Being Marge: 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why Team Beachbody is a Great Fit for My Top 5 Passions!

Why Team Beachbody is a great fit for my top 5 passions:

1. Loving, creating and having fun with Bruce.

* Bruce and I are soul mates. I love him and I love his commitment to Team Beachbody. We are on this journey together.

* We have different personalities, passions, and skills. Through many years of discovery and practice we have learned to combine our respective talents to create more and more for our community and our family. Team Beachbody is yet another vehicle for us to continue to create together.

* Team Beachbody has brought a new element of fun and enthusiasm to our marriage. We compare our new svelte bodies, encourage each other to keep getting stronger and healthier, and honor each other's personalities in this process. We're getting younger each day!

2. Loving and playing with kids, grandkids, and friends.

* I have made new friends since joining Team Beachbody. These are people who share my passions for getting physically and financially fit. I'm grateful for these new friends and look forward to meeting more like them!

* So far we have enrolled two of our three adult children in our Team Beachbody business. Our daughter and her family love Shakeology and we've worked out with our grandkids! How fun is that! We look forward to leaving a Team Beachbody business as a legacy to our extended family.

* It's important to me to model a healthy lifestyle to others family members and friends who might decide to join us on our Team Beachbody journey when the time is right for them!

3. Enjoying excellent physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health.

* Since becoming a Team Beachbody Coach, I have lost 17 pounds and have stopped taking prescription drugs to lower my cholesterol. I feel great, have plenty of energy, and am looking forward to mastering more demanding physical workouts in 2012.

* Feeling good is the key to achieving all your dreams. When I feel good physically, I notice a positive impact on my mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

* Since I have unlimited potential to feel better and better in all these areas of my life, I intend to enjoy feeling good to a greater and greater extent. That's how I know all my dreams will come true!

4. Living a life of financial freedom and abundance.

* A TBB business offers me unlimited income based on my commitment, consistency, excitement, leadership, being a product of the product, and an unwavering desire to help people.

* A TBB business offers me a flexible lifestyle - the ability to work from anywhere. I'm my own boss and own my own business. We are already creating the lifestyle of our dreams around our Team Beachbody business.

* A TBB business offers me the chance to continue to grow personally and professionally in order to achieve abundance in all areas of my life.

5. Leading and inspiring others to achieve their Why.

* I can use my special gift as a Certified Passion Test Facilitator to help TBB coaches discover their Why and stay connected to their Why as they grow their business.

* Because of my lifelong commitment to personal development, I can help others become more aware of obstacles that are keeping them from their goals, help them focus on what they want, create an action plan, and make their dreams a reality too!

* By following my own passions and achieving my own dreams, I am inspiring others to do the same.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This is a Confession

This is a confession about my 2011 fitness and nutrition transformation.

In January, 2011 when we enrolled as Team Beachbody Coaches, I went along for the ride. We were looking for a new business and were approached at just the right time. (Timing is everything - it' true!)

Bruce has always been the exercise and nutrition fanatic in our family. While I have been supportive of his passion, my enthusiasm did not run as deep as his did.

I always tried to serve our family healthy meals, but didn't shy away from also stocking the cupboards with unhealthy snacks and "feeding" my passion for baking sweet desserts.

My whole life I've enjoyed exercise, but not with daily dedication. I like to walk and swim and did it more as a convenience than a regimen.

So all of a sudden I was a Team Beachbody Coach! What that meant to me was that as a serious business owner I needed to become a role model for our future customers and coaches as we built our business. That requirement translated to drinking Beachbody's Super Food, Shakeology, each day, and committing to completing a daily Beachbody fitness routine and logging it in the Beachbody online gym each day.

Ok, I can do both of those things. The Shakeology drink really simplified our lunch routine because all I had to do was get out the blender, milk, and frozen fruit to mix with a packet of Shakeology. I like efficiency and now I was saving lots of time at lunch and simplifying our grocery shopping. This Team Beachbody thing is working out better than I expected afterall!

The exercise part was not difficult either. Bruce was pushing play on his DVD player in the garage so I did the same in our sun room. What a great way to start each day - getting our energy up and accomplishing something important before we began our official "workday".

The year advances - fast forward to about June. Wow, I've actually lost some weight and people are starting to comment. This feels good! My clothes fit better and I have all the energy I need to meet all my commitments and still take a walk each afternoon. Life is good.

