Archive for October, 2012

I don’t know what happened but when I hit forty things changed. Look! it’s not all bad and I swear, I rebelled against it and said it was mind over matter and things weren’t going to change just because of a number, but they did.  Not necessarily in a bad way though, because I feel a whole lot wiser for some reason, and I want to impart some of this wisdom on to you with a few quick tips to avoid the “latching phenomenon

When I was 10, I thought people in their 40’s, knew it all.  Not in a snobby, arrogant way, they just had been through “stuff” and seemed to get a lot of mail, like stacks of mail, so they must be pretty important to be receiving all that mail!!!!! (bills??). Now I’m forty and I’m getting the same stacks of mail and I feel so popular that so many banks and politicians and colleges want ME  to help “support” “stuff” ..   I feel like I am at the age which looked like the “suburban-Dalai-Lama” to me when I was 10.

The Latching Phenomenon. Everything , seems to latch on – from me to my shower door. I call it the “Latching Phenomenon.” Here are some things that I have noticed that have latched on to me/or inanimate objects in my house (clothes/shower door).     Maybe they were here all the time and my vision got better??? or to refer upon my first theme, I got wiser, more intuitive and created solutions quicker than I had previously had in the past? Nonetheless, I wanted to pass along some helpful hints for the Latching Phenomenon.

Here is my Doctor Oz moment, so I’m going to start with the most uncomfortable one first.  If I do not eat PERFECTLY, and drink the perfect amount of water and literally avoid all cheeses like the plague PERFECTLY, “things” slow down.   While this is an uncomfortable topic, think about it how it affects YOUR ENTIRE mood.  Lets just move on to the solution okay?  Here is how I stay “happy” and ,well “unlatched” from those “things” that do not need to be “Latched”.  Prebiotic, probiotic, fruit, veggies, hydrate with water,  and a balanced exercise schedule. I know , it sounds so boring.  However if I constantly keep a steady stream of these types of foods ,water and supplements on a consistent basis , I am able to kick this part of the latching phenomenon out the door!!! Quickly  and to make this more FUN,  I have 3 simple tips. Roast your veggies on stoneware with safflower oil, Mrs. Dash, fresh herbs & sea salt, mix your fruit and prebiotic in a smoothie with powdered peanut butter and your leftover morning coffee, and find an exercise that YOU LOVE.   Google what invigorated you in the past (, hoops, kickball, hunting, skiing..)  I guarantee you will find an exercise program that incorporates what YOU LOVED as a kid or as a recreational hobby. There are a GAZILLION exercise programs out there, and there is one for YOU.  I PROMISE.  ME?  I have always wanted to help people with their fitness & nutrition goals AND be  hip hop dancer or a boxer, so I got certified to teach hip hop, and kickboxing set to loud thumping music!

Secondly, let’s on to move to  chap-sticks,white deodorant, stickers, and mildew (we have moved on from the human body to inanimate objects).  For some reason, every sticker and chapstick my children acquire gets washed and dried on high heat. (ok, ok, if you are my husband reading this, Yes a small percentage of the chaptsticks, might be mine??)  Let’s not discuss my hyper-drive-fast-furious-vindisel-type laundry skills; where attention-to-detail , is overshadowed by the need to  hyper-extreme-wash super-dirty childrens’ clothes on high-hot-speed.  Unfortunately the clothes can be collateral damage when items are not removed  and are washed and dried on high temperatures.  First, if a vaseline or chapstick doo-dad explodes in your washer, your best bet is to find that sucker before you dry it.  Once its dried and that greasy stuff get’s in your clothes, it’s probably ruined with those spots (unless it’s white  , then you can bleach!!bleach!!).  Now, if you catch the catastrophe, take all the clothes out and hold them up to the light and look for the darker ,grease spots.  Spray a ton of resolve or oxi-clean on the spots, add a scoop of oxi-clean back into your clothes and re-wash with warm water ! This will help remove that greasy look.

As for stickers , if you catch before putting in the drier, usually you can scrape off with a scraping tool from your kitchen or place under warm to hot water and soap and scrape the sticky residue off in the sink.  Now, if the article of clothing with the sticker makes it to the drier, it’s a mess, BUT, I have a solution!!!  Mix about 1/3 of a bottle of  non-acetone nail polish remover with about 1 cup of warm water and place garment in the solution in the sink.     Take a kitchen scraping tool ,use pressure to gently scrape of the residue. Add more nail polish remover if  you need too!

