Aprons

“I love any activity that requires an apron.”

Kate Horner

My niece Katie once told me that she loves any activity that requires an apron. I just love that!

Aprons are so homey, comforting and cozy. It is a symbol of generosity and hospitality. It represents family, mothers and apple pie. Fathers too! My Dad wears an apron while cooking in the kitchen or out flipping a steak on the grill.

My friend Rosanne is a big apron gal! I reached out to get her take on aprons. She has different aprons for different activities.

Of course, She wears one to cook. Rosanne also  wears one in the garden. It is short with pockets for her tools. She wears one when she paints because she keeps a rag in her lap to wipe off excess paint and she doesn’t want to get paint on her clothes. Rosanne also wears a canvas apron when cutting her husband’s hair.  She doesn’t want all the little hairs sticking to her clothes. All fun activities!  Here is a garden and lifestyle  post with Rosanne  from 5 years ago! I am just sorry that she does not have an apron on!

There is a part of me that is resistant to aprons. I grew up in the 60’s when housework and staying home with your family was devalued. I wear an apron when I cook. Otherwise, I would be wiping my hands on my pants. I borrowed the fancy apron from Rosanne for the post. Honestly, I didn’t feel comfortable in it. I love the function of my stained beige William Sonoma apron. I have no problem wiping my hands on it.

It feels like the apron is making a comeback. I love seeing people wear aprons. I know something creative has been going on. They will probably be serving something delicious to eat!

How do you feel about aprons? You probably never thought about it. Do you wear an apron? Do you like activities that require an apron? If you are interested in health, fitness and feeling your best it is important to spend sometime in the kitchen cooking. Put on a cute apron, get focused and let me know what’s for dinner!

Love,

Mary

A Fancy Apron

Wendy’s 90 Days to Fit and Fabulous!

This morning Wendy came over for bulletproof coffee. She had just finished the 90 day Fit and Fabulous Gold Program, and was ready for her final weigh in and measurements.  Wendy wasn’t overly concerned about her weight. Her main goal was  to lose her menopausal pooch. She was feeling a bit matronly and pudgy around the middle. Her beautiful clothes were getting tight.

BIG NEWS! She lost 2 inches off of her waist, and 1 inch off her hips! Wendy also lost 4 pounds.  She has easily changed her habits and is confident that this will be a life long program. Wendy has committed to almost daily meditation, and is feeling centered and grounded throughout her day.

 

It has been so great to work with Wendy. She started the program in good health. She was able to change a few habits and now her daily life is even better! Wendy is the youngster in my OutdoorFit program. She is certainly Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional!

February is the perfect month to start the 90 Day Fit and Fabulous Gold Program. How would you like to feel 3 months from now?  Energetic? Lighter? Vibrant? Reach out let’s have a conversation to see if the program is right for you.

Wendy made me a Beautiful Wendy Cettina Design thank you scarf. The yarn is by Madeline Tosh. The color is Graphite and the pattern is Fractal Danger. How cool is that?

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

 

 

 

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

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

Cashew Vanilla Cookies

 

Cashew Vanilla  Cookies that you can have for breakfast! No grains, No sugar! These cookies won’t spike your blood sugar. They are super easy to make. I use a bowl and a wooden spoon to mix or get messy and just use your hands.

* INGREDIENTS *

  • 2 cup cashew flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3 TBS unflavored protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract ( non alcohol )
  • ½ cup grassfed butter ( room temp )
  • 1 tsp liquid stevia

 

* INSTRUCTIONS *

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 
  • Mix everything in a bowl, forget the spatula and just use your hands.
  • Form into little bites ( about 24 ) and place on parchment paper on baking sheet.
  • Press lightly with fork.
  • Bake until golden brown ( about 20 minutes ).

 

Added Treat! I make sandwich cookies. The filling is a non-dairy cream cheese. I like kite hill almond cream cheese. Sometimes, I use goat cheese cream cheese. I whip a tsp of maple extract and a tsp of stevia into the cream cheese with a fork.

Cinnamon Butter Cookies

Cinnamon Butter Cookies with Liz Finley!

Lizzie is a client of mine. She starting working with me in August. I am so impressed how Liz committed to the Fit and Fabulous Program and she has seen results!

