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Happy Thanksgiving, Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have so much to be thankful for this year, including my family, friends, health, roof over my head, and a wonderful career… and of course my blogger friends! 🙂

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for several reasons, including:

  • Being able to celebrate with my extremely close extended family
  • Our annual cousin/uncle Lewis football game
  • My Aunt Mare’s highly addicting dessert
  • Being thankful for everything live has dealt my way
  • The Thanksgiving Day parade!

Okay, there are clearly other reasons, like the fake boxed stuffing and canned cranberry sauce. OH MY GOD, those 2 reasons are my REAL reasons why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! 😉

In preparation of all the yummy food coming my way, I woke up early to hit the gym for my run and my legs/arms workout.

This workout left me drenched, in fact, after my 4 mile run, I switched shirts since I wanted a dry shirt to do weights in.

By the end of my workout, I had 2 soaked tank tops and a soaked towel. Needless to say, I left in just my pants and zip-up hoodie, and then completed a little core work once I got home.

After my 4 mile run, I completed this workout that Heather, my trainer has me doing 3 days a week:

I followed it up with 10 minutes on the vertical elliptical and then completed the following core work while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

  • 1 minute plank hold and :30 seconds side planks each side
  • 2 sets of 50 heel touchers
  • 30 toe touchers
  • 50 crunches and 50 side crunches, each side (total 150)
  • Stretching

I followed up my workouts with my Chocolate Peanut Butter protein shake, and half  a bowl of Raspberry Mango overnight oats with half of a grapefruit.

Now it’s time to get dolled up and go stuff my face with stuffing and canned cranberry sauce with my cousins at my Aunt ‘n Uncles!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

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Preaching & a Garbage Lunch

Thankful Thursday is coming a day early. I could easily save this post for tomorrow or at least the “thankful” part of it anyways, but to be honest, I woke up with such a great attitude that I can’t stop preaching!

Time to Preach Your Face Off!

Waking up refreshed got me thinking about how great life really is when you take the time to appreciate the little things and not just the big things. I’ve changed so much over the past year, let alone months, and I’m proud of how strong I am, physically and emotionally, and I’m happy that I’ve experienced all the positive and negative moments in my life so far. It shaped me into the lady (yes I can be classy!) I am today and I love who I am.

I’m thankful that I can support myself, have a career that involves my degree, can put healthy food on my table, take vacations, treat others and myself, but most of all, I’m thankful for my friends and family who have always supported me through the ups and downs.

Stop and take a minute out of your day and think about how GOOD your life is. Make a list in your head, on paper, on your phone. I don’t care how you do it, just be thankful. And while you’re at it, let those that you love know how you feel. Put a smile on someone’s face. It’s contagious.

Want to know what has me smiling this afternoon?

Nope, not the R.I.P.P.E.D class Jen and I took on our lunch break. Holy shit shat that shit was cray! If I thought my midg legs hated me this morning on my run, then they are planning my murder. If tomorrow morning I’m only able to run 3 steps, well, you have your reason why. After sobbing gutting through the class, I earned this smile.

Most amazing lunch in the history of lunches! Mark my words. Come over. Right now. I’ll make it for you. If you’re a guy, you get a great view and a great lunch. If you’re a girl, then you get a great lunch time gossiper and a great meal. Calling all you single men out there!

Today’s menu: Garbage Lunch

You know when you don’t know what to make so you grab random things that are in your fridge? Wish I had jumped into the “garbage” a long time ago! This little All-Star consisted of 4 ingredients.

The Garbage Scramble

I started by spraying a pan with Olive Oil Pam spray and warmed up the veggie burger. Once the burger was cooked, I broke it into pieces, poured the eggs and broccoli in, and scrambled the mess together before throwing the cheese on and mixing it up again.

The flavors bursting out of the veggie burger bites were incredible, and I don’t even know how to describe it enough to give it justice. The eggs practically went unnoticed, as the VB bites stole the show. All that protein better fuel my worn out muscles.

I see a little shopping in my future after work tonight. I need a new pair of black jeans/jeggings as I’ve worn a hole in the ones I have on today. I’m also in search of a cute pair of brown riding boots, so I hope to have a little luck tonight and don’t go too poor!

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A Case of the Mondays on Tuesday

I think my clock is off today, and by that, I’m referring to the fact that my body is under the assumption that today is Monday. Remember how yesterday I commented how my Monday was off to a great start? It’s a known fact that Mondays are quite terrible. Usually everyone is still recovering from the weekend, they feel sluggish and tired and their pants might be a little too snug.

Welcome to my Tuesday! The day of the week where you wake up feeling lethargic with brick legs and fat pants that make you feel fat. Did the stretch vanish from my pants over night, or did I eat an entire tub of peanut butter? Possibly both. Oh wait, that’s not your Tuesday? You’re saying it’s only me who’s having a case of the Mondays on Tuesday?

Instead of wallowing in self-pity and staying miserable for the remainder of my day, I decided to take a few minutes to make a short list of things that I am thankful for.

  1. My friends and family for supporting every decision I’ve ever made or considered (yes, even the crazy ones!)
  2. My body for carrying me through workouts I deem impossible to finish
  3. My health – no brainer!
  4. My education for burning the fire to always continue learning and in assisting me in getting a great marketing job
  5. My previous boyfriends for showing me what is and isn’t acceptable in relationships
  6. Food on the table and a roof over my head
  7. My kitty and puppy, even though he ate my car key this morning!
  8. Patrick Dempsey and Justin Theroux – hellllllo eye candy!

While my list doesn’t even come close to touching upon every little thing I am forever thankful for, it boosted my mood and made me forget that my pants were a little snug today or that my body is barely getting me through the day. The feeling will pass, and there’s no reason why I can’t feel great about my body, health and life amidst having a case of the Mondays.

So take a minute, whether you’re having a great day or down in the dumps, and make a list of things that make you happy or that you’re thankful for, and remember that it could be a lot worse.

Enough of the spiritual and preaching talk. Let’s jump back to yesterday afternoon’s spin class with Eve. Song 1, I was ready to die. Recall “Things I’m Thankful For” #2. I hail marry’d the shit out of that one during the 50 minute class. My body was still recovering from all the walking around New York this past weekend, and my legs sure did take a beating. I powered through it, even though I knew it wasn’t my best performance, I gave it the best that my body would allow.

Maybe I jumped into the class a few days earlier than I should, because upon waking, my thighs were burning and extremely tight. After snoozing for 5 minutes (totally necessary today), I put on my big girl running pants and crawled ran for 3.15 miles. Given how I felt, I’ll take it. I just kept picturing this everyone I wanted to quit.

Whatever you say baby!!

I victory danced my 3.15 run and celebrated with a lot of stretching. Hey strength exercises, screw you, you’ll get your loving later.

Morning Workout

  • 3.15 mile run
  • stretching
  • 2 sets of 20 mountain climbers
  • 1 minute plank
  • 2 sets of 13 standing dumbbell side crunches
  • 2 sets of 13 dumbbell rows

Okay, so I did 1 strength exercise, and I think it was only so I didn’t have to do jumping jacks. Lazy ass alert.

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