Sunday, December 02, 2012
What does it matter?
I KNOW I am going to gain weight, it is the HOLDAYS, there is just no way around it.
What does it matter?
I havent lost any weight in months.
What does it matter?
I will get plenty of excercise running around, shopping and doing errands and getting everything perfect for everyone else.
What does it matter?
It is DECEMBER. I will just restart in January.
You have alot going on. You are flying the cape, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, giving, helping. You are not taking care of you this month because there is just so little time. So you get less sleep, less excercise, your nutrition slips, hell- you probably figure you dont even need to track your food because you are eating cookies as you run out the door. You dont have TIME for a sandwich or a salad. NOBODY else can buy the stuff, bake the stuff, wrap the stuff, cook the stuff. IT is all on you!
Listen, kids. That is the OLD DECEMBER.
THIS December, it MATTERS!
You are not the same person as last year. I dont care if you started today or 4 years ago. THIS month, this crazy, busy month, is going to be different.
YOU WILL MAKE IT MATTER!
You are not gonna give up now.
You are gonna keep tracking
You are gonna plan your meals
You are gonna plan your excercise time.
You are gonna be flexible and fit stuff in as you can
You are gonna be kind to yourself
You are gonna be selfish about YOUR needs.
You are gonna succeed this month
You are NOT gonna gain weight and feel crappy about it come January.
JANUARY is not going to be a new start. It is going to be a continuation of what you began in DECEMBER.
It ALL MATTERS! Every meal, walk, strength training. Every cookie, cake pop and peice of candy.
But what matters the most is your friends, family, and please, don't forget, YOU.
YOU matter to ME and I want you to remember that, among the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Please be good to yourself for me. And for you. Because you matter.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
We left for Reno Thursday am for a racing meeting on Friday. I had asked for a room upgrade since I set up the meeting etc and they were unsure about availability so when I got there and asked what kind of room it was, they said a suite ...SWEET! Very nice too , comfy bed...then my friend checked in on some special and she got two tickets to a stage show that night (Alladin) so I asked for tickets too but they wouldn't give them to me. A few minutes later, the gal that sets up my meetings called me and said SHE could get them to me. So when I went to get them they were good seats but not with my friend do we went back to the show booth, he traded them for four 2nd row seats! So my girlfriend, sister, other friennd and I all went while the guys talked racing. Plus we got to drink wine so it made it much more fun and we laughed and got very involved in the show... so much fun!
Friday was the meeting which went well and by 2:00 we were all done. Stayed within my calorie ranges, didn't drink too much, and got a lot of rest.
I also hit a 400.00 jackpot! Then this morning as we were leaving, I had a hunch and hit a 500.00 jackpot on the machine right next to the other one! Came home with enough to pay for KADY's new laptop for Christmas! I am happy to send it to MasterCard on Monday!
I have a busy bee week ahead, hair appt., house cleaning, grocery shopping for party saturday and company n Friday. I also have to get blood work because I signed up for my first colonoscopy on Dec. 17. I put it off last year so now I gotta get it done. I do ask for pills instead of that gallon of glop so I'm happy to be able to do that. Gotta set my mammogram this month too...here is a naggy reminder to take care of yourselves people. Gotta be healthy to enjoy our new leaner bodies right? See you tomorrow for Sunday check in!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Happy Sunday, post Thanksgiving!!
I had a super great holiday. This year, my goal was to SIMPLIFY so I could actually ENJOY it instead of cooking, cleaning, caretaking. I actually had some down town, other people pitched in and we had a really great time. If I never had another Thanksgiving, I would be satisfied with this one.
As for food etc. I did not track thursday or friday and while I usually have a running total in my head, I really didnt do that. I know I went over my calories but I wasnt a pig about it and I only had 2 drinks.
I am leaving Thursday am to go to an annual racing meeting in Reno where we plan the next years schedule and address any rule changes. It is 2-3 days in a casino, restaurant food and yes, drinking. Our BFF's will not be coming there so it wont be as much fun but it also wont be as much temptation. They are coming the following week for our christmas party (and Kady and Artie's engagement!) so I have a busy few weeks and alot to look forward to.
I barely have christmas shopped and again, simplify will be the key word. Less is more, this year!
So how was your holiday? How did you do? Could you or would you change anything?
Back on track, people. This is your MONDAY WAKE UP CALL!! Get to it!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
SO, I am very curious.... What is your plan on Thanksgiving?
Free for all?
Lighten up traditional meals?
Walking it off?
I will tell you my plan...
I have lightened up some appetizers (baked chips with fat free sour cream dip, bacon wrapped shrimp, stuffed mushrooms) and have the traditional turkey meal with mashed potatoes ( low fat milk) green beans with almonds (not cream of mushroom soup),wild rice stuffing, gravy that I will make myself skimming off the fat first, low fat corn bread and regular biscuits for options, fresh cranberrie sauce (not canned) and my sister is making mini pies for portion contol.
Now that sounds like I have it all together right? Where could I possibly go wrong?
Eating TOO MUCH of even the "GOOD" food.
Alcohol (specifically champagne) that makes me say, Screw it! It's only ONE DAY!
Not going for a walk.
Being stressed and not taking the time to enjoy the day and the family
SO, we are bringing back poker (we always used to play but havent for a few years) so I will be busy, enjoying people and not just eating, eating, eating.
Tell me your plan then lets talk again friday and compare notes.
Be good, kids. And from my heart, Happy Thanksgiving. I am proud of us. Look what we have done since last year!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Happy Sunday my little sparky pets!
I think this week's homework has to be GRAITUDE, dont you?
I am a pretty grateful person, I count my blessings often but this time of year, it is easier to do that or at least it should be.
We are one of those families who makes everyone say what they are thankful for as we eat dinner together on Thanksgiving. My mom started that tradition many years ago and I am proud to be following in her footsteps on that one as well as being the home where everyone comes. It makes me happy to carry that on. I will be hosting 22 people on thursday. Im looking forward to it. I decided what I am going to say and it is inspired by this.......
I was sitting up early the other morning when Kady's boyfriend, Artie, started talking to me (for those who dont know, my daughter is 22 and her and her boyfriend have been together since they were 14 and have been through alot together, including crohn's disease and a major life altering surgery becuase of it.)
We were talking about Kady getting a secured credit card to build her credit and I advised him to get one too. He told me he got one. At a jewelry store. I said, "really? what are you buying?"
and he shyly said, "a ring".
I started laughing and crying. He is going to propose to her in december at our annual christmas party. They are in a band together and they are doing the song, "stand by your man" (with a rockabilly theme). He is going to ask her in front of everyone, friends and family, right before that song.
I am very excited that they are both doing well and moving forward in their careers and their life together. It is something I am looking forward to and something that makes her dad and I very proud and happy. Im sure it will be a year or two before they get married, but they are heading in the right direction.
I am going to talk thursday about my family and how the women dominate (shocking, I know!) and about our partners who have stood by us, not just the wives, but the whole family. I am going to talk about LOVE and APPRECIATION for those in our lives, sitting at the table, far away and some I have never even met. You will be included in my heart, not just Thursday, but every day.
Spark has changed my life. YOU have changed my life. I have changed my life. And I am grateful.
What are you grateful for?
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