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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Today is our big family Christmas gathering, which means lots of food and drinking will be available. It's the last day, aside from New Year's, that I won't be on my own normal eating schedule. I really can't wait for January 2 so I can be around healthy options again.

So we're driving down to New Jersey today (unless the weather looks too bad to go) to my aunt and uncle's house and I am going to do my best at portion control. I didn't do as well with that as I would have liked to over this past week. I went out to lunch with a friend and wrapped up half of it to go, and then when I got home I promptly ate the rest of the meal. Or I let myself have seconds with the mindset that this week has already been shot (not a mindset that I should have had, I will be more aware of it in the future). And we tend to drink a lot more alcohol this time of year in my family, which I think may have been my biggest downfall.

I have tried to amp up my exercise to counteract. I did really well in the beginning of the week, however I started to slack of in the middle. I got back on track with it yesterday and will be sticking with it.

I'm sure that I probably put on a few pounds. We'll see when I step on the scale tomorrow. But, I have made the choice to not let that upset me or derail. I'm am ready to go with getting back on track and am probably going to be doubling my efforts as soon as possible.

UPDATE: We are no longer going to the family party. It's already snowing fairly hard and it's a two and a half hour drive into the storm.

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RG_DFW 12/29/2012 2:15PM

    Sorry the trip got snowed out...

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JESSIELABRAKE 12/29/2012 1:01PM

    That stinks that you are not going now. but atleast it saves you from temptations. hope you have a good day anyways

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JESSIELABRAKE 12/29/2012 12:57PM

    I had family gatherings too. all i did was i didnt over eat. if i was full then i was full. i drank water because im not a big drinker anyways. you do not have to deprive yourself of foods just control how much you eat. alot of people stuff themselves into a food coma instead of stopping when they are full. Good luck and dont feel guilty if you go overboard just pick up where you left off the next day. happy holidays

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DEBPRE16 12/29/2012 10:31AM

    I ate what I wanted over Christmas and did not feel guilty because I decided I wanted the food. I gained 2.2 lbs but I know how to take it back off. Have a great day and fun with your family.


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ITSMATT 12/29/2012 9:22AM

    Holiday times and family gatherings present concentrated challenges that don't exist as much the rest of the year. Alcohol can be a double whammy, depending upon what you are drinking. First, it can carry with it a lot of calories and second it can lower your resolve.

Been right there with the "take it home and then end up promptly eating it" situation. That takes resolve and not buying into the lie that "I might as well eat it because I've already ruined the day/week/month/whatever-time-frame" - of course the standard response to that is that when you find yourself in a hole, digging more won't improve your situation any. Being in a mindful state about food is a 24/7 job. It's tough.

Hard to exercise off the excesses of out of control eating - for me, I can ALWAYS out-eat my exercise. Foods that draw me in are just too calorie-dense.

Enjoy your time with family. Those times are precious and special.

And hey...

Make it a great day!

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TOPCAT93 12/29/2012 9:02AM

    have a fun time and safe trip

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Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I hope that everyone is enjoying the day!!!!!

I'm very excited as I just finished my workout for today and I got to try out my new fitness toys that I got this morning- a FitBit Zip and a stability ball. I am loving them both!!!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!


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GODS_TEMPLE 12/25/2012 10:16PM

    I'm happy to see how excited you are, and glad you got the wonderful gifts.

Merry CHRISTmas!

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DIBANANA 12/25/2012 2:58PM

  Good for you. My Fitbit has been a big motivator for me! I just got it about a month ago. I'm even walking today!

We can do this! It takes changes in habit and mentality!

Merry Christmas!

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CASEYSAUER 12/25/2012 2:04PM

    Mery Christmas to you! What wonderful and thoughtful gifts to receive!

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Excited for Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

I am finally feeling really excited for Christmas! I have put all of my worries aside about gaining back weight this week. I have a plan in place to eat in moderation and to put in extra time towards exercising. I started my holiday baking yesterday and did a really good job at NOT eating a bunch of cookies til I felt sick! Whatever the scale tells shows me next week will be ok, I will keep going with my weight loss journey.

So, I am going to be pretty busy over the next few days and I thoroughly intend on enjoying them (while still keeping my goals in mind). I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday!!!!!!!

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JULESJET 12/24/2012 10:05PM

    A very good objective for this next week!
And a wonderful attitude towards your continuing weight loss!

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/24/2012 10:28AM

    That a great attitude. I am hoping for the same for myself and now for you, too. I always feel so motivated at the beginning of a new year, but now having found SparkPeople I feel motivated every day. emoticon

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Feeling More Calm

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ok, I think my moment of panic is over. I woke up today, not having to go into work, took a deep breath and decided that I can do this. I can take on Christmas and I will enjoy it. Thank you for all of the helpful comments, it was a big confidence boost!

