Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weight Loss Tips: Drink Enough Water

                                      It Works Weight Loss ~ Leonard Albro

There is a good reason so many people talk about drinking enough water when trying to lose weight.

Here are some reasons to drink enough water:

  • The Body can be confused between hunger and thirst.
  • Just a 1% Dehydration can significantly reduce Metabolism.
  • Drinking Water before meals can help you feel fuller.
  • Water has zero calories

One study points out that people who drink water before Meals lower their calorie intake by 75 calories per meal on average. This might not sound like much but that’s around an 8 pound loss in a year.

How much water is enough?

The amount of water you need will vary upon Climate and lifestyle.

In general, you should drink ½ oz  to 1 oz per pound of weight.

Someone who lives in hotter climates that exercises a lot will need a more water than someone who’s less active, living in a cooler location.

Friday, April 25, 2014

MLM and Time Freedom

Home Based Business can create Time Freedom

My wife and I enjoy hiking. This picture was taken on a Monday, while most people were grinding out a 9-5. Many people talk about getting wealthy by starting a Network Marketing/ MLM business.  I believe most people are missing the point about starting a home based business.

The fact is ~ most people will never become wealthy with a home based business.  MLM does offer a chance to pay bills without being chained to a job.  Most people, with a little effort and time can create a part time business that will create Time Freedom.

Being able to do what I want, where I want, when I want is more valuable to me than having a million dollars in the bank.  

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Home Based Business: It's Not Just The Money.

There are many reasons people hate their job. It isn't just the lack of money. Everyone who punches a clock has a feeling of working too hard for too little, but there is so much more to drive you crazy at work.  

Co-workers can get annoying.  You never get the time off you want.  You end up spending way too much time driving, spending way too much money on gas. You don't control your own schedule.
My biggest reason I hated working for someone else ~ I hated the alarm clock. I wanted to sleep when I wanted to sleep. Stress kills. I have heard many times that more heart attacks occur Sunday night or Monday morning than at any other time. That tells me that people would rather DIE then go to work.

Some people bring many of the stresses from work into their home and that can cause relationship issues.

So if you hate your JOB. Do something about it. My advice is to find a Home Based Business that you can start part time.  Learn how to build your business and work hard for a few years. With a legitimate and stable business, at some point, you will be making more money form your business than you will be making from your salary at work. When that happens, you can go to your boss and say "I can't afford to work for you anymore."

Friday, June 28, 2013

Weight Loss Tips: Find Like Minded Friends

When it comes to weight loss, Friends matter.  

People tend to stay focused and on track when they surround themselves with other people that have the same goals and struggles. The sharing of ideas and set backs often develop a sense of accountability and comradeship. Just finding one person can improve individual results.  If you walk for exercise for example, having a walking buddy will decrease the chance you will skip a day here and there.  You might even find the walk to be more fun with friendly chat as a distraction.

If you don't know anyone in your neighborhood in the same situation as you,  there are options. You could join a GYM and meet people. You could join a Forum online.  Some people place classified ads in local newspapers for walking or exercise partners.  Look for a Facebook or Google+ Group to join.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Getting Results Takes Time and Effort

Results don't happen over night.

In any endeavor, results take effort and time.
People often say they want to build a home based business 
but words will not build a successful business, actions will. 

Not just any actions.  Proper actions accumulated over time.
Taking the wrong actions or not taking ENOUGH correct action
will not lead to success.

Results often can be mapped out into a set of simple actions.
People too often mistake simple for easy. 
For example:

If you want a natural and wonderful air freshener in your home, you can use Lilac.  Here is how to use Lilac in your home as an air freshener in 4 simple steps. (Not easy) 

1)  Plant Lilac bushes.
2) Wait for Lilac Bush to grow

Picture of our Lilac bush. Photo taken by my wife Carolyn Albro

3)  Cut off a few of the Flowers when in bloom.
4)  Place Lilac flowers in a jar or vase with water.

These 4 steps are all simple. It takes a long time for a Lilac Bush to grow. It seems pretty silly to plant seeds then expect to grow flowers overnight.   It is the same in business.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hike at Lake Cushman

Dry Creek Trail was about 7 miles round trip.

The lake was not full yet. There were many tree stumps that could be seen that normally are under water.

The trail followed the lake where we passed by a lot of private vacation houses and shacks right on the lake.
We got a great shot of this one tiny cabin all alone in the middle of the forest. 
Not big enough to be a vacation house, we figure it must be a fishing shack.

