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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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SUNSHINEGB 12/22/2012 7:56AM

    The SparkInfluence is genuine and isn't that great? It gets me thinking each time I'm out grocery shopping and also when I'm preparing food.
Good things tend to stay in our minds and help us daily.
Thank goodness for SP!
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CHEERS!

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CINDYSDAY 12/22/2012 7:53AM

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STARTINGINLIMBO 12/22/2012 7:51AM

    It all sounds good. :)

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ITSALWAYSABTME 12/22/2012 7:20AM

    Planning ahead is the PERFECT thing to do! Enjoy your Holiday's !! And thanks again for all the beautiful pictures!


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BECKYANNE1 12/22/2012 6:58AM

    Way to Go! I like how you say you make the rules. That is so true. I'm planning on allowing myself to indulge on Christmas, but that doesn't necessarily mean I will. Spark has a big influence on me also.

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TEACHING1ST 12/22/2012 6:43AM

    You continue to be a marvel, Chantal! Most people wouldn't give your Christmas Blow Out a thought--you've planned and will succeed. Many blessings for a lovely Christmas and a fabulous New Year. You are such an inspiration!

Mary

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DUTCH1811 12/22/2012 6:31AM

    Always love your blogs. Christmas is only once a year. I hope you have the Merriest of Christmas'. Our Christmas menu is usually pretty healthy. This year I am sure it will be mostly healthy and I will avoid what is not since I have had a few bad days already this month.
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MILLEDGE2 12/22/2012 6:28AM

    Love the term "Sparkinfluence", defining the little consciousness that helps a person on the right side of every decision, even about holiday eating (allowed, but no gluttony)! Enjoy! and there will be other Christmases; remembering that there will be other occasions to enjoy certain foods helps me keep a little more in control. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 12/22/2012 6:12AM

    you keep the dates. I'll have my christams ham.. yum yum.

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BESSHAILE 12/22/2012 6:10AM

    I'm sure my invitation was lost in the mail but I can be there at 2, nonetheless.

LOL I love your Christmas food. yum.



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SANDYCRANE 12/22/2012 5:42AM

    Sounds like you have everything under control. Merry Christmas.

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REGILIEH 12/22/2012 5:38AM

    It sounds wonderful! Will you be with others for Christmas dinner? What is Buck's Fizz?

I especially want to join in on the pheasant! You can have all my dates unless you fix date loaf! I love date loaf candy but fortunately it is too labor intensive for me to want to fix it. I love divinity and bourbon balls.

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MOMFAN 12/22/2012 4:14AM

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WOGSIE 12/22/2012 3:51AM

  Christmas is ONE Day only! I am seeing this year that all those 'must haves' for Christmas as far as food goes are available ALL YEAR LONG. That makes me feel a lot calmer and I know I don't have to Eat Everything at Christmas. It really is about Jesus and enjoying time with family and friends. Food is important but shouldn't be the top of the list. And it isn't going to be for me, this year. One Day Only for the food!

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THEIS58 12/22/2012 3:48AM

    Wonderful!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/22/2012 3:32AM

    I've got a lovely wheel of brie to eat over Christmas and new year.
Problem is I left it in Glasgow and I'm now in Crewe. Gutted.

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DURANGOREDDOG 12/22/2012 3:06AM

    Traditions are hard to break. And it is only one meal so enjoy and back to the healthy choices after Christmas.

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POPSY190 12/22/2012 2:32AM

    I didn't get cheese this year because I eat the lot! You'll enjoy it all so much more because it is special. I don't think you should deprive yourself on Boxing Day, either!

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MARYJEANSL 12/22/2012 1:31AM

  Well the Christmas menu sounds delightful. I shall enjoy the food vicariously through your blogs. You have great willpower to only buy the appropriate amounts, and delay buying the dangerous things. Good for you!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 1:25AM

    You're doing great!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 1:25AM

    You're doing great!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 12/21/2012 11:23PM

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There is a saying:
"If you fail to plan
You plan to fail

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Good for you to plan



Have a Wonderful Weekend

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BLESSINGS!
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kawaaza, Happy Everything.


! HAPPY DECEMBER !
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KARENLEIGH32 12/21/2012 10:57PM

    Good thinking, leave the stuff that is really tempting until the last minute! Yum dates! I think is ok, then eat 2 more later!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/21/2012 9:06PM

    Mmmm. I love cheese. That is one of my trigger foods. But, everything in moderation.

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MICKEYH 12/21/2012 8:55PM

    glad you are on track. emoticon

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DANAPRIME 12/21/2012 8:47PM

    I am soooo impressed! Keep up the good work! Spark On!!

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IAMWINNING 12/21/2012 8:16PM

    Sounds to me like Sparks is influencing you in good ways. : ) Eat what you want, in some moderation. Not buying enough for leftovers. Good for you! Enjoy your feast.

