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Today Officially Starts…

by Courtney on January 23, 2012

Well good morning! I’m a little bit behind schedule this morning, due to almost a full hour of hitting the snooze button. The scary part is that I only remember hitting the button twice…woops.

First, let’s get you caught up on what you may have missed this weekend:



So I don’t really know what my deal was this morning? I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have anywhere I need to go right away this morning (I think my subconscious must have been telling me to snooze). Either way, as soon as I eventually got my rear outta bed, it was time for a workout!

Over the weekend, I came across Tina’s upper body workout that she had put together. I really liked how it incorporated all moves using a stability ball, so I decided to use it in today’s plan:

It was definitely a great Monday workout!


So by the time I came up from the basement this morning, Jay had already left for work, but as I went into the bathroom to take a shower, I noticed a very special something on the mirror. That’s right my friends, today officially starts…


Birthday Week!

I’ve long been a huge proponent of celebrating for one full week leading up to the main birthday (January 30th). Jay hasn’t always been on board with birthday week, but it looks like my incessant hounding has finally gotten him to change his ways. Woot! Smile


Since I went the eggs route both Saturday & Sunday this past weekend, I decided to switch it up and go with some oatmeal.


Today’s batch of voluminous pumpkin oats, topped with diced apple and some Love Grown Foods granola, seriously felt like it was never going to end. It was a foodie’s dream.


The coffee I’m currently sipping on is sort of “meh” because I totally forgot that we were still out of coffee and had to brew up some of our “emergency decaf” stash.


Any guesses where my first stop will be while out running errands today? Winking smile


I’ve got a few things on the agenda today, but stay tuned for later this afternoon…I’ve got another giveaway headed your way that I’m pretty confident is going to be a good one!

Question for the Morning:

Do you think birthdays should be celebrated for more than one day (such as birthday week) or just kept to the one special day?

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1 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

birthdays should ALWAYS be drawn out. ;) since my parents are in Florida for the entire month, I actually haven’t even celebrated mine with my family yet!

therefore, it’s birthday month. hop on, Court. I’ll bring you wasa cracker-oat-vitatop cupcakes.

..or maybe hold all the above and I’ll bring actual cupcakes. but I’m making you decorate them since you’re the pro. ;)
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2 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm

As tempting as your cracker-oat-vitatop offer sounds, I think I’d rather take you up on the cupcakes.
Don’t worry…I’ll take care of the frosting ;)


3 chelcie @ chelcie's food files January 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

I think birthdays should always be celebrated week long! Happy birthday week to you!!:)
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4 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

Haha! I am like you and definitely have a birthday week! My husband and family might say it’s more like a birthday month though! ;-)
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5 Divya @ Saved By The BEHL January 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

Oh my Gosh I had to comment! We totally celebrate birthday week in our house too! And mine is coming up as well on January 27th! I think birthdays are the single best day of the year and totally deserve a whole week to celebrate! So sweet Jay put up a note for you…melt. Happy Birthday Week!


6 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Happy Birthday Week to YOU, too! :-D


7 Khushboo January 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

You milk the week as much as you can- only come once a year , right!!!
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8 Marykate January 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

Happy Birthday Week, Court!
I’ve been celebrating my bday week for as long as I can remember–mine was last week–I think everyones used to it by now. Glad Jay is now on board ;)


9 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction January 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

Happy Birthday week to you!!! Birthdays are the best, it’s a celebration of ones life…whats better than that? :)
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10 Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter January 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

Yes I totally do! I was just thinking about this…:) My birthday is Friday and I am going to do one super cool thing for myself everyday this week. Even if it’s just standing in front of the mirror and saying one nice thing about myself. This sounds selfish, but it’s something that I have been working on for a while now. Confidence. Plus, Friday I am going to enjoy CAKE!

Ok, how do you get your oatmeal to look so pretty??? Every time I take a snapshot of mine it looks like mush. :)

Can’t wait for the giveaway news later!! Have a great day! And get some coffee for the love of Pete! :)
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11 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Haha, thanks for the compliments on the oatmeal, Brandi. :)
And don’t worry…I got me some coffee today!


