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All The Leftovers

I was up bright and early this morning at 5am to see Scott off to his appointment.  Then I laid back down but couldn’t really sleep.  It was more of that twilight sleep where you’re sort of conscious but also dreaming.  When I got back up I was so terribly groggy.

My coffee may be decaf (I can’t have caffeine) but I was still singing its name.  Then I made myself a big breakfast bowl.

Sausage, egg, potato breakfast bowl

Sausage, egg, and leftover roasted potatoes all topped with some Cholula.

Lunch was super easy, I heated up some leftover green beans along with a chicken and basil sausage.

Chicken basil sausage and green beans

Dinner was also leftovers, cue the obligatory post Thanksgiving turkey soup with carrots and potatoes.

Turkey veggie soup

My goal for today was to claim a couch cushion and stay put and I completely achieved that goal.  Post Thanksgiving, I take the following week off and use it as a time to relax, get centered, and grounded. I decorate the house for the holidays, binge on Netflix (Criminal Minds right now!), and hang.  So there’s going to be a whole lot of nothing going on this week and it’s glorious!

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2016 Black Friday Weekend Holiday Sales

Holiday 2012

Hey gang! A bunch of my favorite places are having huge sales this weekend and I didn’t want you to miss out on scoring some mega deals!

FOOD

50% Off the entire store at Flavor God. I love these seasonings and use them daily!

Vital Proteins Collagen Trio includes, 20 oz. Collagen Peptides container, a box of Collagen Peptide Stick Packs for on the go, and a #stayvital 24oz Shaker Bottle.  If you’ve been curious about trying out the peptides that I keep talking about then this deal is for you!

SKIN

15% off your oder for Small Business Saturday at Fatco. I use the body butter, face cream, and oil cleanser.

25% Off sellers at Primal Life Organics, use code Holiday16. I’m thinking of finally trying out some of the Vitamin C Serum!

Free Lip Sheer ($30 value) with $125 purchase at Beauty Counter.  I love their daily shampoo (it smells like lemons!), the charcoal bar face cleanser, and their mascara.

GEAR

25%  Extra off clearance and sale items at Nike with code Extra25 (I scored some Metcon 2 for $73!)

40% off items at Title 9.

20% off everything at Belle and Bell.

15% off your order at JerkFit with code cyberwod15 (Starts on Sunday through Monday) I love my nubs!

BOGO at 50% off at Qualo Rings, no code required. (If you need a ring size guide, here’s a printable PDF. Qualo says their rings fit snug so be sure to check out their sizing guide to convert.)

Unbroken Designs, use code SCHOOLOFWOD for 20% off your order. I have a headband and lifting belt from them!

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Fitness Friday: Turkey Time

Knee sleeves and pineapple socis

Monday:

Rest day. I woke up not feeling 100% in the morning.  I was debating about going to the gym the entire time I was taking care of the dogs because I hate missing workouts but my stomach also felt like junk.  I was putting on my gym clothes and I felt like, yeah this probably isn’t going to be a good idea.  I wouldn’t be able to have full energy and give it my all today so instead I stayed home. Meh.

Tuesday:

Feeling so much better. I know what my issue was yesterday and now I’m wrestling with sharing that or not.  It could be seen as TMI.  Hrm.

Anyway I was able to workout.  I ran a mile before going to class.  I did a walk run combo to see if that helped my shins at all.  It did, they only got slightly sore during the run and didn’t fully cramp up.  My friend, Lori, suggested that I might have tight calves so I’ve been working on stretching and rolling them with a foam roller.

Workout today was AMRAP for 20:

  • 5 Clean and Jerks
  • 10 Toes to Bar
  • 1min Rest

We were supposed to go heavy-ish on the clean and jerks but I’m still battling shoulder issues and unfortunately can’t go very heavy.  I did mine at 50lbs today and even by the end my shoulder was getting very sore and tired.

I’m thinking about purchasing a pull-up bar so I can work on pull-ups and toes to bar at home.

Wednesday:

Started off with a mile run/walk with Kira.  My shins did not bother me at all today! Perhaps it’s because I’ve been rolling them out? I’m going to stick with that and see if it continues to help.

The workout today was rough and thanks to holiday indulging, my energy has been so low.

It was a 25 min AMRAP

  • 25 Empty Bar Thrusters
  • 25 Burpees
  • 25 EB Sumo Deadlift Highpulls

Ughhhhhh I got in 3 rounds + 10 but it was slow going.  Well my burpees are super slow and thrusters, even with an empty bar just kill me.  My legs and arms were shaking at the end.

I’m trying to not let this frustrate me because I did it to myself.  That’s what happens when I indulge and don’t get enough sleep.  With running, I was able to get away with it a little more but with weights? Nope. You have to eat well or you’ll do poorly in the gym.

Thursday:

It was so chilly and breezy but I still did a 1mile run with my running buddy.  Rolling out my calves has helped so much! I ran three days in a row this week without any shin issues.  Hooray! I’m going to continue to focus on stretching and rolling out those calves so that I can get back to running.

On Wednesday our coach said that we’ll be doing a fun holiday workout on Thanksgiving morning.  Yeah, I think that’s code for challenging and long because this workout was not fun.

Hero workout Vito: 33 each of:

  • Chest to bar pull-ups
  • Hand release push-ups
  • Jumping lunges
  • Toes to bar
  • Sumo Deadlift Highpulls
  • Wall balls
  • Lateral burpees (over a plate)
  • Abmat sit-ups
  • Plyo push-ups
  • Box jumps

We were able to do this workout in any order we wanted, we just had to do a full 33 reps of the move before moving on to the next move.  I got all the stuff I hate out of the way first like burpees.  They take me forever to do and I hate them.

