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

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

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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what i ate wednesday: hectic and sugary

teaIs anyone else having a crazy hectic (short) week at work? Man, it's like we're trying to fit a full week's worth of work into three days. I tend to like crazy days on the job—they go by quickly and are fun and fast-paced—but pair that with prepping for a holiday? No beuno. I finally got around to putting my pumpkin pies in the oven around 9pm last night. By the time they were out and cooling, it was way. . .
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mama’s meatloaf

meatloaf cupcakesI've been teasing you guys with the recipe for my Mama's meatloaf for a few months now. The truth is, this recipe is so insanely simple that you're probably going to look at it and assume there is no way it could produce spectacular results. Well, banish that thought because the end result is nothing short of spectacular. For years, I've tried to change the recipe. Add this, remove that, use ground turkey, add spices. And the results were always. . .
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things i’m digging…

fage yogurt1. Homemade fancy coffee drinks. I've posted two fancy coffee drink recipes lately (vegan pumpkin spice latte and salted caramel mocha) on the blog and I have another one comin' atcha this week. Now that I've discovered the Mason jar trick (warm milk in a Mason jar, put lid on, shake like crazy=frothy milk), I feel like I can make pretty impressive coffee drinks at home. And that means saving a whole lot of cash. Sorry, Starbucks! 2. Rainy days.. . .
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heat and eat quiche breakfast sandwiches

breakfast sandwichesI think convenience foods get a bad rap. Well, more accurately, convenience foods have given themselves the crappy reputation. So often the stuff you buy from the store is packed with nasty chemicals and little-to-no nutritional value. That all aside, convenience foods are actually an awesome idea. I think one of the best ways we can keep on a healthy eating regimen is to prepare ourselves for the days when you don't have an hour to cook breakfast. Or the. . .
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monday motivation: committment

quote everythingFor the past few years (really, my whole life) I've coasted through life working at about 60% of my potential. There are so many things that 60% is okay for. You can still be a decently safe driver and only commit 60% of your effort to the car. You can make a good dinner and only put 60% effort into it. But something I'm learning, is that fitness is an entirely different model. You put in 60% effort into your. . .
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sweats of the week

me shoesI write this post from the comfort of my couch with my feet propped up on a pillow on our coffee table. My dogs are barking something fierce. As they should be! I walked 33.31 miles this week and I have the blisters to prove it. All of my goals for the All About the Numbers challenge are looking on track, except for one: the Operation Beautiful notes! I have to post 15 of those in the next four days.. . .
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