What Nike Free Running Shoes Bring You

It seems that barefoot running is becoming a trend gradual. Many podiatrists and sports medicine practitioners combine it benefits most people to run barefoot for even a few minutes a day. When running without a pair of shoes on your foot, the shock from the ground stimulates the peripheral nerve of your foot, causing nerve's responsive feedback. Thus the brain can know what is happening exactly to the body and in a very short time manage to regulate your gait, so as to avoid injuries like ankle sprains and plantar fascistic. For this distinctive advantage or others, running barefoot has attracted a mass of avid runners in Europe and America, not to mention people in Africa countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya, who regularly run barefoot, just as nature intended.

However, when running barefoot, you still have to do with some problems. Pavement, gravel, glass, and other hazards, which all have a rough surface like, may lead to small puncture wounds before the skin on the sole thickens. Then comes the dilemma to run barefoot and reap the joint-protecting benefits, or wearing running shoes and protect the soles of the feet from injury.

The solution for many is a hybrid barefoot shoe. Now, this kind of barefoot has appeared to make the best of both worlds. Nike Free Running Shoes is one designed to offer an authentic barefoot running experience although you are actually shod. It is lightweight-only 7 ounces, making you generate an "illusion" of running barefoot. It is also flexible, so you will not feel much resistance while running. Besides protecting your feet, as a product of Nike, the footwear giant, Nike Free Running shoes is undetected to get a perfectly stylish face and sustained technological high-tech. With its no-sew mesh and man-made upper, Nike Free Running Shoes really looks like an eidolon in dreams. What is more, a foam arch and a toe bumper have been created to dexterously support the soles and the whole body, enhancing the happiness of barefoot running.

So if you are a barefoot running zealot or only to experience the so-called "natural running", do not hesitate to purchase your ideal Nike barefoot shoes.

What is a Fiber Optic Splice Closure?

Fiber optic splice closure is the equipment used to offer room for fusion splicing optical fibers. It also provides protection for fused fiber joint point and fiber cables. There are mainly two types of closures: vertical type and horizontal type. A large variety of fiber splice closures are designed for different applications, such as aerial, duct fiber cables and direct burial. Generally speaking, they are usually used in outdoor environment, even underwater.

:: Fiber Optic Splice Closure Types

For outside plant splice closure, there are two major types: horizontal type and vertical type.

1) Horizontal type

Horizontal type splice closures look like flat or cylindrical case. They provide space and protection for optical cable splicing and joint. They can be mounted aerial, buried, or for underground applications. Horizontal types are used more often than vertical type (dome type) closures.

Most horizontal fiber closure can accommodate hundreds of fiber connections. They are designed to be waterproof and dust proof. They can be used in temperature ranging from -40°C to 85°C and can accommodate up to 106 kpa pressure. The cases are usually made of high tensile construction plastic.

2) Vertical Type

Vertical type of fiber optic splice closures looks like a dome, thus they are also called dome types. They meet the same specification as the horizontal types. They are designed for buried applications.

:: Applications

Splice closures provide room for splicing outdoor fiber cables together. Fiber splice trays are needed too. They provide the perfect protection for outside plant fiber cable joints.

Fiber splice closures accept both ribbon and round fiber cables. Each type (ribbon or round cable) fits respective requirement of different fiber splicing counts. They are widely used in optic telecommunication systems.

:: Fiber Optic Splice Closure Installation Steps

Here I will outline the main steps involved in fiber closure installation.

1. Components in the closure

Fiber optic splice closure kit usually includes: end plate, splice tray organizer, fiber splice tray, cover, cable grommets, grommet retainer, mounting bracket and misc. hardware.

2. Fiber Cable Sheath Preparation

2.1 Expose the rip cord. This step involves marking the location with a tape marker, ring-cutting the outer jacket with a sharp knife, removing the corrugated armor if applicable, and shaving off the outer jacket to expose the rip cord.

2.2 Remove the outer sheath. This step involves making a longitudinal slit down the outer sheath, peeling off the outer jacket and corrugated metal, and cutting the rip cord flush with the end of the corrugated metal.

2.3 Remove the inner jacket. This step involves using the rip cord under the inner jacket to slit it, cutting aramid yarns, cutting central strength member, and cleaning the filling compound.

3. Bonding and Grounding Hardware Installation

Bond clamp installation. This step involves sliding the cable clamp over sheath, sliding the bond shoe under the corrugated metal, placing the bond plate over the bond shoe and securing the sheath grip.

4. Assembly of Cables to Closure

The preferable location for the two main cables is in the lower end plate port. If a third or fourth cable is required, it is easier to install it in the upper end plate port as a branch cable. This fiber optic splice closure is designed for two cables in each of its two ports. If only one cable will be installed in a port, the provided rubber grommet plug is used to substitute for the second cable.

4.1 Install Cables to End Plate. This step involves unscrewing knob and removing grommet retainer, positioning the end plate assembly, attaching the sheath grip to dielectric cables, sliding cables and sheath grip through, and securing sheath grip to backbone.

4.2 Grommet Installation and External Grounding. This step involves applying B-sealant, pushing the grommets into the end plate port, and applying more B-Sealant.

4.3 Fiber Unit Preparation and Distribution Organizer Installation. This step involves removing more loose tubes, separating each cable’s loose tube into two groups, positioning the distribution organizer, securing the loose tubes to the distribution organizer, and securing the loose tubes.

4.4 Splice Tray Installation. This step involves placing the splice tray, fastening the end of the splice tray to the organizer, and installing cables, grommets and external ground.

4.5 Optical Fiber Splicing. This step involves splicing holder placing, fiber splicing and fastening the splice holder lid.

5. Fiber Optic Splice Closure Cover Installation

6. Closure Mounting

7. Reentry

Color Psychology and a Stained Glass Fireplace Screen – RED (2 of 12)


When we stare at red for a period of time our breathing quickens, our heart rate increases and our blood pressure increases. We become impatient to act. We become filled with energy. Our desires become aroused. We become passionate about a cause. We want to move.

