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Double Digits December

Happy double digits December!

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I cannot believe that it is already December 10th. This month and year has flown by way too quickly. It seems like so much has happened so far this year:

Last night I cozied up by the fire with the tree in the background while I watched a holiday favorite, 12 Men of Christmas.

movie

If you love Josh Hopkins from Cougar Town and are a fan of yearly calendars with half-naked men, then you’ll love this one. Just watch it with your girls and not your man. 😉

Monday

This morning I woke up and had an amazing run, despite last night’s workout which was full of squats on the Smith Machine and elevated lunges.

Morning Workout

  • 3.8 mile run
  • 4 sets of 15 stair push-ups
  • 1 minute plank hold
  • 50 heel touchers
  • 30 toe touches
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 30 second wall sit
  • 50 twisted crunches
  • Stretching

Breakfast

Breakfast was a feast. Seriously not sure where my appetite came from since I stuffed face last night during movie time, but my stomach required a lot of nourishment.

shake

Along with half of a grapefruit, I enjoyed a green mustache courtesy of the spinach in my chocolate protein shake.

muffins

Then I had one of my Momma’s mini Pumpkin muffins that she made yesterday, along with a Chobani Mango power bowl, which included chia seeds, flaxseeds and raw oats.

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My Mom actually told me I couldn’t take credit, buttttttt I will say that these are the EXACT same pumpkin muffins I made, except she went for the minis. Now she’s trying to steal my thunder! 😉

I also enjoyed an undocumented banana dipped into PB2 before enjoying grilled chicken and half of a baked sweet potato.

lunch

This afternoon I have personal training session #4 with Heather so I’ll be skipping my lunch time workout like I typically do on Mondays. I’m thinking it’s going to be a killer leg day, but that’s just my intuition speaking.

Alright, time to get back to work and get psyched for tonight’s workout! Hope everyone’s having a great Monday.

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Where’s That Rusty Spoon?

I won’t bore you with the rest of my afternoon. I need to jump to the good stuff.

Day 4 of P90X is Yoga. I HATE yoga. Like hate hate. As in, I’ll punch you in the face I hate yoga. I can’t just “be.” If I’m working out I like to move it move it. You want me to do push-ups for 30 seconds, okay easy. Well, not easy, that shit’s hard, but I’ll soldier it out. Ask me to hold warrior 3 for 30 seconds, no thanks. Rather choke myself with a rusty spoon.

So when I found out the yoga workout is 90 minutes long I was already looking for that rusty spoon before I hit play. I know some people swear by yoga, and I won’t knock it, actually I will, and I’m gonna. Yoga is awful. I don’t care if you love it. I hate it. I don’t care how many people tell me running is boring and not fun and so difficult. Okay, good, now you feel my pain when I think about yoga.

I could probably handle 30 minutes of yoga, but just like mini golf, my ADD kicks in.

Do you guys love yoga, or do you suffer through it just like me?

So I put my big girl pants on and started the yoga workout. Within 5 minutes I was sweating and my mind was wandering more than the dirtiest of minds, which I might also be the owner of.

I started thinking “I can’t do this.” Then I remembered how I’ve posted all of those motivational quotes on pinterest that say, “Don’t say can’t” yadda yadda yadda. Shit why the hell did I post that motivational crap? So I corrected myself and said I don’t wanna do this.

My mind started wandering. Then I recalled Mike’s phone call earlier about him being in the liquor store and I started cracking up. Then on one pose where my head was dangling, I got light-headed and thought I should eat something.

So I went to the kitchen and whipped up some PB2, toasted the butt of the bread (love butts, ps have you seen mine?), and then topped it with a sliced naner.

Damn That’s a Big Butt

Then I went back to yoga and thought, “that was stupid, I’m gonna puke during downward dog.”

I toughed it out for another 5 minutes. ADD came back. I wandered the house. Did another 5 minutes. Then stopped. I knew it wasn’t happening. A 90 minute workout would have taken me 3 hours.

Am I embarrassed I lasted maybe all of 25 minutes? Hell no. I tried it and it wasn’t right for me. I highly doubt that skipping the yoga exercise will keep me from achieving the body I want. It allows me a day to do the cardio heavy workouts I love doing at the gym. And it easily frees up my Wednesday nights for friends. Aka fro-yo for dinner with Lindsay. That sounds WAY better than 90 minutes of yoga.

What did I do instead? Well I made my 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins. This time, I went crazy and threw in cut-up pumpkin Hershey kisses.

Boom!

And a 3 ingredient pumpkin muffin is born.

Mix it All Together

Unless you’re 1 of 4 lucky winners who gets a muffin topped with brown suga, then you get the 4-ingredient pumpkin muffin.

3-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffin

  • Box of Cake Mix – I prefer Spice but only had White on hand
  • 15 oz can of Pumpkin
  • Chopped up Pumpkin Hershey Kisses

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray or line a cupcake tin and pour the batter into each tray. I pour mine about 3/4. I like ’em big
  3. Let cook for about 25-30 minutes
  4. Shove in mouth

I felt the need to reward myself for completing 25 of 90 minutes of yoga. Don’t all applaud at once. Excuse me while I go stuff face.

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Sweet Ending to my Sunday

After an afternoon of running errands, I hit the gym for an afternoon cardio session. I decided to do a decreasing interval workout.

Afternoon Workout

  • 20 minutes elliptical
  • 15 minutes arc trainer
  • 10 minutes stairs, 33 flights
  • 5 minutes cool down walk
  • Stretching

While I didn’t get any strength training in today like I had wanted, I was still able to leave the gym feeling like I accomplished a lot. The fact that I was dripping in sweat says something too.

After the gym I enjoyed a bowl of overnight oats which consisted of orange marmalade, blueberries, raspberries and silvered almonds for taste.

The orange marmalade was a tad overpowering and I could only stomach roughly half of the oats before it became too much for me to handle.

Lisha texted me the easiest recipe this morning for pumpkin muffins. I’m all about the two-ingredient recipes today! A box of spice mix and a can of pumpkin, bake it at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and you have low-calorie and low-fat pumpkin muffins.

I was craving a chocolate pumpkin muffin so I cut up a Bliss Chocolate piece and sprinkled it on top. I wish I had chocolate chips to put in all of the muffins. Next time!

Now I’m just relaxing and watching one of my favorite movies, Sweet Home Alabama. It’s actually funny, because I always root for Josh Lucas in this movie, and at the time this movie came out, I HATED Patrick Dempsey in it. Now, Patrick is my favorite actor, and while I find him more tolerable in the movie (since I’m obsessed with him) than when it first came out, I’m still Team Josh. Foreva!

Alright, time to head up to bed and drool over Josh and Patrick. PERFECT ending to my Sunday.

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