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Meet Diane Babalas

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Diane Babalas practices something called Biogeometric integration—like acupuncture, another "dark magic" that will make you wonder how it really works ... and it does! https://youtu.be/Ep6bnRCXEho Check it out, then leave me a comment with your biggest aha! moment. (You can also email me your comment to keep it confidential.) The last 3 highlight reels are available if you missed them: me...
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Meet Melea Alexander

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I've been intrigued by Traditional Chinese Medicine ever since college, when I was a Chinese major (yup, that really was my first field of study!), and I've always wanted to try acupuncture. After meeting Melea Alexander and hearing her speak about her work, I just knew it was going to finally happen! Here are some highlights of our hour-long Q+A from the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood. https://www....
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Meet Heather Glidden of Joy | Freedom in Motion

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I visited Heather and Darlene's studio, Joy | Freedom in Motion, for a presentation on Gyrotonic one evening a few years ago and was inspired. Heather is a wealth of knowledge on the topic of movement and pelvic floor health, and I'm so grateful she agreed to do a Q+A in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood Clubhouse! Here are some highlights from our longer interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Let’s get this party started!

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How is it already May 31?!? That means tomorrow is the start of our month-long anniversary celebration of community! (Catch up on the details of that if you missed them the first time around.) meet my tribe I'm so excited to be introducing some of the amazing members of my tribe of powerful, wise women to you and want to share a brief overview of the major events of the month that involve...
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Meet Tania Elfersy of The Wiser Woman

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From the moment I read one of her blog posts, I just knew that Tania had to be the first person to do a Q+A in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood Clubhouse! https://youtu.be/IOeWdNSgRW0 Check it out, then leave me a comment with your biggest aha! moment. (You can also email me your comment to keep it confidential.) If you're watching during the month of June 2019, don't forget to join our month-l...
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I believe…

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Have you ever thought, "I need to do [something]," and the moment you go into the other room to do it, you don't remember what it was you meant to do? I do this. All. The. Time. And of course, it seems to get worse over time and there are all kinds of jokes about Mommy brain and meno brain. I once read an explanation of why this happens: our brains to some degree mirror the rooms in our h...
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Oooh! Aaah! Fabulous prizes!

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In scrolling through my calendar recently, I came across a few dates of note: May 2 is the 4th anniversary of when I officially established my practice although it's been five years since I started taking clients. June marks the 1st anniversary of the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood. And on a personal note, July will mark 10 years since we moved to Ann Arbor: how is that even possible? Thi...
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What’s in a name?

Have you ever changed your name? My friend Audrey, a business coach for women entrepreneurs, has a podcast called Women Are the Journey, on which she talks to women about the entrepreneurial path (yup, I'm in there!) and also does solo segments called "Chew on this" about her own journey. If you identify as a woman and an entrepreneur, check out the podcast for a weekly dose of inspiration, ...
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Healthcare policy, healthcare agency

In the months leading up to and following the 2016 election, I stopped reading and listening to the news and I purged my social media channels. That doesn't mean I deleted those who don't share my views: I simply unfollowed those who overposted divisive content about any topic—not just politics—to drive the gap wider rather than to find ways to a middle ground. I don't think I missed out on ...
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Health coaching learnings … from Netflix?

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Helllp! I seem to have fallen into a Netflix trap, one that features crime dramas from the UK: first there was Shetland, then there was Hinterland, then Broadchurch, and now River, featuring the incomparable Stellan Skarsgård, who somehow conveys an incredibly wide range of emotion—all without moving a muscle of his face. One of the lines in River that popped out at me is an Orson Welles quote ...
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Spring into health

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Spring has sprung, the grass is riz.... My father used to recite the poem every year around this time. In Michigan, it's still blustery, and the the grass is not yet "riz"—and yet, the light is different, the sun (when we see it!) feels warmer, and Kermit and I see robins everywhere on our walks. Mother Nature wields the Spring wind like a broom around here—spring cleaning is definitely unde...
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What was I thinking?

