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.





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….


When Stress Rears it’s Ugly Head Friday!  Thanks to everyone who reached out to check in on me after I left the gym early Wednesday morning and did not come back for my next class.

Without going into a great deal of detail, I will simply share that stress can take it’s toll in physical ways that many of us can’t believe can really happen.  Thankfully, the stress was pretty much self-created and after a day of rest I felt much better.  The only reason I am sharing this is because we all need to listen to the triggers in our bodies because ultimately, they help us make decisions.  We also need to realize that stress and anxiety don’t manifest their symptoms in the same ways in each of us and sometimes we run to doctors who find all sorts of things wrong with us, but none of them are really the problem at all. (I am pretty sure most western doctors would NOT agree that a fever can come from stress)  So tune into YOUR body and YOUR symptoms so you can recognize a pattern of symptoms when they occur in YOUR life.  We are each so unique!

For those that asked, yes, I will be at class today with bells on.  Thanks to Ellen for pinch-hitting on Wednesday.

Wishing you all a very happy and above all else stress free weekend.  Much love………….

Good Advice for a Saturday

Many of us pick Saturday (or Sunday) as our “cheat” day.  Unfortunately, if we let ourselves go for the entire day, it may take us half of the following week to shed the extra calories.   The same is true for rule 5, which can be a big issue for those with emotional eating, especially.

This seems like some good advice.  Especially rule 1!  Have an awesome weekend.  Do what you have to do all week, so you can do what you really want to do on (or eat or drink) on “cheat” day.  Then enjoy the hell out of your indulgence.