Tonight, We Feast. Tomorrow, We Jog


“It’s the holidays!” The magical time of year filled with chillier temps, holiday parties, festive decorating, Christmas shopping, baking, platters of delicious foods, cozy date nights sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace… and a dwindling workout routine. Haven’t worked up a sweat in a bit? Forgotten about your running shoes ditched in the corner? It’s easy to simply throw up your hands, shrug and say “it’s the holidays!”

But you don’t have to completely abandon your workout routine altogether. Instead, adjust it. Check out the following tips for working out during this stressful and busy season. Because your running shoes deserve love and attention during the happiest time of year too.

Be Flexible

Fitness expert Shirley Archer, author of “Fitness 9 to 5” and “Weight Training for Dummies,” recommends approaching the holiday season as a time for maintenance. Avoid setting new goals or trying to be ambitious. You can also take a seasonal approach. Think of the holidays as your off-season for lower key or shorter workouts. This flexibility allows you to adjust your workouts without self-criticism or guilt, so you can happily indulge in a mug of eggnog and gingerbread cookie after cardio.

Torch Calories

Only have a short amount of time to spare? Minimal time is the prerequisite for high-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT. These fast-paced workouts are designed to torch calories fast, describes Daily Burn. You’ll alternate between short periods of maximum effort followed by a short recovery. Workouts can range from 10 to 30 minutes, which means you can squeeze in a HIIT workout right at home before work or while waiting for a batch of Christmas cookies to bake. Check out these three HIIT workouts created by Daily Burn trainer Justin Rubin or a collection of HIIT workouts on Pinterest.

De-Stress While Away

Sometimes following a fitness plan during the holidays isn’t necessarily all about burning calories or managing your weight. Traveling and family gatherings can create stress and tension. Escaping with yoga or pilates, for example, helps channel any negative energy toward a more centered and peaceful mindset. Gyms like 24 Hour Fitness offer a variety of locations where members can attend classes as visitors. Need alone time to relax or an outlet to quiet your day? Mind-body exercises that focus on controlled breathing, structured stretching or gentle movements can rejuvenate and help you get back into the holiday spirit.

Schedule & Prioritize

During a busy day, your workout is typically the first thing to move down the list of priorities. Before you know it, you’ve decided to skip the workout due to tiredness or zero time. Designate a certain number of days on the best days possible. On these days, your workout takes number one priority. Communicate this priority and the scheduled days with your partner or family to ensure that this hour dedicated to yourself is non-negotiable.

If you need an extra boost of daily motivation, download the app FitQuote to receive motivational and inspiration quotes every day. You can even set reminder alerts for days you’re scheduled to work out to help keep you dedicated.

Choose Something Over Nothing

Some exercise or activity is always better than none. Extend the length of your daily walk with you dog. Put together a mini workout that you can do at home. These CrossFit “WOD at Home” workouts on Pinterest can inspire customizable and effective workouts that require no equipment. You can tailor these workouts and modify the movements to meet your time-frame and abilities. A combination of movements like air squats, sit-ups, push-ups, planks and burpees performed in a series of rounds (or even just one round) will get your heart pumping and make you sweat.

So tell me how you plan on staying fit and sane during the holidays!

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I was shocked and disturbed to hear about the shootings and bombings on Friday evening in France. However after the initial surprise, I had a long and critical thought about terrorism and Europe’s response. France in particular, had been combating terrorism long before 9/11 hit our soil. Dishearteningly, they have also been combating the issue of their citizens defecting to other countries to train in Jihadist movements for many years.

Nearly fifteen years ago, President Bush said that if we didn’t fight in their backyard, soon we would be too afraid to shop at our local farmers’ market or dine at our favorite cafe or bar for fear of terrorism.

I believe that was the sentiment on Friday evening across the globe. Well, at least the Western-half of the globe, as this is an everyday fear in many Middle Eastern and African countries.

Counter-terrorism is an interest of mine and what I contemplated doing postgraduate research; but the truth is, there is no easy answer on how to “combat terrorism”. In fact, there is no way to combat terrorism. You monitor and wait, and monitor and wait, until hopefully you get a lead and are able to foil a plan. But that takes a lot of man power…a lot of time to sift through so much intelligence.

