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The 15 Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2014

The 15 Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2014

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease, cancer, liver disease, osteoarthritis, and type 2 diabetes in the US. Every day, thousands of Americans try fad diets, which never work, and they spend millions of dollars each year on diet programs and exercise equipment, and they read plenty of blogs. Here are the top 15 weight blogs of 2014:

1. Authentically Emmie

Emmie

    This is an awesome blog for plus-size women. Emmie weighed 450 pounds, and so far has lost more than 100 pounds. She doesn’t worry about goals. She says she will know when she feels healthy and happy.

    2. Prior Fat Girl

    Prior

      Prior Fat Girl began as a weight loss journal, chronicling one woman’s weight loss struggles and achievements. It turned into a “prior fat girls” (and guys) blog that helps people through all stages of weight loss.

      3. Feel Great Health & Fitness

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      Plexus

        Learn all about the Plexus Slim products that are guaranteed to help anyone reach their weight loss goals.

        4. Does this Blog Make Us Look Fat?

        Look fat blog

          This is a comical take on weight loss, and highlights how social media can help you lose weight. Rebecca Regnier and Robin Gorrell show you how to find the best weight loss buddies, stop binge eating, and more.

          5. It Sux to Be Fat

          Sux

            Find everything from food reviews and healthy but tasty recipes to exercise tips for plus-size women, from sisters Jennifer and Katherine. You will see their own transformation each week as they weigh in.

            6. Brooklyn Fit Chick

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            Brooklyn Fit

              Here you will learn about the latest trends in fitness, including the Paleo Diet. Find some great tips, as well as reviews on cookbooks, fashions, fitness equipment, and more.

              7. Can You Stay for Dinner?

              Dinner

                See one woman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of weight loss. Andie Mitchell shares a number of excellent weight loss tips, plus some delicious, healthy recipes.

                8. Cranky Fitness

                Cranky

                  Unless you are already an exercise fanatic, chances are you are like most of us, and you hate to exercise. You are obviously not alone, and Jan Graham shares her workout experiences in a blunt manner on this blog.

                  9. Diary of an Aspiring Loser

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                  Dairy

                    A large part of Michelle’s success can be attributed to an attitude of lifestyle changes, rather than temporary weight loss. Look at her before and after photos.

                    10. Yum Yucky

                    Yum

                      Sometimes you just have to splurge, and this blog lets you know that it is okay, in moderation. You can lose weight and still enjoy your favorite treats. Here you will find helpful tips on how to lose weight.

                      11. Roni’s Weigh

                      Roni

                        Veronica “Roni” Noone chronicles her weight loss in the form of a blog for all, instead of just a journal for herself. She offers amazing tips for weight loss that people can actually relate to, and offers ideas on how to stay active with the family.

                        12. Run, Eat, Repeat

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                        RunEta

                          Personal trainer Monica is a runner, and still couldn’t lose weight because of the way she used to eat. She started this blog to track her weight loss efforts, and offers tasty low-calorie recipes to help with weight loss.

                          13. Preppy Runner

                          Preppy

                            All runners will enjoy this blog. Learn how running can help you lose weight, and see the proof with the results that Theodora has achieved. This blog is inspirational for any level of runner.

                            14. No Thanks to Cake

                            Cake

                              This blog shows you how to overcome emotional eating. See how Kelly overcame her own bad eating habits, and learn how to get into a healthier lifestyle.

                              15. Sassy Pear

                              Sassy

                                This is for 40-something women who are trying to lose weight. The author shares her inspirations to help inspire others to start working out.

                                Featured photo credit: Alan Cleaver via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                                How to Overcome Boredom

                                How to Overcome Boredom

                                Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                                I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                                If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                                What is Boredom?

                                We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                                You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                                It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                                If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                                When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                                Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                                If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                                Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                                Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                                In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                                It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                                Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                                Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                                In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                                3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                                1. Get Focused

                                Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                                You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                                Here are a few ideas:

                                • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                                • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                                • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                                2. Kill Procrastination

                                Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                                So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                                Here are some ideas:

                                • Do some exercise.
                                • Read a book.
                                • Learn something new.
                                • Call a friend.
                                • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                                • Do a spring cleaning.
                                • Wash the car.
                                • Renovate the house.
                                • Re-arrange the furniture.
                                • Write your shopping list.
                                • Water the plants.
                                • Walk the dog.
                                • Sort out your mail & email.
                                • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                                3. Enjoy Boredom

                                If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                                Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                                So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                                Final Thoughts

                                Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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