How I lost 86 pounds in 9 months

A lot has happened in the past few weeks, but one thing people keep asking me is how did you lose so much weight?Obesity is a major issue not only in the US, but in other countries as well. It is the primary contributing factor to many health conditions. You know this, yet you find those pounds not staying off, or getting off and then coming right back on again, plus a few more for good measure.Weight loss is not easy. There are many fad diets out there, many frustrated people trying to lose weight year in and year out. Just to gain it all back and more. Believe me, I have tried many of them and had my weight yo yo over my lifetime.

On my mom’s side of the family, we have a major history of not only being overweight but morbid obesity is very common, especially among the women. Some of my relatives have had weight loss surgery in order to lose weight. Type 2 Diabetes is a major concern for many of my family members.

I was diagnosed with the early onset of Type 2 diabetes, and I struggled to lose and keep off about 20 to 25 pounds as my doctor suggested. It was not working though. I would lose a few, then gain them back. With the move and so much else going on, I basically gave up completely.

So how is it that after I had given up, I ended up losing 86 pounds which is about the equivalent of a 3rd or 4th grader? And how can my story help YOU lose the weight you have been wanting to lose?

I still am not finished with losing weight, but I have pointers that can help you out. And because so many of you are on my friends list on Facebook and other places, I wanted to give you all a special rate on this information.

What you get:

  • A Private FB group that allows you to share your own weight loss journey and have support that you need from me and others in the group.
  • A private webinar plus the replay to watch any time you need to.
  • A PDF with some tips and some worksheets to help track your journey.

I will be selling this as a product down the road for 97 dollars. It is well worth more than that, but I want to give a lot more people a chance to access my product now. I can only host 50 people in the webinar platform so once I reach 50 this offer goes down. So now is the time to buy.

So if you act now and buy it, you will not pay 97 or even 47 dollars


From now until Monday at noon EDT,  you can get this for 20 dollars. After that, the price will double to 40 until the webinar itself, then this page goes down. 

But remember it will go up to 97 dollars later, so better act now and hit the buy button below.

Bill Time lol

It is the start of August, which means it is that time of the month when bills are due. And yes bills may not be fun, but they are part of the price we pay to do what we want in life. And I have bills to pay just like anyone else.

So what does this mean for you?

I am offering a special deal for just 5 people in total.

I will create your product for you.  Up to 5 k words, or 10 pages for a report. And a cover as well. You can use this report however you see fit.

  • An optin report to build your list
  • A bonus to another product you already have
  • The upsell to a cheatsheet to turn optins into buyers right away
  • A product for a membership site to bring in regular monthly income
  • Sell as PLR or MRR and keep the profits

Normally this is a 300 dollar job. But for these 5 people, they will get a special rate on it.

Not 300

Not 200

But for only 97 dollars I will create your product for you.  Instead of writing your own report, you can have it done for you, so you can focus on other parts of your business.

Remember once these 5 spaces are gone, you will have to pay regular price. So act now to lock in this special offer. Once you have ordered contact me by email at to let me know the details of your order.



PS Once these 5 slots are gone they will be gone. So act NOW.



Free PLR report


Here is a free report for you with some really great tips on how to build your business using PLR content. I have included some different twists from the usual methods.

PLR stands for Private Label Rights. The actual rights may vary a bit from product to product, but in general, it is material you can modify, add your name to and use the content as you see fit. You can really save some time and money by using PLR content.

For example, my ghostwriting services, are usually 5 cents a word, though I do have some specials. Right now, I am doing a special on opt in reports of about 3000 words with a free cover provided for 97 dollars.

You can buy high quality PLR from me and others for a fraction of that cost. Now it is not custom or unique, but it is still well written and accurate information.  You can make the modifications to make it more unique to your business and your needs. This report will give you some pointers on just how to do that.


No opt-in required, and it is totally free. I do include some links in the resource section for great sources to find and buy high quality PLR.  Just click on the link below the image here of the report cover.

