10 Common Weight Loss Mistakes [infographic]

December 26, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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Thanksgiving and Christmas has come and gone, all that is left is New Years. This will be my first time spending New Years away from home, so I’m going to do it right by having a great time with great friends, and by sticking to my New Year’s resolution — lose some of this weight!

I had a wake up call during a trip to New York a few weeks ago. To start things off, I made the mistake of buying a dress for an event BEFORE Thanksgiving. Well, when I re-tried on the dress a day before the event, my dress was REALLY tight. TOO tight to be comfortable. To make a long story short, I ended up erupting out of my dress. The dress’s cheap zipper literally could not uphold my holiday weight gain.

Let me tell you, there is no worse feeling than ripping out of a dress that fit just fine a few weeks earlier. Therefore, this New Year, I’ll be losing some weight by getting back into a normal running schedule (NO EXCUSES), and will be watching what I eat. I decided to post this infographic to keep me in check. Hopefully some of you will find some inspiration from today’s infographic as well! Happy holidays!

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Untranslatable Emotions in Languages Other Than English [infographic]

December 25, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Travel  |  1 Comment
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Happy Holidays everyone!

While the English language features a ginormous amount of words to describe most anything, it sometimes comes up short when we’re trying to describe certain emotions. Other cultures have individual words for certain feelings that we have to describe with long sentences or vague ideas that we weren’t exactly taught.

For example, in Hebrew there’s a term for “I’m sick of you,” and describes the feeling of obsession with someone or something (maybe clingyness is the English equivalent?); the Japanese have a word for “the bubbly feeling of the moment of falling in love”; the Estonians have a term for “the feeling of slight laziness, can’t be bothered by anything. Don’t want to work nor go anywhere.” (I can definitely relate); and the Italians have “Ti voglio bene” which means, “The attachment for family, friends and animals.”

This infographic begs the question, are English speakers out of touch with their emotions? Maybe a little. It’s hard for a lot of people to talk about their feelings, and maybe because we don’t have enough words for them we end up feeling a little lost.

Check out today’s infographic for a look at beautiful words and feelings from all over the world. [Via]

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Gift Wrap Unwrapped [infographic]

December 24, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Holiday  |  No Comments
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My little sister just came down the stairs to find my father at the dining room table wrapping the same gift he had been trying to wrap all morning.

“You doin’ okay there, dad?”
“Yeah, why do you ask?”
“Because you’ve been wrapping the same present for over 30 minutes now.”

I had offered my wrapping services earlier this morning, but he said it was important that he wrapped mom’s gift because she doesn’t believe that he is capable of wrapping a single present (some built up resentment for the lack of presents he has wrapped over the last 30 years I suppose). At this point, he has wasted an entire roll of wrapping paper, and he’s still in there; I do not believe that he actually is capable of wrapping a gift.

With my father in mind, I chose an infographic that not only walks you through the steps of wrapping a gift, but also tells you how to wrap it with as little excess paper as possible. By using recycled wrapping paper, previously used boxes, and by keeping your measurements as precise as possible, you can make a difference in the number of trees Americans chop down a year to make the bottom of their Christmas trees look pretty. I am going to do my part, but I can not promise that my family will do the same.

Final father quote of the day: “Do you know how to tie big ribbons out of ribbon, honey?” [via]  

 

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Picture Cook [infographic]

December 23, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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It has occurred to me — and my bank account — that I eat out at restaurants too much. I don’t know if it’s this time of year, or the fact that the heater in my apartment is broken and makes me not want to do much of anything, except bundle up or escape to warmer hang-outs, but lately I’ve hardly been cooking anything at home. However, today’s infographic inspired me to get back in the kitchen.

The idea behind this graphic is a more simplistic approach to traditional recipes. Take lasagna for example, it’s simple enough to make but if you’ve never made it before, the layering process takes awhile to explain, particularly when you’re reading it from a recipe. Katie Shelly, author and illustrator of the book Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat., noted this fact and made reading a recipe a whole lot easier. In her book, you can simply look at a picture of a deconstructed recipe, instead of pouring over paragraphs of prep explanations on how to make a dish. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words, right?

The visually inclined can now rejoice! Check out Katie Shelly’s book and the infographic below for a different approach to cooking. [Via]

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Loneliness Is More Deadly Than Obesity [infographic]

December 22, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Internet, Lifestyle, Social Media  |  2 Comments
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Loneliness is a feeling that everyone can relate to. There is a rise in the overall feeling of isolation among adults that is not completely explainable. We are all provided outlets for face-to-face interaction and with social avenues via our cellphones or websites. So why with all the extra do we feel less like we can open up or even listen and keep things confidential like friends should.

In my  opinion, and as the author of the infographic agree, people gravitate more towards quantity instead of quality. It’s so much easier to get away from someone’s ‘bull’ and go have fun than to be a good friend. It seems to me that there is more of an interest in living in the now than there ever will be people thinking about what kind of life they want when they are fifty.

Sure, I’ve been a jerk but when it comes down to it I hold my friends down and would do anything for them. But our vibes don’t always mesh well with others. Regardless,  I keep my friends secrets and it shouldn’t be hard to  have a little but of reciprocity.

If not having real friends is killing people off faster than a disease like obesity, which is also easily preventable,  then wake up and smell the roses. Step away from your iPhone and try and be good to your fellow human being. Make lasting friendships. The more people you have on your team, the better you’ll be. [via]

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