Sweet Orange Body Scrub

1 cup coconut oil (I use Costco’s cold pressed organic unrefined oil)

1-2 Tablespoons sweet almond oil

1/4 cup sugar (not too fine)

1/2 teaspoon dried Valencia orange peel

15-30 drops sweet orange pure essential oil

Finally, the long-awaited super simple body scrub recipe. This one is great because the above measurements and ingredients are just a starting point. You can alter this in so many ways. You can use salt instead of sugar (though I like sugar as it’s less likely to sting if you have nicks or cuts). You can leave out the orange peel, add more, or try something entirely different–just remember, whatever you add is going down your drain so nothing too big! And of course, you can use a different scent. It’s something that can be made very quickly, yet it looks nice and would be fun for gifts. And it’s much less expensive than store-bought scrubs!

Gather all your ingredients and a bowl for mixing. Start by whipping the coconut oil with a fork until light and smooth (you can also slowly melt over a double-boiler, but that’s more time and more dishes). Add the sweet almond oil and whip up again. Add the sugar and orange peel and stir well. Finally, add the essential oil. Start slowly and smell a few times before you add it all in.

Spoon the mixture into a nice unbreakable container. This is a slippery mix and you don’t want a glass jar falling on a tile shower floor! It will firm up a bit after standing and the scent will usually get just a bit stronger. Enjoy! But be careful not to slip–and warn anyone using the shower right after you (or be nice and clean the shower floor)!!!!

You can play around with all the measurements. This one is pretty oily, as I have dry skin. You could certainly cut back on the almond oil if you want it a little thicker. You can also add more or less sugar or salt. Have fun, experiment, and feel free to share your favorite recipe 🙂

 

Take Care of Your Body!

You know you’re getting older when your Christmas presents to each other are a pair of specialized compression ski socks and Chopats for the knees. The good news is that it also means you are attempting to stay active and in shape! There is a saying in the fitness world that we have all heard: no pain, no gain. There is some truth in that. If you are not feeling it at all the next day, your workout is probably not enough. However, as you get older, there are things you need to watch more carefully. Sometimes our bodies betray us. We don’t heal quite as quickly. If we have had multiple surgeries in the past, like my husband, the semi-bionic man, you may be noticing some arthritic pain. Pay attention to your body!! Some discomfort is normal when getting in shape; extreme and/or consistent pain is not.

There are things you can do. Get to know your body and what your weak spots are. I have a weak lower back, knees, and neck muscles. I also have some rotator cuff problems. Jim has had surgery on both shoulders, both knees, and both wrists. Exercise actually has helped my shoulders and back immensely (but again, watch your body. Exercise helps my shoulder but Jim definitely needed surgery). But my knees need some extra support. Hence, the Chopats. Jim has been using them for quite some time for hiking and skiing. I now use them for those activities as well as general workouts. It makes a big difference. (Another sign that you are getting old–going downhill on big hikes is often more difficult than going uphill!).

Warmups and cool-downs are more important than ever when you hit our age. Yoga and pilates are great additions to any workout program. If you are using a program and a move is too difficult, don’t give up. Modify or just march in place. Whatever you do, keep moving.

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Get Fit, Get Healthy, Get Happy

Some of you may have been following my health page on Facebook. If so, you will know that I left Facebook a few months ago. I promised to carry on somewhere else, so here it is! For the rest of you, I hope you can find some good information in this page.

When life dumps on you, sometimes the only thing left that you can control is what you do with your body. Stress and depression go hand-in-hand with the sorts of awful events that can lead to unplanned retirement. They are real and have terrible physical effects on the body. Staying fit and eating right can help keep you healthy and sane. Finding the right program can bring much needed stress relief, happiness, and a sense of routine. (Routine can be boring in some circumstances, but when you are under a great deal of stress or living with depression, a good routine can be a lifesaver.)

I know people who have enough drive and self motivation to be able to put together a healthy fitness and eating plan on their own. I, however, am not one of those, and this page is here to help those of you who are like me. For the record, I am a Team Beachbody Coach. It doesn’t mean I am a fitness instructor or a nutritionist (nor does it mean that I will try to sell you something). What I am is somebody who has been down a difficult road of depression, stress, low self esteem and the health problems that can come with that. I finally found a solution that works for me through Team Beachbody. It is one of the best decisions I have made for myself in the last decade. I would love to share my experience with you in hopes that I can help someone else. You do not have to join Beachbody to be here on this page (although it’s a great place to get answers to any questions about the program). There are other programs that work well too. You just have to find the one that fits your style. I hate the gym so this works well for me. I love being able to work out in my own home. If you are more social, a gym membership might be better. The key is to stick with it, and realize that if it’s not making you feel better, it’s time to try something new.  I will be sharing tips that anyone can use. See you soon!