What You Must Do To Achieve Satisfactory Results With the 10 Minute Tony Horton Workout

Embarking on a series where I wanted to review and share some of the more popular Beachbody.com workouts, seemed like it would be both fun and easy. These workouts have this way of making you so confident in the power each workout has to bring change.

My immediate thinking as a graduate of P90X is that there would be some sort of special ingredient that somehow transcends the basics of what you must do to achieve great results with any workout program. In other words, I thought I’d find a common thread that amounted to a magic bullet.

With Regard to the 10 minute Tony Horton workout “10 Minute Trainer”, I was pre-calibrated to believe it was a miniature version of P90X, and that just following along would be a sure path to great results.

The reality was much different, and this came to be apparent as I focused on the user reviews of the product. Basically there was a line of demarcation between who had good things to say about 10 Minute Trainer and who had negative things to say about it.

The line was written on either side of having the proper approach and expectations. I would actually say that with the 10 Minute Tony Horton workout, far more than with P90X, you have to have a very rigid mental outlook on one key area, but than a more open attitude in one other key area.

The first area deals with proper nutrition and diet. One user described it as “controlling the gate”. To see results that you want to see (or you will likely quit) means eating right. This more than anything means less intake of foods that are full of processed sugars and preservatives. As seen in the recent “60 Minutes” piece on the negative effects of too much sugar, you have to know that it causes obesity.

So bottom line, eat pure and clean. Focus on things out of the ground or animals that eat things out of the ground. Get your carbs from fruits and vegetables.

The area where you need to have an open attitude is in your desire to limit your workout to only the one workout of 10 minutes each day. You can achieve results on 10 minutes a day, but to really see the faster results and the gains physically, you will likely have to do more than 1 workout each day. Unfortunately, this is not strongly laid out in the marketing materials for the product.

Managing expectations and approach is your job and will make the difference between “10 Minute Trainer” being positive for your fitness goals or another shelf dust collector.

Hugs are Good For You!

Apparently, (and we always knew this didn’t we!!) hugs are good for you. Scientific studies have shown that hugs help us. Four hugs are said to be necessary for our survival; eight are suggested as the amount needed for good maintenance, and twelve hugs are said to be the level required for growth.[1]

Even another more recent study proved that oxytocin levels are increased through hugging, and that this is especially beneficial for women.[2] Oxytocin is a “bonding” hormone. The hugs also reduced blood pressure in this study, reducing the risk of heart disease.

Actually, you only have to ask any woman and she will agree; most men, though not as needy for hugs, also appreciate a good 20-second hug. 20-seconds might not sound like long, but you certainly get more of a chance over that time to allow the senses of touch, smell and sight to ‘feed on’ the experience allowing this powerful elixir to pervade the being of both huggee’s!

The concept of “cuddle parties” has been mooted as a most platonic sort of orgy that people can engage in to satisfy their need to “bond.” Just think about the possibility of being invited to a cuddle party, especially if you’re single or have a partner a long way away – could be risky for some and an opportunity for others. It seems we all need a good hug!

Seriously though, these cuddle parties have been arranged and do appear to be above board and of great health benefit to those who partake. Provided in a safe environment, hugs can only be positive.

It seems that like a good laugh, fish, vegetables, and sex; a good old-fashioned hug is something that is such a simple fix for the modern maladies of life. It’s ‘body ministry.’

Who can you hug? (Make sure you have their blessing though.)

© Copyright 2008, Steven John Wickham. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

[1] Cited and validated by Judith Weisberg and Maxine R. Haberman, “A Therapeutic Hugging Week in a Geriatric Facility,” Journal of Gerontological Social Work 13 (1989), pp. 181-86.

[2] Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4131508.stm

Planning Your Travel To Asia

The length and breadth of Asia surpasses imagination. You can plan your travel to Asia to ultra-modern destinations, such as Tokyo and Singapore, or to remote villages in China, India, Indonesia or Thailand. Traveling through Asia is like going between different time periods. Some cities are extremely modern and advanced, while others full of mystery and   unique  charm.

