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November 22, 2016

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OurSkinny: a product Review!

March 12, 2013

A few months ago I picked up a copy of People magazine, there was an article about Paula Deen and her family losing weight. I thought it was interesting that each family member used a different method to achieve their weight loss. What stood out to me was Paula’s husband, Michael Groover. He used a product I had never heard of; OurSkinny and claimed it was the easiest diet ever.

I was intrigued and contacted the office headquarters in Savannah, Georgia (a place I hope to travel to soon). I told them that I would like to review the product for this blog. Within a week I had the product in my hands. And it was an entire weeks worth. I gave myself a few days to think about doing the review as someone who wanted to lose weight, versus someone who was just going to try the products for taste. I decided to go full into the program. It has been a fascinating journey for me!

The OurSkinny plan really is easy — I’ve never tried another plan so I don’t know if it is the easiest diet ever — I do know that it has been easy for me! Now, one thing I will say is that you really need to be in the mindset that you are going to follow the plan. Here’s how the plan works; you drink 4 shakes throughout the day (spaced every 2-3 hours — I choose the hours 8:00 am, 11:00 am, 4:00pm and 9:00pm) then you have a bar that you can either have for lunch or dinner. I had mine for lunch. For dinner I followed the plans advice, 3-4 oz. lean meat, lots of veggies, a small amount of “good fat”.

At first I was apprehensive about doing something like this– it seemed so different from how I currently ate. I contacted the health and wellness coach through e-mail and asked if I could still have coffee and wine. (Hey, a girls’ got needs here!) I was told that with moderation I could have both – stick to red (less sugar) and no cream in the coffee.

I love that you get a book with a journal to track what you are eating and drinking — oh, a big rule is to drink water and lots of it. I love that they offer a consultation with your order, I highly recommend taking advantage of that — every single person I was in contact with at OurSkinny has been nothing but helpful, knowledgeable and encouraging.

Here’s some info directly from OurSkinny:

“OurSkinny was created in 2010 by Dr. Paul S. Bradley, a practicing obesity specialist based in Savannah, Georgia. After years of encouraging patients to lose weight—and struggling with his own—Dr. Bradley had a revelation. He decided to stop fighting the fast food urge and create a weight loss solution that feeds people fast and affordably.

The concept is straightforward: great-tasting protein shakes that are portable and do not require any complicated preparation, a delicious variety of low-carb energy bars, a flexible program designed to suit a busy lifestyle, and expert support every step of the way.

The OurSkinny Weight Loss Program has already helped thousands of men and women across the United States lose unhealthy weight and keep it off. Our high protein, low carb shakes and bars—we call them Mini Meals—compare favorably to leading competitor brands, and the diet costs just $10 a day. We provide four delicious shakes, a low carb energy bar, and a few guidelines to help you prepare one healthy main meal of your choosing each day.

OurSkinny’s Nurse Practitioners, Registered Dietitians, Certified Personal Trainers, and Wellness Coaches are always just a phone call or email away, and we offer a free consultation with each and every two- or four-week order in order to support our customers from goal-setting, through transition, and as they maintain their new, healthy weight.”

I’ve got lots and lots to share about this — the shakes, the bars and the weight — how did I do? It’s been three weeks now and I’ll be sharing the entire journey in the next few days! In the meantime check out the OurSkinny website — you’ll see why I was intrigued to begin with! Cheers!

What a grand 2012 it was; some of my favorite things….

January 17, 2013

It’s been four years since I began Facing Fifty. I’ve learned new things, met new people and honed my writing skills as well.  Thank you to those who have kept with me through these VERY interesting 50’s!IMG_1376

There were several events this past year that were “big’ in my world that I’m going to share  (faithful readers, you already know about them). Posted in order of my excitement.

  1. Meeting Tim Gunn.  What a gift that day was to me.  Mr. Gunn was an extraordinary person with a very generous heart.  He has been on my wish-list of people to meet, not only did I meet him, he choose my outfit to wear on camera and signed his book “Tim Gunn’s Golden Rules“. I had the double pleasure of spending the day with my daughter Emily who got on a train early in the morning to meet me at the show. She was fabulous!

    "Make it Work!"

    “Make it Work!”

