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Things I’m Loving Thursday #1

Inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Carrots n’ Cake, I’ve decided to introduce “Things I’m Loving Thursday”, where each week I’ll post a list of random things I’m loving that week! Here we go!

1. Online Holiday Shopping

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday last week this one was a no-brainer! This is the third year in a row I have barely stepped foot inside an actual store to do any holiday shopping. I LOVE shopping online! I love that I can do it from anywhere, avoid the crowds and craziness, and I think it’s easier to do a little research to make sure you’re getting the best deals. My Christmas shopping is almost done!

2. JUS by Julie Cleanse 

I mentioned yesterday that I was completing the JUS by Julie Cleanse, and I made it! There were a few rough patches yesterday, not going to lie, but today I feel excellent! Full review coming soon!

3. Overnight Oatmeal 

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Before the cleanse, I was eating this stuff up like crazy! I love that you can make it ahead of time and have breakfast ready to go for a few days at a time! And with the addition of chia seeds and greek yogurt, I have found it to be more filling than traditional oatmeal. Find my recipe here: Easy Overnight Oatmeal

4. Christmas Decorations

We’re into December now, and Christmas decorations are really popping up everywhere (including in my own home)!


5. This “Dog Jumper” on Hautelook today


I mean, just look at it! I’m not sure my boyfriend would approve of my little pup wearing one of these around, but I can still enjoy this picture!

6. Catching Kayla Video

If you love running, or even if you just need a little motivation to get you through the rest of the week, you need to watch this video, Catching Kayla, about a high school track runner who has MS. It will certainly make you not want to complain about your workouts!

That’s it for this week… What random things are you loving this week?!

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?


Just over 2 years ago I started CrossFit and never looked back (well, that’s a lie, but more on that later). In the recent years before that, I logged many slow, drawn out miles on the treadmill in my parent’s basement, trying to get stronger and faster without much of a plan. I would put on my headphones, start up the machine, and stare at the clock on the wall for 40 or more minutes at a time (Thanks, dad, for the not so inspiring placing of the clock!). Not surprisingly, I did not get much stronger or faster this way.

A few of the elements of CrossFit that really appealed to me were the varying exercises and the high intensity of each workout. I didn’t think that could be recreated on the treadmill.

While CrossFit continues to be my number one preferred work out, there are days that I just can’t make it there, or I want a work out that isn’t quite that intense. Treadmill HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a great alternative for me.

A running HIIT plan will consist of a warm up, followed by alternating sprints and recovery jogging, with a cool down at the end. The recovery jogs should be at least as long as the sprints, or longer. The sprints should be short enough so that you can really push yourself, but not so short that they are not challenging. Remember, after every sprint you have a recovery jog to look forward to!

Here’s an example of a HIIT treadmill plan that I use on a regular basis. The rotating sprints and recovery jogs really make the time go by quickly! Try it out and let me know how you like it!

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