Celebration Day

I can not believe that it has been a year today since Brian’s accident.  This year has flown by.  I am so thankful that things turned out as good as they did. Even though Brian still has some pain, he is walking without crutches or walker.  Things certainly could have turned out a lot worse!! 

We are having a BIG celebration party tonight.  Family and friends are coming, we have been getting things ready for tonight!  The house is cleaned, food is prepared and ordered, the deck looks great and lights have been hung.  Music will be great, and the dance floor is ready!  We are so excited to celebrate our good fortune!

I’ll take a lot of photos and share with you tomorrow.  I am glad that we are so blessed!  Have a GREAT day!

Friday Challenge – Walking edition

Happy Friday y’all!!  We have a BIG weekend planned and have been getting things ready.  The house is looking good, the yard is looking even better!  Brian has been working so hard on it and I’m in lurve!  with the deck and Brian 🙂

Since it is Friday, that means another challenge.  It’s all about the walk!  so today, we are going to move and when you go out today, park in the farthest spot and walk, go for a walk today – either a leisurely walk with a friend or a brisk walk and get a good calorie burn.

Walking is one of the best exercises you can do.  It is easy on your joints and a great way to build up to a more strenuous exercise, if you want to.

When I wear my bodybugg, I love seeing the step counter.  10,000 steps is the goal for every day.  Do you think you get that many?  More?  Less?  It was surprising to me when I actually saw how many steps I was taking – it was not 10,000.  The bodybugg is a good thing for me to make sure that I am on track and if I’m not, I know I need to move.  You can also use a pedometer.  Whatever works for you, just be sure to walk and move.

The Project You! Type 2 workout has a great walking cd.  I love it.  The music is good, and Kathy Smith is a great trainer.  She talks through the walk ( just enough, but not so much that it becomes annoying) and keeps a good pace.  There are two 30 min workouts, one is just walking and the other one is a walk/jog. Of course, the workout comes with several other exercise dvd’s as well.

So, take a walk today.  Just move!

How diet soda causes weight gain

Nick’s girlfriend Lauren has been hospitalized with complications to her diabetes. She is in ICU and we are hoping that she will get to go home today. She has been a diabetic since she was 4 and we would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts. She is doing much better and I saw her twice yesterday. She really wants to go home, I think that is a good sign.

We are also getting ready for the big day on Sat. This is the one year date of Brian’s motorcycle accident. Instead of dwelling on how bad it was, we are choosing to have a party and celebrate the fact that he is still with us. We are prepping and cleaning and getting ready for a great time with all our friends!

So, this post will be short and sweet. I want to share this video with you all. I saw this a year or so ago, time sure has a way of getting away from me, but it is a wonderful explanation on why you shouldn’t drink diet soda. I’m not preaching to you, just want to make you aware!

Puma Cardiac Heart Rate Monitor

I just finished my TurboFire HIIT 20 and Stretch 10 workout.  I love that I can get a GREAT workout in 20 mins.  I also love that I can use the new Puma Cardiac heart rate monitor and know that I am in the right target area for my workout.  I did push it a little too hard and the alarm was going off, but I was able to take it down a notch and get in my target heart rate zone!  Don’t you just love the name of it?  Genius!

The watch was a little confusing to get set up, but once I read the directions, I got it done.  🙂  I’m a little stubborn that way at times.  I have been using it for a few weeks now and it is consistent with the calorie burn and I really like it.  I wasn’t sure I would like the chest strap, but I don’t even notice it.  The first day I tried it out, I thought it would be bothersome and I was aware of it for about the first 5 mins and then I was so focused on my workout and it is pretty comfortable.  The monitor also has many other features:  watch, timer, alarm, and chrono.  It comes in white, red and black and yellow.  The watch retails for $100

You plug in your age, gender, and weight and it will set the target rate for you.  Easy peasy! 

Get your Puma cardiac heart rate monitor from the link to the left.  Puma is a great company and I love their shoes, so I know that this monitor will be a great addition to your fitness regiment!

Don’t just take my word for it, I let my fit clubbers try it out as well.  Dawn thought it was comfy and easy to use and really liked knowing how many calories she was burning and Brian H. was impressed.  He’s a techie guy and it is hard to impress him!  It was a hit with all of us!  Jason is going to try it when he gets back from vacation, but I’m sure he’ll love it just as much.

Check out Puma on Twitter and Facebook

Discussion:  Do you use gadgets when you workout?  Do you want to know your heart rate and calorie burn when you are working out?  Do you think it would make you work out harder?

