I hope I don't sound like a Scrooge, but I don't like the exchange of meaningless gifts with people I barely know, like at work. I love giving things to the people I love and think carefully about what would bring them joy, but I don't like Secret Santa exchanges and Christmas White Elephant games. So this year I didn't participate. I decided instead to give the gift of my honest words of appreciation to people at work. I found a few minutes to talk with each of them about all they do for the workplace and all they mean to me. It felt really good and specific and special for each person. I felt warm and giving and in return I received some of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen. People at work are not generally appreciated for what they do.
I wish each of you a Happy Holiday or Merry Christmas and I share with you my honest appreciation of your efforts to improve yourself and to support and love others who are doing the same.
I'm down 3 pounds this morning. That includes the 2 I gained last week and one new one!
I think I left them on the mountain this weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday I went trekking for an hour. Wow, treking on the mountains in the snow isn't easy. I know I burned a lot of calories cause I was sweating profusely when I got back to the cabin.
I am so glad Christmas is here this week. I feel so blessed to be able to get out of the hustle and bustle of the town and the commercialism of the holiday and just enjoy God's serenity and contemplate the Gift He gave us in His Son.
May you all have a Blessed Holiday and enjoy the season in the way you value most.
I definitely learned that I need to track my food and exercise last week. When I don't track I underestimate my intake. I was way above my calories a couple of days last week and I feel the difference. The scale has me up 2 which I know is not really 2 pounds of fat but mostly water weight from my high salt intake. I still don't like the feeling of being off track. Well, yesterday I was back on track and will make it a good weekend.
It's been a stressful week. Not being able to access Spark People except for a few minutes at work and on my husband's old, old, slow, slow computer. All I could do was the absolute essentials - what I ate and my exercise. I often didn't get to put anything in for several days and then when I did I found out that I was over. So it hasn't been a good week calorie or weight wise. But I keep on keeping on.
The second stress was that I had to set up 4 H1N1 clinics in our local high schools. I had no idea how many people would show up and I ended up overplanning but I didn't want people to show up and not have any vaccine. So I exhaused myself planning, and packing and unpacking. I have gotten overtired and set off a fibro flare so I don't feel so hot. But again I just keep on keeping on.
I had lunch with a group of people at work as a potluck. I brought a loaf of the SP Banana Nut Bread (once again!). I ate small amounts of the most apporopriate things I could find at the pot luck and tried very hard to be careful. When I went home I tracked everything...I couldn't believe it but I ate 839 calories and I wasn't even full.
So for supper we had Spaghetti Squash with Marinara sauce (`1 oz of lean hamburger in my portion of Marinara) and a salad with dressing. I had a light yogurt as a bedtime snack and I ended up smack dab in the middle of my calorie range!