Who’s your Muse?: Women Who Kick Ass + Inspire Me to Do the Same

Hello All -

I am so excited to brag on the women in my life today!

Is there something you are wanting to move towards in your life? (a new career, weight loss, a fit bod etc)

If so, it is so helpful to invite in a muse!

My teacher introduced me to this concept saying:

“To help with this towards motivation we invite in the muse. Defined as a source of inspiration or a guiding genius…your muse gives you a clear direction to move towards.”

And with that said, here is a short list of the women who inspire me…Please share with us YOUR muses in the comments below so that we can all benefit :)

1. Jena La Flamme :

This lovely lady takes the front seat as my teacher and mentor in all things PLEASURE + ROCKING BODY IMAGE. If you’ve spent years treating your body as a weight loss fix-it project only to be left dealing with the same unwanted weight, crappy body image, and overall sense of hopelessness over ever being happy in your own skin; This is Jena’s jam! Her genius teaching is what you are looking for. No diet book crap here – she gets to the heart of the matter fast and sets you up for lasting weight loss and a restored, healed relationship with food + your body. Bada bing, bada boom! So I say,

a. Sign up for her blog (she is also my writing muse – she writes some damn good copy)

b. Find a way to make it to PLEASURE CAMP NYC – NOV 30-DEC 2. Best weekend workshop on the topic of                        weight loss EVER.

2. Marie Forleo :

What can I say? This woman is a badass in every sense of the word. She’s like the Oprah for women entrepernuers. She embodies many qualities I value most: humor, brains, transparency, creativity. When I get all down on myself, wondering what the hell I’m doing career-wise or where all my work is taking me. I remember Marie and her story (where she came from) and her current work (endlessly creative and always growing) inspires me to keep putting one foot in front of the other. So I say,

a. Join her mailing list - every Tuesday she sends out wonderfully inspiring + savvy biz advice VLOGS (video blogs)

b. Buy her book: “Make Every Man Want You”  She wrote this book years ago, it’s the best book on dating out there – Im convinced. None of that “he’s just not that into you” self deprecating  crap. This book is smart and all about YOU as a woman living in your pleasure and happiness and how THAT gets men lining up out your door!

3. Danielle LaPorte:

This woman is like the preacher of love, business, and breaking through fears. Her work and writing is poetic and moving, speaking to those places you don’t even know are there – like a good ol’ sermon! She is hot hot hot! Follow her – her work is sure to inspire!

a. Join her mailing list - great stuff for artists, dreamers, and people who long to make a deep difference in this world (and major $$ while doing it!)

b. Buy her book! “Fire Starter Sessions” OMG – it is LOADED with inspiration on lighting a fire under you ass for whatever you want to do, build, create.

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Okay, I could go on and on. Here are just a few more shout outs!

1. Erin Stutland – Her Shrink Session workouts are uplifting and challenging. LOVE her. She is generous and genious, best combo ever. My biz coach-helping build the life and career of my dreams. Check out her work here!

2. Heather Peirce – Y’all, little secret: I dont know the first thing about COOKING! This little love saves my day with her “Go Feed Yourself” program. It’s heathy cooking made SO simple and yummy. We spoke yesterday and I am very excited about collaborating with her! My clients will now have access to her online cooking program. Problem solved! Check Heather out here.

3. Jana Mobley - I’m so lucky to have the best girlfriends in the world! And Jana inspires us all to amp up the quality of everything in our lives from clothes to beauty products to men! This woman knows fashion + how to chill (I swear she was a french cat in her previous life). Follow her blog for non-stuffy fashion tips + happy good energy :)

4. My mom and my girls – every single one of you, you know who you are…I am forever humbled and grateful by your crazy love + endless support. You ALL inspire me to just. keep. swimming. XOXO

Mmm mmm, there is nothing like a strong Tribe of women to surround you!

I’d love to know in the comments below…Who inspires you? Who’s your muse?

Blessed,

Mary C

Use Pleasure to Lose Weight?? Learn how…

Hello Loves,

I am writing you today to share with you a special opportunity!

