Recovering from Holiday Excess

Who did not eat a bit too much of the overwhelmingly-fat and gooey goodies?  Not me!  I indulged for several days prior to the big family dinner, and am now in major recovery mode from my holiday excess.  I felt bloated and loggy the first day, and followed a Lean, Clean and Green eating plan for the next two days.  We celebrate at our house on Christmas Eve, with the grandkids.  Then, we recover on Christmas, just in time to go to their home for another huge feast.  This time, we did not make it.  All three of us — me, hubby and his sister, lay around like beached whales on Christmas Day.  Burping and feeling quite out-of-sorts.  We had consumed quantities of fresh Dungeness crab, cheese ball with crackers, chips and guacamole, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, a small salad and many candies, all the day before.  By the time Christmas rolled around, we could not move!

We recovered enough on the 26th to catch a movie.  I ate popcorn, but did not consume the box of Red Vines, as I usually do.  (Yes, even Health Coaches have our vices!)  By the way, the new Star Wars movie is pretty good.  A bit predictable, but….as a die-hard Star Wars fan, I felt it was worth it.

Now, back to the right way to recover.  Get some exercise.  I walked my dog, worked out on my Total Gym and did some intense yoga.  I burped some nasty stuff and farted/pooped the rest.  Crass, but true!  You gotta get those toxins out, whatever it takes!

Took some USANA Probiotics, ate some salads and veggies.  Limited the rich foods, cut-back on pies and cookies.  All the goodies I was consuming during the wrapping and decorating cycle are now tossed.  Time to get back to the right way to eat.

In case you are looking for a bit more intense clean-out, or to drop some pounds quickly, I will be launching a SexyFit Weight-loss Challenge mid-January.  You can do it with a support-group, or individually, on your own time.  I have a great program that will clean you up and do it gently, without excessive running to the bathroom.  If you want to know more, go to http://www.deb.sexyfitnutritionchallenge.com and get signed up!  We will launch on January 19.  The USANA Reset lasts five days, and you should lose between four to six pounds.  Then, we move to Transform and keep losing one to two pounds a week. The key is to get enough nutrition to help your body want to let the fat go.  This program from USANA works, and I use it with all my clients.  For the past sixteen years, we have enjoyed the results of paying attention to calories, sugar, high-fiber and exercise for just a few days.  Plus, you will kick carb and sugar cravings!  What a difference a Reset makes!

Meantime, 2018 is around the corner.  Forget the New Year’s Resolutions and just decide to get on-track and stay there.  The right vitamin protocol helps, along with the probiotics and daily exercise.  Drink half your weight in ounces of water a day.  Get your fiber!  Limit sugar to below 50 grams a day.  Simple, but most just let the days slide and do not hit those goals.  Daily consistency helps you stay Sexy, Lean and Strong – At Any Age!

Join me over on my new TV channel — sexyleanandstrongtv:  http://www.bonbonnetworks.com/channel/11509 — Get Sexy, Lean and Strong with Deb Dutcher, Your Health Coach.  I have some tips that will get you through any New Year’s celebrations!  Light up the New Year and Get SexyFit!

Happy New Year and Happy New YOU!!  Let’s Do This!

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Launching a TV Channel is a Blast!! (and a real pain….)

EVERY SHOW OPENER-THUMBNAILAs of next week, approximately August 9, I will be the proud owner of my very own TV Channel, “Get Sexy, Lean and Strong TV” on the BONBON Networks, being distributed on over 30 networks, world-wide!!!  Who would have thought I would be doing this at this time in my life?  I am turning 65 in just a few weeks, and most folks are winding-down at this point.  I am actually taking on something on the scale of projects I did back in high-tech, in my 30s and 40s!  Creating a TV show is an amazing, exhilarating, and daunting experience.  Especially for someone who does not make many videos or use Facebook Live (yet), and who has yet to post on Instagram!  So, what made me want to put out a TV show, you ask?  I have a great practice as a health coach, helping folks be Sexy, Lean and Strong at Any Age, and I love what I do!  Most folks resonate with my message, and my clients all experience improvement.  So, when the offer came along, I decided to stop second-guessing myself and hold my nose and jump!