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Every month in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood online community, I get to record a Q+A with an expert in her field—most often a health practitioner who works with women in perimenopause through some modality, from extremely conventional Western medicine to the truly alternative. My goal is to present women navigating their 40s and beyond with a buffet of resources from which they can choose: we d...
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Food porn fast

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'Fess up: did you binge watch the first season of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix? Because yeah, I did. And I read the book in 2015. I saw an article last month about how thrift shops and charities have seen a huge influx of stuff that no longer sparks joy in the original owners, and they're attributing this increase to the show, so I'd call that a win for Kondo and the country, not s...
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What’s your value?

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This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! It's the food. And it's more than the food. In less than 10 words, one of my very first clients summed up the essence of Integrative Nutrition®. And she did it using "and" instead of "but," so ...
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The struggle is real

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This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! 2 steps forward, 1 step back We're closing in on the two-year anniversary of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and I've been considering what has changed—and what hasn't—for me as a woman i...
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Own the Crone

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the end of the human race Just before the mid-term voting took place, I listened to a podcast in which Carol Cox discusses a TEDx talk she gave just before the 2016 election about why we (men and women) fear women in positions of power—from C suites to Board Rooms to elected political positions. Cox's theory is that both genders—and if you accept the idea that gender is really a spectrum and n...
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Green lights, stop signs, and speed bumps

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My son is learning how to drive (yay? yikes? jury's still out but leaning towards yay), and something that we've been commenting on is that he seems to have a green light superpower. There are stoplights on our stretch of road that I never seem to get through without having to stop—that's okay, I think about them as a pause button—but somehow when he's driving, they magically change to green as...
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I’m going on a trip….

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After years of staycations, 2018 is becoming the year of traveling for me—and I've been thinking about the learning that comes from not just the trips themselves but the packing that goes into them. My first two big trips this year were by car, which is always nice because you don't have to consider what you take as much as you do when you travel by plane. Packing for overseas travel is alto...
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Is self care really the answer?

"Self care" has become a real buzzword in the past decade—and it can include anything from an hour (or a day) at the spa to meditating to practicing yoga to drinking green smoothies to slathering yourself, your pets, and your house with essential oils. I don't have anything against these activities in principle—well, you can probably tell by my aggressive use of sarcasm font that I might have s...
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Who are your VEEPs?

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Uh oh—am I really going to stray into politics on a health coaching blog? No, not entirely, but with the news focusing so much on the administration's attempt to rid the country of illegal immigrants and people starting to drop incendiary terms like "cleansing," I got to thinking about the concept on a more micro level. Cleanses and detoxes and decluttering are hot topics these days—and as t...
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Reclaim your flame

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The clubhouse doors are open at the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood online membership site, and last week, I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Tania Elfersy of The Wiser Woman on a Zoom call with our members. We covered a lot of ground on the call—from the Roman empire to the present day, from feminism to mindfulness to unicorn cupcakes! What really resonates with me in talking with Tania...
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Who are you comparing yourself to?

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I recently walked the Dexter Ann Arbor 5K in 40:49 (beating last year's 52:12 by a long shot despite the pouring rain)—I had meant to run this year, but some troublesome arthritis got in the way. Afterwards, I asked a much younger colleague how she'd done, and she said, vaguely, "Oh, really well—much better than I'd hoped!" Later, I found out that she'd placed 2nd in the 25- to 29-year-old w...
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Everybody poops…

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When I was studying to become a health coach, one of my favorite lectures was titled, "Does Your Poop Float?" I wish I could remember the lecturer's name, but it has escaped me. I just remember listening to it in the car with my then 8-year-old son, who actually asked me to play it again on a later trip. Because boys and scatology. One of my favorite podcasts is Healthy View Radio, hosted by th...
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I’ll have what she’s having…

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If you're about my age and you've seen When Harry Met Sally, there's at least one line that people of our generation all know: I'll have what she's having. It seems like every generation has a line or two like that, and even when we hear them out of context, it still makes us laugh. As a coach, I support women in their 40s and beyond in navigating the next stage of their lives with good heal...
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Normal vs. common | Learning in the loud moms’ corner

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I'm not much of a gym fan—I've flirted with them before, even had (always brief) love affairs with them, but I always return to working out at and from home. When we lived in California, it was easy to get enough exercise outdoors year round. When we moved to Michigan (before we had Kermit the Dog and the kids were younger), it got a bit more difficult. I needed to move more, my daughter was...
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Are you in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood?

