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Today we woke up in a not so pleasant way. The only day I have to sleep a little later, to recover from Sunday’s brutal long runs, we get woken-up by an earthquake! No matter how often these “tremors” happen here, it’s never fun, I tell you. You never get used to feeling the earth shake under you. Mother Nature is a beautiful, powerful and very scary thing! 

 
 
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I know I’ve been a little MIA lately. Last week was kind of a nightmare week for me; I couldn’t train due to being sick, we had all sorts of things going on in the house and, well, there’s the World Cup distracting everyone. Luckily I feel much better now, so we can pick up where we left off.

 
 
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Our weekend was pretty low-key. We went for our runs, stocked up on groceries, tried a couple of new recipes and even caught up on Game of Thrones (we love!) and watched a movie (The Monuments Men, please watch!). We wanted to lay low because we both had started to feel what seemed like the first symptoms of the flu coming, so we stayed in, rested as much as possible and gave our immune systems a boost with lots of fruits, tea and superfoods.

 
 
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You don’t realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack and move. The good thing is that moving kind of forces you to do a little bit of “cleaning”.

On Saturday I spent about three hours just cleaning out our pantry, getting rid of the foods and products we no longer eat or that had expired. Fortunately, most of the sauces and canned goods I got rid of (those which had animal-derived or unhealthy ingredients) I was able to donate, but still, the number of unopened, expired products we had in our pantry was shameful and embarrassing. I hate out throwing food—I hate it.

 
 
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This past weekend was a lot of fun. Since a good friend is in town for a few days, we joined him and his girlfriend for a day well spent in Antigua. We walked around, visited Caoba Farms (where we ran into Machteld, from our Inspired Elements segment), shopped at the market and a couple of stores, and—of course—ate extremely well. I love the vibe Antigua has; we can visit a million times and never grow tired of it.

 
 
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The weekends always come and go so quickly, don’t they? However, now that we can order most of our groceries through Caoba Farms, I’ve noticed that we have a lot more free time to do more of the things we love. Grocery shopping used to take us an entire afternoon to do (we used to stop at 3, sometimes 4, different stores), and now it only takes us a couple of hours- at the most.

 
 
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I love a weekend that has the perfect balance of productivity and tranquility. When you get to spend time with friends and family, forget all your troubles, get things done around the house and still have some quiet time left just for yourself, “to recharge the batteries” so to speak. This past weekend was exactly like that for me…perfect.

 
 
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My husband and I have never been big on celebrating Valentine’s Day. We don’t buy each other expensive gifts or make really elaborate plans. Instead, we normally choose to have a quiet evening, cook a delicious meal and indulge in a good bottle of wine. For me, that’s perfect. Quality time is all I really need.

 
 
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I want to start by thanking each and every single one of you who submitted comments, messages and emails in response to last week’s ‘Simple Things’. The fact that you took time from your regular lives to write me, showing your support and giving me advice, is something I appreciate deeply. So, thank you!

 
 
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Sharing the Disney Marathon Weekend in the company of my in-laws was something truly special. I’m grateful for all the support they’ve given us throughout this crazy journey, and for waking up super early on marathon day to cheer for us along the way AND see us run through the finish line.

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