#FYF Turning Over a New Tea Leaf at 45 Finding Yourself Friday

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My birthday was this week in New York. I am full of emotions (maybe freaked out is a better word) that I am now officially 45 years old. When did that happen? Wasn’t I just the little girl with curly black hair and a dimples on my face that all bubbies would kvell over?

As a kid, my mother always made sure I had a birthday party with a lovely cake, fun games, and prizes. Since I am a summer baby, my birthday parties were always in the backyard. My older brothers and sister would help out with the preparations and all I had to do was put on my party dress and show-up. Fast forward many years, and I have become very low key about my birthday. My husband really wanted me to have some friends over (he is quite the cook and promised to make something delicious). While part of me wanted to bask in the celebration with friends, I took more of an introspective route this year. Instead of celebrating outwardly, I decided to look at how I could make 45 an even better year than 44.

I actually started this process back in February when I gave-up processed foods, desserts, white flour, and sugar. You can say that I have ‘turned over a new leaf’. By eliminating these foods, I feel better than ever and I find myself more positive. For example, the little things don’t bother me as much as they did before. I have learned to accept the things I can’t change and proceed with positivity in the things that I can achieve. It is so easy to look around at what everybody else is doing (all you have to do is go on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram). However, there was a time in February when I saw a photo of myself and I wanted to cry; I didn’t look healthy at all. My skin looked grey and my entire body looked bloated. I was so disappointed by that picture, and quite frankly, I was feeling sick about it. It was my own fault. I knew how I got to looking that way, I wasn’t careful about the foods in my life. I knew that it was time to look at food differently and start only to eat foods that would benefit my health. I allowed myself to feel bad for a day and then it was time to move on.

oolong tea

It has been four months since my initial journey to #flatthefat began. While my mind is feeling good, I need to take extra measures to get the weight off of me. While I have every type of body shaping and slimming garment in my drawer, I hate how they make me feel. While these items may flatten one area, the fat just gets pushed out over the sides. It has to go somewhere, right? The only other solution (plastic surgery is not an option here) to #flatthefat is to add on exercise. So, I decided to start swimming. Have you tried it lately? I am obsessed! I felt great mentally and physically. However, the weight is not coming off as it did for me in my 20s and 30s. I am adding yet another element to my #flatthefat regime; I am turning over a new #tealeaf. I recently read an article in Prevention Magazine about tea and how it could give my lazy metabolism the extra push it so desperately needs. In fact, the article, The Metabolism Miracle For Women Over 40. Did you know that according to Japanese researchers green or oolong tea can give my metabolism what it needs? I have actually tried this recipe and I wanted to share this incredible Metabolism-Boosting Iced Lemon-and-Ginger Green Tea mentioned in the article, here it is:

Serves 6
Combine 10 green or oolong tea bags, 2″ piece peeled fresh ginger cut into thin slices, 3 large mint sprigs, and 1 sliced small lemon in heatproof 2 qt pitcher.
Bring 4 cups water to a boil in saucepan and pour into pitcher.
Stir once and let tea bags steep 6 minutes.
Remove and discard tea bags and mint sprigs.
Add a touch of honey to tea, if desired.
Let cool 20 minutes.
Add enough ice and cold water to make 6 cups.
Serve over ice in glasses with fresh mint sprigs and lemon slices.
You can read the entire article here http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/metabolism-miracle-women-over-40#ixzz2VX7qlucJ

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So, here I am, on this Friday, drinking my Bigelow Chinese Oolong tea. I am finding my new, energized 45 year old self, eager to continue #turningoveranewleaf and sharing it with you here. Who says that youth has to be wasted on the young, why night live your best life in the #primetime.

Running, Biking, Swimming To Do A Mitzvah

Contributed by Audrey Matalon, http://www.givememilk.com

My parents taught me to do good deeds. A Rabbi taught me I should run to do the mitzvah. My experience is showing me there are some people who are doing more than run…

On May 6, 2012 I attended the Sharsheret Annual Benefit luncheon. Between the benefit chair Dr. Tammy Bryk and “Volunteer Tribute Award” winner Moe Rice, we were deeply moved and inspired with stories about courage, survival and love.

5000 women are getting diagnosed with breast cancer every year. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in our lifetime. That’s crazy. And very scarey because that means it will be someone you know, probably someone you love or maybe even you.

Sharsheret is a national organization supporting Jewish women and families facing breast cancer. Sharsheret means “chain” and it helps women and their families get linked into the Sharsheret community for support. Sharsheret removes the isolation and stigma that use to go along with major illness.