Red symbolizes not only our will to survive, but to do it with an intensity that makes it worth it. Red is action packed, emotionally charged and passionately exciting. It is self-assured and confidant.

Too much red makes us touchy, quick-tempered and even angry. We lose track of time, our appetites are stimulated and we can become frustrated.

Too little red causes us to be timid and cautious and withdrawn.

Red is vital to our psyche, if red is a color you avoid or hate this is an indication that you are overstimulated to the point of exhaustion and red becomes danger, fury or disgust. You find it aggressive and reject it.

It gives us hope, motivation, inspiration and eager expectation of what is possible. This is especially necessary when we have a 9-5 regulated lifestyle. Coming home from a long draining day, tired and wanting to relax, to a house filled with exciting red carpets or walls, can leave you feeling like you are going nowhere, unfulfilled, not in control of your life. No red gives you the feeling that nothing is ever going to change and will eventually lead you into depression.

Red is necessary to give us the little spark of “something exciting is possible”.


Here are some psychological observations about the different shades of red:

1. Cardinal or Scarlet – This shade contains orange. It is rich and bright and indicates a defiant enthusiasm. It is lighthearted and more playful than pure red.

2. Vermilion – This orange-red is the most provocative, animated, fun-loving shade in the entire spectrum. It promotes social interaction without aggression, enthusiasm without obligation.

3. Crimson or Carmine – This shade is red with a tinge of blue. It promotes sensuality over sexuality. It is the most sensitive of all the shades of red, assertive without being aggressive.

4. Ruby – This shade is a transparent red with blue tinge. This red abandons all personal connections. It is used to convey excitement without becoming personally involved – it is a dry commercial color.

5. Burgundy – This shade is deep red containing blue and black. It suggests dignity in action. It is less attention getting and is loved by the affluent. It subtly states “I’m in control, my word is law”.

6. Chestnut – This is a reddish-brown shade and signifies a more nurturing mode of action. It is less assertive and more diplomatic.


A common misconception in advertising is that red is all about LOVE. It’s not: red is about the action, the intensity, the arousal and “the chase”, it is not about love (love encompasses all colors in balance). Red is passionate, not usually sensual. The color red directly influences flirting, teasing and anticipation – the chase.

Advertising teaches our young folk that “the chase” is the same thing as love… an unfortunate misdirection. When sex and love are confused, mature appreciation for the opposite sex goes out the window. An apple tree is not an apple. The tree itself has taken time to mature, its roots have dug in deep and it has formed weight-bearing branches. Once the time is right it will yield its fruit of apples. Think of the tree as love and the (red) apples as sex. Yet advertisers would have us place improper emphasis on passion and sensuality, and by our use of colors jerk our emotions around. For the less mature in society, this leads to brainwashing and stereotypes. Valentine’s Day is a prime example. Think of the red merchandise you wouldn’t even glance at if it were any other day. The bright (and gaudy) red is pounding away at your mind to think about sex. But isn’t Valentine’s Day about love? See the advertiser’s misdirection? Next Valentine’s Day, consider making some beautiful burgundy or crimson hearts and watch the result.


Here are 10 suggestions of placing Red in key spots in your home. You need a balance. Items of red interspersed throughout our day give us unconscious spurts of expectation. I suggest many stained glass products because they are translucent, and allow a play of exotic shades during different times of the day.

1. Walls painted red in a kitchen unconsciously inspire us to try new recipes, often on a grand scale, it motivates the cook to veer away from mundane meals and attempt concoctions of greatness! (Make sure your smoke alarm is working!)

2. Hanging a stained glass medallion in front of the kitchen window with a pattern of multi hued reds will connect the outside to your indoor expectations. It expands your world and gives you the feeling that there is something to look forward to when you are finished cooking.

3. Red mattes around a framed photo or painting give a very personal touch of promise to the landscape or person in the picture. I suggest glossy red mosaic tiles for a distinctive flair!

4. Although quirky, red tiles scattered in the bathroom do tend to help get the blood pumping in the morning, and at night can spur positive dreams. Try to keep the tiles in either a localized pattern or a straight line, random scattering is too contrasting and hard to look at.

5. The bathroom or kitchen is also a good place to install a stained glass skylight with clear rippled glass and a few red jewels or glass chips in the pattern you choose (clear rippled glass will diffuse direct sunlight).

6. A red-infused decorative fireplace screen or a stained glass room divider in front of a bay window gives privacy and color to your space. Again, spot impressions of red highlights will create excitement and unconsciously allow your eye to find the perk it needs.

7. Installing a stained glass window saturated with red glass in your bedroom will increase the libido, bring in light and cast reflections throughout the room. Twisting red strips of fabric around tall bed posts or using a quilt with heavy usage of red fabric is a positive touch.

8. Red drapes do not work well unless they are custom created for the space. They can easily overpower a room. If you are going this route, choose a burgundy or carmine shade and offset with a lighter cream, champagne or blush under the drape. It also helps to have the drapery pool into a puddle of fabric on the floor or tie back with red or clear fringe beads. Red drapes will darken a room. Psychologically you want your room to be welcoming or you will not spend time there.

9. The fireplace is a wonderful spot to add touches of red. Wall sconces mounted on either side of the mantel balance the myopic focus of the blazing flame. If you use red infused stained glass, your eyes can see the color whether on or off.

10. When you are sitting in front of a lit fire, your vision is usually drawn to the brightest spot and the rest of the room can fade away. Let’s balance that wonderful warmth by diffusing the direct firelight and heat through a decorative fireplace screen made of stained glass. If the screen has a profusion of red and orange glass chips it will beautify the dynamic energy of the fire bringing a rich satisfaction to your comfort zone. This is one of the nicest things you can do for yourself!

Red does not have to take over your life, but put touches of red wherever you can to bring in the feeling of excitement, stimulation, hope for better things, passion and intensity.

Why Exercise Bands Are a Glass Half Full

Exercise bands and I have a long history.

