I’m feeling a little like Oprah lately. Not in the mega-media maven, multi-billionaire, woman-of-the-year talk-show host sort of way, but in the never-ending diet roller coaster kind. I have always had an issue with my weight. What’s interesting to me is that over the years I’ve found that I have triggers that push me into food naughtiness. If I make it through the holidays unscathed, I find that the fast-pace of the New Year, stress from running a business or two, the winter doldrums and the lure of comfort food start to hit me around February. When I go sliding into March, my skirts are a little tighter and I am very unhappy with myself. Frankly, I can’t understand why I can be so disciplined sometimes and other times not so much. I know that the only way to really be healthy (and remember I am over 40 now) is to eat healthy and workout. Boy, has the metabolism shifted over the years. I read this book recently that simply said that the way to good health is to eat like animals do. No, I’m not talking about your dog or cat that have taken on yours and my bad habits and are frankly battling the buldge themselves. What the book says is that animals in the wild eat when they are hungry and are always active. Have you ever seen a fat fox? No, but frankly they have it easier than I do; they don’t have an endless parade of snacks and junk food in the break room. Seriously! Maybe it would be easier if I took a page out of Dr. Laura DeLind’s playbook and focused my attention on locally grown foods. She studies and teaches about social, economic and political impacts of a local food system. I’m really impressed with the neighborhood gardens and markets that are popping up in the area. I remember when I was a kid and my parents grew potatoes and watermelon in our small backyard. I was always amazed at how much better the produce tasted. Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a green thumb, but I certainly appreciate those who are bringing fresh foods to the tables of many mid-Michigan homes. I also am not much of a DIY-er, although I thoroughly enjoy watching HGTV or TLC and am practically addicted to Bath Crashers and other renovation shows. I do like to try projects every now and then, but we finally found a DIY buff who is going to give us some valuable tips on how to get projects done. Check out her debut column (“Delightful Drink Station”) on page 10. Some of you may have noticed that we upped our game a bit last month. We decided that we wanted our publication to be all color and heck, if you’re going to go all color, why wouldn’t you just take one more step and print that color on glossy pages. Now, I am a firm believer that the publication we’ve printed the last four years was amazing — even on newsprint. After all, I’m an ole’ newspaper reporter at heart, but I have to admit that I’ve been mesmerized by the glossy pages of our newest publications. I hope they’ve caught your eye as well. Speaking of getting an eye full … I can’t wait to host the CAWLM 80s Flashback fundraiser on Saturday, March 19. This event has it all — a great cause, two volunteer awards, music and dancing, video games and the list goes on. The 80s were about excess — and we don’t plan to disappoint. Whether you were in middle school, high school, or the work world (ok, some of you were also born in the decade), the 80s were bound to have an impact on you. Do you remember the legwarmers, jelly bracelets, Atari video games (I was a Frogger champion), MTV and its amazing music? Uh, Bon Jovi, Journey, Madonna and Prince. We’ve decided to have fun with one of the most outrageously interesting generations to date. We will have crazy fun ratting our hair, wearing neon colored clothes and dancing to local 80’s band Starfarm while truly supporting a worthwhile cause — kids. Proceeds will benefit the WCA Youth Mural Program. In between the Starfarm sets, local talent will take part in the 80s Idol contest. You can still sign up for the contest and get tickets to the event. Contact our Managing Editor Emily Caswell for information on how to get your super rad act on stage or go to www.cawlm.com for a way in the door. Frankly, it will be worth the price of admission to see my authentic 80s outfit. As they say, go big or go home. LOVIN’ THE 80s Tiffany Dowling
Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at www.m3group.biz.