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Why I Am Not A Celebrity Trainer

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I am not a celebrity trainer.

I may be well known, command fees of well over $100 per hour, and train celebrities.

But I would rather be the help.

As many of you know, hubby and I have had several major life changes in the past decade. We sold everything and moved to the Caribbean island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos in 2005, then over to the tiny, A-list resort island of Parrot Cay in 2007, and then to the very big island of Manhattan in 2011. Where were we before TCI? On the Main Line of Philadelphia, living a life that we created, but realized that we didn't want.

IMG00021.jpgI turn 48 in just a few months, and am thinking back to where I thought I would be and what I thought I would be doing at this point in my life.

Generally, I knew I would be teaching something (since I do that well) and hoped to be in a major metropolitan area. Oh, and I was sure to have cats.

Just typing this is funny, because life turns out so differently.

Now I find that while I have general ideas about my likes and dislikes, I have stopped major life planning beyond how much money I would like to earn in order to live well, and where I want to live. And I am always open to changes in these depending on situation. Living well in NYC, for example, costs more than living well at Parrot Cay.

NYBG.jpgIn the course of this move I have had to do lots of introductions and lots of profile changes. Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, professional forums, directories, and bio boxes are everywhere and they all always need updating.

This is causing a small crisis as I attempt to redefine myself.

Who am I?

I am a Pilates teacher, a fitness trainer, a writer, a mom and grandmom; I am a gourmand who loves pizza and Five Guys burgers as much as caviar, and a clean freak who hates to actually clean. I am actively and openly Jewish, I appreciate Buddhism, and I cannot stand religious zealots of any kind (even though I believe in something unidentifiable, I lean towards atheism); and once a philosopher always a philosopher, as I spent over a decade of my life teaching and studying western philosophy.

I love to stay up late and sleep late (which people don't always know with my current schedule that starts at 7-7:30am), love dogs as much as cats, identify as a liberal, and truly believe that we are witnessing what Plato meant in The Republic when he said that democracy would devolve into rule by the lowest common denominator.

Oh, and I am a Usui Reiki Master teacher who practices and teaches energy channeling even though I am not always sure what it is that I am doing (I do it because Reiki actually works).

So who does this make me?

Titles bother me. I hate the phrase "celebrity trainer" even though I do train plenty of celebrities. I don't like the phrase "reiki master healer" even though that is the official title on my certificate. Plus people do feel and sleep better with my reiki treatments and my students all successfully practice reiki on themselves and others.

I actually like the phrase "service worker." I like being the help. I am lucky enough to choose to live my life and earn my living in service to others (and hopefully myself as well). Never denigrate service workers — all of us behind the scenes people who keep people and places going.

You like a clean subway seat? Thank the people cleaning. You like having dinner served on clean plates at a restaurant? Thank the dishwasher before you thank the chef. Had a great workout? Thank the trainer.

When did chefs, personal trainers, and hair stylists become celebrities? If you get paid to provide a service, whether it's deciding what's for dinner and cooking food for your customers, cutting and styling someone's hair, or helping someone look and feel great, you are the help. You are in service.

My name is Lynda Lippin, and I am the help.

On the Road to Wellness: Adapten-All

Adapten-All adrenal support supplement, along with a multi-vitamin and fish oil, has also helped a lot.

Thanks to my fabulous gynecologist, I have a compounding pharmacist, Scott Berliner from Life Science Pharmacy in upstate NY, who makes my bio-identical hormone replacment cream ever 90 days. Since he is trusted by the physicians at Beth Israel, I trust him too. When Dr. Sondhi at Continuum tested my thyroid and found everything to be normal, I emailed Scott.

The First Bottle of Adapten-All

He immediately replied and recommended Ortho Molecular - Adapten-All, saying that it worked well for adrenal fatigue, but would take about three months to really set in. I ordered a bottle from Amazon, and two days later had them. Scott recommended that I start with one capsule in the morning and one at lunch for two weeks, then two capsules morning and lunch thereafter for at least 90 days.

