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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.
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    I too wanted to do missions but I am waiting till my baby graduates high school. Things I should've done before I had children oh well. Sounds like you got this holiday thing all mapped out. Well I bought new lights, tree was brought up by my hubby & decorations will make it out soon too. I hope we have it all put together by the time Saturday gets here. I will have oldest grandson decorate with candy canes & we might cook sugar cookies. He thinks he is a chef. I have to work Monday just till about 2pm then I need to hit the mall & snag a few last minute gifts for hubby & sons. I think I need to regroup myself but don't have enough time in bank account.

    God bless & thank you for letting me know, I'm not alone....

    1649 days ago
  • FUNGIRL81005
    Panama? How cool is that!! I would love to do a missions trip one day.....Time...Money...Kids.... Kinda stop that....BUT I am going to do ONE day!!
    I have a few family gatherings too..... but I will find ME time and not let my health go ...just to have much more to work towards come January....
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    1649 days ago
    I, like you need to search REALLY hard this year to find the special holiday joy hidden within disappointment. Usually I love this time of year...I am so grateful for the basic blessings that many of us take for granted.

    I hope you find the peace & solace of winter & that January is a NEW beginning to your new year of health & wellness!!!

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    1649 days ago
    Make some small healthy changes each week again and soon you will be back on the way to a new and healthy you. Sometimes a less stress holiday is just what you need.
    1650 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    My prayers will be with you, that you can find the Joy of Christmas as you wade through the busyness of it! I hope your time off in January will be a time of rest and renewal! emoticon emoticon
    1650 days ago
    Missions are a great WAY to look ahead. It has been a blessing for me, also.
    I am praying for you each and every time I look at my daughter/grandchild!
    You sure have an ambitious plan for weight lose. Take care of yourself.
    1650 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/17/2013 10:25:48 PM
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