Bouncing with Style, By Sandra Beck, Military Mom Talk Radio

I talk a lot about Bouncing. I like the word “Bounce” because it says to me that we just get knocked down and bounce right up again like a rubber ball. “Bounce” also sounds fun. I mean really how much fun are the words “recovery”, “adjustment” and “rebound.”

Chances are if you are alive reading this you will go through death, financial loss, separation and probably divorce in this lifetime at some point or another.  I got hit with all of those in the past few years all at once and it seemed like it would never end. My life was like a wave of pain that kept washing over me – only it didn’t cleanse me it just hurt.
Life is full of hurts and I think the military family goes through more than most civilian families. They have to say goodbye a lot more. They have to change a lot more. They also wonder if mom or dad is ever coming home and if they are what will that be like. These are some of the special conditions that our military families face on a daily basis. One of my radio show guests moved 19 times in “her” military career as did “her children.”  Yeah, it was the “dad” who served but one when enlists the whole family comes along for the ride.  I call the kids the “littlest soldiers” because they are serving too.

Because life is hard and bad things happen to all of us, I have learned that the way I phrase it in my head makes a big difference in my day.  If I get up and “bounce” I smile. If I am in “recovery” I frown.  Same things happened to me, but the way I choose to phrase them in my head make all the difference.

Take my divorce. It sucked. I was cheated on, then left alone with little kids and got the bills dumped on my head while my mom died of breast cancer. Any way you slice it – it sucked.  I could use the word “divorced” but that has such an icky feel to it. I choose the word “recycled” and I feel like I am helping the planet at the same time.

I don’t like to say I am in “abuse recovery” either.  That just sounds dismal. So I choose the phrase “I’m bouncing with style.”  And what does style mean??? – it means getting up every day , fixing my hair…putting on something other than sweats and greeting my future.  Do I hit the mark every day – not a chance.  But I try and do my best to phrase things in my head in a way that serves me.  Why do it any other way?  When life bowls me over, I bounce.  Do you?

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio a show dedicated to bringing issues, solutions and up to date information to our Military Families.  Mondays 2pm PST on Toginet.com. Also available for free on Itunes.  Sandra Beck is a writer for MilitaryConnection and a member of VAMBOA and Military Writer’s Society of America This Article appeared on http://www.militaryconnection.com.

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Motherhood Talk Radio Hosted by Sandra Beck Welcomes the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tuesday Sept. 11

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a growing network of privately held hospitals that provide a comprehensive, fully integrated and individualized cancer treatment experience. CTCA regional destination hospitals are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. The CTCA growth goal is to reach more cancer patients by offering six regional hospitals located within 300 miles of approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population.

History
Cancer Treatment Centers of America was founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson. Stephenson was disappointed with the impersonal and insensitive cancer care his mother, Mary Brown Stephenson, received. When she lost her battle with cancer in 1982, Stephenson set out to change the face of cancer care. Stephenson’s commitment to creating a truly patient-centered cancer treatment experience has been the organization’s guiding principle ever since.

The Mother Standard®
CTCA promises that the treatment, quality of life and service needs of every patient will be at the center of the hearts, minds and actions of its staff every day. At CTCA, patients find accomplished physicians who specialize in caring for people living with advanced and complex cancer, along with experienced nutritionists, naturopathic doctors, mind-body therapists, spiritual counselors and other clinicians who provide quality-of-life support. Collectively they work to address the individual needs of patients, as if each patient was his or her own mother or loved one. They ask themselves: “If my mother had cancer, how would I want her to be treated?” That simple question has evolved into the CTCA Mother Standardof care, a unique, vibrant approach that delivers a complete, quality treatment experience based on what cancer patients and their families value most.

The Mother Standard of care allows CTCA clinicians to offer cancer patients the latest, evidence-based treatments to fight cancer, combined with a comprehensive array of scientifically supported complementary medical therapies to strengthen the immune system, ease side effects and improve quality of life.

Visit the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at www.cancercenter.com

Robin Boyd, regular co-host on Military Mom Talk Radio, and contributor on Motherhood Talk Radio is married to husband Stephen, a Vietnam veteran. Together they have a wonderful son, and daughter now married to a Marine veteran. With her need to be home to care for an elder, Robin joined the Motherhood Incorporated team in 2008. This was the perfect match for Robin to utilize her commercial art and communications background as well as other credentials such as early childhood education, small business ownership, group management, and years of administrative work in the corporate realm.

Community service is a very important part of Robin’s life, having served with the Girl Scouts of the USA for 34 years, 15 of those years in adult volunteer management. Her support of numerous community and civic groups earned recognition by her community in 2009.