For France, their problem is much deeper– especially for Muslims that live in France. More will need to be done (domestically) to prevent home-grown terrorism as well as combat it abroad. This is new territory for everyone, so there is no “proven solution” yet, only painstaking trials and errors. However, I feel that the answer lies outside their Comité Interministériel de Lutte Anti-Terroriste and more within their education, economic development, and social welfare departments.

I know everyone is painting their profiles red, white, and blue in solidarity with the French. Kudos to you, I’m not knocking it.

I used #Pray4Paris on my feeds too.

But tonight, I keep thinking about the other victims of terrorism in cities surrounded by the sands, living on streets –whose names are just “too foreign” to pronounce, or those who died in the schools that didn’t have running water or electricity.

I’ll pray for peace tonight, and tomorrow I’ll act for peace.

Read the latest here about the ongoing search for suspects.

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Create a Lasting Bond With Unique Date Ideas

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According to the State of Dating Report in America presented by and, 69 percent of singles are at least partially confused about whether or not they’re actually on a date when out with someone they like. Needless to say, it’s probably not a very romantic date if you don’t even know you’re on one. But married couples aren’t off the hook with date night either. A study from the National Marriage Project found “couple time” can lead to a higher quality relationship across levels of communication, sexual satisfaction and commitment.

You probably don’t need anyone to convince you that couple time is important to your relationship’s health as well as your own satisfaction and confidence. Give your next date night a boost and skip dinner and a movie for something more unique.

Go on a Moonlit Canoe Ride

Head out for a romantic moonlight canoe ride for a peaceful glide across the water. Take time to soak in your surroundings, and make a romantic game of who can be the quietest the longest while maintaining eye contact. Bring along your smartphone or iPad to capture some video of the moment with a memorable confessional. Ask each other to share something that will blow the other’s mind, whether it’s an embarrassing moment or first impressions of the other.

Volunteer to Walk Dogs

You don’t need a lot of money or a big idea to turn a date into a unique experience. Volunteer at a local animal shelter to walk dogs in need of some companionship and exercise. The dogs will keep your date lively and the two of you on your toes. Stop by a dog park and get into the fun with a rousing game of fetch or chase. You’ll end up letting your guard down and seeing a playful side of each other that gets lost in the day-to-day.

Browse a Bookstore

A tucked away bookstore full of rare finds, classics and quirky gifts is the perfect spot for a romantic date. Choose an evening when an author is speaking or there’s a book launch and wine hour. Sip wine and browse the store independently while giving each other a challenge. Pick out books you think would be perfect for the other and explain what inspired the choice. End the evening with a new book for your date to unwrap and take home.

Learn to Make Cocktails

Skip drinks sitting at the bar and make your own instead. Grab a cocktail-making book and turn on some jazz, or sign up for a high-energy mixology class. Learn how to mix up tasty drinks and surprise each other with your fun concoctions. Come up with your own signature date night drink to commemorate your time together. Every time you say cheers, you’ll be celebrating your relationship.

Plant a Tree

Set aside the afternoon and evening to plant a tree together and bond over nature. Take a trip to the local nursery to pick out a tree and all the necessary supplies. Or look for local volunteer opportunities to help plant trees in a park in need. Work together to carefully prep and plant your tree and watch the bonding experience unfold. Plan a future date night of walking past your tree and enjoy an evening picnic underneath it.

Do you have ideas or a unique date experience that you’d like to share?

Tell me about them @ReporterandGirl or on Facebook or G+. I’m also on Pinterest, so pin pics to my board!

Social Networks While on Vacation: What You Shouldn’t Share

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Everyone posts pictures, thoughts and stories of their travels on social media. However, while you’re on vacation, you should remain guarded about how long you’ll be gone, where you’ll be and when you’ll be there. This may sound paranoid, but the consequences of over-shared information can devastate your reputation and your financial life. Here are some do’s and don’ts of social media while you’re on vacation.

