The Power of Retreats to Transform You

 

In May of 2012, I went on my first transformational retreat that completely changed my life. At the time, I was in such a desperate place that I was ready to try anything. I was 50 lbs. overweight, drinking a bottle (or two) of wine every night, working 70 hrs./week, traveling 3 – 4 weeks out of the month…all while my mother was suffering from severe mental illness 3,000 miles away.

Yeah. Life Sucked.

At the time, I knew exercise would help. I knew I had to drink less. I knew I needed to meditate. I knew I needed to change my dietary habits. I knew I needed more balance.

But I was completely stuck and overwhelmed at the idea of “doing one more thing.”

I knew in my gut I had to get away and completely break my routine of working, drinking, caring for others day in and day out. After a lot of research with Google, I ended up finding an outfit in Sedona, AZ.

I scheduled a consultation call with a guide to review my workshop and session options. The price was...

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Mind ZoningĀ® for Weight Loss

Engage the Power of Your Mind for Healthy Weight Loss

You all know what it’s like when your mind is “in the zone.” You’re focused, relaxed, and on target. The act of day dreaming, meditation, prayer, and even hypnosis all have a similar impact on the brain; they help to slow down the activity, get you relaxed and focused so that you’re able to gain insight or change a behavioral pattern in the mind. We call it Mind Zoning®.

I’m about to share with you a super-easy tip you can use to support your own weight loss efforts without ever dieting.

Most of my friends have heard this story but I wanted to share it here and get it out to a broader audience in hopes that will help you on your weight-loss journey. In 2010 I was working to drop the remaining 30-pounds I had left to reach my goal weight. I was working out six hours a week eating a maximum of 1,500 cal a day. And I wasn’t losing a pound.

Feeling completely frustrated I sought the...

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Are You Ready for Change?

By Dr. Jerome Craig

What we can learn from models of change and stages of grieving when setting health goals?

As a Functional Medicine Practitioner working with my patients to overcome their health challenges and create positive change, I have to be aware of mind set and my expectations regarding their wants and needs.

It is never as simple as “tell me what to do and I’ll do it” or “this is the plan and these will be the outcomes.” Creating health is really about changing lifestyle and that involves transformation of not only the physical, but the mental and spiritual practice that we engage in every day.

If you have had involvement with Psychotherapy or studied psychology in school you may have heard of the following two models. While I have not studied these in depth I have used these to help myself and my patients understand where they are in their desire to change. No matter how much we associate transformation with what we do i.e. exercise, diet,...

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So what is Subconscious Fitness?

Subconscious Fitness

When I explain what Fitlandia is all about, I keep using the phrase “subconscious fitness” with friends, family, clients, etc. It’s really the only way I can describe what makes Fitlandia different - in a nutshell. The whole idea is that you work from a foundation of having a healthy mind to generate a healthy body. But it’s not just at the conscious level, but the subconscious. For some that’s a brand-new term so I’ll first define it.

Subconscious Defined

Merriam-Webster defines the subconscious as, “existing in the mind but not immediately available to consciousness.” Dictionary.com defines it as, “the totality of mental processes of which the individual is not aware; unreportable mental activities.”

Fitlandia describes it as “the thoughts, patterns, values, and drivers of behavior that are deep within the mind, not...

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