Winter Circuit Workout

Yesterday ended up being a rest day, so today I was really in the mood to sweat. I decided to complete a circuit workout since circuit workouts are my favorite. Hooray for fast-paced workouts!

I took some time to jot down an outline of a new workout before I drove to the gym around lunchtime. The workout ended up being pretty awesome and my face was dripping sweat by the end. I felt my booty burning thanks to the jumping lunges and wide-stance squats. Yowzaa.

Winter Circuit Workout

I realize it’s still technically fall, but the fun winter graphics on PicMonkey were calling to me this afternoon, so I dubbed this circuit the “Winter Circuit Workout” so I could snowflake the heck out of the workout image. Yes!


When I arrived home from the gym, I threw together a quick lunch.

chicken with cranberry sauce

I topped a mix of broccoli slaw and slivered almonds with shredded chicken and a bunch of cranberry sauce.

cranberry sauce salad

I made a fresh batch of cranberry sauce last night because I apparently didn’t get my fill over Thanksgiving. I love this stuff!

I also ate a banana on the side.

Questions of the Month: November

Each month (when I don’t forget – oops!) I try to take popular three reader questions and address them on the blog. Let’s dive right in!

  • What kind of red lipstick do you use? Like you, I feel kind of nervous about using red lipstick for the first time, but I really like the look of the lipstick you’ve been wearing and feel like we have a similar skin tone, so it might work on me. Can you tell me what kind it is?

I am definitely a red lipstick novice, but along with red lipstick, I highly recommend using a red lip liner. A bunch of blog readers recommended this tip to me, and I echo it! It helps keep the lipstick in place and prevents bleeding. I’ve been using Revlon ColorStay lip liner in Red. As for the red lipstick itself, I love L’Oreal Infallible Ravishing Red. (Beyoncé knows what to endorse, baby!)

I’m wearing the Revlon lip liner and L’Oreal Infallible lipstick in the photo below.

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My friend Leah also gave our group of girlfriends YSL Le Rouge lipstick on her wedding day which I love, but it’s very expensive, so I save it for special occasions. It seems to look good on everyone though!

I am wearing the YSL lipstick in the photo below.

kimberly's center ocala 008

The YSL lipstick is slightly less intense, in my opinion.

  • Do you take any vitamins or supplements?

I’m pretty basic when it comes to my vitamins.


I typically take the following vitamins:

Can you tell that I like gummy vitamins? I am pretty bad about remembering swallow pills, but when vitamins taste like candy, I’m all in.

I absolutely love my calcium chews. They taste like Starbursts!

calcium chews

GNC sent me them to review a while back and I’ve been hooked ever since and continue to buy them. I also love Adora chocolate calcium discs, but cannot find them near me in Ocala, so I’ve converted to the calcium chews.

  • I am looking for blogs to read that are outside of food and fitness genre. Do you have any recommendations?

I absolutely adore my friend Jen’s blog about mental health: The Pursuit of Sassiness. I find psychology and mental health captivating and Jen writes in a way that makes mental health accessible to everyone. She makes you think about your life and those around you. She discusses struggles we all face, why we face them and how we might be able to overcome them. It’s one of my favorite blogs!

Question of the Afternoon

  • Do you read any blogs outside of the food and fitness genre? Please share your favorites!


  1. Sam says

    My mom would be the lucky gal who recieves the package if I won! Since moving away and living in LA- she’s kept me grounded and I miss her! She deserves this sweet, salty, and AMAZING gift!


  2. beth says

    I was thinking of adding more vitamins along with my multi vitamin. I want to take biotin because I am trying to grow my hair long again! Did you notice a difference from taking the supplement?


  3. Natalie says

    Julie, I did your Winter Circuit Workout yesterday (love it!) but substituted my own move for the alt. plank+row- alt. R/L arm, because I couldn’t figure out what type of exercise it was! Does it include weights? I would love a little “how-to”! Thanks, and Happy Sunday! 🙂


  4. Catherine Culligan says

    I tried out this workout last night … and my buns are seriously feeling it today 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! I’ll be adding this workout to regular workout schedule.


  5. Jennifer says

    I did this circuit workout today and it did disappoint. I’ve never done plank jacks before and my arms felt like jello. Thanks for posting such great workouts. This was the first year I made my own cranberry sauce. It is so good. I’m going to have to try it with the broccoli slaw and turkey next time. 🙂



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