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  • midlifelove 4:20 am on April 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: face, , loose, los angeles, mask, mexico, , , pig flu, protect, sneesh, ,   

    Pimped up Pig Flu Masks 

    According to Los Angeles Times,  Don’t count on those disposable masks to completely protect you against the swine flu percolating around the globe. Many people in Mexico City, as well as travelers to and from Los Angeles, have been seen wearing mouth and nose protection of one type or another in recent days.

    Most were wearing face masks, which are loose-fitting and designed largely to help stop droplets from spreading from the person wearing the mask. They also protect the wearer’s mouth and nose from splashes. They are not created to protect the wearer from breathing in very small particles.

    So I thought why not find a selection of these fancy Swine flu masks and post them here.

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  • midlifelove 4:33 am on April 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: atm, caffeine addiction, , diet water, drive-through, , hari dryer, intercom, , opera, party, passing cars, , sunglasses, zoo   

    How to maintain a healthy level of insanity!!! 

    1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and
    point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

    2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice !

    3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.

    4. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks .
    Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

    5. In the memo field of all your checks, write ‘ for marijuana.

    6. Skip down the hall rather than walk and see how many looks you get.

    7. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

    8. Specify that your drive-through order is ‘to go’.

    9. Sing along at the opera.

    10. Five days in Advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party
    because you have a headache.

    11. When the money comes out the ATM, scream ‘I Won! I Won!’

    12. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot,
    yelling ‘run for your lives! they’re loose!’

    13. Tell your children over dinner,

    ‘Due to the economy, We are going to have to let one of you go.’

    And the final way to keep a healthy level of insanity

    14.PICK UP A BOX OF CONDOMS AT THE PHARMACY,
    GO TO THE COUNTER AND ASK WHERE THE FITTING ROOM IS.

     
  • midlifelove 4:15 am on April 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: braveheart, , jews, , Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, Mel Gibson, oksana, racist, Robyn, robyn moore, supremicist,   

    Top 10 reasons Robyn wants to divorce Mel Gibson. 

    mel-gibson10.  I am divorcing Mel Gibson over religious differences.
    He thinks he is God, and I don’t.

    9.  My love for Mel Gibson was blind but this marriage has been an eye opener

    8. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, I think this concept is worth trying out.

    7. He hasn’t dumped me; I am just setting him free.

    6. I found out that I and Mel are incompatible, I am Virgo and he is an Asshole

    5. He is going out with a less attractive person then me.

    4. He hasn’t had a shower since he starred in “Braveheart”

    3. He keeps calling me “Oksana”

    2. I have just got a tan and Mel is a white supremicist

    1. It is not for the money, (NOT) :P

     
  • midlifelove 4:38 am on April 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , aerobic, , , , , , , , , , detox diet, , , , , , , , lemon, , , , , , , , , , v figure   

    10 Effective steps to get rid of Beer Belly 

    What have Jack Black, Jack Nicholson and John Travolta got in common with nearly half of all men in the US, the UK and Australia? As evidenced in recent paparazzi shots, they’re all showing signs of the dreaded “beer belly” – that bulge around the abdomen that hangs unattractively over a chap’s pants and increases the likelihood of heart disease, diabetes and dementia. That’s right, latest research shows if you’ve got a big belly in your 40s, you’ve got up to a 30 per cent greater chance of having dementia in your 70s.*

    Whatever you call it, beer gut, beer pot or beer belly may not necessarily have a lot do to with beer drinking – but almost certainly alcohol consumption of some sort will play a big part in its creation.

    So how do I get rid of beer gut fat?

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    It’s difficult to lose beer gut fat but not impossible. The trick is to take your time, cut out the alcohol or reduce it a lot, and take up something you enjoy that will provide regular exercise. Here’s a quick guide to how to do it:

    Ten Tips for Banishing Your Beer Gut Now

    1) Get inspired Your inspiration will serve as your motivation, so think of something that you really want. Is it being able to look better? Wear cooler clothes? Attract more women? Have more energy? Perform better sexually? If you are motivated by the fact that you can impress that new woman with your sculptured abs, then go lose your beer belly now.

