Tuesday, August 13, 2013

079 ? Half Size Me: Finding a Purpose Beyond the Scale and ...

079-ImageIn this episode of Half Size Me, Heather interviews Becca, who overcame eating disorders and learned to change her mindset about food.

All of these changes led to her getting healthy, strengthening her body (and mind), and losing 100 pounds!

You?ll definitely want to hear her inspiring story, so please listen to the episode and share what you think in the comment?s section below!

Becca Bio (from her About page):


???It[']s been a long journey, but I?m in a much better place today. I still feel like I have a long way to go, but I don?t really see an end in sight anymore? I hope you can find encouragement in realizing you don?t have to have it all together to effect positive changes in your health and fitness.

I?ve accomplished many of my goals. I am healthy and fit, even if I don?t have visible abs and 10% body fat. ?I?ve learned that food is not the enemy and I am so much more focused today on making my fitness goals than on seeing a certain number on the scale. I have fallen in love with heavy lifting. I still have good days and bad ones, but this is a lifestyle I?m on, and I know I?ll keep pressing on.?

You can learn more about Becca at her blog ?Momma Muscles?!

This week?s quote:

?Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.???Thomas Jefferson

In this episode, you?ll hear Becca share how she

? changed her mindset to overcome eating disorders and get healthy

? decided not to do anything to lose weight that she wouldn?t do to maintain her loss

? repaired her metabolism using a metabolic reset

? and much more!

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

About Half Size Me

Half Size Me is an hour-long, weekly podcast meant to inspire you and motivate you no matter where you are on your weight loss journey. If you?re just getting started losing weight, or if you?ve started and stopped so many times you?ve lost count, this is the show for you!

Hosted by Heather Robertson, who lost over 170 pounds by learning new eating habits, getting regular exercise, and, most importantly, changing her mindset. She shares her own lessons and struggles as well as how to handle to real challenge of any weight loss journey? weight maintenance.

So, join Heather every week as she shares information, inspiration, and interviews with women who?ve learned weight loss isn?t just about losing pounds, it?s about finding yourself.

Theme music, ?Walk Alone? by Jim Armstrong courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

Disclaimer: Heather is not a doctor, nurse, or certified health professional and what works for her or her guests may, or may not, work for you. So, please be sure to talk with your doctor, dietician, or other certified health professional when seeking advice about your own weight loss or weight maintenance plan. All information included in The Half Size Me Podcast and on HalfSizeMe.com is for informational and inspirational purposes only.

For additional disclaimer information, please visit the About page.

To contact Heather about the show, please click here to use the contact form.

Source: http://www.halfsizeme.com/079/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=079

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Dalhousie University GIS Prof seeks solution to student ignorance of geography

A cool story on a popular topic that rears its head every year or so, students and their lack of geographic skills and understanding of the Earth. Imagine a group of Canadian University students not being able to locate the Atlantic Ocean on a map! Indeed, this is the state of geographic literacy in many countries? From the article, this comment by James Boxall (@GISjames) of Dalhousie U, ?I actually do [a quiz] with my first-year students every year, I just haven?t publicized it, and it?s the same results? -see more in the article on CBC

Let us all remember the hilarious yet sad response from Miss Teen S. Carolina a few years back!

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Buying vs. Building | The Buyer's Agent Blog

Buying a Home in Asheville North CarolinaHaving a home custom-built to your specifications can be expensive. But are you ready to take on remodeling and updating an older home to meet your needs?

A remodel can often be expensive and in the end, is less satisfying ? and finishing a project yourself, without experience, can result in the purchase of costly tools and the loss of your valuable time.

Many prospective homeowners want to build their dream homes instead of buying ones. They want to own brand new houses with all of the features they believe meet their dream-home checklists. Before you make any decisions, however, you should be aware of some important financial considerations. Take into consideration the following points:

Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient design has become an important argument for building a home. With energy costs in a seemingly endless upward spiral, the prospect of enjoying lower energy bills forever is attractive. A state-of-the-art, energy-efficient new home may work wonders for your household budget every month. Older homes, while charming and full of character, can be energy drains because of outdated design and amenities. You might consider energy-efficient upgrades for an existing house, but such home improvements can be costly.

Deferred Maintenance

Maintenance and repair, a common initial expenditure when buying an existing house, is not an issue with a newly built home. Everything is new and hopefully made of quality materials. Not all existing homes have deferred maintenance issues, as some homeowners are conscientious about maintenance. However, with a newly built home, you can be quite comfortable knowing that you will not need a new roof, heating system or an expensive plumbing or electrical overhaul. Should a system bring problems in a brand new home, the warranty should cover any reinstalls.

Annual Maintenance

The obligation of annual maintenance, if not addressed, can result in a hefty repair bill down the road. If you build a high-quality home, the out-of-pocket annual maintenance cost should be less than with most existing homes. In some cases, the annual maintenance costs of an older home may be similar to the cost of a newly built house.

