Did I change someone today?

“Our job is to make change. Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get to where they would like to go. Every time we waste that opportunity, every page or sentence that doesn’t do enough to advance the cause is a waste.” Seth Godin

What a great quote from Seth Godin!

I have a wonderful group of OutdoorFit ladies. I work on bringing variety to every workout. The workouts focus on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. The women currently range in age from 49 to 79. Wendy, the youngster in the class, will be 50 next week.

OutdoorFit Wendy!

I don’t want OutdoorFit to be considered a “seniorcise” workout. There is something very empowering to all of us saying we are OutdoorFit!

Here is Elaine, 79, who had the courage  to come to  my class because her daughter felt I could help her.  Her balance was off in the beginning, and I was concerned that she was going to fall down. After two weeks of coming to the workout, Elaine was so much better.  She was keeping up like a champ!

The positive effects of OutdoorFit  spill over into all areas of your life.  Your days are so much better when your energy is high and you are feeling great.

I feel like I influence a small group of women. The truth is you really don’t know how many people  are changed by your message. I put posts on social media that potentially a lot of people could read.  They might just be inspired to clean out the refrigerator, make a cup of Bulletproof coffee  or do a burpee. You never know!

Recently, a woman found me through the internet. She signed up for my 7 Day…Feel Fabulous Program that Elaine talks about in the video.  To get the full results from the program she also bought the pharmaceutical grade supplements and probiotics that I recommend.

“Thank you Mary. I feel great! No sugar cravings, I don’t feel bloated either. I have quit grain before but let it creep back in. Organic and spelt but still not good for me. I have been wanting to go true Paleo for a while now. I am in the right place for that now. Thank you so much for your help. I have used some of your recipes and I like the book, “Against all Grains”. I will keep up with you, your exercises and recipe suggestions. ” 

 

Go out and be a happy change in someone’s life!

Love,

Mary

 

Grain Free Granola

Would you like to try my Grain Free Granola recipe?  It is a treat you can have when you finish the 7 day…Feel Fabulous program. Every thing taste better with a little of this granola on top!

Grain Free Granola

3 cups chopped raw nuts

2 TBS Coconut Oil

1 TBS Cinnamon

1 ½ TBS Vanilla Extract

¾ tsp sea salt

½ cup maple syrup or honey

 

Put everything together on a cookie sheet with sides. Stir it and bake on 250 for an hour. Stirring a few times.

Portion control is key. Lots of calories. Delicious!!!

Enjoy!

Love,

Mary

Make it a Bulletproof Day!

I have been drinking Bulletproof coffee! I add 1-2 scoops of  Bulletproof Protein Powder, 1 TBS Brain Octane, 1 TBS Ghee to my Bulletproof coffee that I make in a French Press. It is amazing. I have a cup early morning before I workout. I am not hungry until late morning! It is very grounding and helps with over eating and cravings!

Elaine Millner is my OutdoorFit Superstar! She is also a Bulletproof gal!!!   She embraced my 7 Day…Feel Fabulous Program.  She takes the pharmaceutical grade supplements that I recommend.  She is Fit and Fabulous!

Here is a short three minute video with OutdoorFit Elaine, 79!

We talk about being Bulletproof!

Our SHMEC is in check!

Would you like to workout with Elaine? Come try an OutdoorFit class!

You can Be Fit and Fabulous!!

Love,

Mary

Training for an Ultra Marathon at 57!

This was such a fun interview with my friend Dorian Meyer.  We sat on  Dorian’s beautiful porch overlooking Sandy Hook and the NYC skyline.   I have been wanting to interview her because she has such amazing energy and spirit!  I’ve known Dorian for a long time through running. She was an exceptional runner in her “day”!

During the interview, we talk about fashion, running. and her latest challenge, ultra marathoning.  At the age of 57, Dorian is training for a 50 mile Ultra Marathon!

Dorian’s last race was the NYC marathon in 2004. She stopped racing because she needed to take care of her Mom and sister who both sadly had cancer. She describes how running saved her during that time. I had the same kind of experience when Thomas, my miracle kid was in the hospital for 13 months. I would get up, run and then drive to the hospital. It saved me too. You just put one foot in front of the other.

Enjoy the interview.
Go see Dorian for new sneakers at her beautiful blue store in Shrewsbury, NJ. Shore Footed.

The view from the porch!

 

It is never too late.

I hate feeling nervous. It is very uncomfortable.