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Ghostwriting and Editing Special





As many of you know, I am starting over from scratch and my health has been extremely poor for a few months. I even was in the hospital for 13 days. I have moved to a new place and am starting a brand new business. I am now finally well enough to spend as much time as it takes working on the computer to catch up on the bills.

What does this mean for you? It means until June 13th, I am offering a special rate on my services. Why June 13th? That is my son’s 29th birthday if he were still alive that is. I have a goal of making at least 800 dollars in just over 3 weeks. I know I can do this.

Why hire me? I am a native English speaker and an excellent writer. I can free up YOUR schedule for other things that bring in money for YOU. My primary skills are in writing and editing, but I do have some simple graphics skills as well using programs like Canva.

Services I offer include:

Ghostwriting and content writing

Normally 5 cents a word.  Special rate of 3 cents a word 


Normally 1 cent per word., Special now half a cent per word. 

Contact me via Facebook, Skype or email for more information and to hire me.

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Even if you do not need my services, feel free to share with others who might.


Pointers to Ponder about Diet and Exercise

Update about my diabetes: I have had 5 days of 120 or less fasting blood sugar readings on basically dietary changes alone. I am working up to a real workout but it goes a lot slower. Even walking with my walker pushes my heart rate up beyond aerobic levels, and I can only do a few minutes on the stationary bike.
The weight front goes a bit slow too probably because I am not able to maintain a 20 to 30 minute workout yet. However with gaining a bit losing a bit and so on I have managed about 9 lbs (just over 4 kilos) in 6 weeks.

Goal is to keep from having to go on medications when I get my next A1C test done. Also to lose 20 lbs in 3 months.
A few pointers I would like to make based on my struggles:

1. It is more than just sugar, I was not a major sweet eater BECAUSE I knew that I was at risk for diabetes in a major way. It was starches that did me in, especially white pasta, white bread, white potatoes which used to consist about 65 % or more of my diet. Plus of course being overweight and family history. Eating more veggies is crucial, and get away from white food and processed food or at least eat them in moderation.

2. Do not just rely on fasting blood sugar test that is the usual testing done in the blood workup. My fasting blood sugar was 98 when tested. Doc was able to diagnose me long before that went up to dangerous levels via the A1C test. Think of it like the difference between a snapshot (a fasting blood sugar test or glucometer reading), and a movie that covers 3 months of all blood sugar activity (the A1C). My A1C was 6.5, which means that over a 3 month period my blood sugars were averaging around 140 or so. With the fasting of 98 that means I was having readings well above 140. If you have family history at all, or find yourself with symptoms you think might be diabetes have your doc check A1C as well as standard blood work.

3. Small changes can make BIG results. If you are overweight and have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or at risk, by making small dietary changes small increments in activity level, small weight losses (5 to 10% of body weight can make a HUGE difference in diabetes,) you can improve your health. Say you weigh 200 lbs a 5 to 10 % would mean a weight loss of 10 to 20 lbs. You can of course lose more and it will help your overall health of course, but even a small but maintained weight loss has big benefits. What is not healthy is losing a lot, gaining it back, and so on which is called the yo yo effect and is really bad for your health.

4. Find ways to move more. Of course the maximum benefit comes from a full workout, but even moving more helps a lot. I move my legs when I sit at the computer periodically. This helps the circulation which is good since I have issues with lower leg swelling, and it gets a bit more movement in, Sometimes I “chair dance”. This is an activity I can do while on the computer and listening to music and I can maintain it for over a half an hour.
If you are basically really out of shape because you have not seen exercise in years DO NOT start trying to jog, or full work out at a gym or whatever. Take time to build up to a full work out slowly. Especially if you are very overweight, trying to jog or so on can lead to injuries and quitting not to mention could over strain your heart. Park further out and walk. Walk around the block, Go to a mall and sign up to walk the mall in the mornings before they open if weather is an issue. If you have a pool you can go to, try aqua exercises or swimming.

