Failures to Achieve a Flat Stomach

Be careful, achieve a flat stomach fail due to excessive salt intake! Sodium in salt (NaCl) is actually beneficial for maintaining blood pressure, maintain nerve cell transmission, muscle contraction, and helps balance water, acid and alkaline in the body. Free Nutrition states that a person's daily salt intake should be no more than six grams or one tea spoon. This is equivalent to 2300 mg of sodium. However, a good look-my words: most people in the world consume salt in excess doses! Are the side effects of excessive salt intake? Increased blood pressure. Excessive salt intake increases the amount of sodium in the blood. If this happens, your kidneys will work hard to remove excess water from the body. Pressure on blood vessels and excess water in the body increases blood pressure. High blood pressure will trigger the risk of heart disease, kidney failure or brain disorders if not controlled. Rarely urination. Scarcity of water in the body causes us rarely urinate. Scarcity of water in the body is causing burning during urination. As a result, you may feel a burning sensation after urination. This is because the kidneys help thin salt slows urine production and water conservation. Often feel thirsty.

When too much salt, the body needs water to dilute the salt content in the blood. Generally, the body's cells release stored water to dilute the salt from the blood. The cells need water to work and this is what causes you to feel hungry after eating easier salt. If you encounter such signs above, you should reduce your intake of salt and immediately do a blood test to confirm. Drink lots of water everyday and less salty foods. Switch to consume fresh vegetables and fruits is better. In addition to the dangers on the consumption of too much salt will affect the shape of your body! Can withstand salt water on the body, and this will cause bloating. Lack of water in the body due to excessive salt causes your stomach swell! Weight of water in the body will increase due to excessive salt intake. Heavy water will then be bloated stomach, making your waist look bigger. Consuming plenty of water will help remove excess salt or sodium from the body. How to cope? Avoid foods that contain salt. Of chips, crackers, instant noodles, sweet potato fries (especially the added spice flavor enhancer sow), or processed meat in a can.

Holiday Challenge

I recently received a postcard that made me smile. I'm not at the office and don't recall the name at the moment (Kevin T. Chin is the artist), but I sure do remember the image. Santa riding a giant scary monster Rudolph/Krampus. The piece was done in a nice friendly and accessible style that helped accent the monstrous nature of Rudolph. Great card! Went right up on my wall. It made me think about one of my favorite challenges from last year, the Krampus Challenge. I know that we've got the Dungeon Delve challenge winding up December 14th, but I'd love to toss out a simple little Holiday Challenge to wrap up the year. Like I said, I want to keep it simple. Holiday Challenge concept: Take one iconic element from the holidays (Abominable Snow Monster, Snowman, Krampus, Santa's Elf or simple Santa coloring pages) and do a riff on it. It can be fun and accesseble, or dark and horrible. It's wide open. This one is just for fun. Specs: Final size should be a minimum of 7" (wide or high), 300 dpi, adobe rgb, either .tif or .psd format. Note: Please include how you would like to have your name displayed as a credit, and a url you would like displayed. The top 10 pieces will be selected for publication in the next publication. Artists that are selected for publication will receive a free pdf of the publication. Speaking of Cartoon Coloring Page publications. I received a ton of folks requesting to be involved in creating cartoon publications. Don't worry if I haven't responded to you yet, I'm still digging through the responses. In the meantime though, I've got a few folks digging in on some of the past challenges. Aaron Miller is working on the HP Lovecraft challenge, Belinda Morris has taken on the Hook Horror challenge. Chris Simmons fought me for the Pin-Up challenge, Christina Hess is wrangling all the images for the Krampus challenge. If you hear from one of these folks, jump on the opportunity to have your work included in one of the next ccc publications. And on that note, I'd like to answer a few questions that have popped up concerning the publications. 
What compensation will the artists receive for inclusion into the publication? Sorry to say, but there will be no monitary compensation. Currently I plan to only charge $5 over the cost of publication for each book. That $5 will be used in one of two ways: To pay the monthly fees incurred running the community, URL and hosting fees, and other costs directly incurred for the day to day operations of the site. No, I don't pay myself. Any funds that exceed those costs will be funneled into an account, and set aside to start a scholarship fund to send artists to the Illustration Master Class, or IlluxCon. Will the artist receive a complimentary copy of the publication? This was a great question, and really got me thinking. Since I don't make any "profit" on the products it means that I would have to take the cost of samples out of my own pocket, and I just can't afford to do that. Instead, I've decided that I can create a pdf of the publication and will provide that to each artist that gets into the publication. I'm putting that together this weekend for those artists that were selected for inclusion in the Discover a Muse publication. How many artists will be included in each publication? That's a tough one to answer. We are currently limiting the book size to forty pages. This may change in the future, but until I can find cost effective ways to produce these publication and keep from losing my shirt (like I did on last years calender), I've got to limit the scope of these early publications. Currently we are looking to highlight 10-20 artists in each publication. That's a nice selection of work in each publication. Will every challenge get a book? At the moment, that is my goal. I'm hoping to have the publication available within a month after the challenge ends. Of course, hitting that goal is dependent on you guys. If we send out a call for artwork, and folks drag their feet. I have to make the decision to either drop them from the line-up or hold the publication of the book. If there are only one or two folks missing. It won't break my heart if I have to enforce a deadline, but if 22 out of the 30 are still missing, that's a bigger issue. If a challenge is not well attended, I may decide not to do a publication, but Like I said, the plan is to do a book for every challenge.

