Monthly Archives: November 2012

Arg!!! What Was I Thinking!?!

Ever have one of those days where you start feeling “blah” or just generally unmotivated (otherwise known as a funk)?  This doesn’t happen to me often; however, this is what happened to me starting yesterday afternoon.  Honestly, I don’t know where it came from.  And do you know what genius thing I did since I was feeling “blah?”  I decided to weigh myself!  On what planet is that ever a good idea?  Seriously, what was I thinking…Hum, I’m feeling lazy and upset about all the snow and cold weather, maybe I should go weigh myself?  What kind of outcome did I expect that to have?  Apparently I was out to really take myself out yesterday, because that wonderful scale showed that I gained 3 pounds.  Maybe eating 3 cannoli’s, beer bread, coffee cake, cheese, and other treats on Monday night (Skype session with best selling author Jenna Blum) was not the best idea.  Okay, I ate a cannoli yesterday and today too!  I really need someone to grab me and tell me to “Snap out of it!” (insert Italian/Brooklyn accent).


I (of all people) know better than to get on a scale.  I’m always telling my students and clients to toss the scale or hide it at a friends house.  It is never about the weight, it is about the size change (see picture below).  Plus there is water weight and new muscle mass to consider.  So, of course as soon as I got off the scale I ran to put my jeans on to see if they could still button. Thankfully they were buttonable.  Then, it was time to put the scale out in the shed.  I’m hoping the subzero freezing temps will kill the darn thing!


I have been working out quite a bit and loving it.  Plus I have been seeing great results from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and the extra time I put in at the gym working out and teaching, so I know that 3 pounds cannot all be fat.  The extra goals Tina has us set for ourselves are making a huge difference for me too.

One of my goals this week is to stretch or do yoga for 20 minutes (this was a goal for last week too).  This has been a tough goal for me to accomplish.  Heaven forbid I take 20 minutes to relax and take care of my muscles once a day.  It is Pathetic (note the capital P) that I have to literally force myself to do this, and then I whine and moan while I’m doing it.  All I can think about is all the other stuff I need to be doing instead of stretching.  Thankfully I have a very motivating son who gets me to do my nightly stretching.  He pulls out my yoga mat for me and asks me, “Do you want to fall apart or be healthy?”  Bless his little heart.

Well, today is a new day and I’m heading to the gym.  I have my 60 minute Spinning class to teach, and then I’m working out with the amazing Rita after!  I also pulled out an old elliptical workout to do before my class, which I have posted below for you!

20 Minute Elliptical Workout Hills

The Fun and Amazing Jenna Blum Part 2

I still cannot get over the fact that I was able to talk with Jenna Blum the best selling author of Those Who Save Us.  It was just a ton of fun to talk with her and learn more about her writing process for the novel, along with some things about herself.100_0653

Today I’ll tell you more about our Skype time that dealt with how Jenna wrote the novel, and interesting fact about the novel, and some things about herself!

woodrowI wrote in yesterday’s post, The Fun and Amazing Jenna Blum Part 1, about how the novel began and that it took her 10 years to finish.  What I didn’t tell you is how a story comes to Jenna and that she wrote the story in two separate parts.  Jenna told us that she is like a “medium” when it comes to writing.  She has to wait for the story to come to her, and constantly ask questions about what a character should do or what comes next.  When writer’s block strikes, she continues to ask herself the same questions over and over again while taking her lab, Woodrow, for constant walks.

Here is an excerpt from her blog, and it is exactly what she told us:

“When I was writing THOSE WHO SAVE US, I think I might have had it somewhat easier in that books were still my primary research source, as opposed to the Internet, which can lead one down such endless paths (and who knows what’s true?). I also incorporated emotional details from interviewing Jewish Holocaust survivors for the Spielberg Foundation–and for visceral detail watched every movie I could find about the era, and listened to German music and took German classes and baked everything that appears in the novel! so I would know as much as possible what it felt like to be my characters from the inside out. I did stop short of sleeping with an SS officer, however.

The sum total of this was 10 years’ worth of research; for my second book, I did the same.

My organizing principle is like Hemingway’s tip of the iceberg theory about writing: I know 90% more than what made it onto the page. And knowing that invisible 90% is what helped give me the confidence in my characters and their situations. I believe that confidence resonates with readers; you’re not showing it off to them, but they feel it by osmosis.”

