Plannet Marketing Review – Is This Travel Company The Real Deal?

So lately, I’ve been getting a few messages about a new Travel-based Network Marketing company called Plannet Marketing. And chances are if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about joining and you’re doing some last minute research on the company. If that’s the case, then look no further. In this Plannet Marketing Review, I’ll cover all the essential details you’ll need before you join. With that said, I do want to disclose that I am not a Plannet Marketing distributor. In all honesty, it really doesn’t matter to me one way or the other if you join so you know you’ll be getting a truly unbiased review.

Who Is Plannet Marketing?

Plannet Marketing is a company that sells travel through a Network Marketing business model. The company is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and as of this writing Plannet Marketing is just over 6 months old. The company was founded by Donald Bradley, formerly of YTB and Paycation Travel. Bradley brings with him 20 years of experience in Network Marketing. Before starting Plannet Marketing, Bradley was the Master Distributor and #1 Income Earner in Paycation Travel. He literally had everyone in Paycation in his downline and was responsible for bringing in the company’s top leadership group. I’m not sure what happened, but around the time Craig Jerabeck and Barry Donalson left 5linx and joined Paycation was the same time Bradley decided to leave. Maybe he didn’t feel good about those guys joining and being sponsored by the company when he was the Master Distributor. Who knows? And who really cares? Regardless of the reason, it looks like Bradley was willing to walk away from everything he built to start from scratch again. Overall, the company looks pretty solid. And while it’s too early to tell if they’ll even be around for the long haul because they’re only a few months old, Bradley and the other members of the Corporate team bring a ton of experience in Network Marketing and Travel, which is a good thing.

How Do You Make Money With Plannet Marketing?

The actual compensation plan provides several ways for distributors to get paid. But the crown jewel of the compensation plan is the 3X9 Matrix. With a Matrix model, it’s critical that you get a spot early on if you want to capitalize on spillover. If you’re positioned underneath a strong builder, you can benefit from their efforts as they place people under you while they’re filling up their Matrix. With a fully filled 3X9 Matrix, you’ll have 29,523 distributors underneath you. If they’re all active and you get $4 monthly from each distributor, you can make up to $118,092 monthly. In addition to your Matrix pay, you can also earn a 10% Match on the Matrix pay of your personally sponsored distributors.

In addition to the Matrix, the company provides monthly bonuses to Directors. Here’s a simple breakdown of how the Director bonuses work:

1 Star Director – 100 active distributors – $500/month

2 Star Director – 300 active distributors – $1,000/month

3 Star Director – 500 active distributors – $2,000/month

4 Star Director – 1,500 active distributors – $5,000/month

5 Star Director – 4,000 active distributors – $10,000/month

6 Star Director – 10,000 active distributors – $16,000/month

7 Star Director – 25,000 active distributors – $30,000/month

8 Star Director – 50,000 active distributors – $50,000/month

9 Star Director – 100,000 active distributors – $100,000/month

Between the Matrix Pay, the 10% Match on your personals and the Director Bonuses, it’s pretty clear that there’s plenty of money on the back end. If you’re a strong team builder and you have a knack for creating good culture, Plannet Marketing might be a very lucrative opportunity for you.

Should You Join Plannet Marketing?

Well, only you can truly answer that. The company certainly looks solid. Travel is a very marketable service that’s easy to talk about. And the compensation plan is generous and lucrative. All those things together should guarantee success, right? Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. At the end of the day, it is your ability to sponsor people into your business on a consistent basis that will lead to your success. This is why I recommend that you learn Attraction Marketing. If you can position yourself in front of prospects that are already looking for what you’re offering, you’ll have no problem getting leads online. And if you have an abundance of quality leads, there’s no telling how successful you can be.

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Why Do Viruses Slow Down Computers?

Most people have virus protection installed on their computers. This is a great thing! Many of the virus protection programs around today protect computers against spyware and adware and all other known types of malware as well as viruses. This, too, is a great thing!

The word malware is the quick substitute word for the term “malicious software.” It refers to any type of virus or spyware that can get into your computer. Some years ago, the only kind of malware we had to deal with were computer viruses. The job of a computer virus was always to annoy computer operators to one extent or another.

