“It is possible!”

This is Penny Northrup Kirk! She is Fit and Fabulous! Penny is 65 years old!  I have learned so much from her. The greatest message to remember. “It is possible!” I have 3 more years to work on the inverted shoulder press! I am not sure I will be doing them in a bikini. You never know!

Penny has also taught me that it is possible to eat more fat and lose excess fat along the way.

She is part of the inspiration behind my 28 day Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional Program. The next session begins September 19th. Join us! It works!

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.)

Fitness & Fashion

 

I love fashion on some level. Feeling good and therefore looking good is important. I really love clothes that are comfortable, #1 and stylish #2! I always enjoy seeing what Ellen Degeneres is wearing. She certainly looks put together and comfortable.

I feel good in my clothes because I am in shape. I have a strong core and my clothes fit. Fitness is my fashion statement.

Thank goodness because here is my closet. Not much in there. It is amazing that I look as put together as I do:)

Socks can make the outfit. I love cool socks. You can have a pair of jeans or cozy black wool pants on with fun socks and you have an outfit!

Now, this is FASHION!

Now, this is FASHION!

One last tip. I use my BOOM products by Cindy Joseph everyday. They make me feel good and put together. Here is my make up demo. One of my most popular videos. Does my audience care more about makeup than burpees? Maybe, it is easier.

I would love to hear from you. What is your go to outfit… the one that makes you feel fit and fabulous?

 

 

I love my Vitamix!

 

The New Year is here. I have had a FUN time eating. Did you see the crumb cake I posted yesterday? It was filled with white flour, white sugar and tons of delicious organic butter.

Now, it is time to commit to MY PROGRAM. I have been off the wine for 2 weeks now. It is still not easy. I am committed for 90 days. Here is the real reason I decided to quit. Would you like to join me in a fabulous lifestyle program? (You don’t have to give up your glass of red wine.) Check it out. There is something very powerful about being connected with a healthy community.

Here is my daily #365grateful vlog.

I love my Vitamix. When you attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, you feel quite a bit of peer pressure to buy a vitamix. I am so glad I did. We use it everyday! Some things are just worth it.

 

Do you set intentions for the New Year? I would love to hear from you!

Love,

Mary

 

Move with Confidence.

I incorporate Foundation Training by Dr. Eric Goodman in everyone of my workouts! This training is an unique combination of Strength and Flexibility. THE PERFECT COMBO! “It will redefine your core, conquer your back pain and you will move with confidence!”

Here is an exercise that I do almost daily. If you are sitting for hours at your desk or in a car, the founder is a wonderful exercise to do. It activates your glutes, hamstrings, lower back and upper back. It is so important to strengthen the muscles that support your spine.

460 miles of driving, The FOUNDER was a life saver!

460 miles of driving, The FOUNDER was a life saver!

THE PROGRAM!

Give yourself 4 weeks to become stronger, leaner and more energetic. Move with confidence!

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Run Faster or Jump Higher

These Athletes use the same supplements that I use myself and are included in my Fit and Fabulous Optimal Health Program.

I am not saying that you will run faster or jump higher BUT maybe just maybe you will begin to feel and become Fit and Fabulous with THE PROGRAM!

Optimal Health!

Fit and Fabulous

An incredible healing exercise.

The Anchored bridge has changed my life! Sometimes, I will demonstrate this on a concrete sidewalk. I just want to share. Try this before you pop that ibuprofen.

A powerful exercise! Squeeze,Squeeze,Squeeze

A powerful exercise!

Here is the story. 18 months I “blew out my back”.  I wasn’t doing anything.You know how that goes. I was in PAIN. I had to brace myself to roll over in bed at night. I went to 2 chiropractors, a MD for drugs, a PT. I had massages and structural integration work. It all helped to some extent. I didn’t start to really heal until I found Dr. Phil Pritting. He is a certified Foundation Trainer. Foundation Training is the work of Dr. Eric Goodman.

