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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beat the Winter Blues

Banish Winter Body Bashing

So many of us go through the winter blues, especially after Thanksgiving and right when the weather turns colder. Ah yes, we indulged and ate to our hearts content maybe even over our limit and we feel badly, even shameful. Each year we go through the same demise. Wouldn't you like it to stop? You can. Right now. With no gimmick or purchase.
We are trained to value ourselves in a singular dimension, Through our bodies. Lots of companies make money, lots of money by enforcing this manufactured value system to sell their products. Be it beauty products, diet products, clothes, you name it, if a woman is being asked to buy a product, all the psychological twists and turns are thrown her way and after years, now decades of this being reinforced in our culture, our parents and grandparents buy into it as a cultural truth. The body has been the most bashed, manipulated and blamed object for all of life's ills. I don't know how much more we or our bodies can take it until we start developing beliefs of our own. For our own good.
We are more than just our minds, our creativity, our skills in the kitchen, bedroom, or the size of our bank accounts or number on the back of our dress. Are we ready to accept change? To change our beliefs about ourselves? To include a mind, body and spiritual connection? To engage and live life the way WE want?
But how?
Its almost like rewiring our brain. No loving husband, boyfriend, best friend or person other than ourselves can do it. The good news is, once we change the negative self talk, we start to feel better and once we feel better the less we'll beat ourselves up. The less we will tear others down, the more we accept what is and make it the best it can be, truthfully, realistically and responsibly. To get there you need to shake things up.
-Stop dieting.
-Get moving.
-Help someone less fortunate than yourself, regularly.
-Drink lots of water.
-Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
-Ask for help.
-Eat fresh foods more than processed.
-Create a silent special space in your home to pray, meditate, dream, listen, or whatever. Just go there daily for however long you need to reset and recharge your heart and spirit. You'd be amazed at how this can work in your life.
-journal your thoughts and feelings along with short term and long term goals. (personally I just signed up for Ballroom Dancing for beginners. I want to follow instead of lead!!!) and last but not least...
-Treat yourself. If chocolate is your thing, buy your favorite or the most expensive kind and savor it during the winter. (a goal can be not to eat it all in one sitting). You want to have it when you want and allow yourself to enjoy it. (obviously this goes for whatever your "goodie food is, go for quality and allow yourself permission for once and for all). Once you finished it, buy it again and make sure you have this treat available to you. No this is not crazy, it just replaces shame around food you desire which creates overindulgence (binging and weight gain) with permission and acceptance which creates room for responsibility and basic satisfaction.
Doing just one or two things off of this list will begin to help turn your negative tug boat around. Negative self talk must be stopped in its tracks. It has no place in your life. Self loving boundaries need to be established before you can demand them from others. Once you do for yourself and stop putting yourself down, you will see a big difference. I know a simple hair cut or color can lift me up as well as cleaning out closets...it all leads to facing the real issues that blaming our bodies can be so easy to do but has such long lasting harmful effects that get carried on from generation to generation. Such a waste of our most precious natural resource!
Be courageous and go there...you're going to love what you find.
Photo: Jennifer Crawford, Hamptons '08

Friday, December 17, 2010

Irene Maltzan - holistic chef

Looking for delicious recipes for dinner...
Irene has a couple for you right here....

Low Fat Cream of Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients: · 1 tbsp olive oil · 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped · 2 garlic cloves, minced · 1 tbsp curry powder · 1 tsp cumin · 3 cups organic chicken or vegetable broth · 1 15-ounce can pumpkin · 1 12-ounce can light coconut milk · Freshly ground Black pepper to taste · Sea Salt to taste Preparation: Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Stir in curry powder and cumin and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth and pumpkin. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add milk and cook for 2 minutes.