12 Michelle@PeachyPalate January 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

Happy Birthday week! Had to comment on the pics of the oats…lovely and clear and I also had to ask do you use/have daylight lamps or is that natural light? (Lack of natural light is my current and only blogging gripe!)
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13 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Thanks, Michelle! That’s actually all natural light (no special lights/lamps here). I turned off all the lights in the kitchen, which seemed really dark, but they turned out 10x better, especially after editing them quick. I’m so happy that you noticed! :)


14 Michelle@Peachy Palate January 24, 2012 at 1:40 am

I’m completely obsessed with the lighting at the moment! Had to mention it as I know it’s hard to get right! :)
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15 Lindsey January 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

I am all about having a birthday week!
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16 Lindsay @ FuelMyFamily January 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

I have a friend who celebrates his birth month! Any day in June, if we are deciding what to do for the day he says “well its my birth month so i want to…”. I usually go for it though since i am so indecisive in general!
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17 Jessie January 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

Definitely doing the birthday week, too AND…. my birthday is ALSO January 30th! Woohoo :)


18 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

YAY! Birthday twins!! :)


19 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

happy birthday week!!

i’ve gotta take a closer look at those workouts…
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20 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

Normally, I celebrate over the course of a few days. Gotta spend time with my fiance, my friends and my family..there’s just not enough time in one day!
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21 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance January 23, 2012 at 10:59 am


I’ve never actually celebrated birthday week, but now that you mention it– I totally AM! Special treatment all week! Yeyyyyyy!
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22 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’ve never celebrated birthday week, but it sounds good to me! :-)
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23 Tara Burner January 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

happy birthday week!
my bday just passed and sadly was only one day and even that wasn’t anything ‘big’… dinner out with my daughter…but no gifts, no nothing…so yes bdays should be drawn out as long as possible…week or how about a MONTH ;)


24 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

Birthday’s are meant to be longer than just one day! I usually celebrate it for at least a weekend. Happy birthday week! :D


25 Lena @Fit on the Rocks January 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

One of my coworkers celebrates for an entire month and tells us every single day, so I think a week is NBD lol.
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26 Nicole January 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

Love the idea of birthday week! As such, it must be appropriate to wish you a “Happy first day” in your special week! :)


27 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

My rule about birthdays has always been: they last as long as you can make the cake last. So I always take teeny tiny bites! ;)
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28 Lily January 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

I always celebrate my birthday weekend. My birthday is may 27th, so it usually falls around memorial day weekend, so I spend the whole weekend celebrating! I think a week is fun too, it only comes once a year!!!


29 Faith @ For the Health of It January 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

People always hate on b-day weeks for being narcissitic, but ya know what? Life is short. Celebrate yourself. If you don’t, who will? There’s never a wrong time to make yourself feel extra-special. Bring on birthday week!


30 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Amen to THAT! :-D


31 Angela @ Health Happiness & Harmony January 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

Happy Birthday Week Courtney! I’ll be celebrating a birthday weekend. :) Now that my Giants are in the Superbowl on my birthday it’ll be a Friday-Monday celebration!


32 Lauren @ HealthyHungry January 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hahah my birthday is in a little under a month, and I told my boyfriend this weekend that we’re going to start celebrating.

