Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Success

I just got home from speaking in Minneapolis. It went quite well. I got the chance to
speak to a lot of folks who just needed some hope and I had plenty to supply.

Last month when I attended my very first Expo in New York, I wasn't aware of how many freebies and valuable information are distributed. My handbag couldn't hold everything.
This time I got smart. I brought along an empty rolling duffel bag and went from booth to booth filling it up. It felt like adult trick or treating.

After speaking at two seminars, I went to the Covidien booth to meet and greet the people
who wanted to talk. Who knew that the booth I was working at had my favorite gift of the
day. It was a journal, but not just any ordinary journal. This one was designed to record
food intake for the day.

Sometimes we need to go back and repeat a behavior that has worked for us in the past to help get us back on track. Inside the cover of the journal it says, "Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out". Not only did the journal have space to jot down
my thoughts and food, it also had eight little drawings of water glasses to record water intake, three ladies jumping rope to represent exercise, a box to check off multi vitamins
and calcium and finally the one that made me laugh was a drawing of women resting on an
armchair to represent relaxation. Why not eight little chairs, I chuckled. Thank you
Covidien for such an ingenious journal.

I have more to tell you about the event in Minneapolis so stay tuned as this is enough writing
for today. Have a great week.

With love, Stacey

Monday, October 19, 2009

flying in formation

When you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent more flying range than possible if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way. When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Finally -- and this is important -- when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group. How wonderful it would be if we had the sense of a goose, and would stand by each other like that.
—"Are You a Goose?" by Tom Worsham

A good friend of mine sent this to me and I found it very valuable. It reminded me of something I tell my audiences every single time that do a speaking engagement. I inform them that the biggest lie we tell ourselves is that we can do it alone. Maybe the geese in this story really get that and i hope you get it the way I finally did!

With much love,

Stacy

P.S. Check my homepage for my next speaking engagement on October 24th in
Minneapolis.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Boy, what a week, Thank you all for your e-mails, blogs and phone calls, praying for my mom and wishing her well. It's been a week of going back and fourth
to different cancer specialists with my mom. Tomorrow is her final test, a pet scan. Tuesday we will get all the results and the doctors will come up with a plan
for her, I am hoping that no more surgery is necessary The tumor is small, but they have to make sure that there are no more cancer cells in her body.

I am not in very good spirits, but I'm holding myself together. I would like an immediate resolution, but everything requires waiting. As a result, I am shopping
online excessively because that's the way I relieve stress. That has to stop.

On a more positive note, I am getting ready to travel to Minneapolis soon and trying to focus on getting ready for that trip. It will be another American
Diabetes speaking event. Since I love doing that, I have something to look forward to, You can check my web site this week for the dates. I would love to
hear from you.

One more thing for all of you dog lovers like me. Someone introduced me to a most incredible online store called "Bloomingtails". I love the name. They have the
most unusual things for pets. I am currently looking for a Halloween costume for my male Maltese named "Tushy". You must see all the cute things they offer.
Go to wwwbloomingtailsdogboutique.com.

Hope you had a great weekend. All my best,

Stacey

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Waiting For The Shoe To Drop!

Sometimes life is going along so great. My physical, emotional and spiritual being all seem to be in line. I feel happy, fulfilled and loved all at once… and then the shoe drops.

My mom flew in from Florida to come see me speak at the Javits Center last Saturday for the American Diabetes Expo. My mom has seen me do it all. Not only has she seen me thru 11 surgeries but she has seen me film a movie, be on television, act in shows, and write a book. The only thing she has not seen me do is talk to people and motivate them. Also she has not seen me do a book signing. It was a lot of fun for us.

Two days later I was to meet her for lunch to say goodbye and she would head back to Florida. My mom has been a breast cancer survivor for over 20 yrs and once a yr when she is in New York visiting me she goes to her cancer doctor for a mammogram and check up. I was to meet her in the lobby after her very routine exam, and then we would do lunch. Instead of her being in the lobby I got a call on my cell phone telling me to come up to the doctor’s office because she needed to have a needle biopsy on a lump the doctor found. From that moment on everything changed.

Three days later I was waiting for her to come out of surgery. She has not gone back to Florida yet. They won’t know anything till Wednesday, and I will meet her at 9am to hear the results. Because of the news, I am hungry and scared.

On the positive side, I have seen my mom recover from cancer before, but I really thought after twenty yrs it was done. It also brings up my own fears as we have an extensive breast cancer history in the family. My mom is a very strong woman and I believe she can get thru anything, but it is just hard to deal with. I want to be there for her but sometimes my own fears for her overwhelm me. Wednesday will not be easy, but stuffing it with food would only make it worse and also aggravate my own chances for cancer. I love my mom and I am happy to be mobile enough now that I truly can be here for her. I am thinking about you all and hope you have a great and productive week. All the best…..StaceyWAITING

Thursday, October 1, 2009

AMERICAN DIABETES EXPO- THANK YOU COVIDIEN!

Thank all of you who came to the American Diabetes Expo this past Saturday at the Javits Center, I felt like the day was one gigantic hug! Years ago I wanted to attend a seminar at the Javits Center but I heard rumors that the place was as big as two football fields and at the time walking was not possible.This day would have not been possible without Covidien.They gave me the wonderful opportunity to share my story and meet with people who need the support and help just like I did.I am totally flattered that Covidien chose me to be a spokesperson for this important cause. I am happy to say that I walked that day with ease but even more happy to see how accommodating the place was and wheel chair accessible to those who wanted to come but just could not do it on foot. There was so much great information being given out, and all the latest breakthroughs to help diabetes were on display. I got to speak about how having bariatric surgery has resolved my type two diabetes and plenty of people wanted to hear my message. I was happy to meet so many Oprah fans who poured out love to me and stood on line so they could get a copy of my book.

They taped my seminar in a webinar so if you want to see it just click on the following link www.orlive.com/covidiensurgical/videos/surgery-providing-hope-and-immediate-resolution-from-type-2-diabetes

I got to see an exercise craze called “Zumba” and everyone in the room was moving even if it was from a sitting down position. The music is infectious. I am going to order an exercise DVD for my mom and I because it’s the perfect thing to do to move around when you cannot get out. I was very motivated to see how many people were looking for answers for themselves and family members suffering with diabetes and obesity. I also saw a lot of success and motivation going on under one roof. Diabetes is a very serious illness and people were out to hear about hope. I believe they got it! I met a lot of new friends on Saturday and hope to see them on my blog soon. I wrote two important words in the books I signed that day and I want to share them with you. ‘HEALTH FIRST.’

All My Best,
Stacey