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A Casualty of Consumption

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Waging war on weight gain- part one of a ten part series.

We are being assaulted thousands of times a day with ads and marketing encouraging us to consume more. We are asked to eat more pizza, they’re only five dollars for a large and if you call now you will get chicken wings and soda delivered for free. From McDonalds to Carl’s Jr. to Outback Bloomin’ Onion we are being enticed to indulge. After we have consumed and become fat we are encouraged to get involved in Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and a litany of other purveyors of weight loss. Enter the yo yo syndrome. Gain weight… lose weight… gain back more and lose a few less.

Today is the day you will make a commitment to yourself. You will commit to a healthy lifestyle. Here are some steps you will take to get you on the path to being trim, fit and healthy.

Step 1.) Go through your cabinets and clear out all the garbage food.

Step 2.) Go through your refrigerator and clear out all the junk food.

Step 3.) Make a grocery list that includes lean proteins and green leafy vegetables.

Step 4.) Create a meal plan for yourself and maybe your family for the entire week. Stick with this plan.

Step 5.) Refrain from eating any and all grains.

Step 6.) Drink a gallon of water every day.

Step 7.) Get a minimum of eight hours of sleep every night. Make it a priority.

Step 8.) Get moving. Go to the gym. Go for a walk. Take the stairs. Move your arms around. Sign up for a fitness class; whichever one keeps your interest.

Step 9.) Network with like minded healthy people. Create your support group.

Step 10.) Be fair to yourself. Change takes time. You will slip up. When you do forgive, forget and move one. Beating yourself up will only bring you down. So, don’t do it.

I know all of this sounds much easier said than done. This is true. But, if you commit and really commit and you have people around you hold you accountable you will begin to make the change.

I have battled the yo yo most of my life. I have weighed as much as 238 lbs and as little as 168 lbs. Right now I weigh 222 lbs. At 6′ 1” I should be about 171 pounds. This is pretty hypocritical for somebody who writes about health and fitness on a daily basis. No more excuses. I am in this with you. We will do this together. We are going Primal. This is the first of many newsletters that I will be sending out to my readers chronicling my personal progress; more on this to come.

Have a sensational week!

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

YOUR MIND

Seeing The World As It Is
Max Steingart

The truth is what it is. It’s neither good nor bad. It’s simple reality.

Tailor your concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into your concepts. No matter what you believe, it won’t change the facts.

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advancement in the world.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. If fifty-million people say a foolish thing, it’s still a foolish thing. Successful people are realistic and aren’t trapped by false appearances.

Stay realistic on the road to success.

Copyright 2010 www.yourdailymotivation.com

YOUR BODY

No More Excuses… It is Time To Get Fit!
“You’ve got to schedule workouts like any other important thing in your life.”

We all lead complex, demanding lives. On any given day, you can find dozens of reasons to skip a workout. Now that we are firmly into the new year, give yourself a fresh start by making sure fitness becomes an integral part of your complex life. We asked dozens of exercisers for their favorite “worst” excuses not to exercise, and the best ways to talk yourself back into your fitness routine.

1. I’m too busy. You’ve got to schedule workouts like any other important thing in your life. Everyone is busy. Being a grown up is about making choices, and choosing good health is one of the best you can make.

2. I don’t have enough energy. Find a time in the day when you do have energy – there must be some window in 24 hours. If you’re too beat after a long day of work, get in a few lunchtime workouts and make sure to squeeze some exercise in over the weekend.

3. It costs too much money to join a fitness facility. It’s a long-term investment. Break down the dollar amount and figure what it’s costing you on a daily basis – it can be as little as a dollar or two. Is that too much to pay for your fitness and health?

4. I’ll never keep up with it. A valid point. The novice exerciser is at high risk of dropping out. The answer is to set realistic expectations. Try simply getting to your exercise facility three times a week for starters (even twice!), and see where it takes you. Statistics also show that good guidance is the key to stick-to-it-iveness in exercise.

5. It won’t make a difference. Ah, but it will! You may not lose significant amounts of weight in the first few days, but you’ll feel the effects right away. And powerful changes – muscle gain, more energy, weight loss – will be quite noticeable within a matter of weeks.

6. I feel too self-conscious. Get yourself some workout gear that’s comfortable, is in a color you like, and that looks good on you. Yes, many exercise facilities are covered with mirrors, so feeling like you look okay will make a difference.

7. It takes too much time. We’re talking about three hours a week – think about other activities you might cut back on, such as watching TV.

8. I don’t like it. There are many different ways to exercise; in fact, variety is good for you. Try a yoga class, hiking, dancing lessons – anything active until you discover the exercise you most enjoy.

9. It’s hard to motivate myself. Enlist a fitness partner – a friend, spouse to take walks with, or synchronize your workout schedule with a fellow exerciser from your fitness facility. Studies show this kind of support helps you stay with an exercise program.

10. It makes me sore/It hurts. Muscle fatigue is normal, but severe pain is an indication that you’re doing something wrong. If you have trouble with normal movement (washing your hair, getting out of bed), you may have stressed muscles too much. Seek guidance from your fitness instructor about your exercise program and proper form to avoid injury and reduce muscle soreness.

Keeping yourself hydrated during your work out will make it even more effective. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water! 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. Now, starting working out.

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

Re-framing Misperceptions
over-coming prosperity issues on lack at a time

We all know what it feels like to want something we don’t have. It may be a pair of expensive jeans, a romantic partner, or rent money; it may be a certain attitude, a car, or a savings account. This is part of life, and in the best-case scenario, we experience a constant flow of money and material possessions, companions and experiences, in and out of our lives. However, many of us linger in a state of wanting and not having, a state of lack that never seems to subside. We consistently perceive ourselves as not having what we need or not having what we want. This is an energetically draining state to be in. It is also self-perpetuating because how we feel about ourselves determines what we are able to create for ourselves.

How we feel profoundly influences how we perceive our reality. When we feel we are lacking, we look around and see what is not there. On the other hand, if we feel abundant, we can look at the very same situation and see a completely different picture, one full of blessings and advantages. The more we see the blessings, the more abundant we feel, and the more blessings we attract. Similarly, if we see lack, we tend to create and attract that energy.

If you find yourself habitually residing in a feeling of lack, it may be due to a core belief formed in your childhood or even in a past life. It may be because you are out of touch with your inner divinity, which is the source of your abundance. In any case, know that your perception of lack is a misperception that can be corrected with awareness and effort. It can be as simple as taking 10 or 15 minutes each day to quiet your mind and imagine yourself in a state of unlimited abundance, handling the financial demands and others in your life with total ease, drawing from an endless supply of resources. Know that it is your birthright to be fully supported in the fulfillment of your needs and desires.

YOUR RECIPE

No Added Sugar Low Glycemic Cocoa Covered Almonds
Serves: 2
Carbs Per Serving: 20.8 g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

 Almonds in moderation can promote lower cholesterol levels, prevents heart disease and can help with weight loss. High Protein and heart-friendly almonds are a great source of vitamin E, with 25g providing 70 percent of the recommended daily allowance. They also have good amounts of magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fibre and are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat. This couple with the flavonoids and antioxidants cocoa has make this tasty little snack an awesome nutritional powerhouse. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
4 ounces almonds, about 1 cup
1 egg white
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny pinch of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk an egg white until frothy.
Whisk in the remaining ingredients expect for the almonds. Mix until it is well blended. Add the almonds and stir to coat them with the egg white mixture.
Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the almonds on to the baking sheet. Bake at 325º for 15-20 minutes until the coating has set and becomes crisp.
Cool then break apart before eating. Store in an airtight container.

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