“What do you want for Christmas?”
I always HATED that question.
I’m not good at coming up with what I want, but then again, I make an amazon wish list all year long.
So, I decided to see what was on my list, but also some of the cool things I have been using all year that you may want to ask for or get for your other fitness girl friends.
I admit it, I am a personal development junkie. I have had to reprogram many years of BS, so I’m always looking to keep my thoughts toward positive and I also love to continue learning. I love books about health and fitness and about leadership too. Here are some of my favorites and some on my wish list
The Slight Edge (must read for everyone.)
The Miracle Morning– I have NOT yet read this book, but I am always trying to get up earlier and make my mornings better (I’m NOT a morning person) so I really want to read this and have a better morning routine. Plus… I love miracles
I also heard a podcast interview with the author and I was really impressed… so there’s that.
50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome– this book just seems like the perfect gift to give to some of your AWESOME friends!
Miracles Now– like I said.. I believe in Miracles and I LOVE Gabrielle Bernstein’s ways of explaining a Course in Miracles, how to trust your own higher self and her ways of finding spirituality in everyday life. I gotta get this book!!
GADGETS & THINGAMABOBS
Fitmark Bags Meal Management Bags- as much as I travel. I MUST bring my own food. It gets WAY too expensive to eat out all the time and definitely can be so tempting to eat junk. I LOVE all the Fitmark Bags, in fact, this is my second one (a little larger) it has everything you need and is TSA compliant with the frozen pouches (Issues I had before!!)
AND you can get 15% off by using the code: danny15 at checkout.. SWEET!!
FLIP BELT– cool running belt to keep your ID, keys, extra cash, etc. on you while running!! I hate leaving my house and having to run with keys in my hands…among other things! This thing is an awesome gift for girls and guys! Lot’s of colors and looks cute!
Ninja Professional Blender or a Vitamix — ok.. so I can’t LIVE without my blenders. LOVE smoothies and of course I never hear complaints about the Vitamix, the cost can be prohibitive. I LOVE my Ninja, just be careful, those blades are sharp!!
It is a MUST-HAVE for a healthy lifestyle!!
Pull-Up Bar-- you just have to have one in your house. Pull-ups are badass.
MPG Tote- gorgeous gym or travel bag. I want.
Fit Bit and Samsung Gear Fit– these are just a few of many fitness trackers. I know Nike Fuel Band is hot… but I LOVE Fit Bit because of the simplicity and color options. I also love the new Samsung, because.. its just bad ass. Let me know if you get one
SHOES & CLOTHES
“I am a Sweaty Betty/ Don’t Be a B!tch” Sweatshirts– hey! It’s winter.. they’re comfy, cute, and you get to tell people #DBAB What’s not to love?! (There are multiple colors and tanks too!)
SKORA Women’s Running Shoe- I’m not sure about running in these (I hate running) BUT I love them for lifting, other cardio and they’re CUTE! Love the coral color, super fun!
Montiel-- I saw these tops this summer and fell in LOVE. I love cute backs of tops that can show off with loose fitting shirts. I have just about every style and color. I wish I made money off this, but I don’t. So have fun!!
MPG Sport (Mondetta Performance Gear)– I can never forget MPG. There are consistently one of my favorite brands for quality and price. They always have new collections and great sales a few times a year too!
(I have this jacket below in white.. it’s gorgeous!!)
BEAUTY PRODUCTS & STOCKING STUFFERS
Dry Shampoo- I CAN’T live without this stuff now! There are a ton of great brands out there, but you can’t go wrong with $3 Suave. Great to keep in your gymbag after a blow dry, just a quick spritz to freshen up and it’s even great after you wash to give your hair a little more volume!!
Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes - I got these at the Fitness Magazine Meet & Tweet event and I am OBSESSED!! They smell so good, they don’t sting… and living in an RV– you need to freshen up without water more often than you’d think. (they are also vegan, cruelty free and biodegradable)
These are a perfect purse or gym bag essential!!
Nerium AD Gift Set (Day/Night or Day/Night/Body)- if you’ve followed me for the last year, you may have seen mine and my friends and families AMAZING results with Nerium. This stuff if LEGIT. Discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles, pore size.. it helps. Also the new Nerium Firm works wonders on stretched pregnancy skin, loose skin from weight loss and the appearance of cellulite. No joke.. get some. 30 day money back guarantee… (click purchase on bottom left)
Ear Buds– these are a MUST for cardio (gotta keep the beat on your run!!) I have tried all kinds but YurBuds have a great fit and reasonable price. Cute and easy stocking stuffer!!
Bodyworks Ball– this little gym bag gadget is amazing!! I’m always getting knots in my shoulder blades which are SO hard to reach. I used to lie on the ground on a ball, but gosh darn it, sometimes getting on the floor is a little… questionable?
