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Hello, 2012

Posted Jan 01 2012 7:59pm

My first day of 2012 involved family, football, and champagne. Not a bad way to start of the year, right?

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My in-laws came over just before the kick-off of the Patriots game. They brought a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new year, so we cracked it open and toasted to 2012. All of us had a pretty tough 2011, so we were really happy to ring in 2012 together.

After being away from home for a week, the food situation in our kitchen was really pathetic, but I still managed to come up with some snacks to munch on during the game.

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Pistachios, garlic hummus, and Everything Pretzel Crisps did the trick.

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Our CrossFit was closed today because of the holiday, so Mal and I did our own Workout of the Day (WOD) in our basement like we did last week .


10 rounds for time:

We both thought the last WOD that we did at home was a little too easy, so we added in some Mountain Climbers, which ended up being a killer ab combo with the Sit-ups. I finished, huffing and puffing, in 12:54. I’m fairly certain my abs will be sore tomorrow.

Marshalls & T.J. Maxx Giveaway

As you can see from the workout above, you don’t need to spend tons of money on fancy equipment or a gym membership to get a good workout. If you resolved to get fit and exercise more this year, here’s a great giveaway to jumpstart your motivation.  


Marshalls and T.J.Maxx carry a huge assortment of high-quality, brand name fitness accessories, and gear, but up to 60% off sporting good and specialty store prices. Check out just some of the great items on shelves for 2012:

  • Free weights and kettle bells
  • Weighted medicine balls
  • Stability balls in a variety of sizes
  • Yoga and Pilates DVDs
  • Heart rate monitors with calorie counter
  • Pedometers to track your daily activity
  • Moisture wicking gear

To show you what’s in store, Marshalls and T.J.Maxx have offered to giveaway TWO (2) $25 gift cards to lucky CNC readers! If you’d like to enter the giveaway, CLICK OVER TO THIS POST and leave a comment!


For dinner, I had a big salad topped with a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger. While it cooked in the toaster oven, I made my salad and snacked on a bunch of carrots.

In the mix: romaine, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, Lime Leaf noodles, walnuts, feta, balsamic vinegar, and truffle oil. The truffle oil was easily the highlight of this evening’s dinner. Holy amazing.

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Instead of pouring the truffle oil over my salad, I used an oil mister to evenly and lightly spritz it, which saved me calories and fat and didn’t waste any of my beloved (and super expensive) truffle oil.

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After dinner, I finished off the last three chocolates from our Advent calendar for dessert. Mmm!

P.S. Calling all bakers! Amanda from Tales from a Kitchen Misfit is running the 2012 Boston Marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her goal is to raise $4,000, so she’s hosting a bake sale on her blog. If you would like to participate by baking something for it, head over to this link for more info.

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