Fit Club Monday

It’s Monday and that means time for another Fit Club Edition!  I love Monday’s.  New start and for me a get back to my regular routine day!  I love going on vacation, but I need to get back to more vigorous workouts!  This morning was TurboFire 45 and Stretch 10.  Loved every minute of it and burned 451 calories so far.  I was wearing my Puma Cardiac heart rate monitor (review to come tomorrow!) and it was working overtime!!!

Tonight’s Fit Club is going to be Chalean Extreme Dynamic Flow Yoga.  I need a little stretching and movement all together and this is the perfect workout for it!  This workout is part of the Deluxe version of CE. 

Dynamic Flow Yoga –  Lengthen and strengthen your muscles for a long, lean silhouette with this energizing workout. (40 minutes)

If you are in the Los Angeles area, you have to go to the TurboFire Launch Party.  I so wish I could go, but I already have a trip to CA planned for late Aug, and can’t go this time around. 

Here’s the details:

Fit Club Recipe

one of our favorite go-to meals is pizza.  It’s so quick and easy!  This is my favorite right now (it changes all the time!)

I use Mama Mary’s pizza crust.  It is so easy, they come in large ones (2 per package) or the small ones (3 per pkg).  The small ones are great, just the right amount and I don’t tend to overeat!

I also use tomato sauce.  I like the basil, garlic and oregano version!

Spread the tomato sauce on the pizza crust and add your toppings. 

Black olive, basil and onion with Daiya mozzarella cheese is on my list of favorites right now, but you can add whatever toppings you like.  Brian is in love with BBQ chicken.  ( red onion, chicken (already cooked), black olives and a drizzle of BBQ sauce over the top with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses).  I’m using the basil out of my garden.  It is one of the things that is doing great!  Yay!

Bake in the oven as directed on the pizza crust package and enjoy!  This is what we’ll be having for lunch or dinner tonight, so I’ll be sure to post a photo!  They look delicious and they are!

Discussion:  what is your favorite go-to recipe/dish/meal? 

I am grateful!

It’s Sunday and that means it is time to be grateful and thankful!

grate·ful/ˈgrātfəl/

Adjective: Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.
 
 
I am so grateful and thankful for the opportunity to go on our vacation, for my family, my job and for all my friends.  I really do appreciate each and every one of you!

This really is your life and just like today’s song says, are you who you want to be?  If not, then make some changes.  You deserve to be happy, healthy and what you want to be!  Make it happen!

Set some goals, write them down, make a vision board, bring those changes into your life and be thankful for them!

Enjoy the beauty around you, really pay attention to it.  Give to others, be a kind person, and smile more, share your happiness with others, you never really know what they are going through and a smile, a kind gesture, hug or sweet word may be just what they are needing today!  My prayer today is that you are blessed beyond your wildest dreams!

Have a wonderful Spirit Sunday!  Enjoy your day with your family and be sure to give thanks!

Friday Challenge – 30-20-10-5

I am happy to report that I am blogging from outside.  Here’s a look at my office today:

It is beautiful weather today after the rainy day yesterday.  Brian and I have taken full advantage of it.  We hopped in the Jeep bright and early this morning and took off for the Royal Gorge.  I have to admit, I wasn’t that excited about this stop, but Brian was so I put on my happy face just for him.

He was so right!  It was one of the best stops of our trip.

We took the tram above the gorge

The railroad incline below the bridge

And walked across the bridge

Perfect!

Then we headed off to Cripple Creek.  Toured a haunted jail and walked through the casinos and the quaint little town.

We are back at the camper now for our last night of vacation.  I’m sad to see it end, we’ve had so much fun, but I am also ready to get home and get back to my regular schedule!

Friday Challenge:

30-20-10-5

Thirty pushups, 20 tricep dips and 10 squats repeat 5 times!  I’m pulling out the big guns on this one!  Of course, if you can’t do that many, modify, modify and modify! It is okay.  You can work up to it.  If you want great looking arms, then definitely make this part of your daily workout routine.  These will certainly get you definition in your arms!

I’m pimping out my facebook biz page!  I’d love for you to “like” me!  When I get to 500 followers or likers, what do you call it anyway?  Then I am going to giveaway a Beachbody workout of your choice.  Anything you’d like, so please suggest it to your friends and family!  Purty Please! The giveaway will not be for current Beachbody coaches to participate in, you can still like me, just not eligible to win!

Feeling Fit With Dana on facebook!

