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Happy New Year & 2015 Goals

Good morning and Happy New Year!

I had a wonderful and low-key New Year’s Eve! Lots of time with family and friends, lots of snacks, and a little champagne!


New Year’s Day was a relaxing one; We took my nephew to the Henry Ford Mueseum in Dearborn, Michigan and everyone had a blast! It is so much fun to see him excited about the planes, trains, and old fashioned cars! We finished the day with a really nice dinner at my parents house with some extended family.

This morning I woke up early and headed for the gym for my first workout of 2015! I started with a mile jog on the treadmill and then some stretching, before completing this lower body/core workout:

Lower Body Workout

I used 2 20 lb. Kettlebells for the deadlifts, and used just one of them for the goblet squats.

Links to demonstrations of the exercises:

Single Leg Deadlift with Kettlebell 

Kettlebell Goblet Squat 

And lastly, I took a few minutes last night to create a new note in my phone with my fitness goals for 2015. For me, making very specific short and longer term goals really help me to push myself and also to help me see how far I’ve come! Here are some of mine:

  • 185# Back Squat (20 pound increase over my current max)
  • 105# Snatch (15 pound increase over my current max)
  • String together 5 Butterfly pull ups
  • Complete a race that is heavily biking
  • Perform a bar muscle up without a band
  • 235# Deadlift

What are your fitness goals for 2015?

Thanksgiving 2014

I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was wonderful!

I had a great day at my grandparents house with family eating lots of good food, drinking some wine, watching Christmas movies, and playing some games.

It may be a day late, but I figured a “Things I’m Thankful For” post was a necessity! So here are just a few of the things I’m thankful for this year:

  • I have the most caring and supportive parents, brother, and grandparents. Plus the most thoughtful, funny, smart little nephew!

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  • This guy, who is SO patient with me, when I deserve it and when I don’t. We have so much fun together and I am so lucky!

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  • The fact that these two are getting along, despite a rough start. Lexi did not want to share her toys, OR her parents with Lucy, but she is coming around. Watching Lucy get bigger and smarter each day is so much fun!

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  • I am fortunate to have a job that I really do like at a company that is so much fun to work for. From bingo games at work, to extravagant lunches, to the occasional ice cream sundae bar, they really know how to show their employees that they care!
  • I am also so thankful that I found Crossfit. I just love the fact that I know every time I go to the gym I am going to get an intense, exhausting workout, but it also feels like so much fun. The community atmosphere, the cheering each other on, and the fun times we have outside of the gym- there is nothing like it! I can truly say that I love working out and I always look forward to going. I don’t hear very many people at a regular gym say that! As someone who did a lot of cardio and never lifted a weight in my life, I never thought it would be as much of a part of my life as it is.


  • Definitely deserving of a place on this list is leftovers- especially when they come from my parent’s or my grandparent’s house! It’s just the best! I’ve been snacking on my grandma’s cranberry salad all day. Nothing like grandma’s cooking!
  • This year, I am also thankful for long weekends! I have gotten so many little things done around the house, as well as a good amount of relaxation 🙂

What are YOU thankful for this year?

A Fit Girl’s Christmas List

Can you believe we are a week away from Thanksgiving? I swear I was just sipping wine on a pontoon boat the other day, but the 2 + inches of snow on the ground begs to differ!

Holiday shopping honestly comes fairly easy for me- I always start my Christmas shopping before Halloween! I don’t have a whole lot of people to buy for, but I just get so excited picking out gifts that I know the recipient is going to love.

I realize that holiday shopping does not come as easy to everyone (add shopping to my list of hidden talents), so I’ve compiled a list of things that would be excellent gifts for the runner, Crossfitter, or general fitness enthusiast on your list.

Please note: This post contains some affiliate links, which means if you click through and purchase something, I receive a small commission. This does not effect your price. 

Holiday gifts

  •  Original Massage Stick– This simple looking tool has been such a life saver for me after long runs and intense leg workouts! It makes it easy to give your legs a massage as gentle or intense as you’d like, and can really help with recovery!
  • EAS Lean 15 Protein Powder Vanilla Cream, 1.7 Pound– My favorite protein powder! It is low carb and the taste is amazing. I love to make smoothies with this, stir it into my oatmeal, put it in my Peanut Butter Protein Balls (recipe coming soon!), and anything else you can imagine. A girl can never have too much!
  • eos Organic Smooth Sphere Lip Balm– A must have for cold weather workouts! I love this lip balm because it smells amazing, is long lasting, and an added bonus- the round shape is easy to find in your purse or gym bag!
  • CEP Women’s Compression Calf Sleeves– I like having the option of compression calf sleeves over the full compression socks, so you can wear them with your favorite workout socks for added calf support. My legs are prone to shin splints, so I try to wear these whenever I’m doing a long run, or a jumping intensive workout and they really seem to help. They are also affordable compared to many compression sleeves out there and come in lots of fun colors. Bonus- I sometimes wear these on my arms either for compression support or as a shield from my jump rope when we’re doing double-unders in Crossfit, as seen in the picture below from last weekend’s competition… So versatile!


