before!!

 

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British Meal Recipes

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Europeans joke about British food constantly, calling it unimaginative, plain and uninspired among other things. I was born, raised and I have still spent a lot of my life in the U.K. I have been living in the U.S.A. for 20 years now, but I still like to prepare British meals regularly.

The recipies are not meant to be healthy options, they are (or were, when I lived there) common meals and snacks in the U.K. I often get asked  about what the British eat and I am frequently asked for recipes, so I thought that I would post about the topic. Here are a few of my favorites:-

 

Beans On Toast

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A favorite snack, I have not known any American born person to try this snack, they seem to find the ingredients unappetizing, in the same way that I find the idea of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches unappealing. I still have not tried PBJ.

For beans on toast for one person, you wil need:

  • 1 8oz can of beans in tomato sauce (NOT BBQ beans).
  • 2 slices of bread.
  • Real butter for the bread.
  • Pepper if desired,
  • Heat the beans in a pan and toast the bread.
  • When the bread is fully toasted, liberally butter the toast.
  • Pour the hot beans over both slices of toast and add pepper if desired.

Eat with a knife and fork, taking beans and toast into the mouth at the same time.

The choice of beans are crucial to the recipie. Heinz beans in tomato sauce is generally used in the U.K. They can be found in the U.S.A., but they are very expensive. The best alternative is Showboat Pork and beans in tomato sauce made by Bush Brothers & Company, these beans are widely available, very nicely priced and they are about 99.9% comparable to Heinz in taste.

Beans on toast can be a snack or a quick meal. I think that Americans dislike the idea of this recipe because when they think of beans, they think of the BBQ beans variety, which I doubt would go very well with buttered toast.

Real butter is a requirement for the recipie, margarine will not produce the correct flavor. The butter must be spread onto the hot toast liberally.

 

Shepherd’s Pie

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A family favorite.

Technically, what I am about to describe is called Cottage Pie as it is made with beef and not lamb but it is served in Irish themed bars in the U.S.A. as Shepherd’s Pie and I have always known this recipe as Sheherd’s Pie.

For 3-4 people, you will need:

  • 1 LB of lean ground beef, 90% lean if possible,
  • About 8 large potatoes,
  • 2 medium size onions,
  • A handful of sliced carrots, fresh or frozen,
  • Half a pound of frozen peas,
  • 2 beef Oxo cubes (more on this later),
  • A small handful of sea salt.
  • 2 knobs of real butter
  • Full fat milk.

First I will explain the Oxo cubes. These are beef stock cubes that crumble very easily, the beef flavor is absorbed into the meat very well. I have not found a suitable substitute for Oxo cubes in the U.S.A. If you don’t use Oxo, the Shepherd’s pie won’t taste right. Oxo can be bought online form British food suppliers at a reasonable cost. I would suggest buying two boxes of 24 cubes minimum on each online purchase to save on shipping.

Place the ground beef into a pot, add water, and crumble 2 Oxo cubes and add the salt.

Chop the onions and add them to the pot.

Add the peas and carrots

Place on the cooker to boil

There is no maximum time limit for boiling the ground beef, let it boil, then simmer while the potatoes are cooking.

Peel, boil and mash the potatoes, add a small amount of salt to the water when boiling. Add butter and milk when mashing, to make a smooth creamy mash.

Drain the ground beef and place into a baking dish. Spread the meat evenly within the dish.

Spread the mashed potato evenly on top of the ground beef.. Create swirl patterns on top of the ptoato with a fork.

Place into the oven on 425 for about 30 minutes, or until the peaks created by the swirling turn brown and crisp.

Serve and enjoy.

 

Ham Steak, Potatoes, Peas and Parsley Sauce.

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This is a quick and easy meal, the ham steak, one per person, can be lightly sauteed in the frying pan using a small amount of coconut oil.

Potatoes can be boiled or mashed.

Fresh, frozen or canned peas can be used, I prefer the frozen peas and I think that they are about as good as fresh. Another vegetable can be substituted if desired.

Parsley sauce is a savory white sauce flavored with parsley. It seems to be unknown in the U.S.A. but my family cannot get enough of it. I prefer to use Knorr parsley sauce mix which can be bought in the same online British stores as the Oxo cubes. Preparing the sauce is easy, just add the dry sauce mix to a small amount of milk, stir it into a paste, add the rest of the milk as directed on the packet and heat until it thickens. Parsley sauce mix must be prepared when the rest of the cooking is mostly done and must be stirred continually on a low to medium heat in a saucepan.