It gets better. In August I go to my doctor for my annual physical. He's so delighted with my weight loss that he gives me a high five, calls in his nurse who game me additional kudos. Then, because my blood tests were so improved, he takes me off the cholesterol lowering medication I've been taking for too many years to count.

This Team Beachbody thing is really working out for me!

Then I started listening to more of the stories from our new Team Beachbody coaches about their own positive health improvements with Shakeology and exercise and now I'm really convinced that Team Beachbody is more than just a new business for us.

My "workday" starts when I push play on my DVD player to do my workout. My body is my business, as they say in the Team Beachbody videos. And I'm more proud of how I look each day.

It's now become a lifestyle - one that we'd like to share with so many others! I've learned more about the "spread" of obesity and diabetes (of course they're related) in this country and how Team Beachbody is on a mission to end this deadly trend. Now I'm on a mission! This is much more exciting and fun than running a "business". We can truly help thousands of people and make a difference in their lives both physically and financially. (Did I mention that we get a deposit in our bank account each Thursday and it was been steadily growing all year as we continue to share the Team Beachbody products and business/mission?)

Those are the highlights of my Team Beachbody journey in 2011. I look forward to getting even more healthy and fit in 2012 and beyond. Not just for me, but for my family. Bruce is committed to live a long, healthy life, and I want to be right there by his side giving him a hard time and enjoying our amazing life together. We have designed the best decade ever and we can't wait to make it a reality. Our fourth grandchild is due in early March, 2012, and you better believe I have a lot of motivation to be the best grandmother I can be to her (yes, we already know it's a her) and our other three beautiful grandchildren.

I can't wait to help more people and to help more of our coaches help more people feel and look better today and in the months and years to come. I hope we're the oldest and longest running Team Beachbody Coaches in the company when we tell our story to our great grandchildren!

Be a Team Beachbody Coach!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

31 Days to Network Marketing Mastery

Here's a free excerpt from our latest Kindle ebook, 31 Days to Network Marketing Mastery, by Bruce and Marge Brown

To get all 31 tips, click here.

#1–Your Big Why

Your dreams are precious. It’s no accident that you’ve chosen network marketing as the mechanism to allow you to fulfill your dreams.

Your dream is what surfaces for you when you are quiet and connect with your heart to describe what your life would look like with the full expression of your success. Goals are the stepping stones you need to accomplish to manifest your dream. Marcia Weider, Founder and CEO of Dream University (, aptly describes this process as follows: “Put your stake in the ground and then put yourself in a relationship with that stake!”

Start with the end result. Describe what your destination looks like as if you are already there and why you want to arrive there. How will it feel? Put yourself in that place. Focus on what brings you joy, not on what brings you relief. This is a very important distinction to connect to your heart.

Share your dream with your sponsor with positive emotion and paint clear images with your words so you communicate where you are going with your network marketing business. Together you can then create a powerful action plan to make your dream come true. As your business grows, add more specific details to the picture of your end result. Continue to share those with your sponsor.

When you sign up a new distributor, guide them through this same process so you have a clear image of their dream and motivation.

Keep a strong belief that if you have this dream then the means to accomplish it already exists. Your job is to stay in touch with your dream and to stay in action with your business with feelings of joy and service.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Make Your Body Stronger

I watched a Tony Robbins video today and in it he reminded me of four important components of success.

First, develop emotional fitness by feeding your mind with personal development programs. Emotional pain and weeds grow automatically if you aren't proactive with this tip.

Second, make your body stronger and take care of it the best you can. The mind and body are connected and you need to care for them both.

Third, find a role model who has succeeded on the path you're following and create a plan of action to meet your goals.

Fourth, help others who are worse off than you to keep your own life in perspective.

As a Team Beachbody Coach, I'm working on all four of these tips from Tony. I have made significant strides in making my body stronger this year with Shakeology and the Slim in 6 workout program from Beachbody.

Bruce has been using P90X from Beachbody. I have seen an amazing transformation in his physique and physical confidence. So much so that I am thinking of trying it myself as soon as I reach my weight loss goal (only a few more pounds to go!).

So in the spirit of helping those who want to make their bodies stronger, please read on!

The good news is that P90X2, long awaited by many is now available on a pre-order basis. That means you won't be charged for it until it ships, sometime later this year (Beachbody is promising delivery before December 25th for those thinking of holiday gifts).

