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Supporting the Shape Your World Society in Abbotsford

26 Mar 15
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Amazing Race participantsOn March 7, 2015, I had the fabulous opportunity to be a part of the Amazing Race in Abbotsford!

This event was put on by the non-profit society, Shape Your World Society.

It turned out to be a great fun day! All the contestants raced around Abbotsford finding sponsoring businesses, have their picture taken at the place of business and answer a question about the business and racing back to High Street Shopping Center.

Each team showed up in their unique costume theme, some more stressed than others at the challenge of the race.

Amazing Race 2015 participantsIt reminded me of watching Amazing Race Canada!

All in all we had a great time here at Stingray Hypnosis, greeting all the contestants and taking part of their photo opps!

Total Makeover Challenge by Shape Your World Society raised an impressive $1325.00 for the Abbotsford Food Bank!

The Amazing Race is a small part of the Total Makeover Challenge. This society is helping to create awareness of health and wellness in the community, Great job, everyone!!

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How to Release Past Trauma and Emotional Hurts

10 Mar 15
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You know what?  As a clinical hypnotherapist I am totally blown away by the common denominator in many of my clients.

Feelings of not living fully, not living authentically and feeling as though they do not have a voice.

I hear these statements every day.

Last week a 65 year old client came to me seeking to let go of childhood trauma.

This woman has been afraid her whole life. 

It is her greatest desire to finally have the courage to travel, have FUN and enjoy her life!

Another woman I’m working with is seeking peace so she can sleep.  She has never been able to sleep comfortably or soundly.

When she was just 2 years old someone rolled over onto her while she slept.  She woke up terrified and this has stayed with her all these years.

She made a decision way back then  – it is not safe to sleep!

This is powerful!

We were able to resolve this traumatic event for her through hypnotherapy and today she is thrilled, she is able to drift into a deep and restful sleep without taking drugs to knock her out!

Many of these women have experienced childhood abuse, leaving them with untreated PTSD,  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD has many origins and degrees. Untreated and unrecognized these emotional traumas often have significant effects years later.

What I notice in my office is that many of these women are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalances.  They may have hot flashes, sore breasts, incontinence, anxiety, fibromyalgia, arthritis, even cancer.

I see this pattern over and over; I should not be surprised.

Actually, I’m not so much surprised, I’m shocked at how many adults suffer silently in the memories of trauma.  They didn’t have a voice when these events occurred and they have long ago stored those memories, yet the emotional attachment to these events are affecting them to this day or until they are able to let them go.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool which allows my clients to release the emotional attachment to the tragedy so they can live happier and freer lives.

I have noticed often these unprocessed feeling are put aside and minimized.  I have heard clients try to smooth over their emotional hurts by saying things like, “They didn’t mean to hurt me, they didn’t know I was scared, other people have experienced so much more…”

I explain to my clients that when they arrived here as beautiful, perfect infants they began to learn about life and their world.  Who were their teachers?  Mom and Dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings and all the other people in their small world were their teachers.

From infancy to the age of six, I explain, they were in a waking trance.   They were like little sponges, taking it all in.  The analytic, logical conscious mind was not even developed, so what they heard and saw they took as truth.

They were perceiving life through innocent eyes. 

If they heard, “You are bad!”, or “You are stupid!”, they believe exactly that.

As a little person, all this information was stored to be used later in life.  This is how and when we begin to develop our belief system.

Imagine what happens when abuse or trauma plays a part in our young lives.

It would easily break my heart to hear such travesties, but I know if they are sitting in my office I have a great opportunity to help them let go of these emotional hurts for the first time in their lives.

Many of my clients are 40, 50, and even 60 years old and they deeply desire freedom.

Emotional freedom! 

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is for me to see my clients’ blossom and to finally take charge of the direction of their lives.  There is no greater joy than to guide another person to find their own personal freedom and happiness.

Call me today if you are looking for your gateway to freedom!

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The Hormone-Fat ‘Merry-Go-Round’

06 Mar 15
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As a nurse from a traditional background, I found after 40 years of clinical nursing, there were frustrations that brought me to what I call an “inconvenient epiphany”.

