A Sunday Setup and a Confession

Hello again! Long time no see- err..read. 🙂 How was everyone’s weekend? Hopefully they were stellar!

Mine was actually pretty low key, but I still feel like it flew by and I was constantly doing something…it was weird.

Friday after work, I hit the gym for a quick shoulders and calves circuit and finished up with 40 minutes on the stair master.

I’m telling you, that thing is efficient.

(Again, I almost posted a gym selfie here…but let’s face it, I’m just not ready.)

Speaking of workouts, and the awesome new kicks I have on in the gym-selfie-that-would-have-been, please- Check out these beauties.


I’m missing the pair of Asics running shoes that I have because…well, I’m not really sure where they are.

But still.

 These are in order from oldest to newest. Make no mistake, none of these are any older than 2 years. And the 2 newest pairs were bought approximately a month apart.

I might have a problem?


Saturday was spent getting organized and going shopping with my coworker for our white elephant Christmas gifts for our staff party this Wednesday.

We went to a super cute local store out in Andover called Pink Boa– both of us found some great stuff!

Also on Saturday, some very exciting things happened.

My parents and I finally decorated the tree! Woop!

 (Before- naked tree.)

And you can’t decorate a tree without a little holiday drink, right?

 (The tree is still naked.)

On a side note, I love our fireplace. Especially when its lit. 🙂

Aaaaaaand here it is! Completed tree, fire place-the works. It certainly feels nice and festive over here!




On Saturday night, Shane and I had a little get together with some friends to play some games and have a small gift exchange. His weekend TV show co-host was our hostess, and the party was a blast- as her parties always are!

We played Catch Phrase and Heads Up (SO fun, and its an app so its super easy to get! So go get it.) and one of our friends brought these adorable little cupcakes.

How cute are those?


On another side note, while I was getting ready on Saturday night a thought crossed my mind that since it is the Christmas season and all, maybe I’d share some of my favorite bath time products on here as sort of a “Bath Time Gift Guide” of sorts.

You’ll have to excuse the fact that there are only 2 items. My “bath time” ritual is limited.

Fitbiebride Bath Time Gift Guide

  • This Tree Hut Shea Shea Sugar Body Scrub. This stuff is amazing. I really love the Brazilian Nut scent (pictured below)- it smells like coffee beans and gives you that great “wake up, you’re rubbing freshly ground coffee beans on your legs” feeling that I know we all want first thing in the morning. 😉


I also really like the Mango scent. Rub a quarter sized amount on your legs, let it sit for 30 or so seconds and rinse off just before shaving your legs. This sugar scrub will make your skin feel so soft. It’s unreal.


  • Next up is this amazing Ahava Dead Sea Minerals gift set.  This stuff is awesome. My future mother-in-law bought it for me last Christmas and it lasts forever. It also smells wonderful and does truly miraculous things for skin, especially in the winter.  This gift set comes with body lotion, hand cream and foot cream. The lotion is super creamy and light, not greasy at all and has a wonderfully refreshing scent they call “Water”.

It’s a winner.


Alllrighty, since its Sunday night I figured I’d go ahead with a Sunday Setup for the week.

But first, I have a confession to make.

Truthfully, I’ve been feeling just sort of blah and really out of my element this past week. I feel like I slacked on my workouts, and because of that I also feel like I’ve slacked on my health challenge (oof). Not only that, but I also haven’t tried a new recipe yet. (double oooof).

So that being said, I just really want to start fresh and hit them all super hard this week.

The program that I’ve been doing has me doing workouts 6 days a week, so naturally my setup will have 6 days accounted for!

Monday– Legs/glutes/abs + cardio

Tuesday– Chest/triceps + cardio

Wednesday– 45 min. HITT on treadmill

Thursday– Back/biceps/abs + cardio

Friday– Shoulders/calves + cardio

Saturday- 20 min. HITT + 40 min. 10k training

Sunday– rest/yoga


Welp, that’ll about do it for me tonight folks! I have to get up early tomorrow and I was banking on hitting the gym in the a.m. so I can do a little Christmas shopping after work. 🙂

I also get to go on a very exciting interview for work tomorrow and I have a little more preparing to do for that- catch ya later!

Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Good Thursday afternoon, all! How’s it shakin’?

Before we recap last night, something very exciting is happening!

Last month, Shane and I and a bunch of our friends entered the Doritos “Crash the Superbowl” contest with a commercial we like to call… Bold Moves. Well, guess what?

WE MADE THE SEMI-FINALS! We beat out 4,500 other entires from around the world to make it to the top 24! So if you get a chance, please please pleeeease go to the link and vote! Rate us a 5, and we could win 1,000,000 dollars! (Ours is the thumbnail with the guy wearing a Speedo…made of Doritos. 😉 )

Thank you!


Last night, mom, dad and I trekked out in the bitter cold to find ourselves a Christmas tree.

My whole life, we’ve been been a “real tree” family- pine needles, tree sap, freezing Christmas tree lots, the whole bit. Although, I’m sorry, but there’s just nothing that compares to the amazing pine tree smell that you can only get from the real deal.

 It’s the scent of Christmas!

Besides the amazing smell, we’ve always gotten real trees as part of helping out our community. My dad volunteered for the Wichita YMCA Christmas Tree Lot for 25 years, and I think it holds a special place in his heart.

And mine too, to be honest.

So where did we find ourselves at 5:30 last night?

That’s right! The YMCA lot we normally go to wasn’t there this year, so we had to do a little research to find another Y lot nearby.

Dad went out ahead of mom and I a few minutes early to do some “advance scouting”- we found him having a few laughs with the lots volunteers. He had three trees picked out- al of which were quickly shot down (too tall, too fat at the bottom and too short).

Things were looking pretty grim (and very cold), until my dad pulled one more tree out from underneath the pile- and that was it!

 (<—those volunteer roots run deep)

 (<—- he was so excited)

Done and done. 🙂


In other, less exciting news- I ended up going back into work last night to get some things straightened out for deadline, and to help my co-worker with our very special Christmas gift to our boss. (It turned out awesome, but took some time to get coordinated!)

Long story short, I didn’t end up hitting the gym yesterday.

In the end, I really wasn’t feeling it- and I think that’s okay. I did plan on getting up and getting a workout in this morning, but that didn’t happen either. I think I needed sleep- I snoozed through my alarm for a whopping hour and a half.


 So, I’ll be taking my rest days in the middle of the week this week! I won’t go today (we have our annual Christmas party for our client’s tonight) so I’m chalking yesterday and today up to rest/off days and will get “back on track” tomorrow!

In the past, I would have beaten myself up endlessly for missing two workouts in a row. OR I would’ve shifted into “eat everything you can because you’ve already skipped your workout anyway” mode and made some really unhealthy decisions.

 I’m not doing either of those things today. 🙂

Instead, I’m going to enjoy this extra “rest” day, have fun tonight at our party (we have awesome clients), have a few bites of some of the more exciting holiday treats (as per my 6 Tips)- and call it a night.

I always look forward to “fresh starts”– looks like tomorrow will be one of them!


Here’s what my “week in workouts” will look like now:

Monday– Legs/Gluts + 45 min. cardio

Tuesday– Chest/Legs + Cardio circuit

Wednesday– Rest (work/wasn’t feeling it)

Thursday– Rest (work party until 8:00pm)

Friday– A.M. 30 minutes cardio, P.M. Shoulders/ Calves + 45 minutes cardio

Saturday– Back/Biceps + 60 minutes cardio

Sunday– yoga + 35 minutes cardio

I usually do Back/Biceps on Thursday (not this week!) and I missed some extra HITT cardio Wednesday, so I’ll add them back in accordingly. Sundays are usually rest days anyway, and Saturday this week only called for 40 minutes of cardio anyway.


Plus, I’ll get to start breaking these bad boys in tomorrow!

These things are light as a feather, totally cushioned (they have memory foam in them- how cool is that!?) AND I got them for that killer Cyber Monday price.

6pm, you’ve done it again!