This 2000 Porsche Boxster Has Dissociative Identity Disorder

Carscoops 

Customizing cars is something that many car enthusiasts get into. We often feature extremely detailed and stunning examples of such here on Carscoops but today we’re not totally sure what to make of one 2000 Porsche Boxster. Take a quick look around it and you’ll come to find out that it isn’t sure what it is either.

First and foremost, let’s take that tour together before we dive into the ad itself. The front bumper has the Porsche wordmark on it much as you’d see on the rear of some of the brand’s models. That same wordmark sits at the back with a shoddily placed GTS badge just above it.

The side skirts read GT3 RS and just behind the cabin, you’ll find what looks a lot like 911 Speedster humps. The entire car has a body kit on it that seems to widen out a lot in the rear and provides a front lip spoiler along with new headlight housings that ditch the runny egg situation for a modernized 911.2 headlights in the front. By our count, that’s at least four different models represented in one way or another on this singular car.

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Perhaps the ad can help clarify some of this confusion. Spoiler alert: it only gets wackier from here. According to the ad, this is a “Porsche 911 GT3 Wide Body Convertible.” The seller specifically describes it by saying “You are looking [at a] 2000 Porsche with [an] amazing GT3 and 5 wide body kit on it… this [a] super rare car GT3 Porsche GT2RS Style.”

Sure, they might just be intending to say that it’s a Porsche with a 911 GT3 (and 5?) wide body kit but note this; the word Boxster never appears in the ad at any point. The ad also tells us that at around 93k miles, the engine was swapped out for one with just 50k miles on it.

The seller is asking $39,999 for the car over on eBay. Evidently, the new engine is a “high-performance” version with no catalytic converters. We’re not sure how well that’ll pass Californian regulations but it won’t matter as we wouldn’t touch this thing with a real GT3 RS length pole.

Image Credit: 70sCar.com

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Start the Year Grounded With 7 Self-Care Practices Designed To Help You Feel More Present

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As a holistic wellness expert, meditation teacher, and nutritionist, I’ve spent my career seeking the answers to two questions: What is wellness? And how do we know if we are truly well? In over a decade of working with clients on all areas of their health, I’ve found one thing to be true: If we focus on only one part of ourselves, we’re not experiencing real wellness. How you tend to the emotional and spiritual parts of who you are, for example, is as important to your well-being as the way you treat and fuel your body physically. And determining the right way to do all of the above starts with bringing your awareness to how you feel at present.

Developing this sense of self-connection is central to practicing actual self care—and not just escaping into a bath every once in a while (although that’s great, too). In order to help my clients learn how to feel more present with all aspects of their beings, I’ve developed a holistic approach to wellness based on what I call the Four Cornerstones. These include: Food (what you’re eating and your perspective on nourishment), Body (the way you move and care for yourself physically), Emotional Well-Being (how you process emotions and feelings), and Spiritual Growth (how you tend to the energy inside of you and the voice of your intuition).

Over the course of the month, we’ll learn to practice a kind of self care that addresses mind, body, and soul through small daily actions.

When you nurture all these sides of yourself, you can move toward true wellness—because, ultimately, our power to achieve wellness lies in embracing our wholeness. When we treat ourselves as fractured, we get fractured energy and results. But when we live from a place of wholeness, we feel centered, empowered, and clear.

While you can take steps toward caring for your (whole) self any time of the year, the New Year is symbolic of new beginnings, so there’s no better time to start than right now. Over the course of the month, we’ll learn to practice a kind of self care that addresses mind, body, and soul through small daily actions. Up first? A week’s worth of tips designed to help you feel more present with all the elements of yourself and build a foundation for the personal growth to come.

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Day 1: Drink hot water with lemon

Without a moment of pause, it’s easy to lose your morning in the blur of getting ready and getting out the door (or signing on to your job remotely). That’s why I suggest carving out a few mindful minutes in the a.m. by making yourself a mug of hot water with a few slices of lemon. Starting the day with something hot in the belly can help you feel more present.

While you might normally reach for coffee—and that’s certainly not off the table—experts don’t recommend drinking it first thing upon waking up (due to its diuretic effect and the way it quickly spikes your cortisol levels). That’s where the lemon water comes into play. The water is hydrating, and the lemons are symbolic of pure sun energy, aligning us with nature and with the abundant energy of the sun.

Day 2: Meditate for 7 minutes

If you already have a meditation practice, this is a great day to re-up it. If not, know that embracing even just a few minutes of meditation can have a powerful grounding effect. Meditation encourages you to create union between the peripheral—your five senses that constantly engage with the external world—and your inner self, reflected by your central nervous system. Over time, this is a pathway to achieving self-connection and inner peace.

I’ve created a library of guided meditations inspired by the techniques of Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian monk and yogi who’s known for bringing yoga and meditation to the western hemisphere. To get started, try the Peace Meditation, which includes a mantra designed to reconnect you with the natural calmness and stillness you have within.

Day 3: Practice a positive affirmation

Your words shape your reality and the energy you experience on any given day. As a result, part of self care is re-evaluating your relationship with words and statements to ensure the words that you feed yourself are actually nourishing the experience you hope to live.

One way to use words to your advantage is to practice positive affirmations—which are simply short phrases denoting a positive reality, spoken in the first person and present tense. A few examples that I love are, “I am peaceful and calm,” and “I get all my needs met.” But the phrase you choose can be whatever you like, so long as it’s short enough to remember and repeat, and it reflects a supportive truth.