The first part of the story she wrote was Anna’s story.  Anna’s story takes place in the past during WWII.  This part of the story only took her 6 months to finish.  Anna’s story “came” to her quite easily.  Trudy’s story (which takes place in the present); however, took her 2 1/2 years to write.  Jenna told us that Trudy’s story was a pain to write, and she made a few changes to it while writing.  She then went back and put the stories of the two women together; rotating between past and present throughout the novel.

One of the main questions our book club had for Jenna was:  Why wouldn’t Anna tell Trudy who her real father was?  The answer to that question is a simple one.  “Trudy was asking Anna the wrong questions.”  Not once during the novel did Trudy directly ask Anna who her father was.  If she had, “Anna would have set Trudy straight.”  Had Trudy asked the “right” question, she would have had a different life and relationship with her mother.

Now on to a few fun facts about the fun loving Jenna Blum!

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Jenna has a wonderful boyfriend, Jim Reed, who loves to “Skype bomb” while wearing a large Viking helmet.  This helmet was a birthday gift from Jenna, because, “That is what he should have for his 50th birthday.”  Mr. Reed is an amazing photographer of weather and it’s productions.  I have seen quite a few of his pics on Jenna’s Facebook page and they are beyond amazing!  I have also posted one of his pics below…Pretty amazing huh!?!


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I remembered to ask Jenna one of my main questions for her right before we hung up…I was not thinking very well that night, and just about forgot this question:  What is your favorite book or books?  Jenna has 3 favorite books that she tries to reread every year, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, The Stand by Stephen King, and Gone With the Wind.  Honestly, these were the last books I would have guessed to be her favorites, and it was so neat to learn what she loves to read.

Jenna also listed several other books that she has recently read and loved.  One book she talked about for a bit was Molly Ringwald’s latest book, When it Happens to You. I’ll be reading this story very soon!!when it happens to you

The only other question I asked Jenna was if she was working on her 3rd book yet, and I was sweating buckets asking that question and praying I didn’t offend her by asking.  Thankfully she laughed and told me it was fine to ask.  She is currently in her “good” place when it comes to writing a new story.  Jenna has begun reading short stories again, and that is her “sign” that she is getting back into the writing mode again.  So, for all of you who are out there waiting, keep on hanging in there!!  It will come!!

Oh!!!  How could I forget!!  Those Who Save Us will be turned into a movie!!!  Jenna just submitted her screen play for the story to the producers!!  Yea!!!  I cannot wait to see it on the big screen!  Huummm, wonder if they will need any extras from North Dakota for the movieWinking smile?


I had the most wonderful experience and time Skyping with Jenna Blum.  She was a ton of fun, and she took her time to talk to us for hours!  Here is a link to her website where she answers other commonly asked questions:  Jenna Blum.  I highly recommend you check out her website and learn more about her and her writing!!

The Fun and Amazing Jenna Blum Part 1

Monday night’s Skype session with Jenna Blum was just so amazing and beyond words!  Jenna was beyond fun and kind, and we all just had the greatest time chatting with Jenna about her book, Those Who Save Us, which takes place during WWII and the present.  Honestly, I’m still on cloud nine right now!  I came home from our Skype/Book Club meeting bouncing off of the walls with excitement.  My poor husband didn’t know what to do with me, and it was a miracle we both got to sleep that night due to me babbling nonstop about my evening.  Oh, and for once in my life I was at a loss for words while we were talking with Ms. Blum.  All normal and coherent thoughts left my head, and I was lucky enough to not have my jaw hanging on the floor with drool coming out during our whole conversation.

As for what I wore for the evening, well for once it wasn’t yoga pants or anything involving workout attire (it is pretty bad when your 7-year-old son points out that you are always wearing something that involves workout clothing).  I ended up going for the casual yet smart look for the evening.


Here are two pics of Jenna from our Skype session. In one she is doing her best to try to be serious (she is really a total ham).


I took a ton of notes during our Skype with Ms. Blum, and I really have no idea how to write it all up for ya.  Therefore, bear with me as we explore Those Who Save Us and other little tidbits of info I got from her.  I’ll start out with how the novel came to be.

