Still Crying.

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWJwOxn2D27HRXfXLHA53-Tp7r1Rv7yFnKsH-QE9OFD6uPQONvEgIt would be nice if BL could accommodate my schedule and air on a different night.  Then I could watch the show at it’s scheduled time, and have some time the next morning to blog about it.  But since this isn’t the case, and I am so upset about last night’s elimination, I am going to keep this short and to the point.  Contestants went home for a couple of weeks.  They had to lose 5% of their body weight at the next weigh in to be granted immunity.  Those that fell short, were eligible for elimination if they were on the team that lost the least.  Once home, they competed in a rowing contest, winner getting $10,000.  Chism won by 7 seconds!  I was so happy.  Then, everyone came back for last chance workout (which was a good one) and the weigh in.  On the red team, only Mark and Kim fell below.  On the black team…which lost the weigh in…only Chism fell below and was automatically eliminated.  Needless to say, I hated this (I think almost everyone did) and I cried a lot, for him and his dad who desperately wanted to change places with him.  His dad looks awesome and clearly could have gone home and done well.  At least Chism went home with the $10,ooo and hopefully will be ultra successful at home and come back for $100,000 more. The worst part of the show was that they changed the end and instead of showing the contestant at home as they are now, we have to log into NBC.com to see them.  I didn’t and I probably wont. A 2 hour show is enough, even in as much as I love watching it.

If you watched the news last night or this morning, or checked the newspaper or Internet, by now you know the FDA has come around and will be adding a new warning (or two) to the labels of statin drugs such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor.  Yes, they can raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss.   Listen, all drugs have side effects and these would be no different.  Disclosure is important so people can make their own decisions.  These drugs can be life savers if you have heart disease and Steven Nissan, chief of cardiology at Cleveland Clinic says that “if you are at a high risk, a stating may be warranted.”  That they are the biggest-selling prescription medicine, with more than 20 million Americans taking some form of one.  That has helped sales of these drugs top the $130 billion mark.  As with all drugs, the pros and cons must be considered and the public has a right to know what those pros and cons are!  Amy Egan, director for safety in the FDA’s division of  metabolism and endocrinology products said “Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of the side effects.”  Apparently, it has been know for 4 years that statins slightly increase blood sugar.

Personally, if I had heart disease, I would try everything in my power to stave it off (or reverse it if possible) with diet and exercise.  I have witnessed the  unbelievable reversal of many, many diseases in my 30 years at the gym.  My seniors teach me more than I could ever teach them.  Additionally, I realize that a vegan diet is not for everyone, but I do think, combined with some daily exercise,  is the answer to  most of what’s ailing our society.  Sorry, I had to say  it.

Whatever you believe, just do your homework.  Make decisions that are best for you and allow you to put your head down on your pillow at night, knowing you are making the best decision for YOU.

My heart continues to go out to the families suffering such tragedy in Ohio.  These stories are about as sad as it gets.  Please remember how fragile life is and make the most of your day.  Much love.

 

The Fiber of Our Lives

Lets jump right in and talk about the fiber of our lives.  By now most of us know we need ample amounts to keep our digestive system working well.  In response to several questions I have gotten about the specifics of fiber, I will try to sum up.  Fiber comes from plants.  Seeds, beans, peas, oats, rye, chia, barley, flax, hemp, fruits, vegetables, nuts, all contain either soluble or insoluble fiber…or both and we need both.  Fiber is not only good for our digestive system and the diseases that ail it, like Crohns, ulcerative colitis diverticulitis, and hemorrhoids ,but also reduces the risk of cancers, including colon cancer, improves glucose tolerance and insulin response, helps reduce hypertension and heart disease, decreases high blood cholesterol and increases satiety and hence, helps with weight management!  Sadly, on average, North Americans consume less than 50% of the recommended levels for “good health.”  In youths, the number is probably closer to 20%, a contributing factor in childhood obesity.  In the USA the recommendation for adults is to consume 20-35 grams of fiber every day.  To figure the right amount for children, take their age and add 5, so for example, a four-year-old would require 9 grams a day.  When adding fiber to your diet, do it slowly…adding a few more grams each week, otherwise your tummy will definitely not be happy!  Also remember you must drink adequate amounts of water.  This is paramount, and too many of us aren’t doing that, either, but today is as good a day as any, to start!

