Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Who doesn't enjoy the glamour and excitement associated with "Holidays." Doesn't matter if your favorite if the picnics/BBQ for the 4th of July, Trick or Treating with the kids on Spook Night (Halloween), the gathering of friends/family for Thanksgiving or the very real hustle and bustle of Christmas.
So regardless of what season your favorite "holiday" falls in, you've got to admit you have a love/hate relationship with it.
Why do I say a love/hate relationship? Let's look at the facts:
1. You tend to over-eat, especially on foods ranging in the rich category, like fat/sugar!
2. You tend to skip the usual exercise routine (cuz you are "too full.")
3. On the love side -- if it's birthday or Christmas you receive gifts, who doesn't love that?
4. Also on the love side -- it's a chance to visit with friends/family.
5. Of course the above could also fall on the hate side -- you have to invite Aunt Jenny even though she bores everyone to tears with her stories of "when she was young." And don't forget the younger brother who always embarrasses everyone by drinking too much.
You see how the scenario goes. But the other day I was reading a blog by my friend, Lis and it really made sense to me. When you're invited to a party, or pot luck, or just a big dinner, these tactics can apply. First size up all the goodies you see on the table. If there is an endless variety just choose 5 or 6 things you "must" try -- and take a very, very small portion of each. If you do really good with this, you can reward yourself by having a bite or two of dessert. If you don't follow your own choices, you'd better skip the dessert. (I know from experience)
But when all is said and done, even the most health-conscious usually find that we have gained a pound or two, or perhaps only maintained. It's certainly not the end of the world, and think of how bad it could have been if you'd gone wild! A 10 or 15 pound gain could happen easily. So know in your heart you'll do the best you possibly can. Perhaps the old, proven advice of having a bowl of low-cal soup or something "before" the party would help you out. If you are half-full before you start, your brain my signal you that "I'm full." Don't ignore that.
I know we will hear of the groans come January -- and those few lucky ones who will brag that they actually LOST a pound through it all. After all, what's to keep you from going out for a nice refreshing WALK after breakfast on Christmas. Or for sure do that instead of slumping down on the sofa and soaking up TV, with an eggnog in your hand (very high-cal).
Which will you be? or
Saturday, November 24, 2012
There never seemed to be enough time for all the Tour Director wanted to show us while on vacation. Hence we got up early and went to bed late nearly every day we were on "vacation." I'm not really used to coming home from vacation tired out; but this time we did. Then in just a couple of days it was time to drive to Henderson, NV to see my daughter and her family for Thanksgiving. That was fun and I didn't have to do any of the cooking -- but it was a lot of noise and good-natured arguing having so many family members together -- another thing DH and I aren't used to. I mean, even our DOG is laid-back.
So as we started our drive home Friday morning we decided "spur-of-the-moment" to detour to our summer home in the mountains. It has been exceptionally warm, so we figured it would not be too cold up there either, even at 5000 feet. And we were right! It was cooler inside the house than it was outside. And we were surprised at the small amount of leaves that were in our yard. But we have trimmed back a few plants since we're already had a frost up here, so I cut back the asparagus, which takes up an entire end of our raised garden. I cut the rose bushes back and that's about the extent of our outside work.
The peace and quiet has been great, but tomorrow we have a company coming to install a satellite TV service, so we can get more than the 5 channels we are now stuck with. Who knows we might want to spend more time up here depending on how things go with government. I love to watch HGTV and that will be available, and DH watches only FOX news. So I guess we will be up here until Tuesday or so. By then I'll be ready for hustle and bustle again.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The vacation is over, and while I had a good time, I'm even happier to be back home and not on a schedule figured out by someone else. And my dog was overjoyed to see me again -- who doesn't appreciate the love of your pet when you return home?
I'm too exhausted to come up with anything clever and motivating -- so I will try to get my photo's sorted out, rest up -- and then I'll fill you in on the trip.
Happy to be back among my Spark Friends and a Healthy Lifestyle!
Thursday, November 01, 2012
What you looked like in the past isn't all that important -- except when you're looking back through an old photo book and reminiscing. How you look and feel today is what counts!
Although this picture was very recent and the top one was over 2 years ago ..... it does not show the difference in weight.
My weight has always been well distributed, and I have a wide back and strong legs -- both assets I am thankful for. They have enabled me to carry around about 20 pounds of weight without looking like a big blimp. When you are only 5'2" every pound counts. The main difference I can see in myself as I get dressed is that now I can comfortably tuck in my shirts -- and still look great. I can remember when I first gained weight at age 50 I started wearing my shirts on the outside. Of course doing that does not "hide" your stomach, but at least it doesn't "emphasize" it. That was my aim -- I was not trying to fool myself or my friends, I just wanted to look as good as possible. Thankfully, the long full dresses were popular during many of my "fat" years (up to 162) and that hid a multitude of sins.
Now, at 136.4 I'm back to slim-fitting jeans, and if I want to look nicer going out to dinner or somewhere I have no problem tucking in a T-shirt or blouse. And of course dresses are more appealing also -- looking in the mirror will tell you that.
Looking at the two photos I chose to post I didn't stop to think that even on my "recent" photo I still wore my shirt on the outside. Old habits are hard to break. lol -- and mainly, the fact that I can tuck them in just occurred to me last night as I was dressing to go out to dinner with DH. I had chosen a pair of pants that I hadn't worn in a long time, and I tucked my sweater type of blouse in. The effect was good; and I looked better in those pants than I had in years!!
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