You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1,620 11/26/12 8:16 A
CLWaldro--"not even tempting"--I love it! That really makes all the difference between struggling to stay on track and feeling so good day-to-day that you don't even feel tempted. That's my goal. Everything, even just living your life, is so easy when you're not struggling with addiction.
I am so encouraged by everyone's success stories. This year marks my first Thanksgiving going vegan and you know it was surprisingly easy to give up the old traditional foods for new and interesting ones. I still made the traditional Thanksgiving meal for my family but it was not even tempting to sample some of my old favorites. I am currently looking on the SP recipes and other free sites for my christmas meal. I wish you all even more success in your journey to better health and the year continues.
current weight: 19.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (140,550) Posts: 22,351 11/23/12 11:37 P
Yesterday, I ate lots of veggies, no bread, but did eat a small slice of pumpkin pie. I got my exercise pushing Mom in her wheel chair.
Today, I ate a little left over turkey, and lots o veggies. I drank lots of water. I didn't eat anything after dinner, except 3 small wheat crackers to take my night meds.
I read an article yesterday on SP re: Sugar. In the article it was suggested to use artificial sugar. I have used Sweet & Low for many years in my black tea. After getting cancer, I decided to use only natural sweeteners, mostly a little honey or real maple syrup. But after reading the article, I think I will try it again. I have been using Agave for awhile, which is supposed to be natural.
"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth." Psalm 121: 1-2 (NIV)
Total SparkPoints: 113,181
SparkPoints Level 20
Fitness Minutes: (76,618) Posts: 3,827 11/23/12 3:07 P
My DH and I had a quiett dinner at our resort for Thanksgiving. There was so much food on the buffet that they had it spread over 3 different areas. Being gluten free, there was much I had to pass on, but it was all my favorites that I should be passing on anyway. So, I had a beautiful salad, prime rib, mashed potatoes, and baked sweet potatoes, 2 mimosas, water, and for dessert a very small tart sized creme brulee and a slice of flourless chocolate cake.
A lot of food, but I did a long walk outside in the morning, and another long walk outside after dinner. I also did some crunches. Took a nice 30 walk outside this morning in the blowing 30 degree snow in northern Michigan. I froze, but I still did my walk and felt good doing it. Eating light and sensibly today. Have lots of energy...will likely put up my Christmas tree and get it decorated.
Good news...I did not gain any weight yesterday or today!
Pounds lost: 20.5
Fitness Minutes: (106,232) Posts: 5,553 11/23/12 10:52 A
Our daughter in-law didn't have enough dinner plates so I ask her if I could use a smaller plate that came with the set so someone didn't have a different plate. Her table setting was so well done, it made her happy and I could stick with the right portions without everyone knowing. I skipped the potatoes and I cant eat gravy so it was squash, small portion of green bean casserole,turkey and a small serving of stuffing. I changed my stuffing recipe by using homemade vegetable stock and adding celery and garlic with all the remaining ingredients. Then hand a small piece of pumpkin roll. I felt great and no one noticed if I skipped what they made for dinner.
I had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Each year our hostess puts out bowls of candy in the rooms where the family gathers, and I usually get so impatient waiting for dinner to be ready that I dive in and stuff myself before the meal is ready. After dinner, there are so many desserts put out on the sideboard that every year it has been irresistible for me to sample almost every one of them. Yesterday I started my morning feeling so healthy and so strongly motivated not to end my day feeling sick and disgusted with myself, it was actually easy to stick to my plan of waiting til dinner was ready and eating moderately, then enjoying one dessert. I felt so at peace at the end of my day; I slept well and feel absolutely joyful that I didn't wake with my usual sugar hangover.
I'd love to hear other success stories of how your Thanksgiving went!
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