• I’m Thankful for YOU

    December 3, 2013

    This past weekend was so fun! Mal and I got together with a bunch of different friends and had such a blast with them. I am so thankful that we have so many wonderful people in our lives (including you guys)! We are very lucky.

    SATURDAY

    Mal and I were all over the place on Saturday. We left his parents’ house after being there since Wednesday afternoon, stopped home briefly to drop off Murphy, and then we headed to Local 149 to meet Elizabeth and Nick for brunch.

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    As always, it was great to see them. We had lots to talk about, and we were all really exciting about the upcoming holidays.

    For breakfast, I ordered the biggest meal ever. I originally just wanted eggs, home fries, and a half of a broiled grapefruit, but I totally got upsold by the waitress and ended up with bacon, sausage, and a pancake too. Thankfully, Mal helped me eat some of it.

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    After brunch, Mal and I went home—unpacked and mostly got our lives in order—and then we headed out again to meet some CrossFit friends at Cagney’s for drinks, apps, and darts. The night started early and ended early for us (because we are old).

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    SUNDAY

    On Sunday morning, I woke up bright and early and ready to CrossFit. I hadn’t been since the previous Monday, so I was itching to get my WOD on.

    Our box did “Glen” earlier in the week, but I missed the workout, so I recruited a couple of friends to do it with me at Open Gym.  I did Level 3 (75 pounds for the C&J + 6 rope climbs) and finished in 41:04. The Burpees took me forever to finish. I can usually bust out Burpees, but I had zero energy. Even still, I really loved “Glen.” It’s definitely one of my favorite hero WODs.

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    After CrossFit, I took the quickest shower of my life and then headed to Legacy Place with Mal to meet his sister and her husband for brunch at Aquitaine. I had heard great things, so I was excited to dine there!

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    I ordered an egg white omelet with sautéed onions and Gruyere inside with home fries and toast on the side. I also ordered a cup of coffee, but it was no bueno, so I barely drank any of it.

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    After breakfast, we got our bowl on at King’s!

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    A little fun fact: 10 years ago, almost to the day, Mal and I had our second first date at King’s (the Boston location), and we’ve been together ever since.

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    The four of us had a great time bowling. I even managed to bowl a 108 on one game, which is most likely a PR for me. (I am terrible at bowling!)

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    After bowling, we headed to the Yard House to watch the rest of the Pats game and get some drinks and apps.

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    The truffle fries at the Yard House are the best!

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    At the Yard House, I actually met a CNC reader. She was so sweet and introduced herself and then told me that I inspired her to run her first half marathon. When I returned to our table, I told Mal what she had said, and I immediately got all choked up. It meant so much to me to hear something like this from a reader in person. Sometimes I forget that this little blog really does inspire people to do great things and make healthy choices in their lives. Of course, I’m happy when people tell me how much they like seeing photos of my ridiculous dog, but knowing CNC does more than just entertain people makes my heart feel so full (cheesy, but true).

    For those of you who I have never met, I want you to know that I appreciate your kind words so very much. I even save the emails that you guys send me in a special folder in my inbox. When I’m having a bad day or when the trolls are especially miserable, your messages make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside and makes me love this blog even more. I guess I am just feeling especially thankful for you guys, so THANK YOU for reading, supporting me, and being you. Ok, enough of the sappy stuff! Winking smile

    After we said goodbye to Mal’s sister and her husband, we hit up Whole Foods for our weekly grocery shopping. This week’s meal plan:

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    Last night’s dinner was Make-Your-Own Tacos.

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    I went with the taco salad option and used a broken shell for scooping. (I am not really a fan of hard shell tacos. I would much rather have a soft taco, so a salad seemed like a good option!)

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    Last night also kicked off our 24 Days of Togetherness. Our first pull was one of my favorites: Bake sugar cookies!

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    Unfortunately, the new recipe that I tried did not turn out well. (I knew I should have stuck to a classic sugar cookie recipe. Grrr!) The cookies tasted fine, but looked really ugly. Oh, well. It was still fun to make them together!

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    If you’re participating in 24 Days of Together, please use #24daysoftogetherness to tag your posts on social media. I’d love to see what you guys are up to!

    Questions of the Day

    How’s your 24 Days of Togetherness going so far?

    Are you any good at bowling?

    Soft or hard taco shells? Or taco salad?

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    Melissa December 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Its me gain ! Lol…when you are out or drinks and apps, what type of drinks do you choose? Do you try to stay away from sugary alcohol drinks? Have you ever thought about writing a book? FOR ALL THOSE GIRLS LIKE ME WITH ALL THE QUESTIONS> I am willing to put in the work to get the weight off but I really do not know where to begin. I ran a half marathon last year and lost NOTHING…although I was hungry all the time from the running schedule. g=have done P90x and lost just 3 pounds! Any advice or comment you share would leave me one happy reader! thanks!

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    Mari December 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    This was such a sweet post! My sister and I were talking this weekend about your blog and how it impacts the lives of so many people. It is so fun for us to read your blog every day and we continue to recommend it to so many people.

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    Tina December 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Aww, thank you! 😄

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    erika December 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Tina, I absolutely love your blog! It’s the first one I read every day. I enjoy reading about your eats, workouts, adventures with Mal and of course Murphy! I’m pug obsessed and some day I hope to have a pug of my own. I went Russell House Tavern in Cambridge after I read your post about it. Loved it! I stink at bowling but it’s so much fun. Taco salads are my jam. Regular tacos are too messy!

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    Kate December 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

    We love you, Tina!! (speaking for your readers). My roommate and I are always saying how awesome it would be to meet you some day and wondering what you’re up to! P.S. We are also OBSESSED with the avocado/egg salad that you posted one time. It’s one of our favorite recipes.

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    Tina December 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Aww, thank you! :)

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    Melissa December 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I asked a few questions above ystrdy..would u have a minute to answer ?

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    Ilana December 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I am a typically “silent” reader but wanted to say that I look forward to reading your blog every day. I have visited many blogs over the years, but yours is the only one that seems to capture my attention day-in-and-day-out. Thanks for posting and sharing with us – we appreciate YOU!

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    Anastacia December 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I am so mad that I forgot about 24 Days of Togetherness until right now! I guess ours will be running a bit past Christmas. Nothing wrong with that right? As far as bowling goes it is the one thing that I can say I can beat my boyfriend at. I was on a bowling team all throughout high school. It was so much fun. It’s about time I go again. Maybe I will add that to my 24dot!

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    Kelly December 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I would LOVE to see healthier recipes on your page Tina. I actually stopped reading daily b/c I just don’t see what you eat and order out as that healthy. Sorry. :( But I thought you would appreciate honest feedback..So more fruits/veggies and less eating out/coffee, dairy would be awesome!!

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    Tina December 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the feedback! I eat a diet that’s a mix of healthy and not-so-healthy foods (hence the name of this blog). I think it’s a balanced and realistic way of eating, and it’s a diet that I’m happy with and don’t plan to change anytime soon! 😄

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