Category Archives: Weekly Announcement

New Class Starts April 7th

First, I want to thank everyone for participating in the Workout to support a Community member. Yesterday, April 2, 2016, was both magical and memorable. People from all around gathered at the BFA Fairfax High School gym to support a woman and her family that we all know and love. The Workout consisted of Boot Camp, Zumba, followed by Yoga. A special thank you to Kathy Bourdeau, Zumba instructor and Lonnie Poland, Yoga instructor. Thank you to the one and only, the most amazing, Paula Coli for helping me coordinate the event. BFA Fairfax National Honor Society students volunteered their time; thank you gentlemen. A special thank you to RiseVT, Moretti and his crew for setting up shop with their smoothie bike and wonderful prizes along with their healthy message. Another special mention is the BFA St. Albans Boys Varsity Lacrosse team. They came to show support for their assistant coach’s mother. It’s impressive to have high school students get up early and attend a grueling workout first thing on a Saturday morning. Thank you to Mark Capsey, their head coach for encouraging and supporting the students. When I looked out from the stage onto the sea of people wanting to be tortured, it warmed my heart to see long-time boot campers, newcomers and people from all ages and backgrounds.

“It is not more bigness that should be our goal.  We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to…the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility…and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future.”  Robert F. Kennedy

New Class Starts Thursday, April 7

Weights Only Workout…No Running, No Jumping, No Weights? No Problem



Exciting News is Coming

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement. You’ll know more in about a week or so. Yes, I know, I can’t stand it when someone does it to me; however, it’s worth the wait.


Event Announcement

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for a wonderful workout fundraising event for a beloved fitness community member. It’s April 2. Here’s the flyer for complete details. Please bring your family and friends. You can pick one, two or all three workouts! Here’s the link to the Facebook Event:


Yes, Class Tomorrow 2/27 & Mondays Back to 6:30pm

Pass the Word…Class is Happening 2/27 @8am . . . Mondays return to 6:30pm

This is school vacation week, but since it’s Town Meeting Day tomorrow, we’ll be having boot camp at the same time . . . 8am!

We’ll also start Mondays at 6:30pm (no more 7pm start time due to winter sports). Still no Thursdays. Looking for another instructor to help when I’m not available to teach on Thursdays.

Feeling Like Vomiting When Exercising?

Ever throw up when working out? Ever felt sick? Read on how to avoid tossing your cookies.

Homemade Power Bars

Check these out! Here’s the link as well:

  1. Place almonds, flax meal, shredded coconut, almond butter and salt in afood processor
  2. Pulse briefly, about 10 seconds
  3. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil over very low heat
  4. Remove coconut oil from stove, stir stevia, honey and vanilla into oil
  5. Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until ingredients form a coarse paste
  6. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  7. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour, until mixture hardens
  8. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously
  9. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens
  10. Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve

Makes 20 bars

Homemade Larabars-4 Recipes

This is a great new site I found. Pass this on to your friends and family.


  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Combine dates, cashews, peanut butter and water in a food processor and puree until mixture starts to stick together. Add a little more water if necessary to help mixture come together.
  2. Pick up date mixture and using your hands work to squeeze it together into one big clump. Mash it down on a cutting board or sheet of wax paper to form into one even rectangle shape using the sides of your hands (or a knife) to make the edges straight.
  3. Slice into 12 even squares. For best results store in the fridge, although bars can be kept at room temperature.

First Class of 2016

Boot Camp in 2016 starts tomorrow (1/2/16) at 8am at BFA Fairfax school (enter through HS). $7.00 and local (under 18 FREE). Don’t let the name intimidate you. Please share this post with your friends. Remember this video? Love it . . . I need to make a new one. See people you recognize?

No Boot Camp on Saturday, July 4th. Enjoy the Holiday!

Boy, I haven’t posted here in a while. It’s time to do this more often 🙂

Please pass the word, there’s no boot camp on Saturday, July 4th. See you on Monday, Thursday and Saturday of next week. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

If you haven’t seen this yet, check out this short video about, “What do you like about Boot Camp?” Thank you to those who participated.

Looking for healthy summer recipes that are kid/busy family friendly? This is a great site:

Here’s a share from a fellow boot camper. Looks like that’s definitely an upcoming move 🙂

Do you recognize this person? It’s a story from Fargo, ND.

Week of February 15, 2015

I’m waiting to hear from the school if we can hold classes during February break. Stay tuned!

Week 2: Show Me Your Meal

It doesn’t have to be a dinner related meal. Anything from an egg creation to a flavorful meal that your children enjoy. Thank you to Jennifer Bishop at The Farm Store for sponsoring this Challenge. Last week Julia won locally grown red and gold beets.

The drawings take place every Monday night. There are four weeks in this Challenge.

A few rules: All recipes must exclude Refined Carbohydrates. Ideally, they should include Complex Fibrous Carbohydrates. Don’t know the difference? Do a little homework 🙂

Meal Ideas?

recipe picThe Former 100 Day and 50 Day Challengers are quite familiar with this site. The recipes listed on this site can be viewed by anyone. Check it out:

Treadmill Boring? Doesn’t Have To Be

Here are some links to workouts that will mix it up for you to reduce boredom on the “dread”mill. As you know, treadmills can be dangerous if you try to get too fancy, so be cautious; you know your coordination level.

Week of February 8, 2015

February Challenge: Show Me Your Meal

One winner announced weekly: Feb. 9, 16, 23 & Mar 2

Sponsored by The Farm Store in Jeffersonville, VT.

Once a week in February, show me (us) a picture of a healthy meal (recipe included). The reward is preparing and sharing. I’ll collect the recipes and post them all at once after the Meal Challenge is over. Share them via email, Facebook or a post to this blog. 

This Lamb Stew Recipe was submitted by Julia!

THEN . . .

On Saturday, March 7 we’ll have a meal gathering at my house starting at 6pm. Bring a dish you shared or one that someone else shared. It’s a great way to have a community gathering, focus on healthy food preparation, and trying new recipes.

A few rules: All recipes must exclude Refined Carbohydrates. Ideally, they should include Complex Fibrous Carbohydrates. Don’t know the difference? Do a little homework 🙂








Push-Up Challenge Winner Announced

Congratulations to Kris Irish! She was randomly selected from the pool of people who successfully completed 100 push ups per day in the month of January! 


I’m placing a jump rope order at the end of this month. These top-of-the-line customized ropes are $42.95. Let me know if you want to “jump in” on an order with me. Website: