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Day 9 - Day after Christmas... my favorite day of the year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Is the day after Christmas your favorite day of the year too? Unquestionably it is my favorite day of the year since I became a grown up and started hosting Christmas. Boxing Day! I wish we celebrated that here.

All the stress and the build up to Christmas are done... kaput... stick a fork in it!

My reward for getting through it all? I lounged around the house all day long in my fleece pajamas and fuzzy pink piggy slippers, where the house was toasty warm on the inside while the snow was briskly falling outside!



What a perfectly cozy day to spend with my family playing with all the toys that Santa brought us. We definitely burned off yesterday's calories playing with the Xbox Kinect. One of the games was Zumba Rush for Xbox. I spent so much time competing with my family shaking my groove thing. What great exercise! I also did track & field, tennis, football and boxing! It was a spectacular day of indoor activity.

Now that I have gotten through the dreaded holiday period in terms of weight loss, my eye is on the prize. I am looking forward to turning a new chapter in 2013 and really focusing on my streaks and my journey towards good health.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 9 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 50 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 36 days

Here's to our good health!

Anna


  
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RFJSJ50 12/27/2012 3:15PM

    Days like that keep us going!
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SPARKLINGLAF 12/27/2012 2:17PM

    LOL my mom always says 12/26 is her favorite day of the year. You are doing great!! Thanks for sharing. Your streaks are impressive!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 12/27/2012 11:03AM

    Way to go!! I'm so glad it was such a wonderful day at your emoticon

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RG_DFW 12/27/2012 10:03AM

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JUSTLLAMA 12/27/2012 8:38AM

    LOVE the slippers!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/27/2012 8:04AM

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful day! Love your slippers! So cute.
The games sound so fun! We have a Wii but I haven't ventured into buying games for it for myself. We do have the Wii fit, though, so maybe I'll get brave on snow days.
It snowed here yesterday (day after Christmas) but just a good dusting. I can't imagine living up where you do today! Are you supposed to get all the mess they've predicted? I would totally go out to build some unusual snow statues!
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But then, it's probably not so novel to you. I remember when my cousin's hubby from Hawaii first saw it snow here. It was about 1/4 inch but he went outside and scraped every bit of snow up in the yard and built a tiny, muddy snowman and was SO proud of it...lol.

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BARBIE176 12/26/2012 10:40PM

    emoticon emoticon blog. Love those slippers and that you got a day of relaxing.

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AMYBELLES 12/26/2012 10:34PM

    Love the piggy slippers! You put those piggies to work with all that fitness on the Kinect. Sounds like you had a lot of fun with your family! Congrats on all your streaks! You are doing fabulous and are sure to have an excellent 2013!!!! emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/26/2012 10:32PM

    Love the slippers! We had a day of rain mixing at times with sleet here in South Jersey!

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Day 8 - I got through Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's 9 PM on Christmas Day. All the preparations, all shopping, all the wrapping and toiling... And now it's over.

All those December parties and events... And now it's over.

I got through the holidays after restarting my journey on November 6th. Everyone was saying, "why don't you start after the holidays?" But that would only delay the start towards my good health journey. Why wait?

You see I am not on a diet. I am not trying to lose a few pounds to fit into a special dress or to go on vacation. I am here for the long haul. I am trying to make healthful choices and lose the excess pounds. The many excess pounds!

I got through it... the toughest period. All the parties, all the temptations, all the stress. Yes, I must say I am feeling good!

Today was a very special day... for all of the obvious reasons. We were hosting my family. It was a pretty awesome day. But today was special because I PLANNED to make certain choices with my food and exercise. I PLANNED to exercise. I squeezed in my 30 minutes of exercise right after we opened all the gifts. I was going to allow myself to eat certain things. I even PLANNED for dessert! I exercised great portion control and ate all of the normal traditional things. I had the ham, a bit of pasta, passed on the bread, loaded up on salad and vegetable sides and had that piece of pie!

AND I STAYED WITHIN MY CALORIE LIMIT!!!

Other than a great food day it was a pretty special Christmas. My kids are 9 and 10 and I have been wondering for weeks whether my kids still had the Santa magic in their hearts. Today they proved to me that they are still firm believers with all of the innocence and wonder they have always had. This warmed my heart!

Santa was good to them and Santa was good to me! emoticon I guess I've been a good girl this year!

