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My Own Personal Daily Magazine, Want One Too?

RSSDo you read blogs on a regular basis? I am a blog addict, but, I’m also a fickle reader and impulsive in my subscribing. There are tons of programs to read your blogs in (Readers) but I’ve never found one that showed me what I have in a organized, and easily to look at format.

I follow tech blogs, cooking blogs, chick blogs, book blogs, just really well written blogs so I have a full plate. What I’ve found for me that works the best,  make your own homepage, called igoogle. Here’s how you do it.

1. Go to and click Get your own homepage or get started.

2. Select your interests, select a theme-later you will find there are hundreds!, and then fill in your location.

3. Then you are good to go you have a very basic page with some news widgets, and probably some others depending on what you clicked as your interests.

4. Now you need to set this page as your homepage, usually this at the top of your browser under Tools, then it’s options and you’ll find set homepage or something along those lines, then (make sure you were on your new Google Homepage, and click use current. Your all set with that now the fun stuff.

Google lets you really personalize this page, you can change the theme, that’s up towards the top in the header it will say change theme from (whatever your current them is) click it and you’ll see tons of options. But that is so just the beginning. You can add gadgets too. Which I bet you’ve already seen if you went and changed the theme right away, it’s also up in the header area. There are a huge amount of gadgets. I have the People Magazine gadget, I play Scrabble with the Scrabble gadget I have a bunch of games going with friends who also have the gadget. If you have gmail there is a preview gadget for that, calendars, sports news etc…

But the real reason I love it, I use it as my RSS Reader. When you are only a blog you really like look for the RSS icon, it’s orange and is the picture in this article. Click that and you will get a page that pops up and it asks you which reader you want to add it to, click Google, you can add it to a regular Google reader or add to your homepage. Click add to your homepage, it will then take you to your homepage and you’ll see it’s been added. It will show probably 3 or 4 recent blog posts available which you can click and read on the blogs page. Love it!

I currently have about 21 blog RSS feeds on my front page and 4 gadgets. Now for the fickle part, if you decide you no longer want to follow a blog or you want to get rid of a gadget, click the little triangle in the upper right corner in the gadget or feed, you get a drop down that says delete this gadget, that’s it.

Also you can rearrange your gadgets, just hold your left mouse button down in the title bar of the gadget and drag it.

Love my Google Homepage, how about you? Have one? Going to get one? Do you do something better to read all your blogs?

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My Own Personal Daily Magazine, Want One Too?

Wasting Away…

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I’ve been keeping this under wraps because I know there will be a lot of criticism for what I’m currently doing but I’m coming out about it now and if you have a negative opinion I really don’t want to hear it, support me or not, I’m doing it.

I am currently doing the HCG diet. *gasp* inserted here for your convenience. Don’t know what it is ok here is a short explantation by me and if there are errors or omissions I take full credit. First a definition of the HCG Diet.

REALLY FREAKIN HARD! Ok now here is the technical definition I got on the internet:

What is the hCG Diet?

The hCG weight loss protocol consists of a very low calorie diet (VLCD) accompanied by treatments of hCG, rather oral or injected.  The average hCG dieter experiences rapid weight loss averaging 1 to 3 pounds per day.  In addition to loss of unwanted fat, the true benefit of the hCG protocol is its ability to help modify the dieter’s relationship with food and eating, resulting in easily maintained, long-term weight loss.

Laymen’s terms it’s FREAKIN HARD. I am taking the homeopathic drops, I started last Sunday on the really hard part of the diet and as of today I’ve lost 10 lbs. Some may say I’m taking the easy way, oh really, walk a mile baby. I’m eating 500 calories a day. I’m a vegetarian so it’s even harder. I am however discovering new foods, new ways to prepare food, really really thinking about what I’m eating and drinking, a whole lot of water. When I look at what I’m learning I think I’m on the right track.

This is not a continuous diet, you have to stop. You have to learn to eat right. And you have to learn to maintain.

What I like about this diet is it’s reducing me right where I need it to, stomach, thighs, etc.. I have a ways to go but I’m doing it. I’m not starving as some would think, although there are times I want to binge, I’m learning to control it to realize in the long run I don’t need it and to find something else to occupy me, which might I point out all diets should be teaching you.

I am being smart, although I know there are some will say I’m not just by doing this, but I do monitor everything about how I feel, I take my vitamins, I am fine. So wish me well. If you have any questions or are doing the same thing just ask I can point you to some great forums, recipes, books, information or just support you.

Be well.

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Wasting Away…
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