So Much To Share

by Jen on December 9, 2012

I love Sundays. They inspire me. Always.

I woke up before my alarm so I had some time to lounge before teaching my 9:15 hot class. I made espresso and oatmeal and got back in bed. It was a gray, rainy morning so it was so cozy to hang out in bed. (And that’s one of my favorite books of 2012 on my nightstand, Broken Open. Highly recommend.)

Oat bran, Silk Nog, dried cranberries, bananas, pumpkin pie spice and chia seeds with pumpkin butter, peanut butter and cranberry sauce.

I was so happy (clearly!) to walk into the studio to teach class and see that my friend Maddie was face timing into my class. She just moved to Chicago and I miss her sooooo much. I went a little off the beaten path today with this morning’s message, quoting the Avett Brothers and Conan O’Brien.

I recited one of my most favorite Avett quotes ever and then played the song to start class.

And then spent the rest of class talking about this quote from Conan O’Brien. He said this in his last show on NBC when he was getting totally screwed over. Pretty amazing. It really is as simple as this.

Lunch after class at Whole Foods was an extravaganza from the salad and hot bar. I was seriously craving veggies after making dinner out of artichoke dip, sausage and cheese Rotel and cupcakes last night at a party.

I spent the afternoon meeting with a new PT client, braving the mall (anxiety-producing…my god!) and pulling off major baking fails. I had to make cupcake batter and salted caramel sauce twice because I messed them both up the first time. I abandoned baking to go to a yoga class but got turned away because it was full. I went for a Christmas light run instead and it was so nice. I saw some pretty impressive inflatables.

Safety first, reflective vest. It was 65 degrees for my run. I am so cold natured so I love the mild weather but it’s a little weird to run and look at Christmas lights while dripping sweat in the middle of December. Doesn’t feel very holiday-esque.

I’m always downloading new music and found this awesome 27 minute mix on This Song Is Sick. It features some of my favorite songs and is perfect for zoning out on a short run. The download is free. Check it out!

And finally, dinner tonight was boring but good and comforting. A tuna melt with avocado, kettle chips, carrots and apple slices.

Such a good day.

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1 Addy @ Six-Kick Switch December 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm

This sounds like a good day – you packed a lot in! You also remind me that I have to get by the store to buy oat bran. Last fall I ate it pretty much every day for breakfast. I’m with you on the warm weather/December issue. Here in California its usually a balmy 70 degrees and sunny on Christmas Day! Can’t say I’m complaining :) Hope you have a great week!

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2 Kim December 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

This is a pretty dumb question, but how do you prepare your tuna melt? Do you add greek yogurt, seasonings, etc?

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3 Jen December 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

not dumb! i usually do a mix of low-fat mayo and greek yogurt but i’m out of mayo. so last night i did the following: tuna, plain greek yogurt, lemon pepper, salt, dijon mustard and sweet pickle relish. was yum!

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4 Erin @ Living Made Healthy December 10, 2012 at 2:35 am

I’m been totally obsessed with tuna lately. yum!

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5 Molly December 10, 2012 at 4:12 am

Are those wunder under pants? Are they warm?

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6 Jen December 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

yes – they are fairly warm. i live in them year round. so comfy!

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7 Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement December 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love that quote from Conan and I’m going to pin it.

I would of quit (or served sub-par cupcakes) after a flop, so more power to you for trying twice. I agree that warm weather does take away some holiday spirit. I have spent many holidays in Cape Town or Southern Cal and know what it’s like to have 80 degree Christmas…not the same!

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8 Jen December 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

well, i did grow up in south georgia so we had our fair share of thanksgiving and christmas holidays in shorts and t-shirts! :)

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9 Bess @ Bess Be Fit December 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

Glad you had such a great day! Love the quotes :)

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10 Katherine December 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I need to try that tuna melt :)

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11 Kerry @ Totes My Oats December 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Glad you had a great Sunday! Your oats and espresso in bed sounds like a fabulous idea!

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12 Paige @ The Balancing Act December 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Your holiday-inspired oats always look SO good! I finally found Silk Nog but have yet to try it for breakfast…I’ve been enjoying creating all sorts of variations on eggnog milkshakes instead. ;)

Kudos to you for persevering despite your baking flops…I totally butchered a batch of fudge last week that I was supposed to bring to a meeting. It was so inedible that I had to throw it all away (which killed me!) and bring in Christmas candy instead.

The weather is freaky here in Indiana as well, but I’m totally digging it. It’s much closer to what December was like when I used to live in GA, and I miss GA weather dearly!

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13 Jen December 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

ooohhh eggnog milkshakes sound fab! try the oatmeal though. it’s good!

so sorry to hear about your baking fail. they are frustrating!

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14 She Rocks Fitness December 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

It’s been dreary, rainy, and GROSS since Friday! It’s weirdly warm here too, but these grey days need to go away. I too indulged on too many sweets and wine this weekend, so lots of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats were a MUST on Sunday. Happy Monday!

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15 Jen December 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

i know, i need some sunshine in my life!

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16 Rebecca Young December 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I LOVED Broken Open. A yoga teacher lent it to me during a time when I had a lot of deep thinking to do. I couldn’t put it down. Great perspective–wonderfully written.

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17 Jen December 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

i agree and i love the different stories and perspectives.

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