How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

Eat pie and give thanks Thanksgiving illustration

Gluten-free stuffing recipes aside, Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate and (as the name implies) give thanks. One of my favorite ways to show gratitude is by honoring my body, savoring what’s on my plate (literally and figuratively), and making happy, healthy decisions.

Below are a few great ways to savor this fall holiday and enjoy a guilt-free, feel-good Thanksgiving.

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Resolutions for Happy Health

My Resolutions for Happy HealthI’m a firm believer that health starts with happiness. When you satisfy your mental, emotional, and physical needs, happiness manifests itself as good health.

These are my personal resolutions for happy health that I created about a year ago. I’ve referred to this list whenever I’ve felt “off-track,” and, honestly, in a world where it’s too easy to get lost in everyone else’s constantly changing health advice, it’s been refreshing to remind myself that, fundamentally, these 10 resolutions make sense for my body and being.

Do you have a similar list of health goals or resolutions? What’s on your list?

Here are my basic “Resolutions for Happy Health:”

1. Move. As much as you can.

2. Love and respect what God has given you to work with.

3. Strength is sexy.

4. Sweat is a beautiful thing.

5. Sunshine is a cure-all.

6. Lean protein, veggies & fruit…always.

7. Make time for yourself.

8. Water = life.

9. Stress less and practice patience.

10. Push yourself mentally so that you can go the extra mile physically.

(Originally posted on What She Makes)

Inspiration: Run & Be Happy

Run and be happy. Original drawing of girl running along the beach.


Whenever I have a long run planned for a Saturday morning, I find myself dragging out my morning routine as long as possible, like a kid stalling to go to bed at night. It’s not uncommon to take slower sips of coffee, reluctantly switch out my PJs for a running tee hours later than I had planned, and suddenly realize that my sock drawer totally needs to be reorganized before the world can keep spinning, let alone before my morning run can commence. As much as I love running, the struggle to sometimes start a run is REAL.

However, once Michel pushes me out the door and I start putting one foot in front of the other, running, once again, becomes fun. It seriously just takes a few steps, a few slow strides, before I realize how good running makes me feel and how fortunate I am to have good health, as well as the time and means to cultivate it.

Whether I’m reflecting on my day, coming up with new ideas, or simply not thinking about anything and getting lost in my own thoughtless void, running makes me happy. And no matter what the distance, I finish up brimming with endorphins and feeling proud of myself for just getting outside and moving my body.

Just like in life, getting out the door and taking the first step is the most challenging. My goal for this weekend’s long run is to be conscious of that, channel the happiness I feel while running, and just put one foot in front of the other.

Do you have running goals for this weekend or upcoming week? What motivates you to start your run?


30 Day Burpee Challenge

On Monday, I began a 30 Day Burpee Challenge. This sadistic self-dare will force me to perform an increasing number of burpees each day over the course of one month, with the goal of completing 100 on the final day (B-Day). I did the math, and my total burpee count over 30 days will be 1300. (*Insert disgusted grunt here.*)

I just finished Day 3, and so far so good. However, my daily quota will quickly escalate, and I anticipate many, many sore days this month. (No pain, no gain, right?)

Don’t know what a burpee is? Besides being the exercise that everyone loves to hate, it’s an effective bodyweight exercise that works your abs, arms and legs. There are a few variations, but the version I’m most familiar with is as follows:

1. Start in standing position, and crouch down into a squat, with your hands touching the ground.

2. Kick your feet back into a plank position.

3. Pull your feet back into a squat, and jump straight up into the air as high as you can.

4. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

I’ll be sure to give updates on my progress, and I encourage you to challenge yourself too! Misery loves company!!!

Wish me luck!