Day: March 9, 2017

What to Eat During Pregnancy

Are you stressed about maintaining a proper diet now that your baby is on the way?

With so much conflicting information floating around, it can be very difficult to make up your mind. You are likely to receive tons of advice from a wide range of sources, like your friends and family, on what is considered healthy during pregnancy.

To lessen your stress, attached below is a list of what to eat during pregnancy. These foods are simple, yet they can help you get the well-balanced diet you and your baby needs.

Why is it important?

Eating the right foods during your pregnancy is extremely important for the simple reason that you are now eating for two. An improper diet can adversely affect the development of the fetus, physically and mentally.

While weight loss during pregnancy is generally not advised, it’s also not a good idea to gain so much weight. It can lead to gestational diabetes and other complications.

What To Eat During Pregnancy

As a pregnant woman, you need to ensure that your diet plan contains sufficient minerals, vitamins and other nutrients to supplement the growth of your baby as well as the changes your body has to go through.

Here are some examples:

Eggs

Eggs are just great. For something that is not very high in calories, they sure pack a punch. They contain vitamins A and D, calcium, iron, potassium and even proteins.

A single egg has around 6 grams of protein, which play a critical role inside the human body. Since every cell is made up of protein, its sufficient intake is crucial for the growth of the baby and your own body.

Eggs are also rich in choline, which promotes your baby’s brain development. They can also reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

However, there are two things you need to be careful of when consuming eggs during pregnancy.

Eggs yolks are high in cholesterol, so you need to monitor your total cholesterol intake and adjust eggs in your diet accordingly. Also, always remember to cook your eggs thoroughly to avoid salmonella infection.

Salmon

We all know that salmon is a great source of high-quality protein which plays an important role in the baby’s development. Salmon is also an oily fish that is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Most diets, including those of pregnant women, lack omega-3 fatty acids and have an abundance of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. This imbalance can predispose them to cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and autoimmune disorders.

This makes the intake of omega-3 acids essential during pregnancy. Apart from that, the acids help promote the development of the brain and eyes of the fetus, too.

Due to the presence of mercury in fish, it is recommended to limit their intake to 340 grams per week during pregnancy. Salmon has the minimum concentration of mercury and is generally considered to be a safe option.

Yogurt

Yogurt is made up of dairy and has all of the nutritional benefits of milk. It is also rich in calcium, which is essential in growing strong bones and teeth. Calcium is critical for a healthy heart, muscles, and the blood clotting process, too.

Women need around 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily during pregnancy and after the baby is born. It reduces the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia. Yogurt also contains probiotics, which are good bacteria that benefit the digestive system.

During pregnancy, your digestive tract slows down to increase the amount of nutrition absorbed from foods. This can lead to constipation and increased risk of hemorrhoids. So, make sure to add yogurt into your pregnancy diet.

However, be wary of packaged yogurt products that contain high amounts of sugar as they can cause excess weight gain during pregnancy.

Lean meat

Lean meats, such as chicken, are excellent sources of protein, iron, choline and vitamins.

During pregnancy, your body requires twice as much iron to facilitate the increase in blood volume. Iron is used to make hemoglobin and helps move oxygen around the body and to the baby.

Iron is an essential mineral and is necessary for fetal and placental growth during pregnancy. When there’s not enough iron, a woman becomes at risk of premature delivery as well as giving birth to a child with autism.

A diet that includes lean meats will help increase the amount of iron in a pregnant woman’s body. However, it can be difficult to get the recommended daily dose (27 milligrams) from lean meats alone, especially for those women who develop an aversion to meat during pregnancy.

Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, C, dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin B-6. Pregnant women require 700 milligrams of vitamin A daily and sweet potatoes have 1922 milligrams of vitamin A per cup. One serving is more than enough to satisfy the daily requirement.

Apart from vitamin A, it also contains vitamin C, which is essential for the absorption of iron and the growth of the baby.

As mentioned before, the digestive system slows down during pregnancy which can cause certain problems. The fiber present in sweet potatoes can help improve digestion and reduce the risk of constipation. Also, vitamin B-6 can limit morning sickness.

