Hey hey hey! Alive and well in Massachusetts still… but not for long wah 😦 I sort of came to the realization that I couldn’t enjoy every second I have here if I was also constantly in blog mode and taking pictures of my eats and every move. SO again, I apologize for being so MIA but a part of family time for me is stepping off the grid completely time.
Here’s a picture of me, my three sisters, and my Mom on Christmas day!
You haven’t missed much in my world. I’ve been spending all my time just chilling with the family, various trips to various malls, catching up with friends (over bar trivia and over coffee), and snuggling on my couch.
Tonight the whole family gathered to watch Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.
Yesterday I was able to see Les Miserables with my Mom and two youngest sisters. I’m not usually a musical person but I enjoyed it. Hugh Jackman is the man and damn is Anne Hathaway talented. Wasn’t really diggin’ Russell Crowe. Sorry dude.
Over the course of my vacation there has also been plenty of this (dunkin donuts AND joy!)
A little bit of this (but we’re getting LOTS more tomorrow!):
And PLENTY of these:
That photo was snapped up at the food pantry in my town when I was helping out my grandmother. She runs the local pantry and the rest of my family chips in whenever they can.
But in all seriousness, my meals have pretty much stayed the same in terms of nutritional value as they are when I’m in D.C. The only difference is I’m not doing all the cooking! Oh… and I can’t forget… dessert. Dessert is my true love and since i’ve been home (and of course because of the holiday season) my days have included cookies and other sweet treats. I’ve just been making sure my three main meals of the day our healthy and not worrying too much about the December/Christmas indulgences.
My Mom has been making lots of vegetables and our fridge has been jam packed with fresh produce. Oh how I’ve missed home cooked meals. Breakfast, my number one and most important meal, has been greek yogurt bowls and oatmeal for the most part. Always including a banana. Obviously.
Plus, I was even able to make it to the gym twice this week! I consider that a success.
Tomorrow is my last full day at home and I’m going to make the most of it for sure. One thing I’m not looking forward to is leaving on Sunday. Switching gears, one thing I am looking forward to, however, is continuing onward with my healthy lifestyle.
My new years resolution is to keep on keeping on- to stay healthy in 2013.
I consider myself SO lucky to have received some amazingly thoughtful gifts this year for Christmas that will help make this promise to myself stay true. Christmas was definitely the bomb dot com for so many reasons.
So you know how the camera on my new phone is awful? Case and point the picture above. Well, Will got me a digital camera! And it has a setting for taking pictures of food! AH! I love it so much already but haven’t had too much time to play with it yet. Get ready for this little guy to make my blog look much more clean and profesh.
My sister Jess got me a potato masher! Hello, mashed sweet potatoes. AND she got me a juicer. I have no idea where to even begin with this but I love new kitchen equipment and can’t wait to play.
Will, knowing my love of Sriracha, got me the perfect cookbook and my parents included a vegetarian magazine in my stocking. And while although I am not a vegetarian, I am a veg head and look forward to the future meals this mag will inspire (I apologize for the sideways photo).
One of the best things I got this year for sure- and something I NEVER would have imagined me asking for this time last year- was outdoor cold weather running apparel! HOORAY! This is the first “brand name” athletic wear I’ve ever really owned! I feel so legit.
I tried it all on on Christmas morning and did a test jog around my block. I am so in love with it. I wish I could wear this ensemble all day every day. And it came with some nice socks as well (that are made for outdoor/cold weather exercise).
Other highlights included NEW CLOTHES which I always could use- especially bright colored pants, unique sweaters, fitted work apparel, and stylish tops. My wardrobe has been pretty blah lately because I’ve been trying to stick to basics primarily as I rebuild my collection of clothing items after losing a lot of weight. It’s nice to own pretty things. Materialistic? Yeah a little. Honest? Hell yes. Man, it’s nice wearing clothes that not only fit me right but that look damn good.
While all the food and exercise stuff I got will obviously help me stay healthy, I think the clothes are the biggest motivator because they really show me how hard I’ve worked over the past year. Sliding my new items on makes me feel so good and so accomplished. I want to keep giving my body what it deserves and feeling this great inside and out.
Again, I am so thankful for these gifts and all the other thoughtful gifts I received. My friends and family know me so well and I couldn’t have asked for a better assortment of goodies. I also couldn’t have asked for better friends and family 😉
It’s going to suck hardcore leaving everyone but it will be nice to return to DC with all my new goods. Get ready 2013 because I’m going to rock you.
Now I need sleep. I’m going to get up nice and early so I can get in a full day with everyone. I already know I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow but it’ll be easy to wake up when I know my morning is starting with a pedicure date with my Mom and Grandmother (trip to Marylous for an Almond Joy iced coffee included). Ah yes, the good life.
I hope Christmas was good to all of you who were celebrating and I hope all of you are enjoying the last days of December xoxo