Grilled Chicken over Sautéed Spinach
Lemon Chicken Marinade 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tbsp lemon zest 1/2 tbsp kosher salt 1 tsp ground black pepper 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor until liquids are fully combined and garlic is well pureed. Mixture should be opaque and fairly thick. Pour over chicken and marinade for 4 or more hours. Spinach Stir fry Ingredients 2 packages Spinach 2 tsp. Olive Oil 2 –3 cloves Garlic minced ¼ - ½ cup Feta Cheese 1 cup fresh Tomatoes diced 1lb Grilled Chicken Tenders or Breast (see marinade above)
In a large frying pan Add Olive Oil and Heat Add Garlic Sauté for 1 minute Add Tomato and stir-fry for 1 minute Add Spinach and stir-fry until it wilts
Add Feta cheese and stir-fry until it melts Add Grilled Chicken on top of stir-fry

Go to www.youtube.com check out Healthy Cooking with Linda and Irene If you like these recipes or want to find out more about the Wellness Tree programs for healthy living send me your email address at wellness.tree@yahoo.com.


Dreaming of Paris

I am seriously looking at my friend Doni's site (www.girlsguidetoparis.com) and feeling the need to eat escargot, cheese, baguettes (although I'm gluten free, there must be wheat-less baguettes now in Paris) drink delicious french wine ...

wait a minute, I'm working on the content for my new EmmeNation site (launching in Jan 2011), what am I doing surfing and looking at divine sites like girls guide to Paris?

Ok, back to work after sleep and walk in the cold to wake me up tomorrow...(yes, I am quasi consistent with my fitness routine, thank God for the reservoir path, is all I can say!), will write more during break!

Check out this glorious site!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Body Image nightmares...

Are you in your 30's and 40's, have horrible body image issues, bad enough it's affecting your every day life, please let me know who/what is making you feel this way!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Watch What You Watch PSA - Make A Difference

Please participate in the grassroots campaign to get The Creative Coalition’s Watch What You Watch PSA on your local network affiliate channels.  You can view Watch What You Watch here.

Just copy the letter below and send it to the programming departments of your local affiliates:  for NBC local affiliate listings please visit here; for ABC local affiliate listings please visit here; for CBS local affiliate listings please visit here; for FOX local affiliate listings please visit here; for CW local affiliate listings please visit here.

Watch What You Watch is a PSA campaign to promote healthy media images for youth. The PSA is the cornerstone of a national initiative to ensure parents and their children are more aware of the media content they are exposed to on a daily basis. The campaign is created in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the National Association of Broadcasters.

If you have a mother, a daughter, a niece, a child whom you care about, or a grandmother who taught you a great life lesson; copy, click and send.

As an active viewer of your network and someone who lives in this community, we are encouraging you to please broadcast the compelling new PSA, Watch What You Watch.  Watch What You Watch promotes the healthy portrayal of girls and women in the media.

Watch What You Watch, is available in a :30 second and :60 second version and features leading talent from television, film and music who volunteered their voices in order to emphasize the importance of helping young people make educated choices about what they watch and how they relate to the images they see.
Watch What You Watch was distributed via satellite to local TV broadcasters, local cable systems, and cable networks nationwide on October 15 by the National Association of Broadcasters, and it will be distributed again in mid-November. If for any reason your system has not acquired the PSA you can access and download either Apple Pro-Rez HQ Codec @ 1920 x 1080 master files or smaller .mov files by visiting:


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You also can view the Watch What You Watch PSA at http://vimeo.com/15611167 or at http://vimeo.com/15611261.

Watch What You Watch was produced by The Creative Coalition in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Association of Broadcasters, and National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

The Creative Coalition (www.thecreativecoalition.org) is the premiere 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating and mobilizing its members on issues of public importance.

For more information or further assistance please contact Dennis St. Rose, Media Associate for The Creative Coalition at 212-512-8570, or at DStRose@TheCreativeCoalition.org.

We hope that you will broadcast the PSA, Watch What You Watch.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Listening to the Rain and more....

I've been keeping busy and happy since my last post.  Don't think I forgot to write.

My fingers are moving on their own this Thursday night, having typed and talked from morning till night on some pretty interesting projects ensuring they see the light of day.  One day soon, I will be over joyed.

I have kept active, hiking with my friend Marlene and her honey Christopher, will bring a compass if going on a new trail next time, but who would think of this on a beautiful Sunday afternoon; running on my favorite trail and hearing the water trickle down the leaves in the morning is my absolute best moment when I realize it happening.

