How I Quit Smoking for Good: Living Proof that It’s Possible

I’ve often joked that it took me three weeks to get hooked on smoking and the next nine years to quit. But as toxic as cigarettes are to the body and to those around me, perhaps it’s less a joke and more a sad testament to how strong the addiction to cigarettes can be. During those nine years I went through endless cycles of quitting and starting, each time insisting that this was the final quit, but it wasn’t until several years ago that I finally gave up smoking for good.

Different methods work for different people, and I’ve tried them all: The patch, the gum, cutting down on the number of cigarettes over time. All of the methods had varying success in the short term, but the only method that worked to help me quit smoking in the long term was abstinence–that is, “cold turkey.” I’m the living proof that you can quit smoking for good. All it takes is the kind of dedication that says “no” no matter what excuse or deal your head conjures up to justify a short-term reward.

How I Quit Smoking: Cold Turkey

People who don’t understand how hard it can be for habitual smokers to quit laugh when I tell them that cold turkey for me was not unlike the infamous withdrawal scene from the movie Trainspotting when one of the characters locks himself in a room to overcome his heroin addiction. While I’m trying to make a little light of the situation (I didn’t actually lock myself in a room for several days), I did experience sweats, tearful depression and was irritable when quitting smoking.

Three or four days in I experienced a pleasant but frustrating observation: My body felt physically healthier, but my mind was still feeling the angst of withdrawal. This split sensation only increased in the coming weeks, and by about the one-month mark I made a startling realization: Most cigarette addiction affects the mind, more specifically, the neurotransmitters in the mind, and that’s why it’s harder to quit the longer you’ve been smoking. Patterns in the mind are hard to break. Having smoked off and on for nine years was making it harder on me.

The biggest challenge in quitting smoking came when I met up with friends who still smoked or attended social events that I previously associated with smoking. It was really hard to say no. In fact, there were times I didn’t, and I had to start all over again. While it feels like a small feat to quit smoking for a short stretch of time–days, weeks, or even months–the true test of whether you’ve quit for good is whether you can say no to smoking when the physical craving is not that overwhelming, such as at a party or other social gathering, or when you’re in the presence of another smoker. If you can abstain even then, you’ve “stayed quit.” If you haven’t, you’re still a smoker.

“Social smoking” is a euphemism much like “friendly fire” and “rightsizing” (e.g., layoffs for downsizing in companies), so don’t kid yourself. Sure, there are people who say, “I’m a social smoker; I can start and stop whenever I want,” and if it’s true, they have a type of body chemistry that quickly overcomes withdrawal. You, however, do not. Quitting for several weeks or months shows perseverance, but it doesn’t change your body’s rapid addition to cigarettes. You will never go from being a habitual smoker to a “social smoker” without having to face the awful withdrawal symptoms over again–why make it harder on yourself?

Each social slip-up I had, I suffered withdrawal. Even if it was only for a day or two or a week where I felt more “emotional” and ate more, it was too long. A few slip-ups later, I realized I had to make a choice: To quit or kid myself I’m not a “true smoker,” while I continue to cycle through slip-ups and withdrawal.

It helped to have a close friend to talk to who was not a smoker. For me it was my amazing boyfriend who really stood by me. He was the first to really open my eyes to how gross and bad smoking really was. When in social situations where I could slip up, he reminded me to ask myself what I really wanted and that there were consequences for my actions. Over time, I could remind myself on my own, and I’m happy to say that I am no longer tempted in social situations and laugh when I find myself annoyed at other people’s smoke in public. It truly grosses me out, and I never thought I’d say that. I guess I’m a “true non-smoker” now, and it feels great.

The benefits of not smoking are amazing: No coughs, no bad breath, no dry skin, no nicotine fingers, no cigarette smell on clothing and hair, and best of all, you can smell and taste everything so much better. One word of caution, though: Since it’s thought that cigarettes affect serotonin in the brain, your appetite may increase when you quit. As someone who let myself eat whatever I wanted, I caution you to try exercise and better nutrition instead. I gained a lot of weight after quitting, and did not realize that I was, in a sense, trading off nicotine for sugar. All in all, a little extra weight can be easily taken off, whereas the effects of smoking on the body can be permanent. All bad habits, whether smoking or overeating, come with a price. Healthy habits are much better choices.

