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Totally Random Tuesday

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a Totally Random Tuesday, but today I seem to have a bunch of unrelated things to share, so it seemed fitting to bring it back today.

1.  In case you missed it, I hit a Clean & Jerk PR yesterdayFinally got 100lbs over my head.  My celebration was pretty subdued…a big smile and gave myself small little applause, then I unloaded my bar and got ready for Annie.  Today, I have a constant reminder of my epic feat of strength:  photo 1 (3)Pretty sexy bruise, huh!  It’s a bit tender.  I had a feeling I would have a bruise today since I could feel it last night as every clean pretty much landed in that one spot.  Still, it surprised me this morning when I saw it in the mirror as I got ready for my shower.  While it sucks to have the bruise, it tells me a few things about my cleans. 
-  The bruise is dead centre, so I’m pretty sure I am well balanced left to right on my lift. 
-  I think the bruise is a tad on the low side…I feel like I should be catching the bar higher.  I will try to remember to ask my coach when I’m back to CrossFit.  I’ve got a crazy week, so I’m not back to CrossFit until Friday.  Hopefully the bruise will be gone by then, although, if it’s still there it will be a good reminder for me to ask! 

2.  Today’s Elf For Health challenge is to Unsubscribe.  God knows we all probably get too much email.  I know I do.  While I can’t really cut back on the work-related email I get, I can for sure cut back on the other email that seems to clutter my Inbox.  To help me tackle this challenge, I went to unroll.me.  This is a nifty little site that gathers all your email subscriptions and then you decide if you want to keep it or get rid of it.  I did 2 of my non-work accounts.  In total I had 169 subscriptions!  I unsubscribed to 64 of them, and put another 25 of them into what’s called a “rollup” that will lump them all together into one daily email.  I’ll see how this rollup works and then might change it up a bit.  For now, it feels good to purge a little, and maybe I won’t have so many unread email cluttering up my inbox.
photo (42)Yes, that really is 870 unread emails in my Gmail account!  Maybe I need to be a little harsher in what I unsubscribe from..I’m obviously not reading most of what gets sent to me!

3.  Tuesday sucks…not as badly as Monday, but it still sucks!
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4.  Tuesday will suck a little less tonight at 6:15.  That’s when I will be getting a much needed and well-earned massage.  I’ve got a few aches and pains from CrossFit and hockey, and I can’t wait until my massage therapist Alaina works her magic on my poor old bod.  Here’s a neat infographic I found about massage:
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How’s Tuesday going for you so far?

Do you need to de-clutter your Inbox? 

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Elf For Health 2013 – Day 1

Holiday season is starting and right in step with it comes this year’s Elf For Health Challenge. 
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Lindsay and Elle are our head elves, and they have put together 4 weeks of challenges to help keep us on track over the holiday season.  There are over 800 elves participating this year!  Each one of us has been paired with another Elf to cheer on during the challenge.  I look forward to getting to know my first Elf, Suzanne, over the next couple of weeks, and cheering her on as she is in the final stages of training for a full marathon that she will run in 3 weeks!  Go Suzanne

Over the 4 weeks that Elf for Health runs, there are small daily challenges to help us eat healthy, stay active, and not forget about ourselves during this busy time.  Here’s what we have in store for the next 4 weeks:

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Today’s challenge is to go meatless.  Meatless Monday has become a regular part of many people’s food regime.  I haven’t converted completely to it, but every once in a while will do a meatless meal.  It’s purely accidental if it falls on a Monday. 

I planned out my meals, snacks, workouts, and home life schedule yesterday.  Then I remembered today was supposed to be meatless for the challenge.  I had to shift a few things around, and we will now be having a meatless meal tonight, instead of Wednesday night.  We will be having one of my favourites from Clean Eating magazine: African Peanut Stew
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I’ve made this a few times before and hubs and the kids like it.  I love it!  The spicy peanut flavour is just so good.  I usually skip the rice as the stew is quite filling all on its own.  At this point I use the recipe as a guide, so it’s always just a bit different, but always delicious.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out tonight!

Breakfast wasn’t meatless, as I had sausage alongside my eggs and sweet potato hash.  Lunch became meatless as I picked out the chicken from my leftover chicken and veggie stir-fry, adding it to tomorrow’s lunch.  Today’s was still delicious and still very filling. 

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I’m back to CrossFit tonight at 8:30.  I can’t wait!  We are doing a benchmark WOD that we did back in March, when I was still very new to CrossFit.  We are doing Annie for the MetCon:
Nov 25The first time we did this it took me 15 minutes.  I can’t wait to see how long it takes me tonight.  I’m hoping I can take a couple of minutes off my time, at least!  Fingers crossed!

