FFCI: New Motivation & Fitting In Workouts Despite the Holiday Crazy


This has been a WEEK! Like everyone  else the busy scale has turned up to about 100%! Maybe because I had such a busy weekend with the baby’s birthday and my church’s holiday party,  then a non stop week at work with meeting after meeting, presentations, then a holiday party that turned out to be pretty epic. Coming home late every at night.  Not to mention last minute shopping  and Christmas card mailings so late (don’t judge) it can be so insane!

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fitbit stats for the week!

I am happy to say that my fitness did not suffer at all from the crazy week. I knew the week would be busy and so I planned accordingly. As a matter of fact my workouts were 45 minutes exactly and I worked hard for every single minute. I have been doing some circuit training this week and it’s not easy,  but it burns the required amount of calories for weight-loss! Here are some examples I created:45minworkout

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I am going to be doing more of these because a) it’s fun! And b) it’s nice to switch things up at the gym.

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My food has leveled out since the weekend. I am back eating good food, fueling the muscles with good greens and protein (and fat too!). I even managed to stay within my calories all week despite some marathon meetings at work that made me want to raid the vending machine! My main goal hourly daily is to keep things balanced. I find that if I start the day with a decent breakfast and mid morning snack I do well for the rest of the day.


I feel extremely happy with what I was able to accomplish this week staying in my calories despite all the good food being hurled at me offered to me daily. I am also starting to notice how I feel after eating  something I know I have no business eating. Usually it’s sluggish, and tired. Not a fan!

I am super motivated to keep going though because 2014 is already going to be a huge year for me and it hasn’t even started yet! I have some things in the works and it is in my best interest to be in my best physical shape. So whenever I feel like I am done, don’t want to push in that workout, I remember 2014 and that gets me right up!


This week I lost another 0.5 pounds, last week I lost that pound I gained so if anyone is keeping count I am 6.4 pounds away from my first goal which is pretty darn exciting. I hope to lose at least one more by the end of the year, and be at goal by March. After that I will reevaluate where I want to go next!

How are you dealing with all of the Holiday crazy? Are you fitting your workouts in despite it all?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I put a fitbit on my Christmas list…so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Santa comes through. I want to see my steps…and my flights of stairs climbed, too!!
    Another 1/2 pound down!! AWESOME!! You are totally getting to your goal by March. I have no worries about that!! It’s practically a done deal!
    I kind of got off track this week with a cray busy schedule going on. It was a learning experience and I’m chalking it up to that and getting back on track for next week!! –Lisa
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  2. Totally awesome week and congrats on losing more weight. Seriously, I am not sure how you are doing it this time of the year, but so proud of you. Have a great weekend now!! :)
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  3. I am so proud of you for staying on course! Especially in late December! Thank you for giving me an example of your circuit training. You’re giving me a few ideas! I really want to kick up my workouts in 2014!
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  4. I like how you break up your 45 minute workout. It is well rounded. How do you like your Fitbit? Does it track sleep?
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    • Thanks Aqiyl! I adore my fitbit, it does track sleep but I’ve never tried it. Its great for steps and calories burned. When I wear a heart rate monitor the calories burned are almost always exactly the same.

  5. Great job!!! I’m so proud of you for staying the course through one busy week. Oh how I wish I could workout right now. Still recovering from the stomach bug but hope to be back in the swing of things for the holiday. Lord help me!!
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  6. WOO HOO for 6.4 lbs left to go! You’ll be hitting that goal in no time. It’s not easy this time of year and your seem to have found a great balance.

    That salad looks delicious!
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  7. Way to fit in the workouts!!!
    I like the new look on your Friday post (it is different, right?).
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  8. Great job! You’re right, it is such a busy time but you have make time for those workouts. I really need to get back on it.
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  9. Great job!! I don’t gain weight easily, but I don’t lose it easily too. I really need a workout badly. I just had a very nice mixed greens salad with lots of lean proteins thrown in. Now I plan to ice-walk to the mailbox, carrying Des. How’s that?
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  10. OMG! I’m at work and have been trying to read you post for the last hour. Finally got to read it. LOL! That is my comment. sheesh.
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  11. I love love love your workout plan and I am letting you know right now that I am stealing it.
    The end.
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  12. I am so excited for you! It’s such a hard time of the year to keep up with everything and you’re doing a stellar job. Awesome!
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  13. Way to go! It’s hard this time of year to stay true to goals but you’re doing it! Keep up the great work!
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  14. You go girl you are not to be messed with when it comes to staying on course. That salad looks good I guess it doesn’t help if I drown my salad in dressing huh…..*sigh*
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  15. Wow! I am so impressed by your ability to absolutely smash your goals this week despite being so crazy busy! You never cease to amaze me on how much you can do!
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  16. Hey at least you got cards out. I never do. If I had 2 darling kiddos, it’d be a must on my Xmas list too. Congrats on the good eating, workouts, and weight loss!
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  17. So far I’ve been pretty good about workouts, although they have been shorter than usual. But they have been a little more varied. In the past week, I have skiied, snowshoed and run. :)
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