balancing the weekend: jumping jacks and jello shots

I don’t even know where to begin describing the shenanigans that went down this weekend.

Friday night we celebrated my Dad’s birthday with our annual trip to a German restaurant. We eat German food once a year because it’s my Dad’s favorite — that shows how much we love him because I don’t think anyone in the world besides Germans love German food. I was lucky because my mom brought me a piece of his German chocolate cake that they had the night before — sensing a theme here?

1476089_1007196122640516_3360148816688752952_nWe went to Mirabell and it ended up being FANTASTIC. I never love German food but this was actually delicious! They took their time with the dishes but it was worth it — everything came out piping hot and flavorful.

unnamedI had salmon with garlic-cream sauce and fried potatoes with a salad to start. My brother got the famous Wiener Schnitzel and we all sampled some potato pancakes — everything was great. Plus I got to eat cake in bed later that night and I’m not sure what’s better than eating cake in bed…

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Saturday was when most of the shenanigans ensued. It was Chicago’s annual “12 Bars of Christmas” Event, otherwise known as TBOX. We started the day at 7am with coffee/Bailey’s, mimosas, egg sandwiches and cinnamon rolls.

IMG_2043 IMG_2040 IMG_2046IMG_2049 IMG_2051Oh and did I mention the jello shot tower? Yeah, there was a jello shot tower.

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Needless to say it was a fun morning.

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Now, in the name of balance let’s talk weekly workouts.

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 4 mile run
  • Wednesday: Sweat on State (400m warmup run + main workout shared below)
  • Thursday: Kick-ass spin class at Flywheel
  • Friday: 60 minute Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga
  • Saturday: Jello shots burn calories right?
  • Sunday: Rest

Even though I only worked out four days last week, I feel like I pushed myself 100% for those four workouts so I don’t feel like I skimped on the sweat at all. Plus I’m finally starting to notice a significant difference in my upper body strength which is so exciting! I love that I now measure my success on what I can accomplish with my body, not on how it looks or how “skinny” I can get.

A workout that centers on running - my kinda day!

A workout that centers on running – my kinda day!

The blue pants always make an appearance at sculpt

The blue pants always make an appearance at sculpt

unnamed (7)Moral of the story? With great food/drinks comes great responsibility…to sweat! And when you make working out as much fun as I do, it all balances out. The jumping jacks AND the jello shots 😀

Questions:

  • Any fun holiday parties this past weekend?
  • Is there a type of food you aren’t fond of, like I am with German food?
  • How do you keep a balance between food/drinks and fitness?
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46 comments

  1. Nice going and adorable pictures!! You look so happy!! I absolutely love it!! In life, balance is SO key, so I love how you rock out the sweat and the jello shots!! That’s fabulous and you look absolutely fabulous doing it all!! You look amazing!! Love the gym pic!! Have a great week!! XOXO

  2. Cake in bed is always necessary and always a great thing! I have never down TBOX full on. My first year living here my friends and I went but were not signed up for it. Looks like you had a great time.

  3. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of German food either. I haven’t been exposed to much though. Not sure how vegan friendly it is? HA. YESSSS good food comes with responsibility. Exactly why as I write this comment I am also on my treadmill incline walking. Had one too many chocolate bites yesterday! HA.

  4. When I saw jello shots in the title, I wondered if you went to TBOX. Brave girl. I saw a few TBOXers on the CTA, and that was enough for me. I actually saw a guy on his way to TBOX when I was on my way to my race Saturday morning, which was a little mind-boggling to me, since it was like…maybe 8 a.m. More power to him (and you!), I suppose.

  5. This post’s title is AH-MAZING! Would you believe that I have never actually had a jello shot? I feel like I am missing out on life somehow. And I think you did a perfect job of balancing fun eats and drinks with workouts. I mean, what’s the point of working out so hard if you can’t enjoy a few things?

  6. Looks like you’ve had soooo mmuch fun!!! Loved the Christmas pics–you’re good at super getting into the holiday spirit!

    As far as balancing crap and fitness? I don’t drink…so that makes life simple, but I do eat crap…like super amazing pecan pie 🙂 I just balance it out the next day with eating clean, and I may or may not work up a sweat, I don’t really care haha.

    You’re awesome!! Have a fun week!

  7. Hi Lauren! Oh balance is key! That looks like a super fun and festive day with friends. I saw so many Santas running around San Francisco for SantaCon this year, but sadly I was not one of them. I need to try CorePower. Have a great Monday! 🙂

  8. I think I ate so much Chinese food growing up that now I am never in the mood for it. That’s a bummer since my husband loves it so much. I keep shooting him down and saying I dont want to go to Chinatown to get some.

    To balance life and fitness, I just try and maintain an active life and eat well, but don’t over restrict my cravings. I love sweets so I will eat them when I am in the mood. The better I eat, the less I crave them anyway, so it’s a win win. Looks like a fun weekend!

  9. Happy birthday to your dad! I am not fond of German food either. My Nana is full German and used to make alot of bratwurst and stuff like that which I always hated. But your salmon sounded tasty. That doesn’t remind me of a German food. What a fun weekend! My Christmas parry was last weekend and it was a good time, but yours looked alot more fun…haha.

  10. Ohh wow looks like you had a blast this weekend! I went to 3 holiday gatherings over the weekend! I must admit I love jello shots every once in a while 😉

    I always make the time to workout if I am going to be eating a ton. The best thing for me has been scheduling a marathon in January so that you HAVE to run through the holidays lol… it works…

  11. I don’t know that I have even had much German food. Except chocolate cake of course. Glad you are feeling stronger. That’s always such an amazing feeling.

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