I’m looking forward to the Clean & Jerk’s as well.  Last time we did C&J, I got up to 90lbs.  I’m dying to get 100lbs over my head.  Maybe tonight is the night??!!??

Well, lunch is over and I should get back to work.  I will update you later on dinner, my C&J’s, and Annie!

Are you going meatless today?
What’s on the menu?

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The Friday Five

Hello kids, and welcome to the weekend!  Wohoo!!!!

Let’s get right to this week’s Friday Five!
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1. it’s time once again for Elf for Health.  Last year I joined the Elf for Health challenge run by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean and Elle of Nutritionella.  Elf for Health is a 4 week challenge that pairs “elves” together and has daily challenges that focus on healthy living and kindness.  I really enjoyed the challenge last year and have signed up again.  The challenge starts Monday and I should receive my first elf pairing over the weekend some time.  I can’t wait to meet my elf and start doing the daily challenges.  There is still time to join, so if you are interested, just go to Lindsay or Elle’s blogs and sign up.  Here’s a peek at the challenges that I will be doing for the next 4 weeks.
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2.  I’m doing my own mini-whole life challenge.  It’s been about 3 weeks since the Whole Life Challenge ended, and I’m noticing that since I stopped following the food rules, I’ve had days when my stomach is upset and I just don’t feel that great.  So, I am going to challenge myself to follow the WLC rules for the next 4 weeks, starting on Monday.  Hopefully starting tomorrow, but officially starting on Monday.  Here’s a summary of what is in and what’s out.
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I’m going to follow the intermediate level again, but I will also allow a few things that weren’t WLC compliant to be okay for my 4 week mini-challenge.  I am giving the okay to honey, maple syrup and alcohol.  I want the honey and maple syrup since so many of the great paleo recipes I found during the challenge use honey and maple syrup as sweeteners.  I will still try to skip sugar, unless it’s in a savoury sauce…same as was allowed for the WLC.  I’m going to allow alcohol for special occasions and parties.  We are coming into the holiday season and we’ve got a few parties to attend and I want to be able to enjoy a cocktail or two if I so choose. 

Hubs has built me an excel program for me to track my scores, and I will keep a reflection every day as well…just like I did during the real challenge. I will give myself bonus points for reflecting for 5 days in a row…just like the real challenge did.  I’m hoping that by having some accountability again, even if it is just to myself, that i will stay on track and keep to the clean, healthy way of eating.  I am going to figure out a little reward to give myself if I manage to stick to the challenge and finish with a certain number of points.  I’m wondering about a pair of Lulu workout capris!  Wish me luck!

3.  I got a B12 shot yesterday.  The naturopathic Doctor that is affiliated with my CrossFit gym was offering B12 shots.  Here is the info that my CrossFit shared about B12:
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I decided to try the shot mainly because I am always feeling tired.  Anything that could help give me some more energy is worth a try.  The Doctor will be back in 2 weeks to give another shot.  She recommends for people getting the shots the first time that they get a “top up” 2 weeks later.  I may book an appointment with her at her office to see what else she would recommend. I’m putting my body through a lot of stress at CrossFit.  I need to make sure I’m feeding it properly and that it has the nutrients it needs to perform it’s best.

4.  I had a few PR’s tonight!  Today’s WOD was a good one. 

nov 22 wodI can’t do an unassisted dead hang pull up yet, so I had to use a band.  I used a purple band and did rounds of 7-5-4-3-4.  It may not seem like many, but I had never done that many dead hangs before, so I’m slowly getting stronger. 

For the MetCon I wasn’t able to do 135# squat clean.  Not even close!  Coach Ryan said we should use 65-75% of our 1 rep max.  I’ve done a 90lb squat clean for 2 reps before.  I often struggle with squat things, so I decided not to go too heavy, and used 65# for the WOD.  It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t impossible, so I figured it was the right weight to use.  Ryan was also encouraging us to use our hips to “upper cut” the bar up.  This was similar to what Coach Justin was getting us to do in Wednesday’s clean work.  I like it.  When you do it right, the bar almost seems weightless and it just flies up.  It feels great! 

The other part of the WOD was Box Jumps.  High box jumps!  Before today, the highest box jump I had done was 24 inches. I was a bit nervous about doing a 30inch box jump.  That’s high!  We got some new soft boxes at the gym that help ease your fear of wrecking your shins…softplyobox…so I figured I would give it a try.  It took a few tries to get my head around jumping this high, but in practice I was able to do it!  So, i figured what the hell, let’s go Rx for the WOD and do 30 30inch box jumps! 

