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You just logged in a tiring 10-hour day at work and after being stuck in traffic for an hour, picked up the screaming kids from daycare, you realized that you don’t have a clue what’s for dinner. Instead of pulling into the nearest fast food drive thru; you opt for making a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up ingredients for tonight’s dinner.

But since you’ve been trying to eat healthy – and most importantly – trying to get the rest of your family to eat healthy as well, you want to make sure you get the most nutritional bang for your dollar, all the while not wasting precious time around the dinner table by pulling your hair out reading the nutritional labels in the aisles.

Once in the food aisle, food cartons in hand, make sure you keep the following tips in mind, before you load up your grocery cart.

There are six main items on nutritional labels that you should pay close attention to:

  • Serving size
  • Total carbohydrate
  • Dietary fiber
  • Calories
  • Total fat
  • Saturated fat

Serving size: Make sure that you only eat one serving, as most foods contain several servings per package.

Total carbohydrates: The weight of simple and complex carbohydrates; 300 grams daily.

Dietary Fiber: 25 grams daily.

Calories: Calculations are be based on a 2000-calorie diet for adults and children four-years-old or older.

Total fat: 65 grams daily or 25 percent of total daily calories.

Saturated fat: 20 grams daily or about 10 percent of your calories.

Also, when shopping and reading labels, you’ll be bombarded with a variety of health food claims. What exactly does “fat free” mean? Here’s a breakdown of the most common, and FDA approved, nutrient content claims stamped across our food packaging these days.

“Low-calorie” – 40 calories or less per serving.

“Reduced-calorie” – at least 25 percent fewer calories per serving when compared with a similar food.

“Light,” “Lite” – one-third fewer calories or 50 percent less fat per serving; if more than half the calories are from fat, fat content must be reduced by 50 percent or more.

“Sugar-free” – less than 1/2 gram sugars per serving.

“Reduced sugar” – at least 25 percent less sugar per serving when compared with a similar food.

“Fat-free” – less than 1/2 gram fat per serving.

“100 percent fat free” – meets requirements for fat free.

“Low-fat” – 3 grams or less per serving.

“Reduced-fat” – at least 25 percent less fat when compared with a similar food.

“Cholesterol-free”- less than 2 milligrams cholesterol per serving and 2 grams or less saturated fat per serving.

“Low-Cholesterol”- 20 milligrams or less cholesterol per serving and 2 grams or less saturated fat per serving.

“Sodium-free,” “Salt-free” – less than 5 milligrams sodium per serving.

Nutritionists are the experts when it comes to decoding health labels. Places like Personal NEWtrition will even tailor what's on those labels to your individual nutrition needs.

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Question: I've had a constant debate with a girlfriend for months over a couple fitness questions, so I'm hoping you can settle this once and for all:

  1. Which burns more calories – jogging at a constant speed or doing intervals (walk, jog fast, walk, jog fast, walk)?
  2. Which burns more calories – doing cardio before or after lifting weights?

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful, yet sarcastic insight! I'm looking forward to it.

– Kimberly, Cincinnati



Answer: Sarcastic, huh?! Insightful, yes, but sarcastic, never! Come on, is it really a debate, or is it a bet that you want me to settle? If it’s a bet, then I want half of the winnings. Go on, call me greedy. If you don’t like it, then call “Body by Jake.” He may even have something insightful to say besides “abbadabbas.”

To answer your question and settle the debate once and for all, an individual will burn more fat calories performing an interval-style aerobic workout, i.e. walk two minutes, run two minutes, walk two minutes, rinse and repeat, than they would with sustained speed training. The reason for this is that the body becomes very efficient at utilizing energy during sustained training. However, when interval training is introduced, the body doesn’t know what the hell to do, so it keeps burning fat. That’s the simple explanation.

To answer your second question – wait a minute – how lucky are you guys? You're getting two questions answered for the price of one. OK, back to business, now; I’ve been saying this for years and I hope it finally sinks in. First, you need to do a little warm-up, nothing too crazy, just 6-8 minutes on the treadmill, elliptical trainer, bike, whatever. Then, perform a strength training workout. After that, you should finish up with aerobic training. The workout is much more efficient this way. To illustrate my point; let's say you begin your workout with 30 minutes of aerobic training before you do your strength training. Now, you’ve just wasted about 15 minutes, because during your first 13-17 minutes all you’re burning is glycogen, which is the fuel the supplies your muscles. It’s only around minute 18 that you even start to burn fat; but by now, you’ve already depleted much of the glycogen stores that you’ll need for your weight workout. Clearly, this is not a very good use of your time in the gym.


