Merry Fitness

If you go solely by Facebook standards, our family is only one that hasn’t already decked the halls for Christmas.  I mean it’s not even DECEMBER and I’m starting to feel the pressure.

Speaking of pressure – see how easy it is to pivot-  I know the holiday hustle and bustle are the Numero Uno reason that people opt to ‘take a break’ from their fitness and healthy eating plan.  I get it.  As much as we all know I prefer to shelter in place on most evenings, I’ve got three nights of parties in a row and on that third night there are two that I’ll be attending.  So yeah, I understand the idea of skipping workouts or indulging in some or many goodies.  I mean, I’m not a monster.

So if you’re faced with a lot of extra responsibilities, events, activities, etc. there are a few things you can do to have a Merry Fitness.

  • Let December be a “conditioning” month and plan 3 or 4 workouts a week and let that be your benchmark.   Don’t worry about how long each workout is.  Just start conditioning yourself to hit that many days.
  • Grab a calendar and figure out how many events you have in the coming month or so.  Lunches, pot lucks, cocktail parties, holiday extravaganzas, holiday dinners, cookie exchanges, etc.  Add that number up. Ok, say it’s 25.  Most people eat 4 times a day so if you multiply 4 x 31 (days in December) you get 124 meals.  So out of the 25 parties you are attending, you popular person you, there are 99 opportunities to eat right.  I know, mind blown.  So here’s how to go into it.  You have a party at night and you want the piggies in a blanket or the cocktails or prime rib or all of it.  Sure, whatever, no judgement.

Step 1 – exercise first thing

Step 2 – drink a lot of water, all day long

Step 3 – eat a healthy breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon snack and maybe a little healthy something, something before you head out

Step 4 – enjoy

  • There’s 2 schools of thought on your favorite holiday foods;  take the power out of the food by reminding yourself that this won’t be your last and final chance for pie EVER,  or make space for your favorite holiday foods and enjoy them.  I’ve tried both approaches and I’ll tell you that I’m in the second camp.  I like my holiday treats around the holiday.  But, (or butt) they have to be in moderation.
  • Schedule a race or event in March.  This will give you something to work towards (after your December conditioning month).  January is kind of a let down as the bills start rolling in and the decorations come down.  Keep some spark in your workouts by having a goal.

Ok, that’s it!  3 simple tips to help you stay on track.  You can also join the Holiday Hustle that kicks off December 1st.  It’s 25 daily workouts that only take 8-18 minutes a day, depending on the workout.   Check back for details in, Yikes, 2 days!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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The 2017 Holiday Hustle is Coming!

Holiday Hustle

Stay focused and on point throughout the holidays by joining the 2nd Annual Holiday Hustle.

Here’s how it works:

  • It’s a 25 day challenge starting December 1st.
  • Each workout is between 8-20 minutes long with a few rest days thrown in.
  • Explanations of all workouts will be provided as well as a complete calendar at the beginning of the challenge so if you’re traveling or can’t access the website, you’ll know what to do.

Mark your calendar and see you on December 1st.  What have you got to lose!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂


Happy Thanksgiving!


In addition to being grateful for my children, husband, family, friends, my cats, a roof over my head, food on the table, and a long list of other things,  I’m grateful for you.

Years ago I started this blog because I had a strong desire to write about health and fitness.

I felt then, as I do now, that I have things to say, things to share, and that I would be a good resource for anyone looking to start or re-start their health and fitness journey.

So thank you.  For reading, commenting, and sharing your stories.  And for tagging me on Facebook with an “I saw this and thought of you” comment when there’s an insane burpee workout, crazy recipes or other fitness related-stuff.  I love that.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂


The First Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving and always have.  As a kid I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and would help my mom in the kitchen.  She was from the UK so I imagine the day was as foreign to her as lettuce on a sandwich but I’ll tell you, she rocked a wicked-good Turkey Dinner.

