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Best memories from the holiday season

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The end is here. And boy am I thankful.

While this year's holiday season seemed busier than normal I am extremely thankful for my blessings. My favorite two memories from this year:
1) Walking with my son on Christmas Eve, looking at all the lights.
2) Driving home last night from the last in a looooong line of holiday events, talking about our favorite memories of the year.

I note these, because neither involved money or food and can become family traditions. Yes I think its good to reflect at the end of the holiday season so that I can move forward into the new year wiser and with a great appreciation for what I have.

PS. Its my one year Sparkiversary! Yes, I joined Spark as a New Year's Resolution and what a change it has made in my life. I know most resolutions are broken within 2 weeks of making them, but 2012 was one of my best years ever because of you'z guyz. Thanks for supporting me in my weakness and celebrating my strengths and victories.

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    Congrats! emoticon

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MISSIFISH 1/3/2013 12:39PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!! I too, am glad the holidays are done, and here's hoping 2013 is as good health/fitnesswise as 2012!

(Hope things are getting better too - I've been thinking of you!)

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CINERICIA 1/2/2013 11:44AM

    The best traditions are so often the simplest. I'm particularly fond of Christmas afternoon nap.

Lovely. Thank you for sharing and for the reminder to find the joy.

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VIXSTERLU 1/1/2013 11:02PM

    Way to go Rebecca!!! You are an inspiration. Hope year 2 brings many more goals and achievements too :)

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FITFOODIE806 1/1/2013 10:31PM

    Yeah! Such cool memories. Happy sparkaversary!

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ROXYZMOM 1/1/2013 10:15PM

    So glad you joined! Congrats!

Your two favorite holiday memories sounded great!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/1/2013 2:59PM

    Happy anniversary! :) and those sound like great traditions!

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DOGLADY13 1/1/2013 2:50PM

    Here's to Year 2!


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BIGPAWSUP 1/1/2013 1:52PM

    Happy Anniversary! I remember walking around town with my mom as a kid. That is a lovely tradition that will stick with your child for life.

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KRISZTA11 1/1/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon to your successful 2012 and emoticon !

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LESLIELENORE 1/1/2013 11:25AM

    emoticon How awesome! Happy sparkversary!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2013 11:21AM

    emoticon emoticon Well then TWO happy wishes - for a great 2013, and happy Sparkversary!

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Something. Every. Single. Day.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

This is a "misery loves company" blog.

I have been bad-bad-bad over the holidays.

Christmas eve, started feeling sick. Took a walk with child. Ate Chinese. Please note, this is the last time you will see any mention of exercise.
Christmas day. Feast at MILs
Boxing Day. Child's birthday. Cake! Pizza!
Thursday. Bring parents to airport. Wendy's drivethru. I didnt need both a chili AND a sm cheeseburger. (Skipped fries and got water tho - teeny victories.)
Friday. Visiting Aunt & Uncle before cousins (at their house) go back home. Lasagna! Cookies! Still sick. Completely lose voice.
Saturday. Driving thru snowstorm to get home. Late arrival, starving. Bad food choices. At least I went to bed early to try and recover.
Sunday (today). Here there be bagels. Tonight, part 2 of Child's birthday celebration (family party) Lasagna! More Cake!
Monday/ New Year's Eve at my SILs. I will make hummus. I will try, but I'm terrible at controlling myself at buffets and usually apply the "dont get in the situation in the first place" strategy. But not so possible here.

Fortunetly, New Year's is the end of it. I have had Something Every Single Day which has added up to a mountain of food, no exercise and general BLAHs. So looking forward to getting back on the wagon.

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VIXSTERLU 1/2/2013 11:51AM

    I am beginning to think there is no fool proof method for dealing with the Holidays! But then again, maybe that is the "Debbie Downer" in me talking. Let's start over together :)

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CINERICIA 1/2/2013 11:42AM

    As you said...teeny victories. They'll add up. And lasagna? I would doubt your sanity if you said no to lasagna. I would beginning looking for the proof that you're a cyborg if you said not to lasagna twice in one week.

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    Sounds like my kind of week!

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XRSIZE18 12/31/2012 10:41AM

    I'm right there with you! How is it that the holidays can get rid of our best laid plans so easily?

