I Dare You!!

Sadly, we are into the last official week of summer.  It is getting darker earlier, the temperatures are starting to come down and the bbq’s and vacations are coming to an end for this season.

So how has summer treated you?  Or more to the point…how have you treated yourself?  It is time to shake off those summer pounds.  You know, the camping food, the adult beverages, the desserts, treat and indulgences?  Did I mention the adult beverages *ahem* *cough*

The Dare!! Are you up for it??  Read on (am I up for it)

I make sure that I ask every one of you to get out of your comfort zone.  So, to make sure that I walk the walk and talk the talk, I am offering to get out of my comfort zone.  I figure this is a great way to help you get out of your comfort zone!

So, here it is, your turn.  Dare me!!  Post a dare on the blog that you want me to try!  Sorry, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Words of wisdom from Master Yoda (my son is on a Star Wars kick right now).

Now simmer down, by a dare I mean nothing illegal and make it reasonable. I don’t think I could be ready for the Iron Man in  Hawaii next week…but I would go!!  And no you can’t dare me to eat a Big Mac, Whopper or anything else that I wouldn’t feed my dog. When I say dare, I mean something health and fitness oriented.

Now, if I can do this, you can do it.  So let’s do this together.  Whatch ya got for me? Ever thought, “I wonder if Carrie would……..”

This is about breaking free from any mental ties that are holding you back.  I want you to do this with me.  Who’s in?  Who’s in it to win it?

Recipe Alert:

Super Salsa-from our own Boot Camper Ronda

  • 10 Hothouse tomatoes (diced)
  • 4 Roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 Medium onion minced
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves (minced) (I use full bulb)
  • ½  Green pepper minced
  • 4 Jalapeno Peppers (seeds & all)
  • ½ tsp cumin (optional)  and oregano
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • Olive oil (1-2 Tbsp or so)
  • Bit of Balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • Fresh parsley & basil leaves, minced
  • Coarse salt

Mince everything.  Put in bowl, in fridge, covered.  Good to make day before to marry flavours—SUPER FRESH & DELISH!!

A new salad option!!!  Kale Salad 

We can’t deny Kale’s health properties.  This will add some variety to your meals.

  • 1 large bunch of kale, shredded as small as possible
  • 1/3 cup of chopped dried fruits (optional) (avoid sugared)
  • 6 to 8 baby carrots-shredded
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil-1 tablespoon walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds or walnuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place the kale in a bowl and add the lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and set aside for an hour. Remove kale and, by hand, press off extra lemon juice. Transfer the kale to a serving bowl and add the shredded carrots. In a small bowl, mix the apple cider and oils. Add the garlic and season to taste. Add the dressing to the kale and mix well. Divide among two plates. Top with the dried fruits, pumpkin seeds and serve immediately.




  1. Doc Joy says you’ll be fine!! You’re a tough girl. I dont have a dare you can’t/won’t do – that relates to health/fitness. You even tried that avocado shake!

  2. I believe you will do anything that is fitness/health related….especially if it inspires others to make/reach their goals…….but here’s one for everyone……what about siging up for the Warrior Dash next spring? A large group of Boot Camp warriors would look impressive in matching t-shirts/striped socks…whatever the “uniform” we choose…not only a physical challenge, but a mental one…and a little fun for all.

    My neighbour did it….her fitness level is moderate……she survived. Us bootcamp chicks/gents can do it EASY.


  3. Ok Carrie Burrows since I know I’m going to REALLY hurt once I get back on routine. I dare you to come skiing with me at Caledon this winter. GREAT outdoor activity!!

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