100 day challenge



Don’t you just love friends who challenge you to do more?? I do!

Thank you, Anita Verhaert for completing your 100 days of running in the Texas summer heat!  You are an inspiration.  Her lead has been followed by Leah Dillon, another inspiring friend who has challenged her fitness clients and facebook friends to commit to 100 days of…well, anything that will move your life in a positive direction.

I have chosen a more open-ended commitment – 100 days of exercise!

Week one is done!!

Day 1 – 4 mile walk

Day 2 – 5 mile walk

Day 3 – 3 mile walk with pups and 3 x 2 minutes of front plank

Day 4 – upper body workout at gym that included: free weight chest press, 4 x 10 of both flat and incline. Plank on the bench: single leg, 30 seconds each side followed by 60 seconds both legs.

Day 5 – 40 mins bike at gym

Day 6 – shoulder/back workout at gym.  20 min. on bike.

Day 7 – 4 mile walk

I will keep you posted on my progress.  I am already concluding that for me, being accountable to friends makes a difference – I would have skipped a few of those workouts with the pressure of reaching a goal!

read more here on Leah’s page…

Leah Dillon Personal Training


Grandma loved her Dandelion Greens

Dandelion Green Juice Recipe

A green that is good for your skin, with more beta carotene than carrots? I am in!  My adorable Italian grandmother used to eat a good amount of these lovely greens.  Who knew dandelion greens contain so many vitamins and minerals?  Ok, she did…but, it took me awhile to realize that this prolific green is also a great source of vitamins K, B and C plus Calcium and Iron. Wow!

Yes, this is a bitter green, but since it’s packed with so many nutrients I got over it. Sweet vegetables like carrot or pepper can be added to balance the bitterness. Right now, I am mixing this green with spicy watercress, which is known to boost immunity. I don’t want any of those nasty viruses that are so prevalent in the fall and winter.

Here’s a dandelion green juice recipe full of anti-oxidants:

  • small bunch of dandelion greens
  • small bunch of watercress
  • 1 large leaf, swiss chard
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/2 green apple
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger – aids in digestion

If you are new to juicing, you may want to add a little more green apple or pear.  These fruits will add some sweetness and vitamins to your juice, and help ease you into the juicing habit. Delicious….drink up and enjoy!

Dandelion Greens


Lemon Lime Water

I always am looking for ways to add a little extra nutritional boost to my daily regimen. Since I constantly am drinking water, I wanted to add something to make it less bland. Adding lemon and lime juice is a simple and healthy way to do that. It is important that the limes and lemons are organic and that you still rinse off the rinds. Why does this matter?  Non-organic lemons and limes have large amounts of pesticides on them that you do not want in your water.

Lemons and limes have known nutritional benefits including improving digestion, increasing your potassium levels, cleansing your liver, and working as an anti-inflammatory. These fruits also are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants.

Drink up and feel renewed!



Watermelon Facial Peel

Many of my favorite things are pink – pink salts, pink roses, and of course – watermelon, my favorite summertime fruit. Why am I so obsessed?  Watermelon is not only tasty and extremely hydrating, but it’s good for my skin – inside and out.  Watermelon is a great snack food that contains vitamins A and C plus antioxidants – all vital to the health of my skin. This red fruit also contains lycopene, which is said to protect the skin from sun damage. And with its high water content, watermelon is a my first choice to flush toxins and treat skin from the inside out.

But watermelon is also one of my favorite ingredients to blend into summertime facials masks. It contains fruit acids with exfoliating properties, and it is also slightly astringent. After applying a watermelon mask, my skin feels more firm and looks refreshed!

Fresh Watermelon

To blend your own fresh watermelon mask with vitamins and antioxidants, try this recipe:

  • Watermelon – a few small chunks
  • Yogurt – 4 oz
  • Lemon juice – ½ tsp
  • Sesame seed oil – 1 tsp

Because of the varying ripeness of this fruit, you may have to play with the ingredients to get the consistency right.

Let me know if you give it a try! xoxo


Sweet Mango Smoothie

1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of pear
1 cup of mango
1/2 cup of orange juice
1  peach greek yogurt

I’m obsessed with smoothies, but it gets expensive to buy them every day.  Instead, I like to make my own at home to save money and skip the extra sugar smoothie stands add.  This recipe I came up with usually makes enough for me to have a one smoothie in the morning and one for an afternoon pick-me-up.

I like to cut my strawberries and freeze them in advance so that they will make the smoothie nice and cold.   You can freeze a large portion at once and take out a cup each time you are making a smoothie.  The pear really sweetens the smoothie so that you do not have to add any sugar.  I like greek yogurt in mine because it has lots of protein to keep me full and also helps with my digestion and immune system.  You can add ice to make it extra cold.

Drink up and enjoy!


Gourmet Gluten-free Pizza

Gourmet Gluten-Free Pizza with Peppers and Arugula

Looks too good to eat! But thankfully, for anyone trying to avoiding gluten in their diet, it’s not.

This delicious homemade pizza is addicting, and a welcome treat for those avoiding gluten because of Celiac disease,  gluten-intolerance or simple desire to eat G-F.

To make this and other homemade pizzas, I start with Gillian’s gluten-free frozen pizza dough. http://gilliansfoodsglutenfree.com/.  I get mine at Whole Foods.

The pizza crust ingredients listed on their website are white rice flour, tapioca flour, water, soy flour, guar gum, egg whites, soy oil, yeast, raw cane sugar, and salt.

This one Emily and I made is topped with mozzarella cheese, red peppers and arugula.  She is a bit of a perfectionist, so I like when she is around to roll out the dough. Mine can often look a little less “gourmet”.

I add the arugula when there is just a minute or so of cooking time left.

Some of my other favorite toppings are pepperoni, organic heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil.


Nailing Natural Beauty

More often than not, I go with a natural nail – I use a high-quality buffer to get the perfect touch of natural shine.

But a night out or a day at the beach call for color. Nars is one of my favorite nail polish picks – both for their dreamy colors and the fact that their polishes are free of Toluene, formaldehyde and DBP.  Nars colors are always on trend – can’t wait to try the new fall shades of this long-wearing polish.  And with a name like Bad Influence, this fall color will be hard to resist!