We don't know how long the overall pre-order period will last because once the pre-order inventory slots are taken, the super deal (free shipping, a savings of about $40) will be gone, plus they company won't promise delivery before next year.

P90X came out in 2004 and has been the best-selling home fitness program ever. This new version includes fitness and nutritional developments that have occurred since 2004 and has been highly anticipated.

Order now to:
  • Get free shipping
  • Get two extra workouts included
  • Get delivery prior to December 25th
The quickest place to order it is on my website:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. This opportunity won't last long.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thanks, Honey!

Testimonial from the August, 2011 Challenge:

“I like the taste of Shakeology and I found that within three days I had noticeably increased energy. My clothes are also beginning to fit better after just 10 days into the program.”
- Honey Martin

Thank, Honey, for the testimonial you gave as a participant in our 30-Day Healthy, Happy, Hot and Fit Challenge.

This Challenge is designed for anyone who wants to develop more positive nutrition and fitness habits. It doesn't matter where you are on your personal journey; you'll make progress if you decide and commit to the 30-Day Healthy, Happy, Hot and Fit Challenge! We hope you join us!

The deadline for the September, 2011 Challenge is August 25th.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Map and a Call to Action!

If this map doesn't get your attention on the rising trend of obesity, then nothing I can say will!

The bad news is that the obesity rates in the U.S. have risen dramatically in the last decade for both adults and children. Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 33.8% of adults are obese and 17% of children ages 2 to 19 are obese. The childhood obesity rates have tripled in one generation!

Beachbody has been recognized as an advocate of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), created by the Presidential Council on Fitness.

You'll automatically be issued your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, issued by the Presidential Lifestyle Council, when you purchase any Beachbody fitness program or Shakeology by August 17th.

Join us and help yourself to a healthier lifestyle!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Annabel's Got Shakeology!

I didn't know our 3-year-old granddaughter was such a fan of chocolate Shakeology until her last visit. When I made my lunch shake she insisted on having her fair share!

This photo says it all! It's nice to be sharing Shakeology with three generations in our family.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Slim in 6 - It Works!

In about 2 seconds I was able to list 10 Reasons Why I Like Debbie Siebers' Slim in 6 workout program.

1. First and foremost - It works! You can steer your way through the three phases to gradually build up to a stronger and stronger daily workout. My body is quickly changing as a result of doing the Slim in 6 program six out of seven days per week and drinking Shakeology each day for lunch. On my Slim in 6 "day off" I use my Elliptical machine for 20 minutes of cardio.

2. Debbie features workout partners in her DVDs who are everyday folks just wanting to look and feel better. They are inspiring success models because of their before and after photos and their ability to master all the moves and make it look easy.

3. Debbie is a very encouraging trainer who seems to know just how I feel at various points in the workout and she says just the right thing to keep me going.

4. Slim in 6 is a comprehensive full body workout with cardio, stretching, and light resistance moves to help you burn fat and sculpt your body.

5. Little equipment is needed; the program includes a high quality resistance band and you can start with filled water bottles for weights.

6. The program has upbeat music to keep you moving.

7. There are convenient time and segment trackers so you can monitor your progress during a specific workout.

8. Thankfully, Debbie allows one swift water break about midway through the Ramp it Up! segment. Hopefully she will offer breaks in Burn it Up!

9. I love the way Debbie says, "See you tomorrow," at the end of the workout so you feel obliged to meet her the next day in front of your TV.

10. There's helpful emphasis on diet as well as exercise with this program.

I'm midway through Slim in 6 and probably taking longer than most folks to go through each phase. That's all right with me. Soon I'll be using the third phase, Burn it Up! and I can't wait to get my body to the next level!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Proud to be an American and a Team Beachbody Coach!

Living and working (really playing) as a Team Beachbody Coach is one of the best decisions I've ever made, other than marrying my loving husband, Bruce, and raising our three incredible children to adulthood.

As we're enjoying summer activities in this time between our two powerful patriotic holidays, Memorial Day and Fourth of July, we're also appreciative of the dedication and sacrifices of our military forces and those civilians who also sacrifice personally in order to keep our military forces strong. Our brother-in-law, Bill Crowell, who is in a civilian support role for the military, recently left his family for the summer and deployed to Afghanistan.

Circling back to Team Beachbody, there are two points to this post.

First, over Memorial Day, we had a national coach call with U.S. Army Captain Mike Mullaly, who is serving in Iraq. Mike is successfully growing his Team Beachbody business while deployed with the help of his wife, who is holding down the home fort stateside. Here's the audio link to Mike's inspiring story.

