For many of you, the holiday season is filled with anxiety, stress, financial worries, loneliness, family arguments, gift-giving concerns, many irritations (from flight delays to family squabbles) and many tasty temptations — mostly high-calorie and sugar-filled that you find hard to resist but that pack on the pounds, sap your energy and ruin your moods.
In fact, many people leave the holiday season feeling drained, deprived and 5 or more pounds heavier.
But I'm here to help you lose weight, get organized, become more organized, joyful, calm down, look younger, plan a vision for the future, attract abundance, and much more.
In other words, my goal is to bring you peace of mind, happiness, and super-simple cool tools to start using so you can have a Sweeter Holiday Season.
Therefore, it's my pleasure to give you three special gifts.
All three gifts were the opening programs in last year's much-acclaimed Sweeter Holiday Season, which featured a whopping 38 programs featuring a Who's Who in the fields of health, wealth, fitness, personal empowerment, feng shui, organizing, happiness, Law of Attraction, and so much more.
So here are the gifts you're getting now:
Your First Gift with Law of Attraction Guru John Assaraf
For your first gift, you'll get inspired and educated by the remarkable John Assaraf, one of the stars of The Secret, founder of several multi-million dollar companies, a Spiritual Entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author.
In our special program, John — who is also a Law of Attraction expert and certified life coach — will help you ll discover:
* What's blocking you from abundance. * How the super-successful John didn't come from a family of scholars or multimillionaires, but somehow he managed to learn about quantum physics and neuroscience and build several 5 multimillion dollar companies and write a couple of New York Times bestselling books along the way.
How oceans and stars are not the last frontier for mankind but the human brain is.
Why some people achieve enormous business and financial success while others don't.
How there is an inner game to wealth and success and an outer game.
Why it's so hard for people to change.
What are the exact steps people can take to change from the inside out so that their results are 5,10 20 times better in the next 12-24 months.
How some people settle for less than what they can achieve and how you can easily break free from that pattern, achieve huge transformations; and become incredibly confident.
How to find out about John's super-sophisticated, amazing brain training program (which I love).
Your Second Gift with America's Relaxation Expert Darrrin Zeer
For your second gift with Relaxation Expert Darrin Zeer, you'll get some very simple, fast techniques to tame your stres.
For instance, you'll discover:
* How to do what Darrin calls "The Bear Claw." * How to calm down with "The Ragdoll Pose." * What to do if you get headaches. * How to do "Keyboard Calisthenics.: * How to do something called "Email Meditation" (yes, meditation!) * How to do the "Really Fun Laughter Exercise."
Your Third Gift with the Renowned "FlyLady" Marla Cilley
Then, your final gift — also from the Sweeter Holiday Summit — comes from the renowned "FlyLady" Marla Cilley, who will give you tools galore to help you get through the holidays. For instance, Marla will reveal:
* How to change your life in 15-minute increments. * How to crisis-clean your home. * What to do which days of the week so you don't feel so overwhelmed. * How to avoid last-minute, gift wrapping challenges. * What to do before you go to holiday parties. * How to put the fun in your cleaning and decluttering endeavors. * How to give "action" gifts. * How to go on a "cruise" this holiday season. * And much more.
These three programs were all part of the Sweeter Holiday Summit, last year's amazing program, during which You'll also get one bonus gift on "How to Relieve Holiday Stress."
In this program, with Love Hypnotist Debra Berndt, author of Let Love In, you'll get easy ways to calm down quickly, no matter where you are.
To get your three exciting gifts (and the one bonus gift, go here:
Make sure to tell me how you like your gifts and what A Hah moments you've had. Just talk to us on my Facebook fan page.
Often, when I'm coaching clients to kick their sugar addiction, I'm hit by moments of intuition as to what may help people. (In coaching school with iPEC, they taught us to honor, respect and look for those flashes.)
So last Wednesday, during one of my Break-Free Group Coaching sessions, the idea hit me out of the blue that members might be helped if they wrote a letter or poem to their favorite sweets.
