By: John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
My favourite products for 2016
It has been three years since I’ve done a favourite products post. Although a lot of time has passed and I have tried a few products (not many) here and there, I still go back to my faithful few. As my hair grows, I have less and less time and desire, to wash, detangle and style my hair but I can always depend on these tried and true products.
Once again I share my six favourite products for 2016
Water still tops the list as my favourite product for my hair. I use it for detangling, washing, moisturizing and styling my. Clean, tangle free, well moisturized hair is a must to see a healthy mane. Just spraying the hair with water is sufficient for me, in order to keep it moisturized. Water is my number one friend, from wash day to moisturizing. A little water go a long way and it makes a big difference.
- Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner
This product is still one of my staple products in my hair care regimen. I use it as a detangler on damp hair, as an instant rinse out conditioner (which it is) and also as a deep conditioner. Although it is not designed as a deep conditioner, it does help in keeping my hair moisturized and soft. I also use it as a cowash and as a leave in conditioner. This is still my all in one conditioner. It has a lot of slip, and just like water, a little goes a long way, it is moisturizing, inexpensive and smells great.
- As I am coconut cowash cleansing conditioner
I have been using this cowash for years now and I am still impressed with it. Since following the curly girl method, I have grown closer to this product. It is light weight, does a great job at cleaning the hair and scalp without suds, I am able to detangle my hair with the product in it and it is moisturizing.
To learn more about the As I am coconut cowash by kindly seeing my product review post, click the link below
- Raw shea butter
This product is still multipurpose for me as well because I use it on both my hair and skin and in my home made deodorant. Although this product is a butter, it is not heavy on my hair once I’m not too heavy handed with it. It is quite moisturizing and helps in reducing dark spots about the skin. I have been using shea butter for years and it is still my go to product , even after trying other products.
- Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is still my all time favourite oil to use. I use it to seal in moisture in my hair and skin. It keeps the hair and skin moisturized, soft to the touch without the greasy after feeling. Grapeseed oil is light weight with a very subtle scent that quickly disappears after applying it on the hair or skin.
- Eco styler gel (clear)
Eco styler gel comes in different types, with protein (black), pink, blue, with olive oil (green), yellow, with Argan oil (dark yellow), crystal (clear). I am yet to use them all but my favourite is still the clear eco styler gel. It does not make my hair hard, it keeps down the edges while maintaining a soft hold. Although there can be some amount of product build up with continuous and excessive use, it’s not flaky in my hair and it is easy to rinse out.
That’s it, feel free to share some of your favourite products as well.
How to Get Rid of the Belly
Prolonged periods of inactivity and a diet high in saturated fat and high sugar lead to visceral fat storage, fat in our midsection that surrounds our internal organs. Some of the fat from the fat cells in that area can end up in our bloodstream raising our cholesterol levels. Belly fat can cause a variety of health issues like increased blood pressure, hormonal imbalances, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance which then leads to type 2 diabetes.
The belly is often the last one to go because the body sees it as a reserve needed to ensure our survival if times are tough and food is scarce.
The bad news is that we can’t target any of these reserves specifically, there is no way to pick where we are going to lose fat from. We can’t target it with exercise or dieting, our bodies always lose overall body fat and only when they are done shedding it everywhere else will they access the fat they have reserved in problem areas like our bellies.
Exercise for belly fat loss
Since we can’t target our bellies specifically no amount of crunches or other ab specific exercises will help us burn reserves there faster. It doesn’t matter how much muscle we put on in a specific part of the body, we burn body fat in an overall way.
This means that in order to get rid of the belly you have to do exactly the same training you would do if you wanted to lose weight in general, once you are low or out of other extra fat reserves to burn you will begin to burn visceral fat in your midsection and every other problem area you have.
The best way to dig into those stubborn fat reserves is through a combination of cardio, high burn and high intensity interval training.
The belly bulge
Exercise helps you burn fat all over your body but it does build muscle in a particular area, depending on the exercise. If you ignore cardio and concentrate on the ab work exclusively instead of burning the fat you need to burn you will end up with a belly bulge. The amount of energy ab exercises burn is not enough to make a larger impact.
That’s why it’s recommended that you concentrate on cardio instead of ab work in general. Cardio and staying active throughout the day – the more you move the more you burn.
Slow and steady for permanent results
Adopting an active lifestyle and cutting out high sugar high saturated fat foods will eventually lead to a flat and healthy stomach. It takes patience and patience is vital in this case. If you rush it and force your body to lose fat faster than it’s comfortable with it will not have time to adjust. Sudden changes to your lifestyle, extreme physical and dietary conditions will also make your body panic and switch to emergency mode lowering your metabolism and conserving anything extra you may eat reserving everything and anything it can to ensure, from its point of view, your survival.
Fast weight loss is temporary weight loss exactly because of that. The only way to get permanent results is to introduce conditions you can then maintain for the rest of your life. Small changes introduced gradually in your lifestyle will make a big difference in the long run. Do anything too extreme and you’ll end up with more weight than you started off with the moment you relapse or stop your training and dieting regimen.
Plan of Action
Do cardio and high burn workouts
Reduce portion sizes
Take mental breaks and take time off
Take home message
Getting rid of a belly takes patience and regular work, better choices on a daily basis and keeping cool at all times. It takes work, sadly, there are no shortcuts that will give you permanent results but it’s worth the trouble.
Why wait until a “special” occasion or the new year to get healthy. Being healthy is not a destination but should be a life long journey for your overall physical and mental health.
Below are a few tips you can use to guide you make lasting lifestyle changes. And the great thing about it, you can start them at anytime of the year.
- Get an annual medical checkup if you don’t have any underline condition. Visit your doctor more regularly if you have any chronic illness like Diabetes or High Blood Pressure. Be sure to get the go ahead from your doctor before starting any strenuous exercise program if you are not a very active person.
- Stay active with an exercise routine, even if you are not with a group or going to a gym.
- Write down your short term and long term fitness goals and Keep a food journal so you can track your progress.
- Stay motivated, get help if you are having a hard time by yourself. Most of all have fun how ever you decide to stay active. Try to do things you enjoy, bike riding, swimming, dancing, aerobics, boxing just to name a few.
- Drink at least 2 liters of water daily. Drink at least 1 glass first thing in the morning and at least 1 glass last thing at night
- When exercising always warm up and cool down before and after your routine.
- To improve your overall health increase your fruit and vegetable intake, preferably fresh (not from a can or package).
- Avoid or decrease stress, alcohol and smoking as these can affect your body and your mood.
- Try to eat regular, healthy meals and snacks. Limit animal fat, dairy products and refined starches. Never skip breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day.
- Get adequate sleep every day, at least 6-8 hrs sleep nightly to maximize your overall health.
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Let me be what I am
by Sharlene Samuel
Let me be what I am
Not what you wish for me.
I cannot fit into your plan;
That’s not the life for me.
The pomp and pride of yesterday
Have vanished in the air;
The honest human being today
Must be free from inward fear.
I’ll do the things I want to,
Whene’er I feel the need;
Not stifle my feelings as you do
By trying to keep a creed.
I’ll talk, I’ll sing, I’ll dance, I’ll shout,
I’ll run, I’ll skip, I’ll play;
I must be free as I move about
Not be burdened with each day.
I thank You Lord, for nature’s gifts
So plenteous an free;
The rising sun behind the cliffs,
The earth, the sky, the sea.
Why then should I not happy be?
Why live as if in pain?
Why waste the gifts God gives to me
By living life in vain?
Material wealth is not for me;
Its price is much too high.
Nature’s gifts are pure and free,
I’ll enjoy them till I die.