Long Island Medium: My Experience

Long Island Medium

Last weekend my friend Dawn and I went to see Theresa Caputo, The Long Island Medium, at The Beacon Theater in New York City.  Having bought the tickets on a whim a couple of months back I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I wasn’t an avid watcher of her TV show on TLC but I did hear that her live show was a good experience.  Getting closer to the date there were rumblings going around that she was a fraud.

The Beacon Theater is a pretty beautiful place with a lot of history.  My only experiences thus far was Allman Brother shows and if you’ve been you know what that’s like :) But I digress…the theater was a great backdrop to this show in particular because it is eerily beautiful.

I consider myself fairly a sensitive person and the energy in the room made me a little teary-eyed from the start.  Every single one of the attendees was there with hope to get a message from a loved one who had passed on just like me.  Teresa came out and a gorgeous outfit with her big blonde hair and sparkley Loubiton’s.  She is a funny ball of energy who enjoyed poking fun at the naysayers on the internet.

She began by describing what she does and set the expectations of the audience.  For example, she is only drawn to people by their loved ones who come through.  She does not have control over what side of the room she is drawn to so don’t get upset if she spends more time in the orchestra or on the right side and she will come to you.

One of the first people she went to was an older man who had lost his father.  Shocking!  It’s so rare that an older man has lost his father! But what is most interesting are details that aren’t readily available.  For example, she asked him if he recently sold a house to which he said he was in the middle of doing.  She told him not to have regrets with this sale and to move forward with his plan.  The man was visibly choked up because he felt his father was there watching over him.  This triggered about everyone in the audience to shed a tear.

During our time with Theresa she flitted throughout the theater going from place to place as the passed ones would tap her shoulder and direct her where to go. Eventually she made her way up to my area to a couple in their 30′s.  She was drawn to them because she felt as though someone had drowned.

The man that she was drawn to had lost his brother in a lake.  He was there at the time and had lived with a lot of guilt to which she told him there was nothing he could have done and his brother said he is ok and to move forward without letting this tragedy hold him back.  Before Theresa left to move to the next person she asked something about shorts.  His wife said, I actually had a conversation with my husband while getting ready to come here and told him how much I hate shorts and decided not to wear them.  Per Teresa, it’s these conversations and experiences we have in life that our loved ones are still a part of despite them not physically being with us.  It is their spirit that lives on.

The whole time Theresa was in my section delivering this message, I kept repeating my brother’s name, Sean, over and over again in my mind hoping that he would come through.  Unfortunately, that did not happen to me.

I am still on the fence about her “gift” because I will never know if she has spotters in the audience or if what she does is real.  I will only believe if she says something to me because I will be the only one who knows what conversations and experiences I have had with my brother.  While I did leave somewhat disappointed I left with hope that he is with me and my family everyday through the new memories and the memories we share of him with each other.

If you have missed my blog about the death of my brother, you can catch up here:  http://wp.me/p3imNB-1m  Please be kind and consider donating to a reputable organization to prevent/educate our communities about suicide.

 

Fuelin’ Up

smart ones

Exercising everyday and eating enough to fuel you can be a challenge.  A great way to stay on track with healthy eating is by preparing meals in advance for the week.  Having meals ready to go helps me to avoid hitting the drive-thru when hunger strikes.

There are a lot of healthy meal ideas out there on websites and Pinterest so you don’t get bored with the same old stuff.  Taking time on a Sunday to prepare your meals and snack sets you up for the week’s success!  If you run out of time or ideas, Smart Ones offers a great line of meals and sweet treats.

I recently tried one of their Fiberful Pastas such as the mini rigatoni with vodka cream sauce.  I love Italian food and vodka sauce is my go-to when I’m eating out but the calories are not figure friendly.  Thankfully, Smart Ones offers this comfort food that wont’ ruin your healthy habits.