I used to use them religiously while I was traveling and when I would work out in college. There is no doubt that bands hold a number of advantages. They are portable, inexpensive and it's had to match them for versatility. They are also great for therapy and other applications where a muscle needs some extra tender loving care.

The question at hand is if working out with bands is just as effective as using regular weight?

I used to think bands were just as good as weight. I often surprised why someone might spend $ 500 on a free weight set up when I can do the same movements and more with my $ 30 band setup. Some of the marketing behind bands is that resistance is resistance, no matter where it comes from. To a point this is true, but it's important to understand that how the resistance is delivered is very vital.

The thing with bands is that as they stretch, the amount of resistance they supply increases. Some say this increase is a good thing because with some lifts, you do get stronger as you reach the top of the lift. So it makes sense then to use a tool that will work you harder as you get stronger. It looks attractive to go from lifting 10 pounds to 30. It gives you the impression that the band will give you a far better challenge.

The reality is that if I can lift a band to an end resistance of 30 pounds; why not use a 30 pound weight to start off with?

If I use a 30 pound weight I will have 30 pounds of weight at the start, middle and end of the lift instead of just having optimum resistance at the end of the lift. The truth is a band does give more resilience at some points in the range of motion. It also has less resistance at other points. Does not it make more sense to simply have optimum resistance through the full range?

Of course there is no such thing as a lift that has exactly the same resistance through the range of motion. Through the use of moving the resistance to gravity you can change how much pull the weight has (like in a bicep curl) and even the body will put more or less stress on a muscle as it moves. So in the end, does a change in resistance really matter?

For the most part a slight change in resistance might not matter, but usually bands do not give a slight change. The change in resistance is quite drastic for most movements and in the end; I do not believe that such changes are optimal for most applications for strength and muscle conditioning.

Land Your Sales Or Marketing Dream Job

A Guide to Optimizing Your Career Search

It's no secret that we live in a full-employment economy these days, with unemployment rates running as low as 5% in most parts of the country. As a result, many companies are starved for the kind of A-level talent they need to grow their business. For proven top Sales and Marketing professionals, that's great news. Right now, in fact, it's much easier to make a career move than it has been for the last several years. So the time is ripe for you to land that next great position, whether as an executive, mid-level manager, or front-line contributor. The path to better career opportunities is just ahead. This detailed Guide is designed to help you pave the way and land your dream job in Sales or Marketing.

Six Steps to Making the Right Move

What follows are a few tried-and-true tips to help you greatly improve your career search and make sure your next job is exactly the one you've been dreaming about:

1. Develop Your Plan of Attack

If you're thinking about starting a search for a great position, it's absolutely essential that you take the time to build your own personal strategic marketing plan. Too many professionals enter the job market with no game plan for their job search, other than to prepare their resume; post it on major job sites; and initiate some networking activity. But to be really effective at your job search, you'll need to be much more focused and systematic than that. Before ever picking up the phone or sending out your resume, you need to figure out exactly what you're looking for in a new position. Begin by asking yourself a few things:

o What do I really love to do?

o What am I especially good at?

o What kind of work really excites me?

Easy questions to answer, right? Well, not for everyone. But luckily, there are plenty of resources out there to help you, including established professional counselers and outplacement firms that are known experts in career planning. There are also many great books available, such as the long-held classic, What Color Is Your Parachute ?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers. No matter how you get there, having a solid plan and a clear set of job search parameters in place is a must. It'll make your job search a whole lot easier – and a great deal more successful.

2. Focus Your Search

One of the golden rules in executing an effective job search is this: a laser tight focus.

First, take the time to develop a clear vision of the ideal job that you're looking for, in as much detail as possible. This includes the target industry, company size, location, company culture, job title, scope of responsibilities, and anything else that is important to you. The more you can probably visualize and articulate the exact job you're dreaming about, the better chance you'll have of landing it!

Many experienced Sales and Marketing professionals come through our offices seeking a job, without an adequate definition of what they are really looking for. In particular, executives who've done a lot of different things over a long career suffer from this syndrome. When coached on improving their search focus, they often worry that doing so will preclude them from being considered for another job that they might be willing to take. In attempting to "cover the bases" by saying "I'm wide open," they end up diluting their marketing message. The result is, we do not know how to help them, and nobody wants to hire them.

Next, build a target list of companies that fit tightly within your ideal job parameters and focus on penetrating that list through the course of your search. This "Target Account Selling" method is a commonly accepted practice in most companies – so why not adopt this proven technique for your career search?

If you are not sure of which direction to take, then do research. Informational interviewing is the perfect vehicle for helping you gain a better understanding of a specific industry or company. Industry association directories are another great source of information. And of course, a number of excellent resources exist online. You can start by visiting websites that aggregate job postings like Indeed.com to get ideas on who's hiring in your area that you should include in your target list.

Once you've built your plan of attack and zeroed in on your goals, then you're ready to put your story on paper.

3. Package Yourself as the Ideal Candidate

Let's say you're a sales person producer or marketing genius who wants to make a job change. How do you ensure that you stand out as the best choice to prospective employers?

First, make sure your resume is clear, concise and to the point. Be careful to articulate your unique selling proposition as the ideal candidate in a measurable way. Get rid of all percentage increases and replace them with actual revenue dollars achieved, new markets penetrated, resellers signed up, new customers earned or business impact produced. If you can not quantify the scope and scale of your
past Sales and Marketing experience in absolute terms, along with the responsibility you've had, then you'll unduly miss the "hiring" boat.

Second, and equally important, tailor your resume to align perfectly with your "ideal job." This means cutting your precise job objective, and highlighting your most important skills and achievements as they relate to the specific position you seek. If you're looking for a channel sales position, for example, then make sure your channel sales experience and measurable achievements stand out in your resume, above all else. Be as specific as you can, relative to the exact position you hope to land. Is it a management position or an individual contributor role you want? Be precise. By doing so, you make it easy for Sales and Marketing recruiters, employers or people you're networking with to draw the information they need from your resume, and clearly see why you're qualified for the job you're looking for.

