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Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup

Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup

Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup is perfect for meal prep because it makes a huge batch and doesn’t require any time to babysit your stove. This instant pot / pressure cooker vegetarian recipe is also full of healthy ingredients – butternut squash, cauliflower, […]

Salted Cashew Key Lime Bites

Salted Cashew Key Lime Bites

Salted Cashew Key Lime Bites are chewy, tart and naturally sweetened with dates. This no-bake snack recipe can be made in a food processor in under 5 minutes and is compliant with Whole30.     I’m officially in the second week of my first Whole30. […]

Winter Fitness Goals

Winter Fitness Goals


Today I am sharing my winter fitness goals for the new year. After the busy holiday season and freezing weather for the past few weeks, I could use extra motivation for my fitness routine. I researched new fitness ideas before writing this post, and one quote stuck with me: “The best exercise is the one you’re not doing.” I’m going to write this down and tack it on the wall in sparkly glitter above my desk – this is exactly what I need to keep in mind post-holidays as I work on my fitness in the new year. Any exercise I finish is better than none, and it’s time to try new things!



I have three winter fitness goals this year, including trying new exercise routines, running on a regular basis and signing up for spring road races. This January has been bitterly cold so far in Chicago, with temperatures hovering around zero {or below} every night. My motivation to workout has been lacking so these goals are exactly what I need to kick start my fitness routine. Read on for what I have in mind this season!


Try New Exercise Routines


I love to run but I need to incorporate other types of exercise into my fitness routine. I admit I’m not very good at mixing up my workouts. Despite how popular they are, I have never tried a kettle bell workout or taken a Pilates class. I’m planning to try both and incorporate them into my fitness plan if they’re a good fit. I have taken many yoga classes over the years, but never got into a regular routine. I’m going to try online yoga classes this winter, once per week.


Run on a Regular Basis

I’ll be honest, I’m not going to run outdoors with the amount of snow pack and ice that’s currently on the sidewalks near my house. Instead, I’m going to use my collection of treadmill workouts and cross my fingers for sunny days to melt the snow. I used to post treadmill workouts frequently on this blog and it’s time to take them out of the archives. Here are five treadmill workout ideas:

  1. Speedy Treadmill Workout
  2. Five Step Treadmill Workout
  3. 45 Minute Treadmill Run
  4. 7 Step Treadmill Run
  5. Five Mile Treadmill Run

If I run in the morning, I always drink a small cup of coffee and a large glass of water or two before my workout. I’m going to try something new this winter to save time – substitute a piece of Alert Gum for my coffee when I’m heading outside {or to the treadmill} for a run. I recently received two packages of Alert Caffeine Gum to try and it is awesome! This is a caffeinated chewing gum for adults that comes in two flavors – mint and fruit – and is available for purchase at Walmart or on Amazon. Click here to learn more about Alert gum.


Sign up for Two Spring Road Races

Nothing motivates me to run more than a road race coming up. I run the Shamrock Shuffle 8k race every year in April, but there are other races I would like to try this year as well. Here are a few races I am considering in 2018:


Do you have any winter fitness goals this year?Ā