There are many traditional aspects of the day that I enjoy;  the annual Turkey Trot is in its 16th year, I’ll be watching the Macy’s Parade, football, logging many hours in the kitchen, yelling at my family to help me clean up before company comes, and then spend the day with family and friends eating and hanging out.

In addition to the traditional, this Thanksgiving will be my first as a plant-based eater.  So no turkey or ham (or traditional stuffing) for me.  I’ll make many of the favorites for my family so there’s no panic at the disco and a complete revolt at the table.  But I will also branch out and make some (hopefully) delicious recipes that are plant-based and that I think my family will also enjoy.

I’m making a curried butternut squash soup, a lovely arugula salad with apples and almonds and a rustic wild rice and cauliflower stuffing.   I(If they turn out I’ll share the recipes).  As far as a main dish, I know there are plenty of meatless options but I can’t quite wrap my taste-buds around a Tofurkey or a meatless loaf.   I figure there’s no sense in forcing something just so it “looks” like a turkey.  You know?  Besides, I don’t think my family is quite ready for it.  Baby steps.

So while there’s some extra prep work and cooking involved I’m looking forward to a lovely meal.    And pie.  Pie is my favorite. (BTW, I’m still looking for a good vegan pie, if anyone has a recommendation.)

In addition to my first Plant-Based Thanksgiving it’s also my first holiday without my parents.  In full disclosure, as we come closer to the holidays it makes me sad and a bit weepy.  But I know that when I sit down to my dinner they’re with me in spirit (also on separate bookshelves in my living room) and no doubt wondering what the Hell is on my plate.  And that gives me a weird sense of comfort and makes me smile.

Here’s wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  No matter what you’re eating.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂


Coming Up! The 16th Annual Turkey Trot

Our 16th Annual Turkey Trot is coming up

Join us for a leisurely 4-ish mile run, walk or stroll on Thanksgiving Morning (November 23, 2017) at  the Rush Creek Open Space Reserve (click here for more info on this Marin County gem).   We start at 7:30am! 

It’s a nice, no pressure, fun way to start your Thanksgiving Day.   No starting line, no timing chips, no tee shirts or medals – just a chance to justify pie.  And t’s FREE!

This event is a lot of fun and is great for your whole family!  Hope to see you there.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂


Managing the Hype

I’m not a big fan of hype.  I hate the click-bait feeds in FB (You Won’t Believe What Your 80’s Stars Look Like NOW!), the trend of scare-health claims (Stop Eating This ONE Health Food TODAY), or fitness miracles (Do This ONE Exercise Every Day For Buns of Steel).

So here’s something you should know about hyped-up health claims. A lot of the people who tout products, services and cure-alls may *not* be qualified to do so.  (Gasp).  All one needs is a camera, computer and with the click of the mouse they can create a YouTube channel, blog or website and they can promote, share and drive traffic to their site in about half an hour.   And the worst part is, the information may not be credible.

So when looking at health claims on the Interwebs or from a link your well-intentioned parents sent you, here’s a few things that I think are important to note.

  • There’s not ONE food that is the best to eat or the worst.  Sure, there are foods that are really really really bad, and really, really, really good but there’s not an absolute worst or best.  It’s all relative.
  • There’s not ONE exercise that can eliminate or reduce anything.  The formula is simple; eat right and exercise.  But the application isn’t usually that simple for a lot of people so that brings me to my next point.
  • Any diet or plan that says you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days should be investigated very carefully because the standard for safe and effective (effective is the key word) for weight loss is a pound or two a week.  I know.  We want to wear that bikini yesterday but remember, you didn’t gain the weight overnight.
  • You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.  Unless you’re Michael Phelps who could power 10,000 cals a day (or was it for breakfast?) and still stay lean and cut.  But he’s not of this world so don’t try it.

Well how do you separate the truth from the trash?  You have to do some due diligence.  It’s like distinguishing between fake news and well, you know…news.  So here are a few tips.