Parsley sauce is also great with fish (not fried) meals.

 

Bangers (Sausage), mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables with tomato gravy.

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This is another family favorite and easy to make.

Use real bangers or sausages, not spicy hot, Italian, Polish Keilbasa or hot dogs. Ideally one would use British bangers or Irish sausages but I have been using the generic pork breakfast sausage links to good effect because they are readily available in the stores.

The sausages should be placed on a thin metal baking plate and placed on the top shelf of the oven on 450, until they are brown.

Mashed potatoes should be prepared in the same way as they are for the Shepards Pie.

I use frozen mixed vegetables and usually pay a little more for them by choosing a branded frozen product because they seem to be of a better quality.

The gravy is the special ingredient, it is made with Bisto powder, Oxo cubes and a small can of diced tomatoes. Bisto powder is another Brithish product, well known and loved in the U.K. For half a pint of gravy, use 4 level teaspoons of powder. I would normally prepare one pint of gravy using 8  level teaspoons of Bisto, add the powder to cold water, curmble 2 Oxo cubes into the mixture, drain the diced tomato and add it to the mix. Place the mixture into a large saucepan and prepare on a medium low to medium heat setting, stirring constantly until the mix has thickened into a gravy. If your gravy seems too thick, just add some more water, a little at a time until you get the desired consistancy. Poor the gravy liberally over all of the other ingredients of the meal and enjoy.

Like Oxo and Parsley sauce mix, Bisto powder can be bought in the same U.S. based online British stores.

 

These are just a few British meals and I will make other posts with more recipes at a later date.

A note on Britain’s most revered dish, Fish and Chips. I have never been able to match the quality of fish and chips prepared by a genuine fish and chip shop and I have not found anything to compare to it in the U.S.A. so far. This is something that you will have to go to the U.K. to get.

Fish and chips  are a take out food (“take away” in British English) although some shops do have “eat in” areas also. The fish is generally Cod, but other fish can be found, chips (fries) are a similar size to steak fries but are prepared diferently. Fish and chips was once traditionally served wrapped in genuine old newspaper and I remember eating them this way, but years ago, it was deemed unsanitary and now the dish is served in plain white paper, or sometimes a printed white paper made to look somewhat like newspaper to honor the tradition. Generally, one would add a lot of salt and malt vinegar to the whole meal before and during eating.

 

I don’t expect that a professional Chef, a French person or an Itailian person would be impressed with my meals, but they taste great, they are economical and they are filling. They are also the types of meals eaten by genuine British people.

 

Try some of them out, you may like them, my American family does, (except for the beans on toast of course).

 

Online Work

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I have been checking out Leapforce for the last 2 months to find out if a person can earn money from them online, and to top up my income of course. I have found that I can earn money from working on tasks for Leapforce. The initial step is to sign up as an agent for leapforce, you can register HERE

 

Once you are registered, Leapforce will show tasks that you are qualified for on their website and you can choose to work them. I cannot go into specific details of the project that I am working on due to confidentiality but it is one hour per day and pays $13.50 per hour. The hourly rate varies per project. The terms are that I will work one hour a day on the project with a minimum requirement of 5 days a week, although I can work all 7 days in a week if I wish. I have to keep a log of how long the daily task takes and enter that time on the invoice, which is found on the Leapforce website after I sign in. I have been honest and only entered the time that the task took. I can only claim a maximum of one hour a day, even if the task took me more than an hour, but I can enter less than an hour if the task took me less time, and I get paid accordingly. In general the daily task takes about an hour, give or take  a few minutes.

 

A Leapforce agent is considered a self-employed Leapforce at Home Independent Agent and U.S. based agents will need to submit a 1099-MISC for their earnings when they complete their taxes.

 

U.S. based agents can have payments for services deposited into a bank account. You will only be paid monthly, up to 30 days after Leapforce receives the invoice. I have been receiving my payments roughly 20 days after submitting my invoice which can only be submitted after the end of each calendar month.

 

The work is interesting and I don’t even notice working my one hour a day. I try to complete an hour a day, 7 days a week. The invoicing system may not suit someone who needs quick cash because of the payment system and one hour a day isn’t much, but it is in harmony with my theme of not putting all of your eggs in one basket ( meaning, don’t rely on just one source of cash) and I hope to get more work from this company. The hourly rate isn’t much either,  but since mid May, I have been paid $584 for roughly 43 hours of work. I have received the money, so I can verify that this is genuine……..complete the work and they will pay.