Been in DC a few times, at business lunch after lunch, umpteen conference calls (thank God for those) on a plane, in traffic, in parent teacher meetings, enforcing boundaries, cooking meals and trying to stay as calm as I practice in my meditation. For the most part I have to say, my stress is being managed pretty well (despite unpredictable business/personal/LIFE stuff).  Yes, I can say, some improvement can be felt and boy, good friends rock.

The running 3-4 X's a week, yoga 1X, eating well and nutritious foods when I'm hungry (including the best chocolate around), and forcing myself to "SHUT UP AND MEDITATE!", as my meditation sign says with a Buddha sitting silently,  allows me to create a space among the life I lead.   This I believe, has made the most difference.

Learning to actively listen in disagreement, or in love, is powerful.  I am hearing more than I ever had.   I still have the urge to jump in and add my two cents, but the more I hold back the more I gain and feel less childish, more professional and less needy.  So interesting how that works.

I bid you, Good night!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Video Nature Run Day 7

Friday, October 1, 2010

Omm Downward Dog Day 5

I was so happy to stretch in my regular Friday Yoga class this morning...actually missed my run but wouldn't miss my class with Peace Denise...Nice to see a full house on this incredibly wet and tumultuous day.

Right after drop off with a conference call in route, I was on my way.  No stalling.  Sticking with the system, on auto pilot.  

I never know what I will learn or work on each Friday. 

Today we worked on binding which makes you sweat like a dog.  At least I always do.  Not an easy set of poses but I give it may best.

Denise led us through sun saluations, reminding us to breath through the pain (really important and simply wonderful when you loosen up due to your breathing into the area that's tight).  Ideas and concepts about being mindful, not giving into desires, cravings, impulses, and honoring being in the moment.  Letting things wash away, not to over worry.  All good to contemplate at the end of a busy week and wonderful life lessons to practice, practice, practice. 

I like to call these Friday classes fine tuning my soul while ringing out my body.  It feels so good, yet so hard to do.

Nameste....happy Friday!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Leave the quick fix in the dust! Day 4

I started my day well, despite Storm Nicole blowing us all around.  Yes, it was raining, and raining and the more I was thinking of how much it was raining, how sloshy the rain is, how cold and damp the rain would feel on my skin, how much work I had, decisions to make and people to reach out to.  I realized an old pattern tried to creep in...procrastination.
Believe me I am so happy I am running, when I went to bed last night I felt proud I was putting me first but as quickly as this morning, amazing to see sabotage attempting to knock my good feelings down a notch.  I will just need to be more aware and make sure I make a point to bee line it straight from drop off to my routine. 

I so do not have time to waste, but this morning instead I...

1. went to Starbucks to grab a treat coffee (I make mine at home most of the time, this time it was a stalling technique)

2. went to Kmart to pick up winter boots. (could have been done after my "Fully Fit work out" time that I have now scheduled into my calendar: 8:30am-10am, shower included) but hey, I was on auto pilot, repeating an old pattern...
tick tick tick the time went and without knowing, an hour slipped by.

Finally  I checked in with myself and said, drive....just drive to the reservoir, get out of the car, lock the car, now RUN.  You heard me RUN...(I am one of "those", I talk to myself, also).

What's up?  About to give myself permission to skip out on my daily gift of exercise because of a little rain (its not soup falling on your head for God sake!)...really, Emme! 

I called myself a duck, waddling down the rain soaked path and brought it back to an encouraging comment.  "I'm a duck, but a running, committed duck", (I cracked myself up)  "not many out on a day like today", "I actually like the rain" and so on till I was done with my loop.

Thank YOU for helping me mark another day on my calendar in honor of my goddessness and health!   Glad to know I am not alone in this effort to find balance!

gratitude for little things:
Hats off to my comfy Ryka running shoes (size 11 mind you!) and trusty Columbia rain baseball cap with back flap...those two items made a difference today.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Leave the quick fix in the dust!

