A day in my life.

Get ready for an inside look into one of my way too exciting workdays. :-)

I should get up around 4:30 am, but most days I roll out of bed at 5…sometimes 5:10.

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I still have my alarms for Ragnar ready for next year. :-)

I leave for work between 5:30 and 6 and got to work between 6:30 and 7. After getting settled and checking emails, I walk to the cafeteria for coffee or tea. Up until a few weeks ago I almost always got coffee, but I’ve been on a tea kick lately.

I eat my breakfast around 8:30 and oatmeal with blueberries was on the menu for today.

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I work until lunch time and I am more than ready to hit the pavement. My lunch time run is one of the best parts of my day (getting home to Annabelle tops the list). I went out with Jeanette today and we did a little over 6 miles at an 8:21 pace.

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Once I get back to my desk, I eat lunch and work through the afternoon. Today’s lunch was a veggie burger with edamame and minus the sweet potatoes and add a strawberry Greek yogurt to the picture below.

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By 3:30, I’m usually ready for a snack. Today’s snack was a banana swimming in a bath of almond butter.

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I left work around 4:30 pm and got home around 5:45. Everyday when I get home, Molly, Annabelle, and I hang outside and play. Unfortunately this will end next week when it’s close to dark at 5. :-/

While I make dinner, AB watches Sesame Street. Don’t worry, this is not where she usually sits on her chair.

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We ate dinner around 6:30 and it was super simple but super tasty. Chicken, white cheddar Mac and cheese, and edamame.

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After playtime and bath time, we hopped in the car to drop something off to Chris at his work. Baby girl was so tired and she was asleep before I left the driveway. When we got home, she went right from the car to her crib…without her night time milk. Fingers crossed she still sleeps all night.

AB was asleep by 8 pm, so I Facetimed with my dad, cleaned up toys, and made a list of things I need at the store tomorrow.

On of my beloved traditions was next…dessert! Tonight’s selection was chocolate milk and chocolate chip cookies.

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At this point, I would normally pack my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow and then watch some tv. Since I work from home tomorrow, I skipped right to the tv part. I love my sweatshirt blanket.

I will probably close up shop around 10:30 pm…I LOVE my bed. :-)

What time do you wake up for work?

How long is your commute?

White or chocolate milk?

Saturday Snapshots and good luck MCM runners!

I just want to say GOOD LUCK and have a great run to my Ragnar teammates running the Marine Corps Marathon tomorrow! I’m routing for you Vonks, Tim, Woody (yay, first marathon), and Pryce!
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Pancakes!

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Baby in skeleton pjs!

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10 mile slow and wonderful stroller run.

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Playground time!

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My new Lima Capris from Fabletics. <—–referral link! They are awesome. Comfortable, supportive, and they stay put :-).

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Lunch of champions!

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What was the best part of your Saturday???

A Stitch Fix outfit and the best post workout snack.

Yesterday I was decked out in an outfit from Stitch Fix. <—-referral link.

Bracelet and earrings from Zad. (The bracelets came in a 3 pack with a green and blue bracelet.)

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Brixon Ivy Bixby Clover Print blouse and Liverpool Anita Ponte pants. Please ignore my Bass clogs that I bought 10 years ago.

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Thanks to my friend Kelly for the wonderful photography. :-)
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Last night, Annabelle and I ate dinner, I gave her a bath, and she was asleep before 8:30. Since I didn’t have time to workout earlier in the day, I went to the basement and did a Fitness Blender workout on YouTube while watching some Biggest Loser.

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The workout was only about 35 minutes but it was a good one. It used the ladder structure and included lots of burpees, push ups, high knees, squats, mountain climbers, and abs.

When I got back upstairs, I remembered that I had the bright idea to make these babies after dinner.

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So yea, my post workout snack was a brownie topped with ice cream…

Happy Friday!

Meatless Wednesday and eating healthy at work.

So, I didn’t try to make this a meatless Wednesday, but now that I look back on today’s eats, they are sans meat. (Side note: I remember learning what “sans” meant in Mr. Paul’s English class. He was one of my favorite teachers…along with Ms. Bacon.) <——wow, that was quite the tangent. :-)

Breakfast was leftover pancakes topped with almond butter and agave nectar. The key to eating leftover pancakes is to reheat them in the toaster. You're welcome.

