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The Holiday Season is LITERALLY the Best Time of Year

Posted Dec 21 2011 8:25am

Good morning! Only four days until Christmas!?! GAH! I still need to finish my holiday shopping. Anyone else?

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Last night’s CrossFit workout was the hardest one so far. I say that a lot, don’t I?

This WOD was especially challenging cardiovascular-wise. We did four rounds of “Drumsticks” for time, which meant we did 7 Thrusters (<— killer!) followed by a 400m run as fast as we could. We had done 5 sets of Hang Power Cleans, so I was already a little tired from those, so holy crap, it was a hard WOD.

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Hang Power Clean


WOD: “Drumsticks”

4 rounds for time of:

7 Barbell Thrusters (95#, 65#)

400 meter run

Level 2: (75, 45)

Level 1: (45, 35)

I felt kind of wussy last night because everyone else was using more weight than me on the Hang Power Cleans and Thrusters, but I reminded myself that I’m just starting out and right now getting the proper form down for these lifts is most important.

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The great thing about CrossFit is that you’re not really competition against other people. Ok, obviously, in a way you are since it’s tough not to compare yourself to others while they’re working out right next to you, but so much of CrossFit is about making yourself a better athlete.

Our coaches are all about us recording our individual stats (in a journal, online, etc.), so we keep them in mind during our workouts and constantly try to improve upon them. I really like this type of motivation and accountability since it pushes me to get stronger and faster each and every class.


Pasta was on the agenda for dinner last night, but I wasn’t in the mood for it after CrossFit. Instead, I made a huge-ass salad, which involved chopping up ’s favorite vegetable.

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Bunny ears from Dad! LOL!

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Murphy didn’t appreciate them like Mal and I did!

In the mix: mixed greens, carrots, grape tomatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, crumbled feta, roasted, pumpkin seeds, roasted chickpeas, and balsamic vinegar.

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I also enjoyed a celebratory glass of Oregon Pinot Gris (my favorite!) with dinner. Mal surprised me with a bottle when he came home from school yesterday. He’s so nice.

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This morning’s breakfast was barley mixed with banana slices, cinnamon, chia seeds , and peanut butter. It was a nice change from my usual oatmeal.

I cooked 1/3 cup of barley last night and then let it soak in 1/2 cup of almond milk overnight. In the morning, I sliced up a banana, added it to the barley, and nuked the whole thing in the microwave for 2 minutes. The end result was warm, mushy, and delicious.

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Banana-barley deliciousness + iced coffee with soy milk.

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I ate my breakfast with a large pug on my lap.

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Feel Great Weight

I’m spending a lot of time traveling this holiday season. My husband and I flew across the country to visit family last week, and we’re making the trip again for Christmas—which means I’m pretty familiar with the meal choices at the airport. Airports don’t have the best reputation for healthy food options, but it’s not impossible to find something healthy if you know what to look for. Here are my top picks for airport food: How to Eat Healthy at the Airport .

Home for the Holidays Virtual 10K

In the spirit of the holidays, a few bloggers are putting on a Virtual 10K ( Home for the Holidays Virtual 10K ) this weekend. You can read all about it here and register to participate. It’s mainly just a fun way to get in a run with your (virtual) friends even though you’re not together. I just signed up!

Question of the Day

There are LITERALLY no good shows on TV right now, so Mal and I have been Netflix-ing episodes of Parks and Rec, which is LITERALLY the most hysterical show ever. Season 3 is amazing! I don’t know how it’s taken us so long to watch it.

What TV shows took you awhile to discover, but are now some of your favorites?

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