Happy New Year!

Happy New YearHappy New Year!  It’s January 2014.

Here we go.  New year, new goals, new resolutions, new life, and new you, right?  Right.  It sounds great so now put it to paper.  Write it down, look at it every day, and make sure you are doing your best to live your life to the fullest.  Do what you love, exercise more, drink more water, eat more fruits and veggies, and smile more.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello Or A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.  ~Charles Gordy

A smile just makes us feel good.   DO IT!

Moving on, it’s time for the January challenge.  Commit yourself to two strength-training sessions a week.  It doesn’t matter what two.  It can be BodyPump for one, with me for another, or training on your own on the gym floor.  Again, it doesn’t matter, just commit to two times weekly.  You’ll be glad you did.

Here are a few links I adore.  I know you will too:

Like I’ve been saying all along…try Les Mills GRIT:

I need to try most of these:

Seriously, my favorite dish right now:

So, I’m not following a Paleo diet but I love some of the recipes I’ve been seeing.  Like this one:

This is inspiration:

Ok…This is for you.

Listen up, ladies.

I’m thinking about starting an online book club.  We get a group of people together; have one person choose a book, and on one day a month, we gather online to discuss it.  The next month a new person chooses a book.  What do you think?  Can it work?  Can we make it work?  Want to try it with me?

December Madness

Drury Lane Lunch Hello Dolly Show Curtain

Wow – where did November go? It was just a whirlwind. We went to visit our daughter in Chicago this past week. She is in Hello, Dolly! at Drury Lane and it was fabulous. As you know, we are very proud. At the theatre, we ate a huge Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, drank Mimosas, and rolled our stuffed selves into our seats to watch the show.

Harris FamilyWe stayed with Greg’s parents, who graciously bought us dinner, gave us a roof over our heads for a few days, and then made a terrific non-traditional Thanksgiving meal on Black Friday. It was a great week.




Albemarle SkyLook what we came home to…the fiery skies of Charlottesville, Virginia. Beautiful!





willpowerSo back to reality…you know it’s going to be important for us to put our WILLPOWER hats on for this month. I mean holiday foods are made with nothing but sugar and alcohol, right? Not all of them. There are tons of healthy recipes out there for you to try. Just try them.

Pumpkin PieMake a new healthy recipe or revamp an old one by making it healthier (here is one I did on a whim). I bet you’ll like it, I bet your family will like it, and I bet no one but you will know or needs to know it’s good for you! One other thing to keep in mind, especially for this month, is to move, move, move more. Try to incorporate more exercise this month. You know you’re going to eat a bit more than normal (we don’t want to be rude, right?) so why not move a bit more. Add just 10 – 15 more minutes to your exercise routine. Take a nice brisk walk, it’ll clear your mind, and burn calories. AND do the December challenge! For the December challenge, let’s do the following HOLIDAY 1,2,3,2,1 every day for 31 days:








Are you in? Are you ready to take on the December challenge of wearing your willpower hat all month, moving more, and trying a new, healthy recipe this month? You can do this. You are strong. Here are a few links of things I thought were interesting along with a few recipes to start off your healthy recipe challenge. Let me know how it goes. I love trying new things and I know you will too.

How easy can it get? http://laurenconrad.com/blog/post/healthy-three-ingredient-recipes-simple-snacks-lauren-conrad-november-2013

I made these using walnuts. They were amazing and did not get hard and crispy. They also didn’t last very long in my house…

This is my new raw cranberry sauce. I used 5 dates because I needed a bit more sweetness. I ate the whole thing.

I’m making this next… http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/11/cabernet-cranberry-and-blueberry-sauce.html

I really do feel this is true. http://greatist.com/fitness/self-talk-workout-motivation-110813

Good tips. http://eat-spin-run-repeat.com/2013/11/18/5-top-tips-for-taming-sugar-cravings/?utm_content=buffer91e56&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

I thought this was a good read. http://www.meandthemountains.com/2013/11/19/thoughts-on-exercise-what-when-pushing-outside-of-the-comfort-zone/

Great ideas! http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/11/holiday-gift-guide-27-gifts-for-the-practical-one/?utm_content=bufferdb564&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

What blogs do you read? What’s interesting to you? I’d love to hear.

Happy September!


I’m back! And finally getting my act together to write again. This writing stuff is hard – so much to say, so little time to say it.

Also, it’s time to get back on track. Summer is over, the children are back to school, and you need your routine. Right? I mean, AM I RIGHT? So, to begin, the September Challenge is The Scientific 7-Minute Workout, posted in the New York Times Magazine recently. Do this workout two-to-three times weekly, at a rate of perceived exertion (see chart) of 7-8, and log it. RPE I want to know how it’s going. It’s seven minutes, and it should be seven uncomfortable minutes, if you’re working it. So, work it. You can do this at home or at the gym. I’ve seen many people bring this in to the gym to work on it and I’ve tried it on some of my clients. It’s fast, fun, and furious!

Here are my feet and a step and we are going to rock out some freestyle choreography. I love teaching a choreostep class. I feel so alive and free when moving to the beat of my own choreography.

So, I’m always looking for different, good foods and, of course, we are trying to keep it as healthy as possible, so after scrolling through a TON of blogs, I found the following things I’ve tried and want to try. My favorites so far:

Raw cookie dough balls
Cashew Cream (I tweaked it by using almond milk and agave nectar.)
Baked Chicken Thighs (I used lemon instead of lime – amazing!)

I want to try these:

Flourless Squash Cookies
Every mug cake on the planet, but especially this one:
Raspberry Mug Cake (I absolutely cannot wait to make this!)

Feel free to try these recipes and tell me what you think.

0988I’m going to see this cutie pie in the middle of September. I cannot wait to see her! I miss my baby girl (who is most definitely not a baby). She is living life (and by living life, I mean working hard) in the big city of Chicago and we are certainly going to “hit the town” when I get there. She starts working on her next show, Hello, Dolly! at Drury Lane Theatre at the end of this month.



And last, but definitely, not least, I am taking a Wellness Seminar in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). We all know that CAM therapies were practiced as a way of healing in Eastern civilization long before Western medicine was ever in the picture. And, now that healthcare costs are constantly on the rise, people are looking more towards alternative medicine to help them deal with their health issues in a more cost-efficient way. Do you use alternative methods to heal? Such methods could be acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, or spiritual. There are many, many other methods of complementary alternative medicine therapies. I am curious to know what you use.

I’ll keep in touch and you do as well. Bring it on September, we can do this!

Stay strong!

PS: I love this pic! It was taken at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago in November 2012, when Allyson was doing the show Singin’ In the Rain. And, of course, she was wonderful. We are so proud.

Drury Lane