Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Auld Lang Syne.

I wanted to take the time to wish all my friends and readers a very HAPPY and SAFE New Year. 2009 was a wonderful year for me and I hope 2010 is even better.

In 2010, I have many new and exciting projects I will be working on, so sadly this will be my last blog post since I won't have the time to keep up with it any longer. I truly enjoyed blogging for the last couple of months and I not only learned a lot but made a few new friends along the way. I hope the information I have given you has in some way helped you and kept you focused on staying happy and healthy as much as it has for me.

So---thanks for your kind words & support and please feel free to revert back to this blog for some great healthy advice and recipes.

And remember---little steps toward your goals are better than no steps!

Here is a final quote I want to share with you that I feel everyone should live by.

The Greatest Wealth Is Health. ~Virgil

Carpe diem!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Addiction.

Every Christmas I am addicted to watching "A Christmas Story". It is simply hilarious and unlike any other Christmas movie ever made. It spoofs on family relationships around the holidays and how we felt as kids, we sometimes seemed to be invisible or unheard by our parents, but in the end we find out we actually weren't all along. If you have never seen this movie it certainly is a must see and you have no excuses because it runs on TBS for 24 hrs on Christmas day.

Remember laughter is perfect for healing what ills you!

Two thumbs up, 5 stars.... etc, etc!!!!!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Just Treading.

So excited--- recently my boyfriend and I got a treadmill for our home. We created our own home gym, including this, an exercise bike, free weights and this machine called The Infinity which is great for squatting and pull ups. We also set up a TV to keep us from getting bored in the meantime and to watch workout DVD's. I know with all the great food over the holidays we will be using this gym often in the new year. And it is something we can do together, what's better than that?

Make your own home gym with all your favorite equipment!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oven-Roasted Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges.

This is the perfect side dish recipe for any occasion and uber healthy!

You Will Need:

Nonstick baking spray
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled or scrubbed, cut into thin wedges
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on taste
Finely ground sea salt, for seasoning
Freshly ground pepper, for seasoning

What to Do:

1. Preheat oven to 450° F.

2. Spray baking spray on large baking sheet.

3. Combine oil, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in small bowl.

4. Place potato wedges in large bowl; pour oil mixture over potatoes and toss to coat.

5. Spread potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet.

6. Bake potatoes for 15 minutes; remove from oven and turn potatoes.

7. Bake again until potatoes are tender and slightly caramelized, about 15 more minutes.

8. Transfer potatoes to serving dish and season to taste with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Serves 6

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just Say No To Eating Snow!

Your parents always told you not to eat the yellow snow. Well now it's bad to eat the white fluffy stuff too. The reason you shouldn't eat snow is because snowflakes form on small pieces of dust. When they fall from the clouds they pick up pollution in the air. The pollution sticks to the snowflake, then the flake falls to the ground. If you eat the snow you might also be eating pollution and dirt, among other things.

The cleanest snow is in Antarctica. Because Antarctica is far away from cities and their pollution, the snowflakes aren't as dirty. The snow there might even be clean enough to eat.

Want to test the snow in your area?

You Will Need:

> a plastic container that is empty, clean, and has a lid

> a coffee filter or piece of paper towel

> a bowl

> a magnifying glass

1. Go outside and fill the container with fresh snow

2. Put the lid on the container and let it melt inside

3. After it has melted place and hold the coffee filter or paper towel over the bowl. Pour the melted snow slowly over the filter or paper into the bowl. Can you see dirt and stuff piling up on the paper or filter? If you can't tell, use the magnifying glass.

I admit that I've eaten my share of snow, but that was in the 70's & 80's when eating snow was more socially acceptable. But with all I know now, I just think it's kinda gross with all the dogs, plows, bacteria and pollution. Anyone else?

Follow your own instincts on this one! Ha,ha!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Wonderland.

Is there anything more breathtaking then looking out the window after it's been snowing all night and seeing the snow nestled perfectly on top of all the tall trees and rooftops? For me--- the feeling of peace and calm comes over me and it makes me feel like snuggling up in a cozy blanket, sipping a warm cocktail and reading or watching my favorite TV shows or movies. This feel good feeling is what winter and the holidays is all about for me. If you have a certain someone to share it with it makes it even more special.

So, embrace all of these beautiful picturesque moments and worry about all the shoveling later... :)

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Doggie Treadmill.

With the DogTread you get a regular exercise routine for your pet. This machine gives your canine friend a workout that increases muscle tone, improves vitality, increases life span, and helps curb destructive behavior or excess energy. Now you can keep your dog healthy regardless of weather or environment.

It's very durable and won't wobble, it also has adjustable speed settings.

This is not a replacement for regular walks in the nicer weather, your pet still needs fresh air and a new environment to stay mentally happy and healthy.

Hop on your own treadmill as well and walk together! Instant work-out partner!

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