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Not sure Charlize rolls out of bed looking sultry. But she has the basics to get the look started. It’s that healthy look. Consider the condition of you hair, skin and teeth before you worry about a sultry outfit. Try products to make your hair shiny, your skin smooth and teeth pearly white. For healthy hair tips, click here.

Give your hair a sophisticated sexy look. Lisa Herman, owner of Salon Urbanity at Adams Landing, suggests upswept hair or long soft curls.

You can appear sultry simply by accentuating your assets. If your eyes are your best feature, accentuate them with a smoky look and add extreme lashes (available at Urbanity). Love your lips? Rev them up with red lipstick. Great hair? Add a sparkly hair clip or band to turn heads. But remember, it’s the total package hair, skin and physique. But while you should only accentuate one or two physical features to avoid looking overdone, your confidence is a necessary component to any successful sultry look.

And now, what to wear? Consider your body type before you purchase the dress that looks so smooth and sultry on the mannequin. Remember, she’s totally in proportion and doesn’t have any bulges or extra pounds. She’s definitely not your average woman.

Glance through tips on finding the right dress considering your body type here.
Black can instantly make you feel sexier. Emily McAlister, assistant manager at Forever 21, says a $40 dress in pink may look cheap, but the same dress in black looks expensive. Add a gold or red belt for a dramatic effect. Yes, the little black dress is a safe and sultry choice for an evening out. Little black dresses with "wow" can be found at the Nordstrom site.

But don’t get stuck in a little black dress rut. Experiment! Be sexy and stylish. Emily suggests a black and white polka dot shirt with a black corset over it. Yes, you do need confidence to pull off this one.

Wear something that shows off your figure, but keeps them guessing. Try a neckline that’s somewhat low (not too low, though) or off the shoulder for a sensual effect. Try layering a patterned camisole under a see-through top to add a touch of intrigue.

Shoes are "sole food" for women. Stilettos and boots kick an outfit up to sexy status. Stilettos and platform shoes make you feel long and lean.

Ok, think you’re ready to step out? Look in the mirror. Maybe you need to rethink that killer outfit. Be honest with yourself. Are you looking more like Charlize or Peggy?

Now that you have it all together, before you go out that door, remember your attitude. Wrap yourself in an air of confidence. Now that’s sultry!


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    Learn and Munch – at EQ at the Party Source in Bellevue, KY. EQ stands for “Entertainment Quotient” and they offer hands on group cooking classes for 8 with scrumptious eats after your done. Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Attend a cooking demo – you still get to eat the results, but you watch while the experts do their thing.
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    In Vino Veritas – Paul Ortiz has recently founded The Cincinnati Wine School, offering in depth educational classes on wine – a departure from the usual tastings at wine merchants around town. Ortiz was the sommelier at Boca for several years. The school’s “Basics of Wine” is a three-week series for $115. Each class is two hours, with six to eight wines tasted each class. Class I is about grape growing and winemaking. Classes II and III offer introductions to whites and to reds. “Expect to have a great time while you learn about old world and new world wines and what makes them different,” says Ortiz about the classes. You have to love his tag-line: “Where you’ll love the homework, too.” Find out more at

    Vertigo No More –Try rockclimbing at Rockquest Climbing Center in Sharonville, where you can tackle 18 and 45 foot walls after a quick one-hour lesson for $7.00. You’ll need to climb in pairs, as one person is the “belayer” or helper, while the other climbs. Rockquest offers climbing for beginners and an 80 ft wall for the more experienced. Private lessons go for $30. They’ll help you organize a party, too. Check out details at

    School for the Fun of It – UC’s Communiversity let’s you take advantage of living in a college town and have fun at the same time. Communiversity offers classes in sports, computer competency, cooking, music, dance, finance seminars, writing, handicrafts… the list goes on and on. A smattering of what’s coming up? Try Healthy Cooking with an Ethnic Flair, starting Saturdays on June 23 (four lessons for $139) or learn about antiquing with author and expert, Frank Farmer Loomis on July 21 in Sidney, Ohio. Or check out all the other offerings at

