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Snow Cream!

We enjoy this seasonal snow treat, once maybe twice a year if we’re lucky! Hey… we live in Virginia :- )

 

To make 3-ingredient Vanilla Snow Cream, you’ll need:

8-12 cups of fresh, white, new-fallen snow (a cup here in North America is 8 oz.)
300 ml  can of sweetened condensed milk (10 ounces)
1 tsp vanilla
Large bowl
measuring cup
wooden spoon
freezer-proof container for storing your leftovers
ingredients for snow ice cream – snow, condensed milk and vanilla

Fill a huge salad bowl with fresh snow. Gather about 10-12 cups of snow. Very light and fluffy and impossible to pack.  Your snow might be heavier, and you may not need as much as I did. Don’t worry too much about being precise. You can always add more snow to your ice cream if need be.

Sprinkle a tsp of vanilla onto the snow.

Then drizzle half the condensed milk over top.

With the wooden spoon, fold the condensed milk and vanilla into the snow, kind of chopping, stirring and mixing to combine everything, mixing condensed milk and snow together.

Then we transfer the whole mixture back into the big bowl of remaining snow, and add the rest of the condensed milk as desired.  The condensed milk does not melt the snow, and make it watery.  It’s quite the opposite, actually.  The snow sort of freezes the condensed milk, making it thick and icy.

This is an updated version of the Brinn family Snow Cream recipe – This one is easier and makes for a chunkier bowl of snow cream! Courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com 

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Artistry in Motion, Locally Crafted Custom Surfboards

If you’re a Surfer or wish to be a surfer some day, the first thing that you need to know is that all surfboards won’t engender those visionary nose rides, hits, hacks, carves, and aerials on that tasty wish list of yours. You’ll need a “real” surfboard for that…

Last weekend I paddled out at one of our local spots for a test ride on my new “Poker Chip”; the most recent addition to my quiver. My first takeoff was so automatic and natural that I’d swear it was one of my old whips; each ride after, being a repeat celebration. The uniqueness of this first ride was that the board’s dimensions were completely different from any of my other boards; a completely new design and yet it new me! Continue reading Artistry in Motion, Locally Crafted Custom Surfboards

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Freemies! Learning to take time for you.

Take time out for you

OMG I’m killing you right? But please, how long have you been generously donating your free time? Just a little for yourself…maybe? Let’s talk about being successful at anything: It takes time and you’ll have to make that yourself. Knowing you need “Me Time” is the first step. That one’s easy! Next; if you’re hoping they’ll notice that you’re about to jump; forget it. Not even a Spock mind meld will crack the casing on those skulls ladies. They (family, work, and friends) may not have even noticed that Wonder Woman is out of options and ready to snap! So, we’ll begin by choosing some “Freemees” for your free time. What are Freemees? Fun things you’d love to do with an extra hour a day. Confidence abounds once you’ve defined your purpose. Plus, a solid plan of attack says I mean business! Most times they’ll surrender without a fight. Don’t give up if they challenge however, remember they’re spoiled and it may take them a minute or two to adjust; meaning a week to a month. Just stand fast and carry out your decree. “Take a deep breath and go for it! Hey guys, I’ll be taking some time for myself from now on”, smile and walk away. That’s all they need to know for now. Wonderful! Now let’s talk about what free time is? Yeah what is that anyway? It’s FREE; not for anything in particular so don’t start earmarking it with one of your hobbies or else we’re back where we started. Give your self 1 hour per day; yes you can. I began making changes in my daily routine at 28 yrs old and it’s just that easy. I was running my business (actually it was running me) and was tired as a dog all of the time. One year I had pneumonia two times. Ok, that’s a sign! My friend was always preaching about naps so I lay down; forced my eyes shut for the first time in my adult life, and called it “my time”. Amazing! I felt like Hercules in just a couple weeks! And today; 24 years later my naps are still a selfish luxury. No longer free time; they are cemented in my daily schedule. Now my free time is spent chatting with friends over coffee, petting my neighbor’s dogs (four of them so it takes a while) or whatever, but I don’t use that time for work or give it to anyone. It’s mine. I’m a much happier person for it and much more productive too. Free time should be just that; free. So what’s stopping you? Just you… so make a list and get on with your plans for self improvement and happier days. Don’t you deserve it by now?

