Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas Recap

Hey there…how was your Christmas?  Mine was pretty great!  But does it feel like it was a million years ago or what?  Dang, New Year’s is knocking (loudly) on my door.  But before we get to that, let’s recap two of my favorite gifts from last weekend.   

#1  a sexy Princess Leia apron!  And yes, PJK has a matching Darth Vader apron!  Seriously.  My wardrobe is now complete.

and #2  hands-down, the most comfortable pair of pajama pants ever.  Love! 

The best part is the entire family got matching PJ’s…the guys got red pants and the girls got blue.  I thought we looked adorable, though I’m not sure everyone agreed (sorry, there’s no photographic evidence to argue the case one way or the other.) 

Christmas was fairly tame compared to what was waiting for us the following day.  Holy Snow Balls!  The view that greeted me December 26th:

This is the South, it never snows here!  But we made the best of it, and of course the dogs loved it….

….the ducks, not so much. 

Have you ever seen ducks in snow?  Me neither!  They paddled through the snow pretty much the same way they paddle through the water.  Don’t’ worry, we made sure they had something to eat. 

After a treacherous drive home where I more than once cried out:  this is how people die in blizzards!!  I faced another Christmas present, or should I say curse:  the re-awakening of my sweet tooth.  I have a feeling it was the numerous Christmas cookies, candy, chocolate, and cake I shoveled into my mouth over the weekend that woke the sleeping giant that is my sugar addiction.  Argh. 

I’ve been struggling with sugar this entire week.  And unfortunately fell prey to it yesterday when I decided to make theses delicious Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from the November 2010 issue of Oxygen Magazine.  I made two changes to the recipe, so the ingredients looked like this:

  • 1/2cup unsalted almond butter
  • ½ cup of Dark Chocoate Dreams Peanut Butter….

  • ¾ cup Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3 oz raw cacao nibs

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls and bake at 350 until lightly browned (about 12 minutes).  Mmmmmm, cookies!

And then I promptly picked up this book:  Get the Sugar Out by Ann Louise Gittleman.  

I like having the occasional sugary treat, but need to find a balance between the sweets and the rest of the stuff.  Right now, sugar is running the show :o(  But not for long!

The other project I’m working on this week is finishing my 2011 inspiration board.  Motivated by The Fitnessista and my New Year’s Revolution ride I am planning for 1.1.11 @10am I am going to create an awesome inspiration board. 

Now I have to figure out how to fit everything on a single piece of paper!  2011:  I’m ready for you! 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, & Happy Friday Friends! Christmas Eve in Washington…             Sending you wishes of health, happiness & a truckload of holiday cheer!  Have a great weekend.  Be ready to ride with me Monday night (I’m anticipating that we will have some dietary sins to work off.)   Until then…..Enjoy!

Spin Away the Weight…with ME!

The gym I primarily teach at (Washington Sports Club) offers specialized 8-week Small Group Trainings.  Think kettlebells, TRX, boxing, etc.  In fact, the TRX class I’m taking right now is one of those 8-week sessions.  And I love it!  It has the camaraderie feel of a group exercise class, but the personalization of individual training. Read More >

Early to bed and early to rise makes a (wo)man healthy, wealthy, and wise….

I’ve got the early to rise part…early to bed, not so much.  Especially last night:  Bear Down Chicago Bears! I was anticipating pain when the alarm went off this morning.  Pain in the form of it hurts to get up so early and the inability to open both eyes simultaneously…do you do that?  Have oneRead More >

Spinning #78

I think is time for another fabulous Spinning playlist.   Last week I created one for Saturday’s class, but the more I looked (and listened) to it the more I felt blah about it.  Blahhhh….  Instead of subjecting everyone to a less-than-stellar class I looked to the experts and found exactly what I was looking for: Read More >

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