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(800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP)
To all of you, I wish you a very safe New Year’s Eve followed by a happy, healthy, peaceful, productive and fit 2013. Give some thought to all those goals you want to achieve in the coming months and then let’s all get busy making them happen.
Happy 29th to our amazing son, Derek, who I now affectionately refer to as California Boy. While this year is the first one we celebrate our special days on two opposite sides of the country, my kids are always right in my heart, where they will always stay, even as they spread their wings and fly (and they do it so well). Wishing you an awesome birthday, Derek Zipp. All good things for you on this last year in your 20s! Have fun with Jolene… I know she will make it very special. Celebrate all that you are. We certainly do, every day.
What a great story about the wealthy guy who dresses up as Batman and drives around in his $300,000 Batmobile, visiting with sick children all across the country. Lenny B. Rpbinson, you ARE a real life superhero and the world is a far better place because of you. You may have heard of him earlier this year when he got pulled over in his last Batmobile, a black Lamborghini (because his license plate had a bat symbol on it). The new Batmobile, built from scratch, has a legitimate plate on it. After the video showing his encounter with the sheriff’s deputy went viral, Robinson knew he found his purpose. “I have a responsibility to be this person, and to do the thing I’m doing. I intend to do this for as long as I can,” said 49 year-old Robinson…or was that Batman?
I am sure my kids appreciate this story and I am sure that all the kids touched by this superhero are just a bit happier than they were before his visit. Just as Ann Curry is challenging us to do 26 random acts of kindness (1 for each of the victims of the Newtown massacre) this guy has taken kindness to a whole new level…but superheros come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and we ALL have a chance to go out there and perform our own random acts of kindness. If we all do our part, imagine what a wonderful new year lies ahead…
While I was pouring my decaf this morning, it dawned on me that the physician I blogged about yesterday, is the same one who suggested I get myself off of caffeine due to my elevated heart-rate at a visit a couple of years ago. If it were only elevated at the time of the visit, I wouldn’t have listened, but during menopause I was waking up with palpitations on a regular basis (as well as having them during the day). I decided giving up my too much caffeine was a great place to start and within 3 days of weaning I was caffeine free. My heart rate came down 15-20 beats a minute. That’s a lot! So it’s only fair to give credit where it’s due. I have never missed the caffeine, and actually feel that I have as much or more energy than ever (and there are no caffeine “come down” slumps) and I know I did my heart a big favor by making it NOT have to pump so many times!
If you are looking for more energy, a very simple tip is to adjust your posture. Just standing up straight will help you breathe more efficiently giving you an instant energy boost. Additionally, you will look thinner when you aren’t slouching and also give off an aura of confidence…and we all know when we look better, we feel better.
I will be at TFC subbing Ellen’s 8:30 cardio/weights/mat class as well as her 10:00 SilverSneakers class and my own 11:30 SilverSneakers class. All classes are cancelled tomorrow and Ellen will be subbing for me on Monday.
Remember to set your biostat and repeat the mantra…”Every day, in every way, I will improve my physical and mental capacity.” Best way I know how to do that is thru physical exercise and I am off to get me some and hope that you find time in this day to get you some, too!
Last week Mitch went to his family doctor for a routine exam, right here in “our town”. As part of the exam, he was asked appropriate questions about his lifestyle. When asked about his eating, he answered that he eats pretty healthfully, because he does, after all, live with me, lol. He mentioned that I was a vegan and hence he doesn’t eat a lot of meat, maybe once a week. The response was….and I wish this was a joke…he needs to eat MORE meat (I believe 3 times a week was mentioned) in order to get his vitamin B12. The doctor went on to say meat is the only place we can get vitamin B12 from.
Needless to say, I was really upset, and I still am. For so many reasons. Did his physician not check his chart and see that he works hard to keep his cholesterol at bay so he doesn’t need statins (as she suggested he take years ago, but he deals with his wonderful cardiologist on this issue)? But way, way beyond Mitch’s personal health, does this doctor who is handing out nutritional advice really believe that meat is the only place we can find our vitamin b12? Though it is true that we get our B12 from animal products (fish, seafood, cheese, milk, and more) it is not exclusive to meat, by any means. It’s one thing to confront a vegan about this all important vitamin (which I personally get in a supplement which I probably don’t need because a staple in my kitchen is a product called nutritional yeast (which has a cheese-like taste) and I sprinkle it on veggies, soup, popcorn, and much more–there are also many fortified foods such as cereals and drinks—but to suggest a carnivore would be low in this vitamin is just absurd! Makes me wonder if the doc would like to see more people on statins…just saying.
