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Lose Weight with Lipozene

Published November 28, 2019 by Maryanne

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It’s now the holiday season and you know what that means—parties, parties, and more parties! Even those of us, like myself, who are conscious of what we eat and work out regularly, can pack on a few pounds at this time of year. (And it could be hard to lose if you live in an area where winters are long). It’s frustrating when you’re doing everything right yet your clothes are getting snug. You’ve been eating later than usual and skipping workouts because this season is just so damn busy!

Being of a healthy mindset, diet pills are out of the question. And excessive work-outs are just crazy. But, perhaps there’s an easy solution? Something more natural than a regular diet pill.

If you haven’t heard of Lipozene by now, perhaps it’s a supplement you may want to consider. It’s made with glucomannan; a dietary fiber extracted from the roots of elephant yam—also known as konjac root or devil’s tongue. You may have used konjac root without realizing, if you’re a fan of Miracle Noodles like I am! Glucomannan is also known to help alleviate constipation, maintain healthy cholesterol, and support healthy blood sugar levels. Other ingredients in Lipozene (gelatin, stearic acid, and magnesium) are fillers and stabilizers, which do not help you lose weight.

Since Lipozene is a water-soluble fiber, it expands, so you have the feeling of satisfaction in your tummy and obviously you’ll eat less. It also works like a probiotic, promoting good gut bacteria. That, in itself, is a plus to assisting in not gaining weight.

Lipozene  is a non-GMO product, caffeine free, and gluten-free ingredient.

Lipozene Side Effects

According to researchers, it’s a safe product if used as directed. Though Lipozene side effects  reported include stomach-aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Some claimed constipation even though it’s a product that should alleviate it! So, as a health advocate, I say to everyone, be your own judge. You can always take a low dose to start to see how your body reacts to it. The recommended dosage is two capsules, a half hour prior to meals, up to three times per day with an eight-ounce glass of water. NOTE: Do not take more than six capsules per day. And if you’re taking medications, consult your doctor before using.

Does Lipozene really work?

According to the Lipozene Reviews, there are mostly high ratings. On Amazon, ratings are lower.

Again, we’re all different, so if you think it’s worth a try, give it a shot. Their website offers a 30-day money back guarantee, excluding the $1.35 processing fee, if you are not satisfied with the product.

Lipozene is not dangerous, but personally, I wouldn’t use it indefinitely. Of course, weight loss would vary for each person, depending on your eating habits and lifestyle. If you’re already eating healthy and exercising regularly, you will most likely get the results you are seeking.

Or, if you’re like me, just keep eating those Miracle Noodles!

References:

  1. https://www.thehubpost.com/lipozene/

Poetry Reading at Neighborhood House Association, Plainfield, NJ

Published November 24, 2019 by Maryanne

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (left), with coordinator/host, Carolyn M. Gourdine

November 24, 2019, Carolyn M. Gourdine hosted an amazing event I was so proud to be a part of the Leading By Mission Pop-Up Shop, and read my poetry along with other poets, comedians, musicians, and deejays.

I read two poems and have them uploaded on You Tube, on my Be YOUnique station. Note, I don’t have children, so not sure how “family friendly” they are since I casually mention “sex” and a “no bra day.” So for 18+ only!

“All About Eve” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyLorsfQig4

“Never a Dull Day” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyiNL6ChEEI&t=1s

Both videos were made by Jayne DiGregorio (https://www.jaynedigregorio.com/)

Follow Leading by Mission here: https://www.facebook.com/leadingbymission/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

 

Red Flags for Editors and Ghost Writers

Published November 20, 2019 by Maryanne

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I’ve been self-employed as an editor and ghost writer since 2009. It’s been a wonderful journey. I’ve worked with some amazing people, who I remain friends with to this day. The written word is such a beautiful thing. Editing a book is as relaxing as doing a puzzle. It just doesn’t feel like “work” to me!

But there is work involved. The three steps are: 1. Finding potential clients; 2. Convincing them to work with you; and 3. The third step, not many think about–but should! Interviewing the client and deciding, do you want to work with them? Back in 2013, I wrote an article, The Four Types of Clients You’ll Encounter (https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/the-four-types-of-clients-youll-encounter/) and it still holds true today.

In the article, right off the bat I mention that bending over backward for each client is a big mistake. If you read the article you will understand why. In this blog, today, I’m sharing some of the red flags that will tell you, “DO NOT GET INVOLVED!”

When we’re working for ourselves, we may have a great run of clients. Things are going along so well, what could possible go happen? This is when they “get us.” When we least expect it. Someone comes along with little experience in the publishing world, thinks they know everything, and acts like they have you by the balls because they have money. WRONG!

1. The first red flag to say “no” is when someone is not respectful of your time. If you have an appointment to meet with someone and they don’t show up, it’s bad news. (Note, cancelling last minute is okay, because shit happens, and at least they had the decency to call. But if you have to chase someone down for a phone call or an email–BEWARE!)

Here’s an example of what happened to me just today…

I had an appointment at noon for a phone meeting, which was set up by an Assistant to the Writer. Prior to this phone meeting the Assistant said I was in the Top 3 for candidates. Looking good, right? The day before, I called the Assistant to confirm the phone meeting. All was well.

Today, 12:15, no call from Writer. … Which brings me to #2…

2. The second red flag to say “no” to a client is when they use patronizing speech towards you. Next, I called the Assistant, asking “What happened?” Like a child, he got defensive. He went off on me like a raving lunatic, defending the Writer. He was nasty towards me and said I was acting “desperate.”