My top 10 “Freemees” list, see anything you like?

  1. Go surfing with my son
  2. Play guitar
  3. Listen to my son play piano
  4. Journal
  5. Coffee with friends
  6. Pet the neighbor’s dogs
  7. Take a stroll around the yard watching my sprinkler system
  8. Silently watch the sunset or sunrise with my wife
  9. Listen to my son play the piano more
  10. Read something other than business related material

Lee Brinn – Bodytek Personal Training

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If it scares you…do it!

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The content here will improve any career, relationship, hobby, sport, challenge, or adventure that you apply it to. By overcoming our fears we free ourselves to be and do anything, no matter how fantastic it seems. Achieving the goals we fear may bring us results in true personal growth, willpower, and strength that lasts a lifetime. Thank you “Bud Bilanich” for laying it down so clearly, Lee

If you want to become self confident, you need to do three things:
1) become an optimist;
2) face your fears and deal with them; and
3) surround yourself with positive people.
Today, I’d like to focus on fear — that uncomfortable feeling that prevents you from taking the action necessary to get what you want in life.

What scares you? What have you done to overcome this fear?

Continue reading If it scares you…do it!

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4 most important fitness facts for weight loss success…

Feet on a bathroom scale - Isolated

Goals lead to Greatness: This fact is one often agreed on but seldom taken seriously when laying down the foundation for success. It’s the simple most powerful component for achieving success and should be thought out, weighed, measured and then given a deadline date of completion. Assure success by setting Goals!

Timing your Cardio for best results:  You can’t seem to get those last few pounds off? Put your cardio in the smartest place within your day in order to burn fat. First thing in the morning before your first meal when there is little or no calories to burn and this will force the body to burn its fat stores. Separate your resistance workouts from cardio workouts (3 hours or more) or make sure to limit your total resistance / cardio workout combo time to 1-2 hours so that you don’t miss meals. You’ll not only get the best results from the mornings cardio but also see a significant increase in your muscle development by keeping your recovery meals on time!

60% of your fitness results come from nutrition.

Thanks to this unavoidable fitness fact, those meal plans work! Stick with it!

More Melatonin, More Muscle… Less fat:

 

BodyTek Personal Training LogoMelatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the body by the pineal gland found in the brain. It correlates with sunlight and darkness making us sleepy towards the end of our day. This wonderful little chemical gives us the needed time to build muscle and utilize our daily caloric intake. Our muscle manufacturing plant works while we sleep burning those unwanted empty calories so remember lights out, get your 8 hours of sleep per night, and let your Melatonin do its job.

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Sleep or Exercise… Best?

  Sleep on it or Work it out?

Sleep or exercise? Recently I took a poll at my PT studio which showed about 90% of active people choose exercise over sleep. But I suppose if you were to poll the same amount of sedentary people they would answer just the opposite. Sure, it’s something of a lifestyle choice, but what if their interface within the body was the key to our survival? Here are some facts that we can all agree on. Most of us agree that stress sucks…literally it sucks the life out of you by super intensifying your body’s systems. Chronic stress can cause major health problems, destroy your quality of life, and shorten your life span by 10%. Obesity, depression, heart disease, stroke and sleep disorders are all caused by stress. Ok, Less of all that would definitely make us happier. So let’s use stress as our key indicator. Even if you’re getting eight hours of sleep a night, you’re missing out, and you gym rats who live on just three hour cat naps…sorry. Working out won’t replace sleep and vise versa; they go hand in hand. Sleepy facts are: Continue reading Sleep or Exercise… Best?

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