How was your Thanksgiving weekend, if you celebrated? It has felt so relaxing and refreshing to me, and I hope the same for you! I took some time off of blogging, besides writing up Friday’s “Sweet Cinnamon Eggy Oats” post, so I’m behind on reading other blogs and didn’t plan a “real” post for today. Instead, I’ll share some pictures of the time I spent in Tampa (sorry if you’ve already seen some of them on Instagram!)
7 Things I Did During Thanksgiving Weekend
- Appreciated the experience and traditions of the holiday. During Thanksgiving, it’s easy to feel gratitude and appreciation, and I tried to relish those feelings! Among several things I appreciated were: my mother-in-law’s beautiful Thanksgiving table… …spending time with close family friends who come over for many holidays (and who I found out read the blog! Hi!)… …continuing the Lyons’ tradition of building a bonfire during holidays and spending time after the big meal relaxing and chatting… …and of course a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, as well! I enjoyed my Healthier Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole, mashed potatoes and cauliflower, turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, gingered carrots, fruit and marshmallow salad, and sweet potatoes with pecans! And, of course, some unpictured desserts – I couldn’t choose between pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate pecan pie, so I had a small slice of each!
- Spent quality time with family. Although I definitely missed “my” family (Kevin and I alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas each year between “my” side and “his” side), it was so nice to spend time with Kevin, my in-laws, and Kevin’s sister Holly and her husband Teddy (they got married in May, but it was only Day 6 of the blog and I hadn’t really started sharing many personal details, so I shared the BDD Rule that day instead!). We didn’t really have plans besides having company on Thanksgiving Day and enjoying a lunchtime meet-up with a few friends yesterday, so we got to spend a lot of quality time as a family – and it was great!
- Followed my tips to enjoy Thanksgiving happily and healthily. I’m happy to say that I followed all 7 tips, and they worked! I’ll continue to follow them for future holidays because I love the balance of indulging and enjoying, without feeling over-stuffed or overwhelmed. I’ve definitely had more sugar and fewer veggies than I’m used to over the past few days, but overall I think I found a nice balance.
- Didn’t use Thanksgiving as an excuse to throw healthy living out the window for the rest of the year. OK, this is one of the tips I included in the 7 Tips above, but it’s worth repeating because it’s so important. On Friday after Thanksgiving, I started my day right with a bowl of Greek yogurt, chia seeds, Heritage flakes, blueberries, and some leftover cranberry sauce!I made my family a few veggie-filled dishes that night, including Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa (which I might eventually post to the blog!) and Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples. We enjoyed those dishes with lobster tails – another Lyons’ tradition! I also made sure to get in my water – it was helpful that the Elf4Health Challenge asked us to track our water intake on Friday, and I managed 9.5 bottles before the day was over!
- Slept!! I can’t say enough how amazing it was to get plenty of sleep during my time off. I slept for 10 hours on Thursday night (!), and snuck in a nap on two days, also! Even though I think my lack of sleep is one of my worst health habits, and I don’t believe you can totally “make up” for lost sleep, it still felt fantastic!
- Took advantage of the days I felt great to get in good workouts. The weather was great while we were in Tampa, and I love running along the ocean or on a trail near my in-laws’ house. Those factors, combined with delicious food and actually getting sleep, made for some great workouts! On Thursday morning, I ran a slow 1.5 mile warm-up, then conquered a 5K Turkey Trot in 22:04, and ran an 11-mile “cool down” back home. That’s a great way to ensure you’re hungry for some turkey! I got in nice runs on the other days, as well, but they weren’t quite as long.
- Stayed away from the Black Friday crowds. Confession: I’ve never actually enjoyed shopping – especially shopping for myself! The thought of so many people pushing and shoving their way through stores does not sound appealing (although I’ll do it for “family time” with my mom and sisters!). So, I took advantage of some Black Friday sales from the comfort of my own computer screen, and avoided the shopping madness.
Even though I didn’t answer the proposed questions, I thought I would link up to Arman’s “Spill It Sundays” post, since I hope I gave you some insight into my personal life. Head over there if you want to learn more about other bloggers, too!
So tell me in the comments … What’s one thing YOU did over the past few days? Know of any great Cyber Monday sales happening tomorrow, for those of us who didn’t finish up on Black Friday?