  1. Is the article from a reputable source?  Does the author have any professional associations; an RD, member of a board or association, is a member of an accredited fitness association?  Trust me, if you go to school long enough or work hard for the fancy letters after your name, you’ll let everyone know.  No shade, they’ve earned them so they should share them.  I’m certified through ACE and I tell everyone.  🙂
  2. Listen, I’ve got nothing against commerce, but we spend millions annually on health and fitness products.  Millions.  The market is huge. So if you’re reading something and they send you to a page to purchase something, caveat emptor. Read reviews, check into the products, find out the ingredients, who makes them, etc.  A few extra minutes of research will pay off before you pay out.
  3. If you’re hot to try out a YouTube workout, make sure the instructor is qualified.   Just because someone lost weight doesn’t mean they are qualified to someone else or provide nutritional counseling. Yikes!  Does the instructor know how the body works, can they provide modifications for people not able to do a Scorpion?  Sometimes instructors try to “WOW” the audience with big, explosive moves.  But not everyone can do them correctly.  So be cautious.  I’m a big fan of the Daily Burn.  I think they provide great quality workouts for all levels. I also love KAISAFIT   her moves are off the hook tough, so again, know what you know.  And then there’s my girl over at Yoga With Adriene.  She’s amazing and many of her stuff is free.  And it’s the good stuff too, not just a teaser 5 minute video.
  4. If you read an article about something and you see that the author cites a study or an expert in field head to their website for more information.  Subscribe to their newsletter.  I’ve subscribed to many fitness and nutritional newsletters to stay abreast of the industry and to get some insight.  I’ll post them to my resources page.  After I create my resources page.

Yes, the Internet is a huge resource for information that allows many of us to take our health into our own hands, but we still have to make sure we’re looking in the right places.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – So in the case of the Hollywood headline crap, that’s just weird entertainment that only wastes time because you either get tired of clicking through the first 8 pages of stuff we already know about the stars, but at the end it’s the picture you’ve seen a thousand times.  Right??





Work in Progress

Many people are *this* close to achieving their fitness goals.  This.  Close.  Then something transpires that throws them off course.  Sometimes for days, sometimes months and sometimes years.

We could spend lots of time talking about they why’s or what happened’s.  Why this diet didn’t work. How this exercise plan didn’t work.  How work got in the way.  How family stuff got in the way.  How life got in the way.  Why it’s simply not the right time.

I get it.  Trust me, I’ve had a very, very hard year and I know how hard it can be to dig out of the hole you may find yourself in.

But believe me when I tell you, there is never the right time.  There’s never enough money.  There will always be something to do, someone to take care of, somewhere else to be.  But you owe it to yourself to at least start the process again.  And to make a promise that you’ll keep starting over.  There’s no time, as they say, like the present.

I say this, knowing full well that the holidays are coming up fast.  Thanksgiving Day, a day devoted to gorging oneself with poultry and pie, is in 3 weeks.  And then it’s Peppermint Mocha time and all the goodies that surround December into the first weekend of January.

Wouldn’t it be better, you say, to wait until after that?  When it’s less stressful, you know.  When you’re not distracted with the parties and the loooong holiday to do lists.  Let’s put a pin in it for now through December.  But after that, I’m in. 120%.  Come January.  2018 Baby!  It’s on.

Hello.  McFly?  That’s 8 weeks away so no.

Here’s what we’re gonna do.  Decide right now that you’re going to take a step towards reaching your goal.  Whether it’s to eat better (when in doubt, just eat more greens), or get back on track with your fitness plan – commit to moving forward.  And I’m not saying you have to go all in right now.  Just get the ball rolling.

For example; drink your water, add greens to every meal (greens are the thing) make 3 of your weekly workouts non-negotiable, aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep most nights, stretch or do yoga after your runs, etc.

Pick one thing and just do it.  Then go from there.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

Now that’s something to ponder.  Pondering over.  Time to make magic happen.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