Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Most of my meals today were fairly low in calories. So, I needed some snacks to make up my calories for the day. First snack was an apple and string cheese. The next snack was a Fiber One bar. Third was two ham and egg cups with broccoli and onions. STILL had calories left.
So, I then had two (yes two) servings of Lorna Doone butter cookies...the best cookies ever! I was in my calorie range. In my fat range. In my protein range. And still way under on my carbs! It seems that the only time I can hit the carbs is when I eat unhealthy (and yet tasty) stuff. So I'll hit it on Friday! LOL! Employee appreciation dinner - prime rib, mashed potatoes, rolls and cheesecake!
Sunday, December 05, 2010
I know that most people do not like the form letters that come in Christmas letters. All of that bragging and who has time to read four pages, printed on both sides in size 8 font? I have better things to do, right?
Well, you wouldn't say that if you received MY form letter! LOL!
Here are the rules I follow.
1. One page, one side, size 10 or 12 font.
2. No bragging.
3. One paragraph per family member
4. Make it fun!
I've had people tell me that they look forward to my letter each year. And I have fun writing it! The hard part is remembering stuff that happened more than a month ago! This year, though, it's easy to remember DS's year. Broken collarbone, sprained back muscles, hurt elbow on last game of the year. Poor kid.
So, do you write and send a form letter? Does anyone send them to you? Do you get any that you like?
BTW...when I was a kid, friends of ours gave us a fruitcake each year that was DELICIOUS!!! Wish I could get some of that again!
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.
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