Hello friends. I don’t think I even need to apologize for my MIA status ( even thought I am so sorry ) but I feel like you are all use to it. I don’t even know where time is going because seriously, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Before I know it, it will be Christmas, my birthday, the New Year and then my mind will explode.

So what have I been up too? Lot’s and nothing new all at the same time. If that is even possible. Things are still busy with the new business, it’s a slow month, but I know that is just part of the business and there will be ups and downs. I actually came across this neat info graphic and even though so simple, so true. Sometimes we need little reminders like this, so we don’t freak out and just want to quit.

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Oh so true.

However, on that note, I am still loving being an online fitness coach. It seriously is just so rewarding helping others on their health journey’s and being able to be a part of it. I also know the holiday’s are a time where we all kind of struggle with maintaining a clean diet and keep up with our fitness. I myself am no exception. Especially when treats like these pop up at the clinic.

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I mean who can say no to the most adorable paw print cookies? This girl can’t. So what I am really trying to focus on is giving myself permission to enjoy these treats and not let myself feel guilty afterwards. I don’t want to say I am a believer in the 80/20 rule, but I am a believer that it is OK to have a cookie once in a while. I eat healthy the rest of the day, so 1 cookie will NOT undo all my progress and effort I have put in. It’s almost like I eat clean and keep my fitness up the rest of the time so I CAN eat these treats guilt free. I know on Thanksgiving I will not be restricting and will fully enjoy myself because I know I will get right back on track the next day. (ok so at Matt’s parents we always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast the next morning, so maybe the next next day 😉 I mean I can’t break tradition…)

But before we get ahead of ourselves and pretend it’s already Thanksgiving (I want time to go as slow as possible these days) let’s take a look at what happened last week.

Again, everything and nothing all at the same time.

Meals have been super simple lately. But that doesn’t mean not delicious.

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Deli turkey, 1/2 avocado and veggies and hummus. Simple, but delicious and satisfying. And I think I’ve said this before, but sprinkling sea salt on your avocado… life changing.

Speaking of sprinkling things, on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s I fell trap to the must try all the new things. I swear I walk into that place needing 1 thing and 10 things end up in my cart. Well it’s not completely my fault (at least that’s what I tell myself). For example, I had this guy in my hand and the worker informed me 1. it was good 2. it was limited time and 3. it was flying off the shelf. Ma’am you are wonderful at your job, because this landed in my cart to try.

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(if anyone is interested in trying this, the coffee flavor is very strong. not a bad thing, but just an FYI)

More random fun things:

Free Wine

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My boss gave me a bottle of wine as a thank you for doing so well when I covered for a co-worker when she was out on maternity leave. (side note: i totally know a client gave him this wine, and he didn’t try to pretend like he bought it for me or anything, but i kind of laughed.)

Puppy Sitting

I’ve posted before about this dog…goodness I love her…Matt won’t let me have her. But my co-worker let me puppy sit her again. When I was bringing her back to work with me, I didn’t have enough hands to carry her.

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Sometimes you just have to improvise and carry dogs in your sweatshirt.

She loved it, don’t let that face fool you.

And now it’s Sunday and Matt and I are doing all our traditional things. He’s being a trooper since he has been sick all week (how i haven’t gotten sick is beside me) but we have managed to make it to our biscuits and gravy breakfast

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And we’re now out watching the football game and working.  This is actually something new that we started doing (the working part, not the watching football) because for both of us we are somehow more productive when we are out of the house.

So this post probably would have taken me all day to write and finally post and now I think I will actually get it posted within the hour that I started.

Mind blowing, I know.

So loves, with that being said I am actually going to try and watch the game, even though it continues to be painful to watch the Colts play this season.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

On a last note I did want to say if anyone is interested, I will be holding a 30 day Wellness, Fitness and Gratitude challenge starting Nov. 30. The group will not only be a great accountability group to keep you on track with your fitnes program during the holiday’s, but I will also be providing helpful tips and recipes to stay healthy during the holiday’s. As I said so many of us stress about gaining weight, but there are so many things we can do to make sure we stay on track during this time.  Leave a comment below if you are interested or feel free to e-mail me at debbiequirkbbc@gmail.com for more information!

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 Are you ready for the holiday’s?

What do you stress over the most during this time?

Have you started Christmas shopping? I really need to get on this!