Her goal was to lose weight and to feel her best. She has lost 13 pounds. She has eliminated the sugar and diet soda in her diet. Liz focuses on eating a balanced clean diet and she takes pharmaceutical grade supplements. She trains with me twice a week and walks the other days. She has increased her weights and is getting stronger while shedding the pounds!

She has been asking me for cookie recipes that she can enjoy during the Holidays. She doesn’t want the sugar. Today, after the workout we made Cinnamon Butter Cookies with only 5 ingredients!

I found the recipe online. Thank you Jenny Fitness!

* INGREDIENTS *

  • 2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract ( non alcohol )
  • ½ cup grassfed butter ( room temp )
  • 1 tsp liquid stevia

 

* INSTRUCTIONS *

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Mix everything in a bowl, forget the spatula and just use your hands.
  • Form into little bites ( about 24 ) and place on parchment paper on baking sheet.
  • Press lightly with fork.
  • Bake until golden brown ( about 20 minutes ).

 

* Makes approximately 24 cookies, 1 serving = 2 cookies
* Approx per serving: 180 calories, 17g fat, 4g protein, 4g carb, 2g fiber

I love that you can mix the batter with your hands. It is so simple and easy! They are cookies that are good for you!

Please give these a try and share the recipe with your friends. Let me know how you like them!

Love,

Mary

Butter Pecan Fat Bombs!

Does eating Fat scare you?

Let me start this post by telling you that I have released 7 pounds this past year by eating more healthy fats! In the process, I have reduced my sugar and grains. The amazing part is I really don’t miss it.

I am determined to have a happy, healthy and cozy December because I don’t want to detox in the New Year!

I am excited to share some fun healthy recipes with you this month!

Here is a fabulous easy recipe for you. Happy December!

The basic recipe is from Mark Sisson’s The Keto Reset Diet.

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup coconut butter

Melt in a double boiler and then add your flavorings. Today I added 1 TBS ghee and 1/4 chopped pecans. Pour into a silicon mini muffin mold. I have the regular mold so they come out like wafers. Freeze. Pop the fat bombs into an air tight container and keep in the refridgerator or freezer.

Recipe makes 10 fat bombs. 123 calories.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Happy December!

Love,

Are you searching for coziness like I was?  Check out the Hygge December Challenge with Andreea of Little Bites of Joy.

Grain Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies~

 

Grain Free and super low sugar delcious chocolate chunk cookies! The sugar comes from the dark chocolate bar.  I am committed to a healthy December and 2018! I don’t want to repeat last January of no sugar, no gluten, no alcohol because I over did the Holidays! I hope you will join me in a healthy, happy, and cozy December!

Here is a fabulous cookie recipe from Bulletproof. You don’t need to bake the cookies that your Grandmother made. These are so easy, all you need is a spoon and a bowl to mix. Quick and easy is how we like it! Start a new tradition of your own! Thomas loves them too!

Keto Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 45 min.
Makes: 16 delicious cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups blanched organic almond or hazelnut meal
  • 3 tbsp. grass-fed Bulletproof Ghee or butter
  • 3 tbsp. Bulletproof Collagen Protein
  • Stevia or birch tree-sourced xylitol to taste. (I put in a dropper of stevia.)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pastured egg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup high quality, sugar-free chocolate, chopped. (I bought a very dark chocolate bar and used half of it.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F. Grease and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Add the almond meal, collagen protein, salt and baking powder into a bowl.
  3. Pour the apple cider vinegar directly on top of the baking powder and allow it to react (it will go fizzy).
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine evenly.
  5. Taste the dough and adjust the sweetness if needed.
  6. Begin rolling the mixture into balls and place them onto the lined baking tray.
  7. Press the balls as flat as you like, they won’t rise much, so if you like them softer and chewier keep them quite full. However, if you like a crunchier cookie, press them quite flat using your hands to shape them.
  8. Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven when they’re ready and place the cookies on a wire cooling rack.
  10. Store in an airtight container when completely cooled.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 cookie (about 33g)

Calories 140
Total fat 11g
Sat Fat 3g
Cholesterol 17mg
Sodium 53mg
Total Carb 12g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 5%
Iron 10%