A Nuisance and a Threat

Some viruses were simply written as jokes. A computer geek may actually write such a script to entertain himself. On the other hand, the purpose of a computer virus may be to kill your computer forever! Even worse the goal of a virus might be to shut down a large network of computers. This would usually be referred to as cyber-terrorism.

Spyware are closely aligned with viruses. The subtle difference is a person who writes a virus is out to do your computer harm. A person who writes spyware is usually out to steal your passwords, banking account numbers and the like. If he does harm to your computer’s operating system while doing so; oh well.

Stealing Your Power

Viruses and spyware slow down computers because they use the computer’s resources to do whatever it is they are doing. They are computer programs. Like all computer programs, some of them run on XP, some on Windows Vista, etc.

Unlike normal programs, they don’t have an icon on your desktop so you can start it up if you chose to. Viruses run on their own terms. You don’t have an option to shut them down either. Many viruses replicate themselves. So, if one computer virus program steals some of your resources, 50 of them, which could be one virus that has replicated itself 50 times, might put you out of business altogether.

Ubiquitous Spyware

I’ve seen spyware make computers unusable as well. Spyware by itself doesn’t replicate itself. However, it is not unheard of to find a spyware-unprotected PC with more than 1,000 spyware infections. With this much spyware present on a hard drive, the operating system will have all it can do to try to accommodate them. In a situation like this, you probably wouldn’t be able to start any of you programs, like Word or IE, for instance.

The bottom line is viruses and spyware have the capability of keeping your operating system and microprocessor busy to the point you will not get any response from your computer or at best, a very slow response. So, it is very important to keep your computer free of these things. I recommend using a good virus protection program that cleans out all types of spyware as well.

It is also very wise to have a registry cleaner on hand as well. From what I’ve seen, registry corruption has slowed down more computers than anything else. There is nothing malicious about it. It simply occurs from normal use and tends to make computers very sluggish.

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Responsibilities Of A Real Estate Agent

In many areas of this country, there is no shortage of licensed real estate agents, yet, we often, witness, some, who are merely, going through the motions, rather than, taking their responsibilities, duties, etc, seriously, and helping, buyers and sellers, reach a well – considered, mutually satisfied, meeting – of – the minds. While every client and customer, has certain unique needs, priorities, goals, etc, a quality agent, recognizes, he has, both, a legal, and ethical responsibility, to doing what’s right, consistently, rather than merely what might be expedient, and/ or easy! With that in mind, therefore, this article will attempt to briefly, examine, consider, discuss, and review, some of these basic responsibilities, and why, customers and clients, deserve quality, responsible, responsive, relevant service, and representation.

1. Fiduciary: Both ethically (according to the Code of Ethics, of nearly all realtor organizations, as well as most state’s real estate laws), and, morally, an agent must realize, he has a fiduciary responsibility, to his clients. This means, he must protect a client’s privacy, and avoid disclosing, any personal items, or reasons, someone might be selling, which might hurt the homeowner’s bottom – line! However, there is a somewhat, fine line, at times, between doing this, and the legal responsibility to disclose, honestly, anything which might be considered, a material issue, etc. Some of those include: material defects; known issues about the area, which might impact values, etc. Protecting, ethically, a client’s needs, include: non – disclosure of the seller’s financial information; stating a client’s time – table, especially if it’s needs – related, etc.

2. Integrity: Agents must demonstrate a clear, commitment, to maintaining their absolute integrity, even, when there might be a temptation, to take a short – cut. Quality representation means, your clients’ best interests, must come first, and any personal benefits, and/ or, self – interest, must never interfere with that focus and intention! Agents must be service – oriented!

3. Responsiveness: How well someone articulates their message, and responds to, the questions, concerns, etc, of, both, their clients, as well as potential buyers, often differentiates between, responsible, responsive agents, and the rest – of – the – pack! Your representative must provide you, with his feedback, and be prepared to give you insights, recommendations, etc.

Before hiring someone, to help you, market, sell, and represent, your home, you should carefully interview, several, to determine, who might best, serve your specific needs, goals and priorities. Since, for most, our house, represents our single – biggest, financial asset, doesn’t this make sense?

