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Christmas Party Marathoning!

Christmas Party Marathoning!

Christmas went as fast as it arrived! It’s my favorite time of year by far, even with all of the stress that it brings. Every single year I realize how truly blessed I am for the family and friends that are in my life. The hubs’ family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve and my family celebrates on Christmas Day so it allows us to spend time with both sides. Let the holiday party marathon begin! We were ready.

 

We didn’t have to prepare much on Christmas Eve, but for my family gathering, I was in charge of the mac and cheese this year…for over 20 people. This is obviously a staple for kids so I could NOT mess this up. When food assignments went out this year, I was shocked to find out that we were assigned an actual food dish (a sign you’re moving up) and really I have no idea how this happened but it did. I mean it’s only mac and cheese, but I’ve never prepared anything for that many people in my life. Suddenly I felt like I was preparing a five-course meal for an army and the whole day relied on the success of my mac and cheese. (Ludacris, I know.)

So I found a crock pot mac and cheese recipe so it would stay warm enough until we got to our destination. Let me tell you, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown with how this homemade mac and cheese recipe was going. It looked like a milky mess, it was overflowing since my dumbass didn’t consider the capacity of my crockpot in relation to how many servings I was making, and the NSYNC Christmas album blaring through the speakers wasn’t even enough to lower my anxiety. Once I mixed all of the ingredients together, all I could do was cross my fingers and wait for the 3 hours it required to cook. Luckily it actually turned into something that looked like a delicious dish of mac and cheese. Yes, that was a long explanation, but it was completely necessary…I couldn’t be held responsible for being the reason why mac and cheese wasn’t on the menu. It turned out to be a big hit (I’m sure the calorie count topped a million per serving, so how could it not?) Holla.

Now that we mention calories, can we NOT talk about how many calories I drank within the past two days? Okay thanks. My cousin has a mean wine cellar in her basement too so how the hell could I not indulge? Wine cals aside, I did minimize the damage done by the countless Christmas cookies strewn about each house we went to for the Christmas festivities. TRAPS EVERYWHERE. I thanked my lucky stars that my boxing gym was open on Christmas Eve to get one kick ass workout in before all of this started.

They’re easier to avoid though while you’re busy talking with your favorite people, like this guy. #daddysgirlforlife.

One of the family traditions is to have a white elephant type gift exchange where the gift could either be awesome or a dud. My inner coffee-a-holic was screaming when I was lucky enough to score some amazing, specialty coffee complete with an insulated travel mug. #winning.

After the gift exchange we had to party hop on over to my mom’s side of the family to not only celebrate Christmas, but to celebrate my cousin’s birthday who was in from LA. Lucky for her, she didn’t have to experience the -12-degree weather!

More laughs were shared, caught up with family, more food was consumed (including my mom’s homemade Swedish meatballs…YUM) gift exchange #2. By this time, I think Josh and I were both going into a food/wine coma. It’s always so hard to leave family, especially since leaving means that Christmas is over! NOOOO!!! Why can’t this holiday just last forever? Everything is sparkly, and I for one could listen to Christmas music all day everyday.

One of my favorite gifts aside from my handy new laptop from the hubs, (it’s so shiny and pretty), are my new rose gold Nike kicks. My sis hit it BIG with this gift. Give me rose gold everything. I was obsessing over these ever since I saw them and now I have them! EEE! I have the best fam ever.

My other fav gift came from my mom. I’ve been eyeing the Marc Jacobs petal to the medal handbag forEVER. And now, thanks to my WAY too generous mom, this baby is in my closet!

The day after Christmas was spent in max recovery mode, meaning getting a normal amount of sleep and running off those wine cals. Did I mention how I couldn’t put on my running shoes fast enough? It was 50 degrees and sunny in Chicago! Whattt?! It was the best ever.

But now, everyone in the house is all “boo Christmas is over” and Luigi is having some serious post-Christmas blues.

Don’t worry Luigi, one of the perks of having a fake Christmas tree is that we can keep it up until March. Baha! I hope everyone got the chance to enjoy the holidays and spent them with loved ones! Let the holiday detox continue!

Cheers!

 

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Spreading Holiday Cheer

It’s almost Christmas. Presents and gift wrapping paraphernalia is everywhere, Christmas movies are on rotation, the NSYNC Christmas album is on queue, and holiday parties have begun. My first Christmas party at my current job was great. I mean, wow. Even with the freezing cold weather, it was worth it. The food and open bar was great, the hubs got to meet all of my coworkers (we played a game where he had to guess who was who based on what I’ve told him), we won $100 for participating in the dance competition (yes that happened), and the view was phenomenal. I love my city.

