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Great Ways Not to Succeed at Weight Loss

I know for myself losing weight is a chore. Many times it is our mindset or how we think about things as to whether we succeed or not. I know I have to just keep on trying and to try and learn from past mistakes in order to succeed.

Millions of people in America are trying to lose weight without much success. There are many reasons for this failure, although most would rather give up than fix their mistakes. Weight loss is hard! Without a little patience and knowledge about nutrition and exercise, your best weight loss plan may crumble. Learning the top reasons why weight loss plans fails is important so that you do not make these mistakes in your own life.

First, many weight loss plans fail because the people trying to lose weight follow too strict of a diet. When you cut back your calories, you will burn more than you eat, so you’ll lose weight, right? If you do this gradually, then yes, it works like a charm. However, if you suddenly cut too many, you won’t lose any weight at all because you metabolism will slow down. You also put yourself at danger for not getting enough for the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other nutrients you need every single day in order to stay healthy.

Another common mistake is trying to go at weight loss alone. Everything you do regarding weight loss, from dieting to exercising, will be a hundred times easier if you have a partner because you will push each other not to quit. Working with a support system on a large scale is also important. Your friends and family should know that you are attempting to lose weight so that they can help you on the process and not tempt you by doing things like baking you cookies or taking up your gym time. Also, remember that professionals, like doctors and trainers, should come into the weight loss plan to help you shed the pounds.

Setting unrealistic goals is another good way to fail at a weight loss plan. When you set goals that you can’t easily reach, you push yourself to move forward and will feel successful even if you fall short. However, when you set impossible goals, you will find that you are easily frustrated. Don’t weigh in every day, don’t completely cut out all of the foods you eat on a regular basis, and don’t exercise to much right away. Gradually build up to reaching the goals you really want for your life, but smart out with smaller ideas.

Lastly, simply know yourself. Weight loss plans fail when you attempt to be something you are not. Maybe you have wide hips—a weight lose plan won’t completely change that, for example. You have to be happy with yourself on the inside before you change things on the outside in order to succeed at losing weight.

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Hate Exercising? Some Workout Tips for You

If you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t consider exercising your favorite pastime. In fact, some people downright hate exercising. However, exercising is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, and without it you definitely will not be able to lose weight. There are certain tips, however, for learning to love exercising, even if you truly hate it.

First, try finding some exercises that you like to do. Of course, you should work out all of your body, but if you absolutely hate doing one kind of exercise, then look for another to take its place. You don’t have to do crunches to strengthen your core muscles. You don’t have to do lunges to work out your lower body. You don’t even have to run—you can replace it with cycling or swimming. Find the exercise you like to do and your workout will seem more enjoyable right away.

You can also find other activities you like to do and make them work for your body. For example, if you like working on your garden, try doing some exercising surrounding raking or mow your yard by hand. If you enjoy the winter weather, you can try ice skating or sledding with friends. No matter what you like to do, you can find ways to get some exercise. Thanks to the introduction of the Wii and game like Dance Dance Revolution, you can even combine video games and exercise.

Another great tip to liking exercise is to find a training partner. When you work out together, you can help one another stay motivated, even if you don’t absolutely love exercising. With a partner, you can have fun as well, trying things like tennis or challenging one another to meet certain goals. Trainers can also provide this for you, as well as show you new and fun exercises to help you avoid getting bored or feeling overwhelmed at the gym.

Lastly, try taking some classes. Exercising classes are a great way to meet new people, learn new exercises, stay motivated, and above all, have fun. Most gyms offer low-cost or free exercise classes with membership or you can check out options at your local community center.

Staying motivated if you hate exercising can be hard, but set goals and don’t quit. You need to exercise as well as diet if you really want to lose weight. Make exercise fun and it won’t seem like such a chore.

If you need more suggestions on what to do if you are having trouble keeping exercise in your routine.

Here is a link from Health Guide. org

Easy Ways to Start Exercising


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Warming Up is Important!

