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Saturday Shares

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I’m just about to head off to do the Burpee Mile with Rita.  I’m a little nervous about how I’m going to do, but I’m going to try my hardest.  As for Rita, she is just amazing, so I know she will complete the mile, while proving that women can be fit and strong at any age! 

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April Showers Virtual 5K and Half Marathon is a special race to help raise funds for a special little girl.  She is a special needs child that is living in an orphanage in China, and she is 8 years old and will age out of the orphanage soon.  The adoptive family is hosting this race to help raise funds for their soon-to-be daughters adoption.  Please say you will help this family and little girl out.

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The Florida Beach Halfathon can be run on-site or virtually.  I ran their last virtual race, and the medal I got was amazing and huge!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes…and guess what other ingredient is in them…Carrots!!  Can you believe it!?!  I cannot wait to give these babies a try.  However, I’m going to change one part of the recipe…They say to use premade/store bought icing.  That stuff is toxic, so I’ll make my own.

Strawberry Balsamic Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion, and Applewood Bacon from Café Sucre Farine looks delicious.  I saw this and immediately wanted to try it since it is so different.  You should check out their other pizza recipes…they look absolutely yummy!

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Got crayons?  Who doesn’t!  Here are 35 Uses for Crayons! They’re not just for coloring!  Create crafty things, be artsy, and even do activities with crayons!

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She Rocks Fitness has come up with a circuit that will help tone your body. Go to her sight to get the rest of this Work It Off Wednesday workout!

Oscar Style

What an amazing night for fashion and film at last nights Oscars!  I had a wonderful time crashing on the couch, eating chocolate cake (copious amounts) and watching the preshow for fashion and then the actual Oscars.  And boy were both shows great!

Seth McFarlane did a good job hosting.  I have to admit that I was laughing pretty hard at his whole “We Saw Your Boobs” song.  I actually still have the song stuck in my head.

Big congratulations to all the winners!  Although I do have to say that Ben Affleck may want to work on his acceptance speeches with his wife before he gives them.  I’m guessing that he didn’t mean to say that their marriage is work.  Poor guy was really nervous.

On to the fashion for the evening!

I’m someone who has zero fashion sense.  After all, I live out of my workout clothing.  That speaks volumes for itself.  However, I love watching all the women in their gowns, and choose which one I like the most.  And here are my nominees:

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Anne Hathaway in Prada.  Did you notice her gorgeous Tiffany necklace? This whole dress was just amazing.  I wish I had an excuse to wear one like it.

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Naomi Watts in an amazing custom Armani gown in gunmetal gray.  I love how unique her dress is!

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Charlize Theron was stunning in her Dior gown and an arm full of diamonds to die for!  Most of all, I love how she is rocking her new pixie cut.  Love it!

As for dresses I didn’t like:

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Jennifer Aniston in Valentino. I’m sorry, but I expect more from her in fashion, and her hair needed to be up, and maybe she should have added a necklace.

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Halle Berry…Sorry…I just could not get into her Versace gown.  It looked like something out of the 80s.  I know I’m probably the only person who didn’t like her dress.  Halle does have one rockin’ bod to pull this dress off and hug her in just the right ways.  I’ll give her credit for that.

What was your favorite dress of the night?

If your looking to get your body into “Oscar” shape, try some of these workouts:

Running from Little Girls

Before I tell you about my totally horrifying grocery store story, I would like to tell you a little flaw I have….I have NO self control when it comes to dessert.  There, it is out in the open.  I feel much better having told you this.  I’m one of those people who love their desserts, and it is a bit of a problem.  Lets say there’s a plate of cookies in the house; I will eat a few and feel guilty.  Then, to make matters worse, I feel like I have to get rid of them quickly which in turn makes me eat even more (I do save some for my son).  The theory being that if I eat them now then I cannot eat them later.  Sound theory huh…more like moronic, but this is what I do.  This is why I do not make or buy large amounts of desserts.  If I do, I buy a serving for each of us, or if I make something I will take the rest to the neighbors.

On with my horrific story…

Yesterday, I went grocery shopping to get the items for our meal plan for the week.  Upon entering the store I saw them.  They were right there at the entrance waiting for me…knowing my weakness…cute little smiles plastered across their faces…GIRL SCOUTS!  Oh the horror!  It was all I could do not to turn tail and run, but we needed our groceries.  With their cute little smiles they asked me if I would like to buy some cookies.  My response, “I have to grocery shop first.”  FIRST!?!  What was I thinking saying “first”?  Now I have to deal with them when I leave.  I have no spine when it comes to Thin Mints and saying “no” to these sweet girls who are just trying to make money for their troop.

As I’m grocery shopping I come up with my escape plan to get out of the store without buying the cookies I know I will eat in less than 2 days.  My Plan:

  1. Find a group of people leaving the grocery store at the same time as me.
  2. Blend in with said group.
  3. Make my escape while the other grocers are blocking the Girl Scouts’ view of me.

With my plan in place I looked to blend in with a group after paying for my groceries, and here came a group of 3 grocers.  My plan was going to work perfectly!  I merged in with them, and made my way towards the exit.  The first grocer on my right broke off to buy cookies.  This was fine.  I still was safely hidden behind the 2 other grocers.  Then, the unthinkable happened.  Both of the women grocers that I was hiding behind made a U-turn!!  What!?!  This was not going according to my plans!  This brought me to a dead stop as I watched the women literally turn tail and run…and I do mean run, from the Girl Scouts towards the exit on the other side of the grocery store.  Then I remembered…there was another exit.  Why the hell didn’t I think of that!?!

