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Alec Baldwin: Tweeting For Sympathy, Fuming Mad @AmAir! Will Pizza W. Extra Toppings Put Fire Out?

"Fat Suit" by Janice Taylor, Self-Help Artist (making art that invokes happy wisdom)

After reading several accounts of the now infamous Alec Baldwin story:

“Alec gets booted off an American Airlines plane parked at gate due to his ‘Words with Friend’ addiction and refusal to turn off his electronic device.”

Followed by his tweet to his 600,000 + twitter followers:

“Let’s play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10PM, NY time, unfollow me.”

And knowing that Alec has recently lost a good amount of weight (leading me to believe that he, too, is an emotional eater); I wondered if he might not have been better served to hit the donut hole rather than beat out his provocative impulses on his Twitter app.

Normally, I would not suggest such blasphemy.  I am a Life and Weight Loss Success Coach.  I well know that emotional eating leads to self-deprecating self-talk, as well as an increase on the scales of injustice, which leads to more self-deprecating self-talk.

Still, for Alec, a trip to the food court was the better choice.

If Alec was seeking support, he could have easily stationed himself at the airport food court, and while chowing down with his left hand, he could have pushed the sugary crumbs off his Twitter app with his right hand and tweeted for sympathy:

  • Outraged! Angry! AmAir boots me off plane. EmoEating kicking in: Crullers, Donuts?  Sugar, Plain? 
  • In need of soothing.  AmAir sends me spiraling out of control.  Burgers? Fries? with Malt or not? 
  • Fuming mad @AmAir! Will pizza w. extra toppings put fire out?

I’m not saying that the rest of us should hit the donut hole.

But Alec, seriously man, I’m telling you that the next time your anger button gets ignited, instead of spewing platters of negativity into the Twitter-verse, find yourself a mammoth sized donut, tweet your dietary transgressions and move on.

Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice

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Why I Didn’t Like the Movie “It’s Complicated”

The movie “It’s Complicated” opened Christmas Day.  Given the rave reviews plastered all over full-page newspaper ads, and the fun trailer that showed promise of an actual adult comedy, I was very much looking forward to seeing it.  Meryl Streep is an amazing actress, and I have loved every movie she has ever done – until this one.

 

The biggest problem with “It’s Complicated” is the premise.  A long-married couple, divorced for ten years, has moved on with their lives.  The woman, Jane, played by Meryl Streep, runs a successful business and has good friends.  The man, Jake, played by Alec Baldwin, has remarried and is raising a child.  Their shared children are now adults, navigating the world rather successfully themselves.

And yet, one night the two get drunk and have sex.  Hilarious?  I think not.  This isn’t complicated, it’s adultery, and it’s not funny.

To make matters worse, rather than chalking up the experience to poor judgment and a bad mistake, the two continue their dalliance.  This smart businesswoman confides in her friends, who egg her on.  She seeks the advice of her therapist, and in the movie’s one truly honest moment she wonders why she has chosen to have this affair.  Jane has a long list of reasons that she has considered including revenge and loneliness.  She begs the therapist to tell her what to do, and he basically gives her permission to continue the affair, saying: “What could it hurt?”

It seems a renewed sex life has turned this once-wise woman into somewhat of an adolescent as she sneaks around, lies to her children, and convinces herself that she needs to be stoned on marijuana to have a good time.

Meanwhile, Jake is facing a kind of second mid-life crisis.  He obviously hasn’t learned from his past experiences, because he is once again the cad, the philanderer.  The child he is raising with his new wife isn’t biologically his, and he uses this as an excuse to shirk any responsibility.  He lies to both his wife and his ex-wife to get what he wants.  This man is a narcissist, and toxic to both women, although he has them blinded by his charms. 

So what could it hurt?  The woman is humiliated and almost loses a chance at real love.  The man loses the respect of his children.  The children are confused and afraid of additional pain.  The future son-in-law is put in a position where he must lie to his fiancé.  The current wife realizes she has been lied to and cheated on by the same man she is planning a family with.  The woman’s potential boyfriend gets his hopes and dreams dashed just when he’s finally opened his heart to someone.  And a little boy, who is finally bonding with his stepfather, may lose the only adult male in his life.

There may be some jokes in this movie, but it is not a comedy – it is a tragedy, a commentary about values.

What the characters in “It’s Complicated” really need, and want, is closure.  And you can’t get that by having sex with the ex.  Even after ten years of divorce there may be feelings of regret, of grievances, of sorrow and pain.  But there is a formula to get through it, and to move on in a positive and powerful way.

At the end of the movie, Jane and Jake sit and talk, inches away from each other, but miles apart.  There is a reason they were divorced in the first place.  She says it wasn’t all his fault.  He apologizes.

What these two people are really searching for from the beginning is closure.  But do they have to go through all that they go through, and hurt other people and themselves to get it?  Well, there wouldn’t be a movie if these characters didn’t mess up.  It’s the slipping on the banana peel that gets the laugh.  But in real life, the answer is no. 

Closure is a process, one that we can move through maturely and deliberately.  We can’t get closure from any other person, only from ourselves.  And once we have it, we can move forward with our lives in a positive and powerful way – and not look back.

Here’s my new book: "Closure and the Law of Relationship: Endings as New Beginnings"

 

Working out with the Rock!

I have been a celebrity trainer for many years with many different clients in the entertainment industry.  It has really been exciting and very interesting to say the least.  My one time workout with Barbara Streisand, thats a storty.  An interesting time with Roseanne Barr, another story.  My years and years of workouts with Michelle Pfeiffer which I will treasure forever, are just a few.  Recently I have retired from training on a daily basis.  Although I would come out of retirement for certain celebrities, I have taken to the gym as a regular person with my married name to workout myself.  I joined the Equinox Gym in the San Fernando Valley in southern California and love it.  Carving out time to workout does take an effort.  You need to be able to break away from your routine and focus on your body.  I do this on a daily basis except for Sunday.  Yesterday I was there on the EFX machine when I noticed the Rock, Dwayne Johnson.  This guy is in shape.  I watched him for a while and will tell you that he definitely spends time in the gym.  His style is deliberate, he knows the musculature of his body and how to train it.  He gets the results. In order to get results you have to challenge your body, give it resistance and definitely  sweat.  You must get your heart rate up beyond resting and beyond the walk in the mall.  You have to feel it.  Get over the hope that someday a pill will take the place of the gym.  It is not going to happen and I hope it never does because what you get from the gym is priceless.  The hour on the bike with my heart pumping to my ipod keeps me going.  I smile, feel great, sweat dripping down my back and sometimes you run into old friends who are there for the same reason.  Alec Baldwin, who I have known for 18 years was there sweating up a storm as well.  We chatted for a minute and then we were both back to our workouts.  Your body deserves the time that you devote to it.  It is the least you can do to give back for all it does for you.  See you at the gym.

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