Thanksgiving Day etiquette for the fitness nut

Thanksgiving Day Etiquette

Every year when we travel to see my husband’s family, I give my husband the same advice: don’t expect your family to follow your fitness advice (or any other advice for that matter).

He’s always shocked to hear this. Why wouldn’t they want his tips? He’s in the best shape, eats a “clean” diet, and is undoubtedly the strongest of anyone at the table. Why shouldn’t he bestow his wisdom?

Because nobody cares.

Harsh, but true. And if you find yourself sitting on top of your fitness pedestal looking down at your less-than-fit fam, heed this advice. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Day etiquette for the fitness nut”

Thanksgiving in pounds | Fun facts for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving in pounds pin

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought some fun facts were in order. And since this is a weightlifting site, I give you Thanksgiving: in pounds.

3.1 billion pounds: The total weight of sweet potatoes grown in the United States in 2015, according the U.S. Census. North Carolina led production, growing nearly 40 percent of the nation’s yams.

859 million pounds: The forecasted weight of cranberries produced in the United States in 2016, according to the U.S. Census. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 521 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts with an estimated 207 million pounds.  Continue reading “Thanksgiving in pounds | Fun facts for Turkey Day”

Dear new mom, we can’t let this be hard | Shifting perspective

Life with a toddler and infant

I’m pretty sure my infant and toddler have been scheming ways to drive me bonkers. Between teething, potty training, and a million “Mama, what you doing?” questions, I’m feeling just a tad loopy.

Don’t get me started on the frustrations of feeling like I am always busy, but accomplishing nothing.

My house is a wreck. I go to the grocery store, but barely have the time or energy to cook (thank goodness for husbands who cook).

And my blog. Oh, how I’d love to consistently research, write, and post multiple times per week. How I’d love to take amazing pictures and create highly desirable pins.

But it’s just not happening right now.

I know you get it.

You’re in it, too.

Whether your baby is a few weeks old, or your kids are teens, you’re in it.

When you think about your kids, you can’t help but smile; but at the same time, you feel just as overwhelmed.

It would be easy to say, “This is hard.”

It is hard. But saying “this is hard” is a slippery slope to “this is too hard” to “this is overwhelming.”

Instead of lamenting about how hard this is, let’s say “it isn’t easy” and see where that shift in perspective gets us. Continue reading “Dear new mom, we can’t let this be hard | Shifting perspective”

Breaking the “I deserve this” mentality


There’s a famous experiment to examine delayed gratification.

Psychologists set 6-year-olds in a room with a marshmallow and told them that they could eat the marshmallow now; but, if they 15 minutes, they could get two marshmallows.

Some stuffed the marshmallow in their mouths before researchers could finish explaining the rules.

Others waited and eventually doubled their sweet treat.

Researchers concluded that those who are able to practice delayed gratification are psychologically better adjusted, more dependable, and more self-motivated.

Growing up, I was the kid who could wait 15 minutes to score a second marshmallow.

Then I had kids. Continue reading “Breaking the “I deserve this” mentality”

What else did you do today? | A spouse’s guide to conversation

I cleaned

Each evening when my husband comes home from work, we go through our routine. We hug. He kisses our daughters. I ask how his day was. He tells me.

Then he asks, “What did you do today?”

I answer with a combination of the following: we went to the grocery store, story time at the library, the gym, the pool, playgroup, worked on my blog etc. etc. And of course there’s the laundry, cooking, and cleaning that are done on almost a daily basis.

Then my husband asks the follow-up question that makes me cringe every time: what else did you do today?

This is when I bristle and my defensive nature takes over. Continue reading “What else did you do today? | A spouse’s guide to conversation”