Excited for Home

by Jillian on November 20, 2012 · 9 comments

I can’t tell you how excited I am for Thanksgiving and visiting my Mom in Pennsylvania. I probably say it every time I go home, but there’s just something about being back there that is so comforting. Plus, having Mom around 24/7 doesn’t hurt! Sometimes, I wonder what it would be like if I lived closer to my Mom. We’re only two hours apart, but it’s just far enough that an after work weekday dinner isn’t really conducive. Maybe someday!

Last night, Joe and I watched The Five-Year Engagement on demand.


It was funny but we both agreed that it could have been about 30 minutes shorter. The end kind of dragged on. It was still a lot funnier than I’d expected though!

Because we were up late watching the movie, we had trouble getting out of bed this morning. Despite a late start, we both got in about an hour of cardio at the gym. I split running intervals with some stairmaster time. I am determined to stay on track this week and still allow myself to splurge on Thanksgiving dinner.

I am fully stocked on pre and post workout fuel!


I ordered Fitmixer (affiliate link!) chocolate milkshake protein powder because there’s a BOGO special going on. I tried a sample of this flavor at Blend and fell in love. I was just about out of my aminos so the BOGO sale came at a perfect time. Go LIKE them on Facebook to get the code!

I also restocked my TJ’s soy creamer yesterday and found a new product. I usually buy stevia packets but I was curious to try the pure stevia extract. There are no other add ins so its super sweet and you literally only need about 1/8 of a teaspoon in your coffee.

A few hours later I was hungry again so I baked a sweet potato at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. I sprayed it with olive oil and did not poke any holes. Don’t wrap it in tin foil either, just place it on top of a cookie sheet with foil underneath. It makes the skin super crispy and the inside really soft! Without holes, it holds the moisture inside.


I smothered it in earth balance spread and made 1 egg + two egg whites on the side.


I also drank an ACV mix. I’ve read about the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar daily but apparently Joe just found out because he came home with a liter of it the other day. I had it a while ago but never restocked so we are both drinking it now every day. I used the typical recipe that everyone uses to make it drinkable: 2 tablespoons ACV, stevia, cinnamon, lemon juice, and about a cup of water.


It’s really not bad, but the cinnamon doesn’t mix in well so it just get chunky and sits at the top.

Later on I made some chicken with nutritional yeast sauce (nooch, soy creamer for thickness, salt, pepper, and paprika heated on the stove) and broccolini.


Being that this week is a bit slow for me at work, I had some time to finally switch out my summer clothes for my winter clothes. I also got rid of a bunch of stuff which felt good.I still need to organize better but at least I packed away my tank tops and shorts and have my sweaters visible!

I have two clients in the AM, a quick upper body workout, and then heading to PA! See you tomorrow!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marilyn November 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Looking forward to Thanksgiving and the next few days, too!


2 alyssa - life a la wife November 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Going home for the holidays is the best feeling in the world – I love that I can just lounge around in my old hometown and I know exactly what to expect on the table for Thnanksgiving.


3 Ashley @ Freckles and Spice November 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I soo wish I was going home. I will be here working. b and I are planning a very untraditional thanksgiving. It might involve indian take out and going to see skyfall. I miss my mom so much though.

I just finished eating dinner that included egg whites and sweet potato too. haha funny.

Enjoy your holiday!


4 Lauren November 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Okay girl, remind me again where your mom lives in PA? For some reason, I keep forgetting but I know we always talk about this.


5 Jillian November 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Wilkes – Barre! :) Wish it was closer to where you are so we could meet up!


6 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill November 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I’ve been wanting to watch The Five-Year Engagement…might be something to watch after eating turkey on Thursday!


7 Jillian November 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

Definitely, it would be the perfect movie post-turkey! :)


8 Kammie @ Sensual Appeal November 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Yum I’m loving your eats. I have my acv the same way except for the cinnamon. I haven’t had it Ina while though after a lot of bloggers saying its better not to drink it daily as I used to do. I did a little write up about it a week ago or so, if you wanna check it out.

Have fun with your mom :)


9 Jillian November 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

I will definitely check it out! Thanks for letting me know.


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