As many of you may know, a little over a year ago I was caught in the cycle of punishing my body with restrictive diets that left me exhausted, lifeless, and with worse body image than when I began.

In September of 2011 I was ready to give up. More than I wanted to lose 10 pounds, I wanted healing and I knew that healing did not lie in yet another diet.

But where?

That’s when I met Jena and through her teaching found that I would heal this all (and lose weight almost effortlessly) through pleasure!

Sounds crazy right? Trust me I was the biggest skeptic at first…

And I’m so glad I pushed through those reservations!

My mentor, Jena la Flamme is on a mission to show women how to use pleasure to lose weight, quit the binge-and-punish cycle, and fall in love with their bodies once and for all.

Jena’s teaching an exclusive class called “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Permanently Slimming Down with Pleasure” on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, and I thought you might be interested.

If you’re used to restrictive diets and forcing yourself to use “food rules” or extreme workout to get the body you want, what she has to say may come as a surprise.

Because here’s a taste of Jena’s philosophy:

 The old-school way of losing weight (restricting calories, crazy workouts, meal replacement, pills, surgery) doesn’t work for most women because there’s something else going on these approaches never address

 Women’s bodies are built to relish the “feminine” side of life and until that need is met, it’s easy to rely on food to fill the hole (and what diet book speaks to THAT?!)

 Many women use food to give ourselves things like relaxation, innocent delight, and comfort—and that needs to shift in order to permanently slim down

9 years ago, Jena used the pleasurable approach to shed 20 extra pounds. And since then, she’s helped hundreds of women use the same approach she used, step-by-step, to lose 10, 30 or even 50 pounds.

No restrictions. No rules. No good food/bad food lists.

You can sign up to get exclusive access to this no-cost class here: http://ow.ly/f0YzS 

I’ll be on the call and I hope to see you there!

With love and support,

Mary C

Coconut Water: Drink This One

Hey Y’all ~

I’ve been getting fan mail! Haha. Okay just one e-mail from someone asking about my thoughts on Coconut Water.

I love how she said, “I mean coconut water seems like yesterday’s pomegranate. What’s the hype? What’s your take?”

Good question.

Here’s my answer and I will keep it simple.

Is coconut water good for you?

Coconut water is good.

It hydrates really well and is a great source of potassium, making it a great post sweat session beverage.

Yes, it’s high in natural sugars therefore, I suggest max 1 serving a day (8oz)

Which one to buy? 

There are a lot of CRAP products on the market which are filled with additives to preserve the shelf life.

It’s not that this is so BAD for you – it just tastes fake – which to me is gross.

I’ve tried them all and I’m here to tell you the ONLY one I drink and LOVE is Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water.

Yes its more $$ but once you try it you will instantly know why! So yummy.

What makes Harmless Harvest the best?

It’s the way they bottle the product: They crack the perfect Thailand coconut at peak taste time. Pour it into bottle. Then immediately use a magic high pressurized system that kills any harmful bacteria. Other products use heat to do this, which compromises the chemical structure, flavor, and nutrient value of the product. This is the main reason for HH price tag. And again oh so worth it.

I enjoy Coconut Water like so:

1. Pre-Workout: I’ll mix 8oz Coconut water with 1 scoop of VegaSport Protein Powder in a Blender Ball 

2. Afternoon slump time:  8oz + 1 scoop of Vega Maca

Okay so that’s my take…If you try it, let me know your review in the comments below :)

Cheers cheers,

Mary C

Feeling the Need for a Detox? Must start HERE…

Hey Hey!

Today’s post is for anyone feeling the need for a RESET button and unsure of where to START.

Over-indulgent weekend?

Recent illness?

Looking for a no-brainer way to be healthier than the gal in the cubicle next to you?

All of the above?  (that’s me!)

This tip is legit and proven for instant + sustainable detox results.

No need to get loco and buy a 7 day cleanse.

Simply start your day with a cup of hot lemon water.

Sounds too simple right?

Yet I’m astounded by how frequently I run into this tip.

