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March 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Happy Sunday my loves! I hope you have been enjoying your weekend so far. My bodies been trying to fight off this nasty cold, so rest + water + smoothies + doggy cuddles was my weekend. 🙂 Oh, and some yoga because my life would be incomplete without it. 


S/O to Target for $8 shorts too. 

The gym hasn’t been my priority. I’ve quite honestly felt like crap all week long between a slight fever, bad cough, sore throat, and congestion. So the gym just wasn’t a good thing for my body this week. And I only went a few times the week before because of a bunch of exams. And this coming week I’ll be on a service trip in West Virginia, so it again won’t be a priority. But the thing is, I’m totally okay with that. Life happens, bodies need rest; and I wouldn’t give up this service trip for hours spent in the gym anyways. 

As I’m writing this in a van at 8:13 am with a runny nose and a crampy stomach (just got my period!!) I sit with a feeling of excitement in my chest as I embark on this journey. I applied for this trip way back in September and am extremely blessed I was chosen to go. This week I will be in West Virginia with a group of girls from my college serving the community. We will be helping with rural poverty and environmental issues. 

My heart is happy. Volunteering is something that makes me feel alive, and I cannot wait to immerse myself into the culture and connect with those who I will be surrounded with. 

I will most definitely be talking about this trip when I’m back, but for now; it’s time to head out! 


Keep letting your soul burn bright friends. 🙂 

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God Bless <3 

Yoga is SO much more than a workout

August 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi guys and happy Thursday!! So excited for this post today because I got to work with some amazing BGB gals. AND we are talking about one of my fav things ever: YOGA!

Yoga is so much more than just a workout to me. It helps to keep my mind at peace, stay in the present, learn to listen to my body, and so so so much more that I could ramble about forever hehe. Here’s what some gals said about why they love yoga and how it is so beneficial for them!

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~Katie from talk less, say more says: “Yoga has proven (on a few occasions now) to be an absolute life saver by strengthening my mind and helping me reduce anxiety as my daily reminder to live in the present moment and just breathe.”

~Beth from sublimey fit says: “I love that yoga is a constant reminder to live in the now and to let go of everything else!”

~Marina from adancersliveit says: “One reason I practice yoga is to help my body and mind recover from the stress of dancing and life! It calms me and keeps me flexible and grounded!”

~Akansha from citrus and gold says: “Yoga is a restorative practice for my muscles to balance them for running. But more importantly, it’s a mental break from everything else – I try focus on only one thing, my breath, when I’m practicing.”

~Dani from Dani California cooks says: “Yoga is my time to reconnect with every cell in my body! The minute I sit on my mat and take a breath I suddenly become aware of just every sensation.”

~Ellen from my uncommon everyday says: “Yoga clears my head. I can step away from my to-do list, think about my breath and the postures, and then I can reenter the world in a more focused place. It’s often hard to tell myself to stop “going” and just head to my mat, but I always feel better when I do. The time is never wasted.”

~Meah from pilates pearls and peanut butter says: “I practice yoga because it makes me feel strong, confident, and focused. Plus, who doesn’t love savasana?”

~Catherine from a cup of Catherine says: “I’m not practicing currently, but definitely anxiety relief. When I had a regular Bikram practice, I saw a noticeable difference in my anxiety. It also helped me with my body image. I began criticizing my body in those big mirrors but eventually became inspired by every BODY in the room.”

~Keri from Kerri’s kitchen says: “I love yoga because it lets me relax and let go of all of the day’s responsibilities. I always leave class feeling refreshed and more positive. It also really helps me with post workout/ running soreness and helped me to stay injury free during my marathon training!”

~Leah from love me feed me says: “Yoga for me is a way to nourish my body and my mind. It can be relaxing and it can challenge me and it’s one of the few ways I can get out of my own head (well most of the time :P). It helps my anxiety so much too.”

