Thirty Days of Hope – Day 5

Meet Ruth! “I have always been overweight. When I got married, my husband and I would try to eat healthy, and we did pretty good. We would eat our fruits and veggies, didn’t keep junk food in the house… but despite my exercise and attempts at healthy eating, nothing made a difference. I finally decided I wanted to be a healthy mom…and now I’ve lost over 60 pounds, and I am 45 pounds lighter than when I got married…” Do you know anyone who is trying to exercise their weight off and nothing is happening? I can really identify with Ruth. Message me for details on how to finally lose the weight.

Find out more by putting in your email address (and phone number if you’d like a call from me) in the box to the right.


Thirty Days of Hope – Day 4

Meet Angela: This is her story: “After my 3rd baby was born I found myself still wearing maternity clothes 9 months later. I started on the nursing moms program and lost 34 lbs in 3 1/2 months and I now wear a size 2-4. What I love most is how I feel. I have no more pains in my back, joints or my feet and I can out run my 20 year old brothers!!!”


Thirty Days of Hope – Day 3

Meet Bonnie! “I lost 45 lbs over 4 years ago and feel amazing! My goal was to be in the best shape of my life when I turned 50! I now have the gift of health and SO much more.”

If you want to find out more about results like this, put your email address (and phone number if you’d like a call from me) in to the box to the right and I’ll send you more info!


Thirty Days of Hope – Day 2

I met Susan on “day 1” of my weight loss journey. Actually, I had met her a few weeks before, but in the context of helping me with the school issues for my son. She asked me “what can I help YOU with so that you are in a better frame of mind to help your child?” I just blurted out “I want to lose 35 pounds by the end of the year.” The rest is history. Susan lost 20 pounds before she became a Certified Health Coach, and her husband lost 35. Now they work together full time as health coaches, helping others reach their health goals.

Enter your email address (and phone number if you’d like for me to call you) in the box to the right and I’ll send you more information!


Thirty Days of Hope – Day 1

2 1/2 years ago I decided that I really needed to get my “baby fat” under control. After all, my baby was 13 years old! My journey to losing 35 pounds in just under five months (With a 2 1/2 week vacation to Europe in the middle) Inspired me to begin my journey towards becoming a Health Coach. Helping people not only lose weight, but also starting a path towards overall wellness, is much different than anything I’ve ever done in my business career. It has been very exciting! Today I am starting a 30 days of Hope Campaign to share the stories of a number of people who have been helped through this great business. Enjoy!

Typical results:  Lose 2-5 pounds per weeks for first two weeks, and then 1-2 pounds per week thereafter.

Typical results: Lose 2-5 pounds per weeks for first two weeks, and then 1-2 pounds per week thereafter.

If you want to know more, just put your email (and optionally phone number) in the box to the right, and I’ll get in touch with you!


Warning! Your clean house could be poisoning your pets

Is Your House a Healthy House?

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Your kitchen floor is so clean that “you could eat off of it” – right?  Hold on!  Did you know that most floor cleaners contain ammonia which is a corrosive and irritates the skin, petroleum solvents which damage mucus membranes,  and even glycol ethers, known to cause tumors, and damage internal organs  and bone marrow?  Does your dog eat off of your floor?  Does your bird run across the kitchen to play with its favorite toy, does your cat lounge by the water fountain like a big cat of the Serengeti?   Our pets do all of the above, but safely.  How about you?  Is your clean kitchen floor poisoning your best furry, feathered and even scaly friends?

Often we try to take precautions in our cleaning habits to protect the humans in our house.  We worry about cleaners around food preparation surfaces.  The children get banished from the bathroom during cleaning.  We wear gloves when instructed, and hide the cleaning supplies away from those who can’t read labels.  But what about those non-humans in the house.  Here are some important facts to remember about your “clean” house.  Our best friends may be more exposed to chemicals than young children.  After all, they have four feet and they never wear shoes!  And face it, no one is going to care for your furry friend more than you!  So it’s time to stop exposing your best furry, feathered or scaly friend to the hazards of chemical cleaners in your own home. You, your children, and your pets can enjoy a clean home without compromising your health.  Here are a few tips:

