Blogger Problems

So…I have been having quite this tough time with this little blog of mine.

A few months ago, whenever I would try to open my blog and go to one of my posts from twitter, Facebook, etc., my security software would pop up and warn me that I was trying to open an infected site.  I had absolutely no idea what to do and I still really don’t…but, somehow, it ended up fixing itself and the problem stopped happening.  At least for a short time.

Now…we’re headed onto new and different issues.  Every time I would try to tweet a link to any of my current posts, Twitter would tell me that ‘the action could not be completed and the tweet would be sent to my drafts.’  After doing some research, I discovered that the links wouldn’t tweet because they were appearing as compromised and containing possible malware.

What the whaaaa…!?

So, after reaching out to some blog friends, I discovered that the problem may have started happening when I changed my permalinks, which I had recently done in the past few months.  Great.  I narrowed down the issue but then came the hard part – figuring out how in the world to fix said issue.  When it comes to computers and techie stuff, I can get by and usually find solutions to most problems, however, some are over my head.  This one really had me stumped.  No matter what I would do and no matter how many settings I would change, the same thing kept happening over and over again.  My links were bad.  All of the links that were sent out for my blog posts were bad.  They would go nowhere.  They would generate that fun ‘404’ error page with the shadow people standing around asking you if you really wanted to be somewhere else – and it happened everywhere – Twitter, Facebook, Feedly, and all of the others.  Cool, huh?  So…after spending ALL NIGHT googling solutions and reading articles, I realized that I skipped a major step when I changed my permalinks…I didn’t redirect any of my old links.  I downloaded a plug-in and all seemed right with the world.

Except…

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…Twitter still won’t recognize my links and if I try to open ones that are automatically generated when I publish a post, I still get a Twitter alert telling me that my site cannot be trusted.  I did some recommended scans of my blog url and everything came up as showing that it was ‘safe content’ so, now, I don’t know what to do.

UGH!!!  Can anyone help me!?  I feel like I’m half way to having my site fixed and I just don’t know what I have to do to get the rest of the way!?  I’m open to any suggestions or, if anyone can point in the direction of anyone that could give me some info, I would be much appreciative!  Do you think I have a virus infecting my blog or is it still a problem with my links?  Should I just scrap the whole blog and throw it in the trash?  That’s, totally, what I was going to do last night…

Oh, the life of a blogger.

Wishing for help,
Kelly

Something to share:  Have you ever had a problem on your blog that you didn’t know how to fix?  Do you manage your own blog or have behind-the-scene people that help? 

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Winter Weekend

Good morning, friends!  Happy Monday!

We are in the middle of a snow storm here in good old Western PA so, of course, this past weekend consisted of some fun wintery things.  Friday night, I didn’t do much except learn some new routines to prepare for my Saturday morning Jazzercise class.  I had a packed house that consisted of a room full of students that were more than happy to brave the cold weather to get in a good workout!  We dedicated our class to PennDOT…our department of transportation that did a great job of clearing the roads so we could all make it to class!

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After class, my favorite fellow instructor, Darlene, and I headed to our local coffee shop for some hot beverages and chatting.  We both decided to go with the Jack Frost Mocha, which we were told by the hilarious kid behind the counter was made with coffee, chocolate, peppermint, and holiday cheer.  I was sold.  We split a warm blueberry muffin that was the perfect pairing!  When we finally decided we had better leave before we sat and talked all day, I headed to my parents to check out a local ice festival.  The town near us always has fun things going on during the weekends and this is one of our favorites.  Businesses from the area sponsor ice sculptures that are done by a local ice company.  The talent is always so amazing!  Here are some of my favorites…

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After walking around the check out the ice and freezing our buns off, we headed inside a local restaurant called Carol and Dave’s Roadhouse where I got the best wrap I’ve ever had.  I was a Portobello Mushroom Wrap with mushrooms, smoked gouda, and a fire-roasted tomato pesto mayo.  I don’t normally like mayo…but this stuff was to die for!

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On Sunday, I started bright and early with a Jazzercise class.  It was supposed to be pretty icy outside so, Saturday night, I decided I would just wake up and see how the roads looked and decide from there if I would venture out.  They looked okay and, to my surprise, were great the whole way to class.  Thumbs up!  I was glad to be able to get my workout in early.

