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Top ten worst foods of 2009

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 14, 2009

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From an astonishing amount of calories to several days’ worth of fat in one meal to over the top levels of sodium, this is one place you don’t want to see any of your favorite foods. Every year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) comes up with its list of the Top Ten Worst Foods and I always look forward to it. Once in awhile I find out I’ve enjoyed one of the “worsts” (and stop immediately!). But this year, I’m happy to report I have not indulged in anything on CSPI’s list for 2009.

1. Pepperidge Farm Roasted White Meat Chicken Premium Pot Pie – There are 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat in this baby. Oh wait – that’s just for half a pie. The whole thing has 1020 calories and 18 grams of saturated fat.

2. Romano’s Macaroni Grill Spaghetti and Meatballs with Meat Sauce
– This dish will set you back a staggering 2,430 calories and nearly three days’ worth of saturated fat (57 grams) plus 5,290 milligrams of sodium – more calories and saturated fat than two Macaroni Grill Tuscan Rib-Eye steak dinners.

3. Progresso Traditional, Vegetable Classics, and Rich & Hearty soups – Half a can averages more than half of a person’s daily quota of salt. Instead, CSPI says try Progresso’s Health Favorites reduced-sodium soups with up to 50 percent less salt. Also, see: Hidden sodium in foods you wouldn’t think to check.

4. Dove Ice Cream – A half cup has about 300 calories and an average of 11 grams of saturated fat – that’s half-a-day’s worth of the bad stuff. You may be better off with these 5 frozen treats under 100 calories.

5. The Cheesecake Factory Chris’ Outrageous Chocolate Cake – It’s layers of chocolate cake, brownie, toasted coconut pecan filling, and chocolate chip coconut cheesecake. CSPI found each five-inch-high slice weighs three-fourths of a pound and has 1,380 calories, 32 teaspoons of sugar, 33 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of trans fat. Yikes!

6. Smoothie King’s Grape Expectations II – It’s one of Smoothie King’s “Snack Rights” with 550 calories in the 20-ounce size and 1,100 calories in the 40-ouncer. Proof that not all smoothies are good for you (but these are).

7. Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Snack Size Bags – Just one snack-size bag has 11 grams of bad fat, 7 of which are trans fats. Instead, CSPI says choose Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop or Smart Balance Smart ’N Healthy – both are made with no partially hydrogenated oils. Also, see this review of microwave popcorns from Consumer Reports.

8. The Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) Caffè Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream has 450 calories and 13 grams of bad fat – more like a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a cup. But you can lose all the bad fat and all but 170 calories if you order a tall (12 oz.) with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.

9. Chipotle Chicken Burrito – With rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream, and salsa, you get 1,040 calories and 16-1/2 grams of saturated fat – the same as three Subway Steak and Cheese 6-inch Subs. Plus the burrito comes with 2,500 milligrams of sodium! Ordering it without cheese or sour cream cuts the saturated fat to 3-1/2 grams, but you still end up with 810 calories and 2,300 milligrams of sodium. Ay Caramba! Here’s another burrito that will shock you.

10. Cold Stone Creamery’s Gotta Have It Founder’s Favorite – 12-ounces of ice cream, pecans, brownie pieces, fudge, and caramel adds up to a whopping 1,600 calories and 42 grams of saturated fat. That’s about the same as five single-scoop ice cream cones. And watch out before you have this frozen concoction.

Any surprises? And tell me… have you had any of these

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IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 12, 2009

Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.  Mary Martin

Your mind is your mental workshop.
You can build anything you want in it.
 
Visualize what you want in your mind.
See it. Feel it. Taste it. Believe in it.
Make your mental blue print
and then begin to build.
 
First, think about
what you want out of life.
The beginning always takes place
in your imagination.
Then organize your thoughts
into definitive plans.
Next, it’s time to transform
your thoughts into reality
by taking some positive action.
 
Visualize then actualize your success.

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BEING SUCCESSFUL IS WITHIN YOU

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 10, 2009

Optimism means expecting the best, but confidence means knowing how to handle the worst. Never make a move if you are merely optimistic.  The Zurich Axioms

How things look on the outside of you always depends
on how things are on the inside of you.
 
Your thoughts have brought you to where you are today.
Your actions always mirror your thoughts.
Take a good look at where you are and what you’re doing,
and you can understand what you’ve been thinking.
Your mind is your true essence.
 
Your behavior is the perpetual revealing of yourself.
What you do, tells everyone who and what you are.
 
Change your thoughts and you can change your position in life.
You can start this process at anytime.
Why not start today?

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CHANGE CAN BE A POSITIVE PART OF LIFE

Posted by 104Inc.com on March 9, 2009

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You must avoid breaking
when things don’t go your way.
You’ll always be secure
to the degree that you accept change.
True security comes from being able
to bend your insecurities.

Recognize and accept that change
will inevitably take place.
You’ll become secure,
not by standing still, but by growing,
moving, and staying energized.
Be secure in the knowledge
that you can deal with anything
that happens to you.

Have the courage to bet on your ideas.
Take some calculated risks
and act on your dreams.
There is no permanent security
on this earth,
there is only opportunity.

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BEING SUCCESSFUL IS WITHIN YOU

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

How things look on the outside of you always depends
on how things are on the inside of you.
 
Your thoughts have brought you to where you are today.
Your actions always mirror your thoughts.
Take a good look at where you are and what you’re doing,
and you can understand what you’ve been thinking.
Your mind is your true essence.
 
Your behavior is the perpetual revealing of yourself.
What you do, tells everyone who and what you are.
 
Change your thoughts and you can change your position in life.
You can start this process at anytime.
Why not start today?

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MOUNTAINS ARE CLIMBED ONE STEP AT A TIME

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

“That's My Goal” cover
Image via WikipediTo attain success or to reach your goal,

Everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.
Your opportunity for success is right in front of you.

To attain success or to reach your goal,
don’t worry about having all the answers in advance.
You just need to have a clear idea of your goal and move toward it.

Don’t procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
Break your problems into parts and handle one part at a time.

Develop a tendency toward action.
You can make something happen today.
Break your big plan for success into small steps and take the first step right away.

Success starts with a first step.

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Poor Or Good Economy, Advertising Can Help You Bring In Customers

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 27, 2009

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Poor Or Good Economy, Advertising Can Help You Bring In Customers

I understand that a slow cash flow is hard to cope with and the first inclination is to cut out the overhead. Unfortunately, they think of advertising as overhead. I considered it an extra salesperson that never slept, needed no health benefits, but always worked hard to bring in business. Advertising should be the last thing to go especially if you can cut cost and get more leads in the process. Now doesn’t that sound like a win-win? Read: Poor Or Good Economy, Advertising Can Help You Bring In Customers Read

By: 104inc.com | 25/02/2009 | Advertising

How To Advertising Online For Free!

Advertising online is big business nowadays. Since the medium is quite cheap to maintain, some other options have become open to earn while advertising online. By being observant online, one can find the ways to make money on online advertising. You can either be the host or the source, and here some ways one can utilize this business for personal revenue. Read: How To Advertising Online For Free! Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

A Less Costly Way Of Going Green And Promoting Your Brand With 104Inc

All companies and businesses know the importance of spreading the word about what they sell and offer in order for people to know that their products or services exist in the market. And they know that target consumers will only try out a certain brand when they are aware of it or, as is most often the case, when they have heard of it repeatedly. This is the reason why businesses need all the advertising and promotion they can get…and afford. Read: A Less Costly Way Of Going Green And Promoting Your Brand With 104Inc Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

Are The Yellow Pages Still Useful In This Internet Age?

I grew up before microwave ovens, fax machines, cell phones and personal computers. I finally got a Mac in 1984. Ten years later, a cell phone. I started working a sales consultant for the Yellow Pages in 1980 and figured that they would be around forever. But look at us now. We are hooked on Google searches and Blackberries as our PDA’s. What a difference a generation has made. So, do I or anyone else I know, still use the old printed directory? Read: Are The Yellow Pages Still Useful In This Internet Age? Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

Why Don’T You Have A Sidewalk Or Window Sign For Your Small Business?

Advertising is so important for any business to survive. If you want people coming in your store then you have to advertise right? s a small business owner, I am sure you are always looking for an inexpensive yet very effective way to attract customers and make more money. Am I still right? Well I just have one question. Why don’t you have a sidewalk sign? Sidewalk signs have been proven to increase walk ins and sales but yet you still haven’t bought one. Again I ask why? Read: Why Don'T You Have A Sidewalk Or Window Sign For Your Small Business? Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

How To Advertise Your Business On A Budget

With the unemployment rates going up, market ratings going down, and an overall gloomy outlook for the next few months, every business needs to cut costs. We all need to ride out this economic storm and wait for those clearer skies beyond. Hence, the norm usually these days is that you need to fit a small budget for a big objective. Advertising for example is one of the key investments that may suffer some budget cuts but still has some big shoes to fill. Read: How To Advertise Your Business On A Budget Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Advertising

The Power Of Action Learning

I learned recently about The Freedom Class, a laptop seminar with Tim Brocklehurst. He claims that with just 2 days, he can set you up with your own Internet Business set to earn over $66,000 in eight months – and over $100,000 in a year. The theory is based around the phenomenon of exponential growth, and there are numerous examples of people who have experienced it using effective viral marketing on The Internet. Read: The Power Of Action Learning Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Internet

How People Get Back Together After A Break Up

It might seem impossible right now to think that there is anyway for you to get back together with your ex. You maybe thinking that there is no way that your ex will take you back. The fact is that regardless of the reason you have been given by your ex, the true nature and reasons why they left can be right in front of you. Read: How People Get Back Together After A Break Up Read

By: 104inc.com | 20/02/2009 | Relationships

Internet Marketing Provides A Way For You To Earn Your Living Online!

