“I am convinced that one of the reasons so many people are turned off from the idea of church these days is that it is all so explainable. Too many churches are growing simply because they are well-oiled machines. Church programs, in and of themselves, will not change one person’s life for eternity. Rather, what causes a thief to quit stealing from his employer, what causes divorced people to soften their hearts and remarry each other, what causes a man to stop using pornography, what causes a homosexual to turn away from his lifestyle, what causes grown men to reconcile after not speaking to each other in years is the touch of God. If the Lord is truly our focal point, needy people can come into the house of God and feel his convicting power even during the time of singing, before the preacher ever starts.”—When God Comes to Church
You probably have some old things that you don’t need or want anymore. You might be able to sell the items and make some money.
The older the item is, the more valuable it may be. Certain limited edition toys, for example, could be worth hundred or thousands if they are still in the packaging. Old video games, out of print books, and other discontinued items might be worth quite a bit to an eager seeker. Comic books, collectible sports cards, made special addition magazines could get you some money. Sign up for an ebay account if you have something that might be valuable.
You can also have a good old fashioned yard sale. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. As long as it can still be used or fixed, you can sell it. Not only will you free up some space in your closet, but you will make some extra money, too.
When you make a sale, put the money into an interest-bearing account and reap the benefits every month.
There has been a lot of interest in the bodybugg lately, and many visitors are (naturally) looking for personal experiences with the armband. I talked about the bodybugg a good amount after I bought it, but I know some of you want to know how it works, long term. While I can’t claim to be representative of all bodybugg users (ha!), I thought it might be useful to share my experience so far.
It’s been about four and a half months since I bought the bodybugg at my local health club. I went through the training sessions (where I got some good info, even though I found the bodybugg site pretty intuitive and didn’t need a lot of help with it). I was motivated by the interesting information and synced my armband several times a day. I faithfully logged my food and saw good results.
Then, like any other long-term “resolution,” I started being a little less dedicated in my efforts. I only logged my food when it was convenient. I wasn’t as faithful about syncing. And after the included three-month subscription ran out, I let it lapse. (That was partly because I was going on a week-long bike trip and wouldn’t be able to sync, log food, or get real-time feedback, but also because I didn’t want to pay unless I was committed to actually using the service.)
What does that say about the bodybugg? Well, actually, not much except that it’s like any other tool: you have to use it to get any benefit out of it! And I did get some great benefits when I was using it.
From May 22 to early August when I started slacking, my daily average weight dropped from 150 to 139. Not the incredible numbers you’ll see on The Biggest Loser, mind you, but numbers that made me happy, particularly since my end goal is 130.
My current average weight is 143. I have no doubt that if I’d stuck with my faithful bodybugg use, I’d be at my goal by now.
So why didn’t I stick with it? Lack of focus. When I first started with the bodybugg, the novelty aspect helped me stay interested in my health, and encouraged me to make good food and exercise choices so that I could see a positive and accurate picture.
After a while, the novelty wore off, and without paying much attention, I stopped caring whether something was a good choice or not. Last night I missed dinner and ate a lot of dessert, then came home, had dinner, and ate more dessert. If I was logging food, I never would have done that.
So what can you expect with the bodybugg? I’d say it depends on your personality and habits. It’s certainly a useful tool to give anyone a kick in the butt to make a change. The question is whether you’ll be able to stick with it after it’s no longer new and exciting.
If you are the kind of person who can stick with something as long as you get useful feedback, the bodybugg is probably your dream come true.
If you get bored easily and hop from thing to thing (like me!), it will be useful as long as you’re able to remind yourself of the value, but if you don’t have confidence that you’ll be able to do that, you might end up spending a lot of money for short-term results.
(Of course, if you’re like me, you really read this secretly hoping that I would tell you, “It’s a miracle device! Buy one immediately and it will be worth your money a thousand times over!” At least, that’s what I hope people will say when I look for reviews of a product I’m considering…)
If you’re not sure whether the bodybugg is a good investment, I have a kind of wacky suggestion to help you decide:
Determine the cost per pound/body fat % lost that would make it a good value for you personally. For instance, given a rough $400 price tag for the model I bought (they didn’t have the Digital Display when I purchased), and my solid 11 pound weight loss, that comes to about $36 per pound (or about $89 per body fat percentage point lost, because my body fat went down by 4.5%). How much would you pay to get rid of a pound of fat? If you’re willing to pay $50 per pound (and you don’t get the Digital Display), then you’re talking about losing eight pounds. If it’s only worth $10/pound to you, then you need to lose 40 pounds to make it an acceptable value to you.
