Self Challenge

I have several magazines that I read monthly. Some I subscribe to and others I pick up at the store when I see something that interests me.

I love Self, Health, Fitness, Shape for exercise, health and fitness tips and info, Vegetarian Times and Veg News for great recipes and products to try.

I have seen the Self Challenge several times, but I haven’t ever participated. The great people at Self magazine recently contacted me about their Challenge and I wanted to pass along the info to you in case you wanted to participate!

As the warm months of the year approach, the desire to feel fit and fabulous increases along with the rising temperatures. Feeling the heat to step up your weight loss plan? Here’s the skinny on how to slim down for spring- join the 1.8 million women who have gotten fired up by taking the SELF Challenge!

Get Ready To…

1. Burn calories with your own customized step-by-step weight loss plan, including a workout program to help you shed inches off your body.

2. Firm up with an easy 8-step series of body trimming exercise moves found in the March issue of SELF Magazine.

3. Feel full but still shed pounds with The 20 Best Foods for Weight Loss. SELF has found the best foods to keep you satisfied and energized, without tipping the scale in the wrong direction.

4. Get and stay psyched with SELF’s tips on how to become inspired and continue to be motivated to reach your goal!

Get Set…

Grab a copy of the March issue of SELF or log onto to fully arm yourself with everything you need to know to defeat the SELF Challenge. In your arsenal, you will have created your own personal workout plan, you will know how to eat your way slim, and how to get amped up to reach your goal!


Log on and join in on the SELF Challenge to slim down for spring!

The wonderful people at SELF have sent me a T-shirt and a stretchy band for resistance training for one lucky reader to win!

To enter:

Go to and check out their site and come back and tell me your favorite feature.

Bonus Entries:
1) Become a follower of my blog – leave me a comment

2) Tweet about this giveaway: I hope I win the @Selfmagazine prize pack from Feeling Fit With Dana @Danamoritz

5) Blog about this giveaway – leave me a link so I can check it out!

One Winner will be chosen on April 10 by The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or a second chance drawing will be held! Good luck to you!

Discussion: What are your favorite magazines? Do you participate in the Self challenge?

Goodbye Detergent Original Spaghetti Scrubs

Spring is in the air and with it comes spring cleaning. I just want to go on the record. I hate to clean. I will avoid it as long as possible and do anything else that is more fun (which is anything in my opinion).

So, when I saw Goodbye Detergent spaghetti scrubs, I was intrigued. If I can find something that will make my cleaning life easier, then I’m all for it. The wonderful people at Goodbye Detergent sent me a couple of these scrubs to try!

The great thing about these scrubs is that you don’t have to add cleaner to them. It’s already there. Just wet and get to scrubbing.

Last week I had to clean a rental house. Usually most of our renters have not been horrible about leaving the house filthy. We didn’t get so lucky with this one. The shower was disgusting. I’m fairly certain that it hadn’t been cleaned ever. There was a handful of razor covers in one corner, red, gold, green and black mold. UGH! So, I tackled it with everything but the kitchen sink. The scrubs really did help! I was so surprised when it came clean. I also used the scrubs on the stovetop. I can’t talk about it. It was that bad. We did the best we could with the scrubs and then had to get a razor blade scraper to get all the gunk off.

The scrubs come in long sheets and you are thinking – what in the world is that? In fact, the boys were trying to figure out what it was and a scrubby was not on their list of guesses!!! These scrubs are made from corn cobs and peach pits. For tough jobs, like the shower, you can add a little cleaner to them, but you really don’t need a lot.

After you wet them, this is what they look like. You just get to scrubbing! When you are done cleaning, just hang it over the faucet and it dries completely. No stinky smell, and they will last for months. I love that it will save on cleaners and it is better for the environment.

Another Fit Club Monday!

It’s another Monday! Do you dread Mondays, or are you like me and look forward to a new week and a clean slate?

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Sun Dried Tomato and Chick Pea Salad
Linda’s Kitchen by Linda McCartney

A garlicky dressing and the sweet-sharpness of cooked red onion in vinegar give this unusual salad memorable qualities. Serve with warm pita bread as a light lunch dish or a first course.

1/2 small red onion, infely chopped
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 can (16 oz) chick peas (garbanzo beans) drained
1/3 cup diced sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or tarragon
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil, add the onion and cook 30 seconds. Drain and toss with the white wine vinegar.
Mix together with the red wine vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper and gradually whisk in the oil. Toss the chick peas, sun dried tomatoes and onion with the dressing and let marinate 1 hour.
Add the chopped parsley or tarragon and lemon juice, toss to mix and serve at room temperature.

Discussion: Do you choose one body part to work on at a time, or do you prefer to work your whole body. I like to focus on one body part. Right now it is my rear-end. Swimsuit season is coming, time to firm up the fanny!

