Category Archives: Fitness Challenge

A Smoothie and a Giveaway!


Well, it is Monday.  Where in the world does the weekend go?  I hope everyone out there had a great weekend.  I was able to go outside for a run on Saturday and do one of my 13 in 2013 races.  We had quite the heat wave that day and got up to 27 degrees!  Did you run a race over the weekend?Picture

I also signed up for a new virtual 5K.  Fit, Fab, & Lean is hosting a virtual 5K or Half Marathon.  All the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  This medal looks awesome, and it has glitter and stained glass too!

This morning I made a new smoothie.  I tried adding frozen peaches to my smoothie and it came out great!  I was a little nervous, since we were out of Greek yogurt…a staple in all my smoothies.  I’m calling it my Rainbow Smoothie, since it looked like a rainbow before I blended it up.  Isn’t it pretty?

Rainbow Protein Smoothie

Rainbow Smoothie


  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen diced strawberries
  • frozen banana slices
  • frozen diced peaches
  • protein powder
  • spinach
  • ground flax seed
  • skim milk

The Burpee Mile

Today I’m doing Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp workout.  Tina has really been giving us some amazing workouts this round, and I love it when I’m challenged!  I’m also adding some extra burpees in there for Rita’s Burpee Mile in the end of March.  Right now I can burpee my way across the length of our house.  I’m hoping to really increase my distance each day.

The Giveaway!!!

Real Women Do Burpees T-shirts

Quite a few of you commented on Rita’s Burpee Mile challenge and wished her luck.  She loved all your comments and says a big Thank You!  A lot of you also commented on the “Real Women Do Burpees” t-shirt too.  Well, guess what!?!  I’m gonna give one of those t-shirts away!  That is right, one lucky lady will win the burpee shirt!  Here is how you can win:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite exercise move is.
  2. Like From Florida to North Dakota on Facebook
  3. Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter.  Let me know that you tweeted in the comments section below too!  (optional)

You get a entry for each of the above that you do!  I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning’s post, February 1st, so have your entries in by 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 30th!  Good luck!

A Week in Review and A Menu for Next Week


Well, this week flew by just like all the rest.  For me this is a good thing.  It means that winter is flying by, and with a high of –15 degrees today, summer needs to get here fast.  Right now the wind chill is hovering somewhere around –40 or –50 degrees!   It is just a little cold outside.


This week was week 2 of Best Body Bootcamp.  I went up in some of the weights I used, and as always, Tina had me sweating and sore (in a good way) the next day.  I’m a big fan of seeing improvements, and I’m still seeing them each week with Tina’s workouts!

Sadly, Thursday I started to feel weak while teaching my Spinning classes, and that carried straight over into Friday.  I couldn’t even complete my workout with Rita on Friday, because I started getting dizzy.  This did not make me happy at all, and it made me sit down and think about what could be causing my weakness.  Sadly I found the cause when I reviewed what I ate for the past week.  Someone, namely me, was not getting enough protein or iron.  Therefore, my 2 new goals for this week are as follows:

  1. Keep a food journal documenting grams of protein.  This will help me to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients and protein I need.
  2. Drink a butt load of water everyday.  I need at least 90 oz on most days.

What are your goals for this week?

Today I’m just going to do a yoga DVD and put together our menu for the week.


Tonight we are having my Healthy Fiesta Stuffed Peppers.

Here is what I think the rest of the week will look like:

Tuscan White Bean Soup:  I will post this recipe later in the week.  It is one that I have been working on.

Blackened Chicken and Cilantro Lime Quinoa from Sarcastic Cooking…This is a new recipe I found on Pinterest.  It sounds delicious and is healthy too!

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken | Very Culinary

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken from  Very Culinary…My son requested this for dinner one night.  It is beyond easy to make too!  Note: I use organic ketchup, chicken breasts, and I don’t make a corn starch slurry.

Salsa Verde Turkey Burgers.  This is a burger recipe I came up with awhile back that my family loves.  I’ll take pictures this time and post the recipe for ya too!  Wow..That is 2 new recipes I need to post for you guys next week!  Stay tuned!!

What are you making this week?

Holiday Bootie Buster Wrap-Up

Sadly, yesterday was the last day of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge.  I have really enjoyed this challenge and all it provided from before Thanksgiving and through all the holidays.  The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge has made working out and eating healthy more fun than it has ever been, and I must admit I’m was more motivated than ever to work out and eat healthy with this challenge.


This challenge was about keeping you motivated to stay active during the winter and holidays. The best thing about this challenge was 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! I ended up getting the bulk of my points at the gym teaching my spinning classes and subbing for other instructors (everyone got hit by that wretched flu).


I’m taking away quite a bit from the Bootie Buster Challenge.  My family is now getting at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies everyday.  Before it turns out that we were only getting 4 (under the recommended amount).  The Bootie Buster Challenge also provided a great support group on Facebook.  We all motivated, supported, and helped each other through the challenge.  I’ve made some great new friends, and discovered some new workout friends here in North Dakota that were also part of the challenge.