    Amazing Grace – Become a Swan with ballet lessons from the Annelise von Oettingen School of Ballet, on the West side. Their adult beginner class, "From Misfits to Magnificence," is targeted to teens and adults who want to become more graceful: Mondays 7:45-8:45. Learn more at

    Go Play Outside – Learn to play tennis, sail or horseback-ride. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission offers adult tennis lessons at Lunken Airport ( $60 for six lessons. Strictly Sail in Blue Ash will teach you to sail via their combined classroom and on-the-water lessons. Get two three-hour classes for $99, which includes one day in the classroom and the second day on the water in Brookville, IN. Billed as a safe way for the beginning sailor to learn, find out more at For horseback riding, try the Winton Woods Riding Center, at Winton Woods Park. Get more details at here. The park offers lessons from beginners to advanced and teaches Western, Hunt Seat, Dressage and Jumping. Lessons are $207-276, depending on the day of the week, for 12 lessons.

    Throw a Pot – Not at someone…I mean throw a pot on a wheel. Tap into Cincinnati’s heritage as the home of Rookwood Art Pottery by taking a lesson at Funke Fired Arts, (formerly Annie’s Mud Pie Shop) on Wasson Rd. in Hyde Park. Six week classes run $160. “People who come here say we have a great environment, a sense of community,” says owner Tom Funke. He also offers advanced lessons and “funkier” (ok, I couldn’t resist) classes like mosaics and metallic glazes. Check out their Web site at

    Get Crafty – One woman's scrap is another’s treasure. Scrap-booking is all the rage! Save those ticket stubs, wine labels (see above), photos of your first cruise and little Andrew’s handprint from preschool and turn them into treasured and artistic memories at Scraps Etc., with locations in Cherry Grove, Cincinnati Mills and Symmes Twp. Initial classes are free ($5 fee, with a $5.00 off coupon). All the materials you need for scrap-booking are available at the stores, but you'll have to supply the memories. Go to to start generating some crafty ideas.

    Find Your Voice – At Women Writing for (a) Change, in Silverton. Experience Creative writing classes for women (and some for men) in a safe environment where no one is going to take a red pencil to your words. The writer is in control of the feedback she gets. Materials even say you can request a standing ovation! “We offer a nurturing community which brings words to women and the words of women to the world,” says Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder of the Women Writing for (a) Change Movement. All kinds of writing are welcome, from journaling to fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Beginners and more advanced students are both welcome. Monthly Saturday Samplers are free. Seven week summer classes begin the week of June 11th. Learn more about this group of aspiring wordsmiths at

    The Art of Self Defense – Learn Moo Gong Ryu, or “the way of guarding peace,” style of martial arts at Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center on Red Bank Rd. All fitness levels and ages are welcome. Adult beginners can start any time. Fees are on a monthly basis, costing $77 per month for up to 12 classes. The first month is $160, because you buy a uniform and get a 30-minute private lesson. After just a couple of lessons, you’ll be knocking out choreographed “forms” and breaking boards – yes, really! They promise. But don't break your keyboard out of excitement. You'll need it to type in this Web site:

    While Watching the Boob Tube – Take up needlepoint and have something to show for your time watching Tony Soprano order a hit or the latest American Idol hopeful get thrown off the show. Would-be needlepointers can learn the basics at The Top Drawer in Mariemont. Beginner’s classes are $20, including materials, offered once a month on the second Wednesday from 6-8 pm. You’ll be stitching in no time and able to make some of the nifty things available at the store like eyeglass cases, Christmas ornaments, handbags and belts. Get one stitch closer to a new pastime by visiting

    Enchanted Moments – This metaphysical book and gift shop, offers workshops, readings and energy work. Reiki is offered once a quarter. Drumming is the first Tuesday of every month. In addition, upcoming special classes include Meditation and Visualization on June 8 from 7-9, with Steve Thompson from Sedona, Arizona. Thompson will also offer a workshop on June 10: 8 Steps on the Path to Spiritual Freedom. A tarot class is also being offered June 6th, 13th and 20. Check the Web site for more options:


    Alright, let me set the mood…


    It’s Friday afternoon.  I just got home from a long, long work week.  I’m killing some time before I run some errands by going through some things in my bedroom and rummaging through some old pictures.  “Man,” I think to myself, “I never realized how much weight I put on.”  I thumb through some more, thinking back to how a girl never realizes how beautiful she really was in high school.  I pause on a few, laughing in remembrance of what incredibly stupid and silly thing I was doing at the time the picture was taken, and sigh when I find an old prom picture.  Funny how we waste all those years trying to look one way, thinking we are never beautiful enough, never truly appreciating what we really looked like, isn’t it?


