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Friday, December 21, 2012

Today I went shopping to get some things for Christmas lunch.

Originally I was going to have two days' SparkHoliday, to eat in a gluttonous manner but unfortunately I ate more than I ought in Cornwall. On the plus side I did two days of hiking, but anyway I make the rules so I'm forfeiting one of my days of eating what I want. In my house the 24-hour Chrimbo celebration starts at 4pm on Christmas Eve and ends at 4pm on Christmas day. That means Posh Afternoon Tea with as many trimmings as you could want on Christmas Eve, eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce and Buck's Fizz for breakfast on Christmas Day, and then lunch at about 2pm . . .

Look, I did say I make the rules.

Ah lunch. Parma ham with fresh figs, pheasant in red wine, multiple cheeses and Christmas pudding since you ask. Coffee, liqueurs and what's left of the chocolates afterwards.

So today I bought about half the food. I bought the things that won't leap out the fridge and straight down my throat before their allotted time.

On Christmas eve I'll buy the things that are likely to detonate if I buy them earlier.

I regret to say that I ate four dates this evening, BUT I did count the calories.

Thing is, I detect a certain amount of SparkInfluence even when planning a Right Blow-Out like this.

- I'm genuinely not buying anything if I don't trust myself not to nibble at it beforehand. I appreciate I've slipped up where the dates are concerned, but tbh I buy them so rarely I didn't realise they should be on the prohibited (till Christmas eve) list
- half of the food on the list is actually 'proper' food, that is, it has a nutritional value - even the chocolates I get will be dark chocolate
- and the biggy: I'm buying just enough to have a nice time but not so much there's going to be any left over to eat up.

Wonder if I should cut down on the cheese a bit . . .
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MAMAHOYT 12/22/2012 4:39PM

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ROCKYCPA 12/22/2012 3:41PM

    Good for you - making your rules and sticking to them. Have a wonderful holiday!

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BARBARASDIET 12/22/2012 3:28PM

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JANETTEB553 12/22/2012 3:25PM

    I hate dark chocolate... I will just have to buy milk chocolate and think dark thoughts.... emoticon Have a great time emoticon

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KIMBOLEAN 12/22/2012 3:07PM

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SENIMMO 12/22/2012 2:26PM

    Isn't it amazing how "planning to indulge" prevents an all-out binge? I think you are doing fabulous. And I also love dates! At least you weren't eating chocolate cherries emoticon Merry Christmas!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 12/22/2012 2:00PM

    Your menu sounds lovely! I would pick maybe 1 or 2 cheeses that you absolutely adore, and enjoy those. I love a good brie and a cheese called "huntsman" here in the states, which is a hybrid striped concoction of a good cheddar and blue. Very nice with crisp apples and pumpernickel bread. My Christmas breakfast is going to be Blueberry Pecan French Toast Casserole, bacon, and Farmer's Breakfast, which is potatoes, eggs, onion, and diced ham all scrambled together. Yes, I know...ham and bacon? It's Christmas!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/22/2012 1:53PM

    I think it all sounds fabulous! I'm glad you're going to enjoy yourself. :)

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PAULETTEDD1 12/22/2012 1:35PM

    emoticon MERRY CHRISTMAS

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SWEETNEEY 12/22/2012 1:05PM

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BLUE42DOWN 12/22/2012 12:49PM

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the best kind of Spark-fluence!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/22/2012 12:26PM

  Your plan sounds wonderful!!!!! Enjoy every second of your Christmas (Chrimbo) day as you deserve it. You are doing such a great job!!!!!
Merry Christmas....... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/22/2012 12:05PM

    Sounds like a plan! Have a blessed holy-day! emoticon

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HEARTS116 12/22/2012 11:56AM

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Have a Merry Christmas!

