Being in the public eye requires you to look your best at all times.

I watched Britain's Got Talent when Susan Boyle first appeared on stage. Before she opened her mouth, people almost did not want to look at her, because she did not look the part of the great singer she was. Speculating on my part, I wonder if that might have something to do with the reason she could not get anyone to take her seriously before then? I also noticed that someone took Susan Boyle and really gave her a makeover for her next and final performances. It helped her to have more "eye appeal".

As I have watched the many performers who grace the stage of Britain's Got Talent, the ones who usually win are the ones who not only have talent, but they look good on stage.

I have also attended workshops and business events where speakers have been on stage speaking about their passion. I have noticed that the audiences seem to pay more attention to a speaker who not only is a great speaker, but also looks good on stage.

Check out the biggest and best movie stars and musical performers from Hollywood and around the world. Even Susan Boyle has reduced weight in search of that sweet spot in "eye appeal".

Let's face it, when we look great, people tend to listen to us more enthusiastically.

This is what has led me to make the big leap of my own weight reduction.

When I started my own business in 2011, I had a steep uphill climb. There was not only a learning curve for me, but I had put on a few pounds.

Being tall allowed me a bit of leeway, but by this spring I was a whopping 25 pounds overweight.

My business was bringing me to the stage as a speaker for LinkedIn and blogging.

As I observed other speakers and their appearance, I realized that I had better start doing something about my own appearance...and soon!

Recently, I had the opportunity of working with a client who is a health coach. She wanted to see how I could help her with her online marketing and blogging.

My first thought was to attend one of her meetings and take notes. Then I got a brilliant idea!

I decided to try her products and that would surely give me some ammunition for blogging!

The first 8 days I released 8 pounds and 10 inches!

Nothing had ever worked so well for me before!

I loved the program and the products, so I stayed on the products and the eating program to continue to release weight.

I have now released 20.5 pounds and 31 inches! -Just 5 pounds left to go! Now I feel great and am not embarrassed to have my picture taken or be up on stage. I have people making comments about my appearance and complimenting me. Feels awesome!

This is the first program that actually gives you a shopping list of great food that you can choose from along with the quantities to eat.

I have since met some people who have tried some other programs and have regained the weight they have lost...plus some.

There are two key things that I have observed with any kind of weight release program.

  1. Most do not have a complete program from beginning to end that you can stick to for life.
  2. Most do not have a coach that can help you stick to it when the going gets tough.

Over the years I have learned that in order to make permanent changes in my habits, I cannot do it alone. I need a coach.

When you embark on something new, it takes at least a month to get into a routine with your new habits.

With weight reduction, there not only are the new eating habits to deal with, but also the addictions to different things, like wine, dairy products, sugars and bad carbs.

With this program I have not had any cravings for sugar or sweets. I eat protein and lots of vegetables. I never feel like I am starving either.

This program is one that I will be able to stick to for the rest of my life.

It is called the "Red Box" program.

Oh! I can also make a considerable income on the side as well.

What would an extra $500.00 a month do for you?

Check this out.

Christine Till

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Skinny Rules

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  1. Drink a large glass of water 30 minutes before every meal, no excuses.
  2. Don't drink your calories.
  3. Eat protein at every meal, or stay hungry and grouchy.
  4. Slash your intake of refined flours and grains.
  5. Eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day.
  6. Eat apples and berries every single day.
  7. No carbs. after lunch.
  8. Read food labels so you know what you are eating.
  9. Stop guessing about portion size and get it right, for good!
  10. No more added sweeteners, including artificial ones.
  11. Get rid of those white potatoes.
  12. Make one day a week meatless.
  13. Get rid of fast foods and fried foods.
  14. Eat a real breakfast.
  15. Make your own food and eat at home at least 10 times a week.
  16. Banish high salt food.
  17. Eat your vegetables, just do it!
  18. Go to bed hungry.
  19. Sleep right.
  20. Plan on one splurge meal a week.

These are the keys to staying slim for the rest of your life without feeling deprived.

There are foods that are 'toxic' and must be avoided, like white sugar and white flour and white rice and white potatoes, however, allow yourself to indulge in that one splurge meal a week.

Staying active and keeping your body moving also helps. Find out what activity you like to do best and stick with it on a regular basis.

Life is great when we feel like we have accomplished our goals.

Think positively.

Christine Till

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Do you have a blog?

Have you published a blog this week?

Do you wonder why writing a blog is so challenging?

Did you know that it is all about your "Why"?

As I have worked with clients to help them with LinkedIn and their online marketing presence, I have noticed something significant.

