December

 

December Intentions 

Slow down and take time for creativity. I really enjoy it when I take time for creativity. I love it when I take the extra steps to make something special. It creates coziness in my life. Last weekend, I replaced an old worn cushion cover on an outside antique wicker chair. I was thinking I don’t have time, but I can make time. It took me a few hours but I did it. I was then motivated to sweep the porch off. Next, I added some extra greens and dried hydrangea from my garden to the generic wreath hanging on the door. Now, every time I come into my house it makes me happy.

Trust in my own decisions. I am recovering my dining room chairs. I found two fabulous grain cloth fabrics on Etsy. Now, I need to decide which one to use. Either one will work. So, what do I do?? I text a friend and say what do you think? She said give it the weekend and pick the one I like best. She knows me too well! So much harder for me but of course it is the right answer!

Organize. This is huge for me. Last Sunday, I got up, cleaned the refrigerator, wrote out the dinners I wanted to make for the week, and made a shopping list.  I actually stuck to the meal plan each night this week. It has been so freeing. I know what I am making and I have the ingredients!  I have leftovers that I  put in ball jars for lunches. It is so efficient and calming.  Next step is to organize other areas of my life. What if I made a to do list for my business?  I am sure successful entrepreneurs have a plan written out not just ideas in their head.

Meditation. I am always saying I am going to meditate. I am getting better at being consistent with this, and I am beginning to feel a difference in my body. It is very grounding. 20 minutes meditation daily is a wonderful intention for December. Take time to get quiet.

Eat Well. Stay off the grains and sugar. This no longer feels like deprivation, which is a miracle. That is a whole other blog post. I set the intention not to have dessert and it works. December is a time of celebration and I can enjoy without going crazy eating treats that I don’t really want.

Exercise. I exercise. I teach OutdoorFit 5 times a week. It is also important for me to walk daily. George the dog is in my heart and is with me on my walks.

What changes would you like to make in December? Exercise more, eat well, meditate. If you feel overwhelmed, start small. Focus on one little area and complete a small task. It builds momentum and you will feel like doing more.  It will bring peace and joy.

Enjoy the Season, It is the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy December!

Love,

Mary

 

 

 

Resistance

I am very resistant to travel. There is a part of me that thinks I would love to travel, go new places, see new things and meet new people. When the opportunity to go away comes up I always hope that we won’t have to go.  I love being home. We do have Netflix’s now!

How boring of a life would that be if all we did was stay home?

In the past, my husband would push me to go on vacation. Skiing in the Rockies, skiing in the Alps and a wonderful week in St. Barts,  were a couple of the highlights. Does that sound like something to avoid? Anxiety would always creep in and take over. Personally, I do not like uncomfortable feelings. But, what if I hadn’t gone? The trips were amazing, some of the best times in my life.

I am writing about this now because we are going away for ten days to sunny California. My husband is a track cyclist and we are off to the Master World’s in LA! There will be plenty of time to do fun things!

The anxiety has been creeping in. I want to do it differently. It is crazy what I do to myself.

A few Helpful Tips to keep the anxiety level down.

  • I have been meditating 20 minutes daily.
  • I stopped drinking wine for 7 days, completely off sugar and grains. I feel better, and more grounded.
  • My new mantra. “I am confident that I can handle any situation that comes my way.”

I have been dealing with people’s resistance while I have been marketing my 90 Fit and Fabulous Program. I don’t quite understand why people aren’t motivated to take better care of their health. They are highly motivated to lose weight to fit into a dress for a high school reunion or a family wedding. As soon as the event is over, they go back to their old habits.

Why not get in shape, eat well so you look and feel fabulous all of the time?

It feels like a great idea to me.

I would love to hear from you. What are you resistant to? How do you deal with your anxiety?  We all have our “stuff”. Right?

Are you are interested in learning more about my 90 Day Fit and Fabulous Program? I would love to support you on your 90 Day Journey To Fabulous!

Love,

Mary

Feeling Fancy, in Nancy Golden’s pink belt!

“At My Age.”

Have you been complaining for years about your weight? Do you need to go out and buy new clothes because nothing is fitting? Do you say to yourself or others, “AT MY AGE” I can’t be expected to change or I will never be able to wear that again?

Do you go on a diet on Monday and 3 days in you are eating cookies or drinking a glass of wine? Did you talk yourself out of the whole thing? TOO HARD! Too uncomfortable!

I have been there and I am here to help you!

