I drove to my brother's in Virginia for Christmas. It's an 8 hour drive, and it was the first long drive I'd done since my heart surgery, so I was a little concerned with whether or not I would be okay. No worries - I was tired at the end of the day, but no more, I think, than pre- surgery. The drive itself went very well. I live in northern NJ, and common sense would dictate that I'd drive south on I-95, unless you've actually driven that route and gotten stuck in traffic around Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Petersburg. So I go west on I-78 to I-81 South through PA, MD, WV, and down the spine of VA to I-64 East. It is definitely a much easier drive!!
The week at my brother's was wonderful. It was so good to see brother, sil, and nieces. My sister and her hubby flew in on Tuesday, so there was a full house! Plus the 4 dogs and 5 cats, all of whom were very well behaved. The kittens only played with the lower branches of the tree; no attempts at tree climbing! My brother and I made homemade polish sausage one day, and it turned out awesome!! We ate that Christmas morning!! He has a heavy duty, professional meat grinder so it does all the work.
We indulged on Christmas Eve: seafood galore! Then Christmas Day it was ham, and then the next day it was beef roast.
Santa was very good to everyone! My nieces have recently moved into a house of their own, and are needing basic household things, so Auntie (me) gave them tons of stuff!! How many mixing bowls does one actually need?? lol
I am almost all moved in to my new home. Even though I got rid of a LOT of stuff, every time I turn around, there's more. In one home, I still had space. Here, sharing a space, not so much. I've donated many, many boxes to Goodwill and have also given things away through Freecycle. We have this weekend to get all the last bits out, and it WILL be done!!
Once that is done, I will be able, once again, to get back to cycling on my recumbent bike on a regular schedule. Aside from indulging over Christmas, my eating hasn't been extreme. I no longer have the appetite, not the desire, and I thank Spark People for that! My clothes are all fitting semi-loose, which is how I like them. Nothing's tight. I may have to get new shoes though, with all of the walking back and forth I've been doing...lol.
My continued quest for this New Year is better health. I want to really focus on eating real foods, minimally processed foods, foods raised ethically, and eating within reason and moderation. Continue my goal for exercise every day, and just be the best me I can possibly be, and always...Keep A Kind Heart.