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“Tell It Thursday” – A New Level of Loneliness by Kate Mahoney

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / October 1, 2020 /

When we received this email from Kate about how the pandemic had affected her, we knew we needed to share it with you. It is honest, raw, and real. A girlfriend of mine, ten years younger with three adorable young children, posted a picture of herself on Facebook, laughing while the kids jumped off the…

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Q & A With Jill Casty: An Art that Sings

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / September 28, 2020 /

Jill Casty’s words are insightful, mindful, smart, and passionate. Annie & Gretchen were fascinated by her.  For about a decade Jill Casty has alternated years of living and working in Italy, Mexico, and California. In recent years she has focused on unique sculptures with ensembles of brilliant, colorful fused glass and various metals. In the…

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Janice Jaicks of FitnessFest: Making the Pool Cool

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / September 21, 2020 /

Today we speak with Janice Jaicks founder of FitnessFest which is a user-friendly convention for people to learn, participate, and receive continuing education units.  Janice has been teaching water aerobics for 35 years. She teaches professionals how to teach various populations and people of all ages with a safe and effective program. Janice is bringing…

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Tom Jones Ultra -Endurance Athlete & Speaker “NEVER GIVE UP OR GIVE IN”

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / September 14, 2020 /

Annie & Gretchen had the privilege of interviewing Ultra-Endurance Athlete Tom Jones. NO, not the singer Tom Jones, but the other Tom Jones, a man who is just accomplished and who you should know about.  Some of Tom’s NOTABLE ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS • 7-time kickboxing champion with 2 world titles • Ran the length of California…

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Gretchen and Annie on the Your Inspired Life Podcast with Ana Caban

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / September 9, 2020 /

Ana chats with fitness pros and creators of Donuts and Pie Fitness, Gretchen Zelek and Annie Gibbons, about gratitude, trying new things and aging enthusiastically.

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Kathy Smith: Progress Not Perfection

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / June 17, 2020 /

You enjoy walking as a great exercise tool. Please tell us how your walking program incorporates High Intensity Interval Training and why it is key in a fitness program. Taking a satisfying walk changes our outlook on life, which is more important than ever. A simple tip to turn your walk into a fat-burning workout…

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The Dishes

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / May 30, 2020 /

Who does the dishes in your house?  Great article in Washington Post “The Dishes will never be Done” By  Ellen McCarthy  “And the sink, I am sorry to tell you, is full of dirty dishes. Again. “ This is so relatable in our house- how about yours? And who empties the dishwasher? 

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A Tea Ritual

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / May 29, 2020 /

We have a tea ritual every day. Everyone in the family enjoys a cup of Mint tea after dinner. It’s become a habit. It is comforting and familiar. During the day, even though all of us are avid coffee drinkers, chances are good you will find one of us with a cup of green tea…

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Open the Door to Tai Chi

By Donuts and Pie Fitness / May 27, 2020 /

Tai Chi is often described as meditation in motion.  In many parks you may notice groups of people practicing Tai Chi with beautiful and deliberate movements.  The names of the exercises are as descriptive and beautiful as the movements themselves. like White Crane Spreads its Wings or Part Wild Horse’s Mane.  We interviewed Dianne Bailey,…

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By Donuts and Pie Fitness / May 19, 2020 /

Set a nice sounding chime on a timer for 5, 10 + minutes so you don’t worry about the time.   Focus on your breathing- observing and following the in and out breaths. When the mind wanders (and it will!) notice that. Slowly bring your attention back to your breathing. Do this over and over…

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