Happy Holidays!

30 Dec

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and almost Happy New Year!  Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2013?  Hard to imagine!  Where has this year gone??  I’ve just returned from an awesome week of relaxation with Adam and my family/his family.  It was perfection!  The right bit of relaxing before things start to get crazy (wedding countdown: 19 days).  We did a little of this:


The future husband and I (holy craziness).


Adam and my brother relaxing (we did a lot of relaxing).


Christmas morning! Too many presents!


The girls baking cookies with Grandma.


I napped a record number of places.


The three “kids” together.


Hooray for ice skating! The lake finally froze over enough to skate. It was fabulous.


Getting our workout on.

Back to the schedule!

Between all the cookies, candy, and other various forms of junk food – I must admit it feels pretty good to be back at home and in the swing of my routine again.  It’s fun to enjoy those treats, but dang, it always feels good to get back to normal!  Let’s just say I ate my wedding stress this past weekend and enjoyed more than my fair share of sweets.  So much for “slow and steady wedding prep.”  Fingers crossed that all my weight lifting has upped my metabolism so I don’t have to frantically work to burn all the cookie weight off!


Oh how could I resist!? I never knew my will power was so weak.


Made by little cute hands. I just HAD to eat their cookies! :)

I’m back in my workout routine of a P90X/ChaLean hybrid.  I’m mixing workouts from each program and crossing them off on my super fancy schedule.  One technique that I have always found incredibly helpful (and MOTIVATING!) throughout the years is printing off an actual workout schedule and physically crossing off the workouts.  I did this a lot for marathon training and applied the same principle to the “month before the wedding” training.  I laid out all my workouts and all I have to do is check the schedule and cross it off.  There is something so incredibly satisfying about putting a big X through a completed workout.  It also helps because some mornings I may think “hmm what am I going to do this morning??” and choose the same workouts I like instead of forcing myself to do some variety and even those stinky workouts I don’t like (hello push-ups and ab ripper, I’m talking to you).  I missed a few workouts over the holidays, but did a solid effort and all the ice skating was a nice cardio filler (AND it didn’t hurt my knees, BONUS!).  If you’ve never tried a good old fashioned printed workout schedule, it’s a huge help in motivating and setting a routine.

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My lovely schedule. Can’t wait to keep counting down the days!

Pre-Wedding Relaxation

I also spent a few days down in Nashville with Adam right before coming home.  We used this time to just lay low and enjoy some quiet time together before the madness hits.  We went on daily hour walks (I know, right?!), worked out, grocery shopped, did some light wedding planning, and just took it easy.  We watched movies together and just enjoyed some bonding time.  The last 7 months haven’t been the easiest in terms of spending quality time together.  Between his residency, White Christmas for me, and wedding planning… it’s been a lot on both of our plates.  We’re both really looking forward to the first few weeks of married life just to be together (for more than a day or two at a time) and really reconnect (with no time constraints!).  Le sigh.  It will be great.  I know we’ll definitely have some growing pains as we re-adjust to one another and live together for the first time, but we both can’t WAIT to annoy each other.


Adam made me this beautiful salad!


And I took annoying pictures of him. Fair trade.

Coming Up

This is my last week of work, which is pretty bittersweet.  I love my company and co-workers, and it feels so surreal to say goodbye.  BUT saying goodbye also means it’s time for the wedding and time to be with Adam again.  Both awesome things.  After this week I’m going to go into full on wedding mode.  I am purposefully ending my position two weeks before the wedding in order to complete wedding tasks/pack/etc.  My new full time job will be the wedding!  I’m happy to have some time to do some planning and I know I’m super fortunate to be able to really soak it up and tolerate enjoy it.  I’m excited about the wedding, but I have to admit I’m sort of excited for it to be over (shhh don’t tell anyone).  Eek.  Yeah, wedding planning has never been the most relaxing thing for me so it will be nice to have hobbies and other activities again.  Hallelujah for some free brain space!!  And for having a new husband and lovely memories of a happy day!


Oh yeah, that’s a candy bar mock-up. All the supplies were free (okay borrowed) and I just have to buy the candy.  Sounds good to me! Any reason to have candy is a good one.


