Guys, guess what is coming up? I mean besides Christmas-I’m talking about a holiday MUCH more monumental. 

That’s right-my one year blogiversary! (Is it just me or are a lot of people having these around now? Are the holidays just a really great time to procrastinate by starting a blog? Confession-mine was most definitely started during finals…oops.)

Does anyone know when it was? Extra super bonus points if you do-I had to look it up! I just remembered that I was supposed to start it over break, but I got overeager and probably a little bored of studying, so I started sooner! Approaching the one year mark has led to a lot of reflection-why do I blog? What’s the purpose? It’s forcing me to go back to my roots. Bonus-my first ever post isn’t as embarrassing as I was expecting-I actually really like it. I clearly put more effort into what I spewed from my fingers back then.

I also want to thank you all so much. I remember how big of a deal it was to see my first reader! (Although it may have just been me, checking out my spiffy new blog repeatedly.) And my first comments-those were truly amazing-although I’m pretty sure my first ever comment was my mom…

Anyways, to celebrate one year of blogging, I wanted to do something fun!


So-I’m going to do a 12 days of Christmas countdown to the big day! I’m insanely excited for this-each day will feature something different-expect workouts, recipes, decent food pictures-basically all the things I’m too lazy to do on a regular basis. I’m insanely excited for this, and I’m already planning all sorts of fun things! I’m also trying to use this as a chance to get back to my roots-my recipes should reflect my eating beliefs-something my day to day diet hasn’t done as of late (not that’s it’s been awful, but it doesn’t reflect my passion for nutrition). 

I have some ideas for some of the days, but I don’t want to give anything away. It’s still a few weeks away, so I have tons of time to prep and make this amazing! So be on the lookout for this in the next few weeks!

This morning I did a spin class on my own-it’s one I made over the summer with 20 minutes on HIIT in the middle-and it’s intense. By far the hardest spin class I’ve made-future students beware! I know it’s probably not totally accurate, but the reading on the bike was 1000 calories. Mwahaha-again, future students beware 🙂


Here’s what I didn’t eat today. I was smart enough to only pack money for my morning coffee:


And seeing as I’m not into shoplifting, it worked like a charm 🙂

I also tried a persimmon from our CSA box (which came with tons of goodies this week-persimmons, pears, apples, avocados, tomatoes) to see how it compared with the ones from my roommate’s trees. The verdict?


It was probably a little softer and sweeter, but the skin was pretty tough and the overall flavor wasn’t as good. Don’t worry-I made sure to have one from her tree later though!


I took this because I wanted to show you guys what I’m wearing. But you can’t really see that so…basically I wear the same thing everyday-scarf, crew neck sweatshirt, leggings/workout pants, moccasins. I’m really lucky to go to a school where pretty much everyone wears athletic clothes every day. 

I’ve been missing rowing a lot lately, so I headed to the gym to do a rowing workout on the erg. I was surprised that I was able to maintain my pace! I’m definitely going to be incorporating more rowing into my workouts in the future-it’s really great crosstraining for running, plus I was in killer shape last fall from it. I followed that with 10 minutes of abs. 

I felt confident enough to attempt the dining hall today, as I hadn’t had sweets all day. Plus, I was looking at some of my old food pictures (my first month or so of food pictures was laughable…apparently I didn’t know how to hold my phone still??), and it made me realize I’ve been kind of slacking somewhat in the vegetable department, so I loaded up my plate with veggies.


I wasn’t a fan of the chicken though-I hate dealing with meat of the bone. I feel like I only get about 2 bites out of the whole things!

I then passed up cookies in favor or cinnamon toast and fruit. Maybe not the 100% most healthy option, but still a much better option for me!


So-look out for the 12 days of Christmas! I need to go study for tomorrow’s midterm-eek!


10 comments on “12 Days of Christmas

  1. Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty

    Congrats in advance Aurora!!! Can’t wait for the countdown.

    I’m pretty sure the first hundred or so views of my blog were all made by an overzealous me, so you’re not alone on that. 😛

    1. Aurora

      Thank you! Haha, glad I’m not the only one!

    1. Aurora

      Thank you!

  2. smilemilegirl

    I can’t wait for the countdown! What a great idea (: I’m the same way about athletic clothes. I wear the same thing almost every day. If I put on any jewelry or even wear jeans, it’s considered a success!

    1. Aurora

      Seriously! I can’t even remember the last time I wore jeans. I claim it’s because biking in jeans stinks (which is true), but let’s be real-would I actually wear them if I wasn’t biking?

  3. Health, Love, and Chocolate

    I am excited for this 12 days of Christmas, how fun! I, on the other hand, completely missed and forgot about my blogiversary. Ooops. Oh, and the persimmons I get from people’s tree always do seem better.

    1. Aurora

      You’ll just have to celebrate the next one!
      And it’s amazing how much better the persimmons are! I may or may not have eaten pretty much all of the ones my roommate brought-that or she hid the rest of them, which was probably a good decision on her part!

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