When you have to fit an exercise routine into your already busy schedule, you might be tempted to simply skip the warm up routine, even though you’ve heard horror stories about people getting injured while working out. Three words: don’t do that. When you skip your warm up, you are not only putting your body as risk for personal injury, but you are also making the workout more difficult and less effective. For the best results, it is important to warm up every time you work out.

Warming up doesn’t have to eat up the time you allotted for exercise into your day. In fact, a decent workout only has to be 5 minutes long to do its job. It doesn’t have to be boring either—you can mix up a number of great moves to make your warm up as fun as the rest of your exercising. Remember that a good warm up gets all of your muscles moving, even if you don’t think that you’ll be intensely working out a set of muscles on any particular day. Warming up is also important regardless of if you’re doing cardiovascular exercises or lifting weights.

The moves you do for a warm up shouldn’t necessarily be difficult or make you break a sweat. The main goal of the warm up isn’t to become a part of your workout, but simply to slowly move muscles that you haven’t really thought about all day to wake them up. Good moves, therefore, include things like jogging in place, doing jumping jacks, lunging, and jumping rope.

A good warm-up can also including slowly stretching your muscles in a variety of ways, although this is usually more effective for a cool-down. Also consider exercises that work on balance and form in order to prepare you for the exercises you will be doing in the workout.

If you’re really short on time, why not try warming up before you even get to the gym. Slowly jog or power walk to the gym, park as far away as possible and lunge to the door, and take the stairs instead of the elevator. That way, when you get to the gym to workout your warm up routine is already half way done.

A good workout always builds in intensity. This is the best way to shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight. Weight loss workouts are only risky if you don’t warm up, because otherwise your body will respond to prevent injuries. Although you may be tempted to skip this step, that is never a good idea!

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Why is Weight Loss Important?

If you are happy with your weight, you belong to the minority of people in the world, but should be applauded for your positive outlook on your life and your body. However, weight loss still may be needed. Many people who are overweight say that they are happy with their bodies, but the fact remains that weight loss in order to achieve a healthy weight is very important. There are a number of reasons you should consider weight loss, even if you don’t mind having a few extra pounds.

First a foremost, if you are overweight, you are at risk for a number of diseases. The main health risk you will probably experience is heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack. Many heart attacks are deadly. Heart disease develops when you heart has to work extra hard to pump the blood to the body, which causes it to become fatigued. This can occur simply because you are overweight, or can be a result of high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Along with heart disease, having high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can also put you at risk for a stroke. Strokes occur when blood, and therefore oxygen, cannot reach the brain. This can happen due to high cholesterol. When you have high cholesterol, the fatty deposits build up on your artery walls. If a piece of this plaque breaks off and travels to the heart, it causes a heart attack, and traveling to the brain causes a stroke.

Being overweight is also bad for women who wish to become pregnant. When you’re overweight, the hormones in your body are changing, and if you don’t get the right nutrients you may find that your body does not produce the right chemicals for the hormones needed to ovulate or carry a child. Even if you become pregnant, being overweight puts you at risk for a miscarriage or health problems with the baby.

Beyond the health world, being overweight can also affect your daily life. You may find it difficult to purchase clothing in your size or you may find that the clothing that does come in larger sizes is more expensive. This is simply due to the manufacturer need more material to make the same article of clothing. Problems extend beyond shopping when doing things like visiting theme parks, where you may not be able to ride all of the rides, or using public transportation, where you may feel crowded in seats made for smaller people. Losing weight, even if you are currently happy with your own weight, is always a healthy and smart option, until you reach a normal weight.