I didn’t always use to love yoga. When I was deep in my disordered thoughts, I didn’t think it was too “intense” enough to even be considered a workout. But as time progressed and I regained a healthy mind, I began to realize that yoga is so much more than just movement. On my yoga retreat last month, we talked about how when we step onto our mat, it’s for ourselves and ourselves only. You can stay in child’s pose all practice long if that feels good. If you force yourself to stay in crow an extra 5 seconds when you really don’t want to, you’re just hurting yourself; you’re letting your ego take over your practice. And that was such a big eye opener to me. Swallowing my pride, accepting what my body is telling me, and getting on that mat without holding any expectations on myself.

Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better you practice, the brighter the flame.” -B.K.S. Lynegar

Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.” -B.K.S. Lynegar

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endure and endure what cannot be cured.” -B.K.S. Lynegar

And another quote because this one is just SO dang awesome 🙂

Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates

Now tell me: 

Do you practice yoga? 

If you do, does yoga help you to be more mindful? Lessen anxiety? 

Thank you for reading loves!! And to all the awesome BGB ladies I included in this post for sharing their love for yoga 🙂

Have a wonderful Thursday guys!!

Xoxo,

Lyss <3

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Dear Dad…

June 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

As today is Father’s day, I decided to switch it up from a usually link love to share a Dad related post. 🙂 Let’s get started!

Dear Dad…

You do so much for me and for our family. I am incredibly blessed to have you in my life, and I feel as if I don’t vocalize that enough. There are so many things I could thank you for, but I thought I’d just share a small amount of them today.

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Junior prom 2014 

Dear Dad…

Thank you for being my gym buddy. The YMCA wouldn’t be the same without you.

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for not questioning why I spend weird amounts of money at Whole Foods or on nut butter. You know that I love that stuff, and you are supportive of my nut butter obsession. 🙂

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for making me laugh. You can always give me a great chuckle, even when I’m not in the brightest moods.

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Senior prom 2015

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for providing me with the money for an education. I am so blessed I am able to go to school and follow my dreams of becoming a therapist. You are so supportive of my dreams- you always have, and I know you always will be. For that, I am eternally grateful.

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April 2016- enjoying a weekend home from school with my parents 

Dear Dad… 

 

I don’t know how you or Mom did it, but you’ve loved me at my worst. During the depths of my eating disorder and when I was basically the devil, you stayed by my side. We most definitely had our fights during that time. We had our arguments. I threw food at you, I cried, I screamed. You persisted through it. It was a challenging time, yet we found our way out of it. You visited me in treatment. You were there at family meals. Dad, I am sorry for not speaking to you for almost a year after treatment. I am sorry for the wrongs I have caused with my eating disorder and the person it made me become, but through it all you kept this glimpse of hope in you that I would see the light at some point- and I did. Dad, thank you for dealing with me at my worst. For trying to understand this horrible illness, for being willing to learn more, and for sticking by my side to that long-lasting fight to freedom. We did it, we made it.

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for supporting my blog and for being the reason that it can all happen. You support my passions. You support my love for writing and for helping others. You are eager to learn more. And that brings a big smile to my face, even though I am shy to show it at times.

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March 2016, before going to speak at Monte Nido- and eating disorder recovery center

Dear Dad…

You deal with my moods and my crankiness. I am stubborn, I get agitated easily sometimes; yet you always find a way to deal with it and shove my not so pleasant moods to the side.

Dear Dad… 

Thank you for being my church buddy. I am so happy that we are able to spend most of our Sunday mornings together with God. My heart is always full and warm at church, and having you by my side there makes me even happier.

Dear Dad…

Thank you for the countless knee rubs. Having knee surgery in 2014 was hard and painful, yet ever since then you’ve never been shy to massage my knee if it’s sore. Thank you for that.

Dad, thank you for everything you do for me. Your presence in my life is one I am so grateful for. You have taught me so much these past 19 years, and I wouldn’t be the woman I am without you. Our relationship has grown tremendously over the years, and that alone puts a big smile on my face. Thank you for all that you do for me and our family. I love you endlessly! <3

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My brother, dad, and I: Summer 2015

Now tell me: 

What is one thing your dad does that makes you smile?

Have a great Sunday and lovely Father’s day!

