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Byebye 2012

30 Dec

Cannot believe 2012 is almost over! So many amazing things happened this year:

I know I left out lots of other experiences, but those are the ones that stand out the most. I’m so blessed to be where I am in my life right now! My family is the SO supportive of my decisions, my friends are always there to listen and talk to, my boyfriend is my rock, and I’m involving myself in so many different things-kind of crazy! I’m unsure of where I’m going, but I know that I’ll enjoy every.single.minute.of the journey to get to my happy place.

This next year has ample amounts of opportunity:

  • excelling in my GA position and incorporating programs into group fitness
  • building my blog with Oakland University
  • hosting an IFTA event
  • presenting at Student Lead-on in Chicago and TBHII2 in Las Vegas!
  • growing with lululemon into a social media/people potential/community/digital guru position
  • creating a blog for the Somerset store
  • sweating in the community and building relationships
  • traveling Michigan
  • spending time with family, friends, and owning MY life.

I cannot wait for 2013!

What are your goals for the New Year?

Pasta and Peas Please!

30 Dec

Happy holidays!

I came home the morning of Christmas Eve and stayed until the 27; I was fortunate enough to get both Christmas Eve AND the day after Christmas off of work! More time home is always better than one night :).

We had family over on Xmas Eve..

insta Jagrcheese

me mom and chase

dad and chase gaymom me and dad

Lots of food, drinks, and good times it was! I don’t have a large family so it’s manageable to get everyone in one place. We had ham, potatoes, roasted carrots, rolls, and salad for dinner. A cheesecake platter and Bartram House Bakery carrot cake was for dessert! Seriously. If you live near one, I highly recommend trying this cake! It’s TO DIE.

Christmas day was spent at my Aunt Christy’s house; we go over there every year for lunch. It was so nice to be able to come home for the holidays!

I spent a majority of my time being extremely domesticated; ran errands, did laundry, cooked, and painted my nails (that counts). We always have so much ham afterwards, and rather than ham sandwiches for days, my mom likes to incorporate it into Pasta and Peas! This is one of those recipes that doesn’t follow a “recipe”..it’s more like a little bit of this and some of that.

Pasta and Peas:

  • chop 1/2 of a large, white onion
  • ~2-3 cups of chopped ham
  • 1 bag of frozen peas
  • 2 large jars of marinara sauce
  • ~1/2c. whipping cream
  • 2(16 ou.) boxes of pasta, cooked
  1. add a little EVOO to a high pan, cook onions until they’re translucent (~5 minutes).
  2. add chopped ham, cook through (~2-3 minutes).
  3. add peas and marinara sauce.
  4. salt and pepper to taste.
  5. combine cooked pasta and ham mixture.
  6. pour into a sprayed, large baking dish.
  7. sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  8. bake at 350degrees for ~25-30 minutes (to heat through).

pasta and peas

This is a comfort dish X 10! So nice to eat it surrounded by family :).

Last Minute Gifts for Gym Rats

20 Dec

Hump day! Workout/Wellness Wednesday! 6 days until Christmas…

Working in the mall, that’s the LAST place I want to visit on my days off (am I right or am I right?). But, tis the season, the mall is our go-to place to buy our loved ones gifts; mostly everything is all under one roof. In.Out.Wam-Bam-Thank you ma’am!

Au contraire! Lucky for us fitness fanatics, gifts come in all shapes, sizes, and can be found outside of the mall. I’ve listed gift ideas for all exercisers and broken items down into pricey’s (P) and cheapies (C) (in a good way!).

These items are perfect for ALL forms of physical activity; exercise doesn’t happen ONLY in a gym setting anymore. Runners, walkers, yogi’s, cardio-junkies, weight lifters, and ANY form of physical activity can reap the benefits from these gifts of health.

  • (P) Garmin, sports watch, SlimKicker-something that tracks miles, time, I hate to say thiscalories, goals, etc. We love numbers as a society so having something that keeps track of our progress/regress is key.