I am disturbed watching the news this morning.  Of course, the tragedy in Ohio is disturbing to all of us and my heart goes out to the families of the victims as well as the shooter.  Ever since I helped Kyle with his paper on Columbine, I have been even more sensitive to the senseless tragedies of random shooting on school campuses.  Everything about it saddens me, including how desperate one has to feel to commit this type of act of violence.  My wish is that the families and the community find some sort of peace in the midst of this heartbreak.

On the health watch, this mornings news also reported that people that take sleeping pills increase their chances of death by 4 times.  Not necessarily as a result of the pills, but 4 times, nonetheless.  I think a good night’s sleep is really important to our health, but I am not sure taking a pill to get their is worth the trade off.   Whatever happened to the old adage that we didn’t need as much sleep as we got older?  I only had 5 hours last night, but I am pretty sure I will function better through the day that I would with a sleeping pill “hangover.”  Just saying.

On the subject of fitness, I have found myself having lots of interesting conversations about what types of exercise work best for us.  Some are committed to their Pilates routines and some cardio and no longer want any part of weight machines or free weights, loving the grace and kindness to our bodies that Pilates provides.  Others a devout yogis…can’t blame them!  Some are way over on the other end, doing MMA,(mixed martial arts) Crossfit and bootcamp programs.  Many are in between and some mix it all up!  As I am continued to ask which is best, my answer remains the same….whichever one you enjoy and will do is best for YOU.   Some have noticed that my classes  may be ramped up some days, and much less so, others.  They may be more high intensity cardio at one class, and slower cardio with more weights another.  There may be more muscle isolation one day, and more “functional,” work another.  One student recently commented on the mix, while another thought I had ramped things up, lately.  No ramping, just mixing!  What may be easier for one, may be more challenging for another.  Realistically, sometimes my classes are a direct result of how much energy I have that day or influenced by the kind of music I am in the mood to listen to.  I am all about mixing things up as much as possible because that helps prevent overuse injuries, stagnation and boredom but not everyone gets bored with their workouts and not everyone likes all disciplines.  Though I strongly encourage everyone to get in their cardio, some form of strength training and do promote yoga and Pilates because I think they are so good for our overall health  I, realize we don’t all love every form of fitness.  I, for one, am not Bonni Kickboxer, or Spinning girl Bonni.   I believe I have enough variety and we all can find the right balance if we keep trying different things.  If you “do what you like and like what you do,” life is good!

In fact, that quote is exactly what my license plate frame reads.  Thanks to Mitch for getting that for me some years back.  I love it because it truly says what I believe makes for a happy life.  Do what you love…love what you do.  Don’t be looking for that frame on my little white car anymore, though.  After a nine year love affair, the time has come to make a change.  Thanks again, Mitch, for all you did to help make that cute  little red mini my new ride.  Your follow through under pressure is always impressive and appreciated!  And on that note, I am off to start a long day of fitness, by first walking the naturalredhead and then giving my new car a bath, before heading off to class #1.  Biggest Loser tonight.  It’s bound to have a good week, soon!

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Oscar Who?

Crazy busy weekend.  Great to see friends.  Congrats to Justin for completing the Spartan Races on Saturday.  (Talk about crazy!)  I would love to talk up last night’s award’s show, but alas the only two dresses I really saw were the ones that JLo and Cameron Diaz were wearing.  It’s hard to say anything bad about either of those woman.  Then, sleep called, and I willingly answered.  I am so sorry for leaving you, Oscar.  Now it’s off to start my work day.  Make it a magnificent Monday.   Can you believe February is almost over already?  Congrats to Ery and Jeff who get a REAL anniversary this leap year 🙂  Congrats to Alison and Stefany on their new jobs.  Things are looking up locally and globally.  That’s something we should all be celebrating.  More homes selling, less unemployment.  If we could just stay away from the gas pumps as much as possible…..I have an idea.  How about we walk, jog, run, skip, bike, skate, etc., just a little more…that might just bring us all a little more peace…and fitness!

