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Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve are right round the corner, and you want to lose a bit of weight to make sure you’ll look your best! By following our easy, stress-free diet plan devised especially for you

you can lose 3-4lbs in just 7 days, or if you have more time, 9lbs in three weeks.

What is it?
A straightforward diet based on 1,250 calories a day, using high-fibre foods to make you feel fuller for longer and have plenty of energy. The recipes are easy and most can be made in minutes. If you slip up one day, don’t beat yourself up… just get back on track as soon as you can.

How does it work?
The 1,250 calories a day are enough to lose 3-4lbs in the first week and a steady 2-3lbs a week after that. Because we’ve chosen foods with plenty of bulk or with a reduced Glycaemic Index (GI), which release sugar slowly, you’ll feel full longer and won’t want to snack.

Who is the Shape-Up For Christmas Diet good for?
Anyone who wants a fuss-free way to lose a few pounds in the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It was devised with Christmas parties in mind, but it’s a great way to lose a few pounds sensibly for any special occasion.. or just because you want to.

How to do it

It’s simplicity itself. For each week (one to three weeks, depending on how near your special occasion is) just choose one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one snack from those listed per day. Vegetarian options are marked with a V. Vegetarians should choose cheese made with non-animal rennet and yogurts which don’t contain gelatine. They should be marked suitable for vegetarians.
Drink at least 6-8 glasses of fluid a day, ideally water, but tea, coffee, herbal tea, diet drinks and squashes are OK too.
You should also have 275ml (9fl oz) skimmed milk in tea and coffee or to drink (this is on top of any milk in the meal and snack suggestions).
If you are still hungry, ‘free’ foods you can eat at any time are any type of raw, boiled or steamed veg (excluding potatoes and sweet potatoes) a green leaf salad dressed with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, a bowl of fresh or frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) or fresh melon.
Check you’re getting your 5 a day. Most of the meal combinations should ensure this, but if not, add in extra fruit or veg from the free food selection above. A portion is 2-3 tablespoons of veg or a bowl of salad
Try to choose one oily fish meal (salmon or sardines) a week. It’s rich in heart-healthy omega-3s.

Breakfasts
Choose from:
One sachet of Oatso Simple porridge made up with skimmed milk. A small banana. V
1 slice of granary toast with a 200g can baked beans. V
McDonalds Egg McMuffin (not the sausage or bacon options)
Bowl (40g) of All Bran with 125ml (just over 4fl oz) skimmed milk. An apple. V
1 x 125ml low fat natural bio yogurt topped with two tablespoons of muesli and a handful of blueberries. V
Bowl (30g) of Kashi Honey wholegrain cereal with 125ml (just over 4fl
oz) skimmed milk, 1 handful of sultanas or any other dried fruit. V
1 Jordans Apple and Sultana Multigrain Bar & 250ml bottle Innocent
Blackberries & Blueberries (or Mangoes and Passion fruits) smoothie.
V
1 slice of soya and linseed bread (e.g. Vogels or Burgen) toasted,
spread thinly with low fat spread and Marmite. 1 x 175g Shape Solo
yogurt. V
1 slice of wholemeal toast spread with 1tsp low-fat spread. Serve with 1
grilled rasher of lean back bacon, two tbsp baked beans, 1 grilled
tomato and 4 grilled medium-sized mushrooms.
3 tbsp unsweetened fruit and nut muesli with 125ml (just over 4fl oz)
skimmed milk. V

Lunches
Choose from:
Bagel filled with reduced-fat cream cheese. Serve with a salad of
tinned sweetcorn, red kidney beans and cooked green beans. A 100g pot of
virtually fat-free fruit-flavoured fromage frais. V
2 taco shells filled with green leaves, tomato and peppers, 3 tbsp
canned beans and a matchbox-size lump of Cheddar cheese, grated.
Nectarine. V
Half a small can of sardines in tomato sauce on two pieces of wholemeal
toast. Handful of grapes.
1 wholemeal pitta filled with cold skinless chicken, watercress and 2
tsp low-fat mayonnaise.
Half a 600g carton New Covent Garden Carrot & Coriander soup &
1tbsp Kraft Philadelphia Light, spread between 3 cream crackers. Top
with sliced tomato. V
One 250g pack John West Tuna Light Lunch Tomato Salsa and 125g pot
Sveltesse flavoured yogurt.
Sandwich made with two slices of medium-sliced mutigrain bread spread
thinly with low fat spread and filled with lots of salad plus any of the
fillings below (follow with a piece of fruit such as an apple or pear):