Sweet potatoes, however, should be consumed in moderation as excessive levels of vitamin A are associated with birth defects.

On making substitutes

Pregnancy can make food choices extremely difficult, especially with all those cravings and aversions. To make sure that you receive proper nutrition while satisfying your cravings for certain foods, you need to pick healthier substitutes.

If you feel like having a hot beverage on a cold winter night, go for a raspberry leaf tea instead of coffee. Feeling down and need some ice cream? Have a cup of frozen yogurt with berries on top. Want something sweet? Have a piece of dark chocolate rather than regular chocolate.

If you have an aversion for meat, try lentils or spinach to load up on your iron reserves. Also remember to take your pre-natal vitamins to ensure maximum nutritional support during pregnancy.

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Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

 Kidizen, a marketplace for secondhand children’s apparel, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by Chicago-based Origin Ventures, who backed the startup following its over 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2016, which has allowed the business to reach over a quarter million registered users across the U.S. Also participating in… Read More

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Kidizen raises $3.2M for a kids’ clothes resale app with a social twist

 Kidizen, a marketplace for secondhand children’s apparel, has raised $3.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced today. The funding was led by Chicago-based Origin Ventures, who backed the startup following its over 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2016, which has allowed the business to reach over a quarter million registered users across the U.S. Also participating in… Read More

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British newspapers want Facebook and Google investigated over fake news

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UK news publishers think they’ve found a solution for the rise of “fake news”: investigate the “duopoly” of Google and Facebook. 

The News Media Association (NMA), which represents the UK newspaper industry, called on British lawmakers to grill representatives from both companies and hold them to account for spreading and profiting from the phenomenon. 

Fake news, argues the NMA, is easy to produce because its creators don’t have to spend money or time on proper fact-checking or reporting — unlike real journalism.  Read more…

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British newspapers want Facebook and Google investigated over fake news

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UK news publishers think they’ve found a solution for the rise of “fake news”: investigate the “duopoly” of Google and Facebook. 

The News Media Association (NMA), which represents the UK newspaper industry, called on British lawmakers to grill representatives from both companies and hold them to account for spreading and profiting from the phenomenon. 

Fake news, argues the NMA, is easy to produce because its creators don’t have to spend money or time on proper fact-checking or reporting — unlike real journalism.  Read more…

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You can now record virtual oral sex. But you have to lick your phone.

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There are already virtual blow jobs for men, so why shouldn’t women be allowed to have their own virtual fun?

That’s what the webcam platform CamSoda is trying to achieve with “O-Cast,” which they’re calling “the iTunes of oral sex for women.” Basically they’ve devised an app (for iOS and Android) that allows you to record your own unique brand of oral stimulation, which you can then upload into their store. 

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Your effort will join a catalogue of other recorded cunnilingus from porn stars, webcam models and other amateurs like you. Any lady with a Lovense “Lush” Bluetooth egg vibrator (which will run you about $100) can then download the experience of their choice. And the machine will recreate it for them. Read more…

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You can now record virtual oral sex. But you have to lick your phone.

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There are already virtual blow jobs for men, so why shouldn’t women be allowed to have their own virtual fun?

That’s what the webcam platform CamSoda is trying to achieve with “O-Cast,” which they’re calling “the iTunes of oral sex for women.” Basically they’ve devised an app (for iOS and Android) that allows you to record your own unique brand of oral stimulation, which you can then upload into their store. 

Image: camsoda

Your effort will join a catalogue of other recorded cunnilingus from porn stars, webcam models and other amateurs like you. Any lady with a Lovense “Lush” Bluetooth egg vibrator (which will run you about $100) can then download the experience of their choice. And the machine will recreate it for them. Read more…

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Watch day 2 of Google Cloud Next developer conference live right here

 Yesterday was just the beginning of Google’s Cloud Next conference. The company talked about the vision for Google Cloud. Today will be all about product announcements that are going to make your life easier as a developer. At 9 AM PT/12 PM ET/5 PM GMT, you’ll be able to watch Google introduce all those new features live. Today, you can expect to see Urs Hölzle, Prabhakar Raghavan… Read More

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Watch day 2 of Google Cloud Next developer conference live right here

 Yesterday was just the beginning of Google’s Cloud Next conference. The company talked about the vision for Google Cloud. Today will be all about product announcements that are going to make your life easier as a developer. At 9 AM PT/12 PM ET/5 PM GMT, you’ll be able to watch Google introduce all those new features live. Today, you can expect to see Urs Hölzle, Prabhakar Raghavan… Read More

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Chelsea Clinton horrified the internet with spinach pancakes

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The great food wars of 2017 continues with no end in sight.

