Wednesday Workout: Holiday Bodyweight Blast #4 {full body Tabata}

Hi everyone! Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away?! Although I was really on top of gifts and decorating this year, I still feel like the month is going by WAY TOO QUICKLY! And, to top it off, RM’s birthday is on Saturday so it’s a full weekend of celebration activities. I’m not complaining, but its just crazy to think about how quickly it’s all approaching!

I’ve talked to a bunch of people in my office lately who have admitted that during busy times like these, workouts are the first thing to go in order to free up more time for other things. Sound familiar? I get it – it can be hard to fit it all in.

But, that’s where the workouts included in this series come in – they are all quickie bodyweight workouts that can be done anywhere! Today’s workout is 20 minutes, but if you only have 12 or 16 minutes, just do fewer tabata rounds. No biggie. I’m always a big proponent for “something is always better than nothing”, and I feel as though it’s especially critical to get this message out at this time of year to help people realize this. Remember – it can be as easy as one fewer social media scrolling sessions (because, seriously, I think we all spend more time doing that than we would like to admit), it’s less than a 30 minute TV episode or it can be a conversation on the phone. Half of the time we fret about not having time to workout, we spend more time making excuses for why we don’t have time to workout than the time it would take to actually DO the workout 😉

That said, today’s workout is the 4th and final workout in the “Holiday Bodyweight Blast” series. It’s Tabata, which is one of my favorite “best bang for your buck” workouts. It kicks my butt every single time!

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I think everything should be pretty straight forward, but let me know if you have questions. I plan on doing this again in the next few days  because it gave me a good butt kicking in a short amount of time!

Hope you have a great Wednesday!!

 

Questions for you: What’s the first thing to go when you get busy? Are you feeling prepared for Christmas?

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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 🙂

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?

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 😉 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 🙂 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 🙂 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 you  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 🙂 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 😦 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 🙂

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 🙂

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