myjourney2healthy











Happy Spring everybody!

For most, the first of January is the new start for most, which is forgotten after two weeks! For me this seems to be my new start. I don’t like to ‘trend’ like everyone else, (accept keeping up a little with fashion trends.) Spring cleaning closets, which coincides with Passover (see my Passover blog I wrote last year of family memories).

I have dropped a couple of lbs and am weighing in at 116lbs (from 155lbs). If you all remember the reason I started this blog, was to become healthy, not just physically, but in every other way. To maintain this healthy lifestyle, I change my diet every few weeks by introducing different fruits and veggies, keeping up with exercise and cutting out all sugar. Sugar is not known to me at all, however treats are made at home, such as whole wheat cupcakes, or if I am out and about on the weekend I will grab a frozen yogurt rather than an ice-cream. Water is the only drink I have, other than one coffee (decaf) in the morning. Boot camp is also vital to maintaining a healthy body or whatever you can do keep you healthy! A twenty minute walk every day, thirty minutes at least of cardio… get your heart beating!

I have also spent many months thinking about my career, thinking which way to go. After spending ten plus years as a successful Executive Assistant for great companies, I want to now move on to my ‘true love’ which is working for the Media, News Media. This however, means starting from scratch which I am willing to do but it means trying to find an ‘in’. So in order to do that, I have entered the world (obsessively) of Twitter! I have met the most amazing and fascinating people on there, even more than on LinkedIn and I have come to realise that Social Media is the only way to go! Word to you all, if you are not on Twitter…what are you waiting for…and follow me! (@joannahertzberg)

I will keep you up to date as to what happens, at the moment, I am just making connections and loving it. What do you do to connect?

Here are some updated pics of my daughter and myself…

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{February 12, 2013}   Gun Control Now!

Since the horrendous massacre in Newtown, CT the press has been more open and aware about talking  gun control in America. What took so long? Why did it take so many massacres to bring this to light and even now, there is not enough being done. Slowly but surely I have noticed the topic is being swept under the carpet.

 Being British, I have never understood quiet frankly, the American gun culture and probably never will. It is not in my DNA. If American’s use guns to protect themselves, or use them for recreational purposes such as hunting or going to a gun range just for the sake of it, I just don’t get it.

War is a time when families have to worry about relatives being in foreign lands (including myself) with weapons that can kill, but at least we can, to an extent, make sense of it however,  why must we worry on our own doorsteps? Why should we have to worry for our children when we send them to school? Or walk down the block in a gang related shooting such as the latest one in Chicago which the First Lady attended the funeral.

Back in 1996, in Dunblane, 16 children were killed in a massacre in the UK, BUT UNLIKE the United States, something was done about it. John Major who was the Prime minister at the time immediately set up a public a  inquiry. Within one year there was a ban on all hand guns. That, was and is progress and currently there are very few gun shootings a year in the UK.

Back round checks have been suggested, as well as mental health checks. Honestly America, will that be enough to stop the massacres? It will definitely help, but more needs to be done. Something more dramatic.

Gun Control Now!



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I have not dated in many many years? I don’t even remember – yes it has been that long  and yes the last person was to my soon to be ex-husband. I met someone during a business meeting last week. The meeting was meant to be extreamly professional, but ended up being quiet informal, I left with butterflies in my stomach!! I quickly sent him an e-mail thanking him for meeting me etc… and he responded within a second, literally!

I also happen to follow this person on Twitter, he is well known… so the next day I decided to take a risk and email him, and let him know I liked his twitter pics of xmas decorations…and the mails went back and forth till Sunday night. Our original meeting was on the Friday….

The thing with me, as a person I am not a player, I have never been into the games, I am a straight arrow, (maybe that’s the Brit in me) especially after coming out of a marriage with a husband who has been unfaithful. But even when ‘flirting’ or whatever its called as I am new to it all… and he is aware of this…oh and this is even better, he is also still married and getting out of it, so he says!

I guess I am still afraid of being hurt, and always told myself I would give myself a year before I would ever get involved with someone on any level and just focus on my career. Why does life play tricks on us!

But just an FYI he said over the course of our 2 day e-mailing spree ‘I felt what you felt’. Now I cannot get him off my mind…I even wake up in the middle of the night….I kind of feel like a clumsy Bridget Jones….I keep checking my e-mail to see if I have a message from him and thinking up reasons to write. But I know I need to hold off…I guess it’s the game right… let him write? Girls, some advice to someone who has been out of a relationship for eternity!!!!



{November 2, 2012}   Sandy’s Wrath

I grew up with grey skies and many rainy days, people complained. The nerve. How I appreciate the calmness of London now. While I love living in New York, I have lived through Irene and now Sandy as well as a Tornado which ripped through my neighborhood, when I was pregnant with my little princess.