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Weight Loss—When You Need It and When You Do Not

Weight loss is a tricky subject in America, where so many young girls
(and boys) are turning to anorexia, bulimia, and other eat disorders.
While weight loss can be a very good and necessary thing, it can also
turn into something horrible that affects millions across the nation and
can even cause death. Knowing when you need to lose weight and when
you do not is important in the fight against both your personal poor
health and the terrible disease that are sweeping across the United

You can know that losing weight is often a very personal option.
However, if you are more than 20 pounds overweight, losing the pounds
is important for your health. Look at the recommended weight for
someone of your size as a start. However, because everyone’s bodies are
different, because of fat and muscle ratio to body weight, you should
really see your doctor if you feel like you need to lose weight. A doctor
can confirm this or put your mind to rest by telling you that your weight
is normal. This is the best way to make sure that you are being healthy.

There are also times, however, when you definitely do not need to lose
weight. First, if you aren’t as thin as your favorite actor or model, that
doesn’t mean you need to lose weight. Often, models and actresses are
airbrushed in photos to look more toned and they have personal trainers
that work with them for hours every day in order to help them stay in
shape. If your body weight is normal, you do not need to lose weight,
even if you are a pants size bigger than your ideal celebrity.

Your also don’t need to lose weight just because you gain it. People gain
weight for a number of reasons, and this is especially common during
puberty and for the few years after. If you gain weight check out the rest
of your body—are you going through a growth spurt in height as well?
Also, don’t worry about gaining weight when you are lifting at the gym.
As you tone your muscles, you will look better, but because muscles are
heavier than fat, you may actually gain weight.

Lastly, you don’t need to lose weight simply because someone else
makes a rude comment about your looks. People are cruel, but everyone
has a different body make up. If you are happy with your weight and it is
within the normal range for someone of your age and height, than
chances are that the rude comment is stemming from other issues, not
because you actually do need to lose weight. Be happy with yourself
and eat a healthy diet and you shouldn’t need to worry about losing

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How to Learn Blogging Software

Here is some information on how to use Blogging Software.
With anything new take your time and keep at it..

A lot of blogging software is specifically designed to be
simple to use, but even the least intimidating blogging
program can feel very overwhelming to somebody who
has not spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of
different kinds of software. Particularly for newer
bloggers, learning how to use the interface of blogging
software is the most difficult part of blogging. If you are
somebody who feels comfortable expressing themselves
in another medium, it may prove to be well worth your
time and effort to learn blogging software, but that
doesn’t mean that the task will be easy.

The main thing that will help you find success as you
learn how to use a new kind of blogging software is to
try and take things slowly. Many people get so excited
about learning to blog that they try to rush into the thick
of it and start exploring the most complicated features
of a program right away. This can lead to getting
confused and feeling frustrated, and all too many
potential bloggers burn out during this stage of the
process. If you take your time learning the basics of
your blog software program before you move on to
more advanced techniques, you will be more likely to
retain what you have learned, and to keep feeling
positive about your ability to understand the world of

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Still think you can use Windows XP as your Operating System?

Yes I am still on Windows XP. Trying to convince people NOT to use it.
Here is another article just to confirm what I have been trying to tell
people for awhile now. I think we are going to run into the same problem
with Windows Vista, not as big but still a problem. Operating Systems
unsupported by Microsoft people are still trying to use them.

This article was written in July 2015.

Still Using Windows XP? Stop It, Dummy

By Angela Moscaritolo

July 15, 2015 11:10am EST

Microsoft on Tuesday finally stopped providing anti-malware
signatures for Windows XP

Most people said goodbye to Windows XP a long time ago. But if,
for whatever reason, you’re still running the out-of-date
operating system, you really need to upgrade. Microsoft on
Tuesday finally stopped providing antimalware signatures for
Windows XP.

PCs running Windows XP have not been truly protected for more
than a year. Microsoft on April 8, 2014 officially ended support
for XP, meaning it stopped rolling out security updates for the
aging OS. At that time, Redmond also stopped letting those on
Windows XP download its Security Essentials tool, which guards
against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

The software giant did, however, throw a bone to XP users who
already had Microsoft Security Essentials installed, promising to
keep it updated for a “limited time” to give people
some more time to transition to a newer and fully supported OS.
That time has now come and gone.

