Friday Five: Five of My Favourite Holiday Moments in 34 Christmases

Hey Folks!

Now that American Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is in full swing everywhere.  As I start to officially begin preparations for my own family’s Christmas (starting with making cabbage rolls with my grandmother on Saturday afternoon), I found myself thinking about my favourite holiday memories of Christmases past.


1. Christmas 2006 –  My first and only Christmas away from my family.  I was in Australia visiting my overseas bestie.  I called home to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and they decided to break out into “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” over the phone.  I started bawling and I have never felt so loved and so very far from home.

2. Christmas 2007 – when two of my aussie friends came to visit me for Christmas.  It was exhausting and wonderful.  I overscheduled us to the max, but it was worth it.  Everyone got to meet my dear friends from far away and we all had a great time, despite the cold.

3. Christmas 2011 – My first ever, fully cooked by me, Christmas dinner for my family.  Everything on my table, except the Nanaimo Bars were from scratch.  I have never cooked and baked so much.  I even get shin splints from being on my feet for so long.

4. Christmas 1986 – It was the Christmas I got my favourite childhood stuffie, Swiftheart Rabbit – a Care Bear Cousin, which I still have, and my first Disney movie–Cinderella on VHS.  I remember showing up at my grandma’s house and the floor was jam packed with presents–I have never seen anything like it since.

5. Christmas 2014 – this Christmas will be memorable in other ways.  It will be the first time in almost 40 years that my entire family on my dad’s side isn’t together for Christmas Eve (his one brother is retired and decided to stay at their winter home in Arizona) and this is my first Christmas without my grandpa on my mom’s side.  I’m hoping that despite traditions not being what they used to be this year, that some new traditions can be made instead. 🙂


Weekly Workout Recap Wednesday

Week 46


Colour Code


  • Encouraged.  Very. VERY encouraged
  • Green.  Perhaps that is a bit too overconfident but it’s true.



  •  4.25 Miles
  • multiple stops
  • was horrid (see right)
  •  Orange–not because of hernia but because I had no dinner and several alcoholic beverages before running.
  • NOTE: I do NOT recommend doing this.  It was the longest 4 miles of my life.



  •  unplanned rest day due to unanticipated face time/Skype dates with friends from far away



  •  5 miles in 40:15
  • last mile was a 7:33 pace
  • 60 minutes of hot yoga
  •  Green, green, green!
  • yoga not so green.  some very red spots in yoga



  •  4.25 miles
  • walked the first 2
  • ran hill intervals for the last 2.25
  •  Generally green, but with sore muscles from my workouts yesterday so I took it easy.
  • No hernia pain.



  •  6.33 miles running
  • 2.13 miles of walking
  • 8.46 miles total run/walk
  • 30/30/30 and hernia exercises
  •  yellow – had sore, tight muscles around my hips and a few twinges of hernia pain



  •  4.25 miles of easy running
  •  green all the way.



  •  4.25 run
  • 5- 0.25 hill repeats @5%, with speed ranging from 6.5-6.7 on the treadmill.
  •  green in terms of pain
  • red in terms of how miserable it felt to be doing hill repeats

Highlight(s) of the Week

  •  My 5 miles on Friday that I kept an 8 minute ish pace for.  Makes me feel like I’m on a come back.

Goal(s) Moving Forward

  •  consistency, keeping up with my exercises (which I didn’t do the last few days)


  • Week:  30.66 miles
  • Year:  889.63 miles

Different Kind of Day Today


Today is a bit of an odd day–I’m spent my morning sleeping and working out–why you ask? Well, I have a networking dinner I have to attend this evening for work.  I’m actually excited about it because it’s at the local art gallery, which makes amazing food.  The only bummer is that networking AND dinner means I’m not getting home until quite late, hence the sleep in/workout morning that I have planned.

Since I am not much of a morning worker-outer, I am just going to do what I can. lol……which meant doing quarter mile hill repeats.


I have only ever done hill work a handful of times in my life, but I am determined to make it part of my regular training. These intervals were done 5 times and an incline of 5% with a 10 minute warm up and a 5 minute-ish cool down, for a total of 4.25 miles…of HELL.  Even the cool down felt horrible by the time I was done.

Seriously, give me speed work any day over these hills!

Anyway, my work day is officially beginning so I must jet!  have a great day and be sure to get your fitness on!

Much love,

~Princess Lisa