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This week has totally thrown me for a loop. I have felt so confused about what day it is and what I should be doing. My routine is all off. Wednesday felt like Monday. It’s been gray, raining and dreary all week. I haven’t done laundry. My house is in a bit of a state of chaos with Christmas gifts that need to be put up, Ikea boxes, etc. I just made it to the grocery store tonight…thank god! It’s been desperation eating this week.

Butternut squash and bean chili every single day for lunch. While delicious, I’m officially over it.

Salad bar every night for dinner. (Although I’m not sure you can call the concoction on the left a salad…I think it’s a candidate for “shit bloggers eat.” Even if it wasn’t pretty it sure tasted good.) For the record…big salad from Harris Teeter (on right) = $4, big salad from Whole Foods (on left) = $8. Noted for budget reasons.

I don’t have pictures of my breakfasts because they have been so sad. This morning I had to resort to semi-freezer burned toast from the depths of the freezer with peanut butter. I didn’t even have any bananas to top it with.

I couldn’t take it anymore so I stopped at Trader Joe’s after teaching BodyPump tonight (40 members in class! Holla!) and did a major restock. I came home and immediately put together my first real dinner of the week. I seasoned salmon with salt, pepper and Dizzy Pig’s Tsunami Spin and broiled it for about 8 minutes (until firm in the thickest part of the salmon filet). I topped it with a little Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce and then served it over steamed brown rice and sauteed baby bok choy and baby portobello mushrooms that were cooked with the Soyaki Sauce. This meal was easy, healthy and satisfying.

Now, let me share with you something interesting that happened to me today.

When I got back to the gym after my lunch break I found an envelope on the ground in the parking deck. It was addressed in a child’s handwriting to “the person who finds this.” Inside the envelope was three brand new dollar bills and a note reading,

“In honor of the 26 lives lost during the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, my children and I are performing 26 random acts of kindness. You are random act #24. Imagine if we all did 26 random acts of kindness? Are you in?” 

It caused me to really pause and think and I haven’t been able to let go of it all day. I thought that maybe we could perform the 26 random acts of kindness together. Here’s my idea…I will take random act #1 and then assign numbers to the first 25 people who leave comments that they want to participate (I’ll send out a group e-mail). We will all perform our random acts over the next week. You can take a picture or e-mail me to tell me what you did. And then I’ll write a round-up post recapping our 26 acts with stories and pictures.

Are you in? 

*If we get more than 26…of course I will start a new group of 26. Bring it guys!
**Update: huge response! Keep signing up and I’ll create as many groups as needed. xoxoxoxo

{ 138 comments… add one }

  • 1
    Shanna like Banana January 3, 2013, 10:16 pm

    I’m in! This really touches me.

  • 2
    Ashley January 3, 2013, 10:17 pm

    What a wonderful idea to honor the children and spread positivity. I would love to participate in this!

  • 3
    Andi January 3, 2013, 10:17 pm

    I’m in! : )

  • 4
    Melissa January 3, 2013, 10:20 pm

    That is adorable. I heard about this and I’m happy to see that people are doing it! I’m in too.

  • 5
    Ashley E January 3, 2013, 10:20 pm

    I would love to participate…what a great idea and appreciate you getting your blog readers involved!

  • 6
    Lea January 3, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I’m on act 16. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and have been taking it quite serious. It’s a fulfilling and lovely way to remember the lives taken in newtown. Good for you for spreading the word :)

  • 7
    Stephanie January 3, 2013, 10:21 pm

    Count me in!

  • 8
    Krista January 3, 2013, 10:23 pm

    I would LOVE to do this! Count me in!

  • 9
    Abby January 3, 2013, 10:23 pm

    I’m in!

  • 10
    Ashleigh January 3, 2013, 10:23 pm

    Totally in!

  • 11
    Carly January 3, 2013, 10:24 pm

    I love this!! I am so in.

  • 12
    Emily January 3, 2013, 10:26 pm

    LOVE it! I’m in!

  • 13
    Susanne January 3, 2013, 10:27 pm

    I’d love to participate!

  • 14
    Jess January 3, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Count me in!!!

  • 15
    Heather January 3, 2013, 10:29 pm

    LOVE THIS.

    I’m in.

  • 16
    Courtney January 3, 2013, 10:32 pm

    I’m in!

  • 17
    JennyV January 3, 2013, 10:32 pm

    In!!

  • 18
    JennyV January 3, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Count me in!!

  • 19
    Sherie January 3, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Thank goodness! It’s been haunting me that I haven’t embraced this movement. I’m in!

    Sherie

  • 20
    Riley January 3, 2013, 10:35 pm

    Not sure what # comment I am…but I would LOVE to be in!