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Reasons to Hire a Graphic Designer

Who is a graphic designer?

A graphic designer is a professional who is skilled to create and assemble photos or images, motion graphics or typography, with an objective to enhance and upgrade the aesthetic appeal of your business. They can work out solutions to make your brand stand class apart in this highly competitive market by making it appear more professional, thus opening your services and products up to an entirely new audience and market.

Here is a quick glance at what all a graphic designer can do for your business.

To better explain and understand the benefits of hiring a graphic designer, we present to you a few points.

Gives your brand a much-needed boost

Who says that every business has to stand out to thrive? For instance, locksmith is a small community and it gains trade from being the only proponent of an important service. For businesses that have tough competition, however, high quality branding is second to none.

A brand is all about how your customers perceive you. It is made from customer facing element of your business – the policy of your customer service, how you tackle their queries, the tone of copywriting, the name of your company, and – above all – how your brand looks.

The logo of your company, the website layout and marketing materials, chosen colours and font, give the first impression to visitors of what your business and company is like. A professional graphic designer knows how to manipulate these elements to make sure your customers perceives you in a positive way. Remember, while a weak brand is instantly forgettable, a strong brand is hard to forget.

Prepares your business for future

A picture has the power to communicate message in a more effective and better way. Also, it explains the complex message much faster than a paragraph can ever. This, certainly, is going to be the most important tactic for business to catch the attention of audience in the near future.

It is a known fact that internet users are short on patience and switch from one page to the other within a few seconds. The best way to hold their attention span is by creating graphics that are attractive and captivating. One of the finest examples of image communication is the symbol based language of emoji. Also, the major search engine stresses the importance of improving image searches.

Solves issues and problems creatively

Modern businesses can never have several creative thinkers that actually is good because graphic designers have the ability to solve the problems in a creative way. This creative problem solving skill make them high in demand. Throughout a graphic designer course, students are bombarded with one problem after another and are motivated and encourages to experiment and find their own unique visual solutions.

Consequently, such a professional can extend help in many ways such as with your business decisions. The area might not be related to their expertise but they can show how to look at it from a different perspective altogether.

Saves times

Time is precious. If you are running a business, it is apparent you might not have sufficient time to take care of graphic design. Good and attractive design is not something you would stumble upon. It is the right blend of skills that need a specialist training and a lot of practice. It will take you several years to master the software required to complete graphic design projects to a professional level. However, when you hire a graphic designer, you do not have to worry about anything.

What are you waiting for?

With so much to offer, investing in the services of a graphic designer is worth a consideration. Tap the benefits of their services and give your business the exposure it needs to flourish.

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The Fitness Boom

While the worlds of sports and fitness are intertwined, it was not until the 1970s that popular culture was ready to accept fitness as eagerly as it had accepted sports. Fitness had not yet taken on its importance for improving health, and popular opinion likened fitness to work and manual labor. In the 1940s and 1950s, few participated in fitness willingly. Among those who did were Jack LaLanne, Victor Tanny, Joseph Gold, Joseph Weider, and Les and Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton. These fitness pioneers, among others, drew people to the beach in Santa Monica, California-the original Muscle Beach. Visitors came to watch their feats of strength and acrobatic displays. More and more viewers became participants, and these people, originally on the fringe, became a part of the cultural mainstream. Jack LaLanne, Vic Tanny, and Joe Gold all started gym chains with bodybuilding as their main focus. Due toPage 602 the influence of Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton, women were introduced to the muscularity and strength that came with bodybuilding. No longer reserved for just for “strongmen,” bodybuilding brought about a change in the mindsets of all those who visited Muscle Beach.

From the seeds planted at the Santa Monica came Venice Beach, the home to bodybuilding legends Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and many, many more. Venice Beach in the 1970s brought with it a fitness explosion across the globe. Not only did bodybuilding become mainstream, but the popular opinion of fitness changed dramatically. Americans in the 1970s would do anything to improve their health and fitness.