So this cool ball you can toss over your shoulder and get to those hard to reach places. There are a ton of great uses.
MODERE Laundry Pods– I know this is kind of random, but someone sent these to me as a gift, and since we have been living in the RV and going to a lot of laudromats, you have no idea how convenient these are!! They smell AMAZING, are very portable and efficient. I need more!!
Ever since I was 8 years old, I remember watching my mom and my grandma drink “weight-loss” shakes.
They had those Slim Fast cans… remember those??
I’ve been intrigued by dieting and nutrition ever since and I’ve tried just about everything out there when it comes to protein shakes (my husband even works for a supplement company, so we have our share!!)
There are so many kinds of powders, but I do a lot of traveling, especially on the road, and its just not always convenient to have powder and dump in the water… and you DEF can NOT do it ahead of time (just trust me on this one)
I found Premier Protein, oh man… maybe 6 years ago? I used to get their bars at Costco and I remember taking them on a trip to Europe (which really came in handy when we didn’t like the food in Russia!!)
Anyway, on a recent road trip my hubby and I were on, I told him I was hungry and VOILA
he said there were shakes in the cooler!! (I married and handsome AND smart man)
Premier Protein saw this and saw that a lot of you wanted to check these out too, so I hooked up a SWEET GIVEAWAY!!
Anyway, I have loved these shakes for a LONG time (much better than anything in a can)
but they recently reformulated them just a bit and now they taste even better.. cool.
So.. all you need to do is leave a COMMENT below (just a “I want!”)
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MY NEWSLETTER (make sure you’re subscribed) ON TUESDAY JULY 15TH!!
WHAT?!?!? It’s in PINK????!! (I need)
OK Ladies… we all know that motivation is hard to come by.
Like Zig Ziglar says:
This is why I LOVE the GymDoll apparel.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a new outfit, workout shoes or gadget, I’m FIRED UP again!!
I especially love fun tanks with quotes because you KNOW someone is going to look at you, and read it out loud, then you’re gonna go:
“Yup. That’s right.. I’m a Bad @$$!!”
So, I have this lovely Black & Yellow “Suck it up” tank.. but I want to give away a few as well…
so this may be your lucky day!!
Do me a favor and go to the GYMDOLL FACEBOOK PAGE… first “LIKE” them.. and then post on their wall that they’re awesome or that Danny-J or The Sweaty Betties sent ya! Then make sure to comment on MY Picture, that you did it!
I will pick a winner on FRIDAY and announce it on INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK
Let’s go girls!! SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP!!
Need a delicious and healthy Breakfast or Snack Idea?
These bars are where its at!! Plus, you can’t go wrong with pumpkin….ever.
Its not quite paleo, because there are little bit of oats and protein, it’s as close to Paleo in a delicious bar as I’m gonna get today… They are moist and delicious!!
Preheat oven to 350.
Lightly grease your pan with olive oil (9×9 square pan works best)
In small bowl combine: (set aside)1/3 cup Truvia and 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein (or banana!!)
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 egg whites
- 1 whole egg
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 c. pumpkin (you can use applesauce if you don’t like pumpkin or can’t find it)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and protein powder.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg and whites, coconut milk, honey, and pumpkin.
Pour a shallow layer of batter into the loaf pan (about 1/4 of the batter). Sprinkle heavily with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining batter & cinnamon/sugar on top. Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Bake for 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean when you poke the center of bread.
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I have a friend who I met through the internet (as I have met MANY of you!!)
His name is Adam and he has been working on a project for quite awhile now.
What I love about Adam is that his product is more than just a cool drink (which it is!!)
It is about his STORY and how he turned Lemons into… well…. LÉMONESSE.™
(keep reading below but also check out my instagram to see me trying it for the first time!!)
Check out his KickStarter campaign and his story below:
When Live Gives You Lemons Turn Them Into LÉMONESSE.™ When one door closes another opens. LÉMONESSE™ was born after I was involved in a life-changing drunk driving accident. I starting playing baseball when I just just 5 years old. Essentially I lived, breathed and ate baseball. After years of blood, sweat and tears I was playing college baseball and on a path to a hopeful professional career. While in college I returned home for Christmas break to see my older brother who had returned from his military service in Iraq. On a quiet December night, our family was headed to Church when a drunk driver crossed the median and hit my brother and I head on. My Mom, Dad, younger brother, and sister all watched this unfold in the car ahead of them.My baseball dreams were crushed. I suffered multiple surgeries as a result of the accident. I was forced to re-focus my dreams and aspirations. I decided to take the passion that I had for baseball and my desire to become a professional athlete and put it into an entrepreneurial journey that would teach me more about life, love, and lemons than I ever could have imagined.
