December 8th, 2013
Can you believe it’s already the first weekend of December? I can tell this month is going to fly by.
We got a tree this week and decorated the inside of our house. It’s so much crazier (and more fun) with kids. We have a few broken ornaments and the entire nativity scene disappeared and then reappeared in the doll house. But it’s cozy and fun to have everything out. And we’re going to spend today in NYC soaking up the holiday spirit.
The tree needs a few more lights and ornaments, but it’s getting there!
Most of our gift shopping is done, but I came across a few great DIY ideas this week:
Bath and Body
DIY Homemade Peppermint Cherry Body Scrub (This looks so fantastic, I can almost smell it. If you decide to make it, I recommend high quality essential oils like these. One drop goes a long way!)
Wild Blueberry Biscotti
Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter Truffles
Cranberry Dark Chocolate Granola
Plus 12 other edible gift ideas
And our menu plan for the week:
Sunday: NYC for the day
Monday: Salmon cakes, or we might try these Cranberry Cheddar Salmon Sliders
Tuesday: Quinoa Veggie Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday: Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili (repeat- didn’t happen last week)
Friday: Spaghetti squash and chicken sausage
Saturday: Out or leftovers
PS- Details on the January “Reset” challenge coming tomorrow!
Do you make any homemade gifts? Have you decorated for the holidays?
December 6th, 2013
Congratulations on making it to the final month of the Fall 5 and 10 series!!
I’m bummed I couldn’t finish out this last month with you, but I will definitely be back to running in time for the spring speed series… we’ll get back to the shorter distances, 5k and 5 milers by the 5th of the month. But for now, enjoy a little break!
Also, if you didn’t order your medal yet, you can do so here. I’ll start sending them out next week.
Here are the prizes and winners for this month:
I confess I still do not have a medal hanger, but I need one of these! I’ve given a few away… I guess I need to win a giveaway. I love the style and messages of Allied Medal’s products. Challenge Your Limits is one of my favorites, but you can choose from phrases like “Believe & Achieve” or “Always Earned, Never Given” or simply “My Race Bling.”
Congrats, Vaunette C!!
These are great non-slip headbands that are lined with velvet to help them get a better grip and stay in place. There are all sorts of design options: thick, thin, sparkly, plain, etc. But what’s even cooler than the bands is the story behind them: Amy lost her son to brain cancer a year ago and donates 10% of all sales to childhood cancer research. Check them out here!
Congrats, Kaila P!
The last prize this month is one of my favorite snack services. NatureBox sends a box to your door every month with a variety of delicious snacks. The products change each month and include all sorts of nuts, dried fruits, granola bites, etc. You can learn more about what they do on their website.
Congrats, Nikki V!
If you won, please contact me with your mailing address. Thanks!!
December 4th, 2013
One of the themes that continues to come up in my health coaching are variations of the following quote from Geneen Roth:
It’s not about the food. But it’s not NOT about the food.
So true, isn’t it?
Our relationship to food and our body is connected to so many other aspects of our life.
December 2nd, 2013
Back to Monday and a new week… I think I’m ready for it after four days of holiday-ing, how about you?
We had a really good time and got to see both sides of the family in PA. I took a break from pretty much everything, which is so unlike me, but was really nice.
December 1st, 2013
How was Thanksgiving? We got back last night after a great few days with family. I took an unplanned social media break. Holidays feel more like a holiday when I really step away from everything. I’ll give you a better warning next time.
Workouts this week included a little spontaneous test run [...]
November 27th, 2013
As many of us head into large Thanksgiving meals this week, here are a few things to keep in mind for a healthier day and happier gut.
1) Be thankful!
And mindful. Take a moment to appreciate the cook(s). Enjoy the display of food, smells, and colors. Bring yourself into the moment.
2) Time it [...]
November 25th, 2013
Happy Monday… and for my U.S. friends, the beginning of a very short week!
In addition to Thanksgiving this week, I’m also celebrating my blog’s two year blogiversary. I started this blog as an alternative place to share my race recaps, since no one reading my personal family blog really cared.
November 24th, 2013
Hope you’re enjoying the weekend. We’re having new friends over today for lunch. They have a daughter L’s age, so she’s super excited!
My workout recaps are less interesting now that I’m not in marathon training mode, but I’m trying to mix things up and keep it interesting. I’ve been combining the elliptical, [...]
November 22nd, 2013
So, it’s been a little over 3 weeks since I’ve gone out for a run. And somehow, I’m not yet going crazy! I guess that’s a sign that my body really did need a break. But… I’m ready to get back out there.
So what’s next?
Back to running:
My sports doctor and I [...]
November 20th, 2013
Thanks for celebrating my training with me this week in place of a race recap. A lot of you have been asking what’s next, so I’ll share the updates on Friday- how my shin is doing, what races are next on the calendar, etc.
But for today’s wiaw, I have an awesome, easy [...]