Thankful: A Thanksgiving Recap

Thanksgiving is just the best. For me and my family, it’s a relaxed holiday when we just get to spend time together and be silly. No frills, no fuss, no stress. Just lots of stories and giggles and sweatpants.

It all started with the Gobble Wobble, my favorite race of the year. I love that the name just evokes the chill-ness of the event. It’s not a Turkey Trot; it’s a Gobble Wobble. Very low stress, very family centered, very fun. I was excited for our family to roll up and all take part in the race.

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This was my 4th year doing this Gobble Wobble, and every other year I had run with a buddy. But this year, my friend Anne was in Scotland and my sister was hurt. My brother and my mom were both running the race, but we all decided to do our own thing. I thought I was in pretty good shape, and I wanted to see how fast I could race a 5K at my current fitness level. And it was great! I totally surprised myself and ran a time I never would have thought I was close to being able to run. I was the 6th overall female and 1st in my age group! Which isn’t super impressive considering how relaxed most people are about the race, but I was still psyched! Thankful for my health, for this race, and for a chance to prove to myself that I can still be good at running.

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Since Stacie was asleep when we got home, we did awkward pair shots for family photos. Mom and Joey, me and mom, and me and Joey!

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Yeah. My brother and I don’t smile when we’re in pictures together.

So it was a great start to the morning. My brother and my mom both ran great times, too, so we all felt good about the race! For me, I’m pumped because I feel like I can really dream big going into my 2nd marathon training cycle (post about those goals coming soon!) Thankful for a family who runs with me, bright yellow running shirts, and good running days.

Thanksgiving was so fun! We went to my cousin’s house and basically just lounged around. Things got vicious over a couple rounds of James Bond and Spoons, but don’t card games always turn into blood baths? Filled up on appetizers, but still made room for the main meal. Told stories about Mamma, my grandmother who died earlier this year. We were all doubled over in tears laughing at funny stories and looking at the crazy stuff she saved (like the cartoon clipping below). She was one of a kind, for sure, and it was sad and weird to not have her there. I’m thankful for a family who can miss someone in a way that brings us all happiness, because that’s really what we did yesterday. Also thankful for card games, delicious Thanksgiving food (which I forgot to take a picture of because I was so excited), and chocolate. 

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I also gave my dad a call as part of the Elf4Health challenge of the day, so it was great to actually talk to him rather than sending a text (which, sadly, would have been my first instinct). 

Here are my HBBC totals for the last 2 days:

Wednesday: 3 points for freggies, water, Facebook, 6.5 points for 65 minutes of spinning (which kicked my butt!): 9.5

Thursday: 2 points for water, Facebook, 4 points for running (5K plus short warm up and cooldown): 6

How was your Thanksgiving? What silly and meaningful things are you thankful for?

 

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A fun survey!

Hey friends! I am officially on Thanksgiving vacation, and I could not be more excited to have a few days to get some extra rest and extra sleep. 

Today was Day 2 of Elf4Health, and our challenge was to unsubscribe from emails or catalogs. I stuck to email, and it was crazy to realize how much email I get that I never actually open. Oddly liberating to de-clutter that inbox a little bit.

I also had a pretty good day for HBBC. I got only 5 or 6 servings of fruits/veggies, so not my best, but I did drink water, participate on Facebook, and squeeze in an easy 3.5 mile run on the treadmill after school. So 6.5 points for the day.

And now for something a little different! Patty at Reach Your Peak (http://reach-yourpeak.com/) filled out this survey, so I thought I’d give it a try. Since I’m super new to blogging, I thought it might be fun as a get-to-know-you.

1: What is your favorite snack?

Anything with peanut butter! I love pretzels with peanut butter, but I’ve started going with apples and PB more often now. 

2: Favorite work out move, and what does it target?

I love to run. Not really a move, but that’s what I do and what I’ve always done. True love can’t be broken, ya know?

3: Least favorite workout? 

Anything with weights. I. Hate. Lifting. Still trying to get better about doing it consistently. 

4: When do you feel your best? 

When I feel balanced. Working out on a regular basis, but not going too crazy. When I have time to read for pleasure, when I feel challenged but not overwhelmed at work. When I’m eating lots of fruits and veggies, and not TOO much chocolate. 

5: Describe your “perfect” breakfast? 

If I could eat it without feeling sick afterwards, a huge stack of chocolate chip pancakes with syrup. But on a more regular basis, I love oatmeal with raisins, walnuts, and just a few chocolate chips. 

6: Favorite splurge meal? 

Anything with lots of french fries and ketchup. But I would easily just splurge on dessert (if you can’t tell already, I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate)

7: Best advice for a beginner? 

You have to find something you like at least 80% of the time. Don’t get me wrong, there are days I hate running. But then I remember that MOST days, it makes me feel wonderful and accomplished and strong, and that gets me out the door (or on the treadmill).

8: Favorite one liner for motivation? 

No pain, no gain. 

9: Best place to by workout clothes?

Target and Marshalls. 

10: Favorite workout/running shoes? 

