Give Me Fuel Give Me Fire…………

It’s been too long since I have posted.  Today, inspired by the breeze and how it impacted my morning run (jog) –I decided to update the site, discard spam, check on comments and ramble random thoughts, so here’s the random thoughts and tidbits. of things effect our output when working out.  The cooler weather, breeze, frustration after waiting too long for a service worker and maybe even going on an empty (water of course, and coffee–of course) stomach, I had a faster, easy and more enjoyable run than usual.  IF YOU ARE HAPPY, SAD, EXCITED, MAD, FRUSTRATED, ANXIOUS, HEARTBROKEN  (and all the rest) use your energy positively and invest it in your workout.  It ALWAYS (and all ways) pays off!  A good workout will do wonders for your mental and physical well being.  That is why NIKE says…”just do it!”

It also helps to go in with a “cleaner” body.  Since all I had was a little red wine last night before dinner, I am sure my body was sharper than say, Sunday morning, when I ran after a couple of Saturday night cocktails.  I still pushed out 4 miles that morning, but much more slowly and with much more effort.  Cause and effect.

Speaking of alcohol, I found it quite interesting that it’s been all over the news that studies show when we drink when we are pregnant, it’s poses significant risk to our offspring.  Only interesting in that this is definitely not news.  It’s been 30ish years since my pregnancies and studies clearly showed this, then.  I guess what’s newsworthy is that the studies reveal the same risks now as they did then…and the take-away is that there is NO SUCH THING as moderate drinking when we are bringing another person into the world.  Sacrifice for our children begins even before they are born, but boy(s) is it worth it!

Once again, I am carrying the two petitions (solar energy and medical marijuana) with me almost everywhere.  I am not allowing them to get in the way of any workout time, so make sure to see me before or after class if you are a student who has wanted to sign them and hasn’t yet.  If seems like most of my students have signed them and interestingly they have been even most anxious to sign the medical marijuana petitions.  Many of my students are over 65 and the personal stories they have been sharing with me regarding this issue are spectacular!  My students DEFINITELY teach me more than I could ever teach them.  Remember these signatures are just to get these issues on our next ballot so we can vote on them.

I won’t be driving my car to the gym tonight so if you are reading this and coming to class, (tomorrow, too)  please don’t look in the parking lot and think I am not there!   7pm class will continue to put the emphasis on the principles of Pilates.  We have covered breathing and concentration.  Tonight we will move into centering.   We will continue this series for a few more weeks, always working yoga in, just like Joseph himself did.

Studies area also confirming that the more time we sit, the less years we live!  So on that note, I am getting up from my desk.  You may want to do the same.  A five minute break is productive and healthy! Repeat hourly.

Remember, treat your body like the temple it most certainly is.  When we love and respect ourselves, it is only natural that we treat others in the same manner.

What fuels your workouts and your committment?  Please let us know.





Because EXERCISING is Everything.

Ok.  I really dropped the ball on blogging.  Summer makes me just want to SWIM!  I am grateful to live in a place where even in October, I am still hitting the pool and getting in some laps.  There is NOTHING like the water to get in some non-impact movement.  (We all need impact, but I get enough of that!)

There also have been some other projects, non-fitness related, that I have been working on.  Currently, it’s gathering petition signatures on 2 different Constitutional Amendment Petition forms.

The first is to limit the barriers on solar energy and the second is on MEDICAL marijuana.  These are only petitions and it will be up to us to all go out and vote (yay or nay) on these on election day.

It is not my job to sell you on either, either way.  Just gathering the signatures from those that would like to see us be able to exercise our right to vote on them.

I will be lots of places with these forms over the next weeks and months.  They will be with me at the gym, so I will try to make sure I have some extra time before and/or after classes whenever possible.

So on that note, I am off to get ready to get to the gym a little early.  I will try to update you on where you may be able to find me in Tamarac/Coral Springs over the next few weeks to make your signature count.

Thanks and remember whether you are exercising your Constitutional rights or your BODY ….exercise is EVERYTHING!


