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May 5, 2013

Chart a New Course For Your Life
ten easy steps to change the direction of your life

In a past life I was an executive at a Fortune 100 company. While the pay was excellent and the stock options and benefits were outstanding, there was still something missing. I was completely thankful for the opportunity and to this day I am still amazed that they gave a thirty-something kid a chance at the brass ring. Nevertheless, everyday I would go into work I knew I was not living through complete truth. I was not fulfilling my destiny and the shackles of an 8-5 were preventing me from reaching my highest calling.

I knew I needed to make a change. It was very terrifying because I was being brought out of my comfort zone and I was letting go of an enormous amount of security. The time had come for me to change directions and chart a new path for my future. I charted a new path and now 10 years later I have found myself embracing the freedom, joy and satisfaction that only being an entrepreneur can bring you. If I did it, I am certain you can as well.

Here are a few tips that might help you reach your highest calling.

1.) Plan your attack and attack your plan. I have always subscribed to the “think it then ink it” theory. A goal not written down is simply a good intention. Sit down with a pen and paper and start creating your plan. Be specific and visualize each step in your mind.

2.) Embrace your failures. Your previous failures have simply been lessons for you to guide you to success in the future. It took Thomas Edison over 500 failures before he was able to successfully invent a working light bulb. Abraham Lincoln was on the brink of financial disaster just before he was elected president of the United States. There will be failures in your life. It is inevitable for people who try. Persons who don’t try rarely fail.

3.) Create a support group. You don’t need to go it alone. Ask for moral support from friends and family. Be careful because some of them may not be a supportive as you need and they can be counter productive. You can also find networking groups on http://www.craigslist.org and http://www.meetup.com.

4.) Fake it til' you make it. If the truth must be told, nobody really knows what they are doing in the beginning and frankly there are times in my life when I am not sure I really know what I am doing. Act “as if”… as if you are already successful, as if you are all ready doing what you want to do, as if you are on top of the world and eventually you will find yourself there.

5.) Pass it Forward. Quality success is a give and take proposition. You must give back what you are given. Find yourself a good mentor; somebody who has done it before with style and grace. Read their books and articles, ask them for there mentorship but, when you get to where you want to be don’t forget to mentor somebody else.

6.) Be patient. All good things take time especially success. Be patient, drill in and commit to the long hall. Success is a journey not a destination, so enjoy the trip and smell the flowers along the way.

7.) Celebrate Benchmarks. When you follow your plan and you start knocking out pieces of it give yourself credit for getting these pieces done; calibrate and then celebrate. You are on your way and these little successes are your mile markers.

8.) Soar with other eagles. Eagles soar alone and buzzards flock together. When you are successful you will be in the top 5% of people in the world. It is lonely on top but, you are an eagle and eagles are held in the highest esteem of all birds.

9.) Live in the moment. Don’t allow yourself to get dragged down by the past and don’t let yourself get paralyzed by fear about the future. Be in the present, work you’re plan and live completely in the moment.

10.) Don't look back. There will be days that you will question everything you have done. You will question if what you are doing is the right think. Once you have made the leap there is no turning back. Looking back during challenging days will only stifle you. You are exactly where you need to be in this very moment and with patience and courage you will see these days through. See tip nine and three for help.

Now that you are armed with the same arsenal that I had when I started, shake your tail tiger and reach for your brass ring. You will work hard but it is even more important to work smart.

Who knows, perhaps entrepreneurship is in your future as well. I hope to see your face on the cover of Fortune Magazine.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
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Time To Get Started!
Max Steingart

If you want to be successful you can start any time. Your only true failure lies in the failure to start. The reason why so little is ever done, is generally because so little is attempted.

The great thing is the start. To see an opportunity and to pursue it. Even though in the beginning, you're not totally sure of all the answers to your questions.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Don't wait to overcome all your possible objections before you start, or nothing will ever be attempted. If you can get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

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Ten Quick Tips To Prepare You For Summer

In the weeks to come the weather will warm up and the clothes will come off. Are you prepares? Here are ten tips to get you slim so you will look hot when it gets hot.

Commit to 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.