I’ve been an Asics girl since high school. 

11: What is your ratio of clean vs indulgence? 

Probably 70:30. I’m really trying to eat well at meals, and I’ve definitely been upping my veggie intake. But I still have a killer sweet tooth, and I love to satisfy it!

12: Best way to feel confident? 

Track your progress. If you do something consistently, you will get better at it, and seeing that improvement just makes me feel so awesome. 

13: Number 1 tip for beating cravings? 

Drink some tea? That works for me (sometimes…)

14: Describe your “dream” day of fitness? 

A 5 or 6 mile easy run wearing a long-sleeve shirt and shorts. Then maybe a hike or an easy walk outside with some friends, just laughing and moving around. 

15: What is your “power” song, the song that keeps you going? 

Right now it’s Timber. When that comes on, I gotta keep running. 

16: Favorite fitblogger? 

So so many! I just discovered Patty’s blog, but it’s a great one. I also love Cori (http://olivetorun.com/), Julie (http://www.pbfingers.com/), Lindsey (http://www.theleangreenbean.com/), and Anne (http://www.fannetasticfood.com/). Plus tons and tons of others!

17: What do you wear to workout? 

A solid pair of running shorts is a must. And then I like running in tank tops, or at least a moisture wicking T-shirt. If I’m outside, layers on layers on layers. 

18: What is your biggest accomplishment? 

I finished my first full marathon in May! I’m also proud of a lot of my academic accomplishments from college. 

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19: What is your fitness goal?

Short (ish) term: Run a sub 4 hour marathon. Long (er) term: Qualify for Boston

20: What is your next fitness challenge? 

Planning to run my next full marathon in May 2014! 

I’d love to see some other posts with this survey! Here it is to copy/paste. Let me know if you fill it out in the comments!

1: What is your favorite snack?

2: Favorite work out move, and what does it target?

3: Least favorite workout? 

4: When do you feel your best? 

5: Describe your “perfect” breakfast? 

6: Favorite splurge meal? 

7: Best advice for a beginner? 

8: Favorite one liner for motivation? 

9: Best place to by workout clothes?

10: Favorite workout/running shoes? 

11: What is your ratio of clean vs indulgence? 

12: Best way to feel confident? 

13: Number 1 tip for beating cravings? 

14: Describe your “dream” day of fitness? 

15: What is your “power” song, the song that keeps you going? 

16: Favorite fitblogger? 

17: What do you wear to workout? 

18: What is your biggest accomplishment? 

19: What is your fitness goal?

20: What is your next fitness challenge? 

Treat Yourself Tuesday #2

Oh hey! It’s time for my 2nd Treat Yourself Tuesday with Becky at Olivesnwine (http://www.olivesnwine.com/)

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It’s gotta start with these cookies I’m still dreaming about:

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Stuffed with Ghiradelli caramel squares. Yummm. (Here’s the link: http://thedomesticrebel.com/2012/12/17/deep-dish-chocolate-chip-caramel-filled-cookies/)

Also went to see Catching Fire!!

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On a Sunday night, no less, which made Monday morning not so much of a treat. But totally worth it. I’m already planning when to see it again. 

And then, of course, there was this cookie pie which could only logically be split into fifths (for the 5 of us at Sunday dinner). 

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Happy Tuesday! How did you treat yourself last week?

Elf4Health Day 1 – Meatless Monday

Hello friends!

Today was Day 1 of Elf4Health with Lindsay (http://www.theleangreenbean.com/) and Elle (http://nutritionella.com/). (Side note: one of these days I will figure out how to do the fancy link-as-person’s-name-thing instead of having to put in the whole address. Baby steps). Meatless Monday! I actually go meatless lots of days because I’m slightly afraid of cooking meat, but today was actually kind of tricky because I had lots of meaty leftovers from home. 

But I did it! Breakfast was easy (green smoothie, PB and banana on an English muffin). I had leftover kale salad with lots and lots of chickpeas for lunch (plus an illegal almond granola bar…not being allowed to have nuts at school is actually the worst). Had cut up veggies, an apple, some graham crackers, and some Cinnamon flakes cereal for snacks (yes, I take lots of the free snacks from school). And then for dinner, sauteed some kale and brussel sprouts and had the last spinach/feta lasagna roll from last night. It looks disgusting in this picture, but it was really good!

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So success for Day 1! And my Elf buddy (Lauren) is super sweet. She posted the most delicious looking grilled cheese-soup combo for her meatless lunch. Totally jealous.

The rest of the day was great, too! We went to Salem on a field trip, which was spooky and awesome. I somehow ended up leading the group through the first dungeon, and of course I screamed SO LOUD when a hand popped out at me. Which made all the kids scream. One of the other teachers was like, “WHO SCREAMED???” And I was like (gulp) “…me…?” Awkward. The kids loved the trip, though, and it was great to hear more about the history we learned in class. 

