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Fun Christmas Day

Thursday, December 25, 2008

It is a lot of buildup that leads to Christmas Day. Getting all the decorations up soon enough to get maximum enjoyment out of them, attending parties and gatherings, seeing all your favorite Christmas movies and TV shows, hearing Christmas songs over and over on the radio. Then there's the baking, something a lot of spark friends have talked about. I didn't bake any cookies of bread this year although in years past I have.

I did cook a lot of non-dietetic things today: oyster stew, deviled eggs, cranberry congealed salad, Cuban sandwiches, artichoke-spinach dip, and cranberry-cherry pie. I didn't eat as much as I might have if hadn't had a houseful of company to wait on. The best part was visiting and opening a few presents together. I don't buy very extravagant presents for family and friends and try to get things people can consume rather than hold on to. My sweet mother gave me a box of her homemade cookies. The trouble is my kids don't help eat them--can you believe my kids don't relish homemade cookies? They don't relish most of my Christmas feast menu and ate corndogs instead! Oh well.

It's warm enough for the kids to play outside barefoot in shorts. They are wearing new holiday clothes though. Fiesty Mama reports deep snow in her neck of the woods--I would love to visit her just for a weekend to enjoy the snow, but I'm honestly glad to live where it never snows. I had to crank up the air conditioning because the cooking made me hot!

Of course like everyone else, I'll get back on the wagon when the holiday hubbub subsides.

Merry Christmas y'all and let's keep on sparking despite holiday setbacks!

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TRECECOOKS 12/26/2008 9:00PM

    Sounds like you had a good Christmas, despite the cookie issues! Now, let's get it together, and remember that Victory is ours in 2009!!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/26/2008 12:27PM

    Air conditioning on Christmas! I'd never thought of it! The snow and ice here in Chicago are driving me crazy! Believe me, it's not so pretty when millions of drivers have gone up and down the streets and alleys thousands of times!

I'm glad you and your family had a special holiday. I know what you mean about the kids and food. Argh.

I'm on the wagon and loving it! We're gonna Shine in 2009! emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 12/25/2008 7:28PM

    I can't believe your kids won't help eat homemade cookies!! My family usually devours homemade cookies, however we made too many this Christmas and we can't possibly eat all of them.

It sounds like a good time. I don't know what it's like to play outside in shorts on Christmas. I've grown up in Illinois / Wisconsin my entire life so it wouldn't feel like Christmas to me if it wasn't cold. Your whole family would enjoy making a snowman and snow angels I'm sure but it gets cold after a while! Speaking of snow, we're supposed to get another 1-2 inches tonight and then change over to freezing rain in the morning. We get to go grocery shopping in that stuff. Fun fun!!

Enjoy the rest of the evening. It sure flies doesn't it?

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Still swinging!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I am really proud of myself for not eating in the cafeteria once this entire semester! We teachers opine that eating cafeteria food adds 5 pounds a year. Why? Unlike the kids, we adults can pretty much eat whatever and how much we want for a pretty low price (we pay 2.50 a meal). I may be spending more on lunch--I haven't calculated, but I've brought mine every day. Usually I eat 2 dates, a mini-box of raisins, a yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola, a kashi bar, and string cheese. I have lunch and planning back-to-back so I snack away while getting chores done (along with trying to drink my water). No cakes or ice creams for me and no macaroni and cheese or some other tempting treat from the hot bar! Sometimes I eat salad for lunch. I may be doing all these lunch things right, but I know that I need to do more if I want to jumpstart weight loss for real--like do better at home with food choices and to really exercise!

Keep on sparking, y'all and thanks for reading my blog.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/19/2008 10:21PM

    YES! Cafeteria food is good and cheap but it's easy to eat a whole day's worth of calories! Good for you for resisting the temptation! emoticon

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JKPONYGIRL 12/19/2008 11:03AM

    That sounds like a delicious and healthy lunch Yum!

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PENGUINLADY! 12/19/2008 9:30AM

    I bring my lunch everyday too. I feel better and not as sluggish like I do when I eat take out from somewhere else!


