Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday down time


Down time? During the holidays? Never…

I mean down time at the gym. I think everyone and their dog are busy with holiday parties this week because there was hardly anyone at the gym tonight. I guess I should enjoy it because once January hit its going to be a mad house! Got to love those new years resolutions!

Workout: GPP, Body pump, 1 mile run.

Yes. 1 freaking mile. And it was hard. I purposely planned on just 1 mile so in my head that’s all I had to get through, but I will admit it felt like the never-ending mile! Why is that? I think my body has gone into hibernation for the holidays and is just wanting a little R&R. Guess what? I’m going to listen to it. There are only a few weeks left of the “off season” before race training commences and I’m going to take these next few weeks a little lighter then hit it hard. (By hard, I mean stick to my training plan). Every body needs to rest and your body is smart and knows when it needs a break. It will tell you when, you just have to learn to listen.

This is hard for me to do because I am go-go-go all the time then all of sudden I feel weak, fatigued, NO energy or motivation to run/swim/bike. It lasts about 2 weeks before I feel that drive that energizes me through my workouts comes back. Does this happen to you? I bet it does. Take a break! You don’t have to stop working out completely but just take it easier- lift lighter, run a little slower etc.  Enjoy this holiday down time. I know I am.

This morning I actual was one to embrace that holiday down time, by sleeping in! Hence the reason I was up waaaaaay to late wrapping presents!


I believe wrapping presents is the WORST part of this whole Santa gig, and or gift giving thing. I don’t mind shopping (by myself) or spending our life savings on presents but wrapping… I think it might just be worst then putting away laundry. And I hate spending money on wrapping paper.. kind of like how you hate paying for quality T.P.. But its sort of a necessary thing.

Anyway, This morning I got to sleep in a little (ahem, 7:30am) I woke up and just couldn’t do egg whites and veggies. I wanted something warm, topped with syrup and bananas.



These pancakes with a few alterations.

{Protein Pancakes}


  • 1.5 scoops of vanilla protein
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 C. almond milk
  • 2 TBSP of coconut flour (I have used oat flour before as well)
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 TBSP of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin
  • 1 TBSP of agave nectar

I mixed all the ingredients and poured onto hot skillet, covered with a lid on med/low heat and let it cook for about 2 minutes before flipping.



Did you spy our holiday card in one of those pictures???


Merry Christmas!! From my family to yours!

I have a few more presents to wrap so I’m off! Except, I left it out last night and the twins got to it before I did.. now I need to go get more.. Would it be okay if I just used T.P?


Q. What is the one thing you dread about the holidays?

Don’t say your MIL. That’s just rude. jk. I have to say wrapping presents and or family parties (although they are wonderful, they can just be stressful)

Q. When can you tell your body needs a break? Either mentally or physically?


  1. I on the contrary am not like you-always active and healthy, but lately I feel like I should start to get moving and get more active. It must be all those neighborly goodies that I've been enjoying a little too much! But you , you deserve to slow down. Have a wonderful Chistmas with your family. I am once again inspired by you to get off my butt. LOL thanks!

  2. I hate all the expectations people have.

  3. The biggest thing I dread about the holiday's is coordinating schedules and splitting time between both sides of my family since my parents split when I was in high school... And this year is the first year I'm living with my Dear [my fiance] so we have to split time with both sides of his family too!