Congratulations to GEM ( comment #17) for winning the Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa! Whoo-hoo! You are going to LOVE it! I’ll be back to announce the winner of the Jenulence Mineral Makeup as soon as I get a return email!
Don’t forget to enter the other contests: Function Drinks and Parma! More exciting reviews to come this week!

Food Revolution!

How did you do with the pushup challenge yesterday? I got all 100 in. A few of you let me know on facebook how you were doing. I loved it! That was a lot of fun and I can’t wait until next Friday to see if you all are up to the challenge again! Be sure to friend me on facebook and twitter if you want! We can all post how we are doing on Friday’s. It’ll be fun!

Did any of you watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution last night? It was the 2nd week and luckily they showed both episodes back to back. I DVR’d them and watched the first one last night and the second one this morning! I am loving this show. It is hard to watch at times, but I live in an area that is similar to Huntington WV. Missouri is not a health state either. I know that if we all work together to spread the word about health, we can make changes. Even if it is one person at a time, it is so worth it. I really wish that I had known what I know now when I was raising my kids. They are all grown now, but I would’ve done so many things differently. But, I can’t focus on that now. I must focus on now. I can lead by example, they are learning from me still and I love that. This is the first generation that will not live as long as their parents. It’s really sad and so easy to change. I know that I will be teaching Madelyn how to be her healthiest! She will know what a potato and tomato along with all the other fruits and veggies are!

With my Beachbody biz, it is so wonderful to help people change their unhealthy habits! It is the best part of my job and I truly mean that from the bottom of my heart!

Don’t forget about April’s Slim and Shake Challenge! 30 days of Slim in 6 workouts and Shakeology. Now, you can still participate if you don’t have either one, I wouldn’t leave you out, but you will get great results with these!!!! Please let me know if you want more info. I’m happy to get you a sample of Shakeology.

I always made my kids eat the school lunches. It was too much work to prepare their lunches and I really thought that they were getting a good meal. Boy, was I wrong…. today so many of the schools rely on processed foods. I didn’t realize just how much.

Discussion: What do you think is the best/worst about our school systems breakfast and lunch programs?

Friday Follow and Friday Challenge!

It’s Finally Friday! Brian is going to a buddies night, so I am hosting a Girls Night In! Some of my high school girlfriends are coming over and we are going to make pizza and watch movies and just have a good time. We always do! I love that we are still in touch and get together! We get together for birthdays and that usually means once a month. It’s so much fun!

I’m going to start a new Friday Challenge. Don’t worry, it won’t be too hard 🙂 Every Friday it will be something different. Might be food or water related, might be exercise related. Could be organization or writing….. whatever strikes my fancy. But, I will be doing it with you!

Today’s Challenge will be to do 100 push-ups. These can be spread out throughout the day or more power to you if you can knock them all out at once. I was in a push-up challenge a few years ago for one month to do as many push-ups as possible each day. I got to where I would stop and do 20 pushups every time I thought about it. Not only did I build up my strength, but my arms were looking great! You can do these on your knees, on your toes or against the wall. However you can get them in! Yes, your arms will probably be sore on Sat., but you will feel great knowing you got it done!

Be sure to post and let me know that you got them done!!

It’s Friday Follow!!!

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Discussion: Do you still get together with your old friends? What are some fun things you do?


Sorry I didn’t get a post done yesterday. Wednesday’s I have my sweet grandbaby and I spend the whole day just lovin’ her up! We had a great day, but I didn’t have much time to be online and especially to get anything written.

I’ve been a little out of whack, as I like to call it. Just feeling out of sorts. It’s been going on for a while, probably leftover from Brian’s accident. Not feeling depressed, just not on the top of my game. My diet is off, my workouts are not as fun, things just aren’t right. I think when I hurt my back, I spiraled down a slippery slope and now I’m trying to crawl back out of it. It’s so hard to stay on track when you are feeling good. I’m sure many of you have been in the place and know what I am talking about. So, I’m pulling up my big girl panties and getting back on track – STARTING TODAY!
I’ve let my journaling go, so I got my cute notebook out this morning and started it again. It was pretty hit and miss. Last entry was Feb 26th. Not good.
I’ve been eating out too much lately too. This is not good either. Even though I order as healthy as possible (most of the time), I know that at restaurants, you get larger portions, more calories than you think and I tend to eat more.
I’m telling you all this so you can help me to stay on track and get back to my healthy habits all the time. I’ve done good with my workouts this week. Worked out every day so far and I have a workout buddy group that is coming over and this will help me to stay on track here.
I’m going to get my cookbooks out and plan my meals. I am a true believer in – IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU PLAN TO FAIL! So, planning my meals is key!
I want to be on track for my April Slim and Shake Challenge. This gives me a few days to get a head of the game! It isn’t time to let things slide just because I am going to do a challenge for April. It doesn’t mean it is a free for all. Start now. Don’t wait!