I am now looking towards the New Year, a new chapter and a renewed commitment towards my journey to good health.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 8 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 49 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 35 days

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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KOFFEENUT 12/26/2012 2:55PM

    I KNEW you could do it!
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FAMOLLY43 12/26/2012 1:42PM

    I stumbled across your blog through my friend feed and I am very glad I did. Your post on Christmas made me want to read the rest of your posts. I enjoyed your blog and they are inspiring. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more posts.

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 12/26/2012 9:53AM

    What a blessed day! And you managed it all so well!!!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/26/2012 7:45AM

    I'm so proud of you!!! You inspire me to do as well this coming weekend, when I have two belated Christmas dinners to attend followed by a New Year's Eve celebration to host! These will be my big tests of willpower. If one of us can do it, why not the rest of us, right? Your spark spreads....

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JUSTLLAMA 12/26/2012 1:40AM

    GREAT job! You are doing absolutely amazing!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/25/2012 11:29PM

    Yay for you! Great job planning and executing that plan! Feels great, doesn't it?
You are doing so well. I hope you're planning some non-food rewards for milestones along the way. I'm proud of you, too!

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CHEEKITTY 12/25/2012 9:20PM

  That is great! I really admire that you could continue with your streak through the holidays! I wish I could be as strong as you! emoticon

I am trying.

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Day 7 - 7 days a week make!

Monday, December 24, 2012

And so the exercise streak is now a week old. It is no longer a newborn but has moved into infancy.

I squeezed in 30 minutes this morning before I started on my Christmas preparations. I was going, going, going all day long... prepping, chopping, cutting, getting myself ready for tomorrow's Christmas feast.

We lit 26 lanterns and lined them up at the end of the driveway in honor and in memory of our 26 angels that died in Newtown. We then went to 5:30 church services to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord before heading to my brother's house for Christmas Eve dinner.

While at my brother's what a wonderful surprise it was to look out the window and see that indeed we would have a white Christmas! Hurray!!! The kids and grown ups were all squealing with delight at the sight. It was a wonderful time spent with family. We were counting our many blessings and thanking God we could all be together on this blessed night.

We came home just a little while ago, and as is our tradition the kids are allowed to open up one gift which is from mom and dad. Santa is on his way right now, and according to NORAD he's making his way from S. America! Every year I get the kids Christmas pajamas which they can open on Christmas Eve and wear to bed so that when Christmas morning arrives and it's time to open gifts they are dressed in their new pajamas! This year's offering was a big hit... beautiful soft fleece which they couldn't wait to put on!

We also put out the oats on the from steps for Santa's reindeer, we put out the milk and cookies for Santa and my husband just read Twas the Night Before Christmas. My older son is out like a light, but my younger one is too excited to sleep. I will have to snuggle with him for a bit so he falls asleep and so that Santa can keep to his schedule and arrive here on time!

I hope that Christmas magic remains in their hearts forever and ever. I hope the blessings of Christmas remains within all your hearts all the year through.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 7 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 48 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 34 days

Here's to our good health!

Anna

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CANDOK1260 12/25/2012 8:19PM

    merry Christmas

Dale Evans Rogers
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.

Bess Steeter Aldrich
Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart... filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.


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RG_DFW 12/25/2012 11:31AM

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 12/25/2012 9:19AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Merry Christmas, sweet friend. It promises to be a delightful one at your house!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/25/2012 8:29AM

    What a wonderful Christmas night. Merry Christmas to you and yours today!

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THESLIMMERME1 12/25/2012 4:30AM

    emoticon have a healthy happy Christmas Day
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JUSTLLAMA 12/25/2012 3:31AM

    Sounds like a very touching, very meaningful Christmas. Blessings to you and yours.

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ERCELLAJS 12/25/2012 12:10AM

    What a cool tradition to put out oats for Santa's raindeer. Merry Christmas! emoticon

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Day 6... Life getting in the way

Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's 2 days before Christmas. Life is getting in the way of my routine but it's all good. I squeezed in my 30 minutes of exercise to keep my streak and my commitment going. I must admit had it not been for my streak, which fully stands at 6 days, I would not have exercised today. Too much to do and too much going on, but I did it. I stayed within my calories counts and ate well despite my busy day.

This is why streaks are so important. The numbers count!! I did not want to stop my streak so early in the process.

I am making all the food preparations now for Christmas day. I still have some wrapping to do. All in all, I am getting it done and trying to keep my stress to a minimum.

