Fascinating Friday Links #24

Do I even need to say that we have a three hour delay today?

THERE’S NO MORE ROOM FOR THIS SNOW. Shoveling was a *bleep* yesterday because the hill of snow beside our driveway grew super high, so every shovelful of snow required a legit squat clean + shot-put throw. Olympic shoveling should be a thing! Use a small shovel for cardio (since you go back for more snow more quickly) and use a big shovel for strength. Let me know if we should petition for this in the 2018 winter games.

Speaking of which, who else watched all the drama in the men’s figure skating competition last night?! First Yevgeny withdraws, then Jeremy Abbott takes a major fall…My jaw was dropping low to the flo’.

Anyway, it’s Friday, it’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s the start of my winter break! Can it really be called break with all these snow days though? Not complaining.

Here are some Fascinating Friday Links for your fancy!

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Health and Fitness

[Fat is friendly] Why This Registered Dietitian Eats More Fat via Kath Eats Real Food and Fannetastic Food

[Are you getting enough of these?] 5 Nutrients You’re Probably Not Getting Enough Of (And How to Fix That) via Greatist

[Squeezing in workouts doesn’t have to be hard] Yes, You Do Have Time via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[Dieting can come with judgement] The Taboo Word— ‘Dieting’ via The Big Man’s World and Olives n Wine

[Sweet stuff] 30 Sugar Substitutes for Any and Every Possible Situation via Greatist

[You know I love ’em] 10 Ways to Burpee via The Fitnessista

[Work it out] Olympic Tabata via Strength and Sunshine + Love Your Body Workout via Purely Twins + Winter Shape-Up Week 3 via Fitnessista + 50 Rep Workout Part 3 via Peanut Butter Fingers + 12 Minute Tabata via Peanut Butter Runner

Food for Thought

[Eating disorder recovery] Letting Go of Calories via The Story of a Girl + My Battle With Disordered Eating and How I Overcame It via Your Trainer Paige + Mental Recovery: It’s YOUR Choice via Fitting It All In

[I need to work on this] Putting Down the iPhone via Peanut Butter Runner

[Don’t let these things get you down] 7 Little Mistakes That Steal Your Happiness via Marc and Angel

[Honor your body] Dear Body via The Lunchbox Diaries

Food for Belly

[Can it get any more perfect?] Peanut Butter Banana & Honey Bread via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Seriously.] Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls via The Healthy Maven

[Sweet and savory] Brown Sugar & Bourbon Glazed Salmon via A Healthy Slice of Life

[I ♥ toast and this gal with her new cookbook coming this year!] Artisanal Toast and THE BIGGEST NEWS via Top With Cinnamon

[So awesome] Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Popcorn Cups via The Lean Green Bean

[Yo.] S’mores Pancakes via Chocolate and Carrots

Miscellaneous Fun

[Little moments like these make the world go ’round] A Little Girl Experiences Rain For the Very First Time via Edis Production

[Cutest ladies EVER] 100 Year Old BFFs via Steve Harvey

[Gym locker room tips] Locker Room Diaries via Kath Eats Real Food

[I followed some new people!] 55 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts Guaranteed to Make Your Day via Greatist

[“Hot” and “Beautiful” are very different] The Actual Difference Between Women Who Are Hot and Who Are Beautiful via Elite Daily

Daily Moves and Grooves Posts From This Week

I ♥ The Olympics 

Letter To My Future Husband

WIAW: Food Collage Style

Behind the Scenes #9: Burpee Withdrawal

Have a great weekend, friends!

So tell me:

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? I will be spending my evening babysitting. Single lady status at best.

Do you need some snow? ‘Cause I’ll send some to you.

Which links did you enjoy?



Blogging Makes Me…

Good morning!

Thank you to all who tuned into my solo Super Bowl vlog adventures yesterday 🙂 I hope that you got a chuckle or two out of my shenanigans.

