Wednesday, January 20

January 20, 2010 - Help Wanted!!!

Enthusiastic, busy-body, caring, hard-nosed, annoying, task-master, nothing-better-to-do, results-oriented person


annoy, cajole, curse, bonk-on-head Client in a rut. The Client has lost 75 pounds and regained 8-10 possibly due to new medication. "Client's doctor (Dr. Pita) believes that in order to combat weight gain, caused by medication (and general malaise), that "stricter adherence to healthy lifestyle guidelines must be followed in order to combat recent gain".

Client is determined to continue healthy lifestyle choices, but needs stricter accountability for a short duration to determine cause of 8 pound increase. Client must provide food, exercise, and activity journals to Dr. Pita in two weeks, but believes that daily observance is imperative.

Client will send to Applicant the daily food, exercise, and activity journals. Applicant will review and provide constructive criticism or nasty grams, where appropriate.

Applicant must be able to read e-mail and respond with nasty messages when daily goals are not met by client.

January 22, 2010 - February 4, 2010

Commensurate with experience (i.e. Probably none of you reading this know what you are doing either, so all I can offer you is a free book titled; "You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls" or a hearty handshake).

Special Notes
All applicants accepted. Respond by e-mail or Facebook.

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Hello All,
Obviously, I am looking for some help (see my Help Wanted Ad above). It took all my creative juices to write it so I leave you with my goals for the week....

This Week's Goals

*Drink 64 ounces of water a day. Track and report status.
*At every meal half my plate will be veggies. Track and report status.
*Faithfully track my food and water intake.
*Get back to half marathon training now that knee is better. Track and report status.
*Exercise every day (either stretches, strength train or cardio work). Track and report status.
*Go through one room and remove everything that is no longer needed and take to Goodwill or throw away. Provide a calculation of how much stuff was removed.

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Monday, January 11

January 11, 2010 - Indy Health Expo...Be There or Be Square (Literally)

Hello All,

The 1st Annual Indy Health Expo is quickly approaching and I encourage EVERYONE to attend. You can learn about Dr. Pins and Needles profession (acupuncture), how to eat healthy from the folks at Meier (which is where everything healthy comes from according to Salmonella Sally), and speak to local fitness experts (sorry, PT Bruiser will not be in attendance). There are over 200 exhibitors and plenty of seminars to help us ALL live healthier lives.

I planned on going just to check it out and lo and behold I had an e-mail from a nice man today saying I could score some tickets (of course, I immediately took up the task of telling you all to attend as well, in order to make it worth his while). Personally, I am up to about 30 dollars earned in Gnu Bars and tickets from my successes and pitfalls from trying to be healthy (grin).

Indy Health Expo is open Saturday and
Sunday, January 23 and 24, 2010 from 11 am to 6 pm. Single-day admission to Indy Health Expo is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for children under 12

You may check out more at

The following is the full press release.



Indianapolis’ first exposition celebrating health, beauty and fitness to be held January 23-24

The inaugural Indy Health Expo, Saturday January 23 and Sunday, January 24 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, will help Indianapolis area residents stick to those New Year’s resolutions by hosting more than 150 of the finest local and national health, beauty and fitness professionals, as well as offering two days of motivation; Indianapolis’ only health and wellness exposition will feature a wide variety of celebrities and entertainers who will share helpful advice, seminars, demonstrations, products and services to aid the body, mind, and soul in 2010.

Four stages throughout Indy Health Expo will offer non-stop demonstrations and informative seminars; more than 50 talks, presentations and interactive events will feature national and local experts.

Special programs at Indy Health Expo for creating a healthy body include:

  • Fitness guru Jaime Brenkus, creator of the 8 MINUTE ABS workout (which has sold over one million units) and a nationally-recognized weight loss and fitness expert, will present his Slim & FIT personal fitness program designed to help people lose weight, get in shape to sustain a healthier and happier lifestyle. Jaime will make presentations on both Saturday and Sunday of the show.

  • Renowned pediatrician Dr. James Sears, better known as “Dr. Jim,” from the popular television show “The Doctors,” will focus on health and children in his discussion The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood. Dr. Jim has been featured on's "Ask the Expert," and has written for Parenting and BabyTalk magazines.He has offeredhis medical adviceon many national television news programs including 20/20, Dr. Phil, Donahue, Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC's Today Show and Dateline. Dr. Sears will speak on Sunday, January 24 at 1 pm.

