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In today’s less active world most of us live at a slow pace, doing nothing quickly except gaining unwanted weight. Modern American life is very comfortable, and requires a lot less effort than life required in the past. More people drive more places, do less physical work, and have modern appliances and conveniences to carry the burden. When that fact is combined with the high amount of processed and preserved food that we consume, the result is all too certain. Americans are overweight. Obesity is more than just a matter of looks. Being overweight can lead to a number of health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. In other words, too much unwanted weight can not only cost you a date, it could end up costing you your life. For this reason, many of us need to consider weight loss through a diet. And for most people with tight budgets, without much extra to spend, free diet programs are the best.

There are many free diet programs from which to choose. Some work, many do not, but all the good ones are best implemented as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. The best way to lose weight is natural, healthy, simple, and best of all it’s free. Lower your caloric intake while at the same time raise the number of calories you burn through exercise. It’s going to be nearly impossible to lose weight with only exercise, although you will end up stronger and healthier. Likewise, if you don’t add more physical activity chances are you won’t be able to eat little enough to make a difference. Combine the two as part of a normal, sustainable routine to take off the weight and keep off the weight.

Want a simple way to reduce caloric intake without the expense of specialty diet programs that include expensive food? Eat smaller portions. That’s right. Keep eating exactly what you now eat, but cut down the portions. Look up the nutrition values of the foods you generally eat and cut down the amounts by enough to lower intake beneath burn. You can also make a big difference, up to 90,000 calories a year for the average person, by drinking water instead of soda and juice. Or, if you like tea or coffee drink those. The caffeine in regular coffee and tea helps speed the metabolism and that means burning calories.

On the other side of the equation throw away the ridiculous advice to exercise at least five times a week. Vigorous aerobic exercise, meaning you work up a sweat, is best as an every day activity at least 30 minutes each day. Kick that up a notch with extra physical movement such as parking further from the office or stores for a short walk, using stairs instead of elevators, and using hand tools for daily or weekly chores.

There it is, exercise combined with free diet programs to lose weight. Live it, love it.

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The SLCC 08 convention was held in Tampa, FL at the Mariott Waterside hotel. My overall feeling is that it was an amazingly well done event. Those who worked so hard, including all the volunteers and speakers should give themselves a pat on the back, it was superb.

The hotel was gorgeous, the meeting rooms were clean, well appointed, and comfortable. The breakfasts and lunches were delicious and fresh, and the wait staff were courteous and prompt. I mention these things because so often the service in even higher class locations such as this, is typically poor, but not here!

There were some wonderful discussions on each track. Personally I was there for the business track, but I also paid some attention to the education aspects of the convention. One thing that really struck me was how intelligent the Second Life community is. I spoke with so many surprisingly insightful people, It felt like heaven.

I must say that Philip Rosedale is quite the exceptional man. Not only did he create Linden Labs and Second Life, but he also took time to stop and chat with my friends and I for several minutes. I really appreciate it when people who have achieved sucess, do not act as though they are somehow better than everyone else around them, so many do, but not Philip. That fact really makes me want to renew my efforts to do everything I can to be a productive part of Second Life.

Then there was my personal reasons for attending. I met some of the people I knew from SL, most notably my good friend August. If nothing else had come from the trip, that alone would have been worth everything I did to get to Tampa. D and I enjoyed getting to know him in person and it just confirms what I already knew about him, He is one awesome guy!

I also attended Strokers Ball, held by Stroker Serpentine. The party was held a Banana Joe’s, a really popular nightlife hot spot just above the Splitsville bowling alley. I had to see Splitsville considering I built the Second Life version in-world when I worked with Dire Lobo on the project.

Banana Joe’s was in a great location, but to be honest the room was way over crowded! That speaks for the sucess of the party, so next year Stroker … we need more space! The umm.. blow up dolls were an interesting bar decoration, and the goodie bags had err… umm.. *grins* Well in any case I am sure people will be thanking Stroker and his sponsors all year long.

I am a bit sad now that it is all said and done, it was an amazing time that I will keep in my memories forever. The conference, the party, even my trip to see the beach at sunset. I can hardly wait for next year!

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