Is Practicing “Everything in Moderation” Holding You Back From Optimal Health and Fitness?

One of the most common phrases uttered by clients around the world is ‘everything in moderation’ – as in, “I’ll be fine, I’ll shed weight, I’ll get healthier…as long as I stay the course and do everything in moderation.” The thing is, countless individuals who practice the ‘everything in moderation’ lifestyle end up living with everything BUT the health and fitness they desire. Why? Perhaps it’s because they’re using ‘everything in moderation’ as a crutch used to avoid choosing a specific path.’Everything in moderation’ an easy way out when individuals don’t want to make tough choices and would rather pacify themselves by choosing to be moderate. Now, some may argue that ‘moderation’ equals ‘balance’ and that being balanced is much healthier physically, mentally and emotionally than living at one extreme or another. But 9 times out of 10, when somebody proclaims that they want to practice ‘everything in moderation’, they’re not searching for balance — they’re searching for the aforementioned easy way out (the way to live without making sacrifices) while also expecting the world! And unfortunately, (of course) change isn’t going to come about with that mindset! Is ‘everything in moderation’ a choice? Sure!Choosing moderation is a perfectly viable solution. So is choosing ‘mediocrity’; choosing ‘average’; choosing ‘standard’. But you don’t choose ‘average’ when you’re striving for fat loss, do you? No! You choose to shed as much fat as you can…in the shortest amount of time. You don’t choose ‘mediocrity’ when you aim for improved health, do you? No! You choose to have the best health you can possibly have, right?You don’t look for a ‘standard’ training program to do deliver you health, fitness and fat loss, right? No! You want an excellent training program that’s going to take into consideration all of your needs, and deliver EXACTLY what you’re striving for! So, than the question is, why would you choose anything ‘in moderation’, when achieving success requires actions above and beyond…average? Take a chance! Go beyond ‘moderation’ with your nutrition. Dedicate ‘above average effort’ to your training; commit to the ‘extremes’ of a healthy lifestyle that suits you perfectly…It’s the surest way to go beyond ‘moderate’ to ‘overwhelming’ health and fitness success.

Microgaming and the History of Online Gambling

Online gambling first appeared on the internet in the mid 1990s. In 1994 Microgaming software was founded and still has the corner market today in many of the online casinos. Microgaming is chip software that runs the various machines found in land and online casinos. There is some debate as to who was the first casino to pop up on the internet and most would say InterCasino first appeared in 1996. However; there are others who claim that Microgaming’s Gaming Club was the first online in 1995.From the first casino to go live on the internet, casinos continue to improve their operations online and tweak the software, servers and connections that cater to the players on the World Wide Web. Regardless of slow bandwidth causing connection problems for the players, the industry still raked in an estimated $834 million in 1998.Intertops was the first online sports-book to appear in 1996; however they have been in operation long before that by taking phone bets since 1983. Intertops is still going strong today and is satisfying over 180 countries with their service.Online poker first sprang up at the start of 1998 and was facilitated by Planet Poker. Following suit was Paradise Poker in 1999, Party Poker and Poker Stars in 2001. Planet Poker is still in operation; however they no longer allow real money to exchange hands. By 2008 Party Poker had lost the lead in the industry to Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker, estimated by the number of players online.The popularity of online gambling does not seem to be decreasing since its birth. With state of the art technology, online casinos have the ability of offering real time play and instant spin capability, thus satisfying all sectors of the gambling industry and increasing revenue. The casino software available today is not only advanced for the players utmost enjoyment but is completely secure.In 2010 the online gambling industry grew by 12.5% with gross revenues of close to $29.95 billion, regardless of the perceived recession. The online casino sector grew an estimated 13.3% in 2010 and brought in an estimated $2.67 billion. The most money contributing to the gambling revenue online is generated by sports betting at about $12 billion.Online bingo stole the lead in being the fastest growing sector for 2010, estimated at 28.4% growth and to the tune of $2.67 billion. Although poker is the most talked about, it was deemed the slowest growing online gambling sector which generated about $5 million.In 2006 many of the online gambling companies decided not to allow USA players spend money in their establishments anymore due to the uncertainty regarding laws of offshore gambling, following the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. There was a great debate regarding different states that were legally able to gamble and those who were not. Many of the casinos revised their policies regarding USA play since that time and now the majority of online gambling establishments will again accept USA players.

