Creating Beautiful: Surviving the Holidays
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I really don't have much to say about the holidays. We don't have any extravagant plans. No big family gathering or anything.
We did get up some decorations outside (nativity and Santa/Mrs. Clause with some elves and a snowman). The tree still hasn't made it out yet. I haven't even thought about wrapping presents or even finished buying them for that matter. And I probably won't finish buying them because it doesn't really matter right now. I really don't care what people think about it. I just wish people wouldn't buy me anything because I know I am going to feel guilty.
As of right now, here is what we have for plans.
This weekend my parents/sister/aunt are coming down to go to the Holiday Magic Zoo Lights. They are staying over at a hotel and then Sunday I think we are having a small Christmas celebration. So I am trying to figure out something for dinner and breakfast for them.
On Christmas Eve, we just have a couple of people coming over and just do like shrimp, tamales, bakery pizza, punch, and beef sandwiches. We try to do the new pjs and a movie tradition or at least wear holiday pjs.
Then Christmas day we have a couple more people coming over and we do ham, potatoes, etc. So pretty much get up, open gifts, relax/prep lunch/dinner, and sit around visiting. [Still not used to DH's family's ways...on my side we have 10-15 people over and do a lunch and then play a card game/visit and then eat leftovers for dinner. Last two years I have spent with DH's family, this year I planned to spend with my side but with his dad passing away I figured this year would be easier if I spent it here instead of traveling. So next year I will absolutely spend with my family. ]
Finally, we do a small New Years Eve party with a couple of family. We have meatballs, punch, potato salad, tamales, shrimp, beef sandwiches. Basically a repeat of Christmas Eve. Pretty boring really.
I honestly CAN NOT wait to settle into January a forget all of this holiday crap. While I am feeling slightly better today, I feel like that is not going to be the case the majority of the next two weeks.
As far as plans to keep on track with this health journey- I don't know. I know I have gained weight in the past 12 weeks and I need to head back in the other direction. I have given thought to joining a gym, but I'm not sure if I will be motivated enough to make it worth it. Also thought about getting an elliptical or treadmill but I know MIL would pitch a fit about it. Obviously I have to do something but yeah. I'm struggling. Me and the rest of the world, go ahead and say it.
After the holidays, I have some time off that I am using to spend some time with my family. This past January I went to Panama for a mission trip, and I wanted to do the same this year but with my injury I just haven't been up for it. But I took the time off anyway just to regroup and get away. One of my goals is to return to Panama (yes, the country) in January 2015 if there is a group going and if I'm not pregnant/ just had a baby by that point. So that would put my goals at losing about 80-100 pounds in 2014.