It doesn’t feel like Christmastime. Even though it’s December 15th. Even though my house is in full-on Christmas decor mode. Even though I’m about to have some time off from work. Even though it’s been cold and rainy and windy outside. And even though I’ve been furiously attempting to listen to carols. I’ve not purchased one single gift, and therefore haven’t wrapped any presents. It’s troubling. And I call this enigma the “Fa La La La Lows.”

I know I keep talking about how 2018 has been a difficult year for me. Many different factors have contributed to my overall sense of negativity, in many different facets of my little life. As the year is rapidly coming to a close, I am trying desperately to shift my energy to positivity, to see the good things, to feel more grateful.

The reason for all these feelings is that I have something hanging over me that’s been going on for years. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it happens on Monday. Please send prayers, best wishes, good vibes, or whatever you’re into for an excellent outcome.

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In the meantime, my advice to everyone (I’ll be taking my own, as well) is to try to enjoy the holiday season, no matter what’s going on in your life. Whether you’ve got too much to do, an unruly family, unnecessary drama like mine to deal with right before the holiday, work stress, etc., remember the reason for the season. And also, take deep breaths, do what makes you happy and relieves stress (for me, it’s the gym), and try to sit back and relax a little. The holidays are meant to be Fa La La La La LOVABLE, and not filled with Fa La La La Lows.

Here’s a workout for those of you who have travels ahead, and no access to a gym! While I love lifting weights, sometimes a good body weight workout really burns some calories, mixes things up, and is more flexible when you’re on the road.

Ladder for 20 minutes (Reps: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.):

  • Burpees
  • V-ups
  • Jump squats (with dumbells if you’ve got ’em)
  • Push ups

Follow up with a brisk walk or a full jog, and then 3 sets of 1-minute planks and 1-minute wall sits.

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Thanks for reading! Xo.


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