Fitness for Christmas!

Christmas was all about FITNESS this year!!! I am so excited to share my gifts with you all!

#1 and #2… Cook books! Chef Del is a NY Times bestselling author, whom I have been privileged to learn from at the Wellness Forum here in Columbus. In his cookbooks, Del explains much of the diet and lifestyle taught by the Wellness Forum, and explains the role it has played in his journey from a hefty 475lbs to nearly his optimal body weight, where he is today. While I am still learning a lot about the Wellness Forum’s concepts on a healthy lifestyle, I have been thoroughly impressed with the way they are able to back up their concepts with science. 


Dr. Popper, founder of the Wellness Forum, supports a plant-based diet, which has been shown to have remarkable impacts on both health and fitness throughout life. I highly encourage checking out some of the information on their site! You 

can even join the Forum (even if you are not a Columbus local) for a very reasonable fee. Membership gives you access to additional resources on their site.

I haven’t  gotten to try any of the recipes from the books yet, but I have had a few of his creations from the Wellness Forum’s food case and meal events, and let me tell you…THEY ARE INCREDIBLE!


#3 A FitBit One!


Oh, if I could only for this one! It is going to be beyond amazing to have the ability to track my workouts, activity levels, and sleep patterns without having to do it all manually! I know that one of the biggest negative factors in my ability to keep up with my fitness routines and continue to make progress has *always* been my sleeping habits (funny since I work for a sleep lab now!). I am a night owl. I have been since I was little. Only problem is that now, it catches up with me a lot quicker. I definitely notice my mood and energy levels are WAY different when I get 4 hours of sleep instead of 6 or 8. describe to you how excited I am f

I am also excited to see how active I am throughout the day. I work a desk job, so most of my day is (or seems) pretty sedentary. I try to get up and walk around every hour or so, but some days we are just far too busy for that. Maybe I need a treadmill desk?? Like this! Hmmm…somehow I don’t think I am going to be able to get my company to foot the bill for that one…now matter how well I can explain the benefits! Shucks.

Overall, it was definitely a fantastic Christmas, and I am looking forward to using my new tools to continue to understand in progress in my fitness journey. What tools are you looking forward to using in 2014? 

Look for FitBit stats on workouts to come!


Speaking of workouts, I loved this weekend’s Tabata style workout so much that I decided to do another today! I also brought back the standard bench press into my upper body routine – an exercise I have been wimping out on for a while. Normally, I am not the kind of girl who cares what other people think about the exercises I am doing. I also know my limits pretty well, so I am a decent judge of what I can or cannot do. For some reason, though, I have had a total mental block on the bench press lately! I kept picturing myself going up to press just the bar and dropping it or not being able to get it back up, so I have been avoiding it completely. I am happy to say that, not only did I survive the bench press, but I was able to lift MORE than the bar, and do three sets of 10 reps! Take that, bar! Here is the breakdown from my entire workout today. It was challenging, but not too ridiculously so.

Tabata 1: (0:20 work, 0:10 rest x8)

  • High Knees
  • Sumo squat jumps
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Tuck Jumps

Strength Set (3x)

  • Push ups (Rotating, Triangle, Regular)
  • Bent over Row w/ Tricep Kickback
  • Lateral Front Raises

Tabata 2:(0:20 work, 0:10 rest x8)

  • Up up, down downs
  • Mountain Climbers

Strength Set (3x)

  • Stability ball Overhead Tricep Extensions w Kettlebell
  • Stability Ball Chest Press
  • Stability Ball Flyes
  • Stability Ball shoulder Press

Tabata 3: (0:20 work, 0:10 rest x8)

  • 3-way Froggers
  • Plank Jacks
  • Jump overs
  • Burpees

Strength Set (3x)

  • Bench Press
  • Tricep Bench Dips
  • Plank Reaches

Soon, I am going to have to bring running back into my weekly workouts. I signed up to run a 5k Survival Race at the Arnold Fitness Expo! I am excited, but I have a little work to do before I am up to even a 5k again. Stupid shin splints. 

Ok, that’s all for tonight, folks! 🙂


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