What You Should Not Do

Those who can see your profile on Facebook are second degree friends — this means that the friends of anyone you’re friends with can see your profile. Do you know them all? Doubtful. Don’t post specific departure and arrival times of your vacation. Nor should you post how long you’re gone or exactly where you are. This information might seem of little use, but not only does it inform people of when you’ll be gone, it could also give potentially dishonest people enough information about your trip to create a false-scenario email and scam people you know for money.

Connections are the best part of vacations, and with social media it’s easier to keep in touch and make plans than ever before. However, never post personal information on your or anyone else’s wall, feed or homepage. This includes email addresses, phone numbers and even dates, meet times and places.

What You Should Do

The Internet is permanent. Anything you post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. is out there forever. A picture can be copied by any number of users who see it, re-post and re-share it a thousand times. This includes your email or a phone number. Keep this in mind while abroad. What you do or do not post on social sites is as important as being aware of your surroundings.

Make sure you turn off the geotag option of your phone for pictures. Geotags let everyone know your exact location when you post a pic. Better yet, postpone what you share online until you arrive home. For those who enjoy hashtags, a popular one for pictures posted after the fact is #Latergram.


The consequences of identity theft aren’t usually felt until an unexpected bill shows up at your door or a suspicious email makes your smartphone vibrate. A charge has just been made on a credit card in your name, or a collection agency demands payment. This is what happened to Amy Krebs in 2013. She found herself on the phone with a major credit card company who said someone had tried to open a line of credit in her name. When she delved deeper, she found that whoever had stolen her identity had also gained access to her credit reports.

The woman who stole Amy Krebs’ identity opened accounts using only Krebs’ name and a 10-year-old address where she had once lived. Whether the woman took this information from a piece of mail or a social network site such as Facebook, Krebs never found out, but this story serves as an example of how seemingly small information can lead to large consequences. That’s why it’s important to do your research and educate yourself about identity theft.

Also in 2013, many reports were filed in Japan where hackers duped everyday users out of their personal information. If a hacker gets control of one user’s profile, they can then dupe many of that user’s friends out of their personal information. In 2013 this came in the form of a link that had users enter their personal information, and since they thought the link was from a friend, they never suspected malicious intent.

So, have you had any similar experiences while away from home? Feel free to share your stories with me, I’m also on Facebook, twitter, or G+. Just make sure you’re careful of how much you share.

Staying Warm during Cuffing Season

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Autumn is here, and you can’t deny it. Most of your favorite shows have started in the last couple of weeks:

Walking Dead


Orange is the New Black

It is also the time of apple picking and pumpkin patches, and all those nasty-flavored pumpkin and apple beverages (really, Starbucks – pumpkin spiced latte)! Its sweater weather, and mix that with leggings or jeggings and those new boots that mamma bought and voila, all the dogs come barking to the yard!

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But cuffing season is more than just the weather getting cold, its about shacking up with someone through the winter.

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So what is cuffing season? It a phenomenon that’s been anecdotally coined, since there hasn’t been any academic study on it. defines it as, “cuffing season is a portion of the year when men shed their summer bachelor skin and start to feel lonely as the weather turns colder.” A little sexist, as I would like to think that some women do get lonely and seek out partners “to cuff” for the season as well.

But nonetheless, as the last memory of summer disappears, and the skies turn cloudy and darker, hours earlier than before; single people may get lonely, as there aren’t many outdoor events to socialize at, and watching three hours of television after work, at home alone- may be lonely.

When winter really hits, and its just too crappy or cold to venture outside, humans, like most mammals, prefer to stay at home with a hot mug of cocoa and snuggled up next to someone (until April).

Finally, the last catalyst for this height in mating, is the upcoming holidays, literally one right after another. I’m sure we’ve all been through a Thanksgiving or Holiday dinner reunited with extended family members, and that one person asks you who are you dating? When are you finally going to bring someone home? Or my personal favorite, “So-n-so just had a baby, wouldn’t you like to have one?”

