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Florida Freeze

Florida Freeze

The rest of the country is not alone when it comes to freezing temperatures, as what they are calling the Florida Freeze struck us here in what is usually “sunny” Central Florida early this week.

Tuesday Morning Temps

We experienced freezing temperatures the past 2 nights (Monday & Tuesday) and 20+ degrees below average temperatures for this time of year as well during the beginning of the week.

7 Day Forecast

Luckily, as you can see above we will get back to “normal” by the end of the week and I might be able to run outside this week if I am lucky.

SPEAKING OF RUNNING!

What is a girl to do when there is freezing temperatures outside and she doesn’t have the proper cold running gear in order to venture outside for a run????

She hits the gym that is!

And, that is exactly what I did after work on Monday night.

I had planned to doing a full training session that included abs, upper & lower body weight machines and then a quick 1 mile run

BUT, I didn’t have enough time as I had to stay at work late so I just hit the did a fast 3 mile run in 30 minutes

Now, mind you it has been ages since I did a “fast run” so it was a bit challenging…….yet at the same time easily done. 

Which, felt great! 

I ran most of the run at 5.8mph and finished at 8mph after upping .1mph each minute at the end.

In light, of the current weather conditions I will be skipping Tuesday’s  December’s Running Training Schedule run and will be hitting the gym again after work on Wednesday to hopefully do a full training session that I missed on Monday as well as another fast run.

Hopefully, I can return to running outside by the weekend!

In the mean time it is all GYM for me.

A girl has to make adjustments when things throw a curve ball into her scheduled. 

TAKE NOTE ~ This is one of the most important things I learned during my My “Weight Loss” Journey! and over the past year!  That you have to roll with the punches (changes) per say to your schedule (both in and out of the gym) and not let them thrown you off or at the door.  It is hard sometimes but you can do it.  Just get back as soon as you can or adapt to whatever comes your way.

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In other news, I have been trying my hardest to not eat to many of these……..

Sugar Cookies

However, I must admit I have had at least 3 every day since we made them on Sunday night.  Luckily, they are pretty small cookies so I don’t feel to bad for doing that and I also have been keeping my other Nightly Snacks at bay as well since the beginning of last week so that has helped the scale not be so scary in the mornings.  =O

What is your favorite holiday treat?

Sugar cookies are mine for sure!!!   

I have loved them since I was a kid.  After the first time I made them with my step-mom during one Christmas visit.  I could eat all of them in one sitting if I am not careful so I try to keep them hidden.

I also love many of the other holiday cookie classics and am a sucker for the Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha & Hot Chocolate.

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That about covers things for now. 

Sorry I do not have any EATS pictures to share with you but I have been so busy lately that I am lucky I find time to eat let alone take pictures of what I am eating…….I am sure you understand as I am sure you are really busy too right now, such is the Holiday Season.

Weekend full of………

…………..trimming the Christmas Tree and hang the Stockings on Saturday evening!

Our Christmas Tree (2010)

Our Stockings (2010)

Everyone took part in “trimming” the tree this year (last year my husband had to work so he missed it)!

  • I put the tree together.
  • My husband did the lights and moved all the branches around so they there would be no holes.
  • My daughter emptied out all the ornaments from the box.
  • We hung everything on the tree together and my husband put the angel on top fo the tree.

The entire process took approximately 3+ hours in all.  2 hours to put the tree up and 1 hour to decorate it.

While I put the tree up I watched my favorite Christmas movie of all time…………Christmas Vacation!

I love all of Chevy Chase movies and this one is my all time favorite, especially around the holidays of course.  It is just so funny and I completely understand how he wants to have a perfect family Christmas.  The movie always gets my in the spirit of the holidays and every year I watch it while putting the tree up and wrapping gifts.

What is your favorite holiday movie?

I also really like Home Alone, A Christmas Carol and I must admit I am a sucker for all the Hallmark Christmas movies as well.

In light of the busy evening we opted to order pizza for dinner from Papa John’s and enjoyed every warm bite of it.

Dinner

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………………………..Baking on Sunday!

First, I made sugar cookies so my daughter could decorate them for her teacher and classmates.

Sugar Cookies

After the cookies were all baked, I sampled one of course and then I set the table up for my daughter to decorate them.

Table

Then it was cooking decorating time and my daughter got right to it.

My daughter decorating the cookies!

I joined in about an hour later when there were still about half the cookies left to decorate and soon we had a huge pan full of decorated cookies.

All decorated and ready to eat!

Of course my husband, daughter and I had to sample several before boxing them up for my daughter to take to school this morning………they were as good as they look!  =)

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Second, I made cranberry white chocolate granola bars for my boss as a holiday gift. 

Holiday Gift f/My Boss

I used the Breakfast Bars from Slowing Things Down recipe that I have made several before……..Homemade Granola Bars but with raisins instead of cranberries and chocolate chips instead of white chocolate.

The version I made yesterday was of my own creation as I know how much my boss loves the ones I have made in the past as she always eats them whenever I bring them into work and I also know she loves cranberries and white chocolate so while shopping yesterday morning at the grocery store I came up with the idea and bought all the ingredients.

Let’s go through the steps below to making this yummy and healthy snack………

Step 1 - Grap the recipe & gather everything together.

Step 2 - Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Step 3 - Mix the wet ingredients in a pan over med-low.

Step 4 & 5 - Mix everything together and scoop into a baking pan.

Step 6 - Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Step 7 - Cut & eat, serve or package.

And, that is how it is done!  They came out pretty good.  I wish I could have tasted the “white chocolate” more but other than that I liked them and the cranberries tasted wonderful.

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Later that evening I swipped together an Italian feast for dinner, it was SUPER yummy!

Dinner

Oh, and during the day we all snacked on these lovely’s that were on sale at the grocery store……

Clementines

I LOVE CLEMENTINES!!!  They are so juicy, sweet and easy to eat……..I would eat them all year-long if I could.

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In other news, I FINALLY ran over the weekend after 8 days and what a great run it was. 

On Saturday, morning I woke up around 8am and went for a 4+ mile run outside in the 50 degree weather with grey overcast cloudy sky for just over 55 minutes.

It felt amazing!  =)  Completely unlike what I thought it would be as I thought after being away for so long I would be tired and have a hard time but I didn’t luckily.