It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…
Who else is super excited for the holidays?
I love Christmas, and much to Ryan’s dismay I have been counting down since before August. I follow a few Christmas accounts on Instagram and would DM him the countdown almost every day. Annoying, right?
Well, now I have my own Christmas countdown going on thanks to a Nutcracker ornament I have on our mantel. So, he will have the reminder every day when he sits down on the couch to watch the news with his morning coffee. I’m so kind, aren’t I?
I wanted to share with you a few corners of our home that are filled with holiday spirit. I have purchased a few more items in the last few days, so I’ll be sure to show you what I got (maybe a bit closer to Christmas).
Also – I wanted to throw in this idea. BLOGMAS. A blog post every day until Christmas. What do you guys think!? I think it would be a fun way for me to be creative here on the blog and share things with you guys. Blogging Monday to Friday is a bit difficult when it comes to coming up with new content all the time, but I thought I could spend some time now and have an awesome Blogmas for you guys in December. Let me know your thoughts!
Let’s kick off this Christmas decor tour with our front entry way, pictured above. How excited do I look!?
The nutcracker is from Home Depot, brown Christmas tree is from a craft fair last year, and the penguin cookie jar was actually my mom’s. Don’t worry. She let me take it. I think. The candle is from Bath & Body Works (a coffee scented candle that I don’t actually light, haha. For decorative purposes only), and the red little bowl is from a plant I got last year at Thrifty’s grocery store.
Once you come upstairs we have this window type of wall on your left side. I have added a big Santa-themed candle here to go alongside the snake plant, and I also have my diffuser in the middle, and a Himalayan pink salt lamp and a driftwood Christmas tree (this is one of the newer items) on the right side. The “Welcome Friends” sign will eventually be moved somewhere near the entry, but it works just fine on our coat closet for now. Both of these items were also my mom’s!
And this cute little guy is from a Christmas fair we went to this past weekend. I have always wanted a taller stand-up sign, and when I saw this I knew it had to come home with us. Nala is awfully intrigued by the bell and very disappointed that she can’t play with it.
I also wanted to take the time and talk about my holiday fitness plan next month.
I had thought about doing a December run streak (running at least one mile every day of the month), but I thought that would be a good way for me to feel burnt out real fast come the New Year. In 2019 I have some big goals I want to accomplish, so I would rather start it off on a healthy, refreshed note.
So, I will be maintaining a mileage between 20-30 miles (48km maximum per week), and doing my best to foam roll, stretch, and CROSS TRAIN! Cross training is definitely something I should’ve done much more diligently and consistently during marathon training (coulda, shoulda, woulda!), and I know it will make me a stronger runner overall. This means using our spin bike for at home workouts (my spin class is finished on Ryan’s birthday), strength training using dumbbells and my body weight, walking Nala often, and getting back to yoga. Before the marathon I purchased another 10-class punch card at a local studio and I have still yet to go there. Bad, bad, bad! It’s funny because once I get there and finish a class I always ask myself why I don’t do it more often, and yet here I am, knowing that yoga makes me feel great, but not doing it. So, I am aiming to visit the studio at least a handful of times as it works with my schedule.
Personally, I am feeling the desire to a more gentle approach to exercise this upcoming holiday season. No, I’m not going to NOT workout, but I am not going to get down on myself and feel upset for “not working hard enough.” A workout is a workout, and I am blessed to have a body that allows me to be active. I have had this chat with Ryan a few times this year that I am too hard on myself, so the gentle approach to exercise is going to be a nice mental reset for myself, too. No more feeling bad that my run was slower than the person on Instagram. Actually, I made a post during my workout funk that I can’t compare my chapter 5 to someone’s chapter 25, and it is so true. That is something I am trying to be more mindful of. We are all on our own journey, and that’s OKAY!
Alright, getting a bit off topic there. My approach to working out this month is NOT going to be balls-to-the-wall (lady balls, you know?), but it will be more about LISTENING to my body and doing what I feel is right for me. As far as food goes, it is going to be similar. I will eat what I want in moderation. I haven’t been a huge fan of drinking lately (a couple weeks ago I had three drinks and felt like a disaster the next day), so I am not worried about that, but I know that I have a sweet tooth that needs to be kept in check! Plus, there’s always so many tasty goodies around the holidays, but I know that in order to be successful in not going overboard I need to be mindful, and that is something I am willing to practice!
What are your thoughts when it comes to working out and eating during the holiday season? I want to know!