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A New Year and a New Resolve!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Well I decided to get on the scale this morning to see what my starting point would be. Now, yesterday was my 62nd birthday (which is a very good birthday in my book--it represents that magic Social Security age!), and I had picked a fried chicken restaurant for my birthday. It is just down the road from my house and we used to go there quite often, but hardly ever these last three years that I've been living healthier and losing weight. I had planned out what I would have--one piece of white meat FRIED chicken, a salad with Italian dressing (their dressings are homemade and delicious), some onion rings (they're famous!) and half a baked potato with some of their delicious sour cream concoction. And that's exactly what I had. No butter on the potato, no rolls, and only one bite of the free strawberry sundae I got with a sparkler on top since it was my birthday. I have to think there was lots of salt in that fried chicken coating, but evidently it wasn't too bad, since those two pounds are pretty much gone again this morning. The scale said 150.2!!! Now that's not quite as low as I got pre-NYC, (149.8), but it's pretty darned close, considering there was Thanksgiving, Christmas and my birthday all during that time! Maybe my eating wasn't as bad as I thought? I didn't get much walking in, other than at the shopping centers and department stores, as I shopped. I know I feel terrible guilt when I over-eat, and perhaps that keeps me reined in a little bit. A cup of Chex Mix is way less than I used to eat. One mini Tootsie Roll from the grandkid's candy drawer is only 30 calories, so even though I feel badly after I eat it, perhaps it's not as bad as I think. I just feel guilty because I know I should NOT eat that kind of thing and today, I'm throwing all the contents of that candy drawer in the trash, and the rest of the Chex Mix is going out as well.

Son & I have decided it's time to get strict with ourselves again. He put on some weight over Christmas and even though I didn't do too badly, I'm still not back to that magic 144 pounds, which represents a normal BMI!

PLUS....Saturday, the photographer from Woman's World is coming to my house, which is completely over-run with Christmas. Christmas is still everywhere at my house. Some of our gifts are still sitting on the floor, and Christmas decorations are everywhere. So for the next three days, I am going to be extremely busy putting everything away and getting my house back in order for the photographer. Since the issue will be out the end of February, I don't think they will want a bunch of Christmas decorations in the background of the pictures.

So, this is how I will spend my first three days of official retirement. CLEANING! The University always closes down over the Christmas holidays and we took all the state holidays (Arbor Day, President's Day, Columbus Day & Veteran's Day), that we couldn't take when classes were in session and add those four holidays to Christmas & New Year's, and depending on what day of the week New Year's fell on, we might have to take a day or two of vacation, but we would get at least a week and a half off of work, which everybody loves. So I was used to being home the week between Christmas and New Year's. Hubby was here with me, since he also works for the University.

But today, he went back to work. I would have had to go back to work today, but I'M RETIRED! It feels weird. I think about my empty desk and my co-workers and my work computer. It was so much nicer than my computer at home. I miss it....sorta. But I'm also enjoying this time at home. And I'm so thankful to have these next three days to clean up my mess, since the photographer will be here Saturday!!!

Here's a brief survey of all the decorations I have to put away! Wish me luck!

P.S. We didn't even put up the big tree in the Family Room, because of the dog kennel taking up so much space in there this year. We're thinking by next year, we can trust Lola more and won't need the kennel. She is doing great on house-training, hasn't had an accident in months--that's PROGRESS!!! But she chewed the buttons off a brand new sweater I bought on sale after Christmas for hubby. So we just can't trust her TOO much yet!
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    Enjoy undecorating! At least you are retired and can rest up once they are down. Oh oh oh so envious of retirement...time to focus on YOU and taking the time outs for yourself. I will be back to work on the 7th. Thing I miss most is not having the time to experiment and enjoy food I like and exercising when I am ready and not having to rush it. But I am blessed to have had two holiday weeks off. Hope getting back to routine means routine healthy eating and losing a few more pounds. You sound like you have a grip on how maintainance works or should I say that it is WORK. keep on keepin dear Spark Friend. I always find motivation and inspiration here. Keep Sparking!
    1932 days ago
    gosh that is a lot of Christmas decorations. I like seasonal decorations the best because they can stay out longer.

    You have a beautiful home!

    I didn't gain over the holidays- To me that is almost like loosing!
    1933 days ago

    You kno what? That is exactly how my house used to look at Christmas time and someow EVERYONE was too busy to help take it all down!!! When we moved to an apartment we gave the kids most of our copius decorations and kept only a few special things for the apartment. I love it now. Your house, like my own was, is what my daughter used to say, looks like"Christmas threw up in here!!!" hahaha. Good luck and think how much activity you'll get in stretching and bending and toting and shuffling around to get it all done in 3 days!!!

    Good Luck,

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    1933 days ago
    You will love being retired!
    1933 days ago
    Oh my goodness that is a lot of decorations to put away - how come it always seems to be more work and take longer to put them away than to put them out?
    You really are doing incredibly well and I am so proud of you and know that I should be as strict with myself as you are with yourself but you know you can let go a bit every now and again - you don't really want to spend the rest of your life obsessing with not having just a taste or not having goodies for the grandkids do you?
    Again - I wish you the very happiest new year, birthday and retirement - so much to be happy about and you are such an inspiration !
    1934 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Congratulations, you made it through the holiday season! And you have great motivation to continue to work at keeping the weight off and cleaning your house! I hate putting Christmas away, but I love getting it done. What a beautiful Christmas you had!

    Happy Birthday! I know I've already told you that. Welcome to retirement. I know you'll enjoy yourself. You and Lola need to start going for walks, since you'll be spending more time with each other. Lola's getting so big!
    1934 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    So I'm what, 32 days older than you?!! lol I don't envy you for having to rush through getting the decorations put away but at least you do have the incentive to get it done. I know you will be totally ready for that reporter when she shows up. Happy New Year!!
    1934 days ago
  • TERRYT55 do have Christmas everywhere emoticon It looks lovely! Wish I was there to visit and help you pack it all up.

    Enjoy retirement and have fun.

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    1934 days ago
    I'm smiling because my sister works for UNL too and she was just emailing me about NOT wanting to be back at work!!! I've always envied that week and a half she gets at the holidays.

    Good luck with the cleaning and putting away. Christmas decorations are always a lot more fun to put up than take down, don't you think?
    1934 days ago
    Your home is beautifully decorated!

    Welcome to my retired world. Enjoy!! emoticon
    1934 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Let your new life begin! Seems to me you like goals and challenges, so that's something to motivate yourself with.
    Have a great 2013:)
    1934 days ago
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