Divide the number of pounds you’d need to lose for it to be a good value by 1.5. A pound and a half is about what most people can count on losing per week if they’re making a serious effort. It’s not a hard and fast number, but it will help you figure out a realistic number of weeks for losing the weight.
Ask someone who knows you well (and whom you trust), “Do you think I can stick with a diet plan for x number of weeks?” This is the hard one! History doesn’t always predict the future, but if your trustworthy-someone expresses doubt that you can stay committed long enough for you to get your desired value out of the bodybugg, I’d seriously suggest a waiting period before purchase. If you can get them to tell you how long they think you could stick with a diet plan, run the numbers backwards and see how it impacts your price per pound. Would that be acceptable?
Odd? Yeah, a little. But if you’re worried about making an emotional decision that could cost a lot of money, or creating family stress by spending so much on a gadget and not using it, or providing further ammunition in an argument about how you don’t finish what you start, hopefully that analysis will at least help you see it more logically. (If the analysis turns out well, you might also have a good argument to convince your spouse.
Not everyone can afford a gym membership or a personal trainer to help them get in shape. As a matter of fact, most people just don’t have the money or the time to travel to the gym before or after their full time jobs. How can a person on a budget lose weight and not lose money?
You can find basic dieting tips and health or fitness information on the web, in the library or at the book store. You can surf and skim for ideas without spending a penny. Get as much information as you can, and apply what you learn.
Here are some quick and easy money-saving weight loss tips:
Walk as much as possible.
Drink water instead of soft drinks.
Use the stairs, not the elevator.
Stand instead of sit.
Do sit-ups, leg lifts, or arm curls while watching television.
Eat less junk food and more fruits and vegetables.
Eat less meat.
Never go for seconds.
Eat slowly, and stop before you are totally full.
Always get a good night of rest.
Try to find at least 30 minutes a day to relax, clear your mind and reduce stress.
These tips will help you to increase your metabolism and lower your calorie intake, without the membership fee and special food costs. If you commit to a healthier lifestyle you can lose weight while keeping your wallet fat.
There are countless website and blogs that feature advice, humor and resources for mothers online but there does not seem to be as many men reaching out for help through the Internet. To address this group of fathers without an online resource, a father of five named Joe created a parenting blog called www.fatheredfive.com.
Joe’s direct, humorous writing style gets right to the point and speaks in a conversational tone to fathers about everyday issues and parenting struggles. The site is easy to surf and features links to blog entries about specific topics of fatherly interest such as daughters, sons, relationships, sexuality, marriage, religion, book reviews, fathers in the news and other resources. This non-threatening, satirical yet serious website offers a necessary resource and online community for fathers who may not otherwise reach out for important parenting information.
As fathers roles continue to grow and change along with society changes, Joe’s blog entries address all types of fatherly concerns. While he does not claim to be an expert, Joe offers insight and advice so that fathers know they are not alone.
Fathers who want regular updates to FatheredFive blog entries can subscribe through RSS feed, which does not even require you to reveal your email address. I found that www.fatheredfive.com was enlightening and presented pertinent parenting resources in a user-friendly way.
I just got a chance to read through Russell Brunson’s free IM-Myth Report. I think I’ve been getting emails about it, but honestly, I’ve been so busy that I deleted them unread. Not a great way to get information, but a useful time-saving filtering technique.
Now that I’ve read it, I’m glad that I did. It was unusually specific and covered a lot of ground very efficiently. It seems like many times these free reports are just drawn-out ads for an expensive product, but like the Jay Abraham call, I was pleased to discover several ideas that hadn’t occurred to me before and got me thinking.
There is a product associated with this free report (not released yet as of this writing), but I think that Russell is using the free report more to develop his list and do a little market testing than to really push the product.
Some of the ideas that stood out to me were Russell’s method of qualifying buyers (which he effectively differentiates from browsers), his use of offline tactics to promote online offerings, and his photo-rich demonstrations of offline sales offers that get read.
Who should read the IM-Myth Report?
Like anything else, the IM-Myth Report isn’t for everyone. It’s clearly targeted at internet marketers (that’s what the “IM” stands for, not “instant messaging,” which is what it makes me think of
) and will be most useful to folks who have a product to sell and are already using a mailing list or autoresponder. If you have these things and want to increase your leads and sales efficiency, I’d recommend reading the IM-Myth Report right away; it will only take you a half hour or so, and unless you’re already a total expert, I expect you’ll get at least three actionable ideas.
If you’re like me, sort of thinking of venturing into info products and internet marketing, it’s not a bad idea to read the report. It’s not as good a use of time as, say, actually creating a product, but it reveals some tips that are worth tucking away for future use. Similarly, if you’re in an online business other than info products, it will probably be useful for you just because it will get you thinking about creative marketing. There are a lot of ways that the concepts could be applied in different industries.
