Give a Little Bit…

The parts of the royal wedding that I was able to see, were beautiful.  Kate is gorgeous, her dress, her borrowed tiara, her sister, her smile and dimples…it was so clear to see that she was truly having fun and honestly living in the (her!) moment.  I absolutely LOVE the royal carriage.  What a fairy tale it must be to be the princess riding in that!  May they live long, happy, loving lives together, giving of themselves to each other and to the world, as well….Speaking of which, a big happy anniversary to our dear, long time (long!) friends, Debbie and Jeff who celebrate their anniversary today.  If my memory serves correctly, I am thinking it is 35 years.  Wow.  We look forward to celebrating with you…we also look forward to witnessing the marriage of Jamie to Ryan, coming very quickly!  This will be one of the first of the friend’s kids to get married and we are all very excited…

On a totally different note, I learned that Lululemon will be opening a store in Boca Town Center Mall soon.  If you love trendy, quality (I can’t afford it!) workout clothes, this is the place!  The added value is the awesome bag with all the quotes I have been using for the past few months 🙂  I did visit their store in NYC and was going to splurge while on vacation, but didn’t want to start trying things on.  They also have a store in Aventura, but I have never been.

I was absolutely thrilled to hear one of my clients reporting that she has been practicing gratitude every day since one of our recent sessions and has noticed what an amazing difference it has made in her mood, attitude and life in general.  As a trainer, nothing really excites me more, than when someone comes back and says something they have gleaned from a session is actually working on all those other days that we are NOT together.  As Robert Mastuzzi said “If you don’t give a bit of yourself to someone else, you are a failure.”

**I am happy to announce that the class schedule at Tamarac Fitness Center continues to grow before we have even started there.  Thanks to your efforts to get yourself in and register, we are now over 50 strong.  Because of that, Ron has already agreed to adding a second class on MONDAYS.  That means the schedule now looks like this:  Bonni- Monday 11:30-12:30 AND 12:30- 1:30,  and Wednesday 11:30-12:30– I believe Carol will be teaching Tuesday and Friday also 11:30-12:30 but double check with her.  That gives us 5 classes to start with, and Ron continues to assure me that he will do whatever he needs to do as long as the classes are busy.  So as of this moment the only 12:30 class will be on Mondays and it will be effective immediately upon our move their on May 9.  PLEASE spread the word to those that may not be online or checking into the site.  It would be ideal if the Monday people could keep their schedule as it has been.  I will go over this in class on Monday and our final Bally day, Wednesday.  Please help me have the turnout I have been promising 🙂

Have a great Saturday, this last one of April.  While you are out enjoying, don’t forget to give a piece of yourself to someone else!   Much love.

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This Day, Every Day

Wedding ring

Taking a break to enjoy this moment in time.  While I haven’t gotten all caught up in the hoopla surrounding THE royal wedding, there is nothing like ANY wedding to remind us of the magic and innocence of young love.  This wedding reminds us that magic does happen.  Arriving at the alter, Kate.  Leaving, Princess Katherine.  I love that and wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Soon they will stand on the balcony of the Palace for their first kiss.  THAT is a moment that will be frozen in time.  For us, but more importantly for them.

As I take some time this morning to sit and watch THE MOMENT, I share with you a piece that Rita shared with me this week.  I thought it was quite appropriate and hope that you, too, will stop to savor the present.  Royal, special, of even quite ordinary…it is always a gift.  Treasure your gift.

We asked Katrina Kenison, author of the book The Gift of an Ordinary Day, for advice on learning to treasure our daily lives, and she responded, “John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans.’ The only moment we have is the moment that is right now. And yet the present moment is so easy to miss, especially if we’re distracted, regretting something that happened yesterday, or already thinking about tomorrow. When my best friend was diagnosed, out of the blue, with cancer, I realized how lucky I was to be blessed with my own perfectly ordinary day, the kind of day she would have given anything to have back again. When we pause long enough to be grateful for what is, we realize that every ordinary day is a gift, and suddenly, instead of taking our lives for granted, we begin to appreciate the beauty of everyday things.”