    2) Set realistic goals – If your waistline measures 38 inches, set a goal and make it 37 next month. You can make it 35 on the second, and then 32 on the next. Don’t aim to make it 24 if you are starting from 38 — and even if it’s from 38 to 34, it wouldn’t still be a realistic goal to achieve. Set only the goals you and your body can attain.

    3) Combine aerobic exercise and strength training You won’t get rid of a beer belly just by doing sit ups. Research show that aerobic exercise – swimming, treadmill, speed walking, running, spinning and biking at least four times a week – is required to reduce belly fat. You need to spend at least 45 minutes per session. You should also walk as often as possible.

    4) Strength training While it won’t remove belly fat you’ve already accumulated, strength training does prevent the formation of new deep abdominal fat as proven by Kathryn Schmitz of the School of Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania.* After two years, the middle-aged strength training group members gained only a small percent of deep abdominal fat while the control group gained 21 percent.

    You may want to consider not only working out your abs, but also working out your shoulders, pectorals, back, and arms to help create a more shapely “V” figure, which will help reduce the appearance of your belly. Keep this in mind: bulking up your muscles requires fewer reps (about 8 ) and fewer sets with greater weight. Building leaner muscle requires more reps, more sets, and less weight.

    5) Burn fat slowly Don’t crash diet. You’ll weaken muscle, slow your metabolism, and in the long run damage your health. Instead, aim to reduce your weight by 1 or 2 pounds a week, by eating plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole foods, and reducing fat and sugar. Always eat a good breakfast. Five small meals in a day is highly recommended. You will look good, feel good and stand a much better chance of keeping your weight and your beer gut down permanently.

    6 ) Drink less alcohol There’s a reason they call it a “beer belly,” and drinking less beer, or quitting drinking altogether, will help you lose belly fat. No matter who (or how good looking) the drinker is, beer is bad for a number of reasons. The most obvious reason is the caloric content of beer. The less obvious reasons are the inflammation of the pancreas and liver, and the bloating that often accompany the over-consumption of alcoholic beverages; this includes alcohol mixed with sweet, sugary liquids like soda.

    7) Build exercise into daily routines Park the car a few blocks from work forcing you to walk the rest of the journey every day. If you take the bus or train, try and get off a stop or two early and walk the rest of the journey. Avoid taking lifts and escalators if there are stairs you can take instead.

    8) Reduce sugar Sugar is a big one. The sugar found in junk food and soda is the kind of sugar that burns quickly, unlike those sugars found in fruits and vegetables, which burn more slowly. If your body is processing sugar to create energy, and you’re not using any energy, those sugars will be converted into fat for later use. If you’re going to enjoy sweets, enjoy them right before you use the Stair Master.

    9) A daily lemon — Recognize your best friend when it comes to burning fat: a lemon. The formula is simple. In a glass of lukewarm water, put the juice you have squeezed from half a lemon. It’s the best way to jumpstart your problematic metabolism and it also cleanses your liver.

    10) Drink water – Drinking water after eating is not enough. If you are not drinking enough water a day, then don’t expect to lose your beer belly anytime soon. Eight glasses containing eight ounces of water a day will make your chances of getting rid of beer belly bigger and better.

    The final clincher – bizarre beer gut fact No 3

    Blokes who booze in a big way could end up with not just a belly but ‘big man boobs’ too. Why? Because drinking large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis can cause a slight increase in the production of the female hormone, estrogen, on top of a reduction in the male hormone, testosterone.

    It’s a long term commitment to lose belly fat, but when you’re fit, trim and mentally alert at 70, you’ll be glad you did it.

    * Rachel A. Whitmer, PhD, research scientist of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA, and member of the American Academy of Neurology. Published March 26, 2008, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

    * Schmitz KH, Jensen MD, Hannan P. Strength training prevents increase in visceral fat among women. Presented at the American Heart Association’s 46th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in association with the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism, Phoenix, AZ, March 2-5, 2006.