Sports and athletics grew in the 1970s as well. Women became increasingly more interest in participating in sports; however, very little funding was available for the development of woman’s athletics. A landmark law was passed in 1972. Part of a series of educational amendments, “Title IX,” legislated gender equity in athletics. Not only were women becoming more active and more physically fit, a law now existed that called for equal funding and equal opportunity for female athletes. On 21 September 1973, female tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the first-ever winner-take-all “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. The hoopla surrounding this event-and its outcome-provided even more incentive for women to become involved with sports and fitness. By 1977, a record 87.5 million U.S. adults over the age of eighteen claimed to be involved in some sort of athletic activity.

The fitness industry continued its growth into the 1980s. Gym owners tailored their facilities to attract customers and new gyms opened around the United States and around the world. A healthy lifestyle was becoming a part of popular culture. No longer was it unfashionable to be athletic, strong, or healthy. With the development of new technology, health and fitness were able to make their way into homes. Fitness tapes became available in the early 1980s and continue to encourage those to whom a gym or health facility may not be accessible. Innovators such as Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons were able to bring their exercise programs to a new population. Joe Weider became a significant force in bringing health, fitness, and bodybuilding as close as the mailbox through his magazines and pamphlets. Because of fitness pioneers such as Weider, Gold, Fonda, and Simmons, fitness continues to play a significant role in modern society. The importance of being in good health and physically fit has made and continues to have an impact.

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Holly Amgren: The "Daring to Feel Everything" Interview

With her latest CD, “Daring to Feel Everything,” Holly Almgren shares and masterfully evokes reflections, life experiences, and emotions in a rhythmic and fun way. The unforgettable collection of tracks she has assembled is unprecedented. Critics say the songs are rhythmic, the lyrics matter, and the melodies linger, so the early rave reviews from listeners are no surprise. Holly’s experiences earlier in life groomed her for the success and creative expression she enjoys today. Recently, I spoke with Holly. We discussed her genesis, her love and passion for music, and of course, her latest release, “Daring to Feel Everything.”

Fran Briggs: Good Morning, Holly. Thank you for meeting with me. And, congratulations on your new album, Daring to Feel Everything.

Holly Almgren: Thanks so much for having me, Fran. It’s exciting to be able to talk about this project to a broader audience.

Fran Briggs: You’re quite welcome. Could you share with us about your background?

Holly Almgren: I played guitar, sang, wrote poetry from the age of 10. I used to sit in trees and sing… imagining a crowd of people gathered to listen to me. My dad was musical and exposed me to jazz and bossa nova, he took an interest in what I was playing and listening to. I started performing and writing music in my 20’s, although I had stage fright and was more at ease composing and singing in studio than in front of an audience. I made my first album of original songs during that time. It was arranged and produced by pianist/composer, Kit Walker in Boston, with Stan Strickland again on reeds.

I’ve been writing songs for 30-plus years. Growing up, my family listened to a wide range of music – from (Burt) Bacharach and Jobim, to the great jazz singers like Ella, Sarah, Nina, Billie, Nat, Johnny Hodges; show tunes from West Side Story, The King & I, the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt. As a teen I also got into the blues, soul and motown: BB King, Otis Spann, Taj Mahal, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke. My eclectic musical tastes influence my songwriting. At 30 I moved to NYC hoping to write music for film and jingles, but the cost of living made me return to being a chef.

I moved back to Boston at 40 to marry and have a child, and my songwriting started to pick up steam. I was performing again here and there, and planning a CD five years ago when my dad was dying and my mom needed help caring for him. He always said do what you love because you spend too much of your life working not to love it. I knew it was time to take my music to the next level. We didn’t know it, but my mom had cancer. She died two years later. As if that wasn’t enough turmoil, my husband fell in love with someone else and our marriage fell apart. Painful, but good song fodder – and it propelled me to go for it with my songs. (In) January, 2010, a mutual friend suggested I hire J. D. Steele to produce my CD. We hit it off, liked each other’s music, agreed to do the project & started recording that March in Minneapolis, with a fantastic rhythm section including his brother Billy Steele (Sounds of Blackness) on piano. We finished in late summer.

Fran Briggs: If you had to review Daring to Feel Everything in a few sentences, what would you say?

