holiday treats and graduation eats

It was a busy weekend full of holiday spirit and family celebrations.

On Saturday Zman and I spent the day walking around the city, enjoying the falling snowflakes and musicians that lined Michigan Avenue with Christmas music. We also ate quite a bit of “comfort food”, aka cheese fries aka crap. But hey, they were delicious and it was just one of those days when you want hot cheese on top of fried potatoes.



All I want for Christmas is YOU:


You would think that two normal-sized human beings wouldn’t each need their own order of cheese fries but you would be wrong. The two of us don’t mess around with food.

After we got home we were chilled to the bone, so we popped in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and made some hot chocolate.


Trader Joe’s Organic Hot Chocolate packets and Bailey’s topped with whipped cream and mini m&ms. Deeeeeeelicious.

The next day my family and I headed to Milwaukee to see my twin brother graduate from Marquette! Congrats, Steve!


Post-graduation brunch (like we need a real reason to go to brunch):


“Green eggs and ham”: Eggs scrambled with pesto and marscapone cheese plus ham and potatoes. I gave the ham to my dad and doubled up on the potatoes.

In case you suspect that I ate my body weight in butter, cheese, and oil this weekend, remember it’s always possible to balance all that artery-clogging goodness out. I did manage to eat lots of healthy food recently as well:


Summer salad: mixed greens, mandarin orange slices, tomatoes, dried cranberries, blue cheese, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. A piece of baguette on the side.


Overnight oats: 1/2 cup oatmeal with cinnamon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and peanut butter.


Veggie omelet: two egg omelet with green peppers, onions, and tomatoes, topped with avocado.


Caprese salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

Today I did what most people do on Mondays and started out the week with an intense workout. I don’t know about you, but Mondays are when I’m feeling most motivated and I give the best effort.  I’m also the type of person who can’t make a resolution on September 7th or start a cleanse on a Thursday though. I’m just weird about coinciding big changes in my life to beginnings on the calendar (new year, new week, new month, etc.).


I did not, I repeat, did not RX this workout. I started out doing 50 of each but by the time I got to kettlebell swings I was toast. From there I did 25 of everything, replacing the burpees and wall balls with other activities because I’ve had a lot of back pain recently.

Speaking of back pain, today is my first time visiting a chiropractor! I’m pretty nervous but also really excited because I feel like that’s just what I need to get actual answers about what’s causing this back pain. Doctors can only do so much, it seems, and I’m sick of getting a muscle relaxer every time I complain about pain.  We’ll see what happens!


  • Have you seen a chiropractor? Do you “believe” in them, or think they just get you addicted (I’ve heard both ways)?
  • Can you start a new routine on any old day or do you need it to be a new week/month/year like I do?