Monthly Archives: June 2010

Shoes that love you!

Recently the wonderful people at Oka b. sent me the best shoes to try out!  I am in lurve with them!!!!!  they are adorable for one thing:

Not only are they adorable, but they are comfortable too!    Two reasons that I love them, but wait, there is more:
Reflexology inspired design, antimicrobial and odor resistant, non-slip and non-marking, microplast technology (see more about this below), machine washable and colorfast, one-piece construction, tons of colors and styles, made in the good old USA and vegan friendly.  Wow,  can you believe it???  I know.  It’s amazing!
Microplast technology provides a lightweight, flexible shoe that remains comfortable yet durable.  The chemical make up is poly vinyl chloride which is made from salt and fossil fuel, so they are good for the environment as well!
The Oka b 2010  Winter Collection has been unveiled this month at the New York Show Expo and was inspired by the calming tones of the Mediterranean seascape.    There are many designs to choose from – thongs, ballet slippers, mules,slides and heels and they even have a bridal collection.
You have to check them out – another great thing, the price ranges from $20 – $40.  What more could a girl want?? Oh and guys, I didn’t forget about you – they have a men’s line of shoes as well.  Something for everyone!
Check out Oka b for your shoes that love you on facebook.  and on twitter!
Get yours today and you can be living the high life with shoes that love you!

Don’t forget to check out the shoes that love you blog!

Fit Club Monday – Turbo Edition

I just finished my Turbo Fire 45 and Stretch 10 workout.  I am loving this workout.  Even though my back is still bothering me, I am burning calories like crazy – 411 calories and still buring as I type this!!!  I modifying a lot of the moves.  I know that I’d be burning even more calories if I could go full blast!  The music is really good, the workout is good!

So, on this Fit Club Monday, what are you doing for your workout?  Remember, even walking is a good workout.  Just be sure to do something.  If you don’t love working out, then you just haven’t found the right workout yet!  If you are looking to find that perfect workout, let me know.  I can help you find something that you will look forward to doing!

You guys know how much I love journaling and think it is so important, and imagine how excited I was when I saw that the deluxe version of Turbo Fire came with a journal!

I like that it is small enough to carry in my purse.  I’ll have it with me wherever I am so there is no reason not to keep track of my stats!
If you’d like to order your own Turbo Fire, just click here!  Remember if you see the infomercial on tv, please order from my site.  It’s the same price and you get to have me as your coach!  I’d really appreciate it!  That goes for all Beachbody products!
Recipe:
Eggplant Stacks
I didn’t get these made to take a photo yesterday as planned, but I am having a girlfriend over for lunch and we are going to make these today!  So yummy!

1 eggplant – sliced fairly thick
1 yellow squash or zucchini (your choice) also sliced fairly thick
olive oil
1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce
Daiya cheese
basil
Brush the eggpland and squash slices with olive oil.  Grill the eggplant and squash slices for a few minutes on each side until close to being cooked completely.  I had to just saute them in a sauce pan today, the gas grill doesn’t have any gas AAGH!

On a cookie sheet – layer the eggplant and squash slices with spaghetti sauce in between the layers. I like 3 layers.  2 eggplant and 1 squash.  Top with more spaghetti sauce and the cheese and chopped basil. 

Put in the oven – I like to broil them, but you could bake them, just to finish cooking and brown the top! 

So tasty!  Enjoy!
Discussion:  Do you shop at the farmer’s market?  I love going each weekend and LOVE the fresh, local produce!!!!  What is your favorite item to purchase?  This week, we bought fresh bread, blackberries, green beans and new potatoes, corn on the cob and onions.  Gonna be a GREAT meal!

Family Fun Times!

Hopefully, you are going to take a little time today for some pampering. Enjoy it while you can!

Last weekend, we were at the lake. Madelyn had a great time in the water and we got some cute photos of her!! I hope you don’t mind me sharing a couple. She’s just so darn cute (sounds like every other grandparent in the world!!)

Jake forgot to bring shoes to swim in the lake with, this is what he came up with.  We were laughing so hard.  It reminded me of when the women in China would bind their feet to keep them small.  He was trying to walk in them, didn’t do a very good job and his feet hurt afterwards!

I am in the mood for ice cream.  I am thinkingI will make some today.  I love the cookbook Vice Cream for the best vegan ice cream
Not sure what kind I will make, but I’ll be sure to take some photos.  If you don’t eat dairy – you should get this cookbook!  YUM!!!!!
I got some great looking squash and eggplant from a friend!  I’m going to make eggplant stacks.  I’ll be posting the photos and the recipe on Monday!  Something to look forward to. We are also going to the Shrimp Boil today.  It is a fund-raiser for the local Y, it will be a lot of fun, Brian is helping with the cooking! 

