Category Archives: Fitness/Exercise

Neopolitan Macarons and Recovery Runs


This week was challenging in terms of workouts because I felt sick for a lot of it…but I managed to get some good walks and weights in to keep me going.

The interesting thing about me and migraines is that when I get a nice workout it actually relieves the migraine better than pain meds.

Believe me, working out is really the last thing I want to, but when I start breathing through my workouts it regulates my breath and blood flow to the brain.

I really enjoyed this second week of heavier weights in smaller reps for Best Body Bootcamp because my muscles were a little more used to the extra push from last week. It felt great to feel the strength continue to take shape, especially in my upper body.

During yoga class I am able to lower myself from plank to floor in chataranga without going to my knees and that feel amazing to be able to do.

Yesterday was also a great test of strength and endurance because my sister and I went on a 6 mile cross country jog, and my muscles were much better at enduring the strain of it. Having good company, good tunes, and a beach view from the bluffs didn’t hurt either though! :)

My sweet tooth was also put to the test this weekend when my sister and I made real French Macarons!

We had been talking about making them for awhile and finally did it.

We made literally melt in your mouth oh my gosh the sugar foment neopolitan ones where one side was vanilla, the other chocolate, and red berry frosting was sandwiched in between.

They were very labor intensive and very picky cookies to make but they were so worth the effort!

We modified a recipe we found on YouTube for a Kirby macarons so I will include the link below.

Also pictures:



Also HAPPY MOTHERS DAY if you are a mom!!!


Christin Joyful

Balancing act: Baking and Bootcamp

Hello and happy Cinco De Mayo!

So I made this week I was able to get all five bootcamp workouts in, plus review some great blogger recipes and re-create a few!

Firstly, let me just say that I really enjoyed Best Body Bootcamp this week. The focus was on strength training sessions that really pushed me to use heavier weights, and I was really proud of the results. I was secretly grinning inside the whole time I was doing my Arnold Presses during Workout B especially.

I don’t know about you, but as much as I enjoy dance classes, yoga, and (ahem) attempt to enjoy running and plyometrics (I love to hate you, burpees), there is something so empowering about burning through some good old fashioned heavy free-weight sessions.

I feel strong and challenged, and never really to out of breath. But the sweat still pours, and the muscles burn, let me tell you!!

I read on Tina’s blog that the next round of Bootcamp is going to have some amazing new features, including videos of each workout!

I strongly encourage you to at least check it out if not join. Sign-ups begin May 20th, and you can find out the deets at :)


Now…on to the recipes!

I am really proud of myself, I have to say. We are having a potluck at work tomorrow for Cinco De Mayo, and I decided to take a crack at baking some delicios new dessert recipes that I found whist perusing some of my favorite blogs!

The first one I found the link for on CupcakesandCashmere but it was a recipe from and you can review the original recipe here.

It’s a Pinata cake!

Seriously…you bake a cake in two round bowls, hollow out the middle, put candies inside, and seal it up, frost it, and then cut it open for a candy surprise!

I know. Total mind blow.

I’m going to have to update this post with pictures tomorrow after we cut it open, but for now, here is the process and the end result!

Mixing the batter, placing in bowls...

Mixing the batter, placing in bowls…


Slicing the finished cakes in half, preparing to scoop out the middles…


Filling the middle with Reese’s Pieces and M&M’s…frosting the edges for glue…


All done! Glued, frosted, and decorated :)


The second recipe was for chocolate chip cookies using avocado instead of half of he butter.

Say Whaaaaat???

This one I found via eatliverun, and it is from the cookbook Absolutely Avocados. Fortunately for me though, Jenna provided the whole recipe and great pictures.

As of this moment, I have the dough chilling in the fridge, but I will update you later on how the turned out.

If you wanna see the finished product now though, go ahead and jump over here to see what they lok like. :)

I get bonus points for this recipe either way though, because I am taking the cookies to work, and I got the avocados from my boss who brought them in to work to share.

sharing is caring.

But for now this is the only teaser you get of how my cookies are turning out:

cookie dough


Yeeeaaahhhh Buddy.



Hope you had a blissful Cinco De Mayo weekend, and have a great week!





Best Body Bootcamp Week 4 Recap



This week was a tough one!

It was all about pressing on and pushing myself forward when I didn’t really feel like I had it in me to keep going.

On Monday I was still feeling sick, so I waited to until Tuesday to resume BBB. I really didn’t feel like exercising but I made it through anyway. I made it through yoga class on Wednesday the same way.

But Thursday went better, and Friday better still. Saturday’s workout was great, and even though I was sore the next day, I had the added bonus of playing a little disc golf for a 6th day of activity!

I ended up getting more exercise in this week than any of the other 3 weeks so far. Even though I wasn’t feeling it at the beginning, my perseverance paid off in the end.

I think that exercise and other goals are just like that sometimes. Your going to have good days and bad days. Good weeks and bad weeks.


But you just gotta keep going…it will pay off in the end!

It really helps to have a plan to fall back on. Something to push you…to motivate you when your not feeling up to it!

Having a workout plan ready to go at my fingertips is incredibly helpful. I don’t have to think about what exercises to do, what order, and for how many reps. I already have a plan to rely on.


Some weeks I am much more motivated. I will pull together different workouts based on various exercises I have learned from magazines, blogs, trainers, and bootcamps. But this week I was grateful to have something ready to go.


Thanks Tina for another great week at Bootcamp!


Looking forward to this next week where I really get to push myself with heavier weights…it will be a great challenge!

I I was just reading Tina’s blog and she mentioned she is working on some great new changes for Round 6 which starts July 8th…I’m looking forward to that as well!


If you would like more info on joining bootcamp, please visit Tina’s website at