For the white-zombied-deodorant-look that you just smeared on your  new black cocktail dress. Don’t fret, I have a solution.  Get a hanger from the dry cleaner that still has the foam cover, dab a tiny bit of the non-acetone nail polish remover on the foam part and rub gently on the white-zombified area.  If you don’t have the foam thing, try a light foam sponge or sponge from the market.  Clear deodorants? they  do not work on me.  I have to use the white-zombie stuff!!!!

Mildew! – I never use to have a problem with mildew , but I also used much harsher cleansers in the past.  I stopped using them a few years ago, because they made my daughter cough a lot and quite frankly made me light-headed.  Now, I use a combination of Clorox Green and water.  For daily spraying of the shower,  especially on the edge and corners and base of the shower, I use a  mixture of white vinegar and peppermint soap!   Simple as a dimple. Get a re-usable spray bottle (new one, don’t mix with any old residue from old cleaners – not safe).  Fill bottle 3/4 way to the top with vinegar and fill the rest with the peppermint soap.  It will look like salad dressing because the peppermint oil separates from the vinegar while still, just shake before you use and spray.  I spray this DAILY on the shower, RINSE, then spray again in just the corners and cracks and floor of the shower and let that sit till next time.. It’s a great way to prevent mildew from building UP and it’s so much better for your respiratory system!

Two other quick tips to help prevent things from “latching”.  I have also noticed, that in my twenties and early thirties, I could eat salads for a week (with lots of blue cheese) , run an extra mile and lose 5 lbs. HmmmUMMM. That does not happen now. ever.   When I  need to get back on track after holidays or vacations of rich and industrious eating!, I have to switch it up with the salads!   I use the Mesculan greens and the darker greens for more vitamins and fiber, and I make my own dressing when I can because I am not a fan of the “Light” dressings and some of those dressings have a ton of sugar and salt in them.  Easy Peasy,   1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil , 1/4 c red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey, 1 lemon squeezed,salt, pepper and any spices that light up your life. The second trick? Toss the squeezed lemon in the disposal and add 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar (into the disposal and you will help unlatch all sorts of debris and smells from the disposal area)

This is just a brief overview of how I have tried to buck the latching phenomenom in my forties. I will continue to update my blog weekly with tips, ideas, suggestions and opinions on how to enjoy a balanced, well-rounded healthy life!

Peace Out, Scrappie Momma!

This month is National Recovery Month, a month to celebrate, focus on or reflect on what exactly this means to people. For some, it may not mean anything because they may not have “recovered” from anything. However, I think, we all have recovered from something.  Human beings are flawed, life is chaotic; therefore, life is full of challenges, obstacles and bumps in the road.

I can only speak for myself, as this month applies to me and my family in many ways. Recovery is about bringing your life back to normalcy from a life of obsession and extremes. Whether these extremes be food, alcohol, drugs, credit card debt, cult-religion, high-risk life or death adventures, crime, and many others.  I am not going to discuss the scientific evidence of addiction that indicates that alcoholism or drug abuse is a disease and that it’s genetic etc, because I am not a scientist in any way shape or form. I think I maintained a nice C average in all my Science classes in college and I know for certain that I killed every single one of my fruit flies in Biology and had to re-do the lab a few times. Quite frankly that perplexes me because mid-July , my fruit table-/area looks like fruit fly experiment.

I am not sure what leads to someone become addicted or obsessed with certain areas of their life.  I can only hope that through my humor, writing, exposure in social media, my experiences will help people.  I can help others seek help when their life seems manageable and out of control.   People who come from stable backgrounds, fantastic parents and “normal” lives, end up alcoholics or with eating disorders. As well as People who come from broken homes, abusive households , also may end up with an obsessive/addictive disorder. Or in some cases, they may not be affected at all by any disorder.  That is why for me personally, I can not speak to the logic or science behind addiction because this blog would then turn into a 600 page book.  I simply want to churn out a blog that touched on this subject and then leave some 800’s numbers and websites for those who may want some anonymous assistance.

