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So Excited!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last night I had a great night. The hubby had to work really late and didn't get home until after our son was in bed. I decided to try and get him out of his grumpy mood by simply just being a good wife. So when he got home I asked him how his day was while I cooked us dinner. I think he really needed a vent session. Afterwards, we ate dinner and he was back to being his fun, happy self, cracking jokes with me. See...I thought perhaps he was holding in stuff all week. So I knew he needed a vent session.

My son even heard my hubby come home and yelled out from his bed "Daddy --hug good night?" So sweet. Made my hubby feel loved. And he got to say goodnight to our son.

This morning I woke up and feel a little bloated...yes..I haven't been good on the sugar front.


I was also dealing with stress from my part-time teaching. (turns out I wasn't included on the faculty email list because there's another girl at the college with the same name as me and she was getting all my emails!) I was getting nasty calls all week because apparently my grade submissions were late. Only date I saw said I had until this Friday. Apparently an email was sent out stating on Monday they were due! They apologized for getting angry with me once they realized the error, and that I was in fact not getting any information from the college.

This bugged me because I am an extremely organized person who submits everything on time. I am that co-worker who is always arriving 10 minutes early to meetings. So being told I was late and not reading critical information was just not nice.

I am glad it got sorted out but I, without thinking...turned to sugar. Argh.

This morning I did HIIT 25 Class.


I decided to run this workout. I at first, woke up feeling bloated and yucky, didn't really want to jump around. But then I decided...no. I will rock this workout. And I so did! I was so out of breath after every drill. I know I got a great workout.

I then moved on to Sculpt 30 Class.


Weird thing is my shoulder muscles were starting to feel a bit sore from my workouts this week. But almost like they did a few weeks ago when they hurt so bad I couldn't do anything. I believe it's from my PiYo plank moves. Regardless, I decided to take it easier on the shoulder exercises. Therefore, there is one move that is a bowler lunge with over head press (in pic) and I only did one set. For the second set I simply did the bowler lunges. My shoulders really sore.

I was happy to report I did all the push-ups on my toes! woo hoo

I am so excited for two things today. First - 6 days until Christmas!!! Can I get a Merry Christmas!!

Ahaha I think I am the most excited person in my house right now. My son doesn't quite understand what Christmas is and my hubby just doesn't get excited like I do. hahaha

The next reason I am excited is because I was contacted by a farming company today who just told me some great news. They are finally going to include my town on the delivery route for boxes of organic produce!!! So every Wednesday I can have produce delivered to my front door all from local farmers in the area! And I get to go online and choose what to include and what not to include! So happy. Having all this produce is going to help me with my 2015 goals! Hello results! Here I come!

  
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Christmas Stress....Let's get rid of it!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This week has been a little nutty for me. Trying to get all the last minute Christmas things off my list.

Yesterday was especially crazy! My daycare provider was off for the day due to medical tests. Therefore, my son would be spending the day at my parents place. This is a longer drive so my morning routine had to change.

I woke up at the normal time but would only have 30 minutes to work out. I did PiYo Full Body Blast.


This one has the piyo slides. Which I love using. Great workout. I especially feel my abs more doing pikes, and planks with these little slides.

I managed to get ready, get my son ready and out the door on time! woo hoo! I was worried about taking him to my parents place as I have never left him there. I have always been there too. But it was just like at daycare. He gave me a hug and kiss and then said "bye mom. see you later'. That made me feel really good.

I had two more gifts left to buy. I decided to take an early lunch break and head to the mall. OMG! School is still in...but it seems like everyone else wasn't working. There wasn't one parking spot. And this is a huge mall! I ended up driving to a plaza that had a few clothing stores and I successfully finished all my sister-in-laws. I just now have to add to my hubby gift and the grandparents. Just Tim's gift cards for coffee. So I plan on getting that this weekend.