Keep a diet journal - One of the most important aspects of losing weight is keeping a diet journal. Diet journals allow you to keep a detailed record and track everything you put into your mouth. You will gain an immediate consciousness of your eating habits. Your diet journal will keep track of how many meals you eat everyday, the size of your meals and when each meal is consumed. Are you a late night eater? How about an afternoon binge eater? Your diet journal will provide a wealth of information to learn from.Along with recording all of the foods you eat, your diet journal should also contain your feelings, thoughts and reactions with each meal. Were you actually hungry when you ate or just bored? Did you eat because you were happy, sad or frustrated? Did you feel anxious or rushed during a meal? Also, make sure to record how you felt after you ate your meal. Did you feel tired and lethargic? These are extremely important points to document when keeping your diet journal. It's amazing how much you will learn by recording these dietary events and using this tool is crucial for permanent weight loss!

Cross train for great results - A great training method to add variety into your cardio routines is to use cross training. Cross training allow you to switch between multiple forms of exercise in one session. This keeps your routine fun and also burns extra calories by adding more intense styles of cardio exercises. A sample cross training cardio routine may include 15 minutes jogging on the treadmill, followed immediately by 15 minutes on the elliptical training machine and then followed immediately by 15 minutes of stationary cycling. This cardio workout consists of 3 different exercises and last a total of 45 minutes in 25 length. You can decrease or increase each time interval to fit your fitness level. You want to start out with the most intensive exercise first and end with the least intensive exercise.

Mix up your meals - Always try to mix up your foods and have a variety of meals. The last thing you want is to get bored with the same exact meals every single day. Mix in a protein smoothie for one meal followed by a healthy chicken breast salad. Lunch may include a whole wheat turkey wrap with romaine lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with a side of non-fat cottage cheese. For dinner, try a nice stir fry with a lean protein source and mixture of vegetables. Another great snack idea is frozen protein bars. These make a great snack during the day which provide quality muscle building protein and also cure a nagging sweet tooth. Choose a protein bar that is low in sugar and tastes great.

Make small changes every week - Making small changes is very important for ingraining healthy habits and behaviors into your life. If you start out with very drastic changes with a goal of losing tons of weight very quickly, you will be destined to fail. Big changes will most likely shock your system and you may become mentally burned out very quickly because of the difficulty to adhere to the rigid program. By making small changes every week, you will be much more likely to stick with the minor modifications to your diet or exercise program and continue to build on this solid foundation over the course of time. Small dietary changes may include removing the mayonnaise and cheese from your sandwiches or choosing a healthier dressing on your salads. These small changes can reduce hundreds of calories from your daily caloric intake and it only takes a 500 calorie deficit per day (below your BMR) to lose 1 pound of body fat per week. A small exercise change may be to go outside for a 1 mile walk every other day. This is a great way to begin so you can build up to several miles per week and burn excess calories, tone your legs and increase your energy levels!

Include protein at each meal - You should include a lean protein source at every meal. Your muscles need protein. You need the amino acids that comprise the protein we consume to repair, maintain and facilitate growth in muscles. Protein is also used in a host of other ways by the body, specifically by enzymes, blood and other cells. Adding protein at each meal will generally reduce the glycemic index of the meal. Focus on getting at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. So, if your weight is 175 lbs, try to eat at least 175 grams of protein 15 per day. Your protein should come from lean sources which are low in fat and calories.

Take photos of yourself - Keep a detailed photo gallery of your progress. Pictures don't lie. Buy an inexpensive digital camera and take pictures of yourself every week in your bikini or swimsuit. Snap 3 pictures ever week including a profile, frontal and rear photo. Include these with your diet diary and exercise journal so you can see how your body looks each week while you make changes to your diet and exercise program. Remember, sometimes the scale does lie. Even though your scale may read that you have gained 2 pounds over the last 3 weeks, this could very easily be 2 pounds of lean muscle. Lean muscle is an 20 extremely metabolic tissue and the more you have on your body, the more calories you burn even when you're just sitting around! By adding photos of yourself, you will be able to reference your physical appearance from week to week. This very important tool can help you immensely with your weight loss plan.

Make sure to eat breakfast - Always try to eat a very nutritious breakfast. This should be one of your largest meals of the day and the most important. Eating a healthy breakfast is crucial for providing the correct fuel to get you going. Your body has been fasting for 6-10 hours from sleeping and is primed for re-fueling. Researchers have found that people who ate breakfast every day were a third less likely to be obese compared to those who skipped the meal. In addition, they were half as likely to have blood-sugar problems, which increase the risk of developing diabetes or having high cholesterol, which is a known risk factor for heart disease. The researchers believe that eating first thing in the morning may help to stabilize blood sugar levels, which regulate appetite and energy. They suggest people who eat breakfast are less likely to be hungry during the rest of the day and are, therefore, less likely to overeat.