Chelsea Clinton celebrated the fake holiday National Pancake Day on Tuesday by creating some fake ass pancakes.

Spinach pancakes for #NationalPancakeDay (we won’t eat them all tonight although Charlotte would if we let her)! pic.twitter.com/9zgWZ0k94W

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 7, 2017

“Spinach pancakes for #NationalPancakeDay,” Clinton wrote on Twitter along with a photo of some mangled-looking blobs. While Clinton claims these are pancakes, Mashable was unable to confirm this allegation. Read more…

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Chelsea Clinton horrified the internet with spinach pancakes

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The great food wars of 2017 continues with no end in sight.

Chelsea Clinton celebrated the fake holiday National Pancake Day on Tuesday by creating some fake ass pancakes.

Spinach pancakes for #NationalPancakeDay (we won’t eat them all tonight although Charlotte would if we let her)! pic.twitter.com/9zgWZ0k94W

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 7, 2017

“Spinach pancakes for #NationalPancakeDay,” Clinton wrote on Twitter along with a photo of some mangled-looking blobs. While Clinton claims these are pancakes, Mashable was unable to confirm this allegation. Read more…

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Retail chains are floundering and it's not because of Amazon

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Is Amazon really the killer everyone says it is?

More retailers are on the brink of death than any time since the Great Recession, according to ratings firm Moody’s. Hundreds of department stores are closing, and once-chic clothing brands are barely treading water — or, in the case of American Apparel and The Limited, recently departed.

In that kind of atmosphere, it’s easy to point a finger at the 800-pound gorilla — the one with a history of eating bookstores for breakfast (and now, ironically, building its own).

Amazon has a stranglehold on the e-commerce market, and there’s no doubt it’s draining a growing portion of real-world sales as consumers take their shopping online.  Read more…

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Retail chains are floundering and it's not because of Amazon

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Is Amazon really the killer everyone says it is?

More retailers are on the brink of death than any time since the Great Recession, according to ratings firm Moody’s. Hundreds of department stores are closing, and once-chic clothing brands are barely treading water — or, in the case of American Apparel and The Limited, recently departed.

In that kind of atmosphere, it’s easy to point a finger at the 800-pound gorilla — the one with a history of eating bookstores for breakfast (and now, ironically, building its own).

Amazon has a stranglehold on the e-commerce market, and there’s no doubt it’s draining a growing portion of real-world sales as consumers take their shopping online.  Read more…

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For International Women's Day, 'Hamilton' cast donated salaries from last night's show

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They didn’t throw away their shot to honor the ladies.

Yesterday the world celebrated International Women’s Day, a day full of honoring all of the inspiring women in our lives. To mark this occasion, the cast of the Broadway hit Hamilton decided to donate their collective salaries from their nightly performance to Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that supports women in the workforce.

Members of the audience found inserts within their programs marking the holiday and explaining the cast’s decision on how to celebrate. The cast also thanked all of the women in attendance for joining them at the show. Read more…

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For International Women's Day, 'Hamilton' cast donated salaries from last night's show

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They didn’t throw away their shot to honor the ladies.

Yesterday the world celebrated International Women’s Day, a day full of honoring all of the inspiring women in our lives. To mark this occasion, the cast of the Broadway hit Hamilton decided to donate their collective salaries from their nightly performance to Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that supports women in the workforce.

