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Revealing the Push-Up Pictures

Some Facebook Fun & Revealing the Faces Behind the Push-Ups Pics

I realize that some of you don’t have a Facebook account; however, you can still revel (well maybe not revel) in the outcome of what happened Friday night into Saturday morning.

Look closely and yes, it’s Life cereal on the floor.

I said, “For EVERY “Like” from now & before tomorrow at 7am (that’s Sat), we have to do 5 push ups at home, at tomorrow’s boot camp, wherever. Yes that’s on top of the 100 per day. You have until Sunday to get them in :- )”

Final comment, “Ok…before 7am we had 18 likes. Push up Challengers that means an extra 90 push ups to complete over the weekend. No problem! Pass it on to those who are not on FB. I’ll post it on our blog too.”

For those of you who are just reading this and it’s past the weekend, just find a way to weave in those extra 90 before the end of the month.

Faces Behind the Push-Ups Pics

Click on this picture to reveal the Boot Camper. Was from 2012.

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No boot campers in this one. Albeit, it would be a great one! I found this one online.

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At first it could be Donna Liberty, but no, this one is fake. Good idea though 🙂

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Our beloved Brynn and Chelsea. Doing push-ups with her mom 🙂 Thanks for sharing Chelsea.



Week of July 27, 2014

I can’t believe August is right around the corner. This summer is flying by! Everyone is out and about with this beautiful weather. On Facebook I’ve seen beaches, bourbon, bikinis, biking, burpees, boating, Biggest Loser and yes, of course Boot Camp!

Class Cancellation Notice

We need to cancel this Saturday’s class on August 2. It’s the day of the Egg Run here in town. Please pass this along. Last year, I started the class an hour early hoping those who wanted just a boot camp workout could scoot out before the roads closed; however, some people encountered road blocks. So, this is a good time to participate in the Egg Run/Walk. It’s affordable and a great community event. Volunteers are always needed. Here’s the link:

Crazy Saturday Workout

All of our workouts are different. Yesterday’s had a different twist. It first started with Anita bringing me LSD (a shirt that says LSD from Delaware). So thoughtful! Thank you Anita. We then moved on to several types of 30 second interval moves. The best one was the over and under with the resistance bands. Touch the band and you were penalized push-ups. The sun was shining and we were singing all types of songs . . . great time!20140726_082734 20140726_091331

Shout Outs . . .

Samantha G. is training for a half marathon in September and she’s working quite hard. She just ran her personal best for a 5K in 27.30. She’s building strength by strength training, not just running! Nice work Sam!


There is a group of amazing women at Killington today participating in the Biggest Loser Half Marathon. They’re the crew from the Jeffersonville Boot Camp: Bobbi R., Rose B., Carla A., Abbie S., Eliza P. . . . I apologize if I missed anyone else.

Here’s a description of the event. Sounds like a great event. “The Biggest Loser RunWalk Killington Half Marathon/5K courses each have a twist! Participants run/walk down the mountain, then take the ski lift back up and continue along with breathtaking views of Killington Peak, the second highest peak in Vermont. The 5K course goes through beautiful downtown Killington while the half marathon route, great for someone’s first half marathon, travels along rustic wooded roads with stunning views of the Green Mountains. Afterwards kick back with family and friends and celebrate at the post-race concert featuring former “Biggest Loser” contestant and Nashville recording artist, Dan Evans at Killington Resort’s Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar.”

If you have a great story to share about yourself or someone else who’s too shy to share, please let me know!

Pesto! Recipes & Uses

Here’s a link to 50 Things to Make With Pesto

Recipes…you don’t always need to use the expensive pine nuts. Here’s a link to 12 different pesto recipes. The first one listed is Garlic Scape Pesto, “Garlic’s young shoots perfume this mild pesto, perfect for tossing with fresh egg pasta. If you can’t find scapes, substitute green garlic or a combination of garlic and chives.”

Here’s 12 more pesto recipes:

Week of July 6, 2014

Hope your July 4th holiday was full of good fun, good company, good food and plenty of movement  . . . What? Not enough movement, too much good food? Get back to boot camp!

Here are some pics from boot camp last week and from the Foam Fest run that I completed with Tia, Sam and Lynn. The last pic is all four of us dolled up for a night out in Boston, first up was Salsa dancing lessons. Harder than it looks!

Jack Lalanne

Love this man! Now, how many of you actually did these face exercises while watching this video?

Infographics on Muscles as We Age and Depression & Exercise

Exercise and Depression Infographic

Week of June 8, 2014

Boot Camp Schedule

Photo: Monday night boot camp will be just as bad (good) as Saturday. .. Bring your this person :-)

Guess who?

Fairfax Only: M & Th at 6:30pm and Saturday’s at 8am. Meet at the gazebo next to  the school’s playground. If lightning, enter through the high school.

Cambridge classes have been discontinued. Early morning boot camp classes in the summer will not be offered this year due to everyone’s crazy schedules. Perhaps next year.