    Then it hits me.  My head perks up like one of those prairie dogs.  I scamper up off the ground like a kid on Christmas morning and run to the other side of my bed.  Slowly, I lean over, pull my blanket up, and slide out a long, smooth container.  I eagerly wiggle the container out completely and pause for a moment in anticipation. “Should I do this?” I ask myself, “Is it time?”  “Yes,” say aloud, “it is.”


    It was at that moment my heart started to quicken.  I had one of those tight lipped smiles—the kind of smile that appears when you are a given a gift and you really hope it’s what you wanted.  I snapped open the lid, setting it aside, and I stopped.  I just stared at the contents for a second thinking of the disappointment I might feel had I should have waited.  “No,” I told myself, “just do it.”  I grabbed one of favorites.  I stood back up, and let it fall open, sizing it up and inspecting every small detail.  I prepared myself and then held it back up in the air. 


    I took a breath, turned to face the mirror, and pulled one foot through.  I quickly pulled the other foot through.  I stared at myself in my full-length mirror and continued pulling up.  I heard music—the tune from Rocky was softly beginning to run through my head.  I watched myself continue pulling up and the music got louder.  “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God…” I repeated over and over.  I went past my knees, past my thighs, over my butt, and then….


    I buttoned them!  No sucking in, no lying on the bed, no need for pliers to pull the zipper up—they fit!  Yes ladies and gentlemen, I did it.  I FINALLY fit into those old jeans! Laughing


    I kid you not; I jumped up and down, laughing and clapping my hands.  I even started to tear up.  I turned and checked out the view from the back; I turned again and checked the view from the side.  I started jumping up and down again.  Hands on my face, I stood there and stared.


    THAT, my friends, is the feeling of accomplishment.  I have worked since February on this.  I made a lifestyle change for the better.  I am 14 weeks smoke free, 20+ pounds lighter, and man oh man, does it feel good!


    Next stop—the dentist.  It’s time to make that change that started all of this.  Oh how I hate the dentist, but it’s time to complete the package.  Mental goal picture, here I come! Tongue out

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    Cincy Chic: Have you always loved to write?
    Anni Macht Gibson:
    It’s funny… I graduated from Seven Hills School and the Alumni Director just came across a prize-winning essay of mine from 1970! So, yes, I’ve always liked writing. I was also co-editor of the school newspaper. During my Procter & Gamble days (where I was marketing manager for 24 years), I mostly wrote memos and marketing recommendations and summaries. Between work, raising kids and ailing parents, I did not have much time to write for fun. Then, after I retired and my parents subsequently died in '01 and '02, I found myself drawn to the page again. I started out writing poetry about my feelings of loss and began reading a lot of modern poets: Jane Kenyon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser. I graduated from poems about personal angst to more observational poetry, I’d call it.

    Cincy Chic: Your first collection of poetry, Unfinished, was just released. What's it about?
    Unfinished is a collection of 75 poems. The book will be available at and Joseph Beth books a book store in Dayton and one in Louisville. I’m still working on distribution elsewhere, as I need to have the book in-hand to get the distribution. I am also in two stores in Traverse City, Mich. I am having a private signing for 150 of my closest friends and family in early June. In the fall, I hope to have signings at Jospeph Beth and at Women Writing for (a) Change, the creative writer’s organization for which I teach, and without whom I would not be publishing my book. The women and men in my writing groups there have been my biggest supporters, along with my family and friends.

    Cincy Chic: You split your time between Cincinnati and Traverse City. Why?
    My husband’s family has been going to Traverse City in the summers for over 100 years. He grew up summering there. I’ve “only” been going for 26 years, since I’ve known him. There's a lot of natural beauty up there with its lakes, sand dunes, exquisite forest. They are an inspiration to me as a poet. We also like the small town life and plan to retire there eventually.

    Cincy Chic: What's your favorite thing about Cincy?
    The people; everyone is so friendly. After that, Graeters comes in a close second!

    Cincy Chic: Where is your favorite spot in Cincinnati?
    The Eden Park Overlook. It was sort of a “Lovers’ Lane” when I was a teen, but also has an exquisite view. My favorite place to write (other than at home) is Lookout Joe’s close to my house in Hyde Park.

