Candy Control, Costumes Through the Years, and Halloween Friday Favorites

Morning, and Happy Halloween!

Candy Control

Since today is notoriously known as the biggest candy day of the year, I want to just take a second and throw something out there. Before you reach for that candy bar (or two… or three…) today, think about whether you truly want to eat the candy or if you are just eating it because it’s there and because it’s Halloween. Remind yourself that Halloween candy is actually available every day of the year. Sure the M&Ms might be orange, and those Reese’s might be shaped like pumpkins, but these are treats that are accessible to us all year round, are they not? Choose mindfully today, make sure that what you eat is truly a CHOICE (not just a cheat), and certainly not something you do just because today is a holiday/day to eat whatever you want. With this in mind, certainly don’t deprive yourself, but enjoy the holiday once. Have a favorite today, but not two weeks later, not in the office next week, etc. Just some thoughts!

Halloween Costumes Through the Years

I thought it would be a fun Friday post to share some Halloween costumes from years past!

2014: Yesterday as a referee at the gym

Halloween at the Gym 2014

2013: Last year I dressed up with Liz as Thing 1 and Thing 2

Halloween: Thing 1 & Thing 2

2012: Another gym Halloween. 80s style fitness!

Halloween Group Ex Classes 2012

2011: I had two Halloween parties to go to this year. I did the leotard get-up again for one of them, and for the other I tried to be Miss Scarlett from Clue along with some other fellow Clue characters. Nobody could tell who we all were, darnit.

Halloween 2011

Halloween: Clue Characters

2010: One of my favorites! Nerds!

Nerd Costume

2009: Hello, rock star and pink hair.

Halloween: Rockstar Costume

2008: I can’t believe I used to have the effort to come up with MULTIPLE costumes. Party #1 = Flinstones. Party #2 = flappers.

Halloween: Flinstones

Halloween: Flappers

2007: The other flapper costume. And a Twister board, which is my other all time favorite Halloween costume besides dressing up as a nerd with Tim.



2006: Pirate. I thought I was so cool because I wrote “argh you gonna touch my booty” on my shirt. My only excuse for that being okay ? Senior year of college. Woof.


My hard drive broke with all my other college pictures on it (still can’t handle that), but I do remember dressing up as a French maid with Shannon (I think junior year?). Sophomore year is a mystery, but look at this gem I found from freshman year:

Charlie's Angels

What? You can’t tell we are Charlie’s Angels?

I have a bunch of gems from high school too. There was that year I dressed up with my friend Baka as Cat Woman and Batman.


Then there was a time that I was going to dress up with my friend Rob as Austin Powers and the girl from Austin Powers… but then he was sick so I was sans Austin Powers.

High School Halloween

Oh, and I think I went trick or treating until I was 15 years old. As a farmer. haha!

Halloween: Farmer

Well, that was fun (and a little horrifying). Crazy how costumes change from your younger 20s to your almost 30s! I wish I could remember more from my childhood. All I can think of was cookie monster, a devil, and a MAN. My parents were probably horrified that year! Mom? Any other good ones you can share with F&F?

Moving on…

Halloween Friday Favorites

Since I didn’t have much free time for my usual blog reading this week, I decided to share some fun Halloween inspired links I stumbled upon this week instead. Enjoy!

Halloween Fitness

Halloween Food

Halloween Fun

And if you missed anything on F&F this week, check out the launch of my new newsletter, my recipe for a lightened up apple crisp, and my own themed Halloween workout that I taught yesterday in class.

–Let’s chat–
How do you practice candy control on a day like today? What was your favorite Halloween costume? Your least favorite?
Are you dressing up this year? What are your weekend plans?

Tim and I are having some friends over tonight for pumpkin and Oktoberfest inspired beers. Costumes optional. We are lame! Have a great weekend, everyone.

Halloween at the Gym!

Hello, friends.

Is everyone enjoying Halloween?  Does anyone get dressed up for work?  My friend Shannon gets dressed up for work every year, and she always has the best costumes.  While I didn’t get dressed up for work today, I did try my best to sport some Halloween colors/gear.

Orange shirt + black and orange beads.  That counts for some effort right?

My main Halloween effort this year was (surprise) at the gym.  I didn’t really have any Halloween parties or anything to attend over the weekend, but Liz and I turned our Two A Day Tuesday classes into a party of their own.

^^ Hip abductions from Best Body Bootcamp

We encouraged our Kickboxing and Circuit Training members to dress in costume for “Halloween Eve.”

Liz and I totally planned our 80’s workout gear.  For those of you who are wondering:

  • Yes, we’re sporting leotards.
  • Yes, we’re sporting leg warmers.
  • Yes, I had not one but two of each already in my closet at home.  And the yellow tights.
  • Yes, Liz brought us fishnet gloves and glo bracelets.

Oh, and finally, yes.  We’re that cool.

Liz rocked an 80’s playlist for Kickboxing, and I (in true Athena fashion) put together a little Halloween theme.  Check out this gem of a playlist:

Honestly, one of my favorite themed playlists to date.  Just don’t pay any attention to the “explicit” next to Evil Woman.  I made my valid Group Ex Coordinator attempt to lower the volume when Mike Posner belted the word “sh*t” in the middle of the song.  It was too fun a song to not include it.  Even if Workout Cruella wanted to yell that I was an evil woman at that point in class for too much leg work.  #sorryimnotsorry

Some lessons learned from Lessons learned from Halloween group ex classes:

  1. Two hours of Kickboxing & Circuit class while wearing a leotard, tights, and leggings is NOT the same as two hours of ballet wearing the same outfit.  (I seriously was huffing and puffing by the end of my supersets!!)
  2. When the instructor wears said outfit above, new members in class think they are being punked.
  3. Theme classes are NOT the same with Miss Jen & Miss Ashley!!  I missed you guys.

At the end of class, Liz and I gave away fun Halloween goodie bags to any class members that did dress up in costume or wore black and orange.  Hurricane Sandy was the perfect excuse to spend some time putting together prizes!

Halloween beads, Halloween tattoos, Halloween treat bags…

And Halloween “pumpkintines!”

How cute is that idea for a healthy Halloween trick or treat?!  I mean, I couldn’t give away candy at the gym so these were perfect.  I had a little too much fun decorating each one though.  I was originally going to make them all look like this (where I saw the idea!), but then decide making different faces on each one was way more fun.

I brought some in to work today for my co-workers as well.  Again, as the one pushing for Health & Wellness at our company, I couldn’t bring in candy.

Anyways, both Jen & Ashlee posted pictures of their goodie bags when they got home from class last night:

These pumpkintines are so cute that I don’t want to eat them!

Last night was super fun, so thanks to everyone that came to class and especially thanks to everyone that came dressed in a costume.  I’ll be rocking the themed playlist tomorrow morning at 6am, but I’m not encouraging costumes because let’s be honest, that’s a lot of effort for 5:30 in the morning.  Please come and work off any candy you eat tonight!

Questions I’d love for you to answer in the comments:  Has anyone else’s gyms or group ex classes ran any Halloween themes before?  Did you dress up this year at all?  Are you celebrating tonight?  Any other creative ideas for healthy Halloween treats?

I am taking an off day today and heading to Slesh’s apartment tonight.  We’re going to try our hand at another healthy Halloween dinner… stay tuned for how it turns out!

How Do You Spell Mutton Chops?

Yes, I just asked that out loud.

And so became my Sunday post title.

Halloween Festivities

I love Halloween for the fun costumes, everything pumpkin, and the candy.

Tim loves Halloween because he thinks it’s okay to flaunt a mustache and mutton chops for the entire weekend.


The other day I posted my costumes of years past and left you guys hanging about this year’s costumes. For Friday night, we went with a group theme and teamed up with Trina and Geoff to be the characters from Clue.

Kernel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlett, and Professor Plum.

With the lead pipe, the revolver, the candlestick, and the wrench. In the living room.

I thought it would be a cute idea, and I do think it was, but people had a hard time telling what we were unless we were all standing together. Tim’s party guests kept thinking he was Willy Wonka, Geoff was the Jumanji man, and that Trina and I were flappers along with Miss Slesh. So that was kind of a fail. Oh well!

For Saturday night, we threw together some sweet 80’s fitness gear for Geoff’s celebration.

Appropriate, right?

I meant an appropriate theme for me, not Tim’s shorts.

Maybe I’ll wear this for class this Tuesday.  I mean, don’t I look pretty sweet in a leotard?

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

Today my parents were in the area so Tim & I met them for lunch at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse. Have any of you ever been there? For those Boston sports fans, it’s a must. Pretty much everything on the menu is named after something sports related or a sports player/figure. A couple of examples:

  • The Tonya Harding: This is Tonya’s favorite “club” sandwich from the Olympic trials in Detroit. We grill a chicken breast and make it into a triple-decker with 3 pieces of white toast, bacon, lettuce and tomato. (This one always makes me laugh)
  • The Michael Phelps: Eat enough of these and you could win 8 gold medals! A flame broiled turkey burger topped with ripe avocado, melted Swiss cheese, and a side of Dijon mustard.
  • The Dustin Pedroia: A base hit every time. A sliced grilled teriyaki chicken breast served over a bowl of mixed greens with assorted vegetables and cheeses.

And so on.

Pros:  The food is really, really good.  They have received a bunch of awards – check them out here. I also think it’s a neat place to go with all the sports paraphernalia, old pictures, and tv’s everywhere. They also have 36 beers on tap (score), brunch open until 3pm on weekends, and the best little breadsticks at the table to munch on before your meal comes out.

Cons:  The restaurant is a bit crowded, and the prices are a little up there, but the food is so good that it’s worth it every once in a while. Plus, the portions are huge so it’s not that bad of a deal. The prices also include a full list of side options.

Today I went with the Portabella Roll Up: Grilled marinated portabella mushrooms, lettuce, diced tomato, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette all rolled into a tomato basil tortilla.

For my side, I got a garden salad and picked off the croutons since I already let myself have a couple of those breadsticks.

Good lunch!

–Let’s chat–
Anyone else date anyone that insists on having a mustache/mutton chops on Halloween? What’s your favorite place to grab a sandwich for lunch?

Hope you all had a great Halloween weekend!