what i ate wednesday: meals provided

breakfast crossiant fruit teaI spent the past two days at a marketing conference in Indianapolis (hence the lack of posts). It is always fun to get out of the office for a bit, but I'm happy to be back into my routine today. The food at conferences is always a little...iffy. Honestly, I should have just packed my own food and gone that direction, but the lure of free food was just too strong to pass up. It's not even that I feel. . .
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amaretto spiked eggnog latte

Spiked Eggnog LatteMerry Christmas, friends! I can officially say that now that we are post-American Thanksgiving. It feels so good to come out of the Christmas closet and share my holiday spirit with everyone. Normally I start with the Christmas music and decorations sometime in October, but this year I vowed to hold out until after Thanksgiving. There is something nice about embracing the holidays one at a time and I think my resolve helped make Thanksgiving more special. But now? We're. . .
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sweats of the week

ellipticalThank you all so much for all of your congratulations on my All About the Numbers challenge recap. It means a lot to me that you are all out there keeping me accountable. For the first time in years (maybe even in a lifetime) I feel like I'm on very solid fitness ground going into the Christmas season. Fitness is an integral part of my plan for the season, and I'm determined for it to not fall away when my. . .
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all about the numbers challenge wrap-up

all about the numbersFor those of you celebrating, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Mine was wonderful, but with all the hub-bub of the holiday, I forgot to share with you guys my results from the All About the Numbers Challenge. Before I dig into the results, let's recap the goals of the challenge. Forty days ago, I set out to give myself a momentum boost heading into the holidays. Not only was I afraid of falling into the typical holiday health. . .
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caramelized onion, bacon and goat cheese pizza

pizza onionNothing bad ever comes from a pot full of caramelized onions. I have such a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that there are people out there that don't like onions. I mean, I don't plan on unwrapping an onion and eating it like an apple anytime soon, but onions add such an amazing complex layer of flavor to so many different foods. And onions can be taken into so many explosive and delectable culinary directions. I'm a. . .
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this thanksgiving, i…

dog mastiff zoe...snuggled up to a Mastiff. ...drank wine... ...a LOT of wine. ...officiated a plank-off (my ultramarathoner brother won, my Babyface came in second). ...timed a chair-sit competition between my sister and her husband. ...failed miserably at the saltine challenge. ...watched my sister watch her dinner rolls (she forgot to set the timer). ...admired the colorful table. ...told everyone what I was thankful for. ...was shocked at the amount of food we made. ..feasted. ...divvied out leftovers. ...digested by playing outfielder. . .
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100 things i’m thankful for…

1. The fact that tastes change and that I like things now that I hated before. 2. Sparkly nail polish. 3. The way Babyface hugs me every, single day. 4. Fleece pajama pants. 5. Employment. 6. Down comforters. 7. Comfy pillows and blankets. 8. Health insurance. 9. Twitter. 10. Puppy kisses. 11. HD TV. 12. My big family. 13. My car. 14. Indoor plumbing. 15. My red KitchenAid mixer. 16. How cute Puppyface looks when she stretches. 17. Laughing with. . .
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next day turkey vegetable soup

Next Day Turkey Vegetable SoupI have something to tell you guys and you aren't going to like it. But it's the truth and I think we have a relationship built on trust and honesty, so here goes... The fact is, in a few days, you are going to be sick of Thanksgiving leftovers. I know. I know. Right now, that seems like an impossible outcome. Today is the day before Thanksgiving, you are so excited for all things turkey and gravy you can't even. . .
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