December Here I Come!

by Holly on November 29, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,giveaway,lunch

With my refrigerator looking embarrassingly bare, breakfast ended up as a glorious 3-course affair.

For my appetizer, I cooked up the last egg and sprinkled with salt.  For my main course, it was a jug o’ coffee with skim milk (x2) + Clif Bar + freelance writing at the coffeehouse down the street.  And finally, for dessert, I went grocery shopping (hallelujah!) and finished things off with an apple + 1/2 cup OJ.

Quite frankly, I could get used to the 3-course breakfast…


Lovely, no?

So, I spent way too much grocery shopping.  Like more than $60…eek!  However, I realized that I was down to the very bare bones and a lil’ extra dough was needed in the food department.

It was needed so I could sweat my buns off to a 60-minute Dave Farmar yoga podcast and scarf down snack plates like this…


That would be celery + carrots (dipped in almond butter, obv) alongside 1/2 roasted acorn squash drizzled with agave, cinnamon and dried cranberries with a side of the very best cheese there is…Wisconsin Cheese!  Edelweiss Aged White Cheddar = Holly’s #2 fave cheese (behind gruyere).

Then, right as I was about to leave for the PT job, my college best friend called to tell me SHE’S ENGAGED!  Thus, I was 10 minutes late to work because we had to scream, talk about the ring, how the proposal happened, etc. (all that girl stuff).  However, I still did manage to pack a snack in the midst of the news because let’s be real: Holly is NOT productive when she is a crazy crabby hangry pants.


The banana + trail mix (walnuts, sunflower seeds + dried cranberries) held me over perfectly.

I got to skedaddle a bit early and arrived home to a Janetha-inspired combo: lowfat cottage cheese + ranch seasoning + sunflower seeds + celery + a pinch of salt.


And now I am sipping apple cider tea :).

Soooo…about ‘dem end of 2009 goals

(1) Sleep 8 hours a night (no more, no less), which means bed @ 10:30-11pm + up @ 6:30-7am

  • I am for sure getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night (which is perf for me)…the up by 6:30-7am, well that may not necessarily be happening.  However, the good news is I am getting lots of rest!

(2) Per the yoga challenge, 3 yoga sessions a week alongside 2-3 cardio sessions (at least 30 minutes)

  • Alright, not going to lie: I haven’t made it 3 yoga sessions in a week yet.  However, I have been doing 2 every week, and my cardio is averaging almost 3 a week.  Check!

(3) Remind myself that saying “no” is okay

  • Ummm…yeah…I mean…still working on this one…

(4) Take (up to) 30 minutes to clean my apartment daily (clean living space = clean mind)

  • I can proudly say I have done this almost everyday and am so glad I put this on the list!  Try it people.  For real.

(5) STICK TO MY BUDGET and stay away from Target

  • Overall, I have been doing a lot better with this one.  I haven’t stepped foot in Target in probably a month, and I have kept my frivolous spending to a minimum (besides the shopping splurge two weekends ago…oops!).  And I get paid on Tuesday.  And Friday.  Score.

(6) Make weekly to-do GOAL lists as a reminder of things to get done

  • Awesome.  I have been shortening my goal lists to what NEEDS to get done (instead of adding unneeded pressure to do things I really don’t need to do) and haven’t been stressing at all.  Check!

(7) Keep my priorities straight: #1: FT job, #2 PT job, #3 family + friends (they are at #3 because most of them live outside Madison), #4 blogging

  • I have done better with my priorities – I am working on a new project at the FT job, making sure I keep a positive attitude about the PT job, keeping in touch with family + friends and not stressing about blogging.  It’s easy to succumb to the pressure of feeling obligated to post – although I have been blogging almost everyday, I am cutting myself some slack and not worrying if my posts are perfect.  I am not perfect, my life isn’t perfect so hell…why would my blog be?