Day 4: Eat a meal in silence

Eating is already a part of your daily schedule, so why not use a meal as an opportunity to practice mindfulness, too? When we eat in silence, we have a chance to reconnect with a sense of gratitude for our ability to take in energy every day—rather than allowing our focus to be pulled away by something external, like work or social media. It’s also an opportunity to slow down and to remember that food is sacred, while forming a meaningful connection between yourself and the nourishment you’re using to fuel your body.

Day 5: Let go of one aversion and one attachment

Yoga teaches us that the more neutral we can be—the more we can let go of our likes and preferences, as well as our strong aversions—the more we can transcend moods and limitations and become peaceful and intuitive. These aversions and attachments can entangle us in unnecessary stress, whereas letting go can help us take our power back and be fully present. In other words, letting go will allow you to move into a space of personal neutrality where you can experience the ups and downs of life without getting sucked under the wave.

To get started, choose just one like and one dislike to consciously let go of today. These things certainly don’t have to be huge. For example, if you feel like you always have to listen to a certain playlist or podcast on your way to work, make the choice to not have to do that and to embrace silence instead. On the flip side, if you feel a strong aversion to, say, practicing yoga near the front of the studio, perhaps you choose to let go of that for the day. These kinds of choices can teach you your own strength. After all, a part of self care is knowing you’re stronger than the external forces that might sometimes dictate your decisions.

Day 6: Make space for your feelings to surface

In the go-go-go of everyday life, it’s easy to keep big feelings suppressed by default. Maybe you feel like you don’t have the time or the mental bandwidth to address them. Or you just weren’t ever taught to make space for yourself to feel big feelings, so they make you uncomfortable—compelling you to distract yourself from them instead.

Whatever the resistance may be, today, choose to release it. Notice what you feel without judgment, and identify the actual sensations in your body. You don’t have to name the feelings if that doesn’t serve you (e.g., identifying that you’re feeling, for example, anger, rage, or sadness). Instead, sit with whatever is in you at that moment, and make the choice to be okay with it, rather than trying to intellectualize it, push it away, or change it. Breathe into whatever feelings may surface, and let them move through you, staying with them until they pass (which usually takes a few minutes).

Day 7: Journal for 5 to 10 minutes

By putting your emotions and feelings on paper, you’ll naturally turn your own attention to them, which can help you to feel more present with them and to understand where they might be coming from. Use these questions to get started with journaling:

What did I learn today?
What feelings are present in me right now?
What can I let go of?
What am I grateful for?

The process of journaling alone can also alleviate stress by allowing you to get out of your own head (and leave your emotions on the page instead). Not to mention, it creates a written record of your feelings for you to reference in the future, allowing you to witness your own emotional growth in real time.

Looking to hit refresh on your healthy habits this January? Check out our full 2023 ReNew Year program for expert-led plans for better sleep, nutrition, exercise, and self-care routines. 

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Diversify Your Dishes (and Your Diet) in 2023 with This Dietitian’s Flavor-Forward Meal Plan

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I’ve heard it so many times: New Year, New You. As a trained nutrition professional and cookbook author who works with individuals from diverse backgrounds, I have learned that dominant Western social norms have taught us to believe that come January 1st, we are expected to attempt to transform ourselves into a whole new person—crash dieting and exercising with extreme fervor included. Toxic diet culture has an unfortunate tendency to praise individuals for engaging in restriction and shame those who choose to nourish and rest their bodies. No longer. This year, we’re encouraging you to take it easy and hone in on healthy habits that you can live with for an entire trip around the sun—and beyond.

Before we jump into Well+Good’s annual ReNew Year food program, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Maya Feller, RD, a registered dietitian nutritionist, on-air food and nutrition expert, and author. I am the founder of Maya Feller Nutrition, a private nutrition practice based in Brooklyn, New York, that offers nutrition counseling and wellness coaching from a patient-centered, anti-bias approach to provide culturally-relevant, evidence-based care.

To help you kick your year off feeling energized, balanced, and well-fed, I’ll be sharing some of my key nutrition pillars, customizable tips for cooking and shopping, and deliciously nourishing recipes with you daily throughout the month of January. Over the course of the next four weeks, we’ll take a gentler and more sustainable approach to your new year together. This approach aims to celebrate you, the individual, in all of your glory, respect your heritage and culture, encourage gratitude, and, most importantly, ask you to prioritize the culturally-relevant foods and routines that can be added to your nutrition and wellness routine.

I also want to challenge you to reframe how you think about and define what foods are “good” for you. There are many healthy foods that are not kale, brown rice, and grilled protein. In fact, many of the foods outside of the Western “wellness” scope come from countries and cultures that have historically been marginalized. It’s time to branch out and expand what’s showing up on your plate.

In my upcoming cookbook, Eating From Our Roots (out January 24), I ask readers to shed the negative and harmful social norms around food and nutrition while encouraging them to spend time in the kitchen creating nourishing, nutrient-dense dishes. No more restriction or feeling like you aren’t part of the nutrition elite; no more shame for enjoying foods that haven’t been crowned with a health halo. There is space to include a variety of grains, starchy and non-starchy vegetables, fruits, proteins (yes, both plant- and animal-based), herbs, spices, and so much more in your pattern of eating.