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FEISTYMAMA 12/18/2008 9:09PM

    I'm a firm believer in bringing my own lunch. Even stopping for a salad someplace is high in calories. You can control everything when you bring your own lunch.

Great job! My husband has even lost weight without trying just by me changing our meals. I use brown rice, wheat pastas, etc now. My kids even eat it!

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Back on the wagon

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Since the summer, I have seriously gotten away from doing my weightloss program. It is so hard sometimes to resist forbidden foods or to keep portions correct. I weighed myself and didn't like what I saw. I'm attempting to track my food now. I wish it weren't so time-consuming to do so on Spark.

I am working on drinking more water too. And I'm eating a salad every day at lunch--3 smalls and 2 large each week trying to up my veggie intake.

None of this is easy with a family of people who aren't interested in nutrition and the holidays upon us! BUT I'M WORTH IT!

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JKPONYGIRL 12/11/2008 11:05AM

    You are worth it and it sounds like you are doing great!

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SALILIA 12/10/2008 12:08PM

    Live happens. You've made the right decision. Get up dust yourself off and get going again. It's Christmas, what a great gift to yourself, to eat right and workout and be a better you!


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NANCYB. 12/10/2008 10:39AM

    Glad to see that you have made the decision to start fresh - and start now, instead of after the holidays. Stay strong during the net weeks again and remember keep telling yourself. YOUR WORTH IT!! :)

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AWESOMEFOREVER 12/10/2008 12:05AM

    I do hope you see the wisdom of your own words and take them to heart.

You are worth it.

May God bless you,


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MS.ELENI 12/9/2008 10:21PM

    Hang in there.You can do it

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/9/2008 9:24PM

    Good job!

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PENGUINLADY! 12/9/2008 4:37PM

    You can do it! emoticon

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TRECECOOKS 12/9/2008 4:13PM

    Yes you are!!! Keep up the good work!!

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Taking the lead

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I am not usually quick to take a leadership position although I believe I have leadership potential. I have been a member of the working moms spark team for awhile, and it is not the busiest site on Spark. Still, I identify strongly as a working mom, and we WMs have a lot on our plates. Often we put caring for ourselves at the bottom of the list of things to do. So if you are a working mom, please come on over and help charge up this team! I would love to get to know other working moms of all ages and stages! Let's motivate eachother and renew our commitment to losing weight and feeling great!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 12/9/2008 10:52AM

    Good luck to you on your new venture, just remember to stay true to your spark goals as you can easily get lost in the journies of others. Enjoy!

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 12/8/2008 1:10PM

    Thank you for stopping by mine, and for sending out a message! I did grab my big water bottle and fill it as soon as I got to work this a.m. I'm drying out lately, so your reminder is timely. I love another's comment "Service is Slimming." Good luck with this role--you know it is a quiet team because we are all hunkered down at the office, eh? Well, better snap down the rest of my packed lunch and get back at it... after I log my first cups of water.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/8/2008 10:15AM

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. And congratulations on your new role. Remember, service is slimming! emoticon

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TRECECOOKS 12/6/2008 5:51PM

    You can SO do this!!

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Went Hiking

Sunday, November 30, 2008

If you know me at all, you know I struggle with a serious lazy streak. BUT I WENT ON A 7-MILE HIKE! I was actually inspired by someone--I don't know who on Spark People! I read how she lost over 100 pounds by walking and how she enjoys hiking, and I thought about how much I like to hike now and then. So I scheduled a big trip 280 miles away for the whole family for the purpose of hiking. Did I prep by working out first? NO! I just took us up there to a place called Pine Mountain, GA and took us to the trail and we hit it! We shoulda coulda stopped at 3.5 miles but I wanted to do the whole thing so we did. No one really enjoyed the last 1/4--I thought I was gonna throw up. But I made it! And I have bragging rights. Go me!

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TRECECOOKS 12/6/2008 5:50PM

    You go, girl!!

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JKPONYGIRL 12/1/2008 2:54PM

    WOW! a seven mile hike! Now you need to plan another one!

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SUEFROMAZ 12/1/2008 10:54AM

    I've been hiking the last few weeks too. I love it - much more fun than the treadmill. 7 miles is amazing - you have every right to be proud of yourself!

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