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I Have No Idea, But Thank You!

by Courtney on March 2, 2012

So the other night (you know, the one that included this big ‘ol salad) I happened to be reading through my latest copy of Fitness Magazine.


As I was scarfing down veggies and browsing through the pages, I happened to come across this page, promoting their “First-Ever Blogger Awards.”


“Well that’s pretty cool,” I thought to myself, and actually took that picture so I’d remember to go and check out the link. Then yesterday afternoon, I received a very interesting notification in my email inbox, which allowed me to place that special new pink badge up at the top of my page…

STSL has been nominated for “Best Personal Trainer Blog!”

fitness mag best personal trainer blog

I have no idea who nominated me, but I can’t even begin to tell you just how excited I am. If you want to vote, you can do so by clicking the link below:

I will be forever grateful for your votes and may even have to bake you all some special “thank you” cookies for helping me out. Cookies from a personal trainer? Why the heck not? Winking smile

Either way, thank you all SO MUCH, as always, for your amazing support!


I had an early shift at the gym this morning, and it was was pretty dead in there, so I decided to get in my workout for the day. I happened to come across this Power Pairs Dumbbell Workout early this morning before leaving, so I wrote it down and brought it with me. It was a fantastic workout, and actually reminded me quite a bit of the circuit workout I posted yesterday.

Gosh, I am REALLY loving weights right now. Traditional cardio just isn’t cuttin’ it for me.

Post-workout, I grabbed half a banana that I had stashed in my gym bag, and paired it with some of the peanut butter that we have at work.


A little sad looking, but it worked for the time.


Shortly after that, I made a quick Coffee Friday pit stop and headed home for some real breakfast.


Nut butter is the name of the game today, folks. Apparently my small helping earlier today sparked a full on craving, so I toasted up a whole wheat English muffin and topped half with almond butter, half with peanut butter, banana slices, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Any guesses which half I saved for last?


And that bad boy right there is a large (yes, large) homemade Caramel Turtle coffee.


Perfect little treat for a Friday morning, if you ask me. Smile

Question for the Morning:

What new workout ideas would you like to see coming up next? Cardio? Weights? Supersets? Tabata? Let me know!!

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1 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy March 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

Cardio! Maybe an outdoor workout since it’s starting to get nice out again?


2 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers March 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

CONGRATS, Courtney! What exciting news! You definitely deserve it. :)
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3 Courtney March 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thanks, girl! You’ve already got my vote for your category too. ;) xoxo


4 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health March 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

Congrats for being nominated!! I voted for you yesterday :D. I love all of your workouts, so anything you post would be fabulous!
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5 Courtney March 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanks, Lindsay! I really appreciate it!!


6 Kristen March 2, 2012 at 9:21 am



7 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

Congrats on the nomination!! That is awesome! :) Happy Friday!
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8 Carissa March 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

Congrats on the nomination!!! People notice awesomeness!
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9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

Congrats on the nomination, girl!


10 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

I saw that in Fitness and immediately thought of you :)
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11 Lauren March 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

I am pumped for you :) I definitely think you deserve it–it’s awesome to see someone really go after the personal training certification, pass and then be proactive about using it!! I hope you win!

Have a great Friday :)


12 Khushboo March 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

Way to go- you definitely deserve this nomination, Courtney! I’m with you on the weights- it’s quite empowering!
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13 Ruthie Hart March 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

Congratulations girl!!! If I ever needed a personal trainer, I would love to have someone like you! You always seem so happy and encouraging, yet I know you would prob kick some booty in the gym!
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14 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile March 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

Congrats you definitely deserve it!! I will be voting shortly after this comment ;D
I love super sets and a tabata would be pretty cool!
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15 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

Yay that is awesome Courtney! You’ve got my vote! ;-) I would love to see an elliptical work out. I got one for Christmas and although I love it, I can get bored! It would be great to see suggestions on how to mix-it-up!
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16 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

woohoo!!! congratulations courtney! you totally deserve it. ;) as for your nut butter cravings today, i feel like i pretty much have nut butter cravings every day. haha. love the stuff!
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17 Courtney March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

My gosh, it’s crazy! I can’t get enough of the stuff lately!! LOL


18 Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee March 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

Congratulations on the nomination! I just voted for you :)
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19 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life March 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

Omg congrats on being nominated! That’s so exciting. Fitness is one of my fav magazines. I’m voting for you. Fingers crossed that you win!
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20 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

Congrats! That is *so* exciting! You totally deserve it, girlie! ….What an amazing surprise, you must feel like you are floating on air!
Enjoy your Friday!
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21 Ashley @ Freckles & Spice March 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

That is awesome news! And even better that you just kind of stumbled upon it.
Tabata and circuits. That’s what I’ve been feeling lately. Traditional cardio isn’t cutting it for me either.
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22 Brandi March 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

Congrats Courtney!

I love anything Tabata…..quick and nasty! Especially when I run out of time in the day and don’t think that I can fit in a workout. There is always time…..right?? ;)

Have a great day!


23 Ashlee March 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

Congrats! That is exciting and ironic that you looked at the article and wanted to check it out before even knowing!
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24 Allie@LiveLaughEat March 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

Is that a community cup of peanut butter?! That’s awesome! I thought it was cookie dough at first because it looks so thick and chunky…like the stuff at the bottom of the jar.
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25 Courtney March 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

Haha, it’s the HUGE tub that they keep to make smoothies with.
Or, in my case…snag some to have with banana bites ;)


26 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love at home workout ideas – at home cardio esp. would be great!
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27 Heather March 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

Congratulations, Courtney! I’m headin’ over to vote for your gorgeous self right now. :-)


28 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! March 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

CONGRATS! so awesome!


29 chelcie @ chelcie's food files March 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

congrats on the nomination you deserve it!
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30 Renee March 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

Congrats! Just voted for you ;)
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31 Carolyn March 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

Congratulations! You definitely deserve to be nominated. :)
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32 Maria March 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

Congratulations! Honestly, I would vote for you a hundred times over if I could.

Tabata would be great – and I’m definitely loving supersets lately for sure. I’ve fallen in love with weights lately too!


33 Courtney March 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

That is so nice…thank you, Maria! :)


34 Kaitlyn @ Pain Can Be Fun March 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

Congratulations on the nomination! :)
As for new workout ideas – I’m always looking for new idea on how to incorporate weights/strength training!
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35 Lena @Fit on the Rocks March 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

Congrats on the nomination! You’ve got my vote :D
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36 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake March 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

Congrats on the nomination; that’s awesome!


37 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

Oh my Gosh! That is awesome!! Congrats!!! I’ll go vote for you!!
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38 Erin March 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

I’d like to see a lower-body superset workout! I’ve really been getting into supersets lately; I feel like I’m working harder than my usual weight routine which involves resting between sets and exercises!


39 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

Congrats girlfriend! You totally deserve it! I love your blog and workouts, but I think you already know that ;-)
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40 Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection March 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

Congratulations on the nomination!!
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41 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

That is AMAZING, congratulations!!! I haven’t tried any workouts you’ve posted myself but I’ve pinned quite a bit.. they seem intense!!


42 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Congrats on the nomination!!!
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43 Alexa March 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Congrats!!!! :D I voted! You’re winning by a landslide!


44 Courtney March 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Thanks, Alexa! It’s still WAY early in the game…I’m up against some other amazing personal trainers! :)


45 Mallory @ Have your cake March 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

youve obviously got my vote! i adore you and your blog!
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46 Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Congratulations! Very cool nomination! And I agree with the person who suggested some type of outdoor workout. Of course, it’s still snowing where you are, right? So I’d understand if you needed to hold off on that one haha! ;)
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47 Courtney March 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Hahaha, yes, it IS still snowy up here.
However, that comment earlier did catch my eye…I may have to get something started with that. ;)


48 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Congrats Courtney!
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49 Julie March 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Congrats Courtney!!! That’s awesome! So happy that you and your blog are being recognized for your wealth knowledge! :) I’ll be voting..


50 Carrie Purchase@myhealthyaddictions March 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I really like to see different shoulder workouts!
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51 Kelsey March 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

congrats girl! I voted for you! :) I’m in the running for the Best Healthy Living Blog :)
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52 Meredith @ DareYouTo March 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

Congratulations on your nomination! So exciting. You earned it! Hmm.. I would love to see a routine using dumbells! I’ve been stuck in a rut with the same routine over and over and could definitely afford to switch it up.
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53 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

OMG that’s so awesome!! I would have had a mini heart attack if I were you. Congrats!
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54 [主页] October 29, 2012 at 8:56 am

Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back
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