     
  • midlifelove 5:12 am on April 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arousal gel, CSI, dispenser, female enchancement, free, , intense, , ky, lubricant, mild, niacin, parabens-free, sample, sensitivity, sex boutique, sexual enhancement,   

    Arousal Gels For Gals 

    For female sexual enhancement, arousal gels can do the trick for many women. They totally help women get in the mood and feel the sensations of pleasure because they stimulate erogenous zones and increase desire to have sex. And that is good news for all men.Female gels have escaped from the “sex boutique” labeling and gone mainstream with the latest launch of KY Intense – a new gel from the well known personal lubricant company promising heightened intensity for women.

    According to KY’s publicity, the patent-pending formula features a proprietary blend of niacin and sensory enhancers that help create a warming sensation, heightening arousal and sensitivity. It’s hormone and parabens-free and comes in a pump dispenser.

    Most of the female enhancement gels out today have super smooth, silk-like textures, which feel so sexy on. They glide on effortlessly and then make women feel oh soo good. The idea is to massage a pea-sized drop of the gel directly to her intimate areas during foreplay.

    According to the company’s testing, 75% of women in the consumer studies noticed a difference. However judging from the reports from some of the early testers, the results have sometimes been a little underwhelming, – prompting responses from ‘mild’ to ‘numbing’. If you want an experience that’s more natural, organic and longer lasting, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying one of the herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite which do the same job in a more subtle way. http://www.herbalignite.com

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    Female arousal gels are typically water soluble and non-staining, so unless you are dating a CSI, your sheets should be OK and not show the signs of your sexual escapades. Only you will know just how much fun you really had.

     
  • midlifelove 5:13 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conscience, dark chocolate, , excuses, , preservatives, , south american, truffles,   

    Plenty of Good Reasons to Eat Chocolate 

    Generally festive seasons such as Christmas, Easter and birthdays are good enough excuses for eating chocolate.

    However with none of these in sight for the next five months I was looking for some guilt-free excuses for eating chocolate, and I have compiled a list to sooth my – and perhaps your – conscience.
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    1.      It is a hot day and I cannot leave chocolate behind in the car, so I had better eat it before it melts.

    2.      Eating chocolate can help improve your maths. That’s according to Prof David Kennedy, director of the brain, performance and nutrition research centre at Northumbria University, and a co-author of a study which showed chocolate could be beneficial for mentally challenging tasks.

    3.      I am supporting the economy of a developing country in South American by eating chocolate; it is for a greater good.

    4.      I am eating chocolate for the fruit and nut in it.

    5.      Use the term sampling chocolate instead of eating. Example: I am sampling this handmade chocolate truffle.

    6.      If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is that a balanced diet? Don’t they actually counteract each other?

    7.      A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn’t that handy?

    8.      Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

    9.      It’s got protein in it. “A chocolate bar has around 3-4 grams of protein.”

    10.   It can prolong your life. “Men who ate the most chocolate had a 47 percent lower mortality rate over 15 years than a similar group that consumed little chocolate.”

    11.  This chocolate bar is not mine; I am holding it for a friend.

    12.  Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look younger.

    13.  Q. Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous?
    A.      Because no one wants to quit.

     
  • midlifelove 7:20 am on April 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Bizarre beer belly facts 

    Does what I drink make a difference?

    Different drinks have different calorific contents and a pint of lager or bitter certainly packs in more than a glass of wine, but it all adds up. Every day, a healthy male will consume roughly 1850 calories as part of his diet. Your average pint of bitter contains roughly 200 calories, so if you’re knocking back three or four pints a night that’s almost half your daily nutritional intake. All else being equal, just one beer every evening adds over 1000 calories to the equation each week. In less than a month, an unwanted pound has materialized! And so-called light beers aren’t much help; a 12-ounce serving still contains 100 calories or more.

    How you drink alcohol — how often, how much, when and what kind – also has impact. New research shows binge drinkers develop bigger bellies than people who consume the same amount but drink regularly. Wine drinkers have smaller bellies than hard liquor drinkers.

