A Night of Christmas Movies and Christmas Coloring

Last night I acted like I was 10 and loved every minute of it! Once I completed my paperwork for 2013 insurance, I grabbed my spot on the couch and watched a classic Christmas movie.

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Jingle all the Way! If you guys haven’t seen this one yet, you have to. When Ryan and I were younger we used to watch this bad boy at least twice a week during the holiday season. One of the things I like about it is that it’s only an hour and 25 minutes, so it’s a great movie to pop in if you want to laugh, enjoy the holidays and not be stuck on your couch for hours.

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While watching Arnold Schwarzenegger try and get his son a Turbo Man action figure, I amped up the holiday spirit by coloring Christmas pictures. Yes that’s right; I’m almost 25 and still coloring!

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I snapped a picture of my 10+ year old box of crayons that has awesome stickers on it, and noticed I got a great snapshot of Arnold. Just look at his face! He means business!

I do a lot of coloring during the holiday season when the specialty coloring books are at the dollar store. I find that I Halloween and Christmas are my favorite holidays to get some coloring in. Not only is it fun and an easy way to relax, but I’ve also found it to be a great stress reliever. Whenever the kids I babysit mention coloring, I jump right at the opportunity and get more into it then them!

What are some of your go-to ways to relieve stress?

I also find that getting an early night’s sleep, reading a juicy chick flick book or movie, and working out all help me!

Friday

Today hasn’t been off to the best start. I woke up around 1:30 am with a weird stomach bug that kept me in the bathroom for quite a bit. My coworker’s boyfriend got hit with a nasty bug earlier in the week and my boss is out sick today with the bug so it might be Scott’s fault! It’s always easier to blame the men, am I right? 😉

I contemplated taking a sick day, then decided against it, then contemplated not running, but decided to give it a shot. I figured if I could run, I could work. That’s my theory for pretty much everything.

Running wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I took it easy but still managed to cover a good amount of ground.

Morning Workout

• 3.6 mile run
• 50 crunches
• 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
• 50 heel touchers
• 2 sets of 10 burpee to push-up to bicep curl to shoulder press, 8 lb. dumbbells
• Side plank lateral raise, 8 lb. dumbbells, each side

The last two exercises are actually part of today’s strength workout that I have later on this evening, but I wanted to get some of the exercises out of the way this morning so that I had enough time to get everything done on my lunch hour.

Breakfast

I haven’t had much of an appetite today, but I did eat a little after my workout so that I could give a little protein loving to my muscles. I typically don’t get hungry after a morning workout but I’ve been a stickler about the fact that if you don’t eat soon after a workout, then you basically lose some of the benefits of your workout if you don’t help repair your muscles.

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I enjoyed half of a grapefruit, which was super juicy, just what I needed (!), and a berry protein shake.

Into the shake went:

• ½ scoop Designer Whey Strawberry protein
• ½ frozen banana
• 1 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
• ¼ cup frozen raspberries
• Several ice cubes

It was nice and sweet, just what I was in the mood for!

Time to tackle this Friday work day and crossing my fingers that I feel better as the day goes on. Hope everyone’s having a fun Friday!

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