Holly Almgren: 13 of the 14 songs were written by me. So Satisfied was the first song J.D. & I wrote together, finishing it on the plane to our final session. He produced & arranged the vocal harmonies, as well as sang backing vocals with Maria Benson. The CD is autobiographical, the product of a lot of improvisation among the musicians (who play together often), guided by J.D.’s and my sense of the groove we wanted. The songs are rhythmic, the lyrics matter, the melodies linger, so I’ve been told. Sometimes I call my style Buddhist jazz-funk but there are always exceptions when you try to pin down your sound. I like that. Diversity in all things makes life more meaningful.

Fran Briggs: One of your tracks is titled, Nobody Eats Us. Could you explain how the title was conceived and what the lyrics are conveying?

Holly Almgren: I love Nobody Eats Us because it’s deep, outrageous, and takes people by surprise. I was feeling such despair and righteous anger about the human race – what we’re doing to each other, the animals, and planet. I was learning about predator/prey balance. My mom had just died of cancer, which is your cells consuming each other. The heavier the topic, the funnier and upbeat I make the lyrics and music, otherwise it’s too dark. The song speaks of our being at the top of the food chain, wasteful, and killing everything including ourselves. We haven’t had a predator since the dinosaurs and we have become so unconscious and arrogant. AIDS, cancer and diabetes are widespread, not to mention obesity.

People have lost the capacity for satiety, have become addicted to stuffing themselves even though it’s killing them, and they’re teaching the habit to their children.(We eat and eat and eat, we eat ourselves!). But, I love people and being human. I practice vipassana, a style of Buddhist meditation. The core of the teaching is about cultivating loving kindness with ourselves and others as we aspire to end suffering for all sentient beings. Being a mom who read a lot of Dr. Seuss to my son, I chuckle every time I sing Nobody eats us! We ain’t no green eggs and ham.

Fran Briggs: Thank you so much for taking the time to share today, Holly. I certainly enjoyed my time with you.

Holly Almgren: It was my pleasure, Fran. Thanks! It was fun. Daring to Feel Everything is available to sample or purchase at http://cdbaby.com/Artist/HollyAlmgren.

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The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement by Mary Hunt – Personal Finance Book Review

Money maven, Mary Hunt, returns with a new book, “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement,” to help women prosper financially in the New Year and beyond. While geared toward females, men can also benefit from Hunt’s money knowledge, honed after she amassed over $100,000 in debt earlier in life; and took 13 years to erase.

“Have you had a retirement wake-up call?” Hunt asks early in the book. “I can promise you they intensify with age.”

Hunt sites a 2012 survey that found that 92 percent of women of all ages do not feel educated enough to reach their retirement savings goals.

Saving for retirement requires determination and hard work; and Hunt believes women can succeed. “If we lack confidence, it’s because we lack knowledge and desire, certainly not because we lack intelligence and ability,” Hunt says.

Time trumps all factors when saving for retirement. The sooner you start, the better. But, Hunt emphasizes, regardless of what stage you are in life, you must begin now. “It’s only too late if you don’t start now. No matter where you are or how little you think you have, start now. Today. Start. Saving.” Take baby steps to produce long-term results.

Hunt’s teachings feature:

Retirement Savings Plan. Hunt promotes a six-step Retirement Savings Plan, which includes:

Build an emergency fund. Also known as a Contingency Fund. Save money for life’s unexpected expenses (car repairs, home repairs, etc.) This money needs to be liquid (easily accessible within two or three days), safe from erosion (build in a risk-free savings account) and able to fund at least six months of living expenses should a job loss or other compromised income event occur.

Get out of debt. Eliminate all unsecured debt (credit card debt, student loans, personal loans). Hunt says they’re like cancer stealing your future. Incorporate Hunt’s Rapid Debt-Repayment Plan (RDRP) to abolish the debt.

Own your home outright. Buy half as much house as your mortgage approval. Make monthly mortgage payments equal to the full approval amount to own your residence in half the time. Fiercely protect your home equity (the difference between your home’s market value and mortgage balance). Avoid taking a home equity loan or line of credit, which resets the clock on a thirty-year mortgage.