Things to watch out for

-Headaches, irritability, depression or increased emotions, tiredness.

-Sugar cravings.

-Wanting to smoke after seeing other people smoke or hanging out with people with whom you’ve smoked in the past or in locations where you’ve enjoyed smoking before.

-Seeing people smoke in movies.

Things that can help

-Let yourself sleep as long as you can. Go to bed earlier, and take naps if your schedule permits. I slept for almost 10 hours every night for the first few weeks, and even more on the weekends.

-Drink lots of water, and eat properly to help calm the nervous system down. I found that chamomile tea and fruits and vegetables worked wonders. The liver’s job is to break down toxicity in the body, so be kind and eat well.

-Exercise; even walking can help your outlook and nervous system a great deal. Since exercise increases “feel-good” endorphins in the body (some of which may be triggered when smoking), it will lessen withdrawal symptoms.

-Cut out complementary items you associate with smoking, such as coffee or alcohol–just until you’ve gotten over the physical addiction hump of about one month. Vaping is also something that you may or may not consider. Some say it is a good alternative but there is no general study claiming that it is really effective. Hence, make sure to conduct your own research.

-Temporarily hang out with other friends until you are able to see them without slipping up, or avoid certain recreational locations that you associate with smoking, such as certain bars or restaurants.

-Enlist a buddy to help keep you on track, and let any friends or colleagues know of your plight. Support is a wonderful thing! Stay away from other smokers who try to get you to smoke again. They just want the company.

Good luck, and remember: You can do it!

Best Christmas Stocking Stuffers For Men

At Christmastime, one of the hardest things for women to do is to find excellent stocking stuffer gifts for men. Well, here is a guide to help. Listed below are ten amazing ideas for stocking stuffers, specialized for men.

  1. Golf Balls. Many guys love golf, though few are good at it. This means that they need lots of golf balls. They need them so they can keep tearing up grassy fields. Not to mention their need to feed the lake with their daily offering of several balls. A sleeve of golf balls will fit perfectly into a Christmas stocking, making it an ideal gift.
  2. Tickets for sporting events. So many men enjoy going to the game, so what could be better than getting tickets for Christmas? Tickets are small and can always fit into envelopes. Just buy the tickets, stick them in an envelope, and stick them in the stocking. Perfect!
  3. Shaving Cream. Every man needs to have shaving cream. They have to have it. Almost all of the companies sell small containers of it. Maybe they do this so it will fit in a stocking. Shaving cream is a great idea.
  4. Socks. Men can never have enough socks. Why? Because they keep losing them and blaming the dryer. Socks are an excellent idea.
  5. Cuff Links. No better idea than to give a man some cuff links. They will help him look elegant and high class, an image that many men strive for in this day and age.
  6. A watch. If you are filthy rich, then you can get him a Rolex. Otherwise, go to your local Big Box Mart and buy him a watch that works just as well for $30. They are small and will easily fit into the stocking. A watch is a very good idea for a stocking stuffer.
  7. Fishing lure. Many men enjoy fishing, and any man who is serious about the sport will tell you: you can’t have enough lures. It just cannot happen. Fishing lures are small, and they come in handy boxes that will fit easily into the stocking. Fishing lures are another thing to consider.
  8. Wallet. Often men could use a new wallet, and their size and shape makes them ideal for a stocking. You can have wide variety of options in the market. From the best minimalist travel wallet to coin wallet to small thin wallet, you will never run out of choices. You can also choose the quality, color and design that you want.
  9. Any type of mp3 player. Any type of music player is an ideal gift for anyone of any age. Men will love it and its small size makes it ideal to gift in a stocking.
  10. Cologne. Men will enjoy having some cologne. It is a good solution to the issue of finding something to give them. Small containers can be bought, meaning they are easy to fit in a stocking, and if you are a woman buying it for a man, you will probably get some benefit too.

I hope this list helps you in your search to find the perfect gift items for men. Remember, these are not the only things you can give men. They are just the best things that you can give them that will fit in a stocking. Hopefully this has helped, and have a merry Christmas.

