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From Omar Thomas

Top Ten Old School Ways To Lose Weight

If you have tried all the latest weight loss fads and have been unsuccessful in your attempt to shed extra pounds, try looking to the past for inspiration. You can burn calories and stay trim with these ten old school workouts and weight loss tips.

1. Do Not Overlook The Stair Machine

Do not overlook older equipment at the gym. Sometimes older fitness equipment can be incredibly effective. Stair machines, for example, have been around for years but offer intense workouts.

2. Try Alternate Transportation

Instead of driving to work, walk or take a bicycle. Back in the day, everyone had to walk wherever they wanted to go and stayed in shape without ever going to the gym.

3. Go Retro With Fitness Videos

Do not forget about the retro trend of fitness videos. Popularized in the 1980s, exercise videos were the hottest fitness trend for a while. You could enjoy a real blast from the past by buying vintage fitness tapes in thrift stores or watching them online. The graphics and fitness attire might be out of date, but these old fitness routines will still get you up and moving.

4. Go For Old School Portion Sizes

Portion sizes at restaurants used to be significantly smaller and have gradually been increasing for the past few decades. Always order small sizes at restaurants to cut back on the amount of calories you consume.

5. Grow A Victory Garden

To get some extra exercise as well as plenty of vegetable nutrition, consider growing an old school victory garden. Gardening is a healthy outdoor activity, and even individuals who normally dislike vegetables are often willing to try produce they grow in their own garden.

6. Hit The Pool

Swimming has been a popular exercise for decades. Swimming is a relaxing, old school workout. You can swim laps at your local pool, and fortunately, swim caps are no longer required. If you are a member of a gym or community that has an indoor pool, swimming can be a year-round activity.

7. Time To Try The Treadmill

Another old school fitness machine that you should give a try is a treadmill. Although treadmills are not as exciting as some of the newer equipment you find at the gym, they can still help you burn calories. A treadmill is perfect for individuals of all fitness levels.

8. Follow Some Wisdom From Past Generations

You probably have heard a parent or relative say that you should avoid snacks between meals. If you cut out mindless snacking throughout the day, you will be able to drop pounds quickly. Of course, you do not want to let yourself get famished. If you let yourself get too hungry, you will be more likely to binge eat later on.

9. Weigh Yourself Weekly

Many old school diet and exercise plans encouraged individuals to weigh themselves at least once per week. If you weigh yourself frequently, you will be able to adjust your eating habits if you notice the number on the scale start to rise. It is much easier to try and lose a pound or two than waiting until your weight spirals out of control to take action.

10. Say Goodbye To Sugary Drinks

Back when your parents and grandparents were young, soda was a rare treat, not the beverage of choice for every meal. You can lose a lot of weight just by giving up sugary drinks. Replace your favorite soda with a glass of water or unsweetened tea, and watch the pounds disappear.


This article is written by Omar Thomas on behalf of Adventures Cross Country - visit to check out the trip calendar for ARCC for the latest events.

From Dee
Will somebody please tell me what, exactly, is unsightly or unseeming in this front yard?
Photo viewable at if it does not
come through! Check this out... it's beautiful! Now why is this less attractive than flowers?
ASK THE DRUMMONDVILLE COUNCIL! ARE THEY AN ICLEI CITY? NO! (Only Montreal has signed to that nefarious agreement in Quebec) So why is this council harassing these innocuous people over their equally-innocuous garden? Read what CDSAPI has to say
about that below....

Cdsapi’s Added Comment:
“Control food and you control the people”.
The ability to control access to food equals “control over individuals’ life and death”.
You will see from reports that this is a comprehensive international agenda, and not just a local occurrence.
All over the country we are witnessing ordinances that OUTLAW the right of people to grow their own food or to exercise measures of self-sufficiency, self-sustainability, and self-protection.
I appeal to everyone to generate maximum public action within your sphere of influence on this “Police State Agenda”. Your future is also at stake!
Urgent deadline: Write an email to the Mayor and Council of Drummondville, Quebec.
To understand the whole picture, you have to connect ALL of the simultaneously appearing dots in the implementation of the New World Order (in which people are regarded as “totally OWNED” by the global governance of the financially powerful, self-appointed clique of Elite Control Criminals – who have managed to gain ownership control of 90% of the world’s resources during the past century/centuries).
In every area affecting people’s lives – work, health, self-sufficiency, independence - outlandish controls over the most basis aspects of citizens’ lives are being arbitrarily dictated and imposed with “police state” ruthlessness.
None of these ordinances make any functional sense except from the perspective of implementing the complete dictatorial CONTROL by the New World Order Governance.
The ATTACK on the RIGHT to grow and/or access healthy food is the most insidiously perilous. Big parts of the picture include GMOs, the CODEX dictated removal of herbs, vitamins, alternate health therapeutics, etc., the Patent Control (hence non-availability) of seeds, ordinances for insane compliance to arbitrary government decree of “do’s and don’ts”

"If you are NOT outraged, you do NOT know your rights.
If you do NOT KNOW your rights - YOU HAVE NONE!"
It is totally unacceptable to permit the arrogance and ignorance of dictatorial governance on any level to outlaw the citizen’s God-given right to provide food for him/herself and to protect his/her life’s essentials. cdsapi

From Dee
For once, I have to say that Elizabeth May is right on the mark, exposing Harper as a lying
cohort of big oil, NOT a guardian of the nation as a PM is supposed to be. "Wolf in sheep's clothing"
doesn't go NEARLY far enough to describe the duplicity of the man.

