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Today is When the Rubber Hits the Road

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!!

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MONTY68 12/26/2010 4:15PM

    HI Marsha
A awesome blog, one that should be put in the manual on how to be successful. You have done what is necessary to have a great meal with a knowing what and how much you could have . Today, because of who you are, will again show how successful people handle it.
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TJCADDO 12/26/2010 1:23PM

    I can see planning in action does make for success. Thank you for sharing.

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JHADZHIA 12/26/2010 11:59AM

    You did well Marsha, you were sweating it for nothing! You really are strongly committed to a healthy lifestyle and it shows through every trial you face!! I am fortunate there was no baking around in my meals for the most part, makes it a lot easier. Only my sister and her daughter bake things up like crazy, and we don't usually go there for Christmas because of bad roads and risk of storms so its not a temptation at Christmas, but summer is a different story..
Keep up the great work!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/26/2010 11:08AM

    You have a great plan in place Marsha. This year I cooked much differently since hubby can't eat sugar. I made scalloped potatoes, no stuffing, no gravy, no rolls, lots of veggies, lots of fresh fruit, skinless turkey breast, sugar free cherry pie, pecan pie (leftovers will be sent to the kids across the street), scrambled egg whites with salsa, fiber one muffins made with egg whites and applesauce instead of oil, water or sugar free lemonade instead of wine and the list goes on. You know what??? Everybody loved the food because it was fresh and tasted good and we all had a great time. Imagine that! Now if my husband's family had come, they would have turned their noses up at everything because they drown everything in gravy and butter. But, we took them out for lunch Christmas eve and we ate healthy and they ate all of their gravy and fried food. It all worked out and everyone was happy!

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DONNAEDA 12/26/2010 10:32AM

    I love your attitude and plan of attack. You go girl

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/26/2010 10:25AM

    How true it is that today is the day to stay focused and get rid of stuff that is off program. Like how you did your day and know that you will be successful today

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JOYINKY 12/26/2010 10:03AM

    Marsha, you've kept it all under control and still enjoyed your holiday. I have no doubt you've met your goal. I have one small plate of cookies, under a glass dome, remaining and it lives in my unheated guest room out of sight and out of mind; but handy if someone stops by yet for a cup of coffee this weekend. Even in a tempted moment, not enough to do any damage. Like you, if I'm not "looking at" the treats they are not taking up space in my mind. We've both had wonderful holidays with our families; we are truly blessed! Thanks for sharing. Love and Peace, Joy

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/26/2010 9:58AM

    WTG Marsha!

I worked too hard to reach this point in my life and I did indulge having earned the privilege.

The downside for me is not the scale (which was up!) but the tapering off that inevitably comes after the sugar rush.

I am still in my range and have to learn that this too is okay for me.

Happy Day After Christmas my dear sparkling friend! You have made it happen!!


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DAVEW175 12/26/2010 9:46AM

    My thoughts exactly. I enjoyed pie, roast beef, lemon squares, bread and everything else yesterday. I decided it was OK to not worry for a few days but today I'm getting refocused. For breakfast I ignored the plate of lemon squares and the pies on the counter and had oatmeal with blueberries. I'm treating the chocolates and food baskets as a test of my desire to get to my target weight before my 50th birthday in April.

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Christmas Interlude

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!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/26/2010 10:56AM

    Sounds like a great day! Merry Christmas!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/26/2010 8:31AM

    Great fun - we had a wonderful day, also.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2010 7:07PM

    I can picture Natalie jumping rope!

Merry Christmas!!

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JOYINKY 12/25/2010 5:23PM

    Christmas is so much fun when you have the wonder of the little ones as part of it all! Enjoy! I know you are, grandkids are so much fun! Glad you are having a great day!

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JHADZHIA 12/25/2010 4:57PM

    Hi Marsha!
Would have LOVED to see that video, can just picture it :) Glad you are having fun with your family, that is what its all about! Relax about what you eat. We all know you will work hard to get any perceived gain off ;)
Enjoy your fabulous day!
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MONTY68 12/25/2010 4:23PM

    Hi Marsha
What a delightful blog, I can feel your energy in what you write. It is a blessing when the whole family is together. At least when I was living up north my grandchildren were small enough that I got to enjoy it, now they are old enough that they are planning weddings.
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The Clean SWEEP Plan

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!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/25/2010 8:45AM

    Excellent program for 2011. Merry Christmas to you


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WILD4STARS 12/24/2010 9:02PM

    LOVE IT !! You are so creative.

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JOYINKY 12/24/2010 6:45PM

    Great plan! Should be able to SWEEP up a lot of accolades with it! MERRY CHRISTMAS! Love and Peace, Joy

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/24/2010 6:31PM

    sounds like a clean sweep to me!