If you want to find MORE about LÉMONESSE.™ follow ALL of their social media! and tell Adam hello and great job!!
Here’s Some Lemon Facts
There are numerous health benefits of lemons. Listed below are 3 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water on a Daily Basis.
1) Overall Bodily Health
Lemon juice helps to flush out unwanted toxins from the body. Lemons contain high levels of antioxidants called bioflavonoids. Research shows that bioflavonoids may modify allergens, viruses, and carcinogens. Lemon water contains very little calories if any and also helps you stay hydrated by adding a healthy flavoring to your water. A simple shot of lemon can spruce up that boring old water and add a wealth of benefits.
2) Balances pH Levels
Contrary to what most people believe lemon water, although acidic in nature, is actually treated by the body as a base once ingested. We consume an over-abundance of acidic foods thus lowering our bodies pH level. Our body is constantly working to maintain homeostasis and by eating too many acidic foods we aren’t helping our bodies to maintain the desired 7.4 pH level. Lemon water can help the body maintain a homeostatic state by alkalizing the blood and reversing the effects of highly acidic foods.
3) Digestive Boost
A study in the “International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition.” released in 2011 stated that taste receptors for bitter substances trigger your pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes and your gall bladder to release bile. This helps the digestive process along and makes the process of eliminating waste products from the body easier.
4) Scurvy treatment
Scurvy is caused by a vitamin C deficiency. Scurvy causes general weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages.
5) Gall/Kidney Stone Reduction
The citric acid in lemon juice assists in dissolving gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties; lemon juice has been found to assist in the degradation of bacteria of diseases such as malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid as well as others.
7) Acne treatment
The alkalizing effect of lemons aid in the reduction of the bacteria known to cause acne.
8) Freshen Breath
A breath of freshness. Lemons and warm water can help freshen breath.
9) Digestion Help
Drinking a glass of lemon water with a meal can help stimulate the production of stomach acid which can aid in the digestion process.
10) Assist in Weight Loss Lemons contain a soluble fiber called pectin that has been shown to help with weight loss. Another great benefit of lemons aiding in weight loss comes by adding lemon to your water. This adds flavor without the calories. In addition you can reap all the other health benefits lemons bring to your body.
The one thing I said I’d NEVER do.
Not “one of those“.
I recall, growing up, my aunt and uncle having my parents go to presentations for different businesses they wanted to get involved in.
I remember my parents snide remarks in the car on the way home, how those never work for “people like us”.
(they never did join any of them or even try, even though I do remember being impressed by many of the presentations)
When I was 18 I was approached by an Herbalife Distributor.
For the first time I was very intrigued and interested.
When I mentioned it to my family they warned me that it was “one of those things your Uncle’s did”.
That was enough for me to understand, that I wasn’t supposed to get involved.
As I have become more and more successful with my personal training business and my online presence, I started to get approached pretty regularly by distributors or brand partners for various companies: Visalus, Beach Body, Vemma, Monavie, Isagenix, Juice Plus, just to name some of the most popular ones. There are dozens more.
I admittedly thought that I was “too good” for that, and I even felt offended that people would see my fans and just want to make money off of me and not provide them with a real service or something of value!
Long story short, I was approached last March by a company that seemed to really offer something I was looking for.
It was a product that contained the herbs and formulas that I used to heal my metabolic damage from extreme dieting. A protein powder that I actually thought had some real substance and was different!
I was very excited about it and I started to see why Network Marketing was such a great model; I was able to see how I could build an excited and supportive team that helped others and also created an income for people.
Wow! This was cool!!
I had just paid off all my student-loan debt, was riding on the high of being DEBT FREE and now I had a vehicle to share with others to do the same thing as me…. but…..
that business, ultimately was in the pre-launch stages and didn’t really take off.
I had put my WORD and my FAITH in the company and product on the line and it failed.
I had joined.
I had failed.
I was struggling with wondering if I made a mistake and if I should just give up on the idea of this business for good.
“That was a sign Danny-J! See? You shouldn’t get involved in those kinds of things. They don’t work for people like us”
I started listening to a few of my mentors, like Dani Johnson, Guy Kawasaki, and other financial experts.
I was fighting with the thought that I should try again, but remembering that I already failed. I was worried about what people would think of me and especially the people on my team that may have felt that I dragged them into a failing company. I was pretty torn.
I had many companies wanting me to join them, and while a fitness product (shakes, bars, vitamins) seem like the obvious choice, none of them just “felt right” to me. Besides, I don’t even use shakes that often these days and I’ve already posted a ton of blogs on what I think about protein shakes.
Along came Nerium.