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(my poor weights…they’re looking pretty ratty!)

I don’t know if it was because my class was pretty tough on Saturday, but I struggled extra with my strength work at the end of class!  I tried to power through but had to take some breaks during some of my tricep and delt work.  I was dying!  I hope my students were feeling the burn after Saturday’s class, too!  On the way home, I stopped by the store to pick up some things to make the hubs breakfast since he was off today and grabbed a new-to-me Luna protein bar…

…anything Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is a winner in my book!

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I spent the rest of the day doing some chores around the house…and sneaking in a quick nap.  It just felt good to close my eyes so I went with it!  I mean, that’s what Sundays are for, right!?  I hope your weekend was fun and you had a chance to relax and enjoy it!

Cheers!
Kelly

Something to share:  Do you have snowy winter weather where you are?  What cold-weather activities do you like to do?  Do you have favorite protein bar?…Please share because I’m always looking for good ones!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Morning, friends!

So, today, let’s talk food.  Like, dinners and lunches and stuff.  What have you been making lately?  It has been full-on cold weather over here…I mean, not like frigid temperatures every day with snow…but definitely cold enough.  With that weather comes soups.  They are my favorite things to make in the winter.  They are warm and toasty and stick to your ribs.  And delicious.

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Except for the soup that I made this past weekend.  I found the recipe in a “Soup” magazine that my grandma had.  It was a vegetable soup with alphabet pasta.  I know.  So grown up, right?  Regardless, it seemed easy and fast and that’s what I was looking for.  I had a sick husband at home and I needed to get something in front of him fast.  You all know how sick husbands are.  I threw the ingredients in a pot, allowed it to simmer, and then did a taste test…OMG.  Yuck.  The soup had no flavor.  Like, none.  It tasted like I just threw veggies and pasta in water and warmed it up.  I took it upon myself to throw in some tomato sauce, salt and pepper.  It helped a little bit but not enough to make me serve it to anyone else other than myself.  Luckily, I had some chicken soup in the pantry to serve the hubs.  I would have hated to make him even more miserable by trying to make him eat the atrocity that was waiting on the stove.  However, I ate it…for dinner on Saturday and for lunch yesterday.  The sauce kind of saved it.  Kind of.  It’s just so bland.  I have about one more bowl left and I hate wasting food…so I’ll choke it down for one more day.  That’s just what I do.

Annnnyway…in addition to soups…winter calls for roasted vegetables.  Right?  They are filling, good for you, and delicious.  I promise that the recipe that I’m sharing with you today actually is delicious.  It is not the soup from this weekend.  If I decided to share that, I might as well just throw this blog in the garbage…which is probably where that soup should have gone!  But, don’t worry, this recipe is fast, easy, and yummy!

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Shall we chat about Brussels sprouts for two seconds?  To make a long story short, I used to hate them and think they were scary…and, now I’m obsessed.  The end.  Oh, and this recipe is one of those recipes that you can’t even really call a recipe.  It is so quick to throw together and requires nothing other than a few simple ingredients.  I feel silly using the word recipe…but I did and I will continue to do so…okay?  So, let’s get to it.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Ingredients:

1 16-ounce package of Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2-3 slices of turkey bacon (or regular bacon, if you choose), cut up into small chunks.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Prep Brussels sprouts by cutting off bottom stems and slicing in half or quarters, depending on the size of the sprout.  You will lose some of the outer leaves while doing this and that’s okay!  Throw the sprouts chunks and loose leaves into a large bowl.  Drizzle Brussels sprouts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper (add more or less, depending on your taste.)

Cover a baking sheet with foil and spread the sprouts out, allowing them to lay in a single layer.  Place the cut pieces of bacon around the sprouts and throughout the baking sheet.

Roast for 15-20 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are tender and bacon is crisp.  Serve immediately.

Yield: 3-4 servings (depending on serving size)

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Make this.  I promise there is more flavor than my water soup.

Cheers!
Kelly

Something to share:  Share your favorite Brussels Sprouts or soup recipe!  Link up in the comments!  What was your last recipe fail?

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Just Because I’m Counting Calories…

Hello everyone!  Welcome to Monday.  I hope you had a fab weekend and have a lot of good stuff planned for the week!