Discussion:  What celebrity or person do you think has the best arms?  I have to say that I really want my arms to be well defined.  I think Hillary Swank had amazing arms (whole body really) in Million Dollar Baby, I also think Jessica Biel has nice arms!

Colorado!

We have moved on to  Colorado.  We had a great time in New Mexico and Colorado has a lot to live up to!  Got into town yesterday and we are pretty tired.  So, we took it easy yesterday. 

Drove through Garden of the Gods and started walking on a trail and it started pouring!  So, we drove around a little,  this guy walked right in front of us.

Then we came back to the camper, did some laundry and went to one of my favorite places!

It takes so little to make me happy!!!

Then we came back and decided to eat out.  We found an amazing Greek restaurant ( I know that I can always find something to eat there!) Jake and Telly’s.  Dinner was sooooo good!

I got the lentil soup and a vegetable mezze plate.  There was so much food! Brian got some carnivore’s delight 🙂

Brian gets so embarrassed when I take photos of my food.

After dinner, we walked around Old Colorado for a while, most of the shops were closed, but it was good to walk.  We came back to our campground and there was a band playing, we listened for a while and then just decided to turn in.  We’ve been on the go so much that we just needed to rest.  It’s good to listen to your body like that.

So today, we are rested and ready to go!  Pike’s Peak, Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs.  I’m sure I’ll get many beautiful photos!

Discussion:  do you listen to your body and rest when it is needed or do you just push through it?

Shake it up!

We are having so much fun on our trip.  Before Brian’s accident, we had planned to take 1-2 big trips ( like this one) and then do one long weekend a month.  We didn’t have the camper then, we just drove the car, but it was fun.  We had taken 2 small trips before Brian’s acccident and then our lives were put on hold.  So, we are back at it now (somewhat) and I have to say I wish we had done this when our boys were younger.  They would have loved this!!!  We do have a family trip planned out.  We have to get to it next month before school starts again.

Eating while traveling can sometimes be a pain, but I have had the best meals and it’s been easy to find vegetarian meals.  I was quite surprised.  I expected to do a lot of cooking in the RV, but we have been exploring and researching and have had great success. I think you have to plan things out in order to have success.  We have been packing out lunch every day for our day trips.  It has been fun and a bit challenging at times to find a place to pull over to eat.  We’ve managed to find some great spots – alothough one day it was the side of the road.  Luckily, we have had fantastic views no matter where we are!  My goal for this trip was to come back lighter than when I left.  Not sure I’ll make it, but at least I had a plan!

I do bring my Shakeology and the vita-mix and we’ve had it for breakfast all but one morning ( and that morning we wished we had had Shakeology!)  Brian thinks I’m crazy for lugging the vita-mix with me everywhere I go, but once you use it, you understand.  I use it all the time and don’t want to be without it.

Shakeology Recipe
Mocha Madness
8 oz almond milk
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder ( I like Sun Warrior)
1/2 cup iced coffee
ice
mix in blender to desired consistency and enjoy!
I’m not a huge fan of coffee, but I really enjoyed this!
My favorite Shakeology recipe:
German Chocolate:
8 oz almond milk
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1 tbsp peanut butter (natural)
1 tsp coconut oil
ice
Mix in blender and enjoy!
One last Shakeology recipe:
Snickers
8 oz almond milk
1 scoop chocolate Shakeology
1 tbsp peanut butter (natural)
1 tbsp caramel sauce
ice
Mix and enjoy!
I like my shakes to be thicker and icy.  Adjust the ice to your tastes!

exercise and travel – oh yeah!

We are in Taos, New Mexico and it is so pretty here!  The drive from Santa Fe was just beautiful. 

I am still adjusting to the altitude difference and it is affecting my workouts.  So, how do you get a good workout when traveling?  I’m improvising.  I brought my workout DVD’s with all the intentions of getting them in, but lack of space and breath is putting a damper on that plan.  So, every morning and evening, Brian and I are walking.

  I am doing some yoga and stretching.

I have also thrown in some ab workouts.  Whatever I can fit in with our sightseeing and with the limited space I have. 

So there really is no excuses not to do soemthing even while you are on vacation. I’m thinking of attempting a little Turbo Fire again tomorrow.  We will be spending a lot of time on the road and I’ll need to burn some calories! They are telling me that my body will get used to the altitude and it won’t be so difficult to workout.  I think it is worth a try.  If I get it done, I’ll have my handy-dandy cameraman take some pictures or video!

Discussion:  What are your favorite ways to get your exercise while traveling?