Current Affairs

Learning 2011

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Connections, Current Affairs, Virtual Assistance | 0 comments

Elliott Masie is the founder of The MASIE Center Learning Lab & ThinkTank and hosts an annual conference in Orlando, Florida called Learning 2011 to discuss the future of Learning. His online bio states, “Elliott is acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term e-Learning and has advocated for a sane deployment of learning and collaboration technology as a means of supporting the effectiveness and profitability of enterprises.” I only live a little over an hour from Orlando so my client asked if I would be interested in attending this all-expense paid weekend and reporting back on my knowledge and experience. Now there’s a ‘no-brainer’, heck yeah! I am over the M-O-O-N about this invitation and opportunity! What an awesome client relationship, what an amazing resource for networking, what an awe inspiring learning adventure. Plus, I may get to meet Bill!...

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…lost and found…

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in Authenticity, Challenges, Conscious eating, Current Affairs, Food and Drink, Healing, Inspiration, Moving your body, Self worth, Spirituality, Wholehearted | 11 comments

When I first created this blog in 2009 my intention was to chronicle my weight loss journey. I wanted to keep myself accountable and to inspire others to go for the dreams they thought were out of their reach. While I was mom’s caretaker for the past year I had more issues with food and exercise than I believed possible! Wasn’t I past emotional eating? Didn’t I kick that habit when I lost fifty pounds? Then why was a cramming potato chips into my mouth while watching a late night movie? Why was I eating the high fat foods that I prepared for her because she enjoyed them so much? And why was I blaming her for my eating choices!? These were questions I demanded answers to halfway through the year as the stress of my new lifestyle took its toll. Yesterday I used my tracking journal to pull out my monthly weight since Nov 2009 when I weighed in at my lowest 140.5 I’d been hovering at 143 even though my Weight Watcher’s goal was 150 (for my height 5’10” the high end is 174). Mom moved in with us Thanksgiving 2009—barely three months later I weighed 145 and stayed within two pounds either side for the year. By January 2011 I was 150 and I weighed in today at 152. Now don’t think I’m obsessed with the scale it’s a tool not a God. But I had avoided the scale because I didn’t want to know—I didn’t want to feel as though I’d failed. I do know. My clothes are tight, and I feel sluggish and less energetic and those ten to twelve pounds are heavy and bogging me down—physically and emotionally. I felt way better at 145 but I felt awesome at 140 and will shoot for releasing the first five and then set another goal for releasing the next five. My coach reminded me to use intentional language like releasing because when I say I’ve lost a certain number of pounds I may find them again! I’ve been choosing comfort foods which mean carbs and sugar. (sigh) When we’ve eaten out I’ve ordered fried foods (gasp!) and slathered real mayonnaise on my sandwich and then asked for dessert. When I’m active and exercising regularly at a calorie burning level I wouldn’t think twice about splurging on a couple of meals each month to treat myself. But when it becomes weekly and then daily it slid into a habit or a crutch. I was using those late night cookies to numb myself or console myself, or even punish myself but yanno it doesn’t really help, or at least not for long. Grief is a process. It takes as long as it takes. I won’t find ‘I feel good about me’ at the bottom of a bag or box of anything! I’ve decided I can grieve and walk; grieve and laugh; grieve and eat healthy; grieve and love; grieve and release fat; grieve and live…until I’m done. For me grieving is about letting go—not simply the past or what could have been but my regrets, guilt, sadness, loss, and I’m ready. I’m ready to choose love and happiness. I’m ready to let go of all the things that are weighing me down and float into my future self as gently as a wind blown...

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Walking Your Talk

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in Authenticity, Challenges, Current Affairs, Inspiration, Love, Moving your body | 0 comments

I met the amazing and inspiring Jaime Renaud in 2002 when I signed up for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer from Boca Raton to Miami in April 2002—walking 60 miles in three days. Both my aunts are breast cancer survivors, but I was also walking in memory of my dad who died of cancer the year before at age 75. Jaime was walking for her special friend, Terri, who lost her fight to breast cancer in 2001. This walk was a celebration of Terri’s life and their friendship. Little did we know this walk would bring us together as kindred souls and create a lifelong bond of friendship between us.  We both lived in Ocala, Florida at the time and my mom, aged 71, also joined our team along with Amy Fejes from Lakeland. We kept each other going through practice walks and pooled our fund raising efforts and held a dinner and silent auction at a local café. What fun that rainy night was!    Eight years later Jaime is dedicated to being ‘In It Until She Ends It’ and has created the Appalachian Trail Girls Team (AT Girls), since she now lives in Millinocket, Maine, and is walking the Avon Two Day event in New York City on October 16 & 17, 2010. This time Jaime is walking for her friend, Rocky, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer—the name Rocky simply exudes ‘survivor’ doesn’t it!? The AT Girls’ slogan is “DO IT FOR THE GIRLS!”  Let’s help Jaime and her team ‘do it for the girls’; yours, mine, and ‘the girls’ of all of the women we love!     You can join Jaime’s team or donate here: Each team member commits to raising $1800 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and Jaime’s personal goal is $2000—that’s only twenty people committing to one hundred bucks each! Are you ‘In It To End...

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