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Running Toward a Healthy Future

Welcome to WABC TV’s Reset Your Life: The Revolution Blog!  It follows the ABC Daytime show, “The Revolution.”  The show is dedicated to transforming every aspect of your life from health and fitness to your home and your style.  Each Friday, this blog will address the weight loss stories shared on the show as well as other women's health issues.  It also includes daily meal plans, exercise routines and playlists of music contributed by experts in the tri-state area to help get you motivated to reset your life! 

Currently, I have found myself once again in the middle of a weight loss journey. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I gained weight two months ago over the sudden and traumatic loss of my two-year-old cat.  (I'm an emotional eater!)  But now, I am happy to share I have lost five pounds in the last two weeks.  It's thanks to a NEW cat and love in my life as well as a new jump start with the help of my doctor.  Just so you know, I adopted my new cat, Mr. J, through an event held by The NYC Animal Care & Control.  He is also a two-year-old and was found wandering the streets of East Harlem.  He is picking up where my sweetie, Toby, left off.  Here's are some pictures:




I feel it’s important for women to talk about weight freely in an open forum.  I would like to open up this space and encourage you to share your weight loss struggles and success stories with me. I would also love to hear about the music that motivates you!  Please leave your comments below. 

This week, my friend and colleague, Meteorologist (and running enthusiast) Amy Freeze, introduced us to a Long Island woman who ran her way to an amazing weight loss! I've posted Linda Romano's story below.

I also spoke to 32-year-old Linda about her revolution that began a year-and-a-half ago.  She told me at the time of her highest weight, there were moments she found she was afraid to do things because she thought her thighs would get in the way.  She told me she felt awkward sitting next to people in tight subway seats and was anxious sometimes that the airplane seat belt wouldn't fit.  She said she has an amazing family and invested a lot in her career, yet hadn't invested in her body.  She told me she woke up one morning and realized, "it's time to do it."  That's when she began the diet program called Medifast.  Linda said, "I enjoy food that isn't good for you," but now she realizes it's not worth it and doesn't want to put herself back on that path.  She also told me she quit drinking and it's been hard socially.  She said, "I had so much weight to lose, I didn't want to make a long process last even longer by adding alcohol to it."  She still drinks diet soda and sees that as her treat. She said once she began to lose weight, "I really got to know my own life and the things that trigger me to want unhealthy things."  She said before, she would just eat without thinking about what she was putting on her plate.  She said,"It takes a lot of energy to talk myself through a particular craving, but I think it's worth it." 

Here is a look at Linda's story that includes her main exercise to lose weight and the exciting moment in store for her this weekend.


Next up for Linda, the ING New York City Marathon in November!!  She says she wants to lose a few more pounds before the run.  She says her great support system of amazing family and friends are a huge help in her revolution. 

Jewel stopped by "The Revolution" this week to share her tips for healthy living with Dr. Jen.  The busy singer and new mother says it is important to try and keep her life stress-free.


Some of her secrets (seen in the clip above) are:

Petroleum Jelly in the Nose: It may sound funny, but a light coat right inside your nostrils keeps the area moist. This helps you stay healthy because a dry nose is more susceptible to infection (thanks to all the bacteria/germs you can inhale every day). Keeping your nose moist helps fight those nasty colds. An alternative is a saline spray or steaming your face.

Cordyceps: This chinese herb, which can be bought in pill form, is believed to help fatigue and boost immunity. Note: Always speak with your doctor before taking any alternative medicines. Diabetics should take note of this with Cordyceps.

Rhodiola: This is a medicinal plant from Europe, which early studies show can help with stamina and boosts mental and physical performance. Note: Pregnant women should not take this. Always speak with your doctor before taking any alternative medicines. 


Anna Shtarkman created this week’s meal plan.  She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) from the greater Cleveland, Ohio area.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Kent State University.  Currently, Anna is a practicing Clinical Dietitian in a long-term care facility in Manhattan.  Anna’s interests include promoting a well-rounded healthy lifestyle, individualized nutritional counseling, weight maintenance, women’s health and medical nutrition therapy.  