Robin, a cancer survivor, resides in New Hampshire. Contact Robin at www.robinkboyd.com

Motherhood Talk Radio  stars Sandra Beck, and is hosted by Toginet Radio and RockStarRadio, and powered by the Motherhood Incorporated.   Motherhood Talk Radio features the powerful voices of Christy Holly, Robin Boyd, Linda Franklin, Danee Kiernan, Susan Haid, and Lisa Detres. Motherhood Talk Radio airs live every Tuesday at 6 pm eastern, 3 pm pacific on Toginet Radio and can be downloaded on iTunes or at MotherhoodTalkRadio.com.

Motherhood Talk Radio Continues its Women’s Health Series with Cancer Survivors Mary-Ann Sullivan and Tracie Kimbrough, ACS volunteer

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck welcomes series contributor Robin Boyd, continuing their Women’s Health series today focusing on Living With and Surviving Cancer.

“My name is Mary-Ann Sullivan.  I’m very grateful to wake up every day on the “right side of the grass”. I am 57 years old and have only taught military children for my almost 35 years as a teacher. I have had the great fortune of teaching across the United States, accompanying my husband as he proudly served our military as a navigator for the Air Force. I am a strong supporter of our military personnel and their families, and focus much of my volunteer time on Veterans. I was initially diagnosed in 1998 and have since battled metastatic breast cancer to my lungs and my brain. When I was first diagnosed, my son was 12 and my daughter was 17. Last year, I tested positive for the BRCA gene and made the decision to have a double mastectomy with reconstruction. Through all of this my family and friends have been a great source of support and comfort. Basically, I owe my life to Massachusetts General Hospital and my faith in God.”

Tracie Kimbrough is a breast cancer survivor, single mom, and a volunteer with the American Cancer Society.  Tracie has volunteered since 2008 as a Reach To Recovery Volunteer, and is also the event chair for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of San Fernando Valley.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.  Resources are available to anyone needing support and guidance during their difficult journey.

To learn more, visit www.cancer.org.

Motherhood Talk Radio  stars Sandra Beck, and is hosted by Toginet Radio and RockStarRadio, and powered by the Motherhood Incorporated.   Motherhood Talk Radio features the powerful voices of Christy Holly, Robin Boyd, Linda Franklin, Danee Kiernan, Susan Haid, and Lisa Detres. Motherhood Talk Radio airs live every Tuesday at 6 pm eastern, 3 pm pacific on Toginet Radio and can be downloaded on iTunes or at MotherhoodTalkRadio.com.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Christy Holly Focuses on Fitness

By Sandra Beck and Christy Holly

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Join Sandra Beck and Christy Holly on Motherhood Talk Radio as they focus on fitness.  As an Author, Coach, Speaker, Radio Host, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Sandra Beck is as successful as she is busy. The single mother of two has created a virtual empire of successful companies entirely staffed, managed and implemented using a host of virtual assistants and on-line resources.  Christy is a mom of three kids and is married to a Los Angeles City Firefighter and feels it’s her duty and honor to share him with the good people of Los Angeles. He is at work for 24 hours at a time and sometimes he will be at the fire station for 3 or 4 days straight. Thus, Christy is often a single mom during those times and has her hands full.  It’s not always easy juggling everything.  Needless to say, fitness is an essential factor in both women’s’ lives.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck airs every Tuesday at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern on Toginet.com. Sandra Beck is the host of two Radio Shows: Military Mom Talk Radio and Motherhood Talk Radio. An active contributor and participant in many charities, Sandra Beck strives to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children. Near to her heart are Toys for Tots, World of Children and Children Uniting Nations. Sandra Beck was born in a small town outside of Buffalo, New York. She attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and her Master’s Degree in Advertising.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Christy Holly welcomes author and columnist Kathleen Rodgers

Motherhood Talk Radio continues its series on women’s health with author and columnist Kathleen Rodgers.

Kathleen has said that through her writing, she is able to explore many subjects. She hopes to get to the truth through the people and places she writes about, real or imagined. Kathleen says that along the way she has encountered many roadblocks and detours, but she has pressed ahead and kept her eyes on her goals.

Kathleen shares that she is a recovered bulemic, and feels she has a responsibility to shed light on the darkness of what bulimia is. It is a dark and deadly eating disorder, and she battled it for 15 years. Through Her War, Her Voice she has and is spreading hope to those who are suffering.

Kathleen’s work has appeared in Family Circle Magazine, Air Force, Army & Navy Times, Family: The Magazine for Military Families, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Albuquerque Journal, Clovis News Journal, and in three anthologies: “Because I Fly,” by McGraw-Hill, “Lessons From Our Children,” by Health Communications, Inc. and “Hearts of Steel,” by Military Writers Society of America.

In 2008, Leatherneck Publishing released her debut novel “The Final Salute.” The following year, Army Wife Network selected it as their July 2009 book club pick and Military Writers Society of America awarded it the Silver Medal. In July 2011, the Kindle Edition was released by Navigator Books.

