Documenting My Fitness Process

In an effort to expand the effectiveness of my workouts, nutrition and quest for optimal health – and a desire to increase the speed of which I get back to what I consider to be “fit” in my Fit to Fat to Fit old guy version ( #Fit2Fat2FitOldGuyVersion ), I am going to once again start documenting my workouts.  It is my intention to do this daily.  I will do this daily, because I am worth it.  My health is worth it.  And just as importantly, the people that I help through this process and my blogging, vlogging and other writing, are worth it.

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I am interested in how this documenting process will affect my outcomes.  I already know what happens when I don’t document it.  I already know what happens when I don’t really have a plan.  Fortunately, I am (at times) an extremely self-motivated and disciplined individual, but unfortunately, easily get bored and that can lead to being unmotivated and undisciplined.  I believe that documenting what I am doing will help me come up with a better plan, stick to it and achieve better results.

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Dentists and Dental Clinics in Bellevue to Be Contacted with Offering of Social Media Services: Who Will Get

Starting in the next few days, we will be sending out the following email to a growing list of dentists and dental clin in Bellevue, Washington.  Stacia would like to teach them the benefits of video marketing, specifically YouTube video marketing.  She is really good at coaching them along and in this project, we already have a website here at which is growing momentum and our social media channels are all taking form.  We have some other distinct advantages over other marketing companies too – read on to find out what they are!

May 2015

Dear Bellevue Cosmetic Surgeon:

I trust that business here in Bellevue is good for you.  Of course it is – you are in Bellevue, after all.  But maybe you realize your company is not as profitable as you would like?  Nothing that cannot be solved with more customers …

I have taken some time to evaluate your business’s social media marketing efforts.  As I’m sure you realize, they are far short of stellar – I’d actually be pretty surprised if you are getting any new business or client engagement with your current efforts.  The good news is that your current results can be improved on tremendously.  My company and I can help you further engage your current clients (and get valuable positive online reviews from them).  Even better, we can help you get new clients, more business and a better bottom line.

We have a fool proof six point system that is sure to get your company’s listing moving up in the Google search results – enjoying more leads, getting more clients and making more money than ever before.

1.  We make sure that your company is properly listed and verified on Google My Business.  We take care of the entire process.  It is more important than ever that your business is listed AND verified by Google My Business.  This can greatly affect your position in search results (SEO) and you cannot afford to ignore it any longer. This is also another good place where clients can leave reviews for your business.

2. We make sure that your company can be found on YouTube.  Video marketing is HUGE these days, but even more important, since YouTube is now owned by Google, properly done videos can show up high in Google search results – resulting in more leads for your business.  We recommend making and posting at least one video a month on your company’s YouTube channel and offer video packages (including filming, editing, posting and sharing) from 1 video a month to 2 or 3 a week.

3.  We dress up your Facebook page, create and post current and consistent content – and increase the number of people who ‘Like’ or follow your page.  When applicable and depending on your budget, we can set up a targeted FaceBook advertising program for your business as well.

4.  We make sure your Twitter account is current and active and send out regular tweets to your followers.  We will also grow your followers list with Twitter users who are actually potential customers of yours.

5.  We provide you with a website at and design it to your specs, with your logos, photos and any of the content you would like to keep from your current site.  We provide a separate phone number to reach you on the site, which will allow us both to track the effectiveness of our campaigns.

6.  We make sure your site and social media channels are shared via our social media channels and featured on some of our sites like, and more.

We can certainly help your business get more business through the use of our social media process above and I would love to have the chance to discuss this with you.  In a show of good faith, I would be happy to get your business verified by Google My Business at no cost at all.  If you are already verified, I would really appreciate the opportunity to share with you just why it is so important to have a strong and consistent presence on G+ and Google My Business.

Right now is the best time to take charge of your social media marketing and take the best advantage of a great opportunity to be a social media leader for the cosmetic surgery industry in Bellevue.  As you know, your industry is extremely competitive and thus we will only take one Bellevue Plastic Surgeon client on – besides, there’s only one Best Plastic Surgery Bellevue and it should be YOUR business.

Please contact me at your earliest convenience and I can answer any questions you might have.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Socially Yours,

Stacia Loo, President
Stacia Loo International

(425) 344-0978


I’m Getting a Tesla Website Now at

Super stoked that I’m getting all of my websites  consolidated here at  Yesterday I imported Bellevue Business Journal content and today I imported my passion site – I’m Getting a Tesla.  This Tesla manifestation site I started in June 2014 – the day after Tesla at Bellevue Square in Bellevue Washington let me use a Model S P85+ for a full day so I could write a review – I called it “I Want The Magic Car Too“.

