Monday, June 16, 2014


Those who sincerely  want to improve the lives of their clients or patients who suffer from problems related to drugs and/or alcohol do their best to keep up to date on the methods and techniques most favorable to a positive recovery experience.

All research confirms the undeniable value of an individual specific exercise program both before and after detox, and ongoing throughout the recovery process.  It is one of the easiest and most effective ways to enhance recovery and reduce relapse. Yet, I find very few treatment centers, detox programs, or "rehabs" calling upon the services of certified fitness trainers.  Oh, they may have long walks on the beach, or a treadmill available on site, but most rehabs are having their clients spend an inordinate amount of time sitting.

This makes no sense.  If you have a proven tool for increasing recovery and reducing relapse, you use it and promote it.  I'm a certified fitness trainer who knows how to craft individual specific exercises that aid in recovery, help rid clients of anxiety, depression and help them on a path to improved mental and physical health.

If you have a detox program, treatment center, or "rehab," I will gladly work with you and for you to give your clients a proven advantage in achieving rewarding, lasting recovery.

If you, as an individual, wish to enhance your recovery, I'm here for you as well.

Call me or email me for free consultation.


Monday, June 9, 2014


Procrastination is often a power trip -- people who don't feel "in control" of what goes in their life often will control whether or not they get things done by NOT getting things done! Not accomplishing something is experienced as an accomplishment.

 Weird? Yes.  Can it be overcome? Yes.

 There are numerous, practical techniques for getting things done, and getting them done in a timely manner. The first thing to do is simply decide what is the single most important thing you need to do. DO THAT FIRST. Do NOT start on anything else. If you start several things at once, you will most likely not finish any of them.  That will depress you, discourage you, and lead to more procrastination.
So. PICK ONE THING. Now, focus on that one thing and GET IT DONE. No matter what it is, you will know that you got the most important thing done.
THEN, what is the next most important thing? DO THAT, AND ONLY THAT. Get it done.

Of course, if your mind is foggy or if you are emotionally depressed or lethargic, getting that first thing done is going to drag on and on.  You can help un-fog your mind by drinking water, eating properly and, yes, exercise. A fun and easy exercise regimen will boost your brain power, give you more mental energy, and spur you on to accomplish more.

I'm here to help you.  As a celebrity fitness trainer, I know all the right moves, methods and techniques to have your body help your mind.

You may think that only celebrities can afford or use the services of a celebrity fitness trainer. Not true. Every one of my clients is equally important to me, and I'll work with your needs and budget to make sure you get what you want and what you need.  So, if you're a celebrity, call me. If you are NOT a celebrity, call me.
I'm here for you to make your life better.

Felicia Lawson

Monday, June 2, 2014


My two passions are fitness and film/TV.  I love being a fitness trainer, and I love working in any capacity on television and film productions, usually on camera. When these two passions can merge, it creates an unbeatable synergy.  This is why I am also passionate about The Reel Recovery Film Festivals produced by Writers in Treatment.

The Reel Recovery Film Festivals are a brilliant merger of the arts and recovery, a showcase for rising talents in the world of cinema with the underlying common thread of recovery. These are not high school health films, or someone on camera preaching about the evils of demon rum or drugs. These are breakout directors and cinematographers showing their stuff, and doing so within a particular context. Each film has its own distinct personality and approach, and every Reel Recovery Film Festival is a true cinema lovers event.

It is really impressive that, in a few short years, the Reel Recovery Film Festival has gone from a beginning effort in a small venue in Los Angeles, to world wide status as one of the most important showcases for new film talent -- you'll find the festivals not only in the USA, but in Canada and the UK...with more to come. On June 27th the Reel Recovery Film Festival is in Nashville. If you are anywhere near Nashville, make sure you attend!

Everything is interrelated -- fitness, health, recovery and creativity -- please join me in supporting WRITERS IN TREATMENT and the REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVALS.

PS: On a self-serving note, if want your own personal fitness trainer, call or email me. I'm here for you!

GRIEF AND EXERCISE: Dealing with the loss of a loved one

Exercise may be the last thing a person feels like doing when grieving. However the benefits affect many areas of their life. Exercise increases energy, improves appetite, makes us more relaxed for sleep, and can affect such feelings such as our own inner self confidence.

We deal with grief in almost predictable ways...most of them not particularly healthy. Some people isolate, turn to hedonistic distractions -- alcohol, drugs wild promiscuity -- anything to distract from the emotional pain of loss. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we do not grieve for them, we grieve for ourselves.

Sometimes the cause of our loss, and the timing, is overwhelming. Consider the situation of Casandra James:
A few years ago, my fiancĂ© died the day before our wedding. The day of the wedding, I had to deal with 200 out of town visitors in town for a wedding that didn't happen."

Devastated and overwhelmed, Casandra found her physical health and vitality draining away. Then, still deep in grief, she turned to exercise. " I definitely credit exercise for getting me out of my grief-stricken mess and into a more positive frame of mind. That's when I started to get my life back."

Casandra offers this bit of advice:  "I would recommend exercise to anyone who is grieving. Just because your loved one has died, it doesn't mean you should give up your own life and destroy your own health. Exercising when experiencing grief will make you feel less hopeless and, slowly, you will find yourself feeling more 'normal' and less 'doomed'. Try it. It really works. And, believe me, your deceased loved one would not want you to feel such intense grief for long. So, don't feel guilty about it either."

As your personal fitness trainer, I am here to help you use exercise and fitness to improve all aspects of your life and health.  Life is for the living, and your life will be better if you use exercise as part of your grief recovery process.  You are welcome to call or email me for a free consultation on the personal exercise regimen best for you and your needs.

Take care of yourself.  The person who passed away, we certainly agree, would not want you to neglect or destroy you own health.  Many people will feel like they are not respecting their loved one if they are not feeling sad all the time. The reality is that we need to have a break whether that’s to go out with friends and have some laughs or to go fishing. It does NOT mean we are not grieving but that we need some space from the pain in order to heal as well.

Grief is our response to loss, which may be a death, divorce, separation or other loss. Grief can affect our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and beliefs, and our relationships with others. Do not try to ‘speed up’ grief or grieving. Some people may need help from a doctor, counselor or other professional. Children and teenagers experience grief and associated emotions very strongly.

Writers in Treatment