SPARKENISTA's SparkPeople Blog SPARKENISTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Busy Week--And Lost Weight! This week I felt pulled in many directions--I guess the usual for most of us. <BR> <BR> I got a lot accomplished: <BR> -Got my latest newsletter out <BR> -Visited the Museum @ FIT to view the work of someone who I have been mentoring and is now graduating from their jewelry-making program--quite an accomplishment for her! <BR> -Had two networking meetings <BR> <BR> But most of all, I LOST ABOUT TWO POUNDS! This is big news for me. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm going to relax a bit after prepping for... Sun, 19 May 2013 17:56:33 EST Wonderful Mother's Day! My son always pampers me on Mother's Day. Yes, to a degree it's with spending money eating out or taking me a movie (this year The Great Gatsby). But more than that, he agrees to accompany me to a destination where I usually wouldn't ask him to go. <BR> <BR> This year, I wanted to visit The Plaza Hotel b/c online it said that it had several exhibits reflecting The Great Gatsby. As you may know, the book and the actual people (F. Scott & Zelda Fitzherald) spent a lot of time at this time-h... Mon, 13 May 2013 19:35:55 EST Whining...Whining...Sorry to Bend Your Ear... I have been struggling with eating healthy foods in healthy amounts, exercising and getting plenty of sleep...Why does it have to be so hard? <BR> <BR> I just came back from a walk, where I got caught in the rain. Some days... <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I just added a whole bunch of people to the contact list for my newsletter. I planned to publish my next newsletter today...I'm thinking of putting it out there whether or not I have completed all the aspects that I planned ...I can add ... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:26:31 EST Finished with This Round of Shakes! I'm back to my healthy eating now. I did not lose as much as I anticipated, but am hanging in there. <BR> <BR> We'll see whether I get those chocolate cravings again! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 12:36:53 EST Back to the Shakes Actually, I began missing the chocolate! I decided to start my shakes a day early, on Sunday, instead of waiting until Monday. <BR> <BR> Here I go! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 5 May 2013 14:23:32 EST A Bower of Flowers & Back to a Bounty of Food! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went for a walk yesterday. It was tough to get up from my desk, being in the middle of a lot of projects. I was rewarded with the spring blooms, which made it more than worth while. <BR> <BR> Observing nature is supposed to be good for your let's hope so! I was just overwhelmed with this display. <BR> <BR> I am back on food today after being off it for three days and on my shakes. I never thoug... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:45:34 EST Is it Possible to get tired of Chocolate? I have been on these shakes since Monday. I'm planning to finish today and go back to regular food tomorrow. Because of my medical issues (maybe?) my body refuses to release that extra weight. It's extremely frustrating. However, I'm determined. I know for sure I'm not alone here. <BR> <BR> Although they are chocolate, after a while the same flavor becomes wearing. <BR> <BR> I'm also determined to remain focused on my business. I added some names to my contact list this morning, got... Wed, 1 May 2013 13:59:01 EST Wow! It's Been a While! Currently, I am: <BR> <BR> -Going to a nutritionist and am on a very healthy program. At the moment, I'm doing super-healthy shakes alternating with a healthy diet of foods. I'm losing weight. <BR> <BR> -My business is growing. I'm working with a major national organization to help their members along with their clients and ultimately the public <BR> <BR> -I have launched a Newsletter. My contact list is growing. <BR> <BR> -I'm putting together workshops to help people find fulfilling... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:55:34 EST I Have a Problem--Only One? In the last few months I have definitely neglected blogging. I admit it. I have been involved with work and other various excuses. <BR> <BR> However...I developed a thyroid problem which necessitated taking some medication. The good news is that it is working. The bad news is that it makes me add weight. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm on two meds that cause weight gain. I have put on quite a bit of weight. I can blame the meds. However, I am very annoyed that neither doctor told me about thi... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:52:18 EST A Major Realization <BR> Over the last couple of months, so much has happened on my end. Recently, I had been trying very hard to resume my weight loss. I made up my mind. I bought the veggies. I started lifting weights again. What happened? <BR> <BR> NOTHING! My weight remained the same. The frustration washed over me. <BR> <BR> Then, it hit me. I went online and researched one of my meds. Apparently, there is a whole blog by others taking this medication. They all think that it caused them to ga... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:21:31 EST Day 2: Getting Back into it is Gratifying! I feel great that some Sparkers took the trouble to comment on my blog yesterday. I haven't communicated with many people in a long time and I had forgotten how good it feels to touch base with others who have similar issues and joys. <BR> <BR> One of the women that I encountered, Rae, made a point that she is organizing her exercise by doing core and upper body on M, W, Fri and lower body on T, Th & Sat. <BR> I think this is a great plan and I told her so. <BR> <BR> I think I may make up ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:03:02 EST What's Up? Surprisingly, this has been an incredibly busy summer. In the past, all business seemed to cease--whether I wanted it to or not. However, I believe that the slow economy has led to a spike in activity in those previously laziest "dog days" of August. <BR> <BR> I have been working hard to put my webinars together for the Social Work program called EAPrefer. They sent out the first announcement for the first webinar yesterday--and were bombarded with calls to sign up!! <BR> <BR> Now, I may... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:34:35 EST I'm B-A-C-K! What I've Been Up To <BR> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> I know that I have not blogged in too long. On the one hand, I was busy launching some new projects. On the other hand, I wasn't sure that I had anything meaningful to contribute. <BR> <BR> Since my last blog, I have signed up to do two webinars with a major international firm. One will be about launching a psychotherapy practice in today's marketplace. The other will be about dressing professionally but approachably for that practice. <BR> <BR> I have al... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:10:10 EST Should I Run a Sparkers' Fashion Contest? Wow! I can't believe it's been almost three weeks since my last blog. <BR> <BR> A lot has happened in that time. The good part is that I have blogged quite a bit--after speaking to my clients about what is on their minds. I have blogged about wedding fashion and makeup. Now, I have another blog to do to complete my three-part bridal makeup blogs. <BR> <BR> I have also blogged about bridal fashion. I have learned that this year bridal fashion is following many of the non-bridal trends-... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 10:06:53 EST Challenging Yet Rewarding The last few weeks have been very challenging. While I put myself out there with a four-part seminar series, I have to face the fact that building my business is extremely challenging. I guess I can blame the economy. I can also blame the fact that my marketing skills may not be on par. <BR> <BR> My first seminar is tomorrow evening. You can check it, and the other three, on my web site at: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:31:00 EST PLEASE: SEND ME POSITIVE VIBES! Right now, I have to reach deep inside and pull out the skills that will help me to succeed. I have several companies waiting for the flyer for my March events. They want to send them out to their members--multi-thousand and international. <BR> <BR> They are asking for my price structure. This is what I have been going for. This is what I have worked for. Now, I am under the gun to deliver... <BR> <BR> PLEASE--SEND ME POSITIVE VIBES!! <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> <em>223</e... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:45:52 EST Whew! That's a Lot! But, it's all good! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I can't believe it's been so long since my last blog. So much has happened. As a result of Thypin Oltchick, I have several prospects, some of whom are ready to sign up for individual Image Consulting and/or my seminar series in March. <BR> <BR> Thanks to a wonderful friend, I went to a great networking event last night, in the Hotel Gansevort on Park Ave. South. It was not only a breathtaking venue but I met quite a few prospects including someone who may become ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:34:15 EST A Very Gratifying Experience Monday was the second Thypin Oltchick Event. It was a huge event. Over 100 people attended. The energy in the room was terrific and I felt very gratified speaking to the attendees. <BR> <BR> After the event, as I spoke to people who came up to me they gave me very valuable feedback about my presentation. Some of them are interested in coming to my Image Seminars in March. <BR> <BR> This event and the first, were a great gift from G-d. I got to participate in an event that reached a tot... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:36:49 EST The End to a Fabulously Productive Week--and A HUGE Amount of Grattitude! <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <em>345</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I cannot begin to tell you how much I got accomplished this week. As I mentioned, I have been reading "Creating Money" with a fine tooth comb. It is the kind of book you want to read fast so you can cover all the points. However, it is a book you have to read at a snail's pace so that you can understand and begin to internalize and apply it's concepts. <BR> <BR> As I have said, I set 15 minutes aside each day to read, int... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:03:07 EST Not a Morning Person--But still Productive! I have learned (?) to accept the fact that I am not a morning person when it comes to getting to work. On the other hand, I am a night person--it's 9:25 p.m. now. I always felt that this was wrong. I yelled at myself. <BR> <BR> I am beginning to accept that this is just my rhythm. I got so much done the last few days I can't believe it's me. And I did it at my pace, in my time. Okay for me! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 21:29:30 EST Building Character? Everyone has heard Winston Churchill's admonition: <BR> <BR> Stay Strong and Carry On--It is simple and it definitely got the Brits through the most difficult time in their history. <BR> <BR> Right now, it comes to mind as I take second, third and more steps to build my business. Up until this point I have gotten attention but for various reasons it has not always worked out. <BR> <BR> I can say the same for my weight loss efforts. I guess focusing over long periods has not been my str... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:20:01 EST And the Punchline is... Recently, I have implemented some minor but apparently powerful changes to my routine. I noticed that when I have to sit down to work I sometimes have a hard time focusing. I decided to invent a segway. <BR> <BR> I now set my alarm for 15 minutes and paraphrase, analyze and generally indulge and internalize one of my favorite books, "Creating Money" by Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer. <BR> <BR> I am doing on my computer and not printing it out. This is a great book about the cosmic and... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 21:35:56 EST I just Printed Out My Blog from 1/31/12 with Your Encouragement--For Inspiration! It is already way past normal business hours on the East Coast (8:50 p.m. EST) but, like many entrepreneurs, I am still working. I was just drawing a blank when trying to put a vision board together to advertise my Vanlentine's Day Special. <BR> <BR> Never mind that I am not sure what it will be yet. Never mind that I have no plan yet...details, details... <BR> <BR> I was feeling so blank...then I came in to my office to check my emails--and what do I see but a posting from ILOVEROSES! S... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:03:41 EST It's Been a Long but Satisfying Day... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Almost the entire last year I was working on the posts for my web site and shopping cart, so I was in my home/office most of the time. I know I have to get out there and network now. <BR> <BR> However, my get-up-and-go seems to have gotten up and left. I had two appointments today--lunch in Manhattan and dinner back in Brooklyn--with friends who are also clients and business colleagues--as are almost everyone in my life. <BR> <BR> I got home after 9:00 p.m. at ni... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 22:08:51 EST Do I Detect Self-Doubt? Am I Ready? Am I up to the Challenge? Okay...I got creative. I got a number of nibbles. I have my web site, my shopping cart, a variety of speaking engagements. Now, it's time to follow up and "close". <BR> <BR> Do I detect a moment of hesitation? Do I notice a bit of self doubt? Do I need a pep talk? I feel as though I am standing at a pivotal moment. Not the last pivotal moment...there will always be the next pivotal moment...but am I ready? Am I good to go? Am I good enough? Am I up to the challenge? <BR> <BR> <BR... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:13:19 EST ...and--oh, yea--I Lost Weight! This has been a very productive week. I submitted proposals for two webinars for an international organization. I submitted a topic for another program at the Science, Business and Industry Library and solidified my second talk for the follow-up of the last panel presentation in which I participated. <BR> <BR> In addition, I placed an order for new Spring 2012 cosmetics. The visits to my web sites have surpassed my previous goal--so I have increased the goal. <BR> <BR> I downloaded Sky... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 23:24:55 EST ...At least it Works... I got a lot done today. I did my first prospecting call to an event-goer, and two submissions of proposals for webinars to a major international organization. A good day's work... <BR> <BR> I feel good about that...for a minute. Then I start remembering everything I didn't get to. I guess that 's why they invented tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Oh, yea, remember that printer? After delivering a replacement for the old one and spending literally three hours on the phone with supervisory techs to g... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 23:04:56 EST Onward & Upward!? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I followed up on a lot of my leads. I caught up on some food shopping. Now that I have prospected and gotten leads I have more people to call, sessions on which to follow up and proposals to submit so there's even more to do. I have to post on social networks. It's endless. <BR> <BR> They delivered my new printer. I spent an hour on t he phone with tech support to try to hook it up to my computer by wifi but it just wouldn't work. Now, they have to call me back... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:05:53 EST Following Up <BR> I spent the day catching up. I was less exhausted than I expected I would be. <BR> <BR> Since we are expecting snow tomorrow I had to do some fill-in shopping. I also got my new printer. I have not tackled installing it yet. I'll try to get to that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Then I began organizing and touching base with the people I met who are prospects. I hope that a few of them will actually become clients! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:50:47 EST My Event: You Won't Believe What Happened! <em>100</em> <em>104</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I just got home from my big event. You won't believe what happened, but I'll tell you, anyway. We had about 200 attendees. We were expecting about 130 or so to actually show up. Are you ready for the punch line? We had to turn away 100 people b/c there was not space!!! Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> So, what is the solution? We're holding the event a second time to accommodate all those who couldn't get in the first time! I have be... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:50:46 EST Frustration... I'm getting ready for a big event. Wouldn't you know it--my printer is not cooperating! I have to make at least 150 copies of my marketing piece. I called Kodak. Guess what? They're sending me a new printer! Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> I'm just going to have to muddle through... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:34:16 EST Why do I Have Such a Hard Time with Consistency & Following Up? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I have been blogging here, pretty consistently. I've only missed one day since January 1st. I have been doing my segway into work, as I mentioned in my last blog and I have also been writing in my journal almost every day, as per Cheryl Richardson. <BR> <BR> The latter has been very helpful in a way. I realize that when I become more consistent with my follow-up I will fulfill my potential to a greater degree. That will lead to other issues--but it will be the ne... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:31:13 EST Segging into My Day I have always had a hard time getting into my work mode. Partly, it could be b/c I work from home. Partly, it could be b/c I'm me. I also have an avoidant component. <BR> <BR> I have found a way of gliding into my work and I thought I would share with you. First, I set an alarm for 15 minutes. I use an egg timer. I have found some very cute and cheap ones. <BR> <BR> Next, I have a great book that I use. You may have one that you use. The one I love is a great book called "Creating ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:52:16 EST So Much on My Mind <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> It's all good. I'm working on my marketing, my eating has been according to plan, my friend's daughter is getting married (exciting!) but it all leads to mental and emotional overload. <BR> <BR> Right now, I am working on remaining focused. It is hard to work on my fitness--going walking and working out--when I have so much on my mind. The doctor wants me to do knee exercises, too. So, there's more pressure. <BR> <BR> I'm tough! I can take it...I'm off to stop ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:18:36 EST Full Day: Prepping for Next Week's Big Program <BR> Next week I will be a panelist for a very large event. That means that I have to prep for it. As an Image Consultant, there is a certain amount of pressure to look my best. <BR> <BR> I cut my hair and freshened up my highlights. I bought some new clothes. More than that, I have been working ferociously to get my marketing materials, bio and all of those things in order. <BR> <BR> Right now, I am exhausted. However, I definitely get more done when I'm on deadline and have some s... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:24:44 EST DASH Diet Seems to be Working I have been following the DASH Diet even though I don't have high blood pressure. It was chosen one of the best and healthiest weight loss programs. It seems to be working--slowly but surely! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:22:12 EST The Mystery Behind my Knee Pain--and the Solution? Surgery? I have been grousing about my knee pain for a while. I got home from the doctor today. He is referring me to an orthopedist b/c I will probably need some surgical intervention. I'm not happy about that, but it will be a relief to get to the bottom of this. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:52:28 EST Breakthroughs! Thinking+Working Through=Action <em>100</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> This has been a very productive week. The real area of productivity has been self-exploration. I have been working on some internal issues by writing in my split journal (one side real events and one side feelings and reactions) and spending a lot of time thinking about what is really bothering me. <BR> <BR> I have made some internal breakthroughs that are showing up in my actual productivity. My knee feels better. I have posted my ev... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 21:48:50 EST Positive Self-Talk: Pushing Through the Blog Block <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Positive Self-Talk <BR> <BR> Self-Sabotage #1 <BR> Being consistent is a critical area of success. I don't always do this when it pertains to myself. <BR> <BR> Self-Sabotage Solution: I realize that I am important. My goals are important. I started my career out of excitement and a desire to help others. I will blog every day--here and on my web site. <BR> <BR> <BR> Self-Sabotage#2 <BR> While I am a good writer, when I sit down to blog about fashion, ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 12:38:44 EST One Step a @ a Time The shopping cart from my web site <link> </link> is finally up and running again. I was finally able to put through a charge for a client that I saw on New Years Eve! <BR> <BR> I am working on my handout for my big event on January 19--"The 10 Hottest Cheap Businesses of 2012". The event is designed for women who are changing careers in mid-life. If anyone wants more information about this wonderful free event that will take place in midtown Manhattan from... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:38:01 EST Attacking that Vision Board Block II While I am still defining my vision, I started working on a board last night. I am at the point where I know that action is necessary. As I looked through my pictures one thing that held my attention was an Asian theme. Maybe because there was a lot of red in it. Maybe because the gold fish and the red are great fung shui--and I am looking for a wall hanging to place over my Asian-themed piano desk. <BR> <BR> Although I am circumventing the point of a vision board, I believe that moving ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 21:31:15 EST Attacking that Vision Board Block <em>104</em> <em>84</em> <em>311</em> <em>344</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> I got all of my materials together last night to tackle my vision board. Several things happened. First, I organized a lot of the pix that I have selected to represent my vision. Secondly, I started thinking about what I really want. I know it sounds funny. Don't I know what I want? <BR> <BR> The short answer is that I did not put glue to paper. The long answer is that I explored a lot of my internal confl... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:30:21 EST Keeping Calm & Carrying On! <em>30</em> Things are moving along. I went for my walk yesterday. It was so cold that I did come in a bit early, but I plan to go out for a walk every day--even in bad weather. My knee has been bothering me a lot. I hate to admit it. So, I guess I have to pamper it for a while. I'll see the doctor in a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I have been working on putting together a seminar series and handout for a panel I'm on later in the month--very exciting--it is on "The 10 Hottest Cheap B... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:32:00 EST Ramping up Gradually <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I am using today to ease into the New Year. I find that when I plan too much I end up feeling overwhelmed and falling behind. My motto today is little by little... <BR> <BR> I am going to work on my blogs, go out for a walk and post my next event. I think I can handle that... <BR> <BR> I am sticking with the DASH Diet. It is very easy to follow and is extremely healthy. More to follow... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:50:18 EST Happy New Year! <BR> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> This is a fresh year full of new beginnings. I'm looking forward to building my business and reducing my weight. <BR> <BR> I wish health, happiness & prosperity to all! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:09:44 EST New Year Approaches--Looking Back & Looking Forward <em>411</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> As the new year approaches, I am getting ready. I am putting together packages that I plan to post on my web site as individual services and as seminars. I have begun the DASH Diet, which does not seem to be working for me. Or maybe I'm not working for it. My body seems to be rebelling--every time I try to increase my exercise I develop a new pain. <BR> <BR> However, this has been a pretty big year a in a lot of ways. I launched my n... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:35:26 EST One Step Forward... Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> This has been an eventful week on many levels. For one thing, every time I try to increase my exercise routine, I hit a snag. I tried Jillian's Shred but my knees acted up. Last week I started to increase my steps, which I track with my pedometer. <BR> <BR> I started almost every day with a walk that brought me up to 5,000 or more steps and about 30 aerobic minutes. Light exercise, right? I keep track of my steps and I broke all of my my previous records. Great... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:12:08 EST Coloring & Personality--Connected? I've been thinning out my files in prep for the new year. I filed away quite a few things that I knew were valuable but put in the "back drawer". One of them has been quite an eye opener. Maybe it's just true that when we are ready the teacher (or info) comes along. <BR> <BR> As an Image Consultant, I am trained in people's color analysis. I always knew that some people thought that there is a connection between our coloring and our personality traits. I blew that off as nonsense. Howe... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 11:45:39 EST I Can't Believe it's Been 13 Days Since My Last Post <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know whether anyone else struggles with this, but I frequently sit down to write a post and don't know what to say. There is plenty going on, both ups and downs. I would like to write every day. <BR> <BR> I'm not usually at a loss for words. But when it comes to putting into a blog I just hit a wall. You know what? It's very similar to writing blogs for my web site. There is plenty to say. I have opinions. But, when I sit down to write I can't deci... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 12:07:59 EST Thank Goodness--Time to Exhale--And Use What I've Learned! Just to let people know--my friend had her surgery on Friday. While it was more complicated than anticipated, the news is fabulous--everything was benign and she will be okay! <BR> <BR> What did I take away from this? <BR> <BR> Life is too short. It is critical that I get serious about working on myself. By this I mean I will renew my campaign to grow spiritually and to shrink physically. Due to my weight my knees hurt more than they have to. I'm sure I'm hurting myself in other ways, ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:59:33 EST