Dr. Oz Visits China…or at least THE Study!

Dr. Öz at ServiceNation 2008
Dr. Oz

Thanks to Carol for yesterday’s Dr. Oz “heads up,” and also to Gary and Sydelle for letting me know in class yesterday.  Mitch and I watched and it was great to see the authors of the China Study in the audience.  The information in the China Study was compelling enough to a producer to make a film (Forks Over Knives) based on the info and compelling enough for Dr. Oz to devote an episode to it.  I have so much respect for Dr. Oz, that it excites me that he seems to be a big buy in to a plant-based diet, though he did question what’s so bad about eating heart-healthy, omega 3 packed fish.  The answer was that yes, while some fish are high in omega 3, they are also high in lots of other fats that aren’t so healthy for our hearts.  We must also remember, the China Study is really about preventing disease, and in terms of cancer, the studies prove that animal protein in general turns on the cancer switch while plant proteins seem to turn off the switch.  Fish = animal protein. Personally, I wonder if my body would be better off eating some fish, and some times I taste some…I just don’t feel happy eating animals.  Even fish.

Ironically, I know so many people who are searching for the answers to their heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc., and while they would undergo hours of surgery and take all kinds of medications, they can’t wrap their arms around a plant-based diet.  I get it.  It’s not for everyone.  I also talk to a lot of people who can’t seem to find the time to exercise.  They work 2 jobs, have children and parents to take care of.  Again, I get it, but here is the bottom line and it is no longer negotiable.  Chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes have reached global epidemic proportions and now cause more deaths than ALL other diseases combined, according to an announcement yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

We all have choices.  When it comes to our health, it is NOT just about ourselves.  The choices we make will impact our loved ones.  Choose to be sedentary and eat unhealthy foods and you are basically asking your loved ones to expect to take care of you someday.  Much as I loved and respected my parents, it really did upset me to have to cart my dad around with a wheelchair and oxygen, both a direct result of his lifestyle choices, including smoking Camel cigarettes, eating the wrong foods, leading a sedentary life and becoming severely overweight.  I never wanted to resent taking care of him but I did, and may he rest in peace, I do wish he had made different choices.  I DO understand that many of the choices he made were long before we understood just how unhealthy they were.  Today, there are no excuses.  We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to MAKE the time to exercise (if you watch TV you probably have time to exercise) and make lifestyle choices, including what we eat and drink, to help increase the odds of living a long, healthy and INDEPENDENT life!

One thing I am very convinced of is that reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is probably the single best thing we can do for our health. It certainly seems that as a rule, if we maintain a healthy weight our all important numbers (blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides) all seem to stay in a healthy range, as well.  After just a few weeks of following the suggestions in the China Study we witness individuals losing weight and bringing all the important numbers down to where they should be for optimal health. When I watch Biggest Loser, though the contestants don’t eat a plant-based diet (but Bob Harper does) we certainly witness their weekly return to better health as they continue to lose weight.  To me, it makes sense that as long as I am looking to be as healthy as possible, anything that turns off the cancer switch is worth following.  I also know that what is good for preventing one disease, is generally good for all the big ones.

Tonight I am aiming to revisit my new year’s resolution of making healthier, less fattening Thursday night feasts.  Tonight it will be a big salad (with some stuff from the garden which is quickly burning up from our strong sun) a pot of black beans, a pot of brown rice and a lot of roasted veggies.   With some whole wheat wraps for those that want and some fresh fruit for dessert, it will be another VFT.

I beg you to get your (almost) daily exercise!  If you haven’t yet read the China Study, I cannot recommend it enough.  If reading isn’t your thing, the movie Forks Over Knives is either coming to a theatre near you soon (here in south Florida, May 13) or already is.  At least be open to seeing the amazing results of these hundreds of studies.  It might just save your life.

**Ron at TFC continues to let me know that each and every day many of Carol and my SilverSneakers students are showing up and registering.  Though change is never easy, it is often good and it looks like things are falling into place for many of us.  We continue to do the best we can with the options we have!