We were able to break up the WOD however we wanted, so I broke it up like this:  10 box jumps, 5 squat cleans, 10 box jumps, 5 squat cleans, 10 box jumps, and 5 squat cleans.  I was fairly slow at the box jumps as I had to psych myself up to jump each time.  I had a few no-reps in there.  Usually the fist jump of each set.  The squat cleans were okay.  I need to work on keeping my knees out on my way back up.  They tend to cave in a bit.  My form did get better as I went on.  Even though there was a 10 minute time cap, I took slightly longer than that, finishing in 10:29.  Last again!

After the WOD, one of the other girls had added another layer to the box to get it to 34inches.  She wanted to try it, but was nervous.  One of the other guys and I convinced her to give it a go.  She baulked the first time, but the second time, she nailed it!  I also gave it a try, and got up there the first time!  We both tried it once more and succeeded again.  So, from never jumping higher than 24inches, I did 30 reps at 30 inches and then did 2 at 34 inches.  Not bad!

Before all of this even started, we started out with some double unders to do some warm-ups.  I don’t know what happened, but tonight I got 27 in a row, and then 25 in a row.  New records for double unders for me.  Before this, the most I’d gotten in a row was 17 I think. I finally got my goal of 20 in a row.  Next goal:  50 in a row!  I will get to give that a shot on Monday, when we do Annie:
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5.  I took a trip back to my childhood tonight.  I’m not sure where hubs got it, but when I got home from CrossFit, there was a box of Mackintosh’s Toffee on the kitchen counter. 
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I hadn’t seen this stuff for ages.  We used to eat it as kids when we were at the arena for public skating.  We would buy it, put it in our pockets and go for a skate.  After a few laps so the toffee would have a chance to get cold, we would take it out of our pockets and smash it against the boards to break it into pieces.  Then we would suck on pieces of toffee while we skated.  It was so smooth and creamy.  It was awesome.  it has probably been at least 30 years since I’ve had this toffee.  Tonight I smashed it on the kitchen table and ate the whole pack while I was writing this post.  It wasn’t quite as good as I remember it being, but it sure was a nice treat.  It is also likely the last sugar thing I will have for the next 4 weeks…unless I treat myself to one last chai latte at the rink while I watch my kids play hockey this weekend! 

How was your Friday?  Get any PR’s as the box?
Don’t forget to check out Elf for Health!

Happy weekend!

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Food Groups and Rainbows

Today’s Elf for Health challenge is to eat at least 3 food groups at every meal.

Breakfast:  Oatmeal with dried cranberries, slivered almonds and a sprinkling of brown sugar.

oatmealNot very exciting, but as usual I was rushing to get out the door and this is what I had at work to eat.  That being said, it covered off grains, fruits, and meats & alternatives.

Lunch:  This meal was much more exciting!  I had some leftover Southwestern Turkey Soup, celery with laughing cow cheese, and some raspberries.  So, not only did I cover off quite a few food groups (meat, vegetables, dairy, fruit), I was also eating the rainbow!
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Dinner:   Dinner didn’t really happen.  I was actually still pretty full from lunch so hubs and I just had some leftover black bean dip and a couple of crackers and cheese. 

Tonight, I’ve got my first hockey game of the New Year.  We’ve had the last 2 weeks off for the holidays, so I’m looking forward to getting back out on the ice…and hopefully burning a few calories!

Did you eat from all the food groups today?
Did you also eat the rainbow?

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I Am Thankful

I am still playing catch up with my Elf for Health challenges.  This post will cover Thursday’s challenge of listing 20 things I am thankful for.

