Sunday, December 26, 2010
Today is the day after Christmas, the day after a day of indulgence. I enjoyed every bite -- even the fudge -- especially the fudge. I enjoyed cooking big and I enjoyed sharing the whole meal with my loved ones. By my historical standards, it was a pretty moderate indulgence. For one thing, I did not celebrate with food on any other day this season. I stuck to my food plan, staying within the limits every day this month so far. Since I'm tracking on Weight Watchers this month, I had what they call "weekly points allowance" left and I earned "activity points," too. So even given my indulgences yesterday, I stayed within my Weight Watcher limits. The scale this morn was only up a couple tenths. I call that a success.
However, I realize that today is the day that really counts. My plan to send everything indulgent home with relatives only partly worked. My nephew took the green bean casserole that I had made mostly for him. I offered the pumpkin bread to my niece, but she declined. The nephew accepted it, though. My daughter was suppose to take the sweet potato casserole and she said she will, but she wants to come to lunch today with the kids and have leftovers. She even left three quarters of a red and green jello cake that she made. Some of the kids' gifts are still here, too. It was getting close to midnight when she went home, so clean up is scheduled for today. Getting things to her house, in the freezer, or in the trash is the priority today.
This morning first thing I saw a counter full of temptation. My angel food cake made with crushed pineapple is invisibly under tupperware. (In our family, when we have little kids an angel food cake for breakfast is traditional. We sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.) I took a kitchen towel and covered the fudge and the brownies so I don't have to look at them. I put a plastic cover over the cake, too.
I hardly have any stuffing left and I have one small serving with no butter set aside for me. The mashed potatoes and gravy my husband will finish up. I have plenty of plain baked potatoes, plain green beans, and turkey left for me to have healthy leftovers.
Today is the day that really counts when it comes to my pledge for a no gain holiday. It was okay to indulge yesterday, as long as I'm back on it today. And I'm here to say I'm back on it today!!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Merry Christmas!! I'm cooking up a storm and indulging a bit, but think I'm really in control. We'll see.
Our biggest laugh so far was Natalie trying to jump rope. She had the jumping down. In fact she was frantically jumping, waving the rope in front of her. She thought she was doing it, which is what made it so funny. Her mom got a video of it, but she said it was too close to see it at its best.
Natalie loved the big castle tent we gave her. Gwen sat up in a high chair at our table for the first time. She now holds rattles and laughs a lot -- well, she cries a lot, too, but she is a baby. Right now they are at their other grandma's, but will be back soon to finish opening presents and eat turkey and all the fixings!
Wish my mom would answer the phone so I could wish her a happy holiday. Expect she will before the day is over. So Christmas at our house is going well. Hope you are having a merry one, too!
Friday, December 24, 2010
I slept 8 hours last night. Good S for sleep!
I already drank my 8 glasses of plain water today. Good W for water!
I just finished boiling the eggs for deviled eggs. I made pumpkin bread, fudge, and yam casserole for tomorrow. I didn't lick or bite a thing!! Got more cooking to do today and tomorrow, but feeling strong. Plan to send leftovers home with relatives who will appreciate them. I've had 4 servings freggies(fruits/veggies) already today, nonfat milk, and lean protein. So I'm doing good eating. Good E for eating!
I burned over 310 calories on the elliptical this morn at the gym, completed my scheduled strength training, and stretched. (An aside: It was the first time I was ever at the gym that I was the only woman in the cardio area. Usually there are more women than men. Hmm. I know kids are out of school and many people are undoubtedly busy with Christmas preparations. Still it was a surprise. I didn't feel out of place, though. The Y is now my second home.) So the second E is for good Exercise!
And even if I go over a little tomorrow, or have a disappointing weigh in at the scale, it is okay. Because I'll never give up. I've got persistence. Good P for persistence.
Unveiling my new program for 2011: the Clean SWEEP! It stands for sleep, water, eating, exercise, and persistence. The "clean" part is for counting my binge-free days and continuing to make progress (not perfection) on improving my eating behavior. I'm at day 18 of eating with dignity right now.
I think this plan is a winner!!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The other day I invited a good friend of mine to go for a hike at a county park. Sparkie EILEENV5 commented on all my SparkPoints. My good friend looked at me suspiciously. She asked, "Did you get SparkPoints for bringing me on this walk?" I laughed and assured her that I had not received any reward virtual or otherwise for including her in the activity.
Geeze. Even my 3D friends are concerned that they are being used to further my almost compulsive Sparking!! Like I said earlier this week, I am committed that next year the focus will be on my health, not the scale. And not on just racking up points, either.
Merry Christmas! And Happy planning for the Healthiest New Year ever!!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
At my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday I saw the goal I had set the first week of 2010. For the year my main goal was to maintain my weight between 129 and 135. I weighed in 26 times at WW so far in 2010. My highest WW weigh in was January 16, 2010 at 133.6; my second highest was 133.2 on November 20, 2010. My lowest weigh ins were May 8, June 12, July 17, and October 2 when I weighed between 128.2-128.8. Yesterday I weighed 130.2. (On my home scale the lowest I've been is 125.6 and I hit that number in June, July, and September.)
It was good for me to find that old established goal. I had decided to lower my goal weight range to 126-130, and I haven't achieved it. But I know I am a healthy weight, and in 2011 my emphasis is going to be less on the scale and more on good healthy living!
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