Friday Challenge – take care of your tootsies!

This week’s challenge will be a little easier than last week’s (month long) challenge!!  We are going to take care of our feet.  Sandal season is here and let me tell you, my tootsies have been neglected through the winter and colder months.  So, over the weekend, your challenge is to do a little mini-pedi!

This procedure should take no more than 30 mins,  but you will be so happy with the results!  Our feet take a beating, so be nice to them!

Start by filling a small tub with warm water – and add a tsp of essential oil to make the water smell nice (if you don’t have any a little lemon juice will be just as nice!)

Use a scrubby and scrub those feet and especially any areas of rough skin.

Dry your feet really well afer soaking and scrubbing, making sure to get between the toes.

Take off any nail polish you have on, cut and trim your nails as you like.  I have found that it is best to cut the toe nails straight across,take a cuticle stick and push the cuticles back.  You shouldn’t cut them,   then get a good moisturizing lotion and massage into feet (if you can get someone to do this for you, go for it!)

Apply some nail polish that you like and looks good with your skin coloring!  Put on a clear base coat and then 2 coats of polish, as this will help to prevent the nail from discoloring!

Look for a reivew of these adorable shoes on Tues!!!!!

Your feet will be happy, you will have a little downtime and pampering which is so important!  Enjoy yourself, put on some good music and relax!!

Update on last week’s month long challenge!

It has almost been a full week on the Kind Diet vegan eating challenge.  I am feeling lighter and have more energy.  I’ve had some really good meals and then yesterday was such a busy day it was eating on the run, but I’ve done pretty good!

Apple Cinnamon Walnut Oatmeal, great and filling!
Tostada, Kinda – I didn’t have any tortilla’s so I put it on a bed of lettuce.  YUMMY!

Tofu Scramble using veggies on hand and adding turmeric.  Brian thought it looked like a science project gone wrong, but one of my favorites!
Fried Rice using veggies I had on hand!  Loved it!
Discussion:  Have you been following the challenges?  Which one has been your favorite so far and what would you like to see in future challenges?

Thursday tip

This tip is one that I have been trying and it works!  Guys, this probably doesn’t really apply to you, but you never know 😉

Now that bathing suit season is here, shaving is pretty much a daily occurence for me.  So, to avoid those pesky little red bumps that come with shaving in the binkini area, when you get done shaving and get out of the shower.  Dry off really well and then put deodrant on the bikini line.  I don’t know how it works, but it does.  No more red bumps or ingrown hairs.  Voila, problem solved!

If you try it, let me know how it works for you!

I have had the busiest day today and I can not believe that I am just now getting my Thursday post done.  I got some really cool items in the mail today. Can’t wait to review them.

We kept Madelyn over night last night and we are worn out.  I can’t believe that I raised three boys and one little girl just wears me out!  We had a blast and can’t wait to do it again, but for now, I am off to bed!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with a new weekly challenge and an update and photos of some of the great meals I am having from the Kind Diet!

are you a curious folk?

I love to read and will read any type of book.  I love them all!  I recently was sent the book Curious Folks Ask by Sherry Seethaler.  This book is 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products and Medical Mysteries. 

Talk about an interesting book.  All kinds of questions are asked and answered.  Why does the flu change every year?  What makes glue sticky?  Are all brands of gas the same?  Why can’t you sneeze with your eyes open? 

This is a book that everyone can enjoy and I think kids would love it!  When this book came in the mail, Brian and Jake jumped on it and started looking through it.  All kinds of conversations have been had over the questions and answers.

Want to know the answers to the questions?  You are in luck!  I have a copy to giveaway!  Yay!

This is going to be an easy giveaway to enter!!!

Just leave me a comment with your favorite book of all time!  I’m always looking for great new reads! 

Be sure to leave me a way to get in touch with you!  Winner will be chosen on July 3, 2010 by random.org.  You will need to contact me within 48 hours of receiving the winning notification email or I will choose an alternate winner!

If you are not the winner, you can pick up your copy of this book by clicking on the link to the left!  You won’t be sorry if you are a curious folk!!

charlie’s soap – part two

The wonderful folks over at Charlie’s Soap are generous enough to offer a giveaway here at Feeling fit with Dana!  YAY!  Now you can try the products for yourself and see why I love them so much!  I’m so excited to host this giveaway!!! 

Check out my review post on Charlie’s Soap here.

I love that I won’t be polluting the air when I clean.  You can do the same! My laundry is clean too!