It sucks for him because he has my valentines day, my birthday, and our anniversary all in one week :P
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33 Corinne January 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Birthdays should be celebrated for at least a few days! Those oats look amazing and yummy for a nasty morning like today!
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34 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Happy Birthday week!!! Sounds like a great weekend and a great start to the week!! Your Mom’s stuffed Peppers look super good! I’m inspired to make some!
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35 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health January 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

YAY! Happy birthday week :D. I love that you celebrate a week. I totally think birthdays deserve more celebration than just 1 day. Now, getting my family to see things that way is a whole other story haha.
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36 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

My brother jokes that I celebrate my birthday for the entire month. And he’s sort of right, lol. Definitely a proponent of enjoying your birthday for as long as possible :D
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37 Kellie January 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

This year I decided that it needed at least two days. One to go out to dinner and the other to go out for some dessert. There is never enough room to eat both in the same night, so spacing it out spoiled me twice! It only took me 26 years to figure that out! :)
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38 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm

You are one smart cookie, Kellie. I like the way you think! :)


39 Prathiba @ Vehemently Vegan January 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Happy Birthday Week! I do birthday week for my younger brother but really should start doing it for myself this year! Why not, right?

Anyway, hope this week is fantastic!
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40 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Happy Birthday week!!! TOday is actually my half birthday, and at work we have “birthday buddies” – my birthday buddy gave me a gift certificate for a massage! yEEEEEAAAAH!
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41 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm

It sounds like you have a pretty killer birthday buddy setup there…that is AWESOME!


42 Nancy @ Beyoutiful Fitstyle January 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

First, Happy Birthday week! :) We share a birthday week! Mine is the 24th. I don’t celebrate mine for the whole week but I know a lot of people that do. I’m not against it, and I have no problem with getting older but I am perfectly fine with just a simple Happy Birthday statement from people.
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43 Olivia January 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Totally team birthday week! ;)
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44 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I’m definitely down with birthday week but my husband is probably the most anti-celebrating type person you’ll ever meet so my enthusiasm is usually lost on him.
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45 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Haha, yes…I almost gave up hope myself, but hubby is showing signs of pulling through this year ;)


46 Ashlee January 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I think Birthdays should be drawn out, but my hubby does not think that. My birthday is the 31st (day after yours!) :)

I have done the same thing with the snooze button, thankfully on days I did not have to work. It is scary when you do not even realize you are doing it.

Have a great day!
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47 Stephanie January 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Happy Birthday week to you! My birthday is in January too! I see that you are a CPT with NASM. I am too! Are you personal training now? I love it!


48 JN January 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I prefer a Birthday Month – and since mine is at the end of March, it works out well for me. :)


49 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

we pretty much did the same exact workout this morning! i did a 20 min HIIT treadmill workout and then tina’s upper body workout 4x through as well… loved it!

i’m all about birthday weeks… or months? :) happy birthday week my friend!
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50 Courtney January 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Great minds think alike! ;)


51 Kim @ The Family Practice January 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I love that you are still using pumpkin. I just picked up a bag of pumpkin spice coffee (it was on clearance…umm hello), I couldn’t resist it though – you only get pumpkin stuff for so long and I wanted to stretch it out a bit!
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52 Sabine January 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I never heard of birthday week, but I LOVE the idea!! :)


53 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Yeahhh birthdays should totally be made into weeks! On occasion, I’ll carry it out for the full month. My birthday’s on May 1st so TECHNICALLY, it’s my month, right? haha!
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54 erica January 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

i say you should have a birthday MONTH! a birthday palooza!!! :)
happy birthday week! =)
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55 Shannon January 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I like the idea of birthday week but my parents would never do someting like that!
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56 Laura January 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I am 100% about birthday weeks! My long-time boyfriend’s birthday is January 25 (it’s our 8th birthday of his we’ve celebrated-we too were 16 when we got together) so I have tons of stuff going on all week starting last night. I really like any reason to celebrate and I think birthdays should always be a big deal. :) I’m excited to read about your birthday week! Also, I totally have an emergency decaf coffee stash too. :)
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57 Jodi January 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

BIRTHDAY WEEK! everyone deserves a special day, but why not make it a week instead of only telling someone how special they are just for one day.
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58 Michelle (Better with Berries) January 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Birthdays should be a week. Why not??? Depending on what day your birthday is, you might not be able to fully celebrate that day, so you may as well make sure to get in some celebrating every day!

Happy beginning of your birthday week!!
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59 Sarah January 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

birthday week is the best.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK!
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