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/30/2012 10:26PM

    Why not push yourself for making tomorrow the start? It's all about the choices you make! You can do it!!

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MISSIFISH 12/30/2012 5:11PM

    It sounds super hectic, and that is tough. I'll bet as soon as you can get back to exercise stuff you'll feel lots better. Exercise is the cure for all ills!!!! Feel better soon, and I know you'll get right back on track in the new year.

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FITFOODIE806 12/30/2012 3:15PM

    It happens. I went out again last night and am hosting a dinner party tonight. Gahh! So much food. Lets jump back on the wagon together!

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ROXYZMOM 12/30/2012 12:02PM

    I did that leading up to Christmas. Something kicked me back into running the day after Christmas (upcoming HM) but I am still not eating right! Holidays are such a diet killer - good thing we have this site!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/30/2012 11:54AM

    Ok, I think there are A LOT of us in the same boat. The difference between the past and NOW is that you have recognized that it is a problem and you WILL handle it. I'm proud of you.

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MSPATOOTY 12/30/2012 11:46AM

    Bad? You weren't bad. Did you kill someone with an axe? THAT's bad. emoticon

You just made some choices that you now regret. That's easy to fix. Start today making some choices you're happy with. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/30/2012 11:12AM

    Definitely start over with the new year. I know you can do it. Feeling sick doesn't help at all. Hope you feel better soon!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/30/2012 11:08AM

    Here's to the fresh start we get, too... Every Single Day! emoticon

Reset button with New Years? I celebrate the tiny victories you mention... and there will be bigger ones going forward. I just know it. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 12/30/2012 10:12AM

    I feel the same about food...

But once this is over, you can do one good thing for yourself every day, and you'll be back on the wagon in no time once you return to your usual lifestyle.
That's one good thing about end of holiday season : )

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DOGLADY13 12/30/2012 10:12AM

    It may be misery loves company, but I just love you! I'm so glad to hear from you.

This is a time for celebration and enjoying family. Most of us have some how equated love with butter, sugar and white flour. Start putting together your 2013 de-tox plan for the new year and enjoy the remaining days of love and celebration in 2012 without guilt.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/30/2012 9:48AM

    even if you did one thing different it is a victory.... build on that. emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/30/2012 9:44AM

    I Am also looking for the reset button and I need to detox so I stop craving the crud I consumed over the Holidays. Hmm...must be the eat cruddy=feel cruddy=crave cruddy foods= bad cycle time to jump off and plunge back into health! All the best in the New Year.

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NANCYPAT1 12/30/2012 9:41AM

    You can and did make SOME positive choices and can continue to make better ones in the future. When food traps appear every day for a whole week and then some, it is easy to NOT see the positive choices along the way - congratulations for recognizing that you DID NOT have the fries and DID have water when you did fast food - those are BOTH BIG victories. I would bet there are others that you didn't mention because you were so busy beating yourself up. Move forward with a spring in your step and I hope you are feeling better too.

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Are you a robin or a squirrel?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

(Today's post inspired by the antics at my birdfeeder)

A young robin and a baby squirrel were talking one day.

"You know, my goal is to one day reach the top of that tall tree over there."

"Really? That's my goal too"

So the two friends set out on their adventure. The squirrel scampered on the tree trunk and branches and the robin flew thru the air. When the squirrel got tired, the robin shouted encouraging things at him, and the squirrel kept going. When the robin got tired, he would rest on a branch for a bit. The squirrel would come onto the branch and they would keep each other company for a bit. When the robin caught his breath, he took off again and the squirrel kept climbing also.

In this way, they kept each other company on their journey, while each making their own way to the top of the tree.

At the top of the tree, the two friends paused to enjoy the view and savor their victories.

"You know, it must have been very difficult to do all that climbing," said the robin to the squirrel. "I dont think I could have done it that way myself."

"Well in case you hadnt noticed," responded the squirrel, "I could not have flown, as I dont have wings!" They both laughed. "But I could not have done it without your encouragement either."

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MISSIFISH 12/29/2012 5:58PM

    Such a sweet blog! I'm totally a squirrel. I've always wanted to move the way they do, and they also annoy my dogs more than the birds do. After all the annoyance I get from the dogs, I think I owe them something in return.