Prawns
Reduced-fat cheese. V
Reduced fat hummus. V
Wafer-thin ham
Skinless chicken
Tuna in brine
A medium baked potato with any of the toppings below (follow with a piece of fruit like an apple or pear):
3tbsp baked beans. V
Handful of wafer-thin ham and two tbsp tinned pineapple chunks (in juice)
Half a can of ratatouille. V
Small pot of cottage cheese with chives, mixed with a grated carrot and chopped tomato. V

Dinners
Choose from:
Broccoli and Pine Nut Pasta, Boil 100g pasta and add 125g broccoli 5
mins before the end of the cooking time. Drain and toss in 3tsp toasted
pine nuts and 8 halved cherry tomatoes plus a tsp of olive oil. Toss
well and serve immediately. Bowl of raspberries. V
Small roast chicken breast (no skin), 2 small oil-brushed roast
potatoes (or boiled) , carrots and cauliflower. Gravy made with gravy
granules. Scoop of sorbet.
220g pack Dolmio Express Microwave Fusilli with 170g pack Dolmio Tomato
and Basil Microwave sauce. Serve with salad leaves. V
Half a 270g Pizza Express margarita pizza with salad. Plus a bowl of fresh fruit salad. V
One 100g (4oz) grilled salmon fillet, served with a small jacket potato
and green vegetables. One scoop of sorbet.
Grilled fresh sardines. Crush one clove of garlic, rub into the inner
and outer surfaces of four gutted sardines. Grill until just cooked
through. Serve with one boiled sweet potato, broccoli, and wedges of
lemon. Half a 420g tin of Del Monte Fruit Cocktail in Juice.
150g (raw weight) lean rump steak grilled and served with 100g (4oz)
cooked oven chips; two tbsp each of mushrooms and onions ‘fried’ in
spray oil.
Vegetable Sweet and Sour Stir-fry. Stir-fry two large handfuls of
chopped vegetables such as onions, peppers, baby sweetcorn and mushrooms
in a tbsp of rapeseed oil. Add 3 tbsp drained pineapple chunks in
juice, half a can of canned tomatoes, squirt of tomato purée, plus white
wine vinegar and honey to taste. Bring to the boil and simmer until the
sauce has thickened. V
Prawn Kebab. Thread 150g raw king prawns onto 2 kebabs interspersed
with chopped pepper, mushroom and red onion. Spray with a little spray
oil and sprinkle with black pepper or a little mild chilli powder and
grill until cooked through (grey prawns turn pink). Follow with a Gu 50g
Cheeky Chocolate dessert.

Snacks
Choose from:
7 roasted salted or hickory smoked almonds. V
1 pot of Muller Light Cherry yogurt
2 medium apples. V
3 slices of mango (fresh or tinned and drained) with 2 slices of fat-removed Parma ham
80g pack Boots Shapers Carrot Crunchies, one apple and a handful of grapes. V
3 teaspoons of peanut butter with carrot sticks. V
4 small squares of high quality dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids. V
50g pack Weight Watchers cheese spread & spring onion dipper
100g prawns with one tbsp low-fat thousand island dressing
Small handful of peanuts and raisins. V

Ready meals aren’t out of bounds. For an evening meal choose one
with less than 400 calories and add lots of undressed vegetables or
salad.
A bought lunch-time sandwich or salad should have no more than 300
calories. Eat with a couple of satsumas.
You can swap your daily snack for 1 x 150ml (1/4 pt) glass of red or
white wine, or two small gin and tonics (each made with 25ml (1fl oz)
gin and diet tonic)

 

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SOON

It was upon that day so fair
To celebrate without a care
There was naught to mar the day
As children on the sand did play
For joy to all was with them then
No hate or malice had there been

I remember that little child
Oh so young and meek and mild
A sweet face for all to see
How angelic could one be?
Then out there in waters deep
A line of foam was seen to creep

The sea now it did subside
And from the shore began to hide
Now the child saw sea bed
Where once the sea was overhead
Moving now to closer be
She moved from sand towards the sea

Now the wave it built up high
Yes, as if to touch the sky
With thunderous roar it came on in
Taking child and car and rusty bin

No man or woman did it spare
For gentle child it did not care
No compassion did it feel
Its waves did lash and curl and peels

UNKNOWN  AUTHOR

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drink

This was a common saying back in the day. People would be trying to leave a party, but no, “come on, one more for the road.” People would stay, there weren’t the drinking and driving laws there are today, people were driving half tanked all the time!

