Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I love Yoga- but what else?

So, if you've read this blog before you probably know how much I love, love, LOVE yoga!

There have been times when I do yoga every single day for awhile and then times when I step away from my mat for a bit.  But, I always come back and now I'm at a place where yoga is an recurring part of my fitness life- just not the only fitness-y thing I do.


When I'm not on my yoga mat I love running, walking my dog, Ruger
and I'm a little bit obsessed with P90X3 right now.

I figured I wasn't alone in this, so I asked some yogi friends in a Facebook group what other kinds of fitness they do when they're not doing yoga.

Here's what they had to say:

Jennifer: Pilates & Ballet

AndrewWhen I am not on a yoga mat, I like to work on my explosiveness. Explove moves, mean heavy lifting where you can only do reps of 3. Explosive movements also mean jump squats, squats with a bar on shoulders. Basically anything opposite of what yoga does. Yin and yang man. Gotta have both in your workout routine to stay balanced and stay fit.

SteveRunning , swimming and calisthenics each once a week on top of daily yoga practice

DavidKarate- walking- run after my twin 4 year old daughters.

GlennKettlebells, sandbag, running and jump rope

And many yogis & yoginis reported that they like to run and/or walk.


So tell me, what sort of exercise do you love?
Have you tried yoga?


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fairies, the Beagle, Lessons on my Fitbit, and a MealEnders Win for everyone!

Hey there friends!  It's Saturday night and I'm living the life.  That's right- in my jammies and watching a Tinkerbell movie with my girlies.  

Katie & Mandy were cast as fairies in our local theatre's production of Peter Pan.  
The fairies roller skate in the show so naturally we organized a fairy skating party!


None of the girls had spent much time on skates (it's not as popular now as it was when I was a kid) but after 2 hours they were all looking more confident.  I'm so proud to know these young ladies and can't wait to witness their journey to the stage.

In other news, you can now follow Ruger Berlin on Instagram.  
Because really, don't you need more cuteness in your life?


Follow here---> @rugerberlin

Also, in case you were wondering, this week I learned that if you run your Fitbit Zip through the washing machine it doesn't survive.  Go ahead, ask me how I learned that lesson.

So, I upgraded to a Fitbit Flex.  So far my Flex thinks I haven't slept in 2 days.  So I googled the Flex and it turns out I'm supposed to tap on it when I'm going to sleep.  Oops.  
See? I'm learning all sorts of things this week.

The winner of the MealEnders giveaway is Donna Johnson! Congrats!

But get this... 

Everyone is a Winner with MealEnders 
Exclusive MealEnders Discount! 

MealEnders wants to put an end to overeating and believes the more people its 15-calorie signaling lozenges can help, the better!  So for two weeks, all "runners up" for our recent giveaway will be able to buy MealEnders at 30% off.  

Just enter coupon code WINNER-TOO at checkout. To place your order and learn more about the product, visit www.mealenders.com.


So if you didn't win, or even if you didn't get to enter, you can still use the discount code 
and get your own shipment of goodies!


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Monday, March 2, 2015

MealEnders Lozenge review & Giveaway

Hey friends!

I'm swinging by the blog to tell you about MealEnders signaling lozenges.

I was given MealEnders to try for free in exchange for this review.  Don't worry- I was not required to give a positive review so all of the opinions expressed here are my own.



Ken & I have both tried the lozenges and although I would describe the flavor as strong, it's never unpleasant.

Here's the idea- after a meal or when you feel like you want to snack, but you know you shouldn't be hungry, you suck on one of the lozenges.  Then your brain gets the idea that you are satisfied and you get to stop overeating.  Sounds good, right?

I have also been given the opportunity to give one of you the chance to try Meal Enders!  One winner will receive the same 4-pack of lozenges that I received.  You can try them yourself & I'd love to hear what you think!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment in this blog post OR on this Facebook post. (you are certainly welcome to comment in both places but I'll only enter you in the drawing once)

Winner will be announced on Friday 3/6!  Good luck!


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

SnowShoes, Skis and Little Fishies

Hello friends.  Winter has officially brought out the big guns in my neck of the woods.  The snow is deep, the air is cold, and my feet may never be warm again.

A lot of people around here spend the month of February complaining about the weather. (I would just like to take a moment here to say that I feel like people who go outside wearing only a hoodie for outerwear have officially forfeited the right to complain)  Instead of complaining, we like to look for the winter fun.

Last weekend we make our Saturday trek to the Wilderness Lodge where snow is looked upon as good news!  I got to spend time snowshoeing on the trails.  I really can't think of a prettier place to spend the afternoon.


Katie and Mandy headed out with the Wilderness Wildcats to enjoy some fun in the snow on their skis.

Ken has been ice fishing a lot this winter.  I'm so glad he's getting to use the big tent thing I got him for Christmas.  I really felt like ordering that thing might have jinxed our winter activities and led to warmer than usual temperatures.  I should not have underestimated my hometown.  One thing it always delivers is a serious winter!

Ken brought these guys home along with a few of their friends...


Aren't they pretty? They were delicious, too!

I also made a medicinal tea from a recipe in Haylie Pomroy's new book
These days I'm all about using food as medicine and Haylie's books & website are just overflowing with good information.  


I love hot tea on a cold night.

Is it cold where you live?
How do you make the most of the winter months?


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Living with #NoExcuses- My Style

So, no sooner had I committed myself to the #SweatPink #No Excuses challenge, when I got the flu.  And if that wasn't bad enough, Katie & Mandy got the flu too!

So this week my friends at FitApproach asked participants to share what No Excuses means to us.  And I thought about it.  Does "No Excuses" mean that no matter what happens I'm getting active every single day?  No.  Just no.  Because I'm telling you that last week I couldn't think about getting off my couch without wanting to cry.


When I say I'm committed to living a healthy lifestyle with No Excuses, what I  mean is that I'll always get back on track.  I won't be derailed by an off day or an off week (or even an off month).  Because those down times are going to come and go.  Life just doesn't always work out as planned.  But, I will always come back to running, always find my way back to my yoga mat, and always resume stuffing my face with veggies!

(Let's just not talk about that night last week when I ate a bag of chips and called it "dinner."  Poor Katie thought her mother had completely gone bye-bye)

Care to join me in my #NoExcuses living?
There's really only one rule: Share, Share, Share using the hashtags #SweatPink and #NoExcuses.  Use them everywhere. (And if you'd like to tag me I'd love to cheer you on)

Here are this week's prompts:


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

In Which I Ask For A Little Extra...

Dear Blog,

Usually I come here and tell you all of the things we've been doing since the last time we spoke.  In fact, around here it's not uncommon for Katie & Mandy to ask, "Is this going on the blog?" or "Are you going to tell the blog?" while things are happening.

But, not this time.  These past two weeks have been intense and for once the answer is, "No.  This is for us, this isn't for the blog."  Don't worry, everything is fine now and we're all okay.  In fact, we're getting back to the general silliness that is our everyday life.  And friends, life is good.

In fact, the stress of the last two weeks is beginning to give way to a new appreciation of family.  I'm feeling unreasonably happy to just sit with my kids and watch TV.  I'm loving time spent together as a foursome in the car and brief hugs for no reason at all.  I have been reminded that this family is precious and that I should not miss an opportunity to say so.

Today the girls began to get a little snarky with each other.
Normally I might have scolded them.
Today I just asked for a little extra patience, a little extra kindness.  "Do it for me, okay?" and they did.

Yes, life is good. And I'll put that on the blog any day.

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