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Sparking Through The Holidays

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hello everyone...just a quickie note to let you know I'm still kickin' and Keeping the Spark through the holidays. I've been more rock-solid than ever in my commitment to living free from sugar and processed carbs which has counter-intuitively (given the constrictions of no sugar, no processed carbs) enabled me to feel more liberated than ever in managing my food.

As I read more by Dr. Barbara Berkeley I find so much of her advice echoes what I independently found to work for me. Here is her latest Surviving the Holidays blog:


My weight has been holding steady between 210-215 which is A-OK by me. Perhaps someday I might try to kick it downward, but to be able to maintain so effortlessly has been such a joy that I'm in no hurry to rock the boat.

I recently found (GASP!) some carb-contraband tucked away in the far recesses of my otherwise squeaky-carb-clean cupboards: 3 boxes of Pillsbury Quick Breads. I made them up and passed them along to my neighbors (sorry folks, not very "neighborly" of me...lol) without indulging in any of it myself. I've been passing up on all the holiday goodies which are ever-present at work these days. My voracious and insatiable carbie-tiger has been sleeping so peacefully these days, why would I dare risk poking a stick at it?!? :-)

While I'm not as physically active as I would like to be, I haven't been slouching either...heading off to spinning class and weight lifting a couple times a week, toss in an elliptical workout and maybe either a bike ride or this past weekend when it was sunny but too chilly for bike riding (30s...yeah, I'm a cold-weather wuss on the bike) I dusted off the Nordic poles for an urban hike out of Binghamton up Mygatt & Ridge to the top of Prospect Mountain to take in the beautiful view of the city sprawling out below in the setting sun and rising moon.

I'm looking forward to volunteering along with many others to put on a Christmas dinner for the needy tomorrow and Christmas...a relatively new tradition I've enjoyed maintaining.

Sending out wishes to everyone for a wonderful holiday season. Think twice before you indulge in holiday treats and beverages...is it REALLY WORTH IT?

The best holiday times are filled with heartfelt connections with family and loved ones and sharing special experiences together...all of this can be free of calories and the weight gain fallout that we all know so well. Give yourself a holiday filled with SPARK!


ps...finally took some time in the kitchen to make up a yummy, spicy Pumpkin & Black Bean soup!
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    1181 days ago
    Saw this quote today and loved it ...

    My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.

    — Orson Welles

    And, in answer to your question ... Think twice before you indulge in holiday treats and beverages...is it REALLY WORTH IT?

    A resounding, NO!

    Today, I realized that things I used to consider treats are no longer held in the same regard. How is it a treat to eat something that awakens the carbie-tiger? My reply is no, thank you.
    1183 days ago
    I'm thrilled for you. You're making better healthier choices. Thanks for sharing that link. I appreciate it.
    1183 days ago
    Your dedication is admirable, and so is your desire to help others. I have a carbie tiger too, and he can be really sneaky, especially this time of year. I enjoy your blog. Nice to hear you are doing so well!!
    1184 days ago
    I made a Cuban Black Bean and Potato soup for Solstice that was divine. I love black beans!
    I'm coming up on 3 years sugar and processed carb free and I have NEVER regretted going that way. Not for one second. I'm not even the least bit tempted by the cookies and so-called "goodies" because for me they are all "baddies." My stomach is twisting in knots just thinking about white flour and sugar. Blech!
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    1184 days ago
    Don, it is always good to hear from you. I am glad to hear that you are maintaining your weight! That is emoticon

    Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!

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    1184 days ago
    Your blog was just the Spark I needed as a reminder today. I don't have big plans for today, but there will be the church dinner for the homeless and alone tomorrow and I'm just going to repeat my "don't even start" mantra when I see them! Already threw out some chocolate this morning!

    Great to see you happily maintaining, Don! Enjoy your Christmas and "slide" into the New Year!
    1184 days ago
    I loved your blog!
    "My voracious and insatiable carbie-tiger has been sleeping so peacefully these days, why would I dare risk poking a stick at it?!? " is the best Christmas time reminder ever.

    I'm doing the same here, committed not to eat one piece from the fancy milk chocolate bonbons (we have about 2 pounds of them), and to eat only 1-1 pieces of cookies sometimes - not several of them at every meal.

    1184 days ago
  • _LINDA
    emoticon You are doing great!

    emoticon for the great blog link.

    Have a fabulous holiday!
    1184 days ago
    May the sharing you do with those less fortunate rebound as multiple blessings well into the next year! emoticon Merry Christmas!
    1184 days ago
  • GABY1948
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    1185 days ago
    The soup sounds yummy. Congratulations on maintaining! Hope you enjoy some fun hikes and beautiful views. AND may you have a very happy Christmas!

    Thanks for the link. I'm bookmarking to read this week.
    1185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/23/2015 7:55:54 PM
  • L*I*T*A*
    Wihing you and yours all the blessings of Christmas!!

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    1185 days ago
    Oooh... the soup sounds really good. Maintaining weight loss is terrific. Keep it up, Don.
    1185 days ago
    Don, you've done so incredibly well with both weight loss and increase in activity; thinking back several years, isn't that absolutely AMAZING? Great that you're so well focussed on maintenance; you do realize YOU could have written that book, yes??

    Love the way you plan to help others as part of your Christmas tradition. Truly in the spirit of peace and giving that this season heralds. Merry Christmas, my friend!
    1185 days ago
    Happy Holidays!!!
    1185 days ago
    Have a wonderful holiday!
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