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April 15, 2012

Giving it Hell
5 tips on picking yourself up and dusting yourself off

There's an old Irish proverb that I was taught at a young age after having my ass handed to me by a kid on the playground. “It's is not what you're going to do when your down on the ground but, what you going to do when you get back up”. This has stuck with me throughout my life. Lord knows I have been knocked on the ground my share of times but, something keeps propping me back up and getting me back in the game. Everybody gets sand kicked in their face at some time in their lives but here are five proven techniques to not let it get the better of you.

•  You are not alone – Everybody person who reaches for the stars eventually gets knocked back down to the earth. It's the nature of things. Look at Donald Trump… ok, let's not but, Abraham Lincoln had to claim personal bankruptcy twice before becoming one of our greatest presidents. The same seeds of greatness that were in him are in you.

•  Everything temporary – On a particularly low point in my life my mom once told me the “ the darkest hour is just before dawn”. True story. Most people get knocked down and think that game is over. Well it is not. The best is yet to come. God's delays are not Gods denials. Recognize that every situation is never permanent and with tenacity you will emerge stronger than before.

•  Accept a helping hand – Like with my mom's words of wisdom and my dad's occasional help with a few bucks there is always an outreached hand ready and waiting to pull you out of the muck. You just have to look for it and then be open and receptive to taking it. It's out there, be confident in that.

•  Be a force to be reckoned with – In by Sun Tzu's The Art of War it is taught when you are at your strongest appear your weakest and when you are at your weakest appear your strongest. Fake it until you make it. When you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and wipe away the tears raise your fists and get ready for round two be fiercer then you were before. Remember Rocky Balboa? He was down but, never out.

•  Pass it forward – Remember the helping hand? Now that you are back on your two feet it is time to lend a hand to somebody else who has gotten knocked down. By writing this article for you, that is essentially what I am doing. So, share it. This is a must and creates good Karma for the next time you have your ass handed to you.

Have a sensational week!

Thom King
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Focus on Your Future Not Your Past
Max Steingart

Your future is a big adventure. Prepare for your future don't live in the past.
Savor your good memories, use any bad ones as lessons in life.

Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future. Think, feel and see yourself as successful. To achieve any goal in life, you need to project your end result. Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you'll feel. Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day
and they'll bring your desired goals into view.

Sooner or later, you can win if you think you can. The cards you are dealt in life are less important than the way you play them. Everyday you're offered a new deal and new cards.

Success is in your future if you're willing to work for it.

Copyright 2012 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Increase Your Life Force
tone and tighten with tai chi

“Tai chi is low-impact, so it’s especially good for older adults or people recovering from injuries.”

You've probably seen people in the park, moving very slowly and rhythmically while concentrating deeply. Chances are, they were doing tai chi. Tai chi chuan (usually abbreviated to tai chi) is a centuries-old Chinese discipline or moving meditation that increases the flow of chi, or life force, by moving energy through the body. It is a series of bending, stretching, twisting and breathing exercises that uses both movement and stillness to create body awareness and regulate internal energy. It's a great way to simultaneously relax and sharpen your focus, and when performed regularly, it can put the fire back in your eyes.

"The internal balance, calmness, and concentration for the mind, body and spirit that can be achieved through the study and practice of tai chi are so profound that there are truly no limits to the benefits," explains Sifu Ron Statler, an instructor at The Chinese Wushu Research Institute. And though tai chi does benefit everyone, since it's low-impact and low-intensity it's especially good for older adults or people recovering from injuries. Tai chi will help increase your balance, relieve stress and improve concentration, circulation and posture, as well as create an overall sense of well-being. According to Richard Jesaitis, who has been teaching tai chi for 20 years, tai chi "makes people healthy and happy, and those who become very skilled are fiery and bright."

There are different types of tai chi, based on the family from which each originated. Tai chi exercises consist of a set of forms, a series of positions that are strung together in one continuous movement. Forms vary - a single form can contain up to 100 positions and could take as long as 20 minutes to complete. The average form takes about seven to 10 minutes. The forms included in our workout can take anywhere from five to 10 minutes each and they shouldn't be rushed.

Tai chi can be done anytime or anywhere, but it's recommended that you practice outside if possible, and at the same time every day for maximum benefits. The goal is to achieve a balanced stillness in the mind while moving the body in fluid, coordinated movements.

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.


In the Open Air
Spending Time in Nature

Because we instinctively know that nature is good for us on many levels, it’s not unusual to feel powerfully drawn to it.

In this modern age, we spend so much time indoors, focused on the busyness of our lives and disconnected from the earth. But much of what we truly need can only be found under the naked sky, alongside tall trees, on open plains, or in the sound of running water. Spending time in nature allows us to commune with other living beings and to find comfort in the nurturing embrace of Mother Earth. You can’t help but experience a different sense of self while walking in a wood or traversing a mountainside. Being in nature connects us to the earth, grounding us as we walk, unhindered by concrete, upon her. Surrounded by other living beings, both bigger and smaller than we are, we remember that human beings are simply one form of life in this vast universe.

Because we instinctively know that nature is good for us on many levels, it’s not unusual to feel powerfully drawn to it. Even if you live in a city or find it difficult to travel to a forest or the countryside, there are a myriad ways to reconnect with nature. When you step out of your door each morning, pause for a minute and close your eyes long enough to let your senses absorb your surroundings. Listen and breathe deeply, until you hear the wind rustling through branches, smell rain on damp grass, and see the reflection of leaves brushing up against windowpanes. If you have time, crouch down and closely examine any nearby grass and soil. The sights, sounds, smells, and sensations we experience that are part of nature can remind us of all the gifts Mother Earth grants us each day.

Spending time connecting with nature nourishes the soul, reminds you that you are never truly alone, and renews you by attuning you to the earth’s natural rhythms. Taking a walk under the stars or feeling the wind on your face may be all it takes for you to reconnect with nature. Remember, you are as much a part of nature as are the leaves on a tree or water bubbling in a brook


Reduced Sugar Low Glycemic Kansas City Barbecue
Total Servings 64/6 cups
Serving Size 5 Tablespoons
Carbs Per Serving: 5.3 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes

Skill Level: Moderate

Sometimes just get this terrible hankering for barbecue. Nothing is better than a rack of ribs smothered in spicy and tangy barbecue sauce. The only problem with this is that most barbecue sauce contains twice as much sugar as ice cream and three times as much as soda. Wow! Talk about a blood sugar spike. Here's a killer and I mean killer Barbecue recipe that will knock your socks off and satisfy even the most discriminating barbecue pallet. And what's more is we have taken out most of the sugar will leaving the amazing taste. This recipe calls for ketchup as a base. I suggest you make your own sugar f r e e here's the link to our recipe at http://recipes.steviva.com/recipe/low-glycemic-sugar-free-gourmet-ketchup. Enjoy!

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon table salt
2 cups reduced sugar ketchup
1/2 cup yellow or spicy mustard
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or 1/8 teaspoon Stevia
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of tamarind paste
4 medium cloves of garlic, crushed or minced

Optional. If you just want more smoke flavor, you can add 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke.

In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, black pepper, and salt. In a large bowl, mix the ketchup, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, lemon juice, molasses, hot sauce, tamarind paste and Fructevia, Steviva Blend or Stevia . Add the liquid smoke if your using this.

Over medium heat, warm the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and sauté until limp and translucent, about 5 minutes. Crush the garlic, add it, and cook for another minute. Add the dry spices and stir for about 2 minutes. Add the wet ingredients. Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes with the lid off to thicken it a bit.

You can store this in the refrigerator for a month or two.

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