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Thursday Thoughts

Because Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud, today I feel like sharing with you some of my random thoughts:


1. It’s still two weeks until the New Year and I’m already thinking about some goals for 2015. Fitness goals, life goals, parenting goals and just plain looking forward to all that 2015 will hold for me and my family. I kind of feel like the holidays is a speed bump in my fitness plan and I can’t wait to get back into a regular routine.

2. Tuesday night I found myself with a night of no sports booked, so I took the girls to visit Santa at the mall. I was surprised at how excited they were about it, and how quickly they found their “dressy” clothes and got them on when I randomly brought up the idea. From the time I suggested going, to the time I had a picture of them with the jolly guy only an hour had passed. They were really eager to bring their MASSIVE gift lists to him. I guess I forgot that part of keeping that magic is allowing them to TELL him what they want and that their list isn’t just for mommy and daddy to choose gifts for them. Thankfully Santa told them that he would choose 1 thing from the list because he had to save room in the sleigh for all the other kids gifts.


3. On a related note, I’ve decided to stop stressing out over the holiday preparations. While we were visiting Santa on Tuesday I noticed a charity gift wrap kiosk at the mall. So last night I packed up the sleigh, brought ALL of our Christmas gifts to the Charity Gift Wrap at the mall, and made a nice donation to our local hospital. While the elves wrapped, I had a fun evening helping my mom shop. This is probably the best gift I have ever given myself – I HATE gift wrapping even though I worked as a gift wrapper at a mall at Christmas in highschool, and through my university years.

4. The strength training at home thing isn’t really working out for me. I wake up early to train, but then grab a coffee and my laptop to “surf” for a bit while I “wake up”. By the time I “wake up” my whole family is awake and it’s time to start the breakfast, get ready for school and work routine. I’m going to have to start running straight over to the GoodLife Fitness near my house as soon as I get up so that I don’t get distracted by my laptop. I’m going to start with this tomorrow… I promise!

5. It’s time to announce some winners! The winners of my Footlogix giveaway were Emma and Elle. The winner of my Pro Compression socks giveaway was Toni and the winner of the FIT CHICKS Fierce in 8 DVD set was _____. Congratulations!

6. I also still have a MISFIT SHINE giveaway going on so if you haven’t already entered you still have time. That giveaway will close on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm. Good luck!

Have you started thinking about 2015 plans and goals yet?
How are your holiday preparations coming along?
Do you strength train at home, or at the gym?


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  • Genna
    December 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I love that Santa told them he would bring them one item! I have not even started thinking about 2015 yet! I can’t believe it is just a few days away! My main goal, A half marathon PR and to have my wedding body 🙂

    • Janice
      December 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Oh good luck, you can do it!

  • Kim
    December 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Such a great idea to take your stuff and have it wrapped – I might have to do the same because that isn’t my favorite thing to do either!!!

    • Janice
      December 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      I hate wrapping, though honestly it wasn’t completely stress free – I had a hard time giving up the control and I was kind of worried they would get the gifts mixed up etc.

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    December 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    What a cute pic of the girls with santa-love the expressions on their faces. Its so easy to get distracted with the computer in the morning. I do the same thing before realizing it’s been an hour! I am all for destressing 🙂

    • Janice
      December 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks – the little one was in absolute awe of him. It was magical 🙂

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    December 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I have not thought much about 2015 other than my new Dietbet challenge starting January 6th. I also want to do a step challenge so really trying to figure out how to best put that together. I hope you make the AMAZING RACE! That would be so awesome to watch you on TV!!!!

    • Janice
      December 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Awww thanks Diatta! I’ll let you know if we get on the show 🙂

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    December 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I’m so not ready for 2015 other than planning for my Dietbet challenge starting January 6th and a steps challenge. Trying to figure out the best app to use for that – perhaps MyFitnessPal? Anywho that is the most I think about 2015 thus far. LOL!

  • Sandra Laflamme
    December 18, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I love doing spur of the moment activities with my kids, sometimes those are the most fun. Loved hearing about how much fun your kids had going to see Santa! I workout out of the house because I get too easily distracted in my house 🙂

    • Janice
      December 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Yes – spur of the moment things seem to make the kids much more agreeable and excited. I guess because it doesn’t give them enough time to get anxious?!?

  • Launna
    December 19, 2014 at 5:31 am

    These are great goals… it is hard not to get distracted but I know you will figure it out… I am constantly inspired by you… I have goals I will be making too… have a wonderful holidays and I love that idea of having someone else wrap the gifts, it would be worth the money 😉

    • Janice
      December 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Launna, you inspire me too. Your kind words with every post helps me to become a better person. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with your daughter and that the New Year brings great things for you!

  • jill conyers
    December 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    My goals for the new year are for the most part set. Bring on 2015!

    • Janice
      December 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Woohoo – go get ’em girl!

  • Nancy T
    December 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I love your idea of setting goals for 2015 not only career wise, but family wise, parenting, spiritual, fitness…. Thats brilliant!
    I used to set monthly career goals, but I like your idea of adding other areas on the list. They are no less of the importance. I gotta set those goals tomorrow morning! Happy Friday, Janice!

  • Christine
    December 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I love setting goals for the new year, I’m almost done. I still have a little fine tuning to do 😉


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