We went to church this morning and our Sunday school kids performed in the annual Christmas pageant, for which I was on the planning committee. My boys were Wise Men and both had solos. It makes it all worth the effort! It's also a great reminder about the reason for the season!

Tomorrow and Christmas Day I must find 30 minutes at least, preferably early to get my exercise in... it's going to be challenge but I will rise to the occasion.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 6 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 47 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 33 days

Here's to our good health!

Anna


  
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JUSTLLAMA 12/24/2012 3:02AM

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BEFIT014 12/23/2012 10:32PM

    emoticon on your streak, especially this time of year! GOOD FOR YOU!!

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/23/2012 9:09PM

    The streaks really keep me on track. Talk about motivation! :)

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MARYBETH4884 12/23/2012 7:56PM

    Streaks really do help! We find a way to fit them in even if it inconvenient! Have a Merry Christmas!

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THESLIMMERME1 12/23/2012 7:34PM

    emoticon Your continued efforts have motivated me to start a streak.
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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 12/23/2012 7:24PM

    emoticon I believe in you!!

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RAPUNZEL53 12/23/2012 7:07PM

  Good Luck!

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Day 5... Feeling Hungry... and frustrated

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I did 45 minutes on the treadmill this morning. I did intervals of fast, moderate and slow paces and it was a good workout, at least for me. I learned of RPE today also... Rate of Perceived Exertion. I definitely perceived that I was exerting myself. I was soaked with sweat when all was said and done.

I headed to the mall at mid day to finish off my Christmas shopping. It was right after lunch. When I got there, there was not a parking spot to be found. Trust me, folks, this is a HUGE mall!! I circled for about 40 minutes and finally gave up. I went grocery shopping instead. I headed back at 5 o'clock and it was much more reasonable. I found parking and went in and shopped for the last 3 people on my list. I walked around for about 2 hours carrying bags most of that time. I counted that as exercise.

Something interesting happened today. I decided to come home right after grocery shopping instead of attempting to go Christmas shopping. This is because I was HUNGRY and wanted a healthy snack versus trying to eat something unhealthy while shopping. This is the first time I have felt hungry. Could it be the exercise, and therefore I need to adjust my caloric intake? It's also the first time in 46 days that I yearned for some pasta or mashed potatoes or some bread.

When I came home, our next door neighbor had delivered a big tray of her homemade Italian cookies... every variety you can think of... It was also the first time that I really, really craved sweets. Sweets are my weakness. I mean nice sweets... desserty sweets. I don't care about candy and such, but homemade Italian cookies, cheesecake, any Mediterranean pastries? Yeah, they are a killer!

I walked away from those cookies. Didn't touch even one, but for the first time I was upset and frustrated that I walked away. I know those feelings are bound to show up occasionally. It passed. I am glad I did not cave. But it was hard. Calorie wise I could have afforded it but my sugars would surely pay for it so it was better to walk away.

There you have it. Motivation was a bit waning today. I will do better. It's almost over. Christmas is almost here and I have done so well until now. And I am still doing well. Need a tweak in the attitude today. Tomorrow will be better.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 5 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 46 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 32 days

Weight Lost Last week - 0.5 lbs (16.5 total)

Total inches (as of 12/7/12) - 10 in (chest, waist, hips, upper arm, upper thigh)

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 12/23/2012 5:35PM

    It's bound to happen where you'll have days where your motivation might falter a little. You are doing fantastic though! Italian cookies would be hard for me to pass up too; especially pizzelle's! emoticon When you crave something sweet try eating a piece of fruit instead. It usually helps me with my cravings for something sweet. Having diabetes I'm sure helps you to want to avoid those sweets. You are strong and you are persevering! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORGANPARK 12/23/2012 11:13AM

    You are doing FABULOUS. Give yourself a pat on the back. Walking away from free homemade baked goods. WOW.

I'm trying to get my groove back, and you are an inspiration. Merry Christmas!! emoticon

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SIOBHANKNITS 12/23/2012 9:18AM

    Some days are just harder than others. Your consistency with exercise will ultimately serve you well. Also, I'm not sure how well I'd do in your shoes, but I think the diabetes would add to my motivation to avoid those foods. Great job! You can do this! emoticon

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STINAMARIE86 12/23/2012 8:37AM

    Anna....

You are simply amazing!!! You are definitely going somewhere because you are on the right track! I couldnt have possibly turned down a cookie! Especially with my calorie range! Good for you! Keep it up!