Sharsheret has many programs* such as:

Peer Support Network for women newly diagnosed or at high risk, with a 1-on-1 partner who’s in a similar circumstance.
Embrace for women living with advanced stage breast cancer.
Genetics for Life, addressing hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Busy Box is for young parents facing breast cancer.
Family Focus is a resource for family and caregivers.
Ovarian Cancer Program offers resources for young Jewish women and their families facing ovarian cancer.
Sharsheret Supports creates support groups and programs:

And Sharsheret offers educational programs such as:

Health Care Symposia, for younger women with breast cancer;
Sharsheret On Campus, college student outreach;
Sharsheret Educational Resource Series, publications for Jewish women, families and health care professionals.

The Volunteer Tribute Award was given to Moe Rice who spoke about his mother who passed away of breast cancer and the role Sharsheret played in supporting him and his family. In return Moe initiated Sharsheret’s “Race With Us“. At this point the Race With Us team is more than 100 athletes strong, “athletes” of various levels of physical ability, breast cancer survivors, family and friends of survivors and others who are just moved by Sharsheret’s work.

My brother, Joel Matalon, is one of those people. Joel is participating with Team Sharsheret in the NYC/NJ Ironman this August 2012. The Ironman is an elite triathalon including three ordered events: a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike race and a 26.2 mile marathon. Joel and Team Sharsheret are training for this all day endurance event, which begins in early morning and participants must cross the finish line by midnight. Each Team participant has committed themselves in raising money for Sharsheret’s incredible programs. Would you be a sponsor? Any amount is valuable because it translates into a person, possibly someone you know, being helped.

The following is a personal letter from Joel. He writes:

I wanted to share with you what I’m up to with regards to Sharsheret and the Ironman US Championship on August 11, 2012 and request your tax-deductible sponsorship.

Tammy Bryk, a beloved client, friend and survivor, told me about Sharsheret, an organization supporting Jewish women and their families (of all backgrounds) facing breast cancer. This year Sharsheret offered coveted spots for the first ever 2012 Ironman US Championship NY/NJ race. Instead of securing my own slot I have chosen to join Team Sharsheret and make what I love to do more meaningful – RACING while raising money to help others. I listened to Tammy, a committed Sharsheret volunteer, because she is a constant inspiration to me. When I think of her energy and enthusiasm I am motivated to keep pushing even harder.

Over the past 16 years I’ve primarily raced outside of NY. I’ve done the 2010 Ironman in Canada, 2008 Ironman Kentucky, and 7 other triathlons. I’ve run 17 marathons in the United States, Canada,South America and Europe. I plan on competing in marathons in Detroit, Michigan, Hamburg, Germany, and Tiberia, Israel. I’m most interested in the Ironman US Championship NY/NJ so that my supporters can come out and watch me race and put Chi Running, the running method I teach around the world, to practice.

Please support me and Sharsheret by adopting at least a mile of the140.6 miles I will be swimming, biking and running. Help me reach my personal goal of $14,060 for Sharsheret’s programs and services, which they provide at no cost to thousands in need of support. Any and all donations are much appreciated and 100% tax deductible.

www.sharsheret.org/iron2012-joelmatalon.php

Thank you.
Joel

Please run to do this mitvah by clicking on the link above. If you’ve never heard the word mitvah before, it’s ok. It’s good to do “a good deed” in any language.

Thank you and may you and your loved ones be blessed with good health.

*Sharsheret programs are Trademarked/Registered

Target Helps Consumers Aim Towards Health and Wellness

There is something to be said about branding, especially when it comes to Target. Not only is Target a pleasure to shop in, my almost 4 year old son wants to “go there” everyday. He can spot the Target logo from anywhere; subway, weekly circulars, bags, and billboards. Without a doubt, he will proudly shout “Target” with anticipation. In fact, it was a trip to Target and the purchase of Buzz LightYear that helped put his potty training success in action.

I learned something else about Target last week during the Target Healthy Living Event for bloggers and traditional media. As a primetimeparent (having kids after 35), finding accessible, convenient and affordable products and services to live a healthier lifestyle. I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to start my New Year’s resolution of getting fit. Now I know that Target is also interested in not only my healthier lifestyle, but all of you as well. Here is a list of some of the products highlighted at the Target Healthy Living event last week. I am a firm believer that it is never to late to make changes for the good! Continue reading