Adam got an awesome Christmas present this year!  Come February we’ll start tackling P90X 3 together!!   Can I get a woot!?  We loved our experience with P90X and can’t wait to give this puppy a try.  It’s brand new to beachbody and I’m excited to see how it compares.  It will also be awesome motivation post-wedding to keep active together  …After I enjoy a few weeks of Chipotle lunches and being a total blob of laziness.  Because that just has to happen.  Life has been go, go, go and honestly a few quiet weeks of being lazy and eating more pizza than I probably should, sound like just what the doctor ordered.  Everything in moderation, I say! :)

Hello Tony, excited to see you again too.

Hope you all had a WONDERFUL end of December!


15 Responses to “Happy Holidays!”

  1. jojo922 December 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Cookies look awesome!!! And woohoo 19 days to go!!!!!!!!

  2. sincerelylily December 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    gussssh…. love that you spent so much quality time with the man. Mr Speedy and I did that yesterday (and currently at this moment… even though im reading blogs!) and i LOVE it. so nice to be quiet together and focus on each other without all the holiday craze.

    the pic of you two napping is priceless. please frame that. and i loooove that you are leaving your job and able to focus on the wedding and life with adam! well, i mean, that in the best of ways – i know leaving a job probably itsnt the best – but if you are able to make it work (which is sounds like you both are), then enjoy that time.

    i want to go ice skating now~ and go on a long walk~ and bake cookies~~~!!!

    YOUR GETTING MARRIED SO SOON XOXO you are in my thoughts and wedding prayers

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings December 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Aww so glad you and Mr. Speedy got some quality time together too! It makes such a difference to be able to just focus on each other vs. being around each other through holiday madness :)

      And so glad you enjoy the napping pic hahah. I literally napped everywhere I could, it was ridiculous. What can I say, I was sleepy ;) And yes ma’am! I promise to soak up the time when the wedding is my only job!

      Thanks for the thoughts and prayers – holy cow we are getting close!!!

  3. Meghan @fitnesscrEATures December 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    You and Adam are SO FREAKING ADORABLE which is good, since you’re getting married soon!!!! Ha!
    I can’t wait for these pictures! I’ll just pretend that I was there when I’m looking through them. Creepy? Yes. #YOLO.
    You and your sister (I assume) look a lot alike! Both so beautiful – such classic beauty! Glad you guys have spent lots of time together lately. I’m sure it’s tough to be far away from each other… But not for much longer! Congrats on ending your job and taking over wedding planning! I’m sure you’ll be super grateful you did that.
    And awesome P90x3! :) That will be killer + perfect! HAPPY NEW YEAR girl enjoy it!!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings December 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Aww you are too sweet!! So happy to hear from you – hope you had an awesome Christmas!!! :) Totally not creepy at all. If you’re lucky I may even email you a link to the video WOAH. ;) Then you literally CAN pretend like you were there! Hahah. And yeppers, that’s my sister – we always wished we were twins growing up :) Thanks so much for all the kind words and hope all is fabulous!!!

  4. Abby @ Change of Pace December 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I’m so happy you’re finishing work before the wedding so you have time to focus on that and chill out!
    Sounds like you had an awesome time with your family! I love that last photo of you guys in a train skating!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings December 31, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      I know, right!? I’m SO SO happy I have this time to just relax. I’m hoping that it will be the perfect way to go into the wedding calm and happy :) And we had too much fun skating, I wish I could do it more often!

  5. PNWRunner December 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I’ve been over indulging all week from the holidays! I don’t want to go back to work, but I am looking forward to getting back my structured days! I’ve never tried PX90 before, but one day I hope to try it. I am working towards incorporating more strength training into my workouts in 2014! I cant wait.

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings December 31, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      I know, there is just something so nice about returning to a routine. Vacation is awesome – but there is something so satisfying about structure! P90X is pretty amazing, a huge time commitment but definitely a great way to strength train! Happy almost 2014!

  6. Ryoma Sakamoto December 31, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    London New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2014

    I pray that luck is often to you.

  7. Catherine @ A Two Storey Home December 31, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I love all your Christmas photos!! So cute…and the napping one is fantastic :) Holy cow your wedding is SO SOON!! Can you believe it?? So, so exciting!! I’m glad you and Adam had some time to relax after Christmas. That time sounds perfect!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings December 31, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks!! We had a lot of fun for Christmas – something so nice about just relaxing with family :) And I know… I seriously cannot believe the wedding is so soon. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!?? So excited, I really can’t wait!


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