Of course, none of them are. But people need to be fully informed of just what sort of criminals are
occupying those offices we pay so much for, many of us suffering to do so. And they need to understand
that NO Member of Parliament has a mandate to screw the country , NO Member of Parliament has
a mandate to give away our sovereignty, and NO Member of Parliament has a mandate to sit back and
take direction from a leader, instead of the people who elected him or her.

That being the case, my personal opinion is they all ought to get a taste of what they're foisting on
the rest of us.... they need to get FIRED without Unemployment Insurance, and no pension, and no perks,
and no future. They need to see what it means to live below the poverty line because of somebody else's
greed. And they need to see what it means to have children whose future is compromised because some
fool in Ottawa thinks he's smarter than God.

And when, pray tell, is Elizabeth going to click into the fact that it is our signing of international agreements
that bind us into courses of action WE WOULD NOT CHOOSE FOR OURSELVES, and that her voice,


British Columbia “firewall” anyone?
The Island Tides
August 9, 2012
For anyone familiar with Stephen Harper’s role as a provincial rights advocate, the federal posturing on the Enbridge risky tanker and pipeline scheme is more than ironic. It is a 180 degree about face.
Back in January 2001, our future Prime Minister sent a letter to Premier Ralph Klein in which he called for Alberta to exercise its Constitutional provincial powers to “build firewalls around Alberta.” The letter was co-signed by Harper’s mentor from the University of Alberta Tom Flanagan, Ted Morton (at the time described as Alberta Senator-elect), the head of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and other Alberta luminaries, including Ken Boessenkool, (described in the letter as former advisor to “Stockwell Day, Treasurer of Alberta,” who is currently none other than Premier Christy Clark’s Chief of Staff.) Stephen Harper, who claimed top spot in the list of signatories, was at the time President of the National Citizens’ Coalition.
The letter set out what the signatories believed to be Constitutionally allowed steps Alberta should take, including: withdrawal from the Canada Pension Plan, ending the provincial contract with the RCMP, a provincial take-over of health care decision-making, and collecting revenue for the province from income tax. The aim of this bullish use of provincial powers was “to limit the extent to which an aggressive and hostile federal government can encroach on legitimate provincial jurisdiction.”
What a difference a decade makes. Now Stephen Harper is so confident of the right of the federal government to insist on an over-land pipeline to a tanker route through the most treacherous waters on earth that he committed to the project’s approval and completion before the provincial government had so much as uttered a word on the project’s acceptability. (I leave it to Patrick Brown to set out the nature of Christy Clark’s rather belated demands, but at least she has asserted that British Columbia has something to say in the matter. I leave for another day that other Constitutional objection to the Enbridge project – the constitutionally protected inherent rights of First Nations.)

From Dee
Without commenting on the rightness or wrongness of WHY Canada was involved in wars, or WHY anyone at all was in those wars, this article presents a clear view of exactly how Canada has comported herself in the past, her people selflessly sacrificing and asking nothing in return... while others strutted their stuff across the world stage and ignored the incredible leadership and courage displayed by Canadians of all stripes when war threatened innocent people.

It is unfortunate that nowadays, Canada's "government" has decided that this selflessness should be used to such nefarious ends in Libya, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and now, potentially, the rest of the US wars of aggression now plotted and planned and laid out before us.

We have always been peacekeepers and peacemakers; our role is now that of aggressor, one to which Canadians are ill-suited and which engenders no pride, except in those ignorant of what, exactly, is going on in the middle East.

As always, it is the intent of the doer that determines the worth of what he does. Thank you to the Brit who wrote this, for alerting us all to what many of us either forgot, or never knew, and to those who served, believing their service was for the greater good. If there is dishonor attached to any of these wars, it is not those who honestly serve who should bear the shame, for the shameful lies used to encourage their participation.

I am, as far as the REAL Canada is concerned,

British newspaper salutes Canada . . . This is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......
Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday Telegraph' LONDON :

Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.

And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada 's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.

Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts.

For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.

Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'

The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.

Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time.

Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter, Mike Weir and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.

It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces.
Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.
Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ?
Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.
Lest we forget.
Please pass this on to any of your friends or relatives who served in the Canadian Forces or anyone who is proud to be Canadian; it is a wonderful tribute to those who choose to serve their country and the world in our quiet Canadian way.


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