I can’t believe this is basically my last day of break? Where did the time go?? I have so much I still want to do! I am not ready to go back to dining hall food!

Yesterday morning, I went to an early Crossfit class. We did a new movement I’ve never done before, and it smoked my hamstrings! We also had a double WOD-the first was 10 minutes long, with 5 burpees and 2 hang cleans every minute. This was brutal. The cleans were heavy, and I was huffing and puffing like crazy! The regular workout involved wall balls, box jumps, and chin ups. I used a pretty high box so I took my time during the jumps. 

After Crossfit, I headed to the gym to do yoga. I had intentions of running a couple of miles before class, but my legs were totally smoked and I wasn’t keeping any kind of decent pace so I just hung around until class time. Class was awesome-lots of hamstring stretching. Between that and Crossfit, my hamstrings certainly are feeling it today!

After an unpictured lunch of Butternut squash soup, I headed off to meet up with a friend for some yoga by the bay.


We set up along the route I normally do my long runs on. it was perfect, and the weather was calm. After yoga, we walked along the bay trail and just caught up. Such a great afternoon. 

For dinner, we had Asian Lettuce cups from Cooking Light, plus brown rice and snow peas.


Later in the evening, I met up with two other friends for a late Christmas Gift Exchange and a tea party. My friend was a wonderful hostess, and everything was set up so nicely!

The presents we received were some assembly required-they were ugly Christmas sweater kits! We each had a sweater, which came with all sorts of adornments, like bells, reindeer, plain felt to cut, and little presents. Image

Here’s my finished product!


My friends are much more artistic than I am-here are the sweaters all together!


Unfortunately, I didn’t get into bed until well past midnight, and spin this morning was very early. I had plans to run my treadmill workout after class, but with staying out late and eating cookies, I didn’t have the energy and called it quits after completing a mile. My morning was spent catching up on sleep-pot workout naps are the best! Followed by lunch-tomato soup with cheddar and a sandwich thin with homemade raspberry jam.


I have a lot to still do today-I need to go grocery shopping and do some food prep before returning to school, I also need to make some more canvases, and who knows what else!

One of my big focuses for the New Year is nutrition. Ironically given I started a healthy living blog, my nutrition has slipped in the past year. I don’t mean to say that I’m eating awful foods, but my eating lacks the scientific approach that helps with optimal eating. To PR my 5k, I’m fairly certain good nutrition is extremely important-I exercise enough. I’m taking a Nutrition class next quarter as well-I may start a weekly series where I share a few things that I’m learning in class-would anyone be interested? 

I also got the new version of the My Fitness Pal app-the new version is much better! I was never consistent about using My Fitness Pal in the past to track food, but it actually is really nice-it even tells you where you’re lacking or over doing it on things like vitamins, sugars, and saturated fat. For instance, I’m already at double the recommended amount of sugar for today! It’s a nice tool to help see where to make changes. In a few weeks, I’ll give an update on how things go-I’m hoping I won’t get sick of tracking because I really do think it’s important to be mindful of what you’re putting in your body!

Have a great Friday!

Do you track what you eat?

10 comments on “Ugly Christmas Sweaters

    1. Aurora


  1. Christine@ Apple of My Eye

    Those ugly Christmas sweaters are so cute! I want the ugliest for next Christmas ;). And that yoga by the beach looks like a dream!

    1. Aurora

      You should definitely do one! I can’t wait to wear mine!

  2. smilemilegirl

    I am so jealous- that is such a beautiful view!! Yoga there?? Oh my goodness it sounds like heaven. I love your sweater!! It turned out so well (:

    1. Aurora

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Brittany @ DulceVie

    Oh my gosh! I just wrote a post talking about MyFitnessPal!! Haha what a coincidence! Anyway, I love MyFitnessPal. The update is definitely a lot nicer than the old version. You should add me 🙂 My username is BrittanyPeters17

    1. Aurora

      This is going to sound stupid but I have no idea how to add people! Can you add me? Astottler

  4. Ashley @MilesonOats

    I track what I eat. Ever since I lost about 65 lbs I’ve sorta trained myself to track my food. I am eating to maintain my current weight, so I only track to make sure I am getting enough calories now.

    If I lived by that bay I would I would run it daily, it’s stunning!

    -Ash 🙂

    1. Aurora

      I really like tracking-it’s really nice to know exactly what I’ve been eating, and it can be eye opening!

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