The best health blogs, books, and gurus agree: hot lemon water upon rising each morning is a non-negotiable.

This practice derives from Ayurveda philosophy which invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature’s rhythms, balance the doshasand foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline.

Sounds ZENfully great!

I will finally be putting this age old tip to the test. ‘cause more than coffee first thing (which you can have anytime after thank heavens) I simply can’t go on with unbalanced doshas AND I’m craving all these additional benefits below…

1/2 Squeezed Lemon + 10-12 oz Hot Water 

=Boosted Immune System

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

= Balanced pH

Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.

= Weight loss aid

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.

= Better poops (detox)

The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.

= More pee (detox)

Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

= Glowing skin

The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

Join me on the experiment? I’m planning to make this a lifetime habit.  Would love to hear about your lemon water experience in the comments below!

love love,
MC

“Hey, Whatcha Up To?”…”Oh Just Makin’ Mistakes”…

Hello Friends~

I saw this pic today posted on Twitter from the uber-inspirational RHH Live event in NYC and I just knew I had to share a recent story with y’all…

A few weeks ago my roommate returned home from a two week business trip. When she arrived home she popped her pretty little head into my room and said,

“Hey, what have you been up to?”

I looked up from my computer screen, so happy to see her face, and without hesitation I replied…

“Oh, just makin’ mistakes.”

We laughed so hard. Grabbed our coats and headed to the nearest open bar – I had champagne on the brain.

Interestingly however my intention was not to drown my sorrows in booze, but rather spill all of my stories to my best friend and then raise a glass to toast each mistake.

It was so different than any life experience I had ever had and it felt so good.

In the past, my mistakes would haunt me – stealing my joy and draining all of my energy.

And now here I was celebrating them and embracing my imperfection – actually PROUD of myself for trying something.

In that moment, I think I actually felt myself growing. ;-)

Feeling stuck? Lost in self-loathing? Or drained of your mojo + joy?

Celebrate a mistake. Like for real, get a girl-friend – tell her the whole story – then raise a glass.

Now the power is all yours!! BWAHAHAHAHA (in scary monster voice) take THAT Mistake!

Here’s to you and every one you’ve ever made…

Cheers :-)

Mary C

Pumpkin: How to Improve your Relationship with this Fall Favorite (aka: healthy recipes)

Seasons Greetings~
Mmm Mmm, fall is in the air! And you know what that means…Mr. Pumpkin is back.

(Yes, Mr. Pumpkin AKA just plain ol’ non-personified or capitalized, “pumpkin” depending on your level of attachment to this particular variety of gourd).

Ah Pumpkin, you are so lovely, so inviting, comforting and warm.

I want you. I need you. I’m so glad you are back.

And while I love you, we can’t go on as we have in the past…

At starbucks you’ve lured me with latte love notes.

At grandmas you’ve beckoned me as you’ve rested warmly in pie perfection.

In bakery windows you faithfully wait for me, knowing I’ll come for your unfailing comfort, your aroma I cannot resist.

But Pumpkin, things must be different between us now.

I still want you, I still need you.

This fall however, we’re going to experience each other in new ways.

Below, I’ve listed examples in which our new arrangement will occur. I hope you will see that these new terms bring out the best in both of us.

Finally, yes some might simply call these “recipes”, but don’t worry Mr. Pumpkin, we all know you could never be reduced to such terms. You are more than an ingredient , you’re forever fall friend.

Thank you for your faithful service, year after year.

Sincerely,
Me and all other Pumpkin lovers everywhere

Buy buy Starbucks, hello: Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte:

To grandmama’s house we go: Gluten+Sugar FREE Pumpkin Pie  

First thing in the morning? Why not?: Pumpkin Protein Shake

Happy Fall Y’all!

xoxo, 
Mary C

Simple Words from One Fabulous Girl

Hello Pretty Ones~

Do you tend to take concepts, ideas, or situations and make them a bit…complex?

I know I do!

And there are times I just know all I need is quick jolt of simple to keep the flow a flowin’.

I’m loving the simplicity of Audrey’s words below.

