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Scheduled eating days

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? emoticon

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!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/5/2010 8:54PM

    Love your strategy! You'll maintain in flying glory! Enjoy.

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JOHNTJ1 12/5/2010 3:34PM

    I started Spark 11 days before Christmas. I told myself that no matter what Christmas was a free day. I have about six per year and what I've found is that I dont go crazy. I eat what I want, just not a whole lot of it.

Enjoy your meals!!! Our culture puts an emphasis on sharing meals and happiness and I think this is a good thing, within reason.

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GEEMAWEST 12/4/2010 10:35PM

    Good planning!

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/4/2010 7:40PM

  You are amazing! I also find myself making healthier choices when I'm out. I love the way you have it all figured out.

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CARRAND 12/4/2010 1:29PM

    Good plan! I'm sure you can make it work.

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NEWNAC304 12/4/2010 12:51PM

    What a great idea!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/4/2010 8:03AM

    Great plan!! Love it--I may have to copy it. Thanks for sharing.

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BKNOCK 12/4/2010 6:35AM

    Sounds like a good plan! I hope that you enjoy it all!

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Snow day for me is a little different than for kids

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. emoticon emoticon 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!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/2/2010 4:55PM

    Cute snow bear!
Funny how different a snow day is for the kids than for the parents, huh?
And I'm with you on shoveling before it gets all packed down...Hubby doesn't get it, but it's so much easier to shovel before you walk all over it...starting with the porch.

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CATHERINEL66 12/2/2010 11:46AM

    Wow! That much snow already! I am so disconnected in DC (and happy about that). Hang in there and keep on shoveling! That's gotta count as super fitness!

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JOHNTJ1 12/2/2010 9:28AM

    Sounds like you got a better workout in shoveling snow then you would have at the gym!!!!

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NEWNAC304 12/2/2010 8:35AM

    I hope you logged all that shoveling into your fitness tracker! I'm sure you burned a ton of calories! I hope today is better for you. Thanks for sharing the snow bear picture. It's darling!

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BKNOCK 12/2/2010 6:00AM

    Maybe Santa should leave them each a snow shovel so that you can teach them how to shovel! It sounds like you got plenty of exercise! Too bad you didn't squeeze a nap in there somewhere

The snow bear is really cool!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/1/2010 9:27PM

    Yay for snow bears! :)

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GEEMAWEST 12/1/2010 8:57PM

    You made the right decision to stay home. You may know how to drive in the snow, however, there are a lot of people out there that don't.

So nice of you to help your neighbor. I am more convinced every day that you're not such a bad person. LOL

Love the snow bear!

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CARRAND 12/1/2010 8:54PM

    Wow, do you know how many calories you burned shoveling snow?

And it was really sweet of you to help your neighbor shovel, too.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/1/2010 8:33PM

    Sounds like a productive snow day for you and a fun one for your kiddos!

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WINDEE52 12/1/2010 8:20PM

    I actually volunteer for shoveling and raking...hey it's gotta get done anyway, might as well get the calorie burn right. Big karmic hug for helping your neighbor too!

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Perfect Christmas tree?

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! emoticon 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.

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RJFERRARO315 12/2/2010 11:52PM

    I can't wait to do the tree and decorating this weekend. Sounds like so much fun. Good job and enjoying the tree instead of balancing it. I have an issue with symmetry so I'm not always successful with leaving it alone. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/29/2010 11:08PM

  No tree for me this year. I do all the decorating and have a 7' fake tree hat I love. It's prelit! I won't be home enough this year to make it worth going through all the work. I have a small tree with lights and mini ornaments. I'll get that out. My son is usually sleeping when he is home because he works nights. This is going to be a strange Christmas.

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JOHNTJ1 11/29/2010 4:57PM

    All the kids are grown and gone and the dogs are no use in this endeavor. I drug the tree out of the garage yesterday and reassure the DW that it indeed was straight in the stand, regardless of what she thought.

My living room is full of boxes and the DW is on vacation this week. I hear her calling......

Tis the season

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RWETHAIRYET 11/29/2010 4:53PM

    I need a real kick in the pants to put up my tree lately..only do it because the husband nags and the grandkids are there for Christmas eve. So would you please come do mine now???? It doesn't even have to be perfect, I kind of like the "my 5 year old helped" look, haha!

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NEWNAC304 11/29/2010 1:42PM

    I can't wait to put up my tree. I'm going to work on it Thursday night while hubby is out of town.

