What do I really want?

Step one to Feeling Better in last week’s blog was to get clear on what you really want.

1. Get Clear About What You Really Want And Journal. It is very powerful to start writing your thoughts down. I have been listening to Marie Forleo’s Everything is Figure Outable. She has an exercise in her book where she has you answer the question; What do you really want? Every day for 7 days, finish this sentence in writing. I really want… After the 7 days, go back and circle the ideas that repeated for you. I have gotten a clearer picture on what I want.  Being focused is an energy saver

I thought it would be powerful to share what I really want.

This is what came up for me. I really want. I want to be calmer, feel more fulfilled, and happier. My plan is do the following to help me reach my goals.

  • A clean simple natural home.  I love to come home to a clean orderly house. The beds are made. The kitchen sink is clean. The bathrooms are orderly with towels neatly hanging. I use natural cleaning products.
  •  OutdoorFit to continue to be more than a typical boot camp. Being Fit and Healthy is an act of personal power. It creates independence and self reliance. I want my OutdoorFit ladies to continue to be strong, healthy, fit, and empowered regardless of their age.
  • A better relationship with my husband.  Dan and I have been married for 42 years and have a good relationship. It is always a work in progress.
  • More Creativity. I want to keep writing a weekly blog post. It feels like an important exercise for me. I have been enjoying adding my colored sharpie art work. I love being around creative people. I need to be creative too!
  • More time spent in nature. We had a family house on a lake in Vermont which we sold. I really miss being in the country. For now, I intend to hike in the woods and take walks on the beach.
  • Better self care. I take pretty good care of myself. I get massages and chiropractic adjustments. I would like more of it and to commit to daily meditation.
  • More coffee dates with friends. I love Jerry Seinfield’s Comedians in Cars getting Coffee. It feels like the perfect thing to do. Pick up your friend in an old car, have coffee, laugh and take a walk. This morning, I picked up my friend Ivone in my Honda CR-V drove to the beach, and walked the boardwalk. Afterwards we had a delicious breakfast. You always laugh with Ivone. I am working on the idea of having an old car.

I am sure this list will change. For now, it feels right. My hope is that I will feel calmer, more fulfilled and happier. I will be able to perform at a higher level and to create a better life for myself and the people around me.

What do you really want? I encourage you to spend time to figure it out. I would love to hear what your list is.

Love,

Mary

 

 

Times of feeling anxious and stress, I clean.

When I am feeling anxious and stressed I start cleaning. It is very therapeutic to clean out a drawer, organize a closet and get rid of things that no longer serve me. I also love reading about cleaning, simplifying and organizational systems that help with the process. I went to the library and took out Joshua Becker’s The Minimalist House and  The Martha Manual’s by Martha Stewart. It feels like the right thing to do. When in question, start cleaning. The answers to your concerns and a cleaner house might just happen at the same time.

Last week, I tackled my clothes.  What do I love? What do I wear? Why am I hanging on to a dress that reminds me of my mother when she was pregnant? I feel much better with less. I have the clothes and the shoes that I feel good wearing which is key to my joy and happiness.

I share the closet with my husband. I have one pole, one wire drawer, which has my summer clothes, shorts, bathing suit etc. I have a small dresser with my sweaters. I love cashmere! I kept a few sweaters that I love and have donated the rest.

My shoes are a work in progress. I changed over to minimal shoes. I have a pair of Vivo barefoot brown boots and also a pair of Vivo barefoot black boots. I love them and they are so great for the health of your feet. Strong healthy feet is the way I want to go.  Uncomfortable heels are not for me! Of course, sneakers are always a great option.

Socks are a very important  fashion statement for me. In the above picture I have on my Organic “Shine on” Full Moon socks on. You can wear them anytime but it feels appropriate and empowering to wear them on the Full Moon.

Have Fun with your clothes. Clean out your closet. It is an excellent way to feel better!

Love,

Mary

 

 

Dinner in 20!

Do you have a weekly meal plan?

I cook about the same every week. I try my best to eat in season. I change up the vegetables and herbs depending on what was at the Farmer’s Market, or in the CSA box that week.