WTF? Acting “desperate” because I wanted to know why the Writer didn’t keep his appointment? That’s not about desperation, that’s about respect. Was I supposed to wait by the phone all day long (and diss my other clients?!)  Who is the professional here? I believe it was me. I was waiting for a phone call that never happened.

I showed up. They screwed up. TWICE.

As soon as someone uses condescending words towards me, I call it a day. I simply said, “Never mind, I am not interested.” I hung up without giving him a chance to respond. If someone shows their true colors even before the first phone meeting, it’s only downhill from there. I never got a chance to talk to the writer. Which brings me to #3…

3. When assisting a person in writing a book, it’s best to work one-on-one. If there are more people involved, it gets sticky. There are too many personality conflicts. This happened to me very early in my ghost writing career. I was helping an elderly woman write a children’s book. She hired an illustrator that didn’t see eye-to-eye with me–and was downright nasty whenever I disagreed with her. (She couldn’t take constructive criticism and everything had to be her way).

I’m self-employed because I chose to leave the corporate world in order to avoid the stress of petty personality conflicts. Yet, here was this girl behaving like a child.

When accepting a job, be sure you know upfront who else is going to be involved–including assistants!

4. The final red flag is when a client is notorious for ripping people off. Boy, was I blind-sided by this one! A few weeks ago I was helping a girl write a book about coming to NYC, from another state, on a limited budget. While working with this woman, she shared many stories about hopping from loft to loft because she could never make rent. (The punchline is she felt she was entitled to skip rent because she was down on her luck and the tenants were being unfair!!) As a positive person, it never dawned on me that she was still doing the same thing years later. I was under the impression she was now a successful entrepreneur. Next thing I know, we have a phone session and then she stiffs me for money afterwards. She finally paid me and I told her it was best we part ways.

Now, money is not a big deal for me. When I work with clients, I give them freebies all the time. Free hours for their birthdays and Christmas. I give a $50 referral fee to anyone who brings me business. I direct my clients to publishers, places to do book signings, and help them promote their books. When someone hires me, they have a winner! In fact, 90 percent of the people I work with tell me they “love” me!

When you have a great ghost writer/editor and client relationship, the results are pure magic! A book that looks beautiful because you hired someone who has 20+ years experience. A book that is edited and proofread with no mistakes on the main pages (the cover, the back cover, the special thanks section, the dedication). And a book that is up on Amazon, so you can make money (royalty checks) while you sleep!

Is this something you want? Hire a professional today!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

 

The Show Must Go On!

Published November 15, 2019 by Maryanne

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I just came across a website that features a poem I wrote about Freddie Mercury, way back in 2001 (or maybe even earlier!) Here’s the link to the site (scroll down past the discography): http://www.hotshotdigital.com/WellAlwaysRemember/FreddieMercuryDisco.html

Or just read here!

The Show Must Go On! 

by Mary Anne Christiano (copyright 2001)

news of the world/made sad

fans of old (and new ones too)

those songs/wore the grooves to the bone

a vocalistic promenade

a charmed delight!

i watched you prance about on the Midnight Special

a Harlequin in a grand parade

School girl dreams evoked in many (those naughty diary entries!)

sought tidbits in Circus and Creem magazines

Mega Rock Star of my restless youth

Time turned you into my dear dear friend

i never met you,

yet all fondness remains

Freddie Mercury

a classic

much more than a memory

you’re still the Champion

Show Must Go On!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

 

World Kindness Day

Published November 13, 2019 by Maryanne

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Happy World Kindness Day! In my new book, there’s an entire chapter dedicated to kindness. “Be Kind” begins on page 51!

Order HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

I Don’t See a Hero

Published November 13, 2019 by Maryanne

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Tomorrow is Kindness Day, but you’d never know it by the hate that is spewed on the internet. Kindness is something you rarely read about. Bullying is still relevant as we approach 2020.

As someone who was bullied as a child, I’m all for people standing up to bullies. Verbal abuse is horrific and it stays with you for a very long time. However, when someone is bullied verbally and they take the first PHYSICAL shot at the person who is harassing them, that makes that person a bully too–not a hero.

According to this story on the internet, a gay teen was bullied relentlessly and then started a fist fight with the person who was harassing him: https://www.pride.com/news/2019/11/12/bullied-gay-teen-stands-himself-and-becomes-internets-new-hero

He is now seen as a hero. Even teachers from all over the country are chiming in, that he did the right thing.

But he didn’t!

This scenario makes me think of something that would happen between two barflies, not two young men. Is that how you solve your problems–fisticuffs? How would this fly if the teen was not a teen, but 21 or older? It would land him in JAIL! Did these teachers think of that when they posted their comments about how it’s okay that the gay teen started a fist fight with the other teen?

A REAL HERO would be strong enough in who he is to walk away from someone who is obviously homophobic and ignorant. But the gay teen stooped to just as low a level. What he did was WRONG.

Fighting always made me cringe. I could never be in a group of girls if one said she wanted to slap another. Whenever one girl trashed another by bragging about violence, saying something like, “I want to slap her face,” I’d be like—EW! That’s so backwards. And when it comes to men, especially young men, it’s worse because it’s scarier. I couldn’t watch the video in the article, it would creep me out big time. Yet people are cheering this boy on. WTF!?!?!

Is this what we’ve resorted to? Cheering on people for being physically abusive? How sadistic!

Both kids got suspended for fighting–and rightfully so. I don’t see a hero here.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261