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BKNOCK 11/29/2010 1:39PM

    I was actually smart this year and put up the outside lights when it was 70 degrees outside! I plugged in the timer on Friday and they are beautiful. We also put up our tree this year actually yesterday and for the first time ever we had no kids helping. I guess that will take some getting used to! But my cousin and her husband and I still had fun! We watched Christmas Vacation while we were hanging the ornaments.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/29/2010 11:00AM

    My Christmas tree goes up the weekend before Christmas. I was considering a fake tree (never had one), but once again decided against it. We've always had a live one. Guess pine needles all over is just part of our Christmas tradition.
I remember my kids decorating enthusiastically when they were younger. Now DD is in charge of the lights and after that it's up to me.
I haven't bought a single present yet, so like every year everything will be last minute (maybe that's part of my Christmas tradition as well :))

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GEEMAWEST 11/29/2010 12:03AM

    You're a good mom if you don't move things around after the kids go to bed. I remember in the "old" days when we used tinsel and the kids would throw it on in bunches instead of one piece at a time. I would casually move it around when no one was looking.

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CARLANNIE 11/28/2010 11:10PM

    It seems so early to be thinking about Christmas, but we now have our house decorated, too! Dh put the lights up last weekend, before the snow came so deep. He is still struggling with the pre-lit tree - the top strand doesn't work right. 5 hours later, he gave up for the night (he is an electrical engineer, so it bugs him to no end, teehee). Enjoy your perfect tree!

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MGUTIE01 11/28/2010 9:47PM

    You should post some pics of the tree! :) We are in the process of moving at the moment...and I am so bummed we can't decorate yet!!! I love this time of the year! Can't wait to be moved in so I can get the tree up!
Merry Christmas!

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Snow held off, for the most part

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! emoticon emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 11/29/2010 4:54PM

    We had an ice storm Friday morning, that quickly melted as the day went on...and then flurries on Saturday afternoon that were heavy enough to make my daughter reconsider and not leave to go home until Sunday...Yay, extra time with the grand daughter!!

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BKNOCK 11/28/2010 7:14PM

    Really cold here last night but no snow! It was 28 degrees! It was in the 40's today though!

I am glad that you made it home safe and sound!

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NEWNAC304 11/28/2010 12:01PM

    We had snow flurries for a little while on Thanksgiving but no snow other than that.

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/28/2010 8:39AM

  We got our first snow yesterday. I was in a basement apartment so I didn't even know about the snow until someone else came in. My car was covered when I left, but there was nothing on the ground until I got back over near where I live. The roads had been treated so the traveling was fine. I had to take DS to work and then come back to Portsmouth.

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Love the combat shopping!

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. emoticon

Next, ShopKo...kind of like a Target, but with much better line control. Only waited in line there about 15 minutes.

THEN, the mall! emoticon 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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RWETHAIRYET 11/29/2010 4:51PM

    I was supposed to go combat shopping...something I usually avoid. But my daughter couldn't make it up thursday night as originally planned, we had an ice storm the next morning so I told her to wait until the weather got a little better and by the time she got up here and we got out, all we could think about was going home and eating, haha.
And around here, it was fairly quiet, no problems with parking spaces, no problem with long lines...well except for the JOAnns store, and I decided I didn't want that baby jumper pattern quite yet, haha.

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/28/2010 8:35AM

  Glad you got your shopping done. I started work at 5:15am in freezing rain and finished for the day at 7pm. Shopped only long enough to pick up some nursing scrubs. By that time the stores were pretty quiet. I drove by the mall a couple of times during the day and it was mobbed! I prefer to work in a store on Black Friday rather than shop.

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CARLANNIE 11/27/2010 9:49AM

    I am just sick that BSU lost, especially with a couple of pivotal calls early on in the game. No Rose Bowl for Idaho emoticon

Glad you had a good shopping experience. I don't even know what anyone wants yet!

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NEWNAC304 11/27/2010 8:35AM

    I can't believe you're already done shopping! I haven't even started yet!

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BKNOCK 11/27/2010 8:01AM

    I love combat shopping too! It was so much fun! I am getting a bit old for this not sleeping stuff though! But, it was the best darn sleep I have had in a while last night! I have a big family so I am not done but wow a whole lot closer than I was on Thursday!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/26/2010 11:30PM

    I ordered some presents on line today after I got back from the beach. That was my Black Friday. A lot more relaxing.

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GEEMAWEST 11/26/2010 10:30PM

    I did Black Friday shopping one time and didn't feel I saved enough for my lack of sleep and fighting the crowds. If I thought I could get all of my Xmas shopping done in one day I might give it another try. Had to work anyway.

Sorry to hear that you're cheering for Arizona.
I always thought we were on the same team.

Go Ducks!! emoticon

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STEVENGO2 11/26/2010 9:36PM

    I avoided the lines (which I hate) and stayed home, nice and comfy in front of my computer and still (I think) got good deals! I did go out to brunch with a friend, across the street from a mall, somehow we avoided traffic coming in and went around the mall to get out (he does not like lines either). Had a good Black Friday! And I got to sleep off the turkey until 9am.

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