HELLLO! I wrote that in all caps because once again it snowed today and my insides are bursting with frosty happiness. It’s not sticking but it sure is purdy. On my drive home from work, I was contemplating how to get Ruthie outside in this weather. She’s a bbbbbig diva and doesn’t like the rain, snow, wind, or basically anything that isn’t sunshine (My goal is to get her to love the snow).

She normally goes a few steps then plops her butt down and won’t go forward. Last weekend I thought it was because she was cold so I tried putting her sweater on…fail. So, I started running with her. If she was cold, running would warm her right up, right? I think it might be working! Last night we did a 1.5 mile run and tonight, in the blustery, snowy, sleet, we went 2.5. She’s kind of a crappy runner (as in she sporadically slams on her breaks to sniff a mailbox making me crash right into her), but practice make perfect so…we’re going to keep trying. She’s fast AF though so it’s good fun.

Last thing about my dog, she turned 3 yesterday and got a super fun Birthday bone, doggy ice cream (maple bacon, yum), and a pink chew toy which she has already torn to shreds. Note to self, no toys next year.

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Birthday Treats!

So, I get home from work at 3:30 pm which rocks. People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I start work at 6:30 am. But I LOVE it. It’s one of my fave things about my job. The city is asleep when I drive in and it’s very peaceful. I’m a morning person anyhow so I figure why not get work out of the way then have like 5 solid hours after work to hang. Tonight for instance, I ran, did laundry, vacuumed, had a snack, and watched a Hallmark movie all by the time most people are just leaving the office. See why early in early out is kind of neat?

One thing that most people would find a drawback of working so early…how does one get a workout in before work when you start at the butt-crack of dawn (LOL it auto-corrected butt-crack to nutcracker)? I’ll tell ya!

You just gotta set your little alarm clock for 4:40 am every day and DO IT. You also must know you’ll have the entire gym to your self(ie) so you can use any machine you want when you want. You also don’t have to listen to anyone grunting. Awwww yeah. Oh, and you can sing out loud, dance in circles after getting a PR, and you don’t have to wear matching workout clothes. Sign me up. JK I’ve been signed up for years. Side note, I used to not be able to sleep at all so I’d get up even earlier…now that was crazy.

Let me tell you something…=it actually super stresses me out to go any other time than 5 am. I get like gym anxiety or something. I’m afraid people will stare at me and roll their eyes…maybe even laugh at my colorful socks or something. IDK I’m weird. But if no one else is going to use the gym at 5, I might as well.

So lately at these early morning sessions, I’ve super duper gotten into the rowing machine. No, I can’t do it more than 6 minutes at a time but I’m slowly working on getting better/stronger. Rowing is freaking hard. I’ve done sprint workouts (row as far as you can in 5 minutes), intervals (30 sec on, 30 sec off), and my fave: row 1000m as fast as you can (time cap 6 minutes), whatever time you have left complete as many burpees as you can. That’s a little burner at the end of your workout whoo wee.

Also, now that the temps are dropping, I’m probably going to start incorporating more treadmill sprints into workouts…maybe something like run 400 m, 25 push-ups, 25 air squats, 25 situps…on repeat for 15 minutes. I love having a blank canvas. I never thought of myself as an artist but I guess coming up with different workouts kind of classifies me as creative? Cool, I’ll take it.

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I HATE SELFIES but I took one (TBT to blonde hair)

In other news, I made the best dinner ever Sunday night. Pork loin+ garlic mashed potatoes+canned cranberries+m&m oatmeal cookies. OMG. My hubby Sam said it was his favorite meal I’ve ever made…I think the homemade gravy really thrilled him. It almost tasted like Thanksgiving. PS how do you feel about canned crans? I’M OBSESSED. Sam hates them. More for me I guess.

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October snow showers bring November Turkey’s 

Oh, going back to the whole waking up early thing…that means I have the joy of packing all my clothes, food, drinks, shampoo, shoes…basically my entire life, the night before. This process usually starts at about 6PM and ends at 7PM as I get easily distracted.

I usually pick out my outfit (which I’ll most likely ask myself why I thought that was a good idea the next day after dressing), grab some shoes, and stuff my toiletries in a bag. That all gets placed right next to the door so I don’t forget anything in the morning rush.

Next up, the food. I pack breakfast, lunch, coffee, and snacks. I usually have an entire re-usable grocery bag full of food. Lately I’ve been into overnight oats which is a super easy breakfast to make the night before (DUH). I also make iced coffee so that’s easy to grab in the morning. Lunch is most likely left-overs from that nights dinner placed into a tupperware with some sort of fruit or veggie. I always make sure to have something sweet for after lunch. Don’t forget the snacks: hard boiled eggs, pretzels, veggies and hummus, fruit snacks…the options are endless.

Yeah, I eat a lot. But whatever, gotta keep that booty growing (girlllll).

Now I’m hungry so TTYL.

XO

-Hales

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