Elf4Health Challenge 12/8/13

So far I have been loving the Elf 4 Health challenge! I have met so many amazing and supportive people.

Todays challenge is to write a list of 20 things we are grateful for.

20 Things I’m Grateful For

1. Scott

Scott is such a huge supporter of mine.


2. My Family

Besides Scott my family is also a huge supporter of mine.


3. Friends

Friends are so important to me and I truly cherish all of my friends.


Cara and I. Old photo but she lives in China currently and I don’t have any recent photos! Weren’t we cute when we graduated high school 🙂


Liz and I have been close friends since 6th grade 🙂


Steph and I. She is one of my favorite 5k running buddies. Color Run 2013


Mark and Sarah.



St. Kate Nursing Students

And my new nursing friends… We have been through so much together!

I have other friends that I did not mention and I am grateful for them also!

4. Maisy



5. Workout Buddies


Right now my mom is my best workout buddy. We swim, run, bike, jump, and do yoga together!

I am always looking for new workout buddies so let me know if you need one, if you live in MN 🙂

6. Blends

Since I started this blog I have virtually met so many amazing people. I haven’t met any of these people in person but through their blogs I have learned so much about them.

7. Cooking

I really love to cook and I know it might be weird to be grateful for it but it is such a good stress reliever. I love trying new recipes!


Pad Thai

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Homemade Pasta


Flatbread Pizza and Amazing Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

These are just a few of the yummy things I have made 🙂

8. Xperience Fitness


I really love my gym…. so many amazing workout classes!

9. Christmas Decorations


They just make me smile every time I see them 🙂

10. SkyZone




It really is an amazing workout. I have seen some of the fittest people come to skyrobics and they can barely make it through the class.

11. My Job

I really love taking care of kids and making a difference in peoples lives.

12. Graduating


I’m actually graduating this month!

13. My Healthy Body

During my spin class the instructor always asks us to give thanks for our healthy bodies. It truly is a blessing to be able to do what I want to. There are many people out there who have health issues that prevent them from living their lives the way they want to.

14. Music

I am super motivated by music. If I’m doing a hard workout I just need a few great songs and I will get through it.

15. Happy Days

I am rarely in a bad mood and that is because life is WAY TO SHORT to live it pissed off. I almost always have a smile on my face and I love to make the best of every situation.

16. Snow

Although I don’t love the cold I really enjoy the snow.

17. TV Shows

Kind of weird to be grateful for but watching my shows is a great way to relax after a stressful or busy day.

18. Books

I really love reading… I haven’t had a ton of time for this while in school but during the summer I read a ton! I can’t wait to finish my current book and move on to a new one.

19. Photography

I really love photography. This is another thing I haven’t had a ton of time to do but I can’t wait to learn more about photography now that school is over and I will have more time.

20. Elf4Health

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I have really enjoyed Elf4Health so far. I have met many amazing people who are always supportive.

21. My Readers

I am truly grateful for everyone that reads this blog. I had no idea what it would turn into when I started it.

What are some of the things you are grateful for?


Weekend Update 11/24/13

This weekend was mostly filled with working but I did have a few fun moments…

I went to a bridal shower for one of my very close friends 🙂 I’m so excited she is getting married in Jamaica in January!!

I also got to meet our close friends Sarah & Mark’s new puppy. He is soooo cute!!



Rado was such a little snuggle bug!


Mom, Danielle and I went to SkyRobics!! Love it…. such a good workout and so much fun!

I also joined Elf4Health! It just started this sunday.


The Details:

Dates: Monday, November 25th – Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
All participants will receive an elf. In return, all participants will be that person’s elf in return!
If you missed the initial sign up deadline: You can still enter for Rounds 2. See the details & sign up form below!
Anyone can participate. It doesn’t matter no matter where you’re located! All you need is access to the internet and an email address. It also doesn’t cost anything. (We know you have plenty of gifts to buy this holiday season!)

For more information visit here or here!

Everyday during the 4 weeks there is a new challenge.


Today is meatless monday…. so far I have had an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.


Another fun thing from the weekend….. Nathan (my brother) is home for Thanksgiving and he brought his dog Mesa.


She is very well trained and super cute.

Last little update….. I have selected the winner of the EnergyBits giveaway…




Stephanie please email me at alexrunsforfood (at) gmail (dot) com and I will forward your information on to Jonathon.

Also a reminder for anyone interested in trying ENERGYbits they are only available at ENERGYbits.com, and Jonathan (their Brand Manager) has shared with me that he’d be happy to connect anyone with a current ambassador to share a discount on a bag of bits – you can email him at jlevitt@energybits.com

Thanks for being a part of my very first giveaway!!

What did you do this weekend?

Whats Cooking This Week

Last night I had an amazing time with Scott, Mark and Sarah. We went to Bulldog downtown St. Paul. Their food is to die for!!! I had the Hawaiian Volcano Burger with garlic fries!!! So good. I highly recommend going to Bulldog.


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The boys had fun together! I was designated driver once they decided to order liter beers!

We had a great night.

This morning I decided I had to make pancakes so I could use some of my leftover strawberry cream.


So delicious. I love pancakes and bacon 🙂

Today we may head to Mall of America (MOA) to walk around and then we are heading to our friends Luke and Steph’s for dinner!

I have another very busy week ahead of me so I am going to try to meal plan for the week.

Tonight I am bringing an Autumn Chopped Salad to go along with what Steph made.

Monday: Ginger Infused Honey Chicken and Pumpkin Scones

Tuesday: Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Quesadilla Casserole 

Friday: Leftovers

Hopefully I am able to stay on track with this meal planning. It will definitely help reduce the amount that we eat out. We eat out way to much and one of my big goals is to stop eating out as much. Hopefully meal planning will help!

Hope you guys have a great rest of the weekend! It’s actually sunny here today 🙂

Whats on the menu for you this week?