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    MENNOLY   93,074
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Getting ready for the New Year

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.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ASHLEEFV 1/10/2013 8:12AM

    Great realistic attitude especially with "my New Year will start on February 15th"

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DIANER2014 1/9/2013 1:04PM

    You are doing great! I know you will get back to your pre-holiday weight in no time! emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 1/9/2013 8:58AM

    What a great attitude toward food, family and traditions! Keep up the great work!

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TINAJANE76 1/9/2013 7:13AM

    Happy New Year! I wish you the best of luck in 2013 as you continue your healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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CHARMIAN2 1/9/2013 4:02AM

  You inspire me. I am working to get out of obese also. One step at a time!

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ALIHIKES 1/9/2013 1:20AM

    So glad you had good workout and you didn't lose too much strength and endurance. I think you have found a good balance that works for you. I think we have to build our programs so we can enjoy family events, parties and traditions. emoticon

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TARAFROMTX1 1/8/2013 10:23PM

    I'm pretty much doing the same thing! And I feel the same way.. I wasn't going to let it all stress me out and kill the christmas spirit so to speak. So yes I got off track, gained about 10-12 lbs but now that the holidays are over I am getting back on track and moving on! Plus it didn't help that my elliptical has been broke since Nov 9th. Still waiting on the parts to come in. Here's to getting back on track and getting fit in 2013!!

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CATBEFIT 1/8/2013 6:04PM

    It's great to have the confidence to know that you can get right back on the program and resume your "spark" life. I think that is such a difference from the mentality of "Oh, no--I gained ten pounds -- I am such a failure".

I think you have a good sense of what is important to you, and balance that with where you want to be in six months.


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MARITIMER3 1/8/2013 4:46PM

    I think that's a very sensible way to handle Christmas. You didn't stress over it, you enjoyed the food and the company. I believe that you've learned the SP lessons and how to adapt them to your lifestyle. Enjoy the parties, visits and vacations until Febuary 15. emoticon

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LYNSEY723 1/8/2013 4:45PM

    Way to go! You are doing great! I also took December off of tracking/regular exercise. I didn't end up gaining anything, but I think that's because I lost muscle. My workouts are much harder now! Isn't it weird how our bodies all react so differently?

I'm sure you will be in a good place in Feb and going strong into the rest of the year!

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ANGHARAD3 1/8/2013 4:35PM

  I love Christmas too, the celebrations and the excess. Since I literally packing up decorations as I write this, it is now time to start a healthy new year.

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