Avoiding the Pitfalls in Student Debts

Incurring a loan is always a big step for one who is on a limited income. So, finding the right loan for one involves the examination and study of many factors involved in the loan. The terms of the loan, the offers involved and even the interest to pay. One has to evaluate which loans are real and what have many hidden provisions. Yearly, hundreds of thousands dollars worth of student loans are provided to young college students which seem appealing at first glance, but the real provisions applicable are not well understood by the debtor. And the worst part of it, many student loaners do not understand the obligations the loan entails.

There are a few factors that needs to be understood on student loans, particularly education loans. Here are the following matters that need to be clarified:

  1. Check interest rates. Often, many credit card offers do not provide a clear guideline as to the amount of calculated interest over the time of the loan. The best way to leverage on this is having a lock on the applicable interest rate when the market rate if interest is low. Locking the interest rate is a risky proposition, as it may result in a higher payable if the market rate is lower than the locked rate or it may work the other way around.
  2. Credit rates apply. What your credit rating determines the amount of the loan and the interest rates applicable on the loan. When a creditor offers a low rate of interest despite one’s dismal rating would has to be quite careful as to the provisions applicable. What happens then is that the company would impose a myriad of fees, charges and costs which when added up would result in a higher total debt paid. When broken down to basics, these costs would even be higher than the higher interest rates applicable.
  3. The Higher Education Act prohibits creditors to offer college student loans that offer free non-educational items. What happens in reality is that there are no freebies since the provisions of the loan would fall under a loophole that obviates liability. What happens then is that students are enticed to these kinds of loans and cannot extricate themselves from it. However, you can ease things up by using Docker for legal guides to ensure security, safety, and faster processing.
  4. Loan sale. It is a common practice that small private lenders would sell the loan to someone else, usually by rediscounting the amount, thus making one be in debt with a third person. If this option is not in writing, then a future debtor should be aware of this particular provision and avoid this kind of loan.

Review: Why Grindhouse Empowers Women

My mother believed the first movie I ever saw in a theater was Herbie the Love Bug. Technically the first movie I really saw was Barbarella with Jane Fonda. I was 5 and snuggled up with a load of pillows, blankets and sleeping younger siblings in the back of our station wagon. I was supposed to be asleep and was by the time the drive-in showed the second feature. But my movie tastes were forever molded by the time I saw a room full of dolls with sharp teeth attack Jane Fonda.

So I guess this explains why my best friend and I were in a theater with only about 15 other people to watch Grind House. There is no way I could take my husband as Pulp Fiction was a little much for him. Although he handled The Rocky Horror Picture pretty well. The pictures in the album will help the person to identify the sindarin names in the drama. The interest of the person is growing with the watching of the movies of the drama. 

Grind House, written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodiguez is fun. It isn’t deep, and the cinematography will make you gasp, not in a Lord of the Rings way but more in a Jeffery Dahmer kind of way. If you can handle a one legged stripper with a machine gun leg then this is your kind of movie. I know exactly which scene I would use for my desktop if I weren’t a mommy and in charge of not scarring my kids for life.

The one thing I always take away from a Tarantino movie is, that he really shouldn’t be in his own movies. Really, really. I don’t think he can act and he looks like the Jack-o-lantern in my back garden I left there last Halloween. Thankfully he just plays a couple of irritating characters that have little screen time.

Grind House is over 3 hours long, so plan accordingly. We bought regular size pop and visited the bathroom right before the movie started. Save some snacks if you like, if not there is a perfect place in the film to leave and take care of business.

The style of the movie is paying homage to 70’s grind house flicks, the type of movie with lots of action, cleavage and little dialog. Well except for the fact that Tarantino doesn’t know what little dialog means. We will come back to that later.

Planet Terror was awesome. It was exactly like a movie I would have watched back in the day. Or I guess a movie I would watch today, since I just did. You get to watch Rose McGowan dance around a stripper pole as Go Go dancer Cherry Darling. She is gorgeous but used to date Marilyn Manson so you have to wonder about her childhood.

Stripping apparently makes her sad because she cries when she grinds. Aww. Strippers are always misunderstood and have hearts of gold and never take your husband away from you and well lets get on with the review.

Cherry is so sad that she gives the finger to her boss and quits. We follow her on her journey and begin to meet the other victi…um characters. Fergie, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russel, Freddy Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and her Rent friend Tracie Thoms and way too many other yummy people to list. Just to see how good you are, try to spot Tom Savini, special effects wizard.

