Transformational Living

Transformational Living. So many thoughts and meanings can be tied or related to that title. To “transform.” As a verb, the definition of transform, according to Webster, states “to make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.” Synonyms for transform are “change, convert, alter, metamorphose, transmute.”

In this blog, entitled, Transformational Living, I will continue to address, life—building, living, and fulfilling a life of joy, peace and happiness. On Mondays, I address parenting truisms, and on Fridays, I discuss the literature that has impacted me, including literature related to business. And throughout the remainder of the week, I cover a variety of other topics, “creating a healthy work environment, being a steward of the earth, relationships, healthy (and sometimes not so healthy) eating and recipes, and inspirational thoughts.

The purpose of this blog is to create a vehicle for the thoughts, ideas, learnings, and experiences I’ve had throughout life. Some are extraordinarily joyous. Some are challenging and knowledge has been gained.

But today, July 24, 2013, I decided to transform myself. I want to make a dramatic change in “form and appearance.” I want to “change, convert, alter, metamorphose, and transmute” parts of my own being and I thought I would share that journey with you.

May I introduce to you WIN. Wellness International Network. 21 years ago, I was introduced to WIN by a client in Long Island. I began taking the herbal supplements and vitamins. I loved them. I became a member of the organization and found that many people joined with me to gain that same energy that they saw in me. I created a network of people who had the common goal of wellness, energy, and healthy living.

But, life happened and I stopped using and sharing the products somewhere along the line. Recently, a beloved client and friend, Dr. Jill Wade, reintroduced me to the products and it was like running into an old, beloved friend.

I immediately started using the products again—as did my husband, John. We both noticed a positive increase in energy and vitality. Sleep is better and we feel confident in the purity of the vitamins and other products. Studies show that many of the over-the-counter vitamins are not even absorbed after intake – talk about ineffective!

In addition to the increased energy, John has lost 10 pounds in the first month of taking the products. We both need and want to release some of the extra pounds that we are carrying around. WIN has programs for weight loss, for athletes or people who are interested in making the most of their workouts, for people who are struggling with diabetes and other problems, such as high cholesterol or triglycerides, and, simply—and importantly—providing vitamins to support a healthy, vibrant life.

And so, today, I started my own transformation. I am going to follow the weight management program. Because of my increased energy, I am going to follow a program of exercise (like I used to do!) that includes cardio, weight resistance, and stretching. They say that people lose their ability to function more from a loss of flexibility than from a loss of strength, but strengthening exercises are also proven to offset osteoporosis as well as give people the strength each of us needs to function effectively throughout long, demanding days.

I will work out from 30 minutes to one hour per day, 3-5 days per week. Now, I know that more would be better, but I also know that since I travel every week and am not in the same place two days in a row, this conservative approach will be possible. (Walking is an acceptable exercise, by the way—even through an airport!) If I do more—great. I do eat healthy—most of the time. But, I am going to reduce my calorie intake and journal through the myfitnesspal app on my iPhone. I have learned through a lifetime of struggling with weight that if I write things down (or post them) that I will do better. Weight Watchers says, “If you bite it, you write it.” Oh, how those little bites here and there add up!

So, I’ll bet some of you could get into better shape. I’ll bet some of you could afford to drop a few pounds. I’ll bet a few of you would like to have more energy so that you can be as vibrant for your kids at the end of the day as you are for your first client or patient each morning.

Come along with me on this journey. I’ll honestly tell you what I’m doing and how it’s working. I’ll report on John, as well. I’ll educate you about WIN and tell you how this is working for us. I have fallen in love with the people who are the backbone of WIN and look forward to learning from them. I’ll pass on their knowledge to you.

So, I have weighed in. I have worked out. I have had a healthy breakfast. I have taken my Wellness vitamins. I’m ready for a productive, profitable, energetic day.