Happy Independence Day 

We’re not perfect, but we’re still a great country with lots of opportunity. Here’s to freedom, farmers market fun and being an American. 


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Mid-Week Break: Goodbye 2014, It’s Been Great

Everyone is likely reminiscing on the past year. But who says I can’t do it, too? I feel like 2014 has been a pretty good year for me. The last full year of my 20s and I had a lot of good experiences. Not every moment was sunshine and daisies, but overall, I look back on the year fondly. And with that, I want to share with you a list, in no particular order:

Miss Jaime’s Top Moments in 2014

  • Going on a trip to D.C. with a great friend from college – we saw the monuments, ate pudding donuts and did a ton of walking
  • Getting promoted to senior level at work
  • Starting with my personal trainer – I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect… who knew it would turn out to be such a great experience
  • Visiting various CT wineries with my mom and with my favorite ladies from high school
  • Running my first 5k! (and then two more)
  • Long weekends at the beach and singing along to Backstreet Boys on the porch
  • Quiet evenings on the couch with the cats
  • Seeing Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Being introduced to The Name of the Wind by a friend and not being able to put it down
  • Learning how to grill!
  • Finally achieving my goal of starting a blog

I hope everyone is enjoying what’s left of 2014. Looking forward to sharing 2015 with you!

Week In Review

Week In Review: Post-Holiday Blues?

Life seems like it’s missing something once Christmas is over. I don’t know what it is – the anticipation? The never-ending Christmas songs on the radio? Thank god Hallmark still has Christmas movies on this weekend, otherwise I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.

In the days leading up to Christmas I kept myself busy getting ready for the holiday. Tons of baking, wrapping presents, checking my list twice, some last minute shopping.

But waking up Friday morning, I felt a little lost. Christmas is over, now what? Well, I went for a great run at least. It was a beautiful day and I pushed myself to go quite a bit farther than I have been running on the treadmill lately. My knees paid for it a bit, but it felt good.

With all the Christmas prep, I had also been neglecting my condo. So I spent some time cleaning. And there were also parties at a couple of friends’ houses to attend on Saturday.

But overall, I’m feeling a little blah. All my holiday overindulging caught up with me as I had no energy and just felt like a lump at my trainer appointment Saturday morning. Now my fridge is stocked with healthy foods and I made an amazing chili with some canned pumpkin I had to use up. I guess it’s time to get back to ordinary life!

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Mid-Week Break: Cookie Extravaganza

Yesterday I did my annual Christmas baking. I usually give baked goods to family members, such as aunts and uncles, since I never know what to get for them. I think I might have gone overboard this year…

Holy cookies!

Holy cookies!

And of course as I baked, I sampled. Gotta try each type fresh out of the oven. Now, do they still taste as good when they’re cool? Which basically means that I ate more cookies than I should have.

That brings me to something I’ve been thinking a lot about this holiday season. Since Thanksgiving I’ve been having a terrible internal struggle, bouncing back and forth between:

  • “I’m going to keep on track” and then failing miserably with many food meltdowns; and,
  • “I’m just going to enjoy the holidays and not feel guilty” and then feeling very, very guilty about my overindulgences

How on earth do you balance the quest for a healthy lifestyle and the holidays? I want to enjoy myself but I also don’t want to undo too much of the work I’ve done this year. And honestly, I don’t have any great revelations about this just yet.

How do you handle the holidays? Are you just as lost as I am or do you have a game plan to get through?

Week In Review

Week In Review: Christmas Countdown Is On

I think I’m due for a new laptop. This one can’t even handle word documents anymore. I had a whole post typed up and lost it (twice now!)… That’ll teach me not to save while I’m working (apparently I’m a slow learner today). Well, let’s see… Can I remember what I wrote?

I think I finally have Christmas under control. I finished my shopping. Presents are wrapped under the tree. I have all the ingredients I need for my giant day of baking on Tuesday. I think it’s finally time to relax. And that’s what I’m doing today with some Hallmark Christmas movies. (Anyone else love these??)

And I’m already way off track from where this post should be going. I think it’s because I don’t really want to rehash last week. It was just stressful and exhausting. Work has been rough with a lot of work coming in and people being out for the holidays. I also ran a bunch of errands during the week, which isn’t my favorite thing. I’m the type of person that really needs my downtime. Add on getting up for my morning workouts, and it was a busy week. Continue reading

Week In Review

Week In Review: Holiday Stress, Reiki

My cats are napping next to me on the couch and I want to be doing the same thing. It was a busy week! Workouts were good. I did go to yoga and it didn’t seem to make the tingling in my fingers worse. The instructor showed me how to modify down dog to take some of the pressure off of my wrists so I need to remember to work on that.

I got outside for a run today; the sun was shining and it felt great to get my heartrate up. But now I am just feeling holiday pressure again. I wrote out about 30 Christmas cards today to mail tomorrow. I’m not done with my shopping yet. And I am not ready to go back to work tomorrow morning.

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Week In Review

Week In Review: Holiday Prep, Fitness Dealz and Ugly Sweater Run

Even though I had a short week in work, it felt long. I had a two-day in-person training that messed up my work at home schedule. Which in turn meant I had to rearrange some of my workouts, but I managed to get them in (and I’ll explain how in a second!).

Oh Christmas Tree

I also put out my Christmas decorations and decorated my Christmas tree. I love having a twinkling tree in my living room. I can’t imagine the holidays without one.

I think the most exciting part of this week was my great deal on dumbbells from craigslist! I found a listing from a couple who was moving and didn’t want to pay the freight cost to transport the wife’s weight set. For a steal I got a bunch of lighter weights that I left with my mom and grandma, and for me, I got sets of 8, 10, 12 and 15 lb. weights. Now that means that on days I can’t get to the gym, I can still get in my strength training. And that’s just what I did this week! I need to keep an eye out for cheap 20 lb. and 25 lb. dumbbells and I’ll be set for a while! I just love good deals.

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