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As always, have some fun out there!
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I've moved!! I mentioned a while back that this site was going to get a new look. Well, it's finally here! I'm sure there will still be some changes but I was ready to go ahead and make the move.
I hope you come visit www.MarlaDeenFit.com and stay a while!
As always, have some fun out there!
It's been a while since I've posted a Workout here. I know it's that time of year when things might begin to slide as your time gets a wee bit crunched. However, it's key to keep moving, take care of yourself and continue to remember to take care of your body! This is a workout that you can do at home, in a small space, in a small amount of time. So, if it's bitter cold outside or you don't have time to make the trek to the gym, you can do this 10 x 10 Workout. Do it one time through for a little heart pumping movement or as many times through as you can for a total body workout.
I've set out the moves and put them in this little video to show you what I mean.
Please do not expect much from the video! It's shot from my IPhone, I'm not dressed particularly cute, sweaty from teaching earlier in the day, and my pups make a grand appearance. But, it gets the job done in demonstrating the moves and, hopefully, getting you off the couch!
That's the objective, anyway!
You will need a Medicine Ball, a Dumbell, or use your body weight.
10 x 10 Holiday Workout (10 Moves, 10 Reps)
10 Squat Thrusts
10 Plie' Squats with Circles
10 Reverse Lunge with Rotation to the Right
10 Reverse Lunge with Rotation to the Left
10 Mountain Climbers
10 Off Balance Push Ups
10 Oblique Mountain Climbers
10 Russion Twists
10 L Leg Press Ups
10 V Press to Toes
Keep moving throughout the Holidays! Keep your sanity!
The day of feasting is quickly approaching! I know some folks who have already bought their turkeys. I confess I've put out the Thanksgiving decorations and had fun putting the centerpiece together on my table. As the day of decadence and day of giving Thanks comes I've had a few people ask me for tips to keep from tipping the scales this year. Here are my thoughts . . . .
As I am typing I have the tune from "These are a Few of my Favorite Things" song from The Sound of Music in my head. Now you do too, I bet. You're welcome. I've basically been ignoring that the Holiday Season is fast approaching, but with all of the commercials, decorations already in the stores AND the Holiday Channel on Sirius Radio going full force, I guess it's time to get ready.
I used to be one of those ridiculously organized persons that had all of the Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving, all hidden in piles in a special locked closet or tucked in corners all over the house. I'm no longer that organized person. Not sure where she went, but I've found two good things about that. First of all, I would hide things from myself and not be able to find that particular gift, so I'd have to go buy a replacement for whoever it was with the hidden gift. It was really annoying to find the gift later, like in July! Secondly, I'd forget what I had bought and hidden and, in effect, double buy for some folks. Either way, my uber organization was not saving me a dime and was, in some ways, stressing me out more! So, now I choose to shop with the rest of the folks out there who begin about now. . . . or after.
If you, or someone you know, maybe even your significant other, is shopping for someone with a little wellness in mind, I've come up with a pretty good list of My Favorite Things from this year. These ideas are not merely for a fitness nerd, but for anyone! Some of these ideas you will recognize if you a stop by this site regularly.
I read this quote recently and have been thinking about it since. I don't think I have ever experienced a truer statement. Back in January I wrote a post about finding my happy moments again after losing my brother. At the time I wrote it it had been 19 months and that was the title of the Post. I never published that post, so if you are wondering, you did not miss reading it. I often write more for myself as my own therapy and hesitate to share some of it (even though you all know what an open book I am!). I've gone back to that post and re-worked it to fit into the here and now. It's truly amazing how things can change in a few short months.
If you look around this month you will see quite a few Challenges out there. As much as I love a challenge, I'm not writing about joining another challenge right now. I'm having a hard enough time on my No Shopping Challenge. Yikes. However, that doesn't mean I won't show my support!
I had my first bowl of oatmeal for breakfast this morning and it hit the spot. I have been on a smoothie kick, making a protein drink most every morning - especially following teaching or working out. This morning, between classes I wanted something different. It just felt a little too chilly for an iced drink, so I whipped out the oatmeal.
I've had this sticky note on my computer for a few years now. It even made the move from our old house to the one we are in now. At the time I really used it to remember to schedule things, write them down, make a list, get tons of stuff done. That was during what I call my "busy" years. That was during the time when I filled every single minute with some sort of activity. One more errand, one more project to do, one more committee to be on, one more meeting to attend. There was very little rest, very little quiet or peace, but there was a lot of busyness in every single day. Through circumstances and intention my days are much less busy, my priorities have shifted. I still make my lists and keep a schedule, of course, but I intentionally try NOT to fill every single minute of each day.