  1. My husband.  He puts up with all of my crap, and I love him.
  2. My kids.  Some days they drive me absolutely crazy, but I couldn’t imagine my life without them.  They are amazing, and I love them to bits.
  3. My cats. I know some people don’t like cats and say they are antisocial.  Well, they haven’t met my cats.  Our cats, Crosby and Ovie, are two of the craziest, friendliest, cutest little bundles of fur you could ever meet.  They keep things around our place pretty interesting.
  4. My health. Sure, I would like to drop maybe 5 pounds and tone things up, but in general, I am pretty healthy. 
  5. My friends.  They are the best bunch of girls and we always have a great time when we are together.
  6. The fact that my sister lives around the corner from me.  I get to see her all the time, we get to run together, and it’s nice having my best friend so close.
  7. Being able to run.  There are days when I hate running, but when I get to run with friends, it is awesome.
  8. Getting to spend time up at our cottage.  Rory’s parents have a cottage about an hour and a half away from us.  We go up whenever we can, and we always have the best time.  Our kids absolutely love going up and just being outside. 
  9. Our home.  I love it and I plan to stay in this house for a long time. 
  10. Finally finishing a half marathon in under 2:30!!!
  11. Clean Eating Magazine.  I’ve found so many awesome recipes that my family loves, it makes it easy to stick to a healthy diet.
  12. Leftovers.  Seriously, they make me so happy.
  13. Being able to golf once a week in the summer.  Being a member of the EWGA ensures I get out to golf at least 9 holes once a week, plus the odd competition here and there.  I’m horrible, but I love it.
  14. Discovering BobHarper.com.  I love these high intensity workouts.  They are quick, and I love that I can always squeeze a workout in.
  15. All of my Apple products.  Especially my iPad and my iPhone.  I love them.
  16. Olga, my housekeeper.  She comes once a week and keeps our home clean, leaving me time to just enjoy it. 
  17. Starbucks Chai Latte.  This is heaven in a cup.
  18. A quiet house.  Most of the time it is total chaos around here, but every once in a while, the boys are out and I’m home alone and get to enjoy the quiet.
  19. My blog.  It gives me a place to track what I’m doing, keeps me accountable, and is just fun.  Plus, I’ve discovered so many other great blogs and learned so much from them. 
  20. My job.  I actually like my job so much, I bought the company!  The Friday before the Christmas holidays it became official.  Myself and 3 other colleagues bought the company from our bosses.  It was a long time coming and we were happy to finally get the papers signed.  It’s a little scary, but exciting at the same time.  I start 2013 as a small business owner!  Wow!

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My First Mug Cake

Before the Elf for Health Challenge, I had never even heard of a mug cake.  So, I hit Google and did a search.  Trust me…there are a LOT of mug cake recipes out there! 

I finally settled on that I found on Babble.  A Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mug Cake.  I will admit…it was pretty easy to make.  Crack an egg in a mug, add 3 tbsp of brown sugar (I used 1.5 tbsp of brown sugar Splenda since I was out of regular brown sugar), 1/3 cup flour, 1 tbsp softened butter, and 3-4 tbsp of chocolate chips.  Stir and bake in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. 

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I wasn’t too sure how this was going to turn out, but I mixed it up, stuck it in the microwave for 2 minutes and waited.  I was a bit nervous when the cake started to rise out of the mug while it was cooking, but when the timer went off, it sank back down into the mug. 

It wasn’t the moistest cake I have ever had, but it was pretty good.  if I do it again, I will take it out closer to the minute and a half time, rather than leave it in for the full 2 minutes. 

In the end it was a quick and tasty treat.  According to My Fitness Pal, when I punched in all of the ingredients, it is about 500 calories or so.   I will not be eating too many of these bad boys…and I definitely need to got for a run and do a workout tomorrow to burn off some of these extra calories.

Have you ever made a mug cake? 
How was it?

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The Friday Five

This week has flown by…which is too bad, since it’s a holiday week for me.  Oh well…here it is…

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This week’s edition is going to be five things that I need to get done before the weekend is over.

1. Catch up on my Elf for Health Challenges. I am a bit behind in my Elf challenges.
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Before Sunday is over I need to do the following daily challenges:

    • Wednesday’s challenge:  Look at myself in the mirror and find 3 things that I like about myself.  I have been putting this one off, since most of the time I look in the mirror and see the things that need to be improved. 
    • Thursday’s challenge:  Make a list of 20 things I am thankful for.  This one probably won’t be too bad to complete, I just need to take the time to do it!
    • Friday’s challenge:  Make a healthy mug cake in the microwave.  I have never made a mug cake before, so I am going to have to do some surfing and find a good recipe.  Some of the other elves have posted links to the recipes they used for their mug cakes, so I will have to check those out and see what I can find.
    • Saturday’s challenge:  Take some time for myself. Suggestions were to read a book for fun, do a craft, or take a bubble bath.  I’ll see what I can come up with.  Maybe I will try to do a bit of scrapbooking, since I really enjoy it, but never seem to have the time. 