I have created a  90 Day Fit and Fabulous Program is not about willpower. It is getting you off the sugar roller coaster. Changing you from a sugar burner to a Fat burner.  This is where Magic happens!  There is such Freedom that comes with this program.

High Fat, Moderate Protein and Low Carbohydrate

I was a little hesitant to increase the fat, because it is high calories. We were taught that fat is bad, gov’t tells us to eat 5-11 servings of whole grains daily and eat fat sparingly.

I decided to jump in. I love butter, I started eating Kerry Gold, grass fed butter. So Delicious and the key is.. So satisfying!

Magical, Magical, Magical

  • Lost 10 pounds (even at my age)
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • No more sugar cravings

IT IS NOT ABOUT WILLPOWER! YOU FEEL GREAT!

Of course, you can do this on your own. It has been my experience that it is so much better in a group. You receive positive reinforcement and encouragement. So important to have Support and Accountability.

The first 7 days of the program, we eliminate the foods that cause inflammation and the alcohol.  No wine is not easy for me. SO much easier with a friend and I stick to it.  We send each other pictures of seltzer and lime in pretty glasses every evening and cheer each other on.

If you are not happy with how you are feeling and are ready to make some changes, please reach out and we can have a conversation to see what has been preventing you from being your Best Self and Feeling Fabulous. We will see if working together is the answer for you.

Friday, Early Bird Pricing Ends. 90 Day Fit and Fabulous Program

Do you need to look dressed when shooting a video? Put on your Mom’s Pearls!

Favorite Pair of Faded Jeans Fit!

 

You go into your closet and pull out your favorite pair of old favorite jeans and they fit! Isn’t that a dream come true?

Check out the video, I have some exciting news to share!

A few questions for you.

Are you a woman over 50 who wants to be active in your life instead of sitting on the sidelines?

Have you put on weight and are frustrated because you can’t seem to get rid of it?

Are you tired of putting on your jeans and having to adjust the waist band because of the extra roll around your belly?

Or have you given up and your wardrobe has become pants with and elastic waist band and flowing tops?

Of course, you want to feel great, confident, and move with grace and vitality through out your day.

I have created a 90 Day Fit and Fabulous Gold Program. Head over to the Program’s page to learn more.

I would love for you to be a part of my Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional Community!

Next Session begins Monday October 1st! Registration closes Friday September 28th.

Bonus! Register by September 21st and SAVE! Become Fit and Fabulous with the exclusive OutdoorFit price!

Fit and Fabulous 90 Day Gold Program!

This is a sad one.

We had to put George down, our 7 years old golden retriever. So so sad to lose him to cancer. It happened so fast without much warning. Anyone who is a dog owner knows how hard this is. He was a member of the family and a happy one that just loved everyone! His greatest joy was walking in the the neighborhood with a big fat stick in his mouth.

I have been spending so much time in my gardens, planting and crying, weeding and crying, pruning trees and crying. This is how I deal with grief.  Years ago, my mom had a stroke, the day I found out and was waiting for phone calls. I painted my kitchen red.  Action and sobbing is how I deal.

Here is a short video, I encourage you to please stop putting chemicals on your lawn or in you gardens. Take a moment, bend over, pull a weed and think of George. I will think of George. He was the happiest of dogs.

Blessings,

Mary

George had an amazing social life at the fence.

 

 

 

 

 

Rainy day, shorts fit, more energy!

 

Do you love to exercise for the sake of exercise? I do! I know I feel much better after a workout. It has been raining here for days now. This morning, I was so happy to go workout under the eaves with 2 of my brave adventurous OutdoorFit ladies. I know working out under the eaves is not so exciting but we were there and got our workout in. I love a touch of craziness. We could have been home sitting on the couch drinking coffee. We all felt better for it.

Here is my latest video with Gail Harrigan. She started OutdoorFit because she wanted to get stronger and have more endurance on the tennis courts. She also loves to ski. At 67, she wants to continue on as long as she can. She knows the importance of strength and endurance training.

For added benefit , Go outside and move.

Do you need more motivation?

Here are some of the healing benefits from exercise according to Dr. Christiane Northrup.

“The benefits of regular, moderate exercise are almost innumerable and include physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Studies show that women who are physically active enjoy better health than women who are sedentary.”

  • Better immune system functioning and increased levels of immunoglobulins
  • Lower overall cancer rate
  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of breast cancer
  • Longer life expectancy
  • Less depression and anxiety, better mental efficiency and speed
  • More relaxation, more assertiveness, more spontaneity and enthusiasm
  • Stronger bones
  • More restful sleep
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Decreased insulin sensitivity
  • More energy
  • Decreased PMS symptoms
  • Weight control

Maybe you are just wanting your clothes to fit and to feel comfortable this summer on the beach. There is nothing wrong with that.

