Get Skinny Again: Book Review and Energy Ball Recipe

I was recently sent a copy of the book Get Skinny Again by Sarah Dussault, a Boston-based blogger and YouTube fitness guru.

Sarah Fit Get Skinny Again

I have to admit that when I first heard about this book, I found the title extremely off-putting. I tend to avoid using the term “skinny” because I think it can send a not so great message and lead to a lot of body image issues. I generally prefer the terms fit and healthy instead. My goals have never included “getting skinny.” For me, it’s always been about how I feel and reaching fitness goals. However, the very first page in Sarah’s book has a bold header addressed “to the 99% who are not naturally skinny.” She explains that she is writing her book for the people out there who were very active in their younger years, but then went to college, started a career, began a family, etc. Basically her book is geared toward those who put on weight after life happens. It’s for those people who want to get back on track with self-care and feeling great about themselves like they once did. So while I do wish the title of this book was different, Sarah addresses it upfront and states that “it’s not about getting skinny again for vanity, it’s about feeling good about the way you look, and maintaining your health for a long and prosperous life!” <—That I agree with.

The book is divided into three different sections:

The first part is called “time to get on your fitness” and includes Sarah’s favorite exercises to do with both minimal equipment and on her favorite machines. There are so many instructional pictures, including examples of bad form to show readers what not to do. While a lot of the exercises in this section were already familiar to me as an instructor/trainer, I did get a few new ideas to teach in my classes, and I  think the moves ARE appropriately geared toward the average person who may not know what to do in and out of the gym.

The second section is called “time to eat clean to get lean” and includes recipes with reasonably priced ingredients, the pros and cons of cleanses and diets and how to try one safely, and tips for eating healthy at restaurants and drinking at parties without being awkward. Any book that talks about being awkward is fun in my book, but I love how truly SIMPLE each of the recipes is in this section. For those looking for time savers in the kitchen, this part of the book will definitely appeal to you.

Sarah Fit Get Skinny Again Energy Bites

Finally, the last section is called “time to live the fit life,” and Sarah talks about the importance of planning for success and shares her own story for creating a name for herself in the fitness industry. I found this section the most interesting, especially as I’m on my own journey to do the same thing!

I do want to share with you one of my favorite recipes from part 2, the no bake energy balls! I’ve made these a few times since receiving the book, and I am really enjoying how filling they are for such an itty bitty snack.

Sarah Fit Get Skinny Again Energy Bites

Sarah Fit Energy Balls


  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I prefer vanilla, but chocolate works too)
  • 1/4 cup oat flour or 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (you may need more depending on protein powder)


If you do not have oat flour, you can grind the oats in a food processor to make oat flour. Combine all the ingredients except for the almond milk in a bowl and mix together with a spoon. If you need to, add almond milk or water a teaspoon at a time until mixture is no longer crumbling. Scoop out about 1 tbsp of batter and roll into a tight ball. Repeat with the remaining batter. You can eat these right away or place in an air-tight container in the refrigerator to harden up a bit. This is a basic recipe — you can add chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chia seeds, or flax, if you like, for your own spin.

Sarah Fit Get Skinny Again Energy Bites

Word to the wise: do not substitute almond butter for this recipe. Lesson learned! These are perfect for a pre or post workout snack, but I find I prefer them before my morning workouts.

Sarah Fit Get Skinny Again Energy Bites

I am definitely looking forward to trying some of the other recipes in the book!

Let’s chat–
Have you read Get Skinny Again? Which section of the book sounds the most interesting to you? Have you ever made a no bake energy bite before? Have you ever checked out any of Sarah’s fitness videos on YouTube? What are your feelings about the word skinny?

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for writing about it and sharing a recipe. As always, all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links within this post.

Weekly Workout Log + Shirt Giveaway Winners

I’m back!

Slesh’s bridal shower this weekend was beautiful and went off without a hitch. Here’s a sneak peek picture:

Slesh's Bridal Shower

I’m hoping to be back to a somewhat regular blogging schedule this week, and I want to start out with my workout log from the past week. Despite being busy, exercise was still a priority for me (it always will be). I wasn’t able to do any heavy lifting last week, I had to take an extra off day than I normally do, and I also decreased the duration of exercise on some days. It’s all good though, and I’m really happy I was able to squeeze in four solid workout sessions during such a busy spring week.

Last Week’s Workouts

Tim and I woke up early and went for a run before heading to my grandfather’s house for Easter Sunday. I also did some “up the ladder” core work: 10 star v-sits, 20 leg lifts, 30 heel taps, 40 plank kick and tucks, 50 bicycles, and a 60 second plank.

This was another at home workout day, and another workout I did with Tim before our Marathon Monday festivities. I threw together a workout where one of us did a move on the Jump Sport while the other did a move on the bosu. We did each move for 60 seconds, then switched.