Not following this advice is one of the biggest mistakes we see talent Sales and Marketing people make. Rather, they seek to list all of their experience in the broadest possible way, in hopes of being considered for any / every position that's available. In the process of "covering their bases," again, they dilute their effort. The result is that their resumes get put in the "pass" pile.

Third, make sure you clearly highlight the exact information about the industries and customers you've been involved with. Perhaps you've sold to Fortune 500 companies. If so, list examples and name names. What key relationships have you developed? In a competitive job market, recruiters want to see demonstrated domain expertise and a strong rolodex.

4. Work Your Network

When it comes to landing a fantastic new gig, the power of networking is undeniable. As a Sales and Marketing professional, you already understand the importance of networking in order to acquire new business or find new prospects. So does not it make good business sense to use that same skill for your own personal gain?

By developing a very strong networking plan during your search, you can greatly expand the number of opportunities for new positions that come your way.

In the world of networking, there are people who know how you do it right and those who do not. Those who do not, typically cast about in every direction to fill their day with any appointments they can get, and assume that they're being productive as a result. Not so.

To be effective, your networking activities need to be targeted and purposeful as the planning, targeting and packaging activities that are outlined above. This means a couple of things:

First, make sure you try to target people who know people in your target industry and companies. If you're looking for a marketing management position in a manufacturing company, do not spend time networking with people in the financial services industry – except their clients are your target companies.

Second, make sure that during your networking meetings, you clearly articulate your ideal job, and ask for their help to move you toward your designated goal. Make sure you rehearse an elevator pitch prior to each meeting, which includes something like this:

I'm looking to use my Sales and Marketing leadership skills at a Director or VP level position within an established software company in the CRM space. Who do you know that might be able to refer me to this type of company or has contacts in that industry?

When you specifically articulate what you're looking for and ask for people's help, they're usually happy to assist you with referrals that will send you in the right direction. When you do not have a clear idea of ​​what you're looking for, you're probably wasting the other person's time, as well as your own.

Job hunters should remember a few other basic rules of networking:

o As your networking progresses, stay in touch with the key people you have already met. Keep them updated on your search, progress made, changes in your strategy, updated résumé, etc. By bringing your network along with you as your job search unfolds, you'll have a much better chance of getting a valuable referral from someone you've already met.

o Be sure to remember that networking is about building relationships, and relationships require a balanced give / get. When you network with people, you're asking them to share their time, contacts, ideas and suggestions. You're seeking their help. So when you "get" it, be sure to ask them what you can do to return the favor.

o Once you've found a new job, always follow up with people who assisted you in your search. Thank them. Make sure to send them your new contact information and tell them where you've landed.

o Maintain your newly-built network even after completing your job search. This is an invaluable strategy for enhancing your career down the road. Many engage in networking only as long as it takes for them to find a job, then quickly lose touch with everyone they met along the way. Why not harness the power of those relationships instead? It'll only help you in the long run.

Apply these basic give / get networking rules properly and you're bound to benefit from better leads, better referrals and better job opportunities in your chosen field.

Also, be sure to explore professional online networking programs, such as LinkedIn, Spoke or Jigsaw. These are great tools for rapidly building your connections during your job search. It's easy to sign up online for any of these – and you'd be amazed at the number of people in your own network who already subscribe.

5. Ace Your Interviews

Good news! All your planning and networking (along with your spot-on résumé) have paid off. You've been called in for an interview at a company you've been dreaming of working for. Now it's time to prepare.

Start by learning as much as you possibly can about the company. What are its core markets? Which customers doesit target? Who are the competitors? What is the company's unique selling proposition, and management's vision? What does the leadership stand for? How does the company define its culture?

Next, prepare a set of questions about these issues for the hiring manager. The questions you ask will help you demonstrate your advanced understanding of the company to the interview team, giving you a leg up on other interviewees who have not done such in-depth preparation. You'd be amazed by the number of candidates who have not prepared even one intelligent question to ask about the company or the opportunity! Do not let that be you.

Additionally, make sure you've developed a clear set of responses for questions that you're likely to be asked during the interview, such as:

o What are you looking for?

o What core skills can you bring to our company?

o How would working for our company fit with your career goals?

o Tell me how your experience maps to the position we're filling?

o What was the most difficult situation you've faced in your career, and what did you learn?

As you prepare for a job interview, develop a series of short stories around specific situations you've faced, actions you've taken and opportunities you've produced in your previous positions. These stories should be aligned to the position you are seeking, and showcase your unique selling proposition as a candidate. Prospect employers do not want to hear the answer to whether or not you're a good sales or marketing professional; they want to hear examples of how you've demonstrated your talent in different situations. Demonstrating your skills by telling true stories from your past will help you stand out in a crowd.

Most important, when you're asked questions, provide succinct and reliably short answers. Do not ramble on and on. Many Sales and Marketing folks are extroverts and enjoy making conversation. But there's nothing worse than talking too long and providing overly embellished rambling answers to each question.

6. Dream Your Way Into Your Dream Job

Scientific research has proven that top performers in all fields of life (sports, business, public speaking, to name a few) practice positive visualization, and that it has a huge impact on their ability to achieve their goals. Indeed, most of us have experienced this in some way in our own lives. On the other hand, looking for a job can be a fearful experience for many people, no matter how accomplished you have been in your career.

The single most important determinant of your success in finding your dream job is your attitude. If you view your search as a struggle, it will become a struggle. If you view it as a great opportunity to move to an exciting next step in your own growth, you'll most likely find that great opportunity!

Focus, positive energy, visualization, determination – these are a few of the skills and attitudes that successful job seekers possess.

During your search, take deliberate steps to nurture yourself to maintain a positive frame of mind. Things that help many job seekers include:

o Regular trips to the gym or other forms of exercise

o Forming a small support group of friends and collections you can talk with along the way

o Limiting your search to a set number of hours per week, with evenings and weekends set aside for relaxation with friends or family

o Journaling

Remember, most companies today are starved for A-level talent. So there's no better time than now to consider making a career move. By following the simple tips outlined in this guide, you'll gain a winning edge in your career search – and greatly increase your chances of landing that perfect Sales or Marketing position.

