Hi there, welcome to my little corner of the web! I’ve been online since my days at The Walt Disney Company.
Even though my job at Disney had nothing to do with the internet, I learned HTML and web programming on my own, knowing that eventually these skills would come in handy.
When my VP decided we needed a web presence, guess who got to develop one of the first department websites? It was just the opening I needed to create my dream job, developing database driven intranet applications. I was in heaven!
All of that changed when I went out on maternity leave to have my darling triplets in 1997. Having 3 babies at once was a big shock, and it changed the way I thought of work. Even though I loved working for Disney, I wanted to be near my babies. Eventually I was able to work out a telecommuting arrangement that allowed me to work from home a couple days a week so I could keep an eye on them (and the nanny).
When the kids turned 3, I left Disney and became a consultant … for Disney. That worked well until consulting dollars dried up after 9/11. It was at that point that I became permanently self-employed. Not the ideal way to do it for sure, but I had a few small business clients already from word of mouth.
I wrote my first book “How to Promote Your Local Business on the Internet”. I also developed a couple of masters courses for SiteSell.com. From there my business evolved to product development, mostly how to product and tools, serving primarily offline marketers.
When the triplets turned 5, we moved to Texas to be near my family. That’s when I stumbled into lead generation, and actually did quite well at affiliate marketing on a CPA (Cost Per Action) basis generating leads.
My husband stayed in Los Angeles for the first few months, and my oldest daughter Kiki was out on her own. It was a bit stressful not having any help with the triplets, especially while starting an online marketing business. I wasn’t getting much exercise. The weight started to creep back up.
A few more years went by and before I knew it, my weight was back in the 200s. All the pictures of me during this period included one or more children in front of me. I was thankful when they got bigger and taller. My weight kept fluctuating, up and down. I would have some short term success every now and then, but couldn’t seem to get any traction.
In October 2006 I was watching an episode of Primetime 20/20 and saw an interview with Dr. James Levine. He was walking at a treadmill desk the entire time, while he talked about the concept of Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis or NEAT. This was a light bulb moment – I knew as soon as I saw it that this would work for me, especially since I worked at home and liked to walk. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Like many baby boomers, I’ve become more health conscious over the last few years. In 2016 I lost about 75 pounds. I started lifting weights in 2017, lost another 15 pounds. From then on it’s been a way of life for me. So much so that I recently published my weight loss memoir, “The Click:How I Lost 90 Pounds & Finally Found Fitness