Once the trail heads away from the lake, the trail became fairly steep and there were a few small water falls.

We hiked to an elevation where there was still some snow and we spotted a track. It may have been a Dog track or Coyote Track in the snow.

                  Dry Creek wasn't so dry, with melting Snow draining down the creek into the lake.

Carolyn took a quick video of  Dry Creek.


There used to be a bridge that crossed the Creek, but it has been down for a long time. We did not want to try crossing the fast moving water to catch up with the Trail across the water.

Overall it was a good Hike. We enjoyed ourselves and got some needed exercise. 

Carolyn and Leonard Albro

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Google Nexus 7 Faces Off Against Kindle Fire

Google is competing with Amazon's Kindle Fire with the new Nexus 7.
Although Nexus 7 is Google's very first self branded tablet device,
most technophiles agree that the Nexus 7 has the edge.  Google has been
able to add more without a price increase.

Some features of the Nexus 7  versus  Kindle Fire:

                  Nexus 7                                                         Kindle Fire

Price:          $199                                                               $199
Size:            198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm                                     190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm
Weight:       340g                                                               413 grams
Screen:        7” 1280 x 800 HD display  (216 ppi)               7"   1024 x 600  (169 ppi ).
Memory:       8GB                                                               8GB
Battery         9 hours of HD video playback                        7.5 hours of video playback
Camera:       1.2MP front-facing camera                             NONE
GPS:             Yes                                                                NONE
Blue Tooth    Yes                                                                NONE

Some of the most useful difference comes in the form of communication.

The Nexus 7 has a front facing Camera that makes it perfect for uploading
pictures and videos but also for video chat using Google Hangouts.

With  GrooVe IP, the  Android app that connects to Google Voice using 
Voice over IP (VoIP),as long as you have a WiFi connection you have a phone. 

One downside to the Nexus 7 is lack of  content to buy and download. 
Amazon has integrated its vast library of books, movies and games to 
buy and download to the Kindle Fire. 

With an app the Nexus 7 can download and read Amazon e-books. 
There are services available for movies and music it is just not as 
convenient to have several separate accounts.

Google Play does have some Music, Movies and Books and hopefully having 
a self branded device will motivate Google to provide more content.

If the Nexus 7 becomes a huge success, will it open the door for 
Google to market an ipad-sized tablet and compete against Apple? 
I hope so. I love the idea of an iPAd, but I don't
like the price. As my wife keeps saying "I am not cool 
enough to own an iPad."

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lose weight: 36 Tips To Help With Cravings

1. Get rid of all the bad foods you crave!
Just throw out all those snacks, candies, donuts and other bad foods that's making you gain weight and even if you still have strong cravings for those bad foods.

2. Eat more fiber (Raw Fruits & Veggies)
Fiber keeps you fuller longer and kills all your sugar cravings.
An easy way to feel fuller and eat less.

3. Make sure at least 30% of your diet is protein
People who drank either whey protein 90 minutes before being allowed to eat freely at a buffet table ate significantly less calories than those who did not drink whey protein.

4. Drink more WATER
When you get dehydrated you will get very hungry because your body will increase your hunger pangs in an attempt to get more water to re-hydrate itself .

5. You can drink a glass of vegetable juice before meals
Studies have shown that drinking vegetable juice before meals suppresses your appetite by making you eat 135 less calories at each meal.

6. Eat some fiber & protein and drink some water at ever meal to...
Regulate your blood sugar because when your blood sugar is out of whack you'll crave for more food which means you'll eat a lot more and gain more weight.

7. Eat a small meal every 2-to-3 hours
Doing this also regulates your blood sugar by giving you a constant supply of energy which really reduces your cravings and kills your big appetite.

8. Don't skip breakfast
Skipping breakfast makes your already low morning blood sugar drop even more and this will cause you to have massive food cravings for the rest of the day.

9. Drink Green Tea Instead of Coffee
Green tea is a potent appetite suppressant and it's also an all-natural fat burner that helps you burn up to 43% more fat.

10. Have an egg for breakfast
Studies found that an egg for breakfast helped overweight people feel more full over 24 hours than a bagel-based breakfast of equal calories and the people who ate the egg breakfast ate 330 calories less during the day and after an 8-week study.