For more information on how refine your Sales and Marketing Career Search – check out Cube Management's Website.

Lose Your Man Boobs – What Not to Do – And What to Do Instead

It is a modern phenomenon that increasingly many men have breasts, or what are known as man boobs. It is a source of shame for many men, and those with them can be too embarrassed to do a whole range of normal outdoor activities. Or take their shirt off when in the presence of a wife or girlfriend.

Many men with man boobs try all sorts of methods to try to get rid of them, but without a man knows what not to do, his efforts could actually make the problem worse. So, here are some of main ineffectual methods that some men try in order to lose their man breasts.

The most common mistake men make is to attempt an exercise program that just works the pectoral muscles. The logic goes like this: if I work my chest, I will get rid of these breasts I've got. Sadly, this does not work: rather than ridding himself of his man breasts, a man could end up making them worse when trying this method of removal. This is because when the chest muscles are strengthened, the man boobs end up being pushed out, making the problem more irrelevant.

The next mistake some men make is trying to cover up their man breasts by gaining weight. Yes, that's right: getting more fat in order to hide the man boobs a man's got. This is the most counter-productive method out there. Rather than ending up hiding his man breasts, this will just make them larger, as most man boobs are weight related.

The last common mistake many men make is avoiding physical activity due to embarrassment. By avoiding physical activity they avoid one of the most effective ways of getting rid of their man boobs: fat burning cardio exercise. This means they end up piling up the pounds, making the man breasts bigger.

So, if these are the approaches a man should not take in order to lose his man boobs, what is the better path? Well, the best one would be to adopt a healthy diet, and plan to do regular exercise.

Rather than any fad diet, one based on the plate method would be good. This means aim to cover half your plate with vegetables, and the remaining two quarters should be made up of one of lean protein (fish, chicken, legumes, etc.), and one of complex carbohydrates (eg whole grains).

And, exercise is the other major component of this approach. A mix of weight training and cardiovascular exercise should be done. Cardio to help burn off the excess fat, and weight training to help sculpt and strengthen a man's muscles. And, all muscle groups should be worked.

Essential Resources For Restaurant Owners

Restaurant owners will find excellent resources for building, maintaining and running their restaurant business, both online and offline. Here are some of the best:

National Restaurant Association

At their website you’ll find relevant news and event information to the restaurant industry available for free. When you become a member, you’ll have access to helpful tools to increase your profits, industry news, analysis and trends, legal updates, access to development and training resources, extensive research, plus services and discounts that range from credit card processing, workers compensation insurance, health insurance and more. The association also promotes the restaurant industry and helps to represent and protect the industry as a whole during the political process.

Visit them at restaurant.org


A fantastic resource for restaurant owners, RestaurantOwner.com offers dozens of downloads including customer service checklists, restaurant operations checklists, training manual templates, cash flow worksheets, inventory worksheets, shift rosters, schedule forms, maintenance history logs, cash audit forms, marketing and promotion tracking templates, server checkout summaries, manager performance review forms and many more helpful downloads.

Joining also gets you access to online multi-media seminars, access to a members only discussion forum, teleseminars with industry experts, hundreds of articles and special reports on marketing, hiring, customer service, employee turnover, catering, cost control and a free subscription to the Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine, a magazine sent to you each month by mail.

Visit them at restaurantowner.com

International Hotel & Restaurant Association

Membership to this truly international association offer benefits like networking with other industry executives, access to industry reporting, statistics and analysis, preferential job posting rates, special rates at IH-RA events plus private members only website access which offers issues & positions, essential documents produced by international agencies, consultants’ information relative to tourism & hospitality, consultants’ publications offered at special members rates, listing on the International Agencies Directory, international agency briefs, private sector association briefs, yearly IH&RA industry affairs reports and regular issues briefs updated often.

Visit them at ih-ra.com

Whatever organization you join, be sure to take advantage of all the information and adavantages they give you access to.

Why Not Choose a Vegan Diet

Man has been known as a meat-eater for a very long time. But in today's age, some people would prefer to go for a meatless eating habit. Vegans or vegetarians are people who are into eating plant-based foods and they seek the health benefits that are found in dieting such food produce.

Eating green plants like vegetables is a great way in dieting but still one must not take for granted the importance of protein in the body. That is because a human body is composed of 40% dry matter (which is protein based) and the rest of the 60% is mostly water based. Protein is important in the repairing of tissues and cells of the body, increasing the immunity level, and developing the body and muscle mass which helps in making the body physically stronger.

To achieve such amounts of essential nutrients for the body while keeping in mind the dietary routine, knowing the right way is important. One is making a vegetarian recipe or meal at home or you can just go and eat at a vegetarian restaurant. Still, here are some helpful tips on getting that vegan diet you always wanted.

First is to make use of meat-substitute food products like beans to be included in your diet. They look and taste like meat but they are still plants and also possess some proteins. Next is the many prepared vegetarian convenience foods that you see at the grocery store. Search for foods that are loaded with important nutrients such as vitamin D and B12, particularly pick up soy products. When you are cooking try to use Tofu or soy crumbles which absorbs seasonings and they also have mild-tasting flavors. Eat dark-green leafy vegetables, which are rich in iron and gives calcium. If you have salads, soups or stews add beans, nuts, or seeds on top to add some protein in them. Choose low and non-fat dairy products. Lastly try going for meatless a day for a week, especially for first timers or people who are still new to the ways of having a vegetarian diet.

Below is a vegetable recipe you can actually do or make your own at home.

Low-Fat Eggplant Lasagna Recipe This is an excellent vegetarian lasagna recipe that is full of healthy eggplants and spinach. It uses no cheese so it's much lower in fat than the traditional lasagna.