That was the moment when I realized that I no longer wanted to be a nursing supervisor … something was out of “sync” for me.

Have you ever felt that nagging doubt about what you at one time felt was your life’s work?

I call it inconvenient because if you follow your feelings, you end up knee-deep in change. And change is scary!

I hung out my shingle as a holistic nurse/counsellor and in through my office doors streamed women of all ages looking for solutions. They had been referred to me because after all diagnostics were completed, nothing abnormal was detected and their symptoms were still unresolved.

Now they were being offered anti-depressants and referrals to psychiatry. They knew instinctively that something must be wrong and did not know where to turn.

Of course they were depressed! Who wouldn’t be!

Over time, there was a cluster of symptoms and a pattern emerged in the histories of my clients. The link to hormones was unmistakable and often too the overgrowth of yeast (candida) was also present.

We spent the first month normalizing bowel function and in month two added a parasite cleanse. Parasites can cause many of the same symptoms as hormone balance and yeast overgrowth.If by the end of 3 months the symptoms of candida did not disappear, we would treat that too.

All through this process, I ‘held the hand’ of my clients as they made the necessary changes to life-style and nutrition. Their patience and persistence and courage resulted in the resolution of the symptoms that for many had made their lives a misery.

They had taken control. My dedication since then is to assist not only women of all ages but also men … to take matters into their  own hands in a self-directed health program.

Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight, in spite of all your best efforts? There is a cycle of events that will be of interest to you.

Regular readers will know what I mean by estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. For many reasons, men, women and children living in our culture experience this type of hormone imbalance and there are many safe ways to correct this.

When hormones are out of balance, watch what happens:

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The Hormone/Fat Merry-Go-Round

  1. Excess estrogen causes us to store fat.
  2. Fat cells make more estrogen.
  3. Eating habits and stress create an acidic cellular environment
  4. To neutralize the cellular habitat, the body stores excess acid in the fat cells.
  5. The fat cells are then desirable for the body to keep as a repository for the acid.
  6. The body will not release the fat cells. (In spite of ALL YOU DO!)
  7. The fat cells continue to produce more estrogen.
  8. Excess estrogen then makes more fat cells.

Round and round you go! And Rounder and Rounder you get!!!!!

How do you break this cycle? Regular weight-loss programs are not the answer unless you also create the conditions for the body to agree to release the unwanted fat.

Consider weight management through natural hormone balancing and hormone health

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Bio-identical Hormones (progesterone and estrogen) are derived from wild yam and soy and are altered only enough to make them molecularly the same as hormones the body produces. They are used in physiologic doses, the same amounts as the body would make under healthy conditions.

Over the last two years, there has been increasing news about the dangers of synthetic hormones, the kind found in HRT and the birth control pill. Although we know what is dangerous, many do not know the healthy alternative.

In the 1970’s, Dr. John Lee began recommending bio-identical progesterone for osteoporosis prevention. To his satisfaction and the delight of his patients, not only did bone mineral density improve but also they found that many other bothersome symptoms were also eliminated.

Among these were the resolution of hot flashes, migraines, vaginal dryness, obesity and unwanted facial hair. Libido was restored and weight normalized. Dr. Lee also recommended healthy lifestyle and the judicious use of vitamin and mineral supplements.

Progesterone is the balancing hormone for estrogen, the levels of which are in excess in the great majority of girls and women in industrialized cultures. According to Dr. Lee, only 10% of menopausal women need to add bio-identical estrogen. Most women need additional progesterone at some time in their life.

The first step is to take a saliva test, available from Trillium Wellness Consultants. This simple test shows the ratio of progesterone to estrogen. Hormone usage varies according to a woman’s age and stage. Women after the age of 40 and men after 50 benefit by using bio-identical progesterone. Younger women use progesterone short-term until they restore ovulation and their ovaries again make adequate progesterone.

Women often ask me why adding progesterone has not worked for them. I ask them, “Did you take measures to lower estrogen?”

