Thursday, December 20, 2007
Didn't get up early to exercise today because I had to get up an hour early to be sure I'd be at work on time for my turn in a meeting. But the muscles in the backs of my upper legs are sore today from the lunges I did yesterday. I don't enjoy lunges so I had been avoiding them, but my muscles are telling me that I'd better get back to doing them regularly.
I still think I might be able to lose a pound this week! I'm very proud of myself for restricting myself to light nibbling at the party last night & drinking just one small glass of wine.
I'm taking off tomorrow, Christmas Eve, & Boxing Day, & I look forward to being home & getting some freelance projects done as well as cleaning & baking (just a little) for Christmas--& getting & decorating a tree (which I always do just before Christmas; I keep the tree & decorations up till Epiphany, Jan. 6).
I'm also looking forward to talking through our budget with my husband & thinking through my resolutions for 08. And exercising!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I have been thinking about making New Year's resolutions this year, for the first time in many years. I've been working on goals for nearly three years now at 43things.com, & I take them very seriously, so it's not that I'm goal-averse. But I'm feeling stuck in some ways--mostly with my art & our need to get out of debt. I would also like to get more serious about regular exercise.
I'm taking a few days off around Christmas, & I think my husband & I will be able to sit down & work on our budget one of those days (the 26th)? For the other things, taking some time alone for prayer & planning is in order.
I'd like to start the new year with new energy & vision.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Did I not blog yesterday? I was sure I did--funny. It's not the only thing that has slipped my mind recently. Sometimes I feel truly senile.
Over the weekend I ran out of the Amitriptyline I take to help me sleep--there just wasn't time Sat. or Sun. to stop by the pharmacy. Last night I went to bed around midnight praying that I would get decent sleep anyway. Well, I woke sometime after 6:00, & when I got up to check the alarm after a bit & saw that it was 6:34, I decided to get up & get in some exercise! Better than lying in bed fretting because of not being able to get back to sleep.
By the time I got exercise clothes on, got some water & got the dance DVD going, I had only about 15 minutes to actually exercise. Still, much better than nothing! And I brought my pill container with me to work so that I can stop by the pharmacy on my way home.
I have given up real expectation of losing weight during December--so far I'm just maintaining what I've lost previously, & that's an achievement given all the parties & treats of the season. But I have just one party this week, Friday night, & I'm going to see if I can make this a "bonus week" & lose another pound before all the Christmas Eve-Christmas Day festivities. Anyone want to join me & try for a Pre-Christmas Bonus Week?
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Just going to blog & check in briefly on the message board tonight. I need to go over Scripture readings before going to bed, since I'm one of the readers in church tomorrow. I get to read Mary's part in the Annunciation, & then her meeting of Elizabeth & the Magnificat (also known as Mary's Song). What a privilege!
Our day went amazingly well. Soon after breakfast I went to two grocery stores (fortunately across the street from each other) to get food we would need for hosting a special dinner tonight & an afternoon Christmas dinner tomorrow. I had chopped veggies & mixed them with the needed spices last night, to have them ready to throw in with the chicken & rice tonight (see below). Had to do lots of thinking about strategy given all there was to do!
After noon we took the train downtown & participated with others in a small political "action" at Obama's campaign headquarters! We presented the manager with a letter & some other printed materials for Sen. Obama, & he listened patiently while we explained our position on a particular issue. We also handed out some flyers outside & held signs for a short time, even though it was snowing pretty hard. Everything worked out well--we were pleased.
Tonight we hosted a family we had wanted to get together with for about three years--at last everything had come together. I made arroz con pollo, my favorite chop salad, & fried plantains; I was delighted that the 12-year-old boy guest asked for more arroz con pollo about three times! :-) It was their first introduction to Colombian food. After dinner the 2 1/2-year-old, Emily, made friends with me & I got to play with her a bit. After Josh was done watching a movie in the living room, I played Battleship with him while the other adults watched--by then Emily was sound asleep on the sofa. It was fun to connect with both of the kids; I don't get enough chances for that. We adults had some significant conversation too. All around just a lovely evening.
The busyness continues tomorrow, as my kids come for an early Christmas celebration. The gifts I ordered finally arrived today (most of them); it's so late that "wrapping" will mean just sticking them into holiday bags. I'm going to serve tofurky--my son is a vegetarian, but this will be our first time to try it. I'll let you know whether we end up liking it.
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