lake house getaway!

I’ve been on a three day cleaning frenzy….  Sheer madness on my part 🙂

We have decided that in order to reach our crazy goals/dreams, we need to rent out our lakehouse for the times we don’t want to/ won’t be using it.  So, we are getting things ready.  We LOVE our lakehouse and LOVE the times we spend with the family down here.  Absolutely nothing better and the memories we all have are so special, but we are not here every weekend, not at all throughout the week ( usually) so there is no reason not to allow others to get to create their own memories!  And, of course, the extra income will help us reach our ultimate goal!!!

So, it’s been a crazy couple of days doing some deep cleaning, getting photos and things ready to get this house listed before the summer booking season starts!

If you or anyone you know wants a great home on the lake, please get in touch with me!

I’ve gotten a LOT done……  still  a LOT to do……

These are just a few of the pics, I have so many more and still more work to get done.  Oh well, there’s always next weekend, right?

Discussion:  Do you have a big dream/goal that you are trying to achieve, if so, how are you going about achieving it?

Marilu Special!!!

I have a great deal for you!!!  marilu.com is running a membership drive right now and I know that you have probably heard me talk about how instrumental Marilu’s books were on getting me started on my own personal health journey!! 

So, part of the membership drive is that if we have 5 people sign up for the 1 year membership, we can get the 6th one free.   This will save you money, you get a great chance to get healthy, met some amazing people and get access to Marilu herself!!!! 

Marilu teaches classes as well as offers classes by her GREAT coaches!!  The current class is The Core Class:  Getting to the Heat of THM.  My favorite class is Booty School!  I even attended one of the SPArty get togethers in California and had a blast, I have met some of my closest friends through marilu.com!  Everyone at marilu.com is a friend!!

getting makeup tips from Marilu at the SPArty in Ojai CA
the gang at Marilu’s book signing in Oklahoma City

Another GREAT reason to get signed up now for the 1 year membership is because anyone that recomends someone that signs up gets to be entered for a drawing for a VITA-MIX!  Talk about some great SWAG!

So get started on your own health journey for a reduced price, get a friend to join you and you have a chance to win a VITA-MIX!

I am sure you know how much I love my vita-mix.  I use it every, single day!  Love it to make smoothies, soups, ice cream, and so much more.

green lemonade

You have to get in touch with me so that I can arrange the special pricing.  Leave me a message here, on facebook, twitter or email me! 

This is just another way to get healthy together!

Discussion:  do you have close friends you met online or thorugh a website like marilu.com?

No, No Nona!

It’s easy to see who rules the roost around our place on Wednesday’s…..

Grumpy, I need some dip dip…..
Outside, please
walk, please
Grumpy do it
Asking her if she wants to get down will get you the stink eye
Ready to go back to the house?
No, No Nona!
We’ve had a good day!
We are exhausted, but it’s been a good day!

Fit Club and Birthday Celebrations!

Fit Club Tuesday is here again!  It’s the last one for Feb, so that means the last of the Slim Series workouts tonight  These workouts have been fun and they are truly effective workouts!  7 PM at the CJ Community Center!  Remember, there is no charge for the class, come on in and let’s have fun getting fit together!  If you are not local, please sign up for a free account or a club membership and let me coach you to your BEST HEALTH YET!!!  I offer free fitness coaching and would LOVE to help you!

We had a blast at the birthday party last night.  The kids were all there, they were all chatty and laughing.  Madelyn was showing us all her “tricks”.  She was laughing so hard….  I love that!   But, by the time I pulled the camera out, she was D.O.N.E. done!  Ready to go home to bed!  She was telling everyone “BYE” in her loud voice before her parents even mentioned leaving!

Uncle Jake and Mads watching Special Agent Oso!

Aunt Lauren and Mads on the comfy couch!

Not so thrilled with having her picture with the birthday boy, Grumpy!

Please, just hurry up with the pictures…..

Meredith, Chase and Nick

there might be something in your teeth Brian!

The birthday boy and the family!

Food was great – spaghetti and meatballs ( I had spaghetti and mushrooms) and the apple cobbler turned out wonderful!!