Microsoft officially stopped providing updates to Microsoft
Security Essentials for XP. Worse yet, XP users can no longer use
Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal tool, so if your PC
gets infected with malware — and it probably will
— you’re on your own.

For the tech-savvy, this is a non-issue. You’ve said goodbye
to XP, which first launched in 2001, and embraced a more modern
OS, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft has been pleading with customers to upgrade to a new OS
for years, so you can’t say you weren’t warned about
this. If you’re still on XP, perhaps now is a good time to
finally upgrade. Windows 10 arrives on July 29, 2015.

Hopefully some people will heed the warning!!!!

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You CAN NOT Use Windows XP Safely on the Internet!

Here is some more info on why Windows XP is NOT SAFE to be
using it on the Internet.
I know some people may disagree. I am talking about the
average person not the people who are Computer Savvy.
This article gives so much good information. If you
do everything they say your PC is still NOT SAFE!

Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating
system this week, which means users need to beef up their
security practices to cope

My bet is that the vast majority of the Windows XP users reading
this did not update their computers/operating systems by 8 April.
What actions should they take to minimise their exposure to
attack, while they consider their options/save up? Whitesocks

Microsoft has shipped its final update for Windows XP, which
means all the new security holes will not be patched. Nobody
knows what will happen next, but malware writers are expected to
target the remaining machines. If you are still running Windows
XP, it would be a good idea to make it as secure as possible.
Unfortunately, there is no “magic bullet”. The things
you can do to protect XP apply to all versions of Windows.
However, because XP will now get more insecure every month, you
need to take protection much more seriously.

It’s a huge problem. There are roughly 1.5 billion PCs in
the world, and NetMarketShare reckons that 27.7% are still
running XP. That’s more than 400 million machines. Since XP
is fundamentally much less secure than Windows 7 (48.8%), Windows
8 (11.3%) or even Vista (3.0%), it’s a very attractive
target for malware writers. (For comparison, all versions of Mac
OS X add up to 7.6%, with Linux at 1.5%.)

The quickest way to make a Windows XP machine almost completely
secure is to prevent it from accessing the internet. This works
for some business PCs that are used for specific purposes, such
as controlling machine tools, but isn’t practical for most
users. However, an alternative is to install a copy of Linux on
the same PC, or boot Linux from a Live CD, and use that for
browsing and email. Dual-booting two operating systems is tedious
and time consuming, but at least you can get online while
continuing to use the XP software that has presumablyprevented
you from upgrading to a more recent version of Windows.

Microsoft’s solution was to provide an XP Mode in Windows 7
Pro. This let you run Windows 7 as your main operating system,
while simultaneously running a free “virtual” copy of
Windows XP. The price of Windows 7 Pro means this isn’t a
solution for most home users: you’d be better off putting
the money towards a newer– perhaps secondhand–

So, let’s look at what you can do to run an XP machine
normally, but more safely.

Protecting XP on the net

The quickest and simplest way to make XP more secure on the
internet is to use it from a limited account. Most people use
“administrator” accounts, because these let you do
whatever you like. The problem is that any malware that gets
control of your admin account can also do whatever it likes. The
solution is to use a “limited” account, which also
limits what most malware programs can do.

Of course, if you need to install some software or make system
changes, you will have to switch to an admin account. To make
this a little more palatable, tick the box that says “Use
Fast User Switching” when you set up the limited account. If
children or accident-prone adults share the same PC, they should
definitely be given their own limited accounts.

All XP accounts should be protected by passwords, though many
people don’t do this.

You should also download and use a more secure browser than
Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8. Microsoft has chosen not to provide
its own more secure browsers, IE10 and IE11, to XP users, at some
sacrifice in market share. However, there are several
alternatives including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, I prefer Firefox, as it consumes far fewer tabs, and
doesn’t crash as often. Against that, Chrome is probably
more secure because its “sandbox” means malware writers
need two exploits to penetrate it: one for Chrome and another to
get out of the sandbox.

