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Christmas Break and Happy 2014!

Hello!  I didn’t post over my holiday break, but I really enjoyed some time off from work and spending time with family.  We ended up going away the day after Christmas with my parents and had a mini vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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We saw this in 3D before Christmas and it was great!

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Two good 5 milers before Christmas!  The one above was with Amy and the one below was with Colby Christmas Eve morning.  I am trying to push myself to run outside in the cold more often.

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My favorite … sushi when we were on vacation.  It was so good!

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I bought this spiral slicer at William Sonoma on vacation because I found this zucchini noodle recipe.  I made it with sauteed onions, mushrooms, chunky tomato sauce and turkey meatballs.  It was amazing and was like ratatouille pasta!  I’ll be making it again soon and post how I made it.

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I felt completely gross after vacation, so I’ve been trying to eat healthier and this has always been my favorite salad.  Spinach, roasted beets, avocado, pistachios, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.  So good.

2014 Goals

  • Run more often – (only 460 miles in 2013, I want it to be higher this year!)
  • Get AIM 1 certified in BODYPUMP
  • Eat Clean – less processed food
  • More fruits and vegetables – especially beets, avocados, kale, spinach and raw ginger root
  • PR at Nike Half – again???

I’ve been looking at juicers a lot and borrowed my friend’s this week.  I’m not sure if I want one yet, because they are kinda big and I already have a Vitamix.  I think the Vitamix could handle raw beets and ginger, so I might give it a try in the blender too.  I found this on Pinterest on juicing with a blender.  I know it’s not the same, but I think it would be okay for me.  I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead over the break and thought it was great – but I won’t be juice fasting.  Just adding the fruit and veggie juice in it in, especially between meals. Beets are high in iron too, which I worry I don’t get enough of because I’ve never eaten red meat.

Other Things of Interest…

Tone It Up “Love Your Body” Series started today – 100 mile goal by Valentine’s Day (run, bike, group fitness)

I’ve been on Pinterest non-stop. Lots of new pins on my boards!

GlassesUSA – 75% off first time customer – I LOVE my prescription sunglasses for running

My favorite tomato soup recipe from Runner’s World – I make this ALL the time!

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How did I not get into Polyvore earlier??  I downloaded the app on my phone last week and it is so much fun!  I’ve seen it on Pinterest, but never really tried it out until now.

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I bought a dress and jacket similar to this at Target when I was back to school shopping.  Yes, even teachers go back to school shopping!  We’ve had teacher in-service the past two days and tomorrow is our first day with students!  I’ve been working out by teaching BODYPUMP a lot by myself.  I am kind of the substitute teacher at our gym for pump and it is great!  I’m hoping to start running again next week once I get into a routine with school!

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