As a further testament to Beachbody's support of our military forces, one of the exciting announcements from the recent 2011 Summit is that anyone in the active military can become a Team Beachbody coach and the company will waive the $39.95 Business Starter Kit fee and monthly Business Service Fees for the entire time they are active in the military. If you or anyone you know is eligible for this benefit, please contact me asap.

I'm proud to be an American and a Team Beachbody Coach!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thank you for this testimonial!

"Marge hits the nail on the head! I especially like the journal aspect of this book. There are so many good nuggets in this book. Be careful while reading lest your find the entire thing highlighted!"

From Kristen J. Eckstein, Imagine! Studios,, High Point, NC

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Book 1 of the Shakeology Series

I just completed Book 1 of the Shakeology series by Darin Olien, the ingredient hunter.

Those who know me would not describe me as someone who is interested in agriculture. However, I could not put down this little book!

Darin Olien travels the globe to find the best in class farmers for the 70 nutritious ingredients in Shakeology. Book 1 of the Shakeology series describes the perils and successes of his travels to Peru for Sacha Inchi, to China for Astragalus Root, to Costa Rica for Papain, and to Canada for Wild Grasses.

The book is entertaining and educational. I had never heard of Sacha Inchi, Astragalus Root or Papain before reading this little travel log. Wow, am I even more impressed with the quality of Shakeology and what's it's doing for my daily nutrition!

Best of all...the book is free with Shakeology Home Direct orders. The sequels are coming soon: Book 2 covers Darin's hunt for world class Goji Berries, Maca Root, Quinoa Seed, and includes a section on Beachbody's programs to help local farmers. Book 3 covers Darin's hunt for Chia, Yacon Powder, Cordyceps, and Amaranth.

Thank you Darin and thank you Beachbody for supporting me in my own wellness program and in providing me with the vehicle for helping others as a Team Beachbody Coach.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

No More Oreo Cookies for Me!

This is a simple message to all those who have an Oreo habit. I'm a chocolate lover from way back and couldn't go through a day without a few Oreo cookies to satisfy my chocolate craving.

In January, 2011, I started having chocolate flavored Shakeology each day for lunch as a meal replacement. Not only did it reduce my cravings for Oreo cookies, but it has pretty much reduced my cravings for sweets altogether. This is a major lifestyle change for me. With the combination of daily Shakeology and a good workout, I'm over half way to my weight loss goal. This is again a major lifestyle improvement for me and I would love for everyone to experience the same benefits.

is an amazing super food that tastes delicious and nourishes your body with the equivalent to five trips to a high-end salad bar in one serving.

Click here to get your Shakeology super food and see what craving you're able to eliminate!

There's a 30-day money back guarantee so even if you consume the entire month's supply you can still get your money back! I doubt if you'll want to though!

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Networking Event Tips

I'd like to share the testimonials my husband and business partner, Bruce Brown, received for his business coaching book, 31 Days to Networking Event Mastery.

From Jordan Adler, author of Beach Money and #1 Team Builder and Money Earner in SendOutCards:
" Bruce Brown nails it in this book. Your network is your most valuable asset and this simple book wastes none of your time. Although the principles are foundational, most business people miss their greatest opportunities to meet people and make quality connections. I will recommend Bruce's book to all of my 48,000 networkers.''

From John Milton Fogg, author of The Greatest Networker:
"Bruce Brown knows networking inside and out, and this book will soon become your secret edge in marketing your business. Implement just a handful of the 31 tips in this quick guide and I guarantee you will see better results from your next networking event!"

One more...
From Curtis Lewsey, co-author of Appreciation Marketing:
"31 Days to Networking Event Mastery is a must read, especially in this day and age with so many business professionals in desperate need to reinvent themselves. There are 31 excellent tips that cost little to no money to implement."

Don't attend another business networking event without reading 31 Days to Networking Event Mastery first!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Fun Can Change Human Behavior for the Better

Fun can change human behavior for the better!

As I was editing my latest book this week, 31 Days to Transform Your Work into Play, I enjoyed rereading examples from Volkswagon's The Fun Theory Project (see the book excerpt below).

