How to Pre-Order the Book

The book, “Sexy, Lean and Strong After 50” is available on Amazon Kindle for pre-order.  Release date is set for November 27.  Please use this link to pre-order:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018CX2YP0

It would be great if you can submit a review by December 3, in time for the actual release!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  May your day be filled with love, family and wonderful food.

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!

My Fitness Tracker Is Ruining My Life!

Jawbone

I have had this thing on my wrist almost non-stop since January 3.  It buzzes me when I sit for more than 45 minutes, hounds me to get enough sleep, and would track my eating if I took the time to input everything.

I got my fitness tracker (a Jawbone UP-24) for Christmas.  It took three weeks to make my Samsung SIII talk to it.  Long story short – I had lost the Google Play Store app off the phone and could not download the UP-24 app without it.  After a fruitless phone call to my cell phone service provider, I was told to get the phone “reset”.  That sounded ominous, but I had made a promise to myself to start using the bloody tracker-thing, so off I went.  Sure enough, they had to remove everything from my phone, then put back on Google Play Store, then they had to reload my pictures and text messages.  I lost all the emails and past voicemails, but that was acceptable.

Then, I set-up my goals.  My first lofty goal was my movement – I picked 10,000 steps a day.  But, I do a lot of activities that are not walking or running and I needed to figure out how to get credit for those.  All I could do in the beginning was get credit for the walking, running and some biking.  My rebounding activities registered, but I did not think I was getting enough credit.  I finally found out how to add activities, but they only let me input them at the “Easy” level, and there was no choice for Yoga or Pilates.  All I can choose are:  Cross Training, Walk, Hike, Run, Weights and Cardio.  So, when I am doing Yoga, I have to pick Cross-training and then write myself a note.  Bah!

I tried to capture my foods, but the things I eat are not in the database and, when I input calories, the little tracker will not record them.  Or, I hit the button to enter too many times and end up with four of the same thing.  I talked to the Jawbone support guy and he said they have no delete function yet.  You have to be really careful before you press Done.  If your finger slips, tough luck!  My finger slips a lot.

I especially have hosed my sleep-tracking, which is actually my favorite thing about wearing this little black and silver band.  Before I started wearing it to bed, I thought I was getting really good sleep.  I use a great melatonin product, fall asleep quickly, and get 7 to 8 hours, every night, no matter when I go to bed.  But, the little tracker is telling me I have “Light Sleep” cycles and “Sound Sleep” cycles.  It shows me when I am awake and then when I slept, and how soundly and for how long.  I learned that eating later at night reduces my sound sleep and so does not getting enough exercise.

One night I forgot to wear it to bed.  I got up and tried to input manual sleep.  Again, I hit the wrong button and there is no delete capability, so I got a record of sleeping 15 hours, 210% of goal.  I finally figured out there is a minus ability and cleaned that up.

Whew!  Technology.  It can help you or it can drive you crazy and ruin your life.  On one hand this keeps me honest and getting to bed on-time.  (Jawbone sent me a message and some suggestions – they noticed my average was 7500 steps a day – because I did not put in my Yoga), and they suggested I lower my goal from 10,000.  So I did.  Then, they started telling me to go to bed earlier (not my usual 12:30 a.m. time).  So I tried, and I am getting to bed about 11:45 p.m., which is really good for me.

As a Health Coach, I am always trying to help my clients get more exercise, sleep and eat right.  Now I have a little band on my wrist trying to do that for me!  I may have to leave home without it!