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This really doesn't have much to do with the months changing, but I thought it was funny :)

This really doesn’t have much to do with the months changing, but I thought it was funny 🙂

Holy cow…. It’s Christmas music time. Let’s say goodbye to November with a quick recap!

Best Quotes:
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”—Vince Lombardi

“Courage is only an accumulation of small steps.” –George Konrad

“The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.” –Denis Waitley

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” –William James

Best Songs:
“Everybody, Everybody” by Black Box
“Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne
“Im’ma Shine” by Youngbloodz

Best Recipes:
Black Bean Burgers
Spaghetti Squash

Best Articles:
My “There’s No Easy Way Out” post
My “The Day After: Game Plan” post
Leo Babauta’s “Why the Fitness Habit is More Important Than the Plan”


Best Workouts/Moves:
My “The Day After: Game Plan” WO 

1/2 Burpee: In plank position, jump the feet together toward the chest, then back to their starting position, then jumping jack them out wide, then in together, then complete one pushup. Continue for 30-60 seconds.

BodyRock’s Sexy Sweat On Me WO

Blogilates’ Victoria’s Secret Modal Ab WO


October is Outta Here!

Posted: November 1, 2012 in Monthly Recaps

Wow…. so many facial hair variations….

Happy Day-After-Too-Many-Mini-Twix-Bars! Yeah…. I had a few…. And then another few…. Oh well. Today is a new day. And a new month.

It’s No-Shave November…. But, if you’re not keen on participating in those “festivities,” then you should participate in mine—No-Excuses November. Make a pact with yourself to get in a little bit of exercise every single day. Yes, really. Every. Single. Day. It could be a walk, parking far away from buildings and only taking the stairs, doing a BodyRock workout, an Amanda Russell workout, one of my many workouts, a YouTube workout, a DVD, hitting the gym, or taking a class. Anything.

Tis time to recap October. Bow-chica-wow-wow! (I’m kinda sick, really stressed, and running off sleep that feels more like passing out due to emotional overload, so bear with me!)

Music Madness
“Dear New York” by Firebeatz & Schella
“Inspector Gadget Techno”
“Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce
“Poker Boom” Mash-up of Black-Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.” –George S. Patton

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” –Maria Robinson

“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.” –Lao Tsu

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” –Napoleon Hill

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” –Buddha

Recipe Love
Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit Dip
Easy-Squeezy-Lemon-Peezy Pumpkin Muffins

Insane Workouts
Pinterest’s 1000-Rep Challenge
BodyRock’s Girls on Top

You Need to Read It
The cold hard facts
My interview with Amanda Russell

I love pumpkins! I’m no good at carving them, but they’re so cute 🙂

YAY! I can finally play my favorite month-inspired theme song. “October” by The Crane Wives. Such a good jam. It’s both motivating and calming. But mostly calming. Relaxing. Entrancing. I loves it!

Today’s post should’ve happened yesterday, but I hate missing Motivation Monday, so today is Recap Tuesday. Sum-up Tuesday. Totally Tuesday? I’m at a loss for an alliteration and it angers me. Oh well, I shall move on.

September flew by. Holy, hello, month that hosts Halloween! (Yes, I love Halloween, too!) What’d you miss in September amidst the back-to-school, no-more-vacation-ness? Lots.

Best Workouts
Amanda Russell’s Ultimate Hips, Bum, and Thigh Workout

BodyRock’s Where Have You Been? Workout

Best Article
My post on how to make the most with the smallest tweaks.

Best Quotes
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” –Henry David Thoreau
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” –William Penn

Best Songs
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
“Gangnam Style” by PSY (Most hilarious, awesome video EVER!)

Best Recipes
Feel Good Protein Pancakes

My healthy guac chip dip (we just did this with black beans—yum!)

August Wrap-Up

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Monthly Recaps

Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Just push harder.

It is officially one of my two favorite months of the year! (And no, not just because my birthday is in it.) I love Fall—apples, leaves turning, soccer, college football, memories of walking around MSU’s gorgeous campus, the smells, cooler weather…. I just love it!

In order to fully move on to and enjoy September, we gotta wrap up August first!

Best Workouts
Best Whoa Workout:
BodyRockTV’s Sexy Satisfaction Workout
Best Tough-But-Not-Crazy Workout: Amanda Russell’s Total Body Melt-Down and Boost Up
Best Lower Intensity Workout: Pick Your Level Weight-Loss Pilates

Best Recipes
Not gonna lie, I haven’t tried these two yet, but I’m excited to!

2-Minute, 75-Calorie Pumpkin Pie

  • ½ c. pumpkin puree
  • ¼ c. egg whites (from an egg or carton)
  • Sweetener
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Mix together all the ingredients. If you prefer a flan-like texture, add more pumpkin; if you prefer a cake-like texture, add more egg whites. Microwave for two minutes. Use a mix of Greek yogurt, hazelnut cream cheese, and pumpkin pie spice for the icing. Top with toasted pecans. Makes one serving.