One of my favorite healthy meals this week has been bruschetta! Nothing better and I got some Parma to try! Parma is a dairy free, parmesean cheese sub. It is soooo good. The wonderful people at Eat in the Raw sent me the original and the Chiptole Cayenne. Oh my, this is the bomb! I’m in love with it!
I have been putting it on all kinds of things, homemade pizza, eggs, salsa, popcorn, you name it, I’m sprinkling it!
Eat in the Raw has been kind enough to host a giveaway! YEAH!!! I have an original and a chiptole cayenne to give to 5 lucky readers! WHOO-HOO!!!
To enter:
Head over to Eat in the Raw’s website, check out the great products and recipes and come back and let me know what you would make if you win!
Extra Entries:
1) Become a follower of my blog – leave me a comment
2) Become a fan of Parma! Vegan Parmesean on Facebook – leave me a comment
3) Blog about this giveaway, be sure to leave a link!
4) Grab my button for your blog – give me the link so I can check
5) Tweet or facebook about this giveaway: I hope I win the Eat in the Raw Parma giveaway from @Danamoritz –
You must do the original entry to be eligible for the extra entries. Winner will be chosen on April 5, by Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or a second chance drawing will be held! Good luck!
Bruschetta recipe:
1 pc bread of choice ( I use spelt bread)
spread with hummus (Sabra brand red pepper hummus is really good!)
olive tapenade
tomatoes or bruschetta tomatoes
sprinkle with Parma! Vegan Parmesean ( I LOVE the chiptole cayenne for a little spice)
You can also add some Sheese!
I toast my bread first, then put the ingredients on and then place under the broiler for just a minute or so. I like to eat it hot! Enjoy!

Function Drinks

I have been so excited to try Function Drinks. Function Drinks have a line of physician created beverages that are geared towards losing weight, increasing energy and detoxing.

From their website:

Light Weight helps curb sugar cravings and boosts your metabolism.

Urban detox helps to support healthy lungs and sinuses and aids liver cleansing. It can also be a hangover remedy.

Alternative Energy provides sustained time release energy up to 6-8 hours.

Function Drinks come in many flavors. The most popular in our house was Blueberry Raspberry and Peach Mango, and Acai Grape.

The drinks are not heavy, they taste good and my sons loved them. Nick, Jake and Chase immediately tried them and Nick has been back for several more tries 🙂 I caught him opening them up to smell them to see if he wanted to taste them. Luckily, I was able to stop him before he got them all opened. He has loved just about all of them. We had guests over for dinner on Sunday and the girls saw them and wanted to try a couple. Caroline loved the acai pomegrante and Camille enjoyed the acai grape! My favorite was the Citrus Prickly Pear. It was just a little sweet and tangy at the same time! Brian liked the Strawberry Guava!

I like the fact that these are physician developed. I also like feeling that some research was done and thought was actually put into it. Many of the vitamin drinks have been done and done again.

According to the website, Function Drinks seal means that they are comitted to:

Producing products that reflect our latest understanding health, science and physiology.
Constantly evaluating and updating our products to reflect health innovations or breakthroughs.
Developing products founded in mainstream, proven clinical science

Creating products with the highest quality natural ingredients used by doctors everyday.

You can try these and know that you are getting a good tasting alternative to water. Water is my go-to drink as always, but every now and again I like something with a little flavor.

Be advised that the Light Weight drinks do have artificial sweeteners in them. I try to avoid this as much as possible. so, just be aware.

Many celebrities are fans of this drink: Lauren Conrad, Madonna, Fergie and Drew Barrymore are just a few!

Check out the funtion blog. Lots of great tips and you can even sign up for the 30 tips in 30 days! Have them delivered directly to your inbox.

I have 4 bottles (unopened!) to give away to one lucky reader!

To enter:

Head over to Function Drinks and tell me what flavor you’d like to try!

Extra entries:
1) Become a follower of my blog, leave me a comment!

2) Tweet or facebook about this giveaway: I hope I win the @FunctionDrinks giveaway from @Danamoritz –

3) Become a fan of Function Drinks on facebook

4) Become a follower of Function Drinks on twitter

You must do the original entry to get the extra entries! Winner will be chosen on April 2 by The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If I don’t hear back, then a second chance drawing will be held. Be sure to leave me a way to email you!

Slim and Shake Challenge

It’s another Fit Club Monday! I love having my Fit Club on Mondays, it’s a fresh start to a new week. A chance to wipe the slate clean and begin again!

