Thanksgiving Break

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I am so thankful for this Thanksgiving break!!  The Tangled gif above is how happy I was to be home for a few days :)  I spent time with family, exercised my butt off and relaxed!  Colby and I have been trying to get our Christmas shopping done and we are almost there!  To help his Mom out for Thanksgiving, I made Ina’s Smashed Sweet Potatoes and substituted almond milk for the heavy cream and Earth Balance for the butter.  I roasted the potatoes the day before and mashed them with a potato masher.  Even though it takes over an hour to roast the sweet potatoes, the rest is so easy and they taste amazing.

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I also made the Tone It Up Green Bean Casserole to take for dinner.  I like this recipe because it doesn’t use cream of mushroom soup (not so nice for my lactose-hating stomach).  I did a few changes… I blended more of the mushrooms with the liquid and added a little corn starch to get it thicker.  I also added some panko to the top and put the casserole under the broiler at the very end for about a minute to get it crispy.  Very good, but the leftovers got a little liquid-y.  More about TIU in another post…

I was an exercise machine this past week because I had no excuses!!

November 25-December 1, 2013

Monday: Yoga – 20 min Tone It Up video  - I WOKE UP EARLY BEFORE WORK!!!!!!

Tuesday: BODYPUMP at home - LATE night pump session (8-9pm) after teacher conferences all night.  I did 88 and LOVED it.

Wednesday: 20 min bike, 20 min TM, 20 min Tabata workout from PBR - sweaty mess – burned 623 calories (wore my Polar FT4)

Thursday: 35 min bike, BODYPUMP triceps, lunges and abs

Friday: off

Saturday: 1.25 run on TM, 25 min bike and BODYPUMP -all but squats -exhausted and burned 760 calories

Sunday: 45 min bike, 1 mile walk on TM, abs and lots of stretching - ate a HUGE brunch with family, came home and took a food nap then woke up and did this and burned 502 calories :)

Not much running going on, but it is SO COLD!!!!! I am waiting on new Under Armour tights to come in the mail because my old ones are completely ripped and my others are a different brand and not warm enough.  I had a gift card from Under Armour to buy these tights and I got it last year when I emailed them angry about them always ripping.  They are so expensive, they should last!! I take good care of them!  I was annoyed with them for awhile, so I didn’t order the new ones but I did the other day.  My legs are cold trying to run outside and these were practically free so I went for it.

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Also, I’m obsessed with my new bike and I haven’t even been outside with it yet!! I have it on Colby’s bike trainer in the basement.  Here are my legs spinning away Thanksgiving morning watching the parade.  It was awesome!! I feel like I have a new piece of cardio equipment in our home gym and I am so excited for warmer weather in the spring so I can ride outside!  I love it, I love it, I love it!  After riding 4x this week and getting up to 45 minutes, I was sore last night.  I’m going to take a break from it today but I really want to ride it!

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I have another post ready to go for tomorrow about my love for the Tone It Up girls :)  Maybe I’ll be able to post more than once a month for December!! I go back to school tomorrow and start up my concert season.  I have lots of dress rehearsals, concerts and assemblies for my music students this month.  Looking forward to the holidays!

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