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So, I very rarely gripe or complain on this little blog because I like it to be a positive place, however, something has been bothering me for the past couple of weeks and I know I can always turn to you guys for support and an ear to listen!  I’m, also, hoping that some of you can relate.

{As a note: today, I’m talking about body image, calorie counting, and working out.  If you feel that this may trigger some difficult thoughts or feelings, please feel free to skip the post today and pop back tomorrow for brighter topics!  Our main goal should always be to feed our mind and soul with thoughts that bring positivity!}

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I’m using this year to get my body in the shape that I want and plan on using good nutrition and steady exercise to do so.  While I have always been ‘into’ working out and ‘watching’ what I eat, I have never had a food journal or watched calories.  I, truly, believe in moderation and that we should not deprive ourselves of any type of group of food because they all serve some purpose (even if that purpose is to satisfy a crying sweet tooth!)  With that being said, since I have decided to really crack down on making my body the best it can be, I have started logging my food using My Fitness Pal and have been using it as a means to monitor my meals and keep an eye on where my calories are coming from.  I also have a Jawbone UP and sync that with it to track my activity level during the and sleep patterns at night.  Also, I have been working harder on my abdominals…which is my main problem area.  I have a couple of ab workout plans that I’m following along with trying to increase my water intake and eat the best belly foods.  I have also amped up my cardio…because what good are strong abs if you can’t see them!?  Am I right!?

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Anyway…ever since I started on my new plan…this is all I hear…

“Why are counting calories!?  Are you trying to lose weight!?”
”You don’t have to lose weight!  You’re skinny enough!”
”Oh, you want to tone up your abs?  I don’t even see where you could lose a pound!”
“Why all of a sudden are you worried about what you’re eating!?  Are you okay?”
”I don’t know why you think you have to lose weight.  I would kill to look like you!”

Anyone else ever have to try to explain yourself to answer these remarks?

I have always been active and have always tried to eat well.  My family has always been the same and I am thankful that I grew up in a family that passed along good habits to me. I have been a Jazzercise instructor for almost eight years and have always had a great interest in my health.  What people don’t understand is that everyone struggles with body image and everyone mostly everyone has an issue with some part of their body…even people that most would deem as ‘perfect.’  You don’t have to be overweight to want to work on your body and make it better.  I know I am a healthy woman who is right in the correct weight range for my height and body type.  However, that doesn’t mean that I’m 100% happy with my body or that I don’t have areas that could use some work.

Just because I’m counting calories does not mean I have disordered eating or working out habits.

I know many people probably think they’re being nice by saying that someone doesn’t have to lose weight or that they look good the way they are…but, in my opinion, it just creates a situation in which that person has to defend themselves or explain why they are either watching what they eat or increasing workouts.  I do understand that there are difficult situations where calorie counting and working out can be taken to the extreme and any concern or help can be appreciated in times like those…however, I just want to stress to all the people that I have encountered lately that not every situation is like that.

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Can’t a person just work on being the healthiest version of themselves?  Can’t someone use calorie counting as a way to make sure they are fueling their body properly?  Can’t someone add extra workouts in to target a problem area for them?

Geez, people!  What’s up with all the negative assumptions and judgment!?

I’m sorry about the gripe today…I guess I have just gotten tired of having to explain myself.  I have always watched what I’ve eaten and have worked out on a regular basis…now, I’m just writing it down and tailoring my workouts!  No.big.deal.

Okay, friends!  We’ll be back to regular light-hearted posts tomorrow!  Just had to get a few things off my chest and, now, I feel better!

{I have no affiliation with My Fitness Pal or Jawbone…they have no idea who I am!  I just use the products/apps and they work for me!}

Cheers!
Kelly

Something to share:  Have you ever experienced judgment about your workouts or eating habits?  How did you handle it?  Do you keep a food journal or log your meals?  I never did but I’ve found that it can be so eye-opening!

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Life According to Instagram

Good morning!  :)

How is your week going?  Mine seems to be going quickly…which isn’t a surprise since most of the days seem to go like that.  I have a full day of work ahead of me followed by two Jazzercise classes tonight.  One of our instructors fell sick so I am filling in for her tonight after I teach my class.  I’m excited because I used to teach the late class and am looking forward to seeing some of the regulars again!  It makes for a long day but the workout and the students make it worth it!