?Appliances, Floor Plans and Decorating

What do appliances, floor plans and decorating all have in common? They eventually become outdated. When you buy an existing home you run the risk of inheriting outdated features that will need to be replaced. For example, older home architects and builders spent little time designing floor plans to maximize traffic flow for family rooms near kitchens. These floor plans, featuring multiple segmented rooms and long hallways are seldom seen in new homes. Replacing old appliances or renovating outdated, wasteful floor plans could be costly.

Construction Costs

In addition to furniture, appliances and small d?cor, consider the costs of building materials and labor. This financial consideration often makes buying an existing home look like the better choice. The simple truth: A home built in the 1970s or 1980s cost less to construct than a similar home in present dollars. The more complex, cloudy issue is new home prices tend to reflect cost-plus-profit issues, while existing home prices are ?set? by location and what a buyer is willing to pay.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there is no right or wrong option. There are obvious advantages to building and buying a newly completed home. However, should a new home be built with substandard quality materials or workmanship, buying a high-quality, existing house that has been well-maintained, would be a better financial choice.

Regardless of your personal preference, you should be aware of financial issues with both options. Be sure to budget sufficient funds or have a financing plan (mortgage, home equity line-of-credit, other funding) to cover hidden costs, moving to your new home, making necessary repairs and upgrading outdated items.

Source: http://blog.ashevillehomebuyer.com/buying-vs-building/

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Ranking Baseball's Most Volatile Clubhouse Cancers

Ozzie Guillen is the most quotable, most disruptive manager in baseball. He's not managing right now, but he's still looking for a team, which is why he is eligible for this list.

When he's not supporting Fidel Castro or telling the media he wants his team to be hated, Guillen enjoys dropping some of the funniest quotes in baseball.

Let's take a look at a few from the year 2011. Keep in mind these were all in a 12-month span (via Yahoo! Sports):

Speaking on Bobby Jenks' outspokenness after moving to Boston:

Am I going to say anything bad about [Bobby Jenks]? I'm not going to waste my time.


I wish I was mad about it, because I will rip his throat [out].

Standing up for Juan Pierre:

As long as JP is here, he's playing. [If] people don't like it ...? I wish I could say what I think, but I'm not going to be in trouble. I'd be all over, CNN, Playboy Channel, everywhere. But I'm not going to say it. That's the first time I'm going to keep it to myself.

Discussing the?Paul-Star campaign to elect Paul Konerko to the 2011 All-Star team:

He needs the money; he's kinda broke. The poor man, he needs $200,000 more.

Hating on Sean Penn for his love of Venezuela:

Sean Penn, if you love Venezuela please move to Venezuela for a year ? But rent a house in Guarenas or Guatire to see how long you last clown.

And, of course, he thinks he's the man:

I'm the Charlie Sheen of baseball, without drugs and a prostitute.

Oh Ozzie, you're so silly.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1725262-ranking-baseballs-most-volatile-clubhouse-cancers

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Administrative Director / Mercatus Center at George Mason University / Arlington, VA

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University seeks an administrative director to administer and grow the Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The program explores the latest research at the intersection of these three disciplines from scholars across the social sciences and humanities and expands an understanding of how individuals can affect freedom and prosperity for society. This role provides a unique opportunity for someone who excels at managing projects and can engage with the academic world to advance the vision for the program.

The Administrative Director will work with the Director and Associate Director of the Hayek Program, the Director of Graduate Student Programs, and will report to the Director of Academic Relations.

? Providing administrative support for Hayek Program core faculty with priority to Peter Boettke and Chris Coyne;
? Collaborating with other Mercatus programs and Mercatus management, including responsibility for strategic measurement, quarterly results reporting, and facilitating information for grant proposals and reporting with the Mercatus fundraising team;
? Managing the editorial duties of the core faculty regarding academic journals and book series for which they are responsible;
? Coordinating complex faculty and student research, including domestic and international field studies, surveys, and human subject review board compliance, and finances;
? Arranging placement activities for graduating students who are supervised by Hayek Program core faculty (letters of recommendation, interview preparation, etc);
? Driving the growth of a flagship Mercatus program with an ambitious vision and tremendous potential.

? Bachelor?s degree from an accredited college or university.
? 5+ years? experience working in a professional staff support and/or program administration role (additional education may be considered in lieu of experience).
? Demonstrated ability to multitask and balance multiple short- and long- term projects without direct supervision.
? Excellent writing and editing skills.

Application Process
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials our online application process:
? R?sum?
? Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position and the missions of the organization
? Writing sample

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University:
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world?s premier university source for market-oriented ideas?bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people?s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society?s most pressing problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives. Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University?s Arlington campus.

We have a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, the Mercatus Center provides exceptional benefits to all individual employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health insurance premium and tax-free reimbursement of all deductible expenses, and paying 100% of the dental insurance premium). We also provide all employees with flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and one free course per semester at George Mason University (GMU).

