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Name change and Thanksgiving plans

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Thanksgiving plans have just been finalized and I'm very happy with them: For lunch, I'm taking the women at the shelter to a restaurant that's giving us free turkey feasts with all the fixings. The women often worry about having enough food every day since their disability checks are a whopping $661/month. I've been able to find some donated food, including fruits and veggies, but they never get to go out to restaurants. They're very excited! There's no place I'd rather be than with the women when they're being treated well:)
My plan to keep from overeating, since I never have to worry about getting enough food, is to eat a healthy breakfast, then have coffee and just the veggies at lunch.
Afterwards, my best friend and I are making dinner. She's having a roast with mashed potatoes, potato salad, gravy and cheesecake (she naturally only eats 1400 calories a day, has perfect health, and weighs 130 pounds. But don't be mad, you and I are stronger and can out lift and out run her). I'm having a baked sweet potato with a savory nut crumble, curried cauliflower, brown rice and 1 piece of cheesecake. I feel very fortunate that after 2 years of training myself to make better food choices, I'm not slightly interested in the gluttony and over consumption of the holidays!
Not to sound like a Scrooge, but I'll be quite happy when the holidays are done just because it takes a lot of work to make them a little less miserable for the women I work with. The nice part of it is getting help from volunteers, and I'm happy to do the extra work to manage and train them, but my team is also short staffed, so I'm taking on extra work I always knew I never wanted to do. But it's temporary, and in the meantime, my move to the city is making it tons easier for me to take care of myself with good exercise, nutrition, and friends.
Oh, right, the name change: 2wheeledSharon. Living in a city with a mild climate means I can commute by bike and those of you who know me know how much I love that:)
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  • BREW99
    I did notice the name change, although you did make me jealous of mild temps, it's cute!
    1581 days ago
    Cudos !

    Glad I was finally able to find ya lol . i had a notice of a blog but the link would not work since your name change. Have a great 3 days off! emoticon
    1586 days ago
  • GOATS03
    I"m so happy & proud to hear how well you are doing. You're an inspiration!

    I love your plans. May God bless you my friend!

    Happy Thanksgiving :)

    Lots of hugs and love
    1590 days ago
    Good for you helping out women who are less fortunate than we are. I am sure you feel good doing it too. Love your new name and think of the money you save not driving or paying bus fare. That sounds like a nice place; I haven't ridden a bike in years. Have a nice Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1590 days ago
    Dear Sharon~ *hugs* Love the new LOOK! Your life is truly a blessing to all you come in contact with. Keep up the great attitude and lifestyle that is working for you. May the blessings of the Thanksgiving holidays be yours and the women you so humbly serve. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1590 days ago
    Your Thanksgiving plans are wonderful. It will be a true thanksgiving. I'm sure the women you work with are so grateful for you, as I know you are for them.

    LOL Oh, the new name has to do with a BICYCLE! I was picturing you heading around corners on just 2 wheels!!

    Have a great day!

    1590 days ago
  • NEWNAC304
    I.ove the new name!

    I hope you and e ladies have a wo detail Thanksgiving!!

    1590 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    I love the fact that you able to combine what seems like fun and helping other out at the same time. Mandatory fun is extra fun when you helping other isn't it .i am not sure where I am having thanksgiving dinner mom and sis are still arguing .
    1591 days ago
    Love your new name. Have a great day with your women!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    1591 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Love the new name and how you are embracing your new "city life". I think it is wonderful you are able to do this special meal for the ladies. I am certain they will enjoy the meal and being able to go out.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    1591 days ago
    You are SO inspiring!
    1591 days ago
    That is a fabulous Thanksgiving day plan!! I know you will enjoy it all :-)
    Excellent new name!!
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    1591 days ago
    Love the name change, m'dear. So appropriate.

    I'm delighted with/for you that you'll be able to spend Thanksgiving giving those women a special treat. They are fortunate indeed to have you working at the shelter. And kudos to the restaurant for closing down to the public and treating those women.

    You make me ashamed for not planning my meals better; but I am getting better as I go along. I have planned my eating for Thanksgiving Day, and pray that I hold to those plans. emoticon

    Thank good care of you (as you ARE) and have a wonderful week.
    1591 days ago
    emoticon Love your Plans, AND the name change.
    1591 days ago
    OK my Dear Spark friend, the name fits and suits you well. I am happy you are able to spend a lot of your day with the women, I know the joy you will get from seeing them in better circumstances and happy for a while.
    You are doing a great job with these women ,I am so proud of you and love being your Friend HUGS Pat iN Maine.
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    1591 days ago
    I'm so excited for you! Love that you are embracing the things you love and that make you happy. Enjoy your holiday and happy peddling! Pat emoticon emoticon
    1591 days ago
    Well done. I was right about the bike. Good for you. Great exercise too. We have a strong cycling community here in Salem and especially Portland.
    You are fantastic to be doing so much for the women at the shelter/
    When I live in Miami,I spent some Thanksgivings serving food at a shelter..
    So when I moved up here I told my daughter when the boys got old enough it would be nice to volunteer, by that time I couldn't stand long enough to help out , but the family did , and they felt very good about it.
    You food choices sound like you have thought it out very well.
    I wish I could be like your friend and stay at 130, but it's too low for me. And I have to watch every morsel that I eat, if my calories go over 1200 , 1300 at the most, I gain weight.. Oh well it could be worse.
    Have a nice Thanksgiving, I am sure you have many things to be thankful for. I know I do.
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    1591 days ago
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