Since moving to North Carolina seven years ago, I don’t get to spend all the major holidays with my family in Utah for various reasons. I’ve come to love solo holidays (last Christmas was wonderful!), but I also get really homesick at times. So when Tommy and his parents invited me to spend Thanksgiving with them in Pinehurst (a town south of Raleigh), and I was so incredibly grateful for their offer. Tommy and I came down to Pinehurst on Wednesday night, and we had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. It was a pretty perfect day. 

I started the day with some coffee and walked Maizey while talking to my parents. This is such a pretty area! (I was so happy I was able to bring Maizey with me instead of boarding her!!)

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The men went golfing and Tommy’s mom and I made our plan of attack for the day; we needed a few things from the grocery store so we headed there and then we had some time to relax before we needed to start cooking. I took Maizey for a 2.5 mile run (I can already tell her endurance is getting better after starting to run with her again a few weeks ago!). Of course, she still had to stop for some sniffs. :)

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After she tired out, I dropped her off and went running for another 3 miles or so. There are a lot of trails where we are staying and it was so quiet and peaceful. The day was gorgeous too – 70 degrees, clear skies. I was in heaven. 

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The rest of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen with some time relaxing on the deck. Maizey patrolled instead of relaxed. We met another boxer, but they weren’t really fans of each other. Why do you have to be such a jerk Maizey?!

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It was such a fun afternoon cooking and hanging out with Tommy and his parents, who are seriously wonderful. We had a great meal with lots of laughter. And lots of cranberry sauce. :)

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I had so many moments yesterday where I was just overwhelmed with gratitude at how happy I am and how good life is. I have a wonderful family, an incredible boyfriend, so many fun and supportive friends near and far, I love where I live, I have a sweet dog (for the most part! 😉 ), and I so often have moments where I find myself thinking, “how did I get so lucky?” I am also so thankful for all of you! Thank you for reading my blog and for being part of my group of friends who are near and far – that’s kind of how blog friends feel. :)

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One of the reasons I love CrossFit is that I’ll push myself there a lot more than I would on my own. But sometimes I can’t make it to the gym for various reasons, and it can be especially hard to make it there when I’m travelling, whether for work, vacation or the holidays.

When I was at the beach this summer, the CrossFit gym there didn’t program a Saturday workout – it was just open gym – and I didn’t think it made sense to drive 20 minutes each way and pay $15 just to do my own thing once I got there. So I decided to put together my own workout. I didn’t have any equipment with me so it had to be all body weight, and I wanted to make sure I would really push myself, so I set it up like a gym experience as best I could with four things I know help push me when working out at home.

1. Killer playlist: I have a CrossFit Spotify playlist I really like; it’s still pretty short but it was perfect for these quick workouts! (I’ll to keep adding to it, so hopefully it’ll be longer soon!) I like different music for CrossFit vs. running – it HAS to have a really strong beat and is sometimes a bit slower BPM. (Here’s my running playlist if you want that! It’s much longer!

2. Rounds: I like “rounds” workouts where you do a certain set of workouts for X number of rounds. I picked some of my favorite moves for this full body workout.

3. Count down: I love having chalk or chips at the gym to help count down my work or keep track of how many I’ve done. It’s a mental game that helps me push through. So I gathered some pine cones.


4. Friends: I did this solo since I travelled solo, but if you’re with loved ones this week for Thanksgiving, you should try to get someone to join you for all or part. It definitely helps!

I did both of the below WODs (Workout of the Day) because I was on vacation which meant I had the time, and because I just wanted to burn out my legs; however, doing just one or the other would be PLENTY. I was kind of regretting my choice halfway through the second workout, but I was too stubborn to quit. 😉 I was a sweaty mess by the end!


WOD #1: 10 rounds of 10 air squats, 10 sit-ups, 10 push-ups

I finished this in 12 minutes, 36 seconds. (Air squats are just squats without any weight! They are deceptively hard, especially if you work to go to parallel or below parallel!)

WOD #2: 10 rounds of 10 lunges (each leg) and 10 jumping squats


I finished this in 10:45. I did split lunges, with one foot elevated on stairs behind me, but that’s not necessary. I ended up having to break up the jumping squats into smaller sets taking breaks because I couldn’t do 10 unbroken.

Let me know if you try these out! And share your tips for fitting in workouts when you travel!

I’ve written about exercising while travelling a few times before so check these out if you want more tips!

Note: I updated yesterday’s CrossFit Gift Guide with a giveaway because I love you guys! Don’t miss it!

And the winner of the HumanX Speed Rope & Muscle Recovery Kit is Rebecca from Strength & Sunshine! Congrats! I’ll email you shortly!!

1 comment // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

UPDATE: After I posted this, I thought…this post would be way more fun with a giveaway. :) And since you guys are such fabulous readers, I want to give you something with every gift guide I post to express my thanks for reading and for being so supportive! I  truly love my readers and am so grateful you read my blog and share your thoughts with me; it makes my day when I get comments – truly. So, for this post, I’ll pick one winner and you can have your pick of the speed rope, Practical Paleo, or a blender bottle & box of Vega Sport travel packs! To enter, just leave a comment & tell me what you love about CrossFit or why you don’t do CrossFit! :) For a bonus entry, tweet about the giveaway – just be sure to include the link & @afoodiestaysfit!