 

This is an experiment in finding independent sources of income outside of a traditional work environment. I don’t see this particular idea as ever making me wealthy but it does add some cash to the bank account. Going forward, I expect to make about $400 a month from this particular project until it ends, which will probably be in about a year. Before this project ends, I am hoping to be working on another couple of projects to keep the payments coming. The money is enough to cover payments for a new car, buy groceries etc, so it is useful and because I hardly notice completing the tasks, It feels like free money.

 

Interested?   Click HERE to register and read more about the company.

The Cost Of Living

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The amount of money needed to live comfortably differs from City, State, country and region. I have been aware of this for a long time as I have traveled quite a lot, but I still haven’t managed to completely answer the question of why the cost of the same service or product differs so much according to location.

I remember travelling to Norway several times and the price of alcohol was about 6 times more expensive than it was in the U.K. When I first moved to the U.S.A., I could buy a carton of cigarettes in my State for less than the duty free price at the airport.

The most affordable State in the U.S.A. according to studies is Mississippi, followed by Indiana, and Michigan. Most studies use housing costs (rent and ownership), essentials such as food, healthcare and clothing. The studies also take taxes into account. The most expensive State to live in is Hawaii, followed by New York and California.

Unless you are independently wealthy or funded by other means such as pensions, self employment, passive income etc, then the amount that can be earned from work needs to be considered before moving to a more affordable State.

As a rough guide, the median household Income for the above States in 2015 was –

MS $40,593 (The least expensive State).

IN $50,532

MI $51,084

CA $64,500

NY $60,850

HI  $73,486 (The most expensive State).

A more in-depth study can be found HERE

 

The issue is that the same goods and services can differ in price, either higher or lower depending on each State, this difference adjusts the true national value of your household income. I understand that many people from the higher paid States move out to a State with a lower cost of living when they retire with a decent occupational pension, and this effectively gives them a pension raise. As house prices are usually in line with the cost of living, the new pensioner can sell a house which is probably paid for, or mostly paid for, take the cash and buy an upgraded house for the same price in the cheaper State.

 

People with more modest pensions can do the same, but the interesting thing is that these people would be even better off financially if they moved abroad. Some studies state that after looking at the cost of living in various countries, a couple with approximately $1200 per month pension could live a reasonably comfortable life in several desirable countries around the world, including some in Europe. A person could live very well on $1200 a month in the 3rd world but I doubt that this would be attractive to most.

Popular and emerging locations include Slovenia, Crete, certain places in France and Italy, Hungary, Portugal, and Malta. This is not an exhaustive list. All of the countries listed have been reported to be friendly to foreigners.

I find it interesting that a person on a modest fixed income from the U.S. could move to a desirable Mediterranean/ European location and live comfortably. I would think that learning the language would help with integration, especially in France as I have found that the French mostly know English but refuse to speak it. I suppose that is fair, as we expect people to communicate in English in the English speaking countries.

Why is there such a difference in the cost of living between countries and even our own country to a lesser degree?. I am still trying to figure this out,  I suspect that it may have something to do with control and exploitation, but i’m open to all opinions.

We are paying much more for the same services and goods in the U.S.A. than some other countries,  but we are still much better off price wise than Northern Europe and the U.K. in most respects.

We are lucky if we have independent funds, however modest, as according to studies the global median income is $1,225 per year and to make it into the top 1% of earners worldwide you only need $34,000 per year. This still doesn’t answer the price disparity question but it does give a lot of us more options than we originally thought that we had.

Freedom

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What is freedom?

 

The dictionary definitions go something like this:

  • The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.
  • The quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.
  • The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
  • A political right.
  • Absence of slavery.

And several similar definitions.

I don’t really think that anyone feels that they have 100% freedom. Freedom to me means a total absence of any type of pressure or influence that compels me to do, say or think anything against my wishes and the absolute ability to do anything ( that does not negatively impact any other being) that I wish to do. For me, there are three main components to freedom.

