Christmas, Crossfit, and Cuisine

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great Christmas or holiday vacation. I intended to get back to you on Friday, but I may have become stuck to the couch during movie marathons from Thursday onwards.

Christmas Eve I taught all three classes at Sweat in festive Christmas gear. I think starting at 6 am three days in a row may have made me delirious.

Sweat Chicago Christmas Eve

Earlier in the week I started a two week trial at South Loop Strength and Conditioning so that I could begin my obsession with Crossfit. I have wanted to get involved with it for some time now, but wasn’t sure where to start since I wasn’t exactly a beginner but wasn’t an expert either.

I went in for an evaluation and we went over the movements that I did know and polished up some of the ones that I wanted a little more technical guidance on. I went a couple times last week and am going to try and get there as often as I can this week because after the new year I’ll have to find some way to fit it into my budget both financially and in terms of time.

In case you’re wondering…I love it.

South Loop Strength and Conditioning

Christmas morning we woke up for PRESENTS. If you read last week’s post, you’ll be happy to know that this was the first Christmas that Neil and I haven’t fought and it was magical.


Among other awesome presents, my sister sent me a selfie stick.


I finally got my Nikes. I want about 234165787 pairs of these.


I didn’t take pictures of everything, but be on the lookout on Instagram and my Friday posts for more of them to pop up.

After opening presents, Neil made me eggnog pancakes and I drank even more eggnog and then felt sick like I do every year because my stomach doesn’t like dairy as much as my mouth does. BUT IT’S EGGNOG.

eggnog pancakes

Thursday through Saturday were filled with movies. In the span of those days, we watched nine movies. NINE MOVIES.

One of those, however, was STAR WARS in 3D IMAX, so I’m pretty happy about that. It was great!


After Star Wars began the descent into all things gluttony. Our Christmas Eve and Day meals were good, but not excessive.

  • Christmas Eve: Steak + pasta
  • Christmas Day: Salmon + broccoli (lunch); Chicken + brown rice + brussels sprouts

This weekend, however, all bets were off. We went back to Dimo’s:


We had meals out, coffee, and desserts both Saturday and Sunday. A lot of those pictures are to come on Instagram soon, so make sure to follow along if you are looking for drool-worthy eats.

Sunday morning was another morning of sleeping in and staying cozy.

penguin socks

But then it was time for a seriously epic burger at Butcher and The Burger in Lincoln Park. You are able to fully craft the burger of your choice from the meat, bun, seasoning, sauces, and toppings.

My creation was their house beef, ghost pepper spice blend, split top bun, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, Sriracha mayo, mushrooms, avocado, and cheddar cheese. It was delicious.

butcher and the burger

On our way to a new dessert place, we found one of the coziest coffee shops that I have found yet in the city (and I’ve traveled many distances just to go to coffee shops). It’s called the Bourgeois Pig and it had a great ambiance and great opportunities for beautiful pictures (this one not included):


Plus, they had an EGGNOG latte. I can’t stop.

This week starts a month of cleaning up my eating because I am going to be in a work out photo/videoshoot later in January. Although most weeknights I have the same dinner of chicken, rice, and veggies, I love exploring on the weekends and eating everything in the city. My goal is to calm it down a bit this coming month, but I’ll probably be recycling pictures I have saved up on my phone so I can live vicariously through them. EAT SOME COOKIES FOR ME.

Again, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Make sure to let me know how it went in the comments!


  • What’s your favorite part of the holiday?
  • Have you ever done Crossfit?
  • What’s one movie you watched in the past 4 days?


  1. December 28, 2015 / 6:12 am

    Heck yes, eggnog latte! I still need to make it over to David’s to buy some eggnog tea. Glad you had an amazing Christmas! I saw Star Wars in IMAX 3D a week ago and loved it. A movie I’ve watched in the past 4 days: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And my favorite part of the holiday was finding out that I’m going to be an auntie again in July! I’m so excited!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      December 29, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Yay! Congrats! You know, I don’t know if I’ve ever even seen that movie!

  2. December 28, 2015 / 7:24 am

    I’m so excited that we now have matching socks. I was actually wearing mine while you were wearing yours! You have been knocking at the door of Crossfit for a while. Just don’t go Paleo and all of that… you wouldn’t be able to have mac n cheese.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      December 29, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Oh girl shoo you know I can’t live without that and cookies and donuts. They may have to be tabled for this month though (insert crying emoji)

  3. December 28, 2015 / 9:03 am

    I LOVE Bourgeois Pig! Such a lovely coffee shop. They have great food, too! Your fuzzy penguin (I think? They look like penguins, at least) socks are my new favorite thing. So adorable!
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    • erinsinsidejob
      December 29, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      Yup they’re penguins! I think I lucked out BC it was right after Christmas so there was only one other person in there. I want it all to myself!

  4. December 28, 2015 / 9:31 am

    I love everything about your holiday weekend!! I should’ve taught classes to keep myself in shape haha. Cheers for not fighting, and I was hoping to see that you enjoyed some Mac and cheese pizza 🙂
    We saw Star Wars too! Loved it.

    • erinsinsidejob
      December 29, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      I taught them but that doesn’t mean I did them haha. I just walked around yelling at people 🙂

  5. December 28, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    Haha that photoshoot is going to be interesting to say the least 😉 the holidays did us all in. So much eggnog! I’ve been meaning to get to Butcher and Burger so thanks for reminding me! Classic but delicious.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      December 29, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      It was really good. You must go!

  6. December 28, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    I’ve never tried crossfit before! I don’t do anything other than running, really. Not even yoga. Barely even crunches or planks. Ha! Those eggnog pancakes look great! I need to try those. I never ever have time to watch movies but Andrew and I watched 4 Minute Mile on Christmas Day and we LOVED it. So inspiring.
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    • erinsinsidejob
      December 29, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      I’ll have to check that out! The pancakes were super easy and we just replaced the milk w eggnog. GO HARD OR GO HOME.

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