Me Versus the Scale

first_imgThe New York Times:The scale and I have reached détente. That is: I leave it alone, and it affords me the same courtesy. I rarely step on it, and we’re both better off.I have earned the right of refusal. As someone who weighed herself almost daily between the ages of 10 and 25, who spent six years at fat camps and traveled around the Middle East with a scale buried in the pit of her backpack (I know, I know…), I’ve done my time. I won’t even weigh myself at the doctor’s office. Nothing good can come from the knowledge that I’m three pounds lighter, or two pounds heavier.“People are obsessed with it — they go crazy over a tenth of a pound,” said Jim White, a registered dietitian nutritionist and a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “I’ve had clients who are losing major inches and body fat and looking and feeling great, but if the scale doesn’t budge they get defeated. The number defines them.”…David A. Levitsky, a professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell University who has conducted studies on the efficacy of daily weighing since 1992, believes that daily self-weighing is necessary to help prevent weight gain.“I don’t see any way that we are going to tax fats or tax soda or have people exercise more in order to control their weight,” he said. “There’s enough data to show that doesn’t work. But if you step on that scale first thing in the morning, that’s protective of those subtle cues in our environment that make us eat a little more than we expend.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Family accommodation has 10.000 beds with a regional quality label

first_imgThe process of branding accommodation and segmenting the offer by region – county began in Istria, which emphasizes the brand “Domus bonus“, Continued on KvarnerIn Zadar County  and is currently underway in Šibenik-Knin County. Family accommodation in the Republic of Croatia is developing on the model of the highest quality tourist destinations in Italy,  Bavaria (www.privatvermieter.de, www.ferienhausmiete.de, www.bauernhof-urlaub.com, www.domizile.de,) Austria (www.familyaustria.at, www.kaerten-ferienwohnungen.at, www.kaerten.at, www.urlaubganzprivat.at, Switzerland (www.myswitzerland.com, www.swissvistas.com,).Although this process in Croatia still lags significantly behind the examples in the most successful tourist countries in the world, so far through regional branding projects involved about 1.000 households with a total of about 10.000 beds, so the first effects of domicile recognition are still felt.The basic meaning of regional branding of family accommodation is to preserve the traditional values ​​of the climate as a basis for an authentic destination experience. In addition to preserving the autochthonous architecture, local products, customs, pleasant home ambience, the personal contact of the host with the guest is also nurtured. It is part of the economic model of preserving the rural area from the emigration of the population and a kind of incentive for demographic renewal. Tourism is not an end in itself, and the destination is not a “building plot” for quick earnings of non-domicile “brokers”. Tourism that preserves and valorizes the indigenous lifestyle is becoming more and more sought after and appreciated. We can confirm this ourselves when we embark on a journey with the aim of getting to know other peoples, cultures, customs, eno-gastronomic delicacies, natural and cultural attractions.Finally, tourist intermediaries who have the ambition and knowledge to “package” the offer, have a good “start” with 10.000 beds in combination with other indigenous and specialized experiences in different Croatian regions. It is to be expected that on this basis the authentic Croatian offer will be profiled towards various target groups (families, active holidays, seniors, young people…). It is obvious that we are in the creation of a quality offer of experiences, which includes accommodation, from the very humble beginning. It mainly offers accommodation and a list of possible contents without meaningfully connecting all the elements into an irresistible and price-attractive offer. The good news is that we still have a lot of room for improvement.Nedo Pinezić, President of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Marston Vale D-Train contract signed