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7 Tips to Develop Your Leadership Skills

Dr. Alok Trivedi Offers Ideas to Enhance Leadership Skills

By Dr. Alok Trivedi
Whether you’re trying to climb the proverbial career ladder or digging your feet in as an entrepreneur with big visions, solid leadership skills are a must. The tactics of great leaders can be overwhelming for many to embody, but with hard work and determination, it is more than possible. The jump from employee to employer is a big one, but a strong foundation of leadership skills can further the success of you and your company. The following seven tips are to help you develop your leadership skills when moving up in the business world:

  1. Seek perfect alignment.

As a leader, possess an authenticity that encourages others you are worthy of following. Align yourself with your business beliefs. Your employees will see your enthusiasm and buy in to what you want from the company. Do not lead based on expectations from others. This can be risky because you will always be receiving feedback from outside opinions. Take in constructive criticism, but follow your gut. A great leader does what is best for the whole of the team. Alignment of goals and desires enables a great leader to stay steady on the path to success.

  1. 2. Don’t make fear-based decisions.

Understand why you want to make certain decisions. Find the root of your desire and become aware of a path to achieve it. If you have good reasons for making a decision there should be no fear. Fear stems from confusion or misunderstanding of your true purpose. Many leaders make fear-based decisions out of haste and a failure to plan ahead appropriately. Don’t fear failure as it is a means to learning lessons along your journey. Consider and explore all options before selecting the best decision for your team and business.

  1. 3. Align values with the company’s goals.

The best business leaders are those who live the words of their professional vision. You must set a standard that is reflected in your leadership behavior. Hire individuals that are a reflection of the company’s values. Create a company culture around the foundational ideas and mission of the business. The mission needs to be rooted in the values of the company. If leaders believe and reflect an authentic message, the employees and customers will too.

  1. 4. Expect and embrace failure.

Life’s challenges are unavoidable and leaders are always ready to face them head-on. Regardless of the outcome, a great leader knows failure will occur, but they don’t view failure as a loss. As someone seeking a stronger leadership role, you need to welcome failure as an opportunity for growth. Overcoming life’s obstacles allows you to blossom both personally and professionally. Continue to seek opportunities for new situations because these bring you lessons to learn.

  1. Focus on the vision more than in the doing.

Root your business in efficient and concise plans. The vision and mission behind the plans carry the message for the product. Set goals both big and small to achieve your necessary outcomes. Action should be taken only after careful consideration and a well thought out planning stage. Find your inspiration in the early phases and coalesce it with your vision. This helps your employees understand the inspiration at the root of the company’s mission. 

  1. Balance both logic and emotion. 

Seed inspiration through emotions. Conversely, utilize a more logical method of thought for operations in the company. A great leader knows when to use emotion versus when to use logic. These two work as a yin and yang of one another. A balance of both is needed for success. Develop an emotional intelligence to distinguish various situations from one another. A strong balance of emotional and logical paradigms creates a savvy business mind and leader.

  1. Don’t motivate, inspire.

Motivation creates a pressure on an individual because it leads employees to think they need to perform. In a complementary fashion, inspiration activates employees to improve their performance. No-one can make an employee work harder except themselves. It is your responsibility to bring in the inspiration for them to feed off. Stimulate their minds by creating a sincere and resonate connection to your employees as people rather than workers.
You are stepping up into a bigger role in business, and leadership is no easy task. Create a concrete vision and articulate it with sincerity. Get into alignment with yourself and merge the values of yourself, the business and your employees for ultimate success.
Dr. Alok Trivedi is a psychological performance expert, author of the book Chasing Success, and the founder of The Aligned Performance Institute.

