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There comes a time in our lives when we all desire that we should shed of some undesired kilograms and nothing can be more compelling than feeling uncomfortable in our own bodies. Not only will not looking the way we desire affect our confidence levels but it will also reduce self-esteem and in extreme cases it could lead to worrying diseases such as depression and even heart disease if the condition is not kept under control.

Conventional ideas such as eat less processed foods and work out do work in the long run and counting the calories of our daily meal will prove to be more of a hassle rather than a necessity as it will only lead to the loss of willpower and perseverance. There is no need to put our own bodies through endless suffering just to shed off a few kilos.

There is a better way of addressing this issue and the question of how to lose 15 pounds will be addressed so that we will all be able to reach our desired weight in no time at all in order to increase our self esteem and make us happier at the same time.

A few factors should be taken into account when losing weight such as eating healthier than we used to in the past and the produce section of our supermarkets should be the best place to be if one desires to lose some weight. Low sugar products as well as those green vegetables should become our best friends.

Hydrating our bodies is the next big step which we will have to follow to end up with the desired result as it is paramount to drink water throughout our day and not just when we end up being thirsty. If this proves to be too difficult to maintain try setting an alarm on your smartphone to notify you when water should be drank. Performing this step regularly will only account to a hefty amount of weight loss within a few weeks.

Paired with a balanced diet and regular intervals in which water should be drank, exercising should come as a paramount factor when thinking about losing weight as not only will it help burn more calories but it will also improve heart rate and give us a better state of health.

The common aim for working out is to set a regular patter of at least three to four workouts per week and this should be respected in order to make sure one is successful. There are no shortcuts in losing weight and every aspect should be respected to the most minute detail in order to be successful.

A bolder vision of what is achievable this year can change everything for you. What appears impossible for you right now might become possible by the end of the year.

  • If you’re poor, you can become wealthy.
  • If you have health challenges, you can become well again.
  • If you have no relationship or a difficult marriage, you can find someone who fulfills your desire for companionship.

In other words, whatever is not working for you, whatever is causing you stress, grief, or distress can be overcome. No dream is impossible if you can imagine it vividly enough and take the necessary steps to turn things around for the better.

5 Life Changing Ideas

Here are 5 ways that you can make 2017 the best year of your life:

  1. Set goals.

Writing down definite goals in the areas of your life you want to improve will give the rest of the year a clear sense of purpose and direction.

  1. Face your biggest problem.

Almost everyone has one huge problem that takes up most of their attention, a lingering theme that keeps repeating throughout the years. Sometimes these problems are things that you can overcome with some clear thinking and decisive action, but, at other times, you may need quite a bit of help. If, say, your alcoholism it’s ruining your life — perhaps, disrupting your relationships to causing problems with keeping a job — then you are aware of the problem.

However, awareness may not be enough because you can’t seem to stop the craving to drink whenever you feel depressed. By enrolling in an addiction facility like HARP Alcohol & Drug Rehab Henderson, Nevada you will get all the professional help you need to find lasting sobriety. Interestingly enough, once you face your biggest challenge in life, then everything else that has been holding you back will begin to open up for you.

  1. Learn to love and accept yourself just the way you are.

While you can change many things about yourself, you can’t change everything. You can, for instance, change your weight, but you can’t change your height. Unfortunately, we are surrounded by so many stereotypes about physical appearance and personality that we often feel that we don’t measure up to what society considers beautiful, smart, or talented. Ironically, even people who are famous for their beauty and admired for their talents don’t feel that they are good enough, either. Decide to change what you can, but accept the things that can’t be changed. This decision to love and accept yourself just the way you are will give you a great feeling of peace.

  1. Find out what you don’t know.

If things aren’t working out for you in some area of your life, it’s probably because you’re going about it the wrong way. If, for instance, you don’t earn enough from your current line of work, it’s rarely because of the industry or the economy. People have succeeded or failed in all kinds of occupations and in all types of economic conditions. Certainly, if you are in the wrong line of work, then you can always change careers, but you may simply not be focusing on doing things in an optimal way. What’s more, one you may not be able to improve for the better is because you don’t know how to do things in a different way. You don’t know what you don’t know. However, you can always read books, ask for advice from people who are successful in your field, and learn through observation. When you know how to improve, you can increase your results and your income.

  1. Experiment until you get it right.

Assuming that you’ve identified clear goals about all the things you want to change and made plans to create different outcomes for yourself, you are unlikely to be successful as soon as you start taking a different set of actions. Think of all your plans as provisional plans—they are the best ideas you can come up with at the time. The more you take action, the more likely you are to find ways to do things better. Consider all your efforts to change a certain dysfunctional area of your life as an experiment, and learn from the results you get so that you can make incremental improvements over time.

Applied Imagination

You can change your life for the better through the use of applied imagination. By imagining different options, you can shift how you think, and, as a result, experience a happier, more fulfilling life.


Where are Professionals Needed Most?

By Katie McBeth

Healthcare professionals are in high demand.

According to the latest US News poll, healthcare positions are all the rage for the 2017 job market. In fact, healthcare positions made up almost half of the top 100 jobs. This includes everything from nursing to medical assistants. “To rank the best jobs of 2017, U.S. News analyzed data from the BLS, weighing stats on job volume, median salary, stress level and other factors that matter most to workers.”

Yet, despite the fact that nursing and healthcare jobs are in high demand and show promise, the country is still facing a massive nursing shortage. What’s the hold up? And where are these nurses needed most?

Here are a few trends to watch for within the healthcare job market.

Medical Assistants

With the rise in technology, advanced knowledge of medical tech is needed to help fill the gap between understanding and application.

Radiologists and other technicians, for example, have a stable outlook in terms of employment and high beginning salary, and are ranked among some of the fastest growing careers within health care. The largest catch with many of these professions (MRI, radiology, etc) is the cost of equipment. However, as more students train in the technology and more hospitals increase their budget for specialty equipment, more opportunities will arise.

Other areas that might see growth include analytics and statisticians; which was listed as #4 on the US News list. Health informatics specialists fall under this category, as they analyze and create electronic health record (EHR) information. Usage of EHRs are on the rise, as they have become mandatory for many hospitals and clinics, so the job market is and will continue to be promising in this field.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NP) made the #2 slot on the list by US News. According to the more detailed report on this position, nurse practitioners specialize by “population,” or specific demographics that fit within their knowledge set. This could include pediatrics, women’s health, or family care.

Of course, as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, those that special in geriatrics are also going to be needed. Chronic illnesses and cancer are plaguing the aging generation, and NPs that specialize in geriatric care will be in high demand for a long time.

Plus, as US News notes, the expected growth rate for NPs is fix times the national average, at 35% growth by 2024, resulting in 44,700 estimated new jobs.

Midwifery and Women’s Health

Women’s health is a constantly precarious subject for patients, but a promising one for healthcare officials. Besides traditional NPs that specialize in women’s health, there is also a promising trajectory of growth for midwives, obstetricians, and gynecologists.

The midwife industry is commonly viewed as antiquated, but has found a new popularity in modern day. One of the biggest attractions for patients to hiring nurse midwife’s is their increased success rate and closeness to the patient. Many midwives work as general care givers to women throughout their life, and aren’t just tied down with pre- and post-natal care. With the additional of autonomy for the nurses (as in they are not tied down to an office or practice), this industry is growing steadily every year. The BLS sees a projected growth of increase by 25% by 2024.

Obstetrician and gynecologist positions are also expected to grow within the next ten years. Unlike midwives, these specialists have the ability to perform surgery; thus, are better equipped for unnatural births or complications due to pregnancy. However, this position doesn’t come without some significant stress. Unlike midwifery, the projected growth is only at 18% by 2024 but the average pay is considerably higher.

Solutions to Meet the Gap in Care

The Atlantic wrote a detailed piece on the growing nursing gap in early 2016. According to their report, the rising need for nurses and healthcare professionals is three-fold: an aging baby boomer population that is also suffering from increased diagnosis with chronic illness, and the retiring nurses from the baby boomer generation. These three conditions have all led to the path our nation is currently on; with a disproportionate gap between need and professionals.