Somehow the military got a hold of some zombie juice and let it loose on the world, let the screaming begin.

Planet Terror is a fun, loud horror movie. But it is still a satire of a genre, don’t go expecting perfection or polish. Missing reels are deliberately planned into the movie and scratches and flaws have been added digitally.

After Planet Terror don’t leave yet for your potty break. Trailers for nonexistent movies are shown during the intermission and are worth watching. Wait until the second movie, Death Proof starts.

I love Kurt Russell, I mean how can you hate him after Big Trouble in Little China, and he really wasn’t the one responsible for Kate Hudson.

The movie starts out slowly. Very slowly. You know the kind of night when you go out with the girls but get to the bar too early for anyone to even be there, including the band? You wait for something to happen, talk about nothing and drink and are bored, well that’s what this part of the movie is like. Exactly.

We open with a group of girls celebrating and they just talk and drink. They talk a lot. Go the the bathroom. Get nachos. Play air hockey. You won’t miss anything. I promise. Then Kurt Russel comes in. He is a bad guy. You kinda know that from the start because his car is so growly, and has a skull on the hood. He is also the oldest person in the bar. But not the ugliest because darn it all if Tarantino didn’t cast himself as the bartender.

So now the bartender is talking to the young lovelys and talking and honestly I don’t know what he said because I had to make a nacho run. But 5 minutes later he was still jabbering so I guess I didn’t miss much. I am not against talkie movies, I loved The Royal Tennenbaums and all of that Emma, Jane Austin hooha. It’s just that this dialog was so random. And boring.

So the gist of Death Proof is there is a horny old man (Russell) who likes young women, especially in pieces. Legs fly, well a leg, cars chase, there’s blond hair, bouncing boobies and a lot of blood.

Planet Terror was definitly the stronger movie, it had more action and Rose McGowan in these really bitchin’ boots. I would totally love a pair. Death Proof had a strong start with Kurt Russel and the pretty death car. The movie should have been cut by at least 40 minutes of boring dialog and we wouldn’t have missed anything.

I left this movie feeling empowered. Even though women in this movie were victimized, objectified and persecuted,they also were strong and fought back. We are strong we are proud and we are able to stomp in the head of perverts with the heels of our bitchin’ boots.

The 411 on Wireless Routers

A wireless router is a very convenient option for many people that use the Internet. Many households today have more than one computer and they would like to be able to share Internet access between all of them along with a home VPN for better results. However, in some cases, it may just not be possible, or it may just be too much bother to physically install Ethernet cable throughout your home. This is where the wireless router comes in to play. However, are you really getting what you pay for? What kind of data transfer speeds are you going to get? These are some of the questions the average person does not consider because they believe that all routers are created equal.

The speed of the router is an issue which everybody should be concerned with. Most wireless routers use what is known as the 802.11g technology standard, which can deliver up to 54 Megabits per second. However, it is likely that you will never see this speed achieved in an actual home environment. Nevertheless, it is much faster than the old 802.11b technology some people are still using today. By the way, if you are using the 802.11b routers, it may be a good idea to upgrade and break that 11 Megabit per second threshold.

Of course, there are a lot of factors that can affect the actual speed of your router. The network traffic over your router is one factor, which will greatly reduce the speed reached. If everybody in the home is downloading large files, playing MMOGs, (Massive Multiplayer Online Games), or watching videos, you can be sure that someone’s connection will be suffering greatly, no matter how good the router is.

Your Internet connection is a big contributing factor as to how fast your connection will be. If you do purchase a wireless router that does claim to give you a very high speed, you may wind up a little disappointed. You see, the speed of the router only pertains to how fast the data transfers between your PC and the router itself. However, it does not relate to how fast the Internet connection is that you are getting through your ISP, (Internet Service Provider).

Another factor is the physical distance from your computer to the router itself. Many people believe that if they buy a router that it will automatically solve all of their Internet connection troubles. Not so, Internet connectivity and speeds are greatly affected by distance. The wireless router sends a signal through the air which is received by an antenna attached to the NIC card installed on your computer. The speed and quality of your connection are greatly reduced as the distance increases.

