Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies

Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies

I’ve been doing some thinking, and I’ve come to a conclusion.

Chocolate and coconut go REALLY well together!

I mean, right?  But that was actually only one of my conclusions – it was the one that distracted me (in a really tasty way) from a more important thought I had first.

I love to bake… because I enjoy creating something that makes other people happy on so many levels.  As I was giving away a bunch of these Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies to a cycling class I just taught (oh, my gosh, they totally love treats after class!) I had this feeling they were so well-appreciated for more than the obvious tasty-factor.

I hadn’t stopped to think about it in depth before, but it’s really true.

Think with me, a moment...

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No-Bake Chocolate Power Truffles

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The dog ate my homework.  Well, actually, I spilled my oatmeal on it, and then the dog ate the oatmeal off it, so now it’s just ruined.  I mean, it fell on the floor first… See, my oatmeal was just sitting on the corner of my homework, and my homework was attached to my sleeve, so when I went to walk away they both fell on the floor.  Why was it attached to my sleeve?  That’s another story, but I was babysitting the other day…

So maybe the dog ate the homework.  Or maybe it’s just easier to say that than what really happened.  Either way, the homework isn’t here.  It was supposed to be… only it isn’t.

According to the New York Times, a third of people who make New Year’s resolutions have already broken them by this month.  That’s a lot of people who had their dog eat their homework.  Or whatever their particular case is.  And, far from blaming anyone, I can see how it happens.  First of the year or not, it’s nearly impossible to just wake up one day and do everything completely different.

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4 Most-Decadent Mint Chocolate Desserts

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On the 4th day of Christmas... 

Well, on the 4th day of Christmas, Courtney got a little behind on her Christmas posts.  

With all the Christmas and graduatuation parties, the realization that Christmas shopping is still looming (uh, yeah...), and some serious cookie baking for friends and family, it all caught up with me.  I've been enjoying writing each post immediately before posting, because who knows what interesting thing might pop into my head in the rush to get it written?  ...Or is that what they call procrastination?  Hm...

Anywho, we only have THREE more days till Christmas now (DON'T PANIC! This is supposed to be a good thing!)  

 

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Good-For-You Gummies

 Good-For-You Gummies

I I I I work out!

But seriously, guys, this is just getting ridiculous.

The LMFAO duo might get their workouts in by roller blading and gyrating, but most of the time, my workouts have me wanting to scream instead of sing.  Okay, it's not really all that bad, but the pressure to do awesome things in the gym has gone up by a factor of, like, craziness.

I am now 7 weeks out from the time I'm supposed to be stage-ready.  Based on my current body fat measurements, this leaves me with 7 weeks to drop about 4% body fat.  Of course, I still have to try to hang on to the muscle I've worked so hard to get, too.  

Can I just ask - Is that even possible?  Maybe I don't even want to know.  In any case, gymming has increased in intensity, with a smidge more high intensity cardio than I was doing (most of which are classes that I'm actually teaching), and dieting has become a bit more rigid.

Luckily, I'm still feeling like I'm fairly on track, or at least making the changes that I need to at this point.  The jiggly areas do appear to be getting less jiggly...

 

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