New Year, New You?

Last year I swore it would be a New Year, New Me type of attitude. Well at least when it came to my eating habits. I had informed everyone in my family and my fiancé that 2017 would be the year I would start watching what I ate and start to eat healthier and exercise. Well as we already know, changing a lifestyle of eating habits overnight is no walk on the park.

It’s been a whole year now and I have changed a couple of things in my eating habits. I eat less candy, no chocolate, and a little bit of chips but not too often. But, the most important thing is I’ve been getting ingredients that are low sodium or reduced fat. However, that still isn’t enough. I need to do more so I can feel more energetic and just overall start on a cleaner diet. Luckily, Fountaindale has many useful databases that can help.

I decided to try Gale Courses. I searched cooking and looked through the many results it gave me. I then looked at the start dates and selected one that I found worked with my work schedule and clicked, “enroll now.” I then, selected my course start date, clicked “continue”, and created a free Gale Courses account with my library card. After I registered to the course, I received an email with a confirmation number. The class I signed up for was, Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals to teach me how to eat better.

Start Course dates are:

  • January 17, 2018
  • February 14, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • April 11, 2018

Before starting a course, it gives you all the information you need. It provides the syllabus that contains all the information you need to know and what the next 6 weeks will be like. It also provides the requirements that will be needed in order to complete this course, which in this case is only an email and internet. I believe this is a fun class to take and to learn more about cooking. Therefore, if you are looking for ways to bring up the flavor and start eating healthier this New Year join me. Or sign up for another class. Better late than never, I say. Let the lessons begin!

food blog -DR

 

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Free PlayStation Plus Games in January 2018

Are you ready PlayStation Plus Subscribers? This January Sony is offering up a couple games for free. All PlayStation + subscribers who have either PS4, PS3, or PS Vista need to get ready to play because its game time.

= Owned by Fountaindale Public Library

(Along are also included OpenCritic scores)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

PS4: 

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (82% on OpenCritic)  √
  • Batman: the Telltale Series (71% on OpenCritic)

PS3: 

  • Sacred 3 (55% on OpenCritic)  √
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales (73% on OpenCritic)

PS Vita / Crossbuy PS4 :

  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory (77% on OpenCritic)
  • Uncanny Valley (62% on OpenCritic)

PS VR (Jan. – March 6)

  • Starblood Arena (68% on OpenCritic)

Pretty exciting games coming up this new year, but don’t forget about the free games still available this December.

PS4: 

  • Darksiders II: Deathfinitive Edition
  • Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends  

PS3: 

  • Syberia Collection
  • Xblaze Lost: Memories

PS Vita :

  • Forma.8 (crossbuy)
  • Wanted Corp

Don’t forget to check our library’s catalog at http://fountaindale.org or call at 630-759-2102 to see if the video game is available or place a hold. If you don’t have a library card just give us a call or check out the library’s website to see what forms are accepted.  http://fountaindale.org/about/faq

-DR

Universal Class – Bartending and Mixology 101

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Here at the Fountaindale Public Library we have a vast selection of databases in which one can choose from.  These include ones that fall under specific categories of research as pertaining to such topics as Articles & Research, Arts & Entertainment, Auto & Home,  Business & Employment, Consumer Information & Finance, Education & Homework Help, Genealogy, and Government & Law…just to name a few.

Today I will be looking at those that fall under the category of Education& Homework Help.  These include Universal Class, Mango Languages, Lynda.com, and Gale Courses.  Specifically, I will be discussing Universal Class and my experience with it and using it.

Universal Class is an excellent resource for anyone looking to further their knowledge and education.  Universal Class offers a staggering 500 online continuing education courses with real instructors.  Some of the courses include such diverse subjects as: Computer Training, Personal Finance, GED Training, Business, Pet and Animal Care, Professional Development, Health Services Training, Music and Painting, and many others.

