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Friday, September 30, 2011

Are You a Dolphin?

Healthy Networking

There are 3 kinds of people in this world - Sharks, Tunas and Dolphins. Sharks are predators and will make you bleed like loan sharks (lawyers also get a bad rep as Sharks). Tunas swim in a school and try to escape predators, but they have a victim mindset. Dolphins are smart and cooperate with each other for the benefit of the group. Chellie Campbell says "I love my life! And my fondest desire is that you love yours, too. One of the best ways I know of to help you do that is to comb the world for Dolphins and put you in communication with each other. When Dolphins find each other, miracles happen! Since 1990, when I began teaching the Financial Stress Reduction® Workshops in Los Angeles, I have been building my local Dolphin community. Then with the publication of The Wealthy Spirit (Sourcebooks, 2002) and Zero to Zillionaire (Sourcebooks, 2006), the Dolphin community exploded across the world! My newsletter The Wealthy Spirit News goes to Dolphins in every corner of the globe: India, Korea, Scotland, Israel, Greece, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Peru, England, Canada, and every state in the USA. Why Swim with Sharks When You Can Swim with Dolphins?
Now You Can Swim, Grow and Prosper With Fellow Dolphins from Around the World!"


All these benefits (and more!) are yours for only $25 per month.
When you become a member you will have full Dolphin Club access, receive Special Bonus Gifts and ongoing Monthly Benefits absolutely free of charge:

1: Get a Free Page in the Dolphin Directory to Advertise Your Services! Advertise your products or services with a link to your web site. Add your logo, images, articles, list your AIM and more so others can contact you quickly and directly. This is a sure way to know your next clients will be Dolphins!
Value: $25

2: Welcome to the Club Bonus Gift: DaySavor
Free Daily Affirmation Software!!!
 Download the newly created “Wealthy Spirit” Day-Savor Screen-a-Day® Software. Filled with breathtaking photos of scenery
—there are affirmations for each day of the year from The Wealthy Spirit. Also includes a calendar, screensaver, greeting card creator and more! Value: $25

3: New Bonus Gift Each Month!!! Every month of your membership, you will receive a new bonus gift Free from one of my favorite business associates.
Value: $25-100

New Bonus Gift for October!
Free E-Book Chapter from Carol Ummel Lindquist, Ph.D., Living Happily Together in Tough Economic Times

Dr. Carol Ummel Lindquist is a Board Certified and licensed Clinical Psychologist with an active practice in high conflict couples and trauma therapy. Yes, she is happily married for 25+ years, but remembers marriage can be very hard work sometimes. She believes working through the tough times gives you a chance to look at yourselves, grow as individuals and reconnect around your strengths and what you love about each other. Living through tough times can lead to the best and happiest part of your life. She has written a book, Happily Married with Kids about how to be in the 33% of couples who grow closer and happier after kids and avoid being in the 67% who are unhappy or divorced. She is working on a new book, Generational Happiness.

4: Free Downloads of Chellie’s Special Reports such as "It’s Not Cold Calling—It’s Gold Calling" and "Inside Book Publishing." These reports are filled with insider information on sales, marketing, finances, and book publishing and contain information and guidance direct from me that are not available anywhere else. Value: $98
Plus: Extra Bonus Gift: Download a copy of my actual book proposal that turned into “The Wealthy Spirit.” Value: $25

5: Free Access to the Dolphin Message Board where you can connect with other Dolphins from around the world, ask questions, give opinions, get feedback, and make connections with other Dolphins. Post your wins and successes, resources, networking groups, job openings, and favorite philanthropies.
6: Free Downloads of Audio Recordings and More! Fun, informative podcasts, radio shows, teleclasses, etc., as they become available.
Value: $25-100

7: Free Access to the Dolphin Book Club: join with other Dolphins in reading and discussing the latest books.
8: Special Invitations, Notifications, Discounts, Etc. Receive first notification and discounts on other products, services and advertising and sponsorship opportunities as they become available.
Value: Potentially hundreds of dollars in discounts per month!Join Dolpin Club

