Weekly workouts….thinking outside the box

Since I am new to the DC area, I’ve told myself I’ll step out of my comfort zone and go to things friends invite me to that I may not normally attend because I need to try new things and meet new people.  Well last week the new activity was square dancing, and it was an adventure! I wasn’t sure what to expect since I have never been square dancing before (also I’m pretty sure there is nowhere that hosts square dances in Cleveland), but it was a really great time!

The dance caller would give step-by-step instructions for each dance with a quick walk-through before the band would play and he would call the dance steps to the beat. It made it easy to catch on as a first-time square dancer and I was surprised at how many people I met throughout the night were first-timers too. What surprised me the most though, was how much of a workout the evening was! The initial dance instructions were given slowly, but once the band started to play you were moving nonstop for several minutes.

Things I learned from that night: 1) square dancing is a lot more fun than it is made out to be; and 2) you don’t always have to be in the gym to get a workout in!

I would love to hear what types of “non-traditional” workouts you do to switch things up from the usual gym routine!

Enjoy your weekend,


Healthy 2015, Week 1 and a New Workout!

Hi all,

It’s Rebekah here, finally posting to the blog after moving and settling in to a new apartment! It’s been a crazy week and I’m glad tomorrow is Friday. Here’s my update on how I have been doing with our #WinterWonderWellness goals…

  • Drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily: I have been drinking 5-6 glasses of water a day and have been good about staying hydrated while at work. I am planning on buying a Brita this weekend to help me drink more water in the evening once I get home and get closer to the goal of 8 glasses.
  • 4 work outs per week: If you count moving this weekend as a workout (which I do…my apartment was NOT close to the elevator and this weekend involved carrying too many boxes down a long hallway!), I’m on track to get in 4 work outs this week. One of the perks of my new apartment building is that is has a fitness center downstairs. I’ve already hit the gym once this week when insomnia kicked in, but the goal is to transition to getting a workout in in the morning before work. I’ll keep you updated on how that goes!
  • Trying a new workout per month: In addition to my typical cardio workout on the elliptical, I’ve decided to ad in a 30 day workout that one of my friends posted on Instagram (originally from thoughtsandpavement.com). So far, so good!


  • Try a new recipe or food each week.  I haven’t been good about trying new recipes this week, but there is plenty of time for cooking this weekend. Check back next week to see what I decide to make  🙂

That’s all for me this week. I would love to hear from anyone who has recommendations for a 30-day challenge (abs, squats, arms, etc) for the month of February! Don’t forget to root for the Buckeyes on Monday and check back early next week for another update from Amy.

Happy (almost) Friday!


Happy and Healthy New Year!

After lots of debating and realizing we both are busy with various things (master’s thesis, genetics boards studying, full time jobs, and social lives) we decided we were going to challenge ourselves to a 3 months winter wellness challenge! We will be posting our progress and motivation through out the way. Feel free to join us on Twitter and Instagram as we begin this journey.  #WinterWonderWellness

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PS- Let’s Go Buckeyes!


Welcome to our newly formed little blog.  After many months years of pinning endless recipes, workouts, and health tips as well as participating in wonderful initiatives like Elf4Health from Elle and  Lindsay …we decided what the heck, it’s time we find something else to hold us accountable.

Stay tuned as we share our 2015 winter nutrition and fitness goals as well as a few nutrition tidbits from Amy and genetics tidbits from Rebekah.

We look forward to getting to know all of you as you get to know all of us.

Cheers to 2015,

Rebekah and Amy