Monthly Archives: December 2013


Where I run in Beverly Hills

This blog is about loving life. Giving back to society and all creatures of the universe, being the healthiest and best you possible, making dreams come true, basking in nature’s glory.  These are the goals I work on daily, and I also have met my share of struggles along the way. When that happens, I just crank up some upbeat music and get moving and reflect on the bigger picture, or sometimes I listen to melancholic music and write poetry. Either way I work through my melodrama and come out smiling again. Trees shadow the sun, but the luminous one above always finds a way to make an appearance.

Yesterday was Friday the 13th, and depending how you perceive things it was a day of good luck for me. I fell, and I fell hard on the cement. My friend was driving down the street and beeped for me. I noticed her, and in a split second I tripped and landed on my hands face first. My hands broke my fall. A driver of a bus stopped to see if I was hurt, and I was no worse for wear as I stood up and dusted my embarrassed self off.

Was it bad luck that I fell or good luck that I was not injured. I look at it from the latter point. From my vantage view the glass is always more than half full, and I am sure the fact that I am becoming fit and strong had something to do with my injury free tumble.

So as I put lotion on my scraped hands, I reflect on the cry baby moment I had about my weight staying the same for a few weeks, I realize in the scheme of struggles this is not one. Yesterday I was asked for a quarter by a homeless person, my weight plateau is not a true struggle and I was shamed in an instant.  I will tackle this challenge and make it happen, it is just a plateau and just another dare for me. I accept.

Love and Light


Photo Linda Monteleone’
My Mood this morning
My optimism is shrouded in a veil of grey
Just for today
I am Human

Good morning to all, I am so happy it is Friday. I woke up, brewed my coffee and got on the scale with high hopes. I feel lighter, but that damn scale said I stayed the same. Still holding at 20 pounds. I am so frustrated I could scream, but instead I will try to address the issue and forge forward. I need to make it to the New Year with a few more pounds off. I am not splurging at all.  Come to think of it, I noticed the last few days I am not eating that much. I bet I am hovering at about 1,000 calories a day, not good. I always forget eating too little will stall your weight loss. I am reconsidering splurging on Christmas Eve and Christmas. I may start a food journal again and track my points, it helps me to make sure I am eating enough.

Eating too much, eating too little, dieting feels like a science experiment and I am the lab rat. I am grateful for how far I have come, I am 30 lbs lighter than I was at this time last year but I want to go all the way, and I am so competitive with myself and lately I feel like I am letting me down. Or that is how I feel at this particular moment. This fleeting feeling will pass, and I will take this as a challenge to work harder. I am buying a pedometer with a heart monitor so I can track how far I run and walk and get my heart rate up. Also, I am going to go to the gym and have my fat and measurements done. I will post those as soon as I have the chance to check. I have to hang in there, and work even harder.  I will work out like a fiend tonight. I wish my glands did not feel swollen.

Ok , so a second cup of coffee is needed. I am hoping it is a short shift so I can run before the sun goes down, today the high is going to be only 64. 
I feel like crying or screaming just a little.
Breathe in, breathe out.
I need to meditate.


Yesterday I went to buy tuna and some healthy vegetables at Trader Joe’s and everything there is decked out for Christmas. The temptations are endless. I am splurging at Christmas but it is not easy. The holidays are such a weak spot, but I am staying strong and not giving in. They have these delicious Christmas cookies I want to buy, and I am hoping they are not sold out right before Christmas because I am holding off. Bring on the New Year and a drop in the scale.

Tuesday I did my workout with my friend and trainer Mike, and today I am feeling the after affects.  I am so sore. It is good though, I know I need to be a little sore, and move new muscles. It was a great workout, challenging. I got a little cocky on one of the exercises and Mike could see it was just to easy and he nipped my cockiness in the bud by making it harder on a higher bench. There I was, awkward moves and all. I always say you can be humbled in a second, and in my case it was through exercise. Mike is leaving to visit family until after the New Year so I need to be up on my workouts, and make sure I do what he has taught me so I do not get soft. Motivation, and the holidays but I will hang in there and make it happen, with maybe a cookie or two.

I have not posted in two days, my allergies are bothering me and I slept in too late. This weekend I will do a post about my 20 lb charity. I am really excited.

Off for now, I am in dire need of coffee today. Love and light to all.



Photo credit Linda Monteleone’

Good Monday Morning. I am freezing as I drink my coffee, and the heat is on. I am not letting this LA cold spell slow me down, I am out daily running and walking, but I have to admit it makes it harder to wake up so I am in a bit of a rush this morning.

I have changed my weigh in day to Friday, I like it so much better. It seems to make more sense to me. I am holding steady so far at twenty pounds. My announcement for my charity will be very soon.

Here is a poem I wrote on a frigid NYC morning, taking the train and dreaming with a cup of hot coffee warming my soul and body. Stay warm wherever you are…Love and light to all.




It’s another monotonous morning,

birds are chirping, but spring

has hardly paid a call or visit.

I drink my hot coffee, gripping

the cup like it holds liquid gold.

Fatigue sets in, mentally, physically;

a rat races inside my head.

I am emotionally, physically

drained from running mundane

marathons to empty destinations.

I imagine a kiss, a zealous kiss

that would bring summer

to my wintry body and soul.

Instead I sip, caffeinated tepid cafe;

and long for lips that scald,

daydreaming of a moment

that could warm all of my seasons.

 (c) Rose Bruno Bailey


I am so late posting, I have had a relaxing day at home but I definitely got my workout in. I went for a walk/run and I have to admit it was cold outside today. My diet is going strong and I am so happy I lost the two pounds of water weight.

