November Recap!

Hi everyone!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving at home with my family and it was wonderful. It’s been a while since I have done a recap so here I am! Life has been very busy. I usually go through little rough patches where I feel a lack of inspiration on the blog. Now that the Christmas season is upon us, I am feeling slightly rejuvenated 🙂

Taking things back to a few Monday’s ago… I had 32 oz. of celery juice after a workout and man oh man, I should have started out with maybe 8 oz. My stomach was a mess all day! I also ended things with someone I really cared about Monday and I think Owen sensed my sadness because he was alllll about snuggling me.

Luckily I had a coffee date scheduled with my sweet friend and mentor Holly scheduled on Tuesday. Our coffee date cheered me up! Dating is ROUGH guys. Really rough. One minute I think I know exactly what I want and then the next I am left feeling all alone. Here’s what I have noticed, when I put my relationship with God above everything else, my vision is clear. When I let my relationship with God take a back seat, things in my life seemed jumbled up and unclear. Moral of the story – I am working on sticking close to God. 🙂

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This is a total sign from God…my dear friend Natalie left these beautiful flowers on my front doorstep Tuesday and she had no idea how I had been feeling. HOW BEAUTIFUL?! Thank you Natalie! Flowers always cheer me up!

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I also decided to go on a run with Owen later in the evening to clear my head. The weather was perfect!

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I ended the night with a simple meal:

SALMON SALAD- 1 pack @safecatchfoods salmon, 1 T avocado oil mayo, 2 T spicy brown mustard, squeeze lemon juice, salt & pepper, 1 T chopped walnutsRoasted Sweet potato / apples – coat 1 small sweet potato & 1 small apple in olive oil, cinnamon, salt & pepper, roast for 20 mins at 425

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Does anyone else LOVE the Fall weather?! Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons to dress for. I am also LOVING this vintage purse from a local vintage shop in town –> Painted Lady Trading

I also always love the Starbucks coffee my sweet friend Tony brings me almost everyday!!

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A few weekends ago we also hosted the teen girls from my church for a girl’s night! We went to see Last Christmas on Friday, played cards, and then woke up to breakfast on Saturday and discussed body image in the Orthodox Church.

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The weekend went by quick and then it was back to work on Monday!

Tuesday we had our work Thanksgiving potluck. I would be LOST without these two. They make work 10000% more fun.

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Wednesday I spent the day prepping for Thanksgiving and baking cookies for the cookie sale at Church. I also ran a few errands and had drinks with my sweetest friend Mandy!!

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Thursday morning I was up bright and early ready for a day filled with food and family 🙂  I stated the day with a simple pumpkin smoothie! 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 T pumpkin, a dash of pumpkin spice, 1 C almond milk – BLEND!

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I use to STRESS hard-freaking-core about this holiday. The food would overwhelm me. I would plan for a run in the morning, a walk after dinner, & a long run the next day. I would skip the bread & dessert and load up on veggies only. I would cry when I felt “full”. I would judge others who filled their plates too high with mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Not anymore! This holiday remains my favorite. Looking forward to feeling happy & full on homemade rolls, pumpkin pie, and all the other goodies. If you struggle with an eating disorder, I encourage you to challenge yourself in a good way during the holidays. Take a deep breath. It’s just food. It’s just a way to enjoy time with loved ones. You’ve got this. ✌🏼

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It was a wonderful day with family and boy was I FULL. I still managed to take a few bites of pumpkin pie before giving in to my fullness. I went to bed with a happy heart and a full tummy!

Friday I was sick all day but I woke up Saturday morning ready to decorate for Christmas!!

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And that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by the blog!!!