I am at the end of the first bottle of 120 capsules, and between the multi-vitamin, the fish oil, the better diet, the acupuncture, and the Adapten-All I am feeling much better.

Why Adapten-All Works

According to Scott and to their website,

The Importance of Natural Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Adrenal Health

A balanced vitamin and mineral supplement regimen is critical when addressing adrenal regulation. The synthesis and secretion of cortisol is largely dependent on adequate supplies of various vitamins. Vitamin C is needed for steroid biosynthesis and is depleted from the adrenal cortex upon high cortisol secretion. Niacin derivatives are also necessary co-factors for steroid biosynthesis. Pantothenic acid is vital to maintain steroid secretion from the adrenal cortex.

Herbal Extracts that Support Adrenal Health

Siberian ginseng, Rhodiola rosea, Glycyrrhiza glabra, and Schizandra chinensis are all considered to be adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens are substances that nonspecifically increase the resistance of stress and exerts a balancing effect on various systems in the body (immune, central nervous, etc).

All I know is it appears to be helping, and is certainly not hurting. 120 capsules runs $44 on Amazon (about 10% lower than direct buy from the maker).

On the Road to Wellness: Acupuncture

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On the Road to Wellness: I Can Finally Say that I am Feeling Better and Acupuncture Helped!

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Perhaps you read my recent post, Fitness Pros Get Tired Too, about my struggles with just plain exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. Suffice it to say that after moving to Manhattan and dealing with aging parents, hubby's depression, hormonal imbalances, and the concurrent weight gain and irritability that resulted, I was a hot mess - fat, tired, bloated, depressed, and pissy as hell. Seriously, I am amazed that I pulled it together for my clients' sessions (which of course I did, being the pro that I am).

It's been about a month, and after making a few changes I am feeling much better. In my next posts I will focus on what specific things I have added that have really helped me get my energy back.

Acupuncture

I love acupuncture. There were times at Parrot Cay where I would have been in such worse pain were it not for acupuncture. Falling on my unstable SI joint, breaking my finger and injuring my ulnar nerve in a boat accident, and shingles on my sciatic nerve (yes, you read that right; if karma's true, then I was a massive pain in someone's a** in a previous life) would have all been much worse without the care I received from Hashi, Nobue, and then Yuki.

After hearing lots of the teachers at Real Pilates discussing going to City Acupuncture and reading their fab Yelp reviews, I decided to go. Hubby was all in favor, and that clinched it. They are right down the street from me at Fulton & Nassau, are open seven days a week, and treatments can cost as little as $35 with a package of five.

The treatment area is communal. The huge, high-ceilinged space is divided by screens and contains about 15 treatment tables. Lights are dimmed, there is meditation music on an ipod, and there are baskets underneath the table for your stuff. I wear comfy clothes so they can roll up pant legs and shirt arms, or even do a belly button point. At first I had a few different people, including Terri and Bob, who were all good; but now that I go at the same time every week, I have the same person, Craig Wong - young, mellow, kind, and really good at what he does.

Acupuncture needles

He looks at my tongue, checks my pulse, asks me a few questions about my sleep, body temperature, and general state of being, and then places the needles. Since I tend to get cold, he puts a light foil emergency blanket over me so as to not disturb the needles (if it's really cold he turns on the electric blanket under me as well), and then lets me rest until I need to leave. There is nothing better than resting with acupuncture needles for an hour or more on a Sunday. Really.

Anyway, the acupuncture has helped me sleep better, regulate my body temperature, and make better food choices. Between the acupuncture and the Ortho Molecular Adapten-All supplement I started taking, I am sleeping better. That alone is giving me more energy to exercise, and the combination of everything is giving me more energy, better ability to focus, and the newly re-found ability to make good food choices (you mean chicken liver on buttered toast isn't good for me?) through The Digest Diet: The Best Foods for Fast, Lasting Weight Loss. Yes, sometimes even a pro needs some assistance.

In the coming days I will talk more about my experiences with Adapten-All and The Digest Diet, and my slow but steady recovery from adrenal fatigue.