Holiday Survival Guide!


From Thanksgiving till the New Year we are inundated with food and alcohol!   That said, I believe you can enjoy yourself without having a side of guilt!  So often people look at the holidays as a time to indulge.  Mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes smothered in butter are just a few of the most common accompaniments.  In the South I’ve learned that mac & cheese is also enjoyed, along with pie, pie and more pie.  And, for those who enjoy libations, there’s plenty of that.  With all the parties, family get togethers, office food, you name it, well, it’s hard to avoid.

Come January, that side of guilt becomes a platter.  Regular gym goers hate going to the gym with all the “newbies” or those who pay their membership and now start showing up!  The “diet’s” begin and of course the #1 New Years resolution is to lose weight!

Well, I subscribe to none of it and I’m going to tell you why.  First of all, I am a foodie!  My motto is Simple, Healthy & Delicious.  Living A Full Life for me is all about balance.  For all of us, we have better balance in certain areas of our lives.  While I’ve gone through my own battles, after 49 years I think I’ve wrapped my arms around this one.  So here are just a few of my tips, that might work for you!

  • Think before you eat.
  • Make good choices.
  • Always bring something healthy to a part.  Always.
  • Don’t starve yourself all day so you can eat later.
  • Do you really like mashed potatoes?
  • Do you really like pecan pie?  I don’t!
  • Are you “drinking” to fit in?  Because everyone else is?
  • Just say no!  It’s ok!
  • Start reading healthy food blogs! A few of my favs!  
  • Enjoy real food!
  • Get in 30 minutes of exercise daily.                                                                                 
  • Breathe.
  • Sleep.
  • Be grateful for all the abundance in your life.
  • Don’t forget, this isn’t your last meal.  🙂

Would love to hear some of your suggestions for healthy ways to enjoy the holidays!  Stay tuned, tomorrow I will share some of my favorite recipes that are perfect for this time of year!



JUST SAY YES!!!!!!!!!!!


I had a conversation with a good friend last week about checking things off the bucket list.  Having just turned 49 in September, it’s made me think more about my life and what’s next?  With almost half a century behind me, I’ve lived a full and diverse life!  

On the athletic side I’ve gone from riding horses…. fox hunting, dressage, jumping, to 5k’s, half marathons, the full marathon, and evolving to my current obsession of running up tall buildings, Tower Running!

On the professional side, that’s been a diverse and exciting adventure as well.  From 15 years in the food and beverage industry…waiting tables, bartending, catering ( some pretty great Hollywood parties on that list….even met and got a kiss from George Clooney!), to training and management.  Then stumbling into the automotive world with almost 8 years at Mazda North American Operations, in the corporate office to the my first field job sending me to Alabama!  Yup, they didn’t know what they were doing sending this Brooklyn/So Cal girl to the South!  

Let’s not forget the early years of being a nanny, exercising horses, and spending a few years in LA, “going after the dream”….which really meant, waiting tables at Wolfgang Pucks and dreaming about the dream.

And of course we never forget our struggles, heartache, perseverance and triumph to overcome the tough times we all go through.  Be it personal loss, saying goodbye to my beloved Brady after 16 years, health issues, family…..

Well, as I approach a big birthday next year, I cherish the life I have.  A wonderful husband, my parents, lots and lots of stairs to climb, weights to lift, miles to run, etc, etc.  In addition, I get to help others better their lives by helping them improve their health via nutrition and fitness.  I also have the BEST tribe of female friends.  Women I’m so lucky to have as a part of my life.  #grateful

All of that, and something is still missing….I feel like there’s more for me to do, to give, to happen.  And I spend a lot of time thinking about it.

I’m reading a book right now, “You Are A Badass, How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life”, by Jen Sincero.  It’s basically the decision of “wanting” to change something in your life and “deciding” to jump in and do whatever it takes!  Often we get caught up in the life we’re living and are afraid to put ourselves out there.

This really spoke to me: “But what if you had the audacity to leave your excuses and your shame about wanting to be huge and fabulous behind and really went for it full-on anyway?  What if you decided to do the most outrageous, most exciting thing  you ever dared fantasize about, regardless of what anyone, including your terrified self, thought?  THAT would be living.”

I love everything about that!  Whether it’s working on that book you dreamed you’d write and submitting that manuscript, pitching an idea to your boss, trying a new hobby that scares the hell out of you…but you’ve dreamed of doing, or, like me, going back to something you loved and dreamed about, but somewhere, somehow buried it.  For me, that’s acting & writing.  So I signed up for a 3 day intensive for Improv and Sketch Comedy Writing at Second City in Chicago.  I’m so excited!  It didn’t take me a minute to say……..YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And of course there’s more, so much more I’m going after. But I’ll save that for a different day.  The point of this is to JUST SAY YES!!!!!!!!!!!

What’s on your bucket list?  What changes do you want to make but don’t think you can?  Let’s do this…together!