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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?

Easy Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Happy December!

Since Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are in full swing, I wanted to pop in and share a list of small things you can do this holiday season to make sure you get through it feeling happy and healthy!

I will be the first one to say that I definitely have a sweet tooth and I can’t resist some Christmas cookies or pie, but I try to make sure I enjoy everything in moderation, and balance treats with healthy snacks and exercise. Here are a few tips that I try to keep in mind:

  • Be “That Person” at a party

Whenever I attend a holiday party, either with my family or through my work, everyone usually expects that whatever I bring will be the “healthy” dish- even if it looks like a dessert. I’m known for bringing cookies sweetened only with honey, fruit and vegetables, or high protein snacks. When I’m short on time, I will usually stop and pick up a raw fruit or vegetable tray, and when I have more time I usually turn to Pinterest to find a healthy snack to make. This way, I know there will be at least one healthy treat there!

This year, I am planning on making these “Grinch Kabobs” to my work party! How cute are they??



  • Don’t go to a party hungry! 

This one can make such a difference! It seems backwards to eat normally on the day of a holiday party where you know you’ll want to enjoy the food there. I personally know a few people who are guilty of trying to “save up” their calories for the day if they know they have plans that night. However, if you arrive at a party full of drinks, appetizers, and desserts absolutely starving, you certainly won’t be in the right mind set to make healthy choices, and will almost always over-indulge. Take the time to eat a small, protein rich meal or snack before the party, then decide which items are worth the indulgence. Do you really need one of each cookie? Or are there just a few that look extra-good? This helps so much!

  • Get enough sleep

Okay- stay with me on this one! I know this is not always easy to do during the busy rush of the season, but studies have shown that getting adequate amounts of sleep can help you to make healthy eating choices and reduce cravings for not so healthy foods. I truly do notice that this happens to me! When I am tired at work, I just want to grab a quick salty snack, and I feel less motivated to make sure I have something healthy. I sometimes notice that I am also hungry more often when I am very tired. Getting the right amount of sleep has so many benefits, this is just an added bonus!

  • Get movin’! 

Like sleep, regular exercise has so many benefits. If you have a holiday party in the evening, make it a point to do at least a short workout or something active in the morning. Even if you over-indulge that night, you will feel so much better than if you didn’t do anything active that day! Another great idea is to encourage your family members to get active with you! Celebrate the holidays with a walk or hike, move your holiday celebration to somewhere with ice skating, or give yoga or zumba class certificates as gifts!

My “Good Morning Sunshine” workout is a great one to do at home if you don’t have time to hit the gym before a holiday gathering!

Up and at 'em!


Those are the 4 things that work well for me- What do you do to make sure you’re feeling your best throughout the holidays?

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?