My stomach is all in knots, but I’m getting ready to speak at last!

Right now, I’m shaking. My stomach is tight, tense, and teeming with butterflies. Nervous doesn’t BEGIN to describe how I feel. What I just did was HUGE for me.

I just signed up to participate in the Speak Off event, which is part of the Advance Your Reach Live Program in Denver next month.

This event is presented by speakers’ cheerleader Pete Vargas, who offers programs, which encourage and propel people to get on stages to serve people with their messages.

By entering this Speak Off, I surprised even myself! Last week, I decided NOT to participate.

Today, however, I mustered up the courage to begin to boldly FACE my fear of public speaking. Many, if not most of you, also share my fear of public speaking. So the research says. Like me, I bet, you’ve been avoiding facing it for years.

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The Power to Wow with Lynn Rose

Today, for buy now Follow Friday, I want to introduce you to the marvelous, magnetic, mesmerizing Lynn Rose. I urge you to learn more about Lynn.

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending an entire weekend watching Lynn in action emceeing the City Summit, founded by Ryan Long. Wow!!!

All weekend at the City Summit — and it was one really, really long event — I continually marveled at how Lynn was able to maintain such an enormous amount of enthusiasm, energy and charisma while introducing such speakers as Les Brown, Colin Farrell and Kevin Harrington.

Indeed, Lynn is, as her website points out, an entertaining, energizing motivational keynote speaker and one heck of a high-energy emcee.

By the end of the City Summit, I was even more determined to break through my on-the-way-out fear of public speaking, which I’ve written about previously..I knew that, “I want to have that kind of a compelling, endearing, compassionate presence.”

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Announcing Follow Friday

Today it’s my pleasure to announce Follow Friday, a new weekly or biweekly feature on my blog.

On Follow Friday, you’ll find out about some of my absolute favorite people, non-profit organizations, events, products, programs, books, podcasts, and sugar-free, gluten-free, organic foods and beverages.

I’m so excited to finally share things I’ve been eagerly tracking down and excitedly discovering for years. Essentially, you’ll get the benefits of my extensive research to find the cleanest foods, the best movers and shakers, and the most awesome events.

With Follow Friday, my goals are to help you learn about the best people, groups and products to help you become happier and healthier, as well as more productive and empowered.

In short, my intentions are honorable. Please note, to be transparent, that I will NOT take affiliate commissions from any of the people, organizations or events I feature.

What I may or may not do—it depends on the featured party—is request that whoever I write or talk about about (voice recordings are coming) make a donation to my favorite charity, which is the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation (HSF).

FYI, the reason I chose to spotlight the HSF is because without the selfless, giving, compassionate Roberta Ruggiero, its founder and president, I may simply not be alive today. Or I’d be a depressed, lethargic, barely alive shell of my former self. Seriously! Soon, I’ll feature the HSF on Follow Friday, and you’ll learn about how I unintentionally introduced Roberta to Wolfram Alderson, who is now the HSF’s powerhouse chairman.

Here are the guidelines to submit an idea for Follow Friday.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Today, as you know, is Valentine’s Day, the Day of Love.

You and your honey—if you have one—will likely do something special together, if you’re like most Americans. (If you’re overseas, this
email is still relevant to you.)

But here’s the thing about Valentine’s Day that concerns me:

Why is only ONE day of the year devoted to promoting love?

So this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to make another suggestion:

Today, I urge you to begin to shower yourself with self-love. In other words, become your own valentine.

Before you shower someone else with love and affection, you need to
give yourself love and affection. Only then can you become a truly wonderful sweetheart to another.

Today, I urge you to be super-sweet to both your special someone and yourself. And remember, this is a year-long project.

So I invite you, “Be an Everyday Valentine,” as I previously shared on Heal Your Life,

Be your own a valentine all 365 days of the year.

Remember, when you love yourself, you’re more able to love others and be generous.

So Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

Gab with the Gurus Returns

It’s my pleasure to announce that on March 26, my Gab with the Gurus Podcast returns. 

You’ll be able to hear from motivating gurus (hence the title) from a variety of fields (such as health, wellness, personal empowerment, relationships, fiction, etc.), who will give you powerful insights, brilliant takeaways, and easy takeaways, which you can immediately apply to your life. 

Much as I didn’t want to take a hiatus, it was imperative that I take ample time to do a great job researching and writing my next book, I blew my diet! Now what? 