11. Lose Belly Fat & have Less Cravings
According to researchers at University if Western Ontario - Belly fat makes you hungry because it makes a hormone called 
neuropeptide Y that makes you hungry.

12. Don't get stressed out - relax more.
When you get stressed out you usually overeat because your body releases a hormone called Cortisol that makes you hungry.

13. Battle PMS cravings with Calcium

Research has shown that women who take calcium supplements or consume at least 1 serving of dairy products daily (like yogurt, skim milk, or low-fat cheese) about 2 weeks before menstruation will significantly lower their cravings during PMS for bad carbs that make them gain weight

14. Avoid refined or processed carbs (mainly sugar)
Refined carbs include heavily processed or high sugar foods like fluffy white breads/bread snacks, regular sodas, most breakfast cereal, sweets, candy, cookies and cakes.

15. Limit your salt intake
Salt also makes your cravings worse and too much salt also causes you to gain unwanted water weight - try to use herbs & spices instead of salt.

16. Take a whiff of Vanilla scent to curb cravings
The sweet smell of vanilla tricks you into thinking you already satisfied your cravings for sugars.

17. Eat on blue plates
It may sound weird but the research does show that blue is a natural appetite suppressant so try to use blue silverware, napkins, etc. whenever you eat.

18. Make sure you're getting enough sleep
Not getting enough Sleep makes your body release an appetite causing hormone called Ghrelin that makes you want to eat more.

19. Wait out your cravings
Most cravings pass within 20 minutes because they're usually all in your head so you can survive these "fake cravings" by taking your mind off your cravings doing other things such as checking your email, looking at TV or hanging out with friends.

20. Use spices instead of sugar & salt
Use spices like cinnamon, cloves or ginger for flavor which will help you lose weight instead of sugar & salt.

21. Add more hot spices or spicy foods to your meals 

Spicy foods can reduce your appetite by increasing your body's norepinephrine and epinephrine .

22. Use tastants
Tastants are calorie-
free crystals you add to foods to intensify the foods natural scent.

23. Exercise to eat less
Exercising helps your appetite suppressing hormone Leptin work better and Leptin basically tells you that you're full and you need to stop eating.

24. Take Vitamin B-3
Taking Vitamin B-3 will help lower your sugar cravings and it will also help suppress your alcohol cravings as well.

25.  Have a cheat day or a cheat meal
It's okay to cheat every once in a while.

26. Take a 15 minute walk
U.K. researchers found that you can reduce your cravings by 12 percent simply by taking a short 15 minute walk.

27. Avoid Sweeteners
Sweeteners increase your insulin levels which will increase your cravings so avoid diet sodas, artificial Sweeteners like sweet-n-low and even honey.

28. Eat after you workout
If working out increases your appetite then you can quickly & easily get rid of those cravings by eating within 1-to-2 hours of finishing your workout.

29. Eat some dark chocolate
Eating 2 small pieces of dark chocolate will help lower your cravings more than eating milk chocolate according to research from the University of Copenhagen.

30. Eat Potatoes
Potatoes contain a special type of starch that resist digestive enzymes making them stay in your body longer causing you not to get hungry for long periods of time.

31. Include fats in your diet
The good fats that help yoou burn fat found in olive oil, nuts, avocados and peanut butter decreases your appetite according to a study done in the Journal of Cell Metabolism.

32. Eat more fish
Fish like salmon, tuna & herring are all high in Omega-3 fats and the Omega-3 fats increases your blood levels of the appetite suppressing hormone leptin.

33. Make a fist
A new study found that by simply tightening up your muscles can help you fight off temptations bought on by bad foods such as cakes, sodas & sweets.

34. Buy a bigger fork
Using a bigger fork = You'll take bigger bites = Your Brain & 
You will be fooled into thinking you are full making you eat much less = You'll keep weight off longer & lose weight faster.

35. See yourself eating what you crave for
A study done at Carnegie Mellon University showed that people who visualized themselves eating what they craved for ate 61% less.

36. Is it a craving or… Is it hunger?
Hunger is your body telling you to eat, 
so hunger is actually physiological 
and cravings are all in your head. 
Cravings are psychological or fake hunger.
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Network Marketing Pay Plans: Tips

Network Marketing Pay Plan tips from Leonard Albro 

Network Marketing Pay Plans have been sort of a hobby of mine since 1992 when I was first introduced to Network Marketing. There are many forms of Pay Plans.  There is the Breakaway, Stair Step Breakaway, Unilevel, Matrix, Binary, hybrid etc, etc and etc. Every Pay plan / Compensation plan is designed to do one thing and that is to distribute the representatives’ portion of the profits from product sales.  The specifics of the Pay Plan determine where the profits go.