 

Total financial independence

I believe that this is the most important source of freedom in the modern world, and if a person has this, they are well on their way to achieving total freedom. Work, the traditional source of money, is not enjoyable for many people and although it is true that in the western world, everyone is theoretically free to choose how they earn their money, there are many barriers to actually working in the field that one loves, and if one loves their work, it isn’t really work as we have come to understand it. Barriers can include education, intelligence (which is not the same as education), temperament, childhood influences/indoctrination from many sources, the financial situation that one is born into, mental outlook and many more barriers and influences that have an impact to a varying degree. The ideal situation is to have a multi million dollar bank account, but I suspect that even multimillionaires would object to me saying this and that they would cite many reasons why their money does not give them freedom. The one thing that nobody can deny, is that wealthy people certainly have more potential to achieve freedom than people without money and if they can’t achieve a large degree of freedom by using their money then they are not using it wisely.

According to various recent studies, 50%-70% of people hate their jobs. Most people end up tying themselves down to a job or field of work by accumulating debt as soon as they begin to earn money. Once the person is in debt, they have to continue the work that they come to dislike or hate, in order to pay the debt off, while also supplying cash for everyday survival. They continue on, hating and resenting the job or jobs for their whole lives. My experiment with freedom began with downsizing my job so that I have more time and energy to explore more fulfilling methods of securing financial freedom. I believe that financial independence is the key factor to freedom. The saying that “you need money to make money” is very accurate. If you don’t believe this, then you have never attempted to generate money,  independent of a “job”.

 

Mental Outlook

The manner in which a person views the world plays a huge part in how free he/she feels. One person could feel trapped and imprisoned, yet another person can feel free and fulfilled in exactly the same situation. Some people feel doomed from their first remembered thought, others feel empowered. I don’t know why this is, but I believe that the less optimistic mind can be trained by the individual to become more productive. A negative mind attracts negative things. The law of attraction is real. Even if you don’t believe this, Wouldn’t it be better to think positive thoughts rather than negative ones?. Affirmations, meditation and manifestation techniques can be employed to set your mind free. Try not to watch the news, most of it is propaganda anyway. If you study news broadcasts, some form of agenda becomes apparent, and it is not healthy for a person to subject themselves to this. Take some form of exercise regularly, physical exercise is good for mental outlook and it also helps your body to function as an effective tool for personal freedom.

 

No Unwarranted Obligations to Others

This is a hard topic to balance properly. Any decent parents will always feel an obligation to their children, and rightly so, as they are responsible for bringing the child into being.  If the parents are lucky, the child will also feel an obligation to minimize those obligations for the parent. A person should not settle for a life of drudgery, misery or mediocrity because of any other person’s expectations or behaviour. I have always found that if mutual respect is present between people, that the weight of anything that can be considered an obligation is reduced considerably, almost to a negligible degree. A parent that attempts to forcefully mold their child into something that the child doesn’t want to be, especially where work or marriage are concerned, is basically claiming the child as their property. I do not consider wise advice as part of this, as advice is given freely and can be acted upon, or ignored by the recipient.  

People who are conscious in their efforts to restrict you do not have your best interests in mind and ways to free yourself from such people should be made a priority. Obligations to others are accepted by people constantly, and if you feel that your service is worthwhile and makes you happy then it is not the type of obligation that I am referencing here. The particular freedom restricting element can more accurately be called an imposition.

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Freedom?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I most definitely consider the possession of enough funds to be free of the shackles of “work” to be paramount. When I use the word “work”, I am referring to a job as an employee that one does not want to do by choice, but is compelled to do, in order to pay the bills, buy food, survive etc. Money seems to be a dirty word for many people, probably because they don’t want to be considered a mercenary individual. The world is organized around money however, and the more of it you have stored away somewhere, the more freedom of choice you have.

A person could always just go to a remote area of the world and live off the land of course, and if this idea is attractive, you could possibly find freedom without money, but opportunities to live like this are not very abundant today and most people from the developed world would miss their gadgets and labor-saving devices, but It is a possibility.

 

Quotes

  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become”. – Buddha

 

  • “Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves”. – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

  • “The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit”. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  • “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free”. –  Buddha

 

  • “ A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”. –  Jim Morrison

 

  • “Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self”. – Nathan W. Morris

 

  • “Financial Freedom is less about Financials and more about freedom”. – Manoj Arora

 

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Exercise With Dumbbells

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Dumbbells are about the most versatile piece of exercise equipment you’ll ever use or own. You can train any body part with them, they’re suitable for anyone-beginners, intermediate and pros-and can be used by people of any age to get fit. They’re also the ideal, regardless of your fitness goals. So whether you’re just looking to trim down, maintain or even build mass, dumbbells can be the right piece of equipment for you. Assuming that you’re doing the movements properly, when you train with dumbbells you mimic the body’s natural movements, considerably reducing the risk of injuring yourself.

