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???)

What Do Athletes Want in a Supplement?

Steve Simon, CEO of WTA and Deb Dutcher, Health Coach
Steve Simon, CEO of WTA and Deb Dutcher, Health Coach
Deb Dutcher with Monica Puig and Sam Stosur of the WTA
Deb Dutcher with Monica Puig and Sam Stosur of the WTA
20160313_105024I just returned from the BP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. I was a special guest in the USANA Health Sciences suite, and got to meet with some of the athletes from the Women’s Tennis Association — Sam Stosur and Monica Puig. I got to hear from the physiotherapist and trainer, Carol, and the new CEO of the WTA, Steve Simon. USANA was celebrating its tenth year of being the preferred supplement provider for the WTA. It was really powerful to hear, directly from the athletes, their trainer and CEO how important they feel taking the supplements is in supporting their training and competition schedule. It was also gratifying as I have been on many of the same supplements for almost fifteen years now.

Two of the most important products they cited were the USANA Probiotics and the C-Booster Plus. Both are used to keep up their players’ immunity while going through their grueling travel schedule, crossing time-zones and having to play the very next day! When they have a multi-city and country travel schedule, they get on the C-Booster for ten days. This helps them combat the germs all through airports, hotels and airplanes. (C-Booster has Vitamin C, echinacea, elderberry and zinc). C-Booster is my go-to if I get even a tickle of a sore throat or am exposed to sick people. I don’t get flu shots! I just load up on the C-Booster, the Proflavanol (grapeseed extract and Vitamin C), extra Vitamin D-3, drink lots of fluids and hit the sack early! I can usually kick the bug in 24 hours.

Now, back to the athletes. They also swear by the USANA Essentials — which they get in their personalized HealthPaks. The Essentials are the foundation supplement — with over twenty-five vitamins and antioxidants and eleven essential chelated minerals. If you tried to match the amount of nutrition in this power product with food, you would need to eat 22,000 calories of food a day, and spend about $33! Much easier to take the Essentials morning and night. Remember, your body does all its repairs while you sleep, so you need to give it all the building blocks it needs. Plus, if you get enough vitamins and minerals, the body knows it is optimally-nourished and you will keep the fat cells from growing! Which will result in losing weight….

Another key product the athletes use is the Procosa — a special joint-support product with glucosamine, turmeric and Vitamin C. This has kept my knees happy for years now! Prior to USANA it hurt to go up and down stairs, and now I can climb mountains!

I have relied on these products for over fifteen years. The WTA has relied on them for ten now. Maybe it is time for you to try them? http://energyunlimited.usana.com to order with a Preferred Customer discount. You can also take a FREE True Health Assessment and find out what your body needs and wants. USANA will customize your pak, just like they do for the athletes!

Why do you suppose the WTA and another 489 elite athletes trust USANA? Simple — every product has a 100% purity and potency guarantee. They are manufactured in USANA’s FDA-registered manufacturing facility, in Utah. They have passed both ConsumerLabs and NSF. Plus, they are ranked #1 supplement in North America in the “Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements”. If that is not enough to get you to try them, how about a money-back guarantee from USANA when you order through a rep (like me?).

I recommend these supplements to all my clients because I know they work! We get great results. A side benefit of the Essentials is they help get rid of cravings because your body does not need any micro-nutrients and is “Happy”. So you can stay “Sexy, Lean and Strong!”

So, if you want to feel like an athlete, with energy to burn and stamina to get through your workout, give them a try!

My Book Is Finished!

I finished it!  A labor-of-love for all of you.  I have been working to distill down all I know about calming our bodies down and supporting our natural healing processes.  It is done!  My first book:  “Sexy, Lean and Strong After 50! — How I went from Fat, Depressed and Divorced to the Best Shape of My Life, and How You Can Too!”  It will be available on Amazon Kindle for download December 7, 2015.