Anyway, today, we’re checking in on what’s been going on in my life through the wonderful world of Instagram.  Do you follow me over there?  I’d love if you would and I would definitely love to see what you’ve been up to over there, too!

**sushi for lunch makes me smile

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**killer Turbo Fire workouts have been happening here

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**lazy Sundays

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**me + the hubs

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**sleepy pups not wanted to go out in the cold

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**grapefruit…all day, every day

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**my new favorite workout shirt…shiny material for life

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Enjoy your day, friends!

Cheers!
Kelly

Something to share:  What has been taking up your Instagram world, lately?  What are you having for dinner this week?  I’m looking for some fresh ideas!

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Raising the Temperature

Hello, hello, friends!

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How was your weekend?  Ours was chilly and snowy but it was good!  Lee was off all weekend and that is always a good thing the best thing since we very rarely get entire days off together.  Friday night, we exchanged gifts (finally!) with our neighbor BFFs, Donny and April, and had dinner together.  We just stayed in and got pizza and watched the guys play Wii golf.  April and I dubbed Friday nights “Wedding Fridays” because we always try to get together and watch shows like “Say Yes to the Dress.”  However, the boys made it “Golf Friday.”  They didn’t care how many times we mentioned that they were ruining “Wedding Friday.”  Regardless, we had fun, as always, and enjoyed our night together.

On Saturday, we met up with some of Lee’s family to watch his nephew play basketball and then we headed out for more golf.  Yes.  Golf in the dead of winter in Pennsylvania.  There is a sports bar close to our house that has a golf simulator and, after playing Friday night on the Wii, the guys decided it would be fun to give it a try.  Lee and our friends, Donny and Michael played while Michael’s girlfriend, Leslie, and I watched.  It was actually fun.  I even got up and took a few swings…ummm…and, let’s just say, I am a little rusty.  Apparently, Lee has plans for us to go and try it next week.  I’ll probably just embarrass myself, again, but, hey, I’m up for anything!  After golf, we met up with some of our other friends for drinks and dancing.  Somehow, my drinks always turn into dancing!

Sunday was super low key.  I visited my friend, Liz, for her daughter’s second birthday party and then spent the rest of the day bundled up on the couch.  It was perfect.

Over the weekend, I tried to keep up with my workouts.  I got some strength work in on both Saturday and Sunday and dove right back into my cardio yesterday.  Lee was still off so I asked him earlier in the day if he would wait for me to get home to so we could workout together.  He obliged and we headed out to our freezing cold garage after we ate dinner.

And…speaking of dinner…I threw together some tuna patties accompanied by cinnamon sweet potatoes and a quinoa/brown rice mix.  Lee was nervous about the tuna patties (of course) but they turned out great!  I had one stick to my pan and crumble into a messy heap, but I’m just going to take it to work tomorrow and pretend it’s just some type of tuna salad!

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So…moving back to our workout…

…I have told you guys before that we have a gym upstairs in our garage.  The only problem is is that the garage isn’t heated so, sometimes, it’s even colder inside than it is outside!  Last night, was no exception.  We threw on clothes and headed out.  Lee wanted to lift and I decided to do the Turbo Fire Fire 45 workout.  When we got out there, the thermometer on the wall read 37 degrees. I guess we had a good workout because when I was almost finished, Lee looked and it was 38 degrees.  That’s right, we worked out enough to raise the temperature a degree!!  We raised it to a balmy 38!  I was fine as I was jumping around but, as soon as I was done, and started my final stretching, my body temperature started to drop and I did, in fact, realize, again, that it was cold!

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We got the heck out of there and I finished the rest of my workout in the house.  I am following a 30-day abs plan and wanted to get my reps in for the day…however, the dogs were confused as to why I was in their space on the floor.  Seriously…they’re going to have to realize that I might be invading their space in the living room until the weather is not freezing anymore.

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This morning, I have my one-month eye exam appointment.  It is so hard to believe that my cataract surgery happened a month ago!  Tomorrow is the last day I have to use my eye drops.  It will be so weird to not use them…they have been a part of my day (4X a day) for the last five weeks.  I guess it will be nice to not have to worry about them anymore!  Fingers crossed that all goes well and my vision in still 20/20!

