Get Inspired! Sharing perils of wisdom from an inspiring person…
My goal this year was simply to inspire others to make healthy changes in food choices each day. It started on Instagram with the name TRUEATS, True & Simple Eats and grew to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and this blog site. And it continues.
I love learning! I learn from those that have a passion for health and have more knowledge than myself. I also take the opportunity to learn from those that have gone before me or who have experienced different challenges. I love surrounding myself with these amazing souls that inspire and challenge me daily.
I want to introduce you to Marcia… one of these amazing lights. I met her at the gym where she and I regularly take the same strength training class. That’s right, we lift weights together. Her commitment, strength, and vibrancy draws others to her. Her presence among us is inspiring! She agreed to meet with me to share some of her thoughts regarding her lifestyle so I could learn from her and share with you.
Marcia focuses on eating nutritious foods in their natural state leading to wellness. She says this is even more important than being active. While shopping for food, she purchases what is fresh, on sale, and in season. She chooses whole foods for the bulk of her diet such as vegetables and fruits with protein like chicken and fish. She eats whole wheat bread but just 1 slice per day. Post workout, she always eats raw almonds with a few pieces of dried fruit such as apricots. She then enjoys fresh cut up apples, and watermelon for more hydration and a little meat (for example, cooked chicken) a few hours later. Limiting salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats is what works best for her. This has been her food choice for years as she is educated in nutrition. In fact, during her career as a teacher she taught nutrition classes.
Marcia has enjoyed an active life. Walking, aerobics and jazzercise a few nights a week were always in her schedule of activities until she reached the age of 39 and joined a gym for the first time. As a teacher, throughout her 40’s, she worked out at the gym mostly on the weekends, but much more during the summer months.
At age 57, she retired and made going to the gym her “job”. Today she is 71 and has consistently taken various fitness classes 5 days a week during her “retirement”. Over the years she has traded higher impact activities for lower impact exercises like yoga, barre class, and strength training. Staying active and stretching every morning helps her to move with ease and remain comfortable as she battles osteoporosis in her hips and arthritis in her knees. Working out just makes her feel well. She likes the endorphins!
So here are a few of Marcia’s “pearls of wisdom” that I have gleaned:
- Keep moving and be active.
- Find an activity that you enjoy… gym, bowling, walking, golf, swimming, whatever.
- Park your car furthest from the building you are visiting to increase the number of steps you take each day.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to flush toxins. (She likes to drink 96 ounces of water a day; easy to do when you are active, she says).
- Detox your body and mind… she does this with yoga.
- Get enough sleep… she aims for 8 hours each night.
- Drink caffeine only in the morning. Marcia’s tip, “drink green tea later in the day for the antioxidants but make it decaf”.
- Cherish and nurture relationships with family and friends.
- Be humble and kind.
- Do not take for granted your health; see it as a gift and be grateful. Gratitude leads to contentment.
- Do not focus on what you do not have in life but focus on what you do have.
- Have a mantra to set your mind on the positive things in life.
I, as many others, enjoy and look forward to seeing Marcia weekly and thank her for sharing her wisdom with all of us!
Marcia’s Post Workout Trail Mix
- 1 handful raw almonds
- 2 dried apricots
- Combine nuts and dried fruit.
- Place trail mix in a portable container.
- Eat just after a workout.
Did you make this recipe? Tag @trueats and hashtag #trueats on Instagram or on True & Simple Eats facebook page. I’d love to know what you think! Enjoy!