This month, together, we will celebrate flavor! I will encourage you to make mindful and intentional choices about food based on what is accessible to you. You’ll have the opportunity to explore all parts of the grocery store as well as farmer’s markets when available. Additionally, I’ll help you make culturally-relevant food choices that are free of shame or guilt—all while reminding you that you deserve to be well-nourished and satisfied.

Ready to get started? Let’s jump in.

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Day 1: Get your kitchen equipment arsenal ready

The many delicious dishes you’ll be making this month require a well-equipped kitchen. Having a reliable supply of basic kitchen gadgets on hand—including pots, pans, sharp knives, cutting boards, and storage containers—and keeping them well-organized will make it so much easier to prepare and serve homemade meals.

Start by surveying your pots and pans. Do you see any rusty spots or places where the surface is peeling? If so, you might need a replacement. (Pro tip: Cast iron pots and pans are brilliant when it comes to longevity; they work on the stovetop as well as the oven and they last a lifetime if well-maintained.) Find a chef’s go-to guide for what pieces of cookware every kitchen needs here.

Next, check your knives—sharp knives are a must, especially when it comes to slicing and dicing fresh produce safely and efficiently. If your knives are not sharp, it is time to invest in a sharpening tool.

A few good cutting boards of varying sizes are always good to have at home, too. And lastly, reusable storage containers allow you to meal-prep dishes ahead of time and safely keep them in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Day 2: Conduct a pantry audit—and consider adding a few new nutritious staples

Now that your kitchen tools are stocked and ready for use, we can focus on your pantry. If you ask me, a well-stocked pantry can save a meal; it can take it from lackluster to spectacular. You don’t need to have an abundance of items, though—it’s all about the curation of ingredients you keep on hand.

Just as you did with your kitchen tools, take stock of what dry and canned goods you already own before buying anything new. See a can of tomato sauce from the ‘90s? Toss it. Discover an unopened, still-fresh jar of chicken broth? Don’t buy a new one this week. Get in the habit of surveying your pantry, fridge, and freezer before you go grocery shopping to cut down on food cost and waste.

Now, onto the fun part—what I recommend adding to your pantry for flavorful, nutritious, and fuss-free meals. Consider stocking up on these options:

Grains: Fonio, black rice
Beans: Low-sodium canned beans (if you can’t find low-sodium beans, rinse your beans to reduce the sodium content) and dried beans
Tinned fish: SMASH fish (this stands for sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon, and herring; each of these options contains high amounts of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids) and sustainably-caught tuna (look for an MSC certification on the label)
Nuts and seeds: No nuts or seeds are off limits; choose the ones that are culturally relevant to you
Jarred tomatoes
Oils: Plant-based oils are excellent for cooking and finishing; choose the options that fit within your flavor profile and budget. Pumpkin seed oil is one of my personal favorites—it’s an excellent finishing oil and tastes delicious on everything from yogurt to roasted vegetables
Dried herbs: These can add major flavor without being costly. Look for dried herbs that don’t contain added sodium (and season on your own if you want to dial up the saltiness)

Day 3: Identify realistic, attainable health and nutrition goals that work for your body and lifestyle

Now that your kitchen is ready for action, I recommend level-setting with yourself by setting intentions for the weeks ahead. When identifying and setting a health goal, I like to remind my patients that it should be realistic and attainable. So rather than trying to turn back the clock or striving for something insurmountable, let’s work from the “now.”

In my practice, I often work with people who are at risk of developing (or have already developed) a chronic condition. I remind these patients that while a cure or reversal of their diagnosis may be possible, in the event that isn’t, living with a well-managed diagnosis is.

I encourage you to think about your current health situation. Do you have any diagnoses or pre-diagnoses that would benefit from nutrition modification, and what are the small steps that you could take to move toward your goal? Would you benefit from having a consistent bedtime, reducing your alcohol intake on the weekends, or finding ways to include pleasurable and intentional movement into your day? Start by jotting down these health goals in a journal, then try brainstorming some ways to make progress on them that fit within your current lifestyle.

Day 4: Study the most common food label claims to be a savvier shopper

You can’t accomplish your goals without the proper tools, right? We already tackled the kitchen—now we’re diving into the task of understanding food label claims. Because let’s be honest: Grocery shopping has become increasingly complicated. Front-of-box labels on packages make so many claims, and they may or may not actually be relevant to consumers. In order to be a savvy shopper, it’s important to be able to parse out the important information from the superfluous claims. Ultimately, you will need to decide what is valuable to you. Below are some common claims and their current definitions.

Organic (as defined by the USDA):

Produce: “Produce can be called organic if it’s certified to have grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. Prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.”
Animal proteins: “Regulations require that animals are raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors (like the ability to graze on pasture), fed 100 percent organic feed and forage, and not administered antibiotics or hormones.”
Packaged and multi-ingredient foods: “Regulations prohibit organically processed foods from containing artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors and require that their ingredients are organic, with some minor exceptions.”

Non-GMO Project Verified (as defined by Non-GMO Project): “The Non-GMO Project Verified mark assures consumers that the product bearing the label has been evaluated for compliance with the Non-GMO Standard. The verification mark does not state that a product is ‘GMO Free,’ and it does not state that the product is safer, better, or healthier. It simply states the product is compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard.”

Regenerative agriculture (as defined by California State University Chico Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems): “Regenerative Agriculture is an approach to farm and ranch management that aims to reverse climate change through practices that restore degraded soils. By rebuilding soil organic matter and soil biodiversity, we significantly increase the amount of carbon that can be drawn down from the atmosphere while greatly improving soil fertility and the water cycle.”

