Can you hover over a Porta Potty?

 

Can you hover over a public toilet? A question you probably don’t think about until you are in that situation. I am very proud of that fact that my OutdoorFit ladies think of me when they are using a porta potty. A skill you really don’t want to lose.

I have entered Dr. Oz’s Next Great Trainer contest. Of course, I thought it was the Next Greatest Trainer! I had to create a short video about why it should be me! You will want to watch the video all of the way to the end. Lovely Elaine, 79 credits me for her ability to use a Porta Potty! So Exciting!

My Mission is to empower women to be Fit and Fabulous at any age.

 Are you able to get down on the floor  to play with your Grandkids? Can you spend the day in NYC and  run to catch the train or at least walk fast? Do you love to garden, but have stopped because it is too hard on your back? It doesn’t have to be that way!

My goal is for my clients to have energy and vitality to do what they want!

Many of my clients came to OutdoorFit because they knew they needed to work out. My women soon learn that they are able to increase their weights and do a push up off the ground. They notice they are able to move through their day so much better. Their balance and flexibility improves and their favorite pair of jeans fit.

Does this sound like something for you? Click here to learn more.

See you soon!

Love,

Mary

PS. I will let you know when Dr. Oz calls about the contest!

I have to push myself to say YES!

 

I haven’t written a post in over a month. I had an event in October that gave me angst and took over my creative thoughts. I am not much of a traveler. I would like to be but it creates anxiety for me. It is really comfortable for me to stay home, teach OutdoorFit and make soup. After awhile that life starts to feel dull.

I have to push myself to say YES!

I am so glad that I said YES this time. My nephew’s black tie wedding on Figure Eight Island, NC was October 21st.  My husband Dan and I decided it would be best to leave Thomas at home for this one. Dan was happy to volunteer to stay home with him. I drove myself crazy trying to decide if I wanted to drive 10 hours on a Friday, then turn around and drive 10 hours on a Sunday.  Of course, I had to talk to all of my friends about it. I finally made the decision to go.

I left early Friday morning. About three hours in, I thought of my sister Carol. Carol and I never got along. She died 13 years ago, and I haven’t thought  about her in a long time. I decided to ask her to be my angel, and invited her on the trip. It felt that  she came along with me. I arrived on Figure Eight Island in 10 hours!!  An uneventful trip! I even stopped every 2 hours to do a founder to keep my back feeling good.

Do A FOUNDER!

I came home so excited that I had managed the trip by myself in an uneventful manner. I feel like I need to continue saying YES. I had so much fun!

(The outfit is another blog post.) It is another example of saying YES.

Do you have issues saying YES to things? I would love to hear from you.

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!

 

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

Eat Fruit!

 

I have cut back on fruit the past couple of years because of the sugar content. No longer! The key in all of this is to enjoy moderation.

I was on Instagram and came across Anthony William the Medical Medium’s post about grapes. Amazing how good there are for you! “Grapes have been called the “queen of fruits” due to being one of the most nutritious and medicinal foods available since ancient times.”

This morning I made a Mango Smoothie.

According to The Medical Medium, ‘Mangos are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”. Mangos are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Mangos are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers. ”

Click below to read more!

Medical Medium and Mango.  

Let’s Be Healthy together. Would you like to join me in a 14 Day shake or two a Day along with taking high quality Pharmaceutical Grade Antioxidants and Minerals? You will feel a difference. Small Steps can make BIG changes.

Next group starts June 12th. Click here for more information and to sign up!

 

What to wear?

 

Clothes, shoes…what to wear???

I have two weddings and a shower to attend to in the next few months. I am struggling with what to wear. I like to buy pieces that I love and can wear over and over again. I really want to be comfortable and feel like myself.

I pride myself on being Fit and Fabulous. I struggle with the fabulous piece and posting about it. My sister and my friends will tell me to wear form fitting clothes because I am fit and fabulous. There is a part of me that thinks who am I to say that! I am a few pounds heavier than I would like to be. I am a bit thicker around the middle than I was. ALL of that. I also tend to wear loose fitting clothes.

I decided I am going to embrace who I am and not worry about it.

Minimalism Day 6. 

Clothes! Day 6 is about enjoying your clothes about paring down your wardrobe. My wardrobe is very streamlined. I am trying my best to buy what I love and to be able to wear the pieces to different occasions. A pair of Black Oxfords are coming tomorrow. Thanks Zappos! Details to follow!