Three years ago, during the midst of my busyness craze, my father became sick. A lot of my commitments had to take a back seat and others just fell by the wayside. I spent hours on the road back and forth, working with my brother on finding care and moving my parents. I began spending large amounts of time taking on my father's insurance care, financial matters. I also made planned and many unplanned emergency visits to home, his assisted living residence and hospitals. When my father passed away I was unable to take up the busyness again. My mother wasn't in the greatest of health herself so my brother and I were there to help her. We made decisions, handled finances, prepared their home to sell. We were there to just spend time with my mother as she learned to live alone. My brother and I juggled and worked together with her care. Then when my brother unexpectedly passed away, everything shifted and changed. Where I was able to spend my time totally changed. I had absolutely no desire and no energy to even think about getting back into the busyness game. And I was so in the middle of "The Sandwich Generation" trying to care for my mother out of town and care for my family at home, there wasn't a minute left to take on unnecessary busyness.
I said "no" to many, many things. I was not a Room Mom, a Team Mom, and was not on any form of committee that required a lot of commitment. I just could not schedule a week without having something come up that would pull me out of town. I was "on call" all the time.
Now things have slowed down. Unfortunately I lost my mother in the Spring. I have more free time now. Be careful what you wish for. I now have space and time to get busy again. However, I have chosen to not jump back in. I choose to pick my commitments very carefully. I do not fill every single minute with stuff. I do not say "yes" to every request that comes my way. I sit. I think. I reflect. I am available when a boy gets sick. I can be available when something unexpected comes up. Sometimes I think I should be seeking out more work, more volunteering, more teaching, and for some reason I hesitate.
I prioritize my time every day. I still make lists. I still mark things off the list. I get up early before the rest of the house to have some time to read and pray. I take the time to plan healthy meals and cook for my boys. I schedule my own workouts, whether it is a walk, a yoga class, extra stretching, whatever my body needs outside of what my clients need when I am leading a class. I volunteer at school in one job and am doing the same at my church. I attend football games, baseball games, track meets, wrestling meets, whatever season happens. Oftentimes I have some empty time during the day and I choose not to feel guilty. I use the time to NOT run around like a chicken with my head cut off. You know that feeling and that look of women. It's not pretty. These things have become my priorities. These things I choose to do to help me with my longterm goals.
We are asked to do so much every day. We are called upon to be and do and become for so many folks, groups, committees and causes. We can find ourselves so very fragmented and can forget what the priorities actually are.
My brother made it a priority to enjoy each day - he had so much fun every day. I'm not saying it's all about having fun, but, for me, I have found that prioritizing my time allows me to enjoy each day. I can have time for some fun. I can decide what I say "yes" to and what I can say "no" to. I have time for my real priorities.
Where do you spend your time? Does it reflect your priorities? Do you know what your priorities are - and if they match up with your goals? Could people look at you and know what is important?
Make some time for a little fun today!
I made a HUGE pot of my favorite VEGETARIAN BLACK BEAN CHILI over the weekend to serve to a crowd. I made an enormous pot thinking I would have leftovers . . . not! This has always been my go to recipe for our annual Halloween Party for those who didn't care for ribs, hot dogs, or other meats. I had several requests to share the recipe, so here it is!! I always love sharing a recipe and am thrilled when someone cooks something and likes it! Who are those folks that like to hide their recipes and won't give them up?? That's definitely not the way I grew up - where all we did was share and swap recipes.
Please, please give this one a try! Don't let the ingredients scare you away - it's really tasty!
VEGETARIAN BLACK BEAN CHILI
1 eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 T kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil
2 onions, diced
2 zucchini, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 garlic cloves, or more, minced
2(14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained)
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup basil leaves, slivered
3 T chili powder
1 1/2 T cumin
1 T dried oegano
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp, or more, red pepper flakes
3 cans black beans, drained
1 1/2 c fresh corn kernels
1/2 c fresh dill chopped
14 cup lime joice
Sour cream, grated cheese, green onions or avocado for toppings
Toss eggplant with salt in a colander and let sit for 1 hour, then pat dry. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in Dutch oven; add onions, zucchini, peppers and garlic. Saute until tender. In a separate skillet, heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Cook eggplant over medium heat until tender. With slotted spoon, put eggplant in Dutch oven then add tomatoes with juice, 1/2 cup parsley, basil and spices. Cook on low heat about 30 minutes, stirring. Add black beans, corn, dill and lime juice. cook 15 minutes and add remaining parsley.
Serve immediately or keep warm until ready.
It looks like a long list of ingredients but it is SO worth it. It is full of bright colors and full of flavor. Perfect this time of year!
What is your favorite go to chili recipe? Do you share recipes or hide them under the bushel? How do you feel about eggplant in your chili?(:
Hope you are having a great week!