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 1 medium eggplant diced
  • 1 64-ounce jar pre-made tomato sauce
  • 1 lb lasagna noodle

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then heat the olive oil on a medium frying pan over medium heat. Next sauté the garlic for 2 minutes, then add the eggplant and stir. Cover the frying pan and cook the eggplant about 5 – 7 minutes until it becomes tender. Cover the bottom of a 9×12 inch baking pan with 2 cups of tomato sauce, and then cover with 4 or 5 uncooked lasagna noodles over the tomato sauce. Cover it with a thin layer of sauce, then add the cooked eggplant and add another thin layer of tomato sauce. Add another layer of lasagna noodles then another thin layer of sauce, then the spinach and another layer of sauce. Add the remaining noodle and sauce.

Cover tightly with a foam and bake it for 45-50 minutes. The noodles are cooked if they can be pierced by a fork. This makes six servings of eggplant and spinach lasagna and each serving containing 16.3 grams of protein.

Having a natural, meatless eating habit is a great thing. For beginners, just try to take things slowly at first to help your body adapt to the change in your diet. And also do not forget to take some exercise once in awhile to add to your daily routine to have a well-balanced and fit lifestyle.

Which Golf Ball is the Right One for You?

Buying the right golf ball might seem easy, but it is not. Golf balls are not all alike and you should never just buy the first golf ball set you happen to see and head for your game. You need to know what kind of golf ball you have and what its capabilities are and you get this information through golf ball comparisons. It is kind of analogous to a baseball player not reaching for the first bat, but choosing the best one among many.

Among the many different types of golf balls available on the market today, the two-piece golf balls and the three-piece golf balls are the two main ones. One-piece golf balls are not usually used in comparison, but for practice purposes only. Your ability, your objectives on the golf course, and skill as a golf player will determine the type of golf ball you need.

The components of a two-piece ball are a core made of hard rubber and a plastic covering that is in most cases made of a type of plastic known as surlyn. The dimples you find on the cover of all golf balls help them travel farther. The two-piece golf balls are light on spin but heavy on distance and are perfect for beginners. In order to enhance the two-piece golf ball, manufacturers can adjust their softness or hardness. You can handle them and feel the difference when making comparisons.

One characteristic of the three-piece solid golf ball is a thin layer of plastic, a cover and a large core made of rubber. Other types of three-piece balls include those that are wound with a center made of liquid, covered by wound leather thread, and a cover made of hard plastic, balata or synthetic rubber. This ball has a better backspin but its distance is not as great. The wounded balls have a high cost and therefore are not used as much.

Beginners probably do not need or want much spin. Their focus should be on distance so the best choice is in the two-piece golf ball. Two-piece balls also come in handy when you want to build on your long shot or you do not have a straight shot. Also, part of comparing golf balls is being aware of your strengths and weaknesses as a golfer.

The golfer who has good skill and consistent shots will probably choose the three-piece golf ball in order to make improvements on his game. When you're a beginner, you're better off just learning how to make a shot by sitting the ball and watching it take off. The next steps after this deal with learning the subjects of backspin and spin. The manufacturers that sell these two types of balls are many. And remember that most all golf balls fall into one of the two categories of two-piece or three-piece. Hopefully, with this information you will have an easier time choosing.

Judge Yourself First Before Judging Others

Our Lord Jesus Christ firmly exclaims "Do not judge, or you too will be judge. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judge, and with the measure you use, it will be measure to you. at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the check out out your eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the doubt from your brother's eye "(Matthew 7: 5-7 NIV).

Judging means criticizing or condemning someone for something they do.

I firmly advised you dear readers to read this article and you will be blessed!

Jesus tells us to examine ourselves first before looking to others. By focusing to ourselves, I firmly believe, we can easily comprehend who we are and easily point out the weak area and ever can encourage and motivate our self to refine our attitude, character and relationship with other people enable to spread the love and kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ commited "therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. , and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash "(Matthew 7: 24-27 NIV).

Dear readers, action speaks louder than words! Therefore beginning today, encourages as well as challenges yourself to try this. On a small index card write "I said something good." On the other side write, "I said something bad." Carry the card with you for a whole day. Every time you say something to a person, make a check mark on the side of the card that fits your words. At the end of the day add up the check that marks on each side. How did you do?

Always remember to look for the good in other people. If you say anything, say something that will make another person feel happier or better about themselves.

Remember, you'll pass through this world but once. Any good therefore you can do or any kindness you can show to any human being let you do it now. Let you not defer or neglect it for you will not pass this way again!

"Instead of criticizing and condemning others," Ellen G. White says, "I have to work out my own salvation. in Christ. Then, instead of weakening those who are chasing against evil, I can strengthen by encouraging words. "

She adds, "We are too indignant in regard to one another. Too often we forget that our fellow workers are in need of strength and sympathy.

In other words, instead of giving stings to your family, relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, encourage yourself to give them a honey. Always remember to encourage and motivate yourself to inculcate these words in your heart and mind when you are alone:

Dear Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; Where there is hatred, let me show love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light Where there is sadness, joy; Where there is an idle tongue, help me to keep away from them.

In conclusion, if you really want to be a successor in life, then do not wait and look to anyone to motivate you, but look at your inner soul, as it's your best motivator!

The writer firmly encourages you dear readers, start now to become a blessing to others. You can make this world a little bit better by setting yourself as a good example in words and indeed to your family, relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Be a salt and a light in this world!

Wish you many blessings to come and God bless!

Moises P. Reconalla

Setting Goals With Smart Planning

Smart planning is probably the only, and is definitely the best way to achieve difficult goals. If you’re not stretching in your goals then you haven’t been paying attention to what we’ve been saying. But if a goal is a real challenge for you then you had better have a thorough understanding of what it takes to achieve it and plan the steps necessary to get there. Here are some thoughts on planning for your goals.

1. Understanding what you need to achieve them. It’s going to be quite difficult to get to the top of your personal Mt. Everest without a full understanding of what you’re undertaking. Read, study, learn, figure out what those people who’ve come before you did right and wrong in their struggle. Learn from them. Be a student of your endeavor. Most everyone who is great at something, especially if they’ve struggled to attain that greatness is a scholar of their arena.

