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Ambassador Announcement + Weekly Workouts + A Farewell

Does anyone else feel a little out of sorts right now? I feel like it’s been one big weekend for the last 5 days. We kept calling the days we were gone for Thanksgiving “the weekend” and then got back and it actually was the weekend. One of the biggest perks about this 5 day weekend has been getting lots of sleep. I think I’ve averaged 8-9 hours every night.

Before we get into the weekly workout recap, I have an exciting announcement to share with you.

premeir protein powder

I have been selected as a brand ambassador for Premier Protein again in 2016! I enjoyed working with Premier Protein in 2015. They sponsored my Ultimate Plank Challenge and I even got to meet some members of their PR team while I was in NYC over the summer. I really like their products and I am almost never without a Premier Protein bar (gluten-free, 30 grams of protein, 270-290 calories) in my purse and gym bag (they are a great breakfast on the go) and I use their Vanilla Protein Powder in almost every smoothie I make.

You can expect lots of new recipes for things like Peanut Butter Protein Cookies and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shakes along with lots of fitness and nutrition tips! This continued ambassadorship is perfect as I enter a new year with a new focus on STRENGTH! (And strength of all forms…more on that to come.)

Now for the workouts. Weird week due to Thanksgiving and travel but still solid. Travel always means more running since it’s the easiest thing to do on the go. I’m also still going strong on my yoga challenge. We are almost at the halfway mark of the 62 day challenge and I’ve completed 20 practices. I am in good shape to hit my goal of 50 before January 1 if I get serious in December. Luckily, home practice and meditation can count for a few so I think I can pull it off!



Hot yoga


Hot yoga + Strength

5 rounds:

10 back squats (95#)
15 kettlebell swings
10 hand release push ups10 GHD sit ups
10 burpees




8 mile run


Hot yoga + 3.5 mile run


Hot yoga


5 mile run



I have to end this post with a huge THANK YOU to University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt. After 15 years as the head coach of the Bulldogs, Richt is stepping down. Coach Richt and I arrived at UGA right around the same time and I have always had so much respect for him both as a coach and a man. His grace under fire is very admirable. I give him major credit for lasting 15 seasons in a land where football is religion and coaches can be beloved one day and at the stake the next. One thing that always impressed me most about Coach Richt was that he stayed connected to the human element of all it all. It was evident that he cared about the well-being of his players first and foremost and held them to high standards when it came to their actions on and off the field. He’s also a family man who is the father of two biological children and two adopted children from Ukraine.

Big day for the Bulldog Nation. Farewell to Coach Richt and I’m wishing him much success and happiness in the future. It should be interesting to see how things shake out for us leading up to the next season.

What team are you cheering for this year?

Did you workout on Thanksgiving? If so, how did you sweat?

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Pam Wilson November 29, 2015, 2:39 pm

    I enjoy reading your blogs. Where can I purchase the protein bars and mix? I am currently training for the Kiawah half-marathon in December; after not being able to run for six months. I completed a nine mile run in 2hrs on Saturday.

    • Jen DeCurtins November 30, 2015, 11:16 am

      Congrats! I hope it goes well! You can buy their products at Costco, some grocery stores, or you can order online.

  • Jackie November 29, 2015, 3:02 pm

    When I saw your farewell title my heart sank thinking that you were going to be announcing an end to your blog. I’m so glad that wasn’t it. 🙂 hope you have a great rest of your long weekend!

    • Jen DeCurtins November 30, 2015, 11:17 am

      Haha! You don’t have to worry about that for now!

  • Emily November 29, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Another UGA alum here who is so sad to see Coach Richt go. I’ll always love my dogs, but this is a tough one for me. I wish the absolute best to him and his family, they are truly special people.

    • Jen DeCurtins November 30, 2015, 11:25 am

      He was such an incredible coach. He’ll really be missed!

  • JennyV November 29, 2015, 4:59 pm

    The Iowa Hawkeyes!! 12-0 this year so it’s been incredibly fun to cheer them on every week (especially as last year wasn’t all that stellar.)

    I went to a 75 minute power yoga class to start out Thanksgiving!

    • Jen DeCurtins November 30, 2015, 11:23 am

      That’s so impressive! I hope the streak continues!

  • Amanda November 29, 2015, 5:29 pm

    Hi Jen–Thank you for your heartfelt goodbye to Coach Richt. I started reading your blog when I was a student at UGA (I was there 2010-14). I love the bulldawgs and have the same respect for our coach as you do. Thank you for using your blog as a space to honor such an excellent leader <3

    • Jen DeCurtins November 30, 2015, 9:53 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt November 30, 2015, 9:07 am

    I’m all out of sorts too. I helped pace my sister in law in a 5K Saturday but haven’t had enough sleep with a house full of family! Hoping to catch up soon.
    Come check out my new link up today!

    • Jen DeCurtins November 30, 2015, 9:58 pm

      I did! Those tacos look amazing!

  • Haley November 30, 2015, 2:18 pm

    I was totally out of sorts too! I most of Friday thinking it was Sunday, and then a good chunk of Sunday thinking it was Saturday. Ha. I worked out Thanksgiving morning with a special Turkey Torch + Tone at the Barre Code. It was really awesome because everyone was clearly there ready to work their butts off. Such great energy! I wish every class was like that.

    • Jen DeCurtins November 30, 2015, 10:01 pm

      I love that energy in group exercise! Sounds like a great Thanksgiving!

  • Katie December 9, 2015, 2:21 pm

    Hey Jen – a friend of mine is using those protein shakes and I thought I’d see if you have any discount codes to share? Just figured I’d ask, no biggie if not!

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