Christmas 2016

December 26, 2016 in About Me / Balance

Hi loves! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. 🙂 I can’t believe another Christmas has passed! Going to do a little recap of my Christmas weekend so let’s get started!


Saturday morning I started my day with a workout:


2 mi run

10 min walk

4x 1 min sprint

2×10 chin ups

3×10 single leg push downs

2×10 tricep cable push down

2×10 cable leg kick back

3×10 cable upright row


30 sec static plank hold

10 knee to nose in plank each side

30 butterfly crunches

30 Russian twists

10 knee to ground

10 each side knew to opposite elbow

30 in and outs

30 eagle crunches

After my workout, I came back and ate some lunch. I talked to my best friend from school on the phone for about two hours while coloring (multi-tasking at its finest lol) then showered and got ready to head to my aunts house! Every Christmas Eve I go to my aunts house for dinner and I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember!

Didn’t snap any pictures of the food, but I had a yummy lobster stuffing dish and salad for dinner. And two mini carrot cakes for dessert!! So tasty.


Wore this new red dress I got from Charlotte Russe to that party! 


Dad and I 🙂 


Sunday morning my family and I opened our presents. And of course there were some Lenny&Larry’s cookies in my stocking. 🙂

I don’t like to talk about gifts and such and everything I got, because I feel that takes away from the true meaning of the holiday.

But one thing I am super stoked about is my new Gymshark leggings. Guys- these things are so comfy. Like comfy to the point it doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing pants lol.

After opening presents, I had some oats for breakfast and a cup of coffee. I drank my coffee while writing down and coloring some bible verses in my new sketchbook. I LOVE doing this. Brings me closer to God and Jesus and helps me to relax and refocus my mind.

I went to my other aunts house for lunch and enjoyed some turkey, mashed potatoes, and corn! Then for dessert I had more coffee and 2 mini chocolate coconut bars. We went home around 3, and I came back and took a nap. (turkey makes me so sleepy haha) After my nap I took my pups for a walk with my momma then came back, ate some veggies and a bowl of cereal and watched YouTube videos. Later on in the night I sipped on kombucha, ate a snack, and watched Elf. First time watching it this year!

It was a great weekend with family, and it felt good to really just relax and unwind. Sometimes it’s really hard for me to do that, but it is SO needed for the mind, body, and soul. I have a lot to be thankful for, and this weekend just showed me that even more! I am thankful for my family, God & Jesus, my friends, and the life that recovery has given me. This weekend was full of yummy food, and I will refuse to feel guilty about it- this time comes once a year, and induling a bit will not change you or set you back in whatever goals you may have. Please please please remember that! God made cookies and cakes and pies so we can eat them, not stress about them and feel guilty over them!

Now tell me: 

Favorite thing you ate this weekend?! 

What are some of your Christmas traditions? 

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  • Reply Kate December 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I’m so glad you had a great Christmas. Lobster sounds amazing! What a treat.
    I made some delicious cookies this yesterday- my family loved them so much they are all gone now.
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    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      oooo gotta love christmas cookies!

  • Reply Meg December 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    LOVE you! You deserved such a special Christmas.

    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      love you more!!

  • Reply Emily December 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    It looks like such a wonderful Christmas! You started t out with a killer workout. 🙂 And that lobster stuffing sounds so good.

    We went to church on Christmas Eve and a shorter service on Christmas day. And we’re actually celebrating one of the traditions of having cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning today!
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    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      it was a great workout 🙂 i’m so glad you had a nice christmas em!

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar December 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Sounds like a beautiful Christmas–thanks for the reminder to not let food guilt stop us from enjoying the beautiful holiday. And I’m glad you got some leggings that it sounds like you’ll really enjoy. My favorite food this Christmas was this amazing Zuppa Italiano my brother and I made for Christmas dinner.
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    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      of course <3 that sounds so yummy! hope you enjoyed it Joyce!

  • Reply Megan Hallier December 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Your dress is lovely! My favourite food of the weekend was the crispy roast potatoes my brother made. So good!
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    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      thank you Megan! I love roasted potatoes

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law December 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Your Christmas sounded lovely, girl!

    My favourite thing I ate this weekend had to be my paleo fruit cake! Jesse and I had it for dessert on Christmas Day and it was so so good – and we’ve been eating it ever since 😉

    As for traditions. Jesse and I have quite a few! We get Christmas pyjamas each year, buy a new ornament for our tree with a memory from the year before, always make gingerbread houses – the list goes on and on!
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    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      aw love the pajamas idea!! so cute

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv December 28, 2016 at 1:29 am

    So glad you had a great, relaxing Christmas with family! My favorite thing I ate last weekend was this chocolate mud cake from Whole Foods. It was SOOOO good and I ate it every day for 3 or 4 days till it was all gone. Dark, rich chocolate desserts are my absolute weakness!
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    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      that sounds SO good! ah i want some!

  • Reply Susie @ SuzLyfe December 29, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Lobster, Chocolate, workouts, family, and relaxing is everything at Christmas. Presents are nice, but being present is way better!

    • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      amen to that girl!

  • Reply Bim Bam January 10, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I like to do some more advanced planks, then I have a great overall body workout 🙂

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