This is the deal...
I want to loose 20 pounds and keep it off. No yo yo, no quick off, quick on.  A Lifestyle shift, (20 pounds can mean inches lost through fitness and healthy eating, just to be clear).  Most importantly, I want to do it happily, lovingly, and yes, leave it off for good.  Balanced and calm.

I'm generally very athletic and look like I'm in shape, but in reality, I'm not.  I'm the only one who would know this and it doesn't matter what anyone says.  You know what you know.  I am tired, very busy juggling motherhood, relaunching a life, selling a home, filling a personal life with as many quality driven choices I can and finding time to work out just hasn't been a priority.  It should but it hasn't, until now.  And just so you know, I'm going to do it my way, that works for me.  No yelling marine, no gym, no silly food restrictions, just me and my mind, body and spirit.  Living from the neck up is like being an ostrich with its head in the sand.

Well I knew when the pain of not changing was greater than the change itself, I changed.

It came down to this, I'm tired of being tired! I want my jeans to fit nicely, to feel good in my evening dresses and date night outfits and to not let my wiggle turn into a giggle.  I love my wiggle and am not interested in losing it, but the wiggle was slowly becoming a giggle and that just wasn't me.  My curves and I are here to stay, I just want them to fit and fierce.  Get what I'm say in?  My one yoga class a week had many many wonderful benefits but was definitely not cutting it for me physically. I have always needed ways to burn my child like energy, if I don't I obsess and become a workaholic and that's also not who I am.

So far, I've been running for 3 days straight, did a spin class another morning with my friend Jodie, I have a meditation practice (was doing this already and can't live without), eat well (I love to eat and eat well, check!) and absolutely will NOT "diet" (in the conventional sense, or any sense for that matter).

I FEEL great, a little sore, but great.  On my walk/run this morning, I asked "Why has it been so long"..."why isn't working out like brushing my teeth in my daily life?"  Lack of time can't be the only issue.

We are told in yoga class when the student is ready, the teacher comes.

Self acceptance is a really powerful concept to grasp.  I have to constantly remind myself to accept myself as is. Right now.  Not when I'm 20 pounds less, or if you need, 20 pounds more.  I am what I am, no less wonderful than yesterday, no less fabulous than this summer...I have built my career on walking away from the unrealistic ideals around the dangling carrot held out to millions of women and men in our country based on the notion of future happiness.  Screw the carrot! We already possess what we look for.

Self acceptance is the gateway the our goals, dreams, decision, and boundaries we draw.  The more accepting I am of myself, the more I am of others.  More tolerant. Waiting for something or someone to make you happy, is wasted time. 

I commit to move it.  Breath it.  Be it.   Sounds easy, takes work. Daily.

Being out of breath or feeling tired running after my daughter (read tired with a whine) just didn't feel right.  I was a major athlete in college, a rower no less!  I know how to work out, I know how exercise graces my body...Now is all we have, at least this is what I am beginning to really know through practice. Stop waiting for something to happen and DO SOMETHING!  (www.dosomething.org)  My girl friend Nancy Lublin is the CEO of this incredible youth organization committed to "youth changing their world".  If you need any motivation, check them out. They are doing and not waiting.

So this Monday, with running gear complete with water bottle and headband waiting at the door, I dropped my little one at school and went directly to the reservoir for a run, in the RAIN. I plod mind you, so the challenge of running whips my butt.  Run, walk, run, walk, run, walk, eventually you will get there!  Remembering the notion of journey and not the end result, helps!

I'd be psyched to hear from you either if you find yourself on a similar path or looking for a path of your own.  Together let's leave the quick fix in the dust!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Absolute Best Gazpacho from the Lake Austin Spa

Nothing better to kick start feeling healthy by eating fresh, good tasting foods...at the end of the summer. No time than the present to begin and boy oh boy are you in store for a treat.

Watermelon Gazpacho

12 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
1 ½ cups peeled, seeded cucumber, coarse chopped
¼ cup each red, yellow and green bell pepper, chopped
½ cup fennel bulb, chopped
½ cup green onion chopped
1/3 cup chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cranberry juice
½ cup lime juice
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons Tabasco
3 tablespoons olive oil

Pulse all together in a food processor, keeping some texture.  

freezes really well also...