The reality is that you can’t take enough progesterone to balance excess estrogen.

Hormone supplementation is not a quick fix and for lasting effect must be combined with healthy diet; vitamin supplements; avoidance of refined carbs, plastics, petrochemicals and packaged foods; plenty of filtered water; daily bowel elimination. (If you don’t eliminate excess estrogen, it will be reabsorbed from the intestine and recycled again and again!); exercise; sleep; stress reduction.

Hot flashes are often the reason women seek help.

“If excess estrogen is so bad, why do I get relief from hot flashes when I take HRT?” A hot flash is caused by wild fluctuation in estrogen. Think of a jagged line going up and down on a graph. If you add more estrogen and sock up the levels so they can’t fluctuate, you will stop hot flashes and at the same time increase your risk for cancer, cardiac events and many unwanted side effects.

Wouldn’t it be better to avoid the fluctuations by bringing down and modulating estrogen? Consider a self-directed hormone balancing program in partnership with your doctor. You will never look back!

A rise of estrogen at puberty is responsible for the development and maintenance of female sex organs and secondary sexual characteristics. Estrogens stimulate cell growth. They create the thickened lining of the uterus to prepare it for pregnancy.

They stimulate the maturation of the egg-containing part of the ovary. Estrogen exists in both males and females. It is produced by the ovaries, the adrenals and by adipose (fat) cells. One other hormone playing a part in human reproduction is progesterone.

Many of the symptoms women experience are related to hormone imbalance. Hormones are like messengers. They circulate in the body and fit into hormone receptor sites, just as certain keys fit into certain locks. Substances that are “estrogenic” can imitate estrogen and fit into estrogen receptor sites. This has effects we will talk about later in the series.

Coordinated functioning of hormones is like a symphony orchestra. All the instruments need to play together in harmony. For example, if the estrogen is too “loud”, the progesterone cannot be “heard”. It is the estrogen’s tendency to promote cell growth that makes its excess a promoter of cancer. This is one reason among many to do everything we can to create hormone balance.

In North America, we are exposed to hormones from a variety of sources. We get extra hormones from eating meat and poultry (injected with hormones to stimulate growth), from plastic containers that emit estrogenic substances into the food/liquid they contain, and from petrochemical by-products and pollutants which are estrogenic. This affects both men (prostate cancer) and women and causes our little girls to start menstruating at a progressively younger age.

Women’s Estrogen Dominance Quiz: Have you ever had (past or present): breast swelling/tenderness, fibro cysts, cancer, endometriosis, endometrial cancer/hyperplasia, PMS, migraines/headaches, osteoporosis, weight gain (abdomen, hips), water retention, gallbladder symptoms, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, inability to concentrate, cyclic acne, fibromyalgia, depression or fatigue?

If you have checked some of the above, there is a strong possibility that your body is not making enough progesterone to balance the amount of estrogen.

This means you may be estrogen dominant, a condition that can contribute too many health problems. I suggest that you investigate this further by consulting with your health care practitioner.

Yours truly,

Susan

Susan Krautter, RN, BScN, Holistic Nurse
Trillium Wellness Consultants
www.UnderstandingHormones.com

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The Hidden Ramifications of Stress And What To Do About It

03 Mar 15
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Stress has become an issue for billions of people.

Our lives have become very fast paced.  We are connected 24/7.

Internet, media, Facebook and other social media platforms, and cellphones have a tight grip on us and some might even feel that grip tightening around our necks!

We have pressures from all directions.

It is no longer just important to have food, shelter and love.  We believe we must have more, do more and be more.  There seems to be little balance between work and play.

Most families depend on two incomes to financially meet their needs.  Adults become burdened with life’s pressures and often experience overwhelm and stress.  Our busy lifestyle has even affected the children; education, sports, and extra-curricular activities allow little time to wind down.

It is difficult to find the person who is not stressed!

He or she would stand out and might even be criticized for being selfish because they prioritize ‘down time’.  The relaxed person knows it is important to step back and let go.

