Always A Bummer And A Fast Five

Even though it’s undeniably time that it be done . . . taking down the tree is always a bit of a sad day in the Jara household.

photo 2-7


Thankfully, through some awesome teamwork out ornaments and lights were down within a half hour.    Not too shabby. . . and now all we have to do is take the actual tree to the dump, and wash and store the tree skirt.  Holiday’s 2013, you were pretty stellar 🙂  thanks for the memories.

photo 3-6


Workout Of The Day:  5 miles speed work + weights

Today, for the first time in the January rush, I had to wait for a treadmill.  Frustrating, with that said I am pretty impressed with how chill I was (AKA: I only glared and stalked the runners for a few minutes. . . ).  I decided to take advantage of the time and squeeze in some weights

  • 3 sets of 15 incline sit ups
  • 3 sets of 15 chest press
  • 3 sets of 15 leg press (40 lbs)

Just enough to get me warmed up and by the time I was finished, I only waited another  minute or two.  My run was actually pretty entertaining tonight:

  • 800 @ easy pace
  • 800 @ challenging pace
  • 400 @ easy pace
  • 400 sprint
  • repeat the 400’s
  • Repeat the entire cycle
  • Finish with one easy mile

photo 1-7


That ended up being a little under 43 minutes for my 5 miler.  Not-too-shabby for this girl.  I always LOVE getting my workout done in the AM, my PM workouts always seem to be a bit stronger.  I need to work on trying to get a little fuel in before my AM workouts if I want to change this I think . . .

Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the BCS bowl game and dinner the hubby prepped for me! 🙂  If we’re lucky maybe I’ll have some good pics and a recipe for tomorrow of the meal.  Tonight’s menu included a Mexican flare.

Question of the Night:  When do you take down your holiday decorations?

Exactly What I Needed . . .

Happy Monday everyone!  While I’ll admit to being less than thrilled to be facing another Monday, yesterday and this weekend in general has me rebooted and ready to go.  Minus a bit of a nagging in my throat, I am feeling rested and definitely improved!

My Sunday

I left you all yesterday after my run . . . well I’ll let you all in on how the rest of my day looked 🙂

photo 5 (1)

photo 3 (2)photo 4 (1)

photo 2 (2)photo 1 (2)



Zach, the fur family, and I relaxed. . . drank a lot of tea, watched some Breaking Bad, football, and overall just chilled the heck out (we’re sometimes not very good at that).

Before we knew it, it was time for dinner, the only REAL meal I ate yesterday (I snacked my way through the afternoon) . . . and for those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know it was not a surprise meal 🙂

photo 3 (1)photo 1 (1)


The only change up we did this week was add some greens (we accidentally bought way too much at the grocery store, so basically every meal will be including a side salad this week.  No complaints here!

Monday Morning Tradition

In following the Monday morning tradition that may not be so great for me, but that I am loving — I slept in this morning :).  With that said, I brought work out clothes to work with me, so I can be ready to go after work if I get the inspiration. but this morning I knew starting my week off with rest was more important.

We all know me — there’s a good chance I’ll lace up tonight 🙂

Man — I’m smiling just looking back at those pictures.  Especially during ski season, Zach and I don’t relax like this very often.  Let’s just say it was well appreciated by this girl!


Question of the Morning: Tell me all about your weekend!  I always feel so disconnected over the weekends!