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Unexpected Gift

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Okay. It is Christmas. I absolutely loved seeing the little ones open their gifts and play this morning. The littlest one got a Step 2 baby slide and she just loves it!! The bigger one got princess pajamas that you would think were made of gold. The girls and their parents are now at their other grandparents and I am cooking for all of us this evening.

So you would not think I should be thinking about my weight. However, this week every day I weighed I was up. I was at 126.8 on Monday, but creeping, creeping up to 129.8 on Friday and 130.0 yesterday morning. I honestly was tracking, or tracking as honestly as I could, and thought I was doing pretty well. Hmm. Yesterday I indulged a little and feared I would be up even more. But, no, this morning I weighed 127.4.

I have vowed that by next year this time I will have given up my scale obsession. But for today I consider that the scale just gave me a very good Christmas present!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/27/2011 7:45AM

    Awesome!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/25/2011 9:13PM

    That is a great Christmas present indeed! Enjoy a no gain Christmas!

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JOYINKY 12/25/2011 8:53PM

    Have a wonderful evening too! Enjoy those little ones and their wonder and joy!

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_LINDA 12/25/2011 5:54PM

    So glad you enjoyed your time with the little ones -that is long gone from our family, everyone is grown up and none of the grandchildren show any inclination to marriage. There is something about the young one's delight at their surprises that is fun to watch.
Glad your fractional weighings are going in the direction you want -well done!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2011 2:05PM

    Merry Christmas - enjoy your present!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/25/2011 1:43PM

    I've been struggling a bit this season, too. But am trying to come to grips with that being a "normal" part of maintenance. Vigilence. Back to basics tomorrow! Enjoy your Christmas, today!

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WATERMELLEN 12/25/2011 1:20PM

    Yay you!! I did NOT weigh myself this morning . . . but ate very moderately yesterday and am doing quite well today so far . . . .

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ABMW2009 12/25/2011 1:18PM

    Merry Christmas!!!! and congratulations on your weight loss

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Refusing to Stress

Friday, December 23, 2011

No, I haven't done everything I intended. I've wrapped some presents and my turkey is thawing in the refrig. I've purchased most of the things we need for Christmas dinner and all the presents I'm going to buy. I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow and that will be okay. I've had at least one kid every day recently. I've decided I'm keeping a smile on my face and I'm going to be nice to everyone and that is going to be my focus. If not everything gets done, so be it.

I haven't done exceptionally well selecting presents this year, but it will be okay. I don't think anyone will feel neglected. We've taken care of our little girls and those are the ones who really count this season.

My lower back has been bothering me for several weeks now and one trip to the chiropractor didn't seem to make a difference this time, when in June it seemed like a miracle cure. I did elliptical Monday - 1/2 hour - and Wednesday - 3/4 hour. Today I thought I might do an hour. I did 10 minutes and I just had this feeling that I wanted to run. So I told myself if my back hurt at all, I would quit or at least switch back to elliptical. Back felt good. I did 50 minutes on treadmill; went a little over 4 miles at mostly between 5 - 5.5 mph, with a couple intervals of 6 mph. So my 5K time was 35.0, far off my record, but okay for my current fitness level. Afterward I swear my back felt better than it has for several weeks.

This week my first morning weighs have been between 126.4 and 129.8, and that is with no binges or overeating. I'm hoping to get to January 1st at 128 or less. We'll see. I'm not going to stress over that, either, though. I'm trying for a no gain holiday, but I'll accept and deal with whatever the scale says.

Wishing you a stress-free holiday filled with love and joy!! -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/25/2011 9:11PM

    Right back at you Marsha! I hope your back continues to feel good!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2011 7:58AM

    Merry Christmas!

Along with the Blessings of the season, come the Christmas Stresses too.

Feel better!

