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Start a New Year as You Mean to Go ON! January 1, 2010

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    This past week I was bad.  Really bad.  We vacationed in Nags Head, NC for several days while the hubby went swan, goose, and duck hunting…..and I ate.  And drank.  And shopped.  And ate some more.  And drank.  And drank.  And drank….you get the picture.

    Now I have to pay the piper.  I will not get on the scale, because I don’t want my self worth to be measured by some stupid number that pops up and crushes my ego.  Who weighs themselves after the week I’ve enjoyed?  Only a sado-masochist would.  I will not even post how many glasses of wine or raspberry cosmos I consumed.   And they were DARN good.

    Suffice it to say that I indulged a bit too much.  But I had fun.   And isn’t that what life is all about?  Finding a balance between having fun (within limits) and a healthful lifestyle.  I know I am not able to eat/drink like this all the time.  But I will not regret a great week, with great friends, at a great place.

   Today we begin a new year….2010.  I reflected on this past year.  What I did well, what I did….not so well.  And the thing I see is that I really didn’t eat or drink horribly ALL the time, but I really could have worked out a bit more by the end of the year.  I DID kind of let my workouts slide due to the job (an excuse).  So today, I pulled out the workout wear, slipped in a power yoga dvd, and got my groove on. 

    Tonight’s dinner is chicken breasts, onions, garlic, herbs, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms, sealed in aluminum foil and baked.  We’ll have a little rice with it, and yeah, even a glass of vino.  But yoga in the morning, and a healthy dinner at night?  Yeah, I can live with that.  Start your year off right, and continue as you mean to go on.  That’s my new mantra.


I Love (My Body Hates) the Holidays December 16, 2008

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     Christmas cookies.  Egg nog.  Cheese.  Wine.  Mashed potatoes.  Gravy.  Pecan pie.  Cheesecake.  Temptation is everywhere!!!!  Although I love the holidays, it’s a time when my body starts screaming, “Enough is enough!”  One of the pitfalls I have already encountered this season is the holiday party. 

    It all starts with Halloween (see my post about that below).  Once your body recovers from the insulin shock of consuming 10 mini Mr. Goodbars, you finally get your diet back in check.  Right around the corner lurks Thanksgiving.  I didn’t do too badly this year, considering my all-time favorite meal is turkey, dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce (NOT the fake jelly kind, the real kind).  This year I ate lots of turkey and cranberries, one small spoonful of gravy, and lots of greens.  I was too premature in congratulating myself on a job well done when I realized that for dessert I myself had brought sweet potato cheesecake.  Crap.  So much for being a good girl–although I did eat a small slice, I am sure that one piece had enough fat and calories to cancel out my good deeds during dinner.

    After recovering from the overload at Thanksgiving, you only have a week or two before the Christmas get-togethers start.  This past week alone I had a book club party at my house, a Christmas party at a friend’s, a brunch date with two buddies, and my brother’s birthday party.  I managed to squeeze in two workouts this weekend (one of which was a respectable two hour workout), but it’s doubtful if I cancelled out the calorie consumption.  I tried my best to fill up on the tasty, healthy options at all the events (Kate, I need to talk to your caterer about his asparagas recipe–all I can say is “Wow!”), but even so the wine and chocolate, again, were my downfalls.

    I have decided that perhaps the best option for this time of year is to concentrate on maintaining.  There’s no way I can keep up the kind of willpower required to say no to everything tasty during the holidays.  And why should I deprive myself?  It’s no fun being the only one not having a glass (or two, or three) of wine, and constantly turning down dessert.  I’ll consider it a victory if I just don’t gain this season, and I’ll work on losing again when the party’s over!