Natural (as defined by Consumer Reports): “Has no clear meaning on a majority of foods.”

Pasture raised (as reported by Certified Humane Raised and Handled): “There is currently no legal definition for ‘Free Range’ or ‘Pasture Raised’ in the United States, therefore these terms are often used on poultry packaging with no unilateral definitions for the consumer to trust.”

Grass fed (as defined by the USDA): “Grass (Forage) Fed means that grass and forage shall be the feed source consumed for the lifetime of the ruminant animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. The diet shall be derived solely from forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g., legumes, Brassica), browse, or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state. Animals cannot be fed grain or grain byproducts and must have continuous access to pasture during the growing season.”

Day 5: Craft a personalized grocery list that will set you up for success

We’re officially ready to hit the grocery store, which means it’s time to make a shopping list. Because you are your own individual, I encourage you to honor your likes, dislikes, current health status, finances, cooking abilities, culture, and so much more when deciding what foods to put into your grocery cart. For instance, when working with patients, I often speak with them about their favorite foods and the dishes they find most comforting so that we can find ways to incorporate these foods into their weekly grocery lists without guilt or shame.

Your grocery list should include foods that you are comfortable making, ones you enjoy, and familiar items. In addition, I encourage adding a few partially-prepared foods (or chef’s helpers, as I like to call them)—this might include bagged salad greens, pre-chopped vegetables, frozen fruit, marinades, simmer sauces, dips, and spreads.

Next, think through what boxed, jarred, and canned foods you might need this week, as well as fully-prepared items like rotisserie chicken or fresh bread. And don’t forget an assortment of fresh and dry herbs and spices!

Your grocery list should always reflect your current health needs as well as your personal preferences. Follow this template as a starting point:

Sample Grocery List

Fresh produce:
Frozen produce:
Canned goods:
Dry goods:
Boxed and jarred goods:
Fresh herbs and spices:
Dried herbs and spices:
Dairy products:
Meat and/or poultry:
Seafood:
Prepared foods:
Partially-prepared foods:
New-recipe needs:

Day 6: Get to know the whole grocery store

Nutrition providers—myself included—have been shouting the phrase “Shop the perimeter!” (aka the section of the grocery store where fresh fruits and vegetables are typically found) for many years now. But somewhere along the way, we forgot to remind folks that they should also shop the rest of the grocery store, too—not to mention prioritize food choices that support their current and desired health as well as their budget.

Let this be your reminder to explore all of the lovely aisles of your local grocery store. After all, food is expensive, and we need to find creative, nourishing, and delicious ways to stretch our food dollars. Packaged goods are not off-limits. Here are some tips to help you become an informed consumer when shopping for them:

When looking at the Daily Value (DV) percentage on a product’s Nutrition Facts panel for any given nutrient (i.e. carbohydrates, sodium, saturated fat, potassium, vitamin C, and so on), a number hovering around five percent of the DV would be considered low, and a number close to or above 20 percent of the DV would be considered high. So if the fiber content of the packaged goods is listed as 30 percent of the DV, then that would be considered a high-fiber item; if the sodium content is three percent of the DV, then that would be considered a low-sodium item.
Now that we’ve studied up on label claims, we know not to get too caught up on the front of package labeling like “organic” or “gluten-free.” All that tells you is that the product is organic or gluten-free, right? Instead, flip the package over and read the ingredient list. The first five ingredients make up the majority of packaged goods. If the first five ingredients are something that you want to eat (or have heard of), then great! If not, consider moving onto another option that better suits your needs.

Day 7: Make space for expansion and diversity in your diet

You officially have one inspired and important food shopping trip under your belt. Kudos! Today, as you dig into your delicious groceries, give yourself the space to think about what you can add to your diet (rather than remove) as you continue to introduce new ingredients and dishes into your meal rotation. The goal is to start a pattern of eating that includes all the foods you love and keeps you excited about the new flavors and nutrient-rich foods you might be trying—this is a more sustainable method, and therefore likelier to “stick” in the long term.

If your desire is to increase your intake of plant-based foods, expanding the varieties of plants that you consume is an excellent option. For example, leafy greens can mean collards, dandelion and beet greens, chard, taro leaves, and so much more—it’s not just kale, folks. Or, if you want to increase your intake of seafood, exploring smaller, more sustainable types of fish such as sardines and anchovies is a great place to start.

Considering ways to incorporate more diversity, exploration, and flavor into your meals is a pretty wonderful way to round out the first week of the year, no?

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Happy New Year From The Staff At Carscoops!

Carscoops 

Well, folks, we made it. That’s 2022 done and dusted, and it was such a big year that sometimes it feels like it was several. Looking back through the Carscoops archives, we’re shocked at how much has happened in the last 12 months.

Once again, the year started out pretty normally, but bad news quickly came, as Russia invaded Ukraine. Not only did it lead to big decisions for automakers about discontinuing exports to the country and closing down factories, it led to yet more broken links in an already damaged supply chain.

That didn’t mean, though, that it was a bad year for new cars (though it did mean a bad year for sales). Sports cars had a great year with the unveiling of the new Honda Civic Type R, the Nissan Z, and the next-gen Mustang. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 wowed with its potent flat-plane crank V8, and we drove the second-generation Toyota GR86 for the first time. Boring cars won’t be a problem for the near future, then.