Another example of how fun can change human behavior is something I'm enjoying each day - Team Beachbody's online WOWY Gym. Just for working out each day, as a Club Member, I automatically get entered into a sweepstakes for daily and weekly prizes of cash ranging from $300 to $1000 and technology awards, such as DVD Players and iPads. When was the last time your gym entered your name in a sweepstakes just for working out each day? It's definitely a strong incentive to change human behavior for the better.

There are two ways you can enter Team Beachbody's daily sweepstakes. The first is to enter your name each day at this link.

The second way is to join the Beachbody Club and you're automatically entered each day as a club member. All you have to do is to log in your workout.

On the topic of fun changing human behavior for the better - enjoy this tip from my upcoming book!

31 Days to Transform Your Work into Play (excerpt)
# 18 - Learn from the Big Players
I saw an interesting Facebook post about a group of engineers who tackled the challenge of enticing pedestrians to use a set of wide stairs instead of a narrow escalator in the Odenplan subway station in Stockholm, Sweden. During an overnight project, the engineers transformed the traditional staircase into a set of musical stairs that function like a piano keyboard and play a different note as people put pressure on each step. Because they made exiting the subway station more fun, the engineers prompted 66% of the subway riders to get more exercise! They proved their theory that fun can change human behavior for the better.

This project is the brainchild of Volkswagen, which launched a Web site called The Fun Theory ( The purpose of The Fun Theory project is to elicit more ideas to change life for the better. A standout submission is the Speed Camera Lottery, an idea from an American named Kevin Richardson. Every car passing the speed camera in Stockholm has its speed and registration recorded. Drivers of cars exceeding the speed limit are fined and those abiding by the speed limit are entered into a lottery to receive cash prizes from the collected fines. During the first three days of the Speed Camera Lottery there was a 22% reduction in speed. This successful project changed human behavior for the better.

Look at your business for opportunities to both amuse your customers and change their behavior for the better.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Here is the front and the inside of the thank you video card I created for our kids and grandkids for the gifts they sent to me for Mother's Day.

I can't believe how easy it is to make a video card! All you have to do is make your video, upload it to YouTube, upload the YouTube URL to SOC, and then insert the QR code in your card.

I've got to keep our kids and grandkids on their toes by staying ahead of the curve with technology!

If you'd like help creating a SendOutCards video card, just give me a call at 910-431-1508.

You can try it yourself at

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

My 2011 Team Beachbody Story to Date

In January, 2011, when my husband, Bruce, and I enrolled as Team Beachbody Coaches, I was 15 pounds overweight. I started to lose weight immediately by taking Shakeology each day for lunch and completing the Shakeology workouts. In May, I switched to the Slim in 6® workouts. I'm looking better and feeling better. I'm impressed with the amazing quality of Shakeology and the Beachbody fitness programs. I'm logging my workouts each day in the online Team Beachbody Club, which keeps me on track (I'm 58% towards my weight goal), and makes me eligible to win daily prizes of cash and personal technology.

As a result of getting connected to the Beachbody Coach network, I'm internalizing more the need to help turn the tide of obesity worldwide because it just creates so many health problems and increasing health care costs as more people become diabetic and experience other health problems.

It's so easy to share Beachbody's mission and products. Their products have 86% brand recognition in the U.S. due to the word-of-mouth advertising from many satisfied customers and their infomercials that run 260 hours per day. This level of brand recognition is unheard of in the network marketing industry. Almost everyone has heard of P90X, Beachbody's premier home fitness program. Coaches have an entire library of professionally made videos about the coaching program and its products to share with anyone who is interested in joining our team. Click here to watch the Introduction to Team Beachbody video.

We're on the fastest growing team in Beachbody, the Ultimate Fitness Team. Think of it like a Super Bowl team of the NFL. Our team was started by Team Beachbody's top money earner, Pete Pena, a former high school principal. Talk about aligning ourselves with success!

Whew! Can you feel the excitement. And we're only starting. When we became Beachbody Coaches I didn't know if I could do this, but just by starting to use the products and feeling better about the way I look and feel it became a natural thing to do to share it with others I care about. Anyone can build a Team Beachbody business with the tools and support we have.

Become a coach today and join our team - just click here!

There's a 30-day money back guarantee for the coaching program and all our products!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Exercise Your Positive Feelings

Here's an excerpt from one of my personal development books. If you find it helpful, please click on the Amazon link below.

#3 – Exercise Your Positive Feelings

When you decide what you want in your ideal life, the fastest way to manifest it is to put yourself in a state of “Feeling Good”, as if you are living your ideal life right now.