I’m not sure what I have on the agenda for my workout tonight.  Any suggestions?  What have you done or plan to do today?  Let me know!

Cheers!
Kelly

Something to share:  What is your favorite workout when the weather gets cold?  Do you have a place to workout in your home or do you steal the living room for an hour or so?

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It’s Not All Relaxation and Stretching

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!

We’ve made it to the middle of the first full week of the year.  Does time already seem like it’s going so fast?  I mean, I feel like we just celebrated New Year’s Eve!  How has an entire week gone by already!?  This being old and having time fly thing just isn’t working for me.

So, yesterday, I talked about my goal to really step up my game with my workouts.  I love to vary what I do and I find it to be so much easier to do that in the summer.  I’m always outside and can find a million different things to do!  The winter, however?  No, thank you.  Don’t get me wrong…I absolutely love the season but I do not like to be cold.  Therefore, most outside activities are out for me.  I like to, occasionally, get on the the ski slopes but that’s just not something that is possible to do on a daily basis…unless you live somewhere cool with a ski resort in your back yard.  I definitely do not so that’s out for me!  We have a full gym in our garage but there is one tiny problem…the garage is not attached to our house and it has no heat.  Sometimes I swear it’s colder in there than it is outside…so that’s definitely out for me, too!  I do belong to our local Y but there are times that my work schedule doesn’t allow me to go early in the morning (which I prefer) and it is pretty difficult for me to get there at night.  So…where exactly am I going with all this blabbering?  I’m just thinking out loud about the reasons why I am concentrating most of my winter workouts in my living room.  That’s all.  That’s where I was going with all of that.

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(this is what happens when I workout in my living room)

Monday night, I practiced some new Jazzercise routines and, while I did break a sweat, I don’t feel like I reach the full intensity that I do when I’m teaching or practicing in the garage due to lack of space.  Oh, and my Christmas tree is still up.  It will, most likely, be up until this weekend.  My hubs is actually off so I’ll make him help me.  By help, I mean that I’ll take off all the ornaments, remove the hooks, and place them every so gingerly in their original boxes.  Then, I’ll take off each set of lights and wrap it up and place it in its designated bag.  Then, comes his part…he’ll drag the tree outside.  I will, then, vacuum up all the pine needles left it its wake.  That’s our routine every year and I don’t see it ever changing.

Anywayyyy…long story short, my Christmas tree is taking up important workout space.  So, last night, I switching it up a bit.  Lee has been dabbling back into P90X and I figured I would get back into it, too.  I grabbed the Yoga X DVD and popped it in.  O.M.G.  I hardly ever do yoga as I am a cardio girl.  I do like to relax and stretch but I really like to jump and sweat.  Well…let me tell you…there was no jumping but there was sweating.  That workout is hard…especially for someone like me who never does yoga.  While I am pretty flexible, I still struggled with some of the poses.  I tried to keep up without modifying but there were some times that I just had to bring it down a few notches.  Yoga is not all about relaxation and stretching!  My muscles were screaming!  However, I absolutely loved it and think that I’ll be adding more yoga into my life!  I know so many people who practice and love it and I think I want to become one of those people, too!  Thumbs up for loving new workouts!

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Afterwards, I did some extra ab work (crunches, leg raises, and planks) and called it a night by putting on my pjs and cuddling up with my pups.  I’m not sure what I have on the agenda for tomorrow but maybe more yoga?  We shall see!

Cheers!
Kelly

Something to share:  Do you practice yoga?  If you do, what do you love most about it?  Have you tried any new-to-you workouts lately?

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I Wouldn’t Call It a Resolution

Good morning!  How was your Monday?  Was it the first day back to work after the holidays for anyone?  Our office was open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday of last week so no long vacation here…but it was still nice to get some days off to relax!

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(I needed about three of these to keep moving last Friday…)

Anyway.  Today, we talk about fitness goals and body image.  Or, at least I’m going to.  You guys don’t have to if you don’t want.  I’m not going to go into too much depth or detail or make this post so lengthy that I’ll lose you guys by the middle (which I tend to do many, many times).

