Gal Pals, Sisters and Girlfriends

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The Golddiggers of Rat Pack fame celebrate life and strike a pose! From left to right: Susan Buckner, Deborah Pratt, Maria Lauren (Alberici Sisters), Linda Eichberg (Alberici Sisters), Marie Peck, Patti Gribow, Peggy Gohl and Darlene Cianci (Alberici Sisters).

When girlfriends celebrate together, it is pure joy! My girlfriends are a colorful bunch of personalities as we tap into our inner diva which touches on the divine!

We have a history together, starting as singers and dancers on the Dean Martin Show. We were just babes!

  • Sneak a peek at our book on Amazon! Beyond Our Wildest Dreams tells of our escapades during the golden age of show business when the Rat Pack and Elvis ruled the Las Vegas strip!

Through the years, we worked and played together and in between, we lived life, broke-up with boyfriends, got married, got divorced, had babies, watched them grow, applauded their achievements and watched them get married. Such was this occasion. My sister’s daughter, Lindsay was getting married! It was a grand affair partying with my dear friends and family too!

It’s so important to have people in your life that have witnessed your ups and downs and are there for you as you turn the page of another chapter.  I found you just can’t beat sharing your life story with sisters, girlfriends and gal pals! For that, I’m truly grateful.

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Start today and call a girlfriend or sister to pal around, with, have lunch, go shopping, go to the movies, go dancing, drink wine, exercise together or just talk. Texting doesn’t count! 😉

Have a blessed life and share it with a friend,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

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“Your Powerful LIFE” is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment… It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyright.

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How I made Healthy Living a Career

The road to well-being was a narrow wilderness when I was growing up but I always felt it was a play ground to be discovered.

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Most days, you can catch me enthusiastically promoting the benefits of exercise for the Center for Healthy Living at Kaiser Permanente. As a Lifestyle Educator, I am happy to bring a lifetime of experience in fitness and healthy to the patients and employees there.

My parents diligently pursued the narrow path to health and brought up their nine children on whole foods that were not processed. My father developed a passion for health early on because he was sickly as a child. So, I was raised on a plant-based diet… no sugar or white flour. When I brought whole wheat bread to my school lunch room, it was not cool! Mind you, this was back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, when most everyone ate white bread.

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The Alberici Family were pioneers in healthy living and eating a plant-based diet.

The value of exercise was in-grained in me by my parents example. There were many books on Yoga and body-building around the house and I loved to read them and imitate the illustrations. This was way before You Tube, fitness videos and CDs.

This healthy way of living led me to being the first woman to win two national fitness titles in one year.

It makes my heart smile to know that my daughter Marianna follows a passion for being fit and motivating people as a certified fitness professional.

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Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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“You are the Architect that reconstructs your body, mind and spirit. You are the Chemist that mixes your own formula for success. You are Scientist that creates your own method. You are the Mathematician that makes your life count.” – Marianna Riccio

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No matter where I traveled… I brought fitness and health with me. There was a big chunk of time where I worked as an Entertainer but I always made exercise part of my daily routine.

Most of my showbiz adventures were shared by my sister, Linda. We (Alberici Sisters) wrote a book about it! Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, captures backstage stories of the entertainment icons with whom my sister and performed.

My Kaiser Permanente Journey… started over fifteen years ago in Los Angeles at the Sherman Terrace location. At this facility, I taught body/mind techniques to patients in pain medication rehabilitation.

Then, I brought fitness to the Kaiser Permanente location in Woodland Hills, where I taught the nurses working the night shift. Word got around and I was easily persuaded to teach a variety of exercise classes to the patients and other employees there.

Presently, I am leading fitness classes at the Panorama City, Mission Hills and Santa Clarita facilities. Here, I am proud to be a part of a wonderful team and the members in my classes make my day! We share a sense of family and for this I am grateful.

Hope your Holidays are full of grateful moments.

Be well and be fit,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

you_got_the_power_logo_maria_lauren_riccioThis is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.