And We’re Back

In light of many changes happening around me, I have decided to bring back once again.

Many of you have heard about the sale of Tamarac Fitness Center which becomes official on March 1.  I would like to thank Ron and Wendie for 28 consecutive years of teaching at this facility.  I will forever be grateful for this amazing gig.  Before they owned the gym, I taught for Glenn and before that the first owner, Anita.  So no, this (hopefully) changes nothing on my end, at least not by any choice of my own.  More info as it becomes available and relevant.

My desire is to keep this blog informative and somewhat light.   If there are any changes that effect my students or clients, I will post here.  There will be no talk of politics or this will not remain a place of PEACE…apparently there is enough politics on Facebook and the validity of so many of the posts makes me very Un-peaceful.  With all things in life, we need to check our facts before we repeat things as fact!

Tomorrow at 10 Ellen will be subbing for me so I can enjoy a day with my friends flying in from points north and west, beginning tonight!  I will be at the gym Saturday morning for 9:30 class (in what condition, I do not know, lol) and back on a regular schedule Monday morning.

This morning I plucked this little cutie off of Facebook to share with you.  Fact is we all need our healthy fats!

I AM Still Here…………….

Ok.  So quite a few people have mentioned how long it’s been since I have blogged.  Thanks for asking!  Turns out it has been longer than I even thought!  I took a bunch of time to focus on introspect and meditation in the morning, instead of blah, blah, blahging, and along the way, came to understand how sometimes it really helps to just SHUT UP and listen.  Not just listening to others, but listening to one’s own soul.  That is the mode I am still in.

That does NOT in any way mean my passion for peace, health, fitness or nutrition has dwindled.  In fact, I am reminded more and more of how important all of those things are, each and every day.

My hope is to soon find that happy medium where I can share information with you and not get obsessed with writing EVERY morning, as I did for years.  For today, I will leave you with this little meme I found that I thought had some good advice in it’s simple acronyms.  Hope you are taking care of yourselves, each other, the animals and the planet.  We are ALL connected.



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!

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

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!


The Circle of Life…

Last night we attended an event that no one ever wants to attend.  Ever.  Dillon Joseph Brooks slipped away, apparently with his usual smile on his face, last Saturday.  Only 9 years old, he impacted the community to the point that about 1000 people were in attendance at the service and celebration of his life.  Dillon was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor last August and though his parents had the ability to bring him to the best facilities and the best doctors in the country, the cancer could not be beat.  We learned that Dillon never cried, never asked why and loved tacos, Starburst, bright colors, loud music, fireworks and bendy straws as well as his dad and mom, who never left his side.  What amazing job they did last night in honor of their son who never wanted people to cry.  Our hearts are with his parents, siblings and the rest of the family as they navigate through these difficult days and hope they are finding some peace in knowing that there are no more surgeries, no more doctors, no more hospitals and no more suffering for their baby.

Tomorrow we celebrate my future daughter’s (I just don’t really like the word daughter-in-law) bridal shower and girls night.  This is a huge day of celebration and kicks off the 2 week countdown till the night they say “I do.”

This is the circle of life.  The roller coaster we ride.  Through the darkest days and the brightest nights, love is always the answer.  It’s what we all have to give and there is an endless supply….Let’s all love each other just a little more today and then wake up and repeat….over and over again.

50 Reasons Why We Should…

Thanks for posting this one Wendie.  Where else can you get 50 benefits like these at the same time?

If you are coming out to the gym, tonight, for 7pm class, we will be focusing our attention on our 7th Chakra.  Here are some interesting things to know about it…


violet / white
Sanskrit Name sahasrara
Physical Location top of head
Purposes intuitive knowing, connection to one’s spirituality, integration of the whole
Spiritual Lesson spirituality, living in the NOW
Physical Dysfunctions mystical depression, diseases of the muscular system, skeletal system and the skin, chronic exhaustion not associated with physical ailments, sensitivity to light, sound, environment
Mental / Emotional Issues discovery of the divine, lack of purpose, loss of meaning or identity, trust, selflessness, humanitarianism, ability to see the bigger picture in the life stream, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics
Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)
Area of Body Governed top center of the head, midline above the ears
Crystals / Gemstones amber, diamond, moldavite
Flower Essences lotus, angelica, star tulip