It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas







Our first Christmas tree as The Jara’s ūüôā

I’ll have pictures of the finished product tomorrow. ¬†By the time we got him up and standing, ornaments out of storage, we were more concerned about dinner than decorating.

Happy Holiday’s everyone!

Don’t forget to enter my first¬†giveaway¬†open until Thursday!

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Giveaway — Mile Markers

I am SUPER excited to share with you all my first Giveaway on Chocolate Medals!



Per Amazon:

In Mile Markers, Runner’s World contributing editor Kristin Armstrong captures the ineffable and timeless beauty of running, the importance of nurturing relationships with those we love, and the significance of reflecting on our experiences. This collection considers the most important reasons women run, celebrating the inspiring passion runners have for their sport and illustrating how running fosters a vitally powerful community. With unique wit, refreshing candor, and disarming vulnerability, Armstrong shares her conviction that running is the perfect parallel for marking the milestones of life. From describing running a hardfought race with her tightly-knit group of sweat sisters, to watching her children participate in the sport for the very first time, Armstrong infuses her experiences with a perspective of hope that every moment is a chance to become a stronger, wiser, more peaceful woman. Running threads these touching stories together, and through each of them we are shown the universal undercurrents of inspiration, growth, grace, family, empowerment, and endurance.

I read this book over the holiday and was 100% drawn in from page 1.  Kristen writes with a passion and honesty that makes you feel like you are actually out there on a run with her, stride for stride.

She loves running and the relationships she has found THROUGH running with such fervor that I promise you, within the first few chapters, you will be calling up one of your friends to go for a quick run…even if you already hit the pavement once that day.

After the first few chapters, I knew this book was perfect for my first giveaway… so here it goes.

One lucky reader will receive Mile Markers! ¬†I promise you it’s a book that you will want to pass along to someone when you finish as well.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here about why you want to win the book , or Follow Chocolate medals on twitter , facebook & pinterest for an extra entry!

Entries will be accepted until Thursday @ 7 PM and winner will be announced Friday morning! ūüôā


I AM A Runner

Happy December and Happy Monday all.


To think that 2013 is wrapping up in less than a month blows my mind.  It has been such an amazing year, and when I think to how much has happened or changed since January, I go into a bit of a shock.

BUT, now that it is December, I have decided that I want to take a more relaxed perspective on my own health and well being.

I AM A Runner

For the past 20+ days, I have been on a “running streak.” ¬†I have trained my body to push through challenges in a way that running had never pushed me before. ¬†Miles were TOUGH in the beginning, I was running on lead legs everyday but knew that I wanted to push.


Well — to my surprise, miles got easier. ¬†My legs adjusted to back-t0-back (to back, to back) days of running, and were even able to push harder than I ever expected. ¬†It was exciting and new.


Last week,  I started feeling extremely exhausted and even a little sick.  But I pushed through Thanksgiving.  I Actually ended up having my biggest mileage week to date.


I was also ignoring the fact that I wasn’t feeling well, constantly exhausted, nauseous often, and just run down in general. ¬†While my legs were still feeling OK (my speed was drastically dropping), my body was tired.


So today, after a double run day yesterday (had to go out in style) I decided that I am holding myself to a break of two days. ¬†Two days away from running, getting lots of rest, drinking lots of water, eating lots of protein, and recovering. ¬†I plan on squeezing in some yoga (and sit ups, already did some of those this morning) to help boost recovery…but I want that to be IT.


I have had some crap stuck in my throat for the past week, and I am hoping that a mini break will help give that time to clear out and move on.  I am hoping that it re-sets my passion for running, and that it reboots my immune system.


This is definitely not natural for me, and I recognize that it WONT be natural for me to take 2 days.  BUT I know after 2 days my body and mind are going to be healthy, happy and ready to reboot running.

And that, my friends, is how I am starting the last month of 2013. ¬† I couldn’t feel better about it.

Come back later this afternoon for my first Giveaway ūüôā

Question of the Morning:  Have you ever pushed beyond your limit?  Have you ever taken a break?