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!

 

It is never too late.

I hate feeling nervous. It is very uncomfortable.

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.

It is never too late!

Love,

Mary

I can’t quite do this exercise yet!

I have noticed that I am a bit tentative about going down the stairs. I am holding on to the railing. Is it because I am getting older? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t do something about it.

I did some research about balance and found the work of Dr. Joan Vernikos. She is a brilliant NASA physician who was in charge of the astronaut’s health. She talks about how the astronauts would often have trouble walking after being in space.  When they returned these healthy fit astronauts many times would walk with a wide gait. The same way many older people walk. It is because their vestibular system, the apparatus of the inner ear that controls  balance would start to atrophy in space.  This could happen in a very short period of time.

Side note… Dr. Vernikos gave John Glenn age 77 the okay to travel in space. She was reluctant because of his age.  There was one astronaut age 35 with John Glenn  that did have difficulty when returning.  Senator Glenn walked off the aircraft just fine. “The man with the Right Stuff.”

We are not astronauts but the science does apply to us. Sitting all day and not moving against the force of gravity our vestibular system begins to atrophy. We start to lose our balance.  According to Dr. Christiane Northrup,”All of us, regardless of age can improve our vestibular system.”

I am working on the exercise that Dr. Northrup recommends so I can zip down the stairs no hands!

 

Give it a try and let me know how you do! Of course I will  include the balance exercise at OutdoorFit ! It is always more fun with friends!

Love,

Mary

3-5-7 HIIT

I have just figured out how to listen to podcasts on my phone and it has opened up a new world! I love listening to it in the car. I have been following  the Bulletproof coffee guy Dave Asprey. His tagline is Power Mind and Body. Who doesn’t want that?

I have gone back to Bulletproof coffee. I add 1TBS of Ghee and 1TBS Bulletproof XCT oil to  my morning cup of French Press organic coffee. I blend it up in the VitaMix. I really like it and it grounds me.

I am  using the  My Fitness app to track calories. I was concerned by the amount of fat I was adding back into my diet. I am working on changing my set point. I was stuck at 145- 146lbs for awhile. Now, I am down to 143 lbs. Slow, but at least it is moving. I know it is just a number but I feel empowered, fit and lighter when that number is down. Embrace the Healthy Fats!

I keep my daily calories around 1500.  I save enough for a glass of wine with dinner because it makes me happy!

I have  been slowly increasing my exercise. Here is a great HIIT workout that you can do in a few minutes.

I have started to run again. I do a lap around the fields at the end of the workout. I feel good. I am loving my New Balance Minimus Shoes!  They make me happy every time I put them on! I am able to run without my orthotics which is thrilling!

The point of all of this, it is possible to get stronger and lighter as we age, without all of the aches and pains. Here is my friend Gail. She survived   OutdoorFit this morning. It included the 3-5-7 HIIT, weight training and Foundation Training for strength, endurance and flexibility.

Gail at 60 something!

Did you workout this morning? Are you local?  Are you feeling Fit and Fabulous? Come try OutdoorFit!

Love,

Mary

Lighten Up

Summer Time. I have been working on lessening the load. I have spent the past two months decluttering, donating, and  throwing out. (More donating than throwing out. ) 

I have been doing exercises to strengthen my feet, hips and back. As you know if you have been following my blog. I love Foundation Training by Dr. Eric Goodman and recently found Nutritious Movement by Katy Bowman. I am going slow. I did buy a new pair of sneakers from Dorian Meyer at Shore Footed NJ. New Balance Minimus which I love how light they are and so cute! This is a huge step for me. No more puffy shoes or orthotics. I am using my body to support itself. Very interesting at 62.  It is so important not to limit your self.

Run Faster Jump Higher:)

After OutdoorFit today, I decided to try running in the Minimus.. I was a competitive runner and I miss it. I know I will not be running 5 miles in 30 minutes.  The competitive fast running was the past. I am working on running a few miles in the woods. Today, I ran 1/4 mile on the grass at the fields. Intermediately afterwards, I did  Foundation Training. The amazing exercises to put you back in place. So far so good!

I have also lighten up with my food. More vegetables, more vegetables, more vegetables. I have cut back on my fruit. I was eating more fruit and I was starting to crave sugar again. Interesting. Everyone is different. It is important to pay attention to your body.   I am also vegetarian most days until dinner. I am embracing the egg. I am drinking more tea and less coffee. Baby Steps.

I am keeping my SHMEC in checked.

SHMEC…Sleep, Hunger, Mood, Energy, Cravings How is your SHMEC?

I have been spending time in my garden. Weeding -Weeding-Weeding. Gardening is also tough on my  body. Here is a quick video of my Post Garden Founder. So Helpful! Give it a try.

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!

 

Fit and Fabulous Lovely Elaine!