Last night by the time I got my son and got home it was very late. Thankfully, I had left overs so making my son dinner was a breeze. The hubby had another bad day at work. Which meant some bad moods going around. lol

After my son went to bed I did a quick 20 minute workout - HIIT 20 Class.


Felt great to workout. Such a rush yesterday. My hubby is so stressed out lately though. I am really trying to be understanding but it's getting hard. He is just grouchy at night. I have been making more of an effort to not take things personally as I know it's not me. That he's really having a horrible couple of weeks. And I know what's going on at his work. So I completely understand why he is grumpy. I just really hope he has a good day soon and these issues resolve already. I want my funny happy hubby back! hahaha

Christmas is stressful for a lot of people. I am doing my best to not be too stressed out. I am pretty much done shopping. I finished up all my baking. Now I just have to wrap gifts, and get the house cleaned up over the weekend as we are hosting. And I have a tone of time to do it all in. So no need to stress. It can all be done in ample time!

  
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SKILL133 12/18/2014 9:17AM

    Awesome job with your day yesterday. I'm sure the workouts help deal with the stresses you were facing. Proud of you!

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Gingerbread Houses and Rest!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Had a fantastic weekend. Saturday morning I woke up and went to get my hair done. Actually got a lot cut off. It's only just past my shoulders in length now and it had been down to my bum! hahaha But it was too long and kept getting tangled.

Than my son and I decorated gingerbread houses and cookies. It was messy but so much fun. My son wanted to mix all the icing colours together. And at the end he was more interested in pouring sprinkles from one container to the other. hahaha But...we did decorate an entire gingerbread house and about a dozen cookies before he lost interest.

I took Saturday off working out. It was tough. I felt chunky simply because I wasn't working out. This is a key reason why I am forcing myself to take a day off working out completely. I need to realize that one day off isn't going to wreak havoc on my whole week.

But I did workout yesterday. For the most part the rest of the month is choice...I do have a schedule I had laid out but with Christmas coming up I am going to do what I have time for. Last night I decided to do Burn Intervals.


I had so much energy and my body felt great. I believe it was because I gave my body a day's rest. So after I finished I said to myself 'see - by taking yesterday off and giving my body time to rest, I was able to push harder today and have an even better workout!"

I am going to be thinking of some goals for 2015 this week. It will be on everything not just fitness. I do have some in mind already but I am going to take the time to write them out soon. Then begin working on them Jan 5th when I start 90 days of P90X3!!!

  
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AEGISHOT 12/16/2014 1:13PM

    Nice to know you are already thinking of what to do in 2015, same here. Keep on rocking it.

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ROXIGIRL 12/16/2014 1:56AM

    Mixing up colors together seems to be popular, well at least with my son. Same goes for lost interest:)

I took Daniel to Imperial War museum and got so excited about seeing airplanes, tank, rocket - only for 5 minutes until he noticed gift shop. This was it - who needs museum if there are lots of toys!

I actually take 2 days off from exercising. I use to do more but realized that working out 6 days a week, working full time plus looking after the family was too much. At one point i felt i had nothing left in me. Taking time off is important.

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JAZZII4 12/15/2014 10:32AM

    Sounds like your son got a lot done, before he lost interest. Lots of fun! I am also thinking of 2015. I have to come up with a plan, so that I don't feel so scattered. I want fitness, to be just like brushing my teeth, everyday. Thanks for another uplifting blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Midnight Callers and Too Much Chocolate!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Whew! I ended up having to shovel again before dinner yesterday. It was just snowing steadily all day. Thank goodness I shoveled in the morning or else it would of been so packed down.

I did more Christmas baking last night. I made only one batch of gingerbread dough as I only wanted to make a gingerbread house and a few cookies. But the dough only was enough to do a house. I am guessing my son more then likely will want to decorate cookies. So I made another batch of dough last night and it is currently in the fridge chilling until I get home tonight. I also finished my peanut butter bites...sampled way too much chocolate last night and am now feeling gross this morning.