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After a very sweaty and grueling x-fit class (lots of squats, jump squats, burpees, wall sits, push ups), I devoured a veggie burger with cheese and carrots and cucumbers on the side. I also had a Greek yogurt.

My snack was a chocolate brownie and oats bar from Trader Joe’s…it hit the spot.

Annabelle was a super good baby tonight and she let me cook dinner without too many interruptions…and no climbing on the tables/couch/chairs. :-) I had Minestrone soup and croissants and it was the perfect rainy night meal.

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Annabelle wanted her dinner to be featured as well…chicken nuggets and mixed veggies. :-)

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Even though my day was meatless, I don’t believe it will remain ice cream-less. LOL.
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Sometimes it can be really difficult to eat healthy at the work place. This is especially true around the holidays. Here are few tips for keeping healthy eating habits at work.

Eating Healthy at Work

1. Pack breakfast, lunch, and snacks. It is so easy and convenient to stop and get breakfast on the way to work or go out for lunch everyday. However, this can deplete your wallet and add to your waistline. Try to pack meals that are high in protein and good fats and that include lots of fruits and veggies.

2. Plan for special occasions. If you are having a work party or a celebratory lunch with coworkers, make sure to plan really healthy meals for the rest of the day and drink lots of water. Make sure to stop eating when you are full and your leftovers can serve as your dinner or the next day’s lunch.

3. Water! Drink lots of water all day long. Sometimes we confuse thirst for hunger and we eat when we aren’t really hungry. Drinking water is also great for your overall health.

Favorite workday lunch?

How many days a week do you eat meat? How about ice cream? :-)

Trader Joe’s… I have missed you.

Last night, Annabelle and I had a fun night of eating dinner at Panera Bread and shopping at Trader Joe’s! The nearest TJ’s is over 30 miles from my house, so I don’t go as nearly as often as I would like to.

My goodies!

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I bought some normal stuff: bread, eggs, milk, yogurt, honey crisp apples.

I also bought some fun stuff: Ginger Cats Cookies, Chocolate Chip Brownie and Oats Bars, Almond Butter, White Cheddar Mac and Cheese (they had samples and AB loved it), Minestrone Soup, brocollini, and Pecan and Pumpkin Oatmeal.

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I also started some Thanksgiving shopping! My extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, etc.) is having dinner on the Saturday before Turkey Day, so if I want dinner on actual Thanksgiving, it’s up to me!

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Annabelle was so ready for bed after all of that fun. ;-)

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Do you live near a Trader Joe’s?

What’s your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving?

A bad run is still a run.

Happy Tuesday! I worked from home today and I headed to the local trail for a run during my lunch break. I love living just a few minutes from the NCR Trail. I haven’t been digging running lately (I guess I am feeling burnout from marathon training for so long), but I headed out today with hopes of having a good run. This run felt TOUGH and I didn’t have “fun”, but I am happy that I was finally able to get in some sub-8 miles. I feel so far from being at the fitness level I was for my last marathon… A bad (feeling) run is still a run.

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A run wouldn’t be complete without a selfie with an antique caboose.

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I refueled with chicken nuggets, brocolli, and cauliflower. It’s just easier to eat what Annabelle eats. :-)
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Speaking of Annabelle, she got new shoes yesterday and she is starting a new fashion trend.

Baby Nikes make me happy.

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Remember when LL Cool J started the one pants leg up trend? AB is starting the one arm out of your shirt trend.

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Today was a good mail day…my Fabletics package arrived! <—– referral link :-). If you haven't tried Fabletics, it's a service that provides high quality workout, running, yoga, and leisure gear. Check it out! I got a pair of capris, a shirt, and an infinite scarf this month.

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Do you have more regular clothes or more workout clothes?

Do you workout in the morning, mid day, or at night?

Weekend Snapshots!

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! Here are some pictures from my weekend adventures. :-)

I ate good food, went on an 8 mile stroller run with AB, and spent some quality time on the playground. (Not pictured: brownies and ice cream, but yes, it happened).

