Holidays done healthy

Holidays done healthy

As temperatures cool and we begin to cover ourselves with more layers, it gets more and more difficult to stay motivated to keep fit. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, we have holidays that revolve around food bring in this season. We gain an average of 5 pounds during the holiday season and that doesn’t even count Haloween! You might think that I am posting this a bit early considering the “true” holiday season begins in another month. However, I really feel that we not only need to plan ahead, but as it begins to get colder, we find more and more excuses to skip that workout. We start to eat more comfort foods and grab some extra holiday lattes. So here are my biggest tips to not become an unhealthy statistic.

*find a motivator to keep you in check that doesn’t involving a bathing suit.
*remember how you feel when you eat crap and write it down. Put it some place you will see it. (Too much sugar gives me a headache, I feel bloated, sluggish, mad, etc)
*in the same fashion, write down how you feel after eating right and working out. Put this list right on your fridge.
*find a buddy who wants to stay on track, not someone that you always have to motivate.
*try a new class and make friends. You’ll be surprised how accountable you become when others notice when you missed a class.
*if you LOVE holiday baking but have no willpower, bake and take your treats to a nursing home, a favorite local store you frequent, donate to a homeless shelter.
*find healthy treat alternatives. There are plenty of healthy dessert type recipes out there.
*start a new tradition, find an alternative to baking, make holiday crafts instead.
*start your holiday morning with a workout but don’t use it as an excuse to eat more.
*eat a LITTLE bit of everything. I am that girl who will have a tiny sliver of each pie!
*find workouts you can do at home with little or no equipment.
*don’t give up, if you have a set back get right back on the wagon.
*develop a workout plan and write it down. (Ie Monday is upper body, Tues lower body, Wed is Zumba, Thur and Fri rest, Sat run…) whatever works for you
*find HEALTHY motivational people to follow on social media. Just make sure they keep you motivated and give you ideas, not make you feel bad.
*DO NOT MAKE UP FOR MISTAKES BY STARVING YOURSELF. That’s right, I shouted! Do not gorge yourself on Halloween candy and then starve yourself for the rest of the day and following day. Your body needs nutrients and enough calories to function. Eating a measly 1000 calories or less will only mess up your metabolism. DON’T DO IT, just don’t, please.
*find you community. Use apps or social media to challenge yourself. Many apps have you “compete” with its users. I love my Nike+.

So hopefully that gives you some ideas or sparks some of your own. How do you stay motivated when all you want to do is curl up under a blanket and drink a latte?

Full body circuit workout and a breakfast recipe

Full body circuit workout and a breakfast recipe

As I have mentioned before, I am a part time fitness instructor. I decided to change up my class a bit and do some full body circuits. So far the class loves it. So I thought I would share a sample class with you. I try to mix things up a bit. I’m one of those crazy people who, in my down time, scour the internet for new ideas for exercises. In the shower I’ll think “oh, why not add a twist jump cartwheel to a lunge. Ok, maybe not that crazy, but you get the picture.

So the way my class is set up is I have four stations with four focused exercises (one cardio). The students do each exercise for 45 seconds before moving on to the next. They complete all four stations, take a water break and then do it once more. You can always add or subtract time based on time and fitness level. 45 seconds work for my class. There are always modifications, especially on the cardio portion. Jumps could be more steps or pulses. For newbies or those who might be recovering from an injury, I have them march in place with big swinging arms.   If it is stated to do same side, just do the other side the second time through. If you are doing this in class, I suggest telling everyone to start with the right or left side (assign a side). Students always forget which side the did the first time around.

Detailed workout description: 


  1. Side lunge into Curtsy (weights optional) same leg
  2. Glute bridge ball roll out (feet on ball, hips up, roll feet in and out) to make this more difficult, keeps arms raised, to make easier, place them by your sides.
  3. Low squat pulse
  4. CARDIO: Squat > lunge jumps (squat, jump, left leg lunge, jump, squat, jump, right leg lunge)


  1. Fly into overhead back extension
  2. Shoulder press into bicep curl
  3. Bent over row, heavy weight, same side
  4. CARDIO: Burepee’s (with or without push-up)


  1. Star twist: lay on back arms and legs out like a star, lift leg straight and bring hand to opposite foot
  2. hip drops (forearm plank and drop hips side to side)
  3. scissor kicks
  4. CARDIO: Plank Jacks


  1. Split squat (foot on step or bench) with a bicep curl into single leg dead lift (same leg)
  2. Plank with lateral raise (weighted same side or both, personal preference) modification is knee plank
  3. Seal Walk (feet on towel and walk with your arms while dragging feet behind)
  4. CARDIO: High Knees

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. You can always Google a move to get great examples. 

Ok, now the recipe. Eggs are a great way to start the day, however I’m not always a big fan. So I threw together a recipe that can be made 2 ways, depending on my time and patience level. I make the pancake form if I have more time. The pancake is a bit more delicate since it is made without flour. It needs to be cooked on a lower temperature for longer time, and can fall apart when flipped. To speed things up, I’ll just make it in scramble form. I added measurements for those of you who need exact, but this is really a personal preference thing. I add a handful of nuts and coconut, a drizzle of extract, and so on. Make it however you like! 

 Flour Free Pancake/Scramble

 Mashed Banana

1 egg

1/8-1/4 cup nuts (I like pecans or walnuts)

1/8 cup shredded coconut (optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract (I like almond)

honey if desired

preheat skillet (Med low for pancakes, Med for scramble). once warm add coconut oil or butter to melt. While pan is heating mix all ingredients. Pour into pan. If making the pancake, tenderly flip once the bottom is browned. If making the scramble, just mix a bit after it sets up a bit, turning and mixing to crisp it up a bit. Enjoy!!

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