2. Think of all you need. When you consider what it takes to get to the top of Mt. Everest it is a massive technical and material undertaking. This applies to whatever else you wish to achieve, not just climbing that mountain. It doesn’t mean that you need the latest high tech gadgets or the shiniest new lifting equipment, but you do need to fully understand everything that is necessary to get there. Be it the physical implement, or the new training knowledge or whatever.

3. Time tabling. Planning is essentially breaking down the steps necessary to get to a goal and if you’re serious it means also putting them on a timetable. Most goals are better achieved with specific timed increments set for their achievement. Breaking goals down into smaller sub-goals and planning your steps in daily, weekly, monthly, etc., increments helps keep you on track.

4. Over planning. Whenever you talk about goals it comes off as if you’re making plans to take over a small country. I fully realize that most people don’t take most of their goals with that level of obsessive importance. And I don’t mean that everybody should or that every part of your plan should be so detailed that you’re bogged down in it. Simplicity is the name of the game here. Simple steps make the mountain climbable.

5. Unrealistic planning. This really has to do with being honest with yourself and being practical. Everybody wants to get bigger (well most everybody and for the illustration of this goal that will suffice). But to fall into the snake oil trap and believe and literally plan for yourself to do three hour workouts, six days a week is ridiculous. Almost no one can survive such a schedule let alone have the time or commitment it takes to train like that on any type of long term basis. Start with what you can handle and work up.

6. The 80/20 rule. This rule states that if you boil basically any activity down you get 80% of the results from 20% of the work involved. This is probably even more true of physical culture. If you’re doing heavy squats and giving them justice there isn’t much point in 16 other leg exercises. Because there is so much to choose form in the exercise world and in the other worlds we touch it’s easy to get bogged down with the shot gun approach trying to do everything possible instead of the simplest most effective thing.

7. All work and no play. It’s a mistake to get caught up in the purely hyper achievement side of planning to achieve your goals and not build in the other realistic necessary factors. You’re going to need some rest, some downtime and some time to have fun. You’re going to need to build in some way to not drive yourself into the ground. Your body, mind, family, and actual accomplishments will thank you for it.

Women in Leadership Roles – What Is Leadership?

How often have you heard it that a person is a born leader? But are leaders really 'born' or are leadership skills acquired?

What is leadership?

Leadership is more than just setting goals or tasks. Leadership is defining a vision and inspiring others to achieve it. Women in leadership roles are particularly good at defining an objective and directing a group to achieve the goal in a cohesive manner. A good leader shows the way and fosters an environment where all members of the group feel engaged in the project.

Women have a fantastic ability to form strong emotional connections, be empathic and supportive. While these are wonderful practices, women in leadership positions need to be careful not to blur the boundaries.

What makes a good leader?

There are several common personality traits that women in leadership roles demonstrate.

  1. Be a good listener

    A leader needs to set the direction, but a good leader also listen to the input of others. By keeping an open mind and listening to ideas, new ways to achieve objectives can be found. A good leader makes sure everyone in the group feels heard and has the opportunity to contribute.

  2. Be focussed and motivated

    A good leader is enthusiastic and focussed on the task, but also about their role as a leader. People respond to passion and positive energy, and a good leader keeps the team motivated lead by example.

  3. Be available

    One trait of women and leadership that often comes up is being 'available'. Women are often more empathic than men, and as such are more 'available' to their team members. Team members need to feel they can approach their leader and speak freely. Just as important is to keep the whole team engaged, by scheduling team meetings where progress can be discussed, and issues can be raised.

  4. Be decisive.

    No matter how good a listener or negotiator you may be, there are times when compromise can not be reached. Women in leadership positions must be decisive and capable of making the 'final' decision. In some circumstances it is not possible to satisfy everyone, and some team members will disagree. The leader needs to be strong enough to make the decision and follow it through.

  5. Be confident

    Following on from the last point, leadership often involves making 'the tough decisions'. A good leader is confident and does not vacillate. A leader who portraits confidence and self belief will inspire those qualities in others, and bring out their best.

  6. Be Strategic.

    A good leader can keep their mind on the 'big picture' and keep the project moving forward. However it is also important to be able to break the project down into its sub parts for closer analysis. To break it down into manageable steps, and assign milestones while still keeping the whole project in view.

  7. Be tolerant

    On every project issues will arise, set backs will occur. A good leader keeps a cool head and understands this is all part of the journey. During times of uncertainty, people look to the leader for reassurance, and will find security and confidence when the leader remains calm, composed and focussed.

  8. Take responsibility.

    As the person in the leadership role, the buck stops with you. So when things go wrong, take responsibility – not the blame! Taking responsibility is about assessing the situation, finding where the problem occurred and taking steps to resolve the issue and ensure it does not recur.

Switch Plates – The Perfect Finishing Touch To Any Room

For the last couple of months, you have been remodeling your home and now it is time to redecorate and do those finishing touches. Well, one finishing touch that you should not overlook is the switch plates that are on your walls. It is important to get new ones, because if you do not, then you might end up with a mismatched look and then, all your hard work will be for not.

What is great about switch plates is that fact that there are so many lovely options that are available. Some online retailers even boast that they offer hundreds of thousands of options, that's right, hundreds of thousands of selections are available. They come in different shapes, sizes, colors, finishes, designs and styles from ones that are rectangular, others that are circular shaped, and some that feature very interesting shapes. The variety does not stop there either since since they are made from all sorts of materials including metal, wood, ceramic, porcelain, plastic, stone and rock, and even leather to name a few.