Total Value of Dolphin Club Membership:
$214 plus+ per month for $25 per month!
Plus: New member benefits being added all the time...
I am looking forward to swimming with you!
Love and blessings,



Ingrid Cheng
Yoga Teacher
Sol Inspired Rep
ID # 90049-129-IC
Sunrider Distributor

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Be Healthy

Free Health Event
Stay Active because you can have:

A healthy heart
Regular physical activity can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and can reduce the risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
Strong bones
Exercise is necessary to build strong, healthy bones and can help slow the bone loss associated with getting older.
A sense of well-being
Being in good shape can give you more energy, reduce anxiety and depression, improve self-esteem, and help you better manage stress.
A good social life
Staying active is a great way to have fun, make new friends, and spend quality time with family.
A better, healthier body
You look better when you’re in shape. Staying active helps you tone muscles and maintain a healthy weight—it can even improve your health and posture.
Set Your Goals
·  Be realistic.  Goals should be challenging, but attainable. An unreachable goal will only be discouraging.
·  Think short-term. Live for the moment. Goals must be meaningful and reachable in the near future.
·  Write it down.  Write out your goals on post-it notes and put them where you can see them every day like the bathroom mirror.
·  Keep it simple. Goals should be straightforward and restricted to one major behavior
Be Active
Make a conscious effort to be active every day. Go on a brisk walk. This is a great way to burn off extra calories. Take the stairs instead of elevator, park farther away from a place you’re visiting.

Team up with a Pro
Join the Fit-Twist Meetup and come to our mostly free activities.  Soon, you will look and feel better than you’ve ever been before.
Go for a walk in a nearby park or sign up for a group yoga class.


Ingrid Cheng, Yoga Teacher

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Secret to Happiness

Free Yoga & Health Event
Caring - People who volunteer or simply care for others on a consistent basis seem to be happier and less depressed. Although “caring” can involve volunteering as part of an organized group or club, it can be as simple as reaching out to someone who looks lonely or is struggling with an issue.

Exercise Regular exercise has been associated with improved mental well-being and a lower incidence of depression. The Cochrane Review (the most influential medical review of its kind in the world) has produced a landmark analysis of 23 studies on exercise and depression. One of the major conclusions was that exercise had a “large clinical impact on depression.” 

FlowIf we are deeply involved in trying to reach a goal, or an activity that is challenging but well suited to our skills, we experience a joyful state called “flow.” Do you ever find yourself so completely immersed in what you’re doing that you lose track of time? All of a sudden you look up at the clock and realize that hours have passed and you missed dinner time? Think a minute about this. When does this loss of time and total engagement typically occur for you? In a yoga class, we flow through the poses while focusing on our breathing. We immerse ourselves in a moving meditation and before we realize it, an hour has passed. This is the main objective of yoga is to create flow, bringing the mind and body into alignment.

Positive Thinking - Are you grateful and optimistic? I wasn't so happy and positive before I decided to take charge of my life a few months ago. Grateful people have been shown to have greater positive emotion, a greater sense of belonging, and lower incidence of depression and stress. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” One of Winston Churchill’s most famous quotes suggests that optimists and pessimists have fundamentally different ways of interpreting the world. Martin Seligman defines optimism as reacting to problems with a sense of confidence and high personal ability. Specifically, optimistic people believe that negative events are temporary, limited in scope and manageable. Yoga taught me to be confident and believe that I can handle a negative experience with equanimity

Relationships - People who have one or more close friendships are happier. It doesn’t seem to matter if we don't have a large network of friends or family. What seems to make a difference is if and how often we cooperate in activities and share our personal feelings with a friend or relative.

Spirituality - Studies demonstrate a close link between spiritual/ religious practice and happiness. Spirituality and prayer also provide people with an opportunity to engage in a meditative act. Meditation and yoga have been shown to have a strong link with well-being because it calms the body, reduces stress and anxiety, and also supports positive thinking. Finally, both spirituality/ organized religion and yoga can help provide people with perspective, hope, and a deeper sense of meaning.

