Reiki Level 3

So excited to do my Reiki Level 3 Healing workshop next week! I can then continue on and practice at a practitioners level. Cant wait to continue on helping others to heal……. #mylifeswork #meanttobe #healinglight

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Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy

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So i have started reading this new book that was recommended to me called Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy. Now i had never heard of Brian Tracy so did not know of his work or his fame in this area. So i took the recommendation and ordered it on Chapters, collected my book last night and today on my lunch began the journey into some more knowledge on self discovery and reaching my ‘Maximum Achievment’ .

As i am moving to Edmonton soon with my other half and i am happily finishing up the job i have worked the last two years in (like a DRONE) i might add i have been really gaining my inner power to really try and reach my maximum and not let myself be limited by my own doing or others doing for that matter, which i feel i have let myself do for the last 2 years in this job, i have squashed my intelligence, creativity and power…but NO MORE!

So i wanted to share with you some of the already inspiring words that i have gotten from this book and i am not even 20 pages in……Needless to say i am more than excited to keep reading…

Peace of mind is central to your very existence. It is the basic precondition for enjoying everything else.

I learned that if i didn’t commit to achieving my own happiness, no one else would. If my aim in life was only to make others happy, i would always be at the mercy of the feelings of others, whoever they might be.

If you achieve all kinds of things in the material world but lose your health and piece of mind, you get little or no pleasure from your other accomplishments.

How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh alot when they’re together.

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Life…..from the voice of Rocky Balboa…love this one

Life.....from the voice of Rocky Balboa...love this one

“When Things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a Big Shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it…

You’ve gotta hit as hard as life. It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? That’s how winning is done.

If you know what you’re worth, Go out and Get What Your Worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.”

Be Food Aware…….NOT Food Beware….

Be Food Aware…….NOT Food Beware….

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So something I would like to address and I think we all have the same issue…..Going out to eat!!! Dun Dun Dun, every ‘dieters’ nightmare, around here we don’t live by ‘diets’….we live by healthy eating and living (which actually has better benefits and long term weight loss) so let me tell you there is savvy ways of eating out. Sure don’t get me wrong I love having a burger and chips/fries when I am out but unfortunately my body doesn’t like it all of the time…so let me tell you some tips on “Be Food Aware…NOT Food Beware’.
Everyone expert will tell you…’Choose the Salad’…well sometimes you don’t want a salad…especially if you eat them a lot and you are out for a fun meal with friends or partner.. so opt for:
·        Salmon Burger/Chicken Breast Burger/Turkey Burger: (Ask if the chicken is grilled/steamed)
– hold the fries and ask for salad on the side
 – ask for half salad and half fries
 – hold the bun on burger
 Your regular burger and chips can pack in anywhere from 700 – 1100 calories PER meal, and upwards of 30-70g Fat, unwanted amount of sugar and salt :O , shocking amount! Vegi and Meat eaters alike!
·        Stir-Fry / Chicken / Prawn / Salmon (Ask if they are fried and in what oil)
-Ask for brown rice if option
– Ask for more vegetables and less noodle
·        Soup – Be careful – some soups are laced with Salt and Sugar and cream
-Ask if soup is made in house, usually less preservatives (salt), if any cream was used to make it
-Ask for wholegrain bread or crackers with you soup instead of thick soda bread or white bread
-Ask for side green salad with your soup instead of bread or get the salad, you may not eat as much bread as vegi’s are filling!
·        Don’t be fooled by Sandwich’s/Wraps/Flatbreads on a menu- they can sometimes be just as high fat,calorie,sugar as a burger if not more sometimes (450-650 cals, 6-15 g fat avg):
– Wholegrain bread, Ezekial Bread….If you can
– An Open Sandwich (1 Piece of bread, instead of two), Take off the second piece and eat with one
– Choose lean cold meats, turkey, chicken, tuna, or eggs/egg whites or vegi options
– Watch out for hidden cheese/or ask for lower fat cheese, e.g. low fat mozzarella/cottage/low fat cheddar/goats cheese ( to put it in perspective, about 12-15g fat on average cheese sandwich, 6g SATURATED)
– Watch out for Mayo, Chipotle, Pesto, Butter, – hidden additions, ask for lower alternative or none.
·        Pasta Dish’s- The creamy one’s – Alfredo/ Carbonara / Lasagna – As a lot yummy pasta dishes are packed with cream, butter and cheese let me shed some light:
– These are high calorie and fat dishes, each one can pack about 500-700 Cals per serving
– Ask for kids size portion, the pasta is filling and so is the sauce, we don’t need that much food and on a   kids plate you will feel like it’s enough
– Ask your server for a little less Sauce on the pasta
-Ask for a side salad of greens, it will fill you and you probably won’t eat as much of the pasta.
·        Steak/Red Meats – They are all a little more high fat/high cholesterol
– Ask for just the vegi’s with the meat and none or less of the Carbs, red meat/steak is filling
-Ask for the steak with to be grilled or seared in Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of vegetable oil or fried
– Ask for the sauce on the side instead of having it pre-poured on the steak before it comes to your table, you control the sauce portion then.