There is a drunk driving commercial circulating, I didn’t watch it, but I’ve enclosed the link. I don’t need to watch it, I don’t want to watch it.

http://www.thisblewmymind.com/the-most-powerful-drunk-driving-ad-ever/#CF8rkoMcetRXFojX.01

A very close family friend was killed by a drunk driver who then fled the scene. He didn’t even care enough about a son, a father and grandfather to even stop to check on him. This is the most cowardly and disgusting act, I truly want that man to die. I’m not Christian, I want him to die in the most painful of ways.

This Christmas season, please ignore those that say “one for the road.” Please remember that everyone is a son or daughter. Everyone has someone who will want to hunt you down and hurt you in the most painful of ways.

Everyone. Don’t let it be me, please, I can’t do that again

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It will be lonely this Christmas

Because my wife will not be by my side,

6 x 6 foot room

With four grey walls surround me

A prison cell 

That’s why it will be lonely this Christmas

Because last year I got drunk

And knocked A little child  down,

So It will be lonely this Christmas

I deserved what I got,

3 years in prison that’s isn’t a lot

I took child’s life,

So That’s why I can’t see my wife

I will be lonely this Christmas,

That’s what I have to sacrifice

By Thomas Sims

The moral of this poem

PLEASE DONT DRINK AND DRIVE

THIS CHRISTMAS

THANK YOU

PLEASE REBLOG THIS AND SPREAD THE WORD. STOP THE SUFFERING THIS CHRISTMAS.

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Half a million older people will spend Christmas Day alone. We should harness the willingness of volunteers to offer support
Family Christmas dinner
Nearly two-thirds of people surveyed by Friends of the Elderly said they would be willing to open their doors to an older person who would otherwise spend Christmas alone. 

I was saddened, but not surprised, by the findings of Friends of the Elderly’s latest research, which found that despite people feeling it is their responsibility to look after their relatives in older age, it is a prospect for many that is hugely feared and even dreaded.

The potential demands it may bring on finances and time, and the complications of living in different locations are all very real and understandable concerns today.

Most of us want to do our best for our ageing relatives, but the reality is that our changing lifestyles can make this almost impossible. Half a century ago, most families stayed in the same area. Children would marry and move away from home but that usually meant a few miles or the next town. People are now far less likely to work for the one company for their whole career. A recent WRVS survey found that 82% of children who have moved away from their older parents have done so for work reasons.

How many times have you heard people long for the good old days when “we used to take care of our own”? Or make comparisons between western society and other cultures in the way they show respect to, and care for, the elders in their families?

There’s no one reason why families can’t take care of their older relatives – and no one should be demonised for not doing so. What we need to do is find a way for society as a whole to support our ageing population. Rather than the French system of being legally responsible for older relatives, I’d like to see a greater move for everyone to feel responsible for the older people in their communities.

If you can’t care for your mum who lives 150 miles away, why not offset this by giving a small amount of time to an older person who’s living alone in your street?

There is an appetite for people to do more – 64% of people in our survey said they’d be willing to open their doors to an older person at Christmas to avoid them being alone. A further 33% would be happy to pop in to see someone who was alone.

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When it comes to tackling loneliness and isolation, we need to find ways for older people to support each other and for the more active in our communities to help. I’ve seen two brilliant examples of this: The Amazings is a website run by older people to share their skills with others. Its strapline says it all: “Classes, courses and wisdom from elders with amazing lifetime experiences.”

Casserole, is a community project that encourages neighbours to make up an extra plate for those who may not be able to cook for themselves. Both of these projects utilise everyday skills and experiences to support others. They are simple but incredibly effective.

The growing pressures on social care budgets mean many traditional services in our communities are struggling to stay open. Day centres are finding it harder to cover their costs and to support the increasingly frail. How much longer will it be before older people have nowhere to turn in their local area because of these cuts?

By encouraging everyone to do more in their communities, we can break down the perceived barriers between old and young, help people stay active and remain a part of their community for as long as possible. We can also work to prevent loneliness from becoming so debilitating that it has a longer term, and more costly impact on health.

