“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

June

I almost gave up wine again. I really enjoy my evening glass of wine. It was slowly starting to be more than one glass of wine. I have been working hard in the garden. I like to keep my wine in refrigerator this time of year. I would come in around 5pm, take a shower and then come down to make dinner. I would pour a glass of wine and start cooking. I would pour a little more in my glass to have with my dinner. You know how it goes. I do fine if I stick to one glass of wine. I have a friend who announced she is not drinking for the month of June. I thought I “should” give it up for the month too. You know what, I don’t want to. I have done it before and it is aggravating.

Instead, I am recommitted to just one glass of wine and I am drinking 2 jars of water before I have the glass of wine. I am hydrated and feel so much better and I don’t want the extra glass of wine.

Here is the June Challenge and I encourage you to do it with me. Drink at least half your body weight in water daily. I weigh 137lbs. I  need to drink 68 oz of water. I am drinking 2 jars of water before meals and before my morning coffee. Each jar holds 16oz of water. I am drinking 6 jars a day which is 96 oz of water which is even better. Instead of giving up something that I really enjoy I am adding something that I will benefit greatly from.

Would you like to join me in the June Challenge? It is always more fun with friends!

Are you looking for a new workout? This is a great time of year for OutdoorFit.  It is a full body workout which will keep you strong and flexible with great endurance at any age.

Elaine 81, doing step-ups off a rock with an 8 pound weight! Don’t worry, I can modify for any fitness level. You don’t need to keep up with Elaine!

Hope to see you soon.

Love,

Mary

Watercolor Painting by my friend Deb Sparling.

Grow Your own Salad.

 

I love my simple vegetable garden. I planted lettuce, kale, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, a few herbs AND cute little organic red potatoes! I go outside every morning to pick lettuce, so I am all set for the day’s salads. It tastes so much better when you grow your own! I hope you have been inspired to plant a small garden, or maybe have a pot of basil on your kitchen window sill.

 

I am so glad that the April OutdoorFit Functional Fitness Challenge was to go outside everyday and work in the yard. Some days, I went out just to pull a few weeds. Other days I planted a vegetable garden, planted flowers and moved plants around. It was amazing how much I was able to get done!  A huge benefit from all of this has been connecting with my gardening friends! We text each other, send videos and share tips! I love that I have a community of people who love the earth and physical movement here in NJ.

Movement, going outside, eating fresh greens from your garden is very important for your health, well being and feeling fabulous!

Are you feeling fabulous?

Here are a few  fabulous tips.

  • Eat the best possible food that you can.
  • Hang out with Fit and Fabulous Energetic people.
  • Get a good night sleep.
  • Meditate daily.
  • Read a good book.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Take high quality supplements.
  • Enjoy a glass of organic red wine!
  • Plant some lettuce.

Would you like my support to get you there?  Click here to learn more about my 90 Day Fit and Fabulous Program.

I have taken some time off.

I have taken time off from the blog. I know I needed to post this the end of March. It doesn’t look good when you go to someone’s blog and they haven’t posted for two months. I have been busy!

April was a wonderful month in the garden. The April challenge was so gratifying. The Challenge was to go outside everyday and do something in the yard. There are so many health benefits even from just pulling a weed.  I am sorry I never posted. I was obsessed with being outside, weeding, planting, and mulching.

May’s challenge is to do three eight point planks, 3 anchored bridges and 2 extensions. It is a recovery month from all of April’s gardening.

Planking with Elena. It is always more fun with friends!

Of course, I am still out pulling weeds and new Blue Kazoo Spireas are coming Friday from Proven Winners! Happy Mother’s Day To Me! Have you been planting? Leave a comment and a photo. I would love to hear from you!

They will have pretty white flowers soon!

OutdoorFit in the Spring! Join us for a full body workout. It will energize and strengthen your body so you can enjoy the rest of your life.

See you soon!

Love,

Mary

 

 

Energize March

 

I started the month off doing daily Burpees with a push-up. . . 10 of them. I really wanted it to work. A few days in, I started to feel my SI joint. It has been an issue in the past and I want to keep it there! I hate to give up but I thought I would put my ego aside and just change the challenge.

Today, I did mountain climbers with a close grip push-up. I am working on keeping the push-ups close grip.  They are harder but easier on the shoulders. I felt cranky about doing them. It was 20 degrees and windy outside this morning, but I did them anyway. It was amazing. I felt so great when I finished!

Joyful, Happy, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Vibrant and Confident.

