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December Updates

Good news! Ever since the launch of the new blog design, I haven’t been able to respond to your comments. For some reason the response was showing up in the backend but not on the post. My blog guru fixed the issue last night so I will be responding to you again! It’s been killing me not to be able to interact that way.

So, I have some goals for the month of December. I know we’re already 5 days in but better late than never, right? And some of these changes are things that need to happen before the new year.

  • Decorate for Christmas. I’m definitely not the “get the tree up the day after Thanksgiving” type but I am ready to feel a little bit of holiday cheer and excitement at home. Hopefully, we can make a date to get that done this week! I need some of this in my life!!!
{i die over the cuteness}
  • Finish this 62 Day Yoga Challenge. Ummm….I am a little behind. I have only completed 32 practices and we are 36 days in. I need to add in some doubles on a few days. Maybe some meditation or restorative/deep stretch.
  • Work on my schedule so that I have a little more free time. This is especially important during the holidays as I need to be focusing more attention on enjoying friends and family and not just working.
  • Take better care of me. Stress less. Rest more. Eat more. Have more fun.
So, that’s where I am with December focus.
Daily update stuff.
I’ve been trying to get better about getting work done during off times during the day rather than working late into the night. I grabbed lunch yesterday from Energy Cafe in between clients/classes. Salad and carrot ginger soup. I am so addicted to carrot ginger soup right now. I need to make some at home. Does anyone have a good recipe?
Dinner last night was a burger and fries…and delicious! Brandon grilled the burgers and buns and I sautéed onions and mushrooms to top the burgers. We had seasoned curly fries and green beans on the side.
Then I got in bed at 9:45 to write out a plan for a personal training client and proceeded to pass out by 10 p.m. Operation get more rest has been successful so far this week.
Hope your December is off to a great start! And if you comment, I will now reply! 😛
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  • Brooke @ Veggie Table December 6, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Ohhhh sweet Sullie! Love this photo!!!

  • Tracy December 6, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Glad you have the comment replys back…I just changed my reply forum for the same reason! Makes it so much more fun 🙂


  • Kayli (Running on Sunshine) December 6, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Love your goals! Oh She Glows has an incredible Carrot Apple Ginger Soup recipe. Highly suggest 🙂

    • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 6, 2011, 5:32 pm

      Seconded! I made this soup once and it is SO good! 🙂

      And Sullie is SO CUTE!! I tried to put a Santa hat on my dog, but he wasn’t having any of it! 😛

      • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:21 pm

        i will have to try this recipe! the addition of the apple sounds so goo!

  • Sam @ Sam Bock Illustration & Design December 6, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, Sullie is too adorable. I love her furry toes, haha. One of my Christmas cards this year is a drawing of my dog wearing reindeer antlers!

    I need to incorporate more sleep, and more yoga into my life! BodyPump, BodyCombat, Zumba, and running have taken over my current workout schedule and the bursitis in my hips would much rather me get back to doing yoga on a regular basis again, as well. I absolutely notice a difference (not a good one) since I haven’t been in the studio a few times a week lately. I miss it! More home practices may help.

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:23 pm

      yes, it is easy to get into a routine of doing hard workouts and not taking time to stretch/do yoga. if you can’t get into the studio then foam rolling and practicing at home are great options!

      love that you drew your dog in antlers. that is too cute!

  • wymberley December 6, 2011, 3:40 pm

    More sleep is something I really struggle with. There are not enough hours in the day! I bought some carrot ginger soup from Pacific Foods recently. It was on the clearance table for .34! I am obsessed with it now.

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:23 pm

      i know, the “not enough hours in the day” is what i struggle with. so much to do.

  • Jacqueline December 6, 2011, 3:57 pm

    Hey Jen, Love your updates. I’ve really like this recipe from Eat, Live, Run: http://www.eatliverun.com/carrot-ginger-soup/#more-27046

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:24 pm

      thank you so much for the suggestion. i will definitely try it out! obsessed with this stuff right now.

  • Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 6, 2011, 4:19 pm

    Great goals! I am on the same page pretty much. I need to decorate and enjoy the holiday’s! 😀

  • Heather @ Run Eat Play December 6, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Great December goals. The doggy antlers are do adorable!
    I love curly fries – fries are my weakness!

  • Kate December 6, 2011, 6:07 pm

    yum! i love energy cafe’s hummus sandwich…great quick lunch option!

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:25 pm

      i just love that place in general. so nice to have healthy options for lunch!

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets December 6, 2011, 6:57 pm

    Sullie is too cute, and carrot ginger soup sounds delicious.

  • Joanna December 6, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Finally got around to making your white chili (I substituted ground turkey for chicken because I had some on hand). It is Fabulous. I also put creamed corn instead of pureed beans! Even my husband loved it and he is tough 🙂

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:25 pm

      so glad you enjoyed it. i love, love, love that recipe! it’s a winter staple for us…and healthy!

  • She Rocks Fitness December 6, 2011, 8:57 pm

    I thought your burger was from a restaurant…Looks divine! Good luck with your December goals, especially the 62 day yoga challenge. Very impressive! I try to keep my yoga practices to 3-4 a week, otherwise I start to burn out. How’s your mind/body feeling so far with this challenge? Have a great night!

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:26 pm

      i’m feeling pretty good so far. i practice/teach pretty much every day anyway…i have had to just put it on the back burner a couple of days though because other things in life were just too important. yoga-wise i have been feeling more open than i ever have!

  • Food Babe December 6, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Hello there! I think you’ll love my carrot ginger lentil soup – it’s packed with protein 🙂


    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:27 pm

      awesome! i love the addition of the lentils. will check it out!

  • Holly @ Pink Runner December 6, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Keep that drink away from that pretty new MacBook! You’re making me nervous! 🙂

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:27 pm

      haha! i’m so clumsy too! 😉

  • dana December 6, 2011, 10:26 pm

    I’m interested in doing a 30 day challenge, but I also don’t want to give up my strength training/running/kickboxing. How do you fit in other workouts?

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:29 pm

      i still strength train two days a week and then maybe run one or two days. it just totally depends on how i feel and what kind of practice i had. sometimes i do more gentle/restorative classes versus a crazy power class. it’s a tough balance!

      • dana December 8, 2011, 6:58 pm

        I mostly practice Bikram in the mornings (at 6am), so I guess I just have a tough time talking myself into working out at night too 🙂 At that point, I want to veg out with ice cream, haha!

  • Shayla @ The Good Life December 6, 2011, 11:22 pm

    Sullie is such a cutie!! And I love your December goals – I also love that you added in “more time for me”. It sounds like your schedule is pretty hectic and from the recent pics you’ve posted it looks like you’ve lost some weight. Just glad to know you’re making your health a priority 🙂

    • Jen December 7, 2011, 1:30 pm

      hey shayla – thanks for the comment. yes…life has been super crazy lately and i am definitely working to find a more balanced schedule that allows for more fun, family and me time. health and feeling good are always #1!

      • Shayla @ The Good Life December 9, 2011, 2:55 pm

        Thanks for your response Jen – I appreciate it! 🙂

        Btw, how did you get your header like that? Did you make it yourself or have some design it? I love it!

  • ashley December 7, 2011, 3:15 pm

    I die! That Sullie is just too much. Love your new header photos, too! I like your goal of spending more “me” time. It’s so hard to do in December and through the holidays. I’m hoping to get back on the mat this weekend and “ohhhmmm” my way back to sanity. Hope you’re having a great holiday season!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 7, 2011, 4:47 pm

    A burger would be really nice right about now. Also, I think stressing less would be great about now too. I’ve never been stressed about the holidays and such until this year, but work, holidays, and too much on my plate has really got me bogged down right now. Hopefully that clears up soon!

  • Savanna December 10, 2011, 11:09 am

    Hey Jen,

    Here is a really great, simple recipe for Carrot Soup (featuring ginger) from Hugh Acheson – what’s not to love?! You may want to add a little more ginger but I love this recipe, enjoy!


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