One of the reasons I stopped running in road races is because I would be so nervous before the race. Even though it would be fabulous after I finished the race, There was a part of me that  thought  why am I doing this?  So, I quit.

In the past ten – twelve years, I have started to push myself to do more. It can be very boring not to challenge yourself. Part of me wants to be a shining star. I still get nervous and don’t like it much, but I know if I want to improve, I must put myself in positions that are uncomfortable.

I do not like public speaking. I do my best to avoid it. A friend told me to join Toastmasters because I said “SO” too many times in my videos. Who knew? She said I would be so much more effective without filler words. It is amazing how I now hear the filler words, “um”, “ah”, “you know” and “so” when others speak.

I joined Toastmasters last year. I would go but avoided doing the work. I would go to meetings and hope I wouldn’t get called on to speak. What is the point of that?

We meet every Monday and every week I want to quit. As with my road racing, after the meeting, I am usually happy that I went. Toastmasters pushes me out of my comfort zone, but it is in a controlled setting. Everyone is supportive, and they clap after you speak, Good or Bad. So, I have committed to step it up and give speeches.

Yesterday, I gave my second speech and it went well.  Of course, I had everyone get up and do a few exercises.

What are you doing to make yourself uncomfortable? Are you pushing yourself to learn and to become more? I am! I have started running again too.

It is never too late!

Love,

Mary

I can’t quite do this exercise yet!

I have noticed that I am a bit tentative about going down the stairs. I am holding on to the railing. Is it because I am getting older? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t do something about it.

I did some research about balance and found the work of Dr. Joan Vernikos. She is a brilliant NASA physician who was in charge of the astronaut’s health. She talks about how the astronauts would often have trouble walking after being in space.  When they returned these healthy fit astronauts many times would walk with a wide gait. The same way many older people walk. It is because their vestibular system, the apparatus of the inner ear that controls  balance would start to atrophy in space.  This could happen in a very short period of time.

Side note… Dr. Vernikos gave John Glenn age 77 the okay to travel in space. She was reluctant because of his age.  There was one astronaut age 35 with John Glenn  that did have difficulty when returning.  Senator Glenn walked off the aircraft just fine. “The man with the Right Stuff.”

We are not astronauts but the science does apply to us. Sitting all day and not moving against the force of gravity our vestibular system begins to atrophy. We start to lose our balance.  According to Dr. Christiane Northrup,”All of us, regardless of age can improve our vestibular system.”

I am working on the exercise that Dr. Northrup recommends so I can zip down the stairs no hands!

 

Give it a try and let me know how you do! Of course I will  include the balance exercise at OutdoorFit ! It is always more fun with friends!

Love,

Mary

Do A Founder

I spent 16 hours in the car this weekend. My niece got married in Raleigh, North Carolina. We got up very early Saturday morning in NJ to drive to a 3 o’clock wedding that day. We like adventures.

It was a wonderful event!  I actually wore a dress that was given to me by a friend.  I usually don’t wear a dress because I have to figure out what shoes to wear etc. I have great girlfriends that help me out.  It is the perfect  fairy Godmother twirling wedding dress. I managed to find flat teal very comfortable shoes with a New Balance insole.  Thomas’ tie matched the outfit!

My Fairy Godmother Dress!

 

The dress is a fashion side note.

I was thrilled because I made the trip without a low back issue. In the past, my left hamstring,and  IT band would start to cramp about an hour and a half in. Not this time I was perfectly fine! Thanks to a few years of Foundation Training! My back is strong and I am pain free!  Anytime, I got out of the car, I would do a Founder.

Check out the how to video. It is also a great post gardening exercise.

 

I end every OutdoorFit workout with Foundation Training! If it works for me, it will work for the OutdoorFit ladies.  So Good!

Give it a try. Your back will thank you!

Love,

Mary

3-5-7 HIIT

I have just figured out how to listen to podcasts on my phone and it has opened up a new world! I love listening to it in the car. I have been following  the Bulletproof coffee guy Dave Asprey. His tagline is Power Mind and Body. Who doesn’t want that?

I have gone back to Bulletproof coffee. I add 1TBS of Ghee and 1TBS Bulletproof XCT oil to  my morning cup of French Press organic coffee. I blend it up in the VitaMix. I really like it and it grounds me.

