Monday Motivation: Transitioning Back to Reality

It’s Monday! This is likely one of the most difficult Mondays of the year, as we get over the long Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend. Our bellies full and our wallets empty, it’s time to get back to work, and back to the daily grind.

drink coffee

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I personally have thrown routine out the window lately, and after a long-weekend vacation in Montreal followed by the long holiday weekend, I am ready to reintroduce things like the gym, smoothies, and a normal sleep schedule back into my life.

Here are some links from around the web that are helping motivate me – from jumping back on the treadmill to getting the ball rolling on my holiday shopping:

healthy oatmeal smoothie

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  • I had this healthy smoothie for breakfast this morning. Did you know that yogurt plus oatmeal equals a complete protein? Mine was a little too thick, but still oh so good.
  • Looking for creative ways to finish up those turkey day leftovers? The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond has you covered with some inspiring leftover turkey recipes 
  • Self magazine always has my back when I’m feeling less than motivated at the gym. I think they read my mind when they pinned these 10 boredom-busting treadmill workouts on Pinterest yesterday
skinny cranberry bliss bars

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  • And JUST in time for the holidays, Gina Homolka of skinnytaste.com has a recipe for Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars that I must try. These were my favorite holiday treat back when I worked at Starbucks, many eons ago

In conclusion, this Cyber Monday I am keeping the coffee flowing, and I have my gym bag packed and ready for tonight. I am motivated! How about you?

LinkUps: Inspiration from Around the Web

I’ve been finding it difficult to blog this week. Everything seems trivial in the shadow of Hurricane Sandy. The storm has passed, but there is still so much work to be done to clean all of the areas that were hit. Jamie and I were lucky – the Upper East Side was completely spared. But I think our building felt sympathy, because this morning our hot water went out. This is also trivial in comparison to what others are going through.

Since I haven’t been writing much, here are some highlights of what I’ve been reading this week:

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Janeetha of Meals and Moves blogged about switching to an oil cleansing method to clean her face. Sound weird? I guarantee you this is more popular than it seems. It’s not the first time I’ve heard mention of this method, but hearing it again and seeing Janetha’s healthy skin puts me one step closer to trying it!

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My Feel Good Foodies partner Alycia baked a healthy banana bread recipe, and was kind enough to share it with our readers.

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The Pioneer Woman is giving away three Le Creuset 9-Quart Round French Ovens, in a gorgeous “Flame” color. This item has been on my wish list for…oh about three years. All you have to do is comment on her post – the winner will be announced today!

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Jonique of Confessions of a Product Whore posted a simple and chic DIY, transforming a pair of boring flats into something extraordinary.

Were you inspired by something you read this week? Share some links in the comments section!