WTG Marsha!

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MONTY68 12/24/2010 5:58PM

    Hi Marsha
What a great blog and plan. I love it. You gave a excellent example of how it WILL work. Thank you for sharing and have a Very Merry Christmas.

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KAMILLA1 12/24/2010 5:01PM

  Sounds like you have a good plan to me. emoticon We can do this !

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2010 4:24PM

    I like it!
Best of everything to you!

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Did You Get SparkPoints?

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!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/23/2010 3:15PM

    I love the points too! Have a Merry Christmas!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/23/2010 9:55AM

    LOL, I love sparks points and keep on going for it.

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JOYINKY 12/22/2010 7:57PM

    I just spark as time allows; really don't pay attention to "how many" points I have as long as I have enough to give goodies to my friends!

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MEXGAL1 12/22/2010 6:03PM

    I know what you mean, I am a bit addicted as well...but it's a good thing. Have met so many wonderful folks here on this site. So many folks like you who give me constant feedback and support.
Wishing you a terrific holiday season.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/22/2010 4:30PM

    I love it!

Points for "sparking" your friends!

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DONNAEDA 12/22/2010 2:04PM

    oh yeah, points and more points. But those keep you motivated and healthy

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MONTY68 12/22/2010 11:29AM

    Hi Marsha
That was funny about bonus points for her. But, Like you, I try each day to get as many points as I can, I feel each category has value to our journey. I also will have problems, I ran out of polls and I guess they can't be adjusted like the articles. But, again, each point has value to our growth.
Enjoy your Sparking, Success for 2011 and have a great Christmas.

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TJCADDO 12/22/2010 11:27AM

    Keep Racking them up!!! I am impressed with the fitness points that you have accumulated. You motivate me to want to put in more time. You look terrific!!!

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JHADZHIA 12/22/2010 11:15AM

    emoticon oh boy, your rep goes offline!!
I do like to get as many Spark points as I can simply to give out goodies. I am so broke right now, I won't have nearly enough to give all my Spark buddies Christmas goodies :((( The downside of having a huge friend's list.. Also, when I run out of polls to do and Health A-Z, that will take a lot away a day. I have already reset the articles (wonder how many times they let you do this?)
Enjoy your holiday season and Happy Sparking!

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Changing Focus

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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/20/2010 8:39AM

    Awesome job!

Yes, I too had to revisit my old goals.

You are there my sparked buddy!

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JOYINKY 12/19/2010 11:31PM

    You absolutely can't go wrong with the goal of living healthy and being healthy! It brings everything else into balance. That's exactly what I see you consistently doing. Thanks for sharing.

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MEXGAL1 12/19/2010 7:06PM

    I totally like your goal of good health. Good health is just about everything.
Go for it.

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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2010 4:58PM

    "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!": WALKINGANNIE quoted this in her blog today and I liked it so much had to come by and read the original.

I too am at a "healthy weight" ranging between 153-156 most days, and (but for one period of blip in early 2009, pity party response to bad health dx when I was briefly 20 pounds heavier) have been a healthy weight now since 2001, when I peeled off 80 pounds. Yes, I would like to have "4" as the middle number on the scale instead of "5" but -- even with diligent tracking and regular fitness, that has not happened in 2011. But: I'm well within my original goal range and glad also that the scales are not flashing up a middle number "6", "7", "8", "9", "0", "1", "2" or "3" -- all of which I have experienced in the past!!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/19/2010 3:47PM

    This is such a good blog Marsha. Sometimes we forget how we got where we are and what our goals were. Health has to be the main aim. You're such a wise Sparkie and a continuing inspiration.

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MONTY68 12/19/2010 3:35PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog and a great decision . I believe that focusing on healthy living will allow our chosen weight to be consistent. Healthy living is living in balance. You have such a burning desire to live healthy and motivated to do what is necessary to do it. Your blog on your visit to the YMCA is an example of that. You have been successful and I see you continuing to live life in a healthy way.
Thank you for sharing this

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NOTFATCAT 12/19/2010 1:46PM

    I believe that is the art of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not obsessing about every forkfull.
Good luck.

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CAROLJEAN64 12/19/2010 1:25PM

    What a great story of what maintenance is all about... not a specific weight, but a goal range. Thanks for sharing.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/19/2010 1:20PM

    Good for you Marsha. Healthy weight over the number on the scale. I like it!

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JHADZHIA 12/19/2010 1:17PM

    And that is what it is best to be focused on! You sure are doing everything you can to accomplish that!
You are awesome!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/19/2010 1:13PM

    Fantastic, you hit the goal! Here is to a healthy 2011 emoticon

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