Good morning and Happy December 16th! I can’t believe there are only 9 days until Christmas! Hope you’re all doing well, enjoying the holiday season and getting ready for the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities. I know I am!
I also wanted to swing by and say hello and sorry for the long delay of posts! With my graduate school studies wrapping up and final projects due, I haven’t really been able to cook, document, and write up a blog post. My focus on school is paying off though, and I cannot wait to take a break from the academic books and enjoy a nice holiday in Canada. On my to do list: Reading a non-academic book, watching Christmas movies, and cooking up some delicious treats!
So, I thought I would give you a bit of an update on life the last few weeks, as I’ve been focused on eating (somewhat) healthy and getting that workout in whenever I can. Prep for the holiday season is upon us so staying on a bit of a schedule has been helping! If you’re looking for some tips to stay on track during this busy and celebratory time of year, here are a few of my favorite blog posts about it:
Thoughts on Holiday Eating via Carrots ‘N’ Cake
Healthy Holiday How-To Guide via Sarah Fit
Okay, here’s what I’ve been up to…
Workouts: My workout routine has been fairly consistent! I’m all about the kettle bell right now, and love how a circuit filled with kettle bell swings, goblet squats and renegade rows gets me sweating from start to finish. I have also been running outside when I can and though it’s been pretty chilly, I make sure to bundle up as much as possible! I can honestly say that there’s no feeling like finishing up a strong run, no matter how short or long it may be.
Food: As for food, we’ve been enjoying very simple meals which include a protein, a frozen bag of vegetables and side salads. Simple and nutritious has been the routine during the week, especially given our weekends of indulgence and cookies…yes, all the cookies!
- Breakfasts have included coffee with a peppermint chocolate soy milk (so delicious!), eggs and ezekiel toast or instant oatmeal dressed up to our liking
- Lunches are mostly salads with fresh veggies and chicken or a protein-packed smoothie
- Snacks include apples, bananas, carrots, almonds, and greek yogurt (I’m going through a serious Lime greek yogurt phase right now…I just love the tang!)
- Dinners either salmon or chicken dressed with whatever we have on hand (think teriyaki, pesto, olive oil, lemon, dried herbs etc.), frozen bags of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, or a mix), and side salads with lots of tomatoes and red onions (we stick to red onions at night rather than in our lunch salads but I just love the flavor kick they bring!)
Indulgences: With the holiday season upon us, that means I’ve been enjoying my fair share of treats! Here are a few of my favorite things right now:
- Red wine
- Cheese & crackers
- Holiday cookies
- Dark chocolate
I think these are some of my favorite treats year round…but I feel like they’re especially delicious this time of year 🙂
I’ll be popping in every now and then throughout the holidays, but my real focus will be on soaking up as much family and friends time as possible when I’m home.
Sending you and your families so much love during the holidays!