Hug it Out

Free Hugs KLCC 2007

“One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.”

–Steve Maraboli, Life,the Truth, and Being Free

Small Change

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As some of you already know, a few years ago I slipped in mud and did a major job on my left hamstring.  I actually heard the tear as my body did a full split.  Luckily, I was able to rehabilitate it on my own, and after a couple of months I was able to do most everything with it.  From paying attention to lots of gentle stretching on that side, I actually have more flexibility in that leg, than the other.  Recently I have been revisiting some equipment in the gym, and have noticed that when I do hamstring curls, that leg does not have nearly the strength as my right leg.  Three days later, I am still feeling the soreness in the stronger leg and next to none in the apparently weaker one.  Certainly tells me that my right leg was doing most of the work to curl the weights.

Moral of the story.  Cross training.  I pretty much figured between aerobics, weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, walking, running, swimming, I had everything covered.  Silly me.  As soon as you do something, you impact different muscle fibers and everything is new again.  While we may very well be on a fitness program that is working just fine for us, never underestimate how much small changes can make big differences. This certainly doesn’t just apply to our workouts…it seems to apply to most all aspects of our lives.

Have a sensational Saturday.  Consider just one small change in your life that may just make all the difference in the world.

 

What’s on Your Menu?

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it is VFT again.  They sure do roll around quickly and I am working hard on keeping them inexpensive and somewhat healthy!  Last night I made a pot of yellow split pea soup and a bean salad that I saw on the food network this week. I put some vinegar and oil into a bowl and threw in some chopped red onion, scallions, hot peppers, chick peas, black beans, and cannellini beans (canned beans, rinsed well and drained) spiced it up a bit with ground pepper and garlic powder and it’s been sitting in the fridge overnight, but first Mitch and I had some with dinner and it was very good.   Adding a diced up ripe, red, tomato from the garden will add that fresh garden feeling and some nice color, before serving it tonight, along side a regular garden salad.  I am going to try a garlic mashed cauliflower (instead of potato) casserole and roast up whatever other veggies are in the fridge and “must-go” as well as use up the overly ripe bananas, in a freshly baked banana bread.  It feels really good to make an entire meal from food that already exists in the pantry, fridge, freezer, and fruit bowl and the VFT guests definitely appreciate not only being fed, but knowing they are helping using up food that might have otherwise ended up discarded!  We all hate throwing out food, and since getting involved with the soup kitchen, we are even more “aware” than ever.

Major drama in the world of Biggest Loser.  Apparently the remaining 11 contestants boycotted when they learned that eliminated contestants may be returning.  Either the contestants need to learn what it took me years to…it’s a TV show about weight loss…not a weight loss journey, televised.  OR…the drama is a ploy to appeal to the many who are missing daytime soap operas, hoping to boost the now low ratings.  Apparently, since Jillian left the show, it’s been a downhill slide.  My guess is it’s all about the ratings, but that is just a guess.  Erica…any insight?

Much of the country is experiencing temperatures WAY above what’s normal for this time of year.  My naturally redheaded buddy and I are out to get in our morning walk while it’s still cool enough.  Hoping wherever you are, you, too, can take advantage of some fresh air and vitamin D, something too many of us seem to be lacking.  As you travel through this VFT, perhaps you can consider a plant-based meal (which I promise you will feel good about) and taking 5 minutes out for some peaceful meditation, such as Shivo Hum.  Bringing attention to what makes us well, will definitely help keep us from the alternative!

 

 

 

 

 

The Season of Discontent

Good morning.  I opted to hit the snooze button and get a little more zzzzzzs this morning, which means a short and sweet (can I say sweet when talking about this season of BL?) entry…so here goes.  The show opens with Alison bringing the contestants a birthday cake to celebrate Buddy’s day, but we all know that birthday cakes are not part of their eating plan and a temptation challenge awaits.  Alison leads the contestants to a room with a huge round rotating table, filled with all of their favorite foods.  As if I don’t dislike temptation challenges enough, this one opens with Alison asking who likes the venison, and a discussion about deer meat follows.  In my brain, I don’t really find deer meet any more offensive than the meat of a cow or a lamb or a pig, but whatever.  We learn that they will each get 3 minutes alone in the room and the person who eats the most calories will be able to change the teams up how ever they want.  Wow.  Bonus is, no one will know who ate what or how much.

