Category Archives: Health & Wellness

Biggest Loser Resort, Day 2: Ready to keel over

This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down all day, and I’m going to sleep immediately afterward. Since I can barely keep my eyes open, let alone type, here’s the short version of my time at The Biggest … Continue reading

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Biggest Loser Resort, Day 1: Window shade. Yum.

Just a few hours into my stay at The Biggest Loser Resort (after eating both breakfast and lunch in rapid succession), I was ready to chow down on the window shade in my room. In my jet-lagged, delirious state, it … Continue reading

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Too late to escape Biggest Loser Resort

It was all I could do to get out of bed to make my longest commute ever to a gym: From PA to LA. When I left Philly airport for The Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu, it was sunny and … Continue reading

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Last chance to go hog wild before ‘Biggest Loser’ boot camp

Even as I’m typing this, I’m savoring my last heart-attack brekkie (as they’d say in Australia) of matzo brei. Yes, I know it’s not even Passover yet, and we’ve noshed our way through several boxes of Yehuda matzo — the … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Ben & Jerry. Hello, Biggest Loser Resort

OK, I know I’ve whined about my weight before. Tried to do it on my own. Then turned to Weight Watchers online. It’s certainly not a bad plan. Just ask Jennifer Hudson. But I got tired of logging every spinach … Continue reading

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Let’s Paws: What old animals can teach us about aging

Couldn’t turn away from this short but powerful documentary. It’s about a photographer working to get over the anguish of a mom with Alzheimer’s, finally deposited in a nursing home. The  daughter was heartbroken and terrified. Dementia seemed to run … Continue reading

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Getting your workout in at the airport

I never really thought about exercising at the airport because the act of traveling always seemed to be exercise enough. All that futzing with baggage in security. And schlepping to the gate. In the name of making my airport sprints … Continue reading

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Five ways to tell if your yoga teacher has a clue

Drat. Just sank $70 into a spiffy yoga mat, only to come across this story in the NY Times mag. How yoga can wreck your body. Hey, my body is already wrecked; that’s why I’ve been doing yoga! The piece … Continue reading

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The ultimate retreat: A (very) remote monastery

Reposting this story I wrote for The Huffington Post about a year ago. About a — not to get all New Age, but it’s true — magical place that got me to that natural high when yoga and meditation just … Continue reading

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Azores, Portugal: Me, cavewoman

Today got off to a serene start as I prepared to be at one with nature in the Azores. Making like a tree, as in the yoga position. Ready to explore Algar do Carvao, a cave that’s basically a volcanic … Continue reading

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