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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Philanthropy "Be Selfish, Help Someone"



unfinished... to be continued... this is what I'm thinking about blogging next... Philanthropy derives from Ancient Greek, meaning "to love people"...



I have a BS in Exercise Physiology and was doing my MS to be a Physician Assistant in Surgery (because surgery is one of my loves but mom said a female surgeon wasn't a good lifestyle choice for a future involved mom... and despite my sometimes feminist ideas I agree) when I met my husband, married and moved away while he was finishing up his residency.
In University, I worked for a few years in an OR and was like this little princess future surgeon who they let do all these surgical things... it was an amazing experience. I also volunteered to drive an ambulance for a few months but that was just for kicks and giggles. And I also worked in a gym because I used to be a bodybuilder (that's what being fat in high school leads to I suppose) but never dressed the part.

And yes I kept my performing on the weekends a secret b/c who wants to point out how different they are when they're a teen. It was seriously confusing for a few years how I could get standing ovations and be so appreciated by our audiences on the weekends (total rock star appreciated) and then be a nothing at school. That may sound shallow but teens are easily messed with in the head I think.
It was a terrific education performing all over the world and watching my parents on the phone calls pertaining to our 1-3 shows a weekend.
We never advertised. It was all word of mouth... and I've heard the Von Trapp comparison a billion times. We even did a few songs in Hebrew for a cool Jewish association - my dad made up all these lyrics - he's this creative genius.
We did shows for the prime minister of India in Long Island, shows for Bollywood stars, Deepak Chopra (who btw never stopped working the entire show - he was on the phone hustling - gotta admire that - I think it was during the Anthony Kiedis years) , etc., It was awesome to see so many new places and meet so many different people and see how they live their lives (and to work together as a family unit - my sister is a better scholar than I and used to study on stage while smiling and playing her instrument and then go and ace her Organic Chem, etc final the next day)... and to be at great celebrations every weekend was awesome too... but the most amazing thing out of it all was meeting all the amazing, warm, kind, gracious families we met. Seriously nice people... made me want to be even better instead of focusing on being funny (I swear it was like watching The Nanny when you met me for a few yrs there)

Soooo rambling, there's so much more but I'll totally spare you... hugs...

KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF: diet celebrity secrets that rock!

Let them eat cake... NOT!

keep weight off... it's a life long struggle.
I pick a 10 lb range to fluctuate in between including "flo" etc.,

When I get too high I go on Atkins for a week and then switch to the zone (which is where I like to stay if I can and mess up very little).

Atkins is 20 carbs a day and not healthy in my opinion but a great way to encourage and jump start.

The zone is eating 5 times a day a plate of organic 1/3rd fruit, oraganic 1/3rd veggie, organic 1/3rd protein... no sugar no white stuff. period. (I use stevia liquid vanilla drops in my morning coffee)

1100-1600 cal but I try reallly hard not to count them.

TRUST ME THE FIRST 3 DAYS SUUUUUUCK AND THEN YOU CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT ANYONE ELSE IS DOING PUTTING ALL THAT UNHEALTHY STUFF IN THEIR MOUTHS!
:-)

Mostly I try really hard not to stress it too much and just have fun... play with the kids, etc., and I try very hard just stay balanced. The temptation of coffee and the fast life constantly calls to me and I just tell myself I need to enjoy the simple pleasures and not stress (Bollywoodicious fact: I'm high risk for breast cancer... the fun never ends)... I keep thinking I should take up yoga.