2.  Go for a 5k run.  The Resolution Run is Monday evening.  I’ve only managed 3 runs to get ready for this.  I dragged hubs with me for a 3k run around the neighborhood, and then I did a 4k and a 5k run on the treadmill.  Ideally, I would like to get outside for a 5k run sometime tomorrow or Sunday. 
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3.  Plan my week of meals and workouts. Aside from Christmas Eve and Christmas day, my dinners this holiday week have been rather unorganized.  And my workout schedule has been even worse!  I’m still off from work Monday and Tuesday next week, but need to get organized for when I’m back to work and things will be back to the usual chaos that is my life!
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4.  Write my Beautiful Blogger Award Post.  I’ve been nominated for a Beautiful Blogger Award by Veggie Bento Love, (thank you!), and I need to figure out what is involved with this award and then write my post. 

5.  Start thinking about my goals for 2013.  With the new year just around the corner, I think I need to figure out what I need to focus on moving forward.  I am really enjoying my Bob Harper workouts and I found a great site, FitnessBlender.com, with other workouts that look awesome too(yesterday’s kettlebell workout was from this site and I loved it…and I’m totally feeling it today Smile).  I’m pretty sure I will keep up with this type of workout…but I need to figure out how running will fit into my goals.  Running is not easy for me…and training for races takes a lot of time.  I will have to take all of that into consideration when I plan for 2013. 
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Wow…now that it’s all written down, it looks like I am going to have a busy weekend!  Wish me luck!

How was your week?
Have you started thinking about your goals for 2013?

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I Survived Christmas!

Sorry to have gone MIA for a few days, but Christmas sort of took over my life for a few days!

Here’s what’s been going on in my crazy life.

Sunday:  Neighborhood Potluck.  27 of us gathered to celebrate the season.  We were assigned appetizers as our contribution.  I debated over what to bring.  I wanted something healthy, but tasty.  I had tossed around a few ideas  – roasted veggies or a healthy dip – but in the end I decided on Raspberry Asparagus Endive with Candied Pecans.  I found the recipe at YummyMummyKitchen.com …and it was fantastic!  It looked amazing, was easy to prepare, and was absolutely DELICIOUS!

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Hubs also made 2 different varieties of baked brie.  One was wrapped in puff pasty and the other was in crescent roll dough with raspberry jam. Both of these were VERY good.  Our apps were a hit at the party and both of these recipes will likely be made again for our New Year’s Eve party.

Monday:  Last minute groceries.  I was hosting Christmas dinner, so had to grab a few last minute items for dinner.  We always get a fresh turkey from Vince’s, so we needed to go pick it up, plus we needed fresh berries for our Christmas Crepe Breakfast.  I also picked up a few needed ingredients for a Cheesy Mexican Quinoa casserole that I was making and taking over to my sister’s for our Christmas Eve dinner.
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This was another fantastic recipe find courtesy of The Lean Green Bean.  I have tried a number of her recipes and they are all delicious.  I doubled the recipe since we had a crowd to feed.  I may have gone a bit too heavy on the spices though…it had a bit of a kick that was a bit too much for the little ones, but I loved it.  There was a bit leftover as well, so I’ve got a couple of lunches in the fridge to help give some variety when I need a break from turkey sandwiches!

Tuesday:  CHRISTMAS!!!  We were all quite spoiled again this year, and everyone got some terrific gifts.  Nick’s big present was a very cool Parrot A.R. Drone, and Jacko got a new snowboard and bindings.
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Hubby and I tend to not exchange, but this year we got each other something from the kids.  We got him a Sony alarm clock dock for his new iPhone – which I had put through the laundry Monday morning…so it was in a bag of rice drying out and he couldn’t even use his new dock!  OOPS!  He and the boys got me a fantastic gift…

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…a full set of kettlebells:  4, 8, 10, 15 and 20lbs.  I LOVE them!

Christmas day was filled with good eats as well. Breakfast was our traditional crepes made by hubs.  I enjoyed mine with Nutella, fresh berries and whipped cream.  Freaking amazing!
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After breakfast and gift opening, we did some prep for dinner and I made the pumpkin pie…I love, and I mean seriously LOVE, pumpkin pie.  I have a recipe from my mom and it is quite honestly the best pumpkin pie EVER.
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While the pie was cooking my mom and I prepped the bird, got the stuffing ready and once the pie came out…the bird went it.  It was a bit too big for my roasting pan, so we had to cover it with tinfoil.
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After the bird went in, we had some down time, so we read, played with Christmas gifts, and I got in my Elf for Health Challenge when my mom and I took her dogs for a walk around the neighborhood.  We had a good 30 minute walk and Henry (on the left) and Angel (on the right) loved it!
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My sister, her hubs, and their kids came over later in the afternoon and the kids opened their presents from us.  It was so fun to see the excitement on my niece’s face.  She is almost 3 and totally “gets” presents.  We had a great afternoon visiting…and then it was time for the main event.  Dinner!  My mom helped me with dinner, and we pulled off a feast:  turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, sautéed asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts, and stuffing.  There was a ton of food, and there are lots of leftovers!

christmas dinnerAfter all that food, we were all too full to eat dessert…so the pie had to wait until the next day, when we had some for breakfast!