Click here to apply - Please mention that you saw the job on America's Future Foundation

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Video: Texas Weekly Newsreel: Sine Die, Wendy Davis, Election Law

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Teen, abductor stood out in Idaho wilderness

BOISE, Idaho (AP) ? Almost from the moment he laid eyes on 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her abductor, James Lee DiMaggio, former Idaho county sheriff Mark John was swept with the feeling that something just didn't seem right about the pair.

Initially it was the lack of openness on the trail, a reluctance to engage in the polite exchange of banter or adventures like so many other recreationists John has encountered during his various horseback excursions into Idaho's rugged backcountry.

Then John and his partners on horseback puzzled why Anderson and DiMaggio were hiking in the opposite direction of their stated destination, the Salmon River.

But more than anything, it was their gear, or lack of it. Neither was sporting hiking boots or rain gear. The 40-year-old DiMaggio, described as an avid hiker in his home state of California, was toting only a light pack. It even appeared Anderson was wearing pajama bottoms.

"They just didn't fit," said the 71-year-old John, who retired as Gem County sheriff in 1996. "He might have been an outdoorsman in California, but he was not an outdoorsman in Idaho. ... Red flags kind of went up."

At a news conference Sunday in Boise, John and his three riding mates shared the kind of details from their encounters with Anderson and DiMaggio that helped focus the massive manhunt and rescue effort on a southwest corner of wilderness in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a 3,600-square-mile roadless preserve in the heart of Idaho.

On Saturday, after searchers spotted the pair by air, two highly-specialized FBI hostage teams moved in on ground, ultimately rescuing Anderson and killing DiMaggio in a shootout at their encampment at a remote, alpine lake.

Anderson was immediately transported to an unidentified hospital. She was expected to be reunited with her father, Brett Anderson, earlier Sunday, but authorities did not disclose any details of their meeting.

DiMaggio is also suspected of killing Anderson's mother and brother at his home in Southern California.

On Sunday, FBI agents returned to process the scene at the camp at Morehead Lake, about 8 miles inside the wilderness border and 40 miles east of the central Idaho town of Cascade.

But authorities made clear Sunday that the rescue may have taken longer if not for the chance encounter with John and the other riders, who included John's wife Christa, 68, and Mike Young, 62, and his wife, Mary Young, 61.

The four riders had a second encounter with Anderson and DiMaggio later Wednesday, this one at the lake as they were getting ready to head back down the trail. The Youngs and Johns recalled seeing Anderson soak her feet in the lake and again avoid interaction. Still, nothing about their behavior raised suspicion that DiMaggio was wanted for murder and kidnapping.

"If she was sending us signals that she was in trouble, we didn't key in on it," said Mary Young.

It wasn't until Thursday afternoon when the Johns returned home and saw the girl's photographs on the news that they made a connection. After confirming with the Youngs, Mark John immediately called Idaho State Police, setting off the investigation in Idaho.

On Friday, police found DiMaggio's car, hidden under brush at a trailhead on the border of the wilderness area. Details about the operation that ended in Hannah's rescue are being released slowly.

FBI spokesman Jason Pack said the rescue teams were dropped by helicopter about 2 1/2 hours away from where Anderson and DiMaggio were spotted by the lake. Pack said the team had to hike with up to 100 pounds of tactical gear along a rough trail characterized by steep switchbacks and treacherous footing.

The teams then surrounded the camp and waited until Anderson and DiMaggio were no longer near each other before moving in, and ultimately killing DiMaggio. Few other details about the shootout are being released pending an automatic investigation by FBI agents of everything that occurred before, during and after the shooting.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess said he hadn't yet received DiMaggio's body, but would be responsible for issuing a death certificate and determining whether an autopsy should be performed. Hess said he wasn't sure when his part in the investigation would begin.

The case began when the charred bodies of Hannah Anderson's mother, Christina Anderson, 44, and the teen's 8-year-old brother, Ethan Anderson, were found in DiMaggio's burning house outside San Diego, near the Mexico border.

DiMaggio was close to the family. Christina Anderson's husband, Brett Anderson, has described him as a best friend and said the children thought of him as an uncle.

Authorities have said DiMaggio had an "unusual infatuation" with Hannah, although the father said he never saw any strange behavior.

An Amber Alert was issued, and tips led investigators to Oregon after DiMaggio and the teen were reportedly spotted there.

Brett Anderson has not returned telephone messages left Sunday by The Associated Press. But he issued a statement to the media Saturday expressing relief his daughter is safe.

Hannah Darby, one of Hannah Anderson's closest friends, was elated by the news.

"I'm probably going to make a really big basket with all of her favorite things in it," she said. "It will have candy and things that are pink."


Associated Press writers Elliot Spagat in San Diego, Tami Abdollah in Los Angeles, and Rebecca Boone in Cascade, Idaho, contributed to this report.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/teen-abductor-stood-idaho-wilderness-210931803.html

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