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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fun, crazy, and relaxing New Year’s Eve and day, I know I sure did.

New Year’s Eve

On NYE, I headed out of work early so that Mark and I could start celebrating as soon as possible. Our idea of celebrating was pretty lame but it worked for us and made us happy to be able to spend quality time together.

I went over at 4:30 and talked for 3 hours before we realized we had to start cooking dinner. This was our first home cooked meal together and it was so much fun to be able to cook as a team.

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We went for a pork loin and roasted veggies.

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Mark manned the meat while I took care of the veggies.

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These were the best roasted veggies I’ve ever had! Into our roast went carrots, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, tomatoes and onions, so good!

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The wino even got me to enjoy a glass as well with our meal. Our first home cooked meal together was a success and I’m so excited for many more in the future!

With stuffed bellies, we settled onto the couch and shared our goals for 2013. We started watching The Game, an intense movie starring Sean Penn and Michael Douglas, but had to pause it for the ball drop. We watched several after-party performances before calling it a night around 1 am.

New Year’s Day

We woke up around 10, which for me is sleeping in extremely late. I’m usually up at 8 on days off or 9 if I want to sleep in, so my body really loved the extra laziness.

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I was hoping to start the New Year off with an awesome run, but honestly, it was probably one of the worst runs I’ve had in a long time. I forgot to use my inhaler, which played a big factor since I had a lot of difficulty breathing throughout the run. I didn’t think I’d last more than a mile, but I incorporated several minutes of walking into the run and finished with a 4 mile run. I was extremely drained and couldn’t even fathom doing any strength training. Not a great 1st workout of the year but at least I got my butt moving.

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I tried to replenish my body with a Chobani yogurt and a bowl of Peanut Butter Banana oatmeal before officially starting the day with a handful of errands. Around 5 I went back to Mark’s for dinner and football. I’m not a big football fan but I actually had fun watching the Rose Bowl with him.

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We ordered in and shared the Toscana salad from 900 Degrees. We licked our plates clean it was so good! The lighting was too dark so I had to steal that picture from their site but it was identical to ours.

All in all, I had a great New Years and was so happy that I got to end 2012 and start 2013 with Mark.

How was your New Years? Did you suffer the day with a nasty hangover or did you start the New Year with a feeling of greatness?

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Post Shoveling Soreness

I’m not sure what was going through my mind when I decided to shovel part of my neighbor’s driveway yesterday, but today I’m completely hating myself for doing a good deed. My lower back is on fiahhhh! Actually, my entire body is hurting, and I probably could have gotten away with not doing a strength workout prior to the shoveling, but oh well!

In the past week, I’ve only worked 2 half days, so waking up to an alarm this morning was extremely confusing. I forgot how many times I typically hit snooze and I ended up with roughly 5 minutes less time to workout. It might not seem like a lot, but it was the difference between my typical 4 mile runs and the 3.6 I had time for this morning.

Morning Workout

• 3.6 mile run
• 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 50 heel touchers
• 50 crunches
• 1 minute plank hold and 30 second holds on both sides
• 2 sets of leg circles – 10 clockwise and 10 counterclockwise
• 25 bicycle crunches each side (total 50)
• Stretching

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I wanted to break free of my core workout rut, and included several of the new moves Heather threw my way last week. The leg circles are a killer and highly recommended!!

Breakfast

I’m still out of frozen strawberries and the grocery store didn’t have any in stock yesterday, so I had to play around with the frozen fruit I had on hand. I enjoyed a protein shake with vanilla protein powder, almond milk, ½ frozen banana, 3 frozen peach slices and a spoonful of PB2 since it was a little bland.


I didn’t finished it since it wasn’t the best, but I did enjoy a Chobani Strawberry Banana yogurt bowl several hours later at work with PB2, chia seeds and oats. SO GOOD!

