Friday, December 03, 2010
Yep, I have them. There are a few more this time of year, but I schedule days to eat whatever I want throughout the year. They tend to be about once a week, usually Saturdays.
The goal is to write down any cravings I have throughout the week and promise myself I can have it on Saturday. Usually, by the time Saturday rolls around, I don't want it anymore! And, I allow myself to go to a restaurant that I like, regardless of what kind of food they serve. There are lots of places that I like to eat but no one else in my family does. Or, DS does like it, but they don't have anything he can eat. To make sure that I enjoy my eating day, I try to imagine what I will eat. i imagine how it will taste and how I will feel while I am eating it. AND, I imagine how I will feel after I am done eating it. When I do that, I usually make much healthier choices, even though I have *permission* to eat anything I want.
In the next few weeks, I have four to six "eating days" planned. The first one is tomorrow. Groceries, game day, bunco. Need I say more?
The next one is our department's holiday party/potluck. Everyone brings their own specialty dishes and there are so many choices and I only get to eat them once per year. I also plan to eat light for both breakfast and dinner that day and only have one snack instead of two.
The third eating day is the company's Employee Appreciation Dinner. They serve us prime rib with mashed potatoes and veggies. There is a variety of cheesecakes AND the bosses serve us! LOVE this tradition!
Days 4 - 6 are Christmas, Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. We'll be at my MIL's and she expresses love with food. So, we eat. I will try to minimize the eating while we're there but the travel time will be another hurdle (three or four hours each way, depending on weather).
The good news? Six days of eating will not make me gain weight. Six out of 31 days is 19%. That means I will be making healthy choices 81% of the time. And I will be working out on most, if not all, of my eating days. Overall, my eating days will help me stay on track the rest of the time. Bring on the holidays!!!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
We had a little over 6" of snow fall on my little valley overnight. This means that the roads were snow covered, slick and extremely slow going. I know how to drive on snow and I know I could have made it to work. However, it would have been at least an hour (probably closer to two) and a drive full of tension. I opted to stay home.
But...I did not take the day off. I got up at my normal time and headed to the gym. Before I could drive away though, I "had" to shovel the drive and walk around my car so I wouldn't drive on it and have to shovel it later. I hate having to shovel packed snow! After my workout, I "had" to shovel the remainder of the drive and walk before my DH left for work (same reason!).
I then came inside, showered, ate breakfast and logged into my computer at work. Spent a good three hours catching up on stuff before I went out and shoveled the walk (again). It had been snowing steadily for the whole three hours and there were another two (or 15!!) inches of snow on the ground. But it had warmed up and the snow was heavier (bonus...or not) and the sidewalks stayed clear this time. Putting down ice melt helped too, I'm sure.
After I got done, I noticed my neighbor shoveling her walk. She has three boys, the youngest is two-ish, and her DH is in Iraq. (Didn't know that until after the walks were clear.) So, I went over and helped her shovel her walk and driveway. Hers was a little more difficult as her two oldest and my DS had "helped" her shovel earlier. Which means they packed down most of the snow and removed very little. LOL! Anyway, by the time hers were cleared and snow melt was down, I'd been outside for about an hour. Time to come in for lunch and warming up! The afternoon was filled with laundry and catching up on more work from home.
The kids had a totally different kind of day. School was closed, so they both slept in. Then they played outside making snow men, snow forts, snow balls and snow bears. Then they came inside and either played in their rooms or on the Wii or read. How unfair is that? Oh, and to add to the unfairness? They fought! Over dumb stuff!! They're getting along for now and will have to get their chores done and ready for school tomorrow. But overall, I'd say they won the snow day comparison.
BTW...you read correctly. Snow bears. Here is a picture of the snow bear my DD and her friend made today. Man! Wish I had some of that creativity and talent! I was impressed!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
It is tradition in my home, and probably many of yours, to put the Christmas decorations, especially the tree, up the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year is no different (except it's too cold and too windy to put up the outside lights).
We have a fake tree that I really like. It is about 6 1/2 feet tall, green and really full. And the best part, it doesn't shed! My kids and I rearranged the furniture and got out all of the Christmas goodies. Together, we assembled the tree, put on the lights and put the angel on top. Then DD, DS and DD's friend worked together (with only minimal fighting) to decorate the tree.
It is now done. Are there some spots more heavily decorated than others? Yes. Are the lights evenly and perfectly spaced? No. Are there clumps in some places and empty spots in others? Yep. Will I be rearranging and making the tree look "better" after the kids go to bed? Heck no!!!! It is perfect just the way it is.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
It has been snowing off and on all day here in my neck of the woods. Luckily, it's been warm enough that the snow didn't stick on any of the roads. Made my shopping excursion more enjoyable, that's for sure!
Picked up the ornaments I needed, my DD's secret Santa gift, a gift for FIL and one more thing for each of the kids (yeah, I know, I said I was done with them). Stocking stuffers and two gift cards and DH and done!
DH and I went to dinner (Don Diego's, very good!) and as we were leaving, the truck started doing some slipping, no planned. And, of course, DD was at a Glee practice. So, after the snow had fallen pretty steadily and started sticking, I had to go get DD. Luckily is was only about one mile each way and we made it home safely. It can snow all it wants now. I'm home, in PJ's and settled in for the night!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Started much later than Betsy, but I did start early. Got up at 2:30 (yes, that's am) and met my friend at her house at 3:45 (ish). Straight to Target. The Targets in my area do NOT have line control figured out. Stood in line longer than I was shopping and might still be there if I hadn't found a shorter line.
Next, ShopKo...kind of like a Target, but with much better line control. Only waited in line there about 15 minutes.
THEN, the mall! I'm not generally a big fan of the mall. Too many people. Too many teeny boppers. Too many stores that I just don't "get" because I am over the age of 18 (by a LOT!). However, I have a teenage daughter and an almost teenage son and the mall has stuff they want/like. And that's about the only place that has the stuff they want/like.
Five and a half hours later, after much shopping, one trip to the car to drop stuff off and a delicious lunch (oh, we had breakfast there too!), we headed to the last store. After the craft store, I went to Wal-Mart for a return and a music place for a gift.
Then HOME! I tried to sit down and read my book. You know, just relax for a little bit after a long, busy day. But, when I realized that I kept falling asleep while reading the same paragraph (50 times), I decided I should probably take a nap. Ninety minutes later....Ahhhh.. Ready to watch the BSU/Nevada game. While I'm waiting, I'm cheering for Arizona. Or am I rooting against Oregon (Sorry G-MA!)?
I have to get stocking stuffers, two (or three ornaments), a gift for my FIL and something for DH. And that's it! Done! LOVE IT!!
Hope you all had pleasant Black Fridays!
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