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2010 DSB Year in Review

When I think back to January 2010, I can’t believe 12 months have passed since then. I just can’t. I started my Core Fusion Challenge on January 2, 2010, which means I have been taking Core Fusion almost every day for a FULL YEAR. How is that possible!

The more I thought about that, the more I thought about my year and how it was documented on this blog. More importantly, I realized how so much of this would never have been possible with this blog. My entire year was shaped by experiences born from Dori’s Shiny Blog.

I hope you will indulge me as I take a look back to the major events that happened for me this year. I owe this year in large part to all of you, and for that I am forever grateful.


On January 2, just a few days after a big breakup and an even more stressful apartment move, I wished my readers a Happy New Year and started the one-month Core Fusion Challenge thanks to the generosity and insight of Fred DeVito. I recruited a group of about 15 blog readers to join at home with the DVDs. These ladies’ positive experiences throughout their challenge helped push me through my own.

DSB Recap Dori in Core Fusion

On January 19, I received the news that one of my very good girlfriends passed away. This was my first real experience with someone my age dying. I still have not fully come to terms with it and I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I’ve spoken to my Robin. I think about her every day. I hope to one day be as good a writer as she was. In fact, one of the reasons I keep writing and blogging is because she said the greatest thing anyone has ever said to me: “I can’t wait to read the book I know you’re going to write one day.”

On January 21, I held a highly successful Dori’s Shiny CHARITY AUCTION to raise money for Think Pink Rocks so I could run the NYC Half Marathon. I chose a breast cancer charity because my mom survived breast cancer when I was 10. I was blown away by the generosity of companies and readers who donated their goods, services and money to my cause. You guys are seriously awesome.

On January 28, I noticed significant improvements after almost a month of Core Fusion.


On February 2, I shared my one-month results from the Core Fusion Challenge. So much changed in only one month — and now I have been doing Core Fusion for a whole year! Yes, kids, it works. Believe me. And if you don’t, just ask the (long) list of boys I can supply you with upon request.

On February 7, I ran the Gridiron Classic race with Meghann, whose blog I had been reading for a long time. I also brought her to Core Fusion and ate at Alice’s Tea Cup for the first time!

Dori Meghann Gridiron Race DSB

On February 10, I opened up a bit about my exercise history and explained why I could never go back to having a regular gym membership again.

On February 20, I ran the Race for Haiti, which raised over $400,000 towards earthquake relief.

Race for Haiti DSB Dori

On February 24, I learned to never say “I can’t” when I realized that Core Fusion drastically improved flexibility in just two months.

On February 26, I discovered my favorite exhale class, Kayleigh’s Core Fusion Yoga. That same week, I tried Core Fusion Cardio for the first time, which has since become a permanent staple in my life.


On March 21, I turned 27 and I ran my very first half marathon – the NYC Half Marathon. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I cried at the start and finish (and around mile 7) of the race from an overflow of emotion. I wish I could relive it!

DSB Dori NYC Half times square DSB Dori NYC Half Finish


On April 3, two weeks after my first half marathon, I ran my second one in my hometown of Flushing, New York. Missy was there taking this video and that video.

DSB 13.1 Queens Half Marathon Dori

On April 7, I revealed to my grandmother that I am a vegetarian.


On May 11, I announced the new DSB posting schedule: Tuesday Blags. This set the stage for the rest of the year, and having this schedule took the pressure off myself to post all the time while keeping me responsible for writing every week. I also disclosed that I spend an inordinate amount of money on clothing my brother’s dog in sweatervests and Obama shirts.

Santana sweatervest


On June 6, I reflected on running without music. And we all know how much I like my running music.

On June 12, I ran a 10K in 56:05 and am still on cloud 9 from this. I realized for the first time that I can be fast when I am willing to push my limits.

DSB 56:05 Dori 10K


On July 17, I completed my final qualifying race for the 2011 ING NYC Marathon. This race also marked the first indication of my hip injury that would plague me at the end of the year.