    Cincy Chic: How do you inspire yourself?
    Ideas come to me willy nilly – when I’m reading, driving around town, listening to people, watching the world. I keep a notebook with me all of the time. Sometimes ideas are triggered by memories (I just wrote a poem how different people eat Oreo cookies, based on when I went to day camp 40 years ago! Are you a licker, a dunker or a nibbler???)

    Cincy Chic: Being a writer, I know we all have an insatiable love for words. Do you have a favorite word?
    I love all words… the feel and sound and taste of them. I love word origins and crossword puzzles. I love playing with words. I actually wrote a poem about this:

    They Had Me
    It’s out –
    I make love to words,
    fondling definitions,
    playing with them in ménages
    a tercet and quatrain,
    meaning in fleeting dalliances.

    Just yesterday, I hooked up
    with a couple of verbs
    looking for some action.
    Swept off my feet,
    I swooned and mooned
    over create, berate and inundate.

    Tonight, nouns and adjectives
    romance me:
    seductive latin sambas with gusto;
    Who said “words are cheap?”
    They were right, available, too,
    to satisfy my tawdry urges
    for sexy adverbs — scantily clad
    alluring modifiers, gilding lilies.

    Too many pronouns make a crowd.
    All I need is you and me…
    maybe us for a little company,
    forget he, she, it — who needs them?

    I love everything about words.
    Definitions, contradictions;
    New: condom, old: codpiece.
    Parsing sentences gives me glee,
    and even spelling captivates:
    there’s a rat in separate.

    Happily, my love is returned,
    with metaphors embracing me
    similes' not so subtle puns
    bringing a smile to my lips.
    Loneliness is a thing of the past.

    Words, they so had me from “See Spot Run”

    Cincy Chic: Do you enjoy writing anything other than poetry?
    I also write prose, but I don't have anything publishable. Some day, I'd like to write a murder mystery, my favorite genre other than poetry.

    Cincy Chic: What's your favorite book and why?
    Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon. She is my idol and I never tire of reading and re-reading her poetry. I like her because her poetry is about everyday life and very understandable, yet beautifully written with exquisite turns of phrase.

    Cincy Chic: Did you ever get the notorious "writer's block" when writing Unfinished? If so, how did you overcome that?
    I generally go do something else and spend some time thinking. Pretty soon, the ideas start to come. Once I have an idea, I just try to get a draft down. Sometimes drafts bear little resemblance to the final work. Writer Anne LaMott calls this “the shitty first draft." I’m into “shitty first drafts” because they give me something to work from, Not all my poems are good or publishable. Some I just discard because they are hopelessly lousy. It comes with the territory.

    Cincy Chic: What would you like to say to other wordsmiths out there with dreams of writing their own book?
    Just write. Keep a journal. Write about your day, your misery, your happy times. Write badly, but just write. Over time, you will improve. Also, read. Read other authors in the genre in which you like to write. See how they use words and images and emulate them. Eventually, you will find your own style and make it your own. Also, learn to edit your work. Excise extra words, hone your writing… the more you do it, the better you will get. I took an essay I wrote for “This I Believe” on WVXU and cut it from the original 1200 words to 500, which was the limit. It was hard and took work, but I was proud when I was done. It was a much tighter, and ultimately, a better piece. And WVXU accepted it for airing.

    Cincy Chic: Anything else you'd like to add?
    I’ll add that I think that writing is both a right- and a left-brained process. The creativity and ideas and first drafts, similes, metaphors come from the right brain, but the editing requires logical left-brained thinking. It’s how you take the creative stuff and make it really good. Finally, I’d say “if you write, you are in fact a writer.” You don’t have to aspire to be one. Just write and you’ll be a writer, whether you're published or not. Develop your identity as a writer, and you’ll start to feel good about your writing. It’s a circular process. But if you aspire to be a writer you can be one. Just write.


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    Summer is right around the corner. What better way to get ready for the hot summer nights ahead than to spice up your wardrobe for a night out on the town dancing?

    It doesn’t matter whether you are a dancer or a novice; wearing the right clothing that fits your style and body type makes you feel like moving with confidence and adds swing to your step that will make you want to get out on the dance floor.

