fabulous february giveaway WINNER!

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new years resolutions

It’s that time of the year again! New Years Resolutions! I was fairly successful at achieving my goals this past year, so with that momentum, I’m gonna try and kick 2015 off on the right foot!

  • Complete the Tone It Up Love Your Body series — YES, a 6 week commitment of working out EVERY day! But I love love love the TIU series. They’re FREE! And give away tons of prizes. If you’ve never done one, I highly recommend jumping on board for this one! Starts on January 1st. 🙂 I will post again about this tomorrow — I’m setting up a Tone It Up/Fitness Instagram so we can all be in this together! More details on that to come.
  • Go to a Yoga class once a week — I really need to work on my flexibility.. Especially while running and lifting so much.
  • Follow the Blogilates 12 week transformation meal plan during the Love Your Body series. This meal plan came with the Fitness Journal last new years, and I still have it saved on my computer. It WORKED y’all. And I wasn’t starving all the time! I don’t know if you can steal purchase this one, but I think she has similar ones. While Blogilates does do workout schedules, I much prefer Tone It Up’s… I’m not really sure why?
  • Join a DietBet — and WIN! I did this last new years, it was 4 weeks to lose 5% of your weight. I put $30 in the pot; got my money back, and $15 on top of it! It was a perfect way to keep me motivated and make some money. Now that I know I can do it, I’m definitely willing to put more money in to the pot, in order to get more out! 😉
  • Be more positive — I’m kind of a negative nancy, so this is something I think I should really work on. Being healthy and active REALLY helps my attitude though, so hopefully this will come with all the things above!

What are some of your New Years’ Resolutions??

gingerbread scrub

gingerbreadscrub

 

If you are scrambling for a last minute gift idea, here one is! I made this gingerbread scrub using a recipe from MommyMusings with a few alterations.

Instead of almond oil, I just used the equivalent amount of coconut oil. Additionally, I did not have allspice on hand unfortunately, but I found a great substitute online. Instead of 1 tsp of allspice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and a pinch of ground nutmeg.

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This was SUPER easy to make (~15 minutes in all?) and smells DIVINE. I used a little on my hands when I was done — very smooth for a scrub, and the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling super soft!

Let me know if you try it, and if you enjoy! What are some of your favorite other DIY gifts?

boston bound

boston bound

Hey y’all! Today I head to Boston to celebrate Christmas with my boyfriend, his sister & her husband, and their new 3 month old baby! I have never been to Boston before, but I’m really looking forward to it. I … Continue reading

yin yoga

Most of the time I only feel the urge to go to Vinyasa yoga classes — working up an amazing sweat and feeling just the right amount of sore the next day. However, recently, I’ve been appreciating the benefits of Yin yoga, which my local studio offers. Before this studio I had never heard of yin yoga.

Yin yoga focuses on holding poses much longer, and they are more geared towards tendons and fascial stretching. While it doesn’t get you all sweaty like a vinyasa class will, it is still AMAZING and your body feels energized in a slightly different way. To me, it is a little bit easier, but just as beneficial — especially if I find myself going on a lot of runs, like I had been while training for my most recent 5k.

Have you ever tried yin yoga? If not, I definitely recommend giving it a go!

VS fashion show love

VS fashion show

i LOVE love love the victoria’s secret fashion show EVERY year! especially this year.. this is the first year in a long time that i’m in okay shape and feeling good about my body — so watching how amazing these girls look wasn’t as big of a bummer. it also helps to run 3.4 miles right before and stick to salads for the night 😛 and a tone it up cinnamon mug cake, too, of course!

the fashion show always makes it feel a little bit more like christmas, so my friends and i had a great time watching it all snuggled up together. : )

what did you think? did you get a fun group together to enjoy, too?

downtown christmas run

fun run

a week ago unfortunately (i assume) i pulled an ab muscle running : (

i’ve been getting pretty bad belly cramps that start under my R ribcage and go down the front of my abs

however i signed up for this 5k christmas run months ago and still wanted to participate — albeit much slower than originally anticipated. we were able to finish in 33 minutes though — and it was a blast! santa was there to cheer you on around every lap; there were lots of christmas lights at the finish and along the race, too! definitely a must do every year.

are there any fun christmas events in your area? : )

YOLO meal: twisted root

YOLO meal: twisted root

  tonight i enjoyed a great YOLO/cheat meal! it’s always a fun way to reward yourself after a week of healthy eating. tonight we visited twisted root, one of my favorite burger places, and i got their eggnog milkshake of … Continue reading