Monthly Archives: December 2012

Fat Santa Syndrome

Are you ready for Christmas??  I’m not and I have not been my usual Fitkist self.  I missed Zumba, I skipped walking and I have not been running.  Needless to say the damn marbles will not budge from one jar to the other.  I don’t feel too bad since Rob is using his marble jars as paperweights.

But, since there are just about 10 days left of 2012 I am not going to beat myself up or be too disappointed.  My goal for the next ten days is to keep it together, workout as possible and eat smarter not harder.

Milk and Cookies with Note Reading

For Santa, Not Melissa

Like you, I have been bombarded with holiday invites: parties, dinners, drinks, coffees.  Everyone is bringing candy, cookies or wine to my house and leaving it there. They are trying to be nice, jerks.  Unfortunately, none of those items are on the fitkist meal plan.  But, I know that I can make it through the next couple of weeks if follow a few tips to avoid what I like to call “Fat Santa Syndrome.”  Anyone who has struggled with their weight knows what this is.  You feel fat and you think “whatever, I am already feeling/looking fat I will just eat and drink everything in sight because it won’t matter.”  OH YES IT DOES!

Gaining ten additional pounds is going to make any weight loss goal that much harder and your skinny jeans that much tighter.  Don’t do it man!

So, in an effort to avoid this I am going to be overly conscious of this syndrome.  Ideally, I would like to have a shirt made but I am too lazy and too broke now.


1.  Drink Up!  …water that is.  Water is what I want my body to be made of and FULL of.  As, a result my goal is to drink ten ounces of water before each meal.  It’s not only hydrating and filling it really helps my digestion and skin (which are added benefits).

2. Eat Special! …I am going to only eat foods that I know I will not be able to get readily in the next few months.  For example, I am not going to eat chocolate chip cookies (pictured deliciously above) – since those have a year-round availability.   But, my Mom rarely makes her delicious stuffing so I’m going for that instead.  I also plan to be aware of the portions and my fullness levels.   Two things that I think really affect overeating.

3. Work It Out!  I know that I won’t be able to workout every day but I can certainly do it every other day.  As a result, I am ONLY allowing 24 free hours workout free.  After that a mandatory sweat session is in order.  20 minutes is better than NO minutes! If I can do it you can do it.


What do you think about these tips?  What is your plan to avoid weight gain over the holidays?

I am running my first virtual race tomorrow so wish me luck.  It is the Hooters 5K Kiss Mayan Ass!  Hopefully, the world will be here tomorrow so I can do it.

Have you ever run one of these?  I will post a race recap soon and let you know how it goes.

Mayan Sweatshirt

Fikist Signature_final


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Race Recap: The Color Run – St. Petersburg

Color Run Review!

On Saturday, December 15th a bunch of my friends and I got together to participate in The Color Run – St. Petersburg. It was a cold and foggy drive to St. Pete and when we left our car I was freezing but we were excited.  After trying to park the car in six different spots – this is a weird habit I have on race day – we were off!  Thank God for Target touchscreen gloves ($1.50 on Black Friday)!

Foggy and Cold

For those of you who don’t know, the Color Run is national race that promotes itself as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet!”  Every kilometer, you are dusted (or drenched) in colored dust: Pink, Blue, Orange, & Yellow.  The dust is colored cornstarch and smelled like flour so it’s not harmful.  The race route started at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, FL and wound down the Pier and through downtown.

Map Color Run St Pete

I had assembled a pretty great team and we all met up before the race to take a group photo in our white clothes and party glasses/goggles.  Rob was a great sport being the only guy on a team called the “Color Cuties.” We look very clean here but that did not last long.


The race had approximately 10,000 runners/walkers and I have to be honest the corral wait was brutal.  The race should have started at 9:00AM but we couldn’t get on the course until about 9:45.  Which is no fun…

Corral Madness

I think we were in the fourth or fifth wave (which was not organized by speed but rather on what time you arrived to the race).  By the time our wave was ready we were much happier.

Starting Line

Obviously, the best part of the race was the color dust but unfortunately the miles in between were a little weak.  They needed more cheering and music and overall fun I think.  The majority of the time you spend recovering from the color zones.  BUT, the color zones were really fun so it definitely made up for it.


Yellow zone was crazy!

At the end of the race at the finish line you are supposed to open the color packet they gave you in your race packet and get crazy which many people did.  That is why some people are more colorful than others. Also, the color packets were different colors than the course colors like teal and purple.


The COLOR aftermath: Shannon and Brandi

after 56

Group “after” photo


There was also a great stage with tons of music and every fifteen minutes they had a color explosion.  This was really awesome to see.  I got this picture from their Facebook wall since we had to leave earlier than we would have liked.  We got to see the countdown and explosion but we were not close enough to take this good of a picture. Color Boom!

Color Run St Pete

Also, it was great to hear that part of the race funds went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and awareness.  This is a really great cause!  It is nice to know that a portion of our $50 registration fee will be used for some good. It was a fun time overall and I recommend it anyone who likes to smile a lot and get a little dirty once in a while.  The blue was the hardest to get out but it was not bad at all.  It was a great addition to the “Races” page even though we did not time ourselves.

Have you done the Color Run?  What did you think? 


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A Hard Day To Remember


My friends, there is not much to say except we all have to stick together when tragedy strikes.  Nothing I post today will compare to this story.   No recipe, run discussion or workout will seem right.   We should all focus on praying for those we lost and hope that talking about this will raise awareness about mental illness, security and hoping that those people who are suffering get help.  Never be afraid to ask for help.  There are people who care still left here.  ASK!!