I then asked members what they thought of the idea of doing this. (I never give assignments.)
On Friday, Megan Bozman, one of our members, ran with the idea and wrote a brilliant, insightful, poignant letter while tempted by a cake at work.
She then confided to us (the group members and me): "B-day cake, vanilla with white icing is one of my #1 fav sweets — and that happens to be EXACTLY what is in our conference room right now, about 5 feet from my desk. So I figure it's a good time to write that letter to my fav sweet (which, as of Wed night, I was already planning on making white b-day cake!)"
Here's how Meg confronted Cake — a letter I'm republishing with her permission:
"It's not you; it's me. I am aware this is cliched, but it is the truth in this case. You are not an evil entity.
"While you are a nutritional wasteland, you are not evil in moderation. I still plan to welcome you into my home to celebrate my son's birthdays and other such occasions.
"Again, it's not you; it's me. Something in me doesn't react well to you & I realize this. You are fantastic during the too-brief time I get to enjoy you. Ecstatic & wonderful.
"But too often, before I even finish swallowing the last bite, I just want more! Then, I still want more and more and more. That is where the evil comes into play… it is in large quantities that you become evil.
"And I won't waste time elaborating on why large quantities of you are bad. That doesn't bear repeating.
"When I get ensnared by your addictive properties, I feel terrible; both physically & emotionally. The feeling of being hooked is dreadful. For one thing, it's just simply embarrassing! It also has a negative effect on my self-esteem (really, I can't `just say no' & only eat a moderate amount?! What is wrong with me?)
"I don't have some of the negative effects some experience such as stomach pains, yeast infections, skin problems, & blood sugar crashes causing a rapid decline in both energy & mood. However, I feel bloated, fat, and, well, gross. Feeling fat & gross makes me feel ugly. It's just bad; just all around bad.
"So there you sit in the conference room. I'm sure others will enjoy you — don't fret. Cake rarely goes uneaten in any office. But for now, I'm 10 days sweets-free & intend to go another 11 days for a round 3 weeks. At that point, I'm thinking I'll stick to a serving of dessert or sweets once every 3 weeks.
Ta ta, Meg"
Megan then told us that she shared her Letter to Cake with her husband, who came back with a hilarious response. He wrote:
"I appreciate your honesty and admire your sincerity. Let me just start off by letting you know that I do cherish our relationship. Throughout the years, we have had countless wonderful experiences together. The feeling of having you fight over me makes me smile. I love how I cause you such anger and turmoil.
"I am so simple. Just a few ingredients are all I am. I am but made of flour, sugar, eggs, salt, and butter. I mean you no harm at all. It is not my fault that you’re bickering over me.
"All I want is attention from you. I want you to drool over me. I want you to be thinking about me while you drive in your car. I want my cousins (cookie crumbs in your car) to remind you of me also. Please don’t throw away all we have had together.
"Our relationship is NOT one way. I give you a quick fix, and I receive enjoyment through attention. Attention is what I crave from you. I have been missing you these last 2 weeks or so. I am lonely without you. Please come back to me so we can be bad together. Sure you will be mad and upset a few minutes after we reunite but it will be so good. Come eat me! Hungrily, Cake"
Aren't these provocative, insightful, eye-opening letters about sugar's power over us?
If you were going to write a letter to your favorite sweet "treat," what would it say? Share it here with us, please!
Stay tuned for my Letter(s) to Red Vines or Twizzler's, See's Molasses Chips and Hard Candies.
Originally founded in 1999 by ICF member Jerri N. Udelson, MCC, International Coaching Week is "a designated time each year for coaches and clients to educate the general public about the value of working with a professional coach and to acknowledge the results and progress made through the coaching process."
This week is a "perfect time for coaches to get out in their
communities and show people what coaching is and how it can benefit
As my clients have found, coaching has been proven "to help people attain their personal
and professional goals and those who use it can expect to see a solid
return on their investment."