    You don’t have to go out and buy a new wardrobe to make a change. Buy a few essential items, add accessories and the stage is yours. Here are a few sizzling style trends:

    Black and White: The graphics have it. From easy solids to bolder prints, this style is sure to be a hit no matter what your wallet says. Move from day to night into a jersey black and white printed sleeveless dress from White House/Black Market for $128. If you want more, try the printed jersey top black trumpet pleated skirt. Add clear beaded accessories and patent leather peep-toe pumps or sandals to complete the style.

    Color Pops: Crisp and clear, nothing electrifies your wardrobe like a shot of color. From poppy red, grass green, hot yellow to cobalt blue, color is painting personality back into the scene. If blue is a personal favorite, you’ll be in luck. Kenneth Cole Reaction highlights the trend with a blue and green stripe pattern jersey dress for $139. Like siren red? Go for a jersey sleevelhalter top from Shine with a black flounced skirt or wide legged pants. Top it off with beaded accessories and a handbag.052107FASHION2.jpg

    Metallics Shine: Dance like no one is watching? Shine bright with the mesmerizing metallics this season and heads are sure to turn. Check out the silver ensembles at The Limited that will accent any style. Try a pair of silver sandals from ballet flats to platforms completing the look.

    Eyelets: Taking a twist on the past. Today’s eyelet style is feminine, sexy and stylish. Try a white eyelet skirt from INC for $89 with a white tank to dance the night away. Or opt for an eyelet cropped jacket over a black fitted dress.

    Like any dance, your wardrobe not only is about presenting yourself but balance. It’s about the right fit for you. Go for styles and shapes that flatter your figure and lifestyle. Sleeveless tops, flouced skirts and capris glide with ease with shapely jersey knits that compliment your shape and move with you not against. This includes wearing denim with a little lycra to bend when you do.
    When it comes to dancing, foundation is key; the same goes for your wardrobe. No matter the price tag, the right bra can transform a body shape and make the shoulders shine bright than to one with confidence. Go for a complimentary color or a clear strap to adjust to the new fashion trends.

    And no wonder why women love to dance…it’s about the shoes! Wearing the right shoes is key to moving to the rhythm without a stumble. Leave the spiked heels at home, wear shoes that make you move. Heels should be stylish with a comfortable height. Secure straps add sex appeal and keep your feet groovin’ without falling out of your shoes. Check out for all of the goodies. Locally, Dillards and Macys carry stylish shoes. However, if you are seriously wanting to dance, carry the right shoes in trendy styles that will have you dancing like the stars.

    Want to check out your new wardrobe on the dance floor but don’t have the steps? Check out Diana’s salsa classes at

    Beginner classes include:


    6:15pm at The Carnegie in Covington, KY
    8pm at Delta 1018 Fitness in Mt. Lookout


    7pm at Newport on the Levee


    11am at Delta 1018 Fitness.

    No partner necessary. No experience necessary. Wearing clothes with confidence-is necessary.


    Click on the play button below to check out an exclusive Webcast interview with salsa dancing fashionista Diana Hoffman.

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    I hope all you mother's out there had a great Mother's Day weekend!

    Again, thanks for all the questions. The one that I'll answer this week is about motorcycles. Motorcycles have been a part of my life since I can remember. My older brother and younger bother ride. But this isn't about them…it's about us, ladies!

    Over the last five years the number of women riders has increased dramatically. When I got my first bike in the early 80s, there were very few women riders on the road. I would see maybe two or three women all summer, if any. Now, it's going faster every year. I would say that I see at least four or five women riding every day that riders are out. Riding on the back is becoming a pastime. Don't get me wrong ladies, that's great if that is where you feel comfortable. But if you want something a little different, feel more in control and still get to hang out with your partner, get your own bike!

    Guys are starting to come around with this. My brother's partner got her own bike after riding on the back for three years, now she'll never go back to riding "Bitch!" Men love that I ride. It is usually followed by, "I wish my partner liked to ride; she want's me to get ride of my bike" or "I use to ride until…" you can fill this in with several choicies but most of them include the word partner/girlfriend/significant other/wife made them get rid of it.

    Ladies, instead of suggesting that your partner get ride of his/her bike, try driving one yourself. There's nothing else like it!