Bloggers please share this National Blogger Remembrance Picture and please leave your comments and well wishes.  I am praying hard for all those families in true pain today.  My troubles seem so insignificant now.

Much Love To All,



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Awesome Christmas Survey

I got this survey from The Hungry Runner Girl, check out her responses here.

1.  Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?

Jiggity Jig… I can hear it now the Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey.  Hee Haw Hee Haw.  It really always makes you smile when you hear it.  Listen to it on iTunes and you’ll love it too!


2.  Run on Christmas morning or take the day off?

I won’t work out or run on Christmas morning because that is when my family opens presents.  There is never time that day!  But, you’ll certainly find me on Boxing Day running a few laps to work off the holiday food.

3.  What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?

Garlic Pork.   Let’s be clear here, I don’t love porkchops or ham or any other piggie products but I love Christmas morning Garlic Pork.  It takes my mom several days to brine and season the meat before it is broiled up with peppers and thyme.  I don’t have a photo but believe me its awesome.  We also have breakfast foods like eggs, toast etc but the Garlic Pork is tradition.

Oh yeah, we take a shot of gin too sans the lime and ice.  😉


4.  Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?

Refer to question 3.  Yum!

5.  Real tree, fake tree or no tree?

Ah, the old foes are back once more with the traditionalists fighting to chop trees down across the country and the practicalists getting Christmas done. I am so artificial!  Meaning I like an artificial tree…  I have  I finally got Rob to agree to the fakey this year.  He is Team Real of course.  We don’t agree on anything really.  But, he agreed we could buy a fake tree this year just so he would not have to hang lights.  I also am against real tree since the “Great Fall Over of 2011”

Maybe next year we will go really fake with this bottle tree.


6.  Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?

Nay – I’d rather have some cute pink Vicki’s that I can wear all year-long.

7.  Where do you spend the holidays?  Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends?

Damn, I am over committed – the answer is D. All of the above.

8.  Food that you always have during the holiday season?  Favorite Christmas food/treat?

Again, refer to question 3 (I really wish you could try it).  I always try to make a new Christmas treat every year.  This year I am making frosted sugar cookie bars (pics to follow) and puppy chow (pics to follow).

9. Open presents all at once or take turns?  Stockings… yes or no?

Free for all with stockings!  We are done in about one hour.  There are 12 of us now!  But, it really is great fun!


10.  Favorite Christmas(ish) movie?

I have to admit I love them all equally.  Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Elf etc.  Who doesn’t love a Christmas movie?  Shockingly enough I OWN both of these movies but have never seen either one:  It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

I actually stayed up past midnight to watch Santa Baby the other night.

Santa Baby

I mean really Melissa?  Hey, give me a break its by the same director as City Slickers… ooooo

The ABC Family Christmas Moviethon is pretty cheesy but pretty awesome.

11.  Favorite Christmas Present Ever? ( I added one)

I wish I could say it was something cool like a puppy or jewels but I have to admit my favorite present to date has been my Chi Flat Iron.  If you have (curly) hair, it is a necessary part of your beauty tool cache.   I could not live have straight hair without it.

  • Answer some of the Christmas survey – one or all – as a comment below or a link back from your blog!  

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Blogger Ornament Swap

So about a month ago I mentioned that I signed up for a blogger ornament swap – Candidly Clyde’s Ornament Swap to be exact.  Each person was paired up with another blogger or reader to exchange ornaments.  You were supposed to read their blog and/or social media and pick an ornament you thought would be representative of them.   I love ornaments and I am so glad I signed up because I got to make a new friend in Ashlie over at A Classy Occasion.  She runs a very fancy blog that discusses everything from wedding details to fashion to everyday life and she has fabulous taste!  My kind of girl for sure.  I ended up getting her a glittery, black chandelier with clear stones hanging from it.  I thought represented her blog so well and so much better than one I would be able to make.  You can see a picture of the ornament and read about her swap experience here.

Ashlie made my ornament and it is perfect because it is the first “branded item” from Fitkist!  I absolutely love it.

See the journey of opening the box below.


Brown Paper Packages Are The Best!


The Suspense!


 Sweet no?

The picture I took does it no justice because the glue was not set yet.  But, it is full of a pound of glitter and it sports the Fitkist logo – Lips and all!!


  • Have you ever participated in an ornament swap?  What’d you get?

Bonus Recipe Time!

Well, I have been on a Meatless Monday kick and strapped for time too.  The holidays from October to December are stressful and time-consuming.  Yeesh!   Rob and I are trying to do better about less fried foods and less red meat.  More for health reasons than for weight loss.  Well, when you are looking for a meatless dish that is super easy and super fast try this one.  It really is delicious and the only real effort is opening the can and stirring!

Can Opener Veggie Chili

Quick Can Opener Veggie Chili Recipe

(Sorry I don’t have any fancy widgets for you to print it from – save paper and Pin it then read it from your phone – that’s what I do!)

1 can of Kidney Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Pinto Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Southwestern Style Corn, 11 oz

1 can of Rotel Original, 10 oz

1 can of Tomato Sauce, 15 oz

1 packet of chili seasoning (hot, med, or mild – you choose!)  I likey spicy!

Open cans then drain beans and corn well.   Pour Tomato Sauce and Rotel in large pot on medium heat.  Stir in Chili Seasoning Packet until well combined.   Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated through and its bubbly and delicious.

Then go to town adding, cheese, sour cream, chives etc.  I served ours over whole grain pasta shells.  It was warm and filling and best of all easy!  Of course, please add different beans or more corn but this way came out pretty awesome.  These steamy pictures are a chili love affair.  Hungry??

Whole Grain Pasta

Serving of Whole Grain Pasta


Chili Sans Cheese


Cheestastic! (and Meatless!)


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