As we all know, this is the time of year that everyone makes their “New Year’s resolutions” and a lot of them tend to deal with weight loss. The new year is the perfect time to start a new routine and new habits that will, hopefully, make this a better year than the last!  However, I think one of the big problems with these resolutions is that they call for big and drastic changes the minute the hands on the clock strike midnight (or the Monday after, which is usually when everyone starts)!!  You know how that happens…you have never been to the gym in your life and, all of a sudden, you are making a plan to go every day and completely change your eating habits on top of it!  It can all be too much…leading to feelings of getting overwhelmed, of frustration from not succeeding as expected, and, ultimately, of going back to old ways because it’s just easier and it was stupid to even think we could change in the first place. 

(…and the last part of the sentence doesn’t happen to everyone…but has definitely crept into my mind during a new year or two…)

This year, I really did not set any resolutions but I do have a plan to work on my body.  The weird thing is that I had the plan towards the end of last year but it had nothing to do with a new year coming upon us.  Well, maybe in a way…but, yesterday, I shared with you the new rebrand that Jazzercise is promoting as a company.  As an instructor, I am one of thousands of faces of the company and see it as my job to reflect the brand and show those who don’t know what Jazzercise is what it’s all about.

So, with that said, I want to really work on my body and get it to where I want it to be.  Sure, I work out on a regular basis and am happy with my overall shape but I want to take it a step further.  I want to work on my muscle tone.  I want to increase my strength training while keeping up with my cardio.  I want to start to pay attention to what I eat.  While I’ve never been one to count calories (and I don’t plan on starting), I do plan on starting a food journal just so I can see where my calories are coming from and where I could clean up my eating.  I want to have arms that are cut and abs that can be seen.  I want to embrace my muscular legs and enjoy the strength I get from them.  I also want to get back into running and, overall,…

…I want to challenge myself.

My friend, Darlene (the one I wear antlers with), and I are working together to support each other and push each other to reach our goals.  We want to work hard, make the healthiest choices, and reflect the new image that our company is putting forward.  We want to inspire our students to do the same and show them that it’s possible to attain the goals that they are reaching for, whatever they may be.

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I know we are going to have people joining our center for the new year and, while I know they won’t all stay, I hope that I can at least make an impact on some and encourage them to keep up with their fitness goals.  With the rebranding of our business comes a rebranding of myself.  It’s time to really work and do what I know I can!  I plan on touching more on the specifics of my plan in future posts to keep up with them and be held accountable.  You guys are the best for providing accountability!

And, seriously…what better time to start than the beginning of a new year!?
(but, don’t call it a resolution…wink, wink…)

Happy New Year!
Kelly

Something to share:  Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  Do you keep a food journal?  How do you motivate yourself to keep up with your goals?

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In With the New

Happy New Year!!!

How is 2015 kicking off for you?  I hope you all enjoyed the past couple of weeks with your family and friends and are embracing this new year we have in front of us.  I had a beautiful holiday and am so thankful that I was able to spend another one with my family celebrating all of our traditions.

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Lee and I had a beautiful Christmas Eve with my family at my grandparents’ house for our annual dinner.  The next morning, we headed to my parents for early present opening and brunch.  Afterwards, we headed to Lee’s sister’s house to celebrate with his family during out annual Christmas Day lunch.  It is always nice to be able to get together with both of our families and spend time with everyone.  We had a slight health scare with my grandfather right before Thanksgiving so we were not exactly sure how our holidays were going to turn out.  However, I am happy to report that his diagnosis was must better than we ever anticipated and it just took a small procedure to work out the problem.  He was quickly on the road to recovery and I think I speak for my entire family when I say that we celebrated this holiday with more love and thankfulness for the fact that we were all together.

We rang in the new year with some of our best friends and had a blast, as usual.  We started off with a fondue dinner party and then headed out for bit around midnight.  We ended up back at their house and we probably stayed up way later than we should have…but we had fun and I have no regrets!!  I always say that there will come a time when doing things like that won’t be possible so we enjoy our crazy nights while we still can!  This past weekend, my parents came over for our annual ‘after the holidays’ holiday dinner.  Things are always so crazy right around Christmas that we always make time for a dinner at our house before our decorations come down.  We had a full turkey dinner and, thankfully, everything turned out great!!

Company + delicious food + Christmas decor = best time ever.