Talk to you Friday from 3 to 5 pm EST? To learn how to reach me, get details at my Smart Habits Fans page on Facebook.
Now, that it’s a new year, would you like to overcome your sugar addiction?
In 2010, would you like to to connect with others, who also want to break free from a sugar habit and its accompanying frustrations?
And would you like to get support, encouragement and motivation from people who’ve successfully conquered their sugar addiction and carb addiction?
It would be my honor and privilege if you’d allow me to help you break free of your frustrating habit this year.
As I learned back in 1998, when you conquer your sugar addiction and carb addiction, life opens up to you in ways that you may have previously thought unimaginable. You may feel reborn like me!
Allow me to help you learn the wonders, joys and exhilaration that you get from leading a life free of an attachment to sweets and other artificial substances.
You can get support, encouragement and information to kick your sugar addiction in several ways.
Perhaps the best place to connect and chat with successful Sugar Kickers and soon-to-be Sugar Kickers is on Facebook, on the Smart Habits Fans page. There, you can ask questions, receive tips and tactics, get links to interesting articles, watch intriguing videos, learn about free teleseminars, lectures, coaching programs, get links to downloads and have access to me. Although I have a regular Facebook account elsewhere, if you’re a reader of SUGAR SHOCK! or desire support for your sugar habit, the Smart Habits Fans page is the best place to go.
You’re also invited to join the Stop Sugar Shock support group on Ning, where you can post a profile, ask questions, chat with fellow members, get information, watch videos, share recipes and more. I am hosting this site with my friend and colleague James Hahn II, who, like me, is a former sugar addict and life coach. In Stop Sugar Shock, you can learn about James’ remarkable journey to freedom here, in which he he peeled off nearly 100 pounds just by removing sugar. We hope to see you in Stop Sugar Shock soon. (Please note that this group began in Nov. 2002 as KickSugar on Yahoo, and it has now been renamed as Stop Sugar Shock and moved to Ning, which offers more interactive features.)
Wishing you very happy new year to all you wonderful readers of this Sugar Shock Blog.
May your 2010 be the year in which you fulfill your fondest dreams and wishes.
Now, I invite you to start the year on a very happy, liberating note with me!
If you're in New York:
Please join me New Year's Day, Jan. 1 at 1 pm, for my free inspiring talk where I help you to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction and other Bad Habits at the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street).
On Fri., Jan. 14, from 12 to 3 pm, you're encouraged to come hang out with me at Willner's Chemists at 100 Park Ave. in Midtown, when I sign copies of my book SUGAR SHOCK! (You'll have a chance to have your questions answered.)
If you're in another part of the country or world, please join us virtually or telephonically so that you can still get tips, tactics and tempting tidbits.
Next, on Mon., Jan. 11 at 8 pm EST, you can join us from anywhere around the world for a complimentary teleseminar/webinar to learn how to make your New Year's Resolutions a Reality. Sign up for my free Motivating Morsels ezine to get the call-in details.
you “need” a candy bar or soda just to get through the day? Are you
yearning to lose weight for good? Would you like to improve your moods,
banish brain fog, triple your energy and boost your libido? You can
peel off pounds, gain energy and improve your relationships just by
kicking sugar and refined carbohydrates. But removing culprit carbs can
Join “Smart Habits Girl” Connie Bennett, author of the
best-selling book SUGAR SHOCK!, who will show you that
breaking free of your sugar habit can be fun, exhilarating and
life-changing. In this four-week course, you’ll participate in
empowering exercises, eye-opening discussions and coaching scenarios to
discover how to identify your tempting triggers and well-meaning
saboteurs; how to soothe and nurture yourself in healthy ways; how to
use the “5 Ds” to squash your cravings; how to save money on food; what
to eat; how to “say no with sass”; if you should quit cold turkey or
phase out sweets; how to find hidden sugars; how to release your
bingeing-self-loathing cycle; if sugar substitutes are safe; and how to
find sweetness naturally.