The pasta is very tasty with reduced fat mozzarella and creamy tomato vodka sauce.  A great way to change up this meal is by throwing in veggies.  The supermarket has every vegetable available in the freezer section nowadays so experiment with what you like!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Not Welcome In Philly Anymore

tap n run

This past Saturday my friend Dawn and I participated in the Tap ‘N Run in Philly.  It’s a 4K fun run involving drinking beer.  Ok, let that sink in for a second….

Tap ‘N Run’s are held in every major city in America and is meant to be crazy and it certainly was!  The run (as I use that term loosely) started in waves to ensure everyone had an opportunity to chug a beer.  While at the start line in my wave, we were give a cup of beer which we were instructed to chug and then we were off!

Because I’m such a lame-o I couldn’t finish my beer I went right to the trash can like the good citizen I am to throw out my cup.  After throwing the cup in the trash a girl on my right slipped and fell down.  I went forward to help her up and hit my head right into a steel statue.  If you’re familiar with the sports complex area of Philly you know about these steel statues that are sprinkled around the area.  They are large replicas of well known sports figures.

Everything was in slow motion as I was trying to keep myself up but I hit my head so hard I lost my balance and fell right down on my ass.  I could hear all the other runners in unison saying “ohhhhhh” as if one of their beloved Flyers was getting their butt kicked like they normally do.  (Oops, did I say that aloud??)

After the birdies above my head dissipated, I got up and started running….right to the first beer stop.  We were given another beer to chug and then we were off. Feeling bloated we decided to blow off the second beer stop and headed right to the finish line where I ran into my statue friend.  The race organizers had put a neon cone on it…for good reason!

statue

We received another beer at the finish and then headed to the bar.  The bar area was crowded with people from the race and they held a  costume contest.  There were teams dressed up as a six pack of beer, Where’s Waldo and my favorite the Oregon Trail!

I am so happy I did the “run” to mix up my more competitive races.  Keep your eye open for them because they are becoming move popular like the ROC race (think 5K with Wipeout obstacles) and the Color Runs.  Get your friends together and just do it!

 

 

My First 5 Mile Race and Guardian Angels

Every summer for the last 37 years Spring Lake, NJ has hosted one of Runner’s Worlds top 100 races, The Spring Lake 5.  I can remember my mom doing it back when I was in college and she always asked me to do it with her but never thought I could so I blew it off.  Now, I can say I did it and I’m so happy I did!

My preparation for the race began officially last summer when I started running.  At the time I couldn’t run a few minutes straight but over time I got better and better.  This would be the ultimate test because up until this point I had only done 5K’s.

The days leading up to the race were stressful because I didn’t feel I was ready and doubted myself a lot but one motto I live by is “don’t let the fear hold you back”. Reminding myself of this pushed me to get to the starting line that morning especially for my fear of large crowds.  Below is a pic of just some of the 11,000 runners at the starting line.

spring lake 5 crowd

After a woman sang the National Anthem, we were off and running, literally.  I had set a goal to get through the first mile without stopping.  I hit that first mile and just kept going eventually making it to two miles without stopping.  That’s a big deal for me!

Along the way, many locals were outside their homes cheering everyone on and it’s appreciated more than they may know.  I felt proud of my community and of myself.

spring lake 5 cheerleaders

As I was rounding the second mile, I saw a woman who resembled my aunt who passed away last year and then a man who resembled my uncle who also passed in 2013.  I actually started to cry as I was running because everytime I run and I start to feel like I can’t go any further I remind myself of people who cannot.  Whether these are family members who are no longer with me or are ill, I keep them with me to keep me going.  They are my running guardian angels.

Eventually I made it to the finish line under my goal time and about 1,000 people behind me.  Thank God because I didn’t want to come in last!

spring lake 5 finish line

I learned a lot of lessons that day but the most important is never to doubt yourself.  I may not be the best runner but I did better than the day before and that is an accomplishment in itself.

And I leave you with the best t-shirt winner. “Run like you stole something”

 

Does your diet get a vacation too?