Talking Rain 's New CEO and Sparkling Ice Sales

Talking Rain Beverage Company, the makers of zero sugar Sparkling Ice®, formally announces on September 6, 2018, the appointment of Chris Hall to CEO following a record sales period for the company. With this transition, Talking Rain is also pleased to announce Sarah Gustat as Vice President of Marketing, and Ken Sylvia as Vice President of Sales.
Chris Hall, CEO
Having most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer, Chris Hall is a trusted voice at Talking Rain, and was identified by ownership as the individual that would continue to enthusiastically drive the company forward. Through his decade long tenure at Talking Rain Beverage Company, Hall has risen through the ranks by using his sharp analytical skills, approachability, clear vision and passion for collaboration. Previously, Hall served as the Vice President of Sales for the Midwest and Northeast, where he helped achieve the company’s goal of 100% DSD coverage and distribution. His exemplary leadership skills, stemming from his years as a Submariner in the United States Navy, match his ability to eagerly take on any task.
“I’m incredibly honored by this appointment,” Hall stated. “Having had the opportunity to work with various teams throughout my roles with the company, I’m inspired not only by the confidence that has been placed in me, but also by the creativity and passion of the entire Talking Rain team, who I have come to know well over the past 10 years. I look forward to our continued collaboration as we grow the Talking Rain Beverage Co. family of products.”
Sarah Gustat, Vice President of Marketing
The company is also pleased to announce that former Director of Marketing, Sarah Gustat, has been appointed as Vice President of Marketing at Talking Rain Beverage Company. Gustat brings over a decade of beverage industry experience, having worked to lead marketing operations at Neuro Drinks and First Aid Shot Therapy, in addition to Talking Rain.
Ken Sylvia, Vice President of Sales
Ken Sylvia, former VP of Distribution at the company has been promoted to Vice President of Sales. Sylvia has been an integral part of the Talking Rain team since 2010, and has played a key role in building out Talking Rain’s DSD network in the Northeast and New York City markets. In his new role, Sylvia will oversee all national and international sales, plus all partner brands at the company.
Record Summer Sales
These appointments come on the heels of a tremendous sales period throughout June, July and August, where company records were broken with over 15 million cases of Sparkling Ice shipped throughout the U.S., making it one of Talking Rain Beverage Co.’s most successful summers in history.
“It’s been an exciting summer at Talking Rain, and we are focused to continue our success with a renewed mindset to over deliver for our partners and the consumer,” added Hall. “In the past year, we’ve expanded our internal creative department to be fully self-sufficient, enhanced our digital and social strategies, and put ourselves on a clear path to sustainable success through critical collaboration efforts which have resulted in increased speed to market, supply chain optimization, cross-department collaboration and increased channel observation in the field.”
The company’s recent sales success is attributed in part to a robust summer marketing program where Sparkling Ice’s creative partners including Epsilon, Bread n Butter and 5WPR collaborated on the launch of a Mystery Flavor and contest resulting in 245,000 entries, in addition to a highly targeted digital campaign featuring wacky summer interns “Gary and Ana,” whose ideas, Hall jokes, “Aren’t all that different from some of our lively creative brainstorms here at Sparkling Ice.”
On the CSR side, Talking Rain activated their annual Honor Flight program, for which the Sparkling Ice sales team successfully executed over 850 in-store Honor Flight displays across the country. Talking Rain first began to support the organization several years ago when U.S. Navy Veteran and current CEO, Chris Hall, discovered the organization after stumbling upon a moving Honor Flight departure at the airport. The flight will escort WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to visit their memorials in DC.
In addition to the record sales results, the company raised over $100,000 for Honor Flight through donations from vendors, retailers and distribution partners, enabling Talking Rain to fully fund an Honor Flight for aging veterans from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC in fall 2018.

FastSigns Bellevue Top Performance

Melissa Christiansen and Garan Ingersoll, both Outside Sales Professionals at FastSignsⓇ of Bellevue, received the Bronze Sales Award at the 2018 FastSigns Outside Sales Summit recently held in Arlington, Texas. This award recognizes sales employees who achieved sales of $300,000 to $499,999 during the 12-month period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

FastSigns Bellevue Top Performance

With almost 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS centers worldwide, only 82 Outside Sales Professionals received the Bronze Sales Award. Catherine Monson, President and CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., presented the award.
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Weapons for Entrepreneurial Success

Rarely do entrepreneurs launch businesses without intending to succeed. Starting a business is more than “just business.” It’s personal, too. As business owners, we often look at our company’s ascent (or lack of) to profitability and popularity as a direct reflection of our own worth. There’s a lot at stake, and entrepreneurs need to build an arsenal of techniques to fight adversity and overcome the challenges that stand in the way of their success.

7 Secret Weapons for Entrepreneurial Success:Weapon

1. Stay centered by upholding your core values. Your company’s core values are the heart of your business, and you should use them as guideposts to keep you on the right path. Sometimes, potential customers or existing clients might request you to change your processes or provide services in a way that does not align with your core values. Altering your M.O. for one customer, unless there’s a very distinct advantage in doing so, could have a snowball effect. Ultimately, it could diminish your productivity and detract from your ability to serve other customers effectively.

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Ducks Unlimited awarded $1M NAWCA grant

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant from the U.S. Department of Interior to conserve 1,536 acres of habitat in Washington’s North Puget Lowlands.

Ducks Unlimited awarded $1M NAWCA grant

Ducks Unlimited

“Preserving farmland and restoring tidal wetlands in a fast-growing region are two of our primary conservation goals in Western Washington,” said C.K. Eidem, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited. “Approximately half the acres in this grant will enhance working ag fields that are flooded during winter months to benefit waterfowl and preserve farming opportunities, while another third of the acres will restore tidal wetlands, which are important to waterfowl and vital to salmon.”

 is a collaboration to conserve priority wetlands and bird habitats in the North Puget Lowlands Ecoregion of the Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture. This project will conserve 1,536 acres of freshwater wetlands, estuaries, winter flooded agricultural lands, natural shorelines and riparian forests. Partners with this grant include Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Snohomish County, Lummi Island Heritage Trust, Skagit Land Trust, Trumpeter Swan Society, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and several private landowners. More than $2.1 million in state and non-federal funding was leveraged to secure this grant.

“Ducks Unlimited is celebrating over 30 years of conservation work in the state of Washington, and the partnerships described in this project exemplify DU’s commitment to conservation,” said Eidem.

Many species will benefit from this project including mallards, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, American wigeon, rufous hummingbird, bald eagle, several species of Pacific salmon, shorebirds, and forage fish. Planning and implementation of individual tracts funded under the North Puget Lowlands Project will begin immediately.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit