Seriously, I Need to Stop Eating!

I hope all of you have not binged as much as I have this week. I suspect I am not alone in the holiday binge as  I witnessed several of my required readers taking down at least a dozen cookies per day. You know who you are. Put the cookie down.

Here is just one small glimpse into the terrifying world of what we eat on the holidays around here. This is half the table. There’s more that you can’t see. And that’s just the snack portion.

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My sister got me the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVD set for Christmas, and I’m excited to try it out when I get home. Not only is it something new, but hopefully it will help erase some of my sins. Oh and there have been many, many sins. For example, I usually log at least 12,000 steps a day on my FitBit. This week it’s been more like 2000. Speaking of FitBits, did anyone get a new fitness tracker for the Holidays. Which one? How do you like it so far? If you have a FitBit, let me know and we can be FitBit friends.

January will be here soon enough and the fork will be put down. In the meantime, here’s another holiday favorite cookie. Lemon cookies. They were my grandmother’s favorite. Note to self, don’t skip the lemon rind.

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Merry Christmas

Well for the past several days at least two of my feedings a day have consisted exclusively of bread and cheese, so it’s been a good week. I hope your holiday celebrations, whatever they may be, are treating you well. In my family cookies are serious business. I ate at least 6 tonight, so I’m pretty proud of myself.

Before the eating season closes out, I want to share a super easy candy recipe I made this year, to rave reviews. If you aren’t familiar with the Brown Eyed Baker food blog, I highly recommend this site! She has a lot of great recipes, including this one for Slow Cooker Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters. This recipe is super easy to make and the chocolates are delicious. Sorry for the terrible picture.

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Hope Santa brings everyone what they want this year!

Festivus and Food

Happy Festivus to one and all!

I’m preparing for the feats of strength later today. Glad i completed my December challenge! Hopefully all that kettle bell lifting has bulked me up for the fight.

How is everyone doing on the December challenge? I completed mine on Friday 12/19. I’m so glad I did it. While December has been filled with cookies and candy and eating, I feel like January will be a little less painful for just those extra 15 minutes a day. By the end of the challenge, the kettle bell felt a little lighter than when I started on December 1st.

So what are we all eating? Last night I went to my favorite journey to the 1970s, Big Jim’s. This is a restaurant down the street from my parents house, where the portions are big and the people are bigger! It was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Monday is spaghetti night. All you can eat for like $3.99. I got a refill, cuz when in Rome.

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In addition to stuffing myself with pasta, we’ve been in indulging in sweets. For example, everyone’s favorite, the hershey’s kiss pretzels.

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OK, off to fight my father!

Meatloaf, Cookies, and December Challenge Update

How is everyone coming with the challenge? I’m over 1/3 of the way done and I am glad for that! I completed day 6 this morning! Took off yesterday because, you know, Saturday. I’m on track to finish before my holiday travel! If you’ve fallen off course or haven’t started yet, now is the time to jump in. You still have plenty of time before the end of the month.

Unfortunately for me, the highlight of my day was my workout time. I am now officially one of those people who makes their dog’s food, and I spent Friday evening and today preparing two months of doggie meatloaf. The whole process is absolutely disgusting and involves boiling and picking whole chickens and digging my (gloved) hands in ground beef and other sundries. Have I mentioned I’m a vegetarian? Lest you think I’ve lost my mind, Poet needs to eat a special diet these days, and she refuses the gross prescription food. So every two months or so, I cook up my special blend of meat, veggies, and love and stock my freezer. Of course, she’d rather eat garlic naan and strawberries for every meal, but we don’t always get what we want.

Since the kitchen was already a mess, I decided it was time to dive into some holiday baking. I’ll save the specifics for later posts, but it was really hard for me to stop eating after having my test pieces. Since I’m giving most of it away as gifts, and don’t want to make a second batch, I controlled myself. Laziness will always win.

You can imagine what a disgusting, meaty mess I had to clean at the end of the day. Ugh. It was really tempting to let everything “soak” overnight, but we all know that it would be even worse tomorrow, so I powered through and got it all cleaned, even the gross stock pot.

Have a great week ahead. 17 shopping days left!

Rain!!! And Day 2 of the December Challenge

Happy Tuesday!

How is everyone coming with their December challenge? So far I am 2 for 2! This morning I had to set the alarm for 6 am to make sure I got my extra 15 minutes in. Ugh. It was awful.

Today was one of those days that reminded me of why I prefer to workout first thing in the morning. I was supposed to meet my friend in the gym at work at 4. Instead, I was stuck in a meeting that ran over by an entire hour! It’s cold and rainy here and tonight was a perfect  night to just curl up on the couch with a book. But instead I powered through my workout after I got home and then took Poet for a walk during a break in the rain. Of course I locked myself out as well, to sum it all up. (I have a backup method of  door unlocking for such situations)

Here are a few shots of Poet in her rain coat, which of course she hates:

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Tomorrow I have to be at the dentist early, so I’ll have another early wakeup to get my extra 15 minutes in.

What time of day do you prefer to workout?

December Challenge!

Hi Faithful Cheez Eaters!

I hope you all had a great extra long weekend! (and thank you delayed schedule so I am actually enjoying my last night off and not releasing software!) As we round third base not only into the work week, but into holiday (and eating) season, I offer up a December workout challenge. This time of year is  busy with shopping, and baking, and traveling, and eating. It’s easy to blow off your workout for one reason or another. But if you don’t make you and your health a priority, no one else will.

I am committing to an extra 15 minutes of workout time for 15 days in December. For me, in order to achieve this goal, I will have to wake up earlier, and as you all know, that is a huge sacrifice for me. I will get in my 15 days before my holiday travel plans. I plan to tack on my favorite 15 minute workout to my regular workout. Maybe you’ve let your workouts fall by the wayside, well, now is a great time to commit to the December challenge and simply find 15 minutes a day to dedicate to you! In 15 days you’ll  spend 3.75 extra hours in the gym. No one wants to do that all at once, but you have 15 minutes a day! My favorite 15 minute workout burns about 100 calories. That’s 1500 extra calories burned this month– not quite half a pound, so nothing to get too excited about, but it’s better than nothing. Now, let’s be realistic, you’ll eat way more than that, but maybe January will be a little less painful and hungry this year.

If you want to try the same workout I’m dong,  you need to register for the grokker.com site, but it’s free.  If you don’t want to sign up, below is the written version of the workout. I use an 18-lb kettle bell (except for the Russian twists, screw that, for those I use no weight). But if you don’t have a kettle bell you can use a regular weight, or even no weight at all, and still get a good workout. If you aren’t familiar with some of the moves, you can look them up on YouTube, or you know, just sign up for the free site and watch the video. There are lots of great workouts on there!

I read on the Shaun T Facebook that he’ll be putting up extra workouts in December too, so if you like Insanity, or want to try it, be sure to check for those. Just please be careful, some of the moves can be tough on your joints and back.

Leave a comment if you’ll join the December Challenge with me! Let me know how you plan to squeeze in your extra 15 minutes. And also let me know how you’ll spend your 15 minutes.

Workout details:

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3 Sets, each consisting of two exercises. Perform 10 reps of exercise #1, then 10 reps of exercise #2, then 9 reps of exercise #1, then 9 reps of exercise #2, and continue to alternate until you perform just one rep of each exercise. Then move on to the next set of exercises and perform those in the same pattern of alternating exercises and starting at 10 reps for each exercise, going down to one.

Set #1: Squats + Push-Ups

Set #2: Sumo Squats to High-Pull + Crunches

Set #3: Squat Presses + Russian Twists

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