Elaine Milner, 79 came to my outdoor workouts about 3 months ago. She felt she was beginning to lose her balance and flexibility. Her daughter Jennifer encouraged Elaine to try my program. The first day I was concerned because her balance was off. Elaine kept at it and within 2 weeks she was so much better!

You don’t want to move like an old person. WORK ON YOUR BALANCE!

Here is LOVELY ELAINE…

She also joined my 7 Days…Feel Fabulous Program. I designed the program to help get your hormones in balance so you feel your best. You lose your sugar cravings, sleep through the night and you might just lose the nagging aches and pains.  “I felt so much better within a couple of days. The gas and bloat were gone. ”

It is time to Lighten up in so many ways. It is springtime. Fit and Fabulous Lovely Elaine shows that it is possible and FUN at any age! I am so grateful that she is part of my Program.

Love,

Mary

Wine, Ice Cream, Hot Flash!

It is in your control.

I have been doing well since I started the No gluten, No sugar, No alcohol in January. Full Disclosure…I now have small amounts of grain during the week and it doesn’t effect me. I have a small glass of wine with my dinner.  I am off the sugar most of the time.

Sunday was our Pastor’s 60 the birthday. My Fit and Fabulous friend Ivone and I organized coffee hour. We kept it mainly grain free. Ivone made her delicious grain free rosemary raisin crackers topped with goat cheese and fig butter. She also topped them with goat cheese and smoked salmon. The crackers are from AGAINST ALL GRAINS, Danielle Walker’s cookbook.

I made Andouille Chicken Sausage and sweet potato hash from Dr. Nicole Rivera’s EAT FOR YOUR GUT COOKBOOK.

Grain free Coffee Hour

Rosanne the minister’s wife made an amazing cheesecake with low sugar and a delicious crust which wasn’t gluten free. A very impressive healthy coffee birthday celebration for a bunch of Presbyterians that like their goodies!

On to the wine, ice cream and hot flash…

Before I did my program in January every Sunday was a cheat day and always an ice cream sundae for dessert. I have found healthy alternatives for ice cream . I have been blending canned coconut milk with frozen fruit with a little stevia. It hits the spot! This Sunday, I had a little extra wine, a bowl of organic chocolate chip ice cream topped with caramel sauce. I am sitting on the sofa and I had a HOT FLASH.

My hot flashes had gone away. I am sleeping really soundly. All signs that my hormones are in balance.

It is possible and I am back on track!

Do you need help getting off the sugar, grains and alcohol? Are you tired of sleepless nights? Night Sweats? Tired all of the time?

Let me help jump start you with my 7 Days…Feel Fabulous Program.

Love,

Mary

HAPPY CLIENTS…

“So true Mary!!! Helped me in so many ways!! Bloating, hot flashes and very disturbed sleep…. Gone! Thank you so much!”

“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!”

Amy is Feeling Fabulous and Highlights!

First off it is always about HAIR!. 2 years ago I decided to stop highlighting my hair and go grey. I blogged about it. I joined a silver hair group. I interview others about going grey. My hair is dark with out much grey. Yesterday, I decided that I needed a little sunshine on my head and had my hair highlighted. I will need to resign from my silver hair group.

On to Amy Feeling Fabulous. Amy joined our 7 Days…Feel Fabulous Program. She was our A student. It began as A+ but she had a run in with a Justin’s Chocolate peanut butter treat and caved. Only, for the moment. She was back at it the next day!

She said that SHMEC is a great gift. She checks in daily to see if something is off. What did she do the day before?

Meet Amy Grossman…

 

Our next group is starting March 27th! How is your SHMEC? Is it time to Feel Fabulous? Do you have 7 days?

Click here for more info and to sign up!

Food Tracking and a SHMEC check in.

 

Let’s start with the SHMEC check in. SLEEP, HUNGER, MOOD, ENERGY, CRAVINGS. My SHMEC is really pretty fabulous. My mood is off but I don’t think that is food related. I completed 30 days of NO GLUTEN, SUGAR or ALCOHOL. Since then, I have been very mindful not to have sugar or gluten. I am having one glass of red wine with my dinner.

Sounds great, Right?

I haven’t lost any weight and the goal was to feel better which I do. I am so grateful! I sleep through the night most nights which is truly amazing. My hot flashes are just about gone and no more burning mouth. My stomach is so much better. So long bloat! All the  symptoms I wanted to eliminate with my 30 days.

During that time and since, I have been trying new grain free recipes. A lot of nuts and coconut oil which are great for you but high in calories. I know it was important at the time to try a different way of eating.

Blender Bread

Now is the time to start tracking my food again. I know when I track my food I do better and I don’t overeat. I think twice about popping leftovers into my mouth. I won’t do it forever. I will see where it takes me. My goal is to lose 6 pounds by Easter. I have 6 weeks or so. I use My Fitness Pal app on my phone.

I am so grateful for my 7 DAY…Feel Fabulous group. The community helps me stay on track as well. It is not to late to join in. Click here for more information. Get Your Shmec in check.