MYST 26: Jon Turnbull, Determination with Italian Beef

Jon Turnbull took charge of his life and, using LoseIt! he has lost 120 pounds (54.5Kg).

In 2011
In 2011

A few of the places that we talked about:

Jay’s Beef  (Jon’s favorite Italian Beef in the Chicago area)

Portillo’s Hot Dogs (My favorite Italian Beef in the Chicago area)

Buona Restaurants

LoseIt (we have both succeeded with our weight loss using Lose It!

Get Lose It!


Music courtesy of Jason Shaw and Audionautix.

MYST 25 Booster: How to Get What You Want and Need

How to Get What You Want and Need

  1. DECIDE your goal.
  2. Make your goal a GOOD goal.
  4. Be POLITE.

There. Now you don’t really need to listen to the show. But I hope you do.


A few of the other shows that I mentioned are:

Amber Rose Allen’s “Life By Your OWN Design

**********Amber’s episode that features my story:*************

Meron Bareket’s “Inspiring Innovation–Entrepreneur Success Stories, Case Studies, Lessons and Lifestyle Weekly

Julie Sheranosher’s “The Time Hackers: Entrepreurship on Steroids

Meron Bareket’s Podcast Incubator Webinar (if you are considering starting your own podcast, this is a great place to start…and it’s FREE!)  How To Build An Engaged Audience (Weekly Live Webinar)

Music by Jason Shaw, courtesy of

MYST 24: Leah Weintraub: A Smiley Face and Challah Bread

Leah is a magazine publisher from Florida who is also preparing to launch a podcast of her own. She has also worked hard as a fundraiser for various Zionist organizations, and in 1994, she had a crazy idea for a speaker. Her idea worked, far beyond her dreams. What was her idea and how did a smiley face help her? Listen and learn!

Leah and her Children
Leah and her Children

You can find Leah’s magazine, “Just Jew It” is available in the Apple iTunes store and soon on the Android store.


Leah’s recipe for her last meal:

Yellow Split Pea Dahl

Ingredients (use organic where possible):

300g yellow split peas (soaked for 12 hours)

1 onion finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

3 carrots, chopped

3 leeks or 2 courgettes, chopped (depending on the season)

600ml (approximately 20 ounces or 2.5 cups) vegetable stock

1 tbs cumin powder (adjust to taste – I actually like a lot)

2 tsp turmeric (adjust to taste)

1 bay leaf

Pink Himalayan or sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat some virgin olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic, until the onion is tender.
  2. Add the carrots and the leeks/courgettes and sauté a few minutes more.
  3. Add the split peas, vegetable stock and bay leaf and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer covered for about an hour, or until the peas are tender.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and add the spices and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with brown rice and broccoli.
  6. Make double and you can blend this and eat it as a soup.


Challah dough
Challah dough
Challah Bread, Ready. It looks sooooo good!
Challah Bread, Ready. It looks sooooo good!

MYST 23 Booster: Who Is In Your Corner?


Ilias's Cornermen!
Ilias’s Cornermen!

Who is in your corner? Who helps you when you are stumbling? Do you have people?

Listen to hear the four simple steps at creating a powerful support system!

I mentioned Meron Bareket’s Podcast Bootcamp. Here is a link to his next free webinar. How To Build An Engaged Audience (Weekly Live Webinar)

Music by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of

MYST 22: Ilias Diamantis: A Smile and Pastistio!


Ilias is a good friend of mine, who I met in Meron Bareket’s Podcast Incubator Bootcamp (in the beta test version.) He, like I am, is creating a podcast to help others in his region be more successful in their businesses. He lives in Thessoloniki (sometimes referred to as Salonica), Greece and works as a civil engineer

Ilias also shares his mother’s secret recipe for his favorite food in the show notes!

Do you want to learn more about Ilias or contact him:
His personal blog is at
You can send Ilias a message on twitter :
The show notes for every episode will include links to products, people and services that were mentioned in the episode. A notice of total disclosure, as some point I may have affliations with some of the products and services that are linked here. That means that when you click on a link and purchase that product, I will receive a small commission on that sale. It will not increase your cost at all, but it will help financially support me as I continue to bring assistance to anyone who wants to achieve their goals.
If you ever thought about starting your own podcast, this is the only source you need (and the webinar is FREE!)How To Build An Engaged Audience (Weekly Live Webinar)
Ilias recommends these books:

Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of
Pastitisio, courtesy of Ilias’s mother:

