Hi Friends!

Happy Friday. I've been all about fighting acne from the inside out this week, but I just had to share a few masks with all of you. I try to do a mask at least 2 times a week. I brought some expensive products from the Bliss spa where I get my triple oxygen facials at least 2-3 times a year. Bliss is expensive but I always say my face is my money maker, so I keep it as supple and healthy as possible. The masks from bliss are awesome but they also cost me a pretty penny. I like to use them when I travel to make me feel luxurious and my skin eats it up like cake. I use my good ole' DIY masks at home, at least 2 times a week. There is nothing like covering your face with honey and oats to make you feel sexy and hungry at the same dam time. 

Enjoy the masks. I know I did. The boyfriend said my face was glowing last night... Yay!!!

This mask exfoliates, hydrates skin, removes toxins
Suitable for all skin types 



1 banana mashed
1/4 cup almonds
1/2 cups old fashion rolled oats
1 tbsp honey


Blend oats and almonds into a fine paste

Add honey and mashed banana to the mixture 
Place in fridge for 30 minutes 

Massage face mask into face, lips and neck
Rinse with warm water after 15 minutes
Almonds and oats act as an exfoliate




This mask Tightens skin, brightens complexion, anti-aging
Suitable for all skin types 

Pomegranate paste (with seeds) 1 tbsp
green tea - 1 tsp
Lemon juice 1/2 tsp
Yogurt 1-2 tbsp  
Honey 1/2 tsp 

To make pomegranate paste place fresh 1/2 pomegranate seeds into a blender
Combine paste, yogurt, green tea, lemon and honey 
Use this mask fresh - if stored in refrigerator it can oxidize 


Peace & Love, 
Mary   
Cello!

I have something to share with all of you... I'm going to do Tough Mudder.


I went on an amazing hike last week and a friend who just decided to   participate in the obstacle course invited me to join her. I’m always looking for ways to prove to myself I’m an athlete and bad ass. I wish I competed in sports when I was in high school because I have a serious “MUST WIN… MUST KICK BOOTY… MUST NEVER STOP...”  mentality about me. I was already 90% sure I was going to participate when I mentioned my decision to the boyfriend. He of course told me I shouldn’t do it, I’m too clumsy, I can’t swim, I can’t run, and I will for sure hurt myself. I knew he was going to say something like that, but I must admit it hurt not to have his full support. In my very own dream world he would ask to join me, we would train together and he would never doubt my ability or bring up my clumsiness. But this is the real world and he’s right about a few things, really every thing his siad is 100% correct, I can’t swim, I am clumsy, and I might hurt myself. If you know me you know that’s not going to stop me.  

I’m going to set up some swim lessons next month and start running on the treadmill, and outside, at least twice a week. I have 5 months to get in uber shape. The smart thing is to start slow and go big. I can’t wait to push myself pass my comfort zone. The boyfriend told me I am on my own, he doesn’t even want to come to the event. The goal is to kill the race then retreat to a nice hotel room for drinks and lots of relaxations. I know I can do this! What do you guys think?

I created an acne face map in honor of this weeks nutrition challenge. I've always been obsessed with these maps. It's so cool to see which part of the body and vital organs effects the delicate skin on your face. I've been having issues with my jaw line which means I have some kind of imbalance in my colon or lunges. Colon cleanser... here I come, lol. 


Face mapping can be the key to unlocking the mystery behind skin issues. Breakouts can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria and illnesses. Try to give your skin a break by going makeup(less), relaxing, drinking lots of water and eating clean. 

Your skin can communicate with you on behalf of your vital organs. 
*Remember just because you get a pimple on your forehead doesn't always mean you have small intestine blockage. Leave the diagnosing to your doctor. 

Peace & Love, 
Mary 


References:
the beauty gypsy








Hi Friends,


Today is a good day. I over-slept a little but I didn't beat myself up about it, I'm really trying to cut myself some slack. I noticed I can be a bit hard on myself and that's just not acceptable. I constantly advise clients, friends, family members, and loved ones not hold themselves up to crazy, unrealistic standers and I've noticed I'm doing just that... Not cool! 

I've been doing things that make me smile like sleeping a little longer and eating bread. I'm not a fan of the no carb/south beach diet, but bread bloats me and I usually avoid it as much as I can. I re-examined my goals and as long as I opt out of my crusty lover a few weeks before I have to get into a bikini I'll be just fine. I'm sure a little bread won't destroy all of my hard work. Lets see 3 days bikram yoga, 3-4 days aggressive cardio, 5 days calisthenics  I think I got this! 

In honor of this weeks nutrition challenge I created this niffy cheat sheet highlighting foods that have a positive effect on your skin


There are tons of foods that I could have list, I just narrowed it down to my favorites aka the ones I would actually eat on a regular bases.

Peace & Love, 
Mary 



Hi Friends, 

I’m coming at ya’ in a strange, positive, yet sad, low energy way today. Yesterday I found out one of my friends loss her battle with cancer. She was already successful at beating cancer a few years ago and I was recently notified it came back. 



