If You Haven’t Posted In Awhile, Are You Still A Blogger?

If you take a long and unplanned blogging break, are you still a blogger?

I still identify with being a blogger but I know that I haven’t been a very good one lately.


I haven’t posted in awhile and even before my break, I was posting very inconsistently

and the guilt doesn’t get easier, it gets worse.

Blogger Guilt is real, people.

You feel like you let yourself down and your readers down

by being inconsistent and not openly sharing your struggle.

Bloggers know that readers and friends want to rely on your words, stories, experiences and advice and

to disappear is a form of abandonment in the truest sense.

I apologize for my magician impersonation.

I’ve discussed that I’m an all or nothing kind of person before.

So instead of the all, I gave nothing and didn’t explain why.

I’m not sure I can really explain why but I can say that despite being inspired to write,

I haven’t taken the time to actually do the writing.

I know I’m not done with blogging.

I miss it but just can’t fit it in right now.

I still think in blog posts and I know that I have many things to share

but I’ve decided to formally state that

the blog will be on hiatus until Tuesday, Sept 8th.

However, please know that

this blog and the health and wellness community are entities

that I not only want to be a part of

but they are also a part of me.

I haven’t forgotten about you, my reader(s), friends

and health/wellness community members

and I hope that you don’t forget about me.

See you in September!

8 Is Great

I’m certain that every single parent on earth would agree to the words, “the days are long but the years are short” when it comes to watching their children grow up.  Today my little boy is 8.  I’m still in disbelief that nearly 8 years have passed since this photo was taken.



It seems like both a long time ago and just yesterday that I was in the haze of having an infant, a toddler, a preschooler and then an elementary school aged child.  8 seems so much not like a little kid and yet, not like a true big kid either.  While I don’t often write about parenting or my child, I do take the time every year to celebrate the little boy who truly changed my life for good.

My little Wild Boy has changed a lot in one year.  It’s amazing how many things can happen in just 365 days.

These are just some of the highlights from the past year:

  • The transition from 2nd to 3rd grade was an easy one.  Being in a class with great friends has been pretty fabulous.  Academics are relatively easy for you.  You excel in math and reading.
  • The two front teeth came out and grew back in nearly as quickly as they fell out.  The Tooth Fairy was generous and wrote some pretty nice notes.
  • This was the year when popular music became important – John Newman’s “Love Me Again”, Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries”, “Turn Down For What” and anything by Maroon 5 became favorites.  You even developed your own appreciation for Duran Duran – you love “Hold Back The Rain” and “Ordinary World” most of all.
  • The devotion to sports still continues to astound.  Waking up every morning to check scores, standings and getting the chance to watch any and every sport is what’s most important right now.
  • A blue belt was achieved in Hap Kido (which was the goal of 2014) but a hiatus was taken to accommodate the soccer/basketball season and then the baseball season.
  • Baseball tryouts went well this season with a move up to the league that required try-outs.  It was a proud moment to learn that  you were one of the youngest accepted to the American League in the Little League district.
  • Ladies Love Cool Wild Boy – the first secret admirer left you a note and a special bracelet.  We figured out who she was by her handwriting but your heart still remained with a special girl in NYC.
  • A tie at the Jog-A-Thon – last year you and your buddy won the school Jog-A-Thon for your grade and this year, you and the same friend ran the JAT together to come in 2nd place.  It made many people smile to see how hard you both worked and that you wanted to do this race together.
  • Image and hair became very important this year.  Currently Shaun White clothing from Target is cool and hair often styled and a bit on the long side for flipping ability.
  • This was the year that a request was made to make drop off at the school gate (not the class line) and hand holding when crossing the street is now a definite no-no.

My Wild Boy remains a headstrong, confident, sweet, smart, handsome and fun child.  There are times that parenting such a child is difficult but it is also quite wonderful.


In this photo Wild Boy is 1 month old, Griffin is nearly 2 years old and Jay is 37.


