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The Skinny on Smaller Portions
10 tips on getting rid of the unwanted gift of holiday weight gain I am here to tell you that most of weight loss gimmicks will only result in you losing weight in your wallet

April 12, 2009

Digging Yourself Out of the Mud
tips on getting yourself unstuck and moving forward

Everybody gets stuck in the mud sometimes. We all have felt overwhelmed by life’s challenges, especially in these tumultuous times we live in. We see banks failing, 401k values dropping like a rock and corporate corruption just to name a few. It affects all of us in one way or another. Sometimes a person might like to crawl into a safe place and hibernate until it all blows over. But, we are humans and we are all connected by a thread of commonality. What one cell feels so does the whole organism. From this mud pit is where great people are born. When we rise up and break the chains of self defeating thoughts, like the ocean, our rising tide will lift all boats. It is our duty to be the eternal optimists. It is our right to believe that anything is possible and we can. Here are a few tips on keeping yourself pointed in the right direction during trying times and most importantly how to infect the people around you with belief in a bright future ahead.

Identify the challenges. Understanding the terrain and potential pitfalls is paramount. Know thy enemy. Look at the big picture from 30,000 feet. See the good and the bad for all that it is.

Think it and Ink it. Now that you have looked at your entire reality, write it down. See where there is room from improvement. Breaking big challenges into small details tends to make bigger issues appear smaller. This will help you tackle challenges in small bites.

Plan Your Attack. Now that you have your challenges broken into small pieces it is times to create your action plan. In case you were wondering, you will be doing a lot of writing. Keep it all and put it in a binder. This will be great to look at later to track your progress. This is history in making; your history. An action plan will need a heading. The heading is what your want your outcome to be. Follow the heading with a series of steps it will take you to get there. Put due by dates beside each step. This will create a sense of urgency and will propel your plan more quickly. Finally write a paragraph or two of why you want to achieve this goal.

Visualize the Outcome. Everything we do as humans involves some level of visualization. From building the Eiffel Tower to getting up and making ourselves a sandwich every achievement started as visualization. First a thought comes to us, then we think about it or visualize it and then we take action to manifest it. It is how the brain works. Visualization is one of the most powerful tools you can employ. Only visualize good! The blade of “as you think so shall you be” swings both ways. If you visualize bad thoughts you will experience GIGO, garbage in, garbage out. If you find yourself dwelling in the negative simply focus on your breathing and tell yourself “new thought” and block the negative thought until a positive one comes to you. If you do this enough you will find that the negative thoughts will come around less often.

C.A.N.I. --- Yes We Can. Have a commitment to Constant And Never-ending Improvement in all aspects of your life. This was a concept that Dr. Edwards Demming came up with. He was appointed by President Roosevelt to help re-build Japan after World War II. He also helped bring Chrysler back from the ashes in the late 70s and early 80s. You can see how a commitment to C.A.N.I. can change the world, it did for Japan; it is one of the top industrialized nations thanks to a commitment to constant and never-ending improvements. In fact, in Japan they have the Demming Awards ceremony which is broadcast every year in Japan on national television much like our Academy Awards. If you could just adopt one principle from this newsletter it would be C.A.N.I. Yes you can.

Assemble Your Crew. Group think works! Surround yourself with a crew of like minded people. Don’t have a crew? Find one. I would suggest meetup.com. There are millions of groups worldwide in every interest from astronomy to xylophones. If you have an interest you will find a group that supports it through meetings and proactive interaction. If you don’t find one you like, start your own and people will join yours.

Celebrate and Acknowledge. Whether you are a person of faith or have chosen a secular path, being thankful for what you have will only bring you more to be thankful for. Displaying thanks can be as simple as closing your eyes and being thankful to all that is for all that is. One form of thanks that has seemed to disappear along with the brick cell phone and the Ford Pinto has been writing. The Internet has replaced writing with emails, texts and eCards. While these all serve their purposes, actually sitting down, getting out a pen and writing a note or card to somebody is the best way to celebrate and acknowledge a person. So start writing cards and letters to people you are thankful to and even people you feel need a little encouragement. A little goes a long way. Give praise and acknowledgment to somebody who gave you great service, a family member, a friend you have not seen in ages, somebody you owe an apology to and don’t forget yourself. Leave little notes of thanks to yourself for a job well done.