Healthy Meal Plan (Day 13)


Breakfast sandwich:

  • 1 fried egg
  • 1 slice of low-fat cheese
  • 1 whole grain English muffin toasted

Serve with: 1 cup non-fat milk


***Healthy tip: Use Canola oil cooking spray when frying; it has higher smoke point than olive oil and can withstand high heat.



  • 1, 6 inch whole wheat flour tortilla
  • 4 oz grilled chicken
  • 1 ½ oz low fat shredded cheese (your choice: Cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc…)
  • ¼  cup yellow peppers, ¼  cup green peppers, ¼  cup chopped onions, ¼ cup chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup of canned low sodium black beans (drain and rinse)

In a pan, sauté all vegetables using cooking spray and a pinch of salt/pepper to taste.  Once vegetables are almost cooked, add grilled chicken and black beans.  Fill tortilla with sautéed vegetables, chicken and beans; top with cheese, wrap it up and enjoy!


***Healthy tip: When picking out your tortilla, look at the ingredient list and make sure it includes “whole wheat flour.”



  • 3 oz steak or ¼ block of extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup stir fry vegetables (look in freezer aisle or choose fresh vegetables to equal 1 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup cooked brown rice

In a pan, sauté steak or tofu which has been cut into bite-size strips with 3 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce; set aside.  Slightly sauté the vegetables in the same skillet using the remnants of the teriyaki sauce, add cooked steak/tofu and let simmer for a few minutes.  Serve over brown rice.


***Healthy tip:  Look for fast cooking, frozen brown rice or a rice medley mix in the frozen section to save you time (try Trader Joe’s :)).


6 ounce yogurt and 1 fresh peach or apple

1 handful of almonds and dried fruit.

Nutrition Facts for the Entire Day’s Worth of Meals:

1582 kcal; 123 grams of Protein

**If you have a specific question pertaining to your diet or weight loss goals, you can contact a dietitian in your area by visiting eatright.org.


This week, Harley shared his post baby workout tips with Jewel.  The video is below. 



Finally, the music to get you motivated!  This week, our playlist once again comes from my friend, colleague and fellow Southerner, Eyewitness News Meteorologist Bill Evans.  When he is not busy giving us weather updates, Bill is busy working out.  Bill told me, "This is what I took to the health club this week!"


"Begin," Ben Lee
"Lights Out," Santigold
"Pump My Pumps," Dan Black
"The Other Side," Bruno Mars (featuring Cee Lo Green & B.o.B.)
"Busrider," Anya Marina
"Sex on Fire," Kings of Leon
"Howlin' for You," Black Keys
"S&M," Rihanna
"Beast of Burden" (live), The Rolling Stones
"Rolling in the Deep," Adele
"Meet Me Halfway," The Black Eyed Peas
"Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'," Glee cast
"Across the Universe," Rufus Wainwright
"Sexy Bitch," David Guetta
"We R Who We R," Ke$ha
"Elvis Presley Blues," Gillian Welch

Let me know what you think and send me your own playlist.  Enjoy your workout!

I'll see you again next week with another meal plan, exercise routine and playlist!       

**This program is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult with your doctor for treatment of any medical condition and before beginning any diet or exercise regimen.**


Julie"the cardio killer" Rustin

The tips you gave here are some great ones, I love the petroleum jelly in the nose. Previously, I would run two or three miles a couple times a week and I was constantly getting sick. I heard of this trick and to my surprise it works!No more getting sick after this! Keeping a healthy diet is important too, because of all the different proteins and vitamins that your body uses.

Peggy Harris

Thanks for the great help and insights. I was looking for some inspiration to continue on my daily exercise and when I chanced upon your blog, I found out that there are still many reasons for me to resume my exercise and to start living a healthy life. By healthy life - I meant every aspect of it.

Sherry Schultz

Maintaining diet plan plans is important too, because of all the different necessary protein and natural vitamins that your body uses

Kimberly Smith

Many factors for me to continue my work out and to start residing a proper and balanced life.

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