2016 Is My Year


2016 Is My Year

Seriously, with so many things still up in the air, 2016 is my year! According to my astrology friends, 2016 is a year of completion and wholeness.

I Completed My First e-Course in 2016

While I planned to have it done and delivered by Christmas Day 2015, my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse was delayed when my video camera decided to stop working. I purchased a holder so I could attach my Samsung Galaxy S6 to my tripod, and a few days later did all the videos on my phone. The course was delivered to pre-buyers last Sunday, 3 January 2016.

More about my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse here.

I Started Thyroid Treatment in 2016

After months of dragging around, being incredibly tired yet not sleeping, and gaining weight, I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism and started Synthroid on New Year's Eve (since this medication takes several days to weeks to take effect, I count this as a 2016 start). I now sleep seven to eight hours straight and have lost over 13 pounds.

As part of a dietary change to support my thyroid treatment, I have stopped eating gluten and most sugars. I am scared by how quickly my body reacts to these substances, by instantly bloating and getting tired. Instantly!

I Joined Team Inspire (Beachbody) in 2016

I don't know about you, but I am tired. Not just low thyroid tired, but tired of studio teaching all the time. So I am building up recurring sources of residual income.

My eCourse, the first of many, is a first step. Digital products have no expiration date and continue selling even when you are not actively selling them.

My second step is my new partnership with Beachbody and Shakeology via Team Inspire. I could not ask for a better and more inspiring group of people, all of whom already had their own independent fitness and coaching businesses. I love the taste and the nutrition behind Shakeology, and while I technically joined at the end of December, my eCourse took up so much time that I am just now getting to learning the Beachbody business in early 2016.

This will be a worthy source of dependable residual income from products that I truly love.

Expanded Publishing in 2016

While my books (Pilates Fundamentals to Eliminate Back Pain and the Zombie Killing Stoners series that I co-wrote with hubby) have always been exclusive to Amazon, I am expanding their reach via Smashwords. This requires some reformatting and such, but I believe that will be worth it in the end.

With such a crazy start, how can 2016 fail to be anything but incredible and awesome? I cannot wait to see what it brings!

It's Been A Crazy Month


It's Been A Crazy Month in my life!

Sometimes things in my life converge in a way that everything happens at once. I am sure you have experienced this kind of crazy month, where business and medical things all come up at one time.

And regardless of whether stress is good or bad, it is still stress!

Pilates for Back Pain eCourse in pre-Launch

Last month I signed on to Amanda Tress and Lindsey Murray's eBook Academy, not realizing how busy my December would end up being. And as I started to put my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse project together, I realized how huge it really is. Many photos, videos, and audios in addition to the text of the book.

That said, the book text is almost completed, and to meet my goal everything will be done and delivered on or before Christmas (just 13 days away).

Did I mention that I already sold quite a few of these eCourses? So I have to get this baby done! There is nothing like money on the table for motivation.

Order your copy of my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse now and save $50!

Beachbody Team Inspire

In a totally unlikely move, I have partnered with Beachbody via Team Inspire, a group of close to 100 vibrant and successful fitness professionals!

I joined this partnership for a number of reasons:


I am dealing with hypothyroidism (see below) and weight gain, and need access to the best superfood meal replacement shake. So many women who I respect drink Shakeology to replace at least one meal a day, that I knew I needed to try it.

Beachbody On Demand

Since living and working in the Caribbean, I have a need to travel light and not collect lots of paper and plastic. I prefer workout subscriptions that I can easily access on line on any device. With Beachbody On Demand, I have access to hundreds of workouts, including every version of P90x. Plus I have preview workouts from new products, such as Hammer & Chisel and P90.

Passive Income & No Hard Selling

Not one member of Team Inspire is expected to hard sell, or to identify solely as a Beachbody coach. We all came into this with a healthy business already, looking for a new line of income. So we lead by example and encourage folks who want to partner with us to check out the group.

In fact, we have a free Beachbody Team Inspire preview starting on Facebook Monday 12/14!

Leave a comment if you are interested and I will make sure you get more information.


I have been getting more and more tired over the past year. And I simply cannot lose weight, no matter how much I exercise or how little and how well I eat.

It is very frustrating!

So I went to my GYN last month and had all of my hormones tested (I had a total hysterectomy about 20 years ago, and am on hormone replacement therapy). My hormones are balanced and my cortisol levels are low.

But... my Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) level more than doubled, going from 2.08 to 4.66 in a year. When your thyroid slows down, the body produces more TSH to try to get it going again.

So I go see my GP for another test on the 21st of this month to confirm the findings.

It turns out that women with a history of endometriosis and interstitial cystitis (both of which are now thought to be auto-immune disorders) have seven times the rate of hypothyroidism later in life. And since those are whey I had the hysterectomy....

Well, you get the picture.

In my research I have found that a gluten, soy, corn, and peanut-free diet is best for hypothyroidism. I have started that, and in general I feel a little better.

I can't wait to start some medication and see how much better I will feel when my levels are normal.

Returning Clients

I love to teach Pilates, and also love to see returning clients. In the past two weeks I have had two clients who have been away for over a year return to my schedule! Yay!

So, there you have just a taste of my craziness this month! Now let me go work on that eCourse!