Fit and Fabulous Jane at 73!

Jane Sullivan 73 joined a gym and started working out 8 years ago. I met her  riding the stationery bike. “Come on Jane, join me outside , you can do so much better.” She did!

Sorry about the Wind Noise!

 I love her positive attitude and I am amazed at her fitness level.  She talks about how the outdoor fitness is spiritual for her. It is very empowering for her and all of us! Keep Going Jane!

Low impact Burpee!

I have a new client and every time I say burpee she leaves for a walk around the building. This is fine with me. Elaine is easing into the workouts! By the way, she is 79! Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional!

I have a low impact burpee that she can do. It is an alternative to the high impact burpee that we all Love! It is also great to use as a warm up to your workout.

Exercise is very important to your health.

Nutrition is even more critical. 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.  Being mindful of a balanced diet is key. Eat organic when possible, watch your portions, enjoy your meals, focus on proteins, healthy fats and vegetables.

Do you need a reset or perhaps a jump start?

I have put together a 7 day program of No grains, sugar and alcohol with my friend Holistic Chef Ivone of Healthy Sage.

You will be amazed at how much better you can feel in a short period of time. Are you ready to look and feel your best?

I am here to tell you that you can start to feel a difference your first week. Contact me if you would like more info.

Balance Your Hormones Day 7!

7 days in…

I enjoy a glass of wine when I go to cook dinner.  Now that I am off alcohol, dinner time feels stressful to me. I am looking for ways to make this process easy.

My friend Ivone gave me her crock pot. (She updated her crock pot. A nice ALL-ClAD.) I am thrilled to have her old one. Ivone is an amazing cook. It is great karma to have her crock pot!

10 o’clock this morning I made slow-cooker beef chuck chili. Danielle Walker’s recipe from Against All Grains. (Page 96) It is a nice easy recipe. Our dinner will be all set! against-all-grain

I have also been blending up “GOOD GIRL MOONSHINE”.  I found it on Pinterest last year when I was looking for a wine replacement.


(Google good girl moonshine. I am not sure where the original recipe came from.)

Planning and Preparation are important component to Balance.

Happy Planning.



Fat Burning in the cold!


Do you stop working out because it is cold outside? Read on maybe I will change your mind.

I love this time of year and my outdoor workouts. I was a skier and it was fabulous!  My husband and I skied. We went on great winter vacations. It was so wonderful to ski all day and then go out for a delicious dinner including a decadent piece of mud pie. Once we had kids life got a bit complicated and we stopped.

I do miss skiing on some level.  I loved the freedom of going fast down a mountain. I don’t really want to do it anymore. I don’t miss all of the equipment and freezing on chair lifts.

I still love winter, snow and being outside. There are also great health benefits.

Did you know you burn more fat in the cold than the heat?  “There is clinical evidence that freezing temps can help you burn more fat. According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, contending with the cold can help encourage your body to turn white fat — the kind lurking in trouble spots like your belly and thighs — into brown fat, which helps your body burn calories. When you have more brown fat, you’re more likely to burn extra calories rather than storing them as fat.Read more here.

My outdoor workouts  are great anytime of year but winter is my favorite.  We are finished within the hour. So Perfect!

I have  a wonderful community with  a twinge of craziness! The average age is 59 1/2!!!

Click here to learn how to join in on the fun! I can modify for any fitness level!


Everyone of my workouts include some form of squats. Squats are a wonderful functional exercise. They strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps. Once you are able to perform a basic squat, you can start adding weights for even more benefit!

Sometimes it is good to go back to the basics.

Do your squat to a chair or bench.

  • Feet wide
  • Lead with your bottom
  • Butt back and down ,tap the chair with your bottom come back up
  • Chest up


Include squats into your workout!



A 68 year old Track Cyclist!

We were at the USA Cycling Master’s Track National Championships in Indianapolis this summer. Women are in the minority. Obviously, in the Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional category!

I reached out to Jo Johnson. Jo is a Multi time National Champion! She is 68 and began cycling in her early 50’s! She loves track racing. “Riding on banked tracks on a bike with NO Brakes is the thrill of track.” She takes her cycling very seriously and works with Coach Kim Geist. Jo has continued to improve each year and just LOVES IT! This year she has set new PR’s in all track events. Quite an accomplishment.