Then, after writing my book, I needed to time to heal from adrenal fatigue. (All those stressful months knocked me out!) Shortly though, yeah!, my editor and I will be done with our work on my book, which is why my Gab with the Gurus Podcast can finally return. 

Please note that you may have noticed that I previously called my new podcast, the I blew my diet Podcast. (That was an earlier idea I considered. Instead, I’m returning to the reestablished name of Gab with the Gurus, but I will later have I blew my diet-themed podcasts.)

It’s my honor to be one of the long-term podcasters.

  • I’ve been hosting my Gab with the Gurus shows since 2008. Before that, I called it the Stop Sugar Shock Show, which debuted July 10, 2007 with an episode featuring Jimmy Moore.
  • I’ve also had the pleasure to interview hundreds of the most empowering people, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Suzanne Somers, Lisa Rinna, Montel Williams, Jack LaLanne, Marcy Shimoff and many more. (Read what some fans said about previous shows and guests.

When we return with Gab with the Gurus, we’re making a number of changes to the show.

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New Cover for My Book, I blew my diet! Now what?

Every day, around the world, millions of people just like you are blowing their diets.  Does this sound familiar?

For the last few years, it’s become my mission to help you to discover why you blew your diet and how to Rebound After Relapse™, as I put it.  

To that end, I’m pleased to share the cover of my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?

This cover replaces the previous one, which you picked as the favorite one, as I shared earlier. Although we — and you, with your vote — selected, my team and I had to change it, because we found one that was uncannily similar to the earlier design.

Now, I invited you to share your thoughts about this new cover? What do you think?

So how did this book come to be? It really began, because I personally blew my diet for some eight months, after losing my angry, dying Mom.

While I was healing and shedding the weight I’d gained, I’ve been determined and dedicated to discover why people blow their diets.

Now, I’m determined to you how to slim down and take back your power.  For instance, you’ll discover how to: 

  • Smash your shame.
  • Put an end to your guilt, remorse or self-loathing.
  • Slim down. 
  • Cut out or reverse such health hazards as cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. 

I’ll share more about the book later, but for now, I’d love to hear what you think of this new book cover. 

Question: What do you think of this new book cover?

Amazing Charity to Explore: The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation

This week, I’ll have the pleasure of connecting with and helping my favorite charity, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, which serves millions worldwide, who have issues with blood sugar. 

Do you often face such confusing ailments as difficulty concentrating, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, severe PMS or menopausal symptoms and/or huge sugar cravings?

If so, you may have this often-misunderstood condition of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. 

Check out this organization’s awesome infographic to help you learn more about this confusing blood sugar condition.

To see the full infographic, go to the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation website. 

I also invite you to consider making a donation, too. Just go here.

Eating Right for You Can Tank the Wrong Date

A few years back, while on a blind date with a man in New York City, I politely passed on a glass of wine. Despite my kind refusal, my quite-out-of-shape date kept pushing alcohol on me. I graciously declined yet again. 

Since the guy wasn’t my type, I didn’t bother to explain that I don’t drink alcohol because I’ll feel awful afterwards, get horrible headaches, spaciness, dizziness, insomnia, and a three-day “hangover.”

Even if you don’t socialize over booze, you can still have fun on your dates, great health and lose weight at the same time. 

Back to my date with the epitome of bad health. Thankfully, it ended quickly, but as we both said farewell, Paunchy, Sedentary, Booze-Guzzler couldn’t resist a dig: “You’re too into health and wellness for me,” he insisted. Seriously? 

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Why I’ve Been Gone. Writing Next Book & Then Taking Much-Needed Down Time

Sorry I’ve been gone for a while. I’ve been hard at work on my next book, I blew my diet! Now what?

Then, because I worked so hard, I sort of crashed, and now I’ve been getting my strength back and taking much-needed time to take back my energy.

Actually, for the last 14 years, since founding this blog in 2005, I’ve been posting pretty regularly. But this time–with intense deadlines coming at me–I really needed to take a break.

But I’ll be back soon with more awesome Start-Again Monday blog posts.

Get ready to laugh with me about how I blew my diet back in 2012 after losing my mother.

Highest Good

Let Louise Hay Inspire You

For this week, I’d like to remind you that last week’s Thanksgiving feast is a thing of the past.

Even if you’re still feeling sluggish and frazzled after last week’s festivities and possibly overeating, it’s time to nourish yourself with both healthy foods and nourishing thoughts.

So let’s turn to the amazing Louise Hay, whose awesome affirmations can lift you no matter what.

What do you think about when you read this statement?