Trying to Impress With Socks and Sock Sweaters


I made the executive decision to sleep in this morning. I was a little disappointed in myself, but my sleep has been seriously lacking and I decided that was more important than getting on the treadmill at 5:00 am.

I taught two classes at the gym tonight though (HIIT and group strength training). That was my workout for the day.

This third week back at work has been harder than the others. I’m getting into the swing of things, but the countless nights of not getting enough shut eye have taking their toll. I’m going to have to take a step back and reprioritize some things for next year.

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Some things I’ve been particularly loving this week are my Mizuno gloves and my ginormous coffee mug that pretty much lasts all day long. It has been darn chilly here and I need to invest in a few more warm layers I think since I’m spending a lot more time outside.


I’m going to keep job stuff off the blog as much as possible, but I must say that I love my new job so darn much. I seriously wake up every single day wondering how I got so lucky. I didn’t think I’d be back in the teaching world so soon, but I’m here and I hope I’m here forever.

I’ve already decided that my coworker and I are going to be best friends. I adore her and I’ve been trying to reveal my freak flag just a little bit at a time. Ha ha.

I’m trying to impress her and I’m really going to try to impress her with this Pro Compression sock of the month.

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I’m wearing my pair tomorrow.

Oh and random, but I just ordered our Christmas cards last night, but I did get these really cool gift labels that I ordered from

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Aren’t these the cutest?

Oh and I’ve been wearing compression socks and Handful Bras daily. They’re my current uniform.

This is my current situation.

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I made a pumpkin version of the STUFT SIlk protein sugar cookie with Vega protein powder and topped it with Sunbutter, NuttZo, a baked s’mores Quest Bar and a peanut butter cup Yasso bar.

Good stuff.

I just recently found out that Pro Compression makes wool compression socks.

Um, cool right? I might need a pair of those. (Just in case you think you might need some too you can still use code SM14 for 40% off and FREE shipping on anything on the website.)


While we’re talking about socks, I thought I’d show you how I attempted to make the sweaters for the kitties.

I got these cheap socks from Target and the sweaters have not lasted long. I might need to invest in better sewn socks, but here’s how the sweater making happens.

First cut the calf part of the long socks.


Then fold over and cut two little arm holes.


Save the bottom of the socks for yourself


and dress up your kitties with the new sweaters.


I know, impressive right?


The socks might be impressive, but this mediocre post is not. I know. I’m too tired. And since my run that didn’t happen this morning wasn’t impressive either, here are some really good articles that I found on running I thought I’d pass along.


How to Prevent Slower Race Times


Inspiring Women Runners

I’m on winter break starting tomorrow and it’s all about as much time with the boys as possible. I CAN’T WAIT!

Have a great weekend!


Does anyone else get a winter break?

Anything to share that IS impressive?

Thursday Tips and All You Need is a Minute For This Workout (Literally)


Why hello! Lot’s to catch up on, but so little time so I’ll try to be really efficient with this. (“Try” is the key word there.)

I’ve somehow managed to keep up the early morning workouts. HOnestly I don’t remember what I ran yesterday, but I wrote it down somewhere and today I had to talk myself into doing my AT interval workout I was supposed to do yesterday. It wasn’t too bad.

After a warm up mile I did three 1 mile repeats at 6:49 pace and then a cool down.

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I was totally scared of this movie whne I was a kid. I have no idea why, but it freaked me out. I’m making myself watch it again now to see if it’s grown on me.

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Did it scare anyone else?

I think I’m all smart because I now keep my clean clothes on the workout room and if I need anything at the last minute to change into it’s right there.

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Ha ha. No excuses.


Okay so I have just a few tips to pass along. They’re random, but hopefully something fun.

Always keep chia shots in your bag. They are easily portable and when you find one smashed at the bottom of your gym bag on the way to the gym it’s just glorious.

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If you find Baby Purple Brussels Sprouts, you really should buy them.

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We got some from Frieda’s recently and I roasted them up (along with some colored cauliflower) the other night.

That same night I also decided to go to bed immediately after our nightly routine instead of attempting any work.

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Heck yes that is my favorite part of every single day and our new sock monkeys rock.

If you ever have the flexibility to choose family time and rest over work, do it. I will be choosing a lot more of that since I don’t have as much freedom during the day to be with the boys. I need as much time as possible when I can get it.


If you haven’t tried combining Trader Joe’s goat cheese cream cheese with hot and spicy jelly on brown rice cakes, you really need to try it as soon as possible.

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It’s so darn good.


If you are on your last roll of toilet paper you should probably avoid trying to make a quick trip to Target that is located at the mall during the busy holiday season. That was really not smart on my part, but at least were dressed to impress.

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I just finished off yet another jar of SunButter which reminded me that they’re having a cool contest on Instagram and giving away personalized signed copies of Tarra’s new book, No Peanuts for Santa and of course a jar of SunButter. You can check out the #sunbutterforsanta contest HERE.

Oh and Reader Mari made the STUFT Silk Protein Sugar Cookie in the microwave and said it worked. I better give that a go soon.


And I can’t remember the other bazillion things on my list of tips to share, so I’ll just leave you with this awesome family workout that went down.

It wasn’t even my idea, it was Judah’s and he was really upset when we were running out of time to get it done before bath time.

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We started with some push ups and a little core work. If you notice I have an extra two pounds of hairless cuteness on my back.

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We then moved into a little cardio. It’s less than a minute, but it can be done anywhere. If you need a little break at your desk or whatnot, well, now you have a “go-to” workout.

Yep. You’re welcome.

We practice counting as an added little bonus.


Have a wonderful day!



You’re turn.

Give us all a random Thursday tip.

Or you can always confess that you were scared of that movie too. (Anyone? Anyone?)

Or, you can tell me where in the heck to find a Bat Bot this late in the game for Christmas. HELP!


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