The physical layout of your home is another factor that can greatly hinder the speed of your wireless router. There are certain homes that are designed in such a way that they are not conducive to wireless signal transmissions. It may be the way that the house is wired electrically or just the way that the house is physically laid out which can be the determining factors.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all wireless routers are created equally. Always, and I stress always, look on the box to check what distances the router can cover. Wireless router manufactures have not been consistent in making sure that all routers can cover equal distances. While some may say that they can reach up to 420 feet, some may reach only as far as 150 feet. This is a big difference, and as you would expect, it is always wise to choose the router with the farthest distance. A good rule of thumb to apply to wireless routers is that whatever distance and speed they claim to be able to perform at, reduce that by half, and that is most likely the performance you will actually receive.

Wireless routers are very convenient, and for the most part, they perform very well. You and your family can enjoy the Internet from multiple PCs no matter where they are located in your home, without the need to install Ethernet cables. One final note, I have always believed, and it has always been my experience that, “You get what you pay for.” If you do pay for a generic or even inexpensive wireless router, you will most likely get one that will not perform the way you like, and it will become more of a frustration than anything else. However, sometimes going cheap is good enough, but that choice is ultimately in your hands.

How to Maximize Your Work Day as a Remote Employee

With today’s rapidly growing technologies and online workspaces, it’s become easier for many to work from a remote location – whether it’s a home office, the beachfront, or the comforts of a hotel. Business Week reports that remote employees are almost 16% more productive than in-office employees, and the trend is spreading across both corporate America and the average startup (Source: BusinessWeek.com). With the rich tasting coffee, the employee can perform extra work for the upliftment in the career. With the amazing taste, it will increase the potential of the person to do work. 

Still, working independently without the office environment requires self-discipline and motivation to stay on task. Here are some simple way stop maximize your work day if you’re a remote employee:

  1. Prepare for a ‘real’ office day. Shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast before you attend your online office. Getting into a consistent routine will make it easier to get into the flow of work so it really feels like you’re working. Do you really feel confident talking to clients when you’re dressed in your pajamas? Are you productive without a healthy breakfast? A morning routine is a self-motivation trick that makes it easier to maintain perspective for your day ‘at work’ from afar.
  2. Make a running to-do list. Creating a list of priorities either first thing in the morning or the night before can help you tackle both large and small projects with a fresh perspective. Outlining your goals for each day makes it easier to just check off each item as you move through the day’s projects; this is also a great way to stay on track if you’re constantly interrupted with IM’s from coworkers, telephone calls and e-mails throughout the day.
  3. Leave the chores for after-work hours. If you’re working from home, it’s tempting to multitask with that basket of laundry, get some cooking done or run a few errands between projects. Unfortunately, these activities running in the back of your mind – and interrupting your day – can make your actual working hours much less productive. Stay focused and on track, as if you were still at the office and you’ll maintain a steady work flow pace with ease.
  4. Steer clear of personal e-mails and phone calls. Working independently gives you the freedom to catch up on personal e-mails and phone calls throughout the day, but this can also sabotage your efforts to stay on track with that to-do list. Schedule time into your day for breaks where you can tend to personal items, and you’ll free yourself up for more important objectives during your working hours.
  5. Take breaks. Zoning out in front of the computer for hours on end without human contact can take its toll on your productivity. Take brief 5-10 minute breaks throughout the day, or make a conscious decision to take a lunch break in the middle of the day where you’re away from the screen and any forms of communication. If you can enjoy a change of scenery for a few minutes, even better.
  6. Work on your communication skills. Not being able to have face-to-face communication with supervisors and coworkers leaves you vulnerable to communication mishaps and challenges for getting the right message across. Keep in touch with e-mail, instant messaging and telephone calls on a regular basis, and make yourself available throughout the day in at least one medium.

Working from home is a dream come true for many entrepreneurs and independent business owners, but those who choose to stick with the corporate environment are also picking up on telecommute trends. If you’re a member of the virtual workforce, look forward to a productive and rewarding day with these simple habits.

How to Keep Your Under Sink Storage Area Clean and Organized

Just about every home has that large under sink cabinet area. Many of us often find it pretty difficult to keep this space clean and organized. Some even have a difficult time trying to figure out exactly what to do with this space. Below you will find several ideas and suggestions on how you can keep the under sink storage area clean and organized with the help of d5.