Just catching a flight to Asia is not about visiting a continent. It is entering into a whole new realm. More than half of the world’s population lives here and it can be upsetting to see the dramatic standards of living between the rich and poor. However, the mysticism, rich history,  unique  culture, ethnicities, traditions and food can be an extremely enlightening and  unique  experience.

The sheer number of countries would be impossible to cover in a single holiday. That is why you would have to keep returning on cheap tickets to Asia to enjoy a couple of countries during each trip. However, in your quest for cheap flights to Asia, do not neglect the safety statistics of the airline you are going to use.

Every country in the continent offers something  unique  and different for travelers. Some of the highly sought-after Asian destinations include Japan, Thailand, South Korea, China, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore and Indonesia. There are several exotic countries that could become part of your travel itinerary, such as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Traveling to many of these countries is extremely affordable, as the cost of living is not very high. However, countries like Japan and Singapore have high cost of living, at par with many western nations.

Staying here can work out very reasonable unless you intend booking into a five-star hotel. Most visitors prefer to use guesthouses, inns and smaller hotels which offer clean rooms for half the price. If you book a room on the outskirts of a town or village, you may end up getting better rates.

Where food is concerned, street vendors sell reasonably priced food and at times the quality can be as good as restaurants. As long as the food is cooked, you should have no problems where your health is concerned. But make sure that you drink just bottled water.

For travelers flying from western countries, a trip to Asia can be long, and that is why it is necessary to do all the planning well in advance. The continent is full of wonderful marvels and historic monuments that are waiting to be discovered. In addition, shopping in local bazaars and markets can be a  unique  experience. In most Asian countries, haggling is an art form, so to buy the best souvenirs and gifts to take back home, make sure that you bargain hard.

Depending on your travel itinerary, you can get great airline deals to many countries. For instance, if you are traveling to India, it would make sense to check for cheap airfare tickets on Indian airlines that fly to the city you want to go to. However, most destinations in Asia are also covered by major international airlines, such as British Airways, US Airways, Air China and Air Canada.

Laptop Reviews – Lenovo G550 15.6-Inch Notebook

If you’re seeking for a laptop that has an affordable price and relatively reasonable functions, the Lenovo G550 15.6-Inch notebook is what you’re looking for. Although the Lenovo G550 doesn’t come with high-end features, it is ideal for anyone who is looking for a no-nonsense and straightforward laptop model.

To start off, the G550 comes with an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 (2.00GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) processor and a Microsoft Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium OS. The memory component consists of 3GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM and 250GB Western Digital 5400RPM hard disk drive. In terms of display and graphics specification, the G550 has a 15.6-inch glossy 16:9 display (1366×768) and topped with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD.

The good thing about the Lenovo G550 is that it has an easy access panel to the internal part of the laptop. This basically means that upgrading and repairing the laptop will be an easy task as the laptop’s memory, wireless card and hard drive etc. is easily accessible. On top of that, none of the components are pasted with a ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers, thus, it’ll be much simpler when you want to remove or add-on any laptop components.

For internet connectivity, the G550 is equipped with a Broadcom WiFi (802.11b/g), 10/100 Ethernet and a modem, enabling the user to have a more versatile internet connection option. Besides that, this notebook also comes with a SuperMulti DVD+/-RW Optical Drive despite being tendered at a reasonably low price.

The external design is somewhat elegant, sporting a black weave pattern instead of a dull smooth matte finish. Despite the cover of the G550 is completely made of plastic, but it feels like anything but plastic – it feels like it was manufactured from a solid piece of material. Unlike any budget laptops that provide the user with bunch useless functions and shoddy workmanship, the G550 is pure quality. To think about it, for the price you pay for the Lenovo G550, it is more than reasonable!

What Are Affiliate Marketing Programs

Affiliate marketing programs are a great source of income, probably one of the top three sources of income for a great internet business and one not to be ignored, and it’s one that you can get up and running very quickly with a limited budget.

