BIG news and some weekend shenanigans!

Hello, hello!

First things first – I have BIG NEWS!!!!

I found out on Friday that I’ve been selected as one of the new FitFluential Ambassadors!!!

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I’m so excited!!! I got the email while I was still at work and I totally let out a Whoop! and did a happy dance at my desk. EEEPPP!!!

Okay, back to calm….. 😉

Normally, I’d be telling you Sunday food prep stories today but I’m mixing it up a little!

Cuz I didn’t food prep.

I wasn’t home to.

I went to visit my G-ma. 🙂

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one day, I will learn to take a decent selfie. :/

She’s 94 (and a half!) and most definitely the coolest lady on the planet.

She lives with my folks a couple hours north of me and I try to get up there whenever I can. Travelling wears her out and my folks are pretty busy so it’s easier for me to go to her.

We talk, we share stories, sometimes we just sit in silence – it’s all good. Being near her makes me happy. I especially love kissing the top of her head. Her hair is so soft!

While I’m there, I get to cuddle with these two love bugs! #bonus

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Another bonus about going “home” (I still think of that as home even though I haven’t lived there in 25 years and it’s not really home – home is where my sailor is.) is that they have a Potbelly Sandwich Shop nearby!

The last time I had a Potbelly sandwich was last year when we went to Chicago for Thing 1’s boot camp graduation!

So, don’t you go judging me for that dozen bag of cookies. I was WAY overdue for one of their cookies.

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Besides, I actually only ate one (even though they’re like CRACK) because I got them for G-ma since she didn’t go with us.

The Potbelly’s happens to be pretty much next door to the Wegmans, which I don’t have near me either.

One is scheduled to open in Norfolk in 2015, though!

I love going to Wegmans!  I can find things there that I can’t find down here. Mom always tells me she’d be happy to send me a care package if I tell her what I want. 🙂

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Good gravy, I love that pecan butter!!! And, even though I recently found Chia Bars down here, I had to grab some anyway. The apple cinnamon flavor is the bomb!

Now, those Epic bars. I’ve never tried them before – actually never seen them before either – but they sounded interesting. There was this guy in that aisle browsing other bars, etc and he told me he’s tried them and they’re not bad. He said he prefers the lamb but, yeah, I’m not trying that one.

(and don’t sit there judging me for not eating lamb because of Lambchop and cute lambs but still eating meat – I know where beef and bison and chicken and bacon come from, I just try not to think about it. Otherwise I’d never eat. :/)

Anyway, he said they’re not tough like jerky and they kinda have a granola bar texture/consistency to them.

I was going to try them anyway but it was nice to get someone else’s opinion, too. 🙂

Then, we got back to Mom’s house and, after a bit, I went to grab something out of my purse and I discovered these!

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First of all, I am a SLAVE to the mellowcreme pumpkin. I both dread and love halloween because of those pumpkins. I will eat them until my teeth hurt and then I will eat more. I cannot help myself.

So, I had seen these in the store and purposefully avoided them.

Imagine my surprise when I found this container in my purse!

The first thing I thought was, “OMG, did I steal these?! I didn’t even TOUCH them!!!”

Maybe I had an out-of-body experience and stuffed a container in my purse?

Or…..maybe Thing 2 and her boyfriend (who came along with me) had bought a container and sneaked it in my purse when I wasn’t looking.

Ha! Got a pretty good laugh about that.

But, now I’m stuck with a full container of those silly pumpkins and they are just DEMANDING to be eaten.

My teeth will probably fall out.

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What?! Can’t remember the last time I saw gas for less than $3.00/gallon!!!

Talk to me: What did you do this weekend? What holiday food do you secretly love and count the days until you can eat it all up dread?

– jennifer

Holy sore muscles! – a workout recap and thoughts about pumpkins

Thank. Goodness. It’s. Friday.

I mean, seriously.

I’m not sure how I survived this week.

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I resorted to candy.

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Sometimes, a girl just needs chocolate to survive.

These pumpkins, however, are the bane of my existence.

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Halloween is the WORST time of year for me.

I can survive Easter pretty safely, I’m not big into a lot of Christmas-type candy, but the minute the ghosts, goblins, and skeletons start hitting the store, I’m in trouble.  The pumpkins literally call my name.  And, clearly, resistance is futile.

The good news is the bag will be gone soon.  I have the tendency to eat them until my teeth hurt and then, because I’m smart, I’ll keep eating them.   I had about 10 of them last night for dessert.  After my dinner of a bowl of cereal.

I’m not proud of these moments in my life.

Oh well.  Everybody’s gotta have something, right? 🙂

Aaaand, moving on…..

It’s Time for a Weekly Workout Roundup! (said in Kramer’s “Movie Phone” voice)

So, I’ll just give you the trailers highlights.

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Monday

A chipper.

Why is called a chipper?  I have no idea.  It certainly didn’t make me very CHIPPER to see 65# snatches on there!

But, the good news is, I DID THEM!!!  Ahem, that’s a PR for me. 🙂

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I was slow as dirt but I did all of them and finished the WOD in a respectable time.  Don’t ask me what it was because I can’t remember.

Tuesday

Rest day.  Remember?  Monday Night Football.

Wednesday

Seriously,  “50 burpees FOR TIME” as a skillset?  Um, yeah, that took me about 5 1/2 minutes.  Good grief.

The actual WOD was fun though.  Kind of an “active recovery” day that just kept your heart rate up.

Thursday

Holy mother of God, Thursday.

I Rx’d this WOD.

Seriously, did you hear what I just said?  I Rx’d it.

That means I did 72 back squats at 95#.

72!!!

Friday

I decided I needed a run.  A “recovery” run.  I needed to get the lead out of my legs.  My legs are BEAT from yesterday.  So, I ran.

Bliss.

Questions:  What holiday is the worst for your waistline?

– jennifer