Hey guys! Welcome to the new bonnielangfitness.com site! If you’re just tuning in, I changed my blog theme over the weekend and while there are still a few kinks to work out, I’m enjoying the new look and getting used to the site. Change is hard; but what do you guys think? I’d love some feedback as I continue to work on the site.
On another note, how’s your Monday going so far? Mine’s going well; I think a relaxed weekend really helps with that! Mikey and I went to this work Christmas party Saturday night after a day of errands, working on a website for my mom (more to come on that when it’s finished!) and her training business and some clean up around the house. The party was great; I really like my husband’s co-workers and at the man’s house who hosted there was tons of good food – including lots of Indian dishes (think: vegetable paneer and shrimp curry!) and even two fiddlers who were super fun and added a lot of festive cheer to the event.
Bonus? We got a free Christmas tree! Long story short, one of the couples at the party cut down an extra tree and wanted to find a home for it, so we said yes and now have a Christmas tree! We need to get this guy in water stat – he’s just hanging out against the wall right now. 😉 Super thankful for the free tree!
We had a second Christmas party over the weekend that our friends’ hosted that had a dual purpose: to reconnect as one big group from church for our annual party but also to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse (have you heard of it? I know Jenna linked to it as an option for a great gift to give to others in her recent gift guide!). We divided up all the different items to buy for girls and boys in three different age categories and after eating and chatting we used the big floor space to get busy sorting!
We had a great night reconnecting with people we love and ended up packing 15 shoeboxes with extra goods leftover for kids we already love through the act of giving!
On the food front, you guys know how I recently started getting serious about “kicking it into high gear” with the onset of December. Great time to start, right? Parties, extra goodies, busier days…but I am tracking my calories on My Fitness Pal (got the app on my phone and use it online too – it’s free!) and am loving it! I ate only foods I wanted at the first party, had no dessert or wine because I really asked myself how much I wanted/needed it, and although I indulged in more treats on Sunday night, I stayed away from the wine (minus two sips of Mikey’s) and was conscious about all my eating. Change is slow, but tracking my foods and actually seeing their calories and how much protein and fats etc I’m getting is working! I love it and will definitely stick with it through the month and maybe beyond. I needed this focus and so far, so good.
I did this quick workout Sunday before heading to the party as it was a cold weekend and after resting on Saturday; it’s a great, short circuit of moves so I thought I’d share with you guys here!
A few specifics on this workout: every round, decrease the squat jumps by 2 reps each time (20, 28, 26, etc) so you finish at 2 squat jumps with the rest of the workout the same. It’s a tough, short workout if you keep moving! You could always substitute regular squats for the squat jumps, TRX or body rows for the bent over rows and could always slow down your mountain climbers or pace to adjust those too. Give it a shot and get after it!
I’m off to squeeze in an interval workout in between clients – looking forward to moving and getting my sweat on! Have a great rest of your day and I’ll touch base with you guys later! But first let me leave you with a most prized photo of our small group – we’re a special bunch. 😉
ahhh…the over-the-shoulder look…so amazing.
Live well & be well!