Monday, November 4, 2013

"You Make My Heart Sing" Giveaway

Eeeek! We did it!
Hold my hand.
Over 100 likes for DahlHouse Co. on facebook!

So... I bet you would like a chance to get your hands on some awesomeness for free?

21ish x 5ish
{technical terms}

"You make my heart sing"

This giveaway is open to any and all DHCo. facebook fans!
(near and far)

you can gain more entries by:
Following this blog publicly with Google Friend Connect
Commenting below on "What makes your heart sing?"

Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter my very first giveaway!
Hope all goes smoothly and I will be announcing the winner next week.
Stay tuned...

Friday, November 1, 2013

{Fit} Friday: 30 Day Plank Challenge~ Go

Today's the BIG day!  
The day we start our 30 day plank challenge!  

Day 1: 20 sec.

If it looks like I am praying... Well, I probably am...
Praying to make it through the next 30 days, because geesh 20 sec. was tough!

Here is the schedule through next Friday if you are joining along.

Saturday 2nd: 20 sec.
Sunday 3rd: 30 sec.
Monday 4th: 30 sec.
Tuesday 5th: 40 sec.
Wednesday 6th:  Rest up!
Thursday 7th: 45 sec.
Friday 8th: 45 sec.



Gluten Free Summit
November 11-17th, 2013 
 Dr. Tom O'Bryan has gathered 29 of the world's experts and opinion leaders on the topics of gluten-related disorders, nutrition and healthy living for a series of online interviews.

Did you know?
Not 1 human being can effectively digest gluten.  Not 1!  
Did you know?
Over 55 diseases have been linked to gluten.
Whether you have Celiac disease, gluten intolerance or none of the above...
here are some more reasons why you may just want to register and tune-in to this free summit.

Why you should consider registering for this summit:
  • Do you have Celiac Disease?
  • Are you Gluten Intolerant?
  • Having trouble getting pregnant?  Gluten sensitivity causes zinc deficiency leading to inability of sperm to get the job done.
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiant?
  • Digestive issues?  Gas, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation
  • Skin rashes?  Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) frequently seen on upper arms.
  • Frequent fatigue?  Brain fog, lack of focus/concentration, poor memory, forgetfulness, tired.
  • Hormone imbalance?  PMS, PCOS, or unexplained infertility
  • Dizziness or Vertigo?
  • Frequent headaches? Including migraines
  • Inflammation, swelling, or pain in your joints?
  • Mood Issues?  Anxiety, depression, mood swings, ADD
  • Diagnoses of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia
  • Diagnoses of Autoimmune disease
 Unless you have Celiac disease...
This doesn't necessarily mean you need to quit eating gluten 100% for the rest of your life.  But I know some of the experts on the summit will shed some much needed light on the subject of gluten and how it affects all of us.

Register for FREE for the Gluten Free Summit and learn just how gluten might be affecting you!



Friday, October 25, 2013

{Fit} Friday: November 30 Day Challenge

Looking for a new fitness challenge heading into the holiday season? 

My sweet niece L planking at 6 mos.  

Well,  a dear friend of mine posted the 30 day plank challenge on her Facebook wall, and tagged me asking if I wanted to join her.  Of course! 

A few other people have said they want to try this challenge too!
Are you in?

For the entire month of November we will be doing the 30 day plank challenge.  Planks really work on your core strength. 

Doing planks regularly, you will notice:
A toned core.
Stronger arms, wrists, spine, quads, and abs.
Better posture.
A stronger back that is less susceptible to injury.
An elongated body and neck.

Add a clean diet, and a little cardio to the mix and you are set to see even more results.

If you plan on joining us we will be starting on Friday the first!
To get you started:
Friday: 20 sec
Saturday: 20 sec

You can plank from push up position with your shoulders directly over your wrists, or with your forearms and elbows on the floor at a 90 degree angle.  Either way, make sure your body is in a straight line from head to two.  Do not dip, or raise your hips.

I will post the following weeks schedule next Friday!
Happy Planking.

{XO} Jami

Friday, October 18, 2013

{Fit} Friday: 30 day yoga challenge ~ lV

So, so sorry if I left you hanging last Friday but I did indeed finish my 30 day yoga challenge, with Erin Motz! 

