Wednesday, January 1, 2020

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

So, here we are. About to embark on another new year. Another chance to set goals and be different this year. Make things better. Be a better person. Be a happier person. Be a healthier person. Right? The new year is an automatic redo/reset button.

So why is it that so many of us fail? Because we're changing for the wrong reasons.

If you know what to do and you're constantly cheating, you're not ready. If you say you're going to exercise and you don't, you're not ready. If you go to the store knowing exactly what healthy ingredients to buy and you come home with bags of cookies and chips, you're not ready.

You have to be mentally ready to make a change. 

Let's say your resolution is to exercise more and lose a few pounds. Don't be fooled by a quick fix with magic pills, or try living on lemon water or raspberries. Those gimmicky diets don't work. I know. You can't believe it. I'm here to tell you to not waste your money. Diet and exercise are the answer. Sorry to break that news to you.

First, you have to tell yourself you're going to do it. Give yourself a realistic goal and a realistic time-frame. If you want to lose weight, an average of 1-2 pounds a week is a realistic goal. But to do this you have to do a few things every single day.

  • Stick to a healthy diet. 
  • Track calories. 
  • Read nutrition labels for content, calories and portion size.
  • Exercise regularly. 
  • Drink more water. 
  • Give up alcohol (the biggest diet buster.)

Once your mind is on board, your stomach and heart will follow.

I know this because just like you I've tried and failed diets dozens of times. Over and over again.

It takes a lot of willpower. A LOT OF WILLPOWER.

You will feel weak at times. Don't give in or give up.

You have to tell yourself it will be worth it.

Every day it will get a little easier. The temptations will not be as hard to pass up. And you want to know why? Because you'll start to see some change. You'll see the number on the scale change. The muscles in your body change. You'll feel more energized. The walk up the hill won't leave you heaving for a breath of air.

And then your clothes will start to feel better.

Your friends, family, and colleagues will start to notice a change in your attitude (and possibly your waistline.)

"How did you do it?" they'll ask.

"Well, remember that delicious basket of garlic bread at dinner the other night? I didn't eat any. And that cocktail? I had a glass of club soda with lemon. And that delicious cake for the birthday celebration? I had some berries instead."

"Oh, I couldn't do that." they'll say.

That's right. Because you're not ready. But I am, and guess what? I am now able to wear jeans without a muffin top!


Say no to muffins! lol

Take control of your food at home. Here's an example of how to eat together and eat your way.

What might be served | What I eat
pasta and meatballs  |  zucchini noodles and meatballs
burgers, salad and tater tots  |  burger (no bun) and salad
Tacos, chips, guacamole  |  taco salad
Meatloaf, potatoes, green beans  |  meatloaf and green beans
Grilled chicken, mac and cheese, coleslaw  |  grilled chicken and coleslaw

It's really not that hard once you get going. Are you going to screw up? Of course. We're human. Just don't let one mistake stop you for even a second. Just get back on track immediately. And don't feel guilty about it. Life is too short. Celebrate the wins!

Here are my tips for success:

1. If you need help from a professional get it. It's worth it. I have worked with JumpStart MD to help me. I've also done Weight Watchers. Love both programs.
2. Use an app to track your food, calories, water, your weight, and exercise. I personally like Carb Manager. I've tried others, but don't like them as much.
3. Join a gym and find a friend to workout with. The extra motivation from a friend will ensure you go. Plus it's more fun.
4. Hire a personal trainer, they can help with your workout routine and diet.
5. When you go to restaurants ask them to hold the bread, the croutons, the bun - whatever it is you're trying to avoid. Remove the temptation from your plate!
6. Buy some new workout clothes. They will give you a little more pep in your step. Remember, mind over matter. You feel good, you look good, you'll win the mental battle.
7. Tell yourself you're worth it. Because you are. You deserve it and don't let anyone stop you.

So there go. I know you can do it. Because if you've gotten this far in reading this post you are mentally ready!! Congratulations! You're one step closer to victory.

I would love to hear what your resolutions are. Leave a comment and let me know how it's going!

I'm on a quest to lose 10 pounds this year. I'll keep you posted on how I'm doing too.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

SCROOGE in Love! Is a holiday delight.

SCROOGE in Love! is hilarious, sweet, romantic, and just a joy to watch. A holiday must-see.

From the very first chord on the piano to the very last word spoken on the stage, you'll find yourself smiling and cheering for dear old Scrooge. We thoroughly enjoyed the show. We were totally in awe by the talents of Jason Graae as Scrooge. And loved the unique story which takes place the year after Scrooge was visited by the three ghosts.

Jason Graae as Ebeneezer Scrooge

Set a year after the events of the Dickens tale, SCROOGE in Love! find a reformed Scrooge looking for his lost love, Belle, and revisiting past, present, and future with hilarious, ghostly friends. Scrooge is a hopeless romantic. And his ghosts refuse to give up on him.

(L to R) Will Springhorn Jr., Andrea Dennison-Laufer, Jason Graae, Edward Hightower. Photos by Ben Krantz Studio.

From the talented cast to the set design, to the beautiful costumes, and the amazing musicians - - the team at 42nd Street Moon really knocked it out of the park for this performance. Two thumbs up!!

Tickets: $31 - $72 purchase online at 42ndstmoon or call 415-255-8207.
Gateway Theatre: 215 Jackson St. San Francisco, CA 94111
Dates: December 4-22, 2019
Parking: FREE on the street (all around the theatre)
Family Show: I highly recommend this for the entire family. Kids age 10 and up.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Hot Mikado is a jazzy fun night in San Francisco

The San Francisco cast knocked it out of the park! The production by 42nd Street Moon on opening night had the crowd buzzing. 