Members of the audience found inserts within their programs marking the holiday and explaining the cast’s decision on how to celebrate. The cast also thanked all of the women in attendance for joining them at the show. Read more…

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Airbnb closes $1B round at $31B valuation, profitable as of 2H 2016, no plans for IPO

 After the vacation marketplace Airbnb last year filed SEC forms raising $555.5 million, today the company filed a new form D that has closed off its Series F with an additional $447.8 billion, bringing the total to over $1 billion – or $1,003,312,065 billion to be exact. Techcrunch has confirmed with sources close to the company that it is now valued at $31 billion.
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RealConnex, a platform connecting real estate pros with projects and each other, raises $3.5 million

 RealConnex, a four-year-old, Miami and New York-based platform connecting real estate professionals to capital, investments, and services, has raised $3.5 million in strategic funding led by Silver Portal Capital, a San Diego-based real estate investment and merchant banking firm. The round is part of a much bigger trend of startups working to change how properties are built, bought, and… Read More

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Hugging Face wants to become your artificial BFF

 Meet Hugging Face, a new chatbot app for bored teenagers. The New York-based startup is creating a fun and emotional bot. Hugging Face will generate a digital friend so that you can text back and forth and trade selfies. Playing with Hugging Face was a lot more engaging than talking with a customer support bot. Like other companies, Hugging Face doesn’t want to be useful. It wants to… Read More

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Senate Republicans introduce resolution ensuring ISPs don't need your permission to sell your private data and SSN

Donald Trump’s new FCC boss, Ajit Pai, has nuked an Obama-era rule that banned ISPs from selling off your browsing data, location, financial and health information, children’s information, Social Security Number and contents of your messages, without your permission. The now-defunct rule also required ISPs to notify you when they got hacked and your sensitive personal information got out into the wild.
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7 Ways To Tell That You’ve Gone From Dating To A Relationship

Anybody who has dated and experienced being in a relationship will know how complex the process can get. The longer you continue to see each other, the more dynamic the feelings become.

If you are still in the dark, here are 7 of the most obvious ways to tell if you’ve gone from dating to entering a relationship.

Nightlife Goes From Club To Couch

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Before, you used to spend most Saturday nights dating people at a bar, cinema, or restaurant. Now that you’re in an actual relationship, it will no longer matter where you are dating. As long as you’re with your loved one, you’ll be happy.

They Don’t Consume Your Every Thought

Once you’ve already gotten over the infatuation stage and realized that you and your partner are in it for the long haul, you’re less likely to think about him all the time. This, however, doesn’t mean that you’re bad. It’s just your brain showing how settled you are.

Arguments Aren’t Disastrous

relationship argument

In the delicate dating stage, one or two arguments can often spell the end of the romance. When you have settled into a real relationship, the bond between you and your partner is already strong enough that you no longer take silly misunderstandings seriously. Instead, you argue a bit, cool off, and the make up again.

They See The Real You

During the dating stage, people tend to create the ideal versions of themselves. It’s a way to entice a partner. However, once you have found someone special, you begin to let your guards down and show your real self. You wear less makeup and you pay less attention to how you look.

The Future Is Talked About

Bringing up what you want in the future is probably one of the worst things you can do when you’re casually dating someone. It’s a sure-fire way to scare somebody off. This changes when you are in a relationship. You find freedom and excitement in discussing what might happen in the next few years.

You’re Fully Connected

The idea of meeting each other’s friends and family is always a bit awkward when you’re still in the early part of dating. By the time you are in a formal relationship, you probably already know each other’s friends’ first names. You might even be sending them Christmas and birthday cards regularly.

Jealousy Is A Distant Memory

In a relationship, you no longer have to worry about other men or women paying close attention to your partner. Being in a formal relationship gives you more security since there’s less competition. Apart from that, there’s complete trust in one another, too.

The process of dating and entering a relationship isn’t at all bad. In fact, it’s interesting and exciting. Enjoy while you’re at it.

See Also: 5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

 

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7 Ways To Tell That You’ve Gone From Dating To A Relationship

Anybody who has dated and experienced being in a relationship will know how complex the process can get. The longer you continue to see each other, the more dynamic the feelings become.

If you are still in the dark, here are 7 of the most obvious ways to tell if you’ve gone from dating to entering a relationship.

Nightlife Goes From Club To Couch

real relationship

Before, you used to spend most Saturday nights dating people at a bar, cinema, or restaurant. Now that you’re in an actual relationship, it will no longer matter where you are dating. As long as you’re with your loved one, you’ll be happy.

