Charlotte’s Story in the Miami Herald

The reporter tells me that her editor tells her that the story will be in TOMORROW’s paper.  That’s the Tuesday Miami Herald…Tropical Living section.  Just a head’s up since we thought it would be yesterday and then thought it might be next Sunday….This is what I was told so we’ll see tomorrow!

The Secret to the Age Old Weight Loss Question…and a Little Motivation

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If you know me, or read my blog, you know I am much softer than the above quote.  But it’s true!  Stop looking for secrets and start moving.  Today is SOMEDAY!  Let’s get busy!

This morning I am motivated by Hugo Radelat, Kyle’s best friend Eric’s dad, who completed the Ironman Augusta yesterday!  Congrats to you Hugo!  I am motivated by Rose Brickman who blew it out in the NGA Champions & Challengers Pro/Am 2014.

Mostly, however, I am motivated by those that wake up physically challenged and still set out to accomplish goals that others might consider impossible….individuals like my public school friend Jan’s son, Levi,  who lost a leg after a motorcycle accident a few years ago and went on to train for triathlons.  Just last week he came in 3rd place in the Tempe para-triathlon.  All of these people inspire me to push myself every day and I am grateful to be impacted by all of them.

Get out of your own head and let your body show you just how much it is capable of.  It will change your head in ways you never thought possible.  Go get em!

 

Well Hello, Doll-y!

Good morning and hello Doll-y.

Yesterday was Museum Day and Mitch and I took advantage of free admission to the Norton Musuem in West Palm.  While we originally hoped to see the newlyweds and have a Jones-Zipp experience, weather earlier in the weekend had us changing plans.  We listened to the entire new Barbara Streisand CD of duets, which pairs her with some fabulous singers, my favorite being New York State of Mind, with Billy Joel.

The museum had several exhibits going on, one being all Matchbox cars and Barbie Dolls.  Being the mom of boys, I was immediately drawn to the small car side and loved all of it, but the little girl in me also enjoyed the Barbie side.  SO MANY OUTFITS!!!!!!  So many accessories and I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this one and sharing….

barbie scaleNiLooking at the Barbie dolls, and her clothes, they were certainly unrealistic body images.  Carole sent me a link to a doll (Lammily) which is build to NORMAL HUMAN FEMALE scale.  What a concept.  Nickolay Lamm, the creator of this doll shares this image of what Barbie would look like if she was modeled after a real woman.  I am happy that she not only has a butt, but some calves, too!

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If you are a mom of little girls and would like more info on this doll, who is still in the pre-order stages, thanks to Carole, I have some info.

My take-away from all of this is that it’s awesome to want to look and feel our best, but to try to be or look like someone that is unrealistic, is basically like trying to turn a cat into a dog.  Make sure your role models and especially your children’s role models are something they can truly aspire to be like.

Speaking of role models, I glanced through the Miami Herald at the news stand yesterday and DID NOT see an article about Charlotte in the Health section.  If anyone has seen it in today’s paper, please let me know!  I don’t get the Herald, but I do get the Sentinel and I didn’t want to waste all that additional paper unless the story was in there.  If they dropped the ball on this story I will be PISSED!  I have the reporters name, so I will call her tomorrow and see what’s up.  I realize, with the birth of Chelsea Clinton’s brand new living doll, Charlotte, that our Charlotte wasn’t the biggest news story–but then again, to some of us it was!

In closing, I want to say that whether you are a Streisand fan or not, I think you will enjoy her new CD.  Thanks, Rita, for encouraging me to listen.  Thanks to Carole for the info on Lammily.  You are both LIVING DOLLS.

As you travel through your Sunday and all your journeys, remember that the most beautiful of all dolls, female or male, are always the ones that come complete with hearts!

 

 

 

How to Cultivate More Happiness and Joy

Good morning.  Happy New Year and here it is Vegan (Feast) Thursday again.

  I am in the middle of a good read in this month’s Yoga Magazine….about a 21 day vegan challenge.   Yoga and a plant-based diet go together like…peanut butter and jelly—or lettuce and tomatoes.  “Ahimsa,” meaning non-harming, is the first of the five yamas (guides to enlightenment).  While not all yogis and yoga enthusiasts refrain from eating animals and their by-products, a plant-based diet IS a great way of practicing ahimsa or “do no harm.”  Doing no harm to ourselves, others and our universe certainly includes animals!