OK Actually, Nerium had been there all along.
My beautiful sister-in-law started it over a year ago, but I stubbornly refused to even look at the product, which I was SURE was a gimmick.
But… in my search… I started talking to her more.
I saw her pictures.
I saw her results.
I went to her events and the company impressed the hell out of me!
So much so, that my husband and I decided to become Bigs with Big Brothers Big Sisters when Nerium partnered with them as a sponsor.
I did my research, I used the product.
I LOVED it.
It makes me look better, which makes me feel better.
It is aligned with how I love to help people with their bodies.
The company’s motto is to “LOOK BETTER and LIVE BETTER”
and also to create a RIPPLE that affects everyone.
AND.. my sister was successful!!
“People like us CAN do this!! She has 5 kids!! If she can be successful with 5 kids, then I can be successful with just me to handle!”
I LOVED it.
The thing I said I’d NEVER do.
So today I’m excited to announce that Nerium International; not only has been tweeted by Jenny McCarthy, was shown on CBS, The View and on The Doctors last week… but now is on newsstands in the Beautiful You magazine at your Barnes & Nobles and Books-A-Million Bookstores!
Here is ME at Barnes & Nobles with the latest magazine! Yay! Congratulations Nerium!!
If you’re interested in the product or becoming a brand partner, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to http://sweatybetties.nerium.com to order
They ALWAYS give a 30-Day Money Back guarantee, because we want you to LOVE our product.
What is something you always said you’d NEVER do and you ended up doing it?
I was one of those people, whom if you mentioned a juice cleanse or fast, I would say:
“WHY do you need that? Your liver should detox everything… just make healthy choices! Duh!!”
Then…. I saw the movie “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”
I became a little more open-minded, yet still, strongly skeptical.
In the movie, a man goes on a complete juice fast for something like 90 days! It’s a little extreme, but he explains that he is getting enough calories and the juice is taking the concentrated nutrients from the fruits and vegetables.
I was intrigued enough to want to try it, or at least add a green juice to my daily routine.
However, I looked into juicers and got overwhelmed and then dropped that idea.
So… in comes Skinny Limits!!
Two of my dear friends, Rebekah Borucki (Bexlife) and Sarah Dussault (Sarahfit), both did a Skinny Limits juice cleanse and review, and since I highly value their opinions and friendship… I totally asked them on the side,
“sooooo… tell me the truth… what did you really think?”
They both came back with REAL rave reviews.
Ok, Ok.. let’s do this!
I got ahold of the company and decided that the BEST time for me to try the cleanse was after I returned from Chicago, it would be my last weekend of travel after 3 months on the road. A really good time to detox!!
I chose the TROPICAL 3-Day Cleanse, because I saw that pineapple juice was in it… and… well…. pineapple juice.
So, since it arrived pretty early in the morning, I decided to start right then!
I busted open my first juice… and….down the hatch!!
Mmmm!! Not bad! It was green, but it didn’t “taste green” if you know what I mean?
I stacked all the drinks in number order in my fridge and I was really excited to do this!
I did get a little hungry, but there were 6 juices a day, so I never really felt deprived.
The morning of Day 2, I felt a little achy. I did read that there might be detox-like symptoms; headache, fatigue, etc.
It was to be expected. The hunger wasn’t too big of an issue and I really did enjoy each of the drinks. In fact, I was really looking forward to trying each one, so I kept looking at my clock to see if it was time yet!
Unfortunately, on Day 2…. I got into a car accident on the way home from a hair appointment.
ugh!!! Needless to say, I cried and went to bed skipping the last two juices.
(Note: everyone was ok. My car, the other guys car, ego and bank account were the most hurt)
Day 3 I woke up a little hungrier (from skipping a few hundred calories) and had to make some calls to insurance.
I ended up going to get my car looked at and had to drop it off for repairs, pick up a rental, etc.
That ended up taking over 6 hours… and, did I bring my juice?
I ended up eating a meal out because I knew I wasn’t going to be home anytime soon.
I felt like I failed, for not doing the cleanse “right”
The good news was… I had some drinks left over for Day 4!!
I realized how much I was really looking forward to my daily juices and I was definitely starting to feel better!
I definitely WILL do this cleanse again and I can see the benefit of having 1-2 juices a day just to add to your daily routine.
I love the convenience of having the juices made and shipped to you (it would be a TON of work, to try this by juicing your own!!)
I loved this cleanse. I do NOT recommend getting into a car accident while you’re attempting to cleanse. (I also don’t recommend it at any time.. it’s really a bummer)
I will most likely do a FULL 3-Day cleanse once a quarter and also try and get some of these juices going in my daily or at least monthly routine. I think I’m addicted!
If you like this and want to see more…..
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