I was the first in class to finish which never happens and I had a brief panic attack thinking that I didn’t complete the whole thing.  I did because I went back over my list and made sure, but WHEW for a second there I thought I did something wrong. Some stuff was modified, like I can’t do chest to bar so I did banded pullups.  I also can’t do toes-to-bar yet so I raised my knees as high as I could.

It was nice to get in exercise before getting ready for the big day!

Friday:

Rest day.  That’s two this week which is not what I’m shooting for but life happens.  I went in thinking that I was going to take Friday off because I knew I’d be tired and I also wanted a quiet morning to myself.  Maybe that sounds silly but sometimes I need to have a morning alone to regroup and get centered.

Summary: 

Lots of grandma moments but also progress with running and I’m choosing to focus on that more.  Yeah, I would like to get past feeling tired and sore all the time but I’ll get there.  Right now, I’m going to be happy with the fact that I can run multiple days in a row without shin issues! Also, if you have any recs for a pullup bar at home please let me know!

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So Very Tired

Last night I had a splash of red wine along with a cheesecake slice that I picked up at Whole Foods.  I thought that it had a chocolate cheesecake layer and chocolate ganache layer but I was totally wrong.  It had a chocolate cake layer and a chocolate pudding layer.

Yuck.

Chocolate Cheesecake

I scraped off the cake layer (sorry, I hate cake) and tasted the pudding layer which I ended up not liking.  I had the regular cheesecake layer and that was only alright.  It was a total sugar rush and left me feeling icky afterwards.

I should just stick to making my own treats but I always harbor hope that I’ll find something tasty from someplace else.

We did get to watch Martha and Snoop last night and oh my goodness it was awesome.  Martha and Snoop in turkey hats!

martha_snoop_turkey_hats

This morning I got up and went for a run with my friend before hitting the gym.  I was starving when I came home and could not get food in my belly fast enough.

Yogurt Bowl and Coffee

Yogurt bowl with some frothy coffee.  The coffee was made with SO Delicious Mint Chocolate (more about this stuff on Saturday).  Standard yogurt bowl:

  • 2% Fage
  • Granola
  • Chocolate Chips

After breakfast it was time to get started on some Thanksgiving day prep. I got the turkey in a white wine brine, cubed the potatoes and got those soaking, and made cranberry sauce.  Then it was time for lunch and I kept things simple and easy.

Ham wrap and carrots

Ham, lettuce, and mayo on a grain-free wrap, and carrots. Unpictured but I also had some chips and jalapeno artichoke dip (both from TJ’s).

I made the pumpkin pie and got the creamy cauliflower casserole started, then I did dishes and that wrapped up all my Thanksgiving prep for the day.  I am freaking beat!

Brat, baked sweet potato, and sugar peas

Still keeping things simple and easy for dinner, jalapeno cheddar brats, baked sweet potato with butter, and some blanched sugar snap peas in a little butter and Flavor God Garlic Lovers.

Now it’s time to chat with Scott for a bit before heading to bed. I might not even make it to 9pm tonight!

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October Barbella Box

October Barbella Box

October’s Barbella Box did not disappoint!

The Chestee Sports Bra

A padded bra but not in the way you might think. These sports bras have extra padding on the chest (not boobs) to help prevent bruising during workouts.  Think doing front squats and cleans.  The chest and collarbones can easily get bruised during those movements and Chestee helps keep that to a minimum.

We were asked specifically to provide measurements to make sure that we received the right size.  Chestee says that they want their bras to be snug and a little on the tight side.  I provided the proper measurements but there was a part of me that thought I should have gone up a size.  I was right.  The bra fits but it’s super snug, so much so, that I had to have Scott help me take it off. Fun for him, not for me.  I’ll have to try it again once I lose a few inches.

JerkFit Nubs

These are little sleeves that go over your thumbs to help prevent chaffing and blisters during workouts where you’re using a hookgrip.  They are fantastic! I use them for deadlifts and love them.  Seriously, I’m such of fan of these guys. They do take some getting used to because they make your thumb a little bigger, so there is some adjustment but it doesn’t take long.

Bruise-Be-Gone by Pulse Skin

10ml roll-on bottle made with essential oils along with good for your vitamins.  This stuff is perfect and the roll-on makes it easy to apply.  I had just got done doing a crap ton of front squats and rolled this guy all over my shoulders because that’s where I tend to bruise up.  It didn’t take the bruises away but helped make the area less tender and the bruises didn’t stick around as long.

Koios drink by Mental Titan

Energy drink infused with MCT oil to help provide energy and mental clarity.  You guys know, I don’t drink supplement or energy drinks so I don’t have any feedback to provide you.

Ginger Tea and Candies from Prince of Peace

There’s no website for this company (that I could find) but a google search will bring up places that you can purchase it from.  The candies are hard ginger candies and tea is crystallized ginger pieces that make a quick tea. I haven’t tried them out yet but am really curious about the tea!

Summary:

I loved this box!  Aside from not being able to use The Chestee right now, it’s a great bra that I can’t wait to try out. The nubs are always in my bag ready to go and the bruise be gone is great stuff!

If you’re looking to treat yourself or someone you know this holiday season, snag a Barbella Box! It’s such a great variety of goodies for the female lifter.