For the pasta

▪ 500g pasta for Pastitsio (1 pound dry)-available at Greek or ethnic groceries. (You can substitute ziti or penne )

For the béchamel sauce

▪ 1/2 cup butter

▪ 1/2 cup all purpose flour

▪ 1 lt milk warmed

▪ 2 eggs

▪ 1 cup parmesan cheese

▪ salt

▪ nutmeg


For the meat sauce:

▪ 600 gr. Ground beef or preferably veal

▪ 400 gr. Tomato sauce

▪ 2 onions minced

▪ 2 garlic cloves thinly minced

▪ 3 tbsp. olive oil

▪ salt, pepper

1. For the meat sauce, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the onions and the garlic and sauté for 5 minutes until they are translucent. Then add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until pink color disappears, about 5-15 minutes. Add tomato sauce, salt, and pepper and allow sauce to simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes, until sauce is ready.

2. While sauce is simmering put water on to boil for pasta.

3. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. When butter starts to bubble, using a whisk, add flour to melted butter whisking continuously to make a smooth paste or roux. Allow the flour/butter mixture to cook for a minute but do not allow it to brown.

4. Add warmed milk and eggs to mixture in a steady stream, whisking continuously. Simmer over low heat until it thickens but does not boil.

5. Add pinch of nutmeg, pepper, salt and the 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and stir in. If sauce still needs to thicken, return to heat and cook over very low heat while continuing to stir.

6. Brush the bottom and sides of the lasagna pan with olive oil. Layer the bottom with half the pasta and sprinkle 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese.

7. Add the meat filling in an even layer to the pasta. Top with remaining pasta and then add the final layer of béchamel sauce.

8. Bake in 350 F (180 C) degree oven for approximately 1 hour or until the top is a nice brown.

MYST 21 Booster: Get Uncomfortable

We all want to be comfortable. We want nice homes, nice cars and a good job with benefits. We want the security if a retirement plan, and the knowledge that our future days will be similar to our past days.

But does that stimulate growth?

What if growth requires the acceptance of the uncomfortable? What if you need to confront fear and risk, and step forward without knowing exactly what is in front of you?


MYST 20: Scott Wilson: Engineer, Beating Fear and Still a Loser?

Scott and his goatee
Scott and his goatee

Scott Wilson is an electrical and telecommunication engineer for a large nuclear powerplant in Ontario, Canada. I met through LoseIt! Scott is an active member, helping others continue on their weight loss journey. Scott is an enthusiastic guy, busy with family and career, but yet still finds time to enjoy life.

Scott and his family
Scott and his family

He also knows how to properly complain! (He is a very nice guy, but is very effective when he encounters a problem. Be bold!)

Scott’s favorite quote:

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”
(John Greenleaf Whittier)

The show notes for every episode will include links to products, people and services that were mentioned in the episode.  A notice of total disclosure, I may have affliations with some of those products and services that are linked here. That means that when you click on a link and purchase that product, I will receive a small commission on that sale. It will not increase your cost at all, but it will help financially support me as I continue to bring assistance to you and anyone who wants to achieve their goals.

I swear by Lose It! It is the first time I was able to lose weight, and more importantly, keep it off! It is easy to use, works on iOS and Android (not Windows Phones, sorry) and has an online platform, too. It combines the ease and simplicity of calorie counting with the social networking of Facebook. Many users report that they are on their LoseIt activity streams more often than they are on Facebook. There is a free version (which really works!) and a premium version, The premium version allows trackign food in the future (for better planning), setting non-weight-based goals (body fat, measurements, nutrients, blood pressures and many more). When you have premium, you can also create your own community groups and challenges. One of the nicest features of premium is that it allows you to synch your Lose It! account with other devices and applications. Get Lose It! Premium because it works.

Scott mentioned Earl Nightingale and Dale Carnegie’s books:

Scott mentioned Martina McBride and her song, “Anyway”

Here is a link the the episode featuring Steve Grant and his poutine.

Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of

Scott provided this recipe:

Mille Fay – or Mock Mille Feuille  (Note name difference from Mille Feuille). 

This dessert tastes very much like a mille-feuille pastry, which you might also know as a ‘Napolean.’

Be sure to use a cooked pudding mix and note that the amount of milk added is less than the regular pudding instructions –  so the filling is custardy.  This dessert is best if made at least 8 hours ahead of serving and stored in the fridge.

