Thursday, January 29


I just don’t think Toma (in the middle) had enough weight to lose at home, to win tonight.  He was already under 200 pounds at the last weigh in.   His face looks so slender.  Who knew how handsome he would be when the season began?  Sonya looks like a completely different woman and I think she is a great role model for a Biggest Loser Winner….Rob….he struggled a lot.  He seemed way too “wow is me,” all season.  He was negative and angry and I wonder if he will keep the weight off once the show is over.  All that said, he had the most amount of weight to still lose, which could make him the top contender.  Hmmm.  I am sad that another BL season is coming to an end.  I fell in love with the trainer, Jen.  Watching her train alongside the other two trainers last week (while Bob led the session) impressed me, as does the way she rocks her very muscular body.  That girl has some set of thighs and is a fantastic image for the slogan “strong is the new skinny.”  Her addition to the show has been very positive for me….and Jessie is just so good to look at!  Bob Harper has had my heart from the beginning and has stayed with this show through all the years.  Dolvett?  meh……..

Happy Vegan (Feast) Thursday and above all else, happy, happy birthday to my new daughter, Nicole aka Mrs. Zipp.  Looks like this is the year she is going to earn the title of coast to coast 1/2 marathoner.  The world is at your fingertips, cutie.  Always know how loved you are.


The Journey of 10,000 Steps…Or These Boots Were Made for Walking, Jogging and Running………. I started wearing my pedometer (thanks, again, Carole) I have really come to understand why we are a nation of overweight people!  Though I may be repeating myself, it takes a lot of moving around to get in the recommended 10,000 steps a day.  I honestly don’t know too many people that take more steps a day than me and I definitely get my 10,000 a day (and many over that on most days) in, but that is after hours upon hours of exercise!  If you sit behind a desk for most of the day, you HAVE to walk or jog or run or do something along those lines for about 5 miles (approximately) to get in your 10,000.  This is why I understand that people who put on a Fit Bit (or any pedometer) are likely to lose weight!  Awareness is everything.  Once we are aware of what we need to do, we are more likely to do it!  This goes for all aspects of life.

Many of you are stuck in because of the snow, today.  Obviously, heading to the gym or getting outside to walk is NOT realistic.  Many of you also have a treadmill somewhere in your house with clothes hung on it.  Today would make a great day to clean it off and get moving!  Or put on some music and dance your ass off (literally).   Last week on Biggest Loser, Jenna Wolfe of the the Today Show, gave the contestants an amazing workout using NOTHING but their own bodies.  I loved this because we ALL can use our own bodies.  I am a huge fan of those kind of workouts anyway.  Add in a chair or a step and you can go crazy!

We can all find a million excuses to not get a job done.  This is our health and our temples we are talking about.  Excuses are just that.  Daily I get my inspiration from people who work around their limitations.  They do not let their conditions, their age or their ANYTHING stop them from getting in their daily fitness.  My student Charlotte turned 96 this month.  Sometimes her leg hurts.  I tell her she can sit if she needs to.  She looks at me with darts in her eyes and simply says “I will NOT!”  She is just one role model, but my all my students impress me with their determination and tenacity.

If you want some fitness or weight loss motivation, be sure to tune into the Biggest Loser finale this Thursday night on NBC.  I can barely stand having to wait to see all the eliminated contestants return to see who will win the at home prize, as well as see who of the 3 finalists wins the money, the confetti and the bragging rights to this year’s Biggest Loser title!

Post Lunch(eon)

Just returned from another annual SilverSneakers (plus) luncheon.  We (all 110 of us) sure know how to fill a room!  Every single person who came out today is very special and once again my heart is filled with gratitude.  Thanks to my students for your kindness and generous spirits.  Thanks to my amazing co-instructor, Ellen, for organizing this event AGAIN!

Yes, it was at a Chinese buffet and one of the great things about that is that there was plenty to eat for everyone, including me.  The stir-fry bar was just perfect for me!  It was both filled with lots of assorted veggie choices AND worked into my current plan to lose my December weight — (the scale is slowly moving back to where it should be).

It’s amazing how enjoyable food can be when you feel good about what you’re eating.  There are so many options once you move past the stuff you grew up on.  Since today is Vegan (Feast) Thursday it seemed appropriate to share something I just stumbled upon.

