Four Tips to Setting Realistic Fitness Goals!

We all start somewhere and setting up a new fitness routine is something that takes time and great motivation. Working out has a number of rewards and it can be quite challenging, both mentally and physically. One of the biggest challenges to being successful with a fitness routine is to set realistic goals that you can accomplish. As time goes on and you reach your initial goals, you can then set additional goals that will make you push harder to reach them. This article will provide some tips to setting realistic fitness goals.

1. Pencil​ ​it​ ​in.​ ​The hardest part of starting a fitness plan is getting started. Once you are in a routine, you can crush your goals and feel better than ever about yourself and your abilities. One of the best ways to start off your fitness program is to pencil in your workout sessions on your calendar. Make sure that you put aside time every day to spend time working out. If it is your rest day, it is still important to write it down in your calendar. While it may be rest day from spinning, you can still go for a walk, practice some restorative yoga, or go swimming. Rest day is a day to give your body some time to rejuvenate but it doesn’t have to mean that you do nothing.

2. Share​ ​your​ ​goals​ ​and intentions​ ​with​ ​family​ ​members​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​can​ ​encourage
you.​ One of the best ways to ensure that you meet your goals is to share them with others. Having an accountability partner can help you a great deal in staying the course when times get rough or when life becomes so busy that you feel that you need to sacrifice your gym time to take care of other priorities. Family members can encourage you and will likely have a vested interest in your success at accomplishing your fitness goals.

3. Start​ ​small.​ ​Nobody started out being perfect. Everyone has to practice to get to a level of success. As with starting anything new, it is best to start out small. Starting small will allow you to build up confidence in your abilities and reach mini-goals that will continue to help motivate you to reach the larger goals. In addition, starting off small will help you build muscle and endurance so that you can adequately accomplish your goals without feeling defeated. If you set a goal too large, you will likely not be able to meet it and then you will feel discouraged and you may want to quit altogether. Setting small goals is a evidence-based way to succeed.

4. Prepare.​ It is a good idea to always be prepared for your fitness plan. Set out your clothes the night before, fill up a water bottle, and have your gym bag ready to go. It will be tough enough to get the courage up to hit the gym but if you have everything laid out and ready to go, getting ready will be one less deterrent.

These goals are great for those who are just starting out and are looking for a way to get into a routine that makes fitness a priority. If you have reached the point in which you are looking for more intense goals and information on increasing the effectiveness of your fitness program, you can find more information online. In addition to the tips we provided, there are also more that we found on their website. No matter where you are in your fitness ability, get out there and get to work!

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Three Tips to Using Oils to Stay Healthy!

Are you looking for natural ways to keep healthy?. Essentials oils may be the answer you are looking for. When people think of oils, they probably think that it is only limited to aromatherapy. Most people know that oils are placed in an aromatic diffuser so that the house can smell good. But aromatherapy can also have benefits such as mood enhancing and energy boosting depending on the oil that you will use.

But now, research has discovered that oils can be used for a variety of purposes, one of which is to improve the health of individuals. Check out some of the tips below that you can do in order to be healthy through the use of oils.

1. Use them to fight colds and flu – When the fall and winter months come, there’s no denying that some of our family members might fall sick. When that happens and you are adverse to them taking medicines, you may try the natural method and use oils instead. There are so many oils that you can choose to that job. One of those can be peppermint oil, which can relieve chest congestion and even soothe headaches and fever. Other than the peppermint oil, you can also choose lemon essential oil, which is a very effective decongestant. German chamomile can also relieve muscle aches and pains brought about by the flu. Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are so much more oils that you can use. Just do your research to find out what oils you can use and choose one that you are most comfortable with.

2. Use them to get a good night’s rest – Aside from exercise and having a good diet, one of the things that our bodies need in order to be healthy is ample rest. When you don’t get enough sleep or you suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, your body is more at risk to suffer from many diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. When you lack sleep, there is also an increase of cortisol in your body, which is the stress hormone. If you’re having difficulty getting enough sleep, try putting lavender, chamomile or jasmine oil on a cloth and then place that next to your pillow. As you breathe aroma, it will help you have a more relaxed and peaceful sleep.