Alternate exercises like walking sometimes with stationary bike or swimming to use more muscles differently and give some a rest. If you lift weights do so 3 times and skip a day in between each work out. Or do upper body one day then lower body other day.
Most of all listen to your body. Your breathing and heart rate will tell you when you are doing too much or too little. If you can talk with some effort but only a few words then breathe you are doing aerobic, if you can’t talk and are gasping, then you are doing it too hard, and if you can talk in full sentences without having to stop and breathe then its a bit low and you need to kick it up a notch.


Pining for Pasta and Potatoes

starch foods
I will be very honest with you, the first couple of weeks after modifying my diet, were absolutely horrible. In order to save money while waiting for the inheritance, I have been eating a very poor diet. My diet primarily consisted of lot of starch and processed foods which tend to be cheaper than healthier foods. The amount of starch I was eating will probably was about 60 to 70% of my diet. Examples include one of my favorites called smashed potatoes, and pasta dishes.

Smashed potatoes is where you boil the potatoes with the skins on, then smash them up kinda like mashed potatoes, but keep the skins on. Then you add grated cheese, spices, and either butter and sour cream or salad dressing. I usually used non fat Ranch dressing. I would eat a plate with nothing but smashed potatoes with the cheese for protein. Pasta dishes usually were some form of white pasta with cheese and maybe some meat, but no veggies added. Or a frozen pasta dish. I also relied a lot on the meal style soups.

The problem with this diet is I was not getting enough high-quality protein, or enough non starchy vegetables. A low-carb diet that benefits diabetics needs to consider the of a large portion of non starchy vegetables, good sources of protein, and a small amount of fruits with emphasis on berries, and very few starchy grains and starchy vegetables. Practically overnight, I radically switched up the contents of my day-to-day eating. Now I eat about 60 or 70% non-starchy vegetables by volume, and I limit my grains and potatoes to know more then one to two servings a day.

My main grain is my breakfast oatmeal which is much higher in fiber and lower and starchy carbohydrates then most breakfast cereals. I add 2 ounces of unsweetened applesauce and a large amount of cinnamon to spice it up. I also include ace vintage egg scramble and a bit of bacon to complete the breakfast. Almost every day, I eat a large home made salad bowl of fiber and nutrients. Overall I eat 6 to 8 vegetable serving every day, 1 to 2 fruits, 1 to 2 servings of grains and potatoes, and 3 to 4 servings of protein, and try to make sure I have at least one serving of protein with every serving of grain.

Even a potato is a vegetable, for the purpose of diabetes, it is best to be considered as a grain. In general, if a vegetable is starchy enough that you can make a bread out of it, a regular bread not a quick bread like zucchini bread, then consider it a grain. So potato bread is quite common and therefore it qualifies as a grain for the purposes of the diabetic diet, so does corn.

Not only was I going through emotional withdrawal from cutting so much starch out of my diet, I was also dealing with physical symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, lack of balance more so than usual, and a general feeling of low blood sugar even though my blood sugar was not that low. This is very, common when you cut back on foods such as pasta potatoes bread etc. I basically felt sick and like I was going to pass out at any time. I highly recommend if you want to modify your diet because you have been diagnosed with diabetes, that you make sure you have a glucometer and the equipment necessary to regularly test your blood sugar.

Otherwise you may find yourself reaching for sugar and starch because you feel like you are about passed out even though your blood sugar may be normal or even high. The other reason for getting the glucometer early on and doing regular testing is that you can find out which specific foods make your blood sugar go up high in which winds seem to tolerate fairly well. Each diabetic is still an individual, and though there are general guidelines that can help you with making the changes you need to in your diet, it is very important to know which specific foods are ones you really have to avoid.

Some people find they cannot tolerate oatmeal, others can tolerate oatmeal but not potatoes, and so on. By testing yourself one to two hours after you start eating, you can find out what fits and what combination of foods work best for your specific case of diabetes.

