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1,000 Calorie Diet

I am a petite girl, and I sometimes have trouble eating less calories in my diet, than I should. My recommended amount of calories for my height and weight are about 1,000 calories. So if you’re petite like me, or looking to shed some weight, try a low-calorie diet for a few days and see if you like the results. I’m sure you will! 

*Eating a low-Calorie diet can help you lose inches off your weight. Especially if you keep track of your calorie intake for at least 3 days. 

*Develop Lighter Eating Habits: 

*This shows the food pyramid for a 1,000 Calorie diet and the serving amounts for each category. 

*If you want to do a 1,000 Calorie diet, try it for just three days first, then continue with it if you were ok the changes. 

*Here are meal plans to help you keep inside 1,000 calories. 

*Now turn around and burn it off!!! 

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Is there any way to eliminate the “cottage cheese” on your thighs and rear end? No, not really. But there are steps you can take to get rid of cellulite..

Cellulite, also known as gynoid lipodystrophy, is an aesthetic condition where fat deposits are visible underneath the skin, giving a dimpled effect. It can show up in any location, but the legs and bottom are most notable. Cellulite occurs in over 80% of the female population, with much fewer occurrences in men.

There are a number of different factors that cause cellulite. Excess estrogen, caused by hormonal imbalances or excess weight, can be a factor in cellulite production. Another hormone tied to cellulite is insulin. Imbalanced blood glucose levels found in people such as diabetics and pre-diabetics can cause cellulite. Stress also plays a huge roll in the development of cellulite.

Other factors that can cause cellulite are genetic predispositions, your sex, your race, underlying medical conditions, and your lifestyle. Scientists argue that there may be no cure for cellulite, but we can battle its appearance.

“Everyone has strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat to skin. In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-shaped pattern, so any increase of fat tends to bulge out like stuffing in a mattress. You see less cellulite in men because their fibers run horizontally, forming a criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.”

“Though cellulite can pop up any time, it is true that cellulite does seem to appear out of nowhere and get worse with age. That’s because our tissues change. Those strands of connective tissue thicken with age, and our skin gets thinner, making cellulite more noticeable. More importantly, we gain fat with age. The average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life.”

Source: Target Cellulite

*Exercises for Cellulite:

  • Side to Side

Muscles worked: Quadriceps, abductors, adductors, hamstrings, and glutes. 

  • All-Fours Kickback

Muscles worked: Gluteal muscles. Wear ankle weights to intensify the workout.

  • Lying Inner-Leg Lift

Muscles worked: Inner thighs

  • Squat and Side Lift

Muscles worked: Glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and abductors.

  • V-Leg Pull

Muscles worked: Outer thighs

  • One-Legged Lunge

Muscles worked: Glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings

  • Butt Kicks

Muscles worked: Glutes, lower back, hamstring 

  • Squats with Weights

Muscles Worked: Thighs, inner-thighs, glutes

*Dry Rubbing

“When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more succesful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs. But the more we looked into it, the more benefits we learned this relatively simple routine had to offer. Not only does it buff away dead skin, but it’s fantastic at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage, and ultimately ridding the body of toxins. Your skin is your biggest organ, after all.”

“Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.”

“You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.”

Benefits: “In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.”

Source: Anti-Cellulite

  • Homemade Treatments

Bailey’s Irish Cream Jello Shots

Holy cow, these little Jello shots look and taste so incredible! I made them last night and had them today. The flavor of the Bailey’s is so delicious and the texture of the Jello shots remind me of my being a kid, or actually more like college. I found this recipe and had to share it with my readers. If they look too good to be true, then make a bunch and see for yourself!

“These cute little Baileys Irish Cream Jello Shots are so much fun! Not only do they combine caffeine and booze for that perfect pick-me-up-yet-slow-me-down feeling, they taste delightful with a thin espresso layer on the bottom and a solid Baileys Irish Cream gelatin above.”

“Top them with a little dollop of fresh whipped cream and you have a 21 and over treat all your friends will adore.”

Making the Jello Shots:

  1. Start by whisking hot espresso (or coffee) with 2 packets of unflavored gelatin and a little sugar. You can buy unflavored gelatin in the baking aisle at the market, or next to the flavored Jello.
  2. Pour the coffee gelatin into a plastic lined baking dish and chill.
  3. Next heat a portion of the Baileys Irish Cream. Don’t boil it; just get it hot enough to dissolve the gelatin. 
  4. Whisk 3 packets of gelatin into the hot Baileys making sure there are no clumps. 
  5. Then whisk in the remaining bottle of Irish Cream. Pour the Irish Cream gelatin over the firm coffee gelatin and chill.
  6. Once both layers are firm, either cut the Baileys Irish Cream Jello Shots into squares, or use a small cookie cutter to cut out circles.

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Source: Bailey’s Irish Cream Jello Shots

Five Love Languages 

“Find out how important it is for couples to understand how each other and themselves both give and receive love. It is possible for couples to truly love each other, but to truly feel unloved because they don’t think the same about giving and receiving love.”