One would expect any person’s ideal life to generate a lot of positive feelings, such as joy, love, excitement, pleasure, fun, satisfaction, gratitude, happiness, enthusiasm, wonder, expectation, awe, generosity, passion, compassion, enjoyment, and inspiration, just to name a few.

If you’re used to approaching your life from your “mind” rather than from your “heart”, faith in the power of positive feelings might feel like a big stretch.

Before you can make your ideal life a reality, become a master of putting yourself in a “Feeling Good” state. If you consciously practice feeling happy, excited, generous, and ready to receive, then you’ll soon be much more aware when you aren’t in a state of feeling positive.

Track your positive and negative emotions for one day. You’ll probably be amazed at the ratio. If your right brain is willing to give this exercise a try, but your left brain is asking for proof that it’s worth your time, then read Positivity by Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, who shares how increasing positive emotions to a 3-to-1 ratio over negative emotions is the key to manifesting with emotion.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Effortless Weight Loss

Aside from having to drop a few pounds after each pregnancy, I've never focused on my own weight loss as a major project. In January, 2011, I decided it was time to do so, because I was not happy with what I was seeing on the scale. Those 10 pounds that moved in to stay over the past few years were no longer welcome!

With the launch of our new Team Beach Body business, we followed Step 1 of the Success Game Plan and became products of the product. That means we started to use Shakeology each day as a meal replacement for our lunch and we started to use Beach Body's home fitness programs. You can't share products effectively unless you've experienced them yourself - your own testimonial is the most powerful sales tool you have.

I know, after three months, my six pound weight loss is directly related to my daily Shakeology. I really haven't worked up a noticeable sweat with any workouts yet (that day is coming!), but I have enjoyed the effortless weight loss as a result of my daily shake.

Tonight when we attend a local Chamber event, I will wear pants I haven't been able to wear for a few years! Now that's an exciting development. I'm looking forward to wearing a few more pieces of clothing I'd pushed to the back of my closet.

I'm moving on from the 30-minute to the 50-minute Shakeology workout tomorrow. Wish me luck! (I'm taking baby steps, I know, on my way to facing the ultimate home workout, P90X.)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's in Your Greeting Card?

SendOutCards is exceeding our expectations with new product announcements this year.

First, they introduced the BIG cards, which allow you to create 8.2" x 11.5" custom greeting cards for those BIG occasions when a standard size card is not enough. We've had BIG response from the BIG cards we've sent for special birthdays.

Last week, SendOutCards announced new video cards, which are currently in beta testing and will be available for everyone in a few weeks. This is a very exciting development!

The way the video cards work is that you create your video, post it on the Internet, and then provide a QR (Quick Response) Code, a bar code that is printed in the card and readable by QR Code readers and some camera phones.

If you receive a greeting card with a printed QR Code, you simply scan the code with your camera phone's QR Code Reader application to open the contents of the code. For an informative demo, just log onto the SendOutCards Web site and watch the recent SOCTV broadcast about this new development. Here's the link.

Click on "Previous Shows" to find the show from April 12th.

If you're getting excited about the possibilities of creating your own video greeting cards, and you don't already have your SendOutCards account, just go to and Click on #3, Ways to Get Started. We'd love to have you on our SendOutCards team!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Powerful Steps for Creating Your Visions

"Billionaires don't care what the odds are. We don't listen to common sense or do what's conventional or expected. We follow our vision, no matter how crazy or idiotic other people think it is." Robert Kiyosaki

I received the above quote from a new friend in Australia (who also sends amazing recipes!). It inspired me to want to write a few words about creating and following your vision.

Some of the most powerful ways I have discovered to actually create your vision include:

1. Connect with your heart and don't listen to your head.
2. Trust that you have connected with the perfect vision for yourself because it
comes from your heart.
3. Write it down in as much detail as possible.
4. Share it with a trusted friend.
5. Add more detail and stay focused on what you want.
6. Watch for signs that it's beginning to manifest.
7. Stay rested so you can be ready for big changes in your life.
8. Add more detail and stay focused on what you want.
9. Stay in a constant state of gratitude for what you have now and what you are manifesting from your vision.
10. Know that it will completely manifest in God's time not in your time.

There is absolutely nothing in this process that has anything to do with what others think of your vision. When you share it with a trusted friend the purpose of that step is to help you get clarification, not to get their opinion of your vision.