Infect the Field. Whether you realize it our not, the fact that you got to this place on this very page is a step in the right direction. It means you cared enough about your world and the world around to read about the possibility of something better, brighter and more awesome. Your field of possibilities has been infected with light and I will bet after reading this you will infect the fields of those around you. Even if it is only a smile or a pat on the back accompanied by words of encouragement, you are part of the shift. And as the old saying goes, “Shift Happens”, or was that something else? I will let you decide for yourself.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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Existing For Others

Max Steingart

Your success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be, is the support of others.

Put yourself in another's place, and you'll know why they think and do certain things. You can succeed fastest by helping others to succeed.

Always think in terms of what the other person wants. You'll get everything in life that you want if you'll help enough other people get what they want. Doing things for others always pays dividends.

You're not an isolated island. You're a piece of the planet, a piece of the universe. Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.

When you help someone's boat across a river, you'll find your own boat has reached the shore too.


Commit To Your Cardio

The first step to making your commitment to cardio is to find what you enjoy. There are so many options to choose from - running, cycling, cardio machines in the gym, and group fitness classes, just to name a few. If you get bored easily, change it up frequently. Find a friend who likes the same type of workout and use the buddy system. If you pick an activity you enjoy, it will be much easier to stick with it.

Make your cardio workout a priority. Quit scheduling your workouts around everything else you have to do, and instead schedule everything else around your workout. Write it in your planner if you need to, but don't let anything interfere. If you make it important in your daily routine, then you will find ways to work in everything else you need to do.

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This information and other information on this site is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.


Focus on the Good

Raise Your Vibration

Everything in the universe is made of energy. What differentiates one form of energy from another is the speed at which it vibrates. For example, light vibrates at a very high frequency, and something like a rock vibrates at a lower frequency but a frequency nonetheless. Human beings also vibrate at different frequencies. Our thoughts and feelings can determine the frequency at which we vibrate, and our vibration goes out into the world and attracts to us energy moving at a similar frequency. This is one of the ways that we create our own reality, which is why we can cause a positive shift in our lives by raising our vibration.

We all know someone we think of as vibrant. Vibrant literally means “vibrating very rapidly.” The people who strike us as vibrant are vibrating at a high frequency, and they can inspire us as we work to raise our vibration. On the other hand, we all know people that are very negative or cynical. These people are vibrating at a lower frequency. They can also be an inspiration because they can show us where we don’t want to be vibrating and why. To discover where you are in terms of vibrancy, consider where you fall on a scale between the most pessimistic person you know and the most vibrant. This is not in order to pass judgment, but rather it is important to know where you are as you begin working to raise your frequency so that you can notice and appreciate your progress.

There are many ways to raise your vibration, from working with affirmations to visualizing enlightened entities during meditation. One of the most practical ways to raise your vibration is to consciously choose where you focus your attention. To understand how powerful this is, take five minutes to describe something you love unreservedly—a person, a movie, an experience. When your five minutes are up, you will noticeably feel more positive and even lighter. If you want to keep raising your vibration, you might want to commit to spending five minutes every day focusing on the good in your life. As you do this, you will train yourself to be more awake and alive. Over time, you will experience a permanent shift in your vibrancy.


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Serves: 24
Carbs Per Serving: 3.45 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes

skill level: Easy

1 3/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons whole grain flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup
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3 teaspoon dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
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Preheat oven to 300°F.
Cream butter with applesauce stevia mixture or
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In a separate bowl, sift together almond flour, whole grain flower, and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Combine to make a stiff dough.
Form into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet at least 1" apart.
Bake at 300°F for 24 minutes. After first five minutes in the oven, press cookies down a bit flat. If using
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Total Calories: 432
Calories Per Serving: 18
(one cookie)
Total Fat: 10.4g
Saturated Fat: 5.2g
Cholesterol: 42mg
Sodium: 346mg
Total Carbohydrates: 85g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 3.45g
Dietary Fiber: 9.9g
Sugars: 36g
Protein: 10g

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