My 2019

posted by Donna
Jan 5

Today’s the day! The first New Moon of January, said to be the best time for setting goals going forward.

I spent a lot of time thinking about 2018 over the Christmas holiday. A year ago a journal purchase and a plan to write the happenings and highlights of our family was hatched…clearly this plan was not made on the New Moon! Staring at ‘January’, my only entry, I decided to consult my phone and my daytimer to fill in the blank months.

Although this process took quite a bit of time and would have been easier to have done monthly, it was so much fun to do this review of a year in the life of Donna Gustafson! I was surprised at how much came back to me.

Hubby and I agree it was an extremely busy year. The primary focus or vision for 2018 of course was our daughters wedding and all its preparation. It was by choice that we were as involved as we were and we cherish every second of it!

Ironically, the biggest lesson of 2018 came in the same month of that family celebration. The loss of a dear friend to cancer hit hard. Proof to me that none of us know when our tomorrows will run out. The importance of how I spend my time seemed much more vital to me. I needed to start checking off some of the things on my bucket list. I needed to start doing more of what makes me happy.

Christmas saw just that! We hosted Christmas dinner for hubby’s family, all 30+ of us. And while that may not seem like a bucket list thing to most, it had been my dream since coming into this wonderful, crazy family for all of us to sit for dinner at one big table. And we did it!! And again it was worth every second of preparation.

That brings me to today and my vision of what I would like to see in my 2019.

If I had to describe my vision in one word I think I would choose Nesting. I would love to see my year full of completed projects around our home. Things that I have put off because ‘something else came up’ and ‘I can wait’. I am as Joanna Gaines describes it, a homebody. My home is my safe and happy place and this year I want to invest more of my time feathering my nest. If I have the courage, I will share some photos!

I also want to continue to enjoy my close and meaningful relationships with family and friends. Making more time for the people who make me smile and laugh, who give back, who you can pick up with right where you left off, sans guilt trip and who look at life ‘glass half full’. For them I want to be more focused and free from distractions, able to enjoy them more fully and completely.

I believe that to bring more into your life you must let something go, so this year I’d like to see myself let go of what no longer serves me, with a grateful heart for having had it but freeing it to serve someone else.

I hope 2019 brings you everything you envision!  🙂

Jan 2

30 Day 30 Minute Activity Challenge, open to all!

It’s baaaacccckkkk! Join our 2019 Challenge group today!


Follow Me on Facebook

posted by Donna
Aug 14

Yes it’s true, I am finally on Facebook!  Teaching an old dog new tricks takes time ya know but its better to arrive late than to never arrive at all!!

So I’ll keep this post short for today; check me out, follow me and by all means message me at Lifestyle Fitness Personal Training Studio.

I’m excited to be able to expand my business in this way and look forward to connecting with all of you on this new platform  🙂

Welcome Summer!!

posted by Donna
Jun 20

Summer is my absolute favourite season! (Although Christmas comes close)  I cannot resist summer for its long warm days, yummy garden treats and refreshing drinks in the yard.  You would never guess my profession by looking around my yard, there are a million places to sit or lounge and take in the beautiful days or evenings.  Around all of those areas are flowers and plants, tons of them, in all of the glorious colours imaginable!  They are a feast for my eyes and my soul.  While it’s important not to let the lazy days of summer derail your fitness it is also important to allow yourself time to stop and smell the “roses!”

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

Always desire to learn something useful. ~ Sophocles

August Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Aug 1

If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~ Dale Carnegie

July Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Jul 1

May you live all the days of your life. ~ Jonathan Swift

June Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Jun 1

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. ~ Alfred A. Montapert

May Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
May 1

To be a good loser is to learn how to win. ~ Carl Sandburg