Steaming The Town

There are things we look forward to and as they approach we dread them and while in them we hate them then we can't wait to do them again. Such is the beast of the marathon. I ran Steamtown on 10/10/10, just now I am realizing the sequence of numbers, that alone should have been a lucky token. And maybe it was, the fact that I get to do them is good luck. I trained for this devil in the heat of the summer, no less. Since many of my runs were partially in the company of my friend Suzy, I did the Jeff Galloway with her. Galloway is a training program in which walks are incorporated after each mile run. It slows down fatigue in the muscles. The night before I sat in the auditorium at the request of a group of friends with whom I met and listened to the experts tell us to slow down, do not, do not under any circumstances let the first 8 downhill miles take you. Well, I had trained on downhills but still the experts scared me. We talked about it, all of us had different plans for those hills planning to "bank time" but the experts seemed to know better. On race day, however, it seemed I was the only one who followed the advice. One of my friends, the one who motioned me to sit down through the speech, took off like a bat out of hell. I figured I''ll find her later… and I did but 25 minutes after she had finished. Between holding back and calculating my running pace for the Galloway walk breaks my energy was draining out of me. By mile eight I told my friend waiting on the sidelines that I was a bit more tired than I should be. My half marathon time was good. But by 20 I had fallen behind 3 miles from my goal and I knew, a product of touring the course the night before which I never do, that the last 4 were challenging so my mind was already saying "you want me to run how fast?". And so a new goal was considered. I knew I could do the last 6 miles in 12 minutes but I had already missed my goal and any other goal was a compromise I didn't need to make. So a new attitude took place by 22 and with that the fun began, if there can be fun in pain. I talked to the volunteers when I took my walk breaks, now more frequent than the Galloway thing. By 24 I ran into another friend drinking beer so I hoped for wine but not a chance, I did get a nice cold cup of diet coke at mile 25. I finished strong, with no cramps, smiling, content. Didn't hit my goal but still had a decent race. In retrospect, I don't think the Galloway thing is for me and the advice of the elite experts is for elites. I am just one of thousands running by feel and by heart. By the way, dont let that smile fool you. It hurt.

How am I going to Lose Weight

Lose weight diet plans are popular as an aging population looks in the mirror and notices the middle age spread and they don't like it. With so many diet plans on the market is hard to choose the right one. Google certainly has an abundance of choices. Sometimes too much choice can be worse than no choice. Making the decision to lose weight involes more that just a diet plan. Usually sustained weight loss will involve a change in lifestyle and eating habits. Have you been thinking about how you are going to lose weight fast? Many people have and sad to say, many have not. It seems to have become more fashionable now to be overweight. Having meat on your bones seems to be the in thing. My goal was not to be skinny but to be a comfortable weight where I felt good, and looked ok in my clothes. The look of Twiggy back in the days gone by was not my taste and certainly isn't the right look for most of us. Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction in most circles, with the exceptions being models. Models will always stay thin because it is deemed that clothes look more attractive on thin people. There are many products on the market that will help you to lose weight. Choose one that tastes good so you will be more inclined to use it. There are a number of companies with shakes that are delicious. I tried one that tasted so good I use it as a treat in stead of to lose weight, they are usually a meal replacement.
That cuts out a lot of calories for the day, but more importantly gives you the correct amount of protein needed to help you to build lean muscle and lose fat. After you choose which diet is going to help you to lose weight, it would be a good idea to also think about what exercise program you would like to get involved in. Without exercise, to lose weight would probably be unattractive. You need to strengthen the muscle to keep the skin from sagging. If money is not a problem you can join a gym and get a trainer to help you. If you can't afford that luxury, don't get discouraged. Many people have lost weight without the help of either. I like the classical stretch program that I have found on TV. It tightens and lengthens muscles, making you firm. In addition to those benefits, you can also gain some height. I gained a ½ an inch and some have gained an inch. It also improves balance which is beneficial. Having a goal is a tremendous incentive for anyone who is trying to lose weight and firm up. You will look better and feel better as well. Once you are down to your target weight you may want to reward yourself with something, perhaps a new item of clothes to celebrate your new shape. This may also give you the incentive to enjoy being slim and fit, and therefore to keep the weight off. Choosing the right weight loss program and include exercise and changing eating habits is a good place to start.

How to Have a Long Healthy Life

Do you want to have a long healthy life? A study was conducted on a set of tribes in the Himalayas region. That area is a valley called Valley of Hunza with the tribal people of Hunza. Hunza tribe on average have a lifespan of up to 120 years. In this communities the youngest death record was at the age of 90 years. Finally, a study conducted on the tribe and miraculously, until the end of their lives the experts did not find any of those people who suffer from cancer, inflammation, heart disease, high blood pressure or as simple ailments such as ulcers. On 1949, there is a major force caused people of Hunza to migrate and flee to Pakistan. Since then there is a change. Hunza people died at the same age with the most human. Many were sick and died like an average humans. Apparently at the Hunza Valley, Hunza tribe has practice a healthy diet plans and that diet has made them live longer. What kind of diet is that? People of Hunza only eat vegetables, nuts, legumes, and fruits. After they moved to Pakistan, they begin to eat like a normal people: meat, milk, fat and so it goes. Want to have a long healthy life? Keep your diet.