Thanksgiving Recap and the End of Round One

Hi there!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

We spent time with one of my best friends, Jaylene and her children.  We decorated cookies, made pizza and watched some Christmas movies.


Turkey Cokkies


Then we did some shopping for Thanksgiving and hung out with my parents.


Thanksgiving morning, we watched the parade, prepped the turkey, watched some football, prepped the sides then had a nice dinner with just my mom, stepdad, Steve and I.  Afterwards we went for dessert at my aunt and uncle’s house.



Ready for dinner


Friday morning my mom and I went to the gym.  Then we went downtown to watch the holiday parade, fireworks and Christmas lights being turned out.  Coeur d’ Alene is a small resort town but they sure know how to put on a Christmas light show!




The end of the holiday weekend also meant the end of my 21 Day Fix Extreme.  Day 21 was on Sunday November 29th.  You can see my daily recaps HERE.  I was pretty good in the beginning with documenting my meals and using the containers to portion control.  I did ease up quite a bit the week of Thanksgiving while visiting my parents.  I still made sure to watch my food intake but sugar eating went up (a lot) and I also allowed my self to enjoy some peppermint creamer in my coffee each morning.

I went back through my daily recaps and made a list of the pros and cons from my first round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme


  • quick 30 minute workouts
  • easy to understand containers for portion control
  • loved the Shakeology meal replacement shakes


  • I need to plan the meals better to make sure I don’t get hungry (snacky) at night from not eating enough during the day
  • I need to get the workouts in.  I will admit, I completely underestimated these videos.  I was SORE the next day which means I was using muscles that I don’t normally use
  • I need to plan more for interruptions, AKA holidays or travel that can throw off the clean eating workouts



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Merry Christmas!

Morning and Merry Christmas!  It’s still a bit early here and everyone is sleeping still (I am an early riser and I was usually always the first one up on Christmas) so thought it was a good time to catch up on my blog.

We went to 9pm Mass last night with Steve’s family which was a beautiful Mass.  Outside of church Steve and I at church

Before Mass we had lobster dinner with roasted vegetables, salad and quinoa.  It is a delicious tradition for Steve’s family on Christmas Eve.  Lobster Steve snuck up on me while cooking…..Me December 12.24Dinner tableDinner table SidesDinner plate

After dinner we cleaned up the dishes and leftovers (not much of those) and each opened a present.  Noah was on Christmas Tree guard duty waiting for his present.Noah guarding tree Caught under the Christmas tree!Noah caught under tree Finally!  They got their first presents….Giving dogs bones Happy puppies!Dogs opening presents

I got a foam roller!  Yay!! You know you are runner when you get excited over a foam roller and it’s even purple….my favorite color!  I had heard it can hurt and it’s true but I know my muscles need it.  Of course the dogs thought it was for them.

Opening presents Foam roller present

I have been pretty good keeping up with my running on our Christmas trip although I did not get in my double digit long run on Sunday per usual.  I tried but had a hard time so decided not to push it.  We actually have to head home early this afternoon because I go back to work tomorrow and Friday this week.  I will probably do 10 miles Friday morning on the treadmill and then 12-15 miles on Sunday.  It would sure be nice if we had a break from the snow and ice so I could run outside!

Yesterday on the treadmill I started having a hard time keeping up my pace so I started doing 1/2 mile intervals.  I would run 1/2 mile at an 8:34 pace, jump off and do crunches on the ball and leg raises on the floor.  This technique helped me eek out another 3 miles to get 7 miles.  It’s so great to have their treadmill to use but I think it’s more of a walking treadmill because I have had a hard time staying on more than 5-7 miles.  Oh well at least I’m running and taking today off to ice my knee.

Sorry sidetracked…..after we returned from church we had another family tradition.  Slivovitz shots!  You can’t sip this drink because it has a strong taste so bottoms up and Merry Christmas Eve! DrinkSlivovitz shotsDuring Mass Steve mentioned making caramel corn to me and you better believe I held him too it.  He got to work making some after our shots while I turned on A Christmas Story.  Can’t believe I haven’t watched that movie yet this season.  It always reminds me of my Mom since it’s her favorite. :)   Kenda watching the popcorn bowl….I think she likes popcorn more than me. Ha! I have taught her well.  She is always ready for the popcorn that pops out the bowl.  Kenda watching popcornCaramel cornHave a wonderful and Merry Christmas!!  Us

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Cuddle time

Another chilly day here so the dogs and I only went for a short walk during my lunch break.  Tomorrow is going to be even colder but I will driving to Peoria, Illinois for an All Hands Tax Department meeting for all of the Central Illinois offices.  It will take up most of the day including the hour and a half drive each way.

Dinner was a classic comfort food in our house, chicken parmesan.  I make a dipping station of bread crumbs in one bowl and egg whites and a little almond milk in another.

Then dip the chicken in the egg mixture then bread crumbs then repeat (for a thicker crust).  Place the chicken in a greased baking pan and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Then remove from the oven and top each piece of chicken with pasta sauce and some mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.

Played some indoor fetch with the dogs since it was so cold out and we couldn’t go for a walk like I had hoped.  Days like these it’s really hard to not have a yard for the dogs to play in….someday puppies we will have a yard again.  I promise!

I also prepared some Salsa Chicken Soup for tomorrow’s dinner.  Since I will be out of town for work tomorrow, it will be nice to come home to dinner that’s done already.

I have not tried this recipe yet so I am excited to see how it turns out.  I could literally eat Mexican food everyday of my life if given the choice.  I just love all the foods and flavors of avocado, tomatoes, olives, pico de gallo, black beans, corn and of course margaritas!  Not making those to go along with my soup but maybe next time 😉  I wish we would have bought another bag of those Trader Joe’s Quinoa chips because they would have gone perfectly with the soup.

For my workout this morning I overslept a bit but I needed it so I ended up with 3 miles on the treadmill.  I ran 1 mile to warm up then 2 miles (1/2 @ 8:00 pace followed by some abs and bicep work)  I repeated that 4 times and headed home to get ready for the day.

We decided to end the evening with all of us (yes me, Steve, Noah and Kenda all on our couch) watching Home Alone II: Lost in New York while I wrote out Christmas cards and wrote my blog.    Only got a picture of Kenda….if I moved I would have disrupted their sleeping.  Such a sweet face!


Have you sent out Christmas cards yet if you do?

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