I will be adding a page of links for you to find more information about diabetes, and where you can find support groups online. If you wanted in person support group the best place to start is with your primary care physician, your local hospital, and your local mental health facility.

If you have any pointers or comments feel free to post them below.


Technical Tribulations and Dealing with the Big D

You may have noticed based on the date of this blog post, that there has been a gap in my writing. The reasons for the delay, are several. Mostly it has been due to issues with my Word Press blog. I finally found someone who was able to help me sort out the technical difficulties, but during that time I was unable to post any new blog posts. In addition to this issue, I was still dealing with the wait for my inheritance, and a new issue came up.

On my mom’s side of the family, I have a massive family history of diabetes. All my dad’s side of the family there’s also a family history of diabetes, though not as severe. In addition, on my mom’s side of the family there is a history of pancreatic cancer. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I also lost a fiancé who had type I diabetes. Watching what my mom went through, during the last few years of life, I knew it was there import to have regular testing for diabetes.

On July 1, I went into the doctor to get my annual blood results, and got the news. Although my fasting blood sugar was only 98, my A1C result was 6.5. In basic terms, this is like having over a 3 month time period, an average of 140. Think of the A1 C test as being like a three-month long movie, while a fasting blood sugar test is a snapshot. Since my fasting blood sugar was well under 140, that means I was having readings well above 140 during the three months prior to the blood test.

Since I have so much family history, my doctor regularly did the A1C test as well as the fasting blood sugar. This means I went from being non diabetic to early stage of diabetes in a very short period of time, completely skipping over the prediabetic stage. This was a very scary time for me. I have watched diabetes cause so much damage in so many members of my family and contribute to early death in some cases, that the thought of having the condition myself really was an emotional upheaval.

In addition to dealing with the emotional changes, I had to radically change how I eat, work on getting more exercise, and learn everything I could about diabetes. I found out that even though I knew a fair bit already, there was so much more to learn especially in the new research. Others in chocolate which is always been my nemesis, I really was not much of a sweets eater. I found out that actually it was a starchy carbohydrates in my diet that were the main issue.

Most food can be broken up into three primary categories, fats, protein, and carbohydrates. However, not all carbohydrates are the same. Simple carbohydrates such as sugar and starch, are easily digested and turned into glucose very quickly. Complex carbohydrates, especially fiber, slow down the rate of digestion and are very crucial for healthy diet for everyone including those who have diabetes.

Most of the recommendations for controlling blood sugar actually benefit everyone. The diabetic has to be even more careful with how much starch he or she is consuming, than a person who is non diabetic, but a healthy diet is crucial to anyone wanting to have a healthier body.

In addition to controlling their blood sugar, my doctor wanted me to lose 20 pounds in the next three months. By following her recommendations and adding others based on my research, I started the journey.

As I go through this journey of dealing with the Big D, I will be sharing it with you. I hope that you learn new things along the way, and especially if you have been diagnosed with type II diabetes or are at risk for type II diabetes, that my journey to help you as well. I may also share something about type I diabetes, but that’s in many ways the years a bit different than type II and far rarer so most of the stuff I will be covering all have to do with type II diabetes.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Update, since in a period of about 9 months I lost over 80 lbs, I completely reversed my diabetes, at least for now. Probably added another 15 or 20 years to my life. 


Moving on Down the Road


Probate can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with.  It takes a lot of time to sort out.  For example, it has been about 18 months since my dad died, and they recently postponed the final hearing for yet another 2 months for minor things such as my cousin moving because he got a new job.  Really crazy stuff like that.  One thing I DID learn was that both Michael and I were stuck in limbo waiting for that money to come.  It has taken longer and longer, and the amount has gotten smaller.  So we both made a DECISION.  To accept the money when it comes, and to live in the NOW.

