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Refusing to Stress

Friday, December 23, 2011

No, I haven't done everything I intended. I've wrapped some presents and my turkey is thawing in the refrig. I've purchased most of the things we need for Christmas dinner and all the presents I'm going to buy. I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow and that will be okay. I've had at least one kid every day recently. I've decided I'm keeping a smile on my face and I'm going to be nice to everyone and that is going to be my focus. If not everything gets done, so be it.

I haven't done exceptionally well selecting presents this year, but it will be okay. I don't think anyone will feel neglected. We've taken care of our little girls and those are the ones who really count this season.

My lower back has been bothering me for several weeks now and one trip to the chiropractor didn't seem to make a difference this time, when in June it seemed like a miracle cure. I did elliptical Monday - 1/2 hour - and Wednesday - 3/4 hour. Today I thought I might do an hour. I did 10 minutes and I just had this feeling that I wanted to run. So I told myself if my back hurt at all, I would quit or at least switch back to elliptical. Back felt good. I did 50 minutes on treadmill; went a little over 4 miles at mostly between 5 - 5.5 mph, with a couple intervals of 6 mph. So my 5K time was 35.0, far off my record, but okay for my current fitness level. Afterward I swear my back felt better than it has for several weeks.

This week my first morning weighs have been between 126.4 and 129.8, and that is with no binges or overeating. I'm hoping to get to January 1st at 128 or less. We'll see. I'm not going to stress over that, either, though. I'm trying for a no gain holiday, but I'll accept and deal with whatever the scale says.

Wishing you a stress-free holiday filled with love and joy!! -Marsha
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    Right back at you Marsha! I hope your back continues to feel good!
    2854 days ago
    Merry Christmas!

    Along with the Blessings of the season, come the Christmas Stresses too.

    Feel better!
    2855 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Sorry about your back pain :(( I sure can empathize as the more I get moving the more mine ramps up unfortunately, but usually, moving is far better for it than sitting..That is what I have been told, but mine is more a mechanical problem -when my other hip gets fixed, I feel I will be done with back pain. Body mechanics are so touchy. A sore knee or bad feet can trigger back pain -orthotics helped me at one point in time. If the chiropractor doesn't help, be sure to look into other areas like your feet..It can't hurt..
    No one can blame you for not getting everything done perfectly when you are busy looking after children. Its just being together that counts, not the gifts! I hope you can relax and enjoy your family time! Well done with the weight maintenance! I have no doubt you will remain exactly where you want to be!!
    2855 days ago
    Marsha it sounds like you have a great attitude. Don't stress. I bet though that there is some stress sneaking in there and going to your back. I am with you and I am not going to worry about the number on the scale. I know I will get my routines back in order after the holidays.
    Happy Holidays
    2856 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Marsha
    Great blog, I am glad that you were able to get a good run in today. You show great patience in your exercising and that is good.
    I can feel from your blog that you feel calm, you are giving us a great lesson on how to keep stress down. It takes a lot of pressure off when you approach it with a positive attitude.
    As far as your weight, you are so aware of where you are that the numbers won't really matter. You have done a awesome job in maintaining.
    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas.

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    2856 days ago
    Love this: working on stress free, just like Marsha!! (And yup, even though that middle four is persistent and the middle three is elusive: I'm not far off, and I'm not stressing!)
    2856 days ago
  • TMW54812
    Easy does it! Stay healthy...enjoy your Christmas!
    2856 days ago
    Good work! Have a fabulous holiday and watch that low-back!

    2856 days ago
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