Wishing you the very best weekend.

This work week is coming to an end, and for us, a busy family filled weekend is ahead. Saturday morning starts early with Wreaths for America with my family, then a holiday party at my sisters, followed by a sleepover at my parents with my nephew – and that’s only Saturday. Sunday is a Christmas party with my dad’s side of the family, then celebrating two of our niece’s birthdays at dinner. I’m looking forward to soaking up some family time! In other news, here’s a picture of our Christmas tree that I am oh-so in love with… can’t I keep it up all year?!

Christmas Tree | Tidbits for Today

Recent Eats:

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1. zucchini noodles 2. peanut butter blossom cookies 3. a coworker’s baby shower cake 4. lemon pesto chicken salad +  mixed greens + avocado 5. red wine sautéed mushrooms

Recent Workouts:

Saturday: yoga – Sunday: nothing – Monday: nothing – Tuesday: spinning – Wednesday: 10 minutes of light stretching – Thursday: nothing – Friday: run/walk intervals for 35 minutes

Hope you have a super weekend!

Bragging [Running News]

Hola! How’s your day/night going? Mine is going really well! I had a great day at work, it was both busy and productive, and a great run and meal after work.

Do you ever feel like some days you just getting the running bug? That was me today. I kept seeing the sun shining from my desk, and I knew I had to get out there! By the time I was ready to run, it was 6:05pm and the sun had set, so it was quite cold!

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Despite the cold cold cold wind, I still had a great run! And the best part, my knee held up for over 3 miles! This hasn’t happened in over a year… I am on cloud nine :)

I then made dinner from leftover turkey meatballs… it was called a makeshift meatball sub ( I mean very  makeshift).

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Toasted piece of bread, mozzarella cheese, slice of tomato, sliced turkey meatballs, mozzarella cheese on top (x2)! It was really good!

Hope you’re having a great night as well!

Quick & Dirty Workout

Hi, friends! So the other morning I had slept through my alarm, thus meaning I had a evening workout to do at the gym. When I arrived at the gym, it was packed (per usual in the evenings). I had intended to do a kettlebell workout, but with limited space in the free weight area, I abandoned my kettlebell workout. I made up this workout with the limited space and equipment (using both kettlebells and dumbbells) and I really loved it! Hope it can be of use to you as well.

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**I am not a certified personal trainer, this is a workout I made up on my own. **

QA: Do you ever make up workouts on the go? I used to think I couldn’t make up workouts, but now I trust myself to give it a go!

How to Get Your Workout Mojo Back…

I had grand plans when the new year started, which included involving more yoga in my life and getting back on track with lifting weights…

Well on Jan 1 (not kidding) I came down with the flu and was down and out for a solid 4 days, this also happened during one of my busy times at work. The following week (Jan 7-13), I literally was working 12-14 hour days (no working out happened). And now this week is almost over, and I hit the gym once… and am down with a cold once again. I feel a bit discouraged about my dismal workout start to the new year. BUT… I’m determined to turn it around today and this weekend, and continue into next week.

Here’s what I’m hoping to get into the next 10 days, and that writing it down motivates me to keep it up:

Fri jog on treadmill – 30 minutes
Sat GPP Workout
Sun Power Yoga
Mon GPP Workout
Tues GPP Workout
Wed Yoga
Thurs GPP Workout
Fri Rest
Sat GPP Workout
Sun Power Yoga

Lastly, here are some of the things that motivate me when I’m trying to regroup on the workout front. Hope these help you too!

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QA: Do you workout on Monday mornings or sleep in?

What are your all time favorite workout motivation tips?

WIAW [What I Ate Wednesday]: 12.5.2012

Happy Wednesday!!

Time for some WIAW thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons!

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This is what I ate on Monday of this week, following the Sunday of cookie baking…

Pre-gym Snack: cookie (they have a lot of protein I hear…)

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Breakfast: whipped banana oatmeal via kath eats recipe with peanut butter added + coffee with 1 pump caramel syrup and creamer

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Lunch: Arugula salad with beets, rotisserie chicken, feta, honey, olive oil, sliced almonds + snickerdoodle cookie

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Snack: mixed nuts + apple

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Pre-dinner: more cookies (didn’t take pics)

Dinner: Crockpot Chicken Adobo via Table for Two + roasted zucchini

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A pretty great day of eats, and I love the holiday cookies :)

Workout Slump

I’m in a full fledged workout slump… I last worked out Saturday, and have just felt exhausted since then in regards to working out, and bored somewhat.

Twitter proof:

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I hate when I get into this feeling, and mornings have been impossible to get out of bed.

I pose a question to you, do you think it’s best to force yourself to go or to ‘restart’ the next morning? I’m leaning towards doing a little mini workout from my home, then restarting the real routine tomorrow. Thoughts?

For some reason in my head, it is hard to ‘restart’ in the middle of the week, but oh well, I’m doing it! Why not let ourselves restart no matter what day? I know personally I can be very rigid about routines, and structure, but I’m going to stay yes to restarting on Wednesday with gym and getting up early. As hard as it is to wake up, I think I feel so much better the rest of the day, and need to keep that in mind when I’m snuggled up in bed.

I also need to make sure I have a plan of sorts for the week. I struggle with making it to the gym when I don’t feel like I have a goal/plan. Time to change this, and plan better on Sundays for a successful week.

To help me get more committed the rest of this week and holiday season, I’ve picked out a new workout program: LiveFit! It’s free and lasts 12 weeks, and looking forward to giving it a go. I’ll keep track on the blog regarding how it goes and results.

What do you do when you feel like you’re in a workout slump/rut?

How I’m Tackling Thanksgiving

Hey there friends! How’s your week going? Do you have a short week like me? I’m working Mon – Wed, then off for Thurs & Fri. Looking forward to the 4 day weekend.

My thoughts on Thanksgiving are this: It is one day a year, enjoy it! I will work hard leading up to it to maintain my weight and overall healthy feeling, but the day of, I will enjoy all the great food. I really loved what Healthy Diva Eats said about it.

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My non-expert advice: workout hard and eat clean!

This week I have been focused on eating well. For breakfast I’ve been having my usual 2 eggs and turkey bacon,  salads for lunch, dinner is leftovers, but keeping it all in moderation and balance! I have indulged in some office treats (can’t ignore a buttercream mini cupcake!), but overall focusing on eating foods that make me feel good.

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I’ve also been pushing it this week with workouts, and trying to incorporate high-intensity workouts. Monday night I did a GPP workout cut in half with slight modifications:  (800 m row; 100 KB swings; omitted rope jumps and did 100 jumping jacks instead; 100 box jumps; 65 sit ups; 100 squats; 100 ab bridge jacks.

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Let me tell you, this workout killed. I did the moves in 4 sets, in order to finish. I also realized that I was doing kettle bell swings wrong. womp womp. Lesson learned because my back is a tad bit sore. Time to work on technique! Also, when was the last time you did a real sit up? They are much harder than crunches! Try them!

Tonight I did an interval workout, and squeezed in some strength training. Tomorrow I’m participating in this GPP workout. Whatever your pre-turkey day workout, make it count!

My Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving Day (and not feeling like you’re going to explode)

Squeeze in a workout: I plan on getting into the gym on Thursday morning to sweat! Even if it is just going for a walk with a family member, get up and move for at least 30 minutes. Personally, it will help me enjoy all the delicious foods and I just feel better overall with a workout, so why not do it on Thanksgiving day too! :)

Taste everything, eat nothing – Bethenny Frankel: I heard her say this when I saw her live and it has stuck with me. Have a small tablespoon of everything, but don’t go crazy on one thing in specific. And hey, if you want more, then get some!

Stop when you’re full: Good news, the food is not going anywhere, so when you get full feeling, stop! Take a break and drink some water, and know that there are leftovers if you want a little more later on in the day (I know I will).

Lose the guilt: Remember that Thanksgiving is one day a year, so enjoy it! Then when Friday hits, get back to the routine and healthy eating. One day of indulging won’t kill you.

QA: What are your holiday healthy living/eating techniques?