So, I am replying to my own post. It doesn't take much to forget what you plan. We must be on guard all the time. My daughter came over to bake Christmas cookies. I was so happy to be spending time with my very busy girl. Her work and family keep her very busy and we savor our time together! My other children live in different states so when we are together it is an event and that is why we were baking to prepare for their visit! Christmas cookies. I tasted every one. And the best ones--two tastes. But we laughed and reminised and cherished that we could be in the kitchen together.
As we listened and prayed for those in CT, we cherished our families all the more as I am sure you all did. As we learn more and this is all sorted out let us turn to God and let his Grace minister. Let's not let anger get a foothold nor dispair. Let us guard our own hearts even as we would guard how we eat. Let us be vigilent and do what is healthful. Let us do those things that lead us to heart health--let us walk in faith.
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Posts: 102 12/13/12 8:57 A
I guess that I better check in! I haven't done it in a few days. As we wind down to Christmas it is getting a bit harder to not sneak treats. My whole family will be here just after Christmas and we are attending a lot of functions that we love. I thank God for the business of the season, I thrive on it! I have decided that I will follow a few rules:
Make sure I track -- everything I eat. No mindless eating No snacking on treats -- alone No eating standing up Treats are for dessert at gatherings only and then only ONE Enjoy the company and conversation and do not focus on guilt over one dessert life is to enjoy with friends and family. One desert will not kill me however:
Be honest and be smart and remember to log it in!
Merry Christmas to you all!
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Posts: 102 12/10/12 8:26 A
A note to say good luck with the puppies! Our son and daughter-in-law are doxie people and along with our 2 mutts we love visits from their 2 little run abouts.
And I can't forget congratulations on the new grand-baby! That's a nice new Christmas present! I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and may you be blessed and bless someone else this year!
Edited by: KATHYJANE5 at: 12/10/2012 (08:30)
67 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (80,048) Posts: 1,052 12/9/12 8:29 P
Hi team. Checking in late as I've been at my daughter's house for the weekend and her internet connection had to be repaired--so I was disconnected! Ugh! We had a wonderful visit though. Granddaughter turned 16 mos old today--she is such a delight. My daughter definitely inherited the baking skills my mom had; so I indulged in treats. I haven't been on the scale yet, but because it seems I have such a small margin of error for calorie intake, I'm sure I'll have to be extra careful this week. I'm thinking I'll need to incorporate more fish in the diet for protein. Always glad to read about everyone's day--the running, singing, walking, shopping, etc. And prayers are appreciated. Will check in tomorrow!!
current weight: -1.5 under
Fitness Minutes: (55,105) Posts: 10,720 12/9/12 7:26 P
Cold and snow today. I guess winter is here. I got a new DVD this weekend and I like it, so far. Cindi
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current weight: 166.0
Posts: 9,775 12/9/12 6:33 P
I think we might just be a little crazy. We just bought two dachshund girl puppies, so I won't have a lot of time to check in. However, I'm keeping the calories in range and somehow continuing to walk! One must do what one must do!
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current weight: 4.2 over
Posts: 1,063 12/9/12 6:09 P
Cold and wet today. Glad to be watching football at home where it's warm and dry! Sang for church this morning, husband playing for a Christmas concert tonight. Got my Christmas cards ordered, maybe I'll get them sent before Christmas!
current weight: 124.4
Posts: 3,251 12/9/12 1:52 P
Not feeling so hot today. Stomach is cramping. Maybe I wasn't as over the stomach bug as I thought I was. Have some ham and potato soup in the crock pot. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp? recipe=463246 I have my dinner menu ready for the week and grocery list made. Just need to get to the grocery store. Our first real cold day here today, so I really just want to stay bundled on the couch. Ran two miles yesterday and have boot camp class in the morning. I may take the day off today.
Susan - I'm really on the fence about getting a fitbit. Glad to hear you are enjoying yours. Jane - That black bean chicken recipe is one of my family's favorites!