Here is my Sunday church outfit.

I am proud of myself to feel confident enough to wear Tretorns to church!

I felt snappy!

Love,

Mary

A Clean Home = Peace and Calm!

What does a  clean home have to do with being Fit and Fabulous? I have been reading about cleaning schedules, decluttering, and sparking joy all at the same time. I feel so much better when my house is in order inside and out! When it is not I feel cranky, agitated and a bit overwhelmed.

I have been working on a schedule that works for me. I don’t want to spend too much time everyday cleaning. 1/2 hour tops. It is good to step away from the computer and move. No one bothers me when I am doing chores.

Back to Fit and Fabulous…I know when I am peaceful, calm and happy I eat less. I start to let a few pounds drop as well. This winter I was holding on to the weight. I know being cranky and agitated increases your cortisol levels and tells your body to hold on to the FAT! It is so great when it all becomes an easy process where you don’t  think about it.

I joined Andreea Fegan’s month of Minimalism Challenge and her Simple, Healthy, Decluttered Living public Facebook group.  I ask myself why am I spending time doing this? Taking pictures, posting, and encouraging others to join the group. It brings me joy, happiness AND it is fun! Today, I posted about what the best mop is for hard wood floors and I got an answer.  So great!

A Clean kitchen window with no curtains. Let the outside come inside.

How do you bring peace and calm into your life?

It is not just about a clean home. It is important to feed your body the right food. Do you need a jump start to releasing Fat?

Check out my 7 Days…Feel Fabulous Program! 

Love,

Mary

I am going to   run around my new mop. Very Exciting!

A Back Tune Up!

I have had issues with my back for a long time. I remember hearing about degenerative L4 and L5 in my twenties. I was a competitive runner and I know years of running wasn’t good for my back. I would walk around with ice packs in my pants to reduce the pain and inflammation.

Fast forward to three years ago. I did something to my SI joint doing nothing of course. It created numbness around my left knee. I was in PAIN, I went to my MD, she gave me drugs. I had chiropractic care, massages, acupuncture, physical therapy. I did it all! I had x-rays at that time and was told that I needed to reduce my workouts.  I didn’t want to accept that answer. I kept searching.

I found Foundation Training by Dr. Eric Goodman. I started to do the exercises.  I went to see Dr. Phil Pritting at Integrative Wellness Group in Belmar because he was a certified foundation training instructor.  I really started to improve and I was so happy take control of my own back problems. Of course, I started to include these amazing simple exercises into my classes.

I have been doing well. I am able to do my workouts. I still have issues with numbness around my knee. I wanted to make sure that my back wasn’t getting worse. So I decided to go back to Integrative Wellness for a tune up to see Dr. Kyle Klim. I had another set of  x-rays taken. I am happy to report no significant changes in my spine 3 years later.

It has been 3 years of fabulous intense workouts of Mountain climbers, Burpees and so much more!

I find this thrilling. I am 62 and I have women 40 – 79  taking my classes. I know it is possible to improve at any age! Just keep at it!

Founder with Dr. Kyle. A band around your knees adds a whole new dimension to the position!

Extraordinary Health = Extraordinary Life!

“In order to live an extraordinary life, you need Extraordinary Healthy!!! ” Kate Northrup

I was on a Facebook Live business training last Saturday when Kate said the above quote. It really stuck with me. I came down with the flu which lingered on for two weeks.  I haven’t been sick like that for years. I take really good care of myself. Many people around me have had high fevers. I didn’t have that. It pays to take eat well, take your supplements, exercise and sleep!

You really appreciate having good health when you are sick.

I am back! How is your health?

Would you like to have more energy? Are you tired of feeling bloated and achy? Suffering from Hot flashes? Are you craving sugar, salty carbs or caffeine in the afternoon?

A Beautiful Organic Salad

I have put together a 7 Day ..Feel Fabulous Program which will put you on the path to Extraordinary Health. Your next step is up to you.

I am on the journey right along with you!

Check out the program and see if it is right for you. I hope you will join us. It is so important for your health to be part of a supportive community.

HAPPY CLIENTS…

“I feel really good. I haven’t eaten so many vegetables in a long time. Your jump start is exactly what I needed. I feel so much better!”

” I feel great. I lost two pounds and the bloat!”

“The Program has been amazing. My aches and pains are gone!”

Love,

Mary