It Ain’t Easy Being Lean


How’s this for an instant block to weigh loss – it’s not easy being lean.

 “We don’t know if  fibromyalgia causes weight gain or vice versa.” … “Fibromyalgia patients have a 25% lower metabolism, on average, than someone without fibromyalgia of the same age and body weight”.

Now I kinda feel I got around this with the changes I made with food choices (no sugar, carbs or dairy) but what I didn’t account for was impending grief, stress and depression.

It’s a god damn formula, a balancing act to get this right and we all know from my track record of accidents that I have absolutely no balance whatsoever.

I’m tired this week, my body is aching and the food plan is practically non-existent, comfort foods have found their way back into my home.

All that hard work I put in to lose 30lbs in the last year or so has practically reversed itself since I’ve regained half of that weight back!!!

Yes, you have guess it I’m having a poor me day today, the pounding headache doesn’t help either.

So, does that mean I’m giving up?  Hey Gail, great minds want to know.

Absolutely not.

This just means I am going to start back at a deficit weight point but the glass is still half full, I didn’t gain back 30, I gained back 15.

I just have to wait for this wave of pain, depression, grief, stress and worry to pass over – ironically Passover is just around the corner.

When life knocks you down, get back up and fight harder.

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I used to have a t-shirt that said I’m a lover not a fighter but the truth is…I’m a fighter, I don’t take no for an answer and I absolutely never give up.

I might never win with the “weight loss game” but I’m going to keep trying to find something that works for me both for the loss and pain management.

On a positive note, the show ideas are flowing – I’m excited about getting things ready to launch.

My dog Tiger is going for dental surgery this week, he has an abscess and he needs an extraction, I’m hoping all will go well.  I’m very anxious about it!!

Please keep my puppy in your prayers xoxo #doglove

What Do You Mean?


#JustinBieber is back on top with songs like #WhatDoYouMean, I personally think he is actually inadvertently following the very concept I’m going to discuss with you today.

Flippity Floppity Floop -Last week I changed the name of my Brand – @Gailsforum is now @TheGailyReport.

I have a new name and a new tagline to start. It might seem like a random thing to do – but – there is a method to my #MadHatter madness.

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My tagline is: Reporting on Life’s Ups & Downs and The Secrets to a Happy Life

With everything going on in the world, the constant barrage of #news and comments on #socialmedia.

No wonder we sometimes feel powerless or even #Frozen to do anything about what is going on around us.

A good example of this is what we heard in the news last Friday with the events that unfolded in a stadium, restaurant and concert venue in #Paris.

#PeaceforParis, #PrayforParis the event that shook us and was felt around the world.

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The image provided above is by the studio of artist Jean Jullien shows the “#PeaceForParis” logo -Jean Jullien Studio/AFP/Getty Images .

The reality is that sometimes things hit closer to home with  chaotic #workissues, failing #health, lack of #finances, lack of #personallife, battling #addictions, unhealthy #relationships and a bunch other people, places and things that impact our “Joie de Vivre.”

In any of the situations listed above you do have control/power over one thing and that is #Yourself.  There is nothing about YOU that you don’t control including your health and well-being.

What do you mean?

How you feel is attuned to how you perceive things and how you perceive things can hinge on fear, past trauma, upbringing and even gossip.

I’m going to use me as an example:

Recently we had some layoffs, restructuring and merging of departments at my workplace; new processes to learn, jobs are combined and all of a sudden I’m feeling like I’m working for a stranger.  From one day to the next everything changes or at least it feels that way.

Now add to the work pile the recurring health issues I’m facing and on top of that a less than favourable living situation at the moment (It’s really noisy)

All of a sudden Gail is at her doctor’s office overwhelmed and asking him to go on stress leave!!!  Doctor! Doctor! Give Me the News…

Lucky for me, I have a doctor who knows me very well, well enough to say “nope, not gonna happen”, “escaping is not going to fix anything”….we then have a very candid convo about all the schtuff that’s been piling up in my life.  By the time I leave his office I’m feeling much lighter. I’m lucky my doctor is not a pill pusher.

(Disclaimer): Everyone’s tolerance and ability to deal and rationalize stress is different.  I internalize not only my stress but the stress of others inadvertently.

This is when I realized that I’m powerless over people, places and things, I am the one who has to change.  With that realization I no longer feel like an innocent bystander in my own life, instead I feel energized to do something about it.