I’m lucky to have a kid that challenges me not only as a parent but as a human being.  I’ve learned more about people, myself and the world at large from being a parent.  I like the person that I’ve become from being a parent and I can only hope that my child likes the person from whom he comes as well.

To read what the previous year’s recaps:  Here’s Lucky 7 and 6 is 1/3 of the Way To Being An Adult.

The Tuesday Tune-Up: Exploring LA

Tuesday Tune Up, Weekly Check In, Food, Fitness, Family, Duran Duran


Hey there!  How are you?  What’s been going on?

The Tuesday Tune-Up is where we can have a weekly virtual coffee date and catch up a bit.

It was a busy week last week with a family friend in town.  This week I’m traveling for work and another friend is coming to town this weekend.  It’s not bad to be this kind of busy but it does cut into the ability to find the time to write so bear with me, please!

Food, Tuesday Tune-Up

Last week, while Ms. O was visiting, Jay and I went out to belatedly celebrate my birthday.  We went to Hinoki and the Bird.

hinoki and the bird, LA, century city

One of my favorite things about living in LA is getting the chance to not only explore the array of fabulous food but I love seeing the many cool areas of this spread out city.  LA has so many beautiful and funky parts but Century City, where Hinoki and The Bird is located, is in the middle of an office park.  The area is strangely sterile and the restaurant doesn’t quite fit in with it’s surroundings.

The restaurant is beautiful and delicate (I really couldn’t take pictures because it was a little too dark) and the food – delicious hamachi with lime, cucumber and apple, chili crab toasts and hinoki (a type of wood) scented black cod were all delicious.  My favorite dish at Hinoki and The Bird was the miso donuts with honey caramel sauce.

Hinoki and the Bird, miso donuts, LA, food, foodie


Los Angeles might have a reputation for being the mecca of healthy eating but I’m here to tell you that this town reveres donuts in a way I’ve never seen before.  I don’t even really like donuts but HatB made interesting ones.  I still think The Church Key’s brioche donuts win though.


Fitness, FitFluential, SweatPink, BurnThis, Tuesday Tune-UP


I went back to the orthopedist last week and he, like the groundhog, didn’t give such great news – looks like 4 more weeks of PT are in my future.

3 weeks after my QL spasm, I know I’m walking better and I thought I was standing up straighter but my doctor walked in and instantly said, “You’re not a mess like you were when you came in (see here for the Xray) but you’re still standing titled to the right”.

I didn’t think I’d get clearance to go back to full normal activity but it was disappointing to find out that my perception of progress wasn’t as far as I thought.  It’s hard not to feel like every ounce of strength and muscle acquired through active living is quickly disappearing with all of this non-activity.

Physical Therapy

Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit but…

It’s hard not to be frustrated but I’m grateful not to be in so much pain.  I’m looking into a local water spine rehab program to attempt to ensure better core engagement and posture in the future in all aspects of movement – athletic or otherwise.

Even though I couldn’t workout, I did attend the Drenched Fitness event sponsored by Women’s Health Magazine.

Drenched Fitness, Women's Health Magazine, Britney Spears

It was great to see fellow Duranie and Britney cover story writer, Lori Majewski on the West Coast and to watch blogger friends David@KeepItUpDavid, Keke@FreeandForMe, Christiana@SpillingCoffeeandDroppingThings and my girl Josie@JosiesOrdinaryWorld, all produce some serious sweat using the Drenched Fitness technology called Flexline!

It was also nice to have the opportunity to meet Jordan@TheBalancedBlonde (formerly The Blonde Vegan who wrote the brave piece about her orthorexia and transitioning from a fully vegan lifestyle) and Sophie@ThePhilosophie in person.

I’m looking forward to getting the chance to try out this boutique fitness studio for myself once I’m cleared to workout hard.  I can even bring Wild Boy with me because Drenched offers free childcare from infants to pre-teens (which is all kinds of awesome)!



Since Ms. O was visiting and had never been to LA, we wanted to show her some of our favorite spots like Abbot Kinney and the Venice Beach area.  I knew that the Venice area was modeled after Venice, Italy and had canals but I had never seen them until this particular trip.  They’re really pretty and the fact that they’re in Los Angeles is a bit mind blowing.

Venice, canals, Venice Beach

Wild Boy was even brought into a performance by a large group of street performers near Muscle Beach.  Normally, I don’t pay these type of performers any mind but their crowd was huge and the sun was setting so it was fun.  Who knew that the group would give each of the 3 kids that participated in the performance $20?!  Jay and I did donate the same amount back to the large group but I was floored that these performers actually gave these kids money!

The Burton-Fleischman family also attended at Brooklyn Nets vs. the Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center.  We might not have been the most popular people in the stadium given our visible Brooklyn pride.

Nets Game

It was fun to watch the Nets win and to see former NY Knick, Jeremy Lin, be the high scorer for LA (our family did spend part of Memorial Day weekend watching the Jeremy Lin documentary; the things we do for our children!).

Nets Score, Nets vs Lakers


Duran Duran, music, 80's music, New Wave, Tuesday Tune-Up

The Duran Duran War Child concert sounded like it was pretty fabulous.  Sure, the set list was a bit tired but I’d still kill to have seen them perform in a venue that holds less than 300 people!

Did you notice clean shaven (and creeper wearing) Simon?!  Maybe he heard my plea to shave the ‘stache?

Simon Le Bon, War Child

Image: Joseph Okpako

Duran Duran aside, I’m currently in Del Mar San Diego for work and it was announced today that the KAABOO Del Mar concert will be taking place a stone’s throw from the hotel where I am currently staying.


This 3 day Coachella-type of festival will be featuring some big names like No Doubt, The Killers, Foster The People, Counting Crows, The Roots, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as well as a bunch of comedians like Joel McHale and Lewis Black.  It sounds like a lot of fun but with tickets starting at $290, no thanks!


 So that’s a summary of what’s been going on in my world this week.

What’s something cool that you’ve discovered in your city? 


Disclosure:  I was invited to the Women’s Health Drenched Fitness Event and did receive a gift bag but I was under no obligation to write about the event.  I have no professional affiliation with the KAABOO Del Mar Festival but just thought it was interesting.  As always, all opinions expressed here are clearly my own and any professional or financial affiliations will be disclosed.

I Don’t Like Mondays

It’s the first Monday of 2015 and about all I can eek out today is….


David Paymer, Crazy People

David Paymer, the Master of “Hello” from the fabulous movie “Crazy People”.  If you haven’t seen it, do so soon!


While often Mondays signify the opportunity for a fresh start and can be positively viewed as a beginning, Mondays (and the Stressball Sundays leading up to the dreaded Mondays) make me nuts!

Gift Return, Mondays

In an attempt to make my 2015 less stressful and more productive, I won’t be blogging on Mondays anymore.

Tuesdays will now be my kick-start of the week.


Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my #GoReIn2015 (Goals/Resolutions/Intentions for 2015) List (as I did in 2013 and 2014.   I’ll be offering a Link-Up that will be live until Jan 31st with quarterly check-in’s to help everyone who wants to participate to get all of the group support they want or need!

Because I’m sure I’m not alone on this particular Monday after the holidays and school break, I’ll give you today’s theme song, “I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats.



PS – If you want to catch the fabulous movie “Crazy People”, you can purchase to stream here via Amazon (affiliate link):

Are you a Monday person naturally or if you need a ton of coffee to face the day?

Surviving and Thriving After A Fitness Injury

Hello All!  I haven’t disappeared.

I know I haven’t been posting consistently but there are some personal things that have required my undivided attention lately and it’s kept me from blogging.

However, you can find my latest post, 5 Tips to Survive and Thrive After A Fitness Injury over at Live Well 360 (yes, the awesome fitness bag company):

Live Well 360, fitness, injury recovery

I will be posting sporadically until the end of 2014 but will be back on a regular posting schedule with a totally updated site in 2015!


You can keep up with my more daily happenings on Instagram and Twitter until my more regular posting resumes!