From my formative years through the time I was 18, it felt as if the carpet was ripped up from underneath me every two or three years. I realized that the  more uncontrolled my life felt the  more I need to mask my emotions, put up walls and charge forward. I learned the rule “Survival of the Fittest”, first hand. Slowly , almost subconsciously, I realized that controlled food and exercise was a way that I could reign in a “false” sense of control over my life again.  No sooner than I had put a band aid on my eating disorder, I began to realize the amazing the power of alcohol in  how it quieted any distractions, and gave my life that “false” sense of control.    Every insecurity, anxiety, stress-or, or incessant-cyclical-worrisome-thought was slowly quieted by the  the overall feeling of total and 100% security that alcohol brought me.

Alcohol simply replaced the the same calmness I felt while measuring out my food and calculating how many miles I would have to run to burn off exactly what I ate and more. Amidst the chaos of what was round me, outside the doors, I knew there was nothing that pounds lost on the scale or a giant glass of Pinot Grigio couldn’t fix for me.

“Okay, so where is the humorous slant LJ??” Look, this is a serious topic but I have to laugh at it too.   I love Drunk Girl and Drunk Uncle on Saturday Night Live. One of my favorite lines in a movie that makes me fall on the floor laughing is in “Crazy Stupid Love.” Steve Carrell, insists on getting a drink for one of his female interests,  with demanding confidence because he is desperately trying to learn the rules of being a “playah” and won’t take no for an answer. During  this machismo chivalristic act, the female interest, states “I’m five years sober” and he immediately, screams at the waitress. “no drinks ever, ever, never ever come back to this table with drink ever”  (something like that).    Does some of my sense of humor mask old pain, of course, I think that may be true for a lot of people. I think it’s okay, as long as there is seriousness when needed and the healing process is progressing.  Personally, without humor , my head would explode.

So, is this my “Jerry McGuire moment”.   Are people whispering, “has she lost it by putting her laundry out on the front line like this?” Is she going to jump on her Oprah sofa or start talking about how vitamins and exercise cure postpartum depression. No, I know first hand that severe postpartum depression must be handled by a professional and If I did jump on anyone’s sofa well then I’m sure that would be “frowned-upon” with severe looks of disdain and disapproval.    I’m not writing this for approval or accolades. I am writing on this particular topic because I care and want to help people. I hope that someone reading this blog reaches out to take that first step to get healthy or knows someone that needs help and  passes this along to someone. If I can help one person get healthy, then it doesn’t really matter what I wrote.

Is it a little strange that I work in the fitness industry , and participate in activities that I could obsess over and use to get lost in another eating disorder. Yes, and it is a little scary. I  know when I’m taking everything I see,read, and hear about nutrition/exercise, personally, and then start to question every bite I take or calorie I burn, I’m in trouble. I simply can’t follow some of the more stringent advice of  the leaders in my industry because that would push me into a path of sabotage. I can’t measure my food, carry my meals with me to restaurants or when I travel, or  “cut out” a food group to lose a few, or “clean eat” whatever % of the time they recommend. That would be highly dangerous for ME, maybe not for someone else, but for me, I need to have a little “badunk” in my “badunkadunk” a little “jiggle”  wherever lemon bars go to nestle, and I have decided what’s healthy for my body based on my experience and good old fashioned common sense!!!

With that being said, my hope is that I help others recognize that they don’t have to be a ripped, gleaming idol of fat free perfection in order to be confident and healthy.  I hope, I can bring a strong sense of being healthy ; while being moderate and living life without strict prison rules of what you can or can’t eat.    I do not want to paint that picture of perfection. It’s unrealistic for most  people.  We live in a world of extremes. Moderation is hard to come by these days.     Are their areas I could tone up or shrink? (or in some areas “grow” or “percolate” a little??) maybe. But I’m not going to make that my number one goal. My goal is to use my experience to help people get healthy based on their body type,  and absolutely, no-one else’s version of what they “should” look like.

With all that being said , please reach out or help someone else reach out if a disoder or “ism” has taken over your life/or someone else’s life. Also note that most employers have an Employee Assistance Program EAP, through your insurance , in which you can get five free visits for you or a spouse. It can’t hurt to ask!

National Eating Disorder Association:


Alcohol and Substance Abuse


Post Partum Depression

800-944-4PPD (4773)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Suicide Prevention Center

800-273-TALK  (8255)