What do I mean by that?  I mean we will do what we can to work on our goals now while we are still in California.  We will also be looking at was to cut expenses even more and focus on investing more seed money to help our business grow.  But mainly it is a MINDSET change.  Instead of letting the money that is currently tied up in Probate affect us so much, we accept that it will be there when it is and not be worrying or anxious about setbacks in getting it.  Instead we do what we can with what we have, and once the money is here then we will move.

Yes we are MOVING to another state, Tennessee.  This is for both personal and business reasons.  California is our home state and we do love it, BUT it is very expensive to live here and buying a house here is totally out of the ball park.  Besides that my sister in spirit Cat lives in TN.  She is not only dear to me personally, but she has written many books which our publishing company will be publishing for her.  Living near her will make that process a lot easier.

Since making that DECISION to live in the NOW, great things have started to happen, opportunities that were not there before are here now.  Also our productivity level and creativity has increased ten fold.  We also feel freer and like a massive weight is gone from us.

Have you ever made a DECISION that made a major impact on your life?  If so, feel free to share with me in the comment section, I would love to hear about YOU.

Out of the Rut


After trying a few things, I turned to writing which is something I love to do.  I published my first book on Amazon which is the first of many.  Out of the Rut and into the Running is a short non fiction book.  In it, I cover what ruts are, why we stay in them, and how to get out of them and into the running. If you would like to buy a copy of it you can go to the link for it under My Books.

I will be writing many other books, both fiction and non fiction.  I will share about them along the way.  Out of the Rut has a special place in my heart, not only because it was the first book, but because it was published before my dad died.  He was so proud of me for accomplishing the goal of being a writer, even though it was not the kind of books he read, he supported me all the way.

Due to a lot of things that have been happening since I wrote Out of the Rut, including losing my dad and a young cousin on my mom/s side, I am taking a break from the rest of the books in the Rut series and switching to fiction for a while.  I will be writing light fiction such as cozy mysteries and light romance books for the next few months or so.

I am currently working on the first book of a cozy mystery series.  My protagonist (main character) is Fiona Donahue.  She inherits after her parents pass away and uses the money to set up her business which is a coffee shop called Jammin’ Java.  They do both self serve regular coffee with free refills and gourmet coffee orders.  The upstairs portion of the building which used to have another store, she turned into a 1 bedroom apartment for herself and her cats.  She also added a garage for her car, her bicycle, and extra storage.

More about Lethal Latte to come in future posts so stay tuned.

Romancing the Radio




I had several ups and downs in looking at setting up my own business online. There were scams of course that I got burnt by, as well as wonderful and genuine people who helped me along the way. I even found love which was something I had pretty much given up on entirely ever having again.


Two groups which really helped me learn a lot were Family Networker and Talk Marketing Now. FN provided me with connections and a great deal of knowledge about marketing and how to brand myself. Their classes helped me tremendously with how list building works and why it is so important. They taught me how to make connections with people, and to brand myself. And they introduced me to TMN a small online radio station where I met the love of my life.

In addition to meeting and getting to know Michael Thorsett, George gave me my own show, and several of the other show hosts there had a great deal of confidence in me even though I felt I was the “new girl”. I learned that you can move forward with something even if you feel like you still have a lot more to learn. Being from an educational background, teaching is easy for me. So I built on that strength. Because of my background, being a leader is also very natural to me. Again another strength I could add to my foundation.

In getting to know Michael through TMN, it became very obvious we had similar business interests and goals. We also had a strong love of writing and teaching. Both of us were strong in the area of mindset and personal development. Some of our skills overlapped, and some skills were different. Which led to discussions of joint ventures and even a business partnership in many talks on Skype. Along with that, romance bloomed. A few months later he told me of his feelings and we got together in November, 2011. Then in March 2012 he moved in with me and we have been living together ever since. Now we are engaged to be married and moving on with our business together.


Update: This was how I felt at that time. I still feel this way about most of the people I met at that time, who to this day keep supporting me and helping me with rebuilding my life and building my new business. However Michael and I are no longer together. More about this later.