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The Skinny on Smaller Portions
We are flooded with the latest weight loss gimmicks. Most of them will only result in you losing weight in your wallet and not from your belly or butt.

February 4, 2007
Embracing the New While Letting Go of the Old

In order to embrace the new, we must release the old. A trapeze artist can not swing from one bar to another without letting go. An important part of moving forward in is to review the past year, release it and to learn from it.

To go where we wish to go and be whom we wish to be, we need to know where we are and who we are. An honest self-analysis is always helpful to gain clarity. Considering all that happened over the past year, it seems particularly fitting to devote some time to reflecting on the year past and where we find ourselves in the dawn of the year ahead.

The following questions should stimulate your thinking for this process. I hope that you take time out of your busy schedule to ponder where you are and where you've been. Talk with people you care about. Write out your thoughts and feelings. Do some journaling.

Reflect upon what you did, how you felt, what you liked, what you didn't and what you learned. Try to look at yourself and your experience with as much objectivity as you can-much like a biographer would.

Here are some suggestions to get you started in mulling over the past year and perhaps even the last decade. Feel free to add your own.

1. What did I learn? (skills, knowledge, awareness, etc.)

2. What did I accomplish? A list of my wins and achievements.

3. What would I have done differently? Why?

4. What did I complete or release? What still feels incomplete to me?

5. What were the most significant events of the year past? List the top three.

6. What did I do right? What do I feel especially good about? What was my greatest contribution?

7. What were the fun things I did? What were the not-so-fun?

8. What were my biggest challenges/roadblocks/difficulties?

9. How am I different this year than last?

10. For what am I particularly grateful?

Another Suggestion: Consider listing all the things in your life of which you'd like to let go and anything you no longer want. Be thankful for what they've brought you in terms of learning, growth and usefulness and then burn the list. It's a symbolic gesture to help you release the old and be open to the new. The next step is to list what you want in regard to experiences, knowledge, material things, relationships, healing or whatever.

Read your list on a weekly basis and you will be amazed how these new desired experiences and desires will manifest. It is real magic.

Have an excellent week.

Thom King

Steviva Brands, Inc


There is Always a Chance
Max Steingart

You have the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you as soon as you change your beliefs.

If you did all the things you're capable of doing, you would literally amaze yourself.
You know what you are today, but not what you may become tomorrow.

Look at things as you want them to be, and then make those things happen. You don't know what you can do until you try. You can do anything you wish to do, have anything you wish to have, be anything you wish to be.

Never say never.


Wanna Lose Weight Quickly -Skip It!

The best shape I have ever been in is when I was an avid jump roper. Using this one piece of gear is a fantastic way to burn calories and lose weight, and you can jump rope at your own level of intensity for any length of time. In fact, in only 15 to 20 minutes you can elevate your heart rate, work up a major sweat and get an overall energy boost.

From Muhammed Ali to Rocky Balboa, any boxer will tell you that skipping rope isn't something just for little girls on the playground. Few other exercises build timing and rhythm the way jumping rope does. It's a complete cross-training workout that combines elements of cardiovascular and endurance training with muscle strengthening. While you probably know how great jumping rope is for shaping the calves, glutes and quads, what you may not realize is that the constant turning motion of the rope will also tone your upper body.

Getting Started
If it's been a while since you last picked up a jump rope, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, coordination doesn't always come easy, so be patient. Second, when selecting a jump rope, the proper length is important: Stand with both feet on the center of your rope. If the tips of the handles reach chest level, this is an appropriate length. Finally, jumping rope barefoot is not recommended; proper shock absorption is necessary to reduce the risk of injury to your feet and ankles, so wear an athletic shoe with lots of cushioning.

Since jumping rope is so aerobically demanding, the best way to build stamina is to use interval training, which alternates periods of work and recovery. For example, jump rope for three minutes followed by marching in place. Repeat this four or five times and before you know it, you'll have completed your workout.

The Moves
All jumps start with the rope behind you, next to your heels. The speed of the rope comes from your arms rather than your feet; your feet follow whatever pace your arms set. Be sure to not flex at the wrist while turning the rope. Try to keep the wrist as a natural extension of the forearm. Here are four easy moves to help you get started:

Two-Foot Landing
This is just as it sounds. You'll push off your toes and land on both feet, bending slightly at your knees and pushing off of your toes again for the next jump.

Heel Dig
Jump on one foot while you place the opposite heel on the floor in front of you. As you bring the rope around, switch feet; continue to alternate as you jump.

Cross-Country Ski
The pattern is identical to the placement of your feet in actual cross-country skiing (one forward, one back), except you need to jump a little higher to clear the jump rope. In the landing position of the jump, you will open your legs in a stride position and then switch legs as the rope comes over your head for the next landing.

Jumping Jack
This is just like the jumping jacks you remember from fifth grade gym class, but the key is to coordinate the jump with the turning of the rope. Turn once with feet together, once with feet apart and be careful not to bring feet out too far to the side or you risk catching the rope on them.


Expand Your World By Doing Nothing
take time to be still

"Work is not always required ... there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected."
-- George MacDonald

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing?

Our world is so addicted to productivity that we feel guilty if we’re not doing something. But taking time daily to be still and inactive opens us to the spacious present. It nurtures and restores balance. Give yourself a regular gift of inactivity.

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time."
-- Sir J. Lubbock


Steviva Brands would like to tell you about Sereni-tea. They have been using our Organic Stevia Tea Cut Leaves for quite some time now. Sereni-tea is run by Daniela Bose. Daniela has been an avid tea drinker most of her life who has sought out and sampled a wide variety of teas worldwide. While traveling back to Switzerland and to other parts of the world Daniela expanded her knowledge of tea and its many celebrated rituals.

After moving to the USA she opened a tea store where customers could buy a wide variety of teas and engage in a unique tea buying experience.

If you are in Mount Shasta, stop by her store. Or you can SHOP ONLINE.


Super Easy Sugar Free Low Carb Almond Cookies
Serves: 12
Carbs Per Serving: 6.4 g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup Steviva Blend or equivalent
1 stick (1/2 cup) softened margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
2. Combine all ingredients. Form dough in to 12 walnut sized balls and place onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Press down lightly with fork, then continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Let cool.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1512
Calories Per Serving: 126
Total Fat: 137.6g
Saturated Fat: 13.2g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 556mg
Total Carbohydrates: 48g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 4g
Dietary Fiber: 26.4g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 48g

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