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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Weekend Recap- concert+NEDA walk

April 12, 2016 in College / Uncategorized

Hi guys and happy Tuesday! Hope you all are doing well and that you had a lovely weekend. I’m going to be recapping my weekend for you all today, so lets get started!

Friday

On Friday, I volunteered at Best buddies for two hours after class. After volunteering, I came back and took a nap. Life has been crazy with schoolwork, so it was much needed.

After napping and watching some Netflix, I started getting ready to go out. Waka Flaka and T-Pain came to our school for our spring concert, so my friends and I decided to go.

I decided to wear this new crop top from Forever 21 I bought online this week and some ripped jeans from Charlotte Russe. And my high top white converse because I am in love with them.

Some pictures from the night:

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Jen, me, and Shannon with our drinks cuz as T Pain would say, imma buy you a drank hehe

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Shannon and I 

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Me and the sweetest soul ever aka my best friend Tim 12974504_1082428775113086_4632120471165342425_n.jpg

My beautiful friend Paige and I

The actual concert was lots of fun. It was pretty crowded and I got shoved around a lot which were some downfalls, but spending time with my friends was awesome. I left the concert around 11:00, went back to my friend Paige’s room and hung out with her, then we got some midnight snacks from this place on campus. Perfect way to end the night!

Saturday 

I slept in a bit Saturday morning but a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee and my friend were my motivators to get my booty out of bed. I went to the library around 12:00 and stayed till 5:00. My friend Jillian came too and we studied social psych together. After the library, we went to the gym for an hour, showered, then walked to Panera for dinner. We talked/studied a bit more at Panera over dinner and left around 10:00. We hung out for a bit with some other friends and then hit the hay.

Sunday

On Sunday morning, my friend Paige picked me up at my dorm and we got breakfast. We went to this awesome bagel place around the corner and got iced coffee’s too. After breakfast, we were on our way to the NEDA walk.

My parents came so I got to see them which was awesome. I also saw my friends from Project Heal, some Instagram friends, and some people from treatment. I love the NEDA walks and how great they are organized. They are truly a wonderful place to bring everyone together and raise awareness for something that sucks so much, that being ED’s. The speakers were amazing and the environment was so positive. Truly felt inspired and empowered after leaving and spending my morning there.

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My amazing mom and I 

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Jessie, me, Paige, and Maddy

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My therapist Erika from treatment and I. So great to talk with her. 

After the walk, Paige and I got lunch at Whole Foods which was super yummy. We got back around 1:30 and I took a quick power nap before studying. I got to the library around 2:30 and studied my booty off for social psych. (a large coffee was consumed in the process)

Overall, it was a great weekend!! Honestly best one I have had in a while 🙂

Now tell me: 

What was the highlight from your weekend? 

Favorite T Pain song? 

Hope you guys have a great Tuesday!

Sending my love as always.

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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Blogger Recognition Award

April 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi guys and happy Monday! Today I am super excited to write this post. My fellow blogger friend Lynne at Lynne’s Recipe Trails nominated me for the blogger recognition award! Thank you so much Lynne for nominating me for this award and being such a huge support to my blog!

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Rules for the Blogger Recognition Award:

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Write a post to show your award.  Attach the award to the post.

Give a brief story of how your blog started.

Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.

Select up to 10 other blogs you award to.

How I started my blog: 

I used to have a recovery Instagram as well as a WordPress blog back in 2014/2015. However, I made the switch to my own domain and a self-hosted blog at the end of 2015. I am very passionate about using my voice and sharing my experiences with an eating disorder to help others. I love writing and I love connecting with those out there to show them that full recovery IS possible, so I figured a blog would be the best way to do that!

My Advice to New Bloggers 

Write what YOU are passionate about! Don’t fall victim to obsessing over how many people view your blog and the statistics. As long as blogging is making you happy, that’s all that counts!

My Nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award are:

Bits of zen

Foodiecology

Blonde Pancake

Always fully dressed with a smile

Graceful coffee

Again, a huge thanks to Lynne for the nomination!! Truly means so much to me and am very thankful to have connected with such a sweet soul through the blogging community!

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Sending my love as always.

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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