Hope to see you there! Remember, if you sign up for the course because of learning about it on this blog, you get a free gift from me.
You don't need to feel imprisoned by your addiction to sugar or refined carbs!
Rest assured, help is here. To help you break free of your sugar habit, over the years, I've been compiling lots of goodies for you to ease your transition into a healthy life, as well as to encourage and motivate you.
Are you weighed down by worries about your finances? Are you wondering how you’ll be able to buy memorable holiday gifts for your loved ones? Do you want — or even yearn — for something to help you to turn your money situation around?
The caring, charismatic Cheryl — who I was thrilled to meet at the fabulous Hay House Movers & Shakers conference last weekend — offered a great, simple tip on Twitter yesterday. (You can follow her there @coachoncall.)
This pointer is so valuable that I felt compelled to share it here, giving it a post on this Sugar Shock Blog. Cheryl tweeted:
“$$ woes? Repeat all day: Abundance flows into my life in surprising & miraculous ways every day.”
Thank you, Cheryl, for this inspirational tweet! I already have it posted to my computer, along with some Louise Hay affirmations.
How do you feel after repeating Cheryl’s affirmation 10 times or more? Reassured, I’m willing to bet!
Normally, I don't reveal my vulnerabilities here, on this Sugar Shock Blog. Nor do I share a personal plight, but today, I feel a need to confess to you that I feel like the ultimate Health Hypocrite.
Sure, I eat healthy, wholesome, real foods. Yes, I religiously avoid sugary foods and carbs — and have since 1998 with only a handful of very minor infractions. I don't even smoke anymore. (Inhaling two packs of cigarettes is a thing of the past.) What's more, I've been shunning caffeine since a doctor suggested I do so more than a decade ago. And I don't even chew sugar-less gum or eat candies with artificial sweeteners anymore. In addition, I've triumphed over my diet soda slugging. Plus, I'm huge exercise aficionado. But feeding my body well and moving just aren't nearly enough.
My body craves — as does yours — ample sleep. We desperately need those zzzzzz's.Otherwise, I'm headed for sniffles, sneezing, coughing and congestion.
Well, lately — especially in the last week — I haven't walked my talk. Despite the fact that I know about the wonders of a good night's sleep and I'm even mentioning it as a "Smart Diet Habit" in my next book, I skimped on sleep myself last week. Now that I'm a health coach, I'm not going to indulge in self-blame. Rather, I'm going to use this realization as an opportunity.
The irony is that lately, I've been thinking a lot about and striving to do excellent self-care, because of my training as a health counselor and life coach and because I've been completing Cheryl Richardson's fabulous book, Take Time for Your Life, which was required reading for my life coaching program through iPEC.
I even just bought Cheryl Richardson's latest book, The Art of Extreme Self-Care, this weekend at this remarkable Hay House ouse Movers & Shakers conference. Both books have motivated me to think a lot about how we all will benefit if we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to treating ourselves with respect and reverence, even it it means we have to let go of current projects and disappoint people.
Well, despite my commitment to treating myself right, last week, I neglected my needs when it came to snoozing. You see, I felt compelled to help you you a lot this month. I really wanted to:
Help you have a happy holiday, which is why I wrote and posted 7 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress on both of my new Huffington Post and Psychology Today blogs.
Present a life-changing, mood-boosting, calming Relieve Holiday Stress teleseminar with master visualization expert Debra Berndt. (As our gift to you, you're even getting an audio replay through the end of the month.)
Help support a friend or two, who is doing valuable work. This week, I spread the word about Donna Sonkin's event tomorrow, which unfortunately I may not be well enough to attend now.
Send send out an email blast to my mailing list about the exciting programs offered.
Plan the 2nd annual Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge in mid January, which includes lining up top experts to join in our 24-hour twitfest and inviting them to add their names to a press release that will go out to members of the media as it did last year.