  • Watch labels – including those from so called “green” products.  
  • Products that contain detailed dilution instructions should be headed.  Be especially careful of items delivered in a spray bottle, and yet have dilution instructions that belie their apparent “ready-to-use safeness” as a spray item.
  • There are products labeled “non-toxic” and “biodegradable that contain many dangerous substances, including 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent absorbed through the skin that damages red blood cells and irritates eyes.  Check labels.  Check for dllution instructions.  For example, Simple Green Concentrated cleaner  has instructions for dilution for almost every task.  This product comes in a spray bottle!  This would seem to imply that it’s “ready to use”, and yet even the instructions on the bottle indicate this is not the intended use for the product.
  • Many multi-surface and floor cleaners contain nonylphenol ethoxylate, which is banned in the European Union, and now in the State of California.  This is a hormone disrupter and is toxic to fish and other aquatic life.  Yet your pets walk across this with bare paws, and often lick food off of the floor that has been treated with this.  Floor cleaners also frequenetly contain DEGME, also called methoxydiglycol, in extremely high concentrations, often highly exceeding the concentrations allow in other countries.
  • Toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosives that can damage the eyes.  Toilet bowl disks are usually full of chlorine, and the labels indicate they “may be fatal if swallowed.”  A pet could confuse a disc with a plastic chew toy.
  • Even so called “fume free” oven cleaners have warnings similar to “Vapor harmful… open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying.”  If you have birds or other animals with delicate respiratory systems, these items are extremely dangerous in your home.
  • Many of the spray cleaners sold in the US contain ammonia, and other asthma inducing ingredients.
  • Most products delivered in powder formula emit “chemical” clouds, often invisible, including formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform and toluene.
  • Many products do not list their ingredients on their labels.  Do your own research.  A great resource can be found at the Environmental Working Group.
Want to know more?  Request our “Healthy Pets Guide” below to get information on healthy alternatives to mainstream cleaning products that endanger your family and your pets!

Get ready for the holidays (and save $25)

I’ve been “practicing” for the holidays this past month it seems! I had the following going on:

  1. Novell’s BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City.
  2. 10 day visit from my mother.
  3. Mini “family reunion” at my cousin’s house to celebrate my mother’s visit.

All three of these posed special challenges for the “maintenance me”.

The conference was great fun, and I would say overall I did GREAT when it came to food. I took my “maintenance” meals with me, and chose a sensible dinner in the evening.  I had a microwave in the hotel, so every morning I made oatmeal, and then made soup and put it in a thermos to take with me for lunch.  I had snacks with me, and even took my brownies so some evenings I could make a brownie in the microwave.  That said, our group has been known to “party” and I had at least one alcoholic beverage a night (a couple of nights I guess I had a “few”).  I came home two pounds over my goal weight, but in the three days between returning from the conference and welcoming my mother for her visit, I was back down to my goal weight.

Mom and the family stuff was also a little more difficult.  I realized just how easy the plan has been for me “at home alone”.  It was a little more complicated with another person with me all day.  But even at that, I stayed within two pounds of my goal weight while entertaining my guest, and a few days after her departure I was back to where I needed to be.

The support I got not only from my coach but also my clients was astounding.  Having clients tell me “you did so well losing your weight, I’m sure you can manage it now in maintenance” made a huge difference to me.  The support structure in the plan has kept and continues to keep my eye on the target.  This seems more important to me now on maintenance than it was when I was actively on the plan.

We’re gearing up for holiday season, starting with Hallowe’en and candy excesses tonight!  So stay focused.

To help you out now, and as we near the holiday season in November and December, I’m offering a $25.00 credit to anyone who orders through me through November 15, 2011.  So contact me here or on Facebook ( if you want to get started.  If you are already one of my clients, you can use this offer as well!  AND, if you share this info with your friends, and I get referrals from you, I will give your friend a $25 credit, and give you a $5.00 credit for each referral.  Your friend just has to tell me your name when contacting me.  Go to, look to see what you want to order, and then let me know so I can get you set up and put the credit on your account.

Let’s work together to get through this holiday season healthy and thin!