To enter to win  an 80 load bag of laundry powder, a 17 oz sprayer of all purpose, and a grocery tote bag:

Head over to Charlie’s Soap and then come back and let me know what product you’d like to try!!

Extra Entries:

1)  Become a follower of my blog – if you already are, just let me know!

2)  Like Feeling Fit with Dana on facebook – if you already follow, just let me know!

3)  Follow me on Twitter

4)  Like Charlie’s Soap on Facebook

You MUST do the first entry to be eligible for the extra entries.  Be sure to leave me a way to get in touch with you if you win.  Winner will be chosen on July 2, 2010 by random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification by email or an alternate winner will be chosen!  Good luck to you!

Fit club Monday

Good Morning!  We stayed over one more night at the lake.  I am blogging from the deck, listening to the birds chirp and looking out over the water.  It is so peaceful and quiet first thing in the morning here and it isn’t too hot yet.  It’s been soo hot the last few days.  I even got a little overheated yesterday when we went out on the boat.  I didn’t have enough water yesterday and sitting in the sun wasn’t the greatest idea I’ve had in a while.  But, it was fun!

I have changed the time of Fit Club to 7 PM in hopes that more of you will be able to make it! For those of you that don’t live in the area, we can always meet in WOWY, the online super gym.  When you join Team beachbody as a free member, you get access to WOWY. (Work Out With You).  You can log in to your account (get your free membership here and I’ll be your coach!)  You don’t have to do Beachbody workouts to enter WOWY.  You can walk, jog or swim  – whatever you like!  When you log your workouts, you have a chance to win cool prizes ( cash, ipods, camera, camcorders)

Today’s Recipe:

Simple and easy – P B & J Oatmeal

Mix your oatmeal as usual ( I prefer to make mine with water).

Add in 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter and 1 tsp jam of choice.

I also add in a dash of almond milk.
Mix and enjoy!!!!

Discussion:  Do you think that having a prize or incentive makes you more likely to workout?  I think it certainly makes it more fun!!

The Challenge

Since we are starting our challenge tomorrow for those of you BRAVE enough :)  I wanted to get some guidelines inplace.

Start date:  Monday June 21, 2010 – the challenge lasts 4 weeks!

We will take our weights and measurements on Day 1 and you can take them no more than once per week.

We will follow the meal plan from the Kind diet book by Alicia Silverstone.  You can be a flirt, a vegan or a superhero or a combination of the three.  It is up to you.  If you only want to follow along for one week or one or two meals per day, that is fine, it is up to you.  Make the plan work for you.

Exercise every day for at least 30 mins.  It can be any type of exercise you want.  If you need ideas, let me know.  I can help.  Walk, jog, run swim, bike, DVD’s or go to the gym.  Whatever you like to do and enjoy doing.  Take one rest day per week.  On this day go for a shorter, slower walk or stretch.

So, there it is.  We will look better, sleep better and most definitely feel better after 4 weeks of this plan!

If you have any questions, you can post them here or on the Feeling Fit with Dana facebook page!  I’ll get them answered as soon as possible.

Lake fun and father’s day!

We so enjoy coming to our lake place and just hanging out, playing on the water and having a good time with friends and family!

How about a little down time in the hammock? 

Get your suit on and let’s go on the boat!

We came down last night and sitting on the deck listening to the birds is so relaxing.  This morning a momma deer and her baby walked through our yard.  The fawn was jumping and playing and then they wandered off.
It was so cool and I love seeing all the animals around. Of course, my camera was in the house!

Today we don’t have much planned, the kids are here with Miss Madelyn, a little swimming a little cookout and then tomorrow Nick and Jake are coming for Father’s Day.

It is one of my favorite ways to unwind and take it easy.  Spending time with friends and family!

My back is bothering me again.  It hasn’t hurt like this in a while, not since I first hurt it doing Insanity.  So, I’m laying off the exercise, stretching and a little yoga are on the agenda for the next few days.  I’m a little upset about it, I really wanted to start Turbo Fire on Tuesday.  It is scheduled to be here on Monday.  I’m so excited to get it!  Can Not Wait, and now I have to listen to my body and let it heal before I go full blast again.

I am looking to add members to my team of Beachbody Coaches.  If this is something you would like to do, please let me know.  We need people that want to help others get healthy and fit!!!!  It is a fun and rewarding job for sure!  If you are in my area, we are having a Beachbody Biz Opportunity meeting on Tuesdays.  Let me know and I’ll get the info to you so you can come and check it out!

I’ll be back for Fit Club Monday night, so in the meantime, have a wonderful Father’s day to all the fathers out there.  Enjoy your day with your family!

Happy Father’s Day Daddy!  I love you and miss you and can’t wait to see you soon!!!