Snow day and the early bird special.

Today was a happy snow day! For once, the storm was worse to the south and we enjoyed a pretty couple of inches up in southern PA. It was great to have an extra day off to relax, fix our water heater, and get the house slightly put back together.

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We had a leak from our water heater yesterday and today we noticed that our water was not actually heating.  With the help of some YouTube videos, Chris was able to relight the pilot light and we now have hot water!

I haven’t had almond milk for a really long time and I was craving a bowl of cereal with almond milk in a bad way.  This beautiful bowl of goodness was multi grain cheerios and cinnamon granola with strawberries and banana.  I really like the taste of vanilla milk so I get that…but I buy the light version.

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Since I had some extra time on my hands, I decided to actually make a nice home cooked meal for dinner. I started the main course in the morning…bbq chicken in the crockpot. I used a McCormick Seasoning packet which called for the packet mix, ketchup, brown sugar, and water. All you have to do is stir it up and pour it over the chicken and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Shred and enjoy!

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I finally fit in a workout while dinner was finishing up and it was not the greatest. This was my first workout since getting sick on Saturday night, so I guess my body is still recovering. I headed to my favorite at home workout resource (YouTube) and I did a Fitness Blender Workout and Jillian MIchael’s 30 Day Shred Level 3.  It definitely felt great to be active again.

Dinner was served at the early bird special time of 4:15 pm.  No, we do not usually eat this early.  Chris had to work at 5, so this was our only option for a sit down meal together.  Along with the BBQ shredded chicken, we enjoyed green beans and baked potatoes.  FYI, the key to a good baked potato is to coat the skin in olive oil and salt and pepper.  🙂

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While Annabelle was sick, she slept on and off most of the day. Today was the first day that she was awake from morning to night and she just couldn’t hang past 6:30 pm. I really have no idea what to do with all of this free time!

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PSA for the day. Always buy previous season candy that is on sale and if you see these Oreos, please buy them. You can thank me later.

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What did you have to dinner tonight?

Favorite Oreo flavor?  This is a tough call, but I really love the chocolate creme ones.

If you have kiddos, what time do they go to bed?  Normally around 8 pm.

A few words per picture.

Happy Friday! It’s been a long week and I’m happy to welcome in the weekend. 🙂

I can’t get enough pancakes…

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Oatmeal…

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and this loaded sweet potato meal. It really is sooo good.

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Last night’s dinner…do you like Brussels sprouts? Annabelle does not.

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Our first snowfall of the season.

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First hot chocolate and marshmallows of the season. 🙂

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It’s been 2 weeks since Halloween and I had my first piece of candy this afternoon. It started with a mini Twix and a mini Milky Way. Next up were these babies…

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I ended the candy eating binge with a full size Twix bar. Ugh.

Once I was done working for the day, I spent an hour with Jillian Michaels to balance everything out. Maybe all of that candy will be good fuel for my 20 mile run tomorrow morning???

What’s the best thing you ate today?

Who else is getting up to run in the freezing cold tomorrow? Please come run with me!

We had an exciting night.

So, I usually get home between 5 and 5:30 and there is time for us to play outside with Molly until it gets dark. Thanks to daylight savings time, it was very dark at 5:30. :-/ I’m thinking of attaching my blinking tail light from the Ragnar race on Molly’s collar so I can see her running around in the dark.

Dinner was simple, but it hit the spot. I eat a lot of these Perdue Simply Smart Chicken strips lately…it’s just easier to make the same thing for me and Annabelle.

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After some playtime and some reading, Annabelle went to bed at 8:30 and I spent some time with Jillian Michaels. Her 30 Day Shred Level 3 is no joke. It’s only 30 minutes long, but it’s a great workout.

After I showered, I sat down to watch some TV. I landed on The Red Band Society…does anybody else watch it? I also consumed a stale brownie because a stale brownie is better than no brownie at all. 🙂

I didn’t feel like blow drying my hair before I went to sleep, so I decided to sleep in braids. Look at my mad braiding skills.

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I was hoping for a nice and wavy head of hair in the morning, but that just wasn’t the case. Womp womp.
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In other news…

AB was the cutest pretty little pirate ever.

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She loves to be like mommy now. It makes my heart melt.

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Spinning and running. I haven’t taken spin in a long time and my butt is sore! I wish I could say this run felt easy but it did not. :-/

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My favorite breakfast this week. Whole grain waffles topped with almond butter, banana, and agave nectar.

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Playing with her Halloween candy = pure joy.

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Favorite breakfast this week?

Do you blow dry/style your hair everyday?

Umm, no. But I should.

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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I’m still here!…and why do guys do this?

Hi everybody! I’m sure you were missing my daily recaps of eat, work, run, eat ice cream, and repeat…don’t worry, I’m back. 🙂 I sure missed you guys.

Annabelle and I got sick over the weekend, so when you combine sickness and a sick baby and no sleep, there isn’t much time for anything else. Thankfully, I think we are all on the mend now.

Let’s recap the past few days…

Friday, Valentine’s Day

Jillian Michael’s workout

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Quiet dinner with Chris and Annabelle…I made BBQ chicken in the crockpot and served mashed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts on the side.

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Saturday

Breakfast

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Dinner (grilled cheese with strawberry jelly)

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I started feeling sick that night. 😦

Sunday

Sick. Slept most of the day and then just hung out on the couch. 😦

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Monday

Relaxed and then I thought some activity would make me feel better, so I did another Jillian workout. I even showered…it was the first time since Friday evening. Yes, I’m gross but I was sick.

Tuesday

Back to work after being off two days for snow, 2 days for the weekend, and one day for the holiday. I managed to get in a 6 mile run, but it was TOUGH.

1 mile warmup
2 miles at 8:00
2 miles at 7:30
1 mile at 8:00

The guy running on the treadmill next to me kept blowing his nose…into his shirt. Why do guys do this when a bathroom is steps away? Get some toilet paper please!

I wasn’t really hungry afterwards, but I ate a salad of grilled chicken and raw veggies.

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I hope you guys are having a happy and healthy week so far. 🙂

When was the last time you were sick?

Have you ever done a Jillian Michael’s workout?