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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Sunday (ok so I didn't get around to posting this on Sunday and it is now Tuesday)- am looking forward to an awesome, fun and family-filled week . My family is crazy but we are fun. I LOVE the holidays. I have already been listening to Christmas music (much to my family's utter and complete embarrassment) for over a week. I'm THAT person. I love it. I own it. I woke my kids up this morning serenading "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...". They did not appreciate my enthusiasm. I just think they need a little extra Christmas cheer tomorrow am and I am SURE they will come around. Did I really spawn these little Scrooges? Challenge accepted.

So the Fall Challenge is over. It turned out to be more challenging than I anticipated- during the challenge my 84 year old mom fell and broke her shoulder and had to go to a SNF, my high school senior morphed into a stressed out little pain in my patooty trying to submit 4 billion college apps, and my trial of physical therapy was a fail and I am headed for ankle surgery. While I could not maintain the daily emails documenting how great I was doing (didn't have time for the emails, didn't have the energy to do all that great), I did ok. I didn't lose the 5% but I came reasonably close so I will take it. I have already signed up for the winter challenge (not because I want to, but because there is an accountability factor there that keeps me on my toes and I will have the time to participate a little more fully). Oh yeah, and the best part- my labs came back and I don't have diabetes or high cholesterol and my Vitamin D level is spectacular! The verdict on Ebola is still out though. If I ever have the opportunity of being exposed to it I am going to give old Marilyn a big hug. Yes, I'm still a wee bit bitter about that whole BMI rounding up issue (if you have no clue what I am talking about see my last blog- Marilyn is my new nemesis).

So as I mentally prepare for the upcoming week, I just realized I only have 2 more days of work before I will be having a 2-3 month break from work. Although that makes me really anxious thinking about how much needs to be done before I make my exit, it also makes me realize how much time I will have on my hands to focus on me- eating well, online shopping, tracking, online shopping, journaling, pinteresting, blogging, and online shopping. I can also squeak in some exercise- I can still do upper body work and am thinking that taking walks on crutches should count as double, don't you? So, I will find a silver lining in this and try to get used to the fact that the tables will be turning sharply and the people I have been taking care of for all these years will be taking care of me. Yikes, that is a terrifying thought indeed.
So, goals for the week of non-stop family and food:

1) Mindful eating. There's going to be many days of an obscene amount of food (family=food=fun) in my family but as long as I can try and pay attention to what and how much I am eating, I might do ok. Thanksgiving is the most important meal of the year and I am just hoping to break even (besides, I'm pretty sure the calories expended Black Friday shopping will balance out the ones ingested on Tday). Gonna make it a point the think before I chew.

2) Exercise. There is a plethora of exercise equipment where I am going so I just need to get up and spend an hour on the bike each morning I am away and that will help to set the tone of my day (I'm not a fan of producing large volumes of sweat just to turn around and ingest them right back in). I won't be needing to work on my abs because I'm pretty sure all the laughing I will be doing will be all the ab work that I need. Exercise helps keep me honest (unfortunate it doesn't temper my sarcasm...)

3) Veggies and water! Faithfully keeping a water bottle next to me and a plate of raw veggies (and maybe a few fruits for good measure) nearby will help me to keep my gullet partially full of good things so there is less room for the little calorie and fat-laden snacks that will be laying in wait for me.

4) And, lastly, enjoy the day and my peeps. I have so much to be thankful for so will take advantage of some good quality family time. There will be no tracking or journaling on Tday for me.

Have FANTASTIC week!
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