  2. Having my hair “lengthened” by Peter Butler on The Revolution (now cancelled – though I do believe the make-over resides on YouTube).  Peter taught me something about myself that I never expected – to love my hair again.  I have paid far too much attention to my hair over the years, cutting it, coloring it, perming and cutting (lots of cutting).  After Peter showed me how I could look with longer hair — once I saw that, I knew I had to grow it out.  Not since my teens has my hair been longer than my collarbone.  I’m almost there and just love it.
  3. Donning ’60’s attire and being an extra in the HBO series on Muhommad Ali (has not been released yet) this too, was another return to my roots (uh-hem) as I had stopped my theatrical work since 2000 while focusing on working full time and two young children.  It was everything I remembered and loved about being on a set, the wardrobe fittings, the people you meet, the excitement of being part of a unit.  I was asked to be a stand-in and had a special moment sitting on a bench with the Academy Award winning director Stephen Frears looking at ME through the camera.  I was also invited to step BEHIND the camera with Mr. Frears and see the process from their eyes.  Bliss.
  4. Heading FULL-ON towards our dream of going on the road in an RV with the kids, traveling across the country to find a new home.  Year 2012 was our year of moving towards this goal.  Our house is nearly empty, the party’s have been had and the showings have begun.
  5. Falling off the Ladder”  in quotes is exactly how I see this event.  When I fell off the ladder in July a whole series of events occurred afterwards. Including my decision to resign from my job.  The fall off the ladder was symbolic to me, it was me pushing too much, too hard, trying to MAKE IT HAPPEN so hard that when I fell and subsequently was on bed rest and then rehabilitation that I new I had to get IN THE FLOW and know that these things will occur, I cannot force it anymore.

There were so many great moments in 2012 by far the best are always with my family, my dear children and husband.  I’m beyond excited about this new year.  I’ve expressed a lot of wishes including traveling across country in an RV, acting roles, and a book.  I can’t wait to see what the new year brings ~ how about you?!

Lori, Laura and Tink; what they mean to this next chapter……

November 26, 2012

My very first memories are of me standing in my crib with a pile of books at my feet.  I learned later on that it was the pediatrician’s advice to my Mother when she said I wouldn’t sleep. (Give her some books).

Growing up I was a voracious reader.  From the illustrated books like Babar and Madeline series to the more serious ones like Moby Dick and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Yet, the books that stood out to me the most are the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  It was in these memoirs where I found myself at complete wonder of those brave people who traveled across the country to places un-known with all sorts of dangers and uncertainty. I was taken with their bravery, their guts their passion to do something so out of the ordinary, so against the norm, so ballsy!

And then, there is Tinkerbell, the loyal friend of Peter Pan  who needed the applause of those around her to bring her back – to support her and believe in her.  Oh, yes. Tink. How many of us forget about that, about believing in something so crazy sounding, so out of the ordinary so unnerving, yet for some reason, we have to do it, we must do it?

And now, there’s me. Lori, a dreamer with a dream of going into the unknown. Leaving the norm behind and leaping off the ledge of safety.

I’d like you to follow our journey that I will be posting on my new blog; Road to Home.

And if you would, put your hands together and clap,  clap with all your heart whether it’s for us on this adventure or something else — isn’t it great to believe?!

Faith and trust, all you need is pixie dust!~Tinkerbell

Falling Down.

July 12, 2012

This Sunday I was  standing on the top of a ladder, listening to a comedy station on Pandora. I turned around to prepare to get down, heard a crack and found myself falling, crashing to the ground. Upon impact I heard another crack, and that is when the pain set in, I thought I broke my back. My husband saw the whole thing and rushed to me, I was crying, grabbing fistfuls of newly laid mulch and telling him it was bad, to call and get help. In a very short period of time a Police Officer was there, I remember all the conversations, my husbands call to 911, the police officer, and the the ambulance came, my neck was put in a brace, I was put on a bed and then into the ambulance.

I remember feeling drowsy, limp and scared. I saw my Nikki sitting on the ground, cross legged, pulling grass. I know he was worried. my neighbors were out, offering to help, watch the kids, put away ladders, anything. It was quite a scene.

I’m very lucky,  nothing was broken,  lots of sprained, strained and wrenched muscles. Every day I feeel better, I’m more grateful and aware of the close call I had with something  truly serious.  I’m grateful to my husband for taking care of me, my kids for being so great, my family and neighbors, an understanding employer. I’m thankful for the calcium I’ve been taking faithfully for years now. And I am more than sure that there is no coincidence in the fact that I landed on a nice soft mound of mulch recently placed there by my son, which certainly softened the blow.

