Looking Ahead to 2017!

It’s that time again! The end of the year brings about a time for reflection of the previous 12 months – good, bag, ugly and utterly amazing. 2016 was a fantastic year – I landed my dream job in NYC, celebrated my 5 year anniversary with Al, and launched this blog with Louise!!! At the beginning of 2016, I knew I wanted to grow professionally and worked hard for it. I look forward to continuing to grow not only at HSS but also with my B&B family in 2017. I’m truly so grateful to use the blog to connect with not only friends and family, but individuals in the local community. Looking forward to sweating together next year!
Now as I sit here on the LIRR, I think about what I want to accomplish in 2017. Most people like to talk about weight loss, going to the gym, finding love, etc but things are a little different for me this year.

My three goals this year are to:

  • Continue to work towards financial freedom
  • Increase self confidence
  • Crush my running goals

Number one is very straightforward – I want to become debt free in 2017 (besides student loans – they aren’t going anywhere soon). Over the past few months I’ve really worked on decluttering my life and getting rid of things that no longer serve me – debt included! I also started to plan for retirement which had been a long overdue goal! I am going to make sure I do a monthly budget every month to achieve success in this department!

The next two go very much in hand. In 2017, I want to live life unapologetically and 100% me. I have never been an overly confident person and I’ve often cared too much about what other people think of me. Whether it be body image, my trouble with Rs & Ws at times, or fear of looking stupid – I’ve held back. I don’t like to workout in public, I overthink what I’m wearing, and I try to avoid things if I don’t know what I’m doing or could embarrass myself. &$@# IT!!!!!! I’m no longer going to waste time wondering what others are thinking. In 2017 – I’m working on me.

Which leads me to #3. My running in 2016 was not pretty. I didn’t set any PRs, I had trouble sticking to training plans, and I continued to doubt my running ability. I ran the NYC Half 6 days after going to the hospital with the flu and the NYC marathon after less than spectacular adherence to my training plan. What I did have was fun though – which is what we are using to summarize 2016. I got to run the Broadstreet 10 miler with my best friend from college (FUN), I chugged beers and partied on the lawn with a group of friends after the Baltimore 10 Miler (FUN), I tackled the hills of the Port Jefferson Brewery 10 Miler to be rewarded with beer and subs 24 hours after my 20 mile long run (FUN?), and I spent hours together with my friend/coworker as we trekked to SI and then ran/smiled/hugged our way through the 5 boroughs back to Central Park for the NYC marathon (SO MUCH FUN).

Now it’s time have fun AND run fast. It’s time to break down the imaginary barriers I put into place about what I’m able to achieve. I was never athletic as a child – I was an overweight bookworm who skipped PE class (my only B on my report card). I started running as a type of therapy at one of the darkest times of my life. It wasn’t pretty by any means – I passed out on the track during my first indoor track meet. But it changed something inside of me. And now it’s a part of who I am! But I still struggle believing that I can be a fast runner. My coach Jess gave me a hard dose of reality after NYC this year “until you believe you can run faster you aren’t going to”. Boom. Cue the immediate tears and then days of soul searching. I didn’t like her when she said it but I realized she was right. And it’s something that I’ve been dedicating time to this winter and I will continue to!

First up in 2017 is the NYC Half in March. I did not get accepted into the lottery so I’m running with a charity team Team for Kids. (Check out my page here to learn more or to help me reach my fundraising goal!) Every other week I’m going to update you guys on my training journey and my workouts to help keep myself accountable. I’m so excited to have you guys along for my journey this year!

XO, Pam

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On the 10th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE TENTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE TENTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

10 JUMPING JACKS!

How to: Start standing then jump your feet out wide while bringing your arms out to the side and overhead. Jump your feet back together and bring your arms back by your side.

And don’t forget your:

9 HI-LO PLANKS
8 LATERAL LUNGES + SHOULDER PRESS
7 BRIDGE MARCHES
6 PLANK ROTATIONS
5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

PS: Today is the last day to enter our Instagram giveaway! Search using #BandBHoliday 🙂

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 9th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE NINTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE NINTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

9 HI-LO PLANKS!

How to: Start in a high plank position (shoulders over hands, core tight) then lower down one arm at a time into a low, forearm plank. Press yourself back up one arm at a time back to the high plank position. Switch lead arms halfway through!

And don’t forget your:

8 LATERAL LUNGES + SHOULDER PRESS
7 BRIDGE MARCHES
6 PLANK ROTATIONS
5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 8th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE EIGHTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

8 LATERAL LUNGES + SHOULDER PRESSES!

How to: Start with a dumbbell in your right hand, take a sideways step out to the left keeping your toes pointed forward. The right leg stays straight as you shift your weight onto your left side, bending at the hip and knee on the left leg while reaching the dumbbell down. Press up through the left heel, shifting weight to the right leg and balancing on the left. Right arm does a shoulder press, keeping the palm facing in, then repeat! Make sure you perform 8 on each side 🙂

And don’t forget your:

7 BRIDGE MARCHES
6 PLANK ROTATIONS
5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 7th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE SEVENTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

7 BRIDGE MARCHES!

How to: Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat. Press your heels down into the floor, squeeze your glutes, and lift your hips. Keeping your glutes engaged and hips up, lift one foot up then lower it back down and lift the other side. Maintain that bridge position and do 7 on each side!

And don’t forget your:

6 PLANK ROTATIONS
5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 6th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE SIXTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

6 PLANK ROTATIONS!

How to: Start in a high plank position with feet apart. Rotate onto the sides of your feet while opening up your chest and reaching for the sky. Keep your core tight the whole time. Return to start & turn to the other side. Be sure to do 6 each side!

And don’t forget your:

5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 5th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

TODAY IS THE FIFTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

5 Squat Jumps!

How to: Start by standing upright, drive your hips down and back and then explode up. Make sure you land softly and keep your hip, knee, and foot in alignment and torso upright. Repeat. 

And don’t forget your:

4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 4th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE FOURTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

4 PUSH-UPS!!!!

How to: Align yourself in high plank formation with your core engaged and your shoulders located over your hands. Keeping your body in a straight line, lower yourself down until your elbows are 90*. Keeping your core tight, press up back into the high plank formation with your shoulders over your hands. Repeat. 

And don’t forget your:

3 LUNGE TO SQUAT

2 INCHWORMS

AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 3rd Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE THIRD DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE THIRD DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

3 LUNGE + SQUATS!

How to: Perform a reverse lunge and then step forward and into a body weight squat. Repeat this 2 additional times on the same side and then switch legs. While lunging, be sure to keep your knee behind your toes and facing straight ahead. Also, make sure you are pressing up through your front heel to return to standing. While squatting, make sure your weight is in your heels, your knees are over your ankles facing straight ahead and in line with your toes, and your torso in at the same angle as your shin.

2 INCHWORMS

AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

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On the 2nd Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE SECOND DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE SECOND DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

2 INCHWORMS!

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Inchworm How-To: begin standing then reach for the ground and start walking your hands out to a plank. Walk them out as far as you can while keeping your legs straight! Then walk your feet back up to your hands. If you are tight on space – walk your hands back to your feet! Don’t forget to do day 1 as well…

AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.