Vodka Toast

Congrats on getting some great workouts in today and THANK you for the encouragement.

I ended up having a really good workout.  It was another family trip to the gym!  My workout started with a quick warm up on the elliptical and then into a gentle yoga class. 

Ever heard the expression “a family that namaste’s together…”?   My sister, my dad, and myself were front row students for my (other) sister’s class!   The class was really nice but gentle yoga is not my preferred style.   I don’t mind the slowness of it but I find it hard to really get warmed up to the point where my muscles feel nice and pliable.

After class the treadmills were still full so I did another round of elliptical.  I push myself on the elliptical, I really do, high incline and high resistence, but it just isn’t the same sweaty, painting, endorphen-releasing workout that I get from running.   So then I got on a treadmill and it felt SO GOOD to run!  15 minutes of sprints was all it took to get those feel good hormones a flowing!

Holiday party # 5 (since Saturday) was at my step-sister and family’s house.   My sister, Cedar, her boy-friend, and I decided to go for a little walk before the party got into full swing.

We thought jumping up and down while walking up a hill would keep us extra warm.

After our 25 minute walk it was time to get to work on THE FOOD!

My dad and stepmom’s family host this party every year and one of the traditions is that just before dinner everyone toasts with a shot of vodka (or other alc or non-alc drink of choice).

The toast!

When the pup is tucked in it is time to call it a night.

Good night!

The Coolest

Ever heard of Lewisburg, West Virginia?  I didn’t think so.

Well, listen up because it may soon (officially) become one of the coolest small towns in America.

Lewisburg has long been known for it’s arts and culture, a reputation that is particularly impressive when you realize that it is a town of 3,500 deep in West Virginia.  Now, I LOVE West Virginia but there are a lot of things it isn’t and being recognized as a hub for arts and culture is definitely one of them.

Last night I saw my sister and niece perform in A Christmas Carol at Greenbrier Valley Theater.  They pretty much rocked the house but maybe I am a little biased.

The entire production was excellent, great set, spot-on costumes, mostly impressive acting.  I’m not a huge fan of this particular play but it was a quality theater experience.

O.k friends, I need some help today!  I went to bed last night determined to run outside this morning but…

The snow is blowing sideways!  It’s breezy, not full-blown windy,  and the snow is just little flakes but…

And it’s 28 degrees out there which I could normally handle but…windchill and all…

Hmmmm, that’s a lot of but’s…

I do have a plan B and it involves a trip to the gym for my sister’s yoga class (ahhh, yoga) and a turn on the ol’ elliptical.  I miss running though, I haven’t gone since Saturday.

I am really looking forward to your comment commitments today to help inspire me to get moving!

And here’s a little reminder for all of us.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz

So with a lot of ability, a fair amount of motivation, and a stellar attitude I go forth to work-it-out!