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Surviving Christmas Parties

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last night we went to my husbands company Christmas Party. It was a great party and wonderful buffet. I did pretty well on my calories, but did go slightly over my daily calorie range. But it was one night - a party that only happens once a year, so it was OK.

Today we had a buffet brunch at my sister-in-laws... Unfortunately most of the food I was unable to eat as they contained meat (quiche, a breakfast casserole, bacon, sausage)! We brought a Costco Fruit Tray and a package of veggies from Costco. I filled more than half of my plate with those and the yogurt dip we took. I had a small serving of fried potatoes and scrambled eggs and ate the rest of my daughters Blueberry Muffin.

I am so glad that we took both the fruit tray and veggies! It gave me a few healthy choices for today's brunch.

This morning my husband and I went out for 9.25km walk before we headed out to pick up the kids for brunch (they'd slept over at my Mom's as we had the Christmas Party last night). It was great to get out together and walk and such a rare occurrence as it requires babysitting...

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SPARKLOVE 12/14/2009 2:41PM

    Smart thinking!

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RUTHIP 12/14/2009 1:21PM

    Sounds like you had a really good plan for handling going out and then were able to stick with it, twice! Great job -- I definitely admire your focus and determination!

How lovely that you had the time to share with your husband. It's so important, with all the craziness that surrounds the holidays, to have those few minutes to connect.

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LAURAKOHORST 12/14/2009 1:19PM

    Great job keeping on track. emoticon

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MARLA_S 12/14/2009 12:16PM

    Great job at the brunch!! I've discovered the same as you: if you want to ensure healthy things on the menu, take them yourself! You'll be glad you did and others will probably thank you too! :)

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GRANDMAZ23 12/14/2009 8:28AM

  Wow! You did GREAT! Congratulations on making it thru two holiday temptations with flying colors!
- Marilyn (FatChance27)
Cats Team

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KATELJM 12/14/2009 7:38AM

    Yes, hurray for the Costco veggie tray! My co-workers know they can count on me to supply one of those, too.

You're doing great! One day over slightly won't undo all your work. You have accomplished so much that I know you won't let it get out of control.

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LOSETHEWTIN08 12/13/2009 11:37PM

    Glad you thought ahead

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Inching towards my goal weight (90lbs gone!)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Today I dropped below 160lbs. I don't know the last time I weighed this. Probably when I was 15 or 16... But not only am I down below 160lbs I am healthier than I was 2o years ago!

I am 10lbs from 100lbs total loss -- which is just amazing to me. As I've said before on my blog postings, I didn't think I could lose this weight. Especially not in a year. Nearly a year ago, I set a goal of dropping 100lbs in just over a year, and hear I am 50weeks from my starting point and I've dropped 90lbs or 36% of my original weight.

I am now working on getting stronger, increasing my endurance and working off the last 25lbs to my goal weight. I have realized I can do it! And I will do it. Now its just a matter of WHEN? Does it really matter? Not at this point, as long as I inch along and get closer to my goal, I will reach my goal and then I will maintain my goal weight. I can do this! And I WILL do this!

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JEMAXX 12/14/2009 7:56AM

    Thank you for the inspiration!

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KUANGIE 12/12/2009 3:28PM

    Wow! That is amazing. You are truly an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLOVE 12/12/2009 2:28PM


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KARBIE18 12/12/2009 9:28AM

    Yes! You can and you will! You've already accomplished so much - what an inspiration. So glad you proved yourself wrong!!

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AGGIE56 12/12/2009 8:53AM

I'm so very proud of you! What a terrific job you have done losing 90 pounds! You've really inspired me and I'm sure alot of others that we can do it too!! My ultimate goal is to lose 100 pounds,too - and you've shown that being busy doesn't mean that we can't take care of ourselves and lose weight at the same time!! Congratulations !!!
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CICCISR 12/11/2009 6:07PM

    What an awesome accomplishment!! emoticon

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CHAOTICMOM4 12/11/2009 5:14PM

    Wow, terrific job! Congratulations! You should be so proud. emoticon

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WILSOCA 12/11/2009 5:05PM

    WOWOWOWOW congratulations on your incredible success !!!!
You have done an amazing job and must be very proud.
I applaud you !!!!

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KATELJM 12/11/2009 4:57PM

    Yes, you will make it. You've formed strong healthy habits, and your whole family is involved.

You set the example for me to follow!

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/11/2009 4:17PM

    I like how firm you are about your goal. You WILL do it!
You CAN do it and in a healthy manner.

You are very inspirational,
Karen in Victoria

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PHOTOMOM109 12/11/2009 3:28PM

    that is awesome and just what i needed to hear--just starting my journey!

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DAISYDAY25 12/11/2009 2:51PM

  Congrats. Good Job. Keep up the good work

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The battle to run

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Its cold outside, and my legs get stiff from the cold. Today I went for a run this morning, but first, I walk the kids to school. This takes 45min generally standing out in the cold - 15-20min walk to the school yard, then dropping my oldest off at class, then dropping the middle child off at her class, and finally dropping off the youngest in her preschool class 20min after dropping the other two off. By then I'm usually freezing... Today I wore an extra layer - one advantage was that I was warmer when it was time to run, the disadvantage was that by 2km into my run, I was too hot.