In 1993 Jenna’s mom “made” her go to Germany, where her family was originally from.  Jenna was not all that thrilled about going to Germany for a vacation.  She was actually hoping for a more adventurous vacation in France, Morocco, Italy, or Arkansas (I swear she said that).  Well, Jenna ended up having an amazing time traveling throughout Germany and seeing all there was to see.    While in Germany Jenna began asking, “How such a great culture (…known for producing great artists in all forms) could produce the worst genocide in history?”  During their time in Germany they visited concentration camps, one of which was Buchenwald.  While in Buchenwald one of the main characters, Anna, “came” to Jenna, and the story began to write itself from there.  However, it was not a simple process, and the final version you read today took 10 years to develop.

While Jenna was working on Those Who Save Us she was also doing interviews for the Shoah Project.  It was her job to interview/document the stories of survivors of the Holocaust.  These interviews also helped her develop a better understanding of the time and helped her develop some of her characters.

The main antagonist of the story, the Obersturmfuhrer (or Big “O” as Jenna likes to call him) is, “Not a monster, but a person doing monstrous things.”  He is a high ranking SS officer during WWII who forces himself into the lives of Anna and Trudy (mother and daughter/main characters).  In order to develop his character and other Nazi officer’s characters, Jenna learned and read as much as she could about Nazi’s from the Nuremburg Trials.

My favorite part of the evening with Jenna Blum was our insights into the characters and what happened to them that was not part of the novel.  Honestly, it was so neat to hear about the lives Jenna created for them outside of the novel.  For example (and this one is my favorite), Anna’s father, Gerhard, “Is a character with no redeeming qualities at all.”  Jenna was kind enough to share with us the story of his “ending”, which is not in the novel.  The horrible Gerhard met his demise towards the end of the war, while sitting at dinner eating a big greasy turkey leg.  Then out of nowhere a bomb drops on him and vaporizes him.  As far as I’m concerned, this is a very fitting end for this evil man!  This is just one of the little stories about the characters from her novel, so if you would like to learn more you will have to Skype with her yourself!

I’m not going to be able to write-up everything we talked about during our Skype time, since Ms. Blum was kind enough to talk with us for over 2 hours.  However, I will have more from our Skype session for you tomorrow.

In the meantime, here is the recipe for the cannoli’s I made for our book club meeting!  They are a bit different from your typical cannoli recipe.  Hence the name.  Also, this is the recipe for the filling in the cannoli’s.  These cannoli’s have Mascarpone cheese in them to make them even richer!  Save yourself the time and go to your local grocery and buy premade cannoli shells in the Italian or specialty food aisle.  This is what I do, and if I can find the cannoli shells all the way up here in “nowhere” North Dakota, I know you will be able to find them in your local grocery store.

Not Your Italian Grandmother’s Cannoli’s

Not Your Italian Grandmother's Cannoli's

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 c Ricotta Cheese
  • 8 oz. container of Mascarpone Cheese
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or Amaretto liquor
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • powdered sugar for garnish
  • nuts, chocolate chips, fruit, etc. to garnish with.


Combine all the ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Then, place the mixture in a plastic bag.  Close the bag and place in fridge for a few hours.  I put the bag in a glass with one corner of the bag in the bottom of the glass, and then fill the bag.  This will make it easier to “pipe” the mixture into the cannoli’s.  See picture below.  Cut the corner off of the bag containing the cannoli filling and begin piping it into the cannoli shells.  The filling is a bit messy and runny, but that is normal.  Once the shells are filled, place the cannoli’s in a freezer safe container and freeze for 1-2 hours.  Remove them from the freezer and place in the refrigerator 1 hour before serving.  Dust the tops with powdered sugar before serving, and any other garnishes you would like to add.  Enjoy!!!



Today is the big Skype day with Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us!!  I have been spending my morning in the kitchen making food for our book clubs meeting and Skype session.  The cannoli’s (recipe to be posted tomorrow) are made, the coffee cake is in the oven, and the honey beer bread is cooling.  Of course, there will be other munchies too!  Now all I have to do is pick out an outfit to wear, and I’ve been staring at my closet for awhile now with no idea what I’m going to wear.  Arg!  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post to see how our Skype session went with Ms. Blum and if I can find something to wear that does not involve yoga pants!!!

Well, I still have a workout to fit in, so I’m going to head on downstairs and do Workout A from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.  I’m totally loving the workouts she comes up for us.  In only a few weeks I’ve already gone up in the weights I use, and I’m really starting to see some nice looking muscles popping in my arms and shoulders again!!

Here is a 35 Minute Treadmill Workout that focuses on speed and increasing your endurance.  It is a favorite of mine!