Dori race july 2010


On August 12, I held a free Core Fusion class for my blog readers. I was so happy to hear that they all loved it. The main reason I promote Core Fusion all the time, to anyone who will listen, is because I really just want other people to experience what I did, get the same benefits and understand why this is truly a mind body workout.

On August 21 I ran on New York City’s Summer Streets for the first time and witnessed the dumpster pools. On August 24, I ran nine miles from Basytr University to my brother’s home in Kirkland, Washington during a fantastic vacation.

DSB Dumpster Pools Dori Kirkland DSB Run Dori

On August 28, I traveled out to the Hamptons to assist with — and be IN — a YogaVibes Core Fusion class. Me on the left:

Dori YogaVibes Core Fusion

On August 29, I went on an Outdoor Bound hiking trip with fellow bloggers Missy and Kristine. We had such a great time hiking 6.5 miles on a gorgeous summer day!


On September 5, my baby brother got married to Mallory in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Can you believe they let children get married? Seriously, Mallory was already my sister and I am so happy for them, and especially for their pup Santana who is finally a legitimate puppy and no longer a bastard.  (Doctored photo)

On September 28, I finally realized why I am still single.

Awkward Positions DSB Why Dori is single


On October 3, I ran my third half marathon this year, the Divas Half Marathon. I traveled to Long Island and ran with my friends Melissa and Erica — two friends I made through this blog. I PRd this distance, coming in at 2:14:44 despite knee and ankle pain.

DSB Review Diva Dori Dori & Erica Sara Divas Half

On October 24, I posted photos of myself on the internet wearing nothing but an apron as part of Rachel’s Project Tasteless, Naked Chef Challenge. I then sent uncensored image to the list of boys (see February).

Naked Dori


On November 1, I started a new job in social media. Finding the job was easy; finding the bathroom was less so.

On November 7, I watched the NYC Marathon for the first time — and got extra excited to run it next year!

DSB ING NYC Marathon pic

On November 16, I interviewed Brynn Jinnett about her new studio, Refine, a new workout I’ve been in love with since October.

DSB Recap Dori Missy Refine

On November 21, I set a PR for the 4 mile distance with a 33:55 time, drastically improving from my 40:00 time the year before and running my fastest race time/mile not counting a one mile race. When did I get so fast!


On December 2, I held a free Refine Method class for my readers. Everyone loved it. I am so happy to share my new obsession!

DSB Refine DSB Refine 2

On December 28, I announced the winners of the Healing Cooler Giveaway! Congratulations to the best responses (weighted double for those who Tweeted). Congratulations Melissa, Eve, Danica, Chelsa and Ana!

2010 has been a life changing year. As I wrote this post, I thought of the Billy Joel lyrics: “These are the times to remember cause they will not last forever; These are the days to hold on to cause we won’t although we’ll want to.” Thanks to this blog and your support, I will remember these times and I was able to hold on to every single day of the last 365. I was able to do so much this year, from Core Fusion to running races to hiking to Refine Method to appearing in exercise videos to making close friends and more — opportunities I never would have had if I didn’t start a little blog with a silly name back in November, 2007.

I changed so much over the past year — both my body (over 200 Core Fusion classes’ll do that to you) and my entire outlook; the way I handle situations and deal with stress. Compared with this time last year, I am a much stronger person both physically and emotionally.

I am excited to see where 2011 takes us!

DSB Free Refine Method Class Recap

First things first, the winner of the Wild Buddha Designs + YogaVibes Class giveaway!

Thank you all for your submissions. Your slogan ideas were all wonderful and it was difficult to choose a winner. In the end, YogaVibes and I decided that the winner of the Wild Buddha Designs Ganesh wrap is Erica! We loved Erica’s slogan idea:

Live the life you love, love the life you live

The random winner of the YogaVibes online class was actually Erica too, so I ran the Random Integer Generator again and this time it chose Sara! Congratulations to both winners; I will email you with details.