Honestly, nothing has been quiet like Sandy. While I am in the middle of the 5 Boroughs of NY, I was prepared to lose power, I stocked up on water, canned goods, flash lights, candles, you name it.

My power never went, yet all my friends lost their power, their houses flooded and the damage done was disastrous. I felt so useless, I was glued to the Television watching as the storm progressed, I looked outside, keeping away from the windows, but how could I not look outside?The trees swaying like a monster was shaking it like a toy! I thought it was a matter of time before the tree directly outside my flat fell. How it did not is beyond me!?

The noise of the gusts of wind was like a soundtrack of a movie, it just was not real. I still feel like someone was going to wake me from a nightmare.

However, Sandy’s wrath was very real and hit very hard, people lost their loved ones, and their homes and much more. On a more positive note –  People have also come together, they have given donations, they have offered assistance in their own way, whether it is giving out food or water, please do what you can!



{October 23, 2012}   Twitterverse!!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a fantastic day!

No doubt, most of you tuned into the debate last night and have your opinions, I am in no way going to get political, for some reason I never win a political debate even though I know who I stand by! hint: he is African-American and has been around for four years doing a great job! It doesn’t really make a difference anyway since I cannot vote, being British!

So as the two debaters were going on at each other, I decided to check out the Twitterverse and boy was that place busy! From celebs to ‘nobodies’ having their say about each and every line that came out of Obama and Mitt’s mouth, but one quote got me laughing, and that was the one on if there was an attack on Israel… someone wrote ‘an attack on Israel would be like an attack on Zabars’. So I decided to check out who this person was… why? I loved his humour!

Not to be a stalker, I found him on LinkedIn, and sent him a request to add him. Surprisingly he accepted rather quickly! This morning, I sent him a note, after realising he is a big executive for a Media company we all know, but I will keep him anonymous out of respect. I told him that I found his comment last night rather humourous and went on to tell him about myself! I told him I had been working as a PA for the past ten years and am looking to get into something different… he wrote back immediately and said he would love to meet to see what he could do!

I am so excited to hear back for an exact date from his pa…but wish me luck, you never know who you can meet on Twitter!!! As someone once told me, always think out of the box! :))



{October 19, 2012}   I feel like I am drowning…

I wrote a whole post, and for whatever reason it did not post. I yelled. So loudly. My throat hurts. I feel like everything and everyone is against me and I am slowly drowning. I am being tested and I don’t feel like I am passing. I have been through so much in my life, and I have always been the ‘cup is half full’ person. I am not sure what is happening to me.

If you have been following my journey, you will know that I have done well and have lost weight, I am now down 24lbs…..but today this is not about that.

At the moment for the first time, my divorce is bringing me down.  I even went into my divorce in a positive way beleive it or not, I beleived we could be the ‘modern family’ and be friends. Before the summer, I went to an ice cream parlour with my mother in law and explained that I had gotten a lawyer, however I wanted this divorce to be amicable. Even though my husband had been unfaithful to me since day one, I was not going to make that an issue. I didnt want my daughter to suffer. It was vital, that there was peace, so we agreed and as I discussed this with my husband that day too – we went on to have a summer going to the beach together. It was not easy on me but I did it…we went to the zoo and joined together for other activities such as the Jewish Holidays.

My husband who has very bad ADD or ADHD (he has never been diagnosed as an adult as he refuses to and lives in total denial, but he admits he has one or the other). He does not talk about it at all and this has also been a big part of the downfall to our marriage, not because he has ADD but because he refuses to get the help that he needs, and I feel so sad for him. He has his mother and father do everything for him, literally, including getting a lawyer which took the entire summer and cost me $2000 in lawyer fees (so far) just to chase him… and remind him over and over with his procrastination issues… he cannot hold a job, therefore he cannot provide for his daughter. He has his siblings write up his resume, and look for work for him, while he sits at home all day playing xbox.

While I seriously look for work and have done everything to be amicable with my husband and his family – and we were all summer, all of a sudden last week they turned on me and distanced themselves after hiring a lawyer. They took my baby’s passport away for fear that I would flee the country which anyone who knows me is ridiculous!! I am the most moral person there is and would never do such a thing, and I never gave them reason to think that.

I am still living with my husband, looking for work on a daily basis, I have even written blogs about that… I cannot afford to move out, I applied to common ground but they denied. I have tried so many organisations, but they cannot help, they just want to listen. I don’t get it.

Why can’t anyone help?? Why?? Why am I being punished for my husbands unfaithful behavior? When I wanted to do this amicably, why did they turn on me?

