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January 5, 2015

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Well, here is 2015 and I have a feeling it is going to be a GREAT year.

Thank you all so much for your responses to my poll last week. They have been just fabulous. You sure had a lot to say. I am compiling the answers and reflecting on the suggestions. One person asked about who was coming into the community. That was a fun question. I took a look at the record of the people who have signed up for the *Using the Resources of the Community* as an indicator. So, in December, 29 people enrolled, from 4 countries and 7 US states. Three are men. I think this is a pretty representative group. I am very excited to learn more from them about what they would love to learn and how we can support that.

I have started making some changes to the newsletter based on your feedback and let's see what you think. Your input sure was and is energizing. Here is the link for the poll again if you didn’t do it and would like to. I am reading everything.

Don’t forget about the early bird tuition for Ranch. If you know you are coming and want to save money, pay attention to time.

A heads up for those of you who live in Northern California. I am coming to San Francisco to visit my son who just moved there and to have a little *play* time as well. I thought it would be fun to schedule a local brunch on Saturday the 17th at 11:00 AM. We are looking at a place to meet in the Palo Alto area. If you are interested in coming, check in on the Northern California geo list. I would love to see you.

These classes will begin Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

Using Radiant Resources (1 week) - is a free orientation for those of you who are brand new and would like to find your way around all the things we offer in the community. One of our mentors will show you the ropes. Watch for the welcoming email with a link to join the Yahoo list we use as our classroom. IF YOUR ARE NEW PLEASE TAKE THIS CLASS.
Radiant Fat Terror Class (2 weeks) - is a special class for members of the Radiant Recovery Community who are very concerned about their weight. This will address the feelings and fear you have about your weight and doing the program. Now, this is NOT just for people who are overweight. Sometimes *fat terror* is far more prevalent in people who are slim. So we are gonna work on both sides of the equation.
Getting to Radiant Ranch (8 weeks) - is an ongoing 8-week class to provide skills, motivation and support in getting to Radiant Ranch. It is designed for people who think they can’t afford it. We will walk you through specific tools to figure out a way to make it happen.. If you end up coming to ranch, the cost of the class will be put towards your tuition. When we have done the class in the past, 100% of the people who completed it got to Ranch.

These classes will begin Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Please click on the name of the class and it will take you to the registration page:

What Else is Embedded in the Steps (2 weeks) - This is a special class for all you newcomers who want to move on ahead quickly or for those of you who came to the program *already doing everything*. Find out what else is in the steps besides the food. Get the inside scoop from the one who wrote them (smile). You do not have to second guess anymore!!
Magical Introversion (2 weeks) - is a class which has grown out of your sharings. You may not realize that we have an extremely high percentage of introverts in the community. Many of you may carry shame about this and not realize what an incredible gift it is. If you would like your self-knowledge to be transformed, this is the class for you.

The class schedule is online. Click here to see what is planned.

A number of you have asked me how the classes work. Check the class list page for more information on this. And please go read the questions and answers before you write to me. If you have trouble getting through the process, write the tech forum.

Be sure to visit our Radiant Recovery website and Community Forum regularly.



**Quote From Kathleen **

Your journal is your friend. It will teach you all about your wonderful body.


**Testimonial of the Week **

Wanting to isolate and crawl into a private little cave is very SS. Isolation is a major challenge for me and so I made a promise to myself. When I start having "done to, why me, unworthy, unlovable and fat feelings" and they show up in my journal for 2 days in a row, I send out a cry for help. Every time I have done that the results have been magical. Not just in terms of support, understanding and love, but practical step by step instructions about what to do to feel better again. This Community will carry me and you when we can't walk and they will never let us down.



**Interesting Bits of Science **

This will be a new section to feature fun things I am learning. This week I want to share with you the results of a study just published online in the Dec 22 edition of Obesity. They learned that healthy men who did 20 min of daily weight training had less of an increase in abdominal fat compared with men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic activity. Aerobic exercise helped with a reduction in weight, but the weight training affected belly fat. This particular study is significant because it had a large number of people in it and lasted for 8 years.

Now, it is men and not women, but the exciting thing is that it reflects exactly what we have been working on in YLD...how to structure exercise to optimize body changes. We have learned that *weight* per se is not the critical variable. Fitness matters, muscle density matters...and weight training has a huge impact.


** Radiant Recovery® Store **

I thought it would help you to understand more about why we carry the products we have in the store. As many of you know, George’s® Restore is our flagship product. In 1998 just when Potatoes not Prozac was being published I read a small book by a Dr. Michael Colgan called The Right Protein for Muscle and Strength. It was the clearest description of how protein works in creating muscle I had every read. I still go back to this as a reference tool. One of the things Colgan shared is a table of the Biological Value (BV) of common proteins. I found it fascinating.
Protein BV
Whey peptide blends (isolates) 110-159
Whey concentrate 104
Whole Egg 100
Cows Milk 91
Egg White 86
Fish 83
Beef 80
Chicken 79
Casein 77
Soy 74
Rice 59
Wheat 54
Beans 49
Before the advent of whey products, the egg was considered the *gold standard* for measuring the value of a protein. That is why it has a score of 100 :). The great thing is that whey peptides include a lot of alanine and three branched chain amino acids that are critical for maintaining muscles. Whey proteins are great for muscle building and repair.