They Don’t Consume Your Every Thought

Once you’ve already gotten over the infatuation stage and realized that you and your partner are in it for the long haul, you’re less likely to think about him all the time. This, however, doesn’t mean that you’re bad. It’s just your brain showing how settled you are.

Arguments Aren’t Disastrous

relationship argument

In the delicate dating stage, one or two arguments can often spell the end of the romance. When you have settled into a real relationship, the bond between you and your partner is already strong enough that you no longer take silly misunderstandings seriously. Instead, you argue a bit, cool off, and the make up again.

They See The Real You

During the dating stage, people tend to create the ideal versions of themselves. It’s a way to entice a partner. However, once you have found someone special, you begin to let your guards down and show your real self. You wear less makeup and you pay less attention to how you look.

The Future Is Talked About

Bringing up what you want in the future is probably one of the worst things you can do when you’re casually dating someone. It’s a sure-fire way to scare somebody off. This changes when you are in a relationship. You find freedom and excitement in discussing what might happen in the next few years.

You’re Fully Connected

The idea of meeting each other’s friends and family is always a bit awkward when you’re still in the early part of dating. By the time you are in a formal relationship, you probably already know each other’s friends’ first names. You might even be sending them Christmas and birthday cards regularly.

Jealousy Is A Distant Memory

In a relationship, you no longer have to worry about other men or women paying close attention to your partner. Being in a formal relationship gives you more security since there’s less competition. Apart from that, there’s complete trust in one another, too.

The process of dating and entering a relationship isn’t at all bad. In fact, it’s interesting and exciting. Enjoy while you’re at it.

See Also: 5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

 

The post 7 Ways To Tell That You’ve Gone From Dating To A Relationship appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

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7 Ways To Tell That You’ve Gone From Dating To A Relationship

Anybody who has dated and experienced being in a relationship will know how complex the process can get. The longer you continue to see each other, the more dynamic the feelings become.

If you are still in the dark, here are 7 of the most obvious ways to tell if you’ve gone from dating to entering a relationship.

Nightlife Goes From Club To Couch

real relationship

Before, you used to spend most Saturday nights dating people at a bar, cinema, or restaurant. Now that you’re in an actual relationship, it will no longer matter where you are dating. As long as you’re with your loved one, you’ll be happy.

They Don’t Consume Your Every Thought

Once you’ve already gotten over the infatuation stage and realized that you and your partner are in it for the long haul, you’re less likely to think about him all the time. This, however, doesn’t mean that you’re bad. It’s just your brain showing how settled you are.

Arguments Aren’t Disastrous

relationship argument

In the delicate dating stage, one or two arguments can often spell the end of the romance. When you have settled into a real relationship, the bond between you and your partner is already strong enough that you no longer take silly misunderstandings seriously. Instead, you argue a bit, cool off, and the make up again.

They See The Real You

During the dating stage, people tend to create the ideal versions of themselves. It’s a way to entice a partner. However, once you have found someone special, you begin to let your guards down and show your real self. You wear less makeup and you pay less attention to how you look.

The Future Is Talked About

Bringing up what you want in the future is probably one of the worst things you can do when you’re casually dating someone. It’s a sure-fire way to scare somebody off. This changes when you are in a relationship. You find freedom and excitement in discussing what might happen in the next few years.

You’re Fully Connected

The idea of meeting each other’s friends and family is always a bit awkward when you’re still in the early part of dating. By the time you are in a formal relationship, you probably already know each other’s friends’ first names. You might even be sending them Christmas and birthday cards regularly.

Jealousy Is A Distant Memory

In a relationship, you no longer have to worry about other men or women paying close attention to your partner. Being in a formal relationship gives you more security since there’s less competition. Apart from that, there’s complete trust in one another, too.

The process of dating and entering a relationship isn’t at all bad. In fact, it’s interesting and exciting. Enjoy while you’re at it.

See Also: 5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

 

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What Jumping Rope Taught Me About Life And Fitness

We often judge activities based on how much they can change us physically. However, when it comes to their mental effects, we rarely care.

