Category Archives for "Life Management"

Jul 06

Acupuncture, a bad shoulder and stress!

Acupuncture: Combating Stress and Shoulder Problems

Stress.  We all have it.  As an Entrepreneur, I have more than my fair share.  As a hair stylist, I wear my body down on a daily basis.  I recently decided to try acupuncture on the advice of our massage therapist Shauna Wright

I met Dr. Ben Townsend at his office just three blocks from the salon. He gave me a series of health surveys and questionnaires. ​ He then took the time to get to know my past health history and my major concerns. 

I came back a few days later to begin treatments.  Dr. Ben Townsend recommended a series of dietary changes that were simple but he thought would begin to address some of my symptoms.  He then said we'd begin a series of treatments to address my stress and my shoulder pain.  For years my shoulder has been clicking or scraping.  This is a result of my job.  I thought that was nothing more I could do than get regular massage with Shawna and my regular Yoga Practice with Marc Guilarte.​

We began by me laying down on a table.  Dr. Townsend inserted needles into various points in my body.  He then applied some radiant heat.  I felt flashes of energy and felt heat moving all over my body.  It wasn't painful.  I barely even felt the needles.  I laid there and listened to some relaxing music for a bit and then it was over.  I felt more relaxed, despite being insanely stressed before treatment, and that feeling continued over the next few days. 

I have had subsequent treatments where I have received Acupuncture, cupping, more nutritional recommendations, and I have to say I have just continued to improve.  

Today I went for treatment.  My stress level was at about a 9.9 on the scale and my shoulder was tight, sore, and clicking like all get out.  60 Minutes later I felt like my stress had dissolved and my shoulder was moving freely and no longer clicking.  

As they say, the proof is in the pudding! 

Check out Dr. Ben Townsend here. 

Jan 05

Mind First – Everything Else Later

Six years ago I was FAT.  I mean REALLY FAT!  I was MISERABLE!

My job, in Information Technology, was killing me.  I ate too much, moved too little and just thought that was the way it had to be.  I was stuck in the path of least resistance but if I continued I knew I wouldn’t see my 60’s.

I left my job and took some time to figure out what I would do next.  I MENTALLY prepared myself for a life change.  I decided to get healthy by losing weight and now 285 lbs later I am better than I have ever been as an adult.  I prepared myself for a year and had a Realize Band.  It has been extremely effective for me where so many others have failed.  WHY?

I was mentally prepared for my journey.  I spent a year preparing myself for life after the band.

Marshall Evans

What did I learn during my journey?

  • You have to be ready to commit – The Mental Journey is the longest and most important part.
  • There is no magic bullet
  • Don’t deny yourself but control yourself
  • Find foods that are healthy that you love
  • When a situation is consistently making you unhappy change the situation
  • Quick fixes never last – ever. This time won’t be different.
  • Lying to yourself is incredibly easy.  Stop this habit or everything else will fail.
  • It takes months to build a good habit.
  • Doubt is your worst enemy
  • Patience should be cultivated constantly


I’ll be writing more about these topics over the next few weeks.  I’d love to talk to you about my journey and your goals during your appointment!  Subscribe for updates.