This has been a whirlwind summer-kids got out late from school and go back early, pre Labor Day! It seems like we’ve tried to pack as much in as we can, sometimes forgetting what summer is all about… A fun filled, relaxed break.
I think I lost that memo! However, in my moments of lamenting the lack of family vacation, summertime fun, as usual, the universe smacks me with moments to gain some perspective and find gratitude. One such moment came as I took a lovely group of ladies paddle boarding in Essex Bay after dropping my kids off at summer camp. Seeing the tourist groups out with ERBA, (Essex River Basin Adventures), to kayak and the Essex River Cruise boat, it was an obvious eureka moment. I live in vacation paradise! I don’t need to “go” anywhere to get the vacation, relaxation of beach or water… It’s in my backyard! I am “working” on the water paddle boarding on a beautiful day and I am gratefully for living in this area, having these opportunities around me to be on the water, doing what I love- paddle boarding! I can do it anytime! It is the same with my Sunday Sunrise class in the fall and spring on Crane’s Beach… A beautiful, relaxing, restful place to share with people. I am grateful for the opportunities to enjoy nature’s bounty, exercise and open spaces that this area I live in offers. I am grateful that my husband, in his hard work, enables us to live here and enjoy!
My summertime priority, given the intensity of school, stress and anxiety it creates, was to give my kids some stress free time at their chosen venue- Camp Dory, sailing at Conomo point, art camp, and painting pottery at Clay Dreaming. If kids needed a break- we took it. I really wanted to work on Mindfulness with them, to help give them tools to stay calm and focused in the upcoming school year. We worked on planting our feet, awareness of what happens to our body when we get scared or stressed, what makes us stressed and how does it feel. My priority was to start the practice of mindfulness with them, especially my middle two, as the school year can be extremely stressful for them. To learn more about mindfulness, here are a few helpful websites: www.massgeneral.org/bhi/basics/managing/mindfulness.aspx, www.umassmed.edu/com/stress/index.aspx, www.helpguide.org/Harvard/mindfulness.htm.
Lastly, another lesson in perspective came to me when I was feeling the mid summer, overwhelmed by kids, almost ready for school to start up feeling. We went down to the cape to meet up with my son, Brodie’s, PMC (Pan Mass Challenge) team at the pedal partner water stop. Brodie has been a PMC pedal partner ever since 2008 when he was diagnosed with ALL. We created Brodie’s Roadies team in 2009 on which I rode the 190 mile PMC ride for 2 years. 100% of the money raised in this event goes to cancer research and the Jimmy Fund. This event alone is a lesson in perspective, but seeing the riders that are survivors, the pedal partners with bald heads and tubes in their noses playing happily, or the amazing rider with a prosthetic arm and an above the knee amputation riding the whole route on a custom bike… Hello! Stop complaining! Life is good. All of my kids, thank God, are healthy and well hence the challenge they like to give me. I remember during the 190 mile PMC ride, thinking about Brodie and how he had to press on during treatment and just get through. Quitting was not an option on his journey through cancer. Our experience with cancer really taught us about perspective and revealed what truly is Important in life. I can honestly say that I am truly grateful for all life has brought me, challenges and all. To donate to the PMC, you can go to www.pmc.org.
So happy rest of summer and wishing you revelations, perspective and opportunities to find gratitude in your life.
BUTTERFLY FAMILY WELLNESS FALL OFFERINGS:
REIKI level 1/2 attunement- 4 hour Saturday workshop TBA- end of September
MINDFUL EATING GROUP
HOLISTIC HEALTH COUNSELING
FALL OFFERINGS: (Classes start September 9th)
Total Body Bootcamp – MONDAY and FRIDAY 8:45am
Quick HIIT- TUESDAY 6am, 30 minutes of seat, total body workout
Spin Core- WEDNESDAY 7:30pm
SUNDAY SUNRISE- at Cranes Beach 7:30am
Teen Bootcamps- TUESDAY and/ or THURSDAY, 3:30pm
Call or email to sign up or get more information.
BUTTERFLY TIME TO FLY, interval workout
Want to get back in running shape or get faster for an upcoming race (like the Diva Dash)?
This can be done on the road or on a treadmill.
Start with 5 minute warm up at an easy, comfortable pace.
(Focus on your stride, keeping it long, bringing knees up then kicking out long, hands loose)
2 minutes- pick up your pace to a challenging speed, one you cannot maintain for long.
2 minutes- recover at a walk or jog
repeat this 2 minute hard/ 2 minutes recover x 5
5 minutes slow jog/ walk to cool down. (30 minutes total)
Best body weight resistance for total body:
burpee/ squat thrust
planks- (with rotation to side planks or with hip dips)
side plank with hip touch
abs- bicycles, leg lowers, roll ups and leg lowers to sides.
SUMMER and FALL BOUNTY TIME- AWESOME VEGGIES. Mine are coming from an organic CSA (community shared agriculture) Alprilla Farms
Asian Kale Salad
1 bunch of Kale – any kind. (About 4-5 cups)
Pull leaves off stems and shred by hand into a large bowl.
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
2 TBSP rice wine vinegar
3-4 TBSP soy Sauce (TAMARI is Gluten free version)
1-2 tsp honey
2- 4 scallions sliced
1/4 cup chopped cashews or almonds (optional)
Pour dressing over shredded Kale and massage it in by hand to loosen fibers. Mix well and let sit for 1 hour before serving.