Happy New Year!!!

posted by Donna
Jan 3

There’s something about January that sparks a fire in all of us to improve our health and fitness.        A new year, new month, new day…a new YOU!  Yet a lot of people I talk to don’t and won’t be making New Years resolutions for fear of failure.  Call it what you may, trying to achieve anything without some sort of plan will be less likely to see fruition.  So what I would like to propose is Forty Days of Focus.  It’s a forty day challenge that starts when you choose.  Next pick a goal, something that you’d like to work on for forty days.  Then each day you choose an intention for the day that will help you towards your overall goal, be as specific as you can.  Your daily ‘focus’ is to see that intention through.  The following day you set another intention and so on you go for forty consecutive days.  The key is to write your intention down each day in a journal; paper or electronic, doesn’t matter, just make sure at the end of the day to record completion of the intention.  You can get as fancy and elaborate as you want here, even recording how you felt during or after completing your intention!

So #1, choose an overall goal (i.e. lose 5 lbs)

#2, set a daily intention (i.e. today I will complete 30 minutes on my treadmill)

#3, record completion (i.e. yay! I did it!! Almost killed me but I did it!)

#4, repeat steps #2 and #3 for 40 consecutive days!!

This is a fun way to kick start your January and put some fun and focus on health and fitness!  Give it a try and let me know how you’re doing!!



A Perfect Morning

posted by Donna
Sep 10

“There are two ways to enrich your life; you can earn, inherit, or borrow enough money to meet all your desires, or you can cultivate a simple life of few desires.”   Dan Millman

Favorite neighbour + morning yoga + post yoga latte = A perfect morning!


Sep 4

Wow!  I can’t believe that summer is over!!  I remember my dad saying that as he got older time seemed to go faster and faster.  I know what he means now.  What a glorious summer we had, the weather was awesome and as my blog posts reflect (or lack thereof), it was busy!  As ready as I am to get back into my regular training routine, I was hoping to hang on to the last bits of warmth and let the tomatoes ripen on the vine…neighbour says not so much, low of 0 forecasted for Monday…:(  Damn!!

I had a great time learning stand up paddle boarding this summer, not sure about headstands and yoga on the paddle board but kudos to those that are brave enough to fall into the cold drink for that!  For anyone who hasn’t tried the stand up boards, I would strongly suggest giving them a try.  It is so serene floating atop the water, taking in the beautiful lake views, racing loons. Awesome!  I think it’s harder to balance on a Bosu than a paddle board, so if you consider yourself a bit challenged that way, think again, I’m sure you could do it.

Now that we’ve given our son some help this summer with building his garage we are really excited and looking forward to the Griswold’s Fall adventure…our kitchen/living room reno…to begin this weekend at a lake near you!!  Hubby says it’ll be done before Christmas to which I laughed hysterically.  He’s a good man, hard worker , but seriously off on his time projections.  Always.  If it’s done by next year at this time I will be very pleased, lol.

This brings to mind a conversation that I had with our daughter awhile back.  She asked me why I’m always doing something, “why can’t you just sit still?”.  My answer was “cause I can still move”.  If you can move your body; you don’t have an illness or injury that prevents you from being able to move and do things, why wouldn’t you??  A client of mine told me about a man she saw who took part in a race.  He was wheelchair bound and did the whole thing backwards pushing with only his feet!  How inspiring!  Yet there are people who are not as physically restricted who sit around on their duffs and complain about feeling tired and crappy!!  I think that’s just sad.  You may not want to enter a race and that’s okay, just do something, keep yourself engaged, challenged and most importantly MOVING.  Myself?  I’m shooting for the next star of Renovation Realities!  Hey, reno’s get the body moving!!

I will keep you posted!

Donna (aka DIY Diva)

Sep 1

Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it. ~ Sai Baba

August Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Aug 1

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~ Confucius

July Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Jul 1

Never complain and never explain. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

June Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Jun 1

Dream big and dare to fail. ~ Norman Vaughan

May Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
May 1

Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it. ~ Sai Baba

April Smoothie Recipe

posted by Donna
Apr 15

Luv’n this Smoothie

  • 1 heaping tbsp nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 6 oz orange juice
  • 3 oz lite coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or peaches

Blend above ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

Finding Balance

posted by Donna
Apr 10

In yoga we practise tree pose to work on our balance.  It also promotes poise and calm rooting down through our anchored leg as we expand upward with our arms like branches of a tree.  Balance can be more challenging say if its really windy or we are anchoring on an unstable surface like sand for instance.IMG_1188As we all strive for balance in our day to day life we must work with external elements that act upon us and make  balance more challenging.  It may be a growing To Do list, an injury, an illness, a change in a relationship, forces that are acting upon us shaking our foundation causing us to wobble more that we would otherwise.  Appreciate that you can do your best under different circumstances and let go of the expectation that you can balance on solid ground the same as soft ground.  Remember to breathe 🙂



Feb 6

What a month January was!  Warm weather, way too much wind and a blur of busy weekends.  After going without internet for 2 weeks, I am very glad to be back in the ‘connected’ world.

The absolute highlight of my month was attending a one day workshop featuring an amazing mentor of mine, Marjorie O’Connor who taught my AFLCA certification many years ago.  Marjorie is such an upbeat, inspiring and caring individual.  It was great to see her again and of course have her kick my butt in her workout!  The session was put on by TV’s X Weighted fitness guru, Paul Plakis. ( I have to admit I was scared about doing his workout but it was as fun as it was intense).  What really made the experience for me though was attending with my daughter.  To have her following in a similar line of work and to be able to attend sessions together is a bit surreal for me.  I am really looking forward to the upcoming conferences that her and I have planned and I am excited about bringing back new material and renewed inspiration to you, my clients!

Where do you find your fitness inspiration?


Happy New Year!!!

posted by Donna
Dec 31

As another year draws to a close, I can’t help but thumb through my appointment book and think about all of the people I have had the opportunity to meet and work with over the past year.  It’s kind of like a last episode of Survivor thing, where each name conjures up thoughts and reflections of strategy, goals, defeats and achievements.  I am always flattered by the gratitude shown by each of you on your journey of health and fitness but in reality I am the one who is grateful for each of you inspire me to learn more, share more and motivate more.  I know some of you have had some particularly challenging times over this passing year, just as I challenge you so you become stronger, getting through these hard times will make you stronger too 🙂

I hope that you all will take some time to reflect upon 2013 and what direction you would like to take for 2014.  Not really a New Years resolution but more of a draft or plan.  Because without a plan, goals are just wishes.  Never be afraid of planning; you need a blueprint before you build a house. You need a map before you find someplace new.  Every journey begins with a single step and failure is in not trying at all!

As I welcome the New Year, I look forward to completing my weightloss and nutrition certification, expanding my yoga practice with a hot yoga certification, learning more about the benefits and use of essential oils for health and wellness and attending a strength training conference with my daughter.  I hope to help my son build a garage and outsmart those damn deer in the garden this summer.  Also I plan to be more organized and done Christmas shopping early next year!  Okay maybe just more organized, lol.

I wish each of you a safe and happy New Year!  And I look forward to kicking your Egg Nog butts next week 😉

Happy New Year!!!