Monday, April 4, 2011

Finding BLISS with the BARBELL

4 Things Women Should Be Doing in Their Fitness Training—But Aren’t

click on the link to read this great article...

Will lifting weights make me big? No, but what you're shoving down you pie hole will....

If I had a quarter for every time someone said to me they did not want to lift weights because they are afraid of getting BIG, I'd buy a Dunkin Donuts franchise and see them at the counter.  Because... most of them are afraid to lift weights but they are NOT afraid to eat a donut, bagel, vanilla latte, Panera sandwich, cupcake or have 2 or 6 glasses of wine every night before bed. Those items in excess, not the barbell , will make you big. When you cut the fluff from your food choices and follow these principles for fitness your tricep will start to pop out.  You might THINK you are getting bigger when actually, you are getting smaller, leaner and healthier. And really who cares...if you are working out smart, eating well, sleeping, doing yoga, and detaching from the worlds false idea of  a "perfect" body, your heart and sense of self will feel BIG and eventually your ass might just become smaller.

Mike Tyson or Michelangelo


Did you know there is actually a book titled Bad Intentions; The Mike Tyson Story, by Peter Heller.


"In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it."—Michelangelo

People set intentions on all kinds of dreams; to be kind , make a career change, to write a book, lose weight or lose their mom jeans. Sometimes unknowingly we sent an intention on the pathway straight to SUCKY!  I am so stressed, I look like I'm getting fatter, I have no patience with any human or animal, my week is starting out HORRIBLE! When we set a positive intention  and then act on it to demonstrate our commitment, amazing things occur. Intention can also give us fortitude for dealing with tough times. My father recently passed away. My intention is to live through this process with strength and grace. I am tested daily. It’s often not easy, but this intention has helped me maintain composure, peace, and on a good day, a sense of humor. Intention can be used for community or personal issues, global events or daily tasks,  putting down the cupcake or drinking more water.


First Steps:

1. Get clear about something you want and write it down.

2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action.

3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.

4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.

By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams and fully embracing all God INTENDED for  you!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Caramel Chocolate Crack

Marzettis Caramel Apple Dip (not low fat)
small can evaporated milk
3/4 C butter
1 pkg. German chocolate cake mix
1 c. or more chocolate chips (semi sweet)

In a mixing bowl melt 3/4 C butter
Add German chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup of evaporated milk 
Mix into a batter

Spread half of the batter into a 9x9 inch pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes
Remove from oven
Pour melted caramel over batter (after baked). 
Sprinkle 1 cup of chocolate chips on top
Flatten the rest of the batter like a pancake between your hands 
Lay the pieces on the top of the caramel and choc chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes

Let the brownies cool in the refrigerator and make sure you allow plenty of time for the caramel and chips to become firm before you cut them or it will be a gooey mess.