If you don’t fit into any of the above categories, I’d say you’re probably better off focusing on your core business than taking the the time to read the report. You’d likely find it interesting, but it could be difficult to turn the interest into action. Now by all means, if you really want to read it, don’t let me keep you away! It just may not be as helpful to you as it will be to some other readers (and as something more suited to your industry might be).
The concept of having someone else print, stamp and mail letters to friends, family and business associates for free through the U.S. Postal Service sounded too good to be true, so I visited www.esnailer.com to find out more about it.
It seems to me that the concept is too good to be true. When you land on the home page, an animated snail figure with blue eyes talks to you through a bubble coming from its mouth. The snail answers the question, “What is eSnailer?” in as minimal terms as possible. Basically, the snail invites you to fill out the forms below that look like and envelope and letter so your letter can be prepared and sent for free. When you click on the link to find out how eSnailer can offer this program at no cost, the snail lets you know in another animated bubble that you will be asked to complete a free, no hassle offer when you complete your envelope and letter to be sent.
I was immediately felt guarded about the eSnailer service since the snail offered no additional information or links to find out about the “free” offer you would have to accept to take advantage of this free service. Additionally, when you click to find out contact information about eSnailer, the snail gives you a generic email address with no other company information.
The bottom line about www.esnailer.com is that the website does not provide enough information about the company or program for me to enter personal mailing addresses and consider entertaining “free” offers.
Delicious dinner recipes are just a click away at www.epicurious.com. Featuring numerous recipes for any possible reason, Epicurious is a one stop online resource for all your cooking needs.
With links to recipes, articles, forums, menus, guides and its own online community, you can find out anything you need to know about cooking and creating delectable meals at Epicurious. The website is easy to read and the links are simple to follow. You can search for the recipe you want or click on various categories for ideas including desserts, holidays, international cooking and quick and easy meal options. Access to the recipes is free and you can print them or email them to yourself and friends. There is even a food and wine dictionary so you can look up unfamiliar terms.
You can choose to join Epicurious as a free member to have the ability to save recipes inyou personal online recipe box, rate recipes and share your own recipes. The online form requests basic information such as your state, country and email address as well as a user name and password to access your membership. Sister sites to Epicurious include Vanity Fair, Glamour, Self, Men’s Vogue and The New Yorker.
I was delighted with the vast number of recipes and resources available at www.epicurious.com and immediately included it as one of my favorite website for future reference.
You should always have a plan when you are going to spend money. Consider just three areas where we regularly save by planning.
Groceries. Planning the meals to cover a week or two weeks will help you stick to a budget. Instead of buying food on impulse, you can plan each meal ahead and get the necessary ingredients. You should also make sure that you check the levels of household cleaners and toiletries. Avoiding an extra trip to the store will bring down the chances of an impulse purchase.
Entertainment. Everyone likes to get out and have fun. If you really need to get out once in a while, plan an inexpensive night out. Set the amount you will spend and stick to it. If you use cash only, you will be more inclined to stick to budget.
Major purchases. You can save a fortune if you explore your options. When looking for a car, furniture or major appliances, there is much room for error. Think about quality. It might not be the best choice to buy the cheapest thing out there, because it may not last as long. Check the consumer ratings on the brands you are considering. You don’t have to pay top dollar, but cheap isn’t the way to go with certain things.
Always on the lookout for websites that offer incentives for doing what I usually do anyway, I explored www.eperks.com. This website offers to link you with local professionals in various service industries who will offer you significant discounts while you earn perks as an ePerks member.
The ePerks website is in its Beta stage and does not offer any specific information about the company, program or specific perks you will earn as a member. Because of this lack of information, I chose not to join ePerks at this time despite the free membership.
However, the concept of the ePerks website seems to have promise. Basically, you become a free member by filling out their online membership form. As a free member of ePerks, you enter your zip code to find local service providers who offers discounts because you link to them through this service. As a result, the user enjoys discounts on service providers such as real estate agents, new automobile dealers and home contractors. Members are automatically entered in monthly giveaways. When you choose a service provider on ePerks, you can complete the transaction and immediate save money and ePerks offers users protection with regard to price quotes.
I intend to visit ePerks in the future to find out if they add more information about the company and specific perks offered once the Beta stage is completed. The www.eperks.com idea is certainly is good one and deserves attention.
For bloggers, webmasters and online entrepreneurs, there is a wealth of information available at www.entrepreneurs-journey.com. This informative blog features a plethora of informative entries and useful links to incredible resources that you can use to further your blog or website.
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