It is amazing what 4 minutes of intense movement outside can do for you.

Would you like to start your day feeling energized, enthusiastic, and confident? Do mountain climbers with me. I have them all timed out for you. Does it seem too hard? Start with 4 rounds or do them off a bench.

Have you started making Fat Balls? I have one almost everyday. I had one this morning after the mountain climbers. They are packed with healthy fats!  I added a scoop of cacao powder to the basic recipe.  So Delicious!

Energize the month of March!

Love,

Mary

Do you have 4 minutes a day?

 

There is so much you can accomplish in 4 minutes!

Last month, it was an 8 Point plank challenge which was so effective I think I will do it again soon.

This month, it is a 100 squats a day challenge. This morning I went on You Tube to see what has been done around the 100 squats a day. Of course, it is young women measuring their butt sizes and they want bigger butts. So, they are squatting. I am doing squats because I want to be strong, healthy and fit. There is something to the discipline of adding an exercise to your day everyday.

Here is a short video of how I made squats more exciting for my OutdoorFit ladies!

 

It is cold where I live. ” Adding a little cold to your life is a foolproof way to enhance your brain function, increase your recovery, burn more fat, make your mitochondria more resilient, and build your willpower.” From the Bulletproof blog.

Would you like to feel energized, Fit and Fabulous? Go outside and do 100 squats.

It is not too late to start!

Love,

Mary

How are you doing with your 2019 Health Goals? Have you given up already? Does it feel hopeless?  Would you like to join My Fit and Fabulous Community? It is more fun with Friends. Check out the Program Guide. We can set up a time to talk to see if it is right for you.

Shoulder Mobility, Calf Stretches and so much more!

Movement Monday with Mary!

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.

That is it for today! Have a great week.

Love,

Mary

 

 

 

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

Did I change someone today?

“Our job is to make change. Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get to where they would like to go. Every time we waste that opportunity, every page or sentence that doesn’t do enough to advance the cause is a waste.” Seth Godin

What a great quote from Seth Godin!

I have a wonderful group of OutdoorFit ladies. I work on bringing variety to every workout. The workouts focus on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. The women currently range in age from 49 to 79. Wendy, the youngster in the class, will be 50 next week.

OutdoorFit Wendy!

I don’t want OutdoorFit to be considered a “seniorcise” workout. There is something very empowering to all of us saying we are OutdoorFit!

Here is Elaine, 79, who had the courage  to come to  my class because her daughter felt I could help her.  Her balance was off in the beginning, and I was concerned that she was going to fall down. After two weeks of coming to the workout, Elaine was so much better.  She was keeping up like a champ!

The positive effects of OutdoorFit  spill over into all areas of your life.  Your days are so much better when your energy is high and you are feeling great.

I feel like I influence a small group of women. The truth is you really don’t know how many people  are changed by your message. I put posts on social media that potentially a lot of people could read.  They might just be inspired to clean out the refrigerator, make a cup of Bulletproof coffee  or do a burpee. You never know!

Recently, a woman found me through the internet. She signed up for my 7 Day…Feel Fabulous Program that Elaine talks about in the video.  To get the full results from the program she also bought the pharmaceutical grade supplements and probiotics that I recommend.

“Thank you Mary. I feel great! No sugar cravings, I don’t feel bloated either. I have quit grain before but let it creep back in. Organic and spelt but still not good for me. I have been wanting to go true Paleo for a while now. I am in the right place for that now. Thank you so much for your help. I have used some of your recipes and I like the book, “Against all Grains”. I will keep up with you, your exercises and recipe suggestions. ” 

 

Go out and be a happy change in someone’s life!

Love,

Mary

 

Make it a Bulletproof Day!

I have been drinking Bulletproof coffee! I add 1-2 scoops of  Bulletproof Protein Powder, 1 TBS Brain Octane, 1 TBS Ghee to my Bulletproof coffee that I make in a French Press. It is amazing. I have a cup early morning before I workout. I am not hungry until late morning! It is very grounding and helps with over eating and cravings!

Elaine Millner is my OutdoorFit Superstar! She is also a Bulletproof gal!!!   She embraced my 7 Day…Feel Fabulous Program.  She takes the pharmaceutical grade supplements that I recommend.  She is Fit and Fabulous!

Here is a short three minute video with OutdoorFit Elaine, 79!

We talk about being Bulletproof!

Our SHMEC is in check!

Would you like to workout with Elaine? Come try an OutdoorFit class!

You can Be Fit and Fabulous!!

Love,

Mary