First run at Oakland

  • (C) if they’ve participated in races, ask them for their old race shirts. Make a quilt (sweat towel, washcloth) out of all the logos on each shirt! It’s an innovative way for them to re-live all of their amazing feats :).

quiltsource

  • (P)(C) subscribe them to one of their favorite fitness or health related magazines. If they have an iPad or other reader, many of the magazine subscriptions can be found on there.
  • (C) new headphones! So simple yet such a dependable piece of equipment that all of us can utilize; even if you don’t listen to music while you work out, these are something that you can use in any setting.
  • (P) a customized pair of shoes. Lots of brands do this now; it’s a way to stand-out and show your creative side in your style, alongsideyour creative workouts of course :-P.
  • (P) a new gym bag. Bags nowadays come stocked with yoga mat straps, lots of compartments, dirty clothes bag, and anti-stink fabrics. Let me clarify, you’ll still stink but your bag won’t!
  • (C) socks. HUH? I don’t know about you but nothing beats putting on a fresh, new pair of socks; add cushioning, a low-cut style with a higher lip to prevent blisters and I’m sold.
  • (P) Morphie Battery case. It seems like minutes go by and my iPhone is already dead; this rechargeable case is perfect for those always on-the-go. Gyms tend to drain batteries and that’s the last thing you want to come back to after a workout!
  • (C) Hairtie ball. This is a low-cost and fun gift to give to someone with long hair! I’m always scrambling around to find hairties; this ensures I know exactly where I can find one.

Hairtie ball

If you’re scrambling to find last-minute gifts for gym rats, have no fear..it’s nothing more than a couple of clicks away… :).

On the 11th Day of Christmas..

23 Dec
On the 11th Day of Christmas K.E.P.T. You Fit gave to me..
11 sets of 20 second Planks
10 Squat Jumps (Beginners- make sure your form if perfect before adding the jump! You may be only able to complete 2-3, but work your way up. Intermediate/Advanced- try touching the ground every time you squat and reaching your arms overhead when you jump)
9 sets of 15 second Triceps Extensions
8 Speed Skaters/ side
7 Plié Squats and Biceps Curls
6 sets of 15 seconds of Jumping Jacks
5 Walking Lunges w/ Shoulder Press (both legs= 1 rep)
3 sets of Bent Over Rows
2 sets of Push-ups, 30 seconds each
1 set of 60 seconds of Squats

On the 7th day of Christmas..

19 Dec
On the 7th day of Christmas K.E.P.T. You Fit gave to me..
7 Plie Squats and Biceps Curls
6 sets of 15 seconds of Jumping Jacks
5 Walking Lunges w/ Shoulder Press (both legs=1 rep!)
3 sets of 10 Bent Over Rows
2 sets of Push-ups, 30 seconds each
1 set of 60 seconds of Squats.

12 Days of a “K.E.P.T.You Fit” kind of Christmas!

18 Dec

Happy holiday’s to all! Tis’ the best time of the year to spend time with family and friends, relax in front of the fireplace and indulge in decadent goodies. But.. tis’ also the time of year when the average person packs on 1 pound from Thanksgiving to the New Year (doesn’t sound like much but that 1 pound adds up).

Don’t deprive yourself! Combat the goodie-gain-guilt with a little 12 Days of Christmas exercising! Everyday, I’ll post an exercise to complete. You’ll complete that exercise as well as the previous exercise(s) from the days before. By the end of 12 days-you’ll have an entire workout!

I’ve already started it, but there’s no better time than now to jump in on the fun!

FitBit*

Make yourself, your family and friends accountable to complete each exercise.. everyday! You’ll feel better about indulging if you know you’ve exercised, even if it’s to the “12 Days of Christmas” song..as if you don’t hear it enough! Hey, you never know..next time you hear the “12 Days of Christmas” song, you’ll stop what you’re doing and complete the workout. No judging 🙂

On the 6th day of Christmas K.E.P.T. You Fit Gave to me..

  • 6 sets of 15 seconds of Jumping Jacks
  • 5 Walking Lunges w/ Shoulder Press (both legs=1 rep!)
  • 4 Kettlebell Windmills
  • 3 sets of 10 Bent Over Rows
  • 2 sets of Push-ups, 30 seconds each.
  • 1 set of 60 seconds of Squats