If you're in a relationship, it's important to know if your vision is compatible with your partner's, or at least not in competition.

If you want to learn more about manifesting your ideal life, check out my book,
31 Days to Personal Mastery: Manifest Your Ideal Life.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Tip # 6 Copy Ducks

Here's a sample tip from my latest book: 31 Days to Personal Mastery: Transform Your Work into Play.

I'm looking for reviewers for this book, so please contact me if you're interested!

Tip #6 Copy Ducks
If you’re like me, you probably don’t look forward to your dentist appointments. However, we all know the importance of being responsible for our dental health, so we make and keep those appointments. There is an absolutely wonderful feature about my current dentist’s office that helps me escape into a world of play, and that’s the duck pond, which patients can view directly through a wall size window right at the base of the dental chair.

As I watch the ducks interact with abandon, I realize they have a lot to teach us about the art of play. First of all, they’re uninhibited in their natural environment and are continuously sliding, jumping, chasing, gliding, diving, preening, and eating.

Imagine if, in your work day, you showed as much non-stop energy and enthusiasm in your work environment! Do you slide into your work space with boundless excitement, jump for joy when you have a win, chase your goals, glide through meetings with poise and professionalism, dive for that big account, preen before a meeting with an important client, and eat well and with others who are supportive of your vision and mission? If not, maybe it’s time you took some lessons from the ducks in your nearest duck pond!

And by the way, I applaud my dentist for locating his practice on a duck pond where he and his staff obviously appreciate the duck playground on a daily basis and transfer some of that lighthearted attitude to their important work and client interactions.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Important Date: Tuesday, April 5th!

Don't miss this opportunity, it's the last time this program will be offered this year and it's free! On April 5th from 6-9PM, Bruce and Marge will be presenting a 3-hour seminar at the Leland Campus of Brunswick Community College. The title of the seminar is "Passions Lead to Profit". This is a hands-on seminar where you will work with information about your business and will leave with a clear understanding of how to focus your business for maximum enjoyment and profitability. This free seminar is sponsored by the state of North Carolina via the Small Business Center of Brunswick Community College. Registration is limited so reserve your seat by calling today 910-755-7378.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

A fun week of card sending

I thought it would be fun to list the cards I've sent so far this week.

1. BIG birthday card to our younger son.

2. BIG birthday card to our daughter.

3. Five motivational post cards to folks Bruce is coaching to grow their Team
Beach Body business.

4. A thank you card to a business associate in Las Vegas.

5. A SendOutCards prospecting card to a local veterinarian.

6. A SendOutCards prospecting card to a small business marketing specialist.

7. A Welcome to SendOutCards and our team card to the county's District Attorney.

8. A batch of St. Patrick's Day cards to our friends.

9. A birthday/St. Patrick's Day card to a local friend.

10. A thank you card to a local super salesperson who is recommending SendOutCards to her team of sales reps.

Whew! Not bad for a fun week of card sending!

What you put out is what you get back, so be sure to keep the positive energy moving out and be ready to accept it back into your life!

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I'm Hooked on Shakeology!

I'm now hooked on Shakeology! I never drank shakes as part of my diet.
I decided to give Shakeology a try because I knew I wasn't getting the
high quality nutrition it provides in my usual diet. Wow! I'm now a raving fan
of Shakeology.

Since using it as a meal replacement for lunch about a
month ago, I have more energy, have lost 5 pounds (9 to go), and feel
so proud of myself that I'm feeding my body such a high quality shake each day.

I'd pay twice the price for the benefits of this amazing concoction.
It works out to about $4 per meal and provides the equivalent nutrition
from about $40 worth of fruits and vegetables. I love both the chocolate
and greenberry Shakeology with my favorite frozen fruit and Almond Milk.

This is the biggest diet change of my life and it's a permanent
diet change. I want everyone I know to integrate Shakeology in their daily
diet to gain all the same benefits I'm enjoying.

I'm also using the Shakeology workout 3 times per week in addition to
going for a daily 30-minute walk.

Team Beach Body has already changed my life for the better.

I invite you to join me. Click Here to order your Shakeology today!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

BIG Ideas for BIG Cards

I chose this topic this week because SendOutCards (we’re independent distributors) just announced a new BIG card feature that’s full of possibilities for helping our clients live more extraordinary lives.

You have to see the SendOutCards announcement page to get the idea!

Here's the link.