Because there are so many switch plates that are available, you can easily find something to nicely complement the décor and styling that you already have going on in your space. Take your living room for example, maybe you have a very vintage feel going on in the space. Then, a great choice for you would be something crafted out of metal, like an oil rubbed brass finished one, that features elegant scrollwork and designs. Or, maybe your living room space is more on the modern side, then a great choice for you would also be ones crafted from metal and this time around ones that feature a brushed stainless steel finish would be the way to go. There are also a lot of wonderful options for kitchens and bathrooms that features hand painted designs on them that would be a nice decorative accent to the space. Like in the kitchen, you could go with one that has pots and pans or other kitchen themes painted on them. And for the bathroom, you might see something that has a bathtub painted on it or maybe bubbles and rubber ducks. Basically with this fixture, there are just a lot of choices out there.

When searching for the switch plates for your home, instead of going to the local hardware store, remember those online retailers and simply hit the internet to do your comparison shopping. Just by the glide and click of the mouse you can find what you want in no time at all. Plus, when you do purchase your selection, it's shipped right to your door, which is pretty convenient since you do not even have to step foot outside your home.

So, if you are at the tail end of a remodeling project, make sure to do those finishing touches and that especially includes purchasing new switch plates for your space. If you do not, then you space might end up with a mismatched appearance, creating a real eyesore that will sabotage all your hard, backbreaking work.

Testing Human Memory

Thanks to the development of new technologies in the field of neuroscience, scientists now have a firmer understanding of the way human memory functions. The main tool employed these days is the fMRI – short for “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” This new tool provides researchers and scientists a functional map of the human brain, and can thus show how the brain works in action. It provides a monitor on which parts of the brain are functioning as a person goes about performing tasks such as speaking, moving, remembering, or thinking. The development of the MRI has been key in improving the quality of patients’ lives. Not only has it been a useful tool for researchers, surgeons also make use of the fMRI (or MRI for short).

The outcomes of this new technology have been enormously beneficial in the medical world. The method is non-invasive and safe, without negative side effects. It is predicted that MRIs can help surgical procedures enormously for patients suffering from strokes, epilepsy, and tumors.

Recently, an important discovery was made by researchers at Stanford University. They found a cluster of neurons separated by a mere few inches involved in two vital but separate aspects of memory in humans. With the use of an fMRI, it was discovered that people who are attempting to encode information in to the form of a memory use the posterior of the brain’s hippocampus, while more activity was present in the anterior region when the people were attempting to retain information stored in the memory.

As the encoding and retrieving of information is vital to the learning process, this was big news indeed – not to mention the fact that it can also be quite useful, in that the encoding and retrieving process is generally thought to be one of the first to be affected by the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease in patients.

Thousands of images of the frontal lobe of the brain were captured via the fMRI as the individuals participating in the study went about performing different tasks related to memory. The fMRI was used to compare flows of blood oxygen to different parts of the brain at different times in order to determine which neurons are more activated during the performing of a specific task. While the fMRI cannot show blood flowing to individual nerve cells, it does distinguish activities that can be happening by as little as one or two millimeters apart.

The entire system of memory that they studied was little more than the size of a golf ball. It is an intricate system that is comprised of numerous parts, each of which differs in its composition and the way it is connected to others.

One part of the study involved showing the participants drawings of every day objects and animals one day before as well as thirty minutes before the fMRI was launched. Then, during the MRI, the scientists showed the participants words. If they saw the name of something that they had previously been shown before, they were asked to squeeze a bulb. This task involves the retrieval process of memory. During this process, it was later observed in the fMRI pictures, there was more brain activity in the subiculum region of the hippocampus when people were showed words for pictures they had seen before.

Another segment of the study involved showing the participants pictures in color of various outdoor and indoor scenes as their brains were being scanned. The indoor pictures would have to be recalled in a later memory test. Some photographs were shown repeatedly, others only once. When the participants were shown photos that they had never seen before, researchers noticed that activity was greatest in a posterior area called the parahippocampal cortex.

While it had long been suspected that different structures in the brain’s memory system were specialized on different tasks, scientists had never before been able to establish this in human subjects – only in laboratory rats and monkeys.

Understanding DVD Decoders

If you have just bought a personal computer lately, chances are high that it has a DVD player or drive installed. However, in order for you to actually view that movie or video, you need to have the proper DVD decoders in your computer.

Even though a lot of operating systems have built in DVD decoders, it will still be to your advantage if you knew how the decoding process works, so in case of a problem you will be better able to explain it to the technician, and you will also be able to intelligently follow discussions on the subject in Internet forums and websites.

First of all, you need to know why DVD decoders exist in the first place; although these discs can hold a lot more data than the CDs, the files, be it movie, video game, or whatever, is still compressed to allow even more information to be packed in.

However, there is another reason why files in this format are compressed, and that is for copyright reasons. The compression of these files was agreed upon by the movie studios to prevent the contents from being pirated. The only way for these files to be decoded (and thus viewed by the player), is through the DVD decoder.

Another reason why DVD decoders are essential is that they can restore the files to the MPEG 2 format, which is used by these files. If you use any other type of decoder than the DVD decoder, the quality of the movie will be inferior. By using the right decoder, the original quality before it was compressed will become available.

For PC users, the DVD decoder is vital, because it is the component that will allow you to watch the film and play that game. It should be noted that there are no freeware programs for encoding DVDs available, but there are several types of software you can use to decode MPEG 2 files, including the popular VLC player.

The good thing though, is that a lot of the software that you will use for watching movies on this file format include the DVD decoder and encoder, so you just have to download the player to view the files. Among the most popular are WinDVD, DVDXpack and Window’s own Media Player.

Besides watching movies and playing games, DVDs can also be used for backing up files. If you want to make a copy of your favorite DVD, use Cloner III, as it can disable the copyright protector in these movie files. It should be noted that most movie DVDs come in the 8 GB type, while most backup discs only have a capacity of 4 GB.

To make it fit, you need to remove the copyright protection on the DVD, copy it to your hard drive and compress it. Once it has been compressed to 4 GB or less, you can back it up on your disc.

The explanation offered above is applicable to most DVD decoders, although depending on the manufacturer, the techniques they employ for the actual decoding and encoding may slightly differ. However, with a basic understanding of the internal workings of the DVD, you will be in a better position to handle whatever problems may occur.