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I’m finally done with my Thanksgiving leftovers, except for a few slices of pumpkin pie that I’m savoring every bite of.  After all my indulgences over the past week I’m looking forward to simple and healthy meals this week.

Meal Plan

Monday~ Leftover French Onion Soup and Mini Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Tuesday~ Salmon, Broccoli and Cheese (for Matt), Roasted Brussels Sprouts (for me) and Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad

Wednesday~ Herbed Chicken and leftover Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad

Thursday~ Cheesy Garlic Chicken and Vegetable Medley

Friday~Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Saturday~ Salon Christmas Party!

Sunday~ Butternut Squash Soup


Last week was interesting for fitness.  It felt very hit or miss.  I didn’t do anything Monday.  Tuesday night’s kickboxing class was great.  I even got a compliment on my pivoting while punching.  Wednesday, which I thought I would be dead tired, I ended up doing some pilates.  My back started to hurt really bad when I got home from class on Tuesday night and it was still bothering me Wednesday night.  I was hoping that some pilates would help stretch it out and ease some of the tension I was feeling there.  It totally did the trick!  I felt so much better when I was done!  I’ve been intending on practicing pilates for weeks now and somehow I just haven’t ended up doing it.  I’m hopeful that my love has been re-ignited.

I finished my little push up challenge on Thanksgiving.  I am so proud of myself for sticking with it!  For the most part it was pretty simple.  I would break up the push ups throughout the day.  The days where I waited to do them until I got home from work were kind of rough.  Matt was really helpful.  He was the form police and kept reminding me to keep my butt down.  What I liked most about this challenge was how much fitness was on my mind.  Whenever I found myself waiting this challenge would pop into my mind and I would get down and do a set.  I could really feel all the different muscles I was using by the last set each day.  It’s amazing how little time you need to get an effective workout in.  It’s really gotten me thinking on how I’ve been approaching my workouts.

Fitness Plan

Monday~ Pilates

Tuesday~ Kickboxing ❤

Wednesday~ Zumba and Toning ❤ ❤ (missed this so much last week)

Thursday~ Kickboxing (fingers crossed Matt goes with me again)


Saturday~ Dancing with my work ladies

Sunday~ Dress shopping with some of my bridesmaids


I’m still trying to decide what I want to do for next fitness challenge.  Any ideas?


I had a really great thanksgiving this year. It started out with a 5k gobbler gallup that I conned Matt, my sister and my brother-in-law into doing with me. I wasn’t sure if they would still be up for it so I bribed them with these.

These cinnamon rolls were great for motivation. I kept thinking while I was running that when I was done I would get to enjoy these. (and a cup of coffee with pumpkin pie liquor) 😉 I used this recipe from all recipes.

The big meal was at my sister’s house this year. I made a sweet potato and apple casserole, cornbread stuffing, pepperoni bread, ham and cheese bread and a pumpkin pie. I’m giving myself a gold star for not adding anything to my list at the last minute. Running our 5k pretty much killed any extra time I would have had to do this so exercise for the win!

This is my plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, green beans, carrots, cornbread stuffing and an ugly roll. I always make a little well in my potatoes for the gravy. Ugly rolls are what my family lives for during the holidays! They’re a yeast roll and they are the best roll I’ve ever had. We literally fight over who gets the leftovers.

After dinner I braided my nieces hair in a waterfall braid. That poor child cannot come near me without me styling her hair. I don’t think she minds. I also braided my sister’s hair. Then we were entertained by how many books my niece could balance on her head while walking. My brother Jonathan got in on the action too but he wasn’t as good. My niece could turn and do a pageant wave while walking and balancing books on her head. I have no idea why this was so entertaining but I could not stop laughing. We also played a lot of hand games as well. Anyone know coca cola?

Then I sampled some pie. I had little slivers of pumpkin, chocolate and peanut butter mousse. I totally forgot to take a picture. It was an early night. I couldn’t wait to relax with the pup.

I think she was pretty happy to see us too.

I hope you all had a great thanksgiving as well. Did you run any turkey trots? Eat anything crazy? Do any silly people tricks?

I cannot believe that it’s Thanksgiving week!  Don’t get me wrong, I love a day off to stuff my face but in my mind it’s still the beginning of fall.  I guess I’m in denial.  I really love the holiday season and I’m excited to spend some time with my family.  I’m still focused on eating as clean as possible and this week it its extra important to have my healthy food planned out.  Although, I will be indulging a little as well.

Meal Plan

Monday~ Seasoned Chicken with Vegetable Medly

Tuesday~ Jambalaya

Wednesday~ Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs made in the slow cooker


Friday~Steak with Mushrooms and Onions

Saturday~ Going out!

Sunday~ French Onion Soup with Whole Wheat Bread


I’ll be going to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving and I always bring a lot of food with me!  I can’t help it, my favorite pastime is looking at recipes.  So I always have a lot of ideas of what I’d like to make and I tend to get a little carried away.  I’m attempting to tone it down this year.  I’m making a list of what I’ll be cooking and sticking to it.  I’m promising myself that I won’t start spontaneously adding as I go.  On the official list is: cranberry and apple relish, stuffing (I HATE my mom’s stuffing which everyone else loves), pepperoni bread, ham and cheese bread, sweet potato and apple casserole, corn pudding and a pumpkin pie.  This may seem like a lot but to me it’s nothing.  I’ll prep most of it on Tuesday and finish all of it by Wednesday night.


Let’s switch gears and talk about fitness.  I have to say that I’m loving my little push up challenge!  It’s really shown me how easy it can be to fit in fitness.  I think when I’m done with this challenge on Thanksgiving I’ll start a new one.  Right now I’m thinking I’ll do a plank challenge so I can keep up with the muscles I’ve been working on already while also focusing on my core some more.  I’ve somehow talked Matt, my sister and my brother-in-law into running a Turkey Trot with me on Thanksgiving morning.  We’re not joining an official race but doing our own 5k route instead. And we renamed it to a Gobbler Gallup, seems more fitting for us.


Fitness Plan

Monday~ Zumba video at home (so sad that my schedule this week doesn’t allow me to get to any classes 😦 )

Tuesday~ Kickboxing class (I LOVE this class so much!)

Wednesday~ Rest day

Thursday~ Gobbler Gallup 5k (fingers crossed I can make my booty run most of it)

Friday~ Circuit Training at the gym (time to use that membership again) & start of plank challenge

Saturday~ Pilates DVD at home

Sunday~ Circuit Training at home


How prepared are you for the holidays?  Do you stick to eating clean during the holidays or take the day off and indulge at will?


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