Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday am... Wow! Such a fast week! I couldn't face an hour on elliptical this am, so I started off on the bike. OUCH! Funny how our bodies get accustomed to one exercise and it was a reminder of why it is important to shake it up at times! I spent 30 minutes on the bike, then happily went back to the elliptical trainer!
Then I headed to the office. Fred and Barney made a birthday cake for baby Jesus this am.
I left work at 11am because we had a private Santa visitation at noon. The grandfather of the little girl died of lung cancer in November 2012. Rich promised Lloyd that we would watch over his divorced daughter and granddaughter (now 6). They are struggling as many are now. We bought Faith the kids' tablet she wanted and a few little toys and gave her mom a gift card for Walmart o that she can buy whatever she needs.
Surprisingly, Faith really wanted to see Mrs. Clause! Mom told her that Mrs. Clause had to take care of the reindeer, so it was a huge surprise for Faith to have me there. She gave me a huge hug, then kept looking at my face like she should know me (she does! I have seen her occasionally since she was 2 years old) After a couple of minutes she just shook her head and buried her face in my shoulder and clung to me. I patted her back and murmured in her ear for a few minutes.
After the visit with Faith, we headed off to the Cancer Center because I had left something there. We were in 'uniform' because we were headed off to the nursing home after that. While there, Santa gave everyone candy canes and hugs, including the CEO who is a long time friend and is retiring on the 31st.
We went to the nursing home after that, but no pictures until tomorrow, as they are on my camera and I have not had time to upload them. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Molly and CJ headed out of town and their car died. God, being the father that cares and takes care, coordinated a call from a friend of ours whose brother owns a car repair shop.
The car was towed back and we picked them up in a neighboring town and went out for dinner. CJ's parents joined us for dinner and we all had a nice visit.
Now it is 9:30. Tomorrow is another nursing home visit, so I will post pictured from both visits tomorrow. Sweet dreams, Sparkfriends! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas parties!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Do you remember the pure joy that was in the Christmas season when you were a child? I have been thinking about that a lot this past few weeks. It seems that many people are so stressed out by the baking, cooking, shopping, wrapping and parties that the joy is gone. People look forward to when it is over, rather than enjoying the celebration of our Saviorís birth.
Wow! Now that we actually understand what the holiday is about, you would think that our joy would be unbounded! Yet we allow the whole thing to stress us out. Letís count the ways, then offer a suggestion for taking the season back.
1) Not enough money. Really? With the date changing every year, I completely understand that. *insert sarcasm emoticon here*. I start my shopping on December 26th and do clearance sales throughout the year.
2) Not knowing what to get everybody. If your list consists of those you love, this should not be an issue. You know who they are and what they like. Pick up items that you see throughout the year for them. If it is people that you feel obligated to buy for, reconsider. Right after this yearís celebration, suggest that you donít buy next year and use the money for helping others instead.
3) Baking is overwhelming
4) I canít stay on track with all the parties, then I feel depressed and like a failure.
5) Wrapping is a chore.
Here is how I put the joy back into the holiday.
1) If it isnít fun, Iím not doing it anymore! Nope. Not happening. Remember as a kid when you said, ďWhen Iím an adult nobody can make me do things that I donít want.Ē Now is that time! I turned down a couple of parties, telling the host that our schedule is so full, I am unable to attend. They didnít need to know that I stayed home that evening for downtime with my loving husband.
2) If someone gives me an unexpected gift and I have nothing for them, I say, ďThank youĒ. That is all. No need to reciprocate or start up another obligatory gift exchange. A simple ďThank youĒ will suffice. I have sprayed my guilt center with silicon so that nothing sticks anymore!
3) Baking was greatly curtailed. I donít need it, my family doesnít need it and if it starts being a chore, why do it? We show love by our actions. When we have family who have diabetes and other weight-related health problems, why do we think that feeding them this stuff is showing love? I baked only 1 batch each of sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies this year instead of 10 kinds of cookies. Molly decorated cookies with me and we had a blast! We played Christmas movies and got very creative with the decorations. Very. In fact, after 6-1/2 hours of decorating, we got a little slap-happy and the gingerbread boys and girls got a little racy. We had a Chippendale Gingerbread boy wearing jeans and an open shirt with his hairy chest showing (chocolate sprinkles). So fun! We laughed until we cried.