The challenge was wonderful, exhilarating, and gave me a new found love for my practice of yoga. 

While I know that practicing yoga is a reward  within itself; strength, flexibility, weight loss, focus, relaxation etc... I am still one of those modern day people that needs instant, tangible gratification.  So of course I did what any non-self-motivating person would do, I bribed myself.  I told myself that if I completed the challenge I could order a Lululemon jacket that I had been wanting.

However, as each day passed, as I spent more time with Erin, as I read more about her, I started to embrace her philosophy as my own.  You see,  I had once enjoyed doing yoga.  But I went to one bad class, with one bad instructor and it ruined it for me.  You can read about that experience here.  I started to look at the yoga world differently.  Pretentious hoity-toities, who drank green smoothies, ate vegan or raw everything, and drove electric cars (or better yet bicycled) everywhere they went.  This was NOT me.  I have never been one for formalities, long standing rules, or stuffiness, and that was what it felt like to me.  It was that intimidating feeling that everyone else has been a part of this club for a very long time, and they are all just staring at you only to soon find out what a fraud you really are.

Erin Motz is One Bad Yogi.

So what is a "Bad Yogi"?

A Bad Yogi, plain and simple, is someone who just loves doing Yoga.  It is a non-stuffy, all inclusive group of Yogi's that accept anyone and everyone with open arms.  They might not know the sanskrit names of each pose they perform, but hey, they're sure rocking those poses.  They might enjoy a green smoothie every now and then, but they aren't going to pass up that chocolate shake either.  And while they enjoy the relaxation and meditative qualities of their practice, they may just be thinking about tomorrow's carpool while sitting back in Child's pose.

So as I discovered the Bad Yogi within, I changed it up.  I ordered Erin Motz's One Bad Yogi tank as my personal reward for completing the challenge.  Yes!  I traded in my coveted Lululemon jacket for this beloved tank, that was one third of the price.  I really couldn't think of a better reward for myself, as it really did encompass my 30 day journey.  To me it meant that it was okay that I didn't know everything there ever was to know about Yoga, as long as I loved doing it.

I really learned a lot about yoga, and a lot about myself during the challenge.  When I practiced yoga before this challenge, I realized I was really just going through the motions.  But this time, this time I really learned.  I learned the poses.  I learned different ways to adjust the poses to my level of practice. I learned how to flow with my breath and at my own pace.  I learned that it was okay if a transition looked awkward as long as I felt confident doing it.  I traded in self-conscious for self-confident.  And I am happy with the results.

 This is not the end.  I will continue to do yoga most days.  I have however already started up a new 6 week challenge, details next Friday.

Did you do the challenge?  Are you One Bad Yogi?
Here are 8 signs that you might be a Bad Yogi yourself.

{XO} Jami

The bestest friends, with the worst friend.

*{Flashback}* March 8, 2011

Yep, that's me!  The worst friend.  Why do I deserve such an honor you ask?  Because last week, I tortured two of my best friends through and through.  How could such a sweet girl like me, do such a horrible thing like that?  Well, read on...

Me and My GREAT ideas
Every now and then I come up with these REALLY GREAT ideas.  They are SO great, that I almost feel guilty keeping them to myself and not sharing them with those I love (the pregnant and over 50 are rejoicing).  So like any other great idea of mine I shared.  My first mistake.

Sunday Night
As usual... I was surfing the internet Sunday night looking for some inspiration.  Food, dieting, weight loss inspiration.  When I finally happened across something inspiring that I instantly texted one of of my friends at 9 o'clock to see if she wanted to share in this truly wonderful, inspirational idea of mine the very next day.

She said "Yes"     ~Her first mistake.
It was a go.  Clearly I sold my idea, and I sold it well!  I mean, I must be getting better, because this is the same friend that turned down my 5K idea a month and a half ago.  I bet she'll think twice when turning down my first idea next time...wink, wink.
Again... my idea was SO great, we shared with another.  She also said "Yes".  I was on fire (little did I know)...

Hot Mess!
This great idea of mine?  Hot Hell Yoga.

