Because I’m slow, because I will do everything in my power to make my house clean, running functionally and be fully stocked with glorious food, because I’ve had back to back to back illnesses ranging from stomach flu to severe vertigo to the common cold and because I have two kids, a dog that poos on the floor daily and a brand new house to unpack and decorate for Christmas, I’ve been somewhat invisible the past month or so.
Sorry about that.
But let’s move on to the good stuff. It’s Christmas time! Yay! This is my favourite time of year. Not because I get presents (I’m not that big on gifts for myself at Christmas…but my birthday? Bring it), but because I love Christmas songs, egg nog, Santa, reindeer, bad Santa movies, elves running around people’s houses and the pure joy on kids faces. I mean look at this face:
It’s the simple things that bring us joy. I could get down on myself for lots of things right now. We all have money woes, family issues, health concerns, stress, chores, etc. But instead I’m choosing to think about my PRs during our daily CrossFit workouts. This past week, I blew my previous one rep max on my clean right out of the water. Not three weeks ago I struggled to get 95lbs up to my front rack just one time. This past week I got 105lbs up to front rack three times…on a carpeted floor!
Having not had batteries for my scale in about a month, I didn’t know where I was weight wise, but I found out yesterday I had gained another 5lbs. So now I am up 15lbs since starting CrossFit and the Paleo Lifestyle back in July. Mostly muscle…but you know…I like my sausages and bacon too.
Here is a shot of me in my awesome neighbour’s garage gym doing some 1.5 pood kettlebell swings in my wicked awesome ProCompression socks. Being a FitFluential ambassador has some perks. This is one of them. I swear these socks make a huge difference in stamina, endurance and recovery of my legs during tough WODs. I usually have some pretty sore areas, but so far when I’m wearing them I have had no problems (I keep them on before, during and after my workout for at least an hour or more). Besides that they are cute (I got hot pink too) and protect my shins during barbell moves from the floor. I really want to try full leg compression gear next, but that’s a big investment so we’ll have to wait and see!
Here’s a quote from their website:
PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference.
PRO Compression socks are noticeably tight and require more effort to put on than standard socks in your drawer. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you.
But enough talk, let’s get to the goods…what you really came here for. A recipe! Finally! In my new house I have an actual room all to myself for use as a studio/office. It’s a dream come true for photos. It made taking the following shots pretty easy. Oh what?! Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cups?! Paleo WHAT?!
One year ago: Citrus Curd
Two years ago: Christmas Baking Roundup
Three years ago: Crab and Shrimp Cakes with Lemon Aioli
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**I received free compression socks from ProCompression in exchange for this review. These free goodies in no way influenced my opinions on the product. That’s just good old fashioned me right there.