There are three very important areas I look at when evaluating a Pay Plan

I first look at these things:
What is the price of the products Retail?
What is the price of the products wholesale?
How much value is there at the Retail and Wholesale price?

The reason I look at these things first is because this will be an indication whether I look at the opportunity that the Pay Plan is attached to as a Retail business or a Buyer’s Club

A Retail business goes something like this:  the Representative creates volume by selling the product retail.  The representative makes retail profit. The representative can create more volume by recruiting a few people to do the same and creating an organization of Representatives and customers.

A Buyer’s Club model goes something like this:  There is no difference between the customer and representative. The customer can refer customers for a rebate check. The rebate check gets bigger as more customers are referred directly or indirectly by each customer.

Both Models work well. Both models can create positive cash flow. Most Network Marketers don’t even realize there is a difference between the two concepts.

The Buyer’s Club model tends to have more costly products (mainly because there is not a true retail/wholesale price, there is just a members price).  The “business volume” is often higher so that representatives can be paid more through the pay plan (there is no retail profit).  It is now becoming very popular for Buyer’s Club models to have $10 in product cost = $10 BV.  The Main focus is referring other members to create a large distributor base.

In a Retail model the products are often less costly. The representative gets a discount so there can be a retail mark up. There is often less business volume paid into the Pay Plan.  $10 in product cost may only come out to $7 BV. The main focus is building a base of personal customers.

With very few exceptions, Network Marketing companies pay out around 50% back to their distributors in the field.  

One Pay Plan  may pay out 50% on 100BV from a $100 sale which equals $50.  While another might pay out 70% on 71.43 BV from a $100 sale which equals $50.

If you like to retail to your personal customers you might want to stay away from a buyer’s club model.  The price point on the products may make it very difficult to mark up the products.
If you like to concentrate on referring others to the opportunity, you may want to stay away from retail models. More volume will be needed to get paid through the pay plan.
Once I determine that it is a Retail or Buyer’s Club model I am working with, 
then I look at these things:

What is the amount of personal volume I have to have to advance in the Pay Plan?
Is it required that I be on autoship?
Do my personal customers count for my personal volume?
What are the group volume requirements to max out the Pay Plan?
How many distributors do I have to sponsor to max out the Pay Plan?

In a Retail model I don’t mind higher personal volume requirements to advance in the Pay Plan as long as my customers count. In a Retail model, where people are focused on customers it seems silly to require them to recruit high numbers of distributors to advance in the pay plan. If they get a lot of customer sales, they should be rewarded for it. Retail models should not require a high volume Autoship. If I have volume in customer sales why would I need even more volume personally? Retail Models are going to have a higher volume per distributor ratio.

In a Buyers Club it will be hard to make any profit if the Group volume requirements make it impossible to advance in the pay plan. In a Buyers club I don’t mind Autoships or needing to sponsor more people personally; after all, the members are what drives the volume.  A Buyers Club will have many more “distributors”.

It is really important for the recruiting and volume requirements to match up to the products and method you are marketing.

The Third thing I look at is the FLOW of profit:

Is the Pay Plan designed to put most of the money into:

the new person just getting started?
the person who has been at it a while and has built a moderate business?
the recruiting leaders that have brought the most distributors?
the best Trainers who have duplicated the best?
the people that have been working the Pay Plan a long time and have built a large organization?

If you are looking to make $1000 per month right away, a pay plan designed to pay on a large organization may not be for you.  What you are looking for is something that pays a high amount of commissions in the first few levels.

If you have bigger goals and want to make $50,000 per month you will want to look at something that pays smaller percentages up front but pays much deeper; this will take much longer to make $1000 per month.
Every Pay Plan is different and is designed to pay out different. 

You need to match up your goals, style and timeline with an appropriate Pay Plan.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Effective Safelist Marketing

 Safelist Marketing.