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:29PM

    Sorry about your back pain :(( I sure can empathize as the more I get moving the more mine ramps up unfortunately, but usually, moving is far better for it than sitting..That is what I have been told, but mine is more a mechanical problem -when my other hip gets fixed, I feel I will be done with back pain. Body mechanics are so touchy. A sore knee or bad feet can trigger back pain -orthotics helped me at one point in time. If the chiropractor doesn't help, be sure to look into other areas like your feet..It can't hurt..
No one can blame you for not getting everything done perfectly when you are busy looking after children. Its just being together that counts, not the gifts! I hope you can relax and enjoy your family time! Well done with the weight maintenance! I have no doubt you will remain exactly where you want to be!!

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2011 8:53AM

    Marsha it sounds like you have a great attitude. Don't stress. I bet though that there is some stress sneaking in there and going to your back. I am with you and I am not going to worry about the number on the scale. I know I will get my routines back in order after the holidays.
Happy Holidays
Sallie

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MONTY68 12/23/2011 11:20PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog, I am glad that you were able to get a good run in today. You show great patience in your exercising and that is good.
I can feel from your blog that you feel calm, you are giving us a great lesson on how to keep stress down. It takes a lot of pressure off when you approach it with a positive attitude.
As far as your weight, you are so aware of where you are that the numbers won't really matter. You have done a awesome job in maintaining.
Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas.

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2011 9:43PM

    Love this: working on stress free, just like Marsha!! (And yup, even though that middle four is persistent and the middle three is elusive: I'm not far off, and I'm not stressing!)

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TMW54812 12/23/2011 5:04PM

    Easy does it! Stay healthy...enjoy your Christmas!

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BRAVERUDE 12/23/2011 4:46PM

    Good work! Have a fabulous holiday and watch that low-back!


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Stronger Than Fudge

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My family asked for my famous fudge, which I don't think I made last year nor the year before because I was concentrating on keeping off my 80+ pound loss. But today I felt I could do it. So I drank some sugar free hot chocolate to quench my chocolate craving. Feeling strong. Made the fudge. No licking ingredients or utensils. So far so good. I cut the first piece and there were fudge crumbs. A lot. I measured out an eighth of a teaspoon just to sample. Thumbs up. Delicious, but I don't think I really have to have more. I feel stronger than fudge.

We'll see. I've got several days to live with it and even enough ingredients to make another batch. I might even want to include a small piece in my eating plan. Haven't decided yet. But even if I should slip, I know now that I can get it back. I AM going to live at my goal weight.

Wishing all my SparkFriends delicious crumbs that are totally satisfying!!

  
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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:33PM

    Wow!! AWESOME willpower!! For the first time ever, Mom has made fudge. I am not so sure how well I will fair not diving into it. Mom's specialty is apple crisps or muffins for baking. She usually just buys cakes or pies rather than make them anymore, as she just has too much to do looking after all the cooking and cleaning for her household.
You continue to amaze me with your iron will! You rock!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/23/2011 10:16AM

    WTG Marsha!!

You ARE stronger than fudge!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/23/2011 9:15AM

    Great blog Marsha! Thanks for sharing. You are stronger than fudge!

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MONTY68 12/22/2011 11:17PM

    Hi Marsha

That sounds so good, haven't had a piece of fudge in years. I read somewhere that crumbs don't have any calories emoticon.
I am sure you will allocate the right amount each day.
Enjoy your fudge and have a Merry Christmas.

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MIRAGE727 12/22/2011 10:57PM

    Way to go, Supergirl! You are my hero! I'm championing portion control here on my Nebraska Holiday! You're fueling my inspiration tank!
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FREELADY 12/22/2011 10:27PM

    This is a great story! Can't wait for the movie!

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MNNICE 12/22/2011 9:31PM

    The only reason I'm stronger than fudge (cookies, peanut clusters, Chex mix) is because I packed it all in containers and had hubby take it to the garage for storage until Christmas!! I do plan to enjoy the holiday treats - I can't live without chocolate - but will try my best to exercise moderation. And if I slip.. well, I've a LONG Minnesota winter ahead of me so can spend lots of time on the dreadmill!! Enjoy a few indulgences! We have both lost 80+ pounds, have maintained it, and know how to lose a few extras if the need arises after the holidays!!!Have a very Merry Christmas!

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2011 8:15PM

    Love that thought: "stronger than fudge". It's amazing how satisfying a few crumbs can be!

