Rest Days, Christmas Day, and Too-Jay’s

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HAPPY FRIDAY! Is it just me or did this week go by quite fast? Even though I had to work on Monday, unlike the rest of the world (seemingly), I still don’t feel like it’s Friday. I just kept telling myself that this morning as I tried to drag myself out of bed. I was in the habit for awhile of waking up before my alarm a couple times a week, but lately I’ve been sleeping like a rock and can barely wake up, despite going to bed at the same time as I usually do. I’m gonna take this as a sign that I’m less stressed (I tend to wake up thinking about all I have to do for the day – quieting my mind is not something I do well) but I also do not enjoy feeling so sleepy each morning.

Yesterday was a long, busy day with errands that ran over, so I took it as a spontaneous rest day from the gym. I was feeling a bit guilty about it at first (after all, reading “Working Out Sucks!” will take away any excuses you have in your reserves),  but I took to Twitter to get a little #fitfluential chat about rest days going, and received some good insights.

The general consensus seemed to be 1-2 rest days per week – sounds good to me! But everyone is different – some people just starting out in working out may only do so every other day. As long as it’s something, I think you deserve a pat on the back for getting out there.

This is the portion of the post that moves into beyond-late-recap zone, a recent trend as of late, but a trend that I plan to continue since I believe that withholding delicious eats from my Florida trip would be more of a crime!

Looks like Marian agrees with me on this one…

And is it appropriate to say Merry Christmas, since this is a semi-Christmas post, even though it is now January 2012? I think I’ll say it anyway – Merry Belated Christmas, because this is a Christmas Day recap! It’s my blog, and I’ll recap late if I want to!

Told Hannah she looked like a yogi prepping for boat pose here – she didn't follow.

My dad’s flight to Florida left ridiculously early on the 25th (as in, he had to get up at 4:30am), but my siblings, mom, and I were lucky enough to score a flight that departed at a godly hour, so we left the house around 9:30am (leaving me time to do the moving vinsaya portion of P90X Yoga). Hannah and Mom scored their usual airport Dunkin, but I just can’t stand their coffee anymore enough to even have it once in a while, so I went with a nonfat café au lait from the not-much-better Lavazza.

He loves me so much.

Michael opted for a bacon, egg, and cheese on a plain bagel from DD – Hannah stole a bite!

He doesn’t quite understand my blog-photo-taking ways, nor does he want to partake in them.

We arrived at my grandparents’ apartment in Florida in the late afternoon, which gave us time to get settled in and chill for a bit while my parents headed to TooJay’s Gourmet Deli to get Christmas dinner! This is a tradition we started last year, and I hope we keep it, because I adore TooJay’s and would much prefer their food to a traditional Christmas meal. I know my blend Amy may agree with me on this – we spent time tweeting about TooJay’s!

Fun fact – my mom was a TooJay’s waitress up until she had my younger sister! So our family has a lot of history with this restaurant. They have various locations (the one we got dinner from was not the one my mom worked at), but quality never varies from city to city. I remember going there with my dad for dinner when I was little, so she could be our waitress. Of course back then all I’d touch were the steak fries because I didn’t like anything else. Sometimes I’d convince my dad to order me a slice of carrot cake just so I could eat the little icing carrot on top. I was a real pain, huh?

Michael went with the most basic of meals. He’s still in the I-like-much-of-anything phase that I was in until about age 18.

Chicken tenders and steak fries.

The steak fries still remain one of our favorite menu items, so there was no shortage of those. I had a few once I finished my meal and knew I had room for a bit more.

Hannah's grilled chicken pesto sandwich on wheat.

My favorite part of going to TooJay’s has got to be their picklesChristina, you feel me on this? I probably ended up eating all but three of these over the course of our stay in FL, including three during this dinner and four in one sitting a few days later. What salt addiction? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Can't put a price on pickles (or maybe you can).

My dad, mom, and I all got the same thing – the turkey pastrami on rye bread, Russian dressing on the side. This dressing is not something my mom and I usually eat, but it’s a necessary indulgence when it comes to TooJay’s. Oh, and steak fries are VERY good dipped in it, FYI.

A normal looking sandwich, right? Not so fast.