The point today is to present a few little known, but highly effective dumbbell exercises-it’s always good to do something new. When the body’s muscles get too accustomed to the same routine day after day, week after week, month after month, your routine’s effectiveness is diminished. That’s why knowledgeable guys change things up every now and then so they can keep seeing gains and achieving the results they want.

Here are a few dumbbell training exercies that you probably haven’t heard of.

Dumbbell thrusters (legs, shoulders): Works the glutes and shoulders at the same time. Place an exercise ball behind your legs. Stand straight holding two dumbbells at shoulder height with palms facing each other about even with your shoulders. Squat down until your butt touches the ball, then thrust upward raising your arms towards the ceiling, while maintaining your palms facing the same direction. Squat down again lowering the dumbbells to the starting position, then repeat.

Dumbbell hamstring curl (hamstrings): Lie face down on a flat bench with your knees hanging over about two to three inches. Have someone tuck a dumbbell vertically between your feet-if you’re limber and not too clumsy, you can manage it yourself. Grasp the front two legs of the bench for stability. Then, without lifting your waist from the bench, keep your knees together tight and raise your toes (and the dumbbell) towards the ceiling until your shins are perpendicular to the floor.

Dumbbell ab crunch (abs): Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, holding a dumbbell with both hands (one hand over each end of the dumbbell) close to your chest just below your chin. Keeping your butt and lower back on the floor, slowly roll your upper back off the floor, keeping your neck neutral. Pause and hold for a second or two and then return to the starting position and repeat.

Low dumbbell crossover (chest): This awesome move can completely isolate and pump up your pecs. It’s like the Low Cable Crossover but done with dumbbells to further isolate the pectoral muscle. With one foot forward for stability, grasp the dumbbells (hands facing forward), spread your arms until they’re at about a 45-degree angle and your hands are a few inches behind your hips. Lean forward slightly. Bring the dumbbells up and together, using a sweeping arc motion, stopping right in front of your lower chest. Pause for a full second, return to the starting position and repeat. Keep your arms slightly bent to be sure that you’re fully isolating the pecs.

Dumbbell press and fly combo (chest): This double-duty exercise keeps the pectoral muscles under tension throughout the movement. Position yourself for a regular dumbbell chest press. When your arms are fully extended, instead of dropping them back down to your chest, then slowly arc them out in a fly movement-without changing the position of your hands-until you get a nice stretch. Pause, return to the starting position and repeat.

Zero impact dumbbell row (back): Stand with your knees somewhat bent and lean over slightly, keeping your back straight. Hold the dumbbells so they’re in front of your thighs (palms facing your legs). Your elbows should be slightly bent. Bring the dumbbells out, back and up behind you in an arc, swinging your elbows back like a pendulum but maintaining control of the weight, keeping your back straight. Focus on contracting the back muscles. Return to the starting position and repeat.

Reverse incline hammer curl (biceps): Use fairly light weights for this one-it really isolates the bicep. Sit backwards on an incline bench adjusted to a 60- to 70-degree angle. With your arms hanging straight down, hold the dumbbells with your thumbs up, palms facing each other (hammer curl position). Curl the weights up until the just touch your shoulders. Squeeze, pause and repeat. If you pull your elbows back just a bit, it will put more emphasis on the long head of the biceps, which can otherwise be tough to train.

Wrong way tricep pullover (triceps): Lie sideways (perpendicular) with your upper back on a flat bench as though you were going to do a dumbbell pullover for your chest. Grasping one dumbbell with both hands, bring your arms up and behind your head-again, as though you are going to do a dumbbell pullover. But instead of trying to keep your arms straight, stretch your arms back, maintain the upper arms in a fixed position and bend your elbows down, lowering the dumbbell and stretching the triceps. Pause, squeeze, return to the starting position and repeat.

By Mike Westerdal 

Mike is the creator of the illustrated guide, “Dumbbell Routines & Exercises eBook”, that will Help You Increase Your Muscle Size And Improve Your Physical Fitness In 90 Days Or You Get To Keep This Breakthrough eBook FREE! More information Click Here