Read: Watch How The New Honda Civic Type R Is Built At Japan’s Yorii Plant

Despite the supply challenges, there were plenty of EVs, like the Mercedes EQS, the Ford F-150 Lightning, and the Hyundai Ioniq 6, to name just a few. It wasn’t all good news in the EV space, though, as one company, in particular, had a very volatile year.

Tesla, long credited with making modern EVs popular and fun, had quite the year. It started off well for the company, but ended somewhat more poorly thanks to the antics of its excitable CEO, Elon Musk.

Between the plurality of recalls, the questionable updates, and the mass reports of phantom braking, the company’s image was somewhat tarnished in 2022. The true blows came, though, after the Musk bought Twitter for $40 billion. Since then, the company’s stock has plummeted, and now it is being prevented from marketing its advanced driver assistance system as Full Self Driving in California, dealing the automaker its final black eye of the year.

Sounds pretty bad when you list it all out like that, but there were also positives for the brand. It finally revealed the Semi and further tax incentives for EV buyers (if American legislators can ever figure out how to apply their own rules) making 2023 look like it will be a big year for the electric vehicle industry, if Tesla can hang on.

And on top of all of that, Carscoops.com got a brand-new look that readers were… well, vocal about. We’re hoping you’ll all get used to it. At any rate, although we’re still reeling from a very busy 2022, we’re looking forward to everything that’s coming our way in 2023.

Happy New Year, from everyone at Carscoops.com.

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3 Ways Tech Can Actually Help You Meet—and Maintain—Your Wellness Goals This Year

Well+Good 

Technology is everywhere. You know it, we know it. It’s undeniably a part of our everyday lives. You’re even reading this right now on some sort of technology (techception).

But, when you think of wellness, self-care technology is not likely the first thing that pops into your head. Instead, you might think of your favorite workout (Pilates, anyone?), taking your vitamins, or even just getting a good night’s sleep.

Notably not on that list? Any type of technology. But, if used the right way, technology and your favorite wellness practices can actually work hand in hand to help you accomplish your well-being goals. Take it from Valerie Oula, meditation teacher and founder of Modern Ritual NYC, who believes there are actionable ways technology can make wellness less daunting.

“For many people, technology provides an easy entry point for cultivating practices like meditation, drinking more water for better health through an app, or even just setting a reminder to pause throughout the day and intentionally breathe,” Oula says.

The mindful tech for the job? Samsung’s Galaxy Watch51 (or Galaxy Watch5 Pro1 if you’re all-in on maximizing your workout performance), which is designed to really get to know you in order to help you live your most well life.

To help you find your mindful balance with technology, Oula and Liza Kindred, creator of Eff This! Meditation, are sharing their insights on how you can use tech to support your wellness goals this new year—and keep them going all year long.

Keep scrolling for 3 ways self-care technology can help you accomplish your wellness goals.

1. Motivating you to move consistently

Got fitness goals this new year? Whether you’re aiming to try more studio classes with friends, or just want to make it a priority to stand up from your desk more often, tech can totally help with that.

“Apps and wearable tech can help keep us accountable as we move towards our wellness goals with daily check-ins,” Oula says. “Tracking data and progress … helps us feel good with small wins/dopamine reward, which keeps us moving forward towards our goals.”

On that front, Watch5 can help keep you accountable not only by tracking your progress toward your fitness goals, but also by helping you stay connected to your IRL accountability partners. With friendly competitions and live challenges with friends and family2, you can push each other to accomplish your goals together—and have a lot of fun while you’re doing it.

2. Teaching you to rest properly

It’s happened a hundred times: You get in bed with every intention of going to sleep early, and next thing you know, you’ve been scrolling for two hours. If that’s ever been you, Oula has some advice: “Simply start by putting your smartphone to bed elsewhere in your home … and not bringing it to bed with you.”

Afraid of missing an important text? With wearable tech like Watch5—which seamlessly connects to other Galaxy devices3—there’s no need to stress about leaving your phone in another room. You can program your watch to alert you of a can’t-miss notification—like a message from a family member—comes through.

There are other benefits of wearing your watch to bed, too. “By learning more about our temperature, heart rate4, heart rate variability, breathing, and movement throughout the night, we can take more steps to help ensure we are getting the best rest possible for ourselves,” Kindred says

Advanced Sleep Coaching5 on Galaxy Watch5 can help with all of the above by analyzing your sleep patterns and completed sleep surveys, and then providing you with a five-week program that includes helpful sleep tips, missions, and checklists to help you develop better sleep habits.

3. Reminding you to breathe

You wouldn’t think we’d need reminders to breathe when it’s, you know, vital for life—but sometimes when our stress levels are high our breath responds accordingly. “The fastest way to reduce our stress at any given moment is to change our breathing patterns, Kindred says. “The ability to take deep, slow breaths is an almost magical practice—and having technology that can remind us of that practice right when we need it can be a lovely service to our well-being.”

Galaxy Watch5 (powered with Samsung Health app1) can help you measure your stress using your heart rate data, which it continuously measures over time via the sensor in your watch. And if your stress levels spike, you can use integrated features like the Breathe meditation app to quickly help yourself feel more centered.

Consider 2023 your year to move more, sleep better, and stress less—and now you have the tools, tips, and tech to make it happen.