So I channeled my creative energy back to the one thing that gives me a feeling of peace, a voice and an outlet – My Blog now called @TheGailyReport

The Serenity Prayer is based on this very concept of accountability and ownership –

God Grant Me The Serenity to

Accept the Things I Cannot Change (People, Places & Things)

The Courage to Change the Things I Can (Me)

& The Wisdom to Know the Difference

By the way the Serenity Prayer was written by Reinhold Niebur – Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (/ˈrnhld ˈnbʊər/; June 21, 1892 – June 1, 1971) was an Americantheologian, ethicist, public intellectual, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years. The brother of another prominent theological ethicist, H. Richard Niebuhr, he is also known for authoring theSerenity Prayer,[1] and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964

So, getting back to Justin Bieber, I think just like me he is realizing that the only thing he can do when everything is chaotic around him is to change and focus his energy on creating something with a #purpose like the #PurposeMovement which is not just a song any more but a series of songs to inspire others.

I want to inspire others as well,  I want to be the #OprahofCanada, not just to talk to Canadians but to shine a light on the beauty and inspiration of the wonderful people who live in this country.

I once pitched a show to #CBC called #CanadaShines which went nowhere but now I’m working at developing  a brand, a blog and a talk show that will be provocative, Canadian and inspirational in every way – It is all about Reporting on Life’s Ups & Downs and The Secrets to a Happy Life.  

 

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I’m not much of an authority on much of anything.  I’m not getting down on myself just stating the truth.  According to “society” if you haven’t studied a subject and received a degree, you are not an authority on that given subject and I concur.

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The benefit of not being an authority on a particular subject is that you can be wrong about it, make your point about it, speak through the orifice at the back end of your body about it and it is OK because you are not expected to know it all, you are not an expert. (Please note this is my disclaimer about my lack of formal knowledge on the topic of restructuring/re-branding).

In big companies people are moved around/laid off, promoted, hired and this is aptly called restructuring similarly to reconstructive surgery, it is all about changing the appearance of the company or department or brand.  Unfortunately like reconstructive surgery it only changes the outer layer.

I decided I needed to experience this first hand with my Blog, as I’m still very “Newbie Blogger” who hasn’t fully broken into the blogging sphere.

I’m still not going to be an expert since I don’t have the schooling to back it up per my disclaimer a few paragraphs above, but it’s a good way to understand the “thinking” behind restructuring/re-branding.

  • So the first thing I did was look at my audience, with #Wordpress I have the advantage of getting some insights.
  • The majority of my readers are from Canada & the U.S although a few come from the United Kingdom, Brazil and Germany.
  • The majority of traffic comes from #Google and #Facebook.  A bit from #Twitter, #LinkedIN and #Google+.
  • The most popular topic is emotional health

After looking at the audience I wanted to get a new catchy name for the Blog and so I spoke to the #1 authority on me – my daughter.  She nailed it right out the gate with “The Gaily News” but I felt News would obligate me to again be an authority on stuff so I opted for “The Gaily Report”.  I formulated a new tag line: Reporting on life’s ups & downs and the secrets to a happy life.

OK so I’m off to a good start right?  Wrong, as I’m changing all my sites (#Facebook, #Twitter, #Google+, #Wordpress) I hit a major snafu – I accidentally change the name to “The Gaily Post” on FB instead of “The Gaily Report”.  Now I have to wait over a week to change it again Arghhh!!! I’m already frustrated.

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I’m thinking of hiring my daughter as a brand developer/social media guru.  I need to spend more time on content and less time on getting the word out about #TheGailyReport, this would be a great opportunity to employ others to work on this and get a perspective from someone who also uses other social sites like #YouTube, #Instagram and #Vimeo.

I love to write but I am starting to think there might be a benefit to put a face with the brand and to add videos, pictures that can also promote #TheGailyReport.  I am speaking to a good friend of mine who worked on #UrbanSpice and we are looking at building a set and hosting #TheGailyReport.

Stay tuned and just know that your support means the world to me, I hope you keep following me under the re-branded #TheGailyReport and please do send me feedback.

I want to be the #OprahofCanada or #EllenofCanada, hosting a talk show and helping people #TheGailyReport….and I will get there. I just hope in the end I’m not thrown to the curb and replaced by a younger, smarter “Gail”.  I will need to retain all rights to make sure that doesn’t happen :))  Unless the younger, smarter “Gail” is just me in a newer body :))