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December 23, 2007

Out With The Old and In With The New
using the holiday season as a springboard for renewal

Whatever religion or denomination you practice under it is undeniable that this is a very special time of the year for all faiths.

In Roman times, the best-known winter festival was Saturnalia, which was popular throughout Italy. Saturnalia was a time of general relaxation, feasting, merry-making, and a cessation of formal rules. It included the making and giving of small presents, including small dolls for children and candles for adults.

Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period. Yule logs were lit to honor Thor, the god of thunder, with the belief that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.

Last Friday was the Winter Solstice and for a lot of people this marks a time for celebration but, more importantly renewal. This time of year can signify “out with the old, in with the new”. By getting rid of old baggage, we can start our journey into the new year unencumbered.

Get out that pencil and paper and start writing it down. You know. I am will lose 20 pounds, I will exercise more, I will spend more time with my family, I will learn a new language, I will patch up a damaged relationship… I will right down my goals… because I know a goal not written down is simply a good intention.

Have a great holiday.


Thom King
President
thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc.

YOUR MIND

Victory Comes To Those Who Stay In The Game
Max Steingart

Taking a risk is often your first necessary step toward success. If you don't take some risks, you won't get the chance to succeed. While you are trying, you are winning.

The law of averages is on your side. The more you try, the greater your chance of succeeding.

Never get discouraged.

Every wrong attempt is another step forward. People that make no mistakes usually don't make anything.

Make up your mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand defeats.

Your mistakes are stepping stones to success and your installment payments to victory.

You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.

YOUR BODY

Planning Your After The Holiday Work Out

It's easy to say that you'll exercise every day. But you'll need a plan — and no single plan is perfect for everyone. As you design your fitness program, keep these points in mind:

Consider your fitness goals. Are you starting a fitness program to help lose weight? Or do you have another motivation, such as preparing for a 5K race? Having clear goals can help you gauge your progress.

Think about your likes and dislikes. Choose activities you'll enjoy. If you have fun doing the exercises you've selected, you're more likely to keep doing them.

Plan a logical progression of activity. If you're just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly. If you have an injury or a medical condition, consult your doctor or a physical therapist for help designing a fitness program that gradually improves your range of motion, strength and endurance.

Build activity into your daily routine. Finding time to exercise can be a challenge. To make it easier, schedule time to exercise as you would any other appointment. Plan to watch your favorite show while walking on the treadmill, or read while riding a stationary bike.

Think variety. Varying your activities (cross-training) can keep exercise boredom at bay. Cross-training also reduces the risk of injuring or overusing one specific muscle or joint. Plan to alternate among activities that emphasize different parts of your body, such as walking, swimming and strength training.

Allow time for recovery. Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal — working out too long or too intensely — and give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. Plan time between sessions for your body to rest and recover.

Put it on paper. A written plan may encourage you to stay on track.

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.

YOUR SPIRIT

Exploring Your Questions

"The word ‘question’ is derived from the Latin ‘quarrier’ (to seek) which is also the root of ‘quest.’ A creative life is a continued quest, and good questions can be very useful guides. Most useful are open-ended questions; they allow for fresh unanticipated answers to reveal themselves."
-- Source Unknown

Questions hold the power to draw out answers that surprise us. If we are on an inner journey to greater self-knowledge, we must seek to understand unfamiliar parts of ourselves. The most enlightening answers are released by our subconscious minds or by our intuition. Use questions frequently to go exploring. Try these out:

  • What qualities do you find most attractive in others?
  • How do you exhibit those same qualities?
  • What is your greatest fear?
  • Why do you fear that?
  • What message is your body trying to get through to you?

"If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions."
-- Susanne K. Langer

"You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions."
-- Richard Bach

YOUR RECIPE

All Natural Sugar Free Low Glycemic Fresh Lime Fruit Salad Dressing
Serves: 8
Carbs Per Serving: 6.5 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Fresh fruit salads are always an amazing delight on any Holiday morning. This salad is particularly light and tasty.

Ingredients:
4 cups fresh fruit (apple wedges, kiwi, grapes, strawberries, cherries, etc.)
1 cup fat free sour cream
2 tablespoons Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash of
Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime peel

Directions:
Cut up fresh fruit (apple wedges, banana slices, grapes, strawberries, cherries, etc.)
Stir together all dressing ingredients in small bowl.
Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Serve as a dip or toss with assorted fresh fruit.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 853
Calories Per Serving: 106.62 Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Total Fat: 0.4g
Saturated Fat: 0.0g
Cholesterol:19mg
Sodium: 63mg
Total Carbohydrates: 54g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 6.75g
Dietary Fiber: 4.2
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 2g

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