Let’s Do This!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Amazing testimonial from my dear friend and client Mike Ridgeway!

Let’s Do This!

Four years ago I made the best decision of my life. It wasn’t about a job, it wasn’t about a relationship, and it wasn’t about Dream Ride Projects, but that decision would have a profound impact on all three areas of my life.

My body had been ravaged by injuries sustained by three consecutive accidents while bicycling. These were not “career-ending” injuries, but nagging injuries that left scar tissue to linger and cause me chronic pain and the inability to enjoy my passion for bicycling and life in general.

Barbara Searles, my massage therapist and now a dear friend and respected colleague asked me to try a new therapy she had learned called Myofascial Release.

Mike and I getting ready for a RAAM training ride in 2008

It’s now been four short years since that fateful day I said to Barb, “Let’s do this.” Four years of faith and persistence, four years of healing, both physical and emotional healing from those injuries and even some additional past injuries.

Myofascial Release has done exactly what Barb promised me it would. It has helped my body get back to “healing itself,” making itself right again, and helped given me back my passion for life and my commitment to my community. It’s actually been a short four years, really, in the big scheme of life, A Blip.

But here it is, I’m Back! I’m back doing the things that energize me and support my life’s purpose. And everyone will benefit from that, I promise! Thank You Barb Searles, for your dedication for your craft, and to your clients, like me who do place a little bit of our faith in your commitment to help us heal ourselves, when we chose to make that decision.

This year I’m back on the road to accomplish one of my life’s passionate pursuits, a third Race Across America (RAAM) finish. I’m dedicating my training for RAAM 2013 to Barb Searles, who helped pull me back from an abyss. My therapist, my colleague, and my Friend.

“LET’S DO THIS BARB!”

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Fresh Start this Fall!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Wellness Ideas | 0 comments

Today is the first day of school in my neighborhood. Not only did I get caught behind those big yellow buses as I went to the pool, but there was actually excitement at the bus stops! I saw all these kids with big grins on their faces. And what fun it has been to see all the photos from my Facebook friends and their kids. Now I just need to see some photos of my grandkids on their first days!!

Speaking of photos … here’s one from my archives. That’s me on the lower right! Not sure exactly what year, but I do know it was our first day of school. Pretty cute, huh?

Are you ready to make a fresh start just like all the school kids? I’ve just launched a new and completely F*R*E*E program. It’s a 10 days of emails from me to Jump Start Your Health. I encourage you to sign up TODAY and get started on a new adventure. This is a great way to find out how having a Health Coach can change your life!

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Well … isn’t that Pinteresting …

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in On My Soapbox | 0 comments

If you’ve been spending time on the latest online social networking site, you know just what I mean … Pinterest is a pretty fun spot for all kinds of information. Just in case you’re curious what has been catching my eye, here are links to a couple of my Pinterest boards:

Healthy Food … Mostly – lots of great recipes and general food information

Nutrition Infographics – taking nutrition data and turning it into cool infographics

Truffles with Energy – lately I am obsessed with finding the perfect energy truffle recipe

Live Healthy – green, sustainable and just plain smart ideas

Clean & Cheap – ideas about how to make your own cleaning products using every day (less chemically-driven) materials

I’m also working on a new board that captures a lot of Anti-Inflammatory food and lifestyle suggestions!

I’d love for you to follow any of these individual boards. Or if you’d like to know more about me – what I love and what I find pinteresting – then follow all my boards!

Ready to get started feeling less pain and more energy? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

 

 

 

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Buzzkill or Mindful Consumption?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in On My Soapbox, Wellness Ideas | 0 comments

Lately I have been feeling a lot of buzzkill vibes. I keep hearing people say this or that food is “totally delicious” and is making all kinds of great nutritional claims. Maybe it’s my marketing background or the cynic inside me, but I just don’t believe the marketing spin or reductionist nutritional claims of processed food products today. I am here to own my buzzkill vibe because I believe it’s going to keep me healthy for a long, long, long, long time.

Items that need a little buzzkill in my book:

The cookies called WhoNu …

The fast food chains, especially [insert your favorite here] …

Pretty much any food item sold in a bag or a box …

Comfort foods that ultimately don’t make our waistbands (or our guilt complexes) more comfortable …

Food companies survive on consumer gullibility and our desire “not to know” what’s really going into our bodies. Is that the way I want to live my life? Is that the way I think I will be able to live the BEST kind of life for me? I support everyone’s right to choose whatever food they prefer. I just encourage everyone to be mindful – spend 2 minutes reading that label or Googling the ingredients of your favorite chicken strips. And then choose what you consume.

If ignoring the truth gives us a buzz, I will pass on that one. My buzz in life is feeling so much energy I can skip the afternoon nap. My buzz in life is craving exercise and laughter instead of cookies. My buzz in life is making choices today that will enable me to feel this good in thirty more years. I choose not to let mindlessness hinder the fullness of life I deserve to experience.

What buzz do you choose – mindful or mindless?

Ready to get started being more mindful? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

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After the “Techno-Fast”

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Wellness Ideas | 0 comments

My buddy who joined me in 24 hours of technology free life (see Digital Sabbatical below) has coined the term “Techno-Fast.” And it’s a good way to describe my 24 hours from Saturday midnight to Sunday midnight. But how was the day? Torture or bliss?

I’d say it was some combination of both. I think the funniest part is that I was heavily using my technology right up until midnight Saturday. And that I began again at 12:02 a.m. just following Sunday midnight! So it was not easy for me to separate myself from all this. Once I got about 15 hours into the sabbatical, it did get a lot easier though. I thought a whole lot less about email and Facebook … really I promise!

One thing I did notice is just how focused I was able to be. Normally I have a touch of ADD … or what some people would call mastering multi-tasking. Frankly, I find this exhausting sometimes. During the digital sabbatical I didn’t feel like I had to check Facebook, Twitter or email. It was freeing to only think about one task at a a time!

I’d love to say that I spent the day in the woods reflecting on nature. But by now you may realize that’s not entirely my style. My day was pretty much a normal Sunday, just narrowed down to non-technology activities. I spent the majority of my day in the kitchen cooking and canning. And spent time with family – completely focused on them instead of “time-sharing” with my iPhone or iPad. And took a terrific yoga class.

Next time I’m going to the woods … I’m exhausted from 9 hours standing in the kitchen.

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