Consider hiring a financial planner once debt is eradicated or managed, a respectable amount in savings is amassed, retirement funds are growing, or an IRA inheritance or other cash windfall appears.

Hunt describes three types of financial planners:

  1. Commission-based. This planner doesn’t charge based on time, but by selling investment products. He or she earns commissions on those sales.
  2. Fee-based. This planner works on a fixed fee or charges by the hour. Fees are stated up front and the planner is a registered investment advisor (RIA). They’re required by law to meet fiduciary standards, making them responsible for putting the best interests of their clients first.
  3. Combo. This planner is a combination of the first two. Clients pay a fee, fixed or hourly and the planner earns commissions when the client buys financial products based on their recommendations.

Choose a financial planner with at least five years experience Hunt suggests. Ensure they act in your best interests, and can explain financial concepts on your level. Be wary of any planner who claims to be able to beat the market. Ultimately, collaborate with a planner; yet make your own investment decisions. Hunt underscores that, “An advisor’s or planner’s primary loyalty will be to the hand that feeds her. That is simply human nature.”

Hunt educates in a conversational tone, avoiding jargon, charts and mind-numbing data, which makes for an engaging read. A Christian, she teaches faith-based money management. Hunt believes that God is the source of all life’s blessings, including money. An employer, spouse, investments, trust account, parents or any other entity are the channels through which money flows, but not the ultimate source. She’s making reasonable preparations for retirement without obsession; and trusting God for the outcome.

While having a retirement nest egg is important, Hunt reminds readers there is more to life than money. Health, spirituality, nurturing relationships, staying active, continual learning and volunteering are some attributes of a well-balanced existence.

Decade-by-decade financial planning, the five necessary tools for a money management system, investment basics (automate all payments to avoid not making monthly contributions (out-of-sight, out-of-mind), reverse mortgages, and parents paying for their children’s college education (not required), are other money-saving/building topics addressed in the book.

Anyone committed to improving their financial fitness in 2014, will reap life treasures, beyond the bounds of cash, by inheriting Mary Hunt’s money practices.

To establish your baseline financial status, and/or monitor your progress, order your free credit reports from the three big credit companies: Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, visit: Annual Credit Report.

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The Perfect Holiday Cruise – Luxury Gulet Cruises

One of the truly intercontinental tourist destinations is the beautiful country of Turkey near the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey reflects the influences of both Europe and Asia and its coastlines are considered to be the most beautiful in the Mediterranean stretch. Tranquil and lonely coastlines, stunning beaches and amazing resorts dot the enchanting coasts of Turkey and each of them are virtually a great temptation to tourists and travellers but the best thing to try are the luxury gulet holidays in Turkey.

First let’s get down to the basics- a gulet is a traditional Mediterranean ship that was used mostly by traders and sometimes by fishermen. These traditional boats were made of wood and their length was their main characteristic. The modern day gulets are in no way different in shape but what has changed is that now they are designed more like luxury cruises and are used as such. No longer are gulets the choice of fishermen and traders, but they are mostly used for luxury cruises by holiday makers for a holiday out in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean.

But other than the Mediterranean only, Turkey also offers the uniquely European coasts of the Adriatic Sea. This side of the Turkish coasts goes by the name of Croatian Blue and the highlights of this region are the medieval European cities and coasts like Dalmatia, Dubrovnik, Korcula and Krka Waterfalls, etc.

The historic legacy of Turkey can’t be visited in a single day and for that travellers need to charter gulet cruises Turkey. These cruises come in two varieties, one in which you book one along with some other travellers which will keep you in a group. The other one is in which you charter a single cruise where you can spend some real quality time with your near and dear ones. The latter is among the most popular ones as it guarantees immense peace and quiet along with great service and facilities. Be it snorkelling in the clear waters of Turquoise Bay, hiking on some secluded Mediterranean Islands or visiting some historic town on the coasts, Luxury gulet cruises in turkey have all the ingredients for a successful and memorable holiday.

You can find a whole host of gulet holidays Turkey and tour operators on the internet who have a variety of great deals on sale. Check customer reviews and testimonials in the site to better understand the reputation of the site. Before booking any Gulet Cruises Holidays turkey prepare an itinerary for the trip and map out the places that you want to visit. Then accordingly search for the tour provider that gives the best deal on your itinerary and then book it. Have a great holiday!!