Ready to use self-care technology to help you meet your wellness goals this year? Get Samsung Galaxy Watch5 for 50 percent off at T-Mobile when you add a qualifying watch line.6

1. All features shown require smartphone with Android 8.0 or later, 1.5GB or more RAM and Samsung Health app (free) version 6.22 or later.

2. All participants must have the latest version of the Samsung Health app, downloadable via Galaxy Store and/or Google Play Store.

3. Compatibility for Galaxy wearable apps: Android 8.0 or later, 1.5GB of RAM or more.

4. The heart rate software functions are not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.

5. For sleep pattern results, user must wear watch while they sleep for at least 7 nights and complete a survey. Not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

6. If you cancel wireless service before receiving 24 bill credits, credits stop and balance on required finance agreement is due.

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5 Seriously Cool Features on Samsung Galaxy Watch5 That Make It a Perfect Fit for Fitness Newbies

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POV: You’ve set an intention to move more this year. But while making a commitment to yourself is a great place to start (congrats, by the way!), a new routine can feel intimidating, fitness newbie or not. So… now what?

You could hire a coach, you could start an exercise log, you could sync up with friends, or you could have all of that (and more) with wearable technology. From tracking your heart rate on a morning jog to connecting with your family and friends over virtual fitness challenges, the new Samsung Galaxy Watch51 is chock-full of seriously cool features designed to help you stick to your fitness intention—and enjoy it, too.

Starting the new year with a new commitment to your physical well-being is brave. Consider Galaxy Watch5 your all-in-one cheerleader, coach, workout buddy, and exercise journal ready to help you embrace the journey and keep you inspired, every step of the way.

Keep reading to learn more about the fitness-focused smartwatch features on Samsung Galaxy Watch5.

1. Get to know your body better with body-composition analysis (BIA)

Fitness is about getting in touch with yourself, physically and emotionally—and adding Galaxy Watch5 to your wrist gives you insider intel. As you move throughout your day, whether you’re crushing a sweat session or taking a leisurely coffee stroll, various smartwatch features work to accrue body-composition stats2. Get readings on body water, skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, and more are at your (literal) fingertips to help you operate at your best. This is the year of getting to know your body better.

2. Monitor your heart rate with improved sensor accuracy

As you kick off your fitness regimen, remember that your choice of movement and exertion is yours—and only yours—to determine. One easy, individualized way to gauge your effort is via your heart rate3 and understanding it will help you get the most out of your workout. Galaxy Watch5 is making that more accurate than ever, thanks to an improved BioActive Sensor constructed with a curved design to get closer to your skin. You can manage your wellness and get smart about your heart without skipping a beat (or a burpee).

3. Never miss an active moment with Auto Workout Tracking

Hear the good news, fitness newbies: Exercise isn’t limited to super-sweaty gym time. To help you maximize every active moment throughout your day, the Auto Workout Tracking feature on Galaxy Watch5 recognizes popular outdoor activities in real time, like running, rowing, and swimming (yep, it’s water-resistant4). And beyond that auto-recognition, you can manually log more than 90 exercises. Time to try—and track—that outdoor HIIT class you’ve been eyeing.

4. Personalize your fitness routine with group challenges and target setting

Finding a fitness friend is key to your consistency. Beyond making movement more fun, you’ll keep each other motivated, focused, and connected—which can actually improve your consistency and output overall.

That’s why Samsung added group challenges and target setting to its list of new smartwatch features5. No matter where you are, you can work out with your crew via friendly competition, live challenges, and shared messages to help you stay inspired and hit your targets together. Your fitness journey is a personalized one—but you don’t have to go at it alone.

5. Give your watch some personal flair with customized designs

And speaking of personalization, you can customize your wrist to match your mood. Into color contrast these days, loving rose gold, or ever-loyal to neutrals? The new Galaxy Watch5 now comes in an array of watch-face and band choices (because workout gear that feels like you is inherently motivating). Go ahead, show off your personal style while you crush your fitness goals, all year long.

Want to try it for yourself? Get Samsung Galaxy Watch5 for 50 percent off at T-Mobile when you add a qualifying watch line.6

1. All features shown require smartphone with Android 8.0 or later, 1.5GB or more RAM and Samsung Health app (free) version 6.22 or later.

2. The Samsung BIA is a body analyzer that uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology to track body composition based on weight, body fat, body mass index (BMI), skeletal muscle, body water, and basal metabolic rate (BMR) measurements. It is not intended to specifically diagnose or treat a medical condition.

3. The heart rate software functions are not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.

4. Consistent with IP68 rating, water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue / dry after wet.

5. All participants must have the latest version of the Samsung Health app, downloadable via Galaxy Store and/or Google Play Store.

6. If you cancel wireless service before receiving 24 bill credits, credits stop and balance on required finance agreement is due.

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Here’s How Fast Super SUVs Are When Compared To A Real Supercar

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The laws of physics indicate that big heavy tall vehicles shouldn’t naturally be as quick as sleeker, smaller, lighter ones. Of course, when you do enough clever engineering, you can flip that idea on its ear. And in the drag race film below we get a peek at just how audacious modern super SUVs really are in a straight line.

Jason Cammisa is back with another Drag Race Replay and this time it features the Rivian R1S (835 hp / 622 kW), the Aston Martin DBX 707 (697 hp / 519 kW), the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT (631 hp / 470 kW), and the Maserati MC20 supercar (621 hp / 436 kW). To put it lightly, this is a lot of power on a single drag strip.