I am  using the  My Fitness app to track calories. I was concerned by the amount of fat I was adding back into my diet. I am working on changing my set point. I was stuck at 145- 146lbs for awhile. Now, I am down to 143 lbs. Slow, but at least it is moving. I know it is just a number but I feel empowered, fit and lighter when that number is down. Embrace the Healthy Fats!

I keep my daily calories around 1500.  I save enough for a glass of wine with dinner because it makes me happy!

I have  been slowly increasing my exercise. Here is a great HIIT workout that you can do in a few minutes.

I have started to run again. I do a lap around the fields at the end of the workout. I feel good. I am loving my New Balance Minimus Shoes!  They make me happy every time I put them on! I am able to run without my orthotics which is thrilling!

The point of all of this, it is possible to get stronger and lighter as we age, without all of the aches and pains. Here is my friend Gail. She survived   OutdoorFit this morning. It included the 3-5-7 HIIT, weight training and Foundation Training for strength, endurance and flexibility.

Gail at 60 something!

Did you workout this morning? Are you local?  Are you feeling Fit and Fabulous? Come try OutdoorFit!

Love,

Mary

My Miracle Kid.

Thomas was too weak to breast feed. I pumped for 6 months.

My son Thomas is my miracle baby.  I have been wanting to blog about him but, have been resistant.  I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about dragging up the past, and I don’t want to come across as a victim of  my past. I will give you the short version.

Thomas was a full term baby. I had no idea of what we were heading into. I had a normal pregnancy, labor and delivery. At birth, Thomas was a bit blue and had a white patch on his eye, but no one seemed too alarmed about his condition. That night in the hospital, I woke up in the middle of the night, to find Thomas’ pediatrician standing over my bed. The Doctor told me that Thomas had a seizure and  he recommended transporting him to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.  While I laid in bed shaking, the team from CHOP took Thomas in an ambulance. I discharged myself from the hospital and got things situated for my other son. My husband Dan and I then drove down to the hospital.

Thomas spent the first 13 months of his life at CHOP. He had 11 surgeries during his stay. It was as if he came into the world 3/4 complete and the Doctors had to finish the process.  He came home on a ventilator with a team of nurses set up to help take care of him. Dan and I were also trained how to change his trach, suction him… etc.  It was a life changing year as you can imagine.

Sam has been an amazing brother. He taught Thomas to kink his ventilator hose to make funny noises!

Fast Forward to now. I wanted to write about health and the importance of taking care of yourself and your family.  Thomas is a special needs kid. I want to make sure that his health is optimized as much as I can. I am very concerned about his community. So many of his friends have health issues and are overweight.

Thomas loves pasta , macaroni and cheese, ice cream, chocolate milk.  These are treats for him. He would have spaghetti every day if on his own.

I make a brown rice pasta and give him a serving size along with meat sauce and vegetables. He begins each morning with a smoothie. I will add his probiotic, half of a frozen banana, maybe a few collard greens, and cocoa powder. You can hide a lot in chocolate. He also takes high quality supplements twice a day everyday. He reminds me that he needs his vitamins if I forget. Thomas knows the importance of being hydrated. He tells me when his urine is too dark. “Mom, I need to hydrate.” He goes to bed  basically the same time and gets up everyday at 5:50.

Thomas is an amazing human being. He is really very healthy! I have learned so much from him. He teaches me patience every day.

Thomas Loves a good parade!

Love Your Kids,

Mary

Take Action!

Can you get up off the floor easily? I was with a friend this weekend that set up a birthday party for a 63 year old woman. They planned fun games from their past like Twister. The problem was most of the women could not get up off the floor. Please don’t assume this is part of aging. You need to work on staying strong and flexible!

Get down on the floor and see how easy or difficult it is to get up. Let me know!

I have been working on my flexibility. I want to improve my squat and I am running again! Going slow in my new NB Minimus but I am going.  I am running on soft surfaces, the grass or on the dirt path in the woods. Something I had given up on because of my back. I have been diligently working on strengthening my back with Foundation Training. Since I have discovered Katy Bowman I am also working on my feet. I have been able to get rid of my orthotics and I am wearing a cute minimalism sneaker!! So Far, So Good.

Here is a short video of a movement that I am including in OutdoorFit and in my daily life.  It is another great inspiration from Katy Bowman. #HappyHealthyJoints

What are you doing to feel better this summer? Having Fun? Paddle boarding? Reading?

Here is my summer reading list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Summer!

Take Action! Come try OutdoorFit. You will leave feeling so much better!

Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional! 

Your Choice.

Love,

Mary