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STINAMARIE86 12/23/2012 8:35AM

    Anna....

You are simply amazing!!! You are definitely going somewhere because you are on the right track! I couldnt have possibly turned down a cookie! Especially with my calorie range! Good for you! Keep it up!

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BUTTERFIYEMERGE 12/23/2012 7:43AM

    emoticon Anna! You did so well! Cookies are my favorite! If I give in, it's a slippery, downward spiral. And only homemade GOOD cookies tempt me. But I know to hold strong, even if it makes me mad.

When you commented to my Cookie blog and I read your comment yesterday, I cried. I wondered to myself what those tears were about? I decided they were sadness that I missed out on the cookies. At first I felt silly about it. But, I know that I'm better off for not eating those. I would have gone back to the bakery and bought ME a tray of those yummies and eaten them all myself. I KNOW THAT ABOUT ME! I have to fore go the whole thing! In the end yesterday, I patted myself on the back and was again proud of myself. I hope you are doing the same today. It's a big thing we did leaving those cookies alone!

Good for you coming home to fill your tummy with healthy foods. Fuel that furnace so your body can work for you!!! You're doing a GREAT job!

Have a most blessed day, my sweet friend!
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/23/2012 7:09AM

    You make it sound like just because you REALLY wanted those cookies and were so tempted that you somehow failed. YOU SUCCEEDED! It was a harder trial than usual and you SUCCEEDED! You know that none of us on this journey are going through it without those moments of really hard temptations. And perfectionism will set us up for failure - balance must replace the idea that we must not be tempted and we must not ever give those cookies a second glance. That's so unreasonable! Balance must be the new word.
Don't get me wrong, if you know yourself and you know one cookie would've sent you over the cliff into a binge (it would have me!) then you absolutely did the right thing. You were so hungry!!! This is when having some pre-planned healthy snacks handy really help. Next time, maybe take along a bag of baby carrots or some fruit and nibble on it while you are out so you won't end up feeling like you could attack a plate of cookies - there they were, so convenient right when you were so hungry! It's happened to me before and this has been the way I've been able to stop the temptation from being so hard.
You are doing so well - I'm proud of you. As long as you are trying and being honest with yourself and trying to learn yourself, then you are a hero in my book.

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JUSTLLAMA 12/23/2012 2:21AM

    I think you did GREAT! One thing I might suggest, if you are REALLY craving something, go ahead and eat it. BUT eat a small amount. I love pasta. LOVE it! I've cut wayyy back on how much I eat but still have a small bowl once a week or so. I've also switched from plain old pasta to the veggie or whole grain pasta. It still has the calories, but it's a healthier choice. If you deprive yourself of everything you love, you might not be as successful.

I think you had a GREAT day. I would have a horrible time walking away from those treats. Good for you!

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KOFFEENUT 12/23/2012 1:21AM

    Good for you for recognizing that - even though you could fit it into your calorie range - those cookies would have messed with your sugars! I know it is difficult to walk away from such a tempting treat, but you likely did the right thing!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/23/2012 12:01AM

    It sounds to me like your motivation was in good shape because you followed your plan and kept your eyes on the goal. Good Work!

If you love those kinds of cookies and don't want them now, freeze them (or get them out of the house). You have control over when or if you eat any.

If you exercise a lot more than you planned for, check your fitness tracker. Assuming you track all your exercise, it warns you (late in the week) if you are exercising beyond your plan and you should revise your plan to align with what you are doing. It gives you a link to change the plan and get your new calorie range.

You are doing so well!

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BLUEFISH1881 12/22/2012 11:58PM

    I think your motivation was just fine today. emoticon

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RG_DFW 12/22/2012 9:56PM

    You did great... way to avoid temptations!

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BARBIE176 12/22/2012 9:53PM

    Woo hoo on avoiding the temptation of those cookies. That is one of the most difficult things for me. I think that will be one of the biggest priority goals for me in 2013. So far I haven't been able to overcome the temptation, but I am going to do it.

Awesome workout and yes exercise makes me hungry. I am proud that you came home for something healthy. That is progress! emoticon emoticon

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ITSMATT 12/22/2012 9:42PM

    Hi Anna,

You know, there are a lot of temptations and it can be tough at times.

I think you are doing great and encouraging a lot of folks through your messages and blog posts.

Keep it up - you are strong. Stronger than you think!

Make it a great day!
Matt

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