Wednesday Workout: Holiday Bodyweight Blast #3 {Cardio}

Hi there! Can you believe that NEXT WEEKEND is Christmas weekend? I’m having a very hard time wrapping my head around that! Luckily, I’m almost finished with my Christmas shopping and wrapping so I feel prepared, but it still feels like December went by way too quickly.

But, if you don’t feel prepared for the holidays yet because you haven’t had time to shop or get things ready, this workout is for you because it takes less than 20 minutes! With everything going on this days between parties, shopping, events, decorating, etc., I assume we all feel like we have a little (or a lot) less time for things, right? Workouts tend to be the first thing to go when we get busy, but it doesn’t have to be like that!

As I stated a few weeks ago, this month my workouts are all short, but efficient, and they can be done anywhere so they are perfect to squeeze in for everyone. I’ve done this a few times and I’m always appreciative of how quickly it’s over and how quickly I can get back to everything else ๐Ÿ™‚

Quickie Cardio Blast

If you want to see the video with demos and levels you can do – check this video out.

If you want to check out the other quickie workouts in this mini-series, here they are:

Holiday Bodyweight Blast #1

Holiday Bodyweight Blast #2

I hope you consider giving this a try, and maybe even taking it with you when you travel (if you’re traveling) for the holidays!

Questions for you: Are you feeling prepared for the holidays? What is the first thing to go when you get busy?

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Hosting our first holiday

Good morning! I realize it’s now two weeks into December and I’m just now sharing our Thanksgiving recap – oops! Between work, teaching, training and leading a challenge at work, it’s left very little time at night for blogging, but since Thanksgiving turned out so well, I wanted to pop in and share some photos and tips that helped it be relatively stress-free. I’ll preface this by saying that we don’t really have the ideal house/space to host a formal event like this, but it was something I really wanted to do so we made it work!

I’ve always loved entertaining, but I won’t lie and say that it’s not a lot of work. No matter what you’re hosting, as the host, there is always more work to do than one might think, but over the years I have figured out ways to manage all of the little details without being super stressed out. This year, the key for me to be relaxed on Thanksgiving and not running around like a chicken (err, turkey) with my head cut off was doing a lot of things in advance. That, and asking for help! Sure, I could’ve prepped all of the side dishes on my own, but if others wanted to help, who am I to take that away from them ๐Ÿ˜‰ As is with most things in life, asking for help isn’t a bad thing and doesn’t mean you can’t handle it on your own. It simply means you’ve learned that asking for help makings things easier!

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I’ll be honest – the real reason I wanted to host Thanksgiving was so that I could decorate the table and use my fine china that we received for our wedding ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s just something so great about a beautifully decorated table with matching dinnerware, glasses and a beautiful centerpiece, #amiright?! Here’s what I did to make my vision come to a reality:

  • I knew I wanted whites & golds for my color scheme, rather than traditional oranges and reds, because of my china. It’s gold and navy and so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ That said, I went to Whole Foods and picked up a bunch of lily’s, hydrangias, white roses and greenery. All of the flowers came to about $35 and I made 2 centerpieces so that’s a good deal. I’ve been into making my own flower arrangements so this was fun for me. I did them on Sunday and by Thursday they were bloomed and settled.

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  • While I had vases I *could’ve* used, I stumbled upon these great vases at Target as part of their new Chip and Joanna line and I’m obsessed with them! They went well with the candle holders I bought last year at Target as well
  • Since we had to have 2 tables, I needed to figure out the table cloth situation. I used the table cloth and table runner from Crate and Barrel that we received for our wedding and then I picked up a white table cloth with gold and silver in it from Target as well. I thought they worked well together!

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  • I thought about getting cute Thanksgiving-y napkin holders, but ultimately went with the gold ones I got from Crate and Barrel for our wedding. they looked so nice with the plates!

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  • Lastly, the black chairs were an impulse buy when I saw Target was having a sale. I found the exact same chairs there as I saw on Wayfair, but for $100 less. AND! They were delivered in less than 24 hours from the time I placed the order. Can you tell I’m a big Target fan these days?

IMG_2453[1]And that’s it! While we certainly didn’t use all of the dishes in the place settings and had to remove the flowers so that we could eat and see each other, the table decor outcome made me so happy!

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I never used to be into these types of things in terms of making everything look so pretty and planned, but I have to say, it’s really fun! I’ve been doing it with Christmas, too – I mean, I spent an embarrassing amount of money on Christmas/Holiday pillows, lol.

How about you guys – do you get really into the decorating aspect of parties, holidays and get togethers? Or, do you care more about the food and drinks? Do you like to entertain?

Wednesday Workout (on a Thursday): Holiday Bodyweight Blast #2 {Count It Down}

Wednesday Workout…. on a Thursday! After I announced my plan last week to give youย  quickie, bodyweight workouts for the month of December since this tends to be the busiest time of the year, I couldn’t leave you hanging for a week!

I really enjoyed this workout because I am a big fan of countdown style workouts. The rounds go by faster each round which is always a nice feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ I ended up doing it with weights since I wanted to lift weights on the particular day I was going this workout, but even without weights it’s still a great workout!

Count It Down Bodyweight Workout

If you are looking for a quick workout to squeeze in this week/month, give this one a try!

Wednesday Workout: Holiday Bodyweight Blast #1

Hey there! Happy Wednesday! I’ve been meaning to share details about hosting our first Thanksgiving, but work has been very busy and instead of blogging at night, I’ve been working ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But! last night I made the time to get something together with you, mostly because I am so excited about it!