  • 21
    Tamira January 3, 2013, 10:35 pm

    I’m in :)

  • 22
    Lori H January 3, 2013, 10:35 pm

    I’m in!!

  • 23
    Larissa S January 3, 2013, 10:37 pm

    My daughter and I would love to be involved.

  • 24
    Anne Marie January 3, 2013, 10:37 pm

    I’m in for sure!!

  • 25
    Lindsay January 3, 2013, 10:39 pm

    Thank you Jen! I would love to be a part of this!! :)

  • 26
    Megan January 3, 2013, 10:40 pm

    We need more of this in the world. And, I need more getting outside of my own little world. I’m in.

  • 27
    Erin January 3, 2013, 10:44 pm

    I’m in!

  • 28
    Christie January 3, 2013, 10:48 pm

    In!!!! Hope you can squeeze in another one. :)

  • 29
    Michelle January 3, 2013, 10:49 pm

    I would LOVE to participate in this! Looks like I’m too late for the first group but count me in for the second group!

  • 30
    Haley S January 3, 2013, 11:02 pm

    I’ve been doing this and I am on Act 3!

  • 31
    Kate January 3, 2013, 11:09 pm

    looks like im a little late, but would (and will!) still participate on my own if you can’t fit another :)

  • 32
    Allison Myers January 3, 2013, 11:12 pm

    I’m in too! I bet you could get 100 easy!

  • 33
    Kate January 3, 2013, 11:13 pm

    I’m IN!

  • 34
    Heather @ Multiply Delicious January 3, 2013, 11:15 pm

    Jen, what an amazing thing that happened to you in finding that envelope. You have reached your 26, but I’m totally in if I can still join in. :)

  • 35
    Pamela January 3, 2013, 11:19 pm

    Bummer I’m too late. I’m up for it anyway and totally inspired!!

  • 36
    Ashley January 3, 2013, 11:19 pm

    So very in!

  • 37
    Catherine January 3, 2013, 11:21 pm

    I’m definitely in!

  • 38
    Emily January 3, 2013, 11:22 pm

    I’d be in a second group too.

    PS I’m really loving your posts lately. I know it must be difficult to transition from a purely fitness-and-nutrition blog to one that includes more plain old life stuff, but I really like it.

  • 39
    Amy @ Extracurricular Activities January 3, 2013, 11:36 pm

    I’m in if you start a second group!

  • 40
    Mariel @marielmoves January 3, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Love this! I’m totally in!

  • 41
    Pam January 3, 2013, 11:38 pm

    Group two of 26 random acts!
    Sign me up!
    This s awesome!

  • 42
    Paige @ The Balancing Act January 3, 2013, 11:43 pm

    What a cool idea! Count me in.

  • 43
    Clara January 3, 2013, 11:44 pm

    I am SO in!!

  • 44
    Alex p January 3, 2013, 11:53 pm

    I’m in!

  • 45
    Mary- Heather January 3, 2013, 11:58 pm

    I love this. Up with kindness! I would love to participate. :)

  • 46
    lindsay January 3, 2013, 11:59 pm

    Would love to join group 2, I’m definitely in!

  • 47
    Julia January 4, 2013, 12:01 am

    In!

  • 48
    Mickelle January 4, 2013, 12:04 am

    I’m in!

  • 49
    cory January 4, 2013, 12:17 am

    i’m in! i think this is a phenomenal idea…i used to go on random acts of kindness “nights” with my youth group many moons ago…

  • 50
    jin January 4, 2013, 12:22 am

    I’m in, but it looks like I’m too late….I would still LOVE to perform an act of kindness though. I think that you are on to something really great.

    xo, jin

  • 51
    Michelle @ From Seed To Tree January 4, 2013, 1:11 am

    I’m in!

  • 52
    Sarah January 4, 2013, 1:24 am

    I’m in!

  • 53
    Amanda Arnold January 4, 2013, 1:28 am

    I’m totally in!

  • 54
    Marissa Pilku January 4, 2013, 6:20 am

    I would love to participate!

  • 55
    Kim January 4, 2013, 7:01 am

    I’d love to participate if there is room. What a wonderful thing!

  • 56
    Danielle January 4, 2013, 7:30 am

    Would love to participate as well! A fantastic idea Jen!

  • 57
    Diane M January 4, 2013, 7:39 am

    Awesome you are doing this! I completed my 26 Random Acts over the holidays and really enjoyed participating!! Ann Curry has started an incredible movement!! I can’t wait to hear what everyone does. You can follow #26ACTS on Twitter to read some wonderful stories!
    If you do two groups I’m in!!