I would spend "X" number of hours with each client teaching them what to do to use LinkedIn and how to use a blog to create the know, like and trust they need and want for their business.

We would review and rehearse the step-by-step processes needed to accomplish their desired results. They learned how to do everything for themselves. That was the way they wanted it.

Then I would watch for their posts to come through the "Pulse" on LinkedIn. Or for their blog to show up on my Facebook. Or to find one of their blogs on Twitter and Instagram. I waited and waited and searched. What I discovered was appalling to me.

I discovered that most of my clients were not blogging!

It was at this time that I had a "light bulb" moment.

If these people are not blogging, then they must be stuck! I realized that there were more hidden blocks than I had realized. These people needed not only the "hows, wheres and why-fors". They also needed some help getting started!

So this is when I started offering to help with writing blogs. Writing blogs is a fun and simple process for me, so why not help others with their blogs?

Here are the two key ingredients needed for a great blog:

  1. You need to know your "Why". Once you know your "Why", your world suddenly opens and you gain inspiration about all the topics you can write about.
  2. Share, Give, & Inspire. Through your blog you can help others to find relief from their stresses that you can help eradicate. You can educate and inform your audience. It is not all about you. It is about them. This is not a time for you to pitch your stuff.

If you are worth $125 / hr, I can save you $75 by helping you find your "Why" and share, give and inspire through your blog.

Make it a great day!

Christine Till

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Everything that happens to us when we are growing up affects how we relate, work and interact for the rest of our lives. Something that has affected me greatly is the saga of the Community Nurse.

Do you remember when the Community Nurse would come to your class room in school to weigh, measure and vaccinate you?

Do you remember her calling out everyone's height and weight so someone could write them down for her records?

Ah! I remember it well...too well!

It wasn't until grade three that it really registered with me what was really happening when the district nurse came to visit.

It all began in grade one. We didn't have Kindergarten back then.

I know, I know, I'm dating myself. Back to my story.

The nurse would come into our class room dressed in a white uniform and nurse's cap. She really looked like a nurse! -Not scarey though. It was what she came to do when she was there that became scarey by the time I was in grade three.

What happened is the nurse would bring her monster of a bathroom scale and a black leather bag. The teacher would assign someone in the class to copy down all the heights and weights of the class members.

The teacher would go through the roll call in alphabetical order, starting with "A".

Each child in the class would get up from their desk and go to the back of the room as their name was called.

First the nurse would measure how tall we were and call out the number.

Then she would have us step up on the scale and she would call out the number of pounds we weighed.

My last name began with the letter "S", so I would sit in my desk dreading my turn by the time I was in grade 3, because I dreaded what would happen when my numbers were called.

You see, I was head and shoulders taller than everyone in my class, and thus much heavier than everyone in my class.

This fateful day when it was my turn, the nurse measured me, and the class heard my number an audible gasp was heard from the class. Then I stepped on the scales and the nurse called out my number. -Another gasp! But this time someone in the class said, "She's a witch!"

It didn't help that I had red hair as well.

So for the rest of my school years in Milk River, I was known as "the witch".

This experience caused me to be extremely conscious about my weight for the rest of my life. At one point I became anorexic and bulimic. If anyone mentioned anything about my weight, it would send me into an "eat nothing for the rest of my life" tirade.

In those days, people did not realize that these two phenomenon existed. Actually, I think my Mom was bulimic as well, because I heard her purging in the bathroom one time and asked her if she was ok. She just said, "I ate too much dinner." Because I had been doing the same for years, I knew exactly what she was doing. Nothing more was said about it. To me, it was just something that I did to stay slim.

To this day, I would probably still be purging, except that ever since I turned 40, when I purged, tiny blood vessels would burst around my eyes, and I would look like I had two black eyes for a few days until they healed. Ugh!

I have been looking for something to help me regulate what I was eating and help me manage my food intake. I tried many diets and found the Weight Watchers diet to work the best for me...for a time. Then I reverted back to just counting calories. -But I noticed that over the years, I was gradually gaining some of my weight back.

Because I had been on so many diets, every time I went on a diet, my body would go into overdrive at the sound of the word. I would feel like eating everything in the fridge at one sitting. It was hard to control. So I have tried to maintain my weight by counting calories and watching the proportions of carbs and fats. Now there is an app that I can use to help me with monitoring this. I also walk and ride bike to help with exercise. However, this was not working very well for me, as I was gradually gaining  weight over the years until I had 25 pounds to release.

