No Slackers Allowed!


Is it just me or this a difficult time of year to keep motivated? It doesn’t take much these days to throw me off my schedule and once off schedule it’s a short quick hop to “I need to clean the house”, “I need to decorate for the holidays”, “I need to walk the dogs” etc…

Do not get me wrong. I love to swim and bike and run! It just seems much easier lately for other aspects of my life to interfere with my organized training routine. And then there’s the weather! Fog and rain are not only uninvited guests for a long ride or long run but downright dangerous for cycling.

One thing I have discovered: if I can motivate myself to take the first swim stroke, the first bike pedal, or the first run step, I am never sorry. I always feel better, more empowered, more in control by the end of my workout no matter how hard it is! A smile takes over my entire face! It was worth the effort!

My smile at the end of a 6 mile run!

I have been spending more time than usual to keep myself motivated on a daily basis.

Here are a few of my current favorite motivational sayings:

People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily ~ Zig Zigler

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude ~ Zig Zigler

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire ~ A Glasow

Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place ~ Unknown

Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself. Never give up ~ Unknown

The journey of a thousand miles (or 140.6) begins with a single step ~ Lao Tzu

I also spend more time on self care to nurture my body:

Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls, Foot Wakers, Yoga block and strap, Yoga mat, KinesioTex Tape

My go to overall body realignment posture.

What do you do to keep motivated?


Delicious and Nutritious Healthy Holiday Nosh and Sip!

Compliments of Team Kinesis

Triple Chocolate Truffles (nut free) from PaleOMG


7 medjool dates, pitted

1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon Raw Honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

4-5 ounces 85% dark chocolate or higher, melted

¼ cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

1 tablespoon Coconut Oil


.    These guys are awesome. No bake. WINNING.

.    Place a small skillet over medium heat and add your tablespoon of coconut oil.

.    Toss in your pumpkin seeds to begin to roast, moving them around often, being sure not to burn them.

.    Cook pumpkin seeds for about 3-5 minutes, until they become fragrant and slightly browned.

.    Add to food processor and pulse until they are completely broken down into a pumpkin seed meal.

.    Then add your dates and puree.

.    Lastly, add your cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and blend.

.    It will mix into this massive dough-looking ball. That means it’s perfect.

.    Tear off pieces of the ball and roll into balls.

.    Melt your chocolate in the microwave or double boiler then place in a bowl for dipping. Also add your chocolate chips to a separate bowl.

.    Push a toothpick into your ball, dip it in the chocolate half way up the ball, then dip into your chocolate chips.

.    Place on a parchment paper covered plate.

.    Repeat with all your truffles.

.    Place in refrigerator for the chocolate to harden and set.

.    Eat them. However you’d like.

.    This recipes gave me 10 truffles.

Holiday Brunch Tonic from Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2004

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


.          1 cup sugar

.          1 cup water

.          4 rosemary sprigs

4 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled

2 cups fresh orange juice (about 6 oranges), chilled

3 cups club soda, chilled


Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add rosemary; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour sugar syrup into a bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.

Uncover sugar syrup; remove and discard rosemary sprigs. Combine the sugar syrup, juices, and soda in a large pitcher. Serve immediately over ice.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

Calories: 131 Calories from fat: 1% Fat: 0.2g Saturated fat: 0.0g Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g Protein: 0.3g Carbohydrate: 33.1g Fiber: 0.2g Cholesterol: 0.0mg Iron: 0.2mg Sodium: 15mg Calcium: 10mg

 Dr. Dawn’s Awesome Almond Butter Chocolate Balls


1.5 cups Pecans or favorite raw/unsalted nut

1 cup fresh pitted dates

½ cup almond butter

2tbs organic and raw cacao powder

pinch sea salt to taste


  • Grind ½ cup nuts (or use fresh shaved coconut – no need to grind!) and set aside
  • Add 1 cup of nuts and remaining ingredients into food processor
  • Mix until well blended
  • Roll into small balls
  • Roll balls into ground nuts (or fresh shaved coconut if you prefer!)
  • Place on cookie sheet
  • Chill for at least 1 hour in fridge