Two A Day Tuesday. Took Kickboxing with Liz, then taught my On Fire Workout in my class.


Taught my class with a 3-2-1 format that consisted of three strength moves (12 reps each), 2 cardio moves (30 seconds each), and one core move (1 minute each) per set.



This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday: Yesterday I was able to get back to the gym for some heavy lifting, and it felt GREAT to be back in the weight room. I did 20 minutes on the spin bike, followed by legs, and I also experimented a bit with the trap bar for my deadlifts. Now I can’t stop reading about deadlifts and the differences between the traditional, sumo, and trap bar variations. Lifters, which do you prefer? Tips?
  • Monday: Tonight I am subbing for the 6:30pm Upper Body Express and 7:15pm Interval Training classes at Oak Square
  • Tuesday: Two A Day
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Teaching my 6am
  • Friday: Working from home, so I’ll likely head to the gym for another lifting day, or maybe do a run. We’ll see!

Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway for Right On, Left On apparel. The five t-shirt winners are:

–Melissa L



–Steph @ I Train Therefore I Eat

–Ann E

Congrats! Please email me at to claim your prizes.

–Let’s chat–
How have you guys been? Tell me something interesting going on!
I’ve missed you guys.

Showing My Love For Boston {Giveaway}

I love this day in Boston.

For years I’ve taken Marathon Monday off from work to be a part of the hustle and bustle and contagious energy that is the Boston Marathon. I am just obsessed with everything about the day: the runners, the volunteers, the spectators, the inspiration, the happiness. I’m sure my fellow Bostonians would agree that our marathon isn’t just ANY marathon. People from all over the world strive to run Boston. And hometown pride doesn’t really get better than Marathon Monday. The day is a celebration and a tradition like no other.

Marathon Monday 2013

Last year, two cowardly brothers tried to destroy all of this with a terrorist attack at the finish line. Innocent lives were lost, and Boston was a sad and scary place for quite some time. Last Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the bombings, and to say I walked around that day with a heavy heart is an understatement. The news certainly had no shortage of reminders of last year’s attacks, and the sad memories just came rushing back. My heart broke for my city last year, and I certainly struggled this week as I thought about the victims’ family and friends, those who were injured and have spent the past year recovering, runners who never got to finish their race, and all the people who witnessed such tragedy. Boston also recently lost two firefighters in another tragedy a couple of weeks ago. It’s just a lot of sadness at once.

But then I read this article on the resilience of optimism, and it helped. It helped remind me that love and kindness overcomes. That our city, and people from all over the world, pulled together to get through something so terrible. That we are strong, resilient, and hopeful. That people are GOOD. And all that outweighs all the bad that happened last year. It has to.

I still love this day in Boston. In fact, something tells me that after today, I am going to love it even more. Today is our chance to take back our beloved tradition, unite yet again as a community of strength, and move forward. We may still be healing, but today we will show that we really are Boston Strong.


Tim and I will be enjoying brunch with our friends Bret and Ashley as we cheer on all the runners in the Cleveland Circle area.

I’m excited for our awesome brunch menu to kick off the day.

I’m excited to sport my new Boston shirt from a local apparel company called Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston.

For those unfamiliar with the Boston Marathon route, Hereford and Boylston are the last two turns of the race. The company was established when a Massachusetts native named John Stoller started creating and selling t-shirts as a charitable fundraiser to qualify to run Boston in 2008. Since then, Stoller runs with different charity teams each year, and he donates a portion of the proceeds of each purchase toward his various fundraising goals. After the terrorist attacks last year, Stoller teamed up with Marathon Sports to create a Boston Strong t-shirt, and they raised over $140,000 to donate directly to The One Fund. <—an example of the good, no?

I’m excited to see the elite runners in the morning.

I’m excited to see some of the staff members from my company run by. I wrote about several of them in a spotlight article for the wellness program at work last week, and they are all just so inspiring.

I’m excited to cheer, scream, and probably cry a little bit too.

I’m excited that today my city will run again.


In honor of today, Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston has kindly offered to give away a Boston t-shirt to five different F&F readers. You can check out their variety of styles for both men and women here. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me why you love the city of Boston. You can earn one extra entry by sharing this giveaway on any of your social media channels and then telling me you did so in a second comment. You do not have to reside in Boston to participate. Giveaway will remain open until Friday 4/25 at 11:59 EST, and I will announce the winners next week. Good luck!

P.S. If you’re looking for some extra Boston love today, check out these beautiful posts from some fellow bloggers last week:

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, but I was provided a free apparel from Right on Hereford, Left on Boylston in exchange for hosting this giveaway and writing about them. As always, all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links within this post.