The Great B’Nai Mitzvah Makeover

7 Years Younger: The Revolutionary 7-Week Anti-Aging PlanWhile my kids are studying their Torah portions, looking for relevant things to say in their speeches (you try to relate skin disease (the subject of their portions) to 21st century tweenagerdom!), I have no less daunting tasks:

  • Planning a party that is neither over the top nor lame. (so far, not going so well)
  • Getting myself into shape so that I’m not either a) horrified at how I look in every picture from the big event or b) not in any pictures from the event, since I’ll be too horrified to pose.

So this week, the Great B’Nai Mitzvah Makeover began.

I started planing this weeks ago, when I began testing the exercise waters:  I took one Soul Cycle class, and one Fly Wheel class.  Soul Cycle, the darling of super-blond, super skinny , super I’m-acting-all-soulful-but-really-all-I-want-is-a-killer-butt women of a certain socioeconomic strata lost out to Fly Wheel. Mostly because it’s harder to kid yourself at FlyWheel.  At Soul Cycle, you can think you’re pushing yourself, but at Fly Wheel, there’s an actual gauge showing you how fast and how hard you’re cycling, so while you can cheat…you can’t pretend to yourself that you’re not.

So — I am now attempting to be a Fly (Wheel) Girl.  Never mind that I am a middle aged Jewish New Yorker:  I will be fly.

Tool 2 in my arsenal is The Seven Years Younger book by Good Housekeeping, which promises to make me look – well, 7 years younger in seven weeks with a combination of diet, exercise, skin care, make up tips, and plain old common sense.  Seven Years Younger extolls the virtues of daily moisturizing, weekly exfoliation, and glosses for your hair.  It’s pretty basic stuff, but in a way, that’s what makes it so appealing.  This is all the stuff you know you should be doing: working exercise into your day, paying attention to the delicate area around your eyes, eating a variety of (naturally) colorful foods, but all in one place, all in one book.

Tool 3: Good ole Weight Watchers.  For while the Good Housekeeping Book does offer a diet of sorts, it’s too open ended for me.  It strikes me as more of a maintenance, how to live after you’ve lost weight food plan, than a real diet.  Which, again, is good — but I need results.

Though the truth is, I have been following WW religiously for three weeks, and have lost a grand total of 3 pounds. Aren’t you supposed to lose more in the beginning and less later?  That means pretty soon, I’ll be weighing and measuring, and counting points, and I will be losing 1/8 pound a week.  Not fast.  Though I suppose, better than gaining.

You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned my first task:  a party that’s neither over the top nor lame. Because that’s even harder.  I’m trying, though.  Really I am. I said ix-nay to the ice sculpture depicting the onset of puberty; I turned down a performance by a c-level faded pop-star; I declined to hire the florist who proposed light up tables, mirrored flooring, and white leather everything.   Problem is, I’m awfully good at knowing what I don’t want, but not so good at knowing what I do.

So stay tuned.  I’m sure it’ll be a massive comedy of errors….I just hope I keep on laughing.


  1. Elissa Freeman says

    We need to start a support group! Mine (well not “mine”, ahem) is mid-April. I’m so with you on #1 and 3. Oh yeah, and need to pick out invites…

  2. Neshama Mousseau says


    I don’t know how many months you have but definitely think following a food plan (any food plan) and working out so you actually sweat (which you are actually doing!) Is what will work.

    I learned something this summer from my step daughter’s wedding. When you buy the dress have someone take photos from all angles (not just from the front standing up straight). To my horror, my dress made me look pregnant at certain angles. I would have worn something else from my closet if I had known!

    Best wishes on the planning.

  3. says

    Here’s wishing you the very best of 2013! Good luck on the makeover! Whatever happens, feeling good on the inside will always matter! But looking good or better as we age won’t hurt too. =>

  4. says

    The only weight loss method that has worked for me my own version based heavily on Atkins. I have kept off the weight for seven years. As for motivation, when the pounds drop off with little effort that was motivation enough for me. I have some new fitness goals as do several of my friends so we created a blog we are all participating in to keep us motivated and accountable. Best of luck to you. Oh and PS…as for photographs, never stand on the end in a group.

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