March-ing into Super Tuesday and Exercising our Rights!

Here it is the 1st of March and Super Tuesday as well.  It sure IS a SUPER Tuesday–weather, training, friends, all SUPER!

As for the political aspect of super Tuesday, I was raised to believe that some things are best left kept to oneself.  Talks about religion, money and politics are at the top of that list.  Certainly I do my fair share of talking about all 3 of those things, but I am working really hard at trying to keep my OPINIONS to myself as much as possible.  We can agree to disagree but the SLANTED info (on all sides of the political spectrum) that is appearing on Facebook is really cutting into all of our PEACE—so personally I am spending A LOT less time on the good Book for now.   As with all things in life, I just hope people will do their OWN research.  If we only get our info from SLANTED publications and news sources, we cannot possibly be accurately informed.  I will continue to do mine and make the choices that I feel best reflect my own values.  Checking out things you read on social media before re-posting is a great gift to give your “friends and followers.”

As for my students, you can talk as much as you want among yourselves but please don’t get upset when I refuse to get into political conversations.  I find it will be the best way for us to all continue with the love-fest we have at the gym!

And speaking of the gym…I did get to meet Ihab, our new owner, yesterday.  If you are a student/member and you haven’t met him yet, you will know who he is immediately upon sight, when I say he is a serious bodybuilder!  He seems eager to “build” on all that is already working at the gym…pun intended.  I remain very optimistic on all levels and I will keep you informed.

If you are a Tuesday night student of either or both classes I hope to see you at the gym tonight, where I am sure, you, too will meet Ihab  (rhymes with rehab).  At 6:00 will will work up a SUPER sweat and at 7pm yoga/Pilates will find us celebrating March and all that is reborn in this month when winter turns to spring….Thanks to all my students for your incredible support during this transition.  You are all SUPER SUPER!

Let’s all get out there and exercise our bodies, our minds and of course our right to vote, today or whenever your opportunity is.  If you don’t believe voting is a privilege, ask anyone who has lost (or never had) this right!

Thanks for stopping in….



Speak Up!

Good morning and welcome to September.  No matter how old I (or my kids) get, I will always feel that sinking feeling of summer on it’s way out (even here in South Florida) and the school year back in.  But it is back to school time for all of us, and life, after all, is one big learning experience!

Today I will be subbing for Ellen at 10 (SilverSneakers) and back tonight for regular 6 and 7 pm classes….

We will be moving up the chakra line during 7 o’clock yoga/Pilates fusion class.  Tonight we will focus on the 5th chakra, the all important throat chakra, which is visualized as a beautiful shade of blue.  Feel free to wear blue, and as always bring anything that will make your practice more comfortable (pillows, eye masks, straps, blocks).,1000x1000,075,f.jpg

“The fifth Chakra is the seat of self expression, and can be seen as the crossroads between the head and the heart.  As such, it serves as the mediator between thought and emotion.  The throat must be open in order for the energy to flow. “Open” means that the person is capable of “letting the sound out” – both the sounds of pleasure and of pain.  Often, as the throat is opened, the pelvis begins to move spontaneously, indicating a strong link between self-expression and passion.  Blockages will be seen in sore throats, shoulder and neck pain, and clenched jaws.”

Thanks, once again, to all of you who contributed to the “gift” we will be presenting to one of our workout buddies when we next see her.  You are all amazing and restore all my faith in what is right with this world.  Thanks, Rita…the card is perfect!!

Wherever you are, consider learning something new, giving something of yourself to someone else, finding your fitness, and of course your peace!  Namaste….

The “contact” link on my homepage has been fixed (thanks, Kyle) so those of you that need to contact me privately can use that link again. 


Schedule of Classes at TFC This Week

This one is for my students…….

I will be teaching all my regularly scheduled classes this week (Monday – Saturday) and additionally I will be subbing for Ellen at 10 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Friday morning there will be NO Low Impact at 8:30 and NO SilverSneakers at 10–those are the only 2 classes of Ellen’s that I am unable to sub this week (so if you want to get in a SS class this Friday the 13th, come on in at 11:30)

It’s been nice seeing classes so full since the new year!  Keep up your resolutions.  When it get’s tough staying with them, remember why you made them in the first place!!!!  You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be the best you possible!

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!

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!

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….

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 later in the week.

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

Live Each Season

English: Fall leaves in Eugene, Oregon
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.”


English: CPR training
English: CPR training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If anyone local needs CPR/or CPR renewal let me know today.  Tomorrow at 11 an instructor will be coming to Tamarac Fitness Center so Ellen and I can renew ours.  Remember, the life you save may be the most important person in your life!   CPR is generally used at home with our loved ones and everyone should know how to perform it!The fee is $40.00 (cash)and it should take just a couple of well spent hours.  I am sure if you just show up by 11 with your cash you can join us.  7935 West McNab Road.  (Between University and Pine Island.)

Also, remember that Charlotte’s Swanson Award presentation and party is on this Monday, the 22nd at 12:45.  It is also at the above address.  If you are a student of mine in ANY class, come on out and help celebrate and see what the new 95 is!