Cardio > Strength Training ?

It’s a strange phenomenon, but now that I haven’t been doing ridiculous amounts of strength training as I was back in November, I have started to notice more definition in my muscle tone. The kind of definition that I want! It seems to be that even without mondo strength training sessions, the muscle seems to be changing and I actually started to drop a couple of ounces here and there again which is nice since the weight-loss definitely seemed to come to a standstill! (Please note: my goal is NOT to lose weight, but to improve my physical capabilities while also improving the way I felt about my appearance, I did not have a goal weight in mind and I think that’s actually been working out much, much better for me.)

I’m actually quite excited to not be starting from negative square root one come January first. Usually (along with 99% of Americans!) my resolutions center around something based in fitness or weight-loss, but this year, I am certainly happy enough with my life changes and improvements that I think my resolutions will be focused on bigger and more abstract things!

And now, for everyone’s favorite part: The 25 Days of Blogging Christmas Challenge!

Day 6: What is your favorite tree ornament? I absolutely love decorating the Christmas tree and ours is definitely not one of those trees that matches 100%. Instead, it is a mix-up of a zillion unique ornaments, some that are decades old, others that have marked milestones, and others yet that we found randomly and picked up along the way.  My favorite one changes every year, but right now, I happen to be obsessed with a box of ornaments that my mother actually got last year from a second-hand craft shop!

photo-129They are so pretty and flowery! There are also about a dozen other ornaments that are very special to me that I really love. Some of which I made with my family when I was a little kid and others that just came about over the years.


Day 7: What was your most memorable Christmas? Now this one is going to sound absolutely ridiculous, but one of the most memorable Christmases is from when I was about 4 years old and I remember feeling like the most special kid in the world when I got just about everything I asked for. (Yes, now I am well aware that presents are not at all what it’s all about, but when you’re four, who knows better!?). Additionally, there was a play pie bakery set involved that smelled so wonderful and so exactly like vanilla and pie crust that the smell still sticks out in my memory at Christmas time. Told ya it was random!

Now, for some exciting developments in the life of 5ksandcoffeebeans (only not really…). I am learning how to knit hats! Last night, I had a “knitting date” with one of my co-workers and she was (re-)teaching me the basics (casting-on, knitting stitches, purling…the usual), but we also started my first ever hat!



I haven’t gotten too far, but check it out! The brim is curling juuuuuust like it’s supposed to! I even (get ready for this…) CHANGED COLORS. Woohoo! 

…let’s be honest here, I had quite a bit of help with the color-changing bit.



I know, I know. Those are some hot colors with a capital H-O-T. Hey, what do you want for a first try?

Well it has suddenly gotten quite late and it is time for some reading, knitting, and sleeping!

I will talk to you tomorrow!!




Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

Today we actually bought our Christmas tree. I do sort of wish that we had gone to cut it down ourselves just for the heck of it. I just decided that the reason for my (particularly rampant) Christmas obsession this year is the fact that I have never had the time to ENJOY the holiday season in previous years. When I was in school, it seemed like I was always taking finals and writing papers until just two or three days before Christmas eve. It was tiring and depressing and I hated not being able to really revel in the holiday that I love so much. Choosing a Christmas tree was something that happened in between highlighting and flashcard-making. Christmas cookies didn’t really happen the only thing I thought about after work was whether or not I’d be able to procure a spot in my favorite library.

While I do occasionally miss the challenge of college, and I always miss having my friends so close, I definitely am growing to love the freedom of being a “real person.” Especially at the hap-happiest time of the year!

I didn’t do a whole awful lot for the rest of the day, but I am so excited to have the day off tomorrow!

So let’s talk about my unintentional half-week off from the gym. I am not really sure how this happened, but it did! Fortunately, I managed to keep my eating habits in check for the whole time, otherwise, I’d be in deep trouble! Things probably won’t be much better tomorrow, but Tuesday morning it will be BACK TO BUSINESS. (I actually have found a couple of fun workouts that I am dying to try too!) Additionally, I am considering signing up for Tina’s Best Body Boot Camp. Several bloggers that I follow have participated in her previous rounds of the Boot Camp and seem to enjoy it, at least from what I’ve read! I like the idea of mixing up cardio and strength and flexibility in workouts and I definitely appreciate having something organized to follow along with, so I think this would be right up my alley. I will keep you posted if I decide to join! We all know how my last encounter with a bootcamp went, but something tells me that this one would be much more beneficial. Plus it is $25, not $75. Win.

25 Days of Blogging Christmas Challenge

I mentioned the other day that I will be participating in Peanut Butter Jenny‘s 25 Days of Blogging Christmas Challenge and today is day two! Today’s question is: What’s on Your 2012 Christmas Wish List?

Every single year, I come up with things throughout the year between my birthday (which is in May) and Christmas that I think of for Christmas. Naturally, however, I very rarely write them down and almost ALWAYS forget what they are by the time the true season rolls around. But here are five things that are on mine this year!

  • New watch (I have a sports watch that I love, but I’m looking for a professional-ish, stylish one!)
  • A travel mug that KEEPS THINGS WARM and DOESN’T LEAK (<– don’t those seem like two pretty reasonable requirements? Well they are practically impossible to come by)
  • Clothes (I love, love, love clothes and accessories, but I need some SERIOUS help in the organization department. OhhHhHHh Pinterest, where ARE you?)
  • New caps for my CamelBak water bottle
  • A pair of snazzy earrings that I found at Anthropologie just before Thanksgiving

So what’s on YOUR Christmas wish list this year?

Have a great night and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!!