35 Minute Treadmill Workout

Let’s Talk Snow

Well, it finally came.  Our first blizzard of the year!  In one night we got about a foot of the white stuff. I didn’t even bother to get up to look outside as soon as I woke up to see how much we got.  I was too afraid of what I might see.  Instead, I grabbed my Blackberry and got on Facebook.  There it was…A post from my wonderful and thoughtful friend, Melissa, on my wall.  What you may ask did she post?  Well, she was kind enough to post a link to the “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” song on my wall page.  Dear sweet Melissa knows how much I truly hate the snow and was thoughtful enough to share her love for the white stuff.  I still got a really good laugh out of it, and that is what I needed.  After seeing her post, I knew there would be a lot of snow on the ground.  So, the dogs and I got our butts out of bed.  Apparently I was not moving fast enough for Hank and Tilly, because they started doing their little happy dances while I was trying to put socks on.  They were all excited about the new fresh snow to romp and play in, and boy was there a lot of snow to play in!

You would think that all this snow would deter my husband and his friend from hunting at 7 am that morning, but it didn’t.  They told us that they “had to” go since it will be the last chance they get to hunt ducks this year since all the water will be frozen over after that day.  To top it off both men were crazy enough to drive on roads that were covered in over 8 inches of snow just to shoot some ducks.  Thankfully they didn’t have any problems and had a great hunt!


As for me, well I decided to shovel our long driveway for my workout.  I was sweatin’ in no time.  Talk about a good core, arm, and leg workout!


After shoveling snow, my son and his friend had a ball playing in the snow and riding in a sled while being pulled around by our friend’s four-wheeler.  For as much as I hate this white stuff on the ground, it is a ton of fun to see my son laughing and playing in it.  Afterwards they came into our friend’s house all pink cheeked and ready for some hot chocolate to warm up with.

On to a workout…I forgot to post this elliptical workout earlier in the week when I did it.  SorrySad smile.  This is a 20 minute workout, and is one butt busting hill.  It will tone up that bootie!
20 Minute Elliptical Intervals

Healthy Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

The cold weather is hear, and that means soup season is here!!  I have spent quite a bit of time lately making large batches of different soups for our freezer, and this Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup is one of them.  As you can see I’ve been making a few batches of it to freeze in my plastic freezer Ball jars!


Plus, look at what I found at the grocery store this year!


Precut butternut squash for only $1.99 a package!!!  Wooohooo!  Last year I cut my middle finger right down to the bone while peeling a butternut squash (yes I was totally mature when showing people my finger Winking smile), and I was quite worried about peeling one again this year.  Now I don’t have toSmile.  If you don’t have access to precut squash, then I do have a tip for you.  My friend Christy, who is a total genius, taught me how to make peeling squash easier!  All you do is cut the top off of your butternut squash and throw that baby in the microwave.  Then, microwave it for a few minutes until the squash becomes a bit easier to work with…i.e. peel.  Pretty neat huh!  Thank you Christy!!

This hearty soup is a huge favorite in our house and will warm you up on those cold winter days!

Roasted Butternut Squash and carrot Soup 2


  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large apple, peeled and thinly sliced (I use honey crisp when available)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 quart (4 cups) chicken stock
  • salt
  • pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the cut squash and carrots on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (this will make your clean up easier, trust me). Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I then use my hands to make sure all the veggies are coated with the oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, or until soft. While the carrots and squash are in the oven. Heat a large pot over medium low heat add olive oil. Then, add the sliced apple and onion. Cook the onions until caramelized. Then add minced garlic, stir, and cook for about a minute.  Once caramelized, add the quart of chicken broth, sprigs of thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaf.  When the squash and carrots are finished, remove them from the oven and place on a cooling rack.  In batches, puree the roasted veggies and apple-stock in a food processor.  Serve and Enjoy!!!


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place the cut squash and carrots on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (this will make your clean up easier, trust me).  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  I then use my hands to make sure all the veggies are coated with the oil, salt, and pepper.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, or until soft.


While the carrots and squash are in the oven.  Heat a large pot over medium low heat add olive oil.  Add the sliced apple and onion.  Cook the onions until caramelized.  Then add minced garlic, stir, and cook for about a minute.


Once caramelized, add the quart of chicken broth, sprigs of thyme, and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil.  Then, reduce heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat and discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaf.


When the squash and carrots are finished, remove them from the oven and place on a cooling rack.


In batches, puree the roasted veggies and apple-stock in a food processor.