(8) And finally, cut myself some slack

  • Surprisingly, I am doing much better with this one.  When I haven’t made my yoga challenge numbers or missed too many days at the gym, I didn’t freak out.  I just reminded myself I am a busy gal with a lot on my plate – ain’t no thang to cut yourself some slack sometimes!

And with that I say…December here I come!!!

The winner of the Turkey Day Giveaway shall be announced tomorrow morning…you have a couple more hours to enter!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I love that you added cranberry to the squash – the sounds really good!

Evan Thomas November 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

I like 7 and 8. It’s good to have a head straight on with priorities :-) And I love the acorn squash, mostly because today I also had the idea to put cranberries(albeit, jellied and canned) in an acorn squash and it was heaven

Matt November 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Glad to hear you are “mostly” sticking with your goals ;)

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 29, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Your egg looks lovely! I always forget how much I like eggs. Must.have.them.more.often. They’re cheap too!

Great job on your goals! I think I need to make some. I’m feelin’ a little aimless….

Gina November 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Awesome post, Holly! I love all of your goals, and can totally relate to pretty much all of them. I always make to do lists, but you’ve inspired me to make a goal list of my own.

Keep it up girl! Happy healthy eats + happy healthy SOUL is so awesome, and it sounds like you are being a great model for us all in both departments. :-)

Shelley November 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

i think those are some great goals :) i wish i could actually get 8 hours of sleep..
& your lunch looks soooo good.


maria November 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

A Three part breakfast sounds wonderful.

Sadly, sixty bucks a week on groceries would be heaven for me. We spend about the equivilent of eighty dollars a week between the two of us. Not including eating out.

jenna November 29, 2009 at 9:49 pm

love the three course breaky! Glad you are working on your goals:)

Lizzy November 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm

i am loving this goal list. i hope to incorporate alot of those into my list as well! hope u don’t mind girl! xoxoxo

janetha November 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm

ummm. that aged white cheddar? drool. i love cheese so much, i should be reincarnated as a mouse. but actually do you think mice really love cheese or they basically just like anything you put in the trap? because they will get stuck in a trap baited with PB.. then again i would probably find myself stuck in a mouse trap if it had peanut butter on it.. yeah.. but really, who decided mice and cheese go hand in hand? i think i am going to google it…

uhh sorry, where was i? celery seems like a great addition to the CC mess!

love the goals recap, glad you are doing so well honey pieee.

ok, love you, good night!

Katie November 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I know I could get used to 3 course breakfasts, too. What a happy way to start the day x3!

Love hearing how your goals are going! I am thinking of challenging myself to some regular yoga when I am done with the 30 day shred (next week) and MAYBE I will shoot for 8 hours of rest each night if I start feeling really ambitious. You are inspiring, girl!

Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I always tell myself that I am going to spend no more than $40 on groceries, but I’m definitely closer to that $50-$60 mark… yuck (but also, yum)

katie November 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

k first of all.. LOVED the title of this post.. the energy radiated through it!!
my fridge is TOTALLY bare too.
i love those goals! can def relate to number 8.. i need to figure out mine!

insideiamdancing November 30, 2009 at 5:41 am

Oh shoot- that squash looks delish. Yay for 3 course breakfasts and replenished grocery supplies! I can go a few weeks patting myself on the back for not spending much, then realise I have run out of literally all my storecupboard staples so end up spending a lot to replenish. Tis the way it goes :D

Great job with your goals!

Erica November 30, 2009 at 6:08 am

Hey hey! Love the three course bfast. Mini meals are fabulous. Your squash is making me excited for the one I am cooking myself up for din din! I think you’re doing great on the goals. I’d have the toughest times with #1 and #8. I NEED to focus on more sleep.

The shopping purchases were just OK this year (usually we do much much better). I will try to make note of when I put one up ;)

Lauren November 30, 2009 at 6:13 am

I just spent WAYYYY too much mula at the store yesterday too! But, in my defense, I was doing some serious stocking up on essentials for my upcoming mouth surgery. ORganic ice cream and mac and cheese isn’t cheap! :(

Glad to see you have done so well with your goals! TOtally inspiring!