    Oh my gosh, has it really been 3 weeks since I last blogged??  Wow, time sure flies when you’re busy.  Well, without going into details, things have been pretty chaotic with my life, so I should first apologize to my faithful blog readers on my lack of posts.  You know when your mom tells you haven’t blogged in a while, maybe it’s time to stop and take some time to do so. Undecided


    Well, what’s new with me and my improvements?  I’m sorry to say, nothing too much.  Due to a crazy schedule and other things happening, I decided to forgo my maintenance program for the month of May.  I feel like I have stuck with my healthy lifestyle pretty darn good for the most part.  I’m still packing my lunch for work, and still eating healthy through the remainder of the day.  Wow, who would have thought that I would say that? Surprised


    The only thing I know I have slacked on is my workouts.  It sucks too because this weather we have been having is wonderful!  Good news is I haven’t gained, and the scale is still going downward, but I know I could do better if I could get back to my daily workouts.  I’m not going to beat myself up about it though.  Yes, exercise is important, and just as important as eating healthy, but I just can’t do it all.  Like I said before, there are some things going on, and to sum it up…I’m in dire need of a vacation.  *Ahh, I’m thinking the shores of Black Lake, Michigan.  The cool Michigan air blowing across the lake, nature so perfect you just want to stay in that moment forever….*  Tongue out Snap out of it girl!


    I have a confession everyone, something that has weighed on me for days.  Undecided I thought about buying a pack of cigarettes this week (insert dramatic soap opera music here).  Ok, ok, don’t freak out on me folks, I didn’t, but it crossed my mind on more than one occasion.  I need a release, something to comfort me in this trying time.  I thought of how easy it would be to just drive across town where nobody knows me, go in incognito with some dark shades and a hooded sweatshirt, and pass the money to the cashier like they do in the movies.  Oh, a pack of Camel Lights were beckoning me to come get them.  I had that feeling you get when you want to call an ex at 2 in the morning, then it hit me—you should never do that, and there are reasons not to.  That’s why you delete their phone number from your cell—for moments just like this.


    I have gone 4 months without one, and I’ve come too far with the weight loss to go back.  I’m afraid that if I smoke just one, I’ll cave and pick it back up again.  They were my stress release, my comfort to a bad day, and I miss it, especially now. Frown I find myself second guessing my decision to quit.  I then find myself second guessing myself for second guessing myself in the first place.  Whew, that’s a tongue twister.  At any rate, with all that second guessing aside, I am still going strong.


    Irritable and on the verge of insanity, yes, but I’m still going strong.

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    Peaceful Warrior
    Nick Nolte, Scott Mechlowicz, Amy Smart

    Transcendent Zen or Pop Culture Aphorisms?

    Peaceful Warrior is the name of a film that plays more like a made for TV movie with all of the bells and whistles of pop culture self help forums now available on any late night infomercial program or perhaps on the motivational speaker circuit.

    Peaceful Warrior is a movie made from the book of the same name written by Dan Millmen, a motivational speaker whose story tells his life’s journey to truth and fulfillment. In fact, a declaration at the opening of the movie states,  Inspired by true events. So if a movie is inspired by true events and not necessarily based on true events, does this absolve the storyteller to explain the physical impossibility of Nick Nolte’s character a.k.a. dubbed Socrates, to be able to leap a 12 ft. building in the flash of an eye?

    Come on everyone knows the current metaphors for the search for the meaning of life…..The one who is hardest to love—needs love the most.  You will never be better than you are now as well as you will never be less than you are now….The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination….. But did we have to be subjected to 120 minutes of pabulum?

    Scott Mechlowicz plays the lead, gymnast, Dan Millman, in his youth. He certainly is credible as a first rate gymnast. He has the puppy dog eyes of a sad sack hit by life’s inevitable suffering and triumph only after discovering that one must always live in the moment. For the record, the moments he was on the big screen he brought great eye-candy appeal.

    Nick Nolte as the gas station guru who dispenses prophetic ad nauseam decrying self adulation must be commended for his restrained performance.  Nolte’s performance is what made it bearable to sit through his character’s job of dispensing  a  pop culture bromide of current thinking that could pass for Zen, Buddhism or a number of any other self help or religious agendas. In short, Nolte enlightens us by preaching platitudes that all sound universal.

    I’m not knocking the validity of these ideas. I am just suggesting there have been better film vehicles such as Seven Years in Tibet or Gandhi  to espouse the benefits of discipline and the search for enlightenment.

    If the lesson learned from this movie is simply the adage…   "In life, concentrate on the journey; not on the goal.”  May I recommend you skip this movie and rent Little Miss Sunshine?  There’s a journey worth your time instead of this superfluous drib called, Peaceful Warrior.