My recent hobby? Baking Dr. Oz recipes, of course!

Yesterday, I made Scooped Turkey Burgers for the family.

I ran 6 miles yesterday on the treadmill and lifted weights today. The treadmill was super boring. I want to run outside in nice weather again! Winter kills my long runs. 😦 My new strength routine:

25 squats [holding 15 pd. weights]

Backward lunges [left and right, 16 each holding 15 pd. weights]

Repeat superset 4 times

16 tricep dips

16 triceps push ups

Repeat superset 4 times

16 flexfoot outer thigh raises (on side, left and right)

16 pointed outer thigh raises

16 forward circles

16 backward circles

*all performed on the ground

25 inner thigh or plie squats

Repeat superset leg work 4 times

25 narrow rows (arms brushing against side)

16 push ups (alt. between regular, incline, decline)

Repeat superset 4 times

16 Tricep pushbacks

16 Lateral  raises

Repeat superset 4 times

Not a bad workout!

Last night, I had some friends over to watch Christmas movies and drink mulled wine. It had cinnamon and cloves in it AND it was warm. Delicious! We watched The Holiday. Talk about a Christmas classic! Oh and the mulled red wine was another Dr. Oz recipe. I told ya I was into it!

Giving Lesson of the Season

“The most important thing in this world is to learn to give out love, and let it come in.” -Morrie Schwartz

The other day, my friend and I baked Gingersnap cookies for the senior citizens at the home we volunteer at in the summer. No, they were not Dr. Oz cookies, but still delicious. The entire process of making the cookies, wrapping them and watching the people enjoy them was just what I needed. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the physical part of health that I forget that there is a spiritual part to being healthy as well. It is easy to forget to give, volunteer and do things for others when life gets busy, but I have found that it is one of the most important parts of life. Every time you do it, you get back as much, if not more from the experience. It nurtures you in a different type of way that eating an apple, or running can’t provide.

On another note, my entire family is home under one roof. It feels good! It doesn’t happen as much anymore and it makes it a pretty special time. Time to get ready for Christmas!

Enjoy the holidays. 🙂

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”
– Anthony Brandt