The first time Don and I saw the Hot Mikado was at the Westport Country Playhouse, in Westport, Connecticut back in the late 90's. The musical was more opera-like back then. This current adaptation by David Bell and Rob Bowman is much more contemporary and fun! The updates to the Gilbert and Sullivan songs are fresh and at times quite funny.

HOT MIKADO takes the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta masterpiece and amps it up with a killer jazz interpretation of the score performed by a multicultural cast who will have you dancing in the aisles! Welcome to Titipu, a town turned upside down by the arrival of Nanki-Poo, a roving trumpet player looking for his lost love, Yum Yum. Before long, he’s embroiled in the topsy-turvy machinations of Titipu’s powers-that-be, with hilarious results.

Enjoy a full evening in San Francisco with dinner after the show at one of two amazing restaurants which are just steps from the theatre, literally right across the street 5A5 Steak Lounge or Kokkari both offer amazing food and cocktails. Plus, bonus....there is plenty of free parking on the street!

42nd Street Moon's production of HOT MIKADO runs from September 25 – October 13, 2019, and will perform at San Francisco’s Gateway Theatre (215 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111).  Tickets range from $31 - $72 and can be purchased through the Box Office at (415) 255-8207 or online at

42nd Street Moon’s 2019-2020 season:
SCROOGE IN LOVE! (December 4 – 23, 2019)
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (February 26 – March 15, 2020)
THE PAJAMA GAME (April 15 – May 3, 2020)
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (the 1981 Musical) (May 13 – June 14, 2020)
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (the 1934 Play) (May 20 – June 7, 2020)

The 2019-2020 season also includes the inauguration of two ambitious new programs: the BACK-TO-BACK SERIES and THE SONDHEIM SWEEP.

42nd Street Moon celebrates and preserves the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. The
organization contributes to its evolution and continuing vitality by presenting intimately produced
performances of classic and rarely performed musical works. Through productions, educational
programs, and community outreach, 42nd Street Moon is committed to increasing the awareness and
appreciation of the rich heritage and cultural perspective of the musical theatre and its vast influence
on the world stage. For more information, visit

Let me know if you go to the show!!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hairspray, the musical, is great date night fun

It's entertaining, energetic, and toe-tapping fun. Go see it!

From the minute the curtain opens you find yourself smiling and cheering for Tracy Turnblad, the social outcast turned social activist. 

(L - R) FRONT: Melissa Momboisse ("Penny Pingleton"), Cassie Grilley ("Tracy Turnblad") and Lauren Meyer ("Amber Von Tussle"); BACK: Bonnie Lafer ("Prudy Pingleton"), 
Scott Di Lorenzo (“Edna Turnblad”) and Sarah Sloan ("Velma Von Tussle") in Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!

Lauren Meyer ("Amber Von Tussle"), Cassie Grilley ("Tracy Turnblad"),  
Kamren Mahaney (“Link Larkin”) and Company in Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

The last time I saw Hairspray the musical it was the live TV version featuring some of Broadway's biggest stars (Harvey Feinstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough). This San Francisco production does not disappoint! The voices of the cast are amazing and the dancing is wonderful and non-stop. Just wait until you see Dave Abrams fly through the air and shake his booty as Seaweed.

Dave J. Abrams ("Seaweed J. Stubbs") and Company in 
Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

The talent in the Bay area is impressive! Matthew McCoy and Leslie Waggoner have produced an amazing show. 

Bay Area Musicals’ production of HAIRSPRAY is directed and choreographed by Matthew McCoy, with music direction by Jon Gallo. Leslie Waggoner will serve as Assistant Choreographer. 

"I have been wanting to stage HAIRSPRAY ever since I first saw the show on Broadway," said Matthew McCoy. "I had never before seen a musical packed with so much heart, joy, laughter, exciting choreography, and electrifying music.

“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. 
It’s irresistible!” 

– The New York Times

It signified a bright new era for the book musical comedy, and it was clear that the entire audience was having a ball. Now, almost twenty years later, the show has become a beloved classic. And with the specters of prejudice and intolerance increasingly front and center in our politics and news media, the message of HAIRSPRAY is more timely than ever: that all of us can walk together, hand in hand, no matter our size or the color of our skin. The big wigs, bright lights, and flashy dances will all be front and center in our production, with heart (and a few tears) sprinkle throughout as we look at where we've been, how far we've come, and how far we still must go." 

Cassie Grilley ("Tracy Turnblad") and Company in Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

What: Bay Area Musical’s production of HAIRSPRAY
When: Sat., July 6 – Sun., August 11, 2019
Where: Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
Tickets: $35 - $65 and may be purchased online at

Bay Area Musicals’ upcoming 2019-2020 season will include:
GYPSY (November 9 – December 8, 2019)
THE FULL MONTY (February 15 - March 15, 2020)
A CHORUS LINE (April 11 - May 10, 2020)
TBA (July 11 - August 9, 2020). 

Subscriptions to the 2019- 2020 season are available now at

Bay Area Musicals (BAM!) is a professional, non-profit theatre organization dedicated to presenting the highest caliber of musical theatre in San Francisco. Founded in 2014, the Company strives to stimulate and inspire the San Francisco Bay Area community through high-caliber musical theater ranging from familiar classics to challenging new works; to produce professional musical theater at accessible ticket rates; and to engage the community through performance, outreach, and educational opportunities. 

For more information, visit