One of the things I have been making lately is what I like to call my chakra salad.  We know that their are foods that help balance our 7 chakras and when we put them together in a bowl, we get one very, very colorful and inviting salad.  Each chakra has it’s own color and to keep it easy, the foods associated with balancing that chakra are the same colors.

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English: Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, as taught by contemporary Reiki masters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our root chakra is red so think of foods like radishes, beets and red onions.  The sacral chakra is orange so consider orange peppers, or shredded carrots.  For the solar plexus we want to add something yellow; corn or some yellow squash works.  Moving up to the heart chakra we can opt for any of the leafy greens, lettuce being the most obvious, but kale and spinach are also great.  For the throat chakra, which is blue, I like to throw in a handful of blueberries.  Blue is a tough color–if you can think of anything else, please let me know!  Those blueberries have to cover the third eye chakra which is also blue.  Finally, for the radiant crown chakra think shredded purple cabbage.  This covers all the chakras, but I also like to add calamata olives and avocado when available as these add great taste, texture and some much needed healthy fat to the mix.  Finally, if I am looking for a little protein I will add rinsed and drained chick peas.  I always dress my salad with fresh squeezed lemon, a small amount of balsamic vinegar and just enough olive oil.  Turns out, what’s great for balancing our chakras, (and we can all use some balance in our lives!) is also great for everything that ails us without doing any harm.  The big bonus is the rainbow of colors make it so pretty!  Play around with the ingredients.  Be creative and let me know what you come up with!

Whether you are a yoga guru or have never done a single yoga posture in your life, consider a meal or two today that are void of any animals.  As Sharon Gannon, co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga school and the Jivamuki vegan cafe in NYC, as well as the author of the cookbook Simple Recipes for Joy says “Veganism is NOT about restriction–it’s a way of eating and living that can create more happiness and joy.”

Wishing you more happiness and joy and a wonderful a day! Namaste

 

 

 

 

 

A Sweet New Year

For months I was in that pensive,reading, learning, quiet mode and now….I am not!  Must be the change in seasons.  Not only did my cat fall into fall yesterday, but I took a mini fall as well.  Thankfully, it was only a little trip and I, like Roxy, was fine!  From here on in, I think we will call it AUTUMN!

This has been one busy and interesting week.  It is truly the roller coaster we call life.  Celebration on Monday…funeral on Tuesday (which really ALWAYS should be a celebration of one’s life!)  Aunt Pearl had a great life filled with friends, family and a lot of love.  It was nice to be together with family, and remember her so fondly.  The rabbi had many beautiful sentiments and there were a lot of lesson in his service.  As he talked about a time to plant and a time to uproot, etc., I really wanted to sing (those that know me, know most things make me want to sing).  I also laughed because my blog title, yesterday, was TURN TURN TURN.  If you don’t get that connection, you are too young to know the song!  On a serious note, though, his words about being able to dance again, smile again and find joy again, made me sad for those that just can’t seem to do that and are stuck in the misery of past experiences. One life…no dress rehearsals…we owe it not just to ourselves, but also to our loved ones to be happy and embrace each new day.

Today is more celebrating with a photographer meeting Charlotte for photos for the story they are planning to put in this Sunday’s Miami Herald.  I hate speaking to reporters but this was ALL about Charlotte and SilverSneakers, so all good!

Tonight begins Rosh Hashana aka the Jewish New Year.  For Mitch and I, life has changed an awful lot with family so far away, including our kids.  While we have never really practiced our religion, we always enjoyed having family and friends over for holidays.  Wishing our whole family a very happy new year!  We will be happy to see all of our kids over the next week and half!   YAY!!!!!!

My friend Shelli always says “friends are the family we choose for ourselves.”–or something close to that.  Thank you Shelli and Al for inviting us to be with your family tonight.  We appreciate and when I saw this comic I had to share….

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Have a very happy hump day, and to all a sweet new year.  May we all have peace in our hearts, in our homes and in the world!  Much love……

 

Turn, Turn, Turn

Good morning and happy fall!!! Our cat, Roxburry, took that quite literally when she decided, first thing this morning, to take a …fall…into our swimming pool.  Cats are amazing and they really do have 9 lives.   This isn’t her first trip in the pool (only when something scares her and she isn’t expecting it, has this happened, which I am sure is what happened at 5:45 this morning!)  She once ate some wires and the electricity went right through her body.  She tore her collar with her ID off in an instant as it must have been burning hot.  She survived that one and who knows what else?!?!  Animals are amazing.  If you watch those incredibly beautiful animal videos on the internet, it’s hard not to be impressed with their sensitivity and intelligence.

