The Results Are In…..

Before I left home, I weighed in at 165.2 on my scale…We returned
Sunday night, so I weighed myself Monday morning……165.3.  I vowed
not to gain 10lbs and I won.  I gained a tenth of a pound, yes.  But
I'm pretty sure THAT won't be a problem…..

….Thanksgiving was a blast for me!  My mother's house was packed with 40+ people for dinner. I saw cousins, aunts, uncles, and familiar faces that I've not seen in 5 years or more.  It was great!  The best part of it, with all of my family around- not one argument.  The true reason for us all coming together was for the sake of my grandmother's memory.  She was our true link and the only reason why some of my family members even chose to speak to each other.  She said she wanted peace, she wanted our family to behave as one, and speak on a regular basis-not just in times of tragedy.  So far, our matriarch's last request has been honored.

Thanksgiving DinnerMy family getting along....beautiful!crazy cousins

After all the hugs, kisses, and oohs and aahs over how great/tall/cute/fat/thin everyone looks or has gotten- I threw in a hand with a little cooking(and yes-I can cook), it was time to eat.  There was TONS of food, and only 2 pies and one carton of ice cream. With the number of desserts on the table, I realized instantly that my family members have all made some healthier decisions in the past few months.

As it turns out, we didn't need a family walk after dinner(we wouldn't have done it anyway because it was like 50°-too cold for us Floridians).  While dinner was cooking anyone who wasn't in the kitchen was outside-doing everything!

We had some friendly competition going on outside……ping pong, foosball, relay races, football, soccer and basketball… the most interesting had to be the "Dunk Contest" with my cousins and brothers(ages 10 to 18, heights ranging between 5'2" and 6'7").  At the end of that competition the backboard was completely broken and everyone was near tears with laughter.  In any case-we all had a good time.

After dinner we still had leftovers(for 3 whole days we at Thanksgiving dinner).  I'm pleased to say that I've met my goal for Thanksgiving and will continue to maintain or lose more weight in the coming months.  Christmas dinner is usually not a weight challenge for me, so I think I've made it already. YAY!!!


QotD: Today’s Musical Horoscope

What's your musical horoscope?  (Put your player on shuffle and write down the first 10 songs that come up.) 

Ayo Technology
I Am Woman
Shake That Thing
Same Girl
Rainy Days
4 Minutes
Down Bottom
Let It Go
I'm A Ruff Ryder
Summer Love

K….that makes no sense….

Holidays+Food= Weight Gain

…..Not anymore.  Not for me at least.  This year I've been through way too much and become a whole new me for me to throw it all away.

The one thing that sets me apart from many people is that I don't make resolutions for New Year's.  I set personal goals for myself to meet by certain times of the year(ie, birthday resolutions).  The Holidays are way too stressful for me to set a life changing goal "deadline" in the midst of all of that.

I have decided to set a goal for December 1, 2007.  That goal being not to eat like a gigantic pig during Thanksgiving and gain 10 pounds like I have for the past few years.  This year, I challenge the notion that one must gain weight every Holiday Season.

I've pushed ctrl+alt+del on my normal eating habits and I'm going to do it again for the holidays.  It's hard to enjoy my family while I'm completely stuffed with turkey and whatever else I may have consumed.

This year Thanksgiving Day and the following day will be spent with my family at my parent's home.  The idea this year is to be truly grateful for our family and remember those that we've lost(in lieu of my grandmother's passing).  This time of the year will be especially difficult from now on as it's usually the time that we have some sort of party for my grandmother's birthday.  As a memorial to my grandmother we are going to have her party just the same(as she made us all promise before she died).

In the midst of the stress that I know I'll be experiencing over the next few days, I refuse to gain an ounce.  I think I'll start a new tradition-after dinner…..we walk. There will be a ton of children around and I know they'll all be up for going outside to play after we all eat.

My December 1st goal will be met, even if it means that we run a mile before and after dinner.

QotD: The Big Winner

Have you ever won anything at a carnival, arcade or midway game?

Yes I did, the saddest little bear you've ever seen… eye and crooked ears.  He eventually ended up being a chew toy for a dog I once had. 

I also won a Tweety Bird in PJ's.  My daughter has long ago made it her own, so we still have him around in "used by a 2 year old condition".