Favorites Week

A Capoeira movement (Aú Fechado) (click for an...

I loved Biggest Loser last night and one hour of it was just perfect on Mitch’s birthday, which we had a great day celebrating.  Being favorites week, it was great to see Ali and Sam (OMG, Sam) in the gym training the remaining 7 contestants.  A 5k followed by circuits, a vigorous yet doable workout.  I liked it.  I loved that he then taught them about the glory of hummus, one of my favorite foods in the world.  While he suggested it as the condiment, then adding your protein of choice and veggies on a wrap, hummus IS my protein of choice, though I am thinking adding some cubed tofu to my wraps is probably a good idea.  I need to revisit making tofu (something I used to do much more before Gardein products came to the market) and keeping it cooked in the fridge and adding to wraps and salads.

At the challenge, which is at a racetrack (weird to me because of the book I just finished…see below), we get to see alumni Tara Costa, where she once won the car pulling challenge.  Race car driver Clint Bowyer is also there and tells them that they will all be competing in the car pull, including Tara.  Besides bragging rights, the winner will get to be Clint’s guest at the Richmond International Raceway, $5,000 and their face on the Wheaties box!  Tara wins, which I only liked because it would have otherwise been Rulon and I did NOT want the obvious choice, to win.  Tara will donate her $5,000 to her organization, Inspire Change.

At the last chance workout the trainers lean to what they feel most comfortable with.  Cara says “box.”  Brett says lets do  Capoeira — enough with the same Capoeira step, PLEASE!  Surely he knows other gym workouts, no?

The final weigh in goes quickly with only 7!  Rulon shocks us with the announcement he is leaving the show for personal reasons.  I have very mixed emotions about this.  For one, I will NEVER fault a person for knowing when to put their families first.  If he was leaving because he was in need of being a unit with his wife and kids, then I applaud him for the decision.  If, on the other hand, he just can’t see the commitment through, then it makes me upset that the Olympic champ couldn’t or wouldn’t go the distance.  Since I am not in his head, I have no right to judge, so I wish him well and am NOT sorry he wont be in the final 4!

Let me just say it right now.  I picked Olivia the first night, and Olivia is my girl.  I only wish her AND Hannah could win together.  Have a tie in the end and be forced to both be this season’s Biggest Losers.  I love them both.  If I have to choose one, I am choosing Olivia.  I love her spirit, her personality, her smile and her positivity!  All that said, I was elated to see Olivia lose 6 pounds and Hannah 5!   Those woman started out slow, but boy are they going steady.  At 162 and 156 pounds, I don’t know if they can beat Jay who still can lose a lot more, currently weighing 265.  I really don’t want Jay to win.   Kaylee gained 2 pounds and was easily voted off when she fell below with Irene.  My pick for final 4:  Olivia, Hannah, Irene and Austin, meaning Jay would be the last to be eliminated.

We see Kaylee now.  I think she looked prettier in a pony-tail at the ranch.  At 165 she says she was struggling with weight loss because she had actually hit her goal weight.  Really?  I don’t know how tall she is.  Erica?  Did you have a chance to look up heights this season?  She is now dating Vance (don’t remember him) from the white team.  She seems very happy.

Next week.  Finally.  I wait all season for it.  Makeover week!!!  Look out Austin.  Can’t wait to see the girls dolled up.  Funny thing is I HATE THE CLOTHES Tim Gunn picks for them.  Hate them.  Always think they could look so much better, but again, they aren’t asking me.  Doesn’t matter, I still love the idea of them sitting in hair and makeup and feeling like…well, appropriate for this week, ROYALTY!  They are the kings and queens in my book.

We then watched most of The Voice, which we both thought was really disappointing, after all the hype it has been getting.  Disappointing and confusing.

Erica was kind enough to send me the TV schedule for the rest of the season and it looks like this:

5/3 – 8-9p (1 hour only)

5/10 – 9-11p (2 hrs)

5/17 – 9-11p (2 hrs)

5/24 – 9-11p (2 hrs season finale)

Will probably return the week of 9/19.