I just want to work hard and provide for my baby girl, why is that so much to ask. I am well educated with an excellent resume. Why can’t people help with living…



{September 8, 2012}   Drybar Reward

Good morning everyone, I hope wherever you are it is not as rainy as it is here. While I am ready to have a cozy day in with a movie, I am thinking Julie and Julia – I couldn’t with out putting a note here 🙂

I love the way I eat, it is not a diet, it is just a healthy way of life and I cannot say that enough to anyone trying to eat healthier or lose some calories. My mornings consist of a bowl of cereal (weetabix which are imported from England so I get them from a Fairway) to change it up I add different fruits, strawberries, bananas, berries, they have so many antioxidants.

With that I am off to boot camp and get in a great hour of excercise, four times a week. Now that my little girl is off at nursery school, it is even easier as before I used to take her with and she used to watch me in class!

Water water water – one can never ever have enough!!! I don’t care how much time you spent in the bathroom, its worth it! I personally add lemon (see my previous blog on this) it gets rid of so much ‘junk’ in our system.

Lunch and dinner is obviously different day to day but I try and keep it very healthy and around 450 calories at most and eat some healthy snacks through out the day such as baby peppers with hummous, or carrots and hummous, Champions greek yoghurt – there is nothing like greek yoghurt. It is so healthy and might I add I have totally removed sugar from my diet and that alone is an amazing way to get rid of calories.

So this week, I have lost another couple of lbs and I am now 130lbs yay! That is a total of 20lb loss!

So to celebrate I went for a girls days out, to start I went with a friend to Drybar, no guys, it is not a bar, it is a hair salon where they only do blowdrys – and an awesome head massage, my heaven! Then we went for a lovely wholewheat sushi and salad, yes, you can eat healthy out!

This is me and my friend with our hair just blowed out…. I am on the left with the Loooong HAIR! 🙂

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{September 7, 2012}   First day of school

On Tuesday morning my little baby girl who will be just 2 on the 22nd of this month started nursery school! Of course at this time I started to reflect how quickly the time has gone when I was in the hospital having my little 5lbs baby who is a now 27lbs big girl 🙂

From feeding in the middle of the night to giving her a bowl of pasta, to her having no hair to her beautiful curly locks, from her little cries to her saying mama and dada. The beautiful healthy (thank gd) gift of life that we see grow every single day just makes me speechless, I am so lucky!!

We took my very social little girl to school all dressed in pink together with her new school bag, and while she hesitated at first she could not have been more excited!! I was told she was so brave after I left and didn’t even cry – I was probably more upset and missed her more!

We have to enjoy each day as time goes quickly people!!

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I have missed being on WordPress for the past couple of months, catching up on recipes, whats going on in the fashion world, personal opinions as far as politics goes…and all the other personal blogs I read – be ready I am back!

As for my journey, I am still on it and I hope you all are too, whatever that may be. When I took a ‘time-out’ from writing I began a different journey. I had lost weight, but I was at a standstill, one morning I received an e-mail from Livingsocial.com advertising a boot camp. The only exercise I was doing at the time was walking and for me personally it was not enough, I needed some cardio, infact I needed a lot of cardio! I was also having seizures at the time, everything was a mess.

My life if you have been following me at all is slightly complicated, nothing crazy, but I spent way too much time crying (complaining) about it and I needed to just get up and do do do!! So I signed up with this boot camp and as you may guess it is the best thing I could have done, physically, mentally, emotionally – you name it. The energy that comes from one hour of full on cardio and toning with crazy trainers is just awesome, and then you just want more and more… it is like a drug. Then you of course want to continue eating healthy – because why waste that brilliant work out on a burger etc. Not that I have ever really liked burgers for some reason… sorry I am not American :)) My health is back on track, seizures are less and only come on due to stress, and being that I am going through a divorce… not easy. Even that I am seeing through a different light.

A few months ago I was just complaining and waiting to see what would happen… there were organizations that were going to help fund me with pro-bono lawyers – YEAH RIGHT!! On a serious note, I was speaking to a pro-bono lawyer over a time period of 8 months saying she would help me out of my situation…she made me wait and wait and wait at the very end of all this she then said ‘sorry I cannot take your case on’. Why couldn’t she just tell me this from day one? Anyway, I have learned that nothing in this world is free and only amazing friends will be there for you during difficult times and with a loan, I hired a lawyer and am filing for divorce. My husband and I are doing things as amicably as possible, for the sake of my daughter. Although there is a huge part of me that still wonders and I questions him as to why he never fought for me before filing, as I did warn him, which makes me sad, and I know and  he doesn’t want to get divorced – he just isn’t the type of person to fight,, or get the help he needs – he is a big momma’s boy and literally needs her to do everything for him. But sadly there is no trust after he cheated…. I need a new start and a healthier situation for my daughter.

Weight wise, I have lost 18lbs since day one and what is weird when I look in the mirror I don’t see a really thin me, but I feel healthy and that is the best feeling ever! I currently weigh 132lbs and I still have a way to go….remember I am not tall 🙂



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