Of course, at this point I’m wide open, and 4 of the sweetest girls were asking me if I, “…would like to buy any cookies.”  At this point I threw in the towel, put up my surrender flag, and bought those damn cookies.  I beat the hell out of a guy who tried to mug me once, but I cannot say no to girls selling cookies.  I’ve got major issues.

Therefore, with my cookies bought, I formed a new plan.  Leave the dangerous cookies in the trunk of my car, and drop them off at work tomorrow for all my coworkers.  I’ll let ya know how it goes.

Am I the only one with this problem?

A 1st Anniversary

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We have a winner!!  The winner of the totally awesome “Real Women Do Burpees” Shirt is…..Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem!!!  Christy,  please email me at andreach2@yahoo.com.  I will need your shirt size and what color shirt you would like.  Please make sure you email me before Feb 3, 2013.

I wanted to share a humorous anniversary story from my trip to Target after work yesterday.

As I was checking out, a man, we will call him “Joe” (not his real name), behind me was setting a toaster down on the belt for his purchase along with an anniversary card. We made eye contact, and Joe then proceeded to tell me that this was his 1st anniversary, and the toaster was for his wife. Sadly my more adult/mature side did not kick in. Instead, both the cashier and I bust out giggling, but we did remember to congratulate him. The poor guy looked so confused at this point, so I asked him why he chose the toaster. His response, “Ours broke and my wife really likes her toast every morning, so I figured she would really appreciate it.”

The cashier and I gave each other that “Men” look. Sadly, this is the way most husbands think (heaven knows mine does). Of course, for all I know his wife will love and cherish her new toaster. However, I told Joe he might want to get a back-up gift just incase the toaster doesn’t have her jumping for joy.

At this point Joe asked me what I should get her, and I asked him what she likes. His response…”I don’t know.” Sadly this is not a surprise since my husband is the same way. I went straight for the spa route, and asked Joe if his wife liked massages, manicures, facials, etc. The exclamation of, “Yes! She is always talking about wanting to go to a spa!”, was almost deafening. At this point Joe caught on and decided to get his wife a gift certificate to a spa that she is always telling him she wants to go to.  Guess the poor guy couldn’t take a hint.

Husbands! What can ya do with them!?!

Quick Saturday Update

A couple of quick updates!

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I got my new IPhone 5 yesterday!  IPhone and I sat down and had a nice conversation (all-be-it one sided) about what I wanted out of our relationship.  I told IPhone I wanted zero stress, and in return I would get IPhone an overpriced case to go in.  Thankfully IPhone had no arguments, so our relationship shall begin Smile.  Now to give my 7 year old son my cell phone so he can show me how to use the darn thing!

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I posted last week that I set a new goal of only having 2 cups of coffee a day.  So far I’m doing pretty well with this.  Kim @ Fabulous Fit Foodie and Christine @ Love, Life, Surf  suggested that I have a smoothie in the morning.  This was genius, and it is an easy thing for me to do.  I moved my post workout smoothie to my breakfast time.  Guess what?  It worked.  After one sip of my smoothie I didn’t want any coffee.  Go figure!  I’m quite happy with this.  Thank you Kim and Christine!  Of course, I still have my afternoon StarbucksWinking smile.

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Yesterday’s Christmas Spinning class was a blast!  We all laughed and sweated away!  My favorite part was giving away the door prizes.  I had everything from Starbucks mugs to Burt Bee’s chap stick and Farkle (if you don’t own the game Farkle run to your local Target or Wal-Mart and get it).  Everyone walked out with a fun prize and a piece of fruit.

I hope y’all have a great weekend and are having safe travels and/or preparing for Christmas!  If you are in need of some workouts or treadmill and elliptical workouts, check out the following pages:

In the meantime, hug a loved one and have a Merry weekend!

What are your plans for this weekend before Christmas?

Workout Wednesday and a Dysfunctional Relationship

Hi! My name is Andrea and I’m in a dysfunctional relationship…with my BlackBerry. We have been in this relationship for over 2 years and the last 6 months have been a strain. BlackBerry likes to act up/act out, and I sit back and take it all.  I will patiently remove the battery several times a day in attempt to regain internet access, and charge the battery several times a day.  Why you may ask?  Well, because BlackBerry has a keyboard.

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Honestly, at this point there are too many problems between us.  When I took Blackberry into the cell store to see if there was anything I could do I was told no.  The college kid working was kind enough to give me a pat on the back and tell me I would be better off with the upgrade, and would have less stress in my life.

I have threatened to give up my BlackBerry many times at this point, but I always go back to it because of the keyboard. I don’t do well with typing on little touch screens, but at this point I have to end my dysfunctional relationship before one of us gets thrown out of a window (and I don’t want to have to pay for a window repair). Therefore, I’m finally breaking down and purchasing an IPhone this week. It is sad, but putting that in writing is so hard. It is going to be even harder making the switch. Wish me luck! Any IPhone owners out there? Are you happy with your relationship with your IPhone?

Every Accomplishment

Despite my break-up with BlackBerry life must go on, because it is Workout Wednesday!!!  Time to shape up that body, burn some fat, and tone those muscles.  Today I’m doing a full body workout that involves supersets.  Each superset consists of 3 exercises.  Do 2-3 sets of each super set before moving on to the next (each superset is in a blue rectangle)In between each superset is a short cardio section that equals 3 minutes.  I’ve included the links to new workout moves that you may be unsure of.  Proper form keeps you from injuries.  Remember to stretch!

Shape it up