Roasted Butternut Squash and carrot Soup 2

This soup is perfect for freezing or serving up the same day!!  Enjoy!!

My First Half Marathon

Alright y’all!  I’m in need of your help.  I’m going to run (most likely walk/jog) my first half marathon in 2013!  My only problem, is that I don’t know what half to chose to be my first half marathon, or the best way to train.  Therefore, I need every runners input on this one, so comment away!!!

I have always wanted to run a half marathon, and I’m quite excited/nervous about this venture!  Basically this is one of those “life goals” for me that I have been thinking about for years and years.  One year I was training for a half and injured my knee and couldn’t run.  So, I put the whole half marathon thing on the back burner for quite a few years.  Well, it is time for me to get my butt and gear and sign up and do my first half no matter how nervous I am!!


Whichever half I do has to be in the late summer to late fall.  I cannot train in North Dakota in the winter due to the weather.  So, I have been looking at a few half marathons that look like they would be good for my first during this time period. 

Here are the races I’m looking at so far.  They are not in any order.  Also, feel free to let me know of other half marathons I should consider for my first.247702_10151199830357446_1143916430_n

The Women’s Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida is usually in October or November.  My wonderful friend, Kim, ran this for her first half and really enjoyed it.  The course has great scenery and is mostly flat.  Did I mention it is by the beach?  That means that I would have to stay on the beach for this race.  Not too bad huh?  Plus check out the medal and charm you get!


MedalThe second race I’m looking at is the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  They have not posted the date for the 2013 race yet, but it is always around the first weekend in November.  I love the Disney races and have done several of them.  They are beyond fun and upbeat.  Plus you get to run through the parks and have all the characters wave at you.  Oh, there is also a party at the end with good food and drinks.  With quite a few of their races you even get to go back into the park and ride the rides!  If you haven’t run a Disney race yet, I highly recommend that you sign up for one (Run Disney).  Disney has races ranging from 5K to their full marathon weekend, and all their races are a blast! 

Then there is the Monster Dash Half Marathon in Minneapolis, MN.  This race looks like a monsterton of fun!  I was supposed to run the 10 miler that is part of the Monster Dash Half this year, but my husband ended up having to travel for work, so I couldn’t run it.  This half is always the weekend before Halloween, so hopefully it won’t be too cold in Minnesota.  The Monster Dash race is full of people dressed up and ready to have fun!  Everyone who has run this half has raved about how much fun they had (in their costumes) during the race and at the party afterwards!

medal rnrFinally, there is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.  This half takes place in several states throughout America and Europe during the whole year.  I’m not sure which state would be the best to run this race in, but it looks like a ton of fun.  I have heard that the San Diego one is flat and the best for your first half marathon.  The Rock ‘n’ Roll race is a lively race that has local bands playing throughout the race course and a concert at the end of the race.  And, I heard the swag bags are pretty awesome!  I also have to admit the Seattle medal looks pretty cool too…I have a bit of a coffee addiction.

There ya have it folks.  These are the races I’m looking at.  Please feel free to let me know of any others that would be great for my first half marathon, or which one of the halves I’ve listed would be great for me to do.  Also…What was your first half marathon and how did you train for it?

Skyping with New York Times Best Seller

I started out having a hard time getting going this morning.  We were up late last night watching the election and then talking.  After that I stayed up even longer reading, and I have a good excuse for it.  Right now I’m rereading Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. I absolutely loved this novel the first time I read it a few years ago, and I’m loving it all over again while currently rereading it. If you have not read this moving story, please pick it up to read today!


I’m rereading this wonderful novel, because I’m going to be Skyping with the author, New York Times Best Seller Jenna Blum on Monday!!!!  I’ve been beyond excited about this since I set it up with Blum a few months back.  I’m not someone who really cares about celebrities you see on television and in the movies; however, authors are a whole different story.  Every time I received a reply email from the wonderful Ms. Blum I did a little happy dance (Did I mention that she is the sweetest person too?).  Basically, I turn into one of those star struck individuals who jump up and down and start clapping.  I swear I could talk to any author for hours.  How they come up with their stories just amazes me.

If you have read this story let me know if you have any good questions for Ms. Blum, and I’ll ask her for ya!

On to my morning…

Here is what I had for breakfast.  My hubby made us scrambled eggs and pancakes.  I let my son and husband eat the pancakes while I opted for healthier left over maple steel cut oats (I added a scoop of protein powder to the oats this morning to get even more protein in my breakfast).  It all tasted so good and gave me a ton of energy for my Best Body Bootcamp workout!


