Happy, happy New Year, everyone!

I’m not much of a New Year’s gal, as I often find it’s a bit overrated in the partying department and high-pressure in the resolution department. Yeah, I want to eat better, exercise more, compliment people more frequently, volunteer more, live in the moment, etc… But I always find myself breaking these ‘resolutions’ faster than I make them. I’m just going to continue being the best ME I can be.

NYE
I hit the gym early and did some arm weight lifting and rowed 2500 meters on my own. At 10 a.m., I met up with my Mom for a personal training class with our friend, and personal trainer. We also did a lot of rowing (I was rowed out), some TRX exercises, planks, push ups, jumping jacks, shoulder press (barbell) and a few other small exercises.

I made an egg and cheese quesadilla on two Trader Joe’s low-carb tortillas and sipped a large Dunkin’ iced coffee with cream and Splenda.

In the afternoon, I met up with my friend and fellow blogger Ashley over at Saving Money in Your Twenties for some coffee/iced tea. Check out her blog for some great money-saving tips and laughs!

Along with everyone else in Rochester (it seemed), I made a trip to Wegmans (you’d think it was the apocalypse the way people freak out about Wegmans closing early on NYE) and the liquor store. Man, liquor stores make a FORTUNE on New Years — there was even several traffic directors in the parking lot.

IT’S TIME FOR PUPPY CHOW! My dish to pass for NYE festivities was puppy chow! This is such an easy dish/finger food/snack/dessert and people always eat it all up. I’ve been told mine’s similar to crack .. hmm ..

I made two kinds: Classic Peanut Butter and Chocolate and Peppermint Chocolate

Forgive me for such approximate recipes, but I just sort of guessed measurements as I went along. It’s hard to mess up puppy chow!

Classic Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Ingredients:
-7 cups rice Chex
-1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural/organic)
-1/4 cup unsalted butter
-Several cups powder/confectionary sugar

Pour the Chex into a large mixing bowl. Melt chocolate, peanut butter and butter in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for another 30sec.-1 minute. Pour melted chocolate/peanut butter mixture over Chex. Stir with a wooden spoon and coat all Chex well. Start with 1.5 cup of confectionary sugar over mixed Chex. Place lid on bowl (or use a large plastic zip-lock) and mix sugar and Chex well. Add sugar as needed until Chex is fully coated in sugar.

Peppermint Chocolate
Ingredients:
-7 cups rice Chex
-1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1 tsp. peppermint extract
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1/4 cup unsalted butter
-Several cups powder/confectionary sugar

Pour the Chex into a large mixing bowl. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for another 30sec.-1 minute. Stir in peppermint and vanilla extracts and pour melted chocolate mixture over Chex. Stir with a wooden spoon and coat all Chex well. Start with 1.5 cup of confectionary sugar over mixed Chex. Place lid on bowl (or use a large plastic zip-lock) and mix sugar and Chex well. Add sugar as needed until Chex is fully coated in sugar.

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Packed puppy chow and hostess gift.

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So much party food.

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Hard not to overindulge during the holidays. I’d be lying if I said a part (small) of me wasn’t excited the holidays are ending. Don’t get me wrong, I love the time off work with family and friends but I also appreciate my day-to-day schedule and it gets a little thrown off during the holidays so I’m looking forward to getting back into routine, exercise and maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle.

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NYD
I started off 2014 strong with a morning leg workout (squats, leg press, dumb bell deadlifts), then spent some time running errands and tidying my apartment.

As a New Year’s Day tradition my family and I always see a movie and go out to dinner. This year we saw The Secret Life of Walter Mittie. It was an interesting flick, great scenery which really made me antsy to travel.

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Back to work tomorrow for a short week — I’ll take it. Hope you all start 2014 off great.

I want to hear from you!
Do you like New Year’s resolutions?

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3 Thoughts on “nye, nyd: 2014, here we come

  1. Shelley on January 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm said:

    Pretty much obsessed with your blog. Love it. Happy New Year. All the best to you in 2014.

  2. AHHH now I really want puppy chow. That was an impressive spread of food at the party, wow! Thanks for meeting up with me the other day, we’ll have to do it again soon! :)
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