An internet marketing seminar can be your ticket to learning everything you need to get started making money online. If you are like the thousands of people who have been laid off or “sacked” recently as they say in the U.K., you should look to learning a skill that no one can take away from you now. Read: Internet Marketing Provides A Way For You To Earn Your Living Online! Read

By: 104inc.com | 19/02/2009 | Advertising

Free Internet Marketing: 104 Online Marketing Strategies

Remember: You can’t put up a terrific web site on-line and “hope” that people will just arrive. You have to let your prospects know, IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY, that your web site is there. This HAS to be part of any Internet Marketing Strategy you develop. This is actually a basic marketing principle. Unless you have something as needed and wanted as the original and authentic Fountain of Youth, your customers are not going to look for you; you have to look for them. Read: Free Internet Marketing: 104 Online Marketing Strategies Read

By: 104inc.com | 19/02/2009 | Advertising

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THERE ARE NO EASY ROADS TO SUCCESS

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

No one has a corner on success.
Pay the price for it and it’s yours.
 
No matter what you want from life you’ve got to give up something to get it.
 
Nothing worthwhile will come easily to you.
Hard work will accomplish results that last.
You’ve got to work a great deal harder than most people to get it.
 
There is no success at bargain basement prices.
 
The highway to success is a toll road.
Everything has a price.

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Obama address renews audacity to hope

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama gave America the audacity to hope again.

After describing the U.S. economy in nearly apocalyptic terms for weeks, pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan through Congress, the president used his address to Congress on Tuesday night to tap the deep well of American optimism — the never-say-die spirit that every president tries to capture in words. And great presidents embody.

“We will rebuild. We will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before,” Obama said, echoing Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

“The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach,” Obama said. “What is required now is for this country is to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

The themes of responsibility, accountability and, above all, national community rang throughout an address carefully balanced by the gravity of its times. Job losses. Home foreclosures. Credit crisis. Rising health care costs. Declining trust in government. Obama touched all those bases.

“The impact of this recession is real, and it is everywhere,” he said.

It seemed that the president might be sticking to the dour talking points of the stimulus debate, when he warned that failure to pass the legislation would lead to a catastrophe “as deep and dire as any since the Great Depression,” one that “we may be unable to reverse.”

Fearing (and hearing) the worst, Americans supported Obama’s package and lawmakers passed it. But his rhetoric carried a risk.

None other than former President Bill Clinton, husband of Obama’s former rival and now the secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, complained that the president’s words were too much of a downer. The president from Hope, Ark., told the author of “The Audacity of Hope” to get back on message.

“I just want the American people to know that he’s confident that we are going to get out of this and he feels good about the long run,” Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last Friday.

Obama didn’t need Clinton’s advice. While his advisers privately criticized Clinton for second-guessing their strategy, Obama said a president must be both a realist and a cheerleader. “I’m constantly trying to thread the needle between sounding alarmist but also letting the American people know the circumstances that we’re in,” Obama told ABC News on Feb. 10.

Indeed, advisers said at the time that Obama had already written much of his address, and they predicted that it would mark a rhetorical pivot — from selling fear to raising hopes.

And that he did.

“You should also know,” Obama told millions of viewers Tuesday night, “that the money you’ve deposited in banks across the country is safe; your insurance is secure; you can rely on the continued operation of our financial system.”

He sounded like Roosevelt who, after closing banks briefly in the first days of his presidency, stoked the embers of American optimism. “Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan,” Roosevelt said. “Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system. It is up to you to support and make it work. It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama asked Americans to unite against pessimism. “We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril, and claimed opportunity from ordeal,” Obama said. “Now we must be that nation again.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama said his government had already provided the machinery to create jobs, improve access to health care, free up credit and help struggling homeowners.

And, like Roosevelt, he challenged Americans to help fix the nation’s woes. Obama even challenged his fellow citizens to recognize their role in creating the problem. “People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford,” Obama said, “from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway.”

He was blunt but bullish on America.

“None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy,” he said after spelling out his agenda. “But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.”

In short, he reminded people that America has always seen itself as a “shining city upon a hill,” as one of its earliest leaders, John Winthrop, put it — a metaphor that Ronald Reagan reintroduced effectively in the 1980s.

When he addressed Congress, Reagan liked to pepper the audience with average people who did extraordinary things and epitomized the American spirit. Obama borrowed that device, inviting Ty’Sheoma Bethea to join first lady Michelle Obama in the crowd.

Bethea is an eighth-grade student who wrote Congress for help in repairing her dilapidated school, telling lawmakers that she and her fellow students will rise above their conditions because, “We are not quitters.”

And that was Obama’s bottom-line message to a shaken nation. We are not quitters.

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REMAIN IN THE GAME IF YOU WANT TO WIN

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 24, 2009

The more you try, the greater your chance of succeeding. The law of averages is on your side. Taking a risk is often your first necessary step toward success. If you don’t take some risks, you won’t get the chance to succeed. While you are trying, you are winning. Never get discouraged. Every wrong attempt is another step forward. People that make no mistakes usually don’t make anything. Make up your mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand defeats. Your mistakes are stepping stones to success and your installment payments to victory. You can’t be a winner and be afraid to lose.

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