I cannot believe it’s already time to be buying gifts for the holidays!! I love finding gifts for others though, so I’ve put together a series of gift guides to help you shop! In addition to this one, I’m also planning on a gift guide for runners, the person always on the go, and stocking stuffers for fitness junkies. Let me know if you have any other requests!

Lots of ideas with a variety of price points - including ideas for your CrossFit coach!

Shopping for CrossFitters is so fun and so easy, especially if they’re newer and don’t have a lot of the fun accessories. My gift ideas are below, but I’d love to hear from you too in the comments of what you’d like to get as a CrossFitter or what gifts you’ll be giving!

Speed Rope – $22


Double unders are notorious in Crossfit workouts, and having a good rope and one that is customized to your height makes a huge difference (you can read about my experience here!) vs. the beat-up ones at most gyms that are never quite the right length. The HumanX X4 Speed Rope is an affordable but high quality pick!

Nanos$60-99 (some colors are cheaper!)


Most people start CrossFit with regular running shoes or sneakers and quickly learn that the “serious” CrossFitters have Reebok Nanos or Nike Metcons. However, they actually do make a big difference in CrossFit style workouts. The regular Nanos or Nano Sprints are both great options. I have the Nano Sprints and found them more comfortable for all types of CrossFit workouts than the regular Nanos. (Tip: I went up 1/2 size from my regular shoe size for these.)

Mobility Tools: $30-$50

(except lacrosse balls – those are much cheaper!)

If your loved one does CrossFit, you know they love to complain about how sore they are from yesterday’s WOD. :) Help them work that out with a foam roller or lacrosse ball. There are bunch out there – these are my personal faves.


Massage Gift Certificate: $50-$150

If you want to spoil them, get them a gift certificate to a local masseuse. If you don’t know the best person in town, call your local yoga studio, running store, or CrossFit gym; most have go-to practitioners they recommend! Or, you can buy a SpaFinder gift card & they can pick from a huge list of massage companies.

The cost will vary depending on the length, but I think 80 minutes is a great options if you can swing it; it’s long enough to really get the deep muscle work in and feels like a huge upgrade from the standard 30-60 minutes!

Protein Powder & Blender Bottle: $25-$50

Post-WOD nutrition is so important. A blender bottle helps your CrossFitting junkie fuel right after torching their quads. If you know their favorite protein powder, get them a container of that and they and their muscles will love you forever! If you’re not sure which protein powder they live, Sunwarrior and Vega Sport are great non-dairy/non-soy versions that I always have in my pantry. Or if they don’t avoid diary products, Designer Whey is a solid brand. If they’re paleo, Jay Robb Egg White Protein is a good option. If you really want to spoil them, get a few protein bars from whatever brand you get too!


The blender bottle is only $7, but protein powders start around $25 depending on the size you get. If you want a cheaper gift, just get a few of the travel packs of protein, which are typically $2-$5 each, instead of a whole container. Most brands have these, but I know Vega does for sure; I’ve seen them at Whole Foods, or you could buy a box and split it among a few gifts.

Hand Grips: $29


CrossFitters hands get rough from gripping barbells and doing bar work (pull-ups, toes to bars, etc.) I’ve torn my hands a number of times and even the times I don’t rip, griping the bar (especially with pull-ups) can just be painful. These Jaw Hand Grips are awesome.

Paleo Cookbook: $12-$25

There are a ton of options out there, but I love Practical Paleo. The recipes are simple, but flavorful, and I love the intro section that explains the ins and outs and why of paleo eating.


A nice gym bag: $30+

They’ve got to have something to tote all their things around in right? I like my Fabletics gym bag, but this Adidas women’s squad duffel bag looks awesome too. Here’s a guy’s Adidas gym bag that’s only $33 and has awesome reviews.

This would be my color pick but they have lots of colors, for both the men and women’s bag.


If you’re a CrossFitter, don’t forget that coaches love gifts too! I think it’s a great way to show appreciation for all the work they put into helping us improve and how they wake up early and give up many evenings to coach. As someone who used to teach group fitness, I definitely have an appreciation for the time it takes! I think CoffeeBars, a coffee gift certificate, or some awesome junk food (gotta splurge sometime, right??) would be fun gifts!

Don’t forget to use eBates for any and all online shopping! Cash back for shopping you’re gonna do anyway?  HECK YES. I use eBates for EVERYTHING.

Okay, your turn! What do you want/what are you planning to give? Leave a comment and share your thoughts; I’d love to hear your ideas! (I have a lot of CrossFitters in my life! 😉 )

Don’t forget to enter the “thank you!” giveaway!  One winner will have his/her pick of the speed rope, Practical Paleo, or a blender bottle & box of Vega Sport travel packs! To enter, just leave a comment & tell me what you love about CrossFit or why you don’t do CrossFit! :) For a bonus entry, tweet about the giveaway – just be sure to include the link & @afoodiestaysfit!

Entries close at midnight EST 12/1/2015.

22 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]

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