Tuesday, January 08, 2013
I spent the day working on putting away Christmas. I love Christmas. I love the decorations, I love the food, I love the family gatherings, I love spending time with my friends, I love sharing the food. I spend much of December baking, frying and cooking. We have many traditional gatherings and food is always a part of it. From DS birthday in mid November to DD1 birthday in mid January, there are many many traditional meals. The Christmas prep starts Thanksgiving weekend when the outdoor lights go up and I make my grocery list for my annual trip to Jeppi's nut house. It goes on through most of December. I bake a blue streak and make hundreds of cookies. Around mid December I start giving away plates of dozens of cookies. Cookies are my gift of choice to friends, teachers and work mates ( my DH's and DS's and next year my DD1 who just got a "big girl job")
So now the season is winding down. Now I need to get back to a SP frame of mind. Exercise again needs to be a regular part of my daily routine. Today DH and I went to the gym. I did my ST program and 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was really happy that despite not doing ST for the last month I was able to almost match the reps I did the last time I worked out on the machines. I was really happy that my cardio work out was really vigorous. I did not lose very much in the last 6 weeks.
We came home and had a lunch of leftover party food from the open house we hosted last weekend with my DD1 and her BF. Way to many calories but it is all baby steps, I have a month to ease back to normal. I have gained 10 pounds in the last 6 weeks. More than I wanted to, but not bad for 6 weeks of no tracking and little regular exercise. I will not officially weigh myself until mid February. At that time I will change the weight on my SP page. I am determined that my weight at that time will be close to what it was in mid-November. In any case, my New Year will start on February 15th. That will allow me to enjoy my DB's visit this weekend, my trip to Florida, my DD birthday, my nieces wedding and Valentines day without stressing about calories. I am positive that I have come to a good balance between enjoying foods I love and keeping my weight in the range that is healthy for me. My system may not work for everyone but it works for me, and it keeps me happy.