Again with the Diet and Exercise!!!! to everyone that came out for senior strength training today.  While this particular class has been slow to grow, today we were over 30 strong–and I DO mean strong…Don’t forget the SilverSneakers luncheon is this Thursday at 12:30 at China Buffet on University Drive and Sunset Strip—head count is about 110!  It’s our once a year splurge and we will just work harder tomorrow and Friday, because buffets are really not EVER our friends (veggies and tofu for this girl—see next paragraph) but being with our gym friends in a different environment is always great fun for all.   Thanks, Ellen, for taking care of all the arrangements!…

Confession.  In December I decided to really let my hair down and indulge like the rest of the world does through the holidays.  For the first time in, probably my entire adult life, I stopped counting calories and thinking about every food choice and just enjoyed.  I ate the most amazing vegan foods in Vegas (and with all the walking and hiking didn’t gain a pound) and came home to Chanukah, my birthday, Christmas and New Years.  My takeaway is that I can now truly understand how easy it is to put on the “average of 7 pounds” from Thanksgiving to New Years.  My bigger take away is that it really is harder to take the weight off, the older you get.  I am now officially a counter, once again.  Counting calories, counting steps (thanks to Carole and my pedometer which I wear every day) counting miles jogged, counting reps, etc.  While there are many roads to choose in the weight loss journey, for me, the only sensible way is counting calories and NOT by elimination of one food, or food group.  I have come to realize that most people that say they lost their weight by cutting way back on breads, rice, pasta and potatoes forget to include the worst culprits of all like cake, cookies, chips, ice cream, candy, donuts, creamy sauces, etc.,  We need to all get real with what we eat (and what we stop eating) so we aren’t “out there” offering false hope or spreading weight loss myths.  I am tired of potatoes taking the rap for the cookies and ice cream.  Nuff said.  About that, anyway.  It is, after all,  just my 2 cents.

I have many other things on my mind but feel that this entry has already turned into an all about me story, which I so hate (and have been shying away from)– I shared the above paragraph with you because I think the December “story” speaks to so many of us.  It is now 3 weeks into January and I hope that all of us have gained control of our eating/drinking/etc.  This isn’t just about weight gain, but much more importantly, about HEALTH.  It’s hard to be truly healthy when our numbers are out of whack.  We can all moan and b*tch about the state of health care in our country,  but don’t we each have a responsibility to take care of our own health???  Almost 100% of the time, when I watch people get to a healthy weight via exercise and healthful eating, I also watch their numbers stabilize and their health improve–often dramatically.  Let’s all stop placing blame and start taking control of our lives, regardless of the obstacles involved.  One life…….

I’ll be back at the gym tonight for 6pm cardio/combo and 7pm Yoga/Pilates streeeeetch reduction.  It was so nice, last week, to see so many faces I hadn’t seen in a while.  And some new ones, too!  Hope to see all of you again, tonight.  Doesn’t really matter where we get our daily dose of peaceandfitness, as long as we are getting it somewhere!

Compassionate Communication couple of week long mystery was solved when Jolene asked me if I got the book she sent me….A Vegan’s Daily Companion is CHOCK FULL of information, including recipes, stories about animal compassion, some written by some well  known and surprising authors, health tidbits and so much more.  Written by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, it includes some thought provoking tidbits on compassionate communication, which I love!

This book is written, as the title suggests, to be read one day at a time for the entire year.  On Day 2, Patrick-Goudreau writes about the history if the expression “kill two birds with one stone,” which most of us group up with, but actually dates back about 2,000 years.  Instead, she suggests, why not say “to cut two carrots with one knife?”  She goes on to say “Besides spreading nonviolent language, the best part about saying it will be watching people stop you in mid-sentence to say “What did you just say?”  Nice!  It never fails to make people smile and think twice about the violence of the original phrase.  We can still say what we mean without promoting violence toward animals.”

I love this new phrase and hope I can remember to use it until it becomes natural.  Like Pete suggests in his Green Panther Press…”Learn to unlearn.”  I will be sharing more of these as it’s amazing how many expressions we use freely that really represent violence to the very beings we love to love– our beautiful animal friends.  I mean really, do we ever REALLY run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off??

On Vegan (Feast) Thursday, why don’t we all consider compassion…not just in our food choices, but in all our choices.  What the world needs now is definitely some love, sweet love.  Pass it on!

What Makes a Champion?

Love this quote.  Apparently Coach Carroll made a very wise move when in 2011 he initiated meditation practice for his team to help fight stress and improve performance.  Meditation.  The less you think it’s for you, the more it probably IS!

“Meditation is as important as lifting weights and being out here on the field to practice.”

–Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks Offensive Tackle

The Choice Belongs to Each of Us….

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”


It is January 13th.  How you doing with your fitness resolutions?  While some haven’t started their commitment yet, others are already losing their steam.  Physical activity is not something everyone enjoys and certainly NO ONE enjoys every time!  I am pretty sure that Plato was correct, though, so it’s a choice well worth committing to!  Let’s all get busy!


Get Your Gardein…. products are buy one get one free this week at Publix.  Their sales are always Thursday to the following Wednesday.  Time to fill the freezer with breakfast patties and chicken tenders…if only Publix carried the fishless fishlets it would be perfect.  But that’s too easy……….

Since some have asked how to pronounce this brand–Gar-DEEN.  Like a garden that marries protein.

Have a wonderful day everyone!