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LISA CHECKING IN

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024

I have been on the bubble about not taking new  clients but decided to keep plugging along- but I  am about 5-6 weeks out in turn- around time.  I do work on plans 7 days a week.  For returning clients it is more like 1-2 weeks for  turn around time.

 I do triage pregnant or nursing gals, bariatric  surgery or other severe medical conditions to  the front.  

I do have some temporary plans people can use  while they wait, borrow one, or use a combo of  dignity of choice plans

My elderly parents have had some major medical  issues lately and their 1 hour appts (some I need  to attend with them) can turn into 4 hours pretty easily. Anyone who has done elder care  understands how exhausting (but rewarding!) it  can be. They were amazing parents so it‟s our  turn now. Bob (my guy), brother and sister in  law are great helps too.  All hands on deck!!!

For those of you who know me/my long time  guy Bob (the word „boyfriend‟ sounds so silly to  say as adults- we prefer “5-star life partner” xo) And those who don‟t yet…. 

Bob is having an absolutely fantastic recovery  from his surgery. He has no limits anymore so  it‟s pretty much a non-issue now !! Yeah!! I will be removing this part next month from my  checking in.  

He had open heart valve replacement and repairs and a few other things while they were in there.  Luckily he had NO blockages from his entire life  of “clean living”. 

This is all some crazy genetics that started  running wild.

Thanks ahead of time for your patience – it was  an exhausting few weeks for sure that I never  ever want to go thru again.

He‟s looking forward to a better golf game in  spring and is back to doing the behind the  scenes stuff for me (accounting)  

Thanks ahead of time for your patience – it was  an exhausting few weeks for sure that I never  ever want to go thru again.

The coolest thing ever was I could FEEL all the prayers and positive vibes. Not ONCE did I feel a sense of panic – I was always calm. Helps being in the medical field for sure, but I appreciate all of you who helped him, me and the surgeon xo

I do have a name of a couple RDs who are still taking clients so let me know if you want their names.  Just text me  734-502-8264.  So many “seasoned” folks like me (31 years of doing this !!) are full or retiring or ran to the hills during the pandemic

My most like-minded RD who is very credentialed and understands program/addictive eating is KATIE LOPEZ  MS, RD, CDE 

617-286-6960

HIGHPOWERNUTRITION108@gmail.com 

And her site is www.WEAREHIGHPOWER.COM

We are very like minded!  And she has my intake form and also portion list and can get you in with no waiting time  ☺ 

She and I do communicate a lot – I love her!

WHOO HOO- my new portions lists are FINALLY DONE!!!  Thank you Dana my assistant who worked her butt off on them and all the revisions and tweaks!!! It is posted under CLIENT AREA on my website, under HANDOUTS

I have NOT retired- only from seeing my FACE to  FACE clients – so I am working remotely only.  People have been texting me that they heard a  rumor. Please see the rest of the note below.

I gave up my face to face office OCT 2022 I just  need to condense some things in my life. It was  definitely a hard decision because it‟s a beautiful  relaxing office and so nice to overlook the water  (Detroit River) and watch the ships and boats.   

95% of my clients have been remote/phone/email  text even before the pandemic. So I just didn‟t need it anymore.

Dr. Jackie Meyers, who I shared it with (fabulous therapist!) still maintains it- but is working remotely only right now.

Dr. Jackie Meyers, who I shared it with (fabulous therapist!) will be still be there.

Prayers for Ukraine and my clients families who are still there or misplaced. Hoping to see PEACE for everyone.

Thank you to the well wishes for my family and my fur baby family too.  Some of you know I had to put my beloved 100 pound Max (black lab/great dane mix) down a few weeks ago from Cancer.   I so miss the “boom boom boom” of his huge paws walking or running thru my tiny house.  The “new normal” without a pet is so hard but we are doing ok.  Knowing he’s with a bunch of brothers and cousins across that rainbow bridge does help the soul. 

Update on me from having evil covid (which I picked up unknowingly a couple days BEFORE SHOT 1 way back in late march 2021)  I know it helped protect my lungs and I did continue on to get shot 2 + booster.   I am still having some long haulers fatigue.

It really is from another dimension.  Luckily the hair loss stopped a while ago, the waves of nausea are history. WHOO HOO!!  

It’s all been so incredibly frustrating when you are used to being the energizer bunny. 

This corona virus has been so hard for so many. My heart goes out to you all who have dealt with it and all the medical people giving their hearts and souls to help people recover.

In my 31+ year career, new clients and returning clients continues to be the busiest it has ever been.   I am hoping I can be caught up before July 1st. I am honored by all the referrals and doing my best to keep up. So many “seasoned” RD’s who understand program are retiring too or not taking new folks.

In 2021- I started requiring deposits or paying up front – or work it out ahead with me.

I totally understand tight budgets and making installment payments.

 I am doing this because I want to make sure my clients are READY and committed and not just feeling forced into something

Please don’t use any addresses floating around google!!! It’s WRONG!!!! AND I AM NOT DR MERRILL, MD, WHICH HAS GOTTEN ATTACHED TO MY NAME ON THE INTERNET

Thank you CJ for your beautiful testimonial.  I have added it to that part of my website. Xo

MY host for my website was having some glitches when people were trying to access it from phones- let me know if there are still issues.  Tap the dark/grey areas and usually the items pop up. 