Having a plan makes shopping easy. I shop once a week at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I just go through the aisles and buy the same thing I also love Thrive Market. We eat what I buy so there is very little waste.

Here is a typical week of dinners.

  • Saturday: White rice, vegetables, cod  (Click here to read why I eat white rice instead of brown rice.)
  • Sunday: Banza chickpea pasta, chicken sausage, vegetables
  • Monday: Shrimp, sweet potatoes, vegetables
  • Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas(I marinate enough chicken thighs so I can have it on Thursday as well.) I serve with grain free Siete Chips.
  • Wednesday: Scallops, rice, vegetables
  • Thursday: Chicken Fajitas
  • Friday: Pizza Night! Amy’s cheese-less pizza, chicken sausage, vegetables

I cook in portion sizes. I cook for four. Full disclosure, sometimes the three of us eat the whole thing. Or I save one serving for Tom’s lunch the next day. The beauty of it all is cooking time is about 20 minutes.

Lately, I  have been buying a whole organic chicken, pasture raised when I can find it. I make pulled chicken for lunches, and save the bones to make bone broth. I love the efficiency and no waste in the process! During the week, I cook rice in the homemade bone broth. The broth is so good for you and it adds great flavor to the white rice.

I love having a plan and knowing what’s for dinner. My special needs son Tom will ask me what’s for dinner. If I don’t have an answer he will keep asking. He has made me organized! I now have less stress around dinner. I am also working on eating earlier. The plan is to eat at 6 pm. I need to start cooking at  5:40. I can usually get in on the table in 20 minutes or at least in 30!

I love having my IPAD on my kitchen windows so I can watch Garden Answers or Grace and Frankie for the third time! It makes kitchen time fun!

I hope this was helpful to you.  Do you have a meal plan?. Please post a comment. I love hearing about your everyday life.

Watermelon
        Eat in Season.

 

 

 

 

“Romancing the Ordinary”

My book club is reading Mirabai Starr’s WILD MERCY. Each chapter ends with a prompt.  Our latest prompt is: “My deepest desire is …” .

My first reaction is, I don’t know. I think how sad is that? So, I gave it a few days and this is what came up for me.

Finding Joy in the Everyday.

Laura from Garden Answer talks about “Romancing the Ordinary”.  Romancing the Ordinary is using something beautiful instead of just focusing on function. She uses a beautiful tomato cage to hold her tomatoes in place instead of a bamboo stick.

I love my morning coffee ritual. I use a 12 oz glass Bodum French Press. I make my coffee bulletproof, of course, and I pour it into an insulated glass mug. I buy my coffee from a local roaster, Fair Mountain Coffee, in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. It is organic, fair trade and delicious!

It is so nice to eat a salad for lunch with my husband. Especially when the lettuce is in season and handpicked from my backyard garden.

I love looking out my kitchen window while doing the dishes. Right now, the zinnias are in full bloom.

It is not always easy to find the joy. I work on finding joy in driving Tom, my special needs son, to camp. He tells me the same stories over and over while listening to his favorite radio station, 1410 am.  It is all about bringing the sacred into the ordinary. He is a blessing.

On a lighter note, I would also like a Big Chill refrigerator, a brick walkway, a trip to Mount Rushmore in a hybrid Volvo station wagon and a golden retriever puppy named Sophie. Oh, and learn to tap dance like Gene Kelly!

What are your deepest desires? Think about it and let me know. I would love to hear from you.

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

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!

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.

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.

An interview with Andreea Fegan!

I am so excited about this blog post! I have been wanting to interview Andreea of Little Bites of Joy. We were  able to get together today and talk about the impact of her spring minimalism challenges! It felt like the perfect time to talk, right before the typical shopping season starts!

Here comes the amazing synchronicity spiritual part. I wanted to talk to her about coziness. A few years back, I felt like the coziness in my life had disappeared. I would tell friends  and they wouldn’t understand what I was talking about. ( I have figure a few things out like put a lovely candle and a bar of wonderful soap in your bathroom. It will feel cozy.) Andreea understands!  She just posted her latest challenge today!

HYGGE IN DECEMBER!

Hygge is a Danish word which means the quality of Coziness.

Click on photo to take you to a link to read more about the challenge! It would be so much fun to do this together!

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!