Bike with no brakes

Nutrition is very important to Jo’s success. She is focused on keeping her blood sugar balanced. So important for all of us! It is the sweet spot we need to stay in!

stronger faster

“Every year gets better and better!”

Keep it going Jo Johnson!

Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional

“Fat Makes You Smart, Sexy and Happy.”

Great News!!!

“Fat Makes You Smart, Sexy and Happy.” Chapter 9 of Dr. Hyman’s book EAT FAT, GET THIN.

Great news in this book!

Great news in this book!


I will give you some great bullet points from Dr. Hyman’s book.

  • EATING FAT REVERSES TYPE 2 DIABETES (and improves blood sugar control for Type 1)
  • EATING FAT GIVES YOU BEAUTIFUL SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS!!!! (exclamation points are mine, image is everything:)


I have increased my fat quite a bit in the last ten days. It is important to eat high quality healthy fats. For example, I am having coconut oil in my coffee every morning and eating an avocado daily. I feel grounded, less bloated, less hungry and it has been easier not to overeat.

coconut & coffee

I am very interested in all of this. I am putting together a 28 day test group to see what the effects are. My intention is to lose a few pounds, reduce the menopausal belly and feel absolutely fabulous! Would you like to join me?

“It is about finding the simplest, most effective ways to get the body you want with as little effort and anxiety as possible.”

                                                                                                                                            Krissy Mae Cagney

Contact me if you are interested in the details.

Warm up


Flexibility is so important for our health and well being! I am focused on height and not shrinking with age. Here is a 7 minute warm up that I have incorporated into my workouts. So important to be flexible and feeling fabulous! Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

Are you local? Spring is a perfect time to start a fitness program.! Change things up…a new beginning! Here is the schedule to my workouts. Let me know ahead of time if you are coming. (Sometimes the schedule changes.)

Menopausal Muffin Top

Here is the wonderful testimonial. “thanks so much Mary! Yes, I feel really good since I’ve been very diligent about taking my supplements and I find that having the prepacked supplements for the AM and PM helps keep me on track, I know I wasn’t taking the recommended dosages before.  I work in special ed as you know and it can be so physically and mentally draining and I’ve been finding that my energy levels have been great, instead of collapsing when I get home I take a healthy,long walk with my dog and do push ups on a bench in the woods and some free weight work when I get home, even though I haven’t weighed myself I don’t feel as bloated and the menopausal “muffin top”, isn’t as overflowing as it was before and things are fitting better. I also believe that keeping up with this vitamin regiment has really helped decrease all the other menopausal symptoms that I’ve been plagued with like fatigue, thinning hair and nails, weight gain and hot flashes..I’m in a much better place then I was a year ago and I thank you.”

I don’t think there is much more to say. THE PROGRAM works! Would you like to join us?  Muffin top…BE GONE!

Here is the October Salad of the Day Challenge (click on hashtag to connect with Andreea and the challenge) #littlebitesofjoy

Add protein to your salad for the perfect meal!

Add protein to your salad for the perfect meal!

It is fun to be healthy together. It makes it so much easier.

I hope you will join in. What do you think?

Do you tell your age?

As many of you know I have been a member of Team Northrup for 8 years now. Following and being involved with the work of Dr. Northrup and Kate Northrup has been life changing! It is so wonderful to hang out with happy healthy people. You do that and you become one! It is amazing how that works.

Part of my work with Team Northrup and our product partner Usana Health science has been the inspiration behind my blog. My intention is to empower and inspire women to be Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional. I am here to pass on my own inspiration and what influences me.

Last week it was Boom Sticks by Cindy Joseph which I love and so does my Mom. This week, Dr. Northrup has come out with her new book. Goddesses Never Age. I just got it yesterday and can’t wait to dive right in.

Dr. Northrup's book

I am sharing Kate Northrup’s Glimpse TV with her Mom. Go make a cup of tea, come back and sit down and enjoy 20 minutes of Kate and Dr. Northrup.  See why Dr. Northrup says, never tell your age. We are all ageless. I am proud of my age but after watching,  I think now I am officially “ageless”! Tell me what you think, I would love to hear from you.

PS. I have the inside scoop on Dr. Northrup’s Ageless Goddess supplement pac. Contact me… I can set you up.