Archives for December 2014

2014 Review (In Numbers)

37: Cities Traveled To


6: Ski Days


7: Countries I set foot in.


30: TRX Education Courses Taught

402: TRX trainers I qualified


 235: Days at home


130: Days on the road


87: Days with my man-friend (a good year!)


3: Number of water gun fights w/ the boys


8,000: The amount of debt dollars paid off (blog post about it here)

8,700: Amount of dollars put in savings. Woot!


323: Photos Instagrammed


124: Number of blog posts I wrote

(it was a busy year… I’ll do better in 2015!)


11: Bootcamps Run

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1: Number of Soul Train Lines we had in class (this number should be higher)


0: Injuries. Woohoo!!!

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Although it wasn’t my most productive blog year, other than January, it was certainly fun to share as much as I could and to read through all your posts. Although I’m not commenting as much as I used to (is anybody? I blame BlogLovin’…) I’m still reading!

2014 had a lot going on… almost too much. It’s been nice to have a few days here in Canada with my man-friend to just relax, play outside, and not go 100 mph. Actually, most of December has been pretty chill, which has been nice. It’s great to have some time to re-charge the batteries. I’m looking forward to 2015 in a big way. Lots of plans on the horizon, lots of rearranging to ensure that 2015 is great, but not as hectic as 2014. I hope you’ll enjoy this last day of the year, reflecting on what has been and how to make this next year your best yet… or at least better in some small way. Thank you for joining me on this blog for another year.


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3 Healthy Winter Soups

3 Healthy Winter Soups

I don’t know about you guys, but once the weather turns colder, I’m pretty much only making soups, chowders, and stews for the duration of winter. I love being able to whip up something that’s going to make my house smell wonderful and give me leftovers for days! (I’m usually eating alone, or with my roomie, so each of these recipes lasts us two to three days after! The following 3 soups are on rotation in my kitchen because they’re so flavorful, easy to make, and super healthy too – packed with veggies, protein, and fiber! Feel free to sub/cut out any sections of the ingredient lists should you have food allergies or vegan/vegetarian preferences. Enjoy!

{Ina Garten’s Winter Minestrone}


474 Calories Per Serving, 19 g Fiber, 25 g Protein! (Use a lower sodium chicken stock and no salt!)

This soup has SO much flavor, it’s unreal. It’s packed full of veggies and is a hit with friends and family alike. Even the kiddos like this one, as you can pick some fun, small pasta to use: alphabet, stars, shells. Give yourself a couple hours to make it so you’re not rushed, but the time spent is well worth the outcome. This is one is my favorite to make if you’re looking to impress. ; )

{Fall Harvest Corn & Butternut Squash Chowder (Vegetarian!)}


214 Calories Per Serving (1/8 recipe), 3g Fiber, 6g Protein!

I LOVE this soup. You can sub cream for milk, saute your veggies in olive oil instead of butter, and add different veggies if you want! This soup is really quick to make and perfect for cold, winter afternoons and evenings! I make this almost every other week. Makes a HUGE batch – At least 8 servings!

{Curvy Carrot’s White Bean and Kale Soup}


183 Calories Per Serving (1/8 of recipe), 8 g Fiber, 10 g Protein!

Do you love kale? I love kale. This soup is fantastic and crazy easy to make. There aren’t very many ingredients to buy and it’s ready in no time at all. The cream is optional and using a little bit of basil or pesto can add even more awesome flavor!

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A Canadian Customs Conversation

I arrived in Canada late Christmas night for a week with my man-friend…

Canada Border Patrol Agent: “What’s your reason for visiting Canada?”

Me: “I’m visiting my boyfriend for Christmas.”

Agent: “How long is your stay?”

Me: “Eight days.”

Agent: “What do you plan on doing while you’re here?”

Me: …

What I was extremely tempted to say: “We haven’t seen each other in a month. What do you think we’ll be doing?”

What I really said: “Skiing.”

Because I am a lady.   ;  )

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This week’s letters…

Dear The North Face,

Thanks for sending Alex Honnold and Chris Weidner to Louisville this past weekend. Sufferfest 2 was awesome. Not that I’ll ever be climbing 5.13 desert towers or anything, but it inspired me to up my climbing game. It was also pretty fun to get to hang with these guys.

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Playlist! Get funky…

You might run to this playlist. You might workout to this playlist. You might just get down to this playlist.

However you want to use these tunes, rock it out.


*There are 2 songs you may not see here as Spotify doesn’t have access to them. I bought them and added them in on my end. Check out iTunes for both of these:
“Something New” by Axwell ^ Ingrosso
“Did You Miss Me” by The Veronicas
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Thanksgiving Week



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My man-friend came to visit for a week during Thanksgiving. YAY! It was such a hectic week with the holidays, lots of dinners, visiting with friends and family, etc. We had a blast, but it went way too quickly. We got to have dinner with our favorite industry pals, Chris and Kara, got to see a University of Louisville basketball game at the YUM Center downtown with my brother and his wife, and we had 3 Thanksgivings to attend with my family. That was just the first three days. I wish I’d gotten more photos with my family, but we were having a good time hanging out so I forgot. We ate, we drank, we played Aggravation, a family fave. Tango also had a blast. He loved having a guy around to rough house with.

We got to lay on the couch and watch a movie (The Expendables 3, vastly entertaining) and eat ice cream. We got to go see The Mockingjay Friday night, which was sooooo good and now has us pining for the last installment. Can’t believe we have to wait another year to for the next one to come out. Well… I can believe it. Those movie execs know what they’re doing. It just sucks. I think I’ll re-read the book so I can get back in the spirit. We also got to go pick out a Christmas tree! More on that later.

My man-friend had never been to the Red River Gorge (a rock climbing mecca less than 2 hours from Lousiville) so we’d made plans to go there Saturday with my buds Jason and Jenn, who were in town as well from Utah. Saturday was supposed to be the only day it wasn’t raining. It was a bit chilly and we didn’t have a whole lot of time, but we got a few routes in and had a great day. He even got to have pizza and Ale 8 at Miguel’s… because that’s what you do when you go to the Gorge.

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I’m incredibly grateful to have such an awesome family and such wonderful friends. You don’t realize how many important people there are in your life until you the holidays roll around and you realize how many of them you have to see. My man-friend has just about met all the important people in my life. It took 3 trips to Louisville to fit them all in (still a few more to meet, but all in good time). It was hectic but I’m thankful that it took the whole week to get around to seeing so many people.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday last week! Enjoy your weekend. I’m about to get up so we can finally decorate the tree we got a week ago. Happy weekend. : )

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Workout Playlist!

This playlist is a couple weeks old. It’s still good though!



Here’s what I’ve been rockin’ out to:

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