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/21/2012 7:27PM

    Don't worry about the foods, eat what you want but not all you want. Moderation is the key. Just enjoy yourself.

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DALID414 12/21/2012 7:22PM

    Sounds like you do have everything under control.

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DOVESEYES 12/21/2012 7:20PM

    Sounds really special, I'm so glad we can peek into your life. Now I feel like I'm sharing that gorgeous meal.

Have what ever you want only in a portion size that suits you.

And no don't scrimp on the cheese...enjoy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 12/21/2012 7:11PM

    Sounds delicious, and I think you've made good choices (ps - I like dates and eat them often).

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 12/21/2012 6:58PM

    You are doing a great job of knowing yourself. I for one am very proud of you and your successes.
The biggest downfall we face is when we have perfected the ability to lie to ourselves and then blindly believe ourselves... When were we honest with ourselves we would follow your example and limit our access to those things that will jump down our throats without any help from our hands..
Good job.. another good blog..
Thank you once again for sharing,
Audra

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SLIMLEAF 12/21/2012 6:57PM

    You're doing brilliantly.

Happy Christmas!

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DESERTJULZ 12/21/2012 6:01PM

    Ooooh dates! Dates are definitely a downfall. I try to pretend they are healthy, since they ARE fruit; however, they are a very high sugar, high calorie fruit.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/21/2012 5:48PM

    cheese is really my downfall,lol and because i am stressed at the moment i have been going mad on it.dates arenīt that bad though love .i know they are sweet but it is a natural sugar and if i remember rightly they are only 22 calories a date so that is a very doable snack you had there love.way to go on the planning though.hope you have a great christmas and a happy new year.also the bucks fizz has orange in it so at least you are getting in some vitamin c.

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LAURIETAIT 12/21/2012 5:36PM

    I googled Buck's Fizz and I have to say that I really don't think it would be a good idea to eat an entire 1980's pop group for breakfast. I think you should be "Making up your Mind" to have something else.
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LTMURPHY7 12/21/2012 5:21PM

 

Sound like a good list of food

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/21/2012 4:59PM

    OK, now I know two things about Buck's Fizz. I might even make my mind up to do a little cardio.

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/21/2012 4:52PM

    You're welcome to send me any that you're concerned may be too great a temptation to you. emoticon I'm sure you'll eat exactly what you want to, and you'll make good decisions. This is life, not a strict diet plan. Joy and a sense of fulfillment along with a knowledge of both culinary and balanced accomplishment will couple with the season's blessings to Spark your holidays.

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Dang. Now I'm going to have to google Buck's Fizz.

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CATLADY52 12/21/2012 4:37PM

    You are beginning to sound as if you care! I would say that is definitely a plus. I do think that you may make it past Christmas without taking too many steps backwards. emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 12/21/2012 4:34PM

    Enjoy! It is Christmas after all, and besides you have a plan! Merry Merry Christmas!

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JESSICABOOTY 12/21/2012 4:08PM

    No,no,no - cheese is the food of the gods and it would be a waste to let it go. Sounds like you've got the headset for a great holiday. Have a goodie or two and pat yourself on the back.
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NELLIEH1 12/21/2012 3:42PM

    Taking a break from constant nutri-tracking and having a feast once in a while does help us keep on. Sounds as if you have a very special time planned. Good choices to wait for those foodstuffs that hardly get to be put away before they are gobbled up. Glad the spark ideas are such a part of your daily life. Have a lovely Christmas...and may the day go s-l-o-w-ly.

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OFFICIALOLDY 12/21/2012 3:37PM

    I'm sure your celebration is going to be lovely. The food sounds sumptuous! Your rules sound very sound ( you are harder on yourself than I tend to be) and you are right on target with the "Spark influence" ( though sometimes I sing, "fa la la la la" to drown it out). We will survive this holiday "Sparkingly" and get back to normal with good memories and, in my case, lessons learned for next year.

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LINDAK25 12/21/2012 3:32PM

    Sounds delicious! Have a Merry Christmas!

Spark Influence! You're right, I'm much aware of what I'm doing when it comes to food and exercise.

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WISEDIETER 12/21/2012 3:28PM

    A wonderfully planned pig out with as you say SP influences!!!
I wish you a fantastic Christmas and a happy healthy sparky New Year
Cheers Sue

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LINDAKAY228 12/21/2012 3:24PM

    Progress, not perfections LOL! Some good foods but some fun stuff too. Sounds like a good plan. Can I come eat at your house LOL!

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PCASEY7 12/21/2012 3:23PM

    Loved your comment about 'Spark Influence" even when planning a blow out! That's when you know it's really having an impact on your lifestyle. The meal sounds delicious so enjoy every last bite!

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