I have a dilemma, not a bad one but a dilemma just the same. I have been invited to a party in Beverly Hills by my regular guests at Seasons 52. It is Monday night, a holiday party with a performance by a Prima ballerina and her partner. I would love to attend but after losing 30 pounds, I literally have nothing to wear and not sure I will be able to find the time to go shopping by Monday. I have to buy an outfit for my birthday in two weeks and not sure I feel like rushing tomorrow to find something for Monday. Plus I really want to go to yoga and stay on track. Up until now I have only been purchasing workout and work clothes, knowing my body is changing and I am losing weight it does not make sense to buy a new wardrobe.

This party would be amazing, I meditated on it and I think I am going to pass. I do not need the distraction of food and missing a workout and yoga. I am so honored that I was invited and I truly love the ladies who asked me to go but I must stay on schedule.

On another note, I will post my 20lb charity soon. I am just waiting for confirmation from the organization. It is the perfect idea for the season of joy.

Wishing you sweet dreams.



Good Morning and a Happy Friday to all. I am really looking forward to the weekend. I love having weekends off, in NYC I worked all hours and the weekend and it made it difficult to be healthy. I do  not think I could do all I am doing if I had to do that again.

Yesterday was my workout with Mike. The weather is getting cooler and my joints have been feeling a bit stiff. The park was cold but as soon as we got moving the temperature felt comfortable to me. We moved at a much swifter pace, and we did some burpees again for the first time in forever. I can see we are picking up the pace now, which is a good thing. After the first five months I think it is time to really push it, now I am able and much stronger to do so. He even said I am much stronger and I can also feel my running is developing. I seem to have more of a confident stride in my run. Mike and I may work out more than once a week after the New Year, which will definitely help me get to my goals.

So I know I am days early but I stepped on the scale and I am happy to say the 2lb water weight gain is gone and I am holding steady at 177lbs. I am still at 20lbs. I am back to watching my sodium and I did not give in to my husband James and his pecan pie. It was hard but I did it.

Off to work and then a run later. It is chilly here for west coast standards. It takes a bit of time to get used to. Coffee and my breakfast and work. The day flies.
Love and Light to all


Happy Wednesday, it is hump day. I always laugh at that reference but I am happy it is here. I work today, and then a run/walk and a night class of yoga. I am trying to get back on track with everything since the holiday weekend, and another is approaching us fast. My diet will be clean until Christmas.I am also looking into holistic ways to supplement vitamins. I have been slightly run down.

I have my twenty pound goal almost set, I am just waiting on a confirmation from the charity. I have learned it is not an easy task to get involved sometimes, it could take weeks. Plus I have been without a phone for some time which does not make things easier. Mine broke and I decided to not worry about an extra bill, and live old school. My friends and family have not liked this choice. I am happy to say I am researching which new smart phone will be best for me and my blogging. I will make a choice most likely in the New Year.

A few days ago I was inspired to add fire dancing to my fitness bucket’s long list of things I would like to accomplish. I was having a discussion with Mike my trainer and friend and he made a suggestion that I accomplish one before adding another, so I have decided to do one a month starting in the New Year. Some are easy, others will be difficult but the point of a bucket list is to have the experience and adventure and then cross them off. You are then left with the memories and the fulfillment of the moments. 

Off for now. The days are starting to really get cooler, for California standards. Last night I went for a walk/run after 7pm and it actually was cool but it felt refreshing. Happy Hump Day to all.



Vegetable juice to help me reset my body 

The Thanksgiving Holiday was amazing, and having all of the time off was great but now it is time to get back to work. This week is a short work week,which I love. I think the weather may get a little cooler, which always makes it challenging to go and work out but I will get through the December temptations. I am about to weigh myself, I cheated on Thanksgiving but to be honest even though I only cheated one day, I did not watch my sodium as much as usual over the weekend. So I will see how the scale reacts, also I may have some female water weight to boot. Female water weight with Thanksgiving, a double weight whammy. So, in essence I need to make sure I am right on track up until my birthday in three weeks, I am going to be extra diligent with my diet until December 21st. We are going to Musso and Frank’s for my Birthday, a LA bucket list must. I want to get a new outfit and celebrate all that I have worked hard for, and take lots of photos.

Ok so the damage is two pounds. It is disheartening to see the scale up, but I know with female water weight and the holiday that may not be permanent. I am just going to push harder up until Christmas, do the December challenge to work out every day this month that Melissa Bender Fitness suggested. When the New Year hits I will even work harder. I have this, for me at my age it is taking some time but I am getting there. When I was younger I lost weight so quickly, but I understand the challenges of being a woman in my forties. I am just going to reset with healthy choices and work out and clear my mind and body.

Off for now, workout or yoga tonight, and if I go to yoga I am running all the way there. I will conquer this just in time to do my twenty pound charity. I am just waiting on an email and checking a few details before I reveal what I am doing this month.

Love and Light

Melissa Bender Fitness: 30 Day Workout Challenge

I am adding this to my routine for the month of December, answering the challenge to make sure no matter what happens I get these workouts in. Love it, Thanks Melissa Bender.

Melissa Bender Fitness: 30 Day Workout Challenge: Hi Everyone, It is the first day of the month and I am starting a new challenge. For every day this month I am committing to working…


Happy first day of December to all. I am having a low key day, I am not feeling like myself and the dreaded leftovers are trying to tempt me. My husband James just had a piece of my chocolate and pecan pie with ice cream and I admit I would love a piece but I am not giving in. I just had some Ezekial toast instead and I will be going for a walk/run this evening. It is hard to be good when there are so many treats trying to vie for your attention. I am staying strong though, I am not giving in no matter what.

December, I will make it through with flying holiday colors, with extra workouts and keeping my eye on the prizes. I can do this, even when my will gets tested. I love the holidays but there is more to this time than food. I will persevere.

Happy December to all. 
Love and Light