4) This one we have addressed ad nauseum, so will leave this for other blogs. Our bodies donít care what day of the year it is. Treat it accordingly. Tomorrow you will not regret feeding your body appropriately, but you WILL regret it if you eat too much junk.
5) Make it fun! Molly and I put on Christmas movies and discuss memories of Christmases past. Afterward, we watch a Christmas special and eat a bowl of peppermint ice cream. I found a low-fat one made by Edy/Dreyer for 100 cal per 1/2c this year!
I have a retirement party to attend tonight, Santa has a private visitation tomorrow and then we are going to a nursing home for Santa visits tomorrow evening and Saturday. There is a caroling group joining us on Saturday.
On Sunday we have the Christmas program at church, then a private party for Santa and the Mrs to attend, then Angieís birthday party. Christmas Eve will be church, then all home to open our Christmas Eve gifts (traditionally, pjs). Christmas morning we open gifts and will have a quiet dinner at home for the 5 of us.
I no longer allow myself to be overwhelmed for the holidays. It is all a choice and I choose to embrace the joy of Christmas. I hope you do, too!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I cannot believe that Christmas is only 1 week away! The elves and I have had so much fun! Today they got all wrapped up in their work.
I only have 3 more "elf days" until Christmas because the office is closed on the weekend and they will be closed Christmas Eve. I am trying to think of how they can say "good-bye" to the office. Perhaps in candy? I could use M&Ms. Or sticky notes? I thought about taping candy canes up on the wall saying "bye". I have all weekend to think about it.....
Man, the stupid chex mix got me again today. I would have been ok, but one of the receptionists brought me a little gift bag with 2 flavors of homemade Chex mix, 1 spicy (not very) and one sweet. Still, I would have been ok, but I was hungry before our catered lunch today, so I decided to eat a few pieces. Yeah, right.... I ended up eating the whole bag full. It had about a cup in it, so it was controlled and a conscious decision, but still! When it was time for lunch, I was no longer hungry. So I didn't eat. No problem! I had a light dinner and, as usual, came in under recommended calories for the day, but boy was my sodium high! Don't think I will weigh tomorrow.
Lunch is being catered in again tomorrow, this time pizza. I will check it out, but usually the pizza is kind of funky. Give me pepperoni and sausage, please. No feta cheese, olives and weird things that left coasters are prone to.
For now, I am off to bed. 4am comes early, and I won't miss my workout! Huggles, Sparkpeople!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Our resident elves, Fred and Barney were particularly naughty today!
On the up side, I didn't crave chocolate chips today! LOL!
I really had to push through my workout this am. All I wanted to do is go to sleep! I ended up focusing on my video (Madea's Christmas Play) in order to make it through. I *did* make it! This kept going through my mind-
Some days it would be so easy to just skip the gym. I know, though, that if I do, that one day easily becomes 2, then 3, then 4.... Eventually, I would stop going at all. I can't do that. I know who I am and what my personality is and must work within my own parameters.
Tonight, I will hit the pillows early and get lots of rest and will eagerly and energetically get to the gym tomorrow. Good night, Sparkfriends! Sleep well.
Monday, December 16, 2013
If I had to name one food that I can't get enough of, it would be Chex Mix. I love the stuff, particularly homemade. What isn't to love? Crispy cereal, mixed nuts, butter, salt and garlic. Ok, it has a few other items, but that is the important stuff.
Well, our resident elves, Fred and Barney decided to make Chex Mix last night. They did a good job, too, though they made a little bit of mess.
Between the popcorn that I ate for my morning snack and the Chex Mix for my bedtime snack, I will probably get up to a 6# water weight gain tomorrow! Here is the difference and NSV from the past though. I titled this blog "Chex Mix Overage". In my 'previous life', that would have meant a whole batch of Chex Mix down before stopping. Now it means that I ate 4 1/2c servings for a total of 2 cups (about 500+ calories). Yes, it was too much. Yes, I tracked it. Yes, I still came in under calories for the day. Yes, I would have stopped before I ate the 2nd, 3rd and 4th servings if I didn't have the calories available.
The lesson here is that you CAN change your habits, or alter them to be wiser. I may still overeat the Chex Mix, but the amount that I overeat and even the definition of 'overeat' has changed.
This year, I am thin and healthy for Christmas. This year, I will overeat within my calorie range. This year, I will eat and act like a skinny person. Won't you join me? I am looking forward to the NOT making a "Lose 10 (50, 100) pounds New Year's resolution in 3 weeks. You can make this the last year that you do. Won't you join me?
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