Grabbing Life By the Throat: Dezi Slusher on taking back her health

I found this story in one of my favourite Australian fitness magazines and thought it would make a terrific #MondayMotivation post.

Deziree Carmen Slusher, an inspirational cancer survivor, took back her health — and her life — with the power of fitness.

So says Deziree, who faced a terrifying wake-up call after years of devastating dietary habits: stage III throat cancer.

She had spent 14 years as an emotional eater, binge eating and drinking and was eventually diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dezi said that at the time she wasn’t ready to change, so she took her prescribed medication and continued the bad habits.

In 2012, reality hit with a thud when during a checkup, a lump was discovered in her throat. The lump was successfully removed but Dezi was still overweight and decided that it was time to get serious.

The following year she made some huge lifestyle changes and gave herself 12 weeks to turn herself around. In one year, she lost 60 pounds and was in the best condition of her life.


Read more of Dezi’s story on Oxygen Magazine and keep up with Dezi’s fitness journey on

Congratulations Dezi!


Frosty Mint Smoothie with Chocolate

Yummy Yummy, Get in my Tummy! It’s a warm day here and this naughty but nice smoothie would go down a treat, sourced from the ThisRawsomeVeganLife blog.



2 frozen bananas
1 orange
1 teaspoon chopped or dried mint leaves
1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder
1/4 cup walnuts, preferably soaked in water for 4 hours then rinsed
1-2 cups water or vegan milk

Raw chocolate:
1 tablespoon cacao powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
Pinch Himalayan salt
Water, if needed

To make the smoothie: blend all ingredients together until smooth, sweet and green! Adjust according to taste. Add more spirulina if it’s not green enough for you. Add more liquid if it’s too thick.

To make the chocolate: stir together the ingredients until you have chocolate sauce. Decorate the inside of a glass with the chocolate using a spoon.
Note: If you’re a protein fiend, add in your preferred powder for extra oomph.

4 Awesome Body Weight Workouts for Anyone, Anywhere

Lately I’ve been obsessed with training routines that use your body weight, rather than free weights like dumbbells or machine weights. If you can’t get to a fitness club for whatever reason, this is a great way to still stay in shape at home or in your local park.

Better still, you can use your body weight for good, put those kilos to work! As a busy single mum, it means I can exercise in between packing a lunch and getting the munchkin ready for school, or at the end of day while the little one’s having a snack. Kids can act as extra weight too, when they’re not giggling at mum!

Here’s a selection of my favourite workouts to get you started. Mix them up so you don’t get bored.

#LJNoLimits Body Weight Workouts

Two quick and simple workouts to target your arms and your booty to keep you moving anywhere, anytime from the Move Nourish Believe Team at Lorna Jane.


8 Body Weight Moves to Burn Fat

Let your inner animal out with this new body weight workout, Equinox’s Animal Flow. With names like the scorpion reach, static beast and the traveling ape, the workouts mimic the way animals move — and it’s not easy.

Torch calories with this fat burning workout on Oxygen Magazine.


25 Body Weight Exercises You Need to Be Doing

A study from earlier this year has shown that strength training burns roughly twice as many calories per minute as previously thought, so these effective no-equipment moves need to be part of your strength-training routine.

Jump into the routines from PopSugar.


Shape, Lift & Firm Brazilian Butt At Home Workout

And because we’re all looking to achieve that firm and shapely butt, here’s my personal favourite 30 minute workout to tone, strengthen and sculpt glutes and thighs.

I’m following this workout right now! (I’ll blog the results). It even comes with a music playlist, from the folks at SPOTEBI, all about at home routines for women.


When you try any of these routines, let me know about your progress. Go get ’em! #girlpower 💪