first_imgUK: The contract for the supply of three two-car Class 230 D-Train diesel-multiple-units for the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley has been formally signed, manufacturer Vivarail announced on August 22. Testing is expected to begin in the next few weeks, and entry into service is planned for December.Produced using the aluminium bodyshells and bogies from redundant London Undeground D78 metro trains, the D-Train is intended a low-cost rolling stock option for lightly used routes.The units for the Bedford – Bletchley line will have accessible toilets, USB sockets and face-to-back seating. They will be supplied as DMUs, with automatic engine cut-out at stations and the capability of future conversion to battery power. ‘I remember these trains from when they were on London Underground, but looking around the units there’s so much new equipment on board that they look and feel like brand new trains’, said Jan Chaudry-van-de-Velde, Managing Director of operator West Midlands Trains. ‘Vivarail has done a great job and these trains are an ideal match for this important local service.’‘Everyone is pleased with the look and build quality and I’m very proud of the work my team has done’, said Vivarail CEO Adrian Shooter. ‘I am particularly impressed with the London Northwestern Railway livery and their interior designs; they certainly showcase the Class 230 and I think will be well received by Marston Vale’s passengers.’In a separate deal, incoming Wales & Borders franchisee KeolisAmey has ordered five three-car Class 230 diesel-battery multiple-units for use on the Wrexham – Bidston, Conwy Valley and Chester – Crewe routes from mid-2019.The D-Train concept was described in the May 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which subscribers can access in the digital archive.last_img read more

“The Bachelor” recap: Corinne’s caper backfires, Raven gets a rose

first_imgABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — On Monday night’s new episode of The Bachelor, Nick Viall managed to bounce back after a dismal week in St. Thomas, cancelling both the scheduled cocktail party and the rose ceremony, to set out for Bimini with the remaining six women.Vanessa scored the first one-on-one date, taking a yacht to the site of a shipwreck to do some snorkeling and underwater kissing with Nick. Emboldened by how well the day had gone, she decided to confess her love for Nick at dinner, but was disappointed by his hesitancy to do the same.Having never had a one-on-one date with Nick, Corinne was incensed when she was sent on another group outing, this time with Kristina and Raven. Things only got worse for Corinne, as Kristina seemed to steal the spotlight as Nick rubbed lotion on her and comforted her when she got scared as the group swam with sharks. Corinne grew even more insecure as Nick awarded the only rose of the week to Raven, and then took her to dance on the beach.Nick reunited with Danielle for the second one-on-one, but the fun of riding bikes and playing basketball with some local kids was tempered by the pair’s inability to make conversation.  Setting his sights on next week’s hometown dates, Nick decided he didn’t see a future with Danielle and sent the nurse back to Nashville.More desperate than ever, Corinne decided to pull out all the stops to try to cement her future with Nick. She surprised the Bachelor by going to his hotel room, intent on seducing him. When Nick stopped her in her tracks, Corinne was left feeling like she’d failed and that her future was growing increasingly uncertain.Nick’s final one-on-one before the hometown dates start was a carefree visit to a local bar with Rachel.Though he’d seemed to have a strong connection with Kristina earlier, Nick ultimately decided to send her home during a private conversation. When he arrived at the house to talk to Kristina, the other girls were perplexed and uncertain exactly what was happening.Find out what happens next, as the remaining four girls prepare for hometown dates, next week on The Bachelor on ABC.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

World Boxing Council title fight called off after Alexander Povetkin fails drug test

first_imgA super heavyweight title fight between Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin and Haitian-born Canadian Bermane Stiverne that was scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled after Povetkin failed a drug test.Povetkin’s promoter Andrei Ryabinsky wrote on Twitter that the Russian boxer had tested positive for the banned muscle-building substance ostarine.Povetkin was to fight Stiverne for the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim world title in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg.”They found ostarine in Sasha,” Ryabinsky wrote on Twitter, using the Russian diminutive form of the name Alexander. “It’s not clear where it came from.”WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said on Twitter the WBC was officially withdrawing recognition of the Povetkin-Stiverne fight due to Povetkin’s drug test.Russian media reported that Povetkin’s team had tried to persuade Stiverne to go ahead with the fight despite the failed test but that Stiverne had refused.A doping test that Povetkin gave in April showed traces of meldonium, though a repeat test returned a negative result, Ryabinsky said.Povetkin missed out on a title bout with Deontay Wilder of the United States after testing positive for meldonium.last_img read more