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My Version of Healthy Holidays

T’is the season to read all over the Internet How to Stay Healthy for the Holidays! How to Not Get Stressed Out!

I love the holidays, but it definitely can be a busy and stressful time, even if it is a happy time. Grace from Stripes and Sequins had a great post the other day about being busy but being truly happy and lucky to be doing what she loves, and I’m glad to say I feel exactly the same way. (P.S. She just launched her own shoe collaboration at Anthropologie, NBD.)

I won’t write you some listicle on How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays, but I’ll show you my version of staying sorta healthy through the holidays.

It’s a blend of living each moment to the fullest, scheduling my workouts so I get them in, and…not sleeping enough. (Do as I say, not as I do?)

After the marathon, I took a few weeks to let myself be lazy. I was kind of burnt out on running, and I didn’t want to get burnt out on working out, too. I wanted working out to be something I enjoyed, not that I begrudgingly made myself do. Now, I’m back to where I really want to work out. Where, even if I overslept and have nighttime plans, I’ll figure out how to get even a short workout in. Monday that was a 5-minute treadmill warmup, 10 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute recovery, 5-minute cooldown.


Thursday/Friday, I bookended my company holiday party with some Uplift classes. Thursday am: Sculpt Fusion with Madeline. If Chelsea is super-badass, Madeline is the sweet little sister you don’t want to let down.

Friday, Julie from PBFingers was in town, and had asked me earlier in the week if I wanted to take a class together in the morning. I started to say that no, my company holiday party was Thursday night, so that wouldn’t work, but decided I didn’t want to miss out on seeing her and that I’d just take it easy on the bubbly. It was really hard to get out of bed, but by the time I got out of work last night, I was so happy I’d just gotten up and gotten it done. (This is not to say that the first 10 minutes of class weren’t impossible for me and that I didn’t nearly die during the tabatas.)

So, it’s Saturday, roughly two weeks before Christmas, and I’m happy to report that I worked out every work day this week AND didn’t sacrifice any fun to attend a Junior League holiday party celebrating the Board/Management Council, my company holiday party, a randomly fun night out last night with Fiona, and a fun workout event with Netflix.

What about you? What does your version of healthy holidays look like?

Unwinding for the Holidays

Greetings from New Jersey!


Before I left yesterday morning, I got a quick sightseeing run in, inspired by seeing on Instagram yesterday morning that Kelly had done the same.

The stops: past the Solow building, where I worked for Chanel last summer; the Plaza; and the Rockefeller Center tree!

I wore that adorable jacket you see above. It’s a New Balance Windblocker jacket I got through work. (That link isn’t the exact one I got, but pretty close–AND ON SALE RIGHT NOW.) Its outer layer is wind and water-resistant, and it’s fleece-and-awesome lined. It was really chilly and windy yesterday and I wore this and the New Balance Minimus long-sleeved top and felt perfectly comfortable. I’ll post a picture of it soon, but I’m in serious love with that Minimus top. It’s fairly similar to the Lululemon Run Swiftly top, but at half the price and a more flattering fit for those of us who carry extra weight in their midsection. Win.

I’d been trying so hard to make my Christmas spirit happen (or fetch, whatever) but it was hard not to smile running past all of these sights.

I came home, packed and was picked up by my buddy Shannon and her husband to head out to NJ.


We did some errands during the day, and then my mom made a feast last night, starting with steak. I don’t remember the last time I ate steak, and I devoured every single bite.


And some salad to balance things out.


And potatoes au gratin to unbalance things out.


And stringbeans to balance things back out again.

Today, I started and finished all of my Christmas shopping.

NOW I can finally unwind. I may start with a nap.

When did you start/finish your holiday shopping? How do you unwind over the holidays?