Recently, I met someone who was working with a new eating program. I thought it sounded worth trying, because she had released 30 pounds and was looking great. So I tried it.

Wow! I released 10.6 pounds and 10 inches in the first 8 days, and then 4 more pounds in the next week. I only had 11 pounds to release to be at my optimal weight. I know that I am still releasing weight, but have not been near a set of bathroom scales for a week.

It is a relief to know that I can just follow my eating regimen on the program. Oh, I still use my app on my phone to monitor my calories, carbs and fats with exercise, but for the most part, that is not the centre of my day every day. This program has freed me up to concentrate on other things...like helping my clients.

Over the years I have learned that people are not looking for the bells and whistles. They are looking for solutions to their challenges...just like I was.

As I have overcome my eating issues, I realize that there may be others who also have personal challenges to overcome so they can put more energy into building their business.

Do you have personal challenges that have affected your business?

Please share some of your challenges you are overcoming.

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What difference does it make when we have a good belly laugh anyway?

We have been told that laughter is the best medicine, but why is that?

Science shows us that within 90 seconds of laughing, our bodies begin to release a flood of chemicals and positive neurotransmitters that stimulate our brains, immune systems and nervous systems.

Here's the link between laughter and mental health:

  1. Laughter stops distressing emotions. You can't feel anxious, angry, or sad when you're laughing.
  2. Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  3. Laughter shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and can also diffuse conflict.
  4. Laughter draws you closer to others, which can have a profound effect on all aspects of your mental and emotional health.

Experience what laughter can do at the Leduc Chamber of Commerce, 6420 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7K9 - March 16th from 12:00-1:00pm: Leduc Chamber Lunch and Learn

If we want to stay healthy, we need to laugh more...not just a giggle, but good, deep, long belly laughs.

"When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you." Dr. Kataria

Joyful employees are your 'go to people' for a reason. They are easier to work with and infect their environment with happiness. People who laugh cope with life much better, and tend to live in happier homes.

If you are looking to improve the mental and emotional health of those you work or live with, please contact Nicole Rogers to discuss booking your session. She leads laughter sessions with groups in businesses, schools, general public functions and private homes.

I hope you can join Nicole at 6420 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7K9 - March 16th from 12:00-1:00pm  Leduc Chamber Lunch and Learn

See you there!

Nicole Rogers

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nicolerogers@shaw.ca

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As a solopreneur, how can you get everything done for your own business?

When you are the one who serves the customers and also builds your business, sometimes there just are not enough hours in the day! When will you have time to create a solid presence on your social media?

There is nobody to delegate to, except to find someone who can be your 'clone for a day.'

I just might have a solution for you.

For years I have been coaching solopreneurs on how to use LinkedIn and social media marketing for business. They all get very excited and by the time we are finished our training, teaching them how to do it for themselves, they are so overwhelmed that they don't know which end of the computer is up, let along get going with their online marketing and branding.

I have noticed that most solopreneurs have great intensions, but few ever get to it.

This dilemma has been bothering me for a while, so I have come up with some solutions.

There are some packages that I have developed that can help save you huge amounts of time and yet still provide you with a great online presence that is professional and attracts your customers to you, rather than you feeling like you need to pitch to them all the time. (Pitching just turns people off anyway.)

It is your blog that needs to be at the center of your marketing program. It is also great if that blog is on your website, however, if you do not have one on your website, you can always set up a free blog site as your temporary website.

Since your blog is the engine that runs your entire marketing program, it is imperative that you start blogging. However, if you do not know how to blog and have never done it before, you can hire a ghostwriter...ME!

Many people have mentioned to me that I am a good writer, so I thought that I would offer my services to others. All you do is record your thoughts for each blog on your phone and attach the recording to an email you send over to me. I can have your blog up and posted in a very short time.

If you need more, I have other packages to offer you that include a "do-it-for-you" program.

Is money short? We can find a grant that will help cover costs.

Check out my packages: Marketing Mentress Service Packages

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Were you an adult or did you see your parents separate as a youngster?

As I watch my youngest child many years after my own divorce, I see that she should have had counselling, and so should I.

All four of my children should have had counselling. However, nothing was made available for us. I found myself a single Mom with no money. I had to find ways to feed my children on my own.

It was the hardest time of my life!

In those days we just put on a backbone, so to speak, and kept soldiering on. The thought of having to go for counselling was considered unspeakable. We would have been mortified if anyone knew that we were unable to keep our family together.

Divorce had all kinds of negative connotations attached to it. It still does!

But as I look at my children and myself now, I can see that we would have fared much better with some professional help.

