Lightening Up in 2013


“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” ~Lao Tzu

My intention was for greater health, not weight loss. However, 22 pounds lighter, I can tell you that going from size 12 to size 8/6 feels great, not because of how I look, but rather because how I feel.

Years before, I pounded away at gyms, working out three to five days a week, playing tennis and taking long beach walks. I still enjoy those activities, but also the slower, more nurturing pace of yoga and Chi Gong. These alternative modes of exercise feed my soul as well as help oxygenate my body, which is the best way to stay in optimal health.

The pounds dropped not from exercise, but from intentionally changing the way I eat. I did not count calories or adhere to a specific daily diet plan or weigh in. Instead, I opted with great discipline to give up wheat, dairy and sugar—as these substances can create blockages or prohibit the body from functioning at its best.  I learned to shop and cook in new ways, skills I am proud to be integrating.

Like the withdrawal symptoms I had when quitting smoking 23 years ago, there was a lot of misery in between my days as “junk food Jill” and choosing to change my entire way of eating. However, as I adjusted to my new health regiment, I became increasingly calm and centered, better able to focus on tasks at hand. Adding daily meditation to my morning routine helped, too.

I had many cheat days, particularly around the holidays. I forgave myself, appreciating that these off times quickly showed me how sluggish I become when I am not eating as healthily as I have learned to do. I also recalled the wise words of my nutritionist, Dr. Jennah Dieter: “It’s about progression, not perfection.”

Entering 2013, I intend to stay lighter in mind and spirit as well, embracing more fun and laughter as I increasingly approach life from love versus fear. Additionally, the strong, inner circle of positive, supportive people which I built these past few years is solid, helping to serve as a fortress to protecting and nourishing my well-being. Those who can be there for us through thick or thin are as essential nutrients to our souls as the foods we eat are to our bodies.

May 2013 be a lighter time in all ways for all of us. Start by embracing the energies of love, hope, health, kindness, compassion and joy.

Happy New Year!



The photo was taken by Beth Scanzani, a coaching colleague and joyful, fun friend who playfully engages Gail in her lightness.


Repeat daily upon waking and before going to sleep (and a few other times during the day if you feel so inspired)

1. I allow myself to commit to my good health.

2. I allow myself to surround myself with positive, inspiring people.

3. I allow myself to shine my own light—in mind, body and spirit.


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  • Margi says:

    Bravo my friend for the hard work and devotion to creating the best you. Your post is inspiring and a much more realistic way of viewing weight loss and health. May I be able to get to my goals in 2013.
    Happy New Year!
    PS by the way, your picture is beautiful!

    • Gail says:

      Margi: Thank you for appreciating my approach to health and letting me know my blog inspired you. I was touched to read your comment and kind words. Happy 2013! Miss you and our inspiring group of women. Gail

  • Elissa says:

    Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

    May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

    A beautiful intention for 2013

    Om Shanti…Peace Peace Peace

    • Gail says:


      Thank you for sharing that beautiful intention for 2013 with my readers. Much love, joy and peace to you. Gail

  • Yahoo! You go, awesome, inspiring woman! Here’s to the most miraculous of New Years! Love, Lyndra

  • Angela says:

    You look beautiful my friend. Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!

  • Andrea q says:

    WOW Gail, you look great! You have inspired me to schedule more sessions with you. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than to get clear, set intentions, and achieve new goals. I look forward to your help as you have so wonderfully guided me over the past few years!

    • Gail says:

      Thanks, Andrea. I appreciate your compliments. It’s been great fun working together. Glad you’re back. I look forward to celebrating many blessings and creating anew even more fulfilling dreams! Gail

  • Catie says:

    you look fantastic!!! good job.

    • Gail says:

      Thanks, Sweetie…coming from the most motivated person I have ever known, your compliments mean a lot! Love, Mom

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