Typically, electric vehicles like the Rivian dominate straight-line testing but here, it comes in dead last. Unlike the rest of the vehicles here, it features everyday all-terrain tires and happens to weigh almost 7000 pounds (3,175 kg). In case those burdens weren’t enough, it’s also top-speed limited to just 110 mph, a speed that it reaches well before the quarter mile is finished which happens at 11.8 seconds and 110 mph (177 km/h).

More: The Ram TRX Feels “Big And Dumb” Next To The Rivian R1T

The Aston Martin, the ICE car with the most power here by some margin, manages to come in third place with a total time of 11.3 seconds at 122 mph (196 km/h). According to Cammisa, that comes down to tires and tuning more than anything else. While the Porsche can build full boost and put it down with 80 treadwear tires, the Aston has to make do with less sticky 280 treadwear rubber.

The Cayenne Turbo GT not only has the benefit of brilliant tire technology and big boost but it also benefits from the R&D done in-house at Volkswagen group. It does the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds at 120 mph (193 km/h). That happens to be just quick enough to keep up with Maserati MC20 too.

While the actual supercar here doesn’t have the benefit of AWD, it is sleeker and lighter, and almost as powerful. The result is that it lags off the line but manages to hit 100 mph (160 km/h) faster than the Porsche and then reel in the Cayenne by the end of the race while going 131 mph (210 km/h).

Sure, these SUVs wouldn’t have anything to throw at the MC20 if there were a turn or two involved in this race but it’s staggering to think of just how fast modern SUVs can be with the right engineering.

Image Credit: Hagerty on YouTube

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Las Vegas Quashes 35,000 Traffic Warrants Because Of New Bill

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If you’ve been driving in or around Las Vegas and were pulled up by the long arm of the law, then we may have some good news for you. The state of Nevada passed a new bill which, we’re sure quite conveniently for some, means that as many as 35,000 traffic warrants are going away.

The state legislature was actually passed last year, but won’t go into effect until January 1st, 2023. It related to the decriminalization of some minor traffic violations, which will now be reclassified as civil infractions.

The Assembly Bill 116, signed by Governor Sisolak, is what tweaked many offenses considered criminal misdemeanors (and therefore arrestable offenses) into infections that will no longer subject those who commit them to arrest.

Read: Californian Teen Arrested For Allegedly Handing Out Fake Parking Tickets To Collect Real Money

The new bill means that 35,000 active warrants have been rejected through legal procedure by the Las Vegas Municipal Court. It also promises that those who were on the hook for fines related to said offenses will be able to sleep easy knowing that their dues are required no more.

The ruling is neither a silver bullet, nor some kind of get out of jail free card though – it isn’t to say that residents of Las Vegas can go around with a busted taillight and not worry about the ramifications. According to KTNV Las Vegas, drivers who break the law will still be subjected to tickets. The main difference is that those who leave their fines outstanding will no longer have to worry about seeing the inside of a jail cell.

Those who want to check whether their cases have been affected by the quashing of warrants can log on to lasvegasnevada.gov/municipalcourt.

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TPG staffers share their 2023 credit card New Year’s resolutions

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As we enter another year, many of us are taking inventory of what we want to do better in different areas of our lives. And at TPG, credit cards are at the top of our list.

Whether you’re looking to level up your points and miles redemptions or improve your credit score, we all have credit card habits we’d like to adopt or remove this year.

Below, some of our TPG staffers share their 2023 credit card resolutions and why you may want to make them, too.

Track merchant offers

TPG managing editor Melanie Lieberman plans to find a better system for tracking which cards have what offers. “I often kick myself for missing an offer because I didn’t remember it was activated on a certain card,” she says.

Senior points and miles writer Katie Genter also resolves to track credit card merchant offers, like Chase Offers and Citi Merchant Offers, more carefully. She says, “My husband and I have various lists that we jot available offers that we might use in but we need to find a better system. I also want to make a plan to check these offers regularly (like once a week) instead of whenever I remember. There’s plenty of value to be found on purchases we’re making anyway — I recently got 10% back on a Hyatt stay thanks to a Chase Offer — so not maximizing these offers is essentially leaving money on the table.”

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Looking for and adding merchant offers to your cards is an easy way to save money and earn more points and miles on your purchases. No matter which credit cards you have, make sure you’re taking advantage of available merchant offers this year.

Related: How merchant offers can save you hundreds every year

Maximize spending categories

TPG editor Erica Silverstein wants to make sure she’s earning bonus points in all of her spending categories this year. She says, “My resolution is to find a card that gets me extra points for in-person supermarket and gas spending since I’m not maximizing these major expenses right now.”

As you think about your credit card plan for the year, consider which cards earn bonus points and miles for your highest spending categories. You may realize you already have cards that offer bonuses for your major categories; if so, make sure you’re intentional about which cards to use for different purchases. If you notice you have spending categories you can’t maximize, however, you might want to focus on adding a card to cover that earning gap.

Avoid travel portals

Matt Moffitt, TPG’s senior credit cards editor, wants to focus on letting go of a habit. He says, “My resolution is not to fall for earning more points on airfare by booking through travel portals, like Chase’s or Capital One’s offerings. In 2022, I had too many frustrating episodes in having to make changes to my bookings; it’s a nightmare with the portals and airlines passing the buck. I’d rather forgo the points for more streamlined management of my booking.”