BOBBIE HAMEL FROM UB ASSOCIATES HAS WORKED HER BUTT OFF ON IT.  LET ME KNOW IF ANYTHING DOESN’T OPEN RIGHT! I THINK WE HAVE ALL THE BUGS WORKED OUT BUT WHO KNOWS.  LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE NAVIGATING THINGS

FYI-TEXT IS ALWAYS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET A HOLD OF ME    734-502-8264 . Never worry about waking me up or bothering me with “blowing up my phone” A knowledgable client is a successful one! 

GREETINGS TO MY NEW DISTANCE CLIENTS FROM  COR, ENCOR, ACORN and VISION for YOU. LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING YOU WITH YOUR MEAL PLANS AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY

NORMALLY IT ONLY TAKES ME 3-4 DAYS TO GET NEW MEAL PLANS DONE BUT THERE HAS BEEN QUITE AN INFLUX OF NEW PEOPLE AND FORMER CLIENTS  RE-BOOTING.  THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE AHEAD OF TIME.

I do work on plans 7 days a week and bring them everywhere if I know I will be waiting.

Also if you email me a client questionnaire please text or call me right away so I have the heads up!

I AM NOT TEACHING COLLEGE THIS SEMESTER and probably won’t go back for the anytime soon due to my client load, even though I do miss it. 
More on my teaching below 

 If you email me…..And it takes more than a two to three days to get back to you then TEXT me or CALL me   734-502-8264!!!!   I’m still not trusting my email 100%. Those of you who know me know how careful (ie anal) I am about communication!!!  If you feel something is taking too long, don’t WAIT!  My web people are still trying to figure it out.

Also if you email me a client questionnaire please text or call me right away so I have the heads up!

For those of you who have been with me for a long time and ask about my dogs– I still have my other buddies pictures posted.  Even though they aren’t on this plane anymore they still live in spirit

Yes that creepy photo is me on Halloween!  I was “goth student who pulled too many all nighters studying” even my best friends did not recognize me.  It was hilarious. Had to wash my face and hair 4 times to get all the goop off!

I have updated some handouts and used the words “abstinent eating: because I have to legally change some wording on things. If there is something you knew was there before and isn’t not, just email me and I will send it to you.  Everything should all be reposted soon.  🙂  Bobbie Hamel of UB associates, my web gal is  phenomenal!  Let me know if you can’t pull something up

I will be adding a new icon to my site just (EVENTUALLY) for diabetes.  I have so many handouts I’ve created I’d like to keep them all in one place on my site as I update things. AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE CONFERENCES AND WEBINARS I HAVE DONE.  MY HEAD IS SPINNING WITH IDEAS!!!!

Continuous thanks to my interns  (Future RDs!) for her behind the scenes work too.   You all help me keep my sanity! (and they have way better handwriting than me! and make my handouts look pretty)  

I AM NOT TEACHING COLLEGE THIS SEMESTER and probably won’t go back for the anytime soon due to my client load, even though I do miss it.

My teaching – It’s a 3 credit required class for all nursing students and allied health fields.  I have a lot of stories and situations I’m able to share with them it is going very well. I had wanted to teach college for a while now, so it’s a dream come true.  I have taught for 20th semesters already. I hope my students feel the same way ☺  Thank you for your love notes on the back of the final exams. 

Please note that AS AN ORGANIZATION- Overeaters Anonymous, Inc does NOT endorse any particular meal plan or medical professional.

I am not affiliated with them.

I am able to write abstinent or 12-step type meal plans for those individuals who CHOOSE to have a personal plan written by a professional -who understands their particular needs.  Been doing it for 27 years.

My email is: lisa@lisamerrill.com  

(note…2 R’s and 2 L’s in merrill) 

Continuous hello’s to all my new Local, Out-Of-State, Canada, Alaska, Korea, Puerto Rico, UK, French, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay, Italy, Poland, Germany ,France, Netherlands, Israel, Guam, Malaysia, Russia, Greece, Argentina, Brazil, Ireland,  Finland, Austria, Ghana,  Turkey,  Dubai,  Sweden, Scotland, South Africa, Thailand, India, Vietman, Slovenia, Portugal & Spain  !   

   I’ve worked with over 10,000 of you now!!!!!  (I’ve kinda lost count now)   

I’m enjoying all the accents and learning about your interesting “local” foods.

By the way, I’m in the Detroit Area…and on EASTERN Time Zone.   Your before and after pictures are inspirations too!!!  Keep em coming!   I have a bunch of new testimonials to post.

 

I’m enjoying all the accents and learning about your interesting “local” foods.

By the way, I’m in the Detroit Area…and on EASTERN Time Zone.   

Your before and after pictures are inspirations too!!!  Keep em coming! I have a bunch of new testimonials to post.


Remember, I’m always looking for ideas for my site!!! 

If you’ve sent me emails and I didn’t respond (I ALWAYS respond), call me/text me and let me know 734-502-8264.  (Seeing a pattern here!?)

We’re all a work in progress.  Physical & Mental Fitness and nutritional health is a journey, not just an event.  Hang in there as this pandemic year still hangs on, and prayers for love and not all the hate going on in the world.

☺  XOXO  Lisa