I am going to be hosting a Slim and Shake Challenge. This will be 30 days of working out and using Shakeology. I will be using Slim in 6. I feel that this is the most effective workout for women. I will be following the workout for 30 days as scheduled and using Shakeology for atleast one meal. I think the results will be outstanding! If you want to join in, please let me know and I will email you the details. I am going to start on April 1!!! You will need to take your before/after measurements and weight, before and after photos and be willing to share your results with me so I can post it here. I will NOT be posting anyone’s weight or measurements, just the results! I hope you will join in!

Shakeology® – this is the real deal. Ask me for a sample!

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right to your door! Also with Home Direct, you get free shipping and a free workout and shaker cup! This works out to be $4 per day. You would spend that much going through the drive-thru for a meal, or a speciality coffee at Starbucks. Why not spend your money wisely and get ALL the nutrients you need for the day.

23 vitamins and minerals.

It’s like eating:
10 cups cauliflower
4 cups broccoli
4 cups mushroms
4 cups radishes
3 cups lettuce
1 cup peas
7 carrots
3 raw onions

Ask me how you can save 25% on Shakeology!

Beachbody is offering a great special to go with this challenge: Purchase Shakeology and get the new, updated Slim in 6 for 25% off! Purchase Now


Vegan Express by Nava Atlas

Chana Masala
4 Servings

1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 – 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1-2 tsp garam masala or good-quality curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp. grated fresh or jarred ginger
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, or to taste
Salt to taste
hot cooked grain (rice, quinoa, couscous) optional

1. Heat the oil in a wide skillet. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to saute until the onion is golden.
2. Add the chickpeas, garam masala, turmeric, ginger, tomatoes and lemone juice and about 1/4 cup water. Bring to a simmer, then cook over med-low heat for 10 mins stirring frequently. This should be moist and stewlike, but not soupy, add a little more water if needed.
3. Stir in the cilantro and season with salt. Serve on its own in shallow bowls or over a hot cooked grain, if desired.

Menu suggestions
1) omit the option of aplain cooked grean, serve with curried cashew couscous (recipe on page 93)
2) if you choose to serve this with a plain cooked grain, as suggested int eh recipe, compelte the meal with fresh flatbread and Fruitful Red Slaw ( page 177)
3) If time allows, make Apricot Chutney (page 225) as an accompaniment with any menu

Rest, Relax and Recharge?

Wow, Mother Nature has hit us with a sucker punch 🙂 6-8 inches of snow and it’s still coming down. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and 50! Come on Sunshine! We were just walking the dog on Friday with beautiful weather….. go figure. That’s way the weather is in Missouri, if you don’t like it, just wait 24 hours and it will change.

It is very pretty out though, here’s a photo looking out my front door. Now, I took this yesterday well before we got tons of snow.
Last night we went out to our friends house for some good food and a movie. We watched Zombieland. It was an odd movie, but I enjoyed it! the food was great and the company even better!

Today will be a day of cleaning and cooking. I’m planning on beans and cornbread for dinner. Brian loves the cornbread from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet cookbook, so I’ll make it and I am wanting some jalapeno cornbread. So, I’ll be looking for a great recipe to use.
I’m going to be doing a 3 day Shakeology Cleanse starting tomorrow. I’ll be documenting my results here and using my beloved flip camera for some updates as well. Several of my friends have tried this cleanse and have gotten really good results. From 3 lbs and several inches to 10 lbs lost in 3 days. Crazy! It is light on calories, so we’ll just have to see how I do with my workouts and whether I’ll have to make a few adjustments. I’ll post the whole cleanse tomorrow.

Today is a day of rest for me. I love taking one day per week off. No working out, no real work, I try to just spend time with my family and taking it fairly easy. Do you try to do this once per week? I really feel that it is so important. For my soul, my body and my mind. I used to even take the full day off from the computer as well. Haven’t been as dedicated to that lately. I’m a bit addicted to the computer and internet…..

What do you do to rest, relax and recharge?

First day of spring!

I am so ready for warmer weather. Being in San Antonio last week didn’t help much either. It was warm, I was rockin’ the flip flops and pedicure! Today is the first day of spring and I was so hoping for a great day (had one yesterday – 70 and sunny), but we woke up to 32* and rain/sleet. We are supposed to get up to 6 inches of snow before it is all over. I’m hoping that the weathermen are wrong!

With Spring here, it is bringing us closer to bathing suit season. UGH! That statement frightens most women. So, I am going to really ramp up the workouts, clean up the diet and increase my water intake.

It’s also time to get some spring cleaning done. I’ll have to clean one of the rental houses first. Have to get it rented quickly! Then I can tackle my house. I’m not a fan of cleaning, but I’ll get the whole family to help out. I know that I’ll be glad when it is done. I have a new product to try and will be doing a review of it soon! Goodbye Detergent Spaghetti Scrubs!

Do you make any changes to get ready for spring and summer? I’m always looking for good tips!

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