Thank you Audrey for being my muse today!

May we all enjoy a happy + simple weekend with the ones we love…

XOXO,

Mary C

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the

best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a

lot. I believe in being strong when everything

seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy

girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that

tomorrow is another day and I believe in

miracles.”

― Audrey Hepburn

Words that heal: “You Do Not Have To Be Good”

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”

- from “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

Hello Dears,

I pray these words speak to you wherever you are along your journey today.

I personally struggle all the time with being hard on myself and with telling myself I am not enough (not thin enough, strong enough, smart enough, put together enough…).

Mmm mmm these words have been ushering in a host of loving peace and forgiveness into my life.

Calling me to rise from my knees, dust myself off and forgive.

And I’m talkin’ about that forgiveness one offers themselves

and THAT kind of forgiveness, I’m discovering, is CRAZY beautiful and FAST healing.

So often clients come to me wanting tolose weight

What we discover buried underneath that goal is a deep desire for HEALING:

Healing in their relationships with their bodies (body image)

and with food (compulsions/addictions/over-eating/under-eating).

This healing comes as we:

A. Forgive ourselves. Yup, for every mistake we have ever made.  Guilt + shame can be a real burden and metabolism squelcher.

and

B. View our bodies as animals. And learn to consider it our responsibility and honor to care/provide for them as we would any creature.

Above, I love how Mary Oliver uses the words “soft animal of your body”

This concept of our bodies being animals has been essential in transforming my relationship with food and exercise.

(For your healing and health, I strongly encourage you to read this blog post  written by my guru, Jena who has studied and embodied this “body as animal” concept for years.)

May we all offer ourselves a bit of compassion.

May we bathe ourselves in forgiveness.

And may we allow our soft animals to love what they love,

free of judgement,

free of critique.

For our health, happiness, and freedom

xoxo,

Mary C

Oftentimes when I share this concept with clients the fear arises: “If I let my animal love what it loves, she will be eating oreo ice cream all day”. This is a reasonable fear and one that is best addressed when you can understand what your animal REALLY loves. Understanding her CRAVINGS is a HUGE help. Read this genius and quick blog on that topic, if this sounds like you. :)

Horse Brushing: Try Pleasure + Relaxation for Fast + Fresh Results

This week, pretty horses were on the Olympics (have you been olympic obsessing too???)

If you’ve ever watched a horse race you may have noticed some horses getting a brush down before heading to the start line.

And if you’re like me you may have assumed this was for aesthetic reasons. I just thought horse races were a bit like dog shows with their jockeys thinking “Ain’t no way my horse is running this race without every hair in place!”

Ha, that never made much sense to me, but I went with it.

What I recently learned (thank you, Jena!) is that this brushing ritual is performed because doing so is proven to help the horse run faster.

How cool is that?

A horse who gets a little lovin’ before a race will run faster. (pleasure and relaxation)

It left me thinking “If we too are animals: warm blooded, have skin, move, eat, sleep: what can we learn from this ritual? Should we consider “brushing” ourselves too? And what does that even look like?”

Thank you, horses for inspiring today’s blog…

Our culture has taught us that hard work  and training produce results.

Horse brushing teaches us that pleasure and relaxation produce results too.

I’m willing to bet most of us have the “hard work” mastered.

But have we learned to trust and value the power that pleasure and relaxation can bring to our lives?

I can personally vouch for pleasure as a means to get what you want.  I’ve learned through recent experience, not only does pleasure produce: pleasure is a hell of a lot of fun! (yes, I even had to learn the fun part).

And pleasure’s sidekick: relaxation ushers in all sorts of fat-burning-belly-bloat-blasting-feel-good-hormones that no diet pill or extra hour on the treadmill can compete with.

Since placing pleasure as a non-negotiable priority  in my  day  I’ve  noticed a  few  things:

1. I get what I want + I get there pretty damn effortlessly and fast.

2. I feel fresh and relaxed when I arrive.

Compared to when I lose sight of pleasure  and  attempt  life using  hard  work  alone:

1. I don’t really get where I wanted to go + I’m exhausted from my journey.

2. Wherever I do arrive, I arrived feeling haggard and stressed.

You feelin me?

