Happy Monday! I am still feeling great from a most amazing weekend. We have had a “heat wave” roll through Chicago and it made for a fantastic few days. Over the weekend the weather soared into the 50ºF temps. Something about unusually warm weather during winter months does wonders for my mood and energy levels, which was perfect because we had an action packed few days planned.
Saturday morning I got up bright and early and did a nice 30 minute workout before I taught a small group training class. I have mentioned before how much I like starting my day off with a brief workout and these days they have become a bit more interesting. Louie, our new dog, is a major cuddler. If you sit on the floor he will run to sit in your lap. Apparently he will also run to you if you are doing planks. My morning workout involved him sitting on my back and laying underneath me. Extra challenge points thanks to Louie.
After my small group training class I decided to get a quick run in because later that evening we had a pizza party planned. If I know anything about myself, I have zero self control when it comes to pizza. I rarely have it; maybe once or twice a year. So when I get around pizza all bets are off.
When I stepped outside it was so pleasant out. I had planned on running six but I quickly decided that it was going to be a nice brisk ten miler. It was so unexpectedly wonderful and my pace was better than it has been in weeks. Talk about a confidence booster!
After my run I quickly cleaned up and my husband and I joined my sister-in-laws and nieces for an afternoon at the Nutcracker. I hadn’t been in over ten years and it was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Something about the Nutcracker really evokes some of the best feelings of the holiday season. I also find it just mesmerizing about being at the ballet too!
Keeping with our weekend of nonstop action we went right from the theater to the church next door. Over the past few months I had been attending classes as part of a process to join the Catholic Church. I grew up in a Lutheran home but after getting married I really wanted my husband and I to be part of the same church. So Saturday evening was my confirmation. My husband and a lot of his family joined us at the church. It was a really special evening.
And then there was pizza! What better way to celebrate my confirmation than to have everyone back to our place for pizza, a chocolate fountain, and playtime with the puppy? It was such a fun night with some of our favorite people.
But the fun didn’t stop there. One of our friends, and a fellow Team Momentum member, was hosting a holiday party in our neighborhood. So I kicked off my heels and threw on sneakers with my dress and we headed out the door to a killer holiday party. It was so fun and so festive. Everyone was wearing awesome holiday sweaters, minus my husband and I still in our clothes from the ballet/church. By the time we got back home I was beyond ready for bed.
My husband is a saint and let me sleep in on Sunday. As I mentioned recently in a post about sleep I try to get to bed early and avoid the late nights to bed and late mornings to wake. But Sunday was a real treat. Once I finally dragged myself out of bed we took Louie for a walk to Lincoln Square to grab a cup of coffee and just wander in the moderate temperatures.
When we got back home I spent the rest of the afternoon in the kitchen making holiday gifts. I can’t reveal here what I made but I have to say that some special people in our lives will be receiving lots of delicious (and healthy) treats. I absolutely love the holiday season and as I have gotten older my favorite part is being able to share with family and friends. It doesn’t have to be something big or expensive. Some of the best gifts are the ones you make that come from the heart. It is always nice to be remembered.
Last week we even got the chance to go to a cookie baking party with some friends. Seriously, the holiday fun just doesn’t stop. Everything about this time of the year is my favorite. I say that now because it isn’t cold out. Remind me about what I said when it drops into the 20’s again.
There were a few more walks and a strength training session thrown in but most of the day was spent enjoying heavenly scents in the kitchen.
What is your favorite part of the holiday season? Do you have something you like to make for gifts?
A HUGE congrats goes out today to Patrick and Steve. Both are Team Momentum members who completed the Chicago Marathon back in October. Being the loyal team members that they are they signed up in November to run the Dallas Marathon on December 14th. They trusted me to coach them for a second marathon and not only did they finish but they finished STRONG! Steve even beat his PR by almost 20 minutes! Way to go guys!
Congrats to everyone who ran the Dallas Half and Full Marathons yesterday and a special shout out to Team Momentum!