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My Second Top Weight Loss Tip

 Tip #2: Expect temptation, and have a plan to resist it!  In this blog post, I am sharing my second top tip for weight loss. Expect Temptation, and have a plan for resisting it. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "We gain the strength of the temptation we resist." The power in this saying is that you don't just lose pleasure when you resist temptation, you gain strength from that action that can last for life. So you give up the food or the desire to eat more, which is the temptation in the case of the over eater, temptation, but you get something even better which is the strenth to turn your attention to the behaviors you truly desire, and to take action them. My personal motto:  "We receive what we want for others," directs me to share my top techniques to get you through temptation so that you can develop the body and the health you need in order to do what you love for the rest of your life. My experience with long-term big-time weight loss has taught me this:  Num

An Actor Trains: My #1 Weight Loss Tip

 Plan and write down what you will eat each day before you have your first bite. 1. Having a plan saves you from those moments where you end up standing in front of the refrigerator bargaining with your appetite over what sounds good to eat at the moment. 2. When you plan and write down your menus each morning, you will create a record of exactly what and when you ate in order to get the results you want.  I started recording my nutrition and training in 2008, and those diaries were the foundation of my e-program: Sugarfreedom, and my book on fat loss, Keep the Change. 3. If you find it difficult to stick to your plan due to hunger or cravings, you can adjust your eating strategy and keep track of what works and what doesn’t.  For example, adjustments in The quantity, quality, and frequency of your meals can make all the difference in your level of energy and satisfaction throughout the day.

An Actor Trains: Becoming a Better Actor in 2020

An Actor Trains. Becoming a better actor in 2020      Theatres have been closed for six months now, and it is obvious that if I want to act, it's going to be on camera, or as a voice-over performer. When I arrived in the Los Angels area in 1987 to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, my number one goal was to play as many roles as I could in order to gain performance skills, and to build my resume so that I could get an agent.  My two years at the academy plunged me into a rigorous round of studying drama, comedy, voice, dance, the classics, and acting for the camera.  Once I graduated, most of my work was on stage.  As an actor, singer, dancer, I was able to work in many big beautiful musical theatre productions, and I experienced so much happiness and fulfillment in those years. Today, as a woman well into middle age confronting the need to shift from stage to screen, I feel like I am starting over in terms of the skills I need in order to work.  Here are some of the rea

Shakespeare Acting Tips

  Four Tips for your monologue: 1. Read the entire play. 2. Use a Shakespeare Lexicon to look up any words that aren't familiar. 3. Re-write the monologue in modern language, and practice that monologue to discover the intentions and emotions you need to express. 4. Alternate reading and then performing the monologue in the original and contemporary language so that your performance conveys a complete grasp of all of the text. Do you have questions about going from stage to screen as an actor?  Post them in the comments.

From Stage to Screen.

 From Stage to Screen.  All I want to do is act, sing and dance preferably in front of an audience and ideally for a living.  For 30 years. From 1990, when I earned my first stipend for acting,  to 2020, when I wrote a show about Catherine Hayes, the Swan of Erin, I was able to work in the field I loved, on stage. The stage is a magical place where lights, costumes, makeup, and most of all, the words of the playwright can transform you into whoever you want to be.  Hero  or  villain,  rich or poor,  beautiful or horrible,  It's all possible on stage. The stage gives us enough space between the actor and the audience to create illusion.   When I was a senior in high school, I got to play Grandma in Edward Albee’s, American dream. I was only 18, but by changing the way I dressed, the way I moved, and by adding a few lines to my face with makeup, I was able to play 80. On the other hand, I don't consider myself to be a particularly beautiful girl, but with makeup and confidence an