One day last week when one thing after another was testing my patience and my daughters patience, I said that it was our day to learn patience.  This week, I am now learning how to accept help, learn that my body has limitations and learn to slow down. Okay, universe, I get the hint.

All in due time.

June 11, 2012

I wrote this a year ago and hadn’t published it, just found it and see that it is really quite perfect for where I am now ~ 3 years from the time I was without a job, facing the loss of my house and feeling quite alone in the process.  I’m releasing this now because I am soon to cross another bridge. A REALLY BIG ONE – that almost scares me more than the current bridge.  The difference, is that now, instead of life “happening to me” and me reacting to it; I am preparing for the trip, I am taking the leap — it’s a scary one — I really don’t know where I will end up but seeing this reminds me that it will only, only get better!!!

This week I’ve been reflecting on what a difference a few years can do to your life.  Two years ago, this month, I was in a very shaky place.  Unsure about where my next step was going to take me, and how much of my self was going to be lost in the process. I received some advice from a mentor.  They said, sometimes you just need a bridge to get you to the next step.  When I first heard this, I rebelled. What?  Why would I take something that was second best? Why would I not go full in?  And then I remember reflecting and realizing that a bridge was just what I needed.  I need something to help me get to the “what” I felt was over there.

And here’s the brilliance in that suggestion; you take the “bridge” and you become involved, all of the best that you do is in it, (why wouldn’t it be?) and you survive, you realize that you’ve got it and more, and you thrive.

So, I found my bridge, I showed up, swallowed some things, and I did what I do.  And here I am. Two years later, feeling more alive, positive, hopeful and vibrant.  Knowing, really knowing that the bridge was just an anchor to the true “ness” that I am.

Behind the scenes on The Revolution!

May 30, 2012

The hair magician; Peter Butler!

Peter Butler was the real surprise for me. He came across quite subdued at first.  Compared to Ty Pennington, just about anyone is subdued. Funny moment in the hair and makeup room, Ty Pennington came rushing into the room, needing access to an available restroom. My daughter, Emily, stopped by and I pointed to the closed bathroom door and gave a stage whisper “Em — Ty Pennington is right there, in the bathroom!”. It was a giggle moment. (Sorry Ty — it was a girl moment too).

Back to Peter Butler. I was bound and determined to learn everything I possibly could from this man. I wanted information! How should I be coloring my hair? What about a cut? What else should I be doing with my hair? The first dramatic moment for me was when Peter put the first layer of hair extensions in. I looked at myself in the mirror and was shocked. I actually looked like I could wear my hair long! I’ve tried for years to grow my hair past my shoulder. It seems that as soon as it hit my shoulder I got tired of the way it looked and would end up cutting it. But this was different! This was the way I always dreamed my hair would look, the right color, the right cut and the right length! And I really felt as though I could pull it off!

I loved my new long hair so much that I slept in the extensions that night.  Yes, they gave me the extensions (pretty pricey things now that I’m “in the know”).  Four of them.  I had a hair appointment the following day with my stylist and showed her how it looked and said, I want my hair this long, help me get there.  So we started a plan to do just that.  I’ll post the longer look when it arrives.

Behind the scenes trivia; as soon as I finished with the “make-over” in front of the audience. I was escorted by several staff to the dressing room to remove everything I had worn.  It was a little unnerving.  One minute I’m all glammed up and them – “back to life — back to reality”!  I don’t know how I would have felt if they took the extensions off.

The hair product that Peter mentioned; the dry shampoo.  I found a can of it made by Suave that works really well.  And on those days when your hair really needs a lift — it works like a charm. That was a great tip.

One of the best tips I got from Peter was how to blow-dry my hair.   In the past I would blow dry my hair with a rounded brush.  Then I would get that helmut head thing — and no wonder I kept chopping it off!  With his tip (Insider Alert) to use a wide paddle brush, aim the hair dryer heat at the roots (with some foam massaged in) and pull away from the hair.  Amazing difference.  No more helmut head.

Peter said something to me that really helped me in my decision to grow my hair back — he said that it might take a little more time to grow and take care of but I can do it and create a look that makes me feel good.  His exact words?  “Don’t be lazy when it comes to taking care of yourself!” — Okay — I get it.