Liz Miami

 

Summer is here and everyone is planning their vacations to get away from the everyday, myself included!  We work so hard in our jobs, keeping our families afloat and trying to do healthy things for ourselves that we deserve a break!  Eating healthy and exercising is tough work so I wanted to share some tips on how to enjoy yourself while away but not go off the rails.

Water.  Agua.  Eau.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is hydrate!  Flying to your destination sucks the water from our bodies as does laying in the sun therefor keep water with you at all times.  I recently bought myself a vacuum sealed water bottle that stays cold for 12 hours.  Great to travel with and keeping near your lounge chair.

When In Rome…

Taking in the sites and culture of your destination is a great way to get some exercise.  There can be a lot of walking involved so wear comfortable shoes.  It’s also important to stop for some food and eat as the locals do.  There’s no reason why you can’t indulge while on vacation but do so in moderation.  Remember how far you’ve come and it’s not worth taking a step back.

Snacks Aren’t Just for Kids

Taxiing your kids around and errands can be exhausted and it’s probably tempting to stop at a fast food place to curb your cravings.  Don’t do it!  Carrying snacks with you is something we should do everyday.  There are always snacks available in the airport, your hotel or convenience stores just read the labels and stay away from cakes, cookies and candy.

You deserve a vacation away from your daily schedule but it’s not an invitation to go buckwild with your diet.  Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and don’t give up.  Drink your water, get some exercise, enjoy the local food in moderation, pack your snacks and you’re set for success!

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

There’s No Yawning In Pep Talks!

Finish Line

  The weather at the Jersey Shore has finally been warming up which means two things:  the tourists will soon be invading and race season is here!  In a couple days I’ll be doing my first five mile run in the Spring Lake 5 and I’m not ready.  I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready!

My preparation began a few weeks ago to include more running and more importantly getting my playlist just right.  I recently read an article that music can make the pain and struggle seem less since your focus is shifted to the beat.  I really hope that’s true because I can use all the help I can get!

The other day I took a stroll on the sand listening to my playlist.  I started go give myself a pep talk that went something like this, “You can do this!  Imagine how many people physically can’t or won’t.  You have an opportunity to run for those people and do something they can’t.  If you need to stop and walk, it’s ok!”  And then, I yawned.

There’s no yawning in pep talks!  Who does that?  I bet Rocky didn’t do that.  I am going to have to dig really deep the next few days to find my beastmode.

I find myself in and out of healthy habits these last few months and I can only blame me.  I am completely responsible and failing.  One of my bad habits it starting a plan and not seeing it through.  I quit too easily and revert back to old ways.

I know people who have lost a tremendous amount of weight over the last year and have stuck with it.  That in itself is amazing.  I often wonder how they do it. How do they keep the momentum going to reach the end goal?  I am open to any advice I can get!

 

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Going Out and Staying Healthy

lobster

After months of cold dreary weather on the East Coast the air is finally warming up!  People are out and about on their bikes, going on runs and leasurely walking their dogs without having to wear a jacket.  The warm weather can be very motivating to be more active but it also brings about invitations to go out.  And by going out I mean eating and drinking!

Going out eating and drinking is super fun but can be high in calories.  Being social with your friends shouldn’t throw off your good eating habits but how do you stay on track?  Here are some tips to help!

  • Have a snack/meal before you go out. This can help curb your appetite, help you to avoid unhealthy foods and help you wallet.
  • Drink water.  You may be surprised to know that sometimes our hunger pangs are just because we’re dehydrated.  Drink water before you go out and it’ll fill you up!
  • Save your cheat meal for going out.  If you stay healthy all week, give yourself a break and enjoy a meal.

If you do fall off the healthy eating wagon, don’t be too hard on yourself.  Keep in mind why you are eating healthy and get back to it!

Remember this:  One bad meal isn’t going to make you fat and one healthy meal isn’t going to make you skinny.

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.