I’m sure there are many people like this, but there are far more who can relate to dreaming of getting off their ‘roller coaster life’ or escaping completely-if even just for a day or a few hours.

Sound familiar?  Maybe you completely understand what I’m talking about.

No downtime, no time to relax, no time to regroup or catch your breath!

I’ve been there, and maybe you also have experienced the desire of needing to find a way to create ‘you’ time.

Many of us spend our days juggling our many ‘hats’.  We have jobs, careers, homes, significant others, older parents, children and grandchildren.  We tend to be dog walkers, house keepers, cooks and chauffeurs.

Often we can look at our week and realize we have not even stopped once to tend to our own needs.

Many women experience frustration, guilt and anger, which can lead to depression and anxiety due to continuous stress.

I hear women tell me every day of how their stress is affecting them:  fatigue, sleepless nights, panic attacks, addictions of food or drugs, as well as imbalances in their physical bodies that may lead to pain, illness and dis-ease.

Unfortunately, we don’t always recognize this mind-body connection when dealing with weight issues, hormone imbalances, arthritis, lupis, IBS, diabetes, or even cancer, just to name a few.

Stress can affect all of the above issues.

Learning techniques to manage your stress is a huge step to creating balance in your life.  Learning ways to be mindful and to let go of old emotional hurts or limiting beliefs is a positive approach to living a happier and healthier life.

What can you do to begin to de-stress?

Here is a quick and easy exercise I teach all my clients.

Next time you find yourself needing to relax, try focusing on your breath.  Bring your attention to your breath and as you focus on your inhale and exhale, say the words “in” and “out” to yourself.

By simply noticing the rise and fall of your chest or abdomen, as you breathe, you allow your mind and body to begin to let go.

Practice this breathing technique for 3-5 minutes.

This exercise can be used practically anywhere. You can use it while you are driving, walking or even as you are standing in line at the store.

This is a perfect exercise to use before you go into a meeting, make an important phone call, or any situation that you want to be calm and collected.

You will probably notice that as you practice it will become easier and easier.  You are developing a relaxation technique and the more you practice the easier and quicker it will be to bring yourself into a calm and peaceful state of being.

Just as it takes patience and practice to learn to play tennis or anything new, this also improves when you practice often. I give my clients homework of practicing this simply breathing technique at least 3 times a day, more is better.

The goal is that this becomes an important part of your day to day personal care. When something comes up that requires you to have a calm, clear mind you will know exactly how to get there.

It’s important to be mindful of the hidden ramifications of stress – you may not even be aware that you’re under stress but if you relate to any of the conditions I mentioned in this article, the chances are good that it’s stress related.

For further stress-relieving techniques, hypnotherapy has been proven to be extremely effective. Call me for details!

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Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Low Libido… oh those hormones!

22 Feb 15
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I hear so many women complaining of what I have learned to be hormone-related symptoms. It doesn’t really matter where you are; women empathize with each other over these issues every day.

The other day at a luncheon the talk turned to these same ‘women’ issue, I’ve overheard similar conversations in elevators and while waiting for my granddaughter after school.

I wonder if you have experienced any of these things, or maybe you know someone who has complained to you about them. Night sweats, hot flashes and low libido come to mind right away.

What about weight gain, sore breasts, sleepless nights, fatigue, headaches, migraines, acne, facial hair, moodiness, memory loss or foggy thinking!

The list goes on and on.

I have even found that incontinence can be caused by a hormonal imbalance!

When I was 45 years old my sister, who is 5 years older than I, was complaining of hot flashes and migraines. She related these to ‘the change’, and I realized that I needed to get some facts before I reached 50.

I had already had a long history of weight gain, sore breasts and those same migraines, so I could relate to her pain!

Through my research I found out that it is normal and even necessary for our hormones to fluctuate at different times of our lives, yet all the above symptoms are common, but are not normal.

I spent years and years trying to lose weight.

I tried every diet going, I went to Tops, Weight Watcher, I tried Fit for Life, The Zone, Atkins, Jenny Craig and I even injected myself with HcG! I exercised, I fasted, I walked and practiced yoga.