I used to be a runner. Treadmill or no treadmill, rain or snow, I ran every day from 5:30 to 6:30 in the morning and I hated every minute of it. From the moment I tied my laces until my last mile, running scared me.

So, why did I do it?

I used to be a chubby kid. I was ‘that kid’ who deliberately tried to get sick for sports day. During college, every time I ran, I had billions of voices shunning me down. At times, I heard the voice of my soccer coach calling me a ’tractor’. Other times, it was my classmates commenting on my man boobs from the sideline as I struggled to finish the race.

So, to me, running during college was a way to prove something. It was unhealthy, but I had to do it to cope.

However, I realized that I had to let go. I had to grow. That is when I came across jumping rope.

It has been a year and a half and jumping rope didn’t only alter my physique, it has helped me develop my character as well, by teaching me lessons about life and fitness.

Here are some of them.

Patience

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There are a handful of jumping rope benefits once you get the hang of the activity. If you’re just starting out, you may need some trial and error before you get the right form. That process requires patience and perseverance. There’s no place for ego.

I used to run despite hating it because I felt I had to prove something to someone. It was as if I was still competing with my friends in high school.

Because I failed multiple times before finally getting the right form, jumping rope made me realized that I was just competing with myself. I did not have to get better than anyone else- just myself.

And that change in mindset helped me optimize everything.

Failure helped me touch base with reality and develop patience. It killed all that toxic thoughts that were bottled up inside. This made consistency easier.

Focus

As my form started getting better, my ego got bigger, too. In the middle of my workout, I would often find myself thinking about how cool I looked.

And those were the times when the rope would get stuck between my legs. Reality would hit me, forcing me to focus on what I was actually doing.

Thus, jumping rope trained me to stay focused. My coordination got better and I experienced improved balance.

These things significantly changed the quality of my work.

Reflecting on Failures

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When we hit bottom, the obvious advice people give us is to try again. And, although that’s good, there’s something essential that we miss.

Reflecting on our failures.

What went wrong? Was it something out of control or something that can easily be changed?

Jumping rope is all about having the right form- knees bent, elbows drawn in and jumping no more than an inch.

Every time I fail at my routine, I’d reflect on whether it was due to a wrong form or lack of focus. After knowing what went wrong, I make the necessary adjustments and do it again until I get a more favorable result.

I’ve started applying this to the other areas of my life and it has optimized everything I do.

Doing Less

In a world that is so driven by accomplishments, we often lose sight of what is really important. A lot of us want more degrees, achievements and recognitions. Because we aspire to do so many things, we usually end up finishing nothing.

Think about how that applies to fitness. We have so many ways to get fit and, yet, most of us still fail to achieve our body goals.

As I got more acquainted with jumping rope, I started doing High Intensity Interval Training for thirty minutes every day. That’s it. No running or any other form of cardio.

This helped me gain clarity on what I really needed to do to accomplish my keystone tasks. It included practicing Intermittent Fasting, eating the right foods, hitting my macro numbers, and giving my hundred and twenty percent during HIIT.

It turned out that the combination of HIIT workouts and intermittent fasting is exactly what I needed to get lean.

See Also: How To Start Interval Training The Right Way

Movement is Essential

Working out can mean effort and extra time. When you are not used to it, it’s easy to consider it as a burden, which leads to inconsistency.

As proof, just think about the people who refuse to work out just because they don’t have the time.

But, what if moving your body was essential? What if it was a requirement to living a healthy life?

After every HIIT session, I felt great from the inside. It’s as if my body was thanking me.

My exercise routines last for thirty minutes a day only. Since it was short, I felt motivated to start doing it consistently until I was able to see positive results.

This feeling and the results I got helped me learn an important lesson about our bodies: they are made to move.

Jumping rope helped me fall in love with fitness. Working out wasn’t something I had to do anymore- it’s something I want to do.

See Also: Finding your Fitness Passion

Over To You

Jumping rope benefits are endless. More than your body, you can also use it to train your mind.

This, however, is not a plea for you to go start jumping rope. Instead, it’s a plea for you to go explore the different ways you can help your body and mind. See what works for you and what doesn’t and adjust accordingly.

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Twitter is now marking entire profiles as 'sensitive'

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Twitter is trying to take on its troll problem in 2017, but the campaign is not without problems.