Shout Out . . .

To Emma! Congratulations to Emma D’Amico for winning the women’s division at Smugg’s first trail race this Saturday. I first met Emma at boot camp in Cambridge. She’s developed some incredible strength since boot camp and is a dynamo runner. We’re so happy for you Emma! Congratulations!


To Cris Cote, rode 21 miles to come to Saturday boot camp. He rode from Williston just to get his butt kicked in weights and sprints. Karen did drive him back 🙂

Local Race, July 3

Firecracker 5K

Runners looking to strengthen. Runners need to do more than run 🙂

See link for details:

Dads & Grads Mini June 2014 Menu

Courtesy of Once a Month Meals


Chocolate Revel Bars

Boot Camp Announcement

Boot Camp Change

It’s a hard decision, but I can no longer hold boot camp classes at Cambridge Elementary school. This is due to my family’s VERY busy schedule and having two instructors moving on in their lives too. Callie moved to Lake Placid to start fitness business and Lisa Schukei landed an awesome promotion at Green Mt. Coffee. I want to thank Lisa Schukei for coming up with the idea of holding boot camp classes in Cambridge. I also want to thank Callie for being an integral part of the instructor crew.

I would love to hold a few more classes; however, I have two major events happening this Wednesday and next Wednesday and no one to cover. We will still hold classes in Fairfax on Monday and Thursday nights at 6:30pm and Saturday at 8am. I know there’s Zumba and Pilates in the Lamoille County area; however, I’m not aware of other types of classes.

This class gave me an opportunity to meet more amazing people! Thank you for coming to LSD Boot Camp and giving it your all. I hope to see you in Fairfax. And for some of you, I know we’ll be doing a few races together.

Rhubarb: What You May Not Know

  • Rhubarb is one of the least calorie vegetables. 100 g fresh petioles provide just 21 calories. Nonetheless, it contains some vital phyto-nutrients such as dietary fiber, poly-phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Further, its petioles contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.
  • The stalks are rich in several B-complex vitamins such as folates, rhubarb stalksriboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid.
  • Red color stalks contain more vitamin A than in the green varieties. Further, the stalks also contain small amounts of poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds like β-carotene, zea xanthin, and lutein. These compounds convert to vitamin A inside the body and deliver same protective effects of vitamin A on the body. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for healthy eye-sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help the body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • As in other greens like kale, spinach, etc., rhubarb stalks also provide good amounts of vitamin-K. 100 g of fresh stalks provide 29.3 µg or about 24% of daily recommended intake of this vitamin. Vitamin K has a potential role in bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Its stalks also contain healthy levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. However, most of these minerals do not absorb into the body as they are subject to chelating into insoluble complexes by oxalic acid, and excreted out from the body.

Safety profile

Top green part of rhubarb leaf (blade) contains unusually high amounts of oxalic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in some vegetables. 100 g of leaves contain about 0.59 – 0.72 mg of oxalates. Lowest published lethal dose (LDLo) of oxalate in humans is 600 mg/kg. Oxalate can cause severe symptoms even at much lower concentrations than this on the human body. Symptoms may include burning in the eyes, mouth, and throat; skin edema, difficulty breathing. In severe cases, it can result in kidney failure, convulsions, coma, and death.

Rhubarb Recipes

It is a vegetable!

Whoever said that rhubarb is useful just for baking rhubarb bread and pies and muffins? Rhubarb is so very suitable to use when cooking dinner too! I made this rhubarb chili for supper tonight, and it was extremely tasty! I will definitely make this again soon!

Rhubarb Chili

Rhubarb Chili Recipe

Rhubarb Supper / Dinner Dish

For a very healthy rhubarb recipe, try this Rhubarb Chili Recipe, made with beef and pork. Or, you can use all beef or all pork. Use fresh OR frozen rhubarb.

Everyone likes different and unique food ideas … here is a delectable chili that will have others asking for the recipe!

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*or 2 pounds ground beef or 2 pounds ground pork

1 pound *ground beef
1 pound *ground pork Rhubarb Chili - Best Chili Recipe - a Different Chili
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced (or add garlic flakes)
2 cans (10 oz. size, each) beef broth
1 can (28 oz. size) diced tomatoes
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tbsps. vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 cups chopped rhubarb (fresh or frozen rhubarb)
2 cans (10 oz. size, each) black beans, (with liquid)
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Salt and pepper to taste, for frying meat
1 cup water, including 3 tbsps. corn starch mixed in, for thickening chili
Grated cheese, for garnish (optional)

Here’s the link:

Beef Rhubarb:

Chicken Rhubarb:

Pork Rhubarb:

Fish Rhubarb:


Whoever said that rhubarb is useful just for baking rhubarb bread and pies and muffins? Rhubarb is so very suitable to use when cooking dinner too! I made this rhubarb chili for supper tonight, and it was extremely tasty! I will definitely make this again soon!