And victory, I managed to fit into my dress that I scored on Black Friday. (I’ve been avoiding holiday treats like the plague). As much as I’ve hated to admit it, focusing more on my eating habits than counting how many miles I get in each day has paid off a lot more. Shhh…don’t let my Sauconys hear you.

I celebrated by drinking my weight in wine….I mean…I totally monitored my wine consumption. Yes, MyFitnessPal, I only had 2 6-oz glasses of wine…*cough. The hubs and I had a blast.

We got back home at around 3 a.m. and passed the hell out. We were supposed to go to the Bears/Packers game…but I have a rough time wanting to watch a whole game in the comfort of my warm home, so knowing that it was going to be the coldest game in NFL history. Both of us came to a consensus, “fuck that shit” and slept in. With how the Bears have been playing, I would have been tempted to charge the field and punch every player in the face with my frozen fists had I endured that weather only to see them lose. Again.

Instead, this.

 

The hubs and I exchanged gifts already since we’re always so busy to have time to ourselves around Christmas Eve/Day. The guy totally outdid himself this year. He got me a new laptop so I can entertain the idea of my 2017 goal. Write a book. It’s happening guys. I’ve been thinking about it for so long, but I’ll be making it a reality in 2017. ย I’m determined to make 2017 the best year yet. I have the foundation already built, I just need to continue that path. From my boss telling me that I’m the best 2016 hire at the company to also hitting quite a few fitness goals I set for myself, focusing on the positive things will only leave more room for good things to happen.

There are many goals and aspirations I have for 2017, I’m determined. What are your goals for 2017? I’m all for several smaller, obtainable changes that still make a big impact. Sometimes celebrating the smaller victories are more satisfying and keep you on track. Thoughts? How are you going to make a splash in 2017?

 

Cheers!

 

Christmas Time is Here!

Christmas Time is Here!

So many good vibes this weekend. First, the weekend kicked off with a ladies day/night full of Christmas shopping and seeing Hamilton. I’ve been DYING to see this production and it was nothing short of amazing.

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It was unlike any other musical I’ve seen. My sister, mom and I were laughing and crying by the end of the play. I love the city during this time of year too. Everything is lit up and looks so magical. And I must say, the Broadway tracks that I’ve streamed just don’t have the same swagger that this group had, although it’s still amazing. The mix tape version with artists doing covers of these songs has also been on repeat! Ugh can I PLEASE see this play again without spending a million dollars?

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Going to dinner at the Walnut Room at Macy’s is another tradition that we had to fulfill. There’s nothing like dining around a beautiful Christmas tree to get you even more into the Christmas spirit!! I still can’t believe that the holiday season is officially in full swing. Sparkles are everywhere!

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While the holiday season is defined by spending time with your friends and family, going to holiday parties, sharing laughs and making memories, the copious amount of calories that lurk around every corner is dreadful. There is absolutely no room for excuses when it comes to workouts during this time of the year. If I indulge in a fancy-pants holiday cocktail or a couple of homemade Christmas cookies, you bet my ass will be at the gym err’day.

Not to mention that I got my Christmas party dress in already and I have ZERO room for weight gain. It’s beautiful and it just might be motivation enough for me to turn down my mom’s snickerdoodle cookies. Maybe…

Since I’ve been on my A-game with Christmas shopping (celebrate the small victories) I’ve spoiled myself with a few goodies since I’m feeling like these holiday deals this year are just too good to pass up. This is the time of year where I usually stock up on some more pricey items or if I want to try something new (hellloooo Sephora holiday kits). I think I’ve finally found a winner when it comes to dry shampoo too, I’ll let you guys know how it is once it delivers. I decided to tryout Living Proof’s perfect hair day dry shampoo. My hair is always a mess after I workout so this will be a total game changer if it lives up to the hype. No one has time for two showers in one day. Also, those who are unaware of Nike’s rose gold collection…omg. I don’t know about anyone else, but I need rose gold everything. I fell in love with these Nike Free TR 6 trainers.

 

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Although my feet don’t really like Nikes for long distance runs, they’re great for training and speedwork. Sunday marked Chicago’s first snowfall too so I have a feeling I’ll be spending more time at the gym working on weights. I always slack on my weightlifting during the warmer months because well….who wants to stay inside of a stuffy gym when you could be running around outside in the sunshine? The first snowfall also motivated me to finally breakout all of the holiday decorations. Nothing gets me in a better mood than decorating the Christmas tree.

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What kind of fitness gear is on your Christmas list?! 

Cheers!

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The Holidays = The Anti-Fitness Blog Post

The Holidays = The Anti-Fitness Blog Post

I’m not about to sugarcoat this post (pun intended) with how I avoided all of Christmas cookies, wine and my aunt’s famous lasagna…because…well I didn’t. Oops. I did however kee up with my workouts and runs so the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Also, I kept up the Christmas spirit despite this crazy, warm weather by jamming out to Nsync’s Christmas album during my runs. Don’t judge. #90schild.

