Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Five

A week full of back to back parties have me tuckered out. I am thankful to start my Friday at the gym to sweat it out. I am a firm believer that a workout can improve your mood. The trouble is just making it to the gym :) Today is our last day at school before break so I know it will be a madhouse with little to no work getting done. Is it strange that I love this time of year at school? I know classroom teachers don't feel the same but I just love it! Here are five more things that I am loving today. 

{One} Christmas Cheer. Right now my Pinterest board is filled with delicious looking Christmas treats that will most likely grace my kitchen. My marathon baking from last weekend is enough for this season! One thing I can get onboard with is holiday Christmas drinks. I know this list has a ton of new ideas that are sure to become a new favorite. 

{Two} Drinking.  I gave Shakeology a try last month and am still enjoying the vegan chocolate flavor every morning for breakfast. This is honestly the only protein that I enjoy with just water. We are not really milk drinkers in our family and hardly ever go through a pint before it expires. So not having to keep milk the fridge is huge plus. The protein mix boasts that it includes over 70 ultra high-quality ingredients to help maintain a healthy diet. I like that it is vegan so I don’t have to worry about random byproducts or metals getting included. Yes, it is a bit expensive. One bag has lasted me a month and a half which helps justify the cost.

{Three} Currently Watching.  Fun fact: I love TV mini-series. Specifically, historical or sci-fi series intrigue me. This week we watched the syfy channel’s new mini-series Ascension. Without giving any spoilers, the show is about a secret space travel program that was founded in the 50’s. I will admit that the acting was horrible. I will say that the special effects were pretty great for a made for TV series. Anybody else secretly love TV mini-series? I want to watch Gracepoint and loved The Vikings mini-series from the History Channel.

{Four} Currently Loving.  I am happy to have wrapped up our Christmas shopping but am not looking forward to loading up the car come Sunday afternoon to head home. We are going to have one full car!! If your still looking for last minute gift ideas check out my series of gift guides.

{Five} Coming Up. We have one last jammed packed weekend before heading home for the Holidays! The highlight of the weekend is going to dinner Saturday evening at Angus Barn. I have been warned that it does not live up to the hype. Either way I am looking forward to a fancy dinner with my Husband to celebrate this amazing year.

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Total Body Circuit

I thought today I would mix things up and do a little fitness post. Honestly, my workouts beyond Pure Barre have been limited due to my injury. I have little to no motivation to complete cardio or eat healthy these days. How  can you say no to homemade cookies and  pedaling on a bike for 30 minutes going nowhere should be considered torture. Thanks to some less than flattering photos this weekend I have jumped back on the cardio and clean eating train. I plan to keep the motivation going through Christmas and New Year.  

This workout is a great low impact option if you don’t like plyo exercises or are concerned with annoying the downstairs neighbors. I have a love/hate relationship with lunges. It is one exercise that gets results but is beyond painful for me. Give this a try and let me know what you think. I'd also like to hear your favorite workout move. Mine currently is planks. I am working my way up to the complete 90 second plank at Pure Barre.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Rewind

How is everyone doing? I am slowly recovering from a sugar coma thanks to a weekend full of Christmas parties and baking.  Drinking lots of water and tea this morning to help dilute the sugar currently sitting in my stomach :).  Let me share what I was up to this weekend!

Friday night after work, Joe and I headed out to dinner with our young adult group from church. We enjoyed dinner at Mellow Mushroom on the American Tobacco Campus.  The campus is formerly the headquarters of the American Tobacco Company, once the largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. The location was abandoned until 2000 when it became part of revitalization project to redevelop downtown Durham. The campus now hosts countless restaurants, businesses, apartments and the Durham Performing Arts Center.

After dinner, we went ice skating at an outdoor rink that had been set up in the center of campus. I am always nervous of falling when on the ice but thankfully was able to remain upright.

Before leaving, we toured a local Christmas tree decorating contest set up by nonprofit organizations. My favorite were the animal rescue groups which had trees featuring dog and cat treats or photos. 

Saturday morning while Joe hung around the house assembling his new computer (Christmas came early for us.) I snuck off for some peace and quiet and a good workout at Pure Barre.

For lunch we headed out to The Brunch Box which is quickly becoming my favorite local deli. I chose a build your own sandwich complete with sprouts and avocado. It was delicious!!

Saturday night we headed to a Christmas party and a friend’s house and enjoyed an evening hanging out past my 10pm bedtime. This rarely happens for me and I was happy to throw my self-imposed curfew out the window.

Sunday after church we had yet another holiday party to attend and then I spent the rest of the evening baking and wrapping gifts. I made Holiday cake batter cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction and they turned out amazing. I also made a batch of Rocky Road brownies. I can’t wait to share them with co-workers this week.

The weather was so beautiful this weekend so I also made sure to take Charlie on an afternoon walk Sunday after sampling all the baked goods.  

What is your favorite holiday recipe? 

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