In addition to a range of tools aimed at filtering abusive tweets, the platform now appears to be quietly marking entire accounts as sensitive. 

On Thursday, a Mashable reporter clicked on the profile of technology analyst Justin Warren. Instead of showing his image or his tweets, the account blocked his profile image and included a caution: “This profile may include potentially sensitive content.” 

The reporter could still ultimately view the account, but only by clicking that he agreed to continue despite the possibility of seeing “sensitive images or language.” Read more…

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Google says it already fixed 'many' of the security flaws from Vault 7 leak

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On Tuesday, WikiLeaks released a large trove of documents, allegedly containing CIA hacking tools and security exploits for all major software platforms, including Android. 

Now, Google has publicly responded to the leak, claiming “many” of the vulnerabilities are already fixed. 

“As we’ve reviewed the documents, we’re confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities,” Heather Adkins, Director of Information Security and Privacy, told Mashable in a statement. “Our analysis is ongoing and we will implement any further necessary protections. We’ve always made security a top priority and we continue to invest in our defenses.” Read more…

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Dymon Asia announces first close of its debut $50M fund for fintech

 Hedge fund Dymon Asia is getting into the venture capital game after it announced its maiden fund.
Dymon Asia Ventures is focused on fintech deals and it is targeting a $50 million raise. Today, its founding partners disclosed a first close of $20 million from a range of LPs that include Thai bank Siam Commercial (SCB), which invested an undisclosed sum via its Digital Ventures arm. Dymon… Read More

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Malaysian bank offers year-long maternity leave, but with a catch

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Malaysia’s Maybank has announced a very generous maternity leave extension of up to a year for new mums.

This is significantly longer than the national mandatory 60 days, or two months, that mothers get.

But Maybank’s maternity leave isn’t fully paid. Just the first three months is paid, and employees will have to apply for an extended three months, at half-pay.

The final six-month stretch is unpaid.

Still, the company’s new maternity policy makes it the first bank in the country to offer such a long leave period to employees.

A Maybank spokesperson told us only Maybank employees in Malaysia will be eligible for the extended maternity leave benefits, as there are different maternity leave provisions and practices in each country. Read more…

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Qatar Airways is launching in one of the biggest aviation markets in the world

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Qatar Airways, which was running for the title of the world’s longest flight operator last year, is soon launching an airline in India — one of the top ten aviation markets in the world.

QA chief Akbar Al Baker announced at the ITB Berlin Travel Show on Wednesday that the carrier would be making an application to the India government soon, Times of India reports.

The Doha-based airline is owned by the state of Qatar and its operations in India would be in partnership with the investment arm of the Qatar government. Read more…

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BBC's shortwave transmissions from Thailand go dark, after talks fail

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The British Broadcasting Corporation announced Wednesday it is ending its shortwave transmissions from Thailand after 20 years of operation, because it failed to reach agreement with Thailand’s military government on a renewal of its operating permit.

Shortwave transmissions are radio broadcasts in the AM band. Demand for AM receivers has dropped steeply over the years, but the BBC had still employed 45 staff members, who may lose their jobs with the decision.

Its Thai transmitters were serving the East Asia region. The BBC moved its East Asia relay station to Thailand from Hong Kong after the handover of the British colony to China in 1997. Read more…

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CurrencyCloud, maker of APIs for remittance startups, raises £20M led by GV

 Another fintech startup has raised a growth round to tap into the estimated $25 trillion dollar market for money transfers. London-based CurrencyCloud, which builds tools for payment companies to use by way of an API to enable remittances and money exchanges across borders, has raised £20 million ($25 million) in a Series D round of funding led by Google’s GV. The news comes one… Read More

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Here's the woman who offered U.S. citizenship to the highest bidder at the Shanghai marriage market

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That’s certainly one way to get noticed.

At the Shanghai marriage market, parents of single folks gather to show off their children’s credentials, in hopes of netting them a spouse.

But over the weekend, a woman, dressed in a wedding gown and holding her American passport, caught the eye of many for the prize she was dangling — U.S. citizenship.

Image: Weibo

Alas, she wasn’t for real.

