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  • Writer's pictureKristi Campanella

Happy Thursday!

Good morning everyone! I hope your week is going well. I just wanted to send out a quick post to remind you to keep up the good work with your Holiday Challenge, whether you are doing the 1 mile a day challenge or the more challenging variety challenge.

Don't forget that even if you are not feeling quite ready to do the variety challenge you can always commit to it and run/walk the miles, or you can just walk all the miles. Every bit helps get us through the holidays without packing on too much extra baggage!!

So far I have not missed any of my challenge workouts this week. I chose crunches as my 100 rep exercise yesterday because my legs were still a bit too tired from racing over the weekend to do something like squats and I wasn't sure I wanted to try something like 100 push-ups, but maybe next week.

Operation Christmas has started at my house. I took down my Halloween decorations as soon as I got back from Savannah and I have started getting all my trees out of the closet and placing them around the house. I don't want to wait until Thanksgiving because I feel like I don't get to enjoy it long enough. I am also starting to research what new Christmas treats I will try to make this year. Last year I made some little trees (or maybe they were pine cones) out of chocolate Chex cereal and they were super cute but a bit of a nightmare to eat.

Really messy to eat!

I also made some Grinch face Rice Krispie treats that I thought were really good until someone thought they were snowmen!! Green snowmen? Come on!!

Honestly, does this look like a green snowman??

Anyway, I am not sure what I will choose this year. If anyone has great ideas send them my way please!!

Before I go I want to share this recipe for mushroom gravy from Chocolate Covered Katie. I love her stuff! I know this is not a Christmas treat but a way to eat some healthy mushrooms!! If you don't eat potatoes (I cannot imagine a life without them) then you could put it on cauliflower "mashed potatoes." Anyway, here it is, (just click on the title) and enjoy:

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 1/4 cup


1/3 cup diced onion

8 oz sliced mushrooms

2 1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup vegetable broth

2 tbsp flour of choice, including spelt, white, rice, sorghum, or coconut

1/4 tsp dried thyme, optional


Sauté the onion in 2 tsp oil (or sub oil spray or water) on med heat in a nonstick pan until it starts to brown. Add the mushrooms, salt, garlic, and optional thyme. Stir occasionally, and the mushrooms will get watery. Let cook until it starts to look dry again. Whisk in broth and flour, and cook—stirring as needed—until it thickens. If you make the gravy recipe.

So, that's it for today. Keep up the good work with your running and challenges!

Happy Running!



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