  • Contigo Autospout Addison Water Bottle– This is my current everyday water bottle. I use it while I’m at work and also during workouts. I like that you can easily pop it open with one hand, very important for a quick mid-workout sip. It also has the ounces clearly printed on the side so I can keep track of my water intake for the day.
  • Blender Bottle Original w/ Wire Shaker Ball– A necessity for anyone who uses pre-workout supplements, drinks post-workout protein shakes, or just likes to take a smoothie or drink to go! These come with small, wire balls that help to break up your drink. Again- you can never have too many of these!
  • Timex T5K753 “Ironman Easy Trainer” Watch– This is the watch I used to help train for my 2nd half marathon last year. I love that it is simple to use and I can easily glance down and see my total distance and pace. I also love the pink color, but it is available in black as well.
  • Sweaty Bands Headband– I am in love with these headbands! They are the only headbands that I’ve found that actually do not slip off during a sweaty CrossFit workout. They are available in a ton of different colors and designs!
  • Under Armour Still Gotta Have It Bra– Under Armour is one of my favorite brands for workout apparel. I have items from UA that I’ve had for years and they hold up very well. I love these sports bras!

So there it is! A few of my favorite fitness related products that would make perfect gifts! All are affordable and most are available in a lot of different colors and designs. If you have a fitness fanatic on your shopping list, you won’t go wrong with any of these gifts!

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year?

CrossFit Partner Competition!

Good morning, and happy Monday! I hope your weekend was wonderful!

My entire weekend pretty much revolved around Saturday’s girls only partner competition! I am still sore and tired, but it was such a fun day! I loved spending the day with friends from the Crossfit gym, plus  my parents and my boyfriend who came to watch.

The best supporter!
The best supporter!

There were 3 short workouts that were completed as a team, plus 3 “Behind the scenes” events that took place whenever you had a few minutes in between workouts. These were max unbroken hand stand push ups, 2 rep max weight back squat, and max time L-sit hold (think gymnasts on the parallel bars, holding themselves up with their legs straight out in front of them, so their body is in an “L” shape).

My goal for the 2 rep max back squat was 145# and I ended up with 150#, so I’d call that event a success!

First workout- Thrusters. NOT my friends...
First workout- Thrusters. NOT my friends…
Second workout- Squat Cleans plus double unders (not pictures)
Second workout- Squat Cleans plus double unders
Taking turns on the ropes!
Taking turns on the ropes!
50 pull up buy in!
50 pull up buy in!
Third workout- Rowing plus hang snatch and overhead squat complex
Third workout- Rowing plus hang snatch and overhead squat complex

There were some remarkably strong women competing! It was simply incredible to watch some of them! I truly had a great time!

I had the best partner! Team Wod Now Wine Later! And wine we did...
I had the best partner! Team Wod Now Wine Later! And wine we did…

After the competition concluded, we headed to a nearby restaurant for a much deserved dinner and drinks to close out the night. Loved spending time with my amazing Crossfit friends!

Sunday was all about running a couple of errands and doing a LOT of resting, stretching, and recovery… My thighs are not happy with me right now.

We did manage to find a new Christmas tree for my boyfriend’s house on Sunday, as well as some new ornaments. We spotted this little reindeer guy and my boyfriend and I both reached for him, not sure who grabbed him first! Maybe true love = same taste in Christmas decorations?


Ended the evening with homemade chili, a (large) glass of red wine, and the last episode of Orange is the New Black. Perfect weekend!

Good Morning, Sunshine Workout

This week I have been spending a lot of time preparing to compete in my second CrossFit competition this weekend. It’s an all girls partner competition, and it’s going to be a lot of fun! Pictures and a recap will be coming early next week!

For now, I wanted to pop in and share a workout I put together as something that can easily be done at home when you don’t have quite enough time to hit the gym, but want to sneak something active in. I love putting these workouts together and doing them in my living room before getting ready for work if I know I have a long day ahead of me. It’s pretty short and quick, can be easily customized, and no equipment is needed! Try it out!

Up and at 'em!
Up and at ’em!



Thank you for visiting WOD Now Wine Later!

My name is Erika and I’m so excited to spread my love of CrossFit, fitness, simple recipes, my favorite wines, and pictures of my Goldendoodles!

Keep checking back for updates in the coming weeks! Thanks so much for your support!

Lexi and baby Lucy
Lexi and baby Lucy



Please note: I am not a medical professional, registered dietitian, or certified personal trainer. What works for me may not work for you. I simply wish to share and track my personal workouts and recipes. I will not post everything I eat, or every workout I do. The workouts featured on this website on this website are for educational and entertainment purposes only, and are not meant to be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific plan. Please consult a your physician before starting or changing your fitness routine or diet.