If there was one legacy this Olympic and Jubilee year could leave us with it is harnessing the willingness of volunteers. If every volunteer who took part in the Olympics could be supported to find ways to help the lonely older people in their communities, I’m sure we would no longer have to hear the shocking statistic that half a million older people will be spending Christmas Day alone.

WILL YOU HELP SOMEONE THIS CHRISTMAS?

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homeless

I live on the streets that’s me

No home to call my own

I play hide and seek

That make’s my life bleak

No warm clothes to wear

And no-one to share

Life is so cheap

I steal food to eat

I live on the street

With nothing to eat

I see people spending money

But I have none

I cannot buy presents

Santa won’t be visiting me

My family pass by

But they do not see

The misery

I endure

They are so happy

I am so sad

I live on the street

With nothing to eat.

Thomas Sims

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Christmas is not just for kids!

Is Christmas just for kids? I say-no way! Christmas is a time of joy for us all. I view it as an all-American holiday that has religious meaning for some but can also be enjoyed for the many other things it represents. No, Christmas is not just for kids! Adult pleasures abound and may be even more wonderful than the magical feeling children have while awaiting Santa Claus.

Here are a few of my favorite reasons to embrace the holidays in a grown up way.

The arrival of the winter solstice:

In the Pacific Northwest, where I live, we celebrate the solstice, because this date just before Christmas opens the way to longer days. My husband and I always enjoy hosting a gathering for friends around this time of year. We ask everyone to bring their favorite foods and wines to share, and friends who are willing to play for the group entertain us around the piano. We all wrap up the evening feeling warm, with a smile on our faces.

Time to enjoy wonderful foods:

I love to cook, and Christmas Eve dinner is one of my favorite meals to plan and prepare. It’s become a tradition to make a rich potato dish that’s really just sliced potatoes covered in rich cream and baked-I prepare this dish only once a year and savor every decadent bite! Sometimes we have lamb, and other years it’s prime rib. This Christmas we’ll enjoy a pork roast with the potatoes and lots of other treats, including a decadent dessert. I’ve also been busy baking cookies and surprising friends and neighbors with a plate of treats still warm from the oven.

Time to express gratitude to friends:

The holiday season is a wonderful time to slow down and enjoy getting together with our favorite people for a meal, a drink, or dessert. It’s a time to express appreciation for services done and for friendships, both of which we tend to take for granted during the rest of the year. I got great pleasure from watching our two pet sitters open their cards to find extra holiday cash and seeing the face of my next-door neighbor when I arrived with a plate of treats.

The music is amazing:

I simply adore holiday music. My favorites are Andrea Bocelli and the Three Tenors, and these two CD’s are getting worn from being played over and over. There’s something quite magical about having a lit tree that smells of the forest as a backdrop for Christmas songs sung in Italian.

So, while the Christmas season can be stressful for many, for so many reasons, it doesn’t have to be. Take the steps you need to take to have a relaxing, bright, and warm holiday season!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK

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DIET

My soul is ripped with riot
incited by my wicked diet.
“We Are What We Eat,” said a wise old man!
and, if that’s true, I’m a garbage can.

I want to rise and feel good that’s plain!
but at my present weight, I’ll need a crane.
So grant me strength, that I may not fall
into the clutches of cholesterol.

May my flesh with carrot sticks be sated,
that my soul may be poly-unsaturated
And show me the light, that I may bear witness
to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

And at oleomargarine I’ll never mutter,
for the road to Plumpness is spread with butter.
And cream is cursed; and cake is awful;
and evil is hiding in every waffle.

Mephistopheles lurks in provolone;
the bane is in each slice of baloney,
Fat hides in a chocolate drop,
and sugar is in a lollipop.

Give me this day my daily slice
but, cut it thin and toast it twice.
I beg upon my dimpled knees,
deliver me from jujubees.

And when my days of trial are done,
and my war with malted milk is won,
Let me stand with the model throng,
In a shining robe–size 5-6 long.

I can do it friend, If you’ll show to me,
the virtues of lettuce and celery.
If you’ll teach me the evil of mayonnaise,
of pasta a la Milannaise
potatoes a la Lyonnaise
and crisp-fried chicken from the South.

I pray if you love me, shut my mouth.

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DIET

DONT QUIT

When you’ve eaten too much and you can’t write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
And forgot all about being healthy and thin.
So what! you went over your allowance a bit.
It’s your next move that counts….SO DON’T YOU QUIT!

It’s a moment of truth, it’s attitude and change.
It’s learning the skills to get back in your range.
It’s telling yourself ‘you’ve done great up till’ now’,
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow.

It’s part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You’re still gonna’ make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But often the struggler’s, when losing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip…

SO DON’T YOU QUIT!!!

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I always love a new year as it signifies a fresh start, a change in habits and a time for new stretch goals.

It also means a time for reflection on all that I’ve learned in the previous year, what I want to take through into 2014 and what I need to leave behind.

If you haven’t already, I suggest you take time out for yourself to write down what you want your 2014 to look like.

As the experts say, if you don’t know where you’re going how will you know how to get there. The same is true for what you envisage for yourself, if you don’t have a clear mental picture of how you’d like your life to look next year, then how will you know what it should look like?

To ensure your 2010 is truly exceptional, here are the top 10 things you can start doing now:

1. Expect the best for yourself.
There’s nothing selfish in wanting to live the best possible life. Set your sights high, push yourself and always keep the big picture in mind. You’re going to need a fair amount of discipline to stay focused and achieve a life that you love, that you’re passionate about and that makes you happy. You know it’ll be worth it!

2. Love your gorgeous self.
The above can’t be achieved if you don’t appreciate yourself, warts and all. I’m my own toughest critic, but when I let up on myself once and while and pat myself on the back for my achievements I feel pretty damn proud. So congratulate yourself during the year when you’re making great progress. Take time out to treat yourself each time you reach a milestone.

3. Have a grand vision for your business.
Let’s face it 2013 was a tough year for anyone in business. 2014 can only get better so it’s time to envision the success your business will have in the New Year, the growth it will experience and the traction you’ll make through consistent and concerted effort in the right places. Keep that picture in your mind and solidify it on a daily basis through whatever works for you – vision boards, written statements, weekly progress sheets or constructive team meetings.

4. Surround yourself with positivity.
No matter what, stay positive.  Just stick to your company’s vision and think positive. Remember that problems don’t last long and having an optimistic outlook will get you through the toughest times. If you can’t muster it yourself, then turn to your support network of your best friends, mentors and advisors. Learn to let other people help you.

5. Plan ahead.
It is always best to have a clear plan in anything you do in life, especially in business. Better yet you should aim to have a plan A and a plan B for those times when things just aren’t working out. Flexibility and acting decisively on changes in your business landscape are key to success.

6. Bridge the gap.
A new year is also a year to re-connect with contacts and to start afresh with previous business relationships that may have gone sour. Learn to forgive. If you had a client or customer interaction that ended on a bad note then get in touch and ask how they are doing. Conduct business with an open heart and mind. It’s the best way forward for everyone.

7. Socialize more.
Get out and experience the world outside of your comfort zone, known as your office. Meet new people and exchange business cards with them. Who knows, that new acquaintance might be your next loyal client or future business collaboration. It invigorates your soul to meet with like-minded people and to learn from them.

8. Become trendy.
Study the market and visualize what your target market may need or be interested in for the coming year. Read up on daily basis about emerging trends in your business space so you can stay ahead of the game, and prepare for your next move towards making your business more profitable.

9. Share your fortunes.
Become a shining example of corporate social responsibility. Plan an activity where your company can contribute and help the less fortunate members of the community. It doesn’t have to be a grand party that needs to be publicized. A simple act of donating to an organization that’s making a difference is enough to show you care.

10. Relax and enjoy life.
It’s easy to say this when you’re on holiday but it really won’t hurt if let yourself enjoy yourself with mini breaks throughout the year. Yes, as entrepreneurs we tend to love our business and become addicted to it, but taking a break to recharge will do you and your business wonders.

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new-years-resolutions
Here comes the New Year
And its time to make resolutions
For I promise to be sincere
And bring in me a revolution

In class I’ll talk less
In studies I’ll surely progress
All my lies I’ll confess
I’ll go to play with egress

To my friends I’ll be kind
Have my character refined
To a helper of mankind
With a sound mind

I’ll follow my teacher’s advice
Regularly I’ll exercise
My mother I’ll idolize
Beyond doubt I’ll civilize

These are my resolutions
To bring in me an evolution
To follow them I’ll try my best
Until then I’ll no

Aditya Chattopadhyay

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