How to Motivate Yourself in Health and Fitness

Is There a Real Need For a Personal Trainer?Let’s talk about different forms of motivation. As a person looking to get motivated to lose weight, you should first ask yourself, “Can I motivate myself? If I cannot afford a personal trainer can I still get the job done?” Some people – those who are motivated by something or have completely made a decision to motivate themselves — can use this motivation to get to a point where they’re making good decisions about their eating habits, losing weight, and reaching their goals. On the other hand, there are people looking to lose weight who are not in a particular state of mind to motivate themselves. The question is, Do you need a personal trainer to motivate you? I cannot answer that question for you directly, just as I can’t take your journey to health and fitness for you. But I can tell you this: in my opinion you can lose weight without a personal trainer. And you can even lose weight without dieting. I’ll give you tips on how to succeed in self-motivating to weight loss, and discuss if and how a trainer can be useful in the process.You Can ‘Do It Yourself’Self-motivating can be very difficult. We have created a society which seems to be very needy. This manifests in the realm of health and fitness as the belief that we have to hire a personal trainer and go to a gym in order to accomplish our health goals. But personal trainers are just another tool to assist you in your weight loss; hiring a personal trainer does not determine whether you’re going to lose weight or reach your goals. I know a lot of personal trainers who have obese clients start a weight loss process and after they lose five or 10 pounds they set them loose. Those clients are still obese. I know personal trainers working with clients to get them stronger but they end up gaining weight because of the muscles they build. In the grand scheme of things, this is a positive development because muscle burns more calories than fat, but the clients cannot control what they are doing outside of the gym– self-motivating to change their diets – so they do not lose weight. The good news is that the inverse is also true: you CAN lose weight without a personal trainer. If you structure the way you make changes in your life properly, you can do the job of losing weight and getting fit yourself.To do this, you will have to understand certain aspects of fitness and nutrition. Given the public health crisis of obesity in our society, there are enormous amounts of information on how not to be obese available to you — on the Internet and in libraries and bookstores — that you should take full advantage of. Gather resources and information about the human body, food plans, workouts, training regimens, and dietary supplements to help you work towards reaching your fitness goals. I also recommend looking in the self-help section of the bookstore to see what speaks to you. This can help you change your mind about other negative habits in your life so there is a complete metamorphosis, not just of the body but of the mind as well. This is what ultimately determines your success – how far you can go to alter your mind. This is why personal trainers do not guarantee weight loss, because they cannot live in your head. What can guarantee that you reach your goal is altering your state of mind so that you think differently about health and fitness, about your weight loss. Even better, eventually you will not have to think about it at all. Health and fitness and training can and will become second nature, just like waking up and brushing your teeth.You Can Do It at HomeAs we think about health and fitness being second nature, let’s also consider the necessity of a gym or fitness facility to reach our fitness goals. As with the ‘need’ for a personal trainer, there is no need to pay a monthly fee to enter a place where there is equipment, other people, or sometimes distractions in order to reach our fitness goals and become healthier people. Just being active and doing more than you did in order to become obese or gain the weight will start the process of reversing your obesity or shedding pounds. So if you do not have a gym or fitness facility, what do you or where do you go for exercise? Well, places you can get a good workout may be in your own home, like a spare bedroom, basement, or garage. Find a spot where you can lay out a couple of mats, put up a small television, get a few free weights, and some workout videos. Add some fresh plants and make sure you have nice lighting and upbeat colors to make it an inviting personal workout space. Over time, setting up your own workout space will cost you considerably less than the gym membership that you going to be paying for even when you’re not going to the gym.You can also go outside in the sunshine and nature to get some vitamin D and fresh air. In the spring, summer, and fall your training may happen at a park or lake or some other outdoor venue. In the winter this may be a little bit more difficult, but you will have your personal workout space to retreat to, where you can continue to stretch, do push-ups, sit-ups and free squats in order to keep your body in motion to burn fat and continue weight loss. None of these suggestions requires you going to a fitness facility. They don’t require you to put out a great deal of money to become healthy. What it does require is that you build a resistance to failure and the negative voices in your head and create within yourself the aptitude for self-motivation. This means you will have to take on the burden of being able to motivate yourself. In essence you will have to become your own personal trainer.