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Stop focusing on the weight loss!  Don’t focus on being thin and how many pounds you need to lose.  As a matter of fact, stop constantly weighing yourself.  Start focusing on becoming a healthier you!  Here’s what you should focus on more, while on your weight loss journey:

  • Achieving great health
  • High energy levels
  • Vitality
  • Being positive (don’t be so hard on yourself!)
  • Being happy
  • Building healthful habits for a life time
www.becomeahealthieryou.com
 

 

Move More In Your Life!

Even if you don’t have a 15 or 30 minute window to dedicate to yoga or a bike ride, that doesn’t mean you can’t add physical activity to your day. If you’re not ready to commit to a structured exercise program, think about physical activity as a lifestyle choice rather than a single task to check off your to-do list. Look at your daily routine and consider ways to sneak in activity here and there. Even very small activities can add up over the course of a day.

  • In and around your home.Clean the house, wash the car, tend to the yard and garden, mow the lawn with a push mower, sweep the sidewalk or patio with a broom.
  • At work and on the go.Look for ways to walk or cycle more. For example, bike or walk to an appointment rather than drive, banish all elevators and use the stairs, briskly walk to the bus stop then get off one stop early, park at the back of the lot and walk into the store or office, take a vigorous walk during your coffee break. Walk while you’re talking on your cell phone.
  • With friends or family.Walk or jog around the soccer field during your kid’s practice, make a neighborhood bike ride part of weekend routine, play tag with your children in the yard or play exercise video games. Walk the dog together as a family, or if you don’t have your own dog, volunteer to walk a dog from a shelter. Organize an office bowling team, take a class in martial arts, dance, or yoga with a friend or spouse.
  • While watching TV. Gently stretch while watching your favorite show, do push-ups, sit-ups or lift light weights during the commercial breaks—you’ll be amazed at how many repetitions you can fit in during the commercials of a half hour show! Better still, once a week turn off the TV and take a walk outside instead.
http://www.helpguide.org/life/exercise.htm

High Knee Step-Ups for a Firmer Booty

Want a firmer booty in two to three weeks? Try high knee step-ups! 

Stand facing a bench and step your left foot up onto it.  Press into your left foot to come to standing one-legged on the bench while quickly raising right knee to chest level.  Swiftly lower right leg back down.  Do 10-20 reps, then switch legs and repeat.

48 Hour Cleanse Recipe – Breakfast

Reboot your body with Dr. Oz’s 48-hour Weekend Cleanse. This cleanse is designed to give you the key nutrients your body needs while stimulating and detoxing your organs. Prepare and eat these meals two days in a row.

Breakfast: Quinoa With Chopped Prunes

Ingredients (Makes 1 Serving)

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup water

1 pinch nutmeg

1 tsp grated ginger

1 tbsp flax seed oil

1/3 cup chopped prunes

1/4 cup rice milk

 Directions

In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water.

Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes.

Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flax seed oil.

http://www.doctoroz.com

Balance Your Life

It’s all too easy to get caught up in one good part of life and lose focus on the other parts. It’s important to have balance in your life and spend enough time with each different aspect. You will be a lot less stressed, a lot more at peace, and much more happy if you live a balanced life.

The different things you do in your life fall into different categories. For example, exercising falls into physical while attending a church service falls into spiritual. The four categories of health are Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual. To be truly healthy, you must be paying enough time and attention to each of these categories in your life.

To break these areas down further and into more realistic ways of how we spend our time, we can use the Life Balance Wheel. This wheel is a variation of eight categories: Mental, Social, Spiritual, Physical, Family, Professional, Financial, and Community. You should spend adequate amounts of time in your life in each of these categories in order to be truly balanced.

  • Evaluate. Get a weekly schedule and fill out exactly how you are spending your time for the whole week, hour by hour. Then, at the end of the week, categorize each of your activities and your time into one of the six categories. Add up the hours for each category and see how they stack up. Not every section requires the same amount of time, but make sure that you are spending at least some time in each. Sometimes it’s surprising to see how you’ve been spending (or wasting) your time, so it’s helpful to do this every few months or so.
  • Meditate. Set aside part of each day (even if it is only a few minutes) to have some quiet time to think and meditate. Think about how you are spending your time. Take notes on what is going well in your life, and also take notes on what categories you haven’t been spending enough time in.
  • Learn to say no. You aren’t magic—you won’t be able to take advantage of every opportunity and say yes to every request. Learn to say no, and realize that you don’t need to do everything—you just need to do your best.

 
By: Emily McBride http://health.tips.net/T007281_Finding_Balance_in_Life.html 

Weekend Recipe: Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1 clove garlic, crushed or to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 (6 ounce) mahi mahi fillets
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions:

1. In a shallow glass dish, stir together the honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, ginger, garlic and olive oil. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper, and place them into the dish. If the fillets have skin on them, place them skin side down. Cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes to marinate.
2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove fish from the dish, and reserve marinade. Fry fish for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fillets to a serving platter and keep warm.
3.

Pour reserved marinade into the skillet, and heat over medium heat until the mixture reduces to a glaze consistently. Spoon glaze over fish, and serve immediately

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ginger-Glazed-Mahi-Mahi/Detail.aspx

Squat Thrust with Twist

How To Do It:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and extend your arms in front of you at shoulder height.
  • Begin by squatting down, bending your knees 90 degrees, and twisting your upper body to the left.
  • Now come up and repeat the exercise to the right.
  • Keep your weight in your heels and don’t allow your knees to jut forward away from your toes.
  • Keep your knees facing forward as your chest and shoulders move side to side.
  • For the best results, bend your knees as close to 90 degrees as possible.

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/abs By: Lexi Walters