Jan 02

Starting Off 2012 Right

Notice anything new?


Look up… there’s gullible written on the ceiling.

I kid.  Look at the top of the screen.  I have a new HEADER!!!


The amazing, talented, and hilarious Holly @ The Healthy Everythingtarian designed it for me.  If you don’t already read her blog, then you should start.  She is a great writer and makes some of the most yummy-looking food on the web.


In addition to the new header starting my 2012 off right, I did a couple of other things to kick off the New Year:

Dinner with some of my best friends



An awesome drink

(ok, a few awesome drinks…)

Blind Eye - mezcal, raspberry syrup, cynar, lemon, and cava



Pumpkin Zucchini Muffin with Peanut Butter “Icing” for Breakfast

(click here for recipe)


Peanut Butter Icing

  • 1 T peanut four
  • Splash unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


12K run for 2012


Green Smoothie


Banana Avocado Smoothie

  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 C spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp Maca
  • 1 C unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 4-5 drops liquid stevia
  • Ice + Water, to taste



Remember when I said I’m not a Resolution-maker?


I lied a little… I set 5 goals for 2011:

  1. Run another Half Marathon – Check!
  2. Work on my fitness, focusing on nutrition and building muscle – Check-ish.  There was a little holiday indulgence and I only made it to a 2 pack.
  3. Develop more original recipes – Check!
  4. Surround myself with good people – Check!  I have the best friends. :)
  5. Advance at work – Check!  I was accepted into a leadership program and exceed my goals for 2011.


Writing down goals DOES work – I hit all 5 (with those small exceptions).


In 2012 I just want to start off with this in mind:



Last week was a little crazy with the unexpected travel, but I managed to squeeze in 6 days of workouts.  I started 2012 with a 12K run.  Doing it in kilometers was a little cheat… but I can’t just bust out 12 miles like Matt. ;)  I was pleasantly surprised at how good it felt since I haven’t been running.  My pace was even good at a 7:37 min/mile average.

Workout Recap (12/26 – 1/1)

  • Monday - TRX suspension class, 100 push-ups
  • Tuesday - This BodyRock, Elliptical – 45 mins, 100 push-ups
  • Wednesday – Rest, 100 push-ups
  • Thursday - Kickboxing, TRX
  • Friday - Tris/Chest
  • Saturday – Kickboxing, 100 push-ups
  • Sunday – 12K run (in honor of 2012), 100 push-ups


I’m looking forward to a kick ass 2012!

How did you start off the new year?

What are you most looking forward to this month?



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  1. Lyn @ FueledBySalad

    Really does sound like you started the year off with a bang. ;)

  2. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I love Holly! And the new header :)

  3. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Well done for smashing through all of your 2011 goals, and for achieving all the stuff that wasn’t on the list, your catering gig being a fabulous example!! :) Love the new header! And I love the two inspirational pictures/quotes as well, def stealing them both! That last one is especially cool as I think too often people (including me) work out to change a part of their body they dislike or they drag themselves to the gym because they look in the mirror and don’t like what they see whereas thats completely the wrong way to look at it! And I’m certain that with the right attitude about working out you get wayyy better results! :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! Great point about the right attitude and results – you get so much more out of enjoyable workouts.

  4. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

    I love your message!! You can just feel how much you enjoy and love staying fit… for the right reasons!! Such an inspiration.
    Love the new header… I’m looking to get a new one soon =)

    1. Laura

      Thank you! I can’t wait to see your new header. :)

  5. Shannon from Healthiful Balance

    Happy New Year! Love the new header, it looks great!!
    I bought some fresh spinach today so I could make a green smoothie and then my blender broke halfway through.. grr! But your green smoothie looks good! I’ve never added avocade to one but I’ll try it sometime!

    Great job on achieving all your goals for 2011!

    1. Laura

      Oh no! It does need to be blended well. Let me know when you try it out!

  6. holly

    yayyyyy for starting 2012 with a bang! i am sooo happy you love the header, and i couldn’t have been happier to do it for you. so thank YOU!

    also, love the goal for the year – it’s time to LOVE our bodies people! on that note, i am off to the gym for a 3-mile run myself.

    happy new year love! <3

    1. Laura

      You are the best thing since sliced bread. :)

      Good luck with the Marathon training!!!

  7. Lee

    The new header looks great. Glad you had a fun New Year’s. I’m looking forward to getting a job in 2012. I mean, I have to get one at some point this year, right? But more than actually getting a job, I’m looking forward to getting one that I like!

  8. Tiffany

    CONGRATS on making your 2011 goals! I have no doubt that you’ll make your 2012 goals too! I think you should add sending me some of that peanut butter icing to your list of goals! LOL! I had the best start of 2012… brought in the new year at meditation and yoga. Woop whoop! :D Oh, and congrats on the new banner! Que lovely! :D

    1. Laura

      LOL! Gladly. I love anything resembling dessert for breakfast.

      Sounds like you had the perfect start to the year. Cheers to a good 2012!

  9. Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife

    Happy new year! The new header looks great!

  10. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I started off the new year in Florida with friends – I was so tired and had to force myself to stay awake until midnight. ;) I have not run since last Monday, a little vacation break before the “crazy” mileage reappears this week.

    Love the new header!! I need to make some pretty updates to my blog like that this year. I’m still working on my 2012 goals.

  11. Jeralyn

    I love all your motivational posts! I just started a new workout blog to share my ideas about fitness check it out fitsgreaterthanskinn.com

    1. Laura

      Thank you for commenting!!! Happy New Year! :)

  12. sportsglutton

    Great job on the new header…totally digging it. :-)

  13. Parita @ myinnershakti

    Love the new header! I absolutely adore Holly’s blog!

    I really hope we get to meet up next time I’m in town! You’ll be the first to know when I figure out my plans. :)

    1. Laura

      Yes!!! I am so sorry I had to leave town. It was a crazy week. :(

  14. Christin@purplebirdblog

    New header looks fantastic!!! Happy new year, doll! :)

  15. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    The new header looks wonderful! So nice to hear someone actually accomplished their goals. Congrats!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! I’m so excited to get to know all the ATL bloggers better in 2012.

  16. Kristy @ KristyRuns

    Great pace on that 12k!!! And congrats on meeting your 2011 goals!!

  17. Mark

    Great job on the new header, Holly and Laura. Looks terrific!

    I think there’s a lot to be said for looking back at goals you set a year ago and realizing you’ve accomplished them after basically forgetting you set them. Probably means you’re livin’ right. ;)

  18. Jenny @ Savour the Senses

    I have never had avocado in a smoothie, but I love avocados! Looks like I have something new on my to-try list.

    1. Laura

      I swear by it! The texture it adds is milkshake-esque.

  19. STUFT Mama

    Love the new header!!! :) And, good job on your 5 goals. I like the term “checkish”. :) You’ve also just inspired me to try avocado in a smoothie. Hmmm… green….. :)

    1. Laura

      Haha! I KNOW you will love it. :)

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