Yesterday was actually a wonderful, unexpected snow day that was much appreciated (sleeping in!). My mom told me about it as I was already getting up, and when she did, my eyes widened and I ran to look outside. BOO-YAH. My obligatory tweet:

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Monday night note: I just got a call from the school that there is a 2-hour delay today! That ol’ groundhog is bringing a few good tidings I guess 😉




Since there was no way I was hittin’ the roads yesterday, I decided to do a workout at home. I warmed up by jogging up and down the stairs for five minutes, and then I completed Purely Twins’ 300 rep sliding workout. I love it because it’s low impact and all bodyweight, but I can still feel the burn! I also did some other leg exercises like (bodyweight) modified pistol squats, Bulgarian split squats, and bridge lifts. A few planks and handstands were thrown into the mix as well!

I got in a second workout when I went out to deadlift shovelfuls of snow shovel the driveway. I waited until the afternoon to start, when it had already been snowing for several hours. The verdict:

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Now onto the main point of this post, which is all about how blogging and blog reading as impacted me.

I’ve only been blogging for about half a year now, but I’ve already taken note that it has affected me in several significant, mostly good, ways. If you’ve been reading my blog since the very first day I posted, you might have noticed that Daily Moves and Grooves has evolved ever so slightly. I’ve experimented with different types of posts, different time frames between posts, and even different picture sizes. However, hopefully my voice has remained constant throughout, because that to me is of utmost importance.

I think I’ve finally found a “niche” in this healthy living blog world, and I’m content with my little (yet growing!) web space for thoughts on food, faith, fitness, family, and friends. The famous five F’s -Alliterations end here- Every single reader and blogger with whom I’ve come in contact has been nothing but supportive, fun, and thoughtful, which is really why I’ve come to love blogging more and more each day. Reading others’ blogs and sharing experiences through my own has helped me to truly appreciate other human beings. So without further ado, I want to share with you all the reasons why blogging and blog reading have become such a big part of my life in this past year.

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Blogging makes me genuinely want to talk to and listen to people, both online and in real life. I used to not have much patience for “small talk,” but now I want to hear how others are doing and what they’re up to.

Blogging makes me realize that seemingly insignificant things can actually be profound and be great conversation topics.

Blogging makes me want to do a million things at once. Answer comments, leave comments on others’ blogs, read posts, write posts, take pictures, pin, tweet, Instagram. ALL THE THINGS. But…..

Blogging makes me want to take things one step at a time, because it’s about quality, not quantity.

Blogging makes me hungry. Food pictures left and right.

Blogging makes me tired sometimes when I really want write a post, even if it means going to sleep a little later.

Blogging makes me need to clean my laptop all the time since I’m always eating around it.

Blogging makes me frustrated at times. Like when photos get deleted from all my posts.

Blogging makes me learn patience.

Blogging makes me a better writer (and a faster typer).

Blogging makes me manage my time as efficiently as possible. But sometimes….

Blogging makes me procrastinate. It’s the truth, but I’m working on prioritizing!

Blogging makes me reach for my goals and support others to do so too.

Blogging makes me want to try so many different kinds of fitness! CrossFit, Bikram yoga, hot yoga, spinning, barre, BodyPump, hiking, Zumba……but at the same time…

Blogging makes me take care of myself. Sharing my eats and fitness allows me to reflect on whether or not I am truly nourishing and respecting my body.

Blogging makes me open-minded to new ideas and perspectives on different topics. And different foods.

Blogging makes me remember that we are all a work in process. No one is perfect and everyone goes through trials.

Blogging makes me look like a crazy person in public. I’m always taking pictures, and my friends just shout out, “It’s going on the blog, guys!”

Blogging makes me want to get up in the morning. Blog reading + breakfast = best time of day.

Blogging makes me feel like I have more and more friends every day!

Blogging makes me reflect on the things for which I am grateful. When I write out my life, it’s easier to notice all the little things of which I would otherwise take advantage.

Blogging makes me look like a fool sometimes. Like in last night’s vlog 😉

Blogging makes me smile, laugh, and cry. Mostly the first two though.

I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday! Stay safe and warm, those who are in the midst of winter storms!

So tell me:

{If you’re a blogger} Blogging makes me_______.

{If you’re a blog reader} Reading blogs makes me_______.