Find out more about Kathleen Rodgers at www.kathleenmrodgers.com

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck airs every Tuesday at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern on Toginet.com. Sandra Beck is the host of two Radio Shows: Military Mom Talk Radio and Motherhood Talk Radio. An active contributor and participant in many charities, Sandra Beck strives to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children. Near to her heart are Toys for Tots, World of Children and Children Uniting Nations. Sandra Beck was born in a small town outside ofBuffalo,New York. She attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and her Master’s Degree in Advertising.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck welcomes Tracey Costan in Her Series About Movement

Motherhood Talk Radio continues with its series on numerous topics for women with Tracey Costan and her series on Movement. 

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Tracy Costan of Motherhood Talk Radio

Tracey first started taking belly dance classes in 1998 at Anisa’sSchoolofDancein Sherman Oaks. From the very beginning, she fell in love with music, the costumes and the dance itself. With no prior formal dance training she trudged along trying to keep up with all the dance moves and the timing  but after a few months, I got the hang of it and was taking up to 3 classes a week.

She eventually started performing in restaurants and bellydance events throughoutSouthern Californiawhile always taking dance workshops at UCLA and at the dance school by visiting professional dancers from around the world. She danced even through her pregnancies and eventually moved out toActon5 years ago and began teaching classes out of her home. “

“I have been teaching enrichment classes at the local schools for 2 years now and enjoy teaching  this age group. I try to incorporate  a unique style of modern Egyptian, Arabic and Spanish dance moves into my choreographies. I like using a variety of music, dance moves and musicians for performances. My goal is to teach this very feminine, beautiful and difficult dance in a community that has never experienced this before,” Tracey shared recently.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck airs every Tuesday at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern on Toginet.com. Sandra Beck is the host of two Radio Shows: Military Mom Talk Radio and Motherhood Talk Radio. An active contributor and participant in many charities, Sandra Beck strives to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children. Near to her heart are Toys for Tots, World of Children and Children Uniting Nations. Sandra Beck was born in a small town outside ofBuffalo,New York. She attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and her Master’s Degree in Advertising.

Motherhood Talk Radio Begins Its Series on Cancer Survival with Carole St. Jean and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Jan. 10

Host Sandra Beck and series contributor Robin Boyd present the first in their series on Cancer Survival, highlighting success stories for inspiration and resources to empower you through your journey.

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Also joining us on today’s show will be a representative from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center which is one of the nation’s premier facilities for cancer treatment and research. It is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States.  Our discussion will include managing the side effects during cancer treatment.

Motherhood Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, and contributors Christy Holly, Robin Boyd, Linda Franklin, Doris Rivas Brekke, Danee Kiernan, Susan Haid, Lisa Detres and Suzann Sladcik Wilson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.  Motherhood Talk Radio would like to thank our guest who have spoken with respect to motherhood on the following topics: women’s issues, parenting, relationship advice, personal growth, divorce, marriage, dating, weddings, relationships, health care, pet health, crafting, beading, relationship advice, cooking, family matters, care packages for soldiers, nutrition, child adoption, children with brain injuries, children’s advocacy, autism, cancer, eldercare issues, child care issues, personal growth and parenting issues.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly and Rick Swanson presents Danee Kiernan Bouncing with Style: Starting over but Not From Scratch July 11

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly, and Rick Swanson welcomes Danee Kiernan Bouncing with Style: Starting over but Not From Scratch.

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Danee Kiernan is the co-author of Bouncing with Style.  In this project, Danee Kiernan and Sandra Beck partner to share their discovery of stepping stones and successful strategies from women who have experienced hardship and traveled the road to recovery with conviction and confidence.  The result is a culmination of real life recommendations designed to help others navigate life’s challenges with grace and style.  

Danee Kiernan is the owner of Aris Partners, Inc., an executive recruiting firm and Tablefor14, an adoption advocacy group.  As an advocate for the rights of women and children, Danee Kiernan supports Heifer International, Children Uniting Nations, World of Children, FRUA (Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption), LAAF (Latin American Adoptive Families), Voices United as well as other organizations committed to the well being of women and children. 

Danee Kiernan makes her home in Wisconsin, where she and husband Jim, are thoroughly enjoying the experience of raising their 12 children.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Iowa Wesleyan College and MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

You can reach Danee Kiernan at daneekiernan@gmail.com

Motherhood Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly and Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.  Motherhood Talk Radio would like to thank our guest who have spoken with respect to motherhood on the following topics: women’s issues, parenting, relationship advice, personal growth, divorce, marriage, dating, weddings, relationships, health care, pet health, crafting, beading, relationship advice, cooking, family matters, care packages for soldiers, nutrition, child adoption, children with brain injuries, children’s advocacy, autism, cancer, eldercare issues, child care issues, personal growth and parenting issues.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly and Rick Swanson present Tracey Costan of Best Belly, June 28

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Tracey first started taking belly dance classes in 1998 at Anisa’s School of Dance in Sherman Oaks. From the very beginning, she fell in love with music, the costumes and the dance itself. With no prior formal dance training she trudged along trying to keep up with all the dance moves and the timing  but after a few months, I got the hang of it and was taking up to 3 classes a week.