Thanks, Erica.  Thanks everyone for stopping in.  When I wake up in the morning and I find mail or a comment like the one I did from Lynne, in North Carolina, I am humbled and reminded that even if I say ONE thing on here that resonates with a reader, helps facilitate some change or adds in any way to the peace/fitness/health or happiness of someone’s life, my time is well spent.  Thanks Carol for sending the petition against the dog fighting app by Google.  I love the geniuses at Google, but I really love dogs.   If you are interested in reading the whole article, email me and I will send it to you, but if you love dogs and are against dog fighting, you can simply sign this:  contact Google right now and ask the company to remove the Dog Wars app immediately.

Fredda, I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain with many tears at the end.   If you love animals the way we do, you may really enjoy this book.  I warn you that it will make you cry and even though it is fiction, you will want to believe everything that the main character, Enzo the dog, (a bigredretriever) says.  Very interesting reading a book from an animal’s point of view.

**I will be at TFC for morning aerobics class, then after training a client I will be at Bally for SilverSneakers and senior fitness.  I know many are going to see Water for Elephants instead of class, today.  ENJOY the movie and each other.  Stay tuned for any updates.  Know that one week from Monday, May 9th,  we relocate to Tamarac Fitness Center for 11:30 M/W/F classes.  Additional classes to be added as needed.

From Birthday to Earth Day and Back to Birthday

Birthdays (retailer)
Happy Birthday, Mitch!!!!

As this holiday filled month continues, I am going to make today’s entry short and sweet so that I can spend a few extra minutes with the birthday boy, Mitch, this morning, before I head to my morning of work.  I will NOT be teaching tonight, so that we can celebrate together as we have for the past 30 birthdays.

Don’t forget, Biggest Loser is just one hour tonight and we get to see some of our past season “friends,” return.  Tara, Ali and Sam will all be back and I can’t wait to see how they are looking…especially, Sam 🙂  Then the voice airs at 9, which I think will be a good show with a great cast.  Anything Cee Lo is part of, I am in for.  Since BL is just one hour, it makes me think there will be no elimination and that next week might be the makeover show, as I have always thought 7 contestants make it to makeover week, and there are 7 left, now.

Carol, I am glad you took advantage of the Fusion Fitness Groupon!  You will love your sessions there!  And yes, what a great deal.  Mitch and I used another Falafel Bistro Groupon yesterday…such a deal!  I think my stomach is having a hard time this morning with my quinoa salad…I have heard that from others and never noticed before but now that I am aware, I think I have a hard time with it, too, BUT I love it!    Carole, thanks for making Mitch’s birthday more special, always!  Fredda, I finished the book and I just stopped crying.  What a beautiful ending.  (The Art of Racing in the Rain)  Rita and I were emailing yesterday about drying fresh herbs…anyone know the best technique?

I am off to combine some peace and fitness with some of my favorite people.  Then it’s time to do some celebrating with my hubby!

**Good job by my SilverSneakers students getting out to Tamarac and registering yourselves.  We are all set for our first class on Monday May 9 at 11:30.  We will still be together at Bally tomorrow and Monday and Wednesday of next week.  Once we move over to TFC the schedule will be Mon/Wed 11:30 with me and Friday at 11:30 with Carol.  Hopefully we will have a big turnout and add more classes as needed.

Groupons, Groups, Greens and More

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend and a very happy Easter Sunday.

Looking for something to do with all the veggies in your produce bin?  Cut them up into somewhat similar sizes or shapes and mix them in a big bowl with olive oil, fresh herbs, or a mix like Braggs herbs, and salt if you absolutely must.  Spread them out on a tray and roast them in a hot oven (between 400 and 450) for up to an hour, mixing half way through and checking regularly after about 40 minutes.  Some caramelize, others crisp up and some get nice and soft and mushy.  It is a great way to create many flavors with one dish and also a great way to clean out your produce bin…and your belly, trust me!  Last night I made brussel sprouts, string beans, eggplant, zucchini and one sweet potato and it was delish!  You honestly can use ANY veggies you have, so this really is NOT a recipe, just an idea.

