Saturday, April 23, 2011

Operation Relaunch Career Unveiling Party / Fundraising Event

We all had a fabulous night at the Carmichael Salon, not only presenting an unveiling of our 3 ORC winners, but also celebrating their successes with the ORC Team Members, clients, family, neighbors and friends. And so many people and organizations to thank. Stay tuned for photos and video from this special evening.

And not only did we get to share the successes with everyone, we also were able to raise funds to help Support for Families of Children with Disabilities.

And along with our ORC Team Members donating their time and talents, we'd also like to thank the following people for donating time and services:

Josh Alexander CMT

Abigail Baker

Blick Art Supplies

Chaos Tamer/Rhea Abahazy

Charles Communications/Kimberly Charles

Cheeko B/Kattya Breitenbach

Honey Honey Cafe and Crepery

Huntington Hotel

Liam Mayclem

Meyerovich Gallery

Mission Beach Cafe/Bill Clarke

Nancy Mueller Photography

San Francisco Building and Home Cleaning/Luis Ramirez

ThriveSF/Andrew Duffy

Total Staffing Solutions, Inc./Cindy Fassler

Without their support we could not have done it all. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Renewed Sense of Hope

Hello blog friends. Sorry that I've been away, but now that I am a working woman again, life has been very busy. I have to say that I am thrilled to be working and am happy to be busy learning new things, rebuilding my skills, meeting new people and collecting a paycheck again.

I can't express enough how wonderful and helpful the journey has been with the Operation Relaunch Career "Dream Team" members.

My most recent experience has been working with Dr. Jeannie Tsai, meeting with her and her pleasant staff for a consultation. I do have to admit I was very nervous and a bit anxious about working with Dr. Tsai, but she made me feel very comfortable with her pleasant and professional manner. I was given literature to read and browsed through a binder of "before and after" photos of her clients. She let me know that I did not have to do anything I didn't want to do, and that it was totally up to me as to which procedures would be done.

Right away we discussed the many options available to me and she recommended a procedure using Juvaderm. She explained that with most women my age, gravity starts taking over, and that I had lost a lot of muscle around my mouth, which was creating what most people refer to as jowls around the mouth, as well as deep creases around my nose area. This gives the appearance of frowning and she felt that Juvaderm would be helpful.

After getting all this information I knew I had some big decisions to make. And then after talking to some family and friends and discussing the recommended procedures and the possible side effects, I decided to work with Dr. Tsai.

I made an appointment for the following week and have to say that looking back, it was pretty painless. Dr. Tsai once again reassured me that the results would be well worth it and that everything would be fine, and it was! She walked me through the whole procedure explaining step-by-step what she was doing and didn't proceed with anything without my permission.

I have to say that I like what I now see in the mirror and the changes are so subtle that people haven't really taken any notice. They know something is different, but don't know what that is until I tell them.

Thank you Dr. Tsai. You earned my trust and so generously gave your gift of youth to us and made us all feel beautiful in our own skin again. I am so very thankful tht I have been given this opportunity and to be on the receiving end of such wonderful and generous gifts. It may not show on the outside, but inside, my heart is beaming with gratitude and most of all . . . a renewed sense of hope and desire to move forward and start living the new life I have been handed.

Eva Shinn

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Reveal Week - Fitness

Hi everyone, it's personal trainer Andrew signing in.

It's less than a week until the reveal party (April 21st at 6pm at the Carmichael Salon in San Francisco - yes!), and I'm meeting with Pam, Eva and Marilyn for a pre-reveal check-in.  So far, I've met with Pam and Eva, and Marilyn is scheduled for Tuesday.  (I'm looking forward to it, Marilyn!)

Pam and I met this past week.  She has good flexibility and knows that her cardio isn't her strong point, so we focused on giving her a challenge: we went for a hill walk on a beautiful San Francisco day.  It helped that we went with her dog Brody.

During a particular uphill climb, Pam and I were talking about how learning more about fitness and how personal it can be isn't only about cardio, strength training and flexibility, or the core, or weight, or bodyfat.  It's about empowerment.  Particular to Pam's situation, she's had to handle a lot of personal stressors that most people don't have to handle.  And although she hasn't been perfect with her diet or exercise routine because she's spending a lot of time and energy on dealing with those stressors, she's happy that she now has more tools to do what she needs to do when she has the time.  And she's happy with being able to handle her current stressors with grace.  I'm looking forward to the near future when Pam can really apply everything we've worked on together - she's bright and capable, and I think she'll enjoy the results like she did when we first started and she had the time.

Eva and I met this morning, and she has lost over fifteen pounds in the last three months, sometimes with no time to dedicate to exercise because she now has a job.  She walks and moves when she can, because she feels better.  Her success is largely due to her diligence with her portions and her balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables.
Today she came in saying, "I've lost weight, and now I want to start to focus on ab exercises to flatten my midsection."  That's a common thought: more stomach exercises will flatten the stomach.  And yes, they can, but there are a few important thoughts that I've shared with Eva about flattening the core:

Proper calorie intake 80% of flattening your core
Reduce the amount of bloating foods in your diet (alcohol, excess salt, processed foods) to reduce the size of your stomach
You flatten your core by using it moderately, not by doing a lot of core exercises
Your core functions best when you move your upper and lower body movement - so move your whole body for a fitter, more functional core

That means:
When eating at home or dining out, have sauces and dressings on the side.  There's a good chance you're consuming too much salt when eating out and that you're bloated.  
Drink water instead of alcohol. Even though you might be having the right amount of calories to lose weight, you will still have superficial bloat if you're drinking more than two alcoholic drinks a night.
Move your whole body in addition to performing a few exercises that focus on your core.
Eat clean, eat fresh.  It feels good!