I love Yoga/Pilates.  It does great things for my mind, body, and overall well being.  While I have never been to an actual class, I have done this many times at home.  I <3 heart <3 Sara Ivanhoe, and the beautiful beach she brings me to each time I  pop her in my DVD player.  Plus, she is so considerate.  She only asks for 20 minutes of my day.

On the other hand, my other two friends had never done a yoga pose to save their ever precious lives.  I assured them, that this would not be a problem.  This was going to be great!

Death March
After school we eagerly/nervously headed to the gym.  We signed up for the class, which was $20 for one week unlimited (Goodbye $20... you could have been a really cute bracelet).  We then took off to Target so M & T could get some gear, went home, got ready and headed back to class.

It's Gettin' HOT in herre
So a typical class is 90 minutes long in a 105-110 degree room.  Acclimating to the room seems to be the goal your first session, this seemed reasonable enough.  However, the goal rule that was not reasonable, for T especially, was NO talking for the 90 minute session!  If this is EVER a rule... don't bring your friends with you.  My second mistake.
We walk into the room... it is hot HOT!  The room is also silent.  And... of course every spot in the back row was already taken.  Yes, there we were in a hot, silent room with nothing but a large mirror 2 ft away from us and don't forget NO TALKING. Oh... and 15 more minutes until class actually starts.
So I sat, I stretched, I laid down... I basically did everything I could do to avoid eye contact with the two people next to me (which is pretty hard when you all are sitting right in front of a mirror) for fear of uncontrollable laughter or eye stares like daggers.
The yoga instructor enters.  Some young guy (not cute... so I wasn't even relieved by eye candy) that was about as big as my left thigh.  He starts off by saying we have quite a few new comers and makes us raise our hands.  GREAT!  He then assures us that our goal is to "just stay in the room" for the 90 min.  He also lets us know that we can look at the "veterans" for help if need be.  Oh and we can drink our water... in small amounts... only when he says "party time". Cough BS Cough

Boot Camp
So basically... he barked orders at us, to get into nearly impossible positions, while being dizzy, nauseous, and dripping with sweat from the heat, for the next 90 min.  All the while, I was pretty sure he was updating his facebook status or checking his stocks on the smart phone he was holding.

Contradict Much?
Not long into the session T began to feel sick.  I assured her to just "lay down" and try and stay in the room.  Then M sits down... oh how I want to sit down too... but No... now you have to stay up.
Shortly after, the instructor starts running his mouth about some dumb clock pendulum theory and how others will start to sync with just one.  And if we aren't doing our "best practice" then others might feel compelled to not do their "best practice" too.  Basically it was a guilt trip for T and M who quickly got the "message" got up and got "back at it".  The nerve of that guy!
Later, M was confused by one of the poses.  She glanced around to see what others were doing, as it is hard to figure out by looking at opposites in a mirror.  The instructor quickly mentioned that we need to keep focus of our own "practice" and not be watching others.  REALLY!?!?

The Eight Year Old Inside
The session started off with this intense breathing exercise.  Really, for someone who has never attended a formal yoga session this can come as quite a surprise.  I tried, but I couldn't help but laugh.  Actually it came out like a slightly loud farting noise, as I was trying to keep my mouth from exploding with laughter.  Have you ever done that?  Tried to hold in a really loud laugh only for it to seep out of your pursed lips and make a farting sound?
Little did I know... that was actually my saving grace, and probably why nobody even noticed my laughter... because as the session continued on I came to realize that farting is a perfectly acceptable thing to do in Yoga.  However, it is not perfectly acceptable in my world and the little eight year old inside of me can't help but laugh, while everyone else seems not to notice.  What the heck?  That "ish" is funny people!?!  And as M later put it "girlfriend you squeeze those cheeks together and keep that to yourself"!
All this to be followed by more awkward sounding breathing exercises.

While my epiphany of enlightenment was probably much different from those that were "veterans"... this is what I learned.
#1~What I thought was going to be this:

Actually became this:
C/O Nina Paley

#2~ At 32 (going on 8~blame it on the day job), I am just not quite mature enough for Hot Yoga.