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One of these delicious chocolate and nut butter cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth without wrecking your diet.

Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Yield: 25 cookies

• 1 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
• 1 cup quick cooking oats
• ½ cup honey
• 1 cup Chocolate Shakeology

1. Combine peanut butter, honey, oats and Shakeology in medium bowl. Mix well.
2. Roll 24 balls, each the size of 1 tbsp.
3. Flatten each slightly so takes on the shape of a traditional cookie.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 115
Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 2mg
Sodium: 39mg
Carbohydrate: 15g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 7g
Protein: 5g

Once I know I’m sick, I rest as much as I possibly can. I clear my social schedule, work as little as possible, and shelve any projects (even mental ones) that can wait. My diet becomes very clean. No coffee, alcohol, sugar, junk, and I drink a ton of water. Also, I eat a lot of small meals all day long. Your body needs nutrients when it’s sick but doesn’t want the energy burden of digesting large meals.

When you’re sick, your body uses its recovery properties to fight the illness. When you exercise, you use these same properties to recover. To your body, trying to exercise when you’re sick is effectively the same thing as overtraining. You won’t be able to recover from exercise, rendering it useless, as well as increasing the risk of making your illness worse and lengthening your downtime.

Here are a few get-fit tips that can get you results without costing you a fortune.

If you can’t splurge on classes . . . DO A WORKOUT DVD. You can get a solid workout in your own living room for the price of a private yoga lesson or a few dance classes. (And, ahem, we know where you can find a few good DVDs.) The trick is to stay motivated when your comfy couch is beckoning from a few feet away. These tricks can help:

  1. Treat your workout time like an actual class. “Schedule time in your day to work out, and stick with it,” says JJ Virgin, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Health and Fitness Instructor.
  2. Even if you don’t feel like pushing yourself to the limit, at least push yourself to start. “Back in the day, Beachbody’s motto was ‘just Push Play,’” says Steve Edwards, Head of Fitness and Nutrition Development at Beachbody®. “Once you’re actually doing the workout, most people figure they might as well put some effort into it.”
  3. Invite a friend. “A workout buddy provides accountability and makes it more fun and interesting,”

According to Dr. Phyllis C. Zee, associate director at the Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology, Northwestern University School of Medicine, light has an enormous effect on circadian rhythms—your body’s daily physiological clock(4). Too much exposure to light before bed can keep your body from entering a restful state and may prevent you from remaining asleep for long enough. Keep lights dim at night and don’t sleep with the light on. You may even consider wearing an eye mask as one Chinese study found that earplugs and eye masks worn during sleep increases the levels of melatonin produced in the body(5). Or, you could invest in blackout curtains. These curtains are specifically designed to reduce noise by up to 40%, block out 99% of light, and help you save up to 25% on home heating and cooling costs.

In general, though, here’s what I recommend: If you’re trying to lose weight, stack the deck in your favor and go to bed on a relatively empty stomach. You can follow the 8 PM rule or, if that’s just not going to work with your schedule, then avoid eating within 3 hours of going to bed.

For those of you wanting to join me at the first of the year and start getting rid of those holiday pounds just shoot me a message.

Here’s another really good and short article from my friend Mike
Wanted to share this great article by Mike French.

My Father said this to me a long time ago “Mike, make sure that when the check comes due, you can pay the Bill.” I wasn’t sure what he meant. I didn’t have much money at the time, I was a teenager, so I asked him what he meant.

He told me that he meant eventually the check comes due with what you want in life. You want to be in a position to be able to pay the bill and get what you want. I have thought about this alot over the years and I finally get what my Dad was getting at.

In life we all have things that we want. If we don’t make the proper preparations to achieve those goals, we will fall short. It doesn’t matter if its Fitness or Business, we all must all put ourselves in a position to take full advantage of Life’s opportunities when they come our way.

Sometimes that window of opportunity is very small and short lived. Sometimes life is about timing. One of my favorite quotes is “The
harder I work, the luckier I get!”

In Business you have to work hard and be smart. You can’t sit back and hope for success. You need to go out and make it happen! PAY

With Fitness we “pay the bill” every time we do a workout that challenges us and we end up pushing harder than we thought we
could. That is PAYING THE BILL both Physically and Mentally. INSANITY anyone? ;-)

Will you be prepared to “Pay the Bill, when the check comes due?”

Here’s a great article from Mike French…

“What if…tomorrow you decide to make your daily nutrition as important as your workout?

What if…tonight you decided to go to bed 15 minutes early and get up 15 minutes early tomorrow?

What if…you decided that your personal development was worth reading 10 pages of a good book before bed instead of mindlessly
channel surfing?

What if…you stopped making excuses and started making solutions?

What if…you decided to work harder on today’s workout than ever before?

What if…you chose to take an extra second to listen when your child tells you something that is so important to them that they HAD to share it with you?

What if…you told the people that you love most that you love them every day?

What if…you slowed down your super fast life and really tried to soak up & enjoy up every moment?

What if…you reached out to someone you have been thinking about but haven’t talked to in along time instead of just thinking about it?

What if…you appreciated and praised the achievements of others as much as you want yours appreciated & praised?

What if…someone you admire and respect greatly, reached out to you and made your daywith a simple phone call? Would you pass on
that positive energy?

What if…you acted like today was the last day of your life, and then did that every day for the rest of your life?

What if…”

Very inspirational indeed! I’m here if you’re ready to start?

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