Come to OutdoorFit!

The  workouts are very effective! Warm up, HIIT, Strength and Foundation Training. I end with a few yoga poses. We cover it all.  . It is a 45 minute workout and you will leave feeling fabulous and ready to take on your day!
You will meet fun people like Gail. Go up and read the benefits of exercise again. You will feel great about yourself. I hope you will join in.
Click here for schedule.
Go enjoy a walk.

Love,

Mary

It is all about Functional Fitness.

It is so important to stay in shape so you can do what you love.

I have the gardening bug back. I discovered Garden Answers on YouTube, and I am so inspired to get my yard into shape. I went through the master gardener program around 10 years ago. I became obsessed with gardening and had so many plants in my yard. Now I am more interested in beautiful low maintenance simple gardens.

As many of you know, I have decluttered and simplified my home. I feel as though I need to do the same to my gardens.

I had lilies and other assorted flowers in front of my picket fence. This year, they were covered in weeds, so I decided to rip everything out and start over. I also  have deer in my yard on occasion. so, I choose deer resistant plants and I am hopeful it will work.  I live in the suburbs. The deer do not belong here. It is very sad. They need to go live happily in the woods.

Here is a short video of the beginning stages of the garden. I planted Winter Gem Boxwoods along with Lamium  as ground cover. I am waiting for the Blue Kazoo Spirea from Proven Winners to be delivered. I will plant them in front of the Boxwoods. On the corner of the fence, I transplanted a beautiful butterfly bush. I am excited, it is going to be pretty and simple.

I have done so much gardening this spring. I am so grateful that I am OutdoorFit and  for all of the Foundation Training that I have done.   My back is strong and healthy! It is all about Functional Fitness and being able to do what you love.

Happy Gardening!

Love,

Mary

Shoulder Mobility, Calf Stretches and so much more!

Movement Monday with Mary!

I was a competitive runner and spent hours training every week.  I am no longer interested in running hours. Running does not serve my body. I created OutdoorFit for myself and of course is great for others. It is a 45 minute workout which includes a warm up, HIIT, strength training, Foundation training and a little yoga for a warm down including a mini back massage. I do the workout  3-4 times a week. I feel great.  Fit and Fabulous …Aging Optional.

Here is a quick  workout. Repeat 3 times and you will be finished in 12 minutes!

 

I end every OutdoorFit class with shoulder mobility and calf stretches.

 

Exercise and movement is so important. I love being strong and fit so I am able to do my own yardwork. I love the work of Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement. She incorporates movement into her day. It is a whole different mindset. I love it!

Pruning my Crepe Myrtle. Nutritious Movement.

Interested in coming to OutdoorFit? Click here to learn more.

Exercise and Movement is not enough for optimal health.  Is your eating out of control? Need a tune up? Are you craving sugar? Check out my 7 Day 7 Day Feel Fabulous program.

That is it for today! Have a great week.

Love,

Mary

 

 

 

Mountain Climbers in my Fancy Tights!

 

Last week, my niece Katie came for a visit. She took me shopping at Old Navy.  “Aunt Mary, you need a change from black tights.” I wasn’t sure when I bought them. I wore them to OutdoorFit and I love them! They are fancy compression tights. I feel energized, able to run faster, jump higher, Super Woman and so much fun! Thanks Kate!

Here is a 4  minute HIIT workout for you. HIIT is great, work hard, recover and go again. It is a very effective workout to boost your metabolism. It can be done anytime, anywhere and no equipment necessary! Give it a try!

I love mountain climbers. Mountain Climbers are a fabulous full body workout and easy on your back.

Come try OutdoorFit! Click here for new schedule.

Love,

Mary

Fat Balls

 

 

Coconut Fall Balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/2 c. Coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/3 c. almond milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend everything in a food processor until dough is achieved. Dough will be wet, that’s good! (I use the vita mix and it works fine.)
  2. Roll into bite sized balls then lay flat on a air-tight container and freeze. They last for months but they’re so delicious I bet they won’t.
  3. Remove from freezer and let thaw 6 minutes before eating for optimal deliciousness!

From Lee From America

I like to top the ball with a little yogurt and or nut butter. So good! I made them for coffee hour at church and the kids loved them too. It makes me so happy when the kids like them! It is So much better than eating sugary cookies!