Category Archives: Holidays

Spinning & Drinking & Eating

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving???

I’m sure if you take spin/cycling classes, you’ll hear a lot of “work hard so you can eat more” or “we gotta burn off all that food we are going to eat”. Yeah…I don’t say those kinds of things. I don’t believe in the “you ate it, now negate it” motivation. Now exercising in order to drink a delicious libation….I’m all over that! If you need a Thanksgiving themed drink, try this Pumpkin Margarita. It is Mmm, Mmm good! I didn’t create the recipe, but I can’t find the link to it.

For Pumpkin Simple Syrup
1 can organic pumpkin puree (canned actually works better than fresh in this case)
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup organic sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups water

For Margarita
1 1/2 oz organic tequila (try 4 Copas)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 organic lime

For Garnish
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
A pinch of nutmeg


  1. Make a pumpkin simple syrup by combining pumpkin puree with brown sugar, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and water in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir constantly for 20 to 30 minutes, until cinnamon flavor is present and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool. The Simple syrup should have the consistency of a thin smoothie.
  3. Pass the thick syrup through a fine mesh sieve (or a strainer), using the back of a spoon and discard the pumpkin pulp.
  4. Prep margarita glasses by combining sugar, allspice, and salt and pouring the mixture onto a small plate. Run a wedge of lime around the rim of each margarita glass, and then dip the glass rim into spiced sugar.
  5. For each margarita, combine the juice of half a lime, tequila, Cointreau, and 2 oz pumpkin simple syrup. Shake well and serve on the rocks. Enjoy!


I was planning on reviving an old Thanksgiving playlist or creating a new one, but time got the best of me and I figured since my classes are Monday & Tuesday this week, there was no need to theme it up.

You guys know how I love a theme though. Saturday’s class theme was “One Hit Wonders” and it was cheezy, and fun, and all kinds of wonderful. All kinds of wonderful filled with sweat. Appetizing.

Here is the playlist! Full of some amazing 80’s and 90’s “classics”.

As always, I had a couple remixes in there. I put the original’s in the Spotify list for you since the remixes don’t show up. Here they are, if you are interested.

So that’s all from this neck of the woods. Just spinning, eating, and drinking in store! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving if you are celebrating!



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Day of Valentines

Welp, my due date has come and gone. If I go in to labor now, he likely won’t be born today and I am ECSTATIC about that. I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. Never have been. I am a fan of chocolate though. I mean, who in their right mind isn’t? The hubs won’t be gifting me anything and I’m ok with that. Well, a card would be nice, but after 11 years of no card, I don’t expect one. He does get mad at me every year that I get him a card. Like we made this pact to never do anything. Every year I tell him that I always get him a card and a little something. You think he would get it, but alas…book smarts don’t equal street smarts. Don’t feel too sad for my card & chocolate free self! I did get a red velvet cookie at work that I am beyond excited to shove in to my chubby face. Did I mention I have a double chin now? Oh, and fat fingers. #joysofpregnancy.

Anyways, for those of you who do have a romantical soft spot:


Oh! And this song. I heard it on the radio this morning and just knew it was going to be a good day! Of course, All I could think of was Hugh dancing and that made me even happier!

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Back to reality

Anyone else feel like it’s time for a sugar detox? After all the office goodies and Christmas eating, all I want is a big salad!  I’m just excited to get back to my gals at workout in the morning! I mean, working out at 5:30 AM may seem crazy to some, but when you have a group like this…


…how can you go wrong??? Yep, we’re boy band posing! Hope you all had a happy holiday! Bring on the vegetables!!!

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