 

 

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The course I took and will be discussing in this blog is Bartending and Mixology 101.     To start you need to register as a new user.  After you have created an account, you then can decide on one of the 31 subjects listed.  Once you have decided on what subject you would like to pursue, below each one is an estimate of how many online courses each subject details.  You can also choose to search through the Course Catalog in the Find Course search box.  I typed in the word “Bartending” and with that it came back with 1 match found.  It could also be found under the main subject area of Arts, Crafts & Hobbies and under the subheading of Cooking and Baking.  It shows that there are 7 Lessons, 11 Exams & Assignments, 3 Hours average time, and how many CEUs.  The 7 Lessons were broken down as Alcohol Awareness, Bar Essentials – Alcohol, Bar Essentials – Additional Requirements, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, and Heated Drinks, Types of Establishments, and Employment.  I joined the course and began.  Each lesson included text, photos, videos, as well as links to certain recommended/essential sites as well as glossary of terms.  Each part is divided into sections that need to be completely in order to proceed further through the course.  After going through the specific lesson each portion would go turn from a red color to becoming highlighted with a checkmark and turning green.  Finally each lesson would end with an exam that would be either multiple choice, essay, or sometimes a combination of the two.  After which, would be sent to the instructor to be graded.  Sometimes it would take a few days other times it would only take a few hours to get your grade back via email to see if you passed to move forward through to the next portion of class.  Eventually, I reached the conclusion of the course and when I received the final email that I had passed and completed the course, I was presented with a Certificate of Course Completion.

 

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The whole class and experience was very rewarding.  I found it to be entertaining, informative, and even fun.  The materials were presented in a way that was very easy to understand.  I also found navigating through the course very easy and user-friendly.  I also liked how the instructor would back all the grades in a very timely manner.  I cannot recommend Universal Class highly enough.  Cheers!

 

-Brian S.

Maintaining your new habits

picture1We are now 4 weeks into the New Year, how are your resolutions holding up?
Fitness and changing diets tend to be most common choice for New Year goals, and it’s easy to become discouraged or distracted, especially with the recent wet weather… but don’t despair!
If you are looking for some help to stay on track, you may find these apps helpful:

Exercise Apps:

These apps will help you track your activities. From walking, running, to wrestling, and many other workouts. You can set goals, create routines, and track your progress.

Google Fit
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Monitor your progress through the app and online, connects to MyFitnessPal, LoseIT, Runkeeper, Runatastic, MapMyRun, MapMyRide. Aggregates info from other apps to track fitness, nutrition, sleep, and weight.

Runkeeper
runkeeperandroid, iOS
Works with Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, Spotify. Tracks workouts through GPS and provides maps, pace, and previous records to motivate you to push harder!


Jefit

jefitandroid, iOS
Large exercise database, lets you create custom fitness routines, and manages stats. It does lack connection to other apps for tracking, but it comes highly recommended for weight training.


Diet Tracking Apps:

Track your calories and nutrients. These come with databases of food, food importers, and custom food entry. Import exercise data from many other apps to get a complete view of your progress. All of these apps have great base features available, without subscription.

MyFitnessPal
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Works with Fitbit, Runkeeper. I found their food database is the largest, and it was easy to connect to Runkeeper. You can manage your entries through their website in addition to the app.

 

MyNetDiary
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Works with GoogleFit and Fitbit. I like the interface much better than MyFitnessPal. It is app only though and I’ll occasionally need to add new items to the database for future use.


LoseIt

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Works with Fitbit, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness. App is available on more phones and tablets, as well as through the website.  I haven’t personally used it, but it comes highly recommended.


And lastly, Habits!

The key to long-term success is turning your goals (whether to get into shape, lose weight, remembering to floss etc.) into small manageable tasks that you repeat until it becomes habit.
I am no good at that.
I am however, an avid collector of shiny video game rewards.

Habitica is a free habit-building app that plays like a game. It lets you break down those big goals into small tasks that you can easily track. You are rewarded for completing good habits immediately, with gold and experience points. Indulging bad habits or not completing a task yields immediate consequences by losing health points. With your earned coins you can “purchase” gear, pets, mounts and other game items.tasks-page

And best of all, if you rope your friends into the game, you can compete with them or join together to fight bosses!

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The terrifying Basi-list!

habiticaHabitica is available on android, iOS and PC. I’ve managed to floss every night for three and a half weeks now, Habitica has been far more successful than my dentist. Try it out!

 

-AB

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

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Every New Year brings about with it a time of change, growth, re-birth, and resolution. It is the time for the fresh start, making plans, setting goals, and living up to one’s full potential…all for the betterment of oneself. Acknowledgement is the first step, obtaining the means to reach said goals is the next. So, where does one start? Well, how about The Fountaindale Public Library! Come on into the Fountaindale Public Library and check out our newest Lobby Display! This month’s display is appropriately titled: “New Year, New You”, with an emphasis on health and exercise. The display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books as well.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1.  The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham
  2. Strong Women, Stay Young by Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.
  3. Shape Your Life: 4 Weeks to a Better Body- and a  Better Life by Barbara Harris
  4.   Stronger, Faster: Workday Workouts that Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time by Brian Kaufman
  5. Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock by Denise Austin

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

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So, come on in and get your New Year started off right!