“Everybody generally has their own primary love languages for receiving love and giving love. It may be the same for giving/receiving, and it may be different. If a husband does not meet the primary love language of his wife, she might not sense his true feelings and start to be unsatisfied with their relationship.”

“Understanding your spouse’s love language and acting accordingly will fill their “Love Tank”. The “Love Tank” analogy is a great metaphor for describing how loved someone feels. Like a gas tank in a car, our lives run best when our Love Tank is filled and constantly being topped off. The alternative is running on fumes and burning out.”

“Meeting people’s primary love language consistently will fill up their love tank and help them feel loved like they need. But if a spouse fails to meet this primary love language, it might leave their “Love Tank” empty, which leads to feelings of being unloved and issues in relationships.”

1. Words of Affirmation

“If this is your love language, you feel most cared for when your partner is open and expressive in telling you how wonderful they think you are, how much they appreciate you, etc.”

2. Acts of Service

“If your partner offering to watch the kids so you can go to the gym (or relieving you of some other task) gets your heart going, then this is your love language.”

3. Affection

“This love language is just as it sounds. A warm hug, a kiss, touch, and sexual intimacy make you feel most loved when this is your love language.”

4. Quality Time

“This love language is about being together, fully present and engaged in the activity at hand, no matter how trivial.”

5. Gifts

“Your partner taking the time to give you a gift can make you feel appreciated.”

Source: Love Languages

Your Employee Appreciation Day Celebration: 4 Tips To Make A Sincere Impact

Sometimes it can seem like employees don’t ever pay attention to employer’s good deeds. But today, March 3, 2017, it is employee appreciation day! Celebrate with those you work with and those who work hard for you. The following article tells four great ways to keep employees feeling no resentment and that their performance is appreciated. 

“We can’t help it. As humans, we’re drawn to great achievements. And we want to be part of the celebration of those great achievements—whether it’s watching 80s thrash metal band Megadeth finally win their first Grammy Award this year, to NASA discovering seven new earth-sized worlds, to Tom Brady making the biggest Super Bowl comeback in history. We all watch these achievements with amazement.”

“It’s not just the recent great achievements that capture our intrigue and interest either. Walk through your local park and you’ll likely find a dedication to a former member of the community who made an impact. Look closely at education, military, culinary arts, writing and architecture. They all have awards, trophies and medals celebrating the best and most noble achievements. We even build statues, monuments, and name buildings and bridges after people who have accomplished great things. We love to appreciate and celebrate great work.”

“So why aren’t we celebrating great accomplishments more often in the one place where average people are achieving great things every single day—at the office? Why aren’t more companies and bosses making appreciation and recognition more of a priority? Why aren’t we as leaders going out of our way to celebrate the effort our people give to their work? Why aren’t we bending over backwards to ensure the results employees create are rewarded and applauded? And, why aren’t we showing more gratitude towards the commitment employees are making to the organization, the team, and the cause? Most leaders respond to those questions with a simple answer: “I didn’t think about it.””

“Those are some powerful numbers that show the impact and importance of recognition. But, we have an even more sobering statistic. If you still think recognition is a soft skill, or just a nice practice, that doesn’t impact your bottom line, consider the following finding. When employees participate in all three aspects of recognition moments—meaning they give recognition, receive recognition, and observe recognition—companies witness a 591% increase of employees who say they are engaged.”

“If those numbers have you thinking about how you should spend more time focusing on how to show your appreciation right now, the perfect opportunity to start happens this week as National Employee Appreciation Day is Friday March 3. This means you, as a leader, still have time to show your people how much you a value them and their work—and show how much you respect the one day each year designed to celebrate them. Here are four tips that can help you turn your employee appreciation celebration into an impactful event.”

1. Communicate: “We’ve heard about many companies that will do things to show appreciation for their employees like having lunch catered, but never actually address the reason for the celebration. Take the opportunity to deliver a meaningful message to your team. Talk about the great accomplishment you’ve achieved as a group. Tell them how they play a critical role.”

2. Go Big: “A bigger budget isn’t the only way to host a celebration that will leave an impact. Make a fuss about how important the day is to show that you don’t take it for granted. We’ve seen employers hire on-site massage therapists, car washers and even “errand-runners” for their team. Other employers provided gift certificates to dinner and child-care services so employees can have a night of celebration outside of work. The goal is to do something surprising.”

3. Make It Personal: “Although all employees are being celebrated, make a point throughout your day to show your appreciation to each individual on your team. Tell them the specific impact they’ve made at work. Share with them the reasons why you appreciate them and their talents.”

4. Start Something New: “Possibly the reason National Employee Appreciation Day gets overlooked or forgotten is because it’s just one day out of the year. Use this day as an opportunity to start fresh by making a promise to your team that you will be better every day at recognizing their efforts, rewarding their results, and celebrating their career milestones.”

Source: Sincere Impact

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