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So, now that I’ve recapped my holiday, let’s jump into the present and some new exciting things that are going on!!  As you know, if you read my blog, I have been a Jazzercise instructor for almost eight years.  I absolutely love it and can’t imagine my life without it.  That being said, we, as a whole company, have had the struggle of shaking off the 80s stigma that seems to be stuck to the name.  Jazzercise was started in 1969 but, for some reason, only stands out as an 80s thing to people in our current generation.  The thing about Jazzercise is that it is always changing and it is always keeping current with the times.  Moves have changed, music has changed, and the image has changed but the overall basis of the workout – cardio + strength + stretch – have remained the same.  While there was a time when leg warmers and leotards were a staple when it came to the workout, those eventually went away, however, the idea of them has not when the name “Jazzercise” is heard.

So, just how do we get our point across that we are new and current and a workout that you must try?  By showing Jazzercise for what it really is!

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Jazzercise is no longer “your mom’s workout” or one where you’ll be dancing around the floor to jazz music.  It’s an upbeat workout that will test your limits and make you sweat!  You’ll work your muscles and torch calories while doing so.  Oh, and you’ll also have fun!!  New routines and music are released every ten weeks so everything is always fresh and current!

I’m really looking forward to sharing our new brand with our customers so they can get the word out, too, about the workout that they love so much!

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(this was taken on my last day of not being allowed to wear eye makeup…thank goodness that’s over)

I’m also looking forward to using this rebrand as an opportunity to work on myself…and my goals.  But, that, my friends, will come in a post for tomorrow!  I want to share some thoughts on my body, my fitness goals, and some changed I’d like to make.  I figured that post was long enough already!

Have a fabulous Monday, friends!
Kelly

Something to share:  What is your favorite holiday tradition?  Have you taken down your decorations yet?  Have you heard of Jazzercise and, if you have, but have never tried it, what thoughts do you have associated with it?

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Super Saturday

Good morning!  Welcome to the “Saturday Before Christmas!”

Apparently, today is being dubbed “Super Saturday” because the stores are supposed to be crazy.  I heard on the news that it is expected to be bigger than both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  That just seems crazy but I guess everyone will be out trying to get their last minute gifts bought and everything wrapped up for next week.  Me?  I still have tons of time!  I mean, I have tomorrow, Monday night and Tuesday night…and, maybe, even Wednesday morning.  I can totally get everything finished before then!  Procrastination at its best.

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Speaking of procrastination, my dad is coming up today and we are going to get our Christmas trees.  My parents and I both get real trees and always leave them up until at least January 6th, when we celebrate the Epiphany, so we usually get them pretty late in the season.  My mom has to work today so she is trusting my dad to pick out the perfect one.  They’ve been together for almost 30 years so, by now, I’m pretty sure he knows what she wants.  At least, let’s hope.  I’m always so picky when it comes to picking out a tree so let’s hope that I can find one I like…even though it’s less than a week before Christmas.  It’s fine.

Yesterday afternoon, I had my post-op appointment from my surgery on Wednesday.  My surgeon said everything went great and everything looks good! I have a follow-up eye appointment in four weeks and…I can, officially, wear eye makeup again in nine days!!  I cannot wait…it was the hardest part of the process, I swear.

After the hubs and I left my appointment, we grabbed some lunch and headed home.  He wanted to sleep before he had to leave for work (we hate night shift) and I had a date with my mom to get some Christmas crafting done!  I had plans to etch glasses for everyone in our office and that’s exactly what we did!  I etched mugs as favors for our wedding last year so I had the etching process down!  However, last night, I found I was a little bit rusty.  After I got into a rhythm, though, I got all of them done in about an hour!  I think they turned out great, too!

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#1.  We have a weird mustache obsession/inside joke our office, hence, the mustaches.
#2.  I am pretty positive my coworkers don’t know about my blog so they won’t see them here!

Okay!  So, I’m off to do lots of holiday stuff!  I might even venture out to the mall even though I’m anticipating craziness!  We have our annual holiday party tonight at our neighbor’s and I can’t wait!  It’s not really an ‘ugly sweater party’ but I think my hubs might be planning on wearing one.  Sometimes, I have no control over what he does and I feel like tonight will be one of those times.

Happy Saturday!
Kelly

Something to share:  Christmas tree: real or artificial?  Have you finished your holiday shopping?

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