A Note on Dressings:

Dressings on salad are often forgotten about or deceiving, a lot of them time we don’t think about them because we are ‘eating a salad’ so it seems healthy, they more often than not, are laced with salt and sugar and don’t get me started on those like ‘ranch’, ‘honey mustard’ or ‘chipotle’ . So some tips:
        Ask for your dressing on the side – You control the portion then
        Ask for no dressing but Extra Virgin Olive oil on the side and squeeze a lemon, it is good for you and a delicious combo on a salad with some black pepper
        If it is those creamy dips that come with your food, then ask for it on the side – Portion Control.
These are all tips that can be transferred to any type of restaurant, it is about thinking about your body and still being able to indulge and have fun. They can be transferred to your own cooking as well at home. We are all capable of making changesJ.
I went for dinner and a drink with my Bessie and Roomie after work last night to watch the Canucks playoffs game, believe me the menu was yummy: I opted for:
A seafood fruit Salad (prawns and an in house made CrabCake) with dressing on the side, didn’t need most it with a lovely glass of Red Wine. A followed this with some hot water and lemon! Mmmm! Go nucks! J

Anaerobic and Aerobic Exercise and Fat Burn….How it really works

Anaerobic / Aerobic / Fat Burn

How it all works

·        Two different types of energy systems are used when you workout. Aerobic and Anaerobic.
·        Aerobic means in the presence of oxygen, Anaerobic means in the absence of oxygen.
·        Aerobic fitness is necessary for our everyday lives, for our lung function. This is the energy system in how we breathe. This is also the energy system that gets used in long cardio, such as walking/ slow/moderate running/moderate exercises for longer periods of time, when you are not using 100% of your VO2 max (maximum oxygen consumption).
·        Anaerobic fitness is necessary for our muscle build and fitness (burns fat), fitness of our hearts, lungs. This is the system that gets used when you go from a resting level to a sprint/100% VO2 max. Most effective at 30 second intervals and up to Max 2 minutes. This utilizes ATP and CP (the energy phosphates of which we have short supply) and Gylcolysis.

The reason why the Anaerobic System burns fat more efficiently than the Aerobic system.

When exercising in an anaerobic zone our body uses ATP (adenine triphosphate) & CP (creatine phosphate) and anaerobic glycolysis. Glycolysis; Direct glucose breakdown (sugar – from refined and complex carbohydate’s) is utilized for energy. The usage of this glucose is what burns fat. If this glucose is not used it is stored in the body as fat. A small portion will be stored as glycogen (we all need a certain amount as back-up) and the rest of the glucose will be converted to fat storage. As you see then over eating of foods with high glucose levels (sugar and refined carbohydrates) and direct high fat foods combined with the under usage of the glucose is when we put on weight – Fat. So therefore, training in an anaerobic zone burns glucose and body fat. 
It is the most beneficial for fitness as anaerobic exercises build muscle as they use Type II a & b muscle fibers – Fast Twitch. These muscle fibres are used in the building and repairing of muscles. The more anaerobic/resistance exercises done, the more Type II muscle fibers built, the more muscle you have. The more fat is burned during exercise and everyday. The afterburn effect can continue for up to 48 hours after a workout.
Little muscle mass or under devolved muscle in the body does not burn fat efficiently. Therefore it is still possible to lose weight by not training anaerobicly or by resistance  but it will be 80% of the time muscle mass and water weight that you lose with very little of it being solid fat mass, this can be seen by body shape also.
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Daily Inspiration……

So i have come to LOVE Affirmations and daily inspirations….so much so that i have an app that gives you these wonderful affirmations as soon as you open it making you feel like a total super hero before you have even had your breakfast and making me feel like the wonderful, amazing person i am. They are great, i instantly get an injection of positive non judgmental self esteem from them.

I have seen coming from Ireland particularly that there is a total stigma surrounded by positive reinforcement of self affirmations such as saying ‘i am amazing’ ….its is picked up as ‘ego’ or ‘big-headed’ when really if you are coming from a non egotistical place and a place of total acceptance and love for yourself and others then saying ‘I AM AMAZING‘ or ‘I AM LOVED AND CAN LOVE’ or ‘I HAVE THE POWER IN ME TO DO ANYTHING’ should be totally acceptable. I reckon maybe if people said this a bit more to themselves along with thousands of positive other non-ego affirmations we wouldn’t have so much pain, hate, jealousy, greed, depression, melancholy, spitefulness, hurt, poverty, hunger, gloom, conformity, self hatred, low self esteem, along with a whole barrel load of things that these spur…..eating disorders, addictions, cancers, dis-ease’s, confusion.

I know this as a person that had a mild eating disorder and then subsequently was never comfortable with my own body, constantly saying in my mind how much i hated it, wish i had someone else’s or how it was never good enough. That mixed with anxiety, fear, bottled up anger, doubt and total confusion i was a right mess. I have since recently in the last few months/year had a wonderful movement into self appreciation and self love for the beautiful body i was given and want to give it the best clean nutrition and health and balance i can and love and acceptance for my skills and gifts that i hold.

I am no-more saying i am not good enough or i cannot do this because or its …..fault i feel like this or  i hate my body, its such a mean thing to say to yourself, think about it….If someone said to you ‘I hate your body’ ..or ‘You really suck at that’..how hurt would you be….hurt enough to say Shut the ****** up anyway, well then why would you let yourself say it and hurt yourself….see….doesn’t make sense. I have only realized this recently and so Everyday i look at myself in the mirror and say “I Love you” and i mean it, everyday i think about the wonderful things i can do or will achieve, i try and give myself love and give it to others without conditions or judgment, i stopped feeling guilty about the past or worrying too much about the future and Affirmations have helped this. I listen to them, i read them, i watch them being done in the form of good deeds to others and im so not joking they are working….i have started to see myself physically differently, of course im sure there will be days where i need it more than others…and hey there is always room for self growth, learning new skills, succeeding in sports or a job or working hard and learning to be done….but for now its not about the Ego attached to them, its about saying i really Love and Accept myself and not to let others stand in the way of that.

So i wanted to share my daily inspirations with you and the story about why i find them so beneficial….

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This is from the app that makes you think so positively about YOU…. 😀
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Ain’t it the truth…..
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ooooo I LOVE THIS one!!!!
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A good and harder lesson to learn than i thought….
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Let the haters hate….it doesn’t effect you, its their problem, not your’s.
Concentrate on love.

5 Essential Fats that are good for your body…

5 Essential Fats that are good for your body…

Good Article on ‘Hungry for Change’ about EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) and the benefits of having them in your diet or for your skin everyday compared to chomping on processed fats everyday….

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Mostly just for eating….unless you want to rub hard nuts on yourself…..pun intended
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Honey & Cinnamon ….wonderful wonders of both!

Found this great Article on Facebook on the benefits of Honey & Cinnamon…apart from the fact that they are delicious! Honey in particular is a wonder food!

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Amazing on just about everything,.,,,,,Thank you to the Bee’s…!

Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:
It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals alongside a cup of peppermint tea…

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey  and lemon and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month, my Dad did this with cod liver oil too and it definitely prolonged his time when he had Leukemia…

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

So i think we need to say a Big Thank you most of all to….BEE’S….without them there would be no Honey., I use it in everything, cooking, breakfast, tea, snacks, skin-care…so many uses..!

50 Fitness Facts you should know…

Hey all, so here are 50 fitness facts you should know, it always helps to be aware and know the facts when trying to achieve your goal.

