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All I Want For Christmas is…

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Ha! now I