Lately | Workouts & December Things

by Hillary on December 21, 2014

Oh, hey there!

I hope you’ve been enjoying December. Five days until Santa comes!? Seriously, 2014…fastest.year.ever.

Clearly I haven’t been “here” lately.


As of late…

I turned 25.5 on Friday… meaning I am closer to 30 than I am 20. No no no.

I have made at least four different versions of my Holiday Super Oats™ Granola. I hope my family and friends appreciate edible gifts.

I won first place in the recipe contest with said granola (thank you for voting!).

I spent some of my prize $$ on a holiday gel manicure. I feel like a grown up.

I eagerly check the mail like twice a day in anticipation of whose Christmas card may arrive.

I’m not eating gluten, and I splurge on Suja green juice a couple of times a week.

I’ve been wrapping gifts in red Lululemon bags. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

I basically took a week off from exercise the week before last, so this past week I craved cardio like no other.

Workouts | Week of December 8


Tuesday – 60 min. yoga class/Rest


Thursday – 200 jumping jacks + 200 kettlebell swings @ 25# + Dumbbell Chipper Workout (10# dumbbells) +  1 set each of Abs, Thighs & Butt Sculpt Session


Saturday5-Minute Workout: Tone Your Butt & Thighs (3x) + 5-minute One-Dumbbell Workout (3x) + 100 kettlebell swings @ 25# + 50 weighted sit-ups @ 15#


Workouts | Week of December 15

Monday – 45 min. cycle + this workout (2x) + this workout

Tuesday – 35 min. cycle + 5 min. leg workout (2x) + Lift + Tone Booty Routine

Wednesday – WREC workout with Roomie!

warm-up: 1/2 mile indoor track run

Circuit 1 (3x):

  • 12 bosu squats + KB
  • 12 swings
  • 12 burpees
  • 12 stability ball v-ups
  • 24 bosu mountain climbers
  • run 1 lap

Circuit 2 (3x):

  • 12 box jumps
  • 12 jump squats + 12lb. med ball
  • 24 walking lunges @ 30lb.
  • run 1 lap

Circuit 3 (3x):

  • 12 bicep curls @ 15lb.
  • 12 front + lateral shoulder raises @ 10lb.
  • 12 glute bridge + chest press @ 15lb.


Friday – 55 min. cycle + circuit (3x)

  • 10 spinal roll-ups
  • 10 staggered push-ups
  • 10 jump squats
  • 10 butterfly sit-ups

Saturday – 2.75 mile rainy run + new 20-minute Tabata HIIT workout [coming soon!]

Sunday – 3.25 mile misty run

What do workouts look like for you this December?


POPSUGAR Must Have Box | December 2014

by Hillary on December 10, 2014

Don’t miss the GIVEAWAY! Thank you for your support!

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I had a fun surprise show up at my door early this month – the December POPSUGAR Must Have Box! It was as if Christmas came a few weeks early.


As a POPSUGAR Fitness Blogger, I enjoy working with PS on various projects, so I was excited when they offered to send a Must Have Box my way. (And, as you may know from my Weekly Workouts posts, I am also a fan of POPSUGAR workouts!)

Subscription boxes are quite the “in thing.” Unlike most subscription gift boxes, however, POPSUGAR boxes are packed with full-sized products. PS Editors hand-select the best items in fashion, beauty, food, fitness, entertainment, home, and more. At only $39.95 per box, you really get an amazing value for high quality products.


Inside the December 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have Box


SPUN by Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf | $62

My favorite item of the entire box – I can’t wait to dazzle up simple winter outfits with a bit of gold sparkle. I appreciate that there’s a lot of fabric to go around.

Sparklepop Sydney Necklace | $42

Not necessarily my style at first sight, but I do like the surprisingly long length. Would work as an easy accessory for a holiday dress. 18K gold-plated.

Canvas Dauville Platinum Bowl | $29

Could sit subtlety on a dresser to hold jewelry or a watch. Hand-painted platinum interior.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer | $24

I’m not sure how I feel about long-wear lip lacquer (they are not kidding when they say it lasts a while!), but the dark, rich color is certainly winter party appropriate.

Knot & Bow Parcel Tags | $4

Cute, crafty, classy. Not sure when I’ll use them, but not a bad thing to have around.

Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Mix in Vanilla Bean | $14.95

It’s no surprise that I’m not a boxed mix kind of a girl, but I could see how someone could dress up this simple vanilla bean mix for a winter celebration. Williams-Sonoma is a favorite of mine for sure though.


Seeing as that it’s the holiday season and all, there is a Special Edition Holiday Box for Her and for him, but boxes make wonderful surprise gifts all year round.

If you want in on the Must Have Box action, use the code DEC14SELECT to save $10 on a 3-month subscription. Expires January 2, 2015.

Disclosure: POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it. This is not a sponsored post.


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