Yesterday’s celebration for Charlotte and her regional Swanson Award presentation was just lovely.  What a happy occasion!  95.5 and still pulling a crowd of over 60 people.  More about this when time is more plentiful!

For now I am off to train with a client.  A little on the early side as we sadly have a funeral this morning.  Mitch’s (our) Aunt Pearl was an amazing woman.  I have so many fond memories of her feisty personality, starting with the very first day we met.  She was wonderful to Mitch, Derek, Kyle and I and was a great friend not only to my mother-in-law, Esther, but also to my mom, Ruth.  I hope they are all laughing together on the other side.  Since we will be coming back to our house after the service, I will NOT be teaching at 11:30 today but Ellen WILL be there so go!!!  I WILL be at both of my classes tonight.

Enjoy your day.  Be productive.  Take Charlotte’s sage advice and exercise more…worry less!!! It sure works for her.  If you are on Facebook you can find a few pics there.  I will repost them here at peaceandfitness.com later in the week.

HAPPY FALL.  Enjoy the changing seasons.  There is a purpose to them all!

Live Each Season

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English: Fall leaves in Eugene, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the last day of summer and also the day we celebrate regional Swanson Award winner, Charlotte B.  For those coming, the celebration begins at about 12:45.  I have a regular work day wrapped around this and that does include the 11:30 SilverSneakers class which we will end just a little early to get the room reorganized.  There will be some light food and cake and we will raffle off some SilverSneakers t-shirts.  There will be a rep from SilverSneakers presenting Charlotte with her award and a rep from Humana as well.  I wrote a little “ditty” that I will be reading to Charlotte and I am sure she will have some words to share with the group as well.  Since we only have 50 chairs, I expect a lot of “standing room only.”  Congrats to Charlotte and all the nominees as well as Grace, in Arizona, who won the National Award.

Tomorrow is the first full day of fall and I leave you with this quote by Henry David Thoreau:

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

Warning. This Image May Hit Hard.

As you all know I haven’t been doing a whole lot of blogging lately.  Mostly because, as I said a few weeks ago, I am a little tired of “hearing” myself and I want to do more learning and more listening before I start spouting again!  Meditation each morning with Mitch and Ms. Roxburry has been a great way to begin each day.  Guided meditation helps set an intention and today that intention was completely in line with my speaking less and listening more…

The other reason I have been “quiet,” is because I find I am conflicted about certain aspects of my life and my business and I need to sort it all out.  It’s always better to think things out before we speak.

As for it being Vegan (Feast) Thursday, all I can say is that the world is so mixed up and upside down, I just wish we could all exercise a little more compassion and I know from personal experience that since I stopped eating animal products, I feel much more connected to the entire universe.  Always the ultimate dog lover, I see ALL animals in a much lighter, light and after all, we are ALL animals!

But today I am totally stepping away from blogging about a plant-based diet in order to share an image that has me totally conflicted on so many levels….both personal and professional.  This was shared by Alexis Wolfer of thebeautybean.com. 

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Photo credit goes to Meg Gaiger of Harpyimages.  It was shared a couple of days ago and has left me doing a lot of thinking…We have all got to stop obsessing about the number on the scale (definitely myself included) and the images (ALL digitally manipulated) we see of models, actresses and celebs.  This doesn’t mean we let ourselves go and stop caring.  It means we do the work of being physical and eating healthfully and nurturing our souls.  But it’s confusing.  What’s healthy to you, might not at all be healthy to me.  So we have to do our homework and be honest with ourselves.

So, if my students, clients and friends find me changing the subject about the pound or two you gained or lost, I am not at all not interested, I am just working on being a better role model.  We know it’s not our job to ask others to do or be more or different than they are.  It’s our job to work on ourselves and be the best ME we can.

I am asking for random feedback today.  I will have to approve your comments before they will appear and I am off to do my CPR renewal in a bit, but I will be back later.  Please, I want to hear from you and feel free to share with others.

Health and fitness is my business and my passion, but when there are lines that blur with regard to weight and I need to sort through all of this to be better at what it is I love.  Children are also a great passion of mine and I want us all to be sending out the healthiest messages we can to them.

And now I will return to the listening.  Thank you!