Want More? last week I didn’t want to be specific about “the project,” we were working on at the gym.  Now that we made our presentation, I can be.

Thelma is an 89 year old woman who has been in my classes for as long as I have been teaching fitness (almost 35 years).  She has been a constant inspiration for all of us at the gym.

In the 90s, when I was taking my Pilates training, she presented me with an original manual, from Joseph himself, which she got while taking classes with him in Manhattan.  (How cool is THAT?)  She has showered people she cares about with gifts and trinkets from the tapestry of her life.  When about 50 something of us from the gym organized to raise money for the City of Hope in their annual 5K walk, logically, most walked.  Not Thelma.  She jogged along with a very small group of us and never stopped till she made it thru the finish line.  She embraced kickboxing in her 70s and 80s and always put well over 100% into EVERY class she participated in.  Even these days when she is feeling like she needs to move more slowly, she often forgets and after a few minutes of being energized, she is right there not just keeping up, but often kicking up the moves!

With money a little tight these days, she wasn’t sure if she would renew her gym membership.  She did, but all of her classmates, along with another instructor, decided to reimburse her so she would know how important it is to have her in our class.   Within minutes of my just suggesting the idea, people were literally throwing money at me…because, like I said last week, my gym people are the most caring, loving, generous, embracing people you could imagine.

Because people were so generous, we were able to not only reimburse her, but inside the beautiful card Rita made for her, we were also able to add a gift card for some groceries.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen so effortlessly and so quickly!  My hope is she will be able to inspire us for many years to come.

There are so many lessons I learned from this.  So often people feel like they aren’t really in a financial position to help others.  Sometimes, just a few dollars can make a huge difference.  I also noticed that once one person approached me with money, a trail of people joined in.  Sometimes we have to be that person that makes the first move.

I have no question that Thelma was greatly touched by this gift.  More so, I have no question that when people give of themselves (it doesn’t have to be money) the feeling they feel is bigger than one the recipient feels.

As we enter into the long holiday weekend, enjoy your time off  with friends, family, or whatever it is you chose to do.  Remember you can make your weekend even happier by giving something of yourself to some else.  A donation in the form of time, money, blood are all huge.  While there is no longer a Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, there is still, unfortunately, Muscular Dystrophy.  Maybe there will even be fireman out on the streets collecting money in boots, old school style.  You can make a difference.   Maybe it’s as simple as letting someone else have the parking spot, or get in line in front of you.  Maybe even simpler, like holding a door or offering up a smile.

As our country seems to get more and more divided, let’s all do what we can to feed the human connection.  Speaking of which, my heart is so full this morning as I know our kids will be connecting, spending the weekend together, having a Disney adventure out in California.  Enjoy it all, Derek, Jolene, Kyle, Nicole and Heather!  Much love………..

Love is Lovely….Let it Flow I have said it once, I have said it a billion or more times, people that workout and take care of themselves are some of the very kindest, most caring people in the universe.  Thank you to all my 8:30 in the morning students who responded so quickly and effortlessly to my suggestion yesterday at the end of class.  I don’t want to say too much until our “project” is completed, but you ladies came thru like nothing I have ever seen!  Within minutes I had people approaching me from all angles.

Your participation is going to mean the world to one person, but also to me, because my heart was truly warmed by your generosity and trust!  Hit me up personally if you are wondering what this is all about.

Love really is like currency.  It flows.  You have to put love out there in order to get love back.  This was the message of Tuesday night’s yoga/Pilates class and 25 hours later, I was able to witness just how true that is!

Later in the day, I had a long conversation with a loved one, about fitness, health, nutrition, school, money and happiness (the kinds that come from external sources, and true happiness which comes from within).  Money can buy a lot of awesome stuff as well as peace of mind and security.  It really CANNOT buy happiness and it CANNOT buy love.

Want to feel more internal happiness and self-love?  Remember to start giving of yourself.  Giving really is a selfish act, because what we give away comes back in abundance.

I am humbled by, and grateful to ALL my students.  A better family, I could not ask for!  Much love to all….