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Now I’m ready to snuggle up on the couch and watch Homeland!

What was the best part of your weekend?

At home workouts…and brownies.

I work from home on Fridays and that means a couple of things…I wear my pjs all day and I get to eat something other instant oatmeal for breakfast. Chocolate chip pancakes for the win. :-)

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I just started a new work load and I have been super busy learning everything and the morning flew by. I finally took my lunch around 1 and headed downstairs for an at home workout. I’ve been loving these more and more now that I haven’t been running as much. Today’s workout was Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (Level 2) and two rounds of this workout I saw on Fitfluential’s Instagram.

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It was after 2 by the time I ate lunch and I was starving! I had a veggie burger topped with cheese and served with a side of spinach and carrots. I offered to make Chris lunch and for some reason he didn’t want any… ;-)

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Annabelle helped me close up shop at 4:30 and I finally showered and got out of pjs…and put on sweats. :-)

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Fun Things Friday!

Happy Friday! Fridays are my favorite…I work from home (in pjs) and Chris is usually off at night. :-)

Let’s get right into the fun stuff! Please feel free to play along in the comments and let me know about some fun things in your world!

1. We took AB to Dutch Wonderland on Sunday and she loved the rides. Her favorites were the carousel and the airplanes. :-)

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PS My blue striped jacket is from Stitch Fix! <—-referral link. :-)

2. I went to the dermatologist for my annual skin checkup (I'm very mole-y). Fun fact…Annabelle likes to point at all of my moles and say "mooooole". How sweet of her to point all of them out. My doctor looked at my face and said she could, "fix it." Here's to not having a middle school girl's skin anymore!

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3. We had an earthquake drill at work today. It was called “The Great Shakeout.” Kelly and I had some fun with it and enjoyed the 3 minutes we got to spend under our desks. :-)

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4. I ate a lot of healthy food this week! Yesterday’s breakfast was a Thomas’ English muffin topped with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and a banana…yes, I made it into a smiley face. For lunch, I had a veggie burger topped with Colby cheese served with a side of veggies.

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In case you are wondering about my calcium intake, I will be eating ice cream in a few minutes. :-)

5. I got a flu shot yesterday. While this isn’t really fun, at least I hopefully won’t get the flu. I often have a mild reaction to the shot and fall ill the next day. I may be feeling pretty bad by the time you all read this. I was attempting to take a picture of the bandaid on my arm, but it just wasn’t working out. However, I did get a semi decent picture of one of my other favorite Stitch Fix items. <—-referral link :-)

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6. I ran today! I’ve been in a bit of a running rut lately. I guess two back to back marathon training cycles with a 50k thrown in caused me to burn out. I still love to run, but it’s been nice to not have the pressure of training and meeting certain time goals. Today I enjoyed a nice 6.3 mile run with Jeanette and it felt great.

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Tell me something fun about your Friday, weekend, life, anything!

Wednesday: Work, workout, what I ate

Good afternoon! Yesterday was another normal day in the neighborhood…a very rainy neighborhood.

My alarm went off at 5, I drove to work, and began work before 7 am.

Breakfast included oatmeal and a banana and my new obsession…hot tea!

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My workout was an X-Fit class at my work gym and it was a killer. Lots of squats, high knees, burpees, push ups, and about 15 minutes of AB work.

Lunch was leftovers from Tuesday night’s dinner…chicken, peas, and sweet potato tots.

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After a very rainy two hour commute home, I made a salad for dinner. Spinach was the base layer and I added peas, sweet potato tots, carrots, cheese, a veggie burger, and guacamole. I also snacked on some Wheat Thins. This flavor is amazing!

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Annabelle and I snuggled/wrestled on the couch for a bit and watched Sesame Street before she went to bed. She is going into a little biting stage and her teeth are so sharp! Anybody else have a 21 month old who is doing this???

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Once AB was down for the night, I enjoyed some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that I bought at a bake sale today.

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I also booked a flight to visit these guys in December! I can’t wait!!

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(Lauren and Rob (my #1 fan))

I hope you are having a great Thursday! It’s almost the weekend!

What time do you get up?

How long is your commute to work?

Any parents that can help me with the biting thing????

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