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It’s really hard to find an excuse not to go for a run when it’s been in the 50’s in DECEMBER. Ummm I live in Chicagoland right? I’ve been really lazy about foam rolling so that’s the only reason why my mileage has been suffering for the past couple of weeks. If every mile was a Christmas cookie…I’m definitely coming up short. I’ll own up to it. I ate many of these cookies. And I liked it. I liked it A LOT.

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I also managed to find the highly coveted blonde roast holiday blonde at Starbucks. This blue bag of amazingness is IMPOSSIBLE to find and I just so happened to come across a bag. Merry Christmas to me!!

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This Christmas was both really hard and really special this year. It was hard because Christmas was celebrated for the first time without my cousin and really special because it’s his passing that made everyone really appreciate the holidays and spending them with family. I’m always so bummed when the holiday season is over. I never get enough time with my extended family. I think with 2016 coming around the corner, that needs to change.

I alsoย love watching my fam open up their gifts that I got them too though. We spent Christmas Eve with his side of the family and Christmas Day with my family. My hubs and family definitely get me too. I scored some gift cards to feed my Starbucks and reading addictions, wireless powerbeats and an amazing pair of InkNBurn running tights. Oh and ummm Vegas 2016 hellloooo!

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The wireless powerbeats are also going to be SO amazing on my runs and working out. The sound quality is amazing and I can say goodbye to wires smacking me in the face!

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Oh and let’s not forget about how my hubs got me the single best Christmas sweater EVER.

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These gifts had me BEGGING to go out for another run asap. But not before more Christmas celebrating with my side of the fam. By the time we were done, we were exhausted, full of wine and too much food.

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However before I got to enjoy my new running tights…at approximately 4 a.m. the following morning…my body decided to come down with the stomach flu. I guess my body just decided to get rid of all the extra calories I consumed over the holidays all at once. Thanks? Yeesh. At least it waited until after the holidays. Now this whole fiasco will just give me an excuse to enjoy the Christmas tree for that much longer. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I hope everyone else had a fabulous holiday!

Cheers!

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Weekend Update

Weekend Update

Hello blogosphere! I know, I know, I’ve been on quite the blogging hiatus…because well…adulting. Between work, conjuring up content for my book, the holidays, family emergencies, that leaves well…zero time for blogging. The good thing is that my fitness game hasn’t completely failed despite the basket full of leftover Halloween candy that is still haunting me on my dining room table. Those fun size Twix bars are taunting me…really…the following are measures I’ve taken to prevent myself from indulging.

  • Think how not cute my skinny jeans would look like if I ate all of those “fun” size candy bars…yeah a developed muffin top? Not so fun.
  • Curse at the basket of candy and stomp my way over to the TV to queue up an Insanity workout.
  • Convince yourself that if you give in to temptation, where does it end? You wanted to blow your whole paycheck on that Nordstrom sale…why not give in to that too? I have a few choice words for upper management at work, why not make that a reality? Oh because I would be jobless, poor, unable to pay my bills and too fat to fit into the cute clothes I wasted my whole paycheck on. See what giving into temptation does? Don’t do it.

With the holidays coming up, struggling to make healthier choices and to not eat for five is quite difficult. If your family is like mine, you’re not done until you’re about to give birth to a giant food baby. According to some studies, the average person will gain around 6-8lbs during the holidays. Excuse me while I go into a complete state of panic. I refuse to be a statistic!!! That slice of pumpkin pie sure does look delicious…but it won’t look half as good sitting around my midsection. So in order to avoid this dreaded holiday weight gain and to continue on with my fitness game, my running/weights game needs to stay strong. And I don’t know what motivates you guys, but new running gear does the trick!

Exhibit A: New Shoes

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This is my first pair of Saucony Triumph running shoes and I have to say, I’m a fan. They’re light on my feet, provide a lot of cushion and have me pounding the pavement effortlessly for miles. A+! Not to mention….ummm they’re hot pink. Win.

Exhibit B: A Garmin.

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Before I was fortunate enough to run with one of these, I thought I didn’t need one. Well…I have to say, it’s a game changer for any runner. It tracks your stats whether you’re swimming, running or cycling, calories burned, your routes and the best part…this model tracks your heart rate through your wrist so you don’t have to worry about an annoying chest strap. I loathe this time of the year since it’s so dark out by the time I get home which means running at night or on the dreadmill, but it makes me appreciate my long weekend runs even more. Helllloooo blue sky!!!

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And in regards to recent events, let’s spread some love today shall we? Compliment someone you don’t know, pay for someone else’s coffee while you’re in line, make someone smile! And just so you know, reader, you look absolutely fabulous today.

 

Cheers!

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