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JOYINKY 12/22/2011 6:22PM

    I have no doubts!
Have a wonderful holiday Marsha!

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FITFABME 12/22/2011 6:21PM

    You are SO awesome...I know how you feel....this time of year is tough, but the memories of those awesome recipes also add to the thrill of this time of year for the family members we can't forget. A bit of fudge here or there never killed anyone. Small indulgences on occasion, in fact, can reinforce your success in maintenance....

Good for you to have the strength to make it! And to resist! All of us here understand the victory on many levels...

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IAMWINNING 12/22/2011 6:16PM

    YES! You ARE stronger than fudge! Congratulations for the way you're handling this.

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MEXGAL1 12/22/2011 5:50PM

    good for you! I know you are stronger than that fudge. I am not sure I am...I have been craving fudge for the holidays...good thing I am not at your house!
Happy Holidays
Sallie

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TMW54812 12/22/2011 5:09PM

    Good for you! Life at your goal weight is worth way more than a mountain of fudge...even yours!.....lol

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Time Flies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Today, when I was done with my 45 minute elliptical and my strength training workouts at the Y, I went to pick up Gwen from the nursery. To my surprise she was not in the infant area. She was out walking and playing with the big kids (up to 5 years old) in the large play area! Looked like she was really having fun. My, how fast they grow up.

  
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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:34PM

    Good for Gwen!! You must be having quite the influence on her with your healthy, active lifestyle!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2011 7:59AM

    It is amazing isn't it? It was so good to see you there the other day! Gwen is growing so fast. When I think of her I still think of a little baby and then I'm always surprised when I see her up and around! Natalie has gotten big and tall too!

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2011 8:07PM

    Amazing! What adorable grandgirls you have!!

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MEXGAL1 12/21/2011 3:30PM

    no kidding don't they grow up fast!

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TMW54812 12/21/2011 1:20PM

    Sometimes when I look at my grandkids, I think I can see them grow right in front of me!
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FREELADY 12/21/2011 12:57PM

    Such a cute age! So glad you have lots of time with her!

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JOYINKY 12/21/2011 12:13PM

    OH MY! Yes! Christmas is really going to be fun at your house this year!!

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Grapefruit Treats

Monday, December 19, 2011

The grapefruits are just heavenly again this year. I was afraid when my daughter moved from her rental home with the spectacular grapefruit tree I might have some problem getting the really, really good ones. But I got 10 and then 25 from her tree before she left. I think I am down to two.

And now a dear friend I haven't seen for 6 months just invited me over to her home tomorrow morning. She has a bunch of grapefruits and other citrus to give me. How lucky am I??

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2011 7:50AM

    Enjoy! A good grapefruit is simply delicious!

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/21/2011 4:56PM

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FROSTY99 12/19/2011 10:30PM

    Yes, we are so lucky to be where folks give us free oranges and grapefruit aren't we!!!

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_LINDA 12/19/2011 10:28PM

    I LOVE grapefruit!! I can't imagine getting them fresh off the tree! You are very, very fortunate!! Enjoy!! Hope these new ones are as good as the ones your daughter had!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/19/2011 9:22PM

    Enjoy! I'll have one with breakfast tomorrow.

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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2011 8:28PM

    OK, what makes a grapefruit a really good grapefruit? Do you like the ruby red ones, the pinky ones or the white ones? Sweet or tangy?

I love grapefruit too -- especially the reddest ones!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/19/2011 6:46PM

    how awesome!

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MEXGAL1 12/19/2011 6:15PM

    you are lucky....haven't had a good grapefruit in a long time. sounds delicious.

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JOYINKY 12/19/2011 5:56PM

    That would be a welcome treat at any time of year; but especially this week! Enjoy!

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TMW54812 12/19/2011 5:55PM

    Having a friend give you free fruit worth $$$$$$$$...............living where fruit grows in the winter......PRICELESS!!!!!

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Merry Christmas from NH....17 degrees!

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BONDMANUS2002 12/19/2011 4:24PM

  i love grapefruit too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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