Monday, July 21, 2014

Teen Fashion Models, It's Not What You think

Jennifer Sky is a Brooklyn-based writer of fiction and nonfiction. Previously she was a successful teen model and actress in television and film.

Her recently published ebook, "Queen of the Tokyo Ballroom," is part of her memoir-in-progress about the true life of a teenage girl working in the fashion industry.

This clip is by Jennifer Sky. Go check out her YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter, if you'd like. And here's an action page if you want to do something more. Her book is at The Atavist, as well as on Amazon. Lastly here's a link about the New York law she refers to around 02:00.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Getting Back on Track

It feels like forever since I last posted on this blog. I have just felt too ashamed to post much. I mean how can I try to encourage others to do something I am not doing. To be honest I haven't been doing very good with my eating and exercise has been almost nonexistent for the last month and a half. Normally I schedule my workouts and plan our meals. Then in mid May I went out of town to see my daughter graduate. I did great with my eating but I don't think I worked-out  any while I was there. We did walk a lot but that was all.

Then when I got back I had lots of stuff (housework, gardening and work) to catch up on and began getting ready for an 11 day motorcycle trip. I wanted to get ahead with work related task, I picked up some extra classes to teach for some extra money and well the excuses go on and on. I even convinced myself that I was too busy to make juice regularly.

Then comes the trip. We ate out for every meal for 11 days. We made good choices and had some fantastic meals. One of the highlights was getting to eat at Laughing Seed in Ashville, NC. It is a vegetarian restaurant with some of the best food I have ever eaten! The bed and breakfasts we stayed at were lovely but as you can guess they served a huge breakfast with lots things I do not usually eat. I didn't want to be rude so I ate it. I didn't clean my plate or take seconds but I ate a lot more than normal! Throw in no juice and very little exercise and it is no wonder I have gained weight and feel sluggish. My face even broke out a bit which hasn't really happened in about a year or so.

We got home and I promised I was going to get back on track but again the excuses are plenty. I am back to eating well and have made juice several times but other than some short walks no exercise. Then Friday I began planning my week. The calendar filled in quickly and I could see where I was heading yet again. I stopped and filled in my work-outs. It is going to mean some early morning walks and work-outs but I am going to get back on track. I don't like to feel moody or sluggish and I don't want to get back to where I was. I will do my best to post regularly on here and Facebook. Hopefully the accountability will help.

Do you struggle with staying on track when life gets busy? Do you find it hard to go back to working out after you skip for a while?

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Invisible Youth

Have you ever wondered how someone got the way they are? Have you ever said "They did it to themselves"? Have you ever looked at a teen that was worn and tired looking and assumed they were on drugs or partied too hard. What about that skinny girl that you are sure is anorexic or bulimic because she wants to be skinnier? You know few things are as cut and dry as we think they are.

Teen suicide, drug abuse and homelessness are not always because the teen wants to be rebellious and they don't always lead to a life of crime. Sometimes it is just the opposite sometimes they are looking for a normal life without the drama and pain.

Let me challenge your belief, let this video challenge you.