Thankful


Hi friends 🙂

First off, I want to wish my wonderful friend and business partner Pascha a very happy birthday! This has been a wonderful and crazy last few months, and I’m so very grateful to be doing this with you 🙂

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I did 🙂

Mine started with an awesome morning Monkey Ninja Bootcamp–shout out to Beverly, Damon, Josh, Kristin, Lashunda, Kattt, Beth, Noa, Rebecca, Joanne, Daniela, and Samantha. We jumped, lunged, chopped, crawled and sweated our way through an intense calorie and fat burning workout–no guilt eating later for us 🙂

Afterward, I joined my family at my parents’ house–we had a small gathering this year, my parents, my husband Doug, my lil’ bro Jase, and my step-daughter Ava. Major props to my mom who had been cooking and preparing food for a couple days. I joined in helping her as soon as I arrived. My main contributions were a pumpkin pie and preparing and cooking the green beans and brussel sprouts.

A few pics of some of our food….

brussel sprouts ready to get roasted

finished turkey, waiting to get carved

Mom's apple crumble

Lastly, I’d like to share a few things I’m thankful for, as well as some of the things my family is thankful for (we shared what we were thankful for during dinner)….

1. My family–there is nothing more important to me than my family. I appreciate how close we all our and how accepting everyone is. We are notorious for always having a good time, filled with laughter, joking around, lots of food and drinks…..my friends love coming over for celebrations because my family is just that fun.

my husband who I can always count on to be as silly as me

the dad very seriously carving the turkey and the brother very seriously goofing around

2. According to Ava, my 10 year old step-daughter–“I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my pets and the planet Earth.” Well said little one, and well rehearsed. Her response, “I know, we had to recite this in class.”

Ava and her "make your own, as much as you can fit in the bowl dessert"

Luckily for her, when she recited what she’s thankful for, she had no idea what was coming. Something else to add to the list–dessert 🙂

3. My mom told a touching story about seeing a woman at the grocery store helping her daughter out of the car. She said the litte girl was probably about Ava’s age and had cerebal palsy. Seeing this woman made her feel very grateful for everything we have. It’s not perfect, but it’s plenty.

4. “Margaritas!” A little out of character, but that was my dad’s response. He spoke the truth though, maybe even what we were all thinking in the back of our heads, margaritas are something to be very grateful for.

See that bottle of tequilla behind the turkey…um yeah, so we have a thing for  margaritas. We’ll keep working on that bottle the rest of the weekend 🙂

All joking aside, I’m truly grateful for the love and support of my family and friends, for the amazing oppportunities I’ve had thus far in my life, for my health, and for being able to do what I love–share my views on fitness and health with all of you. Thank you for being a part of my life 🙂

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness, www.thefusefitnessstudio.com

Someone very special is coming to town!


Hey everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend! We had an awesome workshop at the studio this weekend–our wonderful yoga instructor Tia did an amazing workshop called Unwind, Unknot and De-stress. Wow, it was really good! If you missed it this time around you really should come to the next one she does–I think we’ll bring her back in late winter/early spring. I’ll keep you posted…

Just wanted to post this awesome video of my client and friend Ale, kicking ass doing the side to side reverse crunches on the TRX last Thursday.

Nice form Ale!

Well, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to get into the holiday mood just a bit. I hardly even realized that Thanksgiving is just NEXT week….time really is flying by. It was brought to my attention because my youngest brother is coming into town Thursday(!!!!) and in case you couldn’t tell by all the exclamation marks, I’m very excited.

I know it’s a little up close….lol, sorry about that. This is the most recent picture we took, back in September when I went to visit him in NY. Isn’t he cute? 😉

As many of you already know, I am just the luckiest sister in the world, because I have 3 brothers! Unfortunately I don’t get to see all of them this holiday. But they all mean the world to me.

Here they all are being their awesome, dorky selves, clowning for the camera person (me!)! I’m obviously biased, but I think that’s a good looking group of boys! More importantly, they are all so incredibly intelligent, inspiring, funny and so much fun to be around….I love being the only sister!

Anyway, I can’t resist sharing a couple mores pic of my little bro and me….like I said, I’m ridiculously excited to see him 🙂

Jase, if you’re reading this, get ready for lots of Mexican food, margs, laughs, cupcakes (I saved you some!), and good times! Can’t wait to see you!!!

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness, http://www.thefusefitnessstudio.com

Fitness, fun and pets!


Hey everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Mine got off to a great start with an awesome TRX Power class–way to go Beverly, Kristy, Scott, Rebecca, Susan and Pascha!

While I wasn’t able to get in a video of today’s class, I was busy sweating away, here’s a clip from last week’s same class with a few different people. Last Wednesday I was taking a rest day….I somehow have a few ribs out of alignment (wtf?!)….so I’ve been trying to take a bit more rest here and there. You’re probably wondering the same thing I have been….how does one go about knocking multiple ribs out of alignment without falling off a roof….I’m still working on the answer to that one 🙂

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve probably started to realize that I’m a huge advocate for letting loose and having fun….all the hard work and dedication of training hard and eating healthy has to have its rewards. For me, it’s about enjoying the pleasures of life while maintaining my level of fitness. However, sometimes I get carried away….this past weekend was no exception. I ended up going out to eat 4(!) nights in a row….not normal for me AT ALL. I celebrated my best friend’s birthday on Friday night….here’s a photo of how it went down.

Many, many margaritas 🙂 The following 3 nights my parents were having a mini-vacation and staying in SF…and invited us to dinner 3 nights in a row. Wow, I’m one lucky girl. My parents are so much fun and we had a great weekend. Lots of food, lots of wine, lots of laughs 🙂

And last, I have to recap on my chronicles with my clients’ pets. Here’s a video of Kit….if you read my blog then you know she is having a love affair with my gym bag.

And here is a photo of Rudy, another client’s pet.

….isn’t he handsome? He’s so sweet and despite his size vs. my size, he always tries to sit in my lap. He’s definitely not a “lap dog.” I’m usually covered in dog fur by the time I leave their house…and doggy kisses 🙂

Hope to see you all in class soon! Please feel free to leave me a comment 😉

Yours in Health,

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness, http://www.thefusefitnessstudio.com

My inner Martha Stewart comes out…


Hi everyone!

I hope your week is off to a great start and that you all had a fun Halloween weekend!

Our Halloween party went awesome….my inner Martha Stewart appeared….and trust me, it’s been a while 🙂 I bet most of you didn’t even know I had an inner Martha Stewart….at least that’s what one of my clients told me. Here’s some pics to recap the party. According to the 10 year old girls, “it was the best party of the year!” (I know, I know, how many parties do they really go to? Whatever, it’s still a compliment :))

Homemade cupcakes for decorating

Homemade Whoopie Pies to take home

Party decorations

More party decorations

Homemade witch's broom goody bags

The layout

The witch's cauldron

Maybe the best decoration I did was the creepy, bloody hand….I made two, the other was in the cauldron floating around.

So yeah, I had a little fun with this. The girls all had awesome costumes, had a dance party (10 year old girls’ dance party, it was good…), decorated and devoured cupcakes, danced some more, ate frosting by the HANDFUL (no joke), climbed up the huge magnolia tree in our front yard, and carved pumpkins.

Mid-dance party

Decorating cupcakes

Posing under the tree

Happy girls, no? Therefore, I’d say the party was a hit 🙂

Yours in Health (and apparently cupcakes :)),

Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness

p.s. While the girls were up in the tree, I decorated a few cupcakes myself 🙂