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Holiday Luncheon

Friday, December 15, 2006

I thought I might eat poorly at our holiday luncheon - or during the holiday's in general, but it seems that I have handle on this new lifestyle. I look forward to planning what I'm going to eat and if I end up going over my calories in a day, I don't stress over it. I just tell myself that I'll do better tomorrow. SparkPeople has provided me comfort in knowing that I can do this.

I'm always honest when I log my food. If a food is not already there and I don't have the nutrition information, I just do my best and estimate. I figure an estimate is better than omission, no reason to stress over perfection.

I am very thankful to have found this site and the people on it. It's an amazing support group.


Are you a good friend to yourself?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I received an email from SP that asked if you are a good friend to yourself. It asks: If you met yourself, would you want to stick around and talk? Are you the kind of person others can be proud of?

I have asked myself if I would want to be a friend with myself and wonder sometimes what it is that I do wrong. Iíve always been very nice to others and try to help out in any way possible. Maybe I try too hard. Sometimes I feel like people donít like me or like there is always someone better to hang around with. For example, recently I complimented a woman that I worked with a long time ago and she told me she missed me. We were corresponding through email. When I suggested meeting her for lunch one weekend, she just blew me off. She never even as much said that she couldnít. It was hurtful. I just donít know what it is that I do that is so repulsive. One of my other co-workers said it may not be me, but the other people. It just seems this kind of thing happens too often and makes it very difficult for me to have a positive view of myself. Itís hard to not take it personally.

I still keep trying with other people, but my low self-esteem is always there.


Tips to Maintain Wellness Throughout the Holidays

Thursday, November 30, 2006

I attended a seminar recently on Maintaining Wellness Throughout the Holidays.

If an activity -or tradition- during the holidays stresses you out, see if you can do without it or alter it so it's not so stressful. The example used was cooking. If cooking is overly stressful, or if you don't enjoy it, go out to eat for dinner. Someone else cooks and cleans up for you. I personally love to cook so wasn't quite sure I loved that idea, but it was a good example anyway.

One woman stated that it took her YEARS to realize that she didn't need to bake 10 types of cookies to make the holidays happy. She said the bakery does that part for her now.

Other tips:

1 - Shop so you don't drop. Spread it out as much as possible to avoid killing yourself.

2 - Treat yourself. Find an activity or a gift for yourself that you can enjoy too.

3 - Skip the Nutcracker. Rather, don't drag yourself or your family from event to event.

4 - Stretch the season. Schedule your holiday party in January to relieve a little stress.

5 - Carbo-charge your body. Eat a small snack that is charged with carbs but low in fat. Study's shows it boosts serotonin.

6 - Eat mini-meals. Make sure the mini meals are lower in calories in order to stay within that calorie range!

and finally...

7 - Zero in on stress points and fix them. The holidays often generate a vicious cycle: Stress causes people to eat more and richer foods, which causes them to gain weight, which makes them feel even more stressed. Plan ahead and don't be afraid to ask family members for help.

Hope your holidays are great!


Post Thanksgiving post

Monday, November 27, 2006

For Thanksgiving, I wanted to post the following (I know I'm a few days late)I am very thankful for my husband. I have never had anyone make me feel as loved as he does. I am very thankful for my beautiful 13-year-old daughter. She is my shining light. She is what held me together when her father left. I am very thankful for my mom & dad and that they are still alive. My dad was 47 when he had me - he's 81 now! I am very thankful for my brother Bill. He's such a goof and I love him. Last but not least, I am very thankful for my friends near and far. This journey would be very difficult without them or you!!

I didn't do as badly as I thought I might on calories for Thanksgiving. I was over 500 calories but after dinner we took the kids outside and played touch football for an hour or so to work it off. We had so much fun!! I wouldn't have been so far over, but I made 3 types of pies and had a piece of each! LOL! But they were GOOD!

After it got dark, we took a pumpkin pie and a garbage bag full of stuffed animals to our local fire department. Only 1 person was there because they were on a call at a local apartment complex. It was a good feeling to give to them. The kids and I sang Christmas carols on the way there.

I was SO PROUD of myself the day after Thanksgiving! My brother's kids stayed the night and when everyone got up, I made waffles for everyone but refrained from eating them myself. Yea! Then I wasn't really hungry all day - probably food from yesterday still digesting! LOL! I ate 1/2 a turkey sandwich for lunch around 3:30. We helped our new neighbors clear out a tree in their yard they didn't want, we went shopping for 2 hours or so then we came home and had leftovers!

Our holiday weekend was very fulfilling!


Blessings on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 20, 2006

I feel very blessed to have found this website. I have not yet reached my goal weight, but I feel so much more in control of my eating habits. I have met many wonderful people. I have lost 10 of the 15 pounds I was hoping to lose. And now I'm not as stressed about the number on the scale as I am about how my clothes fit. I've increased my exercise levels and eat healthier than I used to.

I do plan on having my share of turkey on Thursday but I know that I can exercise more that evening while everyone else is slouched on the couch. I can go for a run or a walk and work more of it off. It's cool enough right now to enjoy a walk outdoors too.

The people on this website and in the community rooms are great. I have made several friends that are very supportive and have a very positive attitude. I am blessed.


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