The cold made me try something new.

by Elizabeth on January 7, 2014

Since yesterday I participated in the Sisterhood survey, I didn’t really get to show you what we’ve been up to lately. How did you even start your Monday without seeing the intricate details of our overly interesting weekend? I apologize. Joe went on a hunting trip so it was just me and Noah hanging out! Luckily the weather was SO much better Friday and Saturday than it has been the past few days so we spent most of our days at the park!

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Sunday morning I had a ten miler planned with a friend (well she was for sure going to do 10 and I was just along for the ride/however long I felt like going) and when we started our first 5 mile loop the weather was perfect. At about 2.5 miles the wind picked up (30 mph against us and the stroller), it dropped 20 degrees, and started raining. At first Noah was fine but with a mile to go he was NOT having it. Neither were we and our main goal was getting ourselves home and warm ASAP. I’ve never been so happy to see my fireplace. Ever.


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After church and grocery shopping Joe made it home and I decided to make Mexican food for dinner. I still wanted to keep it somewhat healthy so I cooked a big pot of quinoa, added Campbell’s chicken quesadilla soup (with corn and beans) and some Mexican seasonings, and then topped it with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and red pepper! Everyone demolished it. It was exactly like the insides of a Freebirds burrito!

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Monday morning rolled around and running in 26 degree weather with the stroller was simply not an option so I headed to the gym for a 30 minute walk and a pump class. It was awesome to change it up a bit. At least the cold was good for something! Like the rest of America, we pretty much avoided the outdoors at all costs for the rest of the day except when the UPS man delivered this to my front door. I won it from a giveaway on Katie’s blog a few weeks back! 

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I hope you’re having an amazing Tuesday! Today I’m off to meet a friend at the YMCA for a class called Body Attack! Wish us luck :-)


1. Is there an end in sight to the cold where you are?

Tomorrow and the rest of the week it’s supposed to be above freezing…

2. What are your favorite group fitness classes?

3. What’s your favorite flavor of popcorn?

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linz @ Itz Linz January 7, 2014 at 7:16 am

itz totally freezing here!!!! later this week itz supposed to warm up which will hopefully melt some of the snow before we get another snowfall!! we have an awesome popcorn place here in st louis called poptions… they have tons of different flavors… my favorite being either jalapeno cheddar or there is a really good one with white chocolate and cranberries!
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2 Elizabeth @ Positive Change January 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

Looks like a fun couple of days! That popcorn looks very yummy! The cold front here looks like it will be starting tomorrow (warm being about 20!) I love body pump!!
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3 Laura @RunningJunkie January 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

It is 5 degrees in DC today, with the wind chill it’s -20 or so. It’s disgusting cold. They even canceled schools. I will definitely be on the treadmill today.

My favorite bagged popcorn is called Sweet and Spicy, it’s by Angies. SO GOOD. My friend also makes a birthday cake popcorn. It’s like crack.

I like pretty much any class. Body pump, spin, yoga. I love group exercise. I always push myself harder.
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4 [email protected] January 7, 2014 at 8:36 am

I’m in NC and it’s really only very cold here today and I believe it’s supposed to be better tomorrow. I’m from NY though so it doesn’t really bother me :)

Lately I’ve been making popcorn in the microwave using plain kernels, placing them in a paper bag, and then topping with butter/salt. My husband proclaimed it the best popcorn ever! haha

ps: it looks like the website link thing isn’t working, it’s giving me an error message when trying to connect to my site.


5 Katie @ running4cupcakes January 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

Bodypump and popcorn – man, I am coming over right now!! ;)
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6 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy January 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

My favorite class is also at my YMCA it’s called Body Shock! IT’s amazing and I’m going to teach it one day. (I work there.) There is definitely no end in site to the cold here in Missouri. We got 12 inches of snow!


7 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run January 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

End to the cold?! Nope. Not for a few months still. But I’m going to St. George in a month so that will be a beautifully warm change! :)
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8 Katie @ Pick Any Two January 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

Body Pump has always been one of my favorite group fitness classes. I never would have thought strength training with a group could be so much fun, but it totally is!
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9 Kim @ healthy nest January 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

YUM your Mexican meal sounds delish! Such a great idea to use soup.
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10 RunnerGirlEats January 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

My fav classes are barre or TRX. Very diff than each other but I love them so much!


11 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Pump class is my all time favorite!! Glad you were able to switch things up and go to one!
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12 Sarah @ Sweet Miles January 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm

My husband got an air-popper for Christmas, so we’ve been making popcorn like crazy!! I sure hope this cold spell is over soon, it’s pretty miserable!


13 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I love anything mexican!! Or should I say, anything I can top with guac, sour cream and jalapenos. The quinoa looks delish!
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14 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves January 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

The cold has just begun for us. It was kinda warm yesterday, but today it is absolutely frigid.
Nice idea with that quinoa-burrito dish. I need to try making something like that!
Glad to hear that you got in some nice workouts despite the weather.
My favorite kind of popcorn is white cheddar (SmartFood all the way)!
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15 Kammie @ Sensual Appeal January 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

This weeend is supposed to be warm in Chicago (like high 30s and low 40s) yay! The past two days were brutal , -15F – just crazy.

Love the pics :)
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16 Caroline January 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

It does not feel like it’s getting warmer here any time soon! :( I found a Zumba class on… LOVE it! Looks like you and Noah had fun!
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17 Rebecca January 7, 2014 at 8:36 pm

The temps here haven’t been to bad actually. Tomorrow is supposed to get up to 52. My favorite type of group fitness class is yoga but I’ve been meaning to try spin. You have to make reservations at my gym though so I haven’t done it yet….


18 Nikki @ will run for pizza January 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Favorite class at the gym is strictly strength. SUPER hard and I always need more strength training in my life…Kettle corn is THE best and our negative degrees are turning into a heat wave tomorrow. It was -10 today and is supposed to be 28 tomorrow. And 50 on Saturday!! Woo hoo! That’s Ohio!
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19 Debbie @ DebRuns January 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

Yesterday was COLD here! I woke up to two degrees. I’m a big fan of kettlecorn. I always get a bag at football games!

Love the picture of Noah in the running stroller!
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