Years ago I spent a lot of time on Safelist Marketing. I clicked for credits, sometimes for hours per day.  I sent out my ads daily.  I didn’t get anywhere. I finally quit using Safelists. I learned a few things and realized I had the wrong mindset and was making the same critical mistakes everyone else was making. I changed a few simple things and now I generate leads, create sales and attract associates using the same safelists I had failed with previously.
Here is what I learned…

Many Safelists require you to register 2 e-mail accounts to use their FREE mailer.
The “List” address is where the credit based ads are sent. This address gets swamped with all the ads from all the free members that are sending ads for their offers.  People click these ads to get credit so they can send their e-mail to that list with their offer.  I didn’t notice the perpetual circle at the time.  I click on an e-mail so I can send an e-mail so someone else can click my e-mail so they can send me an e-mail to click.  No wonder I wasn’t getting anywhere.
The “contact” address is the e-mail address the owners of the safelist can send updates AND solo ads.  Solo ads you have to pay for. There is an incentive for people to click on Solo ads.  A regular ad typically awards 10-50 credits. A solo ad typically awards 750-1000 credits. Most safelist owners limit the number of Solo ads sent per hour or per day.

** Instead of focusing on clicking e-mail ads for credit,
 I started focusing on sending Solo Ads. **

Most of the Safelists I work with I can send Solo ads without even registering as a member. I simply set up an advertising account.  I don’t ever get e-mail from the people on the list. This frees up my time and my e-mail box.

Some safelists require registration as member to send Solos.  For these I set up a filter to have the e-mails sent to my list address to be deleted. I NEVER click on these e-mail ads. I send them straight to trash. I may click on solo ads for credits if the Safelist has a large membership base. If I plan on using FREE credits, I filter messages from the solo ads so they go into a folder. For example, all my Adtactics solos go into an Adtactics folder.  The more Safelists you work with, the more important it becomes to be organized.
I always suggest using Gmail accounts for marketing. There are several reasons: Gmail is easy to work with as far as filtering, and setting up folders for the e-mail you want to read. Gmail is the industry standard for online marketing and Gmail will not block out many of the bulk mailers that other e-mail services block automatically.

There are very few safelists I click for credit.  Some safelists do not have solo ads. These Safelists sell credits. ListJoe is a great example. You only register 1 e-mail address. You either click e-mail for credits or buy credits. There is no difference from an e-mail sent out for free or an e-mail sent with bought credits.

After I started concentrating on Solos instead of clicking for credit I got better results. I was still competing with everyone else using Solos to send their offers. I was sending out offers to join my business or buy my product. Everyone else was doing the same thing. I still wasn’t getting the results I wanted.  I realized that EVERYONE reading my e-mail offers already had a business and products. They had very little interest in considering my offer.
They did however have a BIG interest in BUILDING their business.

** I concentrated on offering to help people build THEIR business. **

After I changed my ads from “look at my business and products”  to  “ I can help you create leads and sales”,  I started getting results, consistent results.
I started thinking like a Coach … “how can I help you get better results”.
My typical ads deal with creating leads, using Safelists effectively, Team building, increasing traffic etc…

So I started focusing on Solo ads. I was offering to help people build their business and I was seeing results.  I still wanted better results.  I started paying closer attention to the actual ad copy I was seeing and to the landing pages in the solo ads.  I realized that I didn’t want to read a bunch of boring text … I just wanted to click the credit link.  I didn’t want to read a bunch of text on the landing page either.
If there was a lot of text, I didn’t even pay attention. If there was no information and just a sign up page or opt in page, it didn’t catch my attention either. What did catch my attention was a simple short e-mail a couple of lines long and then a landing page with a quick video and maybe a few bullet points.
Once I was working with ads and landing pages that were short, simple and inviting, I started seeing results.

The last tip I learned is about Timing.   More people click for credits between Friday night and Sunday night.  Your e-mail will have a lesser chance of being opened if you mail out mid-week.

** I started to send out all my advertising every Friday afternoon.**

To sum up everything I learned:

1)  Solo ads get the best results.
2)  I offer to help people build THEIR business.
3)  I keep my e-mail text short and simple.
4)  I use landing pages that really catch people’s attention without information overload.
5)  More people click on the weekends.

Here is a list of Resources I use for Safelist marketing.

Safelists that I send Solos and click solos for FREE mailer

Safelists I only send Solos  (I am not even a member)

These are just examples of safelists that I use on a regular basis. I am always looking for new safelists. I try them, test them and either cross them off or ad them to my regular marketing.

When I Advertise I always keep my success principles in mind .

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