This week, I bought meat from a local farm, Snoep Winkle Farm. They are located in Branchville, NJ. I first learned about Snoep Winkle because they sell their eggs at Whole Foods.
They sell grass fed chickens, pork, beef, and lamb as well.
From Snoep Winkle Farm:
“The more we learned about the conventional methods by which most livestock are raised, the more convinced we became that we wanted our animals to be raised as God intended – eating grass as the basis of their diet.
We do not give our animals steroids, growth hormones, nor sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics. Raising the animals on pasture is not only good for their diet, but is also the way they were intended to be raised. Their manure is directly applied to the fields by the animals themselves, thus fertilizing the pastures.”
I think it is so important to support our local farmers. It is critical for our health, our family’s well being and the survival of the earth. Does that seem extreme? Maybe.
I know it is more expensive. If you pay attention to portion control and eat less. It all works out in the end.
Tom and I have been going to the farmer’s market every Sunday. I love to buy sheep yogurt and sheep cheese from Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, NJ. It is so delicious! I buy 1/4 pound and that is our cheese for the week.
I love my little back yard garden this year. It is so nice to go out every morning to pick lettuce for a salad. Pretty soon, I will have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and cute little red potatoes! I have connected with other people who know more about it than I do. It is a wonderful community and we all learn from each other.
It was a wonderful night. Dutch Hill Homestead is a homesteading lifestyle company created by Ally Dwyer and Rob Stenger. All the magic happens in their beautiful home built in 1860. Ally and Rob set up rustic farm house tables with all the ingredients we needed to make broth. I was most impressed by the bowl of chicken feet! Ally said chicken feet make the best broth! We even had vintage aprons to put on while we chopped vegetables and prepared to make our broth. They also had samples of broths they had already made. We tasted 4 different types of bone broth, wild game, beef, poultry and vegetable. Ally and Rob had many different spices and herbs that we could add to the broth samples to personalize them. I had the best time and came home with three different samples of broth.
“Chicken Feet makes the Best bone broth!”
Bone Broth is so good for you. It is excellent for your joints, your hair, skin, nails and your gut! It is a great use of leftover vegetables and bones. Ally and Rob emphasized how they are a no waste household.
I love knowing creative, energetic entrepreneurs that send you home with cute jars of bone broth!
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.
I am very resistant to travel. There is a part of me that thinks I would love to travel, go new places, see new things and meet new people. When the opportunity to go away comes up I always hope that we won’t have to go. I love being home. We do have Netflix’s now!
How boring of a life would that be if all we did was stay home?
In the past, my husband would push me to go on vacation. Skiing in the Rockies, skiing in the Alps and a wonderful week in St. Barts, were a couple of the highlights. Does that sound like something to avoid? Anxiety would always creep in and take over. Personally, I do not like uncomfortable feelings. But, what if I hadn’t gone? The trips were amazing, some of the best times in my life.
I am writing about this now because we are going away for ten days to sunny California. My husband is a track cyclist and we are off to the Master World’s in LA! There will be plenty of time to do fun things!
The anxiety has been creeping in. I want to do it differently. It is crazy what I do to myself.
A few Helpful Tips to keep the anxiety level down.
I have been meditating 20 minutes daily.
I stopped drinking wine for 7 days, completely off sugar and grains. I feel better, and more grounded.
My new mantra. “I am confident that I can handle any situation that comes my way.”
I have been dealing with people’s resistance while I have been marketing my 90 Fit and Fabulous Program. I don’t quite understand why people aren’t motivated to take better care of their health. They are highly motivated to lose weight to fit into a dress for a high school reunion or a family wedding. As soon as the event is over, they go back to their old habits.
Why not get in shape, eat well so you look and feel fabulous all of the time?
It feels like a great idea to me.
I would love to hear from you. What are you resistant to? How do you deal with your anxiety? We all have our “stuff”. Right?
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
More restful sleep
Decreased insulin sensitivity
Decreased PMS symptoms
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.
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.
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.
One of the reasons I stopped running in road races is because I would be so nervous before the race. Even though it would be fabulous after I finished the race, There was a part of me that thought why am I doing this? So, I quit.
In the past ten – twelve years, I have started to push myself to do more. It can be very boring not to challenge yourself. Part of me wants to be a shining star. I still get nervous and don’t like it much, but I know if I want to improve, I must put myself in positions that are uncomfortable.
I do not like public speaking. I do my best to avoid it. A friend told me to join Toastmasters because I said “SO” too many times in my videos. Who knew? She said I would be so much more effective without filler words. It is amazing how I now hear the filler words, “um”, “ah”, “you know” and “so” when others speak.
I joined Toastmasters last year. I would go but avoided doing the work. I would go to meetings and hope I wouldn’t get called on to speak. What is the point of that?
We meet every Monday and every week I want to quit. As with my road racing, after the meeting, I am usually happy that I went. Toastmasters pushes me out of my comfort zone, but it is in a controlled setting. Everyone is supportive, and they clap after you speak, Good or Bad. So, I have committed to step it up and give speeches.
Yesterday, I gave my second speech and it went well. Of course, I had everyone get up and do a few exercises.
What are you doing to make yourself uncomfortable? Are you pushing yourself to learn and to become more? I am! I have started running again too.