Turkey rolls, mockingbirds, and Mombasa

By , July 23rd, 2013 | creativity, Healthful Nutrition, Nurturing Relationships | 0 Comments

turkey wraps

I decided to make turkey rolls for lunch, so I went out to the garden to pick a big chard leaf and a few pieces of mustard greens. Greg was sitting on the deck, and I mentioned to him that the mockingbirds were hanging out in the garden again this morning, but they still were not singing. We remarked about how unusual it was for mockingbirds to be so quiet.

I brought my greens inside and laid out the first turkey roll — big leaf of chard, thin slices of turkey, a few pieces of mustard greens, and a little Grey poupon mustard. It was a beautiful …

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Dealing with setbacks, in fitness and in life

By , May 11th, 2013 | creativity, Energizing Movement, Nurturing Relationships, Wholistic Mindcare | 0 Comments


I had an injury a few weeks ago that has prevented me from walking for any decent distances. I’m finally getting better and have begun working my way back into my routine, but I feel skittish about it — I have the feeling that I must be careful or I will be back where I started.

So I was looking forward to receiving the Fitbit Flex bracelet I ordered several months ago, thinking it would be both a motivator and a way to track small increases in how many steps I take each day. I got the notice this week that Fitbit was finally shipping the Flex, and in my excitement, I …

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Nothing really changes until we move our feet

By , May 9th, 2013 | Energizing Movement | 0 Comments

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The reason Choosing To Be Fit resonates with so many people is that it is a great slogan. Great slogans are important, because when we think about them, new neural pathways begin to form in our brains.

However, this new pathway won’t become a superhighway just by thinking it. To make this happen 0ur body has to get involved.

As Einstein said, “Nothing happens until something moves.”

We can think positive thoughts . . .

We can visualize . . .

The problem is that when we are still, our body is in a state of inertia.

The definition of inertia is “resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or …

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Learning at warp speed . . .

By , April 26th, 2013 | creativity, Energizing Movement, Healthful Nutrition, Invigorating Water, Restorative Sleep, Wholistic Mindcare | 0 Comments

star wars warp speed

Last month I decided to migrate from PC to MAC to be able to do what I want to do with Choosing To Be Fit. I bought an iPad Mini to capture video in the field and an iMac for my office.

There have been times during this transition process when I’ve been filled with fear — that this was all too much for me, that I couldn’t learn all this, that “who do I think I am at 69 to think I can learn like I used to” kind of thinking.

Here is what I’ve learned about myself:

1. Fear is not a bad thing when I push the envelope …

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Treat yourself to some self compassion . . .

By , March 26th, 2013 | creativity, Nurturing Relationships, Wholistic Mindcare | 0 Comments

Kats Scarf 6.10.12 with caption

Last year my best buddy and I read Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection and decided to work our way through her Ten Guideposts to Wholehearted Living. The second one, Self Compassion, proved quite difficult. It was kind of funny in a way — we were beating ourselves up for not being able to be compassionate with ourselves. How sad was that?

As I was getting ready for bed that night, I laughed at myself in the mirror when I thought about how hilarious it was to actually be beating myself up because I didn’t have enough self compassion. And then it occurred to me that this might be …

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The gift of fresh vegetables and exercise

By , January 5th, 2013 | creativity, Energizing Movement, Healthful Nutrition, Nurturing Relationships, Supportive Environment | 0 Comments

CTBF vegetable garden 12.25.12

This year Greg and I thought about what we wanted for Christmas and decided that our gifts should have something to do with fitness. One day I was driving past the Ojai Lumber Yard and saw a sign for pre-made, gopher-proof planter boxes. Since the extraordinary number of gophers in the back yard of our new home is the reason we have thought twice about starting a vegetable garden, I decided to stop and see what the lumber yard had come up with.

Beautiful planter boxes lined on the bottom with chicken wire were stacked outside the office. The owner told me they had made …

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Midlife Fitness and the Pointer Sisters

By , December 16th, 2012 | creativity, Energizing Movement, Wholistic Mindcare | 0 Comments

I went back to the gym for the first time yesterday since my injury that has sidelined me for three months. In fact, the entire time I’ve been working on getting this Choosing To Be Fit website ready, I’ve been in and out of pain and treatment for a sciatic nerve injury.

Before the injury I was in great shape, feeling strong and invulnerable. And then in the blink of an eye I was lying on my couch with an ice pack, frozen in pain. I was committed to getting this website up so I’ve persevered, but I must admit I felt a bit of a fraud …

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Realizing fitness in midlife

By , December 11th, 2012 | creativity | 0 Comments

How we define fitness for ourselves in midlife creates our reality, much the way what we focus on in this Escher map determines the reality we perceive there.

Here at Choosing To Be Fit we are examining the vast and often confusing terrain of midlife fitness. We’ve decided to create our own map, rather than allowing the media or big pharma or “experts” to define our world for us.

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