That’s right, each half is stacked that high. IT’S SO GOOD with spicy brown mustard. I ate every last bite.

Then I had one bit of my grandpa’s leftover dill chicken salad (it’s under there somewhere), and oh man. Best chicken salad I’ve EVER had! I polished it all off, I couldn’t help myself. And then I definitely didn’t have any room for dessert. But man oh man, that was fine with me because this chicken salad was fantastic.

We spent the rest of the evening exchanging gifts with my grandparents and watching the NBA’s return (more specifically, the Miami Heat’s return) before hitting the hay. I was bummed Christmas was over, but psyched for the amazing vacation that lied ahead!

What do you usually have for Christmas dinner? Relive what you had a couple weeks ago for me!

24 Responses to "Rest Days, Christmas Day, and Too-Jay’s"

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  1. Jocelyn

    January 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Turkey!! We always have turkey. But on Christmas Eve we have lasagna which I always think is weird….

    • Caitlin C.

      January 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Isn’t that like a Festivus thing, to have Italian around Christmas? Is that from Seinfeld? Haha I’m very vaguely familiar with that show. We get sick of turkey easily from Thanksgiving but then again I did have turkey pastrami!

  2. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    January 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I take 1 rest day per week, and that is mentally tough as it is. However, I know more would do wonders for me! I should try at least 2 and then see how that feels
    We used to have lasagna every year, but this year we changed it up with a rib roast… it was amazing!

    • Caitlin C.

      January 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      That sounds fabulous and awesome! Funny that Jocelyn who commented above also does lasagna and she thought it was weird – guess it’s not! Maybe we should challenge ourselves to a 2-day rest week and see how we feel but already the thought of that makes me cringe haha

  3. ally@girlvfood

    January 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I know that more rest days would do me good, but sometimes I get into a groove and I don’t take a rest day for a while. Yesterday I ended up taking one spontaneously as well, and it felt nice to not have to constantly refuel for a workout! Plus, I should take rest days more often because I have learned a lot about refueling on days when you don’t work out, and I want to put them to good use.

    • Caitlin C.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Same situation here Ally! I was in a really good groove and hadn’t taken a real, I don’t do anything at all rest day since 12/23. I remember because that’s the day I went to NYC. Even on Christmas I did P90X Yoga!

      Let me know about meeting up next week :)

  4. Tiff

    January 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Sigh… if only everyone understood the photo ways of bloggers. :)

  5. Lisa

    January 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Your posts always make me hungry :)
    For christmas we had antipasto, ham, and seafood newburg (and that was so good I think I died and came back to life). We don’t really have a tradition for christmas dinner, but I’m declaring the seafood stuff a new tradition!

    • Caitlin C.

      January 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      I’ve had so many good foodie adventures lately it’s unreal – and more to come too!

      Your dinner sounds amazing. I love antipasto and anything seafood.

  6. Madeline@FoodFitnessandFamily

    January 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Bahaha I love your statement “he doesn’t understand my blog-photo taking ways” … my hubs feels the same way and lets out an audible sigh every single time. HAHA

    • Caitlin C.

      January 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Yeah I am always grateful when I go out to eat with a friend who “understands”! Baha

  7. Kerri O

    January 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Two words: food porn! lol. Looks yum.

  8. earthygurl

    January 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Thanks for the shout out girl:0 As usual you always make me laugh & it took my hubby a while to understand why I took so many stinken pictures! I would always say, I’m telling a story:)

    • Caitlin C.

      January 8, 2012 at 6:35 AM

      Glad to hear I make you laugh!! :)

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  10. christina

    January 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Have you had the Boar’s Head pickles from Publix? I bought them this past weekend and ate almost the entire jar. So good!

    • Caitlin C.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      No ugh and since I don’t live near a Publix I better be able to find them at a diff grocery store…I will look for Boar’s Head pickles! Thank you!

  11. Annie Catz

    January 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Loved your descriptions, loved your photos. We are honored to become your Christmas Tradition! (or anytime tradition for that matter).

    Happy New Year-

    your friends at TooJay’s Gourmet Deli

    • Caitlin C.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      My mom did come back and see you guys twice more during the trip (I flew back to CT earlier than her) so you’re certainly an anytime tradition. Thank you for reading!

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