3. Use them to treat skin rashes and the like – Oils are a great natural remedy that can be used for skin ailments such as rashes or even psoriasis. If your skin itches, it may be due to reasons such as eczema, hives or dry skin. Soothe your skin by applying oils like chamomile. You can even use this for itchy scalp if you are suffering from it. If you want something that you can use as a moisturizer, Good oil hemp is an answer to that. Hempseed oil is perfect as a moisturizer because it has a high content of omega 3. It can help the skin retain hydration and is also used to treat dry hair.

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Four Beauty Procedures You May Not Know Exist!

There are many ways that people ensure that they look their best at all times. Whether it be getting their hair done regularly, having their eyebrows waxed, or getting their nails painted, the beauty industry is a booming business regardless of what area of the world you live in. In fact, every culture has a set of beauty standards that the people adhere to. This article is more than about just getting some work done on your skin as we will discuss some beauty procedures that you may not know exist!

1. Dental​ ​therapy.​ ​Have you ever heard of someone being petrified of going to the dentist?. In a dental therapy office, there are a variety of services that are offered. From massages to reflexology, the idea is to welcome you into a space that you may not find intimidating with the overall goal of getting you in to the dentist chair by offering massages or other relaxing mechanisms to help you reduce anxiety and be able to have your teeth cleaned without a problem.

Reflexology

It may sound strange to you, but dental hygiene is critical for one’s overall well-being and if it takes having a massage or reflexology session to accomplish it, then so be it.

2. Cryotherapy.​ ​This procedure has been utilized by athletes for years as it helps to decrease pain and aches in sore muscles. Based on new research, cryotherapy has been used for the past few years to help people overcome problems with eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, and even weight loss. The procedure requires you to stand in a frigidly cold tank for a few minutes. So cold that you will be standing in sub-zero temperature for a few moments. Celebrities swear by the procedure and many have boasted about being able to burn up to 600 calories in a matter of a few minutes. If you can withstand the frigid temps for a few moments to help burn calories and relieve some skin problems, cryotherapy is one to try.

3. Anal​ ​bleaching.​ ​Celebrities such as the Kardashian’s have made this beauty procedure quite popular as of late. It may sound like an odd procedure but it can actually be done at home and quite quickly. People have an obsession with making their body look perfect. In some parts of the world, having a lightly colored rear is highly coveted and therefore people choose to partake in anal bleaching. If you don’t want to go to a local dermatologist or having a microdermabrasion treatment to lighten your derriere, then purchasing an at home DIY kit is the way to go.

4. Mesotherapy.​ ​This therapy process is simply the injection of a cocktail of vitamins, amino acids, and medications specifically formulated for your age and skin. The combination of these together helps plump up your skin and hydrates the tissue. The results are astounding and help to decrease signs of aging, remove sun spots, and brighten your complexion.

These beauty procedures may sound unique to you, but there are many people that swear by them. While beauty is certainly subjective and is measured by the eye of the beholder, there is no one-size-fits-all beauty routine which is why the industry is so inclusive of all interest areas.

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Review : Aveeno Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion + Exclusive discount code!

Hey guys,

I would love to introduce you to a popular brand that has now launched in India.. It’s Aveeno Baby!. It’s #1 trusted brand in the US for its use of natural ingredients.

Aveeno Daily Moisture Lotion

Today, am reviewing their Daily Moisture Lotion which contains natural colloidal oatmeal blended with rich emollients to soothe baby skin.

(Ignore the remnants of a henna design on my hand 😆)

Usually lotions are packaged in bottles. However, in this case, it comes in a tube with a flip open lid. It’s packaged so because, it’s not as runny as a usual lotion would be. Instead, it has a creamy texture of medium thickness. It’s white in color & gets absorbed into the skin easily, leaving a dewy sheen to the skin. It’s non greasy and such a gentle formula. I tried it on myself first to get the first hand feel. My god!. This product quenches the thirst of dry skin. It feels like a refreshing splash of water, so hydrating and nourishing.

Aveeno baby lotion

It’s fragrance free and has only the scent of oatmeal to it, which is very mild & natural. I also love the fact that this lotion is paraben & phthalate free. It also doesn’t have any drying alcohols in it. My baby’s skin feels soft & hydrated using it ♡

Overall, I absolutely love this product and highly recommend it 👍. Please watch this brand film of Aveeno :

Here is the exclusive discount code just for you, that I promised in the post title!