Strengths and virtuesStudies by experts in the new field of Positive Psychology show that the happiest people are those that have discovered their unique strengths (such as critical thinking) and virtues (such as humanity) and use those strengths and virtues for a purpose that is greater than their own personal goals. Do you know yourself and utilize your many talents for good? 
(Adapted from Science of Happiness) -

Yoga is the Secret to Happiness


Ingrid Cheng, Founder of Fit-Twist
Sol Inspired Rep (ID # 90049-129-IC)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ABC of Health

A = Action. An object at rest will stay at rest according to Newton's First Law and if you are in motion, you will stay in motion.

B = Buy fresh produce from local farmers market or your grocery stores.

C = Care about your health. Eat healthy food, exercise daily and stay informed. No time to shop? CSA California has pick up locations all over L.A. They will donate $2 to gardening and biodynamic projects at local schools, community centers, etc. Choose between weekly or bi-weekly pickup. For a list of their fresh organic produce, go to:

A $25 subscription at CSA California (Community Supported Agriculture) provides a grocery bag stuffed full of fresh, locally-farmed, organically-grown, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. That's low-cost and healthy. 

ReducePain with Fitness
If you have fibromyalgia, you know what it's like to live with chronic pain and stiffness. While medication and therapy are key to controlling symptoms, physical activity can vastly improve your quality of life. "Try to keep moving—that's my motto for patients," says Maura Daly Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. "The less you move, the more pain and fatigue you'll feel." Exercise can also help you sleep better and reduce your need for pain meds, as well as improve your mood: "So often, the pain of fibromyalgia leads to depression," adds Iversen. "Working out is a great, healthy way to manage both conditions." Here are the top five fibro-friendly workouts, plus tips and tricks to help you ease in and hurt less: (Check with your doctor before starting any program.)

1. Walking

It's an excellent form of light aerobic exercise, which provides a list of healing benefits: It brings oxygen and nutrition to your muscles to keep them healthy, helps rebuild stamina, boosts energy, and reduces stiffness and pain. In fact, a comprehensive research review found that low-impact aerobics is most effective for improving FMS symptoms. Biking is another good option: "The reciprocal, or back-and-forth, motion helps provide relaxation," adds Iversen, who also chairs the Department of Physical Therapy at Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences. Other effective forms of aerobic exercise include swimming and water aerobics in a heated pool (warm water relaxes muscles, and the buoyancy of the water helps with movement, whereas cold water can make muscles tense up) and using an elliptical trainer (which is lower impact than a treadmill).
Fibro-friendly tip: Do short bursts, not long stretches.Research shows breaking a longer workout into shorter chunks provides the same health benefits—and for people with fibro, the latter strategy is best: "If your goal is to walk for 30 minutes, start with three 10-minute walks a day," says Iversen. "Just don't leave your last walk for too late; that's when fatigue is the worst." Experts generally recommend doing aerobic exercises three to four times per week on nonconsecutive days. To help motivate you to stay on track, join a walking or workout group, adds Iversen.

2. Stretching

Do it at least once a day to help increase flexibility, loosen tight, stiff muscles, and improve range of motion—the combination of which will help ease everyday movements, like looking over your shoulder or reaching for a can on the top shelf of your pantry. Stretching during workouts may also help you to tolerate training better.
Fibro-friendly tip: Stretch to cool down, not warm up. The best time to stretch is after some form of light warm-up exercise, says Iversen; you could hurt yourself trying to stretch cold muscles. Start by positioning yourself until you feel a slight stretch in the muscle, then hold the stretch for a full minute for the most benefit.