When you have installed Firefox, Chrome or Opera, add a browser
extension called HTTPS Everywhere. The “S” indicates
that it uses encrypted communications to talk to websites,
whenever possible. Its main purpose it to improve privacy, but it
also makes browsing more secure.

Finally, for this section, be careful where you go. Most
commercial sites tend to be safe, but sites that offer free stuff
— pirated music, movies and software, wallpapers etc
— either may not be professionally run or may be making
their money by other means. Websites can make a lot of money from
“drive by” installations of advertising programs and
other unwanted software.

Keeping software up to date

You will no longer be able to update Windows XP, but that makes
it even more important to keep all your other programs up to
date. In my experience, the simplest way to do this is to run
Secunia’s free Personal Software Inspector (PSI) to check
for and install updates. In particular, make sure you keep Adobe
Flash, Adobe Acrobat and Oracle’s Java up to date, as these
have poor security records. Best of all, uninstall all versions
of Java completely, and see if you can manage without it. If not,
you can always install the latest version when you need it. (Java
has nothing to do with the browser scripting language,

Indeed, it’s a good idea to run the Add/Remove Programs
utility and a utility such as SlimCleaner to see if you can
remove any other software you don’t need. The fewer programs
you have, the fewer things there are to attack.

Many people update their browsers and desktop software, but
completely forget about updating their browser plug-ins. This is
dangerous because Flash, Java and similar plugins are in the
front line. You should therefore visit Mozilla’s Check Your
Plugins page. This also provides trusted links to the newer
versions that need to be installed. Qualys also offers a
browser-checking site. The option to “Scan without
installing plugin” is quick but not as thorough as the
plugin version.

Again, uninstall any plugins you don’t need. This will make
your browser slightly more secure, and it will probably run

Note that Microsoft has also stopped supporting Office 2003, and
this is now vulnerable software. If possible, upgrade to a more
recent version. If you aren’t willing to pay the (very
reasonable) price, you can use the free but less powerful online
Office web apps that are part of Microsoft’s free OneDrive
cloud storage. If you only need to read or create relatively
simple documents, the free and open source LibreOffice may be a
viable alternative.

If there’s a program you can’t either update or
replace, you can run it in a protected sandbox by using another
free program called Sandboxie. You could also use it to protect
your browser or social networking programs. However, only the Pro
version ($15 per year) lets you run multiple
sandboxes at the same time.

Security software

If you are still going to use Windows XP, you should also beef up
your anti-malware software. While Microsoft will keep updating
Microsoft Security Essentials, you should either replace that
with something stronger or add extra protection by using
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. There are plenty of free replacements:
see the Best Free Antivirus Software section at Tech Support
Alert (aka Gizmo’s). If you are willing to pay for an
anti-virus suite, Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 and
Bitdefender Total Security 2014 are worth a look.

If you’re not buying a suite, it’s also worth replacing
Windows XP’s firewall. Again, Tech Support Alert has a
useful guide to the main options. For XP, I’d suggest the
Comodo Firewall with the Maximum Proactive Defense feature
installed. It uses a Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) that
tries to stop malware from working by monitoring its behaviour.
There will be an annoying period where you have to tell it which
things are safe, but extreme suspicion is justified in an
unsupported operating system.

Finally, for this section, there are now programs that monitor
and/or analyse websites and block ones that might be malicious.
They also help to protect you from phishing attacks and
clickjacking. You can’t use Microsoft’s SmartScreen
filter, which is included with IE10 and IE11 and built into
Windows 8. However, Web of Trust is a community-based substitute.
The new Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium ($24.95 per year for
three PCs) also does some ferocious site blocking.

It remains to be seen whether all of this will be enough to
protect Windows XP in the long term. It will certainly make your
online experience more annoying. That’s part of the price of
using unsupported software in a world where most of us do online
shopping and banking, where malware can encrypt your hard drive
and hold your PC to ransom, and where identity theft can have
devastating consequences.