I’m going to miss this challenge, but I’m already looking forward to the next challenge!  Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp starts up again on Monday, and I cannot wait to see what workouts she has in store for us this round!

Finding Great Challenges!

I have been so fortunate to have found some wonderful challenges to keep me healthy and fit over this winter and the holidays, and I have found a new challenge to start off 2013!!

Thirteen in Twenty-Thirteen!!

13 in 13

This is an amazing challenge put together by Jill Conyers and Jen, Marathon Mom.  It is totally free and there are prizes too!  I think this is a great challenge for anyone out there.  Even the beginner or the walker would really love this challenge.  Your only goal is to run, jog, or walk 13 different races in 2013.  Here are the details:


  1. Run 13 registered virtual or real life races in 2013.
  2. The number of participants will not be limited.
  3. Prizes throughout the year. Hint: Some of my favorite running and fitness products!
  4. They have set up a 13 In 2013 Facebook group to support and encourage each other and share the experience.
  5. To support everyone reaching their goal Jen and Jill will host 4 virtual races throughout the year. The first virtual race will be in February. More information coming soon.
  6. Share with Instagram and Twitter using the #13in2013 hashtag.

You might be wondering what distance we will be challenged to run? Unlike 2012, when everyone was running the same distance, in 2013 you pick and commit to one of the following: 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, trails, or races that vary in length.

How to join:

  1. Sign up [and commit] using the Google document. Sign ups close midnight (EST) on December 31.
  2. Post the button with the distance of your choice on your blog on your sidebar (HTML will be provided if needed).
  3. Update the Google document with your progress and completed races.


I have signed up for this wonderful challenge and will be doing 13 mixed races in 2013!

What I find really great about this challenge is the introduction of virtual races!  Virtual races are races that you sign up for on the internet, and then you do the race wherever and whenever you want (most do have a set time frame).  This is great!  I live where there are no races in the winter and the closest races are usually 2 or more hours away.

Virtual races are also great for the beginning runner.  Some people are afraid to enter a race due to the fear of coming in last.  I had this fear during my very first race too.  Others don’t enter because they fear other’s will judge them and their performance (I hear this one all the time from people and I wish they would realize that everyone will be cheering them on).  A virtual race will give those beginners with fears a chance to do a 5K or even a Marathon without having to worry about times or other people.

I have already signed up for a few virtual races myself, and you get a medal for them too!


Mom’s Run This Town is hosting an amazing Winter Runnerland 2013
5k / 10k / Half Marathon.  It will run from January 1-31st.  With this race you even get a medal!!  I have signed up for the 5K!


New Years Resolution Run is a 5k and/or half marathon that runs from Dec 30th to January 1st, 2013.  This is a great way to start off your new year!  What could be better than a race to start out the year in a healthy fashion!?!  I know I’ll be doing their 5K!!  Plus all the proceeds go to For the Love of the Kids.


Virtual Half Marathon & Treadmill Challenge 5K Winter Blast is another virtual race with great swag and a medal.  I runs from Dec 22-January 1, 2013.  Just check out the picture above and see the cool swag you get!

Muffins to Marathons also has some great virtual races coming up in 2013!  With their races you get a t-shirt and a medal!!  There are also big cash prizes!  I know I will be doing some of these races.  See below for dates and t-shirt images.

  • New Years Day Rock’n Run 5K: December 30, 2012 – January 2, 2013
  • Love on the Run 5K: February 12, 2013 – February 15, 2013
  • Run, Rock, Shamrock 5K: March 16, 2013 – March 19, 2013
Images Below are what the t-shirts will look like.

On to a recap of my week in the workout department for the other challenges I’m part of.

HBBC2012-Option2_thumb The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge has been absolutely wonderful in the motivation department.  By earning points for exercising and eating healthy I have gotten on a great health kick.  My family and I are now eating our daily servings of fruits and veggies.  I have gotten to the point that I get all my servings without thinking about it!  For example, right now I’m munching on fruit while I’m typing instead of drinking a latte or cup of coffee.  I have also been working out and teaching a bunch this week, so I was really able to rack up the points.  I also have to credit HBBC for getting me to enjoy my yoga time.  I have had to do longer yoga sessions each day due to the extra cardio and weights I have been doing.  Thanks HBBC!!!  Here is a break down of my points from this last week.

HBBC 11/23 – 12/1

Spinning: 35
Strength and/or Core Workouts: 16
Yoga: 12
Pilates: 2
Fruits/Veggie Servings: 7 days

Week 2 Goal: Eat 5-7 servings of fruits/veggies!!  One great way I got a big chunk of veggies was from soup.  My Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup was a healthy addition to my meals.


Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp has been just amazing!  I love the workouts Tina has us doing each week.  They are challenging and motivating.  You find yourself doing better and increasing weights each workout.  The next round of Bootcamp will start the first week in January.  If you would like to join in on the next round of Bootcamp, registration will begin on December 3rd.  I highly suggest you join in on the next roundSmile