Wednesday:  Boxing Day.  Boxing day we headed down to London to visit with hubby’s parents.  The kids really roughed it on the drive down…watching a movie for most of the trip.
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We had a nice visit with Nana and Gramps, and after dinner, piled back in the car for the drive back home.  Normally it is about a 2 hour drive, but there was quite a snow storm last night, and the drive took about 4 hours.  it was exhausting and we were quite happy to finally get home and crawl into bed for a good night’s sleep and a sleep in this morning.

Thursday:  RELAX!  Today we had nothing to do, and that’s exactly what we did.  Well, that’s not exactly true…hubs shoveled the drive way after the crazy snowstorm yesterday, and I took my kettlebells for their first workout ride.  I spent a bit of time searching online for different kettlebell workouts.  Women’s Health has a good one that I will try soon, but for my first workout with my new toys, I did this beginner kettlebell workout from FitnessBlender.com.  I really liked the workout.  It was challenging, but doable, and it made me work.  I was dripping by the end of it, and I’m pretty sure I will be feeling the effects of it tomorrow….at least I better be!

Tonight, hubs and I went out on a date.  We went out for dinner and then went to the movies to see This is 40.  They are saying it is the “sort of sequel” to Knocked Up.  The movie was pretty funny, and there were lots of scenes that we could totally relate to.  If you go and see it, be sure to stay for the credits.  We laughed the hardest at the blooper rant that Melissa McCarthy has…it is hilarious!

Not sure what will be in store for tomorrow.  I should probably try to squeeze in a 5k run – which will likely happen on the treadmill, since the sidewalks are a bit of a mess with the snow.  The Resolution Run is just around the corner and I need to get a few more training runs in so I will be ready.

How was your Christmas?  Did you get any great gifts?

Do you have any great kettlebell workouts you can point me to?

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Run…

…is DONE!!
2.5 miles (4k), 300 calories burned, in 25:35….and still smiling!

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Thanks for the friendly reminder, Lisa!

Cheers !

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Favourite Things

This has been a crazy week. Only one more day to get through and I will be on Christmas vacation!

I’m am not doing very well on my Elf for Health challenges this week:
Monday: do a circuit workout – YES! All of the workouts I do these days are circuits. That is what Trainer Bob is all about. Short, intense workouts…and I love them!

Tuesday: treat yourself to something you have been craving – YES! During my lunch break I had to go do a bit of shopping for Christmas gifts, so treated myself to lunch out at Il Fornello with a colleague. It was $10 pizza Tuesday, and I indulged in my favourite Diavolo pizza. It had been a while since I had one, and it was delicious!

Wednesday: bake cookies- NOPE! Last night was my hockey teams Christmas party, so there was no time to bake. We had a favourite things party, where each of us bought some of out favourite things and we all exchanged. This was so much fun. Here are all the favourite things that I received las night:

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Thursday: make a casserole for dinner tonight – NOPE! I got home quite late from work and just didn’t have the energy to cook. Besides, we had lots of leftovers to eat up, so the extent of my cooking was taking food out of the Gladware, putting in a bowl, and setting the microwave! Dinner was quick…and delicious! Coconut curried chickpeas with Sriracha sauce…
YUMMO!

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I am hoping I can get back on the Elf track tomorrow. Friday is Pay it Forward day. Hopefully I will get a chance to do something nice for someone else.

I did get a chance to do something nice for my sister today. She just got an iPhone a few weeks ago and hadn’t yet got a case for it. So the timing was perfect when last week I bought a Team Buy for custom iPhone cases. We are both huge Bon Jovi fans, and I just so happened to have a VERY nice picture of JBJ….and here’s what we both now have as cases for our phones:

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He is definitely one of my favourite things! It’s probably not the best case in terms of protecting our phones, but it’s fun, and not too hard to look at! We can enjoy looking at this case until we get to see the real thing live and in concert on February 17th! Less than 2 months to go!!!

What are some of your favourite things?
What would you put on a customizable iPhone case?

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