Frankly, it would be better to buy an upgrade to Windows 7 or
Windows 8 — now that 8.1 Update 1 deals with the vast
majority of complaints about the original version — or
install a version of Linux. Update 1, released on 8 April, also
runs in less memory (it can run on tablets with only 1GB) so it
should also work better even on older PCs.

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Are You Still Running Windows XP ?!!

As I had mentioned previously I Repair Computers.
Lately I have run into several individuals that are
still running Windows XP as their Operating System.
If you are playing games and not on the Internet you
are fine.
If you are on the Internet or want to do things online
Please upgrade to Windows 7 for your own good.
Here is some information that I came across that I
thought would be helpful to people who don’t
understand “Why they should Upgrade from Windows XP
or Windows Vista to Windows 7 or Higher!

It’s been two years since Microsoft ended support for Windows XP,
the popular operating system that’s been around since 2001 and
which many people just don’t seem willing to let go.
Microsoft did about all it could to drag XP-ers into the present
with pop-up warnings urging them that they need to upgrade, and
a free migration tool to help people transfer their files and
settings to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

It’s not merely that Microsoft wants to get everybody onto
the latest version of Windows, although it has certainly gone
to great lengths recently to get people to upgrade to
Windows 10, whether they want to or not.

But as we at Naked Security repeatedly warned XP users, the
end of support means “zero-days forever,” because those
vulnerabilities will never be patched – and XP computers
are sitting ducks for cybercriminals to attack.

And yet there are still millions of XP computers connecting to
the internet, where all manner of malware is waiting to pounce.
Windows XP was still running on 10.9% of all desktops as of
March 2016, according to stats compiled by Net Applications.
To put that in perspective, according to Net Applications’ figures,
Windows XP is still the third-most popular desktop OS, trailing only
Windows 7 (51.9%) and Windows 10 (14.2%).
And there are more PCs running XP than Windows 8.1 (9.6%), and all
versions of Mac OS X combined (7.8%).

By the way, there are some Mac OS X users who are using out-of-support
versions, too, meaning they are also vulnerable to never-going-to-be-fixed
security holes.

Net Applications’ stats show that just under 1% of all desktops are
running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) or 10.8 (Mountain Lion),
which are no longer receiving security updates from Apple.

Things look slightly better when you look at OS market share measured
by a different company, Stats Counter, but there’s still an alarming
number of PCs running XP.

According to Stat Counter, Windows XP represents 7.4% of all desktops in
April 2016, down from 10.9% in April 2015.
That’s an improvement.

But when you consider that Microsoft puts the number of Windows devices
at more than 1 billion, we are still talking about tens of millions of
computers today running a very old, very outdated, and very insecure
operating system.

If you have any questions or you need any assistance in Updating
your computer feel free to contact me:

Steven Higgins
Whitetail Hide-Away Computers
Skype –stevepse
Facebook — stevehiggins55

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Choosing The Right Free Blogging Tools

Yesterday we talked about picking out a Free Blogging Website.
Now How about some Free Blogging Tools to help you with your content?
Choosing the right tools does not mean you have to use all of the tools.

There are many free blogging tools on the market, but
loading up your blog with all of the free accessories that
you can find isn’t necessarily a good idea. While it may
be tempting to add a visitor counter, a flashy
background, an exciting new font, and a cluster of
quirky animated gifts to your blog, this kind of plan can
easily backfire. The key to getting the most from free
blog tools is being selective.

It is a great idea to learn about all of the kinds of free
blogging tools that are available so that you can make
an informed decision about what to add to your blog,
but try to remember that just because you can have
something doesn’t mean that you need it. Practice
restraint and only choose the options that you think will
really be useful. If you can find out how many visitors
are reading your blog by checking your traffic statistics,
a visitor counter is likely to add unnecessary clutter to
your page. If your blog is text-based, a flashy
background can be more of a distraction than an benefit.
Be realistic about assessing what kinds of blog
accessories will help you realize your vision and
improve your site. Remember that even a blog tool that
doesn’t cost you any cash may not be an asset in the
long run.

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