Tag Archives: Holidays

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..

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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 :).

Halloween Core and Cycle Class

30 Oct

First things first, everyone please be safe!

Secondly..

It’s Halloween week!

This is like a fitness instructors’ dream come true..do you realize how many exercises can be morphed into a Halloween-name?! Amaze.

I taught Core & More and named all of the exercises after Halloween; descriptions of the actual exercises are below: 

  1. Supine Frankenstein leg drops
  2. Eerie Plank (up, up, down, down)
  3. Creeping Spider (plank w/ knees to the side)
  4. Scared Cat (Down down to plank)
  5. About to Pounce (Down dog to plank)
  6. Dead Cat (Spine Bridge lifts)
  7. Witches Brew (butt on knees, lift and torso twist right and left)
  8. Hexes (star crunch)

Right after was Cycle! Of course I had to include songs like Thriller, Ghostbusters, and Werewolves of London-only appropriate ;-).

Are you going Trick or Treating tomorrow night? If so, here are the healthiest candies to nosh on:

  • 3 musketeers mini-24 calories
  • fun-sized lemonheads- 50 calories for 10 pieces
  • full-sized york peppermint pattie (fave!)- 140 calories
  • peeps pumpkins- <100 calories for 6 peeps
  • Tootsie caramel apple pop- 60 calories

Notice how the first 3 candies are bold? It’s all about portion size! Obviously the mini versions of our favorite candies are going to have fewer calories than the full-sized versions, but we tend to overlook those intricate details and only read “3 musketeers” and “24 calories”. Pay attention to portions and I have no doubt that you can celebrate Halloween like it’s supposed to be celebrated:

with family/friends, tons of spooky fun, and candy!

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!

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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