Nothing had permanent results for me.

For my headaches, my doctors had no answers. We identified that these headaches and migraines were cyclic, but there was no cure. I suffered with migraines for 25 years!

I experiences sore breast and I thought that was normal since other women in my family had complained of this same discomfort.

Eventually through my own research, I did find out how to prepare my body for pre-menopause and to my own surprise, that was the end of the migraines, sore breasts, incontinence, low libido, and I even found it easier to loose excess pounds!

I was so incredibly happy and so was my husband, who claimed, “All women should join the Four H Club: Happy Hormones, happy husbands!”

So, I am a true believer of naturally balancing hormones.

By reducing stress, letting go of unwanted emotional baggage and limiting beliefs, and nourishing our bodies with the best foods possible, you can free yourself of many of these uncomfortable symptoms that may be stopping you from living a full and happy life.

What I have also learned during these years of studying women’s health is that these annoying symptoms are your body’s way of communicating with you.

Like I mentioned earlier, many of these symptoms are common, yet they are not normal. I believe we need to stop and listen to our own body’s messages and take the time to do the things necessary to bring balance back into our lives.

These symptoms may be your own body’s warning signs. If you ignore these warning signs, what comes next?

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some insights I have discovered about living a balanced, healthy, comfortable and full life and the undesirable alternative.

Do you experience hot flashes, night sweats and a low libido? Share your experience below and what has worked for you.

If life is a journey, where are you going?

02 Jan 15
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If life is a journey, where are you going?  I hear people telling me they are stuck, they don’t know what to do.  We have choices, lots of choices and sometimes it is difficult to decide what the next step is.  Sometimes we just decide to take a ‘wait and see attitude’.  This is ok in some instances, especially when you really have no direct control over the situation.  We can only choose a direction when it is our own stuff to control.  Other peoples stuff is out of our hands.

I have this picture on my wall that I feel is very appropriate.  I love it because I believe it says it all.  I believe we do have choices in our lives and we are able to choose our own path, on our journey called LIFE.

It is important though to decide where you are going.  If you have no destination, how do you think you will get there.  Think about it?  It is true for all decisions and all experiences.  You are the director.  It is no different than planning a trip.  First you choose the destination.  You need to know if you are heading to Hawaii, Paris or New York.   How can you choose the map, airline or road if you don’t know where you are headed?  Imagine you are beginning a road trip.  You pack your bags, load up with good fuel,  set your GPS and you are ready.  Imagine not knowing where you are going, how would you decide which road to take?  You would not just drive without knowing which direction to go.  You would not even be able to set your GPS.   You would be stuck in the driveway!   LIFE is the same, yet so many of us don’t take the time to plan the most important trip of our lives.    We don’t see the value or we missed the memo on the importance of taking charge and creating our own journey and  your own  life experience.

The reason we get stuck is that we have got off track, we missed a turn or maybe we got caught up in other peoples’ maps.  It happens to all of us, but when you realize it, STOP, and find re-direction.

Maybe you are stuck in your career or relationship, maybe you are stuck not living happily and fully.  The first step you must take is to decide what you want.  What would make you happy?  What would give you that sense of living fully?   Is something missing from your life and how can you fulfill that missing part of your life?

I am at a crossroad myself right now. I feel it is time to move to a new home, something smaller and more manageable, though I am stuck.  I like my home, I’m comfortable here and I enjoy my space.  How can I move forward?   First, I must find a new destination.  I must create a new destination in my mind that excites me and one that I eagerly look forward to.   I’m pretty good at the imagination game, as we all are.  We were all born with this amazing tool called imagination.  It is not just childs’ play, it is a vital tool in creating the life you love.  So, back to my problem…  WHY do I want to move?  I want to spend more time with my loved ones and less time cleaning.  I want more time to create the business I love.  To help others find their destination and the correct path on their journey of life, so they also can wake up every day saying, “I love my journey!”   WHAT do I want in my new home?  I love spending time outside in nature, so a garden or green space is important to me.  I love family dinners, so space for my dining table would be a bonus.   Once I have the WHY’s  and the WHAT’s  now I can play with this as I daydream.  This is how dreams begin and how dream are created.