In the eye of the storm...


Monday, August 30, 2010

Incredible Mayor...

You have to see this to believe this!  http://www.wimp.com/citymayor/
Talk about building self esteem for many generations of people.
What a lucky town and what a role model for all of us!

Making Space For You

In the early morning when the birds are beginning their chorus, I can find a 30 minute window to have as my own.  Although I'm not an early bird, I know my day flows so much better when I bring this practice into my life, almost miraculously. 

"I don't have the time!" "Meditation is hard." "How can sitting in one position for 30 minutes a day help with my body image?"  I really don't have an answer other than by doing this I feel the the negative self talk dissipate into being purely in the present (in the moment) which is safe and totally undeniable for one's self acceptance.  I make the time because it's so darn effective.  Also, if I feel I need a change, it all starts at home, inside of ourselves, never in what we buy, what diet we try, body we want to emulate or home we occupy.  But right here.

I'm find if I miss a day, I'm more scattered and unfocused, not on track.  So for both my personal and business life, I feel this tool is incredibly helpful to keep me at my best.  (my reactions are less dramatic, and no matter what is thrown at me, I am finding the space I need to think more clearly than over reacting on the spot)

Try it for yourself.  Mark the time out for yourself, let your family, loved ones know..."Mommmm's in session" and let those you live with know so you won't be disturbed.  I set my digital egg timer so I don't have to worry about time running away.

You may want to start small, say 10-15 minute chunks.  Then work up.  You'll be amazed how you begin to look forward to this. Once you feel all the mindless chatter and unimportant thoughts leave being replaced by increased focus, peace and clarity, you open yourself to boundless acceptance and joy. (just to name a few benefits).  This is your journey and will have either similar or completely different results, it's up to you.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Zen and the art of yoga and shoveling dirt!

Started my day with getting to yoga class. The first Saturday in a very long time. Tight hamstrings!! Forward bends now feel like I'm beginning all over again. My periformus muscle injury from 8 months ago will take time to heal...a matter of my ego saying I could do a bind (when you twist like a pretzel and clasp your hands together, at least try to with out falling over) when in fact, I should never have gone as deep as I should. Going back a few steps is the price I have to pay, honoring time to heal.

Life is really taking one step at a time, being present and not letting everything get you tied up in the enormity of it all...and giving ourselves time to heal.

Right now, I'm working on focusing on what is right in front of me instead of being caught up with the big picture. (so many people have creative ideas, but very few actualize their dreams because doing the actual work toward the goal is the hardest part). This is just like building a better self image or applauding one's body for all it does.

I know I feel better mentally when I work out regularly, even when I don't have the time, I must make the time. Additionally, by preparing fresh fruits and veggies in ways that are not only visually pleasing but tasty is the key for me to stay at a healthy weight (as well eating balanced portions numerous times during the day, a variety of foods and not leaving out occasional good for you sweets)...lastly, remembering that "The Big Picture" (especially when rebuilding life/career/romantic relationships) can't be achieved unless we take steps toward it. Not to let fear push away opportunities, open doors, and basically not allowing myself to get in my own way.

It takes time and effort to see what greatness we already possess and even more determination to see ourselves as the best YOU/WE/I can be.

My goal with this blog is to share how I try to achieve life balance. This will be my real journey and it's function is to throw out a life line, to make you feel less alone along this never ending body image and self esteem road to self discovery. No one has this mastered. In fact, it is a life long series of lessons of trial and error.

It is my hope that my journey to improve my own body image and self esteem will spill over not only to my family, personal life and career, but will motivate a spark in you, to challenge what life throws at you and find answers that suit you and your life best.

Next, eating lunch and shoveling mulch around my front yard!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I'm sitting at my computer trying to scan enormous files so I dont have to move with them when I sell my house. Realtors are coming in Monday, its Friday and I have so much to do.
I really am killing time and trying not to think about moving.
Why is this so hard, change?