This picture shows  (uncooked) veggies with tofu…I haven’t done that in a long time, but I will be soon!!!

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If you are local and want to take advantage of a fantastic deal, I see that my friend

Debbie Wolff of Fusion Fitness and Yoga is the Groupon of the day, with a fantastic savings.  Her intimate studio on Sample Road offers the widest range of classes that I have seen anywhere.  From TRX to Brazilian Butt Lifts, Yoga, spinning and so much more, check it out either by going to Groupon or visiting her site directly by clicking the link on the link page on this site.  Groupon often appears as a Google ad right here on the homepage of peaceandfitness.  If you aren’t a member, you are definitely missing out on great local deals wherever YOU are.   Reminds me that I still have Groupons for Falafel Bistro and that puts a smile on my Monday morning face.

With a million ways to find fun in our much needed daily fitness routines, I am excited to be buying Mitch a bicycle for his (tomorrow) birthday.  With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, it should be a great compliment to the running and walking he has been doing regularly.  It is really important to our health and our fitness goals as well, that we remember to mix things ups!  Pounding on our feet every day doesn’t make sense.  I know that getting in the pool is exactly what my body needs to burn some extra calories in a way that is different from what I do at the gym. It also gives my muscles a chance to get loose and say ahhhh.

For now, it’s time to get ready for classes.  I will be at Tamarac Fitness this morning and at Bally for 11:30 and 12:30 SilverSneakers classes.  Speaking of Silver Sneakers:

** Since I still have not gotten a call back from 24 Hour Fitness, I am scheduling 11:30 SilverSneakers classes both Monday and Wednesday at Tamarac Fitness Center (TFC)  beginning May 9th.  I do NOT want us to miss a beat, so those that are registered will be all ready to make the move with me.  If you havent already registered, and plan on coming to class, get in an register soon. With only 30 chairs, I am not sure how it will work out, but I promise that Ron and Wendie WILL add classes as needed.  This will be a one week at a time schedule until we really see how many classes are needed to accommodate the amount of people coming.  That first week I will NOT turn people away–we will share chairs or something?!?!  As for Carol’s schedule, you will have to check with her or with Ron at TFC to see if it will be a Thursday or Friday class.  I realize that some of you will be going to 24 Hour Fitness in 2 weeks and I encourage you to take Andrea’s class on Tuesday and Lauren’s class on Thursday.  Maybe at some point I will have a class there, as well, but at present they aren’t biting.  I will keep you posted.  The most important thing is that you know how important working out is for you and that you keep it up!!!

Do keep in mind that all the ads that you see on this site are sponsored by the geniuses at Google and they are not only safe and secure, but also very relevant to the topics we discuss.  Thanks for all the emails and for stopping in to peaceandfitness.  Have an awesome day!

All Things are Possible

While some of us are observing Passover, the miracles of avoiding the plagues, the hope that things can be better and all people can be free, others are, today, celebrating Easter and the idea of rebirth and starting anew.  Regardless of what our religious beliefs are (or aren’t at all) I love the idea that both of these holidays focus on possibilities that are bigger than what we can see with our eyes.  Hope, promise and being reborn work so well in the month of April, and in the season of spring!  As we watch grass and leaves return to their gorgeous shades of green, see flowers bloom and fruit mature,  inhale the sweet smell of lilies and gardenias, not only are our senses reborn but we are reminded that all things are possible.

If you want to see some gorgeously hand-painted Easter cookies (and more) visit sweetsbynicole.com (her site is work in progress) and check out the cookies she hopped on over to Kyle’s office this week.  Hopefully, one holiday (very) soon, her yummy and beautifully decorated sweets and treats will be available to the masses.  Wishing Nicole and her family (and Kyle, too) a very happy Easter.