I am sharing my concept of the Mad-Body Syndrome that puts you on your Mad-Body Mountain, and how it takes more than crash-diets or hours at the gym to get back to Sexy, Lean and Strong Valley.  Those of us of a certain age (mine is 63….) have to do a bit more soul-searching and self-analysis to get to the core reasons we are on the mountain in the first place.  My journey has lasted for over fourteen years and taken me through some amazing discoveries.

The first amazing discovery was that life does not end at divorce.  Life does not end when your only son dies suddenly or when you lose your home and livelihood.  Life does not end when your only daughter refuses to speak to you and your husband, lover and best friend of over thirty years cuts you off from all you know and love.  Life does not end when you are fat, depressed and want to die.  Life begins again and it is all about saying Yes! to getting off the mountain and reclaiming your vitality and energy.   Life is there for the taking and I want everyone to have it all!  Health, love, sex, energy and a joie-de-vivre, at Any Age, but, especially after 50!

My life began anew at 51, when all hell broke loose and all I had lived for and built was torn away from me.  Here is an excerpt from the book:

“Living alone for the first time in almost my entire life, at 51, was gut-wrenching.  I would try to find ways to calm myself and get to sleep.  I tried to eat but the though of food made me nauseous.  I could not even smell it…..Finally I was learning to take care of myself….I was trying to keep my ranch going, learning to date for the first time in over thirty years, selling the family home, and running my nutrition products business.  All at the same time, plus trying unsuccessfully to re-connect and build a relationship with my daughter.”

As I was able to turn my life around, reclaim my health and energy, and live with total happiness and purpose, so can you.  Here is another piece I want to share:  “Getting off the mountain successfully requires really understanding who you are, what you want to be, do, and have, and what it will take to make this happen…..To discover your path will mean some real digging.  It is buried deep inside you and we have to draw it out.  You are going to go on a self-discovery journey, which will ultimately tell you how to get off the mountain.”

I hope this book helps others who are going through their own hell to discover a way off the mountain.  I am committed to helping everyone who asks.  I am here for you.

Be Well and Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!  Watch here for the final book announcement!

WHAT I LEARNED AT SCHOOL

Seated brownI just completed the full year at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and am now a Certified Integrative Health Coach! It was an amazing year, full of some real eye-opening information about our world, the state of our food supply, how toxic we really are, and also about all the ways to protect our health and live our best life, every day. I am so glad I decided to do this. It has changed the way I view my body and mind, and how I nurture them. I was already very health-conscious, with over fourteen years in the wellness industry and multiple certifications in nutrition and fitness, but this is so much more. This is about making a daily commitment to be mindful of how I am thinking, acting and what I am eating and drinking, as it all impacts my health.

We were taught all the reasons a body gets sick and overweight, and the prevailing dietary theories (100+ of them!). We were taught how to evaluate nutrition claims, what the chemical reactions are when we eat and drink chemical additives, GMO-laden foods, and artificial preservatives and sugars. We were taught the value of pure, fresh, organic food, as close to the natural state as possible. We were taught the dangers of the over-processed and low-nutrient “food-substitutes” we have been eating. I was able to apply the knowledge daily with clients and family and help them to make the right choices. I saw immediate results in terms of increased energy and better performance in academics, work and athletics.

I have developed several new programs as a result of the training. I am now writing a book, “Sexy, Lean and Strong at Any Age!” My goal is to share this information with as many as possible, to help others to avoid much of what I experienced in my 40s and 50s, when I was chemically-imbalanced due to stress, bad diet, hormonal-fluctuations and could not cope with a volatile family environment. My hope is to help others to stay balanced so they can deal with the stresses that come their way, without being consumed by the emotions and losing the ability to find resolution. I lost a family and marriage largely due to the chemical imbalances, which triggered rages and depression.   I lost my health for a while, but it is back!

I love who I am today, what I have learned and what I am going to share! Thank you for being on this journey with me.

To learn more about IIN go to:  http://geti.in/1bE51YY         

You Can Be Sexy, Lean and Strong at Any Age!