The woman, has been identified as Erin Peisert, an American performance artist currently based in Shanghai.

In viral photos circulating on Weibo and Instagram, she’s shown holding up a sign saying “USA Citizenship through marriage to the highest bidder,” as she is surrounded by curious onlookers. Read more…

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China’s Didi Chuxing opens U.S. lab to develop AI and self-driving car tech

 China’s Uber rival Didi Chuxing has officially opened its U.S.-based research lab. The new center is part of a move to suck up talent beyond Didi’s current catchment pool in China, particularly in the areas of AI and self-driving vehicles, but it doesn’t signal an expansion of its service into North America. The existence of the research center itself isn’t new.… Read More

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Goldbely raises a $10M Series A to ship you food from America’s most popular restaurants

 Goldbely, the speciality food delivery service, has closed $10M in Series A funding. The round was led by Global Founders Capital and Intel Capital (who also led the company’s seed round). As part of the investment Goldbely is joining the Intel Capital Diversity Fund. Goldbely’s goal is to send you the best food from cities around the U.S, no matter where you are based. So you could… Read More

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Finding your chill in VR is easy when you can meditate on Mars

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Currently, most of the virtual reality developer brainpower is being directed toward creating amazingly immersive games (and to a lesser extent, film and non-gaming interactive experiences). But when you just want to kick back and find your chill, the options in VR are surprisingly limited. 

That said, I think I’ve found the best of the bunch. 

My parameters were simple. I wanted something you could use on a high-end VR headset (not mobile), the logic being that when I meditate I want to be in a safe space, where I don’t have to think about pedestrians, airplanes or any other interruptions while trying to relax. Read more…

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Kid who created his own campaign posters sure knows how to troll an election

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Election time means an overload of politicians chattering away, taking up plenty of screen and radio space. Then of course, there’s the glut of campaign signs littered in front of homes and hastily taped to electricity poles.

No one really pays attention to them, so 15-year-old Connor Barney decided to crash the party. 

Creating and printing his own campaign posters, he plonked signs alongside actual candidates for Saturday’s state election in Western Australia.

“I thought it would be a funny bit of comedy for the locals,” Barney said via email.  Read more…

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Internet sleuth tracks down stolen trailer in less than 15 minutes with Facebook post

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When Mike Schmidt got to his business on Tuesday, he realized his trailer was missing. 

It had been stolen. Like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, he sprung into action, setting in motion an epic investigation that would last almost 15 minutes.

His brilliant move? Posting a photo of his trailer on Facebook.

Here’s the riveting tale, courtesy of CTV News

That’s right, thieves of Cambridge, Ontario, there’s no where you can hide from people checking their News Feed. 

Schmidt called the cops, who found the trailer outside of an apartment complex with some mopeds and dirt bikes inside, some of which had been reported stolen.  Read more…

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A very confident Tesla launches the new Powerwall 2 in Australia

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Elon Musk’s home battery is returning to Australia for a second round.

The new Powerwall 2 has about double the capacity of Tesla’s original Powerwall, and will roll out from April. Vice President for energy products at Tesla Lyndon Rive, who incidentally is Musk’s cousin, was in Melbourne Thursday for the launch.

Although the launch of Tesla’s original rechargeable lithium-ion battery in early 2016 earned plenty of attention locally, the Tesla executive wouldn’t divulge what market share Tesla currently had in Australia’s battery market.  Read more…

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How baby dolls, mine sweepers and Mars rovers led iRobot to the Roomba

 The iRobot museum is located in the main building of its Bedford, Massachusetts headquarters. It’s more of a hallway, really, tucked behind a security door just off the building’s lobby, sporting the words “Cool Stuff.” It’s the first stop for tour groups and field trips, laying out the company’s 27-year history along conveniently stocked shelves. Read More

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Uber says it’s reviewing use of ‘Greyball’ and won’t use it to monitor regulators

 Uber’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan posted an update Wednesday about the company’s use of “Greyball,” providing some details about use of the software tool, which was revealed in a New York Times report last week. Greyball was part of a program Uber designed to help it identify users who violate the terms of service of its app, preventing them from securing… Read More

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