Right, I’ll just get to work on that. It was on my Friday to-do list, must have overlooked it when I was crossing off, “buy stamps”,  “asking out the mailman” and “wrapping his package.”

So, Thanksgiving through Valentine’s are the major coupled holidays, and less important would be Easter, but generally as the weather warms up, people emerge from their caves, and basketball starts again, thus the desire to be single again springs.

So how can you avoid becoming a victim of cuffing season?

Recognize the behavior, exes or the guy that you talked to over the summer, is all of sudden blowing up your phone and “showing up” places where you normally are.  Apparently, we have not seen the worst of it, it gets most aggressive the last week of October through November.

Play it cool and watch the behavior carefully.

Also, cuffing season isn’t for everyone, if you can’t throw the ball — step to the sideline, please.

There is always the potential for love. Not many people will “consciously” start relationships for cuffing season, but there are primal instincts that drive this behavior. However, it is just as likely as any other relationship to fail.

Some top examples of cuffing:

September is the busiest month for weddings.

Everyone is announcing their engagements on Facebook.

Everyone is announcing their pregnancy on Facebook.

Ex-boy(girl)friend texting you out of the blue asking, “how stuff is.”

You are receiving random invitations to BBQ’s or other functions from a suitor.

So, have you been a victim of cuffing season? Or are you a seasonal player? I’d like to know your experiences.

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Your Best F**k Buddy

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Who says that you can’t sleep with your best friend?

Well if you’re not attracted to him or her, or have been friends since the first grade, then yeah…its probably weird. But, the best partners also make the best friends. This isn’t a PSA to put all your potential partners in the friendzone, but are you someone who “gives” in a relationship, especially when times are tough?

I have a male friend of mine, who has been hit with hard times.

*Dave* separated with his live-in girlfriend about two years ago, and moved out with his older daughter, but has a younger daughter with the old GF. In a few months he got back on his feet and met a nice girl and they started seeing each other, as long distance partners and they were generally happy!

Unfortunately, rough times hit Dave soon after that, between a job loss and a livid custody battle for the younger daughter in court, it seemed like for the past year that he was going through one obstacle after another. Like literally, every other month, something had happened.

One can only imagine what kind of toll this takes on someone. And not just that person, but his/her support network.

So ask yourself, when times are rough and you need support– who do you go to? Usually a best friend to talk to or cheer you up. Friends are great for giving you emotional support when you need it, giving encouragement, love, heck even money!

But the important part of friendship is when things are really down– they are there. Calling to check up on you and see what they can do for you. They “give” during a time when you can’t “give” anything in return, nor do they expect anything in return.

This is the important aspect of true friendship that I believe is missing from many relationships. Each partner should be willing to “give” as much as they want to “take”, but how many are willing to give, if there is nothing to receive?

When many of us think about dating and relationships, a lot of the times we view it as to how we can benefit or what we will get out of it. Too a certain extent is fine; you should be with someone that adds value to your life and not just drama. But how many of us think about what we could give in return?

So in this view, you can see that my friend Dave, has been emotionally stressed out and drained with getting his life back together. Right now, its hard for him to give. Its not his fault, he really does have serious problems to focus on; but nonetheless its not fair to the current girlfriend.

A couple of weeks ago, I would have said, “Its over, besides there’s so much crap going on, that he can’t prioritize you. So leave.”

But then I started singing this meme on my FB page:

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Wow, what a hypocrite I am.

Obviously there’s loyalty in friendship as there should be in relationships. So when things are down, sick, poor, or whatever a true friend or partner will stick it through until its fixed. As long as they both want to fix things. Not just throw it away and find a new one. However, for those of you who are “receiving” a lot and not “giving” much in return, appreciation goes a long way. And when you’re ready to give, give heartily again, as there was a time when you needed it most.

So, have you ever been in a relationship where you felt like your partner was not being a good friend? Or that maybe you were the one giving but not receiving?

Tell me your thoughts!

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This week, has been one filled with a slew of family emergencies, luckily for me and my loved ones, all of the bad situations had the best outcomes, i.e everyone came home safe and sound. Thank you to my friends and family for your support!