Discussion:  Do you prefer your family birthday celebrations at home or do you go out for them?

All American Birthday!

It’s Brian’s birthday today!  We are so birthday loaded at the beginning of the year!

  

I have been cooking up a storm today.  He requested spaghetti and meatballs and apple cobbler. 

He’s a bit picky with the way he wants his apple cobbler, must have a bottom crust ( I know that it makes it NOT a cobbler) and tons of apples and crumbly topping.  (maybe a dutch apple pie then?) 

All I know is that my hand was cramping from slicing all the apples!

Recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks..  Only made 2 changes 🙂

The reason my hand was cramping.  A LOT of apples!

It’s TALL!

before the crumbly topping

with the topping!
Should be so yummy, I know the house smells heavenly!
I’m sure I’ll have lots of photos to share tomorrow after the birthday party!
Happy Birthday Baby, Much Bunches!

downtown downtime!

It’s been a busy week, so Brian and I have had some down time the last couple of days!!!

Driving in the Jeep with the tops out and enjoying the sunshine!!

Dessert at the cupcake place

Brian and I split a Snickers cupcake!

boat show!!
beautiful chapel

It’s been a GREAT weekend!
Discussion:  What exciting things did you do this weekend?

There may have been

I have been meeting myself coming and going this week.  It’s been supah crazy!

I just realized that I haven’t gotten a blog post done since Tuesday!  WHAT????  Good grief.

The weather has been just glorious!  Today it was 73!  LOVEIT LOVEIT LOVEIT!

Brian took the tops out of the jeep and we headed out to enjoy the day! 

So just what have we been up to?

Work, cleaning and a little playing:

There may have been a mess after a certain someone had been here
There may have been a lunch at Instant Karma YUM!!!

There may or may not be one of these on my Christmas wish list…..

There may have been a failed attempt to paint my nails in a moving vehicle
There may have been a wish for summer to be here

permanently

It’s been a good week, but I’m exhausted.  Off to bed early now so we can have more fun tomorrow!!!

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Discussion:  What might have happened at your place this week?  Any questions for me to answer?  Anything you want to see on the blog?

Double YUM!

It’s TUESDAY and that means FIT CLUB!  No bad weather, no traveling, nothing to cancel our sweatfest!

Since it is Feburary, it is SLIM SERIES!!!  Love these workouts, so effective and you really do get a good sweat on!

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Shape It Up!
An amazing strength-building resistance workout to reshape your body from head to toe!

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One of the great things about these workouts is you can get the whole series for $59.85 or you can purchase the individual workouts for $19.95!!   BARGAIN!!

Slim Series is the best way to keep getting the results you want. We’re so sure you’ll succeed, you have our money-back guarantee. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your progress, just return Slim Series within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price, less s&h. No questions asked. But keep Debbie’s Slimming Guide as our gift just for trying.

So, if you are in the area, join us tonight at the CJ Community Center in Carl Junction @ 7 PM for a great workout – no charge for the workout and we will also taste Shakeology!!!  YUMMO!!

If you are NOT in my area, don’t fret, you can get a free account at my website and do a virtual workout with us!  Sign up for free and then join us in the WOWY gym at 7 PM CT!  Not only will you know we are all sweating at the same time, but you can enter for a chance to win cool prizes and/or cash.  Yes, you can win for doing YOUR WORKOUT!  BONUS!  SWEET!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, how did your day go?  Did you give in and eat candy all day long or were you able to resist temptation.  Speaking of temptation, my valentine brought these to me:

Beautiful and yummy.  They are part fruit, right?  I had one yesterday and I’ve had one today.  I thought I was doing great until I noticed a second box in the fridge.   Jake and Brian are going to have to get busy eating these bad boys!

So today I logged some treadmill time, I have fit club tonight and I am making up for it with my diet!  I’m not too worried about it, but I am trying to do my best today!

Here’s my afternoon pick-me-up!  Green lemonade all icy!  Double YUM!  If you want to check out some GREAT green smoothie/juice recipes, please head over to my friend Jennifer’s blog Joyful Juicy Journey!  You will love her recipes and HER!  Spinach, lemons, apples, kale, and stevia!  So healthy for you!  Head over to Jen’s blog to get the recipe!

