Keeping [Mostly] in Check

I’m definitely much more “relaxed” over the holidays.

As it should be! If a workout gets skipped, because I’m busy visiting friends and family that’s the kind of trade off I’m ok with. And if I eat some extra sugar on Christmas… well Aunt Dee’s brownies were totally worth it.

But the fact is, I feel best when I’m eating healthy and exercising.

So it’s all about balance πŸ™‚

My mom and I took a trip to Trader Joe’s and stocked up on some of my favorites, so I’d have things to munch on. And she also picked up Arnold Whole Wheat Mini Sandwich thins, which were new-to-me.

I’ve had this the past couple of days:

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To make this delicious lunch:

Arnold whole wheat mini + Trader Joe’s garlic hummus + Trader Joe’s chopped veggies + Everything Pretzel Slims

My blog is also having quite a Christmas. Presents included:

  • A light box (for better pictures!)
  • A new Jillian Michael’s DVD (review to come)
  • Kitchen gadgets (berry saver, produce keeper, collapsable measuring cups)
  • A Kindle Fire (so I’ll be reading blogs wherever there is wifi!)

Now I’m off to go to the gym with Alexa. (Probably a good idea, since the Northstar burger is to be consumed tonight.)


Did you get any kitchen-related gifts? (Anything I might want to go look for in after Christmas sales??)


  1. Yum, that meal looks really fresh and delicious! I didn’t get any kitchen-related gifts, but I got a camera I’ve been wanting and hoping for! (Actually going today to pick it up)

  2. For the past few years, I have received cute kitchen gadgets. This year, I received a small frying pan with a pig imprint in it and spatulas with snowmen on them!

  3. Yummmm what a great lookin meal! I cannot wait to see what awesome new recipes you’re gonna whip up with your new gadgets! πŸ™‚

  4. Oooo always love a new J.Michaels dvd, can’t wait to hear about it! I got a few odds and ends for the kitchen including some new servingware but nothing crazy like the pasta maker or tortilla press I’ve gotten in past years haha!

  5. It look like you had a great christmas! I didn’t received anything kitchen related because I didn’t ask for any. I did received lots of shoes, which I love! πŸ™‚

  6. My husband bought me a bunch of dish towels and placemats (for photo props) and an immersion blender that I have big plans for!!
    So jealous about your light box!

  7. I got alot of cute bowls this year! πŸ˜€

  8. Will just got a Kindle Fire too! He’s OBSESSED with it (even though it doesn’t even have internet yet) haha.

    Glad to hear you had a great holiday!

  9. Sounds like an awesome Christmas!! I didn’t get any kitchen gifts, but I did get a DSLR camera to help out with my bloggie pictures πŸ˜€

  10. “I feel best when I’m eating healthy and exercising” – all about balance — we are the same way πŸ™‚ and love getting kitchen gadgets!!
    Glad that you had a great holiday!!

  11. I agree—it’s great to be relaxed at the holiday, but I really don’t feel that great when it’s all said and done! Maybe it’s just a little reminder that the healthy lifestyle is worth it!

    I didn’t get any kitchen gadgets this year, but I’m always interested in them!

  12. mmmm. hummus sammies…<3

    i agree with your outlook on holidays! can't wait for the jillian michaels dvd review!


  13. i wish i got some christmas kitchen gifts! πŸ™‚ i love those kind of things

  14. Those pretzels look tasty! In terms of cooking stuff, I got a whisk and a spatula, haha–so I’m hoping you already have those on hand and don’t need my suggestion to go find a sale version πŸ˜€

  15. Your lunch looks delicious! I agree, its important to be more relaxed over the holidays, but also to jump right back on the healthy eating train afterwards! I got lots of baking equipment for Christmas so I can make healthy baked goods at university!

  16. I DID get kitchen gifts πŸ™‚ hehehe I had quinoa in my stocking AND chia seeds πŸ™‚ My parents giggled and said they don’t know any other kid that would be so excited to get chia seeds and quinoa in their stocking πŸ˜‰ hahahaha

    I am so much like you. I skipped my workouts and it didn’t phase me πŸ™‚ I rather be with my fam jam πŸ˜€

  17. The mini thins are new to me as well, but they look so cute! I didn’t get any kitchen related gifts this year. But I got some cool things I will talk about later in the week πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear about the kitchen gifts!

  18. I’m glad you had a good Christmas, and I’m the same way; I always feel better when I’m eating right and exercising! Time to get back on track!

  19. My friend gave me a cupcake carrier- I LOVE it!

  20. After the excess of Christmas, I am absolutely CRAVING nutritious and healthy meals. I’m still weighed down from so much damn pie, but I hope to get back on the wagon this week. I have two fitness dvds and a trip to the grocery store waiting for me.

  21. I’m definitely more relaxed about what I eat over Christmas so I can stuff my face with my mum’s cooking – and get my hand in the tin of chocolates a good few times!
    Sounds like you got some great presents, kitchen gadgets are always a winner… I got a cookie press from my mum, on the look-out for some recipes now πŸ™‚

  22. I love standup comedy. When I was in college, a lot of my friends were in comedy troupes, so there were always lots of fun shows to go to.

    Since I’m from NJ, my friends and I always hit up a diner when we’re all in town.

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