  • Stylist to the stars, Peter Lamas, known for his works on such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Diana Ross, Jacqueline Kennedy, Sharon Stone, Britney Spears and Kate Winslet, will present about the myths and facts of the beauty industry and behind-the-scenes information of what's actually in today’s beauty products. He is the founder of Lamas Beauty International, which delivers high-performance organic beauty products that contain healthy, natural ingredients and free of harmful chemicals.

Indy Health Expo will also host experts offering sound advice for the mind and creating financial fitness:

· Indianapolis’ First Lady Winnie Ballard will speak about Indy's Campaign for Financial Fitness and the Save Smart, Live Smart program, aimed at improving Indianapolis residents’ financial health by making 2010 the year to learn saving habits. Members of Bank On Indy will join Mrs. Ballard onsite to help inform Indy Health Expo attendees about the free checking accounts offered and learn the strategies to improve their long term financial health and credit. Mrs. Ballard will speak Sunday, January 24 at 2 pm.

· Peter Dunn, also knownas “Pete the Planner,” will offer insight and strategies for financial health from his book “60 Days to Change.” His topic “Financial and Physical Fitness Go Hand-in-Hand” will help attendees use the same skills that they use to attend to their physical fitness needs to help their financial lives. Dunn is an award-winning comedian and financial expert, whose messages of planning and budgeting relate specifically to the lifestyles and challenges of Gen X and Gen Y consumers. He hosts regular podcasts on iTunes, has appeared in local media and on television throughout Indiana , as well as making national appearances on the FOX News Channel.

In addition, Indy Health Expo will offer fantastic entertainment for the health of the soul:

· Just announced! National recording artists Blessid Union of Souls will perform their most popular hits as well as some new songs in a live concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 23. Members of the acclaimed pop-rock group will be at Indy Health Expo on Saturday from 4 to 5 pm to sign autographs and meet with fans. Blessid Union’s appearance is to support its new foundation, which funds employment for physically and mentally challenged individuals.

· Between the close of the show at 6 pm on Saturday and the start of Blessid Union concert, Indy Health Expo visitors can participate in a Community Drum Circle organized by Bongo Boy Music School , Recreational Music & Wellness Center .

The Champions Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will be filled for Indy Health Expo with a wide array of products and services – more than 150 exhibitors, including beauty and fitness products, health food retailers, hospitals, physicians, dentists, natural and alternative practitioners, chiropractors, and community and non-profit organizations.

Indy Health Expo is open Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24, 2010 from 11 am to 6 pm. Single-day admission to Indy Health Expo is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for children under 12. A two-day pass is available for $15. Tickets for Indy Health Expo and the Blessid Union of Souls concert on Saturday January 23 are $20 each, with the proceeds benefiting Hire Calling. Discount tickets for Indy Health Expo are available by logging onto the event website. For general information about Indy Health Expo or to inquire more about, call 317.536.8800 or log onto

Hope to see you there!!
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Wednesday, January 6

January 6, 2010 - New Year, New Start

Hello All,

Happy New Year!!

Well, this year is not off to a great start right now. I am recovering from 2 things.
1) I have not been feeling well (an infection).
2) Dr. Pita informed me today that he will still do a cartwheel when I officially lose 100 pounds, but he is going to wear a kilt (BIG eye roll and gag) .

Well, Dr. Pita and I had a long chat (actually, it was a continuation of a chat that I have been having with myself over the past two months) about focus. Basically, like most people that have lost a lot of weight I am at the point where I am struggling. We both think it is lack of focus.

As my avid blog readers know, he has farmed me out to another physician that is working on some other issues. This involves me taking medicine. Have I mentioned that I HATE TO TAKE PILLS?!?! I know, I know, at least once a month my pill-hating personality bubbles to the surface. Well, my focus has been on taking those $%^$%^ pills because I get such severe headaches and the "woozies" when I miss a dose that all I do is obsess about those blasted pills.

So, for the next 6 weeks I am to only worry about the Half Marathon. I am to concentrate on finishing it feeling great and strong. In order to do that I will need to eat right, work even harder on my strength training, and get my long walks in on the weekends.

For motivation reasons, I have removed from the blog any reference to my weight loss in the info secion. I will give you all updates as I lose (or gain) weight, but the total means nothing. You see, sometimes I focus too much on the total when it is such a small part of being healthy.

So, I am back to weekly goals that I will post here and share on how I did.

This week's goals.
*Drink 64 ounces of water a day. I have been woefully negligent in this over the past month.
*At every meal half my plate will be veggies.
*Faithfully track my food and water intake.
*Exercise every day (either stretches, strength train or cardio work).

Have a great week,
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