You may notice that I have not mentioned the doc’s name, or even gender. I would never do that on a public forum because it goes against my soul, and is horrible karma. The truth is this physician has a very good reputation in the community and is well respected. This makes the whole thing even sadder. This doctor could be your doctor or it could be ANY doctor. They get about a semester of schooling on nutrition and that is so, so sad. Time and time again, study after study, we are finding that most of the big diseases can be avoided by leaning into a plant-based diet. Why would anyone in 2012/13 suggest eating more meat?
I am currently considering doing some workshops on why leaning into a plant-based diet might be for YOU. The longer I remain on one, the better I feel and the better my blood work. After donating blood last week, I learned my cholesterol had dropped another 10 points or so since my last donation just a couple of months ago. It was never high and because of my 30 years of teaching exercise, my ratio has always been very good, but now it is down to 176. If you are struggling with your weight, your cholesterol, your blood pressure, stress, your complexion, even your happiness level…or just about any aspect of your well-being…leaning into a plant-based diet might be just what your doctor should be suggesting, but sadly isn’t. Get behind the wheel and drive your own health. While I have done enormous amounts of research on this topic, it is my own evolution that makes me feel so convicted.
Be smart and never assume that just because they have a Dr. in front of their names, they have all or even the correct answers, all the time. There are so many great books out there. The China Study will always be my favorite. I am currently reading the Veganist by Kathy Freston, (thank you Derek and Jolene). I am thankful to Derek, his crazy vegan friends and Kathy Freston for teaching me so much about living on a plant-based diet. It’s time for all of us to realize that our health is directly related to what we eat and our movement…aka diet and exercise.
Yes, my name is Bonni and I am a “veganist,” and it is definitely working for me…and can for you,too. Stay tuned for more and consider, at least on this VFT, a plant-based meal, or even 2 or 3. If you know someone that can benefit from this, please pass it on and make it a great day.
Hope, wherever you are, you had a magical Christmas. Today, after a long eating and drinking weekend/holiday, there are two paths we can choose from—one path, the path of jumping back into some cleaner eating and exercise–will burn off those extra holiday calories just in time for the next long holiday weekend. The second path—the one that says, “what the heck, I can just keep this up and jump back in after New Years is the one that will find us in tears when we get on that scale next Wednesday. We can each make the choice that seems best for us. I just got on the scale and the damage isn’t horrible. Since I have to go to the gym and teach these next few days anyway, I am going to also watch my eating and hope to wipe out the birthday/Christmas damage, before the next weekend comes along. If I can stick to that plan I will feel pretty good moving into the new year…and I have some hula hooping to add to my 2013 fitness, thanks to Carole. I can’t wait to finally watch the video this week (though trust me I have been picking up the hoop and giving it a few whirls each time I walk past it).
“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there’s still time to change the road your on…” Whatever path YOU choose, I hope that it finds YOU at peace. I’ll be at the gym for 8:30 cardio and 11:30 SilverSneakers classes. Mitch and I have been busy working on some goals for 2013 and the best just might be yet to come. Much love to you all.
Good morning. At this very time, Santa is checking his list for the last time. I certainly hope you are on his “nice,” list and peace is what he brings you! I will be at the gym this morning for 8:30 cardio/mat mix…10 am SilverSneakers (subbing for Ellen) and 11:30 SilverSneakers, too. Maybe I will see you this morning…or tonight…or right back here, tomorrow. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are…enjoy the magic that is Christmas. Much love…
And thanks to everyone who made my birthday so extra special. Amidst all the chaos of the holiday season, you all went out of your way with with gifts of incredibly thoughtful presents, beautiful words and TIME. Thanks to Kyle and Nicole for coming to spend the night with us and don’t worry, Derek, I got that extra hug from your brother. Though I NEVER wish time away, I look forward to a spring fling with all our kids.
Though I am certain the world will NOT come to any kind of end, today, we are about to experience some changes…as we move from fall to winter, our temperatures here in South Florida are about to dip about 30 or 40 degrees. That’s enough to make anyone stop and become aware of change in the air. But much more important that the season or the weather is the change that WE can make, together, but putting our energy and attention on the same things. This quote seems to reflect my feelings and I could never, ever say it as well as this guy…
“The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is the set. ” ~H.H.The Dalai Lama