50 Fitness Facts you should know
1)      Carbohydrates, protein, fat, and alcohol have 4, 4, 9, and 7 calories per gram respectively.
2)      It takes a 3500 calorie deficit to lose 1 pound of fat.
3)      Insulin and growth hormone have an inverse relationship.
4)      Only fat and protein are essential macronutrients – carbohydrates aren’t, carbohydrates are necessary in the body for fat burn though.
5)      You burn more calories during the 23 hours you don’t exercise than the 1 hour you do. After fat/calorie burn and daily body burning.
6)      You don’t need to do cardio to lose weight.
7)      The fat burning zone does not burn more total fat calories – only a higher percentage of calories from fat.
8)      You’re never too old to do squats or lift weights.
9)      Weight loss is not a physical challenge – it’s a mental one.
10)   The scale cannot measure body fat percentage or muscle mass.
11)   You can eat anything you want and still lose weight – but weight loss doesn’t always equal fat loss.
12)   You can’t target fat loss – fat loss is systemic.
13)   Muscle does not weigh more than fat – it’s just more dense than fat.
14)   0 grams of fat on a label doesn’t always mean there’s no fat in the food product.
15)   Whole grain bread is still a processed food.
16)   Eating healthy is not more expensive than a junk food diet.
17)   You cannot calculate body fat percentage from height and weight alone – you need to physically measure it.
18)   You can get glucose from both protein and glycerol – not just carbohydrates.
19)   Just because a box says “whole grain” on it, it doesn’t make it healthy.
20)   You should never attempt weight loss at the expense of your health.
21)   Being vegetarian doesn’t just mean you don’t eat meat – it means you follow a plant-based diet.
22)   Workout times and negative side effects are positively correlated.
23)   Cooking your vegetables can both lower some nutrient content.
24)   There’s a high correlation between the fitness level of the people close to you, and your own physical fitness.
25)   It’s harder to put on 10 pounds of muscle than it is to lose 10 pounds of fat.
26)   Once an adult, fat cells can be created, but they cannot be lost – only shrunken. Meaning there is always the ability for them to swell again.
27)   Eating at night does not make you fat – overeating does.
28)   You don’t need to do curls to get good biceps.
29)   Being skinny does not automatically mean you have a low body fat.
30)   The perimeter of the grocery store is where 90% of the healthy food is so scan the outskirts.
31)   If bad food is in the house, you’ll be more likely to eat it.
32)   Thyroid hormone output and exercise intensity are positively correlated.
33)   Healthy levels of testosterone are good for both men and women.
34)   You don’t need a gym membership to strength train.
35)   Unless you weigh less than 100 pounds, it’s unlikely you need less than 1000 calories to lose weight.
36)   Workout intensity is positively correlated with the degree of EPOC/DOMS – the afterburn effect.
37)   There are 3 types of skeletal muscle fibers – type I, type II-A, and type II-B. Different types of training increase the growth of one over another.
38)   80% of people who begin an exercise program will quit.
39)   The body has 3 energy systems – ATP-PC, anaerobic glycolysis, and aerobic.
40)   Strength gains come from muscle hypertrophy and improved muscle fiber recruitment.
41)   Dehydrating a muscle by 3% can cause a 10% loss of strength.
42)   Lactic acid is not the cause of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
43)   The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest. Increase your muscle mass.
44)   Direct abdominal exercises are not necessary to get good abs.
45)   You can lose weight and still gain muscle; likewise, you can also gain weight while still losing fat.
46)   Consistency and patience are key to long term successful weight loss.
47)   Weight loss is 60% Diet. 40% exercise.
48)   Exercise increases serotonin levels in the brain and releases endorphins making you feel happy and overall happy well being.
49)   Static stretching can increase the risk of injury. Dynamic Stretching is more advisable.
50)   Training results start to reverse after 2 weeks of no training.

Inspiration for you busy people…..exercise and health is ME time….

Keeping the inspiration alive….
So with the inspiration from a lovely friend of mine I am writing this piece too, as she said to me ‘write me something to inspire me Emma’… and she had also mentioned of an article she had read which I have also included should you fancy a gander.
So for inspiration and motivation I am going to centre on what Michelle Obama speaks about in this Women Health article (which is doing it for yourself, your time/me time) as my friend had said that with everything she reads or see’s this was one article in particular was one that stood out to her and made her really think about exercise in a different and positive way. So if you find that other methods of motivation to get your going havn’t worked for you then maybe this will.
So ladies (or gents), clear your mind…. And think about how you have come to this decision that you need to A) Improve your Health, B) Improve your physique C) Improve your eating or D) all of the previous. Now think about how you would look with that healthy glowing skin and body that you are envisioning for yourself. Now let me guess…a dark cloud is looming and all you are thinking is “NOO DIET..” “PAIN” … “EFFORT…” well snap out of it quickly!
Now, go back to that clear mind and that lovely image and start to think of this new task as a journey and time for YOU, so ME time, your time to improve YOURself, time to relax and get happy with the thought of taking an hour each day to work on your body and think about your health when eating.
We spend so much time thinking about others; work – 40+ hrs a week in most cases, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, kids, parents, friends, pets, bills…..basically a whole lot of other people beside’s ourselves. So why not instead try and see it this way:
We have few hours in the evening or week to ourselves, if you are dedicating some of that time to exercising or preparing healthy meals for yourself then enjoy them, try enjoying the exercise, instead of automatically hating it when you go to do it, thinking it’s a chore…we have enough of them to do so don’t let your “ME time” be a chore. Try new healthy receipe’s so it keeps it interesting and enjoyable, try exercise with a friend and enjoy the ME/WE time together. This is time when it’s all about you and your body, nobody else! There is almost of freedom and release in it. You don’t have to think about anyone else….but YOU!. Embrace it. You give so much to work and others and we give such little time to ourselves; well time for change.
Look at this excellent quote from the Dalai Lama…..its true aswell:
 So come on , lets invest in our ME time and use it to make exercise and a healthy life enjoyable and a form of winding down and enjoying your body, then let the results will follow. Take deep breaths and enjoy the air filling your lungs…releasing stress, lift those weights and enjoy the feeling of strength and power in your muscles, work them and enjoy the feeling of being alive and being able to push your body, enjoy stretching and breath deep when you do. It’s very relaxing and the endorphins are addictive.