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

He who hesitates is lost. ~ Proverb

August Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Aug 1

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. ~ Ralph Marston

July Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Jul 1

I love life because what more is there? ~ Anthony Hopkins

June Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
Jun 1

Dream big and dare to fail. ~ Norman Vaughan

May Motivation Tip

posted by Donna
May 1

Wherever you are - be all there. ~ Jim Elliot

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 🙂