    Where does your beer gut come from?

    It’s basic maths. You get a beer belly by consuming more calories than your body needs. If you burn off more calories than you consume in food or drink then you lose weight. If you consume more calories than you burn off with exercise then you gain weight. Not rocket science is it?

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    Bizarre beer gut fact No 1 – beer doesn’t make you fat

    That’s right – because of the unique ways alcohol is absorbed in the body, your beer belly is not beer fat. This is because alcoholic calories are used by the body first – they are not stored and converted into fat. But the trick is, the body is so busy burning up calories from the alcohol that it doesn’t burn up the calories from the fatty foods that are being eaten at the same time. People tend to eat fatty foods – chips, pies, pizza, peanuts sausage rolls and fatty steaks when they consume beer rather than low fat salads…And it’s the fat from these foods that will be stored around the abdomen.

    Bizarre beer gut fact No 2 – starving yourself to reduce calories won’t help

    In an attempt to avoid gaining weight, some drinkers employ the strategy of substitution: on the days when they imbibe, they subtract food from their menus and replace those calories with alcohol. Aside from the obvious nutritional downside of such a practice, it doesn’t really work. Alcohol exhibits some unique and inconvenient properties that can thwart even the most conscientious calorie counter.

    •    While alcohol consumption may slightly increase one’s metabolic rate—leading to more total calories burned—the calories that are burned are drawn from protein sources (muscle). So, even if drinkers maintain their body weight, they may actually lose muscle mass while gaining fat.

    •    Alcohol interferes with the liver’s ability to break down glycogen stores. This leads to a drop in blood sugar, which triggers the hunger reflex. In many settings where alcohol is consumed, the foods available to deal with those hunger pangs tend to be high in calories.

    •    Alcohol impairs a drinker’s judgment, often leading to the consumption of more calories than usual (typically in the form of high-calorie, low-nutrient-density snacks). And, once a beer or two has been consumed, it isn’t unusual for people to switch to mixed drinks, some of which pack a whopping 800 calories or more.

     
  • midlifelove 3:51 am on April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 20, anagen, androgenetic alopecia, areata, bald men, cictricial alopecia, effuviam, , hormonal changes, medications, nicholas cage, pattern baldness, premature baldness, , regrowth, scalp infection, , , telogen, traction, trichotillomania, x chromosome   

    Wondering why you’re losing your hair? 

    Sting has been losing his hair for years but is still seen as very sexy. Nicholas Cage appears to be losing his hair but this doesn’t affect his attractiveness. And Sean Connery – probably the sexiest bald man alive – has never stopped having impact on succeeding generations of women. But that’s maybe small consolation if you’ve noticed you’re losing your locks at a rate of knots. You’re starting to blame your genes for thinning on top – and to a degree you would be correct.

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    If you’re starting to shed hair in your 20s, check out your maternal grandfather. While most baldness is caused by hormonal changes as we age, a 2005 research study showed premature hair loss in men followed the pattern of their maternal grandfather, as the gene that caused this hair loss was carried on the x chromosome.

    In 2008, the same researchers reported that chromosome 20, which can be inherited from either the mother or father, also contains a gene that can cause premature baldness. With the chromosome 20 gene, the son’s premature baldness may resemble the pattern of the father’s baldness.

    Of course, there are many other causes of hair loss and many other causes of baldness, and these are covered further down, but hair loss and baldness caused by hormones is the norm for both sexes.

    The cause of baldness or hair loss needs to be identified to determine the treatment that is most likely to succeed in re-growing hair.
    Baldness is defined as an area of the scalp that is no longer covered by hair, while Hair loss is defined as a more generalized loss of hair over all the scalp, or over part of the scalp, but hair is still retained in the area.

    Alopecia is a medical term, and can be used to refer to baldness and or hair loss.

    Hair loss, of course, can be the start of balding, but the reality is hair loss happens to everyone with hair, every day, so although you may see more hair in your brush than usual, or around the shower plug, don’t panic.