Bruce's video testimonial is at the top of the right column on the SendOutCards announcement Web page. He loves the spotlight!

We thought it would be fun to share some ideas on how to use the BIG cards for both personal and business occasions to build more positive relationships and celebrate peoples’ lives in a BIG way – because we all deserve it!


1. One of the first reasons to use BIG cards for personal occasions is to help those with failing eyesight. Marge’s father and Bruce’s mother were both challenged with poor eyesight and they would have loved receiving BIG cards with big fonts and big photos that they could see without straining or having to use their special readers or glasses. It’s a very thoughtful way to be helpful in a big way!

2. BIG cards are useful when you want to express a positive emotion in a BIG way. If you want some to feel your love, congratulations, thank you, welcome, miss you, apology, encouragement, or appreciation message in a BIG way, then be sure to send a BIG card!

3. If you’re manifesting your ideal life, then you most likely have a vision board. We hope you’re thinking BIG! Take a photo of your vision board and send yourself a BIG card so you can carry your BIG dreams (and the positive feelings they evoke) with you wherever you go.

4. Any BIG occasion warrants a BIG card. Use your special photos from a wedding, baptism, graduation, reunion, or birthday party to capture and share memories in a BIG way!

5. Make someone feel really special and important with a BIG card. Surprise a small child or someone who goes out of their way to give you excellent service with a BIG card to make them feel noticed in a BIG way.

6. Showcase a special creation, such as a photo, piece of artwork, poem, or meal with a BIG card to show off your talents or those of another.

7. Keep memories alive in a BIG way from a special vacation or trip.

8. Express yourself with a signature style and become known for sending BIG cards.

9. Life is full of big announcements that deserve BIG cards, such as a new home, an engagement, a new job or promotion, or a new baby.

10. Give yourself a big pat on the back with a BIG card listing all the things you love about yourself. There’s a great way to boost your self-esteem.


1. When your business launches a new product or service, send a BIG announcement card to your best clients.

2. Use BIG cards to display special menus or lists of services at your place of business.

3. Send a BIG welcome a new employee or colleague with a special BIG card.

4. When someone you work with goes the extra mile, send a BIG recognition card for him or her to proudly display.

5. Offer a BIG thank you to a special/new client or someone who has sent you a BIG referral.

6. When you hear of someone’s notable success in business, send a BIG congratulations card to signify their BIG accomplishment.

7. Take a BIG card to a networking event or a coffee shop for a conversation opener

8. When you’re prospecting, send a BIG Most Wanted card to a prospective client.

9. When you’re hiring and recruiting, send a BIG Most Wanted card to a prospective employee.

10. If you’re applying for a job or a freelance contract, send a BIG card with all your selling points so your recipients can get to know you in a BIG way.

Bonus - 11.. Send someone in your business network a BIG, unexpected card just because you want to celebrate their life.

Our new service could be the BIG reason for you to open your SendOutCards account this month. We're ready to help you get started. Just follow the link here to sign up today!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Manifest Your Ideal Life - Tip #11

#11 – Fear vs. Excitement: Similar yet Different

The bigger your dreams, the more apt you are to feel a combination of fear and excitement. It’s important to learn to distinguish between the polar opposite feelings of fear and excitement.

Maintaining positive feelings is a key to manifesting what you want. Negative feelings move you farther away from what you want.

Andrea Conway, one of my favorite coaches (, says “The purpose of fear is to show us we are focused in the wrong direction. Without fear to guide us, we could get seriously lost! Fear is your invitation to turn toward security.”

Once I saw a contemporary dance that depicted a young woman in the grasp of “Fear”. She was dressed like an angel and “Fear” was depicted as a dark violet mass that continuously tried to hold her in its grip. Ultimately she prevailed in casting “Fear” out of her space. You could sense her lightness and power at the end of the dance.

Pursuit of your ideal life will take you out of your comfort zone, which can cause fears to arise. If you let them paralyze you, you’re giving up your power to manifest your ideal life.

The next time you feel fear when you’re stepping toward what you want, consciously notice and convert it to excitement. You’ll instantly have more energy to move in the right direction.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Got Shakeology?

No one has ever accused me and Bruce of being too serious about our work. Here's another example. We decided to start a collection of "Got Shakeology" photos from any of our coaches or clients who dare to join our photo gallery.

If you don't know what all the excitement's about, then please check out this amazing shake, that has become our favorite meal of the day.

Here's the link.

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