Affiliate marketing can be a lucrative way of making money online especially when you utilize a blog. Your affiliate marketing blog has to accomplish two things, excellent content and establish credibility for your products. Your affiliate marketing blog has to be more than just a marketing channel but a place where people come to find information in the related industry. Therefore, you cannot just talk about your product but you have to provide some value so the reader can be enriched by your information.

Picking great products is something that you will need to learn how to do. This will start by doing some research into what people want. You can do this by visiting forums and see what problems people are asking about. This will help you see what products will have a better chance of selling. Visit such sites as eBay as well to get a good idea what is hot right now. If you do good research you will be able to pick a few hot selling products to promote.

Choosing the right products and services to market on your website or blog is one thing. Implementing various steps of web promotion like providing back links on various other sites, article submission to directories online, commenting on blogs and writing informative blogs yourself are all part of the mechanism involved in successfully getting into affiliate marketing.

In business, you have to have a wide customer base and this comes with successful advertising and marketing. With partnerships with other businesses you can reach a wider audience resulting to more sales generating more profit. That is simple common knowledge. This is a win-win situation; two or more businesses trying to help each other will provide more sales and can benefit all of those involved with the website.

THE BIG MISTAKE EVERYBODY IS MAKING WITH AFFILIATE MARKETING

You’ve done your research, you’ve now got your products, you’ve got your affiliate links, banners, replicated web sites, blog is all set up. You can now start to drive traffic to these places and make sales. STOP

We have all heard the saying “The Money is in the List” your list is your financial security on the internet. So you drive the traffic to your pages and start making sales, the customer’s details all go onto a list but it’s not your list. The list belongs to the company or product you are promoting, that will be your one time only contact with that customer. You did all the work to get that customer but the details now belong to the company you are promoting; they will be selling them in the future not you.

You have to be building your own list if you want financial security for the future, along with researching your products you need to find companies that allow you to build your own list, which will allow you to market to them in the future.

Pete Davies

Baby Bratz Dolls: Fashionable Babies

Baby Bratz are part of the cool line of dolls manufactured by MGA: the Bratz dolls. But don’t think for a moment these are your typical, oblivious baby boys and girls, because as with the teenage dolls, the Baby Bratz have a passion for fashion, and it shows in every set of clothes available for them.

The Baby Bratz are supposed to be the Chloe, Yasmin, Jade and Sasha Bratz dolls when they were babies. They each have a large head – even bigger than their teenage counterparts – which makes sense considering babies often have heads that appear to be too big for their tiny bodies! Kids (and even some adults) find the Baby Bratz to be cute and adorable, especially when you dress them up for the winter fun.

The price of the baby Bratz range from $7 to $11 each, depending on where you buy them, while their clothes are around $5 – $6 per pack. They have a lot of available accessories, which can go from as low as $8 to as high as $30, depending on which accessories you purchase.

A Baby Bratz doll is a terrific gift for most young girls, and is especially recommended if you are a mom or dad who is not fully happy with the teenager Bratz dolls’ looks and attitudes. If you don’t think that the excess of makeup and the arguably trashy looks are good influences for your little girl, then give her a Baby Bratz doll, and she may be equally happy.

As for the durability, these great dolls are resistant to a number of children’s typical “abuses.” I have accidentally stepped on a baby Yasmin once, and it didn’t break (but she may just have been a lucky baby!). Other than that, I have seen Baby Bratz being thrown, having “traffic accidents” with toy cars, and even getting chewed by a dog, and I never saw them break under the abuse (unless you count dog teeth marks as breaking).

Whether you are a fashion dolls collector or you are just looking for a great doll to give to your daughter, you simply can’t afford not to check out the nice baby Bratz line of dolls. They are a great way to bring tons of fun to your daughter without spending too much. It is possible to buy a Baby Bratz doll and two different sets of clothes for less than twenty dollars, which in today’s economy isn’t that bad.

The Baby Bratz line of cute dolls and accessories can be found in almost every store on the country, and is currently exported to a huge number of countries around the entire world. Once you get to know one of these adorable dolls, you will probably want another one, and soon you will have a preferred Baby Bratz. My favorite Baby Bratz is Jade; what’s yours?

