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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

September 20, 2009

Weathering a Crap Storm
how to maintain your cool in un-cool situations

I gotta tell you, when it rains sometimes it pours but, the hallmark of the mature, fully functioning, self-actualized person is the ability to be cool, calm and collected when caught up in the inevitable crap storms daily life delivers. The grounded person has the ability to continue talking to themselves in a positive and optimistic way, keeping their mind calm, clear and completely under control. The mature personality is more relaxed, confident, aware and capable of interpreting events more realistically and less emotionally than is the reactive immature person. As a result, the mature person exerts a far greater sense of control and influence over their environment, and is far less likely to be angry, upset, or distracted.

Here's a few tips that will help you weather the crap storm:

1.) Look upon the inevitable setbacks that you face as being temporary, specific and external.

2.) View the perceived negative situation as a single event that is not connected to other potential events and that is caused largely by external factors over which you can have little control.

3.) Simply refuse to see the event as being in any way permanent, pervasive or indicative of personal incompetence of inability. I call this denial. Sometimes you just need to fake until you make it.

Resolve to think like an optimist, no matter what happens. You may not be able to control events but you can control the way you react to them and this will go a long way to keep you cool in un-cool situations.

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Have a sensational week!

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Concentrate and the Doors to Success Will Open
Max Steingart

The first law of success is concentration. Bend all your energies to one point,
and go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor the left.

By focusing your efforts to a single point, you'll always achieve the greatest results.
If you concentrate your efforts on a few major goals, your efficiency will soar, your projects will be completed, and you'll be going somewhere.

Focus totally on the business at hand and command yourself to do exactly what you want to do. If you focus the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve, you'll attain success.

Copyright 2009 www.yourdailymotivation.com


25 Awesome Tips To Stay on Track With Your Fitness

A lot of people would like to get more exercise than they do, make smarter choices about what they eat and be more like the fit people they envy.

Unfortunately, many of those people find that while it's easy to start an exercise program or a new diet, it's just as easy to quit. The people who are most likely to stick with their fitness plan long enough to achieve those goals, experts say, are those who learn to make exercise and proper nutrition a regular part of their daily lives.

First, remember that every little bit helps. Then follow some of these 25 simple tips from exercise experts, dietitians and motivational experts to get your healthier lifestyle started or back on track.

1. Be reasonable. Set some measurable, attainable goal. If you haven't been active for a while, start a short-term goal, such as 15 minutes of exercise two or three days a week, and build from there, he said.

2. Get a new attitude. You have to first change your mind set about the way you think about the quality of your life. People who live in denial about their activity levels and weight are likely to keep packing on the extra pounds.

3. Keep moving. It can be any kind of activity, anything that you enjoy. A little bit goes a long way.

4. Make daily activities count. The idea is to get more movement into your life. That can include things that we don't typically regard as "exercise," such as pacing while you talk on the phone or doing leg lifts while the coffee is brewing.

5. Pound the pavement. Walking is a great exercise that you can do anytime. Walk for a few minutes in the morning, take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk to the store instead of driving.

6. Make time for exercise. Set your alarm clock back 30 minutes in the morning and use the time to exercise. Or make an appointment in your calendar to work out and respect it as you would any other commitment.

7. Be prepared. Lay out your exercise clothes at night so you don't have to hunt for them in the morning.

8. Do your research. If you're thinking of joining a health club, consider it as you would any long-term relationship. You want to make sure that you pay your dues to a gym that you like. If you chose one that you don't like, you'll be one of the many people who drop out and pay dues for two years.

9. Easy does it. People who want to see quick results from exercise may be tempted to overdo it, Reed said. It's important to adopt a gradual approach to allow your body to adjust to exercise.

10. Do what's comfortable for you. If you hate to be on a treadmill, you're not going to do it for more than a month or two. If you don't like to do weights, you can't set up a program and expect to stick with it.

11. Try something new. If you get bored with your current workout, try a class that you've never taken or buy a new workout video.

12. Get support. Find an exercise buddy or consider hiring a personal trainer to help you stay motivated.

13. Keep an exercise journal. Write down your activities and your thoughts to help you stay focused and motivated.

14. Don't say diet. People don't stick to diets that restrict a lot and that are very complicated. Instead of dieting you should just eat healthier foods.

15. Clean your pantry. Take out the snacks that are high in sugar and the bad fats. If you don't, you'll think about it and dream about it. That doesn't mean that all snacks must be banished. But, choosing snack foods that are lower in sugar and fat.

16. Don't clean your plate. If you were brought up by parents or grandparents who went through the Depression, that goes against everything you know. But, your heart will thank you and eventually your butt will, too."

17. Eat smaller portions. Try putting your food on a smaller plate. See "The Skinny on Smaller Portions".

18. Brown-bag it. Pack your lunch for work. Cook enough at dinner tonight to take to work tomorrow. The thing about cooking at home is that you can have complete control over the ingredients. If you're looking for something light, you can get a bag of salad from the grocery store, put it in a Tupperware bowl and put tuna on top. You can add a piece of fruit to your bag and some yogurt. It can be as simple as that.

19. Eat some blueberries. They combine more powerful disease-fighting antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.

20. Eat other colorful foods, too. Ounce for ounce you'll get fewer calories and more vitamins and minerals to protect yourself from disease.

21. Drink up. Sipping water, rather than calorie and carb-laden soft drinks, can quench your thirst and help you feel more full. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

22. Look on the bright side. Your feelings exert a powerful influence over your physical health. If you believe you are healthy, your health will actually benefit.

23. Make time for quiet time. If you take 10 or 15 minutes just to sort through your thoughts or review your day, you can go out in the world a much calmer person, prepared to make wiser choices.

24. Seize the day. One of the most important things we should do is stay in the present and know that goals have to have a corresponding intention. Most of us are stressed because we're looking into the future all the time. One of the most important things we can do is to not just think about it, but do it."

25. Sleep tight. When people sleep well -- experts recommended seven to eight hours a night -- they awake refreshed and better able to handle the day's challenges, including the challenge of maintaining healthy habits.

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.


Don't Let Debt Break Your Spirit

"Paying off your debts and saving money is less stressful than spending the rest of your life with your back against a financial wall."
-- Ron Hiebert

How are you choosing to spend your money?

Do you have a spending plan? A spending plan feels quite different from a budget. With budgets, we can feel victimized. They can heighten our poverty consciousness.

With a spending plan, you look at how much you earn and then decide how you WANT to spend the money. With a spending plan, you claim your power to decide, to manage, to make your finances work. You can choose to spend your money differently so your life works more smoothly.

"True financial freedom is not only having money, but having power over that money as well."
-- Suze Orman


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Prep Time:<25 minutes

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Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1877
Calories Per Serving: 156.4
Total Fat: 163.1g
Saturated Fat: 44.7g
Cholesterol: 34mg
Sodium: 160mg
Total Carbohydrates: 79g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 6.58g
Dietary Fiber: 26.8g
Sugars: 27g
Protein: 66g


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