Hi everyone! I’m going to just assume right now that everyone had a weekend full of lots of yummy food and fun times spent with friends and family. I definitely did!
The real reason Turkey Trot races were invented.
On Thanksgiving, I woke up early and began baking a pumpkin cheesecake for my friendsgiving later that day while my husband started the turkey in the crockpot (if you’ve never made one that way, you need to try it! It’s so easy and delicious and it frees up your oven!). Once it was in the oven, I headed over to my favorite yoga studio to meet up with my coworkers for a special donation-based gratitude class. It was a pretty good workout but it definitely didn’t compare to doing a Turkey Trot. I was so jealous of everyone on Instagram posting race pictures. #injuredrunnerproblems right there. Our friendsgiving dinner happened later that day, and it was fabulous! My friend made mac and cheese and I’m pretty sure I ate an entire plate of it. It’s been months since I ate mac and cheese so I had no regrets!
This is what true love looks like ❤
After dinner, we headed downtown for some drinks and s’mores at a new bar. It was such a fun night, and I got to know a few new people that I’m excited to hang out with more! I want to note that even though I was homesick a few times throughout the day, I didn’t get upset or sad at all which was a huge change from last year’s Thanksgiving. Win!
Since we all know that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, I spent the rest of my weekend being as festive as possible! On Friday we went downtown for the tree lighting ceremony in Town Square Park.
After checking out the lights, we went to the opening night of the Nutcracker ballet. Afterwards, a huge group of us went out to a speakeasy! There’s a regular bar downstairs, and they have a phone booth in the corner where you can call upstairs to get the secret password to the speakeasy. If they have enough room for you, they’ll give you the password. They’ve got a little window on the door that they slide open, and if you know the password they’ll let you in. I never go out, but it was a lot of fun to take advantage of our long weekend!
Watching the ballet from the cheap seats!
On Saturday, we had friends over for a board game night so it was perfect timing for putting up our tree and decorating the apartment for Christmas and Hanukkah!
Clearly my favorite ornament
Last year’s silly Hanukkah present from my sister in law! My husband’s hebrew name means “strong bear” so it’s perfect.
What I didn’t do this weekend: go shopping on Black Friday, #optoutside with REI (it was too warm and icy), stick with my sugar-free eating habits, or workout. Whoops. I had the best intentions to go to the gym, but I definitely wasn’t feeling up to it after all my late nights and sugary meals. I’m actually looking forward to hitting the gym and getting back to my sugar-free lifestyle today! I just feel so much better without sugar.
On that note, for December I want to set a few goals to keep me feeling as happy and healthy as possible. It’s been a while since I’ve done monthly goals, but this month I’m feeling it! In December:
- I’m going sugar free again! Well, sort of. A few of my fellow SPAs are joining me and we’re going to be keeping ourselves motivated through what would otherwise be a month of Christmas cookie binges. Although I’m going to be doing the Paleo version of sugar-free – so honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar is okay. I’m doing this so that I can try out other forms of sugar and officially stay away from refined sugars in the future. Plus I know I’ll be making a few Christmas cookies and I’ll want to make sure they are delicious and sweet! I’m not sticking to this as closely as I did with the WLC – I plan on making sure to enjoy the big moments without any guilt, like my husband’s birthday cake and my dad’s amazing chocolate chip Christmas cookies.
- Every year I try to do something festive each day from December 1-25, but I haven’t been able to do it yet. This year I’ve already started making a list of fun activities that celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah! My goal is to do at least one thing each day to boost my holiday spirit and celebrate my favorite time of year. Every Monday I’ll blog about what I did the week before in case you’re looking for fun ideas! And check me out on Instagram where I’ll be posting daily pictures with the hashtag #25daysofholidayspirit. Feel free to join me with your own daily activities and use the hashtag so I can check it out!
- One other thing I’m planning to do in December is to keep a daily gratitude journal. Part of my current pre-bedtime ritual is to do some stretching and a bit of meditation where I take the time to thank my body for what it accomplished that day. In December I also hope to write down three things I’m grateful for each day before I go to bed. I’m hoping to bring my focus inward during this busy time of year.
- This one could be a long shot, but here it goes: my goal is to run at least 10 miles in the month of December. I’m used to doing more than that in one week, but with my current running ban I’m down to zero. I’m hoping that my PT will clear me to run soon and that I can do a few miles before the year is over!
- And to balance out the low running milage, I’d like to do 100 miles in spin class. I’ve been going 3 times a week so this shouldn’t be a problem at all!
I’m so excited that we’re going into the most fun month of the year, but it’s so crazy that we’ve got only one month left in 2015! How are you going to make the most of it?
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving weekend? Is your tree already up? What are your goals for December?