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There are many things to consider when making a decision about whether to use a travel portal or book your travel directly with a hotel or airline. There are certainly some benefits, like earning more points and miles, but as Matt reminds us, there can also be some frustrating drawbacks. Make sure to evaluate whether a streamlined booking process or maximizing points-earning is most important to you when purchasing travel.

Related: Using a portal vs. booking directly

Cut benefits overlap

TPG senior aviation business reporter David Slotnick wants to take a slightly more minimalist card approach. He says, “I have too many cards with benefits that are either redundant or that I don’t maximize. My resolution is to audit my cards, fees and benefits, and thin down my wallet a bit.”

When we focus on cards with the highest welcome bonuses or flashiest perks, we can accidentally collect multiple cards with similar benefits. We often think the annual fees for our favorite cards are worth paying, but David’s plan of a personal audit is a wise one. If you find you have multiple cards with similar benefits, it might be helpful to consolidate by canceling or downgrading some of them.

Related: Should I cancel my credit card? 

Be intentional when under Chase 5/24

TPG staffers know that the card decisions we make when we find ourselves under Chase’s 5/24 rule are critical.

Ryan Smith, credit cards writer, is carefully deciding what Chase cards he and his wife want to open next. He says, “Because my wife and I had a heavy dose of business credit card applications and upgrade offers, rather than new applications, over the past year, we are both under 5/24 right now.”

“We want to be strategic about this since we didn’t plan for it to happen. My wife already applied for the Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card to take advantage of its best-ever offer and the Chase Sapphire Reserve during its elevated bonus late last year. I am considering my options with United credit cards and also plan to apply for the Ink Business Unlimited.”

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TPG points and miles reporter Kyle Olsen finds himself in a similar situation and is planning accordingly. He says, “In January, I’ll be back under Chase’s 5/24 rule. While I don’t see much value in Chase’s suite of Marriott cobranded cards (especially given the uncertainty of Marriott Bonvoy points), I’m considering opening the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card.”

“If the current grandfathered rules to the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card from Chase remain, I’ll be able to switch over from the Boundless to the Ritz-Carlton card after a year of holding the Boundless card. Even though the annual fee on the Ritz-Carlton card is $450 (instead of the $95 on the Boundless card), it would be worth it. The Ritz-Carlton card includes many lucrative benefits like three Ritz-Carlton club upgrades, $300 in airfare credits, an 85,000-point free night certificate and the same generous insurance benefits as the Chase Sapphire Reserve.”

The information for the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

If you aren’t sure whether you’re under 5/24, start here. And if you are or will be under 5/24 this year, we recommend your next card is one from Chase while you have the option.

Related: The best ways to use your Chase 5/24 slots

Redeem leftover points

TPG senior writer Benjamin Smithson wants to clean up his various leftover points and miles balances. He says his resolution is to “clear out entire balances. I keep stumbling across accounts with 5,000-10,000 points that I may never use because it’s often too small to redeem for anything great.”

If you haven’t looked lately, you might be surprised to find several small rewards balances you have on cards you’ve banished to your sock drawer. The start of a new year is a great time to check all your rewards balances and either redeem or make a plan to replenish them.

Related: What to do with small points and miles balances

Bottom line

If you haven’t already, take a moment to reflect on your credit card habits from last year and set some goals for 2023.

Maybe you want to go back to the basics and revisit our beginners guide or 10 commandments of credit card rewards. Or perhaps you’re finally ready to get a premium credit card.

No matter your goals, you can be confident knowing TPG will be here to support you in working toward them all year long.

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What’s The Weirdest Thing You Can Find On This AutoZoned Audi S4

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Car customization is an important facet of automotive culture. For many, it’s important that their car not only reflects their lifestyle but also that it’s distinguishable from other similar models on the road. One owner took that to the extreme with a bunch of accessories that make this Audi S4 truly one of a kind… we hope.

Spotted at a grocery store parking lot that we think is in Michigan, this S4 is full of unique touches. We’ll start with the lights because it looks like the owner has made a functional change to them by adding a honeycomb effect to each housing. Sure, they’re probably dimmer than they were originally, but who cares when they look so cool?

Then there’s the plethora of stickers everywhere. On the rear panel alone you’ll find a Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo, fake bullet holes, Wylie Coyote, the Roadrunner, Nike logos, and even one sticker that says “Official racing car 526 HP.” Keep in mind that a stock S4 of this vintage makes about 350 hp (261 kW) from the factory.

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Now, there’s no telling if the owner of this S4 has added any horsepower to this car but considering all that they’re willing to do to the outside, we’re certainly hopeful that they started with actual performance mods, which are arguably far more important. What’s clear is that this person was not content to stop adding body modifications once the stickers were applied.

On the rear deck, there are no less than seven spoilers if we count the lip on the trunk lid. That of course doesn’t count the tiny winglets placed on the rear quarters of the car or the additional six spoilers we could find on the roof of the car. On top of all of that aero, there are at least three mini-spoilers, two sets of chin spoilers, and even a little toy fighter plane on the front of the car.

There’s a lot to soak in when looking at this Audi S4 and we’re wondering what’s the weirdest thing in your eyes. Could it be one of the numerous fake exhausts or the weird flame tips on the real tailpipes? Maybe it’s the triangular tow hooks that are stuck onto the bumper (one of which is placed just above the actual tow hook location). Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Image Credit / Source: Nikky296 on Reddit

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