I am so excited to offer you this discount code. Head over to this link to add this product to your cart (leads to popular baby products shopping site, Firstcry) & apply the code AVEENOBABYMJ to get Rs 100 off your bill!.

Price : Rs 799 for a tube containing 227 gms.

Definitely experience this product yourself & also share this with other moms too 🙂

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Four Tips to Washing a Wool Blanket!

Every winter, millions flock to stores to purchase woolen items to keep them warm as temperatures drop during the season. This type of fabric is among the most expensive types of garment material due to its high quality, production cost, and delicacy. However, if cared for properly, woolen items may provide a lifetime of warmth to their owners.

Here are four tips to washing your washable wool blanket.

1. Use​ ​soaps​ ​intended​ ​for​ ​washing​ ​wool

Wool is one of the most delicate kinds of fabrics and as a result requires gentle soap or detergent which will not strip away the oils trapped within its fibers. These oils are essential for keeping the fabric looking as lovely as the day you bought it. Any detergent which claims to be “heavy duty” or contains enzymes and bleach will only harm the fabric. Opt for soaps and detergents such as Woolite which are designed for washing woolen products. Alternately, detergents suitable for babies and other pH neutral soaps may be used. If you must use powdered soaps, dissolve the particles in water prior to use as friction may cause holes to form.

2. Don’t​ ​scrub

When the blanket is soaked in a mixture of cold water and detergent or soap, dirt lifts off the surface of the blanket and into the water. Scrubbing the blanket is therefore unnecessary and this only damages the fabric and ruins its shape. If you must machine wash, soak the blanket for 15-20 minutes then wash at the machine’s gentlest setting for no more than three minutes then rinse for a full cycle.

3. Don’t​ ​wring

Woolen blankets become very heavy when immersed in water and one’s first impulse may be to wring out the fabric in order to remove as much water as possible in order to reduce drying time. This is a pretty bad idea. If you do, you may end up ruining the shape of the blanket and cause permanent wrinkles. Instead, roll the blanket like a beach towel, within a towel, in order to remove moisture. Do this until a significant amount of moisture is removed.

4. Air​ ​dry

Air drying your woolen blanket is a major key. Placing it in the dryer can cause the fibers in the wool to crush and make the blanket coarse. Instead, hang the blanket on a clothesline on a windy day. The wind will remove much of the moisture while sunlight does the rest of the job. Exposure to direct sunlight may cause fading, coarseness, and damage to fibers but is helpful in moderation to remove mustiness. However, if you must dry using a dryer, place wool dryer balls into the machine as this reduces the amount of time it would take to dry, eliminates static and softens the fabric.

To ensure the longevity of your favorite woolen blanket, follow these tips. But before you begin to wash the blanket, make sure to read the tag to see if it is a hand-washable wool blanket or if it is “dry-clean only”.

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I AM SORRY FOR THE EMAIL BLAST!

My dear friends & followers,

I apologize for the email blast you had to face today morning. I was making some changes to my blog, so I hid most of my posts. Then I restored it and I never knew it would be considered as new emails. You must have gotten about 300 emails. Please don’t feel annoyed with me or think of unsubscribing :(…😳

SORRY… 🙇.. Won’t happen again..

Naz 💝

Review : Dermal Collagen Essence Sheet Masks (2 variants)!

Hey guys,

Recently Skin18 sent me two Dermal Collagen Essence sheet masks, as part of their ongoing Reviewer Programme (which you can join too, even if you are a newbie blogger (Minimum requirement : 500 followers), by clicking here).

The ones I got were a) Pearl & b) Royal Jelly. These sheet type essence masks offer your skin direct nutrition & is of high quality. They are easy to use and fuss free. Both of these give a snug fit on the face.

The masks are brimming with essence. I found most essence on the mask itself and next to nil dripped inside the pack in the case of the Royal Jelly mask. However, the Pearl one had a more runny type of essence and there was plenty inside the pack, which I took in my hand and massaged into my face.

Both masks have a light, pleasant scent and is cool to touch and non oily. It says here on the pack that it should be applied on cleansed skin.