VANILLA SLICE  – Makes one 9 x 13 inch dessert – approx 18 servings


Graham Cracker Squares  – 2  sleeves (approx 40)

Jello Cooked Vanilla Pudding/Pie Filling  – 1 large package  (170 grams)

Milk – 2 and 1/4 cups

Whipping Cream – 2 cups


Icing sugar – 2 cups

Vanilla – 1 and 1/2 tsp

Hot tap water – 3-4 Tbsp

Unsweetened dark chocolate – 1 ounce


START by mixing up your custard. In a microwave proof bowl combine the pudding mix and milk – noting that this is a reduced amount from what is called for on the box. Cook on high, for one to two minutes at a time, for about 6 minutes total, whisking frequently.  Once thickened, set aside to cool.

Now line an ungrease 9 x 13 inch pan with a fitted layer of whole graham crackers. Imagine you are a tiler, and score, snap and fit them as necessary to neatly cover the bottom of your pan. Once the pudding is room temperature, carefully spread it over the graham crackers until they are evenly covered – unlike in my picture . . .

Spread cooked and cooled vanilla pudding over graham crackers

Next, whip the cream, adding no sugar, vanilla – nothing.  Spread this evenly over the pudding layer with the back of a spatula.

Next, add a second layer of fitted graham crackers squares, pressing down gently where necessary to get the surface as level as possible.

Cover the cooked pudding with plain whipped cream and another layer of graham crackers

Mix the glaze ingredients with a whisk until completely smooth and not too runny.  Pour over top of graham crackers and spread evenly using the back of a spoon and a bit of patience.

Last step is to melt the chocolate and drizzle in lines, which can be ‘combed’ for effect or just spiraled lazily about.

Cover with a tight layer of saran and refrigerate minimum 8 hours or overnight.  Serve and be adored!

I NEED Your Help! (Updated!)

A podcast in iTunes is allowed eight weeks, just 56 days, to be potentially featured in the “New and Noteworthy (N&N)” category. I have long since passed out of that time frame.
I am in my last days of being eligible for iTunes New&Noteworthy status. As of this morning, I am #42 in All categories of New & Noteworthy.     BUT!!!!  You can still help. If you have not listened and left a rating in iTunes, I NEED you to take action now.

Even though I am no longer in N&N, I still need ratings and reviews. Those are the main method that iTunes uses to evaluate the value of a podcast, and podcasts which have better ratings, reviews and download numbers are placed higher in the search rankings. And that is how new people find the show.

And I may have neglected something. Using iTunes isn’t necessarily user-friendly. It occurs to me that some may not know how to review on iTunes.

Here are some instructions:
1) click here and follow to “View in iTunes” – under logo (can be done after you listen to your chosen show(s).
2) Once on iTunes in the middle over the show listings is “Details”, “Ratings and Reviews” and “Related”.
3) Click “Ratings and Reviews”.
4) Next to “Click to Rate” there are 5 gray stars. Click the number of stars you think my show deserves
5) Underneath that is “Write a Review”. That allows you to write a review AND leave a star rating.
Thank you so much in advance for helping promote these shows.

I have 3 days left in N&N. Please act now!

Make Your Someday Today is a twice-weekly podcast, where we talk to successful people in all walks of life and around the world on Monday, and then on Thursday, I take a specific message from the previous guest and give my “Trevitorial”, where I help you apply that message to your life. The entire purpose of the show is to help all of us overcome our challenges and fears and become the person we want to be, the person we deserve to be.

MYST 19 Booster: Pull the Trigger

Before you can accomplish anything, you need a plan. It doesn’t need to be finely detailed, but you need to know where you are going. But a plan does nothing until you actually take a step forward.

Pull the trigger! Stop analyzing and take action.

A few of the resources that I mentioned here are:

The Inspiring Innovation podcast, from Meron Bareket

The Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, from John Lee Dumas.

The Tim Ferris interview on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income podcast

Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of



MYST 18 Michelle Talbert: The Golden Voice of Online Dating Reveals All



Michelle Talbert is a Washington, DC-based attorney who is living her calling, not in the courtroom or corporate office, but as co-author of an Amazon best-selling book and co-creator/producer of a radio show and podcast. Her niche? The world of online dating.

Her life history includes children, completing an undergrad degree and then law school while juggling a family, and her experiences with online dating. She has encountered many of the challenges that we have faced, but hearing how she mastered them is empowering.

You can find Michelle’s podcast They Met Online in iTunes.

You can buy her Amazon Best-Selling book here:

Tweet to Michelle @TheyMetOnline

Their “TheyMetOnline” website is now up and running!

Other methods of finding Michelle:


Michelle recommends these books:

When she is having a bad day, this helps her cope:


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