Good morning!

Last night I decided to ditch the movie for a little brain stimulation and cracked open the latest Dan Brown book! I had been waiting for it to come out forever and completely forget that Ben bought it right when it went on sale! I’m only a couple chapters in, but I can already tell it’s going to be a good one. I love a good historical/secret society/DC thriller, so I can’t wait to dig in!!


Breakfast this morning was warm and satisfying – a Honey Wheat Bagel with Jam.


Aww, anyone remember the "Bread & Jam for Frances" book?


Unlike Frances, my breakfast refused to pose for a nice shot, but it was hearty and comforting. I bought these bagels fresh out of the oven at Costco this weekend. They are dynomite!


Lunch today is a Chili Cocktail! Kind of looks like it with that cornbread perched on the side, huh?


Nah, just some leftover chili. :)


FYI – I’m certain you could make these cornbread toppers with any corn bread mix. They are SO GOOD – and fun, too!


So last night I talked a little bit about New Year’s resolutions. I’d like to add another one to my list – start lifting weights. Weight lifting is so important and I simply don’t do it. In case you didn’t know, incorporating weight lifting into a healthy diet and regular exercise routine:

  • Improves bone density, which can help prevent osteoporosis
  • Strengthens connective tissue like ligaments and tendons
  • Boosts endurance and cardiovascular health

Yes please, to all of those things!

I actually used to life weights quite frequently. If I wasn’t taking a weight lifting class, I would most often zip through this easy, yet effective circuit. Read on!

Bicep Curl

Stand with feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. With palms facing out and away from your body, raise weights toward shoulders. Pause at the top and slowly lower. Repeat 8-10 times.

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Front Arm Raise

With feet shoulder width apart and palms facing your thighs, raise weights in front of your body, until they are parallel to the floor. Pause and slowly lower. Repeat 8-10 times.

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Lateral Arm Raise

Start with feet shoulder width apart, arms at your sides and palms facing your sides. Raise arms to the side until they are parallel to the floor. Pause and slowly lower. Repeat 8-10 times.

*Be sure to keep back and neck straight. Resist the urge to arch your back.

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Shoulder Press

Start with feet shoulder width apart and hands at ear level, palms facing out. Raise arms until weights meet above your head. Pause and slowly lower to original arm position. Repeat 8-10 times.

*Be sure to keep back and neck straight. Resist the urge to arch your back.

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  • I usually do 8-10 reps of each exercise, then repeat the whole circuit 4 times.
  • I use 5 lb weights (~$15/set at any sports store). Use heavier or lighter weights according to your preference and ability.
  • Incorporating lunges and squats with any of these exercises is a great way to tone your entire body at the same time.
  • Form is everything. Arching your back, straining your neck or lifting too fast can lead to injury.
  • Weight lifting doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. This circuit is just as easy to do at home during commercial breaks, as it is to do at the gym!
  • I do not normally smile while lifting weights. :)

New to weight lifting? Check out FitSugar’s Four Weight Lifting Mistakes to Avoid (a good reminder for seasoned lifters, too!)

And don’t forget that you have up to 3 ways to enter the Vitalicious SuperSampler Pack giveaway by 3pm central on Wednesday! Lots of yummy, goodies to be had!

Have a great Tuesday! :D


Do you read for fun? What kind of books do you like?

Like I said, I love to get lost in historical thrillers like the ones Dan Brown tends to write, and a lot of fiction stuff. Honestly, I’ll read anything though…except romance novels…!