I think I was also very stressed out because I am so behind this year in getting ready for Christmas. So now that I don't have to go into work today, I can take the time to get a big chunk of things done and not have to rush around so much. I am going to relax, take things easily, and stop stressing out over the next several days.

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/22/2012 1:40AM

    A friend posted this on FB, and I thought you might like it:

I Corinthians 13 Christmas
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love, I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attends a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love does not envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are in the way.
Love does't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

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CAMSEDGE 12/21/2012 10:14PM

    Hope you got lots of fun stuff done today and that you are having some joyous moments. Just think ...this is that brilliant jubulant day that takes forever to arrive...savor it.

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LAURENTAYLOR91 12/21/2012 1:08PM

    Have an amazing day! What a great opportunity to relax, get caught up on some fun stuff for Christmas! You can totally handle Christmas and enjoy it to!! I know you got this!! Enjoy your wonderful day off!! emoticon

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RG_DFW 12/21/2012 11:11AM

    Good deal...

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    Christmas will manage to come whether we are "ready for it" or not. The Grinch demonstrated this. What is important is to not let the joyous holiday become stressful. Do what needs to be done and what you want to do and not what others think ought to be done.

Make Today a Great Day!

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Terrified of Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2012

So I am honestly terrified of Christmas. I am so scared that even if I try really hard I am going to put weight back on in the upcoming week. I know everything that I should do and I have read up on lots of little tricks to reduce calories but I'm still afraid that it's not going to work. I am definitely not going to focusing on losing weight in the days to come. Instead I am really going to be happy with just maintaining the weight that I am currently at. I know I'm not the only one out there who's worried about this, so that's comforting. But as Christmas gets closer and closer, this is on my mind more and more. I think I really need to stop stressing myself out over this.

On another (more positive) note- I've been having a rough couple of days. This morning, I decided to step on the scale figuring that I had to have put a pound or two back on because I hadn't been keeping up with my exercise and I hadn't been making the healthiest of food choices. But I was surprised to see that I've lost three more pounds since my last weigh in! Don't know where that came from, but I'll take it!!! Although I think my scale may need new batteries, so I don't know if I can entirely trust it. I'll be putting in a new battery, so we'll see if my most recent weight loss actually occurred.....

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GOLFGMA 12/21/2012 4:13PM

    You will be fine and if you gain a pound or even two you know how to return to the plan and take it off! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/21/2012 2:11AM

    It'll be fine if you're off a little after Christmas. You know how to get rid of the extra weight now, and a target range is more realizable than a single target number when it comes to measuring weight loss success. After all, the BMI chart provides for leeway. Enjoy Christmas and Christmas treats (MODERATION!!!!!) without guiilt. Your emotional side will thank you and if your physical side doesn't thank you immediately, you can placate it completely by the end of January : ) ALWAYS, always, always be gentle with yourself on your health/fitness/weight loss journey.

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THIDDY 12/20/2012 9:02PM

    Do not be scared of Christmas... let Christmas and the love of family and friends feed your soul.. I know this might sound kind of Corny .. but what helps me is to think about this as a journey, not a battle I am fighting inch by inch. The holidays are hard, temptation is all around .. I don't think it's a bad thing to say "yes" to the bad once in a while so long as you also say "yes" to making time to exercise, "yes" to feeling positively about your body and "yes" to better options when available, and "no" to at least -some- of what comes your way.

A healthy attitude towards food from here until the rest of your life will always involved christmas, and birthday, and other events which have food as part of the celebration.. I think for Spark People or any diet to work you have to be able to develop strategies to deal with these holidays as joyful events .. where you loo more to more than the food, and do not ruin your good time stressing about the food..

I think it's important to try to retool the holiday to be about the experience, not the food..

Hope that helps any? Good luck! =)

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RG_DFW 12/20/2012 8:53PM

    We go up a little, we go down a little on any given day. Celebrate it

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LINWASH23 12/20/2012 6:39PM

    Try to take one day at a time, trust me, you will not want to overeat every day. Make sure you tract you meals, it is amazing how tracking makes "you do right". emoticon

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JULESJET 12/20/2012 6:34PM

    Yay for your weightloss! And you are not alone in being terrified of the holidays! I'm scared just thinking about all of the family dinners, luncheons, and breakfast feasts that I will be present at this holiday season.
I will be glad for maintaining this weight, too, but remember, even if we do gain back some of it, we just have to face it head on and get back to work losing it!
Do your best! Keep your head up and Spark On!

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