Hello! I thought it might be fun to do a 12 days of Christmas challenge ending on Christmas Eve and I hope you’ll join me. The workouts build on each other, starting at just one minute and ending at just over 15 minutes. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I find it even more important to take a few minutes to sweat. Grab a friend or family member and get after it! There’s no equipment needed for these exercises and you can do them anywhere, anytime. Click through for day one, we’re starting tomorrow.
HI! Can you believe it’s DECEMBER?!?! While this time of year is full of holiday celebrations, family get togethers, office parties, and shopping (so much shopping), I challenge you to take just a few minutes a day to focus on your health. Whether its a quick 10 minute tabata workout or a 25 minute walk, you deserve to take care of yourself, and it can be a huge energy booster. I just hit publish on my very first e-book, featuring 28 recipes, most of them brand new, plus 12 all new workouts.
This is not a cleanse, or a diet, or a detox, it’s helpful suggestions to help you lighten things up a bit, indulge a little and move your body. As soon as it gets cold I just want to curl up in front of a fire, cozy mug of tea in hand and a good book, but I also tend to lose motivation, skip workouts and neglect to move my body.
This four week challenge will help you move your body every day, stay accountable and whip up some tasty and healthy treats. From my holiday blondies, F.I.T. monster smoothie to holiday spice muffins there’s something in here for everyone. I’ve also included 12 workouts, a weekly schedule and some tips to make eating healthy a breeze. Gift this to yourself or a loved one! You can sneak a peek at a few of the pages on my instagram and I truly hope you love this book. I put my heart and soul into it, featuring things I cook and eat on a regular basis.
You can purchase a copy HERE.
I can’t wait to hear what you think 🙂 If you make something and love it, or enjoy the workouts, please post a picture and tag me in it. I’d love to see what you’ve made or give you a virtual high five on your workout.
- Take a moment to be grateful for the blessings in your life, either privately or go around the table and have everyone say one or two things they are thankful for.
- Get the family together for a Turkey Trot in the morning or go for a walk after dinner.
- Swap steamed and mashed cauliflower for half the potatoes to lighten up your mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes.
- Avoid filling up on the bread basket or appetizers and munch on fresh cut veggies or fruit instead.
- Drink a glass of water in between every cocktail, glass of wine or beer. Sparkling water mixed with a bit of cranberry sauce or cranberry juice makes a refreshing and festive mocktail.
- Enjoy the time spent with those that surround your table, and don’t stress about the small stuff.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,
These vegetarian roasted butternut squash and black bean tacos are quick to throw together for Taco Tuesday. I love roasted squash and all things fall, so these are a fun twist on your typical taco. Sweet potatoes, cubed pumpkin or almost any type of squash will do here, so substitute at will.
Butternut Squash & Black Bean Tacos
- 1 lb butternut squash cubed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt + pepper
- 1 16oz black beans can
- 1-2 tbsp taco seasoning
- 1 cup romaine lettuce chopped
- 6 tortillas corn or flour
- 1 lime optional
- 1 avocado optional
- 1/4 cup cotija cheese optional
- 1/4 cup cilantro optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. Peel, deseed & chop squash (I used precubed to save time) into 1 inch chunks. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes stirring halfway through until lightly browned and fork tender.
- While the squash cooks, rinse and drain the beans. Heat over low heat in a large skillet with taco seasoning until warmed through. Once squash has cooked add it to the pan and combine with beans/spices.
- Warm tortillas if desired and assemble tacos. I love adding fresh cilantro, salsa, guacamole and a sprinkle of cotija cheese to mine.
Happy almost Halloween! Are you dressing up this year? We’re doing a DC family costume this year, I’m going as Diana Prince, hubs will be Clark Kent and the pups are going as Batman and Wonder Woman. I whipped up a batch of these ghoulish almond butter bites for a healthier snack to munch on while handing out candy. They’re a gluten free, vegan alternative to my favorite halloween candy: peanut butter cups. I first made a version of these at Easter and they disappeared in minutes!
Fall is the perfect time to take up running. I love the brisk mornings, changing leaf colors, and warming up with a latte afterwords. I designed this 10 week couch to 5k training plan for beginners and those brand new to running. If you’re a more experienced runner and looking to PR at your next race, I’ll be sure to include some useful tips for you at the end of the post, or send me a message. I can personalize a plan just for you for less than the cost of a new running tank.
Hi! I’m swapping out Workout Wednesday for Train Thursday (or Tuesday depending on the week). Why you ask? I’m an athlete and athletes train. Guess what? You’re also an athlete, and I’m asking you to switch your point of view from ‘working’ to training. Whether your training to chase a new half marathon pr, training for a triathlon or training to be a new mom, you get the privilege of doing this. So why call it work when you could be training?!
Are you training for a late summer or fall 5k, 10k or half marathon? Speed workouts are so important for runners of all abilities, whether you are aiming for a PR or running your first race. Speed work helps muscles learn to tolerate the build-up of lactic acid, recover quicker from hard workouts and improve endurance capabilities. If you are new to speed work be sure to follow the warm-up and cool down guidelines below, go at your own pace, rest for the entire recovery period and shorten the intervals to your needs. Speed workouts can be incorporated 1-2 times per week, however if you are dealing with any injury or pain it’s best to avoid speed work until you’re completely healed.
One of my favorite things to do is swim, and summer is the perfect time to soak up some vitamin D, cool off and get some laps in. Swimming is low impact, improves aerobic capacity and it’s great cross training. You’ll need a swim cap, a pair of goggles (roka is my favorite brand), water resistant sunscreen (Zealios is great) and a pool (a lake, river or swim friendly beach works too).
Warm up with 20 jumping jacks, plus some large and small arm circles. Get in the water and slowly dog paddle, breast stroke, free style or walk your way down the length of the pool a few times. You can count laps with a watch, I love my Garmin 735, but pennies, marbles, or even small rocks work as well. I wrote this set for a 25 meter long pool, not to worry if your pool is 25 yards long, you’ll still get in a great workout. Swimming in a 50 meter long pool? Just cut the number of sets in half.