On Thursday, I held a free Refine Method class for Dori’s Shiny Blog readers. I got to Refine Method early to make sure I was the first one there. even had time for an eyebrows done before class, lest my new friends find me beastly Shortly after I arrived, I met Amanda, who is seriously the sweetest blog reader ever. I loved talking to her!  She made me feel special and I think people who have that quality are amazing.

Everyone else started arriving and I got to meet Alison, Ali, Laura and Susanne, and see my friends Melissa, Katie, Fiona and Rebecca again.

We got set up in our little stations along the wall and mirror, and Brynn explained the way the class would work with sets and cardio intervals. And then we got started!

After a warm up, some stretches we got right into the workout with a set of pushups and planks. I love planks. Then we jumped into our first set. The entire class used the pulleys to do combinations of upper and lower body exercises like rows and squats.

That’s Ali, Katie and Rebecca hard at work!

Every single exercise requires you to brace your core or else you will topple over. A good example is Brynn in this professional photo below. This is an exercise we do where we take both our hands and using our shoulders, move them to down to our waist on the outside, while keeping our hips and abs in place. I love indirectly working my abs.

In between these pulley sets we did our cardio bursts. The actual exercises change from class to class; in my last class before this one, the bursts included pushups and planks while moving our legs. In this class, we did repetitive side lunges — seriously, NONSTOP — which required us to engage our core for balance and worked our legs. I felt sore on the inside of my thighs for days!

We also did plies in a wide second position which made me legs shake, and lunges with one foot on the slider. Those also require you to use your core for balance and form. You can see Fiona, Alison, Melissa, Ali and Katie doing this here:

We eventually took our hands off the bar and did the lunges using only our balance. And we did them quickly in a row, no stopping. Hardcore!

After we finished the intervals and sets, we got onto the floor for some ab work.

Brynn is demonstrating here.

I really liked holding onto the pulleys while doing abs. It added some arm work to the abs section and it added variety from what I usually do. We finished with glutes. We put a tight band around our thighs and did pelvic tilts (I wish I got a photo but I was too busy doing it myself). Even though I do pelvic tilts in Core Fusion, having the band around our thighs adds so much more to this because you really have to engage your glutes. Our tushies were all on fire! When this section was finished the class let out a loud, collective sigh of relief. It was pretty funny!

We stretched out and then class was over. Most of the class posed for this picture. I think we look sexy considering we just had our asses kicked, yes?

Let’s see that closer up.

Yes, definitely very sexy.

I love Refine Method because it is challenging but doable, and not at all boring. Nothing we do lasts for a long time, so even if I don’t like something I push through and it is over before I know it.  The class speeds by because there are so many sets.  I also love the music.

Thank you to everyone who wrote an awesome review of Refine Method:

Brynn put so much research and thought into creating Refine Method. She wanted something effective and based in science. She traveled the country in her research, and I am so impressed with what she has done. I am always surprised to remember that she is the same age as me because she has done so much. I hope you will support Refine Method by trying a class (first one’s free!) or Liking Refine Method on Facebook!

If you decide to try a class this month and like it, there is a new client special going on right now: 10 classes for $100. That is just $10 a class but this needs to be purchased in December and used within a month from the date of your first class in the package. The idea is that you will see such awesome results in that one month and will want to come back for more!

There is also a special offer for unlimited membership at $200/mo for 6 months, a savings from the regular price of $225 a month.

If you missed attending this class, lookout for Missy’s Refine Method blog reader class next month or just come on your own! I am sure that you will love it. I will be attending Refine Method often over the next few weeks for a few reasons: I want to see these results for myself, and I injured my hip and some exercises we do in Core Fusion aggravate my injury. Brynn can assist me in only doing those movements that will not affect my injury. I will keep you updated.

Check back next week for an amazing Core Fusion Bootcamp DVD review and giveaway!

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