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Christmas Blessings and Challenges

Friday, December 25, 2009

Natalie loved her basketball goal and ball that Old Dad and I got her. It adjusts from 3 feet to 6 feet. She was frustrated trying to hit the big hoop, but this one is just her size at the lowest level. It is so great to give someone something they really like.

I enjoyed having the family here. All three meals were well received. I'm tired, but feel like it was a success. I've got Weight Watcher weigh in tomorrow and I'll be up a little, but expect to be back to goal by the following week. I do have to deal with a lot of food in the house I don't usually have to deal with. Oh, well.

My strategy of giving away the leftover deserts and rich foods didn't work. My sister didn't want to take it on a 3 hour trip. In fact she insisted on leaving all her relish tray items. My neice left cookies and her boyfriend left candy. My husband didn't really want me to give much food away anyway. It will be a challenge, but I intend to handle it. The dressing, mashed potatoes, and veggie casserole are far richer (buttery) than I would make for us. I've got biscuits, corn muffins, banana nut bread, and pumpkin bread left. I've got angel food cake and banana cream pie left as well as sugar free pumpkin pudding and sugar free jello with fruit. The cheesecake my son in law did take home. The turkey is fine, but the ham is too sweet and fatty. I could go on.

Oh, well. I'll just have to deal with it. I intend to.

All in all Christmas was a real blessing. It was a joyous, happy time. There was no discord. Little Natalie was precious and delightful. It is a Christmas I will remember.

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/26/2009 5:36PM

    glad you had a good day

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DONNABRIGHT 12/26/2009 12:47PM

    Glad you had a good day - we did, also!

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What Clicked? ..continued

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I finally realized that I don't have to be hungry to lose weight and maintain it. For years I tried to eat too little, setting myself up for failure. Eating healthy food is necessary; eating good food is good, not bad!

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SPARKCAT1 12/24/2009 8:13AM

    Thank you for shareing yourself on my blog! Sometimes it takes years of being there time and time again. With everyone around you, doing the same thing, it is hard, doing something different. Being a good example helps. Do it for yourself. Do it for them. You will be glad you did. It all comes together. Love yourself so you can love them better....Beautiful grandma for beautiful grandchildren?

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Effective Anti-All-or-Nothing Image

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Weight Watcher leader came into the room uncharacteristically a minute or two late, wearing an apron, chef's hat, and scurrying with 3 precariously held eggs in her hands. One egg fell and splattered. She looked down and said, "I just can't do it!" and proceeded to throw two more eggs on the carpet that I just then noticed was covered in clear plastic!

We wouldn't do it with eggs. Why do we do it with our good eating plan?

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/23/2009 12:52PM


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WALKINGANNIE 12/23/2009 12:35PM

    Another really good illustration. Thanks.

It's good to know that others are dealing with the same attitudes to food but it also makes me wonder why so many otherwise sensible people need tips like this to explain something so obvious.

I'm so pleased that you're not just sharing a problem but sharing possible solutions too. They will be especially useful over the holiday if I waver a little. Thanks again.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 12/23/2009 11:21AM

    she must be a great w w leader...really knows how to inspire

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JULIEQ2011 12/23/2009 8:34AM

    That's awesome! What a clever way to make a point!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/23/2009 7:53AM


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RASCALOO 12/23/2009 7:24AM

    Great lesson!

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GIRLTRUCKIN 12/23/2009 7:18AM

    definately something to ponder about....thanks for kicking my brain in gear :)

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Overcoming All-Or-Nothing Thinking

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Think of managing our weight like playing a football game. A fumble isn't part of the game plan, but it is part of the game. Shake it off!

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What Clicked?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Today, as I was donating clothes that are way too big for me, a woman who has known me and my weight struggles for a long time asked, "What clicked for you this time? How did you finally lose all the weight?"

I told her I'd have to think about it. And I have started thinking.

Many things have finally "clicked." Maybe identifying what worked will be a help to me when (not if) I need to get it back.

Right off, I'd say the most important thing that clicked is that all-or-nothing-thinking is my enemy. If I couldn't do it perfectly, I'd give up. I have learned that when I'm not perfect, forgive myself, be my own best friend, and do the best I can as soon as I can. Don't wait for Monday, or morning, or even the next meal. Grab a glass of water, track everything I can remember - estimating when needed, and start the exercise . Now. I'm back on track. Just like that.

More to come on this topic ---

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SLENDERELLA61 12/22/2009 9:46PM

    Love that traffic behavior analogy. I have some other ones, too, and will share. Thanks everyone for the comments!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/22/2009 4:28PM

    Absolutely agree. I have had to work hard on that "all or none" thinking. Doing better, but still haven't mastered it yet. Congrats on your success. Have a wonderful day.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2009 4:24PM

    You are right on target Marsha! I'd also add that the scale isn't the only measure of our success. Thanks for sharing!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/22/2009 12:12PM

    I so agree about all or nothing. I think I only apply the 'that's blown it' logic to food and I've no idea where it comes from. I read a quote from Indygirl on the Dailyspark that said, "If you got a traffic ticket, you wouldn't go break every traffic law the rest of the day like you do when you eat a bite of pizza and just keep going."

I thought this was a good way of putting it into perspective.

How good is it to start a blog with donating clothes that are too way big for you?!

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/22/2009 9:01AM

    I agree to

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MONGO2TEN 12/22/2009 4:37AM

    Yes, the all or nothing mentality is what is different for me this time as well.


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