Melissa Galvin passed away yesterday and I’m in a weird space. I’ve never been a big crier when people die. No one close to me has died so I’m not sure how I will handle it when it hits closer to home, but this one rocked me to my core. She was beautiful, healthy, had a glowing smile and a positive attitude. At first I was pissed! She had already fought cancer and won, to pass away and leave her kids breaks my heart. 


I believe in celebrating life rather than reflecting on the shoulda/coulda/wouldas. The boyfriend was supportive, as usually. I went from being happy to sad, to pissed and then finally I decided we had to have a life celebration in honor of Melissa. We had to celebrate life and toast to her legacy, journey and hard-fought battle. We got Thai massages then headed to a fancy dinner where we didn’t over-indulge but ate to our fill. 

This morning I woke up and decided not to attend yoga, instead I went to my favorite local breakfast spot devoured hash browns and didn’t feel guilty at all. I didn’t beat myself up before, during or after my greasy breakfast. I did it because I could, I indulged because it felt like the right thing to do, plus it made me feel wonderful (potatoes are my comfort food). I spent the rest of the day working at my local library, snacking on oranges and drinking lots of water. I’m still very sad my friend is no longer with us, but I believe everything happens for a reason. My heart goes out to her family, I’ll be sending some serious good energy as well as a fat bouquet of flowers and some healthy deserts.

How do you deal with death?
Have you been affected by cancer?
What's your comfort food?

Peace & Love, 
Mary 




Fitness Challenge

Skater lunges

Challenge Synopsis
I challenge you to complete skater lunges 12 reps 4 sets, 5-6 days this week

Why why why
  • Skater lunges target your entire lower body and core
  • Lunges are functional exercise that can improve your performance of everyday movements
  • Lunges increase hip flexibility, which are usually tight in individuals that sit down most of the day
  • Skater lunges improves core stability and challenges balance
Materials
  • Just yourself
Directions
Skater Lunges

Complete 12 reps 4 sets
 5-6 days this week

Legs wider than shoulder width apart toes facing forward
Place hands where comfortable 
Place body weight to left side bending left leg at a 90 degree angle
Drop down into a lunge
Quickly and carefully move to right dropping down into a lunge
Feet never move
*make sure knees never extend past toes
*Keep chest up throughout the exercise

My Take
I have a serious love hate relationship with lunges but I've learned to love them because of the results they provide. Skater lunges are low impact while getting all the benefits of regular lunges and challenging your balance. This is a great exercise to add to your regular routine. 

Nutrition Challenge 

Challenge Synopsis
Feed your skin by eating healthy foods 

Why Why Why
  • Consuming certain foods can improve and brighten complexion
  • Maintaining a clean diet can help with acne breakouts, eczema, redness, dryness, and much more
  • Skin foods are usually fruits and vegetables which are also heart healthy
Materials
Foods for healthier skin
  • Yogurt - packed with protein, firms skin and calms irritation
  • Pomegranates - regulates skin blood flow, fights free radicals
  • Walnuts - Improves complexion texture, improves skin elasticity
  • Red and green peppers - decreases skins sensitivity to sun
  • Sunflower seeds - Full of essential fatty acids and vitamin E
  • Kidney beans - high in zinc that which help prevent blemishes 
  • Soy beans - reduces hyper-pigmentation, can prevent sun spots 
  • Oatmeal - Keeps blood sugar regulated and great at healing skin
  • Green tea - high in antioxidants and fights inflammation
Directions
  • Consume as many healthy skin foods as you can all week
My Take
I usually break out every 3 months, which is annoying but not as bad as other people I know. I'm taking this challenge seriously, hopefully filling my diet with skin healthy foods will keep my breakout to a minimum. A few years ago I cleared my persistent eczema with fresh orange peel and carrot juice. 

Self Improvement Challenge 

Say Something Positive Activity

Challenge Synopsis
  • Complete this Self Improvement exercise, with friends or family members, to boost self-esteem and learn how others view you
Why Why Why 
  • This activity is designed to elevate your self-esteem and self-worth 
  • Sharing and listening to opinions of friend and loved ones can have a positive effect on your life
  • We tend to hold ourselves to impossible standers while giving others the benefit of the doubt
Materials
  • Yourself and a family member or friend
Directions
  • Call, text or set up a time to hangout with a friend, family member or close co-worker
  • Try to record this activity
  • Take your turn and say one positive thing about each other start with this statement "I like that you are..."
  • Every comment must be positive 
  • Go back and forth for at least 2-3 minutes
  • When exercise is complete jot down a few positive words that were said and review them everyday this week
My Take
This is another life coaching exercise that I use with my clients. I  can't wait to complete this exercise with my friend that lives in LA. We have been friends for over 8 years and she knows me better than most people. I can't wait to see what positive things she has to say about me because since I have lots of amazing things to say about her. 