Increase your cardio intensity - You can burn major calories by increasing the level of your cardio intensity. An amazing method of cardio training is called HIIT (high intensity interval training). The overview of this training method is to limit the time to a maximum of 20 minutes per session and vary your training intensity during the workout. Start out with an exercise like the elliptical trainer and begin at about a 65% intensity level for the first 5 minutes. Once you're warmed up, increase the intensity to 90% for the next 30 seconds and then drop back down to 65% intensity for the next 60 seconds. Repeat the cycle for the next 16 10 minutes. Once you hit the 15 minute mark, drop your intensity back down to a steady 65% intensity and cool down for the last 5 minutes. You can apply the HIIT cardio training to any exercise like running, jumping rope, cycling and even aerobics.

Remove temptations from your house - This tip may be the most important aspect of succeeding with your weight loss plan. You should go through your kitchen and remove all the temptations from your refrigerator, pantry and all other areas in your home where unhealthy foods reside. Try taking the mindset of treating food like a drug. If you were a recovering alcoholic, the last thing you would want is to have alcohol in your home. The temptation would be too intense and the probability to relapse and consume the harmful drug would be far too strong. Just like alcohol, treat food like a drug. For many people, food is their drug of choice and this is the primary reason why it's very important to minimize the temptation as much as possible from your home. Start by going through your kitchen and removing all the high fat, high sugar and empty calorie foods such as cakes, candy, crackers, potato chips, rolls, chocolate, pies, cookies, pizza and ice cream. Replace these unhealthy items with healthy, nutrient dense food that fuels your body and helps you run at an optimal level.

This information and other information 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.


The Day’s Closing
by Madisyn Taylor

Evening time is often overlooked in our busy lives, but is an important time of day for reflection on our day's actions.

From the beginning of time, a richly colored twinge of dusk touching the eastern horizon, the lengthening of shadows, and the appearance of the evening’s first star have let us know that it was time to rest, relax, and retire from the pressures of the day. For human beings and other living things that tend to be most active in daylight, evenings can be less hectic and more relaxing, as we prepare for sleep and spend quality time with our loved ones. But evenings are about much more than dinner and the feel of a cool, soft pillow. Evenings are a wonderful time to catalog the events of the day without distraction, to revel in gentle solitude or silence, to end the day in serenity, and to commune with your inner self.

There are many ways to turn the evening into a nurturing and soul enriching experience. A simple stroll through the realms of dusk and darkness can show you two different worlds: one winding down and one just coming to life. In the evening, the sounds we humans make begin to diminish, and the sounds of earth’s more nocturnal creatures and nature itself become more apparent. As night slowly falls, scents change, and the smell of the soil and greenery become magnified. Sky gazing in the evenings can be a meditative activity – one that reminds us that we are only one part of an infinitely complex and vast universe. Each night, the different phases of the moon show us the passage of time and the waxing and waning of life, as its glowing visage – whether in the shape of a circle, crescent, or a smile –bathes the world in an ethereal, wistful glow.

As crickets chirp and night birds cry out, evening rituals and routines can make your day feel complete, help you unwind from the day’s busyness, and pave the way for rejuvenating sleep. Rituals and routines help you say goodnight to the present day, so you can look forward to the next one. While the sun sets, try doing a series of stretches, lighting some candles, or watching the daylight fade. The soothing, natural beauty of each evening can be your backdrop, as you meditate, quiet your soul, and relax into the peace and stillness that can be found at day’s end.


Low Glycemic Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch Recipe
Total Servings 12
Serving Size 1 - 2" x 2" square
Carbs Per Serving: 22.6 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes
Skill Level: Moderate

I hit the farmers market yesterday and ran across Rhubarb. Wow... did that bring me back to my days growing up in Colorado. They also had strawberries. Nothing goes better with Rhubarb than Strawberries. Here's a new twist on mom's favorite crunch but, without all the added sugar. You will love this.

1 cup whole grain of soy flour
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup coconut oil   
4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
1 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or 1/8 teaspoon stevia powder Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Low sugar vanilla ice cream, optional

In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients; cut in coconut oil (or butter) until crumbly. Press half into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. set aside 1/4 cup to use later.

In a saucepan, combine Fructevia, Steviva Blend or 1/8 teaspoon stevia powder Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder and guar or xanthan gum. Stir in the water and vanilla; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Combine rhubarb and strawberries. Reduce the heat and stir until mixed well.

Spoon fruit mixture over crust.

Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture on top of fruit.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Serve with low carb ice cream if desired.

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