Sunday, November 28, 2010


On the tail end of this Thanksgiving weekend, I am extremely thankful for family, friends, our planet, and the gifts each day brings. This of course includes Dr. Pat and the Holistic Makeover team, the opportunity for my Pay It Forward project and my journey toward health and the integration of body, mind & spirit.

I had a harrowing trip home Monday night in the ice and snow - it took me 11 hours to commute about 30 miles from Seattle to Tacoma. Left work a few minutes after 3:00 & got home 2:15 a.m. Had to go to the bathroom for 9 of those 11 hours. It took me an hour to get to I-5 and then just sat there forever. Once we finally got to the Duwamish curve, which is where all the accidents were & why they closed the freeway several times (every time they'd clear it more accidents would happen), it was so icy that even when we weren't moving & parked the car would slide.  That was a bit unsettling needless to say & so was slipping all over when they opened it up and we got to move ever so slowly. At one point the car slid sideways facing the wrong direction for moving over to the left to merge into the one lane that was open. Somehow I was able to get it righted and managed to make through the extremely treacherous part and then to continue driving home to Tacoma - very slowly on ice & snow. What an ordeal! A miracle I made it home without a dent. I had support from friends and family on Facebook, text and phone. I appreciate their good thoughts!

Thanksgiving went well – I enjoyed a good dinner with my family. Since I am on Take Shape for Life, I was careful but I didn’t deny myself everything. I had a bite or two of a couple of things but that was sufficient – satisfying without creating a feeling of deprivation or guilt. As I’ve said, I’m modifying the program occasionally to fit my lifestyle and nature – staying as close as possible to the program – which isn’t that hard to do and if I go off in any way it is generaly with healthy, wholesome foods and in small amounts. Yesterday, a couple of days Thanksgiving I weighed and am the same as I was before it. Maintaining through a long holiday weekend (including a couple of snow days) after a traumatic event equals great success for me! YAY!

I am appreciative for the opportunity to express thanksgiving and love and gratitude.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holistic Makeover - time to receive

Being part of the Dr. Pat Holistic Makeover is an absolute reflection of what Pay It Forward (PIF) is all about! We lucky winners have established PIF projects in order to give and contribute and help make the world a  or someone's life or attitude or condition better. Since we have all established and are actively pursuing our PIF, now we are abundantly receiving fabulous gifts in return. These gifts are in addition to the natural gifts received by doing a PIF - it is its own reward. These gifts are a huge bonus!

I am one of two to receive the Take Shape for Life program mentioned in my earlier blog (and there will be more to come on it as well) for a couple of months. The other winners are receiving a variety of coaching and help designed for them. Plus, we are all received the following amazing, fabulous, incredible boxes of love!

Organic Vapour Cosmetics - So smooth, so natural, so beautiful! I always try to wear organic makeup when I wear make up. They are so committed to the organic level that they are not offering mascara yet (almost! they are working on it!) because they cannot offer it at the minimum 70% organic.They are very willing to advise you on how to wear it and they customize the order just for you!

Resveratrol Organics - I'm feeling younger already! :) This box included a bottle of Resveratrol Cellular age-defying formula, a bottle of Resveratrol age-defying tonic (it's liquid and tastes good!) and a bottle of Merlot! What could be better than this?! I just noticed that the packages are spelled Resveratrol and the web site is reserveage - so not sure which is the correct spelling but regardless it's a winner!

A box of books! What a great collection to add to anyone's library!
Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar by Jeffrey Armstron
The Spirit Whisperer by John Holland
The Circle (A guide for the Inner Explorer) by D.R. Taylor
Stop Pain by Vijay Vad, M.D.
Living with Certainty by Kristi LeBlanc
Reluctant Pilgrim by Enuma Okoro
The Fifth Agreement by don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz
The Miracle Dogs of Portugal by Tracy Aiello

And a box of goodies! I'll list all of the contents soon!

Be sure to become one of Dr Pat's transformational Pay It Forward Angels! See - become part of a great community and receive some fabulous free gifts yourself! It is a call for connection and simply by signing up you will have access to many wonderful surprises!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The wayward blogger...

The blog that was…. Well, it was started with good intentions but hasn’t seen the light of day since… time, resistance, unfamiliarity, privacy issues…all sorts of reasons, excuses, procrastinations. They are all being vanquished now!  Not to say that there will always be regular submissions but this wayward blogger will attempt to be more verbose from now on.

I am in the midst of a 10 month yoga teacher training course that started in September. It is like coming home again. I grew up around yoga – my mother being the one of the first people to teach it in the US and the first on the west coast. I have not been involved with yoga though since my 20’s. I was thinking it would be nice to start practicing again. However, I felt intimated to do so since the impression I had of yoga studios was that of catering to young, svelt, flexible, tiny people. I thought it would be great if there was yoga for all ages and sizes. I didn’t think it existed. I did some research and lo and behold, found a studio in Seattle that offers a round bodies class, an over 50’s class, a class for real people and more. It was like finding a gold mine!  However, I could not find anything similar in my own community. So I decided, as a pay it forward project, to take the teacher training course offered there in order to be able to offer yoga to people of all sizes and all ages near my home. I am enrolled at Whole Life Yoga – see It is an amazing center with a variety of classes for all types of people and conditions and abilities.

Thanks to Dr. Pat and the holistic makeover offered by her radio show, Talk Radio to Thrive By! ( I am participating in a program called Take Shape for Life. It is based on the Medifast program. It provides you with 5 meals plus you have one meal of lean protein and vegetables a day (more on the details later). I have a coach, Dan Martin. Check out his site: I haven’t been on it very long but so far have lost more in under two weeks as I typically lose in a month or more.  I’ve never tried anything like this before. It is easy because almost everything is provided for you but it does take an attitude change and a strong desire. I have never been a fan of shakes  – the only ones I’ve been able to tolerate before are those by Isagenix, but these are good too. They provide packets that reconstitute into soups, chili, puddings, snacks (bars, pretzels, etc.), pancakes, eggs and more. Just like all food, some I like, some I don’t.

I just got back from a conference and was of course wondering how I would manage there. I was able to take some packets on the trip with me. Although I wasn’t by any means perfect – that is not something I can or want or am able to demand of myself – I did much better than I would’ve been without the program in my life. I found that when I took a plate of food – and omg, there was food constantly – I ate very little. It didn’t taste as good as I thought it would and I got full quickly.

Part of this journey is about being good to myself and caring for myself. That includes forgiveness and acceptance while at the same time respecting and honoring my choice to accept this gift and making it work. I’m going to do the best I can. I am going to be healthier. I wouldn’t need a program like this if I was able to always make the right choice or do the right thing. It’s a tool, a program, an opportunity and I’m going to use it, learn from it, achieve with it and live it day by day.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Welcome to a center for holistic growth and exploration!


From Merriam-Webster:
1 : of or relating to holism
2 : relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts

From Wikipedia: 
The general principle of holism was concisely summarized by Aristotle in the Metaphysics: "The whole is more than the sum of its parts" (1045a10).

This will be a place to pay attention to holistic endeavors - body, mind and spirit. 

Offered here will be resources, thoughts and experiences on the way to holistic living. It is a journey, a process and a learning experience. Join me in my discovery and journey for healthier, happier, holistic living!