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My Most Successful NY Resolution!

Since I am a Life Coach (certified as well!), you might guess I love New Year’s Resolutions. True that but I make them all year-long. Just like you through, some stick better than others. If I think I “should” do something, it is not going to last long. If I WANT to do something, I have satisfying success (usually.)

Even I am amazed, however, that a resolution I made one year ago today is still going strong. Exercise six days a week. Before you gasp at imagining me pumping iron and running hard, it’s not like that.

I simply answered an oft asked question, “what is one thing you could add to your life that would make the biggest difference?” For me that was some regular exercise (note the vaguely worded “some”.) Since I know myself well and that I do better with an “always” than an “occasional,” I added the six days a week. Sabbath is a high priority for me and in spite of the success, it still feels like work.

I go to classes about 3 X a week and do videos at home the other days. When I’m traveling, I find a treadmill or gym or otherwise count steps. Believe me, I give myself a lot of grace, it all counts.

No, I don’t exercise on Christmas or if I’m sicker than a cold.

This year I decided I should pick up the pace and work harder or longer then I caught the “should” and backed off. When I really want to, it will happen.

My Gym Props

What resolution have you had success with?

Hope for the best,


PS My Next book, “!00 Need-to-Know Tips for Moms of Tweens & Teens” is coming soon!




Strength Wanted!

I grew up in the era of calisthenics which I never liked.  I also detested relay races, jumping rope, softball, and any sport that required fast movement. President Kennedy’s “Youth Fitness Plan” was lost on me.

I like to play croquet and occasionally badminton, or at least I used to when my dad would set up a net on the side yard.  I think that’s it.   I really like to walk and can do that for long stretches but the truth is, I am not strong.

Apparently, strength is an essential component for health and longevity, both of which I want plenty of.  So I bought a DVD for women of a certain age group to focus on strength training.  Loved the idea, couldn’t wait to get strong, set out the weights and slipped the DVD into my player….ONCE.

When “Strengh Training”  kept showing up on my to-do list, I finally realized I didn’t need a DVD, I needed an appointment.  So I hired a trainer.

I meet with my trainer on Mondays at my local gym. He speaks the language of “Upper Body” and “Lower Body” and after three sessions now, I have some recall of what to do with the free weights for biceps which is a different motion than for triceps.  Who knew?

Exercise in the park in Beijing last year, just my speed!

For 40 minutes a week, I feel strong.  I am beginning to feel strong anticipating going and sometimes I feel strong just driving by the gym.  All that strength is showing up in the rest of my life too.  A girl who hires a trainer can take on other tasks too.  I am braver for sure.

I think I will be on the lifetime plan but that’s the point right?

PS #4 in the 5 Step Strategies for Raising Kids will resume soon!

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