  • 58
    kat January 4, 2013, 7:51 am

    i’m in, somehow, whether it’s through your blog or on my own if you get too many responses, lol. :)

  • 59
    Allie January 4, 2013, 7:53 am

    What a great idea! I would love to be in if there is still room!

  • 60
    Jessica @earlyamrunner January 4, 2013, 7:58 am

    Awesome idea! Would love to be apart of it

  • 61
    Kristen January 4, 2013, 8:35 am

    Completely in! What a special thing to do!

  • 62
    Dana January 4, 2013, 8:38 am

    Love this, Jen!! I’m IN – Let me know if you want help with anything!

  • 63
    erin January 4, 2013, 8:41 am

    I’m in–either through one of your groups or on my own if you have too many responses. Great idea!

  • 64
    Shelby January 4, 2013, 8:41 am

    Love this! I’m in!

  • 65
    Cindy January 4, 2013, 8:49 am

    I’m in!

  • 66
    Kelly January 4, 2013, 8:52 am

    I’m in!

  • 67
    Emily January 4, 2013, 8:52 am

    I’m in!!

  • 68
    Lisa January 4, 2013, 9:02 am

    What a touching and wonderful way to start off the new year…I’m IN!

  • 69
    Claire January 4, 2013, 9:03 am

    I would love to participate!

  • 70
    JuJu January 4, 2013, 9:08 am

    I would love to do this so if needed assign me random act of kindness # 100!

  • 71
    Erin January 4, 2013, 9:11 am

    I know I’m a little late to the game on the comments, but I love this idea and would love to participate!

  • 72
    Cassie January 4, 2013, 9:16 am

    I’m in if it’s not too late!

  • 73
    Hannah January 4, 2013, 9:20 am

    This is great. Would love to participate!

  • 74
    Novella January 4, 2013, 9:23 am

    Me too please!

  • 75
    Megan January 4, 2013, 9:25 am

    I’m in! Love this idea

  • 76
    MANDY January 4, 2013, 9:32 am

    I’m in too!!!

  • 77
    McRae January 4, 2013, 9:33 am

    I’d love to participate!!

  • 78
    Grace @ PracticingGrace January 4, 2013, 9:45 am

    This is so great! Count me in!

  • 79
    Ally January 4, 2013, 9:53 am

    I would love to participate, count me in!

  • 80
    Caroline January 4, 2013, 9:53 am

    I’m In!!!!!

  • 81
    Michelle January 4, 2013, 9:55 am

    I love it! I’m in, too!!

  • 82
    Katie January 4, 2013, 9:57 am

    This is wonderful… I’m in!

  • 83
    Jen January 4, 2013, 9:58 am

    What a wonderful idea, Jen. I’m in.

  • 84
    Leila January 4, 2013, 10:07 am

    100% IN. LOVE this.

  • 85
    Sarah January 4, 2013, 10:14 am

    I’m in!!

  • 86
    Joanna January 4, 2013, 10:14 am

    I would absolutely love to participate! This is wonderful!!

  • 87
    Britt January 4, 2013, 10:20 am

    Count me in!

  • 88
    ashley January 4, 2013, 10:23 am

    I am definitely in!

  • 89
    Megan January 4, 2013, 10:47 am

    Im in!

  • 90
    Meghan January 4, 2013, 11:37 am

    Very interested! Recently saw something similiar called “paying it forward for Jayden Lamb”. Great opportunity to add a little light to someone’s day.

  • 91
    Heather January 4, 2013, 11:52 am

    I would love to participate!

  • 92
    Marci January 4, 2013, 12:33 pm

    LOVE this idea. IN like flynn!

  • 93
    Lindsay January 4, 2013, 12:34 pm

    absolutely in!!

  • 94
    Kaitlin January 4, 2013, 12:58 pm

    I would love to join in!! How wonderful.

  • 95
    Rebecca January 4, 2013, 1:05 pm

    Wonderful idea. I’m in!

  • 96
    Stephanie January 4, 2013, 1:15 pm

    I am IN!!!

  • 97
    Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 4, 2013, 1:30 pm

    This is a great idea!!!

  • 98
    Suzanne Bergen January 4, 2013, 1:41 pm

    I’m in Jen. Thank you for sharing!!

  • 99
    Katherine January 4, 2013, 1:46 pm
  • 100
    Angela January 4, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I’m in, Jen! What a neat way to start off the year and think about change for someone else.

  • 101
    Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement January 4, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I love stuff like this….I know you have more than 26, but I would love to participate.
    One of my BF’s did a similar challenge and did a guest post for me: http://www.poshmeetspavement.com/2012/12/practicing-kindness.html

  • 102
    Hilda January 4, 2013, 2:36 pm

    What a wonderful idea! Count me in, please!

