All Natural Cure….

This was my Facebook find of the day, yesterday.  Thanks, Erin.  I LOVE IT.

I am on a regular schedule, today.  Come on out for some Senior Strength at 11:30…cardio sculpt at 6 or Yoga/Pilates at 7.  Tomorrow, Ellen will be subbing both of my morning classes.  Thanks, Ellen.

Remember what your mom told you.  Eat your veggies.  Grow up strong and healthy!

The One Thing Every Parent Should Tell Their Child….

While people debate the quality of the Super Bowl half time show, the one-sidedness of the game and talk about the commercials, my greatest take away from this year’s event, was a quote.  I believe the one sentence every child should be hearing from their parents, repeatedly, is the one sentence that Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, was told by his dad…”Why not you?”  He wasn’t the tallest, or the biggest, but this didn’t stop his dad from believing that he was just as worthy as anyone else on this earth.  I love that sentiment and the fabulous self-esteem that comes with being told you have just a good a chance as anyone.

My parents helped me achieve a great self-esteem, and I certainly hope Mitch and I have done that for our boys.  I always told them they could do and be anything they wanted.  I think they got it!

 Speaking of my parents, my mom came to me, VIVIDLY, in a dream last night.  It was only for a second or two but she was sitting at a table, looking beautiful and smiling directly at me.  Since my kids have so much exciting, life changing stuff going on right this minute, I am certain Theresa Caputo (aka the Long Island Medium) would say, “This is your mother’s way of acknowledging that she knows what’s going on with the boys.”  That’s good enough for me, and has me smiling along with her.

Tonight is the Biggest Loser live finale and I say to each of the 3 remaining contestants…”Why not you?”  While it seems that David has the greatest odds, given his size, it’s anyone’s game.  If we didn’t learn that this past Sunday, we learned nothing.  (For the record, I was rooting for the Seahawks, but mostly because everyone else was rooting for the Broncos)

On any given Sunday…on any Biggest Loser finale Tuesday…in all times, for all people….”WHY NOT YOU?”


Kangaroo Love

Once again, those incredibly intuitive animals, have something huge to teach we humans.  While I saw this story on the news yesterday, and believe it will be on again this morning, in case YOU haven’t had the joy of seeing it,  I copied and pasted this article for you to read.  Watching the story, I was overwhelmed with emotion.  One might say it’s a miracle.  I think it’s proof of how much we all need the human touch.  In this case, I am not sure how much of the trauma was being removed from the mom’s womb, or…being apart from his twin sister…or both.  In any case, it is a definite reminder of how we all need to be connected.  Emotionally, spiritually and physically!  Kangaroos–I guess they have know this since the beginning of time.

The Power of a Mother’s Kangaroo Love

3 09 2010

Twenty minutes after twin Jamie Ogg was born prematurely at 27 weeks into his mom Kate’s pregnancy, he was pronounced dead when doctors could not get him to breathe. He was placed across Kate’s bare chest and she held him to her skin while she and husband David spoke to him about his sister Emily and the hopes and dreams they had for him.

David and Kate Ogg with their twins on the Today Show – Credit Today Show website

Kate (who is from Australia along with her husband) continued practicing kangaroo love, where the holding of an infant with their skin next to the mother’s or father’s generates heat and bonding for the baby like he received in the womb…or like a baby kangaroo receives in its mother’s pouch.

After five minutes, they began to notice Jamie move, but the doctor said it was just a bodily reflex. This continued for two hours of the parents holding the baby next to their bare chests and talking gently and lovingly to him. They kept trying to get the doctor to come back in the room and see the baby moving, but the doctor kept insisting the baby was dead. Finally, the doctor consented and was shocked to see the baby alive..

The Today Show’s website quoted Dr. Lisa Eiland of the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, who said this seeming miracle may be well grounded in science:

What’s important is the warmth that the mother provides and the stimulation that the baby may have received from hearing the mother’s heartbeat. So those are all things that may have helped the baby in terms of going down the path to living as opposed to the path of death.

The twins are now 5 months old, and I read that both are doing well.  Never underestimate how resilient children are.  Never underestimate how healing a hug can be.   Never, ever underestimate the power of love, especially a mother’s love.

Mom is Always Right

“Drink a glass of ginger ale if you have a stomachache.”

Why it’s true:  Ginger has been proven effective at soothing queasy stomachaches, whether from motion sickness, pregnancy, the flu, or even chemotherapy.  It’s credited with many other medicinal properties as well.  One study showed that ginger was even MORE effective than Dramamine for those suffering from motion sickness.

So it’s a good idea to grab a bottle when you do your next grocery shop.  Leave it in the pantry and give it a try instead of reaching for some expensive medicine that has potential side effects.

Have a happy, healthy, productive and yet still peaceful Friday.  Remember that tomorrow night those of us that are in states that change the clock, spring ahead!  A favorite day of mine, I am already celebrating.