I often worry that my youngest daughter will never overcome the trauma she experienced from my divorce. She was only seven years of age at the time. Things and life look different from such young eyes. I can only imagine how traumatized my poor child was at the time,..and still is.

There is a rift between my children and I that I fear will always be present.

One thing I have promised myself I would do for my children is never to run their Father down. After all, he is their Father and I just say, "A tiny part of me still loves your Dad, because he gave me you."

It has been a long road to travel and a most painful experience, however, now I have had some counselling and am on the mend. My children are all grown with families of their own. I can see how the trauma from my divorce has affected each of them. They are coping, but with some help when they were young, they would have been so much stronger.

My heart goes out to families who experience the deep sorrow of a broken home. I want to help them in any way I can.

If you can relate to my story, come get some answers.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

For privacy concerns call 780-761-3000

Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

How devastating it would be to come home from school and find your Mom dead!

This happened to a girlfriend of mine when I was in high school.

We both caught the bus to and from school on week days. We spent after school and some time on weekends visiting each other's homes. And I really liked Tracy's Mom. We got along well and she seemed like a great person.

I knew that Tracy had a Dad, but I never saw him at their home. Nothing was ever said about his whereabouts. I just assumed that he did a lot of travelling for his work. I didn't even know what kind of work he did.

But you know teenagers, they are usually so caught up in themselves and their own challenges, they never really think about other people's circumstances.

One evening Tracy and I went to a movie in downtown Lethbridge. We caught the city bus to and from our movie and had a great time chatting about the characters and ... you know...the usual.

Tracy got off the bus before me, and I stayed on for a couple more blocks to my house.

All was well in my world. I got home and my parents were still up to greet me when I walked in. As the oldest of 6 children, I was not surprised to find that all my siblings were already in bed. It was not that late, but it was after 10:00pm.

The rest of the weekend went on like normal, and then it was back to school again on Monday.

I hadn't heard anything from Tracy, but that was not unusual because we didn't usually phone each other much, unless we wanted to come over for a visit.

I noticed that Tracy was not on the bus that morning, but thought nothing of it. I just figured she had a cold or something.

Then the next day Tracy was not on the bus again, and this went on all week.

Since Tracy was in my home room class at Lethbridge Collegiate, I asked the teacher if she knew anything about Tracy? I was not prepared for what I heard next!

Apparently Tracy had come home on the Friday night after our movie to find her Dad kneeling over her Mom. Her Mom had hung herself and he had cut her down.

The teacher said that Tracy would no longer be attending our school because she was moving away to another city.

This is when I discovered that Tracy's parents were divorced and that is why I never saw her Dad!

I was blessed with a stable family situation and never experienced people or families who were surviving divorce. People who were divorced were only a distant subject and were never spoken about in my home.

I have often wondered what could have been done to help Tracy's family and what ever happened to her?

Whatever the trauma is that has occurred in your life, there is deep grief as a result.  Often we think we can cope on our own, but fail miserably because we do not have the necessary tools to help us cope.

Come and get some answers to your own circumstances in life without feeling guilty.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

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Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

Is your relationship in a position where you wonder if someone let your dogs go crazy?

What is it that causes a relationship to break down? Is it my fault? Whose fault is it? Is it anyone's fault?

Or is it the dog's fault?

Are you just fed up with feeling like you are doing 110% and your spouse is doing nothing to contribute to the family?

How long do you have to live like this?

What is happening in the world today that is causing so many family break-ups?

What can we do to help heal our own relationships?

Many couples live for years in a state of suspension, waiting for things to get better, or they want to keep the family together because of the children. How many times have you heard this?

You don't want to break up! You want to make things better!

Come and get some answers and also find out how you can help your children feel loved as you live through your crisis.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

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Date: March 18, 2017

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Have you found yourself suddenly in a marital crisis and nowhere to turn?

What has happened to your relationship? You were so much in love when you first got together and now you are finding that you are always bickering? What's up with that?

Why is this happening to you?

How can you ease your pain?

Where can you go for help?

Do you have to just "suck it up" and make the best of things the way they are?

Is there a solution?

Should you get a divorce?

What will it do to your children? And whose sanity is the most important? Or is that even relevant?

You feel so guilty and yet why should you feel guilty?

Come and get some answers and if nothing else find out how you can help your sanity survive the experience without feeling guilty.

Visit: http://www.divorcesymposium.ca to reserve your seat. Tickets are only $47.50  ea.

For privacy concerns call 780-761-3000

Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Glenmore Inn, 2720 Glenmore Trail SE, Calgary, AB.

 

 

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