Sunday, December 16, 2012

Buddy Benefits

No, I'm not talking about those types of buddies with benefits. Get your heads out of the gutter people! I'm talking about workout buddies and the benefits that come with them!

There have been countless polls and surveys that have results of people successfully working out when others are involved. For instance, I personally love working out with others. My accountability and success for getting my workout in is a no brainer when others are involved. That's why I cherish the Fit Club that I'm in and having a few running buddies in town. It's nice to be able to pick up the phone and see if they want to go on a run. Majority of the time, they do.

The Fit Club I am in has challenges as well which is another great idea! I'm one who likes needs a challenge to be keep my excitement high. This December is a "Squat-a-thon" and I've been following it to the tee!

As far as running buddies go, one of my good friends Kristen and I run at least once or twice a week. I've known Kristen since Kindergarten and we have gone to school together ever since starting at St. Greg's, to St. Peter Chanel High School, and ending at Ohio State! We both love the benefits of running and working out. Just yesterday we ran in the Doomsday Dash here in Columbus! Apparently, this is our last race we'll ever run since the world is coming to an end...but since we all know that's really not true, Kristen and I made a pact. Our pact is to run one race each season together. I'm already excited searching for Spring runs!

So moral of the story? Find a buddy who likes to be fit, is motivating, and is accountable. Make them your workout buddy and start seeing results of all the hard work you've put in!

Question of the Day

What is your favorite workout routine?

I love running. But lately I have really been into group fitness. Every Monday I get together with my Fit Club and we workout to a different fitness video. We've done TurboFire, Insanity, and many others so far!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Peanut Butter M&M Pretzel Buttons

Have you ever been in a bind where you completely forgot about something and then had to be creative last minute? Yup, that was me just the other day. I forgot about a cookie exchange that was happening and I had to whip something up in a flash. I've been meaning to try this recipe for about a year now and BAM! Just like that, I created it.

Peanut Butter M&M Pretzel Buttons
Mini pretzel twists
Hershey's Special Dark Kisses
Peanut Butter M&M's

The ingredients!

-Place pretzels on a microwaveable plate.
-Top each twist with a Hershey Kiss.
-Microwave until chocolate looks shiny, about 1 minute.
-Press M&M on top.

Tasty treat on the go!

These are gems I swear. So tasty! I have always been a fan of chocolate, peanut butter, and saltiness. This recipe combines all three! There are so many different types of variations that you can do such as using different flavor kisses and M&M's. I've even heard of some using Rolo's and pecans in place of those. The possibilities are endless!

Question of the Day

Do you seem to always be early, on time, or late to events?

I'm always early to anything that I have planned. I get so nervous even being one minute late! You know what they say though...the early bird catches the worm!


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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Rocky Road Oatmeal

In case you haven't realized it already, Christmas is just around the corner. Have I started any of my Christmas shopping yet? Nope. But I have been listening to the festive music lately! One of my favorite religious Christmas songs is Go Tell it on the Mountains. I love the beat and what the song is about. The song inspired this oatmeal recipe as well that I adapted from here.

Now you probably are wondering how in the world does that tune and Rocky Road Oatmeal tie in together? Well the song talks about mountains and there are the Rocky Mountains...


Rocky Road Oatmeal
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar
1 Tbsp chopped nuts
14-16 mini marshmallows
1 Tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

The ingredients!

-In a small pot, bring the liquid to a boil.
-Add the oats, give it a quick stir, and reduce the heat to low.
-After 2 minutes add the cocoa powder,
vanilla, salt, marshmallows, and nuts. Stir.
-Cook 3 more minutes and right before transferring the oatmeal to a bowl, stir in the brown sugar and chocolate chips.

Devour with caution.

I had to tell myself to slow down while eating this nutritious indulgent tasting breakfast. The marshmallows add a sweet creaminess while the chocolate chips add a rich flavor and the chopped nuts complement the entire meal with a slight crunch. It is that good my friends. So you should probably go and make it right this instant.

I sure do love Rocky Road.

Question of the Day

What has been your favorite gift you've ever received?

When I was younger I was obsessed with my Barbies. I would play in my room with them hours on end. So when my Nana got me a Barbie yellow beetle bug for Christmas, I started crying bawling my eyes out. Tears of joy!

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