Mom is Always Right

“Put a smile on your face and you’ll feel better.”

Why it’s true:  A study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 found that happy people are three times less likely to get a cold!

I have been surrounded, just this past week, by lots of cold germs.  Between being an “up close and  PERSONAL”  trainer and combining that with teaching classes inside “germ harboring” gyms, there is no getting away from germs.  Lots of germs.  I certainly hope that my combined regular exercise routine and lots of smiling will help my immune system fight the March cold germs.  So far, so good.

There is so much for me to smile about in March.  Next weekend we change the clocks and spring ahead.  That is my favorite day of the year.  That extra hour of sunlight in the evening evokes all kinds of happy neurological responses that date back to my lazy, carefree days of being a child.  The extra hour of sunlight, combined with the lengthening days, means more outdoor grilling, more evening walks, more time AFTER work, to just enjoy life!    It also means that spring is just around the corner.  And for the basketball enthusiasts, March Madness, too!  Hard NOT smile.

Have a great Sunday.  The last one before the clock change is in effect.  Whatever you do today, I hope you are happy and smiling.

***Don’t forget tonight’s the Academy Award***

Mom is Always Right

“Eat your carrots–they are good for your eyes.”

Why it’s true:  Carrots help maintain healthy eyesight by protecting night vision and reducing the severity of age-related eye diseases.  This is because they are high in vitamin A.  Other vegetables high in this vitamin are broccoli, spinach and any of the deep greens.

Though I don’t eat meat, I admit it I never used to like my veggies.  The more I experiment with them, the more I have learned to LOVE them.  I enjoy them much more grilled or baked then steamed or raw.  Baking up an assortment of vegetables is one of my favorite ways to prepare them, now.  So is grilling them (simply, on trays) on the barbeque.  Keep trying them different ways and learn to love them, too, for they will love you right back!  Low in calories, high in anti-oxidants, vitamins and nutrients, it’s a love affair worth working on!

For those of you who have asked about SilverSneakers in Tamarac: please call Tamarac Fitness Center at 954-726-1070.  Ask for Ron (tell him Bonni told you to call) and tell him you are interested in finding out when the classes will be beginning.  (Should be very soon!)

In response to several emails …For those of you who have inquired about a good ab workout, I have 2 things to say.  1) Ab-ripper x (from the p90x video program)  16 minutes of all you need to sculpt your core.  2) GOOD ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN–watch your calories, your carbs, your fats and make sure you are getting enough protein.  You can crunch all day long, but if your body fat is too high, you will never SEE your 6-pack!

Last night was another lovely TGIT  feast night with the kids.  Tofu scrambles are ALWAYS a hit.  Pete, John and Cassie, you were missed!

Have a great Friday everyone.  I am off to an early  morning of work and will then be on a mini vacation until mid-day Monday.  Thanks for all the good wishes.  If you are local and looking for a little yoga this weekend, here is a fund-raiser I learned about in Oakland Park.

Sunday February 28th..  It doesn’t make any difference if you are a yoga enthusiast or just want to try yoga for the first time, there will be sample classes and a place for everyone. YOUR COST IS YOUR DONATION  and it is deductible.

All donations go to Food For the Poor Inc.

Sunday, Feb 28, 2010
Time:    2:30PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Broward Dance Academy
840 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Oakland Park FL
(954) 537-3377

Mom is Always Right

From my desktop “MOM” calendar…

“Eat breakfast before you leave the house!”

WHY THIS IS TRUE: Breakfast is a critical time to take in important nutrients such as fiber, calcium, protein and fruit.  Again and again, studies show that people who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to become obese and develop heart disease–and die younger!

An apple a day keep the doctor away”

WHY THIS IS TRUE: Fresh fruits and veggies contain antioxidants that can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as other illnesses.  Apples contain high levels of phenolics which are especially potent antioxidants.  Bananas, oranges and mangos will also help keep you out of the doctor’s office.  One study done at Cornell University suggests that apples in particular may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Thanks Kyle and Nicole for the calendar.  It’s not only filled with a year’s worth of love, but helps remind me of the important things I used to tell my kids…and the important things my mom told me.    My mom taught me many wonderful things, but by example, she also taught me all about Alzheimer’s.  Mom is always right so now I am off to have a hearty breakfast and though apples are not my favorite fruit, I’ll have one of those, today, too!

Then it’s off to Tamarac Fitness Center for a little of this and a little of that!  Thanks to my wonderful Saturday morning students who fill the room with great energy.  It’s like I leave one family to go to my other.


***NOTE TO MY STUDENTS — I will not be having class next Saturday the 27th at 9:30 or Monday the 1st of March at 8:30 in order that I may spend quality time with my first and longest friend Carole, who will be coming in from California for the weekend.