Day in the Life | November 2014

by Hillary on November 25, 2014

Good mornin’! I hope ya’ll are having a great start to this short, holiday week.

Short weeks are always okay by me, but I tend to get stressed out easier: too much to do in too little time… like why am I waiting until tonight to shop for my Thanksgiving recipes!? Oh boy!

I’ve got another Day in Life post for you today. If you missed the first one, you can find it here on Sarah’s blog, Making Thyme for Health.

Day in the Life | November 24, 2014

6:00am // First alarm goes off. Alarms go off in 15-minute intervals for the next hour, but I ignore them all because I am convinced it’s Sunday and I get to sleep in. Wrong!

7:00am // Bounce out of bed!

  • Put away dishes while drinking iced coffee and making breakfast
  • Eat said breakfast [toast with PB, banana, cinnamon + honey] while “checking in” on the computer
  • Make myself presentable for the day while putting on my coziest attire: vest/mittens/knitted headband

8:00am – 12:00pm // Work

  • 10:00am // Snack: 3 small satsumas

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12:00 – 1:00pm // Lunch Break

  • Drive downtown to the post office to pick up holiday postage stamps
  • Head home to whip up lunch while simultaneously scheduling an appointment over the phone
  • Devour a Dark Chocolate Hemp Cashew Butter Cup (I made another batch!)

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sending + receiving holiday cards is one of my favorite parts about the season!

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TJ’s low-sodium organic tomato soup + avocado // Dave’s Killer Bread [thin-sliced] + organic white cheddar + kale


1:00 – 5:00pm // Work

  • 2:30pm // Snack: 1/2 banana in a leftover PB jar with golden raisins and cinnamon + chia seeds
  • 2:45-3:00pm // Walk around the HOP Field – yay, blue sky!

walking path

5:15 – 6:00pm // Workout: foam roll + warm-up + 400 Reps 4 Time (didn’t time myself)

400 Reps for Time Workout

6:00 – 7:00pm // Run (not literally) to the grocery store + cook dinner

7:00pm // Eat dinner: miso tofu with broccoli and peas – still trying to perfect this Nutrition Nut original recipe…

8:00pm // Shower

8:30pm // Take my final IIN exam – passed with a score of 100%!


9:30-9:45pm // Talk to P

9:45pm // Wrap up writing this post

  • Fiddle around online while listening to Eli Young Band via Spotify

10:00pm // Start getting ready for bed (or rather, diving into my flannel sheets!)

Have a great day, friends!


Fitness Idols + Thanksgiving Recipes

by Hillary on November 23, 2014

I thought this week might not pan out too well – fitness wise – when it began with two Rest Days before Thursday. It shaped up okay though…

I tried four new online workouts this week. My favorite being the One-Bell Kettlebell (interval) Workout from Pumps & Iron. Thanks, Nicole – I was sore on Friday!

PopSugar always comes through with great routines, too. Speaking of, I totally have “fit girl crushes” on Anna Renderer (PopSugar Fitness) and Jen Ator (Women’s Health). These gals give me inspiration for my at-home workouts and motivation to “train for life.”

Workouts | Week of November 17


TuesdayBurpee Arm Burner + 5-minute One-Dumbbell Workout (2x) + 5-minute Butt & Thigh Workout (2x) + 5-minute Fat-Blasting Bodyweight Workout


ThursdayOne-Bell Kettlebell Workout using this online interval timer + this PopSugar full-body workout (10-15 min.)

Friday30-minute Fat-Frying Bikini-Body Workout + 45 sec. work/15. sec. alternating burpees + spinal roll-ups (6 rounds)


Saturday – 5.7 mile park run with Nicole

Sunday – 3.55 mile run + (3x) 30 walking lunges / 20 step-ups + knee / 10 jump squats + (3x) this ab routine + 90 weighted sit-ups @ 15lb.

absNow, recipes. I think I have finally figured out what I’m contributing to our Thanksgiving feast:

1 // Pear, Arugula, and Balsamic Salad with Candied Pecans (most likely switching up the greens and dressing… and maybe toasted nuts rather than candied)

2 // Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic & Orange (repeat from last year)

3 // Mashed Butternut Squash with Garlic & Thyme



Friday, I sent out my 12 Simple Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving via the Nutrition Nut email newsletter. Subscribe here (if you have not already) so you don’t miss the next email-exclusive post!

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