Her Wedding Was Just So TACKY!

Stories of the wackiest and tackiest weddings of all time

We've all heard the stories – Angelina Jolie marries her first husband with his name written across her white silk blouse in her own blood. Photos are released of 'Posh and Becks' sitting on golden thrones and frosted in diamonds on their wedding day. The first words out of Black Eyed Pea's singer, Fergie's mouth after her vows are "I'm married b $% s"! Sarah Jessica Parker ties the knot wearing black. While we may think that tacky weddings are a practice reserved by the rich and famous, the truth is that they cross all socio-economic barriers. Here are a few of the wackiest and tackiest weddings, cakes and chapters in the twenty-first century:

Army-chic

One particular inventive couple, who chooses to remain anonymous, decided to support their men in Afghanistan by getting married in camouflage. We do not mean in a discreet yet romantic jungle location so that the press and mad Aunt Gertrude could not find them – we mean they literally got married in camouflage. The bride wore a camouflage skirt and a khaki colored veil. The groom at least had the decency to wear a white shirt; however this was coupled with a camouflage jacket. And the cake? It proudly held up two plastic army men.

Vulgar Vegas

Vegas is a bad joke to most people. They may drop the word in a light-hearted conversation if they're joking about eloping or they may know someone who has a cousin who got married in Las Vegas. But the scary truth is that weddings in Vegas are on the rise. Since 1970, weddings have increased five-fold. In fact, recent statistics peg it at 120 000 weddings a year and 50 000 renewals of vows, making up 5% of all weddings in the USA. Elvis would be proud. In fact, Elvis is proud. But this industry is worth over $ 1 billion dollars, so who's laughing now?

Cinderella cheap

Coming in at first place for the tackiest wedding cake of all time is the Cinderella castle cake – so large it needed an entire garage just to house it. Purple and white turrets made up the cake itself with Cinderella and Prince Charming carefully positioned at the front. The cake was framed by a carriage – not made out of pumpkin but out of white balloons and silver plastic wheels. You've got to hand it to this particular bride and groom though – it might be tacky but it's pretty romantic too.

Offbeat Brides.com said it best when they wrote: "Yes everything you want to do for your wedding is tacky. .. [But] when it's all tacky, none of it is really tacky ". There you have it. So now you can use as many sequins, pink bows and cans of whipped cream as you like without even a smidgen of the usual guilt.

Non Piercing Body Jewelry

Non-piercing body jewelry is jewelry which looks exactly like piercing body jewelry, but does not actually make any type of hole in the skin. Typically they adhere by clips, or, in some case, even with the aid of special magnets. Body piercing is a recent trend with the new generation. But wearing body-piercing jewelry is often accompanied by a series of allergies and infections, if not taken care of properly. Such infections can leave you with life long scars or complications. For example, nipple piercing can cause nursing problems, as there are many milk ducts in an average nipple. So, in these types of situations, wearing non-piercing body jewelry is the best alternative.

Non-piercing body jewelry is similar to the piercing body jewelry, with the only exception that they do not require a person to get his or her body pierced to wear this type of jewelry. In non-piercing jewelry, magnets are used to hold the jewelry in place. This type of jewelry squeezes the body to hold itself in place. Non-piercing jewelry is available in a variety of metals – from gold, silver, platinum, and titanium to non-expensive metals like plastic, glass, and ivory.

Non-piercing body jewelry is the perfect accessory for those who want to be seen as heavily pierced but in fact are not. The various examples of non-piercing body jewelry are nipple shields, nipple chains, belly clips, handcuff jewelry, earrings, etc. With non-piercing body jewelry, you can experience all the pleasure that you want to enjoy by wearing body jewelry with none of the pain of wearing the piercing jewelry.

Creatine And Fitness

Creatine was discovered in 1832 and named after the Greek word Kreas, meaning flesh.

Creatine is a naturally occurring organic acid in the body. It supplies energy to muscle cells for anaerobic activity, or short bursts of energy. Such as weight lifting and sprinting. It is also used to treat muscular, neuromuscular and neuro-degenerative diseases.

Creatine fills the muscle cells with water. This gives the body energy to perform work like weight lifting harder and longer. With the added strength it enables you to max out your muscles more effectively and gain more muscle mass, as a result.

Benefits of Creatine:

-Increased energy

-Increased strength

-Aids muscular growth

-Improves brain function

-Reduces recovery time

-Reduces fatigue

Side Effects

When used properly and in cycles, creatine is reliably safe. However certain side effects have been documented:

-Increased risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) due to increased water retention

-Dehydration

-Muscle cramps

-Diarrhea

-Heat intolerance

-Muscle strains

-It is said to be a myth but many people experience bloating and feeling "watery" when they are using creatine.

Creatine is supplied by half our own bodies and half by fish and meat. Vegetarians have lower levels of creatine but when they take creatine as a supplement, their levels are actually higher than in meat eaters. The main reason meat eaters just do not eat more meat is because a lot of the creatine is actually destroyed in the cooking process. Meat is also high is saturated fat and cholesterol. Adding more to the diet would work against their fitness goals.

Creatine should be used in 3 cycles called loading, maintenance and rest.

Week 1-Loading: During the loading phase you want to boost the concentration of creatine in your muscles by taking approximately 20g / day in 4-5 servings.

Week 2-4-Maintenance: During the maintenance cycle you will want to keep the creatine in your muscles by taking approximately 5-10g / day in 2-3 servings.

Week 5-8-Rest: No creatine

Creatine works best with simple carbs, such as fruit juice. So when you take your creatine, mix the powder with grape juice or a similar type of juice that rates high in the glycemic index (GI) chart.

Before taking any supplement talk to your doctor and read labels very carefully. Instructions and dosage can differ from brand to brand. Be careful about anything new that you put in to your body. Always do your research by reading health articles from trusted sources and by asking people who have successfully cycled creatine themselves.

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Trail Running Shoes

Trail running has grown in popularity and is enjoyed through the United States. Trail running takes place along paths that are often inaccessible by road, except at the trailheads. A typical trail traverses through rough terrain, mountains, hills and forests. Common distances in races are between 10 km and 50 km. Participants often ascend and descend thousands of feet through steep grades. People in the Mountain States, the Western US and California are avid trail runners.

Trail runners use specially designed shoes, which have stiffer soles and are more rigid and protective than normal shoes used for road running. Shoe manufacturers in the US like North Face, Nike, Salomon and Vasque specialize in trail running shoes.

Trail running shoes are geared towards keeping the feet dry in wet conditions and comfortable on slick terrain. They are also designed to grip on ice and stablize the feet. All running shoes are designed to provide biomechanical protection from injuries. Road-running shoes are built to provide cushioning and motion control to prevent repetitive movement or overuse injuries such as over-exertion, shin splints and knee pain. Trail-shoe design generally emphasizes on stability, a feature that protects against acute ankle sprain, which is the chief cause of injury in trail running. Trail shoes are tested on a wide variety of surfaces, including single-track, fire roads, jagged technical trails, gravel paths and even pavements.

The industry standard for the lifespan of a running shoe is between 350 and 500 miles. Different models offer varying results. A runner averaging 20 miles per week could expect a pair of shoes to last from 16 to 25 weeks, or about 4 to 6 months. Many factors affect how long a shoe would last, including the runner's weight, the runner's style and the surfaces run on. A trail shoe is required to be sturdier than normal shoe because of the greater wear and tear involved in trail running. Therefore, it is recommended that trail runners wear shoes that are especially designed for trail running.