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3 Top Tips for Transforming Your Kitchen

3 Top Tips for Transforming Your Kitchen

Transformation can take many forms, and the result does not always realise the dream we visualised. Fortunately, preventing your kitchen transformation from turning into a nightmare whether aesthetically or financially, is easy, provided you observe a few simple tips and tricks, and here are 3 of the top ones worth taking ahead of calling in the kitchen fitters or getting handy with that hammer.

1. Redesign: Make a Kitchen that Works for You

The best way to truly transform a kitchen is of course to call upon an expert designer or design team. There is a massive difference between calling on the help of a kitchen fitter and calling on the expertise of a kitchen designer or design team. To put it plainly, a designer or design team will not only create a new kitchen to replace an old, outdated or shabby looking one, but take the time, make the effort and go to the length of transforming an entire kitchen space into one that doesn’t just meet your needs but exceeds them. Therefore, to truly transform your kitchen, seek the assistance of a designer.

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2. Renovate: Make an Existing Kitchen Work for You

Provided your kitchen is equipped with the bare necessities – we’re talking working white goods, a sink and fitted counter tops and cupboards / storage, it is entirely possible to make your kitchen work for you and do so without ripping the whole room out and beginning from scratch. It might be hard to believe, but tackle key issues such as lighting and you’ll have successfully transformed any kitchen.

The trick is to remember that whilst pendant lighting used over islands and tables and the addition of under cabinet LEDS to add some sparkle are both great ideas, simply dressing your window(s) well is often sufficient to brighten up a dull or dark kitchen. Further, because dressing a window is a necessary expenditure and additional lighting isn’t, it is worth doing so properly.

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Hence, invest in blinds or shadings to create a stylish, unobtrusive look and to inject some additional vibrancy opt for a bold or block colour blind or shading. Unfussy, contemporary and the best means of controlling the amount of natural light within a kitchen, swapping out old curtains or nets for blinds is an instant transformation.

Meanwhile, for more inspiration, ideas and to learn about some brilliantly thrifty, retro and truly illuminating  ways to transform any kitchen into an exciting and fun space in which to cook, eat or simply make a brew, you can continue your reading via the This Old House website.

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3. Reimagine: Make Your Kitchen the Heart of Your Home

Kitchens are particularly tricky and often end up also being a particularly costly room to transform. This is due to two major reasons. Firstly, kitchens are rooms which require expensive and often less than lovely looking gadgets and goods – namely ‘white goods’. Secondly, most kitchens in 2016 are of the ‘fitted’ variety. Hence, there is little to no scope of rejigging the furniture should you get bored or find the existing layout is not ideal for you and your family. Fortunately, there are ways of working around these two sizable issues which can transform a kitchen from a space entered out of necessity into the heart of a family house.

To begin with, free yourself from the idea that just because the cabinets and appliances perhaps are fixed into place this means your sense of style must too be reigned in. Whilst it is true that kitchens are best kept clutter free for health and safety reasons, this needn’t mean cooking in a sterile environment or one scrubbed free of personality.

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To see proof of this and just how an ordinary kitchen can be turned into an extraordinary space, visit the Pinterest website and view their online gallery of extraordinary kitchens. With literally thousands of designs as well as DIY ideas on how to go about creating million dollar looks, even those working to the tightest budgets are likely to find a way, or numerous ways, to transform their kitchen in 2016.

Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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