Ugh! And I even remembered to chew gum while I was rolling out the cookie dough...just ended up spitting the piece of gum out while I melted the chocolate. Bad idea! hahaa

I didn't really get a good night's sleep last night. I fell asleep pretty much as usual. But then at midnight - yes midnight - the phone rang. It was a long distance ring so I jumped up worried it was a family member. I answer the phone and this is what happened:

Me: Hello
Caller: Hi...um I am here with your order.
Me: What? It's midnight!
Caller: I know....I have your order.
Me: I didn't order anything.
Caller: Oh...umm..sorry.

Then I hung up. I believe it was probably someone had taken down the wrong number. I didn't want to bother going downstairs to look out the front door to see if anyone was there...I just wanted to make sure it hadn't woken anyone up. But no...my son and hubby were still fast asleep.

So maddening because it took me forever to get back to sleep. And then I was wide awake at 4 am. Argh!

My son, on the other hand, had a great sleep and slept until almost 6 am! woo hoo

I did HIIT 25 Class this morning.


This is one of my favorite HIIT workouts. I can't exactly pin-point why...but I love it. I get excited and push myself hard. I think it may be the music.

I then did Sculpt 30 Class.

Another great toning workout. I do love mixing it up and using the resistance bands. It really creates a great burn in your muscles if you are using them right.

The best part was probably that I was able to finish my workout completely, and get cleaned up before my son woke up. Just awesome!

I have a fun weekend full of family visits, hair appointment, cookie and gingerbread house making! Cannot wait! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

  
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FITMAMA_ 12/13/2014 11:11AM

    I do the same thing with the cookies! LOL

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CHRIMSONFYRE 12/13/2014 10:04AM

    I want to make a Gingerbread house with my nieces :)

Great job on the workouts!

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JAZZII4 12/12/2014 9:37PM

    Yes, I would love some ginger cookies, also. Have a great weekend,hope you get some good shut-eye!

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SKILL133 12/12/2014 3:25PM

    Hello Um I'm here with your order......The order for you to get some ZZZZ's tonight. :)

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/12/2014 9:32AM

  yummm! Gingerbread! Love it! Enjoy your weekend!

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow..Let it Snow!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last night I did some more baking...completely forgot to pop a piece of gum in my mouth so I sampled more than I wanted too. It's mindless sampling really. Once I realized I said 'Amber stop - you'll get a bad tummy ache!" haha. I try to eat clean so much that when I do things like sample my Christmas baking I always end up with a horrible stomach ache. I stopped myself in time last night. Whew!

This morning I woke up and did Fire 55 EZ

I pushed it and was very sweaty when I finished. I didn't get to do the cool down because my son began screaming for me. He had been up talking in his bed calmly for 20 minutes before he started to scream. hahaha I was thankful I at least got all the cardio done. I did my own cool down after I grabbed my son. He thought I was funny! ahaha

We got a lot of snow last night and the drive to work would have been very slippery and taken me almost triple the normal time - if not more - to get there. Therefore, I decided to work from home today. I went out before my official work day began and shoveled the driveway! Whew! Our driveway is so long! Took me 35 minutes. The snow is very light thankfully but just a lot of area to cover. When I got in I laughed because my sweatshirt was covered in sweat!


So I added snow shoveling to my workout tracker here because I feel I got another 35 minute workout in for sure doing that!!

Tonight I am making the gingerbread dough. Say's it's best to chill the dough for a few hours before rolling out. So I plan on making the dough tonight. Then cutting out the pieces I need to make our gingerbread house tomorrow night and baking it. Whatever dough is left I plan on cutting out cookies. Then Saturday my son and I will be having a gingerbread decorating afternoon! So pumped. My favorite part of Christmas is actually all the activities building up to Christmas. We've been to a Christmas Train event, kid Christmas party, two parades; I love decorating and baking Christmas goodies. Love it!

  
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  Oh, what fun it is!!

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