Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body."
When I decided to take on training with the Noom app in November last year, I was just over 185 lbs. and my blood pressure was off the charts.
I thought cutting back on salt was going to be enough to get those numbers down to within a normal range.
Boy was I wrong!
I kept eating haphazardly, putting whatever was nearby into my body just to keep from feeling "hungry" and I kept gaining weight while my blood pressure kept getting higher.
I knew something had to be done, but I just couldn't do it on my own. I felt frustrated and was uncomfortable with my weight and it was really getting me down.
I saw ads for the Noom app on tv and read a few articles about it on the internet. I'm skeptical of diets and diet plans in general, but something about the way Noom was set up seemed like it was different. I did some more research, downloaded the app on my phone and decided right away to pay for the full plan. I'm really glad I did.
It's now March and I'm under 160 pounds. In only four months I've lost about 25 pounds and I started during the month when Thanksgiving happens! That first turkey day during the program brought up a lot of issues and anxiety, but with Noom and their system of support, I was able to make it through with flying colors AND enjoy my Thanksgiving with my family. As a matter of fact, there are no restrictions in what you eat on the Noom plan.
Noom is more than just a diet plan. It's like starting a life-long journey toward health with a team of psychologists, food planners, coaches, and other Noomers helping you along the way. You complete simple tasks and challenges each day and by doing these tasks and challenges fully, you eventually see the advantages of healthy eating, resting, working out and managing stress. You track your food, your weight, your physical activity and you check in with your coaches and your group. It's like rehab for health!
I gained so much confidence and learned so much on my journey so far and I highly recommend this program to others. I started cooking and loving food again. I'm working out almost every day (in small increments) using kettlebells, the Just Dance 2019 video game on the Switch and walks with our two adorable rescue dogs. (I didn't go to the gym at all while on the program.) I've actually had to completely overhaul my wardrobe (I lost another 40 pounds in all the clothes I had to donate) and I've been booking completely different kinds of roles for tv and films. Like I said, I'm usually a skeptic about these kinds of programs but Noom really worked for me.
If you're interested in trying it out, you can use this NOOM link to check out the program. If you have any questions about the program, reach out to me here. I'd love to hear from you about your journey to health!
Stop by the group classes page to find out more information. I'll be blogging details about the classes soon.
2017 is off to a roaring start!
We have chaos in Washington and piles of snow here in upstate New York. Tons of film projects are coming to our area and in the past two months, Hudson Valley Casting has already placed over 40 people in various projects.
Hudson Valley Casting and Acting Coaching with Wayne Pyle have also been working with a publisher at Hachette Audio who produces audiobooks right here in the Hudson Valley. We've booked people for fiction, non-fiction and even a fun children's book.
If your New Year's Resolution was to get more acting work, NOW is the time to take action. I have an agent and a manager and I still have to be on the lookout for opportunities and use all of the resources available to me to book work. If you don't have an agent or manager, don't despair. The work is there if you actively pursue it.
Here are some things I've found to be very helpful when looking for work. Give some of them a try and leave me a comment when you book a job!
Here are a few links to explore:
Backstage - 7 Ways to Create Your Own Work
NY Castings - 9 Must Know Facts About Creating Your Own Work
Actors & Performers - Make Your Own Hollywood
The Huffington Post - Actors Who Make Their Own Works
Daily Actor - Create Your Own Work "Okay...about what?"
Here in the Hudson Valley we have a plethora of opportunities to do what we love.
There are many talented actors, musicians, writers, directors, artists and filmmakers that have made the Hudson Valley their home. We have several professional theatre companies that produce consistently good work. There are film production companies that have made their homes here and and many film, television, and commercial companies that come up here to shoot. We have recording studios and sound stages. There is plenty of actor training for those who want to keep themselves in top form and we're only 80 miles, or about an hour and a half, from New York City by bus or train.
This blog, The Hudson Valley Actor, will be a place to find out what I'm up to as an actor and what is happening in the worlds of film, tv, theatre and voiceover in the Hudson Valley. I'll also share my experiences and thoughts about being an actor living and working in the Hudson Valley.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave me a reply. I'd love to hear from you!