The Bachelor is Back

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The makings of one of my favorite breakfasts- peanut buttery banana oats.

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This is turning into the world’s longest Christmas vacation. My kids went to school all the way until December 23rd which means they do not go back until January 9th- seems like it’s years away at this point! Up until today things have been fine, but the boredom is settling in and today was quite possibly the world’s longest day. No one likes my ideas, everyone hates everything and everything is boring. Thankfully we have a birthday party at an indoor trampoline park tomorrow night so we can all get out and let out all of our pent up energy!

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I found this at Costco and figured it would be good for lunches. One of the medications that I take makes me have little to no appetite by lunch time and I was hoping something delicious would help. Ehh, not really. I only managed to eat about 1/4 of this bowl. What I did eat WAS really good, I just don’t eat a lot for lunch anymore.

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I took the oldest to wrestling practice and then it was the sweet, sweet release of toddler naptime. I made the other two go in their rooms for quiet time and I finally got to watch one of my greatest guilty pleasures- The Bachelor! Like a lot of the contestants mentioned, I was not a fan of Nick on the two Bachelorette seasons he was on, but when he was on Bachelor Pad this summer, I saw a different side of him and I’m so excited for this season…and it’s going to be a good one!

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Before dinner, I decided to squeeze in my workout. It was a live workout that was recorded this morning. OMG. I was a sweaty disaster and every muscle was on fire! This workout was called Body Blast Boot Camp- it involved 6 rounds of cardio and then compound weight exercises. I will be doing a post this weekend about cathe.com which is where I do all of my workouts. Seriously, best $20 I spend every month.

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Dinner tonight was my favorite Instant Pot meal – BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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And now my friends it is time for Netflix and my bed. Have a great night!

That Escalated Quickly

After Emma woke up for the past few days when I did at 5am, I decided that yesterday was my last pre-dawn workout. Playing dodge the toddler and then dealing with cranky toddler all day is not my idea of fun, so starting today I am switching it up. Until my kids go back to school next Monday, I will either do it during naptime or before dinner, and then when school starts again, it will be naptime workouts for the win.

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Standard strawberry oatmeal breakfast

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A week or so ago, I entered a giveaway that Amy at Running Escapades was hosting and I really didn’t think I was going to win.

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Oh, crap.

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After initially being completely freaked out and terrified, after looking at the website, I’m strangely excited. AND, the race in Michigan is going to happening on my birthday! It’s like it was meant to be.

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My inlaws are in town until today, so we decided to celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday with them since they won’t be here for her actual birthday (Jan. 4th). Can I just say how much harder a birthday is right after Christmas vs in December? My husband’s birthday is december 15th and at that point it’s all WOOOO, let’s party and buy all the things and go out to dinner, etc.

But, by this point, it’s ugghhh, no one wants to go to a birthday party or spend money or do anything but stay home. I get it, because I feel the same way, but the show must go on! She wants to take a few friends and go jump at Air Time on Friday night, should be fun and it will get everyone out of the house and off their ipods. Win. Win.

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12. Holy crap. I can not believe she is going to be 12!

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In other news, I finally got around to putting all of the Christmas stuff away yesterday, it’s so sad and empty without the Christmas tree, but it was time! And since it was so warm (well, warm for Michigan in January), we took the opportunity to take all of the outside decorations down as well.

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My day started off with this DVD- I managed to burn just over 500 calories in an hour.

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The kickboxing portion (first 30 minutes) was SO much fun, then it was followed by a leg workout that had me begging for mercy. It legit hurt to walk most of the day yesterday and my inner thighs are still feeling the burn today.

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I have a new love in my life. Strawberry oatmeal, I also add in a little bit of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla…otherwise it is perfect and sweet with the addition of the strawberries.

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I have had this the last 2 days in a row and I don’t see the streak ending any time soon!

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The rest of the afternoon was spent running around trying to find some good after Christmas deals. We all need new Christmas stockings and so far I have managed to find everyone one, but myself. Figures. I’m looking for a specific one and everyone is sold out. Since I only have 1 more to buy, I will go ahead and wait until next year. I can justify full price for 1 vs. 6!

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We ended our night meeting up with some of my family at Red Robin.

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I decided to go with the chicken fajitas which are normally my favorite, but last night they were cold and some of the chicken pieces weren’t even cooked all the way through! After a really long wait, all I wanted to do was go home. Everyone’s else’s food was awesome and I didn’t have to cook, so we’ll call it a 1/2 win. The vegetables were cooked perfectly and not as cold, so I ended up just having veggie fajitas- the other toppings were delicious!

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That guac was awesome!

While it’s been fun having family in from out of town and going out to eat way more often than we typically do, I’m excited to get back on track and eating more at home again! Until then…chicken and vegetables for the win! My blood sugars are really starting to be in the normal region again and eating high carb meals just aren’t worth it…no matter how delicious!