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Every Action

Sir Isaac Newton
Image via Wikipedia

This week, it seems that no matter what else I try to focus on or write about, the ripple effect and how we live each day, keeps coming front and forward in my brain!  Because some of us seem to always be on the same page, Rita (thank you!) mentioned in comment that she shared the following video (or some version of it) with her college students this week.  After watching it this morning, I thought I would share it with all of you.  I am having a hard time getting the link to work this morning, but you can view this video at

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

As you continue to move through this holiday week and weekend, I hope you will consider how each and every action has a reaction.  This is not some ethereal supposition, but in fact science that has been accepted as truth since the days of Sir Isaac Newton (1687!)  Never, ever think that what you do doesn’t matter or effect the world around you.  YOU matter more than you think!

Remember that every day is Earth day.  Every day we have a chance to say and do the things we might have missed yesterday.  Have a wonderful Saturday.  Get in some fitness, a lot of peace and don’t forget the butterflies and ripples.  Much love.

 

From Birthday to Earth Day

Earth Day
Image by AlicePopkorn via Flickr

As if April and spring weren’t already filled with so much to celebrate, today we celebrate OUR Earth (and for many, Good Friday, while others are still in the throws of Passover).  Yesterday we talked about the ripple effect and how just one act can change the whole world.  A Billion Acts of Green is the theme of this year’s Earth Day, suggesting that if we each did just one thing to improve our environment, the ripple effect would be created and felt by all.  “Millions of people doing small, individual acts can add up to real change,” said Chad Chitwood, a spokesman for a group coordinating Earth Day efforts. While individuals can pledge to do something small but sustainable in their own lives at act.earthday.org/ this pledge can also be simply made to one’s self.

There are so many big and small things we can do from switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (which, I know in my house, has freed up a lot of time for Mitch, who has the job in this house, of changing lightbulbs, as they never seem to need to be changed anymore!) to reducing the amount of pesticides and other toxic chemicals.  Simple things like being more mindful to what can be recycled or shaving one minute off of your shower time really DOES make a difference.

I honor Mother Nature and our Earth daily.  This year I feel great about our home’s  increasing efforts to recycle, our totally pesticide and chemical free gardens and our composting bins!  It is truly amazing how much goes into that bin, yet it never gets full!!!  Piles of leaves that would have otherwise made their way to garbage bags on the curb, daily coffee grinds and the filter, ALL our vegetable and fruit peelings and scraps, all in that one 20 pound bin and still so much more room to just keep filling.  Today I will pledge to be a little more aware of the paper that I am using, because I have room for improvement, in that department.

What will you to do decrease your carbon footprint on this Earth that we will leave behind to our love ones, someday.  For the sake of our home and the people that will continue to reside here over the decades to come, I hope you will consider making just  one change, knowing that the ripple effect will be enormous.

**Thanks to my students who keep going the distance to try and help me put this SilverSneakers change into effect.  I appreciate your calls and emails and your letting me know about your experiences at 24 Hour Fitness.  Thanks, also for continuing to register down in Tamarac, where MANY of you now have!  Ron called me yesterday and said he is ready to start a 3 day a week class schedule.  It looks like, at this point, I will start with a Monday/Wednesday class, most likely at 11:30.  Check with Carol to see if she will be doing Thursday or Friday.  This is only the beginning.  As more classes are needed, they will be added accordingly.  Equipment is ordered and I would say, tentatively, that we should be good to start on Monday May 9.  It may be a little crazy getting started, but I am confident that together, we will make it all fall into place.  Thanks for your incredible support.

I Am…

Here it is not only VFT, but also Kyle’s 24th birthday.  How does THAT happen?  Whatever you dream, Kyle Zipp, I hope those dreams come true.  So far, I would say you are doing pretty well in the “realizing dreams” department!

Yesterday I watched Oprah and saw someone else talking about their dreams coming true.  A new movie called I Am opens and the producer, Tom Shadyak,who earlier made his mark when he cast a young Jim Carrey in his first (and subsequently many other) movie.  Shadyak became quiet famous, and quiet RICH.  He had a gorgeous mansion with 17 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms and everything he could want for, but still he felt a void.  He wanted more and what he wanted couldn’t be bought.