I have been loving Tina’s workouts she has created for us this week, and today’s was awesome!!!  It really kicked my butt!  After Tina’s workout, I hoped on a treadmill and did the interval you see below.  This interval is more of a speed interval that has one small hill in it.  Hope y’all have a great workout today!

30 Minute Treadmill Intervals

Overnight Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Maple Steel Cut Oats

Yesterday was a big day of making massive batches of soups, creamy tomato basil and roasted butternut squash and carrot, and meals for the freezer.  Somehow I got so caught up in all my cooking that I lost track of time and stayed up later than I wanted.  I think I’m in some kind of winter nesting mode.  Well, I made quite the mess in my kitchen from my day of cooking, and the clean-up took some time, as you can see from the picture below.  I should mention that I had already run the dishwasher twice that day.


Due to  having a late night last night, I hit the snooze button a few too many times this morning.  Boy was I happy to have made these maple steel cut oats for this morning!  With getting my son ready for school and myself ready for work we didn’t have time to “make” much of a breakfast, so having thought ahead I put my maple steel cut oats in the crock pot last night, and voila!  Ready to eat as soon as we rolled out of bed, and boy were they perfect for this freezing cold morning.

This recipe calls for maple sugar, and I recommend you use it rather than maple syrup.  It gives the oats so much more “maple” flavoring!

Overnight Maple Steel Cut Oats


  • 2 c Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 c Milk (you can use almond milk too)
  • 5 c Water
  • 2/3 c Maple Sugar Granules(if you like your oats really sweet, you might want to add a bit more maple sugar)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 T Ground Flax Seeds (optional, but they are really good for you)
  • Possible toppings: chopped walnuts, maple syrup, etc


Add all the ingredients (except the toppings) to your slow cooker.  Stir to mix.  Set the slow cooker on “low” for 5-6 hours or “warm” for 8-10 hours.  I advise you to use the “warm” setting.  It will make your clean-up a lot easier the next day.  Stir and serve!

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

I know all of us start having issues with staying active and eating healthy during the upcoming holidays and winter.  As for me, winter is the hardest part.  I’m so used to Florida and the nice weather that allows you to stay active outside year round.  Here in good old North Dakota you cannot just “go for a run” during the winter.  The roads are snow covered and you take a risk with the extreme cold if you are outside for too long (-68 degree wind chills…don’t you wish you were me?).  This leaves me no choice but to make myself workout inside.  Therefore, I’ve signed up to do the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge that starts November 19th!

This challenge is about keeping you motivated to stay active during the winter and holidays, and to be honest, I think most of us need the motivation this time of year.  I know I do.  The best thing about this challenge is that you don’t even have to take classes at a gym, or even go to the gym.  You can count those workout videos and other workouts you do at home too!  Plus this challenge has a ton of great prizes!! 

The challenge is divided into groups based on your workout levels:

  • Low Profile: 5K, 10K, cardio class master (includes CrossFit)
  • Cushioned: Half marathon/marathon/distance biking
  • Stability: Half Ironman or more
  • Minimalist: Yoga/Weight lifting

You then accumulate points for working out, eating healthy, miles biked, miles run, cleaning the house, etc. 

1 Point per mile (run/walk)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 20 minutes of Pilates, yoga, stretching or core
1 Point per 15 minutes of low impact cardio or weights (i.e. low impact aerobics, easy biking, skiing, skating, water aerobics, snow shoeing)
1 Point per 10 minutes of high impact cardio (i.e.spinning, kickboxing, lap swimming)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies (here are details on what is a serving)

Additional points: Because it is all about taking care of your entire mind, body, and soul there will be additional posts/questions where you can earn points throughout the challenge. Examples have included points for cleaning house for visitors, meditating, reading a book just for you, getting the family active instead of on the couch.
Each week there will be questions posted on Facebook and those who participate will earn extra points. The goal is to help us all get to know and support each other with great ideas.

The challenge will run from Nov 19 to Jan 5…this helps to cover you for the major holidays!


I’m really excited about doing this challenge and the possible prizes I could win!!  I hope you will join me in this challenge to keep you healthy over the holidays!  If you sign up for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge please select “referred” and put “fromfltond” as your referrer.  I cannot wait for this to start!!!  Here is to a healthy holiday season!!