3. Strength Training

The trick is to use light weights (start with 1 to 3 pounds, says Iversen) and lift slowly and precisely to improve tone and make muscles stronger—stronger muscles use less effort than weaker muscles, which may leave them less fatigued. Plus, studies show strength training can help treat depression, even as well as some medications. Aim to work out each major area—legs, chest, shoulders, back, arms, and abs—two to three times per week, with at least a 1-day break in between. Start with a weight you can lift comfortably for eight reps, then gradually up it to 10 and 12 reps. When you can lift the weight 12 times, two sessions in a row, you're ready to increase the weight slightly (and start back down at eight reps.)
Fibro-friendly tip: Shorten the range of motion. Take a bicep curl, for example: There are two parts to that move—when you bring your hand up to your shoulder (the concentric phase) and when you lower it back down to your thigh (eccentric phase). That second part can be the problem—going down too far can cause discomfort and make pain worse for people with fibromyalgia, says Iversen. Studies show shortening that phase can help decrease muscle soreness.

4. Yoga

Hatha yoga —a more gentle combination of postures, breathing, and meditation—reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Pain Research. Participants reported significantly less pain; they were also more accepting of their condition and felt less helpless and more mindful. Yoga also helps build endurance and energy and improves sleep and concentration. Tai chi, where you slowly and gracefully perform a series of movements, has also been shown to help relieve fibro pain and other symptoms—maybe even better than stretching, according to a recent study from Tufts Medical Center.
Fibro-friendly tip: Modify moves to reduce stress. If a particular position hurts, you can modify it to still get the benefits with less pain, says Iversen. "With the downward dog, for example, the pressure on the wrists can be painful for someone with fibromyalgia, so rest on your forearms instead." And don't worry about extending your knees fully, she adds—as long as you can get into the basic position, and are comfortable in that position, that's what matters. For beginners especially, it's important to find an instructor who understandsyour needs.

5. Everyday Activities

That's right—studies show that playing with your kids, mopping the floors, gardening, and other things you do in daily life count towardincreasing fitness and reducing symptoms.
Fibro-friendly tip: Plan your day to better manage pain."Spread out your list of chores throughout the day, doing the tougher ones in the morning," suggests Iversen. And give yourself a break: If you want to play with your kids, but you're in pain, get on the floor with them so you don't have to lean over and run around. Don't clean your floors on your hands and knees; get a lightweight mop instead. And when you need a rest, take it.

Ingrid Cheng
ID # 90049-129-IC
Sunrider Distributor 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Healthy Networking

Healthy Networking in Brentwood

Social Media Week Opening Party on Monday: a global conference connecting people, content and conversations around emerging trends in social and mobile media. This year’s LA conference will attract CEO’s, entrepreneurs, journalists, bloggers, brand managers, CMO’s, social media strategists, artists, activists and the technology/media group. 

I believe in and support women's groups. Step Up Women's Network connects you to the professional women you need and the under-served teen girls who need you. I learned that I need to be more active on LinkedinFollow me:


  1. Liz Dennery Sanders (moderator) - Founder, SheBrand
  2. Gail Becker - President, Western Region Chair, Canada & Latin America,Edelman
  3. Lorrie Thomas - CEO, Web Marketing Therapy, UC Berkeley Social Media Professor and author of The 36 Hour Course to Online Marketing.
  4. Britt Michaelian - radio show host, bestselling author, filmmaker, entrepreneur and lifestyle business coach
  5. Sue Fleishman - Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Knitting and Yoga

9/25 Laugher & Yoga 6-7 pm

Yoga and Knitting are two ancient practices that complement each other. The relationship is easy to understand. The asanas or poses in yoga help unite mind and body. We focus on our breathe and be present as we go through the repetitive motion. Yoga is my main way to be healthy, to connect with my creativity and meditate just as knitting can transform the knitter into a meditative state. They are both engaging practices because they require concentration and focus. Yoga and knitting cultivates an inward state of relaxation while creating something beautiful and different. Knitting requires hours and hours of sitting. Yoga is the perfect physical diversion, so come to Laugher & Yoga in Venice 6-7 pm for a fun evening of dance, laughter, movement, music & party! You don't need to know yoga to enjoy this class. Suggested donation of $10-15. Pay what you can (free for kids & seniors). Yoga asanas can help to prevent some of knitting’s common aches and pains. (Adapted from article).

I was at VogueKnitting Live! at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and learned a lot. I even made a cute outfit for my dog Sparky! Check out

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