Send a pitch to The Dr. Oz Show suggesting a show about sugar addiction in January and to invite the producer to book both Stephen (Dr. Sinatra) and myself as well as other sugar experts and sugar addicts to appear on a much-needed episode. (Please help me suggest that we come on as guests to The Dr. Oz Show. And if you're a sugar addict in need of help, feel free to recommend yourself, too.)
Buy a new printer, because my previous one broke down.
Take time to exercise, meditate, do creative visualization, read inspiring passages and lay the groundwork to manifest a loving relationship.
Wow, I'm exhausted just reading my list. Clearly, last week, I overworked, didn't work out enough and ignored valuable sleep time. One day I even put in about 20 hours. Or was it 22?
Clearly, I know better! For goodness sake, I'm both a health counselor and a life coach. People even dub me as the "Smart Habits Girl" (on Twitter), "Smart Habits Coach" or "Sugar Liberator."
But skipping sleep sent me straight to a sore, scratchy throat, hacking cough, a stuffy head and sheer exhaustion. Ironically, recently, I began to research the subject of sleep deprivation for my next book by reading articles such as this one and this one. Now I have to miss two holiday parties tonight because of being sick.
While I'd rather be sleeping now, I'm writing because I really need your help. In return, I will help to bring out the absolute best in you. With your assistance, I could get more sleep, help more people, have more fun, be more energized, take more time for me and lead the kind of balanced life that I help my clients to achieve.
…So I'm currently seeking several part-time independent contractors (2 to 10 hours a week). My goal and intention is to find:
An assistant producer for my Gab With the Gurus radio show (a fun gig!);
2 health writers or bloggers to research, write and post pieces about recent medical studies and other health and lifestyle developments on my Sugar Shock Blog and radio show updates on my Gab With the Gurus blog. The writers also would prepare press releases about upcoming programs to submit to ExpertClick.com (another fascinating project);
A marketing consultant, who can make suggestions about expanding my reach so I can help the people who most need my expertise;
1 or 2 assistants to warmly greet attendees at my talks, make them feel welcome, pass out fliers at a variety of places in New York (or wherever I'm booked) and help line up more talks. (Right now I'm seeking people for my January talks — you just need to be warm, friendly and into serving others);
A tech-savvy person, who can do website updates (on Microsoft Front Page) and/or possibly move my entire Sugar Shock website to WordPress. This person also would set up my new Smart Habits Blog on WordPress before I add too much content on its current site.
Even if you're free of destructive patterns, we can still swap services.
I can coach you so you'll finally realize your dreams. (I can help anyone, but I do specialize in health, wellness and personal empowerment, and, in particular, I work with sugar addicts, stay-at-home moms, small business owners, authors, writers, health counselors, marketing experts.)
In addition, if you need writing or marketing services, I'm your gal.
Here's how it will work. You would devote a designated amount of time each week to help me in one of the above areas. In exchange, I'll either coach you in health, wellness and writing, or I"ll help you to write and/or edit something. Depending on how many hours you work for me, you would get either private coaching or you would be part of one of my Break Free With Connie group coaching programs.
If you're a fellow health expert, please join in the discussion here and on Facebook. Do you, too, feel sometimes like a Health Hypocrite? How? How have you overcome this? I'd love your ideas to improve. (Plus, I'm working on a story for several sites.)
Enough writing. My shoulder and arm are very sore from typing, and I need to sleep, drink liquids, finish my chicken soup, take herbs and supplements and recuperate.
Hope you will take advantage of this amazing offer to help you set and reach your goals, tap into your inner purpose and passion and connect that with your outer goals to achieve extraordinary and sustainable results.
In the meantime, I'm now committing to you, dear readers, that I will conquer my destructive sleep deprivation habits. I need to live up to my "Smart Habits Coach" title. Besides, I know that I can lick this bad habit just as I have all my other bad habits over the years. But feel free to wish me luck!