Christmas HIIT Workout

Merry Christmas Eve, friends!

I made a gift for you…in the form of a workout, of course. 🙂

You can complete this fun, quick, effective HIIT workout at home or the gym! It’s a ladder style and all you’ll need is a set of dumbbells.

I had my class complete this workout earlier this week (to the sound of Christmas songs, no less) and they loved it. I hope you will too.

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If you give it a try please let me know how it went! Or consider posting a sweaty post workout selfie and tagging me so I can give you a virtual high-five. Have fun, and most of all – I wish you and your families so much love and joy this Christmas!



Training (or lack thereof), a Tree, and Gratitude

Happy Monday and HAPPY FIRST POST OF DECEMBER! The best month of the year! Christmas is upon us and it’s officially not too early to be listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat or to light all of the pine-scented candles. Woohoo!

Despite my Christmas cheer, this week has been a little bit tough! During my run on Tuesday, I noticed some odd pain in my ankle. I tried not to think much of it and thought maybe it just felt weird from the boots that I wore to work the day before. The next day, it hurt pretty badly to walk on. I tried running again on wednesday and it was even worse. So, I took Wednesday-Sunday of this past week as cross-training/rest and ran a whopping SIX MILES this week. Yep, no fun. I’ve been trying to be as positive as possible and have been praying that this is just a small tweak and not a full-blown injury. My ankle felt much better on Sunday so I’m going to try going for an easy run today. Stay tuned on that – hopefully it’s all better and I can go back to normally scheduled training…I just don’t feel myself without running consistently! But this week has been a good lesson that running is a fun part of my life but it’s just that – a part – and it should never be my whole life. I’m thankful for that reminder.

Monday: HIIT class

Tuesday: 5 mile easy run @ 9:40/mile

Wednesday: HIIT class + 1 mile run + 30 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday: 20 minutes of yoga at home + a nice long walk

Friday: 10 mile bike ride and lower body circuit (3×10 weighted squats, lunges, straight-leg deadlifts) and upper body circuit (3×10 bicep curls, overhead press, tricep extension)

Saturday: HIIT class

Sunday: TOTAL REST! According to my Garmin, I only took about 5,000 steps total. I’m counting that as a win and hoping that taking it easy did the final trick to heal my ankle.

While fighting a potential injury, I was tempted to let it make me cranky and steal my joy…but I refuse to let not being able to run get me down! When my circumstances are less than ideal, I wake myself up back to reality and what a good, good life it is by counting my blessings via a gratitude list. This week, I was grateful for…

a sapporo + sushi date with my man at our regular spot. This was the first restaurant we ate at when we moved to California and it’s been our special place ever since!


our quirky beach town’s Christmas parade and decorations on the main street


treating ourselves to vegan donuts 


and discovering these acai bites as a healthy after-dinner dessert 🙂


this week, we got our first california christmas tree!


and most of all — grateful that we have these friends who have become like family, to kick off the Christmas season with!


Verse of the Week:

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. ” John 1:9