Education could be an easy solution, but as an American Association of Colleges of Nursing report noted: “U.S. nursing schools turned away 79,659 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2012 due to insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints.” Luckily, there is an alternative.

According to the research provided by the Atlantic, nurses tend to stay local. Education is needed to help them advance their careers, but most of the school exist outside of rural areas, which can cause problems. However, online education is becoming increasingly more pragmatic for nurses who want to advance within their field while not leaving their current home. Increasing the amount of online education access, and creating more affordable paths to graduation could help solves some of the nursing shortages moving forward.

The Atlantic also lists some other alternatives: “Other strategies to address the nursing shortage have included public-private partnerships and incentives for nurses to become nurse educators. […] the American Nurses Association is currently lobbying Congress to increase funding for Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. The provision allots federal grants for nursing schools and organizations to advance their educational programs, promote diversity in the field, repay loans for nursing students who work in facilities with critical shortages, train geriatric nurses, and more.”

Of course, bureaucracy can be a massive stumbling block, but at least current nursing students have a positive future to look forward to within the healthcare field. As long as more career-seekers see the long-term benefits of joining healthcare, then our shortage might not be as bad as predicted. Only time will tell!

Katie McBeth

About the author:

Katie McBeth is a researcher hailing from Boise, ID. She enjoys reading teen novels, eating mac ‘n cheese, and seeing the world through her camera lens. She spends her free time being the mother of three cats and a dog named Toby. You can follow her animal and writing adventures on Instagram or Twitter: @ktmcbeth.



So many people make the mistake of having a preconceived notion of what a drug addict looks like and it usually does not look like their teenager. The fact of the matter is though, many more teens are now becoming addicted thanks to the wide availability of drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin. Many cities and even small towns all over the country are seeing a record-breaking number of deaths due to drug addiction. Therefore, you want to make sure that you are aware of the signs of addiction in your teen and what you can do should you find that there is a problem. After all, the worst possible thing you can do is to just assume that addiction could never happen to your teen and ignore the warning signs.

Professional Treatment Is Always Needed

When you find that someone you love is affected by a drug addiction, it is important to make sure that you are getting them into a suitable treatment center. This is the only way they will be able to get all of the treatment that they need. Within rehabilitation centers, you will find that there are many different types of professionals that have extensive training and experience working with individuals suffering from a drug addiction.

Even if you think that your teenager’s addiction is “not that bad”, it is imperative to get him or her to a professional clinical setting or the addiction will continue and it will get much worse. Never take the stance of “we will wait and see”, because you are not going to end up liking what you do see if you wait any longer.

Noticing The Warning Signs Of Addiction

It is important for you to learn about the warning signs of addiction. This way, whether it is your teen or anyone else in your life, you will be able to spot trouble before it is too late. Depending on the substance and how much they are using at the moment, your teen may actually act as though life is perfectly normal when they are under the influence. Not every addict will “appear” to be stoned out of their mind when they are on drugs and this is very important to remember.

What you might notice is a major change in his or her behavior when the drugs are not available. When an addict begins to go through detox, they can become moody, depressed, angry, violent, sick, agitated, and they may be on a desperate hunt for some money.

Try talking with your teen about his or her drug use. Make sure that you are explaining that you are not there to judge them, but to simply help them get the help that they need in order for them to feel better again. If that does not work, you can get an at-home drug test that you can administer yourself.

After Treatment

Once you have confirmed that your teen has an addiction and he or she has gone through treatment, it is time to think about after-care. Addiction meetings, talks with sponsors, and a group counseling session would be great. You may also want to have your teen meet with a mental health professional.

The reason is that there may have been some underlying mental health issues that pushed your teen to start using drugs. If not, many recovering addicts often find that they end up developing depression once they are in recovery because of how the drugs altered their minds. Treating both the addiction and any mental health issues will give you the best shot at keeping your teen from returning to a life of drugs.