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MJ7DM33 12/22/2012 11:54AM

  Merry Christmas emoticon

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KNITCAT1 12/22/2012 11:48AM

    Yes, doing so you don't have left overs, means no temptation... I think it sounds as if you have planned your "gluttony" to a tee! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! (And I might have to purchase a bit of dark chocolate... Just for health reasons, you know... emoticon .)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/22/2012 11:36AM

    Plain & Simple, you (Christmas) Rock!!!!
Merry, Merry Christmas!
Warm Hugs,
Mary

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OFGREENGABLES 12/22/2012 11:31AM

    good planning - thanks for the inspiration!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/22/2012 11:25AM

    Eating the naughties isnt bad if its done in moderation.

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CICELY360 12/22/2012 10:53AM

  good blog

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JADASMOM2 12/22/2012 10:41AM

  Don't overdo it.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/22/2012 10:21AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Merry Christmas--Enjoy yourself.

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MOMMY445 12/22/2012 10:19AM

    glad to hear that you are on track. merry christmas!

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CFMOSS 12/22/2012 10:19AM

    I believe "enjoy and savour every bite" comes to mind. Merry Christmas

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LIS193 12/22/2012 10:16AM

    Enjoy your Christmas food - it all sounds wonderful! Isn't it amazing how we have been "spark-washed"? Even when planning a splurge there is that little voice in our head to urge us to make healthier choices than we may have made in the past....
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Happy Christmas!

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FARIS71 12/22/2012 10:10AM

    Way to have a healthy holiday pseudo binge!

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KNYAGENYA 12/22/2012 10:09AM

    emoticon have a merry Christmas.

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NCSUE0514 12/22/2012 10:08AM

    I'm convinced that if we are TOO rigid over the holidays, we'll feel deprived and lose motivation. I think you're making sense with your approach.

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DR1939 12/22/2012 10:07AM

    emoticon Have a lovely Christmas.

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GRAMPIAN 12/22/2012 10:03AM

  Good plan. emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 12/22/2012 9:59AM

    Nothing like a well thought out plan. Great work on your "rules".

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GARDENCHRIS 12/22/2012 9:52AM

    at least Spark is getting us to consider those things!

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SHOAPIE 12/22/2012 9:41AM

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NIKKIJ55 12/22/2012 9:41AM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. THAT IS MY WISH FOR YOU!
I think your plan for Christmas Lunch is a great one. Have a happy!

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BESCATS 12/22/2012 9:30AM

    All sounds so good. Cheese is one of my downfalls too. That's a "bet you can't eat one" food for me. Trying to decide if we want to go out to dinner Christmas Eve, or stay in. Probably would eat less if we go out.
Another good blog, Merry Christmas. emoticon

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CHERYLSBUTT 12/22/2012 9:26AM

    I like your strategy, buy what you wont nibble away for the big day.
I am having a similar experience with Christmas cookie baking!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/22/2012 9:25AM

    Holiday greetings for a Merry Christmas from the evening side of the big pond.

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LIFETIMER54 12/22/2012 8:57AM

  emoticon planning, Merry Christmas to you and yours.... emoticon

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CKAYTHOMAS 12/22/2012 8:53AM

    Great planning. Enjoy your day! Merry Christmas !

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TIPPY211 12/22/2012 8:52AM

    Sounds like a great christmas feast. emoticon emoticon

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ANASONIC 12/22/2012 8:49AM

    Sounds like a very controlled celebration! Enjoy! emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 12/22/2012 8:45AM

    emoticon yes, what's bucks fizz?

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KELLYPAQ 12/22/2012 8:39AM

    Sounds like a good plan. What's Bucks Fizz?

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WILSONWR 12/22/2012 8:37AM

    Planning for a "blow out" makes perfect sense. You don't feel guilty, and you know this is a lifetime journey - as long as you eat healthy most of the time, an occasional planned splurge is fine!

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JUNEAU2010 12/22/2012 8:36AM

    Cutting the cheese would be problematic for me. Those pesky nibbles always end up in my tummy!

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