I am always impacted by a simple line in a Cher song that says “we’ve got more than enough,” and in a similar line from an old Monkeys song that says “how much do we really need?”  If you know me at all, you know that I am far from a materialistic girl.  I think I live below my means and think that I DO have more than enough.  With a great life partner, 2 healthy and mentally solid grown sons, friends,  a business that I love, a dog, a cat, a home, a car…I have WAY more than enough.  Watching Shadyak talk and talk about how he changed up his life, sold the house, downsized to a 2/2 with an office in the back for working and unencumbered himself from all his THINGS, I thought of how many gazillions of people have way too much, and many more gazillions don’t have nearly enough.  I have never felt this is right and I am thrilled that he is bringing this to the big screen.  His message is basically that if we “take” just what we need, there will be plenty left to fill the world and balance out this horrific inequity.  He clearly lets us know how much better and easier life is for him, with less, too.  I have always felt the more we have, the heavier our load to carry it all.  Less is definitely MORE!!!

Shadyak talks a lot about the ripple effect.  I have given so much thought to the ripple effect these past 6 months, but this put a MUCH more positive spin on it.  While I came to realize how one bad choice could impact so much of life and so many people, Shadyak points out just the opposite…how one small act can cause a positive ripple effect that goes beyond our wildest dreams.  We saw how in 2003,  3 young college friends from California set out on a road trip to Uganda.  Once there, they witnessed the otrosity of children being kidnapped and turned into child soldiers.  These children (or nightwalkers) would travel in massive packs trying to get away from their abductors, and mostly just trying to stay alive.  The 3 students, so impacted by what they saw, filmed footage, came back to our country and brought the story to the attention of the rest of the world.  The film Invisible Children, has not only been viewed by an estimated 5 million people, plus, but has also sparked a non-profit organization, mobilizing thousands of American teens into action to raise money to rebuild war-torn schools in northern Uganda and provide scholarships to African youth.  3 kids on a college adventure…ripple effect, enormous.

Shadyak and Oprah spent some time talking about the vagus nerve.  Without getting into physiology too much, it is the nerve that is “touched” when you feel a pang in your heart, your eyes well up and you get that “feeling.”  The kind of feeling you get when you watch a touching story, good or bad.  We all experience that as it really is our nature to want EVERYONE to be ok.  Humans, like dogs, cats and other animals are truly compassionate beings.  Sometimes we just need to take a giant step back from all the external “stuff” in our lives, to allow ourselves to truly feel.

I hope you will consider doing just one positive thing today.   Just changing the way we do ONE thing can have a ripple effect, the likes of which we could never even imagine.

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If you have a chance, check out the trailers for I Am… Ask yourself who you REALLY are and what makes you TRULY complete.  In finishing the sentence I am…on this vegan feast Thursday, I can definitely say I am a women who feels so much more at peace eating the way I do, then the way I once did.  I am also a women that understands that less is definitely more.  You finish the sentence, now and have an awesome day.

**SilverSneakers update:  I spoke with our class member, Jerry Gordon, yesterday after classes.  He was at 24 Hour Fitness and had just spoken with a corporate rep at the home office in California.  He said it could take a few days, but someone should be calling me to discuss the situation.   As for Tamarac Fitness Center, we have placed an equipment order and are ready to get started…I am just holding out to see if I hear from 24, before I make a definite schedule.  I definitely am going to do a Monday and Wednesday class in Tamarac (and Carol on Thursday) to start, but am holding off on the exact class time, until I hear (or don’t) back from 24.  Somehow I would love to be able to be in both places so that I can see ALL OF YOU, just can’t be two places at one time so have to give it a few days before I make a definite schedule, but I am still looking at that 11:30ish hour in Tamarac at this point.  I AM DEFINITELY going to be teaching SS in Tamarac, so get in and register soon!  Tell Ron or Wendie I sent you.

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