Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summer Weight Loss Contest

Drop A Ton and Have Some Fun!

Happy to announce the launch of our new summer weight loss contest.  I even did a video for you!  Check it out!

For contest details and to enter, please go to:
I am excited about this?  Can you tell?  LOL!

C’mon and join us…. we are going to have so much fun!
Have an Amazing Day!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Weight Loss and Visualization

See The Pounds Drop Away!

The surprising fact is that many conditions can be improved by visualization and weight loss is one of them. It works like this: you keep a vision in your mind of how you want your body to look, and subconsciously you will begin acting in a way that will go in that direction. You become much more positive about your body, more accepting of your diet or fitness regime, and you will reach your weight goals more quickly and easily.

Effecting change through visualizing desired outcomes have become more and more acceptable in recent years. Psychologists do not understand exactly how it works but clearly the mind and body are not as separate as we often believe. It seems that if you truly want something it is more likely to happen - provided of course that it is something that is possible, and within your control. Visualization helps us to truly want to lose weight by creating a clear and happy picture of our fitter bodies. Without this we can often put psychological traps in our own path.

Many people who are overweight believe they cannot lose weight. Sometimes you may say it out loud, or hear friends say it about themselves. For other people this belief stays in the subconscious. But it is sure that it influences our behavior. Someone who believes it is impossible for her to lose weight will be constantly battling her own negativity when she is trying to diet. Her mind will be constantly telling her there is no point dieting, she cannot lose weight so she should just go ahead and eat everything she wants. Visualization is the strongest technique that we can use to overcome these negative thoughts and impulses.

If you are plagued by negativity either from your own mind or from the reactions of friends and family to your diet, go ahead and visualize yourself at your desired weight as often as you can. It works on the same level as all those negative voices and can annihilate their influence like nothing else can.

It is important to practice every day - morning and evening if you can. You just need to take a few minutes in a quiet place and keep an image in your mind of your body at its ideal weight. Some people can do this easily while others need some help. If you have a photograph of yourself at your ideal weight in the past, you may find it easier to look at that. Or use a photo from a magazine but cut off the person's face. You need to visualize your own body, but thinner.

You can also visualize from the inside. Close your eyes and let your awareness focus on a part of your body - for example, your right thigh. Imagine it slowly becoming thinner in your mind's eye. Then move to the other thigh, and on through the body. It may help to start at the feet and move up towards the head, or vice versa.

As you go about your work or daily chores, think of yourself as already at your ideal weight. Create your own affirmations and repeat them often, always in the present tense ("I am glad to be flexible, fit and slim", not "I will ..."). Enjoy the feeling of having a positive self-image. Over time, this will help you to keep to your weight loss plan. You will find that fatty foods are less attractive and exercise is more enjoyable.

While your weight loss will of course be gradual, the wonderful thing about visualization is that it gives you a new body image right away. Use visualization and weight loss to make you happier right now, today!

Have an Amazing Day!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today I Start New!

It has been a while since my last post.  Much has happened in my life.  As my blog title indicates... Life Happens.... Make The Best of It.  But what happens when there are things that go on in your life that you have no control over?  Sometimes we are forced to live a life we don't want to live, face the very things that we fear.  Lose something so precious... we feel a part of us has died.

I have gone through that over the last couple of months... and today... my birthday... I finally feel able and ready to write about life again.

Three years ago my father was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He was only given months to live.  The passion that he had for life gave him the ability to fight this terrible disease... for at least a little longer.  His love for his new wife Gail and the desire to spend as much time with his children and grandchildren, his friends and family, gave him the courage to face his fear and fight a very courageous battle.

The last few months have been very tough.  I feel very blessed that I was able to spend almost every day with him, taking him for his radiation treatments, spending time with him... in and out of the hospital.  I was given the opportunity to share with him my feelings, my love, and my hopes for the future.