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    Sending you wings of encouragement. emoticon

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BETHANYBOUND 12/14/2012 8:24AM

    I think I am half robin, half worm. Somedays I fly, the rest of the time I slither along and eat whatever is in my path. I am working on being a squirrel.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2012 7:59AM

    What a great analogy! Journey together, each in our own ways, encouraging one another! I think we are all sometimes squirrel, sometimes robin. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 12/14/2012 7:53AM

    Cute story! I am more the squirrel - inch by inch!!

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LESLIELENORE 12/14/2012 12:27AM

    I think I am a squirrel... at least I am feeling squirrelly.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/13/2012 11:33PM

    I'm the robin! :) I think :D

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/13/2012 11:31PM

    What a great story! I'm a squirrel (I have a lot of squirrelfriends on my street).

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DOGLADY13 12/13/2012 7:58PM

    Love it! I hope I'm a squirrel on Sunday when I run a 5K. Let's hope I can do it.

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JPONCIN 12/13/2012 4:37PM

    This is the cutest thing I've read all day today, and so TRUE!!! Thank you!!! :D

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BIGPAWSUP 12/13/2012 10:49AM

    I'm so the squirrel. Just started back up the tree. Thanks for the story!

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GINGERHAWK 12/13/2012 10:19AM

    Adorable story and I'm thinking I'm more of a squirrel than a robin!

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Random Things I've Learned in the Past 38 Days

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

(warning: this has got to be one of the most disorganized and random collection of thoughts I have ever put into written/blog form. My writing teacher would send it back, but I'm gonna push publish because I have other things to do.)

Yesterday I got on the scale for the first time in 38 days (I use Wii, and it tells me).

In this 38 day period, I went back to not-working and the mental readjustment that involved. There was depression, isolation and many many trips to my son's Halloween Candy stash. (I think I've eaten more of it than he has.) Thanksgiving and a PR on the 5K (28min!) meant "I coulda been a contender." within the first 300 finishers.

Exercise was a cycle of ... blech. I didnt want to go. So I didnt. But then I felt like @$$ without my daily endorphin rush. So I felt like more of an @$$; I knew why I felt bad, but I couldnt get moving. Then when I did go, I was "doubling" (doing 2 classes). Alpha and Omega. And then eating like crazy because I was hungry. My pudge is pooching.

My weigh in yesterday was a non-official weigh in as I had just had an enormous lunch, actually ended up skipping most of dinner, was wearing jeans and a sweater. Still, I said I gained.....0.7 lbs. So after all of that skipped workouts and bad eating, I only have 1lb of remorse? Somehow it doesnt seem fair. I should be made to suffer more for my non-exercise, candy-eating sins.

Basically, I'm not being consistent with my diet and exercise. Mentally, I know this is going to catch up with me...eventually. I'm getting better with the candy...or I dont like what is left and am getting smarter about not eating it if I dont like it. I'm also being more aware that spending a day without exercise opens me up to the dark demons of depression that lurk around in my psyche. Endorphins are my shield against them.

I'm actually happy with my weight. Now I'm working on my shape and strength. I was getting very burned out at the end of August and I'm enjoying the workouts that I do. It takes me about 2 hours to triathlon, so by doubling classes, my thought is I am keeping the endurance going. (Sadly, no, my gym does not offer Spin classes)

Yesterday I was on the recumbent bike (better to see the TV, my dear!) and pushed thru 30 min, staring at the clock, willing those last 3 min to MOVE FASTER. But I stuck it out and then jumped on the treadmill for 30 min of walk/run intervals. I'm too wussy to run outside but the treadmill is ... dull!

Solution to my problems....not really one. Time heals all. Its the holidays and I have given myself permission to be imperfect. Do the best that I can when I can. There's been a steady rotation of bag salad for lunches. Eat over the Tracker. Double or not at all as the spirit moves me. The end of January will bring a new training plan and resolve. If I can be as bad as I've been for the past 38 days and only gain 1lb? What about when I'm conscious of it, try to be better?