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Fitness Minutes: (36,557) Posts: 1,834 12/9/12 11:44 A
Late morning check-in here. Not much to report. Slacking off on exercise. Giving in to the feeling of not wanting to do it, complicated by preoccupation with my upcoming vacation.
-Lori Maintaining since Jan 8, 2012
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Posts: 790 12/9/12 10:53 A
Good Morning Maintainers.. I too like the daily check in as it's a boost of motivation to keep on striving to stay on track.
I''m feeling better after my bout of esophageal spasms last week and I hope they stay away as I get sooo tired it's hard to exercise.
It looks like others are doing so well also.
Reached goal weight 112 lbs November 23, 2012
current weight: -3.5 under
Fitness Minutes: (79,176) Posts: 10,966 12/9/12 10:52 A
Toni, I like the sharing here, too. All the successes inspire me, but so do the struggles.
Had a large breakfast (for me), so will need to watch it the rest of the day, since we are making homemade pesto sauce for a pasta meal this evening. Today may be the first day in December that I go over my limit, but I can plan for it and accept it, since I've had several days well below my limit.
Celia Maintaining since May 19, 2012
current weight: 3.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (77,397) Posts: 3,986 12/9/12 10:07 A
Sounds like there are several runners in this group. I like to get in 3 runs a week, but it's really hard during the cold season. I avoid running outside when it's cold since breathing the cold air seems to always get me sick. When I can get to the YMCA I run the track, but it's a 15 mile drive so it's not always convenient. So I envy you who live in the warmer weather spots and are able to run outside most of the year!
Swede_su - the snow run sounds interesting. I appreciated reading about the fitbit. I'm still thinking about if I want to get one. Catmagnet - I've heard of those ugly sweater runs. They do sound fun. KathyJane - you can definitely include me in your prayers. This past week I did a cookie binge I had not done in a long time. The way I felt physically afterwards, plus the weight I gained from it, was not worth it! I have realized that I really don't enjoy the sugary stuff anymore, but it sometimes looks and sounds good. As of this morning I finally got back to the weight I was before the binge. So this week I want to keep the same focus I've had the past several days and trim off a little more weight. Just wanting to get back to the center of my maintenance range.
I don't get to this daily check-in every day, but I do really appreciate all of you being here. I usually get to read how everyone is doing and it motivates me to keep going. Thanks for being here!
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Posts: 8,102 12/9/12 9:54 A
Went for a short half hour walk, quick healthy breakfast and fished off with an amazing dinner with dh colleagues at Dewys in Modesto.
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current weight: 153.0
Fitness Minutes: (72,801) Posts: 8,233 12/9/12 9:50 A
Greetings guys! Hope everyone has a good Sunday.
Warm Wags from Kitty, the Creepy Freak! Central Time USA
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Pounds lost: 6.0
Posts: 102 12/9/12 9:00 A
For you and for all of us who are balancing parties, and family get togethers this month, I am praying every day. Why not include you in my prayers? I have to give my Lord Jesus Christ the credit for the fact that I am maintaining. And praying for us all is how I plan to keep here! I also have a lot of Christmas get togethers and must balance pasta, bread and jello salads! I figure that God allows for celebration, even invented them and for my Jewish friends, now, enjoy this time with your families! Are we not blessed to have these wonderful observances? I say enjoy and just be a bit more careful--guilt is not part of the plan!
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Fitness Minutes: (46,721) Posts: 5,194 12/9/12 8:26 A
current weight: 131.0
Fitness Minutes: (51,134) Posts: 1,183 12/9/12 7:59 A
Sounds like for the most part, we're all having good Sunday mornings!
I also did a TON of shopping yesterday, though most of it was for me. As I was feeling a bit of pain in the ball of my foot and my lower back after my run yesterday (and had been feeling a little pain in the balls of my feet for the past week during my runs), I knew it was time to get new running shoes. My trusty New Balance ones lasted me for about 350 miles, which is reasonable for a larger-sized runner (got them in August when I was still in the 200s). I just want to say that if any of you have a Fleet Feet in your communities, they are AWESOME. I was able to get some really good, honest feedback from the guy who sold me my new shoes...and I ended up getting not one, but two pairs, since I run more days during the week than not, so rotating pairs is probably a wise idea to let the cushioning bounce back a bit more and hopefully they will last longer. Being the numbers gal that I am, I already have the spreadsheet set up for recording my mileage on each pair. God, I'm such a NERD!