First, you will want to purchase a nice roll of contact paper. In my experience, I have found that putting contact paper on the bottom of the cabinet located under the sink helps with the cleaning process. You will want to roll out the contact paper until it reaches each corner of the cabinet. Smooth out the contact paper with your hand. Once this is complete you will then need to determine what you are going to store in this area. If you plan on storing chemicals in this location, which may be convenient to do, make sure that there is a lock if you have children. 

This area is very easy for children to reach and get into. A child safety lock will be a must for this cabinet. Or perhaps you see this as a good location for your baking items or for your pots and pans. Whatever you plan to put in this area you will want to place it in there in an organized way.

I would recommend that items you will not be used often should be placed towards the back of the cabinet. For cleaning products and chemicals, why not purchase a small clear bin with a top and place the bin in the cabinet. This way when you need something you can simply pull out the bin and put it back when you are all finished. This is also an extra added protection against little hands getting into the cleaning products.

Once a week you will want to go to the cabinet and wipe it out. Since this is where all the pipes are for the sink, you will find that there is often a lot of gunk that tends to collect into this area. Pull everything out of the cabinet, and use a simple disinfectant spray and a cleaning cloth.

Then put all of the items back. The reason why you will want to use the disinfectant spray is to get rid of any little bugs that may try to nest in this area. That may not sound too pleasant but it is a fact. Under the kitchen sink is the area where little flies, and little bugs, even spiders tend to make a nest. They will usually walk in on the pipes from under the sink. Remember that the pipes enter in through a small hole in the wall. In most homes, this hole is not tightly sealed, so little bugs can find their way in. By wiping it out you will be helping to deter this. When you put all of the items back under the sink, try to do so in a neat and organized way. Taking the time to do this once a week is really worth the extra effort in keeping your kitchen clean and bug-free.

Zero Turn Mower- Essential Part of Gardening

The current situation throughout the world is an atmosphere of panic and tension, given the corona virus outbreak and the way news channels are propagating fake news is and creating fear mongering among the general public is disgusting to say the least.

The citizens have been confined to their house since the past few weeks and can move out only to buy food and other basic essentials for the house otherwise it is a complete lockdown everywhere.

In such circumstances, there is little that anyone can do except sit at home and simply bide their time but in a fruitful way. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out your other talents lying dormant inside you.

The most essential thing to do in the present situation is to maintain social distance from outsiders and keep your surroundings clean. Why not begin with your own house? It is a good place to start.

As the old saying goes that charity begins from home and the lawn and garden outside is dirty so you can begin by clearing up all the mess in the place and keep it neat and clean.

Lawn Mower

The most important things that you would need are tools such as shovel, pick, garden knife and water. You can begin by first cleaning the garden and then water the plants one by one.

But due to so many days of gross negligence, the lawn has overgrown with grass so it would require cultivation to make it neat and worthy to look at. Therefore, you can use the lawn mower and cut off all the unnecessary grass that acts as the discordant note in the musical harmony.

If they are too rough and harsh, then you can use the zero turn mower to do the honors and it will fix things quicker than a regular lawn mower but first let’s get to know a little about it.

It is basically a lawn mower of standard size with a turning radius, which means that it is capable of taking the smallest circular term in the shortest possible time in comparison to other lawn mowers.

Origin

Its history dates back to the 1940s when the first zero lawn mower was invented to use by Max Roper, who was so impressed with its speed and technique that he nicknamed it as ‘Ride King’.

It was a three wheeled machine when it first came out and had two drivers to manage it properly, one each at the front and back, and in the initial stages it was quite successful after a few test runs.

Realizing the efficacy of his invention, Roper quickly patented the design and model so that no one could steal his work and one unique feature that it had was the front wheel was used for driving and had the capacity of turning at a full 360 degrees without doing any damage.

This mower is perfect for lawn maintenance that can be utilized for both personal and professional uses but at first glance, it gives the impression of a bumper car found in amusement parks.

An interesting fact about zero lawn mowers is that unlike regular vehicles, the engine is located at the backend of each model.

Description

Unlike other lawn mowers, a zero model has two levers on either ends instead of a steering wheel and it is their job to control the motors that power up the engine and it is this facet that allows the vehicle to maneuver around the field at greater speed that finishes the task quickly.

Due to the advanced technique that these mowers possess, people are gradually shifting towards zero lawn mowers at a quicker pace than perhaps the mowers themselves.