I wanted to find a way to take care of myself instead of being in constant rehab. Dr. Pritting taught me the Anchored Bridge. It is incorporated into every one of my workouts.  I feel it is so important for everyone to strengthen their posterior chain. (low back, glutes, hamstrings)

Here you go. Do it with me.

THE PROGRAM!

Give yourself 4 weeks to become stronger, leaner and more energetic.

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What does Age have to do with it?

I am 61. I am telling you that because I don’t want you to limit yourself because of your age.

I have women tell me that they can’t do what I do. The truth is that you can if you want to. 10 years ago, I could not do a decent push-up. Today, I can do a phenomenal push-up, even off the ground. A previous post:)

Here is a video to get you started on your way to doing a push-up. A push-up is an incredible exercise when done properly. I include them in every workout. It is an excellent core exercise while working on your pectoral muscle and triceps. The muscles you need to look great in that little black dress. (if that is what motivates you) For me, push-ups are very empowering. I feel strong when I do them.

I am including exercise videos in THE PROGRAM!

Give yourself 4 weeks to become stronger, leaner and more energetic.

Check it out!

HIIT! High Intensity Interval Training

I didn’t feel in the flow of this workout. The ground is a bit uneven in my backyard, thanks to George the dog.  My hips could have been a bit lower in my jump squats. It doesn’t need to be perfect to do it. Just start. If you are a beginner try for 2 minutes and build up.

I have been adding more HIIT into my week. I include it in every Fit and Fab workout.  I love it. It takes 4 minutes and it is amazing how much better you feel when you are finished. Sometimes, I will turn a 4 minute song on and when the song is over, I am done! Here is a Fun Peppy Song unless you are over it. I would love your musical suggestions.

After my HIIT workout, I like to do Eric Goodman’s Foundation Training.  Some impact is important, helps build strong bones! I am looking for the right balance, too much impact is not a good thing.  Foundation Training, stretches and strengthens all at the same time. Give it a try. It is the perfect way to end a workout.

Are you looking to put it all together? Optimal Health = low-glycemic diet + exercise +supplements Check out THE PROGRAM and we can do this together.

Workout 

20 seconds on 10 seconds rest

Jump squats

Push-ups

Alternating Rear lunge

Skater’s Hop

Mountain Climbers

Jump Squats

Push-ups

Burpees

I am driving myself crazy!

 (I was.)

I want to throw the scale out the window. Have you ever felt that way? I was becoming a crazy person, weighing myself everyday, bringing the phone into the bathroom with me incase I hit a good weight that day that I could post.

I have created a really good PROGRAM for the long haul. It is working BUT I know when I put too much pressure on myself it just doesn’t work. How can I sell my program if I am not perfect??? Truth is, it is not about perfection at all, it is about PROGRESS. I know the weight comes off when I give myself a break and I am not so stressed about it.

I have made progress, I can feel it. I have lost a few pounds, my stomach is flatter, I am eating less, drinking more water, sitting down and eating slower, and savoring my food. PROGRESS. I have been working with a chiropractor 2x a week with the Foundation training workouts. The exercises have been very helpful, CORE STRENGTH!!! (that will be another blog post).

Do you believe in signs? On Sunday at church, John the Pastor preached about letting go and letting the divine take the lead. Later that day, I opened Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Goddesses Never Age to “Happy Belly, Happy Body” . Page 258, that page alone is worth the price of the book!

“If you’re unhappy with the shape of your belly, know that cutting out the wheat will reduce it, but whatever your belly looks like you can make it happy. Balance your gut flora. Nourish yourself with good foods and clear out the junk, including the shame, perfectionism, and emotional stress that are affecting you.”

“Give up the goal of achieving what our culture calls a “perfect” or “ideal” body shape.”  Christiane Northrup,M.D.

THANK YOU, DR. NORTHRUP!!!

Thank you!

I feel so much better, how about you? Are you ready to join me on your journey to OPTIMAL HEALTH? Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional?

“OK….the package arrived yesterday, I’m ready to go! Just LMK what I should be doing now, thanks. I’m ready to be fit and fabulous! “

 Are you ready? Here is the link to learn more and join the Fit and Fabulous.