– Brian

New Year, New You

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Every New Year brings about with it a time of change, growth, re-birth, and resolution. It is the time for the fresh start, making plans, setting goals, and living up to one’s full potential…all for the betterment of oneself. Acknowledgement is the first step, obtaining the means to reach said goals is the next. So, where does one start? Well, how about The Fountaindale Public Library! Come on into the Fountaindale Public Library and check out our newest Lobby Display! This month’s display is appropriately titled: “New Year, New You”, with an emphasis on health and exercise. The display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books as well.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1.  The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham
  2. Strong Women, Stay Young by Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.
  3. Shape Your Life: 4 Weeks to a Better Body- and a  Better Life by Barbara Harris
  4.   Stronger, Faster: Workday Workouts that Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time by Brian Kaufman
  5. Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock by Denise Austin

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

 

In addition our materials, we also have online capabilities as well.  One of the trendiest and most popular sites going right now is PopSugar Fitness.  PopSugar Fitness is a site dedicated to healthier living.  It contains online demonstrations of various workouts.   These include 10, 20, 30, 40-Minute Workouts as well as Full-body Workouts.

https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit

This site and many others like it can be accessed in our Computer Commons area on the 2nd Floor!

So, come on in and get your New Year started off right!

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– Brian S.

Yoga for everyone, even if you’re not a human pretzel!

Perhaps you’re completely new to yoga but have heard all about the benefits of the ancient practice (stress relief, good posture, and improvement of muscle tone to name a few), or perhaps, like me, you’ve enjoyed yoga for a while but have struggled a few times to make it a part of your daily routine. Third time’s the charm, right? Or tenth, that’s cool too. Wherever you are on the yogi spectrum, the library has a great collection of yoga DVDs to use in the comfort of your home. As with any exercise program, be sure to consult a physician before starting.
 
 
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Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies is split into two workouts: beginner and intermediate. The twelve postures, or asanas, you learn in the beginner segment of the DVD are common poses that you will see in any other yoga DVD or class. I loved that the instructor provided modifications of various poses in case you’d like to challenge yourself or if you’d like a more basic version to meet your physical capabilities. Throughout the beginner practice, you will hear some sound effects whenever a warning, tip, myth buster, jargon alert, or remember icon appears. Honestly, I found these sound effects a bit off-putting, but they do provide some really important information that you will want to know as you transition into each pose.

In the intermediate workout, you will learn a sun salutation which includes postures that use breath and movement together. This portion does not have sound effects. It moves a bit faster than the beginner workout, but after you’ve learned your basics, the sun salutation will be fairly easy to follow. All in all, this is a great introduction to yoga for those trying it for the first time.
{Place Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies on hold here}

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Rodney Yee and Mariel Hemingway lead you through four 15-minute segments in 15-Minute Results: Yoga that focus on specific areas of the body – upper body toning, lower body sculpting, abdominal strengthening, and total body conditioning. 15 minutes of yoga is perfect for those of us with busy lives so that we can hit the mat and be out the door in almost no time at all. These compact workouts are a bit more fast paced, much like the sun salutation in Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies, but are definitely not lacking in benefits you’d gain from a longer workout. As Rodney and Mariel will tell you, 15 minutes is better than none at all!

ImageAfter doing Kundalini Yoga to Detox and Destress with Maya Fiennes I felt incredibly relaxed and rejuvenated. Kundalini is different from Hatha yoga, the most common practice in the West — think downward facing dog, tree, and other postures that you’d learn in Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies or in 15-Minute Results: Yoga. With Kundalini yoga, you might not experience much in regards to toning and strengthening. Instead, expect a bit of chanting and a lot of breathing techniques accompanied by Maya’s own ethereal music. I’ll admit, there are some movements that may seem weird at first, but but the results are so worth it. Maya explains what each movement is doing to cleanse and detox your body. I loved this DVD so much that I went out and got my own copy!

 
Be sure to check out these yoga DVDs and many others at the library!
Namaste.
 
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