If you’ve been checking out my Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen me mention this #KeepKelmarFit thing, right? This year, my company has allowed me to lead a challenge that encourages people to move more during the busiest time of the year – between Thanksgiving and Christmas. While planning out this challenge, I wanted to keep it simple and show everyone that fitness/movement doesn’t have to be a complicated, super long and involved thing – who has time for that?! But rather, I want to show people little ways they can move such as taking walk breaks, taking the stairs, doing quickie workouts, etc.

Since I know there are many people who might also fall into the “I’m so busy” trap where workouts are replaced with shopping, decorating, drinks, Christmas parties, holiday get togethers, etc., I wanted to share the “Workout of the Week” workouts with you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

There will be 4 workouts in this series. None of them require weights and none should take more than 20ish minutes. We ALL have 20 minutes to dedicate to a workout or movement at least a few times a week, right? It’s one less social media scrolling session. It’s less than one episode of a show. When you think about it that way, it doesn’t seem so bad, does it?

This first workout is 5 exercises, 8-10 reps each, 3-5 rounds total.

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I think these exercises are all pretty common ones on B2B, but if you want to see demos, make sure to check out (and subscribe) to my YouTube channel!

I’d love to know if you try this – I’ve done it a few times and it’s either a great finisher (if you do fewer rounds) or a complete workout. Stay tuned for the next Holiday Bodyweight Blast workout ๐Ÿ™‚

Questions for you: How are you making time for yourself this holiday season? What’s the first thing to go when you’re busy?

Five on Friday {11.17.17}

Hi, friends! Happy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve popped in with a casual post like this. When I looked through my phone and realized I had lots of things to share, I figured today was as good as any day to do that.

On a side note, can you believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! We are hosting this year, and while I’m SO EXCITED for this, I have to admit – I’m pretty damn nervous about having the responsibility of cooking the turkey. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips on how to make sure the turkey comes out nice and – dare I say it – moist?! Thanks in advance!

And now onto my Friday shares ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maple Holistics A while back, Maple Holistics reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in trying any of their products. When I took a look at their website and read about their high standards for products, I decided to give it a try. At a high level, all Maple Holistics products are made in the USA, they are all natural, cruelty free and sulfate free. After perusing their site, I decided to try the Coconut Oil. With the winter months quickly approaching, I figured having a liquid coconut oil on hand would be really beneficial for my dry skin. I love coconut oil for many reasons, but what I don’t love is that unless it’s hot in the house, it lives in solid form. With a bottle of coconut oil in liquid form and with an easy pump dispenser, it makes it so easy to quickly add a little to my dry hands, hair, feet, etc. If you’re interested in trying some out yourself, or any product on their page, I encourage you to go to their free samples page and take advantage of their offer to send you a free sample of a product of your choosing!

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  • Thanksgiving with Whole Foods – Did you know that Whole Foods has everything you need for Thanksgiving? You could literally order your entire meal there, should you wish to do that! A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity of going to a Whole Foods event where they showcased all of their holiday meal & entertaining options. It was such a fun event and everything tasted delicious! I also love how friendly all of the Whole Foods employees are ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Health Warrior new flavors As a Health Warrior Ambassador, I’m lucky enough to receive random packages from them with new bars to try. The best surprise was when I received a package of their brand new Caramel Sea Salt Chia Bar, which, I promise you, is as good as it sounds! I love that the bars are small, because they make for a perfect pre-workout or teaching snack. I had one of those and a half of a banana before my Monday morning class and it was the perfect amount of fuel.

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  • Fall Fashion – I’m trying to dress a bit more trendy these days, but I’m also trying to do it on a budget, so when I found these awesome distressed jeans at Lucky’s (in D.C.) for $25 I had to get them! I had also wanted some slip on shoes and found these Vans at DSW for I think maybe $40 or $50, which I thought was a good deal. I’m loving the look of the distressed boyfriend jeans and a baggy sweater – it was a great fall outfit!

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  • New “must try” restaurants – Over the past couple of weeks, RM and I have enjoyed some Saturday day-dates in the city. While I love getting all dolled up for date NIGHT, I have to say, day dates are pretty fun… and you get to be home in your comfy clothes nice and early ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  The first day date we had was at Explorateur on Tremont Street near the public gardens. RM had walked by it earlier and suggested it when we found ourselves looking for a good lunch spot. I loved the open concept where the front of the restaurant was more of a “cafe” feeling where students were studying and ordering from the cafe, but I also loved that the back part of the restaurant was filled with a bar and tables with table service. We saddled up at the bar, per usual, and enjoyed a really delicious lunch consisting of bubbly,ย beer, French Onion Soup, a mini burger and a Croque Madame. Everything about our trip there was great and we will definitely be going back.

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  • The next place we tried was Kava Neo-Taverna, in the South End, and judging by all the comments I received after I posted a picture of us there, it seems to be a popular among many of you! But, I can see why – everything was incredible! We didn’t get much, but everything we got (baked feta & honey, grilled octopus and braised short ribs) was so flavorful. Plus, the wait staff were all very nice and I loved the bright, white feeling in the restaurant – very Mediterranean feeling!

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And that does it for me! I hope all of you have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ We have friendsgiving in Maine tomorrow, which I’m looking forward to, and then i’ll be busy prepping for Thanksgiving!

Questions for you: What’s your favorite pre-workout snack? Have you been to any good new restaurants lately? Do you prefer day or night dates? What’s your favorite fall fashion item?