During my shopping trip, I also got presents for my nephews and my mom. I just have my dad to buy for, and I'm done with Christmas shopping....plus, I got a couple of pairs of VERY soft flannel pajamas for me, which I'll know I'll need on my trip to New York and the cooler nights in Memphis during the winter.
Today, I'm off for a long run around the track at the gym (don't want to run outdoors until my knee is healed and I can wear tights/leggings again), and I already put in the Black Bean Chicken that I'm cooking this weekend ( recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp? recipe=16385 ). Church after my run, then will need to do some actual work this afternoon while watching football. Wow, I definitely am my father's daughter. lol
Good morning! I think of this group as my "breakfast club!" Great to wake up, check in and get a healthy mental set for the day. Thanks for your daily inspiration.
Went to a party last night and did fine with the food. My fitness buddy gave it so she made an effort to bake instead of fry. I brought an antipasto plate with plenty of veggies as well as some Italian meats. It was a good! Meanwhile I balanced a little wine with lots of water and did fine.
Best of yesterday was slipping into my kayak. My husband and I were able to go out because we had an unseasonal warm day. Great to paddle for 45 minutes. Beautiful!
Walking on the agenda today. Hope everyone has an excellent day!
Toni Go slow to go fast. Maintaining since September 15, 2012
78 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (50,127) Posts: 4,953 12/9/12 6:54 A
Struggling but hanging in there - LOTS of Christmas celebrations (and birthday) coming up this week so I have to really watch my choices. I'll have to balance the celebrating with exercise. Wish me luck! Be well, Pat
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Fitness Minutes: (27,689) Posts: 4,229 12/9/12 6:29 A
Good morning all - finally a "day off". got two services to light this morning so will be at church from 7AM (for practice), then the two services and done by 12:30, in time to change clothes at get up to Batavia (two towns away) to meet my running buddy for 6 miles, then hope to have time to pick up a couple of Christmas presents, stop at the store to look for some honeycrisp apples and get home to clean up and change once again for our store Christmas party at 8PM tonight. Yesterday wasn't so great nutritionally, but hopefully these extra miles are helping to keep things in check. Tonights menu is fried chicken, mostaccolli and pulled pork with potato salad and HOPEFULLY a green salad. I'm sure there will be treats as well, but it is only two hours, so if I remember to bring a large hot tea to sip on it shouldn't be too bad (I hope). Wish me luck!
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current weight: 10.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (76,552) Posts: 2,885 12/9/12 5:40 A
good morning! had a great 5 mile run yesterday on a perfect snowy road. the fitbit was amazingly accurate, had about the same distance as the garmin. still getting used to it - figured out that it enters the distance and time of "very active" and "fairly active" minutes when it syncs with SP - which seems to correspond to the run and walks. since we have always counted walking minutes outdoors, no matter how slow, i guess it seems fair to count the "fairly active" minutes indoors. it counts floors, too, which amounted to 32 during the run (from hills) and a total of 41 for the day - which is going upstairs and downstairs indoors. it adds up! and i managed to do ST again - i have a streak going here!!
nutrition went well, and figured the high weight was a combination of salty restaurant food (why does salty food taste so good?) and the fact that i had run out of one of my meds which is a diuretic for two days and restarted it yesterday. hope to get back to where i was earlier in the week. we took a sauna too, which should have helped on getting rid of all the salt:-)
today we'll take a good long walk. enjoy sunday!
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SW march 25: 123 GOAL met may 15: 111.0 GOAL met june 11: 108 GOAL met august 13, 2012: 103 maintenance goal: 105
current weight: 0.0 under
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