In detail :

Pearl Mask – This one contains 0.02% Pearl powder, which is supposed to keep the skin fresh, moisturized & bright. It also has 0.2% Hydrolyzed Collagen, among other ingredients. Volume : 23 gms

Dermal essence sheet mask

Royal Jelly Mask – This one contains 1% Royal Jelly extract, which is a complex of various kinds of microelements such as protein, fat, carbohydrate, water etc & supposed to help troubled & tired skin, keeping it soft & healthy. It also has 0.2% Hydrolyzed Collagen, among other ingredients. Volume : 23 gms

Dermal essence sheet mask

I left it on for 20 mins. The Pearl one felt brightening and moisturising while the Royal Jelly one left my skin feeling hydrated and nourished.

I do recommend you try these masks. The only problem I found with it is that both has parabens in them.

Price : $1.40 (Approx AED 5.14) for each of these masks. They are definitely budget friendly.

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Note: These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Arabian Gold 3D Henna Cone!

Hey guys,

For this last Eid, my husband got me a special henna cone by the brand Arabian Gold. Two things that were written on the cone, immediately caught my attention :

● 3D color
● Clean within 2 minutes

Not to mention the extremely colorful packaging!

Arabian Gold henna cone

I was quite intrigued. I always sleep overnight with henna on, so that I can get the most intense color. However, this cone was different. I decided to try it out. As I started applying it, I understood how it works.

It is jet black in color and very shiny on application. It dries pretty fast (even though not in 2 mins as mentioned on the tube) and it looks exactly like a tattoo. It also changes color to a golden-ish color. It’s very pretty to see.

As soon as it is dried, you can peel the design off and the color is absolutely intense!. It’s so surprising. But one thing is sure, this thing contains chemicals.  Otherwise it wouldn’t work like this.

These are the designs I did with it :

3D henna design

On top right side, you can see how it looks immediately after application. Then, in the next pic, it has a golden tint. It’s dried & ready for removal.

3D Henna design

On top left side, you can see that I have peeled back a small part & kept it aside.

Here is another surprising thing. It fades fast. The next day itself it faded to the level where normal henna would be on the 5th day or so.

The tube is bigger than a regular henna tube (like the green Singh tube which I usually buy). Overall, I would recommend this henna cone, if you need to get amazing results fast for just an occasion or so.

Price : Rs 25 (A regular cone costs only Rs 10).

I got this from Navaratna Hypermarket, Kerala.

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Do I Need a Kid in My Life?

Hi guys,

This post is a personal discussion between you and I. Have you ever been on the fence about whether or not to have a kid in your life?. Then read ahead :

I never wanted kids in my life… You might wonder what kind of woman am I to say something like that. But it’s the truth. In fact, I know there is a minority in the society consisting of women who share my sentiments. I am writing this for those women..

Today, I am a mother to a 22 months old son. I had him after 4 years of married life. Even after the initial year of my marriage, people had started asking when I am gonna have a kid and it annoyed me a lot. That’s how the Indian society is. My husband said we should enjoy life freely and thus, we put the ‘family planning’ on hold. But after 4 years, hubby said it’s his dream to have a kid and I was shattered. I finally told him I am not ready and nor I ever will be and he was shocked.

We had several discussions, mostly arguements but then he asked me why did I get married if I didn’t want kids.. Hmm, interesting point.  Truth is that, I didn’t wanna get married at all but then my parents wanted me to have a support, a husband, a family and I had just gone with the flow.

Anyways long story short, I understood that it’s truly selfish if I didn’t let my husband realize his dreams of being a father. Then I became a mom. Our son, Eshaan, was born in 2015 and it was just amazing 👶

A little bundle of joy indeed, something I would have missed out on if I had decided to never have kids. I realized a lot of things after actually being a mom and I will discuss it with you now. It might help you to finally make your own decision. Here they are below in points :

● First and foremost thing is that a child becomes your future. Something to look forward to… Something to live for….

● When you are old and needs support,  it’s your child(ren) who will look after you.  Well, that’s the hope atleast. We can’t predict at all, how the future would be but you can raise a child with values and they will respect you forever.