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How Long Should You Follow a Diet?

When you start a diet, the goal is not to lose weight as quickly as possible and then stop. A diet should be a learning process for a healthy diet. The question then is: how long should you follow a diet?

In this article, we tell you how long you should follow a diet and when you should stop. That is necessary to know because many people have no idea. When it comes to diets, people mainly think of

  • hunger
  • willpower
  • fatigue

From the moment we start a diet, we focus on the day we think we can achieve our goal. Then we want to resume our old eating habits. This is of course not wise.

We will therefore not only explain below how long you should follow a diet, but we will also discuss how you can continue your healthy diet after you have reached your ideal weight.

The weight that you should lose

The first thing you should know if you decide to follow a diet is how much weight you should lose. You can calculate this yourself with the BMI. For this, you only need your own weight and height and then you can determine your ideal target weight.

It is also important that you have this checked by a specialist or the doctor. These experts will guide you and help you find your ideal weight.

You should use your BMI as a recommendation and not become obsessed with it. Use it to create a healthy lifestyle and find your own well-being.

Once you start a diet, remember that you should not lose more than a pound a week. So forget all those wonderful diets. Instead, you need to lose weight slowly and constantly. That is the only way to prevent a kickback.

Instead of dieting, just learn to eat healthier

A diet is much more than just losing weight. It is also:

  • learn to eat healthy
  • sports
  • value the benefits of weight loss

You may think that it is difficult to achieve your goal, but in reality, you can continue to enjoy good food. Learn new recipes, find new products and add a routine with exercises to your daily life.

Mind you, we do not mean that you should continue to diet for the rest of your life. Once you have reached your ideal weight, you can relax a bit. You don’t always have to be strict with yourself.

Yet that does not mean that you have to fall back on your old diet, because then your diet will ultimately prove to be meaningless. Try to find the golden mean, so that you can keep your weight and thereby spoil yourself now and then.

Exercise is good

If you start a new sport while following a diet, find a workout that suits you. Then you stay in shape and you escape the daily stress for a while. There are many sports that you can do. So choose one. This is great fun if it is an activity that you can do together with you:

  • partner
  • friends
  • family

How long should you follow a diet?

Do you already know how long you should follow a diet? As we have said, a diet does not have to have a definitive end. However, they do have a point where you must stop and that is usually when you have reached your ideal weight.

We are all different and that is why you can lose more weight one week than the next. If you lose less weight, it could be due to:

  • whether your week is busy or relaxing
  • hormonal changes
  • many other factors

Do not start on a strict diet

In any case, you should never start a strict diet if you want to lose a specific amount of weight per week. The important thing is that you remember to never stop trying to lose weight.

Once you follow a diet, it doesn’t matter if you reach your goal a few weeks later. You should also not follow a too-strict diet whereby you may not, for example, do the following:

  • consume different types of food
  • eating out with your friends
  • visiting family parties

It is not forbidden to stop your diet sometimes, as long as you start again, that is always the most important thing!

Moreover, a strict diet will only discourage you and it will not give you the strength to continue. It may be effective in the first few weeks, but we don’t recommend it. In the long term, it is not sustainable.

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Neuromuscular Physical Therapy – Megan’s Case Study

In studying Megan’s case history and symptoms, key moments and events stand out in her time line of pain and dysfunction. Nine years ago, after the birth of her second child, was the first time that Megan noticed that her left foot was slightly wider and longer than her right foot. The timing of this is relevant as during the course of her pregnancy a hormone called relaxin would have been released into her system to loosen the ligaments of her pelvis in anticipation of childbirth. However, relaxin can also loosen ligaments elsewhere in the body and a longer and wider left foot would indicate the collapse of the main arches of the foot due to ligament laxity. This is one of the turning points in Megan’s history that has had a detrimental effect on her health ever since. The relaxed ligaments may never have fully recovered their full stabilizing strength and when she developed a tired aching sensation in her left medial arch a few years later it was probably as a result of this. A fallen arch will lead to over pronation and this will in turn put the tibialis anterior and possibly tibialis posterior muscles under undue stress as they try to stabilize and counteract over pronation. Stressed or overwhelmed muscles will form trigger points (TPs) within them and for tibialis anterior this can refer pain anteromedially as it passes the retinaculum. TPs in the tibialis posterior will refer pain into the sole/arch of the foot. Over pronation will lead to shortened peroneus longus which will further inhibit the tibialis muscles which will further exacerbate the problem in a continuous vicious circle.

