Here we go! It’s Christmas week! The final stretch before the big day! I was really looking forward to all of the celebrating and fun. Oh, and the cold weather coming our way!
- Cardio: 5 miles, walking
- Strength: 3×12 bicep curl to lateral raise, glute bridge chest press; 3×10 pulse static lunge (each side), 3×12 thrusters
Happy Hanukkah! Of course, I started with a run and a strength workout. Obviously.
We got some stuff done around the house and then went to my parents’ fo the first night of Hanukkah. My stepdad celebrates, so we try to go all in for the holidays.
- Cardio: 6.03 miles, running + walking
- Strength: 3x12 flys to narrow press, lateral raise closures; 3×10 reverse lunge to press, wide climber to pushup, 24 overhead dumbbell glute bridge walks
It’s Monday! Let’s run! I was happy to try a new route and mix things up.
Home for an upper body and core workout. Yuck.
And then time for shopping! I hit up a little local boutique for some adorable things!
- Cardio: 3 miles, walking
Here comes the rain. Yuck.
For some reason, Tuesday was just a big, crazy mess. I had a work meeting, that led to more on my to-do list (grateful for that, of course), and I just bulldozed the day as best I could.
- Cardio: 5 miles, running + 1.98 miles walking
Happy Winter Solstice! I started the morning with a super solid run.
And then started prepping for a cozy dinner with friends. We had all comfort foods: tomato bisque with grilled cheese dippers, a ridiculously amazing french onion soup dip, pasta Fagioli, homemade bread, mulled wine, and rice pudding. We exchanged gifts and conversation, and I’m calling it a new tradition.
- Cardio: 4.69 miles, walking
A was home for break, so it was really time to get to work, locking down the rest of the holidays. I walked while he was still sleeping.
And then I dug into cleaning, wrapping and tidying.
We had tickets to the Dazzling Lights Display at the Jacksonville Arboretum that night. I was so excited – this isn a show I’ve wanted to see for years. We got VIP with onsite parking, access to the indoor lounge, and drinks, and it was so lovely. The lights were creative and it was all just what my soul needed.
- Cardio: 6 miles, running + 1.64 miles, walking
Huge breakthrough with a six mile run! It’s been a while, but I want to run Gate, so this is a huge start.
I received my gift from a secret book exchange and I was so happy! My recipient is in the midwest, so her order was delayed by the storm, but I hope she is happy when she receives it!
A and I went to our annual White Elephant party. We couldn’t stay super long so I let him do the kids’ gift exchange, but I opted out of the adult portion. It was good to catch up with everyone.
- Cardio: 3.64 miles, walking
And then the cold come. Seriously. Freezing temps. Holy moly. I ran to the store for the final things we needed, and then went for my walk.
My parents came over for our traditional Chinese takeout Christmas Eve dinner. A and my mom worked on his gingerbread houses.
I still had cookies to finish.
And then it was the final frenzy of wrapping, prepping breakfast, and getting everything set for morning.
Goal-getting + Thoughts
If you celebrate, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for us, but we made it through.
Oh, another big thing happened this week: we got our family photos back! I was so happy with them and so glad to have updated ones.
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How was your week in training? Did you have a nice Christmas?
Your family photos are beautiful!!!
I can just imagine how cold it is up there because we got down to the 40s! It made Christmas feel extra fun and cozy.
Nice job on the runs- sounds like you’ve had a breakthrough. This was such a crazy, busy week but you got some good workouts in as well. Merry Christmas!
Kimberly Hatting says
Busy week! Great job staying consistent amidst all the Christmas prepping 😉
How lovely with those very good runs this week! You do some interesting combined strength exercises there. Are you still able to isolate the intended muscle groups when you do them combined?
I had a good fitness week! The highlights probably was my Tuesday strength session, and the Thursday run/walk. Enjoy the rest of Christmas!
Beautiful family photos! I’m glad you enjoyed your week of festivities. That light display looks beautiful! It sounds like it’s as popular as the one here at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. So festive! Now onto NYE!
Deborah Brooks says
Great family photos love the colors. The light displays are always so much fun. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to you all
How fun that you went to the lights display at the arboretum! I’m sure that was quite enjoyable. And I love the picture of you with the blow-up Santa, so fun! Speaking of pictures, great family pictures. 🙂
Hope you had a very merry Christmas!
Darlene S Cardillo says
What a lovely family photo!!
I love light displays.. yours looked awesome.
Hope you had a nice holiday.
Kim G says
The dinner with your friends sounds like so much fun! Such a fun way to slow down and have great conversation during the craziness of the holidays!
Love your family holiday photo!
Whew! A whirlwind indeed but definitely some fun things in there. Congrats on 6 miles! That’s awesome! Sounds like a Happy Holiday.
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Your family pics came out great! It’s sort of nice it cooled down for you for Christmas….right? More seasonally festive, haha! I was a little bummed we could only get tix for a drive thru light show but when it was 37 below zero here last week, I was super grateful! We’ll do the walking light display at the gardens this week and it’s supposed to be in the 50s. Yay!
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures says
Great family pictures!! We need to get ours taken, but I’m waiting for a good coating of snow on the ground to make everything to look pretty for the pictures. I do like to see all of you Florida residents busting out the long pants and jackets 🙂
It got really cold here! Like seriously freezing for real. I loved the pictures and was so happy to have them done.