Today was Inez’s first snow. She LOVED it. That death stare she’s giving me is because I’m trying to walk her home from the dog park.

First things first. Thank you all for entering the Weight Watchers Pick Your Spot Stability Ball Kit giveaway. Don’t be bummed if you didn’t win, I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff in my fitness trove I’m prepping to giveaway this year, so keep checking in for new giveaways. Or, follow me on Facebook, where I announce my giveaways incessantly. 

So, who won?

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Those are some great resolutions, Kelly. Good luck on your 2015 journey. I’ll be emailing you over the weekend to find out where to send your new stability ball kit. 

Now on to our regularly scheduled blogging…

I’m not a competitive person by nature, but I’m also not above a little friendly step counting.

For the holidays I bought The Fella and myself new activity trackers. After I accidentally washed and dried my Fitbit, it couldn’t seem to get past living perpetually at 12: 37PM and 7631 steps. I did a little research and decided to try a new brand, ordering us a set of Garmin VivoFit trackers with matching heart rate monitors. I regularly use a heart rate monitor when I work out, but I really liked the idea of seeing how my workouts effected my daily energy output as a whole. The only side effect is that I can’t wear my regular heart rate monitor when I work out.

Since The Fella and I are both committing to a fit and healthy 2015 (we’ve both gained a bit of post-wedding pudge), I thought we could wager a weekly bet. Traditionally we have date night on Friday and Sunday is the one day a week that we both take a breather from work and spend time together. So, the wager is: Whomever logs the least steps between Friday-Thursday is responsible for paying for date night on Friday or brunch on Sunday.

While The Fella has a 15-minute walk to and from his office each day, I still feel like I’m going to be the more dominant step collector in this relationship, and I have Inez to thank for that. Since I split my working days between working from home and the library, I tend to average more dog walks, so I’m the logical winner (in my own mind). I guess only brunch will tell.

I’m not usually competitive. My husband is the exception to that rule. That’s normal and healthy, I’m sure.

We met a couple the other night who have an extended family fitness competition going on, and each is partnered with a relative who is not in their household (to prevent cheating) and everyone has to log their workouts in a shared Google Doc, the winning team gets a cash prize at the end of the year. I think that’s a great idea, we just don’t have enough family to pull it off.

 Do you have any family fitness challenges?


_DSC0522Oatmeal made with coconut milk, topped with banana butter and peanut butter
Earl grey tea with coconut milk (I’m on a serious Early Grey bent these days)


_DSC0524TJ’s Vanilla Greek yogurt topped with low-fat granola



 Lentil soup and strawberries



 If there is one thing I’ve learned from my husband (I’ve probably learned more than one thing, but this is the major thing) it’s how to make a serious salad. The salads I grew up with consisted of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and sometimes carrots. The Fella somehow turns salads into a work of art. I tried my hand at a Fella-esque salad tonight, and I have to say, it was pretty stellar. Inside there was: Mesclun, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shredded carrot, diced heart of palm, baked tofu, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds, and some salt and pepper and a balsamic vinaigrette. 


 I whipped up a batch of vegetable soup to go with. (My secret ingredient: habenera sauce.)