  • 103
    Lisa January 4, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Oh yes, I’m in! I actually found a website that started this up (I think it’s where it originated) I posted about it on my blog in this post ( http://www.lisalately.com/2012/12/new-years-things )and I think it is such an amazing idea!

  • 104
    Jill K January 4, 2013, 3:25 pm

    I’m in.

  • 105
    Parita January 4, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Awesome idea! I’m in!

  • 106
    J January 4, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Love this!! Great idea Jen.

  • 107
    Debi January 4, 2013, 4:23 pm

    sooooo “in”.

  • 108
    Anna January 4, 2013, 4:38 pm

    count me in! this is amazing!

  • 109
    Nelly January 4, 2013, 4:51 pm

    I’m in! If its not ttoo late!

  • 110
    Becca January 4, 2013, 5:25 pm
  • 111
    Linda January 4, 2013, 5:45 pm

    I’m in!

  • 112
    Carrie Kerby January 4, 2013, 7:11 pm

    So in!

  • 113
    Sara January 4, 2013, 8:40 pm

    In! Awesomeness.

  • 114
    Christie January 4, 2013, 9:08 pm

    Glad you’re going to do a few groups- I am in too, please!

  • 115
    Kamaile Mattix January 4, 2013, 9:13 pm

    Would love to join in the kindness, I’m in!

  • 116
    Ashley January 4, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Would love to participate in this if you still have room! Great idea.

  • 117
    Allison January 4, 2013, 9:54 pm

    I’m in!

  • 118
    Anna January 4, 2013, 10:00 pm

    I’m in!

  • 119
    Mary-Catherine January 4, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Just now catching up on blog posts, but if there is still room, I would love to do this! I’m in :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    MC

  • 120
    Jill January 4, 2013, 10:44 pm

    I would love to participate if there is still room in a group.

  • 121
    Anna Stewart January 4, 2013, 10:46 pm

    I am in if you are still taking people! This is awesome!!!

  • 122
    Lauren S. January 4, 2013, 10:51 pm

    I’d LOVE to participate! What a great idea and just what I needed this week. :-)

  • 123
    Marli January 4, 2013, 10:58 pm

    Count me in!

  • 124
    Alexis January 5, 2013, 12:24 am

    I’m on act #9! Ann Curry started this shortly after the shooting in Newtown, and there’s a twitter and Facebook page for them. You should link up, because there are some really awesome ideas!! Maybe you’ll be motivated to do the full 26:)

    There are simple and (almost) free ones, such as sending a thank you card to the first responders of Newtown. A completely free one that anyone can do at any time- play freerice.com! In the corner you can change subjects. I’m actually a former World Food Programme employee (so I didn’t feel bad when I’d play this at work ha!) and the geography ones are my favorite!
    My favorite one that I did was I was on the red eye home for the holidays, arriving Christmas morning. The night of the flight, while buying myself some tea from Starbucks, I picked up 4 $5 gift cards. As I got off that 9(!!!) hour flight, I handed the gift cards to 4 of the flight attendants that worked throughout the night:)

  • 125
    Lisa January 5, 2013, 6:22 am

    I just caught up on your blog! Is it too late to join? I would love too do this!!!!

  • 126
    Jenn F January 5, 2013, 6:50 am

    Is it too late to join??

  • 127
    Emily J January 5, 2013, 8:21 am

    Would love to join if it’s not too late!

  • 128
    kaila@ healthy helper blog! January 5, 2013, 9:13 am

    I would love to do this if there is still time to sign up!

  • 129
    Lauren January 5, 2013, 10:55 am

    I’m in! I’m a day late, but home I can still participate!!

  • 130
    Heather A. January 5, 2013, 10:59 am

    I like this, and hadn’t heard of the specific movement, so thank-you for posting! …I am going to challenge myself to do all 26 though. :)

  • 131
    amy fulco January 5, 2013, 12:19 pm

    My children and I are in as well! Yay!

  • 132
    Karen January 5, 2013, 12:36 pm

    I’m in, Jen!

  • 133
    Desiree January 5, 2013, 5:12 pm

    I’m in!

  • 134
    Rachel January 5, 2013, 6:33 pm

    I’d love to do it too!

  • 135
    Katie January 5, 2013, 9:50 pm

    I’m in!!

  • 136
    Rachel T. January 5, 2013, 10:26 pm

    I’d love to participate if it’s not too late? :)

  • 137
    Sarah January 6, 2013, 11:51 am

    I would also love to be apart of this if it’s not too late!

  • 138
    Katy January 6, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I want to be in too!!

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