● You grow with them. Children teach a lot of things to us too. My son has taught me to be a better person..

●  The joy that you experience when they develop each day, do/say something new is inexplicable. Even their smile lights up your day. Every moment, a memory created, to be relived another day..

● A child is a happiness maker. Recently, I noticed how sensitive my son is to my moods. When I am sad, he calls me, gets my attention, kisses me and generally just distracts me from whatever I am sad about. I am incredibly amazed by how much a kid understands even from such a young age.

● The fact that this little person comes to you for comfort is just adorable. They need you and you can’t help but need them back.

● When I hold my son, I just feel complete. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s like a puzzle that’s complete, now that he has come into my life..

Picture source : Google.com

● Since becoming a mom, I realize how big this role is. I now respect my mom more.

● Kids are one of God’s most precious gifts. They keep amazing you each day..

● Sometimes I just want him to sleep, so that I can rest. But once he does sleep, I surprise myself when I feel a longing to hold him again and play with him..

● A child brings more love into the family. The love between you and your hubby increases like ten fold  💑

These are but a few points that I wish to convey to you. By the way, motherhood isn’t just happiness. It’s tough. It definitely is. I believe that when I am discussing it, I should discuss it all & not just paint a picture of joy.

● Be ready to be responsible. You have a little person depending on you. That’s huge.

● Be ready to get your patience tested. Sometimes I just wanna rip my hair apart. That’s how much my son makes me go nuts, by being stubborn. But I need to learn patience. I am slowly doing it and that’s why I said earlier that he makes me a better person.

● Be ready to learn that your kid is an individual, one with his/her own viewpoints, that might clash with your’s.

In another two  years, my son would be ready for school and God only knows how I would cope with that. More responsibility,  more madness & craziness coming up in my life. But then again, I am happy. That’s what truly matters…

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Five ailments that can be naturally cured by supplements!

Supplements have long existed to help treat various ailments. They have also been used as the basis of some pharmaceutical companies in developing common medicines. You can find supplements either as tablets, capsules, soft gels or in liquid or powder form. But whether you eat them or drink them, they help add nutritional content to your diet.

Supplements

Aside from supplying vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body, supplements can also be taken when you are suffering from these ailments.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Abdominal pain along with diarrhea or constipation is never a good feeling. It’s a sure sign that there is something wrong with your bowel system. One of the ways that this can be helped is by taking in Psyllium Powder. This can be ingested as a capsule or taken in powder form and mixed into your food or drinks. Psyllium adds fiber to the body to help with the symptoms of constipation as well as diarrhea.

Sleeping Problems – If you’re experiencing difficulty in sleeping then it’s time you consider magnesium supplements. Magnesium is known for its healing properties and this includes sleeping problems. We lose magnesium through certain foods that we eat and drink such as alcohol, caffeine, and some medications. Taking in additional magnesium can help in the production of melatonin, which then helps you sleep better.

Flu – When it comes to treating the flu, check out elderberry supplements. The one responsible for this is an elderberry extract called Sambucol. It helps boost your immune system, thereby preventing the virus to further spread. Flu symptoms are reduced in as early as two days. Plus, they have an anti-inflammatory effect, which helps lessen aches, pains, and fever.

Colds – The common cold is truly a common ailment that has been experienced by most, if not all, people. And when it comes to colds, Vitamin C is one of the most prescribed supplements. It’s available as a pill, tablet, juice, and cough drop as well as in other forms. Taking Vitamin C will help reduce the number of days that you’ll experience colds as well as reduce its severity. So make sure that you take your daily dose but do consult with your doctor first.

Chronic Pain – Cannabidiol (CBD) is making waves in the field of medicine as it is now being identified to potentially treat different types of conditions. But while there are still scientific and clinical studies that have to be done, CBD Crystals have already been used to treat various conditions including chronic pain. CBD Crystals are ingested through vaping or dabbing and you don’t have to wait long to experience the effects. For those who have concerns regarding CBD, you don’t have to worry as these are safe and do not contain any psychoactive elements.

There are a lot of supplements for different types of ailments. Just be sure to check this with your doctor before taking any. And as always, take supplements together with healthy foods. Your health is important, so practice living a healthy lifestyle and say goodbye to these ailments.

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