5 people end up eating, and Daphne decides she will eat as much as she can to try to guarantee the win.  I don’t blame her.  She is such an underdog.  She eats 18 peanut butter cups for a total of 1890 calories and does win the challenge.  The single change that is made to the teams is the swap of Conda and Jeremy.  While who won is supposed to be a secret, these people are stupid, they just have some weight to lose!  They know it is Daphne and she keeps denying it.  Everyone is pissed.  Drama drama drama.  Lots of tears and bitching.  Then the weekly challenge which is a puzzle (again) with each piece weighing 200 pounds.  Once again, so unfair.  One team has lots of men, one team has just one.  Red team wins, easily and their prize is that each contestant on the team gets two weeks at the BL Resort, working out with Ramon and other past success stories!

There are several interactions between the trainers and their contestants, but this viewer chose the fast forward mode.  Daphne picks up on how much bread her teammates are eating and wonders if they are trying to throw the weigh in hoping to send her home.  We quickly learn from Chris that this is true, but they are risking Daphne winning the weigh in, giving her immunity and sending someone else home, probably Chris, herself.  There is also a 5.9 mile hike to Subway for breakfast with Dolvett and his team.  Really?  If I am hiking 6 miles for my breakfast, it definitely is not going to be Subway….

At some point, Daphne does come clean about eating the most calories and making the switch.  It really doesn’t matter in the end.

At the weigh in, Red Team blows up the scale with Jeremy and Buddy both taking off double digit numbers and everyone else dropping nice chunks of weight for a total loss of 43 pounds.  Nice job.  Black team will need to lose 54 pounds to beat them.  They didn’t have to eat SO much bread as they only lost a total of 33 pounds and everyone knows they have thrown it.  Ironically, Daphne threw it, too.  She has obviously had enough of the entire toxic situation and put on 2 pounds easily turning off her fridge light and sending her home.  Good news for her is she was VERY successful losing weight at home the first time.  There was so much drama in the elimination room, matching the rest of the show…I have renamed this season, The Season of Discontent (at least for me).  Still I watch….

Next week there is an EMOTIONAL reunion with loved ones as the contestants go home…and the most EMOTIONAL elimination yet.  OIY!

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I knew I was rambling yesterday morning and had to fly off the computer, so thanks to Carol for this link about the kettlebells, as mine did not work….http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/eow-kettlebell-swing

I read a great article about vegan body building via Alicia Silverstone’s site, yesterday.  Although I have never been a bodybuilder, these stories always serve to assure me that I don’t need animal protein to stay fit and keep my body and my muscles happy and healthy.  If you are even remotely curious about any aspects of a plant-based diet, you should definitely check out thekindlife.com.  Part actress, part wife, part multiple dog mommy, part gardener and part blogger, Alicia’s site is always chock full of ideas, recipes and great articles and stories.  If you go to my links page, you can just click on to her site.

I would love to have a sit down with Dr. Oz.  I would love to thank him for bringing people like Drs. Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra and their infinite wisdom to all of us at home.  I would also like to give him a “what-for,” for telling us every day that diet and exercise are the answer and then also teasing us with the miracle supplement of the day.  Look, doc, there either are miracles or there aren’t.  I believe in miracles, but not when it comes to a healthy life style and weight loss!  I am getting pretty tired of watching him promote things that most of us can’t even pronounce, find or afford.  Does he not watch the news?  Do any of us need to feel that there is a miracle out there but we can’t have it?

