Knowing Where I Have Been

I have lifted my spirit out of the unhealthy world I once knew. I have created a new body in which to keep my spirit happier and healthier. Yet I still often slip back in my mind and think like the old me – then I look in the mirror and get confused seeing the new me staring back at me like a stranger.

I have lifted my spirit out of the unhealthy world I once knew. I have created a new body in which to keep my spirit happier and healthier. Yet I still often slip back in my mind and think like the old me – then I look in the mirror and get confused seeing the new me staring back at me like a stranger.

Who am I really? My whole identity is so different.


I am still an artist inside. I am still creative, if only using my creativity for cooking instead of painting.

My career is shifting right along with my body and mind.

I'm reflecting on where I've been. Asleep for some time. Numb. Unaware.

Just merely existing. Happy? I thought so.

I want so much more for myself now.

I want to be free to travel, free to experience this new world in this new body.

Experience love in this body.

I don't know where I'm headed just yet, but I think if I stay true to myself and keep living and breathing in the present moment the answers will come.

I am here. Right here where I need to be.

In the middle of a path that leads to good things.

In just a few short days, I will be hosting my first “Get Bon” Retreat, sharing with strangers who have a common interest: to live healthier lives, to learn how to cook my recipes and to work out with me in the woods. This will be transformative for the guests as well as myself. This is where the path is leading me to. It's leading me to sharing my experiences with others. This is the good work I'm destined to do.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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