The whiplash injury experienced last year would also add to Megan’s problems and since then she has experienced occasional headaches and neck stiffness. The whiplash injury almost certainly would have affected her sub occipital muscles, sternocleidomastoids (SCM), scalene and other stabilizers of the neck and spine. This whiplash would lead to improper neck movement which in turn would lead to TPs in the SCM and possibly the longus colli on one side (left) possibly due to the leg length discrepancy. TPs here would leave these muscles in a shortened state resulting in rotation of the head to the right hand side. If the longus colli is involved it result in kinetic chain problems and affect the peroneals on the lateral aspect of the lower limb further exacerbating the fallen arch. With the peroneus longus muscles in such an unhealthy state it is possible that it could have an effect on the sacrotuberous ligament of the pelvis and its ability to hold the sacrum in position. Megan states that one day last year she felt a twinge in her right sacroiliac joint while assisting an obese client up from a supine position. She experienced locking/jamming and diffuse soft tissue pain in QLs, multifidis and shooting pain into her hip. The fact that she was locked into torso flexion to the right suggests that the QLs went into spasm on the right side after insult and as we find out later her sacral base is an inch high on the right and there is posterior rotation of the right ilium with resultant postural imbalance whereby 2/3rd of Megan’s weight is pressing down on her right side. This extra load and postural imbalance has led to shooting pain in the trochanteric region and referred pain on the lateral aspect of the thigh due to TPs in the weakened gluteus medius and iliotibial band issues due to the over worked tensor fasciae latae.

With all this pain getting to unbearable levels, Megan turned to prescription drugs, codeine based painkillers, antidepressants, Zoloft, anti inflammatory tablets all of which would have exacerbated her problems through time by building up toxins in her system. She was also whilst under the influence of painkillers probably injuring tissue by doing activities that she would not have done if she had her natural alarm system of pain stopping her. The elastic support belt and the taping would have made the situation worse by encouraging atrophy of supporting muscle tissue.

Megan’s right shoulder is lower than the left possibly due to shortened latissimus dorsi pulling on the humerus and inhibiting upper trapezius and hypertrophy of the pectoralis minor muscle pulling the scapula forward and down.

As we consider Megan’s problems, symptoms, and case history, we can appreciate that she is suffering abject pain and dysfunction up and down her functional kinetic chain. From the pain in the plantar fasciae, spastic peroneus longus, inhibited tibialis, medially rotated tibia, medial knee pain, lateral thigh pain, trochanteric pain, lumbo – sacral pelvic pain and dysfunction, posteriorally rotated right ilium, lower left anterior superior iliac spine, 2/3rd weight imbalance to right hand side, lower back pain with QLs and multifidis in a shortened state, latissimus dorsi, neck extensors and flexors all giving problems we have to ask the question as to which functional kinetic chain we are dealing with. In my opinion, considering all areas involved, it would be the spiral oblique chain.

Megan would have to be informed that her treatment will be extensive and prolonged because some issues have been there for a while and would involve neural retraining for the dysfunction and imbalances present.

  • Medical screening.
  • Case history.
  • Postural assessment.
  • ROM testing / neural testing.
  • All shortened and restricted muscles would have to be relaxed / lengthened with TP therapy, METs, positional release / strain- counterstrain.
  • Inhibited muscles would have to be fired and strengthened with tapotement, METs and strengthening exercises.
  • Any areas of bind would need STR, cross fiber friction etc.
  • A consideration would be referral for PCIs to address the pronating left foot initially with a plan to strengthen that area long term.
  • Megan’s nutrition was not mentioned but I would be referring her to a specialist in that field to ensure that she has no nutritional deficiencies that would hinder the healing process.
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