Sadly, he passed away on May 4th of this year.  I know in my heart that he is in a better place, and free from his pain.  However, the grief for our loss still overtakes me.  When I think about not hearing his voice, not sharing time with him, knowing that nothing will be the same again, sometimes I break down and cry. 

I know that it will take time to heal, and I'm good with that.  Today though, is the first day that I have been able to have a sheer sense of happiness.  A day that I am actually enjoying, rather than just surviving!  Perhaps it helps that my dear hubby (ah he is so sweet to me), brought me flowers, a nice card, my favourite treat (a chocolate bar) and got me that new book that I wanted.  (which I will talk about further down).  He also took me to lunch today with his Mom and sister.  So far today has been enjoyable.

Life for me is about having a sense of purpose.  When something happens in my life and I lose that... I am not really living, I am in survival mode.  Its time to move past that... and get back my sense of purpose.

Now about this book that I wanted.  Last week I was flipping through the channels one afternoon (laying in bed - surviving - well depressed actually, if I am to be completely honest here), and on the screen came Oprah.  This day she was interviewing an author Geneen Roth and the topic of conversation was her new book: 

Women Food And God

I found this interview so appealing, so captivating, so interesting.. I knew I had to have this book.  In fact, I immediately texted my best friend Jen and told her she needed to watch Oprah that day (she pvr's it).  I knew she would be interested too.

Well today my hubby presented me with this book, and I am so excited to start reading it.  I am hoping that not only will it help me to understand why I turn to food to console myself or when I am bored, but also give me more insight into the other women (and men) that I coach.

Click here to read an excerpt from the book on

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I will keep you updated as I read this book and begin on "An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything"

Have an Amazing Day!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Patience… goes along way in a Poker Tourney!

Every Sunday afternoon Poker Stars hosts the Sunday 1/4 Million Tourney.  It is a very large tournament, a lot of people enter it because it only costs $11.00 to play, and if you finish at the final table you can make $1000’s.

I won a seat in yesterdays tourney on a $2.20 Satellite Tournament that I had won on Saturday.  I was pretty happy about getting into the tournament cheaply. 

36,306 entrants in it.  I knew, if I played well and had some good cards along the way, I could be in it for a while.  So I went ahead and prepared dinner, early in the afternoon, so that the family could eat whenever they got hungry.  During these multi – table tournaments you get a 5 minute break each hour. 

I did get some good cards at key times.  I laid down some good hands at key points and I think played the best poker I have ever played.  I managed a 28th place finish.

28th out of 36,306 entrants… that in itself is a feat.  With a prize pool close of $363,000, I made the best cash I have ever made on Poker Stars.  I was thrilled.  Well, still am..  :)

It took 7 1/2 hours for my tournament run to come to an end.  I stayed patient, focused and disciplined along the way.  In the end, with a short stack and looking down at JJ.. I decided to throw all my remaining chips in.  It was the right thing to do.  This starting hand is a better than 3 to 1 favourite from any random hand.  I got a call from one player who was holding Q8.  However, he flopped an 8 and rivered a Queen, which ended my run. 


I know that I didn’t go out on a mistake… just luck of the cards!

Now, if I could only convince Poker Pro and fellow Canadian Daniel Negreanu to coach me a little, my dreams of playing in the WSOP might be a little closer to reality… wink wink!  ;)

smileystarHave an Amazing Day!


Friday, February 19, 2010

It's Not Just About Weight Loss....

A fellow facebook friend of mine shared this video today.  I have seen it many times before, and have also shared it on facebook.  Today I would like to share it with you!

This video makes me cry every time I see it, simply because it is an Amazing story of transformation.   When you watch it, you will understand... that Isagenix is not just about weight loss.  It's about so much more than that!

I hope that this video will inspire you and touch your heart, like it has touched mine. 

What if you could find a career that allows you to give back to the world and help others on their life's journey?  What if you could start that career now, part time? Keep your full time job until you are making more money with this new career than you make in your regular job? If this interests you, please contact me.

Have an Amazing Weekend!