Holiday Giving

My sickness has returned ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Luckily, it’s not as bad as it was the first time around. But boy is it hard to get up after you take NyQuil the night before! I feel like a zombie until about 9 a.m.

I wasn’t about to miss our holiday work party though!

Some people roll their eyes at work parties, Secret Santa, silly Xmas office games…but I love it! I love team bonding and being able to have fun with co-workers in a non-work atmosphere.

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We had a casino game night, which has been a hit in years past. I learned how to play Blackjack! Thank goodness we weren’t playing for money though ๐Ÿ˜‰

There was a fun photo booth that my friend Ashley and I partook in. And LOTS of food. They usually do a lot of hors d’oeuvre type of stuff, but they had more meal type food this time and I loved it. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and vegetables filled my plate. There were also many yummy looking desserts, but I ended up having a few glasses of wine and forgetting about dessert. Actually still kind of kicking myself over that one, ha!

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Example of my “cloudy sick head” in action. I saw yesterday’s CrossFit workout and figured I was well enough to give it a go.

Back Squats

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Each of the those numbers is reps.

Unfortunately, the warm up included two 400 meter runs, one with a weighted ball. I almost died.

Then during the workout I was supposed to add a total of 35# onto my bar…instead I put 35# on EACH side. I tell one of the coaches, “I don’t understand…this weight is well below my one rep max yet it feels SO heavy!” He just looks at me and says “You have 115# on there.” (I was going for 80#) Oops. Needless to say I had my first PR last night in CrossFit! 115# back squat…up 5# from my last! Might not sound like much but an additional 5# feels like a lot when lifting.

Crazy to think that Christmas is just a few days away! I really need to get some wrapping done…

In the midst of holiday craziness I’ve noticed that this time of year is when there’s a big push for charities asking for donations. Salvation Army bell ringers, Toys for Tots bins, various Facebook posts from various charities asking to help better the holiday’s for kids and families.

This time of year, it’s important to step back from your Christmas shopping list and remember what this season is all about. Family, togetherness, love and kindness. Not all families will be having a Merry Christmas. But there are ways that we can help. What better Christmas gift to give than knowing you helped make someone elses Christmas better?

It’s as simple as volunteering for a toy drive or a soup kitchen, donating money to a cause (every $1 counts!) or donating goods. I dropped off two toys in my local Publix’s Toys for Tots bin last weekend and was overjoyed to see it brimming at the top. Any bit helps.

Are you giving this year? What charities do you like to give to?

The Happiest Day on the Planet

 

Yesterday I had a one of a kind experience.

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I ran The Color Run!

The Color Run is known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” and that it was.

Even though I laid everything out the night before I got up ay 7 a.m. to give myself some time to wake up, eat and get ready. My fuel was a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana.

I drove downtown and met up with my friend Karen to walk to Vinoy Park, where the race was starting.

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She had the brilliant idea of taping our shoes so they didn’t get dirty!

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As we approached the park we saw the color stations being set up.

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When we got to the park we got behind the start line. Lots of people! And so many had such great costumes, from tutus to unicorn horns…we vowed to think of something fun for next year!

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I did have some fun sunglasses to wear. Plus a bandana to cover my mouth and white knee highs for extra color coverage!

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I wanted to get some race action shots, but was too afraid of my phone getting color on it. I’m sure it would have been fine (the color is essentially colored cornstarch and 100% natural) but even still it stayed safe in my Spibelt in a ziploc bag. ๐Ÿ™‚

We went through four colors: pink, blue, orange and yellow. It was a great course that took us up to the Pier and down Beach Drive. This was truly a fun run. The race wasn’t timed so there was no pressure to make a certain time. There were walkers as well as runners. I ran because I was counting this as my exercise for the day and I hadn’t run in a while. I started off running with Karen, but eventually had to slow down. With not having run for a while and ย being sick most of the week I wasn’t feeling my best. Karen timed herself and ended around 31:00 so I imagine I ended around 35:00.

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The race was sold out. There were 10,000 people! As we watched people finish they just kept coming and coming!

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As promised, this was the most fun race I’ve ever ran. If it’s coming to your city and there’s still spots left I definitely recommend signing up!

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Later that night my friends Karen and Lora co-hosted a Champagne and Cookies holiday party.

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I arrived early to help set up.

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This is actually just some of the food. Lots of other goodies were added! I made the two plates of skewers you see there. Plus this spicy cranberry cream cheese dip that hardly got touched cause I think people didn’t know what it was…but it was really good!

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Mmm Lora did an awesome job making cookies! They were all so good.

Karen has an awesome condo downtown and the building has a spacious party room for residents to use. With beautiful views of St. Pete it was an excellent party spot.

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An overall great night of champagne, cookies, food and friends!

Have you done The Color Run?