Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Sweaters and Productive Sunday

You Want Pictures?
You guys crack me up. I think every single comment had a demand for pictures of the Christmas sweater I wore to the ugly sweater party. How could I possibly deny such a request??? But first, I must say, I was the only one who actually owned my sweater! Yep, it was mine already. In fact, it was given to me by my mom last year. I love her dearly, but will never ever understand what compelled her to buy me that sweater. At least I had a reason to wear it though right? Here are two pictures. One of the girls actually had a sweater with light!
 
I'll admit, I most definitely felt frumpy in the sweater. Was not feeling uber attractive at all. But at least I wasn't alone, even and my friend made her sweet Beagle Bella wear one too!

Chest & Kickboxing
This morning was sunny but super cold and windy beyond explanation. It sounded like rain the wind was blowing so hard. Definitely not run-inspiring weather so there was no urge whatsoever! I did a few chores like folding laundry before getting to business with my workouts for the day.

Today was chest from STS Meso 2, Disc 22. I am up to 80% of my 1RM this week.

Wide arm pushups - 10
Standard pushups - 10
Wide arm pushups - 10
Standard pushups - TF
Flat bench chest press - 12, 10, 8
Incline flyes - 12, 10, 8
Incline bench press - 12, 10, 8

I wavered big time on cardio, but ended up going with the drills and three combos from Cathe's Kick, Punch, and Crunch plus the abs. It ended up being a good workout actually. Even better, it didn't seem to bother my knee. The past couple of times I've tried kickboxing, it didn't go over so well.

Another Productive Sunday
After my workout, I got cleaned up while Jason hit Kroger. I got busy in the kitchen making Chipotle Cranberry Relish to jar for Christmas gifts. I made some wheat/spelt French bread, cooked off a bag of white beans to freeze (and use for dinner tonight), got my Christmas cards all finished up, cleaned the bathroom counters (they are marble and hard to keep clean, have to use special cleaner), and got a few gifts wrapped. I feel like it's been a pretty successful day around the house. Even better, it was a no-makeup, yoga pants, and fleece top kind of day.

I will say I was disappointed in the canning of the Chiptole Cranberry Relish. I used 2 bags of fresh cranberries and only came out with four 8oz jars. :-( I was hoping for a few more. Oh well. Now I know that it takes a lot more cranberries to make a lot more relish! I will be making and canning spaghetti sauce next weekend so I may make some more relish while I'm already at it in the kitchen.

As I mentioned earlier about making the beans to freeze and use for dinner tonight, I am planning on making my Spicy White Chili using roasted poblanos. I may actually try roasting the onions and the bell peppers as well just to see if that changes the flavor much. I love the flavors of roasted veggies.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend either productive or productively lazy!