Today my legs were stiff... I think its part due to the cold... the other is they may need a rest. So today was supposed to be a 12-13km run.... I completed 9km and felt great. I was afraid of running more and injuring myself. So 9km was a great run, a slow pace but great nevertheless. And it doesn't really matter what I run at this point, as long as I get out and run! I have a 5km run planned for January, but haven't finalized when I will be running my 1st Half Marathon. Probably next fall.... so the super long distance runs are required yet...

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KUANGIE 12/12/2009 3:31PM

    That is great you can walk all three kids to school. It really promotes fitness in an era that people drive just a few blocks carpooling to school.

I get stiff running out in the cold. It takes a bit longer to get your muscles warmed up.

Good luck with your 1st half!

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MRSPUPCAKE 12/10/2009 6:25PM

    Wow, I am so impressed with how far you have come. 9 km....no problem!

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NANAOF3LUVSJC 12/9/2009 7:56PM

    Great job L3Design, you are an inspiration to everyone. Keep up the good work!!!! emoticon

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Holidays and "me" time

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

As the holidays approach the kids schedule is all over the place. Luckily this week, classes are as usual so I will be able get my exercise in during the mornings. BUT next week that will be different.

Monday I have a funeral at 11AM - so no running in the morning, might be able to squish one in after the funeral and before school pickup if the family lunch is quick and traffic is good... Wednesday it looks like I'll be able to get my run in, but Friday - I will need to either skip my run or push my 4yo in the stroller. The trouble with using the stroller is having to push it and right now its too cold outside to have her sitting for an hour. Plus she likes to stop for hot chocolate and playing in the park - making the event even longer....

Then the week before Christmas, school will be out so I guess I won't get any runs in as my husband will be working Monday to Wednesday.... Oh well, I'll either do Wii Fit, an Exercise Video or hit the stationary bike. I might also take the kids swimming on day on Christmas holidays. Not that its much exercise for me as I'm supervising 3 kids - so I don't get to swim, but its a fun active time for all of us.

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KIDDER136 12/9/2009 7:25PM

    Good for you for planning "Me Time"

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ABIGAILSING 12/9/2009 6:15PM

    Sounds like a plan to me. emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 12/8/2009 6:13PM

  You are planning your "Me" time and that is good! emoticon

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KATELJM 12/8/2009 2:42PM

    Flexibility is the key. It's nice to see how you find opportunities to exercise whenever, no matter what.

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LADYPIPPIE 12/8/2009 5:43AM

    It's great to see you are looking forward and planning time for your exercise. emoticon

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Why didn't I just make it from scratch?

Friday, December 04, 2009

Tonight we had a tight turn around between activities because of a special Christmas movie night at the school. So I decided to pick up frozen pizza for dinner. For myself (and my husband) I picked up the store brand healthy choice pizza -- I was really disappointed with the pizza.

So why didn't I plan ahead and make it myself... well today I was tired and didn't really feel like cooking or dealing with rolling out dough... plus I really need to figure a better way to roll out the dough so I can have thin crust pizza.

Next time, if I don't have time/energy to make a pizza, I will have a salad - it'll be much more satisfying!

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MAIDSERVANT 12/5/2009 4:04PM

    If I'm craving a really thin crust pizza, I'll make a crust out of rice flour instead of wheat flour. Brown rice flour works great, and it has a nice flavor (and you can add onion or garlic powder and some italian seasonings straight to the crust). It's kind of runny, so there's nothing to roll out.

Here is the recipe that I use, but instead of potato starch, I use corn starch, and instead of potato flour, I use buckwheat flour.


This crust is gluten free and dairy free as well.

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L3DESIGNS 12/4/2009 4:00PM

    Thanks for the suggestions... The pizza had flavour but just not the traditional flavours... the tomato sauce was nearly missing (my guess it has too much sodium to be on their pizza....). The mushrooms and garlic were great - and the crust might as well have been cardboard with the flavour it had.

Guess I learned.... I'll use a tortilla next time.

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AREBMAN 12/4/2009 11:56AM

    Live and Learn! Some of those healthy choice meals are bland. Love the lean cuisine ones though!

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LAURAKOHORST 12/4/2009 11:52AM

    The learning curve is getting smaller. congrats and keep up the great work. emoticon

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SPARKLOVE 12/4/2009 11:30AM

    It good that you ask yourself "What could I have done differently?" Life is a ever learning process. Joy

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KATELJM 12/4/2009 11:11AM

    Large tortillas can also work. For emergencies, take bread slices and roll them thin. That's if you have a craving for pizza flavors, and a salad doesn't seem satisfying.

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MOLLIEMAC 12/4/2009 8:34AM

    If you're stuck for a thin crust try using a multigrain wrap- they work well and are really crisp. Salad is good....MJ

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1888MICHELLE 12/4/2009 8:02AM

    I like to make my own dough and then the complete pizza. Instead of baking it, I just wrap it up and pop it in the freezer until I need it.

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_MAOMAO_ 12/4/2009 12:26AM

  When I was back in college, I loved my quickie pizza's. I bought Jiffy pizza crust, those cheap little boxes. I'd top them with sauce, sometime cheese, sometimes not, and all the veggies I could pile on it.
Lean Cuisines are my favorite store-bought pizza. Last time, I put pineapple on their bbq chicken. Yummy combination!

Of course, I LOVE salads, too! emoticon

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AMBERLEIGHM1 12/4/2009 12:14AM

    Thanks for saving us the same fate, I think the salad sounds wonderful, I never get tired of them:)

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