Today, if you’re going after something in your life (in career, in love, in health or weight loss) and up until now have been relying on traditional means of hard work and training to get there while withholding pleasure, may the horse brushing story be an inspiration to try a little pleasure for the sake of success. Go ahead… its safe, fun, and effective!

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How to Apply:

**I coach my clients to use “check-ins”, asking themselves daily:

“What do you want animal of mine?

What can I do for you today?

What would you like right now?”

Asking these questions is the most effective way to become tuned into your desires and needs (which makes you unstoppable in the “getting what you want” department)My clients are amazed that when they ask they discover ACTUAL answers! We work together too to discover if it’s really their body or their mind asking for that donut but that’s another blog…

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Here are a few common methods you can “Brush Your Horse” today:
(for the sake of pure pleasure and getting you to your desires)

1. Apply Lotion from head to toe – Take a few extra moments after your daily shower to apply your favorite lotion paying special attention to those areas that you are most ashamed of (for me it’s my belly) Send love to these places you might commonly judge with your healing touch.

2. Take a long bath- Yes start the water, you know you want it. This is an espeically good practice if you’ve been training alot lately or exerting a lot of physical energy. Your horse would like a bath to soak in. Deny her no further and she will give you more and more and more…

3. Simply light a candle – a lovely smell in the midst of hard work can do wonders on your bodies’ blss and productivity.

4. Apply lipstick- I’ve heard it said, “There’s nothing lipstick and fashion can’t fix”. Sometimes I’m pretty convinced this is true.

5. Play a song and dance your brains out- Then return to the hard work.

Okay my butt is now fully asleep from typing on this oh so uncomfortable chair (sorry animal for forgetting to take a dance break). I’m off to dance and stretch.

Happy brushing to you all…

XOXO,
Mary C

Summa’ Summa’ Summa’ Rolls (Recipe inside)

Hello All -

I hope this finds you well on this fine August day…

Summer is not over yet and thank goodness because I JUST discovered this recipe!

Have you been looking for a lunch like this:

-Easy to prepare + store

-Travels like a charm

-Crazy nutritious + actually delicious.

-Gluten free

Have ya??

Well dear friends of mine, I’d like to introduce you to my recent obsession + my meal-on-the-fly solution: Summer Rolls!

Check out this recipe and try it today!

And don’t you be like me, allowing somewhat obscure ingredients like rice paper to hold you back from attempting this recipe. It turns out the “rice paper is too weird” excuse is not valid: rice paper is easy to find and easy to use. Find it at most grocery stores or certainly any Health food/Asian Market. Use rice paper like a burrito wrapper or watch this video for simple step by step instructions.

Easy Summer Rolls:

Serves 4

These rolls can be filled with anything! Express yourself in the use of vegetables and protein: you could add beans, spinach, Thai basil, apples, shrimp, etc. Get free and find what works best for you (or if you’re like me – what’s already in my fridge)

The marinade can be used to drip over the vegetables before you roll OR you can marinate some of the veggies in advance.

 Filling:

1 mango

1/2 cucumber
2 carrots
1 avocado
1 small pack sprouts
1 small pack sugar snap peas
1/4 wild cabbage
1 handful cashew nuts or peanuts (chopped)
fresh coriander (cilantro)
fresh mint leaves

rice paper

Marinade:
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp water
1 lime (juice)
1/2 fresh chili (finely chopped)
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
salt

 

Preparations: Slice all the ingredients into thin sticks and put them in separate bowls. Mix the marinade and prepare the other dressings.
Making the rolls: Warm some water in a large pot. Dip the rice paper in the water so that it become soft, spread it out on a plate. Put the ingredients in the middle of the rice paper, drip the marinade over the vegetables (in the picture we just used lime), fold the rice paper as shown on the pictures below.

Yum yum yum. Hope you enjoy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below and share your favorite combos :)

Be well,

Mary C