    Your hair goes through a cycle of growth and rest. The course of each cycle varies by individual. But in general, the growth phase of scalp hair, known as anagen, typically lasts two to three years. During this time, your hair grows about 1 centimeter (just less than 1/2 inch) a month. The resting phase is called telogen. This phase typically lasts three to four months. At the end of the resting phase, the hair strand falls out and a new one begins to grow in its place. Once a hair is shed, the growth stage begins again.

    Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. But with about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn’t cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair.

    Gradual thinning is a normal part of aging. However, hair loss may lead to baldness when the rate of shedding exceeds the rate of regrowth, when new hair is thinner than the hair shed or when hair comes out in patches.

    Causes of specific types of hair loss
    •    Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). In male and female-pattern baldness, the time of growth shortens, and the hairs are not as thick or sturdy. With each growth cycle, the hairs become rooted more superficially and more easily fall out. Heredity likely plays a key role. A history of androgenetic alopecia on either side of your family increases your risk of balding. Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair and the developmental speed, pattern and extent of your baldness.

    •    Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia. This type of permanent hair loss occurs when inflammation damages and scars the hair follicle. This prevents new hair from growing. This condition can be seen in several skin conditions, including lupus erythematosus or lichen planus. It’s not known what triggers or causes this inflammation.

    •    Alopecia areata. This is classified as an autoimmune disease, but the cause is unknown. People who develop alopecia areata are generally in good health. A few people may have other autoimmune disorders including thyroid disease. Some scientists believe that some people are genetically predisposed to develop alopecia areata and that a trigger, such as a virus or something else in the environment, sets off the condition. A family history of alopecia areata makes you more likely to develop it. With alopecia areata, your hair generally grows back, but you may lose and regrow your hair a number of times.

    •    Telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is usually due to a change in your normal hair cycle. It may occur when some type of shock to your system — emotional or physical — causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. The affected growing hairs from these hair roots fall out. In a month or two, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family, or after a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it corrects itself, but it usually take months.

    •    Traction alopecia. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair too tightly cause traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before there’s scarring of your scalp and permanent damage to the root, hair usually grows back normally.
    Other causes of hair loss

    •    Poor nutrition. Having inadequate protein or iron in your diet or poor nourishment in other ways can cause you to experience hair loss. Fad diets, crash diets and certain illnesses, such as eating disorders, can cause poor nutrition.

    •    Medications. Certain drugs used to treat gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure may cause hair loss in some people. Taking birth control pills also may result in hair loss for some women.

    •    Disease. Diabetes and lupus can cause hair loss.

    •    Medical treatments. Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may cause you to develop alopecia. Under these conditions, healthy, growing (anagen) hairs can be affected. After your treatment ends, your hair typically begins to regrow.

    •    Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. If a hormonal imbalance is associated with an overproduction of testosterone, there may be a thinning of hair over the crown of the scalp. Correcting hormonal imbalances may stop hair loss. Hair loss can also occur with pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, or an overactive or underactive thyroid gland.

    •    Hair treatments. Chemicals used for dying, tinting, bleaching, straightening or permanent waves can cause hair to become damaged and break off if they are overused or used incorrectly. Overstyling and excessive brushing also can cause hair to fall out if the hair shaft becomes damaged.

    •    Scalp infection. Infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back. Ringworm, a fungal infection, can usually be treated with a topical or oral antifungal medication.

    •    Trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder). Trichotillomania is a type of mental illness in which people have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair, whether it’s from their scalp, their eyebrows or other areas of their body. Hair pulling from the scalp often leaves them with patchy bald spots on their head, which they may go to great lengths to disguise. Causes of trichotillomania are still being researched, and no specific cause has yet been found.

    Bald men who feel really good about themselves exude a sense of strength, confidence, passion and masculinity.  Women everywhere have learned that hair doesn’t make the man.  In fact, some hairstyles on men can be off putting. And yes, women would prefer that a man embrace his hair loss issues rather than hide behind a horrible comb over, cheap rug or poorly placed plugs.

     
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