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Let's take a look at the business side of health coaching for a minute. As a business owner, I spend a fair amount of time networking, and in networking groups—as in business—it's vital to know who your "target market" is and to narrow your focus—your "niche"—down to a very specific group of people whom you serve. There are entire books written about the topic, whole classes and webinars dev...
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High anxiety (in the dentist’s chair)

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I usually try to avoid the word "hate"—there's enough hate in the world already, no need to add to the bad energy. Yeah, I'm the one on social media who really, really tries to promote what I love rather than gripe about what I ... um ... don't love. But I'm just gonna say it: I hate going to the dentist. Nothing makes me more nauseous than the idea of sitting in that chair. Nothing. Well, o...
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Whine + cheese | What’s the payoff?

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Very often, when I encounter a deeply-entrenched, clearly unhealthy habit in a client, I get curious about the payoff: every habit, according to research in this area, brings with it a reward, a hit of pleasure hormones. That's ridiculous, you might think. What possible payoff is there in a habit that doesn't support your health? Well, I guess you could ask any smoker that question.... Havin...
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The secret’s out….

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Last night at the dinner table, my son asked how long it's been since the new Administration has been in the White House. More than a year, I said, thinking back to the Women's March in January 2017.... Based on a lot of conversations I've had with women over the past year—and even further back—I'm going to generalize and say that two themes stand out: Women are creatures of community—whet...
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White jeans … and apples and pears

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I lurk on a lot of Facebook pages and sites that claim to support us women over 40. I say "lurk" because I stopped posting comments and questions when I realized that the energy of these groups is almost without exception toxic. They are possibly the best example of the expression "Misery loves company." What are the advantages to being a woman at midlife? Ask that question and you're likely...
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Breakdown on the 110

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If you follow me on social media, you'll know that I was recently featured in an interview on my friend Audrey Groeschel's Women are Journey podcast—you can check it out on your favorite podcast app or catch it on Audrey's website. (I'm episode 16, and I want to encourage you to listen to all of the episodes—including the interviews, which are subtitled "The Story of the Shift," and the solo episo...
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Do your own (!@#$%) dishes!

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Why...was it always my responsibility to turn on the stove and begin to think about my family's food needs, even when I wasn't hungry? Why couldn't my husband get the dinner preparations started? Why did my family seem to be almost totally paralyzed when it came to preparing a meal? Why did they all wait in the kitchen, as though unable to set the table or pour a glass of water, until I came into ...
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Joint pain | On diet, physical therapy, and woo

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In response to my question about curve balls two weeks ago, Susan wrote, "I had pinching pain in my left hip which turned out to be early onset arthritis. At 42. I now understand, through physical therapy, how to stretch that joint and keep the pain somewhat at bay … however I was very surprised my body suddenly had pain moving in ways that used to be normal." Oh yeah, I thought. I had just sch...
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I can still get 3 hours….

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I'm one of those lucky people, blessed with the ability to fall asleep just about anywhere, anytime, even during a bus or train commute (yeah, sleeping on the Red Line in Chicago was probably not quite as safe as on the Boulder–Denver commuter bus). My husband says that it only adds insult to injury that I can also wake up without an alarm, whether it's exactly in time to get up for my daily 4a...
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My own personal summer

Sooo much wisdom (and a fair bit of humor!) in last week's conversation on the blog in response to my question about what (if any) curve ball/s your body suddenly sent your way when you turned 40ish? In this week's post, I'm going to poke a little bit at what Audrey described in her answer as "my Goddess, the hot flashes!" (BTW, check out Audrey's cool podcast, Women Are the Journey!) I clea...
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“Can we tawk?”

I once introduced myself in a networking group by saying that I support women who believe the only way out of their overwhelm involves a plane ticket, a wad of cash, and a change of identity. All the women in the room laughed and/or cheered; most of the men looked at me blankly. The more I work with women my age (I just hit 53), the more I realize how rarely we have productive conversations—wit...
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Why should I clear my (virtual) plate?

I recently had the honor of interviewing the lovely Dr. Fiona Lovely of the Not Your Mother's Menopause podcast and Facebook community. We talked a lot about bringing peace to busy women in what can be a stressful time in our lives, and we took a crack at making hormones make sense! You can listen to the interview here: please note that there is a lead of about 1:15 before the recording beg...
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