Copyright © Jared Winston, 2006. All Rights Reserved.

How to Answer Interview Questions – Q57

What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment?

This is a fantastic job interview question. It sets you up to shine a giant spotlight on yourself as the ideal candidate for this job.

Never, ever answer this question by talking about something you achieved or accomplished outside of work. No stories about your kids, or how you climbed Mount Everest. Always focus your answer on work-related accomplishments.

But don’t just choose a work-related answer. Choose an answer that is relevant to the specific job you’re applying for. If you saved the company from bankruptcy in your last job, but you can’t find a way to relate the skills you used to accomplish that to the ones you need for this job, it won’t do you any good. Go back through your brag book, your performance reviews, everything you’ve got to think about a story that would highlight your fit for this job.

This is a classic behavioral interview question that requires you to put your answer in the form of a story. Don’t just answer it by talking about the end result of your effort, as in “I ranked #1 among sales reps for 5 years in a row” or “I saved my company $5 million dollars last year.” That’s fantastic, but if you limit your answer like that, you’re missing out on some prime selling time here.

Tell the story. (Use the STAR method-Situation or Task, Action, Result.) Tell how you approached the problem or the goal or whatever it was, how you thought about it, and how you used the resources you had available to start reaching your goal or solving your problem. You can talk about what obstacles you came up against and how you overcame them.

If possible, use your brag book as supporting evidence. (If you’re not familiar, brag books are simply a collection of “good job” documents: award letters, performance reviews, reference letters, complimentary emails, especially good examples of your work, performance stats that don’t fit on your resume, etc.) If you got some award for that achievement, or even a nice email from your supervisor or a customer, show it to the interviewer when you tell what happened. It will make a powerful impression.

With a really good story, you can show your critical thinking skills, your creativity, your work ethic, your skill level-all kinds of things that help sell you for the job.

Types of Matching Mother-Daughter Gifts

Matching gifts are a new yet very cute concept. These are similar or even identical gift items that you may want to give to a mother and daughter team on a special occasion, making their relationship even stronger. People prefer matching gifts because it creates a sense of togetherness and strengthens the bond. Matching gifts are superb ideas for all. These are simply amazing. All it requires is to present a   unique  matching gift is to get the hottest tips on what to buy.

The mother daughter relationship is special. It is one of those special bonds women share in their lifetime. Mothers are great caretakers, friends and well-wishers. You can share anything under the sun with them. If you are thinking of buying a special and perfect gift that dedicates to the relationship, buy matching mother-daughter gifts. The love and bond shared by a mother and her daughter can be best explained by a matching gift. This will make them feel that they are an integral part of their body and life.

Here are some superb matching gift ideas for the mother-daughter duo:

Attires

When it comes to matching gifts, the first thing that should come to mind is the matching outfit. There is something  unique , special and lovable about clothes, especially if you are gifting it to the mother and daughter team. You can go in for trendy matching T-shirts, a dress, complete outfit or a kitchen apron with special messages. This evokes a special feeling of togetherness, care and being in love. Get coordinating attires to impress the duo.

Jewelry

Women and jewelry are inseparable. They simply love to be around jewelry. Hence, if you are truly on a mission to impress them, get matching jewelry. You will have a huge number of choices under this category. Try getting matching bracelets, pendants with two joined initials from mother-daughter names, a matching elaborate necklace and a lot more. You need to keep the  unique  style of the recipients in mind prior to deciding on a gift.

Matching Robes

This is a brilliant idea. It will create a sense of togetherness when the mother-daughter duo visits their favourite spa for a pampering session. Get matching robes or bath wraps for that extra feeling of love, togetherness and care. This will also inspire the two to have quality time with each other.

Wrist Watch Set

You might have less time to spend with your mother due to the restrictions and pressures of your workplace, family etc. Buying matching wrist watches will bring you closer to each other and each time you look at your watch, you will realize that it has been a long time since you have spent quality time with your mother.