I chose that name for the show to tie in with my best-selling book, “Sexy, Lean and Strong After 50!”.  I felt the teachings in the book would be of interest and could be distilled down into bite-size chunks.  Hah!!  It took several days of planning, scripting, checking lighting and furniture arrangement, booking guests, practicing with makeup and wardrobe, and then the day came!  A major issue is every frickin’ wall in my home is a blah, beige-y light cocoa brown, and there are no ceiling fixtures — witness the picture above.  This means I, a beige-y blonde, blend right into the walls and the shadows give me huge under-eye circles!  I tried hanging pictures that would not wash me out. I tried using every lamp I owned to lighten the room.

Then the videographer arrived and I found out I just froze in front of the camera!  Finally, I shook off the feeling of being under surveillance and was able to get the message on tape. The videographer had those square, multi-light contraptions, facing right at me.  (I found out you are supposed to stare at the camera, not the red light or the light stands….)  We taped the first video and it seemed OK.  Then, I changed my outfit and all hell broke loose.  Suddenly I had a shiny face, because I did not re-powder, my hair was all messed-up and the jewelry clanked in the microphone.  In another video, my hair (wig) moved around, my necklace was crooked, my bra-strap was showing and my eyes looked really tired.  (No wonder, I was up until 1:30 a.m. most nights, reviewing the day’s videos. We shot two to three a day, each requiring costume changes and moving furniture.)  And I moved the furniture!  Exhaustion began showing on my face.  As a health coach, that is not a good thing.  My practice was put on-hold, with clients being very understanding, for the most part.

I was the show director, producer, writer, script-girl, stylist, set designer, fed the crew and guests, and had to review all the dailies.  Many little things, like my super-oily face in a few videos, shifting jewelry, guests who talked too low or avoided looking at the camera, escaped my notice until too late.  However, I learned a ton about lighting and now own a Diva light (available on Amazon) and truly amazing for brightening your complexion, creating a pleasant hue and removing shadows.  Too bad I did not have it until the last day, for the last video.  Which is brilliant, I have to say!  All my learning came together that one last day.

The biggest issue was not understanding how to provide a video with a thumbnail, to a TV network.  It is not like YouTube (which I have used a bit), where you upload the video and YouTube comes back and shows you three thumbnails and you pick one.  In television land, the first scene is the thumbnail.  So, two nights of work creating great power-point slides, title slides, adding in a photo collage for each show, and a musical theme, was trashed once the network uploaded our videos and we found out we now had twelve identical thumbnails, with just numbers for the name of the show.  And, we had duplicate shows, were missing shows, could not find shows.  Catastrophe!  We pulled back all the videos, deleted all the intro stuff, edited down so there were unique thumbnails for most of the shows.  We had to shorten the music, which broke my heart.  It was a really cool jazzy riff. Now, it may be all of four notes.  But, we have the first season under our belt.  Total hours spent filming and editing by my videographer — 40, plus all my scripting and design work, another 80.  Not too bad for beginners!

Ultimately, I have launched with twelve videos, with very diverse topics. I will list them at the end of this and see if you readers have new ones to suggest.  Season 2 begins in September and the network is letting me upload my own videos!!  Scary thought!!!

Here are the topics we launched with:

Show 1 – Meet Deb Dutcher (1.25 minutes, short and sweet)

Show 2 – Don’t Give Up On Your Body!

Show 3 – Is Your Body Mad at You?

Show 4 – You Can’t Jump Off a Mountain

Show 5 – Setting Real Goals — with guest — Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard

Show 6 – Moms – Making Time for You — with guest Erin Green-Astone

Show 7 – Exercise Demo by Me

Show 8 – Nutrition Demo by Me

Show 9 – Supplements Saved My Life

Show 10 – Moms – Single, Smart and Thriving — with guests Jennifer Alvarez and Jennifer Jost

Show 11 – Addiction and Families – with guest Donna Lynn Spahn

Show 12 – Staying Balanced

Whew!  I have so much more I want to cover, but, the network was targeting an August 1 launch.  It feels like we produced the equivalent of 90 days of work in just four weeks!  A big shout-out to my videographer, who stuck with me, and learned about TV with me, Larry Curtin, of MobileTraxPro videography.   He is a dream to work with!  We are ready for the next season!  I am even going to try my hand at shooting my own videos.  Wish me luck!!!  Oh, and if you want your own channel, use my link to get a big discount:  http://www.younetworks.tv?afmc=1g

And now, to sleep, perchance to dream of new worlds to conquer, even at 65!!!  (Instagram???)