Peace & Love,
Mary 

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Happy Friday!!

Can you believe this month is pretty much over! I've had a very productive week working at the library and slowly getting back to my normal workout routine.  

I love to eat and snack. Breakfast and dinner is very important to me, my lunch usually consists of green salad, dry or with a light vinaigrette, topped with a piece of grilled fish. It's not exciting but it keeps me in my size 8s. Breakfast is usually oatmeal, boiled eggs, cottage cheese, fresh fruit, smoked salmon or some kind of variations of these ingredients. I throw in a fresh fruit smoothie and when I’m feeling really fancy I dust off the juicer attachment, to my nifty Kitchen Aid, and juice up a few carrots and apples. 

Dinner can be anything from sushi to grilled fish to roasted vegetables. I have fun with dinner and try not to put too many limitations on what I eat, making sure not to over eat, avoiding processed foods, meat (except seafood) and fried foods. 

Snacking is usually my down fall. I’m great at leaving food on the plate, great at bypassing the last bite or even under ordering at restaurants but when I get home and I’m hungry at 9o’clock at night nothing is off-limits. I don’t keep any bad stuff in the house, we rarely have chips and if we do they are baked tortilla chips since the boyfriend loves his Mexican food. I’m always snacking on fresh fruits and raw vegetables but sometimes I need a little more then that. Sometimes I need something that tastes a little unhealthy. I’ve been searching and searching and I think I finally found my go-to snack…Popcorn. 


Popcorn is surprisingly healthy especially if you air pop it yourself. I haven’t air popped anything yet but I did find a great product at Whole Foods; it's affordable, low in fat, calories, sodium and it's freaking delicious. 


365 brand Reduced fat and sodium popcorn. I’ve seen this brand at my local Safeway so you shouldn’t have to go to a health food store or specialty store to find it. 1 serving size is 3-1/2 cups!!! 3 and 1/2 cups!!!! 3 and 1/2 cups = 120 calories. I think I’m in love. I powered through a bag this weekend and just got my second bag two days ago. It’s impossible to be civilized while eating this tasty treat. I’m usually really good about eating things slowly but not this popcorn, I stuff as much as I can into my mouth until I’ve eaten to my fill. I am really good at portioning it out, I make sure never to eat out of the bag and to never go over 3-1/2 cups. If you find yourself at your local grocery store this weekend look for 365 reduced fat & sodium popcorn you will thank me later… I promise.


Peace & Love, 
Mary 
Cello Friends,

I know I say this all the time, if you know me you know I'm an annoyingly positive person... Today is a great day! I woke up around 7am, did my Daily Burn workout, then off to bikram yoga where I sweat like a pig. My Daily burn workout is getting easier to complete. I went through the routine faster then ever but I'm still sweating bullets by the 2nd sets which is AWESOME!!! I think you guys will really enjoy adding some extra workouts to your daily routine. I'm also working on some speed ladder drills to feature in the upcoming weeks. 

I'm keeping this one short and simple since I have a lot of marketing to do today. I made a cauliflower crust pizza last weekend and it was delicious, scrumptious, decadent and actually healthy. 

I've featured this recipe before but it was nowhere near as good as this version. 

Enjoy!


Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Click here for printable version

Gluten free - grain free
recipe found at www.tastykitchen.com

30-45 minutes 
Serves 2

1 small head of cauliflower
1/4 cups parmesan cheese
1/3 cups mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
red pepper flakes
1 whole egg
Tomato Sauce
Toppings for pizza















Place cookie sheet or pizza stone in oven
Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Wash cauliflower and cut off florets 
Pulse in food processor or blender for 30 seconds or use smallest grater I used a grater it was easier with less clean up 

Process or grate until you cauliflower is fine

Cover and microwave for 4 minutes 

Place cooked cauliflower onto clean thin town and allow it to cool for up to 5 minutes 

Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle wrap it in dish towel I used cheese cloth and a dish towel 
Try to squeeze out as much water as possible

Place squeezed cauliflower into a bowl 
Add parmesan, mozzarella, salt, pepper, dried basil, garlic powder and red pepper

Whisk egg and add to cauliflower mixture
Use hands to work it in 

Once mixed together use hands to form the dough into a crust on oiled parchment paper

Pat down until its tightly formed together try not to make it too thick or too thin

Carefully slide parchment paper onto your hot baking sheet and bake for 8-11 minutes until it starts turing golden brown
Remove from oven

Add sauce, cheese and any topping you would like
I added caramelized onions and chili flakes

Place pizza back in hot oven and cook for 5-7 more minutes until cheese is melted, bubbly and slightly golden

Let cool for 2-3 minutes  - this helps the crust keep it’s form

About

My name is Mary! I was obese for most of my life, around 7 years ago I decided to take control of my life and successfully lost over 150 pounds. But that's just the beginning of my journey. Join me as I evolve into the person I was born to become. I love to cook, craft, read, and make people smile. I'm happy you've stumbled on by. Let’s Evolve Together.

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