*or 2 pounds ground beef or 2 pounds ground pork

1 pound *ground beef
1 pound *ground pork
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced (or add garlic flakes)
2 cans (10 oz. size, each) beef broth
1 can (28 oz. size) diced tomatoes
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tbsps. vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 cups chopped rhubarb (fresh or frozen rhubarb)
2 cans (10 oz. size, each) black beans, (with liquid)
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Salt and pepper to taste, for frying meat
1 cup water, including 3 tbsps. corn starch mixed in, for thickening chili
Grated cheese, for garnish (optional)

– See more at:

But, rhubarb is also a very suitable vegetable to accompany beef, pork, fish and lamb at dinnertime! Scroll down for links to pages with recipes for rhubarb and other types of meat.

If you have rhubarb and are looking to make a healthy supper, here are some choice recipes that include beef, and in some cases, more than one type of meat, making a delicious suppertime meal!

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Week of May 17, 2014

Week in Review

First, don’t forget about the Sunday meet-ups of running/walking at 3pm in Fairfax at the brick church up from Foothills Bakery. Beautiful day for a walk/run.

Another great week of boot camp classes. We all love being outdoors and the weather has been cooperating lately.

Here’s a slide show that captures moments from last week


A Few Interesting Trail Races

2014 Trail Race Series at Smugglers’ Notch Resort!

Explore the trails of Smugglers’ Notch with our 1st annual Trail Race Series. The Series consists of 3 trail races in and around the Smugglers’ Notch cross-country trail network. Each race will feature a 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run (ages 7 & under), and all races are open to runners of all abilities. A completed sports waiver is required before the start of the Series.

Race Series Dates:
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014

All races start at the Smugglers’ Notch Nordic/Tennis Center. Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am. 4k and 8k begin at 10:00 am.

$20 when registered online prior to event.

$25 day of event (registration opens at 8:30 am at the Smugglers’ Notch Nordic/Tennis Center.)

$10 ages 7-15, online or day of event

Kids 7 & under compete for free

All proceeds benefit the Flyin’ Ryan Organization, Cambridge Food Pantry, and Lamoille Girls on the Run. We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food and old sneakers (kids and adult sizes) on race day.

Bear Brook Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

July 19, 2014

Snowmobile Lot
Bear Brook State Park
Allenstown, NH

Start Time:
06:30 am

Bib pick-up:
05:00 am to 06:00 am

$35 (Marathon), $25 (Half Marathon) [pre-registration only]


Like Trail Running?

Here is a link that lists the Vermont trails suitable for running:

Seasonal Veggies: Fiddleheads

By Food Safety Specialist Jason Bolton, Ph.D., Food Science Professor Alfred Bushway Ph.D., and Extension Professional David Fuller.
Originally developed by Extension Professor Mahmoud El-Begearmi.

Fiddleheads, an early spring delicacy throughout their range, are the young coiled fronds of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris). Nearly all ferns have fiddleheadsfiddleheads, but those of the ostrich fern are unlike any other. Ostrich fern fiddleheads, which are about an inch in diameter, can be identified by the brown papery scale-like covering on the uncoiled fern, as well as the smooth fern stem, and the deep ”U”-shaped groove on the inside of the fern stem. Look for ostrich ferns emerging in clusters of about three to twelve fiddleheads each on the banks of rivers, streams, and brooks in late April, May, and early June. Make sure that you have landowner permission before harvesting fiddleheads.

Click here for recipes, harvesting tips and more. This is a great site:


Week of May 4, 2014

I think it’s now May showers brings June flowers . . . I just can’t wait to plant my garden, whether or not it’s underwater 🙂

With that said, don’t forget that every Sunday until school is out, we are meeting at 3pm at the brick church in Fairfax (up from the Foothills bakery) for a fun run/walk. Bring your dog, kids, bike, whatever you want to get you outside and move on a Sunday afternoon. I’ll be there today.

Boot Camp in Fairfax and Jeffersonville continue to be crazy as ever! However, the best part about the boot camp classes is the community it builds. The benefits of boot camp is expanding our personal communities through meeting wonderful people and finding local resources. Please read about this rich resource in our community. Kori is a fellow boot camper from Jeffersonville ( Thank you everyone for being a part of this unique community!

Speaking of community, there’s another fellow boot camper who offers products that we all can use. The Farm Store in Jeffersonville is moving to a new location (more visible location in Jeffersonville). Here’s their website:

$100 Challenge Comes to an End

Well, the $100 challenge is over. 8 people made their goal. All 8 of you will split the pot. You have money coming to you. Hmm what’s the next challenge???

The Health Hazards of Sitting

By Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark, Published: Jan. 20, 2014;

We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult?

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Spring-Time Recipes

20 casserole recipes to get you into the spring mood

Tex-Mex Casserole, Three Meat, Hatch Chile, Buffalo Cauliflower Chicken, Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie, Caveboy, Bacon and Green Bean, Chicken Tetrazinni and more . . .

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