Discussion:  Do you need an afternoon pick-me-up?  What do you choose?

work anywhere? why, yes please!

I had to be out of the house today, so I am working from Joe Muggs!  It’s fun to be able to work no matter where I am!!

I’ve got everything I need!  Internet (check), chai latte (check), phone (check), list of things I need done (check)!!!  My only problem today is that I didn’t know that Joe Muggs charged for their internet use.  I would’ve left, but I already had everything set up and just didn’t feel like putting it all away and going somewhere else.  BUT, NEXT TIME, I’ll go to Starbucks.  I picked Joe Muggs because it is less crowded and noisy.  But, I won’t pay again for the internet usage. Sorry Joe Muggs!

We had a GREAT time yesterday with the fam!  Taco family dinner.  Brian wanted to go out on a limb and try something new and different – he succeeded.  Pulled pork tacos with coleslaw.  They all loved them, he got the idea when we were in Branson in Oct.  The kids all loved it.  I stuck with my usual – soy meat and avocado and salsa, lettuce – just the basic taco!!

Madelyn ate all the sides – olives, tomatoes and chips with dip-dip (salsa).  She’s my kind of girl!  She was having fun wearing mom’s sunglasses and looked so cute with her pigtails!

Happy Valentine’s Day or as my kids used to say, Happy Balentimes, mom!  If you haven’t gotten your sweetie a gift yet, try something simple and easy.  Cook their favorite meal, make a mix tape (that is what Brian requested and got!), a nice massage, clean the kitchen after dinner, so many easy ways to please your partner that won’t break the bank!

However, Brian, if you are reading:  that ice maker would be the perfect gift 🙂 HA HA HA!!!

Discussion:  Do you go all out for Valentine’s or do you prefer a low-key night?  I love comments and I will respond, please leave one!!

Ask me anything – how do you build endurance?

I was asked recently – “how do you build endurance?”

Well, I am glad you asked.  Here’s my thoughts on the subject!!

When you first start working out, you may not be able to keep up or go as long as you think you should.  This is completely normal!  You have to start out slow and work up to the harder moves, longer runs, and gaining strength.

Go as hard as you can each and every time you work out!  Constantly push yourself.  Now, don’t go so hard that you are feeling faint, sick or can’t go on, but you know your limits and most people don’t even come close to pushing it as hard as they can.  Make your brain match your body!

Cross train!  Don’t do the same thing everyday.  Your body gets used to what you are doing.  You have to keep mixing it up.  If you are doing a workout DVD, switch it up for a few days, try a different workout for a week.  If you are on the treadmill, change the intensity, add in some “hills”, walk/run longer.  If you have reached a plauteau, then change it up.

Get your heart rate up!   This goes along with going as hard as you can, but if you are only lifting weights, your heart rate won’t be as high as if you are doing cardio.  Mix it up!  If you are walking, do bursts of light jogging or brisk walking.  Don’t get complacent.  Change it up, push yourself.

Get your diet in order!  You can’t build up endurance drinking sodas and eating burgers and fries everyday.  That will weigh your body down.  Eat clean, whole foods, water, that is what is good for your body. Give your body the fuel it needs to do the job.

STRETCH!  Your body needs to stretch, seriously.  Your muscles will cooperate when they are happy!  Stretching makes muscles happy.  Yoga and stretching are so important.  A quick, daily stretch will go a long way in increasing your endurance.  Once a week, do a longer stretch or yoga routine, you will thank me for this one!  This will cut down on muscle cramping, soreness and you will become more flexible.

Get a fitness buddy!  You are more apt to push harder when you are working out with a friend.  Most people go harder and longer when someone is with them.  Work out together, encourage each other and push each other!  Don’t have a buddy?  Take advantage of my online fitness coaching (it’s free!!).  Sign up here!

Dedication and commitment are KEY!  Don’t give up, keep working out daily or atleast follow your workout regiment.  If you are sporadic with your workouts, your endurance will be slow in building.  Keep going!

Discussion:  What motivates you to keep going?   To build your endurance?