You can look up the zero turn mowers reviews online and decide which model to buy but given below are certain reasons on why to do so:

  1. Advanced maneuvering- Due to the speed, the machine can maneuver itself by the levers without the need of any person to do it as the rear wheel can move in any direction
  2. Its efficiency is topnotch as they have a horsepower of 6-50 HP which would even put real horses to shame
  3. It is highly versatile as it can also spread seeds on the ground and has sprayers for the crops

Pet Peeve- Nose Cleaning Drive Made Easy

It is the innate human desire to have everything in the world that they can lay their hands on and grab it with both hands wide open and never rest until it is completely in their grasp.

This is something that needs to be highlighted for all the desperate souls in the world who are like that but for now we are going to focus on harmless desires that in fact everyone should have in current times.

Everyone wants to have pets and only one obvious candidate is head and shoulders above all when you say pets and that is dog. Is there any other animal in existence that can match the faith and loyalty that dogs have for their masters.

Pug Breed

Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend and for good reason as they are the most reliable and trustworthy of the entire lot and don’t think twice before putting their lives on the line for the sake of their owner.

We are already aware of breeds like Labrador, German shepherd, Chihuahua, etc. and how they relate to different types of people but today we are going to discuss about the pug breed.

They are the smallest and sadly, the most underrated and overlooked of all breeds as they are not quite seen in the same league as others despite the age old saying that size is no guarantee of power.

Apart from being cute and adorable, they are quite helpful in doing household chores right from cleaning to fetching regular items from here and there aside from being good playmates for children.

Pugs are quite distinct looking and the exact opposite of Pomeranian in looks despite being the same size as their face is full of wrinkles, the tail is curled up and the nose and face are both muzzled, making it look as though they are wearing an oxygen mask.

History

It is difficult to say where this breed was originated but reports and articles state that they were first seen in the 16th century by a group of dog experts in China and some European countries like France, Spain, Germany, etc. who were quite fascinated by its features.

Soon, they were brought back to Western Europe and became quite popular in Switzerland and the Netherlands. However, it was not until much later in the 19th century that they were spotted in the United Kingdom, from where they moved on to North and South American countries, including US, Canada, Mexico among the well known ones.

Today they can be found all over the world and one of the most popular breeds that you can find and were found to the third most popular breed among house owners behind only Labrador and German shepherd.

Temperamental Nature

In stark contrast to their size, pugs have been found to be quite strong and not quite aggressive compared to other breeds and are quite safe to be with families that have children.

It can be said that they are the animal equivalent of the strong and silent macho man but that does not mean that they are not prone to temper tantrums. In fact, their anger sometimes goes beyond the standard poodle temperament.

You don’t really want to make a pug angry and it takes a lot to do it but once it does lose its temper, it becomes quite aggressive and dangerous but thankfully, it is mostly towards unwelcome and suspicious people that it knows is going to cause harm. With that being said, its anger is as easily pacified as it is difficult to arouse.

Nose Job

It has a strong nose and is capable of smelling people that are many miles away through mere sniffing but pet owners need to regularly clean it because it is quite prone to sneezing.

Some tips on how to do it:

  • Wash a small cloth and moisten it and wipe the outer part of the nose in a gentle manner but never do it with hot water
  • Try a balm in case of dry nose
  • In case of mucus, wipe it out with a clean cloth and give them a warm shower to clear it off
  • Gently massage its face and check the nose at regular intervals for dirt

Making Wii Fitness Work for You

You’ve seen the latest game system craze with Fortnite that completely changed the dynamics of the online gaming world that features today’s item shop that offers you amazing deals with in-games purchase. And with it, a revolutionary development in how we could potentially lose weight. The pros and cons of Wii Fitness® have been put forth in so many different ways that we, as consumers, are torn between whether this product will actually help us to lose weight or not. Bottom line? Wii Fitness® will not effectively work for anyone if they don’t work for it.

The idea behind Wii Fit® is simple. Hop on the Wii Balance Board® with guided instruction from a woman’s voice issuing from the game. You can then choose to go into Training. When you enter into Training, you have different categories loaded with different games, each one designed to target key areas of your body. The “Balance” category has games that will specifically focus on your body’s core (which controls weight distribution in your body, stance, posture, and alignment) and is actually one of the key areas of the game to initially focus on. Focusing more on how your core is will set you up to effectively use the muscles in your body during exercises. Other areas for actual workouts, muscle toning, and strength training can be found through different categories.