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Susan November 30, 2009 at 6:33 am

Bahaha, I don’t think I have the patience for a three course breakfast. I wake up and think “what’s the most amount of food I can eat in the least amount of time?” :P I hear ya on groceries. I’m trying to get out of the habit of using everything up in my kitchen, because the subsequent grocery trip is always SO expensive.

Awesome work on your goals so far Holly!!! I love that you’re “cutting yourself some slack.” I think we could all do that more often. Also, I’m stealing the 30 minutes of cleaning thing for my December goals. I’m a slob.

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) November 30, 2009 at 6:41 am

LOVE the idea of a 3-course breakfast. :D I think that would be perfect for a really early morning and a long day. I’ll have to try it sometime. :D

YAY for restocking the groceries!! It always feels nice to have a full fridge again. :D

K November 30, 2009 at 7:17 am

Jug of coffee = perfect size! I always have minor heart attacks when I spend a lot of money on groceries but when you have to restock, you have to restock!

Aged white cheddar?! Oh, yum. Number 3 is a hard one!! I have troubles saying no sometimes too. Overall though, way to go on the goals :)

Danielle November 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

Those are some fantastic goals, kudos to your for reflecting on them!

Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

Good work on those goals, I am impressed! And I always spend too much on groceries, I just love the grocery store that much.

Whit November 30, 2009 at 9:20 am

I love this! ‘My life is not perfect, so why should my blog be?’ Awesome, ♥ you Holly!

Abbys Vegan Eats November 30, 2009 at 9:40 am

LOVE your blog!! Im also lovin your snack plate.. big fan. Perfect combo.I also enjoy your #8! Couldnt agree more!

Taylor@ Joy of Food November 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

Love the 3 course breakfast, great idea ;)

Kailey (SnackFace) November 30, 2009 at 10:19 am

HOLLY!!!! What a glorious post. There was a certain energy to this one that made me miss you even more.

I usually spend around $50-60 on groceries each week. This is bad, I know.

That snack plate is perfection. I’d even try that cheese just because you said it’ the best.

How is the cottage cheese Janetha bowl? I die every time I see it!

Thanks to you and your goals, you know to what I look forward each night? Flossing. It’s addicting!

Anywayyyy, I miss you. I’m on gchat all day (9am to 5pm, that is). LOVE YOU!!

Angharad November 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

Congratu-ma-lations. You are doing an inspiring job at getting those goals met! I need to recap my November Yoga Challenge too…
Your half acorn squash lunch plate looks so rocking. I bow down.

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

I love your trio of breakfasts. What I love more is your AMAZING ROASTED ACORN SQUASH! Cranberries and agave? Aye Carumba!

Congrats to your friend on the engagement! And congrats to you for your wonderful and realistic attitude towards your goals! Go Holly!

Cindy November 30, 2009 at 11:29 am

I like your goals…mine always are a lot like that and if 60 bucks fed me for more than 2 and a half days I’d be STOKED…dang teenager!


Happy almost December Holly!!!!

Jenny November 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm

bravo on rocking your goals honey! I definitely need to adopt numero cinco in to my life. I think I need a target obsession intervention.

enjoy what’s left of your November, babe! love!!!

Erin November 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Bring it December!!

I am totally on board the yoga challenge. It’s doing good things for my body these days. :)

Low November 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Glad you got some delish food in your life. That’s important!

I’m going to be within one minute of Target after I move. May the Lord have mercy on my soul.

You’re rocking those goals girl. Love it!

Bekah November 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Mmm love your fried egg.

And, I can’t believe its been a month since you posted about your goals! That feels like a week ago. Crazyy.

Jess November 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Love your list of goals! They’re all pretty amazing! I could really use some of them.

Dave Farmar..oh how I <3 thee!
<3 jess

Melinda December 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Awesome Goal List!! :D

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