This week is another relatively easy week since I have tomorrow off for the holiday, but I’m looking forward to my weeks going back to normal. Last week I felt like I didn’t complete a training workout in its entirety. With all the running around, dates, and family time, I realized that my strength workouts were bits and pieces of previous training workouts. It’s not a bad thing, but I’m excited for more structured strength workouts!

I completely failed with my veggie intake yesterday, but today is jam packed with the good stuff. I have 3 servings of veggies for today’s work day, and tonight Mark and I are going to be making dinner together. The menu includes pork loin (I accidentally typed lion first… pork lion, yum!) and veggies.

Since my gym closes at 2 today, I’ll be taking an early lunch to swing by for a light session of some form of exercise before date night begins with Mark!

We debated going out for dinner and then relaxing at his place after, but knowing how busy restaurants would be, we didn’t feel like having dinner at 4:30 or 9:00 pm, so we’ll be ringing in the New Year with our first home cooked meal together and movies all night. Talk about the perfect night in! J

Do you have any fun New Year’s Eve plans? Do you typically like staying in or going out?

I’ve never done the bar scene for NYE and really never want to, and last year I went to several house parties with friends, but staying in with loved ones is more my scene. I’m such a homebody!

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Post Shoveling Soreness

I’m not sure what was going through my mind when I decided to shovel part of my neighbor’s driveway yesterday, but today I’m completely hating myself for doing a good deed. My lower back is on fiahhhh! Actually, my entire body is hurting, and I probably could have gotten away with not doing a strength workout prior to the shoveling, but oh well!

In the past week, I’ve only worked 2 half days, so waking up to an alarm this morning was extremely confusing. I forgot how many times I typically hit snooze and I ended up with roughly 5 minutes less time to workout. It might not seem like a lot, but it was the difference between my typical 4 mile runs and the 3.6 I had time for this morning.

Morning Workout

• 3.6 mile run
• 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 50 heel touchers
• 50 crunches
• 1 minute plank hold and 30 second holds on both sides
• 2 sets of leg circles – 10 clockwise and 10 counterclockwise
• 25 bicycle crunches each side (total 50)
• Stretching

20121231-110622.jpg
I wanted to break free of my core workout rut, and included several of the new moves Heather threw my way last week. The leg circles are a killer and highly recommended!!

Breakfast

I’m still out of frozen strawberries and the grocery store didn’t have any in stock yesterday, so I had to play around with the frozen fruit I had on hand. I enjoyed a protein shake with vanilla protein powder, almond milk, ½ frozen banana, 3 frozen peach slices and a spoonful of PB2 since it was a little bland.


I didn’t finished it since it wasn’t the best, but I did enjoy a Chobani Strawberry Banana yogurt bowl several hours later at work with PB2, chia seeds and oats. SO GOOD!

This week is another relatively easy week since I have tomorrow off for the holiday, but I’m looking forward to my weeks going back to normal. Last week I felt like I didn’t complete a training workout in its entirety. With all the running around, dates, and family time, I realized that my strength workouts were bits and pieces of previous training workouts. It’s not a bad thing, but I’m excited for more structured strength workouts!

I completely failed with my veggie intake yesterday, but today is jam packed with the good stuff. I have 3 servings of veggies for today’s work day, and tonight Mark and I are going to be making dinner together. The menu includes pork loin (I accidentally typed lion first… pork lion, yum!) and veggies.

Since my gym closes at 2 today, I’ll be taking an early lunch to swing by for a light session of some form of exercise before date night begins with Mark!

We debated going out for dinner and then relaxing at his place after, but knowing how busy restaurants would be, we didn’t feel like having dinner at 4:30 or 9:00 pm, so we’ll be ringing in the New Year with our first home cooked meal together and movies all night. Talk about the perfect night in! J

Do you have any fun New Year’s Eve plans? Do you typically like staying in or going out?

I’ve never done the bar scene for NYE and really never want to, and last year I went to several house parties with friends, but staying in with loved ones is more my scene. I’m such a homebody!

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