A Mother-daughter matching gift is a wonderful idea to impress the duo. These gifts are especially made to recreate the love and strengthening the bond of love between the mother and daughter. This is about making their relationship special.

BTV Solo Beat Maker Software Review

If you are into music production, then you already know the importance of creating the right beat for your music. There are different ways to go about it, but the most cost-effective, intuitive and easy way to create interesting beats is to use a beat making software.

BTV Solo Beat Maker is one of the latest software packages in this genre. It is already getting rave reviews from professionals and novices alike. You can also find hundreds of BTV Solo reviews on the Internet. The package was co-developed by Dallas Austin who has won multiple Grammy Awards.

BTV Solo has the same features found in the hardware version which costs around $1500. But the software version comes at a fraction of that price and all you need is a PC to run it. You can use either your Windows PC or a Mac to run the software. You do not need to have advanced hardware systems to tap the real potential of the package. Since it runs on your PC, you can create, edit and store all your projects and sound files right on your PC.

The BTV Solo Beat making software supports a wide variety of sounds. In fact, you can produce any style of music using this versatile software package. Whether you are interested in Hip Hop, Dance, Pop, R&B, Dubstep or any other genre of music, you can use this package to get the precise style of sounds that you are looking for.

The BTV Solo package comes with a powerful assortment of sound kits, Efx and samples. The software has a 16-track sequencer, more than a thousand sound samples, a fully functioning digital Efx module, an intuitive waveform editing interface and much more.

Each of the samples provided in the kit is mastered and engineered to perfection so that they meet broadcast quality standards. You do not have to tweak or enhance the sounds to make them sound professional. You can start off with a professional set of sounds as your base and work up from there to produce your music.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry like Drumma Boy, Jermaine Dupri, Dj Toomp, Dallas Austin, Tricky Stewart, and Teddy Riley have praised the BTV Solo Beat maker for its advanced features.

Since this software was created by people in the music industry, it truly caters to the real needs of music producers in a very unique way. If you wish to start producing professional music right out of the box, then you can go for the BTV Solo package.

Unique Valentine Gifts For Him – Top 3 Gifts That Would Surprise And Delight Your Man

Did you know that although cupid is at times not the most level headed fellow he does have his moments. Valentine’s are about showing that special man how much love and admire him. Then it is only natural that you will give him gifts that reflect that admiration. Here are three  unique  ways to show how much you really love them.

1. A gift that is not only beautiful but also practical, and yes it is also very masculine in the right style, is the indoor water fountain. This gift says that you appreciate him and want to make his days and nights more comfortable. Indoor fountains make a very healthy addition to his home or office. The water fountain acts as a natural humidifier. This makes the breathing quality of the air in a room much better. Moisture in the air is lost during the winter due to the use of heating systems. Nothing says I love you like showing concern for their health and well being.

2. Personalized gifts make an excellent gift. Get him a gift that reflects who he truly is underneath it all. If he is a big sports fan get him his favorite teams jersey, with his name on it. If he likes to go fishing you can go crazy with ideas, everything from a personalized tackle box with a coupon from you giving him two weekends of fishing uninterrupted, to that new rod he has had his eye on. Make him a love CD with songs that he likes.

3. Sexy lingerie for him, yes, let him know he still has what it takes. Get him that a gift that gives back to you. Bring his “Sexy back” and get your on private showing, need we say more. You may be surprised at the reaction to this gift. Have the champagne on stand-by. A variation on this theme is to give him the bubble bath, foot massage and private dance he has always dreamed of. 4. Gifting can be ordinary or extraordinary it depends on the man, the mood and the money you are willing to invest in making this valentine’s day Rock. Valentine’s day is a time to be creative. All too often people get caught up in what they can buy, let this Valentines Day be about the things you can share. So go on and make a memory.

Finding a  unique  Valentine’s Day gift is pretty easy when you think about the three ideas presented above. With thoughtfulness and uniqueness of these gifts, you are sure to delight your man this Cupid’s day!