Some New Finds

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I hope everyone had a great extended weekend. I’m fortunate enough to have a short week again. Technicalities of getting an extra holiday day to spare when you’re already off on the actual holiday. I’ll definitely take it!

This past week I have been working HARD in the gym. I’m not letting the holidays win the battle this year. I don’t want to sit here and say “no excuses” because really, no one likes that person… let’s face it we all have LIVES! Busy people, busy families, busy jobs, I just choose to make the extra time even if I have a lot planned for the day. I feel better about myself, plus the gym is my “me time” and how much of that do we actually get? Also when I buy new things that are gym related it makes me really want to get in the gym more.

You guys know how I LOVE my cable kick backs. Well I made life easier this week and purchased ankle straps for the machines. I cannot tell you all how much they have changed my life. I found these on Amazon.


You get two for $16.95 and free shipping if you are a prime member. I highly suggest these because they have a faux fur lining that are comfortable since you are pulling a lot of weight. I put them both on at once so I can just unhook and switch feet. I feel a MUCH better burn with these because my leg is doing all the work, NOT MY FOOT!


I have a lot to thank those cable kickbacks for, they really have changed my backside 😉


A few other things that I did this past weekend. I made Quest bar cookies out of the new S’mores bar.


These couldn’t be more simple. It’s a quest bar. THAT’S IT! I just wanted the illusion that I was eating cookies, so I took a rolling pin and flattened the bar, then cut into shapes using holiday cookie cutters. In the oven they went for 2 minutes on broil.


Cool huh?

I also found this coconut aminos teriyaki sauce that is super delicious.

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I marinated my tofu in it and cooked a side of black forbidden rice for lunches this week. This was my first time buying it and I love it! It tastes exactly like regular rice, but it has a very high level of antioxidants (about 10 times the amount as blueberries). You can find it online or at organic markets.


Today I hit the land of biceps and abs… my least favorite gym day, but I try to make the best of it. I desperately need to come up with an ab routine I enjoy. If you have one you do feel free to link it up below.

Have a great one


XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


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  1. Chelsea @ Raw N' Toned

    I have wanted to make something out of a Quest bar for some time, but I never have the patience!! And it’s probably the fact that when I want one, it’s because I’m craving sweets and those always fix that haha.

    1. Katie

      LOL yeah I usually just grab it and go too. But this felt like cookies 🙂

  2. Alisa

    Not sure if you have heard of her, but Kayla Itsines has a crazy ab workout that you can download for free on her website (Actually part of the free week she offers). It really works and it is a bunch of different exercises so you don’t get bored doing the same old things. I don’t do her other workouts, but I have done her ab workout and few times and boy do you feel the burn!

    1. Katie

      I looked her up! Thanks love 🙂

  3. Weekend Started Early

    […] again and it was a FIGHT. My hamstrings are screaming from the kickbacks I’ve been doing with my ankle straps. Holy moly, I had no idea how much of a difference those would make. If you like working your […]

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