One of the things I am passionate about is affordable access to mental health care, so that people can receive the services they need. So I was very pleased to see this paragraph in my husband’s 2015 Benefits Open Enrollment Information:

Effective January 1, 2015, office visits for psychotherapy consultations will be subject to the same co-pay as specialist office visits. Currently, this type of treatment is subject to deductible and co-insurance. Recognizing the importance of mental health and its effects on mental and physical well-being, we have placed deductible expenses with a co-pay to remove financial barriers and increase compliance with mental health care.

As I have openly shared here, I attend regular therapy sessions and it used to stress me out how expensive it is every year, until we met our deductible, but Bob and I agreed it was worth it. I hope this change will allow more people to experience the benefits of psychotherapy and am personally grateful that it will make my treatment less costly for our family.

Have you participated in psychotherapy?

Has the cost ever been a barrier for you?

Would a change like this make you more likely to do it?

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I wrote this top ten list right after I finished my first 3-Day Refresh, back in July. But I never ended up posting it. I recently came across the draft and decided it would be fun to share with the announcement of who won my Customer Appreciation Giveaway of a 3-Day Refresh!

So first off, I want to thank you all again for your support over the past 6 months, since I became a Health & Fitness Coach with Team Beachbody! It has truly been an awesome experience for me to work with and help over 100 clients to be fit and healthy, to mentor the 9 coaches on my team, as well as to learn with and from other coaches in our upline and my downline.

There were 213 entries in this giveaway (based on the guidelines in my original post), divided between 86 clients who have ordered something through me since April, with my most loyal client earning 12 entries!

And the winner is…


Sarah is a local friend, we met through our kids. She and her husband started their Beachbody journey with Focus T25 in the spring and Sarah also participates in my Step n’ Sculpt classes that I teach at Beverly Bodyworks.

I asked Sarah what her experience has been like having me as her coach (no pressure, right?!) and this is what she said:

Kathy is such an enthusiastic and motivational coach! Her daily Facebook posts are a great reminder to work hard, exercise and make your own health a priority.

Sarah, I look forward to coaching you through your first 3-Day Refresh and hearing what you think!

Here are my Top Ten Takeaways from Doing the 3-Day Refresh:

10) To drink 8-10 ounces when I get out of bed in the morning, to get my system going.

9) That smaller portions/serving sizes can be filling, if you eat slowly and savor every bite.

8) Some great new healthy and clean recipes, to make vegetables tastier (which helps me want to eat them more often).

7) That when you are feeling hungry sometimes drinking a glass of water first can help fill you up and keep you from over eating.

8) I LOVE my Shakeology shakes, but prefer them to be made with milk and drinking one for breakfast vs. every meal, is enough for me.

7) That I can survive without meat, cheese, other dairy products, and bread, among other things. But that doesn’t mean I want to do so very often.

6) That taking pictures of everything I eat, adding captions and/or making collages to/with them, before sharing all over social media is super fun, but time consuming.

5) There is very little we can’t accomplish when we set our minds to our goals, work towards them and stay them course.

4) How much I “graze” in day-to-day life… Such as licking peanut butter off a knife after making sandwiches for my kids.

3) That even picky eaters, like me, can do the 3-Day Refresh.

2) That I love having herbal/decaf tea, even in the summer.

1) Almond Butter Rocks! :)

For those interested in learning more about the 3-Day Refresh or other Beachbody programs or products, you can comment, email me, and/or visit my website: I would love to help you find the best workouts and/or nutrition program for you.

Here is also a photo album, that I made on my Facebook Page, with pictures and detailed notes about my first experience doing the 3-Day Refresh:


Today (and Everyday) We Remember

October 15, 2014

It’s October 15th again. The tenth October 15th since our family experienced our first miscarriage in December 2004. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed since we were introduced to the world of pregnancy loss. As I shared last year in my post on October 15th, It is a bittersweet day for many families […]

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Words Matter

October 14, 2014

Is this part of your vocabulary? Do you think often about what you *should* be doing? I had a great session with my therapist today. She encouraged me not to should so much. She suggested I replace that word with something else. For example: What would I like to do? What would you like to […]

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Jumping Through Hoops

October 7, 2014

I am frustrated. I was hoping to get to a certain place, a level in my coaching business this week, and it’s not going to happen (or at least it is highly unlikely at this point). It isn’t for lack of effort, drive, creativity, and support from those around me. It’s a learning curve. There […]

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Celebrating 6 Months & a Giveaway!

October 7, 2014

This month I am celebrating six months of Fit & Healthy with Coach Kathy by doing a customer appreciation giveaway! I am giving away one 3-Day Refresh on Tuesday, October 28th, through a random drawing, details below. I am so grateful for your support and encouragement since I began doing this! To date I have helped over […]

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