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I went to the gym after work to do some treadmill funsies, and it was actually a pretty solid run. I went in thinking I would only do 3 miles, but I decided to go for 4. And then Timber came on, so I obviously had to keep running. Ended up doing 4.5 miles for the day, which is really good for me after work. Here’s my beautiful pic of the treadmill screen, and a super cute gym selfie. ImageImage

I try.

Definitely a good day overall! Here’s my Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge total for the day:

Fruits/veggies: 7-8 servings (1 point)

Water: LOTS (1 point)

Facebook: check! (1 point)

4.5 mile run: (4.5 points) 

So 7.5 for the day.

Tomorrow is my last day of school (work? I never know what to call it) before Thanksgiving break. WEEEEE!!!!

What song keeps you going during a workout? Do you have a go-to meatless Monday recipe?

Sunday Funday!

Such a great Sunday! I definitely wasn’t as productive as I needed to be (which made my 4:30 AM alarm that much yuckier this morning), but it was a fun, relaxing day. 

I started off with a spin class which I thought was an hour, but ended up being 90 minutes. I don’t think I would have gone had I known it was 90 minutes. I am not a spin expert by any means, but I’m really glad I did it. My quads were on fire (and still are today), but it was a great way to start a Sunday morning. 

Then I did some lesson planning (aka read a graphic novel version of The Odyssey so that I could actually write the lesson plan) while listening to Christmas music!! ‘Tis officially the season. Although I started listening on November 1. No shame. Image

And then it was time for Sunday dinner! We’ve done a couple with our friends from down the street, but this was our first time hosting. Emily and I made spinach lasagna roll ups (recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/spinach-lasagna-rolls.html) which were super easy and fun to make. Here’s an action shot:

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YUMMMM

We also had Eat Live Run’s kale salad (one of my favorites http://www.eatliverun.com/kale-salad-with-walnuts-and-feta/) to start off Image

To help me squeeze in some servings of veggies for HBBC. And then some not at all healthy garlic bread

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which we snacked on while waiting for the main dish to be ready! I ate mine with some leftover brussel sprouts from home to up my fruit/veggie total for the day to 7. 

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And of course, no Sunday dinner is complete without dessert. Haley’s famous quote: “We’re cutting this into fifths, right?” Yes. Yes we are.

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AND THEN WE WENT TO SEE CATCHING FIRE. So good it deserves it’s own post, but I’m scrambling for time since I had to spend most of the morning finishing the lesson plan I neglected to finish so that I could go spend 2.5 hours on the edge of my seat. SO WORTH IT

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So happy Monday, friends!! I’m a little sleep deprived, but I’ll make it. (HBBC total for Sunday: 9.5 for spin, 1 freggies, 1 water, 1 Facebook = 12.5…my highest daily total so far! woo!)

Off to the Salem Witch Museum with the kiddos today!!!

It’s also the first day of Elf4Health, so I’ll be posting about that starting tonight. 

How was your Sunday? Productive or fun? Have you seen Catching Fire yet???

 

Weekend Ramblings

I needed this weekend desperately. It was a long, busy week at school. Busy is good, for sure, but by the time the middle school dance had ended on Friday night, I felt like I had gotten hit by a truck. Luckily, I had a wide open weekend waiting at the end of the tunnel, and the first day was wonderful.

I came home for the day (huge perk of living close to family) and started off with an easy long run. It was my first truly blustery run of the season, and I can’t say I’m looking forward to more. But overall, not a bad day to be outside. 

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Not my speediest of runs, but a good one to shake out the stress of the week.

Lunch was my favorite homemade chicken noodle soup. Mom does it the best, obviously.

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Nothing says “it’s almost Thanksgiving/Christmas!!!” like soup!

The rest of the day was very relaxed. Caught up on Parks & Rec (still just waiting to find my own Ben Wyatt), ate some more homemade food from mom (including a heaping side of brussel sprouts, aka best fall vegetable ever), and then made these delicious cookies:

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Here’s the link: http://thedomesticrebel.com/2012/12/17/deep-dish-chocolate-chip-caramel-filled-cookies/

I try to eat healthy most of the time, and I’m still working on it, but I will always have a gigantic sweet tooth that can only be satisfied by a daily does of chocolate. 

So a totally unproductive but relaxing Saturday is in the books. Catching up on some of my favorite blogs for the rest of the night. 

Here is my HBBC total for the last 2 days:
Friday – 3 points (water, fruit/veggies, Facebook)

Saturday – 11 points (water, fruit/veggies, Facebook, 8 mile run)

Which brings my week 1 total 48.5 points. Not too shabby! Now I have my benchmark set for the next few weeks of the challenge.

 

What are your plans for Saturday night? Do you have a sweet tooth?

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Sometimes, it’s the little things

I was having a tough day, but this lifted me right on up. You go, Kid President. “You’re so awesome, I named my boat after you!!”

Also, quick HBBC check in:
Fruits/veggies: 3 at breakfast, 2 for snack, 1 at lunch, 2 at dinner for 8 – 1 point
100 oz water – 1 point
Facebook – 1 point
3 mile run – 3 points

6 points for the day.

What little things lift you up? What do you think people should say more?