There is no point in my flogging myself because there are SO MANY people that are out there who exist to nitpick on our imperfections. Its THE HOLIDAYS! There will be treat foods and parties and its cold so exercising outside isnt quite as lovely as it was earlier in the year. There will be plenty of time for me to catch up on my running fitness! (although less, if I manage to get XC Boots for my skiis) I will not berate myself and feel like I am less than my wonderful self. I will do what I can, when I can.

I will set new goals, plan a strategic and FUN racing season....in January.

Now. Pass the cookies.

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2BDYNAMIC 12/19/2012 7:58PM

    Funny, how I made some very similar slips' ........... (we will call it for now, wink ........... wink) .............. &leave it at that ........... (I am gonna write a blog prob'y Sat. morn about my carnage as well .................. and throw in whatever comes out of my mouth ................... stay tuned ......... emoticon

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DOGLADY13 12/13/2012 7:57PM

    Thank you for writing one of my blogs. All of that applies to me. I think we are human beings.

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    I like your rambling. Kinda like my AADD (adult attention dd). Ooh, I see something shiney!
Watch that scale. My inattention to eating...yes I ate the Halloween candy as we had no trick-or-treaters on our blacked out street, caught up after 2 weeks. First week no gain. It must have been coiled up and sprung into action the next.
Maybe it was all the pasta and canned comfort food.
Anyway, back into the fight.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/12/2012 8:48PM

    You are honest and reasonable and realistic. Good for you!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/12/2012 2:04PM

    You are still up and moving so that is terrific. I'm proud of you. Just keep pushing through and soon you'll get back on a new track!

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MARTY728 12/12/2012 1:37PM

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A Crate of Clementines

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Do you bring treats into the office? Do you want to do something nice for the staff at your Child's school? Would a thank you at the Doctor's be appropriate?

Instead of slaving in the kitchen for some baked goods, (half of which *I* will eat!) why not give a Crate of Clementines. I do this routinely for my son's school. They are healthy, dont need to stay in the fridge, & can hang out for a few days without attracting mice.

And for those of us whom money is an object: my store currently sells them for $5.

The thought really does count!

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WISHICOULDFLY 12/11/2012 6:33AM

    Brilliant idea! I'm gonna get some to take to work today!

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SYNCHRODAD 12/7/2012 1:57PM

    The only thing that could compete against clementines is chocolate, which according to some health sources is good for you. No slaving involved. Put down a bowl of clementines next to a box of chocolates, and watch...... I love many fruits including clementines, and can ignore most candy and all sodas. But, a refined piece of chocolate....?

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DOGLADY13 12/6/2012 9:25PM

    We take turns bringing clementines in to the office. We love them.

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SCAREWALDORF 12/5/2012 3:43PM

    I love clementines. Mum use to put them in the toe of my stocking at Christmas. I say use to, because somewhere along the line, they became chocolate oranges...

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GODIVADSG 12/5/2012 10:13AM

    Thanks for the idea! Going to bring a few crates to my staff in the morning!

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MJ7DM33 12/4/2012 7:37PM

  emoticon the idea!

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ROXYZMOM 12/4/2012 7:27PM

    Great idea!

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LESLIELENORE 12/4/2012 3:29PM

    I love clementines! Great idea!

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2BDYNAMIC 12/4/2012 3:23PM

    i LOVE the idea! emoticon (pretend this is a clementine-lol) ......... I would like to see more healthy 'treats' given as opposed to the sugary UNhealthy! .......... emoticon for sharing! .......... emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 12/4/2012 3:22PM

    Excellent suggestion! We usually have a bag of them here. They're mothers favorite snack this time of year.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/4/2012 3:17PM

    Awesome idea!

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MARTY728 12/4/2012 3:01PM

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EL-E-E 12/4/2012 2:44PM

    I've been eatin' the heck out of some clementines! Good idea to bring them to office parties and such. Yum!


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MDKM80 12/4/2012 2:07PM

    I love clementines and have a crisper full of them lol. These ideas are great though and I'm sure especially the doctors office where I go to would appreciate them!!

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ANDY_54 12/4/2012 1:49PM

    This is a great idea. I have a bag of them in my kitchen now--love clememtines!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/4/2012 1:34PM

    That's a neat idea! :)

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