She eventually started performing in restaurants and bellydance events throughoutSouthern Californiawhile always taking dance workshops at UCLA and at the dance school by visiting professional dancers from around the world. She danced even through her pregnancies and eventually moved out to Acton 5 years ago and began teaching classes out of her home.

“I have been teaching enrichment classes at the local schools for 2 years now and enjoy teaching  this age group. I try to incorporate  a unique style of modern Egyptian, Arabic and Spanish dance moves into my choreographies. I like using a variety of music, dance moves and musicians for performances. My goal is to teach this very feminine, beautiful and difficult dance in a community that has never experienced this before,” Tracey shared recently.

Motherhood Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly and Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.  Motherhood Talk Radio would like to thank our guest who have spoken with respect to motherhood on the following topics: women’s issues, parenting, relationship advice, personal growth, divorce, marriage, dating, weddings, relationships, health care, pet health, crafting, beading, relationship advice, cooking, family matters, care packages for soldiers, nutrition, child adoption, children with brain injuries, children’s advocacy, autism, cancer, eldercare issues, child care issues, personal growth and parenting issues.

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly, and Rick Swanson, welcomes Rona Brynin and the Fit to Strip Challenge June 14

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly, and Rick Swanson, welcomes  Rona Brynin and the Fit to Strip Challenge.

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Sandra and Rick will talk candidly about their successes and failures during the past two months since they have met with Rona.

When you’re happy, your food of choice could be steak or pizza, when you’re sad it could be ice cream or cookies, and when you’re bored it could be potato chips. Food does more than fill our stomachs — it also satisfies feelings, and when you quench those feelings with comfort food when your stomach isn’t growling, that’s emotional eating.

“Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger,” says Jane Jakubczak, a registered dietitian at theUniversity ofMaryland. “Instead of the physical symptom of hunger initiating the eating, an emotion triggers the eating.”

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Giving up cookies helps. So does swimming an extra lap or two in the pool. But no matter how religiously you diet and exercise, experts say, you’ll never make a permanent change to a healthier lifestyle without the right attitude. Elaine Wicks of Canastota, N.Y., knows that all too well. At 195 pounds, it took a major shift in how she looked at herself — and how she felt — to make a change. “Attitude, and the supportive attitude of the people around you … is such a major part of weight…

What are the telltale signs of emotional eating, what foods are the most likely culprits when it comes to emotional eating, and how it can be overcome?

How to Tell the Difference

There are several differences between emotional hunger and physical hunger, according to theUniversityofTexas CounselingandMentalHealthCenterweb site:

1. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.

2. When you are eating to fill a void that isn’t related to an empty stomach, you crave a specific food, such as pizza or ice cream, and only that food will meet your need. When you eat because you are actually hungry, you’re open to options.

3. Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait.

4. Even when you are full, if you’re eating to satisfy an emotional need, you’re more likely to keep eating. When you’re eating because you’re hungry, you’re more likely to stop when you’re full.

5. Emotional eating can leave behind feelings of guilt; eating when you are physically hungry does not.

Comfort Foods

When emotional hunger rumbles, one of its distinguishing characteristics is that you’re focused on a particular food, which is likely a comfort food.

“Comfort foods are foods a person eats to obtain or maintain a feeling,” says Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Food and Brand Lab at theUniversityofIllinois. “Comfort foods are often wrongly associated with negative moods, and indeed, people often consume them when they’re down or depressed, but interestingly enough, comfort foods are also consumed to maintain good moods.”

Ice cream is first on the comfort food list. After ice cream, comfort foods break down by sex: For women it’s chocolate and cookies; for men it’s pizza, steak, and casserole, explains Wansink.

And what you reach for when eating to satisfy an emotion depends on the emotion. According to an article by Wansink, published in the July 2000 American Demographics, “The types of comfort foods a person is drawn toward varies depending on their mood. People in happy moods tended to prefer … foods such as pizza or steak (32%). Sad people reached for ice cream and cookies 39% of the time, and 36% of bored people opened up a bag of potato chips.”

Motherhood Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly and Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.  Motherhood Talk Radio would like to thank our guest who have spoken with respect to motherhood on the following topics: women’s issues, parenting, relationship advice, personal growth, divorce, marriage, dating, weddings, relationships, health care, pet health, crafting, beading, relationship advice, cooking, family matters, care packages for soldiers, nutrition, child adoption, children with brain injuries, children’s advocacy, autism, cancer, eldercare issues, child care issues, personal growth and parenting issues.