It’s easy enough to go through the motions while using Wii Fit®. Admittedly, you can lose some weight without putting any other effort into your daily routine. The results, in comparison to an effective regimen that includes Wii Fit® (and doesn’t center around the game system), will be profoundly smaller than if you take the time to step back and look at what has caused you to weigh what you do.

I originally purchased the Wii Fitness® system with the hopes that it would be enough to melt the pounds away. Most certainly, I wasn’t ready to make a lifestyle change. Mountain Dew® was my life source, and food was my addiction. My every waking thought was about food. How to prepare it, how to change it up, how to serve it with flair. I was merely a housewife obsessed with bringing it to the table and making it taste great. Certainly, there had to be something out there that would take the weight off without making me lose two of my loves.

Not so, as I found out. For two weeks, I worked out with my Wii Fitness® religiously for an hour at a time. I familiarized myself with every category and made sure to use the two that would be most effective at weight loss (Aerobics and Balance). I shed three pounds. Sure, it was three pounds less than what I weighed before, and I hadn’t, as of that point, had to sacrifice my soda or my food.

But logging in every day to do my Body Test was a real downer. Not just something that I could push into a corner. It’s one thing to see your weight in numbers. We look at our weight that way every day of our lives. Having to look at my weight as a character (known as a Mii) on the Wii Fit® was enough to crush me. Each day I would start off with a nice slim version of Mii (aka ME). Then it was time to want to run and hide as the system spewed out my weight in numbers. The numbers were no biggie. What those numbers did to my Mii had the biggest impact on my life since I was 16 and started to gain weight.

Next to your Mii on the game during the Body Test is a bar that is color-coded and stamped with different “stages” of your weight. You have Underweight, Average, Overweight, and Obese. After weighing you, your numbers for BMI (Body Mass Index), and actual weight are ticked off, your BMI going first. As your BMI shoots upward, your Mii gains weight. That’s right. My Mii got fat. Disgustingly fat, in my opinion, did not reflect the body type that I have as a real person. But, for me, it was more than enough to kick me into gear. Oh, especially when the woman’s voice that instructs you throughout the game blatantly calls out “That’s OBESE!”. It didn’t take long for me to get tired of hearing that, and to respond back “That’s ENOUGH!”

I wasn’t satisfied with the ratio of working out vs. weight loss. It wasn’t happening for me. What was happening for me was that somewhere in my brain the “that’s obese” mantra was repeating itself, and making an impact on my life? Without realizing it, I completely stopped drinking soda. I started looking at what I was eating, and cutting it in half. All bread in my current diet regimen (which was none) were replaced with whole grains or wheat. I no longer drank anything but water. Salads? Incorporating them into my new food outlook was easier than I thought. Fruits, veggies, no sweets? Easier said than done, but I did it. Normal activities that I went through on a daily basis were now done with a purpose. To burn calories. For most activities, if I wasn’t sweating, I was cheating myself. So I pushed harder.

The Wii Fit® became the center of everything I did or didn’t do on a daily basis. Logging in to find that I had dropped x amount of pounds in x amount of days thrilled me to no end. I finally had a goal, something visual to look at, and it was working for me. It took a month to drop 23 pounds.

Since then, I have signed up for many websites that track the food I eat each day for calories, log my activities to show how many calories I’m burning, and to help me reach my goal. My goal is not in pounds or BMI. My goal is to hit that color-coded bar stamped with Overweight, then blow right through it to Average.

So, will the Wii Fit® work for everyone? Most certainly not. It will work for those who need a fresh look at themselves (even if they really don’t look like that) and will be driven towards a new goal. For those who are willing to make the changes needed in their lives in order for the Wii Fit® to give them just enough to keep their metabolism going. For those, like me, who needed that extra special incentive to do what needs to be done.

I do recommend Wii Fit® even if losing weight isn’t a goal. The games are fun and competitive. With so many different things to choose from, it’s not easy to get bored with the system. And for those who live in colder climates, as I do, it’s a great way to get exercise during the storms and blizzards that winter brings.