The Weekly Report [In GIFs] 11.29.15

If you didn’t already discover, today is a real struggle for many of us.

It’s the Monday after a holiday weekend … and it’s freakin’ cold. This may or may not have been me during breakfast this morning:


But instead of dwelling on the Monday struggle, let’s focus on the week that was … Thanksgiving, lots of food, even more family time and some holiday shopping … for myself. Oops.

Waking up on Thanksgiving morning:


Me 5 seconds after Thanksgiving dinner:


My reaction when my mom catches me going back for round two … of pie:


First hardcore Barry’s Bootcamp¬†workout post-Thanksgiving had me like:


And then came the realization I’ll be in Florida, sporting a bathing suit, in 9 days:


Just after I polish off this bottle of wine and box of maple cookies ūüôā

Hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!



Happy Thanksgiving! Now Go Eat Some Food


You know what I haven’t done in a while? Stood loud and proud upon my imaginary crate I call a soapbox. And, if I’m being honest, I have been missing the vantage point¬†‚Ķ So let me step on up.

Every year around this time, talk shows and radio personalities alike fill the sound waves and inter web with jabber about holiday weight gain, counting calories, low-fat side dish options and portion control.

On average Americans gain 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

We get it.

Food is everywhere, parties are in full force and baked brie is more common than kale chips. However, what I¬†do¬†have a problem with is the idea of ‚Äėdieting‚Äô on Thanksgiving Day. I‚Äôm talking about ONE day where our focus should be less about the calories in a can of cranberry sauce and more about being grateful for the person that is passing it to you at the dinner table.

Am I saying you should be comatose come 5 p.m. Thanksgiving night? Absolutely not. But one day enjoying vibrant, flavorful and yes, fattening food isn’t going to put your body into a state of immediate weight gain.

Instead of dwelling on this singular day ‚ÄĒ where food and family¬†are the¬†main attraction ‚ÄĒ be mindful of your eating habits the other 364 days a year.

So¬†enjoy your mom’s cooking, your sister’s baking, your aunt’s laughter and cousin’s jokes. Because, at the end of the day,¬†November 26th 2015 will not make or break your ability to be healthy. What this day should in fact represent is something much deeper and more meaningful.

Be thankful. And for goodness sake, don’t¬†beat yourself up. Instead,¬†be beyond grateful for what’s¬†plated in front of you. And, for the opportunity to go back for seconds ūüôā

Happy HAPPY Thanksgiving, 


The Weekly Report [In GIFs] 11.15.15

Let’s talk about last week. Crazy busy weekend –> insane work week = I¬†feel asleep last night at 9 p.m.


My week¬†consisted of …

Packed cycling and TRX classes:


Waiting on my car to be fixed after I got backed up into by a city police officer:


A first date:


A 4-mile, pain-free run:


A second date:


And a few chocolate chip cookies from Whole Foods:



Happy Monday, y’all!¬†