BaNilla Sandwich Cookies

  • Banana (or several, depending on the number you’re going to make!)
  • Mini Nilla Wafers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sprinkles

Slice banana into ½ in. rounds. Lightly spread peanut butter on the bottom ends of two mini Nilla Wafers and around the rim of the banana round. Place the banana round in between the wafers and then roll in sprinkles.

Best Songs
“Rattle” by Bingo Players
“Windows Down” by Big Time Rush
“Like a Deadmau 6” by DJ Darkus

Best Quotes
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” –John Wooden

“Trying times are not the times to stop trying.” –Ray Owen

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” –Tony Robbins

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” —Henry Ford

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” –Vince Lombardi

Best Article
Portion size—what’s right. Stick to it!

Recap: July

Posted: August 1, 2012 in Monthly Recaps

He he silly kittenz.

No dilly-dallying today. July has come and gone and holy cow, it’s August. Here’s the best-of from July!

The Post You Need to Read
Your Excuses Slashed

Music to Pump You Up
“Rhythm is a Dancer” by Snap!
“Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo

Quotes to Write Down
“Money can’t buy life.” –Bob Marley

“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” –James Gordon

“Change begins with you and ONLY you. If you want to change your situation you have to change the way you react to it and interact with it. Stop looking outside of yourself for the answers you seek. Use the tools available to you and then turn within. THAT is where you’ll find your truth.” –Unknown

“Just when you think you are down to nothing, God is up to something!” –Tony Gonzalas

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”—Aristotle

Recipes to Try
Healthy Fruity Protein Smoothie
Funfetti Cake Dip!

Workouts to Do
Bob Harper Total Body Transformation
Kelsey’s 1, 2, 3! at-home workouts

This has nothing to do with June or anything really, except that I needed to read those words again. It’s been that kind of week and month!

Another week and month has gotten away from me. Where is the summer going!? Although, I must admit, it’s hard to consider this time of year “summer” since I know work year-round and pretty much 7 days a week. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing or sunny, cold or humid. I work. Inside, outside, air conditioning, heat. Today is a day just like any other. (Cue Jack’s Mannequin.)

And today is a monthly wrap-up day. WOOT! Missed some (all) of my posts this month? Do not cry, my friend! I will recap it all for you.

Best Tuneage:
“Soul Meets Body”
by Death Cab for Cutie
“Be My Lover”
by La Bouche
by Sash!

Best Amen! Quotes:
“Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.” –Orison Swett Marden

“Having the right to happiness means having the right to earn it, not having it given to you without effort and action on your part.” –Jillian Michaels

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T.S. Eliot

“She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” –Proverbs 31:25

Best Bang-for-Your-Time-Crunched-Clock Workout:
My 12-minute, 3-round tabata workout.

Best Not-My-Own Workout I Tried:
BodyRock’s Girl Crush Workout

Best Read:
Working Out Sucks! This is why.

What’s Left of May

Posted: June 2, 2012 in Monthly Recaps


This is a good goal! Do it to it!

June is here! And it’s cold in Michigan. Like Fall-style cold. I’m not a huge fan of it, even though I love Fall. It’s not time for Fall yet, though. It’s time for jogs outside and beach volleyball and napping in the sun.

My challenge for everyone is to pick one meh point from May and improve on it. Did you spend three nights a week drinking? Trim it down to two. Did you only get to the gym three days a week? Amp it up to four. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and veggies and natural, raw foods (like almonds) and decrease your take-out stops. Little things. They add up big time.

My goals? Focus on drinking a glass of water with every meal or before every snack so I don’t mindlessly eat; pair a glass of water with my alcoholic beverage; try to limit my s’more and ice cream intake to twice/week; find ways to get up and move more when I’m doing freelance, no matter what!

Turn It Up Louder!
by Darude
“I Like to Move It”
by Jock Jams
“Boom Boom Boom” by Jock Jams

Motivational Phrases, Facts, and Thoughts

  • You can out-exercise a bad diet.
  • You only get out what you put in.
  • Optimism is something you can strengthen like a muscle. Success is in your power; all it takes is disciplined steps toward your goal.
  • Even just a 5-10% weight loss provides you with extreme metabolic health gains.
  • 68.8% of Americans are overweight or obese
  • 12oz. of pop has 10 tsp. of sugar, but…. So does 12oz. of apple juice and grape juice, and orange juice has 8 tsp. of sugar.
  • Obesity costs American businesses $70 billion/year.
  • Those who are overweight and obese have to work out longer and eat less every day in order to maintain their weight compared to those who are of an average weight. Work out consistently now, so you don’t have to continue increasing your time in the gym in the future!
  • “You have one life—this one right now—you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.” –

Workouts to Try…. At Home
Kelsey’s Upper Body Challenge
Kelsey’s Lower Body Challenge
Kelsey’s Reps/Time Challenge