Hi, guys! After breakfast yesterday morning, I got my sweat on with this at-home chipper! I forgot to time myself, but this workout took me awhile to finish (maybe 20 minutes?) and it left me a tired, sweaty mess. I took multiple breaks during it to catch my breath and let my muscles recover. This one is definitely a butt-kicker! Lunch After my at-home WOD, I showered up and then reheated some Loaded Baked Potato…

Check out the (unexpected) scene that I came home to on Saturday night: The ugly bushes are gone! Whoa, right? Apparently, the landscaping project at our house started a little early! After getting a bunch of quotes from different landscapers, Mal and I pretty much made up our mind on who we wanted to hire. We hadn’t yet signed a contract or given a deposit, and we only briefly talked about what color pavers we…

Remember the adorable running top that I wore for the Run to Remember Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago? Well, here’s your chance to win one from OpenSky! The front says: run long The back says: & eat more cake I LOVE IT! To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about why you’d like to win this running top. Earn an extra entry by tweeting: “I want to win the Run Long top…

Check out my newest running gadget! So cool! My friends at OpenSky sent me a Timex Marathon GPS watch to test out on my runs. Even though I absolutely love my Garmin Forerunner 305, I still think it’s pretty big and bulky on my wrist. So, when OpenSky suggested the smaller Timex watch, I was psyched to give it a try. This morning, I planned to run 3 miles right after breakfast, but it was…

Good morning, friends! CrossFit was so fun last night! We did “The Dirty Dozen” and the workout flew by! The Dirty Dozen is a common CrossFit “benchmark” workout that many gyms use to monitor progress as you get stronger, fitter, and faster. The Dirty Dozen is a timed workout, so down the road when we do it again, I’ll be able to see if I improved. WOD: “The Dirty Dozen” For time: 25 Walking lunges…

Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was great””lots of quality family and friend time, tons of delicious food and drink, and plenty of rest and relaxation. It was a successful holiday! Wednesday On Wednesday afternoon, Mal, Murphy, and I hit the road to drive to my in-law’s house for the holiday. We managed to miss all of the Thanksgiving traffic (hooray!), so we arrived just before dinnertime. I never had a…

You guys know that I’m semi-obsessed with planning and tracking my workouts, right? It keeps me focused on my goals and motivated to achieve them, so I’m all about it. Plus, this type of health journaling really works: In one of the largest weight loss studies to date, Kaiser Permanente asked nearly 1,700 participants to eat healthy and exercise. Nearly 2/3 of participants lost 9 lbs over the 6-month period. Those who logged their diet…

Look what arrived at my house this afternoon!! OpenSky sent me some Get Well flowers, which instantly brightened up my day. Thank you, OpenSky! I can’t even explain how much these flowers cheered me up. I still feel pretty crappy (haha), so I haven’t left the couch much since Thursday. (My DVR is now empty.) This beautiful bouquet of flowers put the biggest smile on my face, which encouraged me to put an end to…

Want to know why I eat vegetables? The short and simple answer is nutrients. Most vegetables taste pretty good to me, especially if they’re roasted, but knowing that the nutrients are good for my mind, body, and soul encourages me to eat them frequently. When I’m loading up my diet with veggies, I notice a positive influence on my mood, cravings, and physical appearance. I also notice a difference when I am not eating them. The…

Good morning! I woke up craving carbs and coffee. Don’t you think Carbs ”˜N’ Coffee would make a great blog name? Imagine what you could do with it! I still love Bagels ”˜N’ Gnocchi the best though. 😉 Breakfast This morning’s breakfast was a plate-o-carbs: toasted Lender’s bagel with plain cream cheese and a Pumpkin-Quinoa Muffin. I also had a glass of iced coffee with soy milk. I practically chugged it down this morning. I’ve…

Yesterday afternoon, I tweeted this: I must have received at least 50 replies agreeing that unloading the dishwasher is one of the worst household chores ever. Actually, for me, cleaning the bathtub is the worst chore ever, but unloading the dishwasher is a close second. I still haven’t unloaded the dishwasher from yesterday, so now the kitchen sink is overflowing with dishes. I should probably get on that, huh? Breakfast I tried something new for breakfast this morning:…

Exciting news on the fundraising front! OpenSky will donate $1 to Team In Training for everyone who follows Carrots ”˜N’ Cake from now until our marathon day on January 16th! OpenSky now features flash sales, which means my favorite items will be offered at 30-50% off!! You can only find out about these deals if you follow me and when you sign up, you’ll donate $1 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please consider signing…

Since breakfast, I’ve done a whole lot of nothing. Ok, well, that’s a total lie. I actually cleaned the entire house (including the floors), did 3 loads of laundry, and took Murphy for an hour-long walk. So, it was a productive day, but on my own time, ya know? 😉 Mid-morning, Murphy parked his little butt outside our bedroom door. He knew Mal was in there (still sleeping), so I think he started to get…

Wahhh. My pumpkin oatmeal pancake completely bombed this morning. 🙁 I have no idea what happened. I’ve made a zillion oatmeal pancakes in my lifetime, but for some reason, mine totally stuck to the pan this morning. My pumpkin oatmeal pancake ended up looking like this: It’s not the worst looking breakfast ever– and it actually tasted pretty good– but I would have preferred a pretty oatmeal pancake with a squirt of maple syrup on…

Good morning, bloggies!!! I am in SUCH a good mood this morning! It must all of those feel-good endorphins from my early-morning workout! 😉 So, something weird happened this morning. When I took Murphy out to do his business, I actually found myself singing while I walked along. Guys, I don’t sing. You know those people who just sing all of the time? Like the people on American Idol? They just break into song whenever the…

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