Now, as you decide what products to use, often times you will go with what seems to be the least expensive. What you may not realize is that most protein powder products are actually mostly whey concentrates or caseins because they are way cheaper. When I was trying to find a good protein powder, I was extremely frustrated because so many of the products are full of sugars, sweeteners and lower-grade proteins. It started me on a journey of finding the optimism mix for taste, maximum BV and health. George's® Restore is the result of years of my own exploration to make the best product on the market. Those of you who have had it know how great it tastes, but I suspect you haven't really known the effect is has on your body.

Come to the store if you would like to get a some of the best shake in the world. And am I trying to sell it? You bet!!! (smile)

Please send questions and suggestions. I love hearing from you and truly want to help you do your program better.


**Radiant Kitchen **

For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant YLD **

Originally set up at *the* weight loss component of Radiant Recovery®, YLD can become a vibrant hub of discovery and renewal. We do two chats each week- one for the people in the UK and Europe and one for the people in the US and DownUnder. Today I asked people why they came to chat and what they got from it. Here are some of the things they said:
  • Connection and support
  • Learning new things
  • Deepening my recovery
  • Being with people who *get* it
  • Problem solving
  • Individual attention
  • Getting to know real people who want what I want
  • Transforming my *fat terror* to joy and motivation
One person said, *Kathleen it is ironic that the place that held the greatest fear from me (my weight) has become the place of my greatest joy. I had NO idea that the payoff would be so high!*

If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here


**Radiant Living **

Ok, so if all that is happening in YLD, whatever is Radiant Living about? Last year at Ranch some of the step 7 people said, *Kathleen, we need a place to talk about how to do *life* things. Most of us are pretty skilled with the food, what about our jobs, our relationships, our families, our emotional maturation...?*

Well, and as those of you who have been around for a while know, we listen to your input and work to make changes that give you want you want and need.

So Radiant Living is a place for sorting out living without craziness and going into the world *out there* with a new sense of confidence and skill. We do two chats here as well, one for the members in the UK and Europe and one from the members in the US and Australia.

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here


**Back to Step One **
Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

We have heard this from several people on the forum recently. Often, it is with a sigh and a sense of “Here I am AGAIN. Still can’t get it right!” So...I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to do a little reframing.

When I go away from my house, my dogs Ronan and Pepper wait at the corner of the fence where the driveway to the house starts. When I come back, they leap up singing, “She’s here! She’s here!” This is how I feel when someone comes back to start again. I am thrilled that you remember, that you know where to come and you show up. It means you are willing, you are aware and that you have learned some stuff. My heart is singing like Ronan's and Pepper’s that you are not lost and you have come back to share your journey.

The second joy from your returning is that you bring witness to the fact that you can always start again. Not next week, not on your birthday, or on New Year’s day, but right now, this moment, this one choice. This is always wonderful to me.

So let’s start with the I am really glad you are back part. And then I want to share some things I just recently learned. I signed up for an online brain-training program called Lumosity. It is a series of exercises you do to test speed, memory, problem solving and brain flexibility. As you do well, it gets harder so you are pushed to learn more.

There is one exercise with a series of trains that come out of a station and have a destination. Each train is a different color, and each has a home destination in the same color. The trains go choo chooing and blowing their little whistles. The tricky part comes with keeping on top of the switches so the tracks get the trains to the right stations. The key is to be able to plan ahead and change the switches in the right time. If you don’t and the red train goes into the yellow station, it makes a nasty little thunk that is very disheartening.

A couple of weeks ago I was doing very well, and I had gotten up to level eight (eight stations, eight trains) and I was feeling right proud of myself. Then we got into the post Thanksgiving detour process and my food got kinda “soft”...late timings, light protein, inattention to wheats, and more trips to Starbucks. My train scores dropped right down, LOL. As an aside I have in fact thought that Lumosity might be a great way to measure the impact of our food program on our brains.

Anyway, wonky program, and train scores plummet. Now I am in tears over my train scores. (Another clue of wonky of course). I had an idea! Go back. I went back to level 3. I wanted to succeed. I figured I would drop down level by level until I got to a place where I could get a great score. I had no shame, didn’t feel inadequate, I just knew that if I started doing well, I would want to keep doing it. And I KNEW that if I kept doing it, I would get better because I knew my brain remembered how to do this. Actually as I write this I am laughing at the idea of “getting back on track.”

Back to Step One I went. Took four days, funny that. Of course my brain knows what to do with the food. I was just being inattentive and sloppy, not bad, so getting settled was not a big deal. Yesterday, my train score was 100% on level five. That made me happy.

As I share this, I know there will be some of you who are shocked by my disclosing that I could have a “wonky” time. If you feel this way, it is a clue that you can remove me from whatever pedestal you might have created and embrace the idea that I am walking WITH you on this journey. I am a person, just like you. More knowledge on the topic, more experience, and sugar sensitive to the core. Sometimes I am lazy, sometimes inattentive. But at core, passionate about the power of the journey we are on together.

So you can know I started step one again.


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