On the upside, he had Dr. Chopra on again yesterday and I loved what he had to say and share.  Shivo Hum.  An easy enough mantra and meditation to help us all reduce stress and feel more happy and loving.  Free, available to all of us (and needed by all of us) Shivo Hum.  Sitting on the floor with a straight spine and relaxed arms say the words aloud a few times…shivo hum…shivo hum…shivo hum.  Then begin to say it silently and evoke love in your heart by simply thinking about someone you feel love for.  Then keep your awareness on your heart as you ask yourself “what do I want?” and then sit in silent meditation as you focus on the answer or answers to that question for about 5 minutes.  Chopra reminds us that the biggest misconception we have about meditation is that we think we need to stay free of thoughts.  Not true.  Thoughts are natural and will happen.  Acknowledge them and move back to your focus.  Don’t fight the thoughts as that would be counterproductive.

Looking for some extra movement yesterday, I decided to do some cleaning up of my garden and some seed planting in a second garden.  Let’s see how string beans, zucchini and yellow squash do from seed.  Anyway, gardening is always a great way to get in some exercise, fresh air and sunshine….and trust me, they don’t call Florida the “sunshine state” for no reason!

And now it’s time to go water those gardens and get this day moving.  Love the quiet time I get to spend with you each morning.  Thanks for stopping in and spending a little time.  Much love and if I may ask a favor, next time you find yourself saying “I am so hungry,” think about those that REALLY are hungry.  Stay tuned for details about a fundraising class in March to help feed those that are REALLY hungry.  For now pencil in Friday, March 23rd for a destress and decompress session at Tamarac Fitness Center, where Ron and Wendie have been kind enough to allow me to use their club for this event.  Time not scheduled yet, but thinking 6:15ish to 7:30 and a suggested donation of $10 per person– members and non-members welcome.  100% of the money donated at this class will go directly to the All Saints Soup Kitchen in Ft. Lauderdale where the mission is to feed hungry people regardless of their faith, (or lack of it).  More to come about this as details unfold.

Biggest Loser tonight….talk it up in the morning.  Until then, make it a terrific Tuesday!

 

 

Monday Morning Musing

As I go through my morning routine of deleting spam I learned several things this past week…so I apologize to those of you that were new to commenting and didn’t get your comments posted sooner…I also stumbled upon a site for inexpensive hotels in NY and like magic, I was able to book some rooms for an upcoming trip at a very good price!  I will look at my spam comments in a different manor now.  Still a tedious task, one might find gold amongst all their trash. Lesson learned!

Garden update…tomatoes are doing really well.  Last week we ate one that was as tasty, juicy and sweet as it was red, round and perfect.  Carrots seem to be doing well and picked out 2 of them.  Though they weren’t fully grown they made a pretty and tasty addition to that night’s salad.  I will be planting a second garden from seed this month.  Warm weather veggies.  I haven’t done much from seed, but Peter has inspired us, as he is growing EVERYTHING from seed since moving into his house!  Go farmer, Pete. There is a certain kind of magic in watching things grow.

Thanks, Carol, for the recipe for sweet potato veggie burgers.  I made them yesterday but left out the flour and bread crumbs for caloric reasons.  I had one on some whole grain bread and it was good, but I need to work on what will bind them (without adding silly calories) and then I will share some recipes.   Sweet potatoes are getting such a great rap for being one of the single best foods for us, and remember that trainer, Shaun T. from INSANITY, says we should have not 1, but 2 servings a day of this magical food.  My guess is ONE potato IS  often two servings, given the size of some of them!

Did you know that kettlebell swings may be the very thing to help your back troubles?  I would NOT have thought this, but researchers in Canada are finding that the movement of the hips combined with the core work might work to prevent back injury.  Try this link at MensHealth.com/kettlebellswing to watch the perfect swing.  As a a warning, if your back hurts while you are doing them, you are using too heavy of a bell.  As with any new exercises, perfect the form before increasing the load!

Congratulations to Nicole’s parents, LeeAnn and Gary, as they celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, today.  Thirty years is a big deal.  Enjoy.  Our kids definitely know the meaning of commitment!

And speaking of 30 years and committment…I am off to the gym.  See you there…or here!  Make it a magical Monday everyone…if you are lucky enough to have the day off, it’s already magical!

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