What is it that you want to create in your life journey?  What excites and motivates you?  Where and what do you want to experience?

I would love for you to share your ideas and thoughts about what you want to create in your own life.

 

Virtual Gastric Bypass, what exactly is it?

29 Dec 14
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Most people who are following traditional diets and programs have limited success.  In the beginning, it seems doable and they may even reach their desired weight, but is this permanent, long term weight loss?  Not usually.  The average person who is dieting will lose 5 pounds this year.  Just 5 pounds!  Not only is yoyo dieting unhealthy, it is extremely hard on our ego, self-esteem and our self-worth.

Are you so frustrated about your weight and your health that you are considering Gastric Bypass Surgery, as the last resort?    First, I would consider all the pros and cons.  Take time to do some research.  What are the risks?  What are the costs?  What are your alternative choices?

Gastric BandSurgery is always a risk and I believe one should carefully consider all the risks before making this very important decision.  Possible complications and side effects of abdominal or gastric surgeries may include infection, hernia, or hemorrhage, to name just a few.  These conditions will add to the overall cost, as well as, the quality of life after the surgery.

The cost of these surgeries vary in Canada from $16,000 to $20.000.  Plus, the wait time can be 3 to 10 years, depending on the province and facility you are going to.  You will have to check with your own insurance plan to see if you are covered.  You can get personal financing in some provinces to cover the costs.

What could possibly the alternative to dieting or Gastric Bypass Surgery??

Have you heard of VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND SURGERY?

VIRTUAL GATRIC BAND SURGERY is a hypnotic process I have been using with my clients to help them achieve the results they are looking for.  This is the only safe and permanent weight reduction program.  There is no incision, no drugs and no bad side effects!

By tricking the subconscious mind to believe that you have undergone gastric band surgery, you will immediately notice a change in the amount of food you are able to consume.  It takes a small amount of food to satisfy you, and you instantly react to the ‘full’ message and push all excess food aside.  This is a very powerful process with immediate results.

Weight issues have an emotional component, therefore it is important to release your limiting beliefs and unwanted emotions.  By letting go of past events and your emotional attachment to them we come away with a change of perspective, which in turn, will ensure your success.  This is an important step that I include in my workshops or when working one on one with my clients.

Freedom From Fat!!

15 Dec 14
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How many diets have you been on over the past 5 or 10 years?  Were you successful at reaching your ideal weight?  Did you keep that weight off?  Are you actively enjoying your healthy and vibrant life now?

Weight loss and diet programs cost billions of dollars every year.  It is really quite shocking what we will do and how much we will spend with little long term success, if any.  We all know that statistics…the weight loss industry has tripled in recent years, obesity is now considered a disease, and all that excess fat leads to serious health issues that we all want to avoid.  So, we try again and again.  I have been on that roller coaster ride, too!  I can totally relate.  I have been to Weight Watchers, and I’ve bought Jenny Craig, I’ve used shakes, pills and even injected myself every morning and evening with HcG!   The scales have gone down and up and up and down for years and years.   This roller coaster ride has helped my self-esteem and my self-image…become damaged.  This ride has not been fun, exciting or worth repeating again and again.  STOP!  I finally got off!!  It has taken me years and years of self-reflection and study of why and how we get stuck in life.  I finally got to that place in my life where I realize without a doubt that these diets and programs do NOT lead to lasting results.

It isn’t the fact that you binge…it is why you binge.  It isn’t because you are unmotivated to move your body…it is why are you unmotivated.  It isn’t because you enjoy food…it is why do you over indulge,  go for seconds when you know very well your stomach is full.  What pushes your buttons to be so self-destructive?

Have you reached that time in your life that you to truly want to live the life you desire?  Do you want to be active, comfortable and happy in your body?  I hope you are ready to make 2015 your year…the year that you finally get to enjoy  Freedom From Fat!!