Taking Back My Twenties

Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 | 18 comments

-I have new books! As soon as I read Jenna’s post, I knew I wanted something good to read over Christmas and New Year’s. I’m currently reading The Blue Bistro, which is set on Nantucket, and I’m loving all the food descriptions.


-I also have new icing tips – so excited to make something with giant blobs of icing!


-My stomach feels better than it has since last year and my digestive system is…well…working again. I think my Christmas present to myself is going to be re-introdicing goat and sheep cheese. Also, anyone tried the almond milk nog? Which brand is the best?

-Matt and I are going to see a performance of White Christmas this weekend!!! My mom is in love with the movie and bought us tickets for Christmas!

-Any of you athletes out there have recommendations for sore/aching legs? My muscles don’t seem to be recovering from workouts like they used to, and I’m having to limit running to once a week. I’ve tried introducing yoga and walking days (in lieu of working out) and they constantly ache unless I spend a day on the couch.

-A show set in Dallas about fashion? Of course I’m obsessed with Courtney Loves Dallas.


-Umm, sweetened sweet potato chips? Addicted. I reserve these for dessert though because they are coated in sugar.

Happy almost weekend before Christmas.


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  1. Jackie

    Love that show too! Speaking of the blue bistro- have you read any other of her books? I’ve read them all and love them!!

  2. Miranda

    Try magnesium for muscle aches – I always recover from the gym more quickly when I take it. I sleep better, too!

  3. Hillary

    I absolutely adored Tell the Wolves I’m Home! I just finished it (after I saw the rec on Jenna’s blog). I’m on to a girly read next – Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella!

  4. Anna

    Foam roller for your legs. …

  5. Lisa

    Maybe you should run more often? I realized that if I run more consistently, I’m not as sore as to running only once a week and freaking out my legs = sore for dayssss.

    I have pretty bad stomach issues too. I think it’s IBS related? Not entirely sure but what works for me is eating fruits only in the morning. It helps with my digestion and eases the bloating and the cramping.

    • Laura

      It bothers my IT band too much:( But I might try after the holidays and see if it helps! Interesting that you would mention fruits because I’ve actually noticed that apples as an afternoon snack sometimes make my stomach hurt. I adore apples, so it’s hard not to eat them!

  6. Elaine

    I have Necessary Lies on my nightstand! And I am loving Courtney Love Dallas!

  7. Sarah

    Laura-Are you working now? If not, what do you do during the day? What kind of job are you looking for?

    • Laura

      I have a temporary job and I have been interviewing for jobs in education and at nonprofits. I have been exploring other ideas too, and will definitely let you know when I know what’s next!

  8. Jennifer

    I second the recommendation of magnesium for sore muscles. Soak in a bath of Epsom salts (if you can find lavender, those are heavenly). It may seem hokey but I swear by them and my trainer swears by them.

    Merry Christmas!

  9. Susan

    Hey Laura! About the sore legs- make sure you stretch wrll after your workouts. I know it sounds like a no-brainer, but I notice a difference between a good stretch and one that only lasts a couple minutes.
    If the soreness has already set in, I adore peppermint essential oil rubbed on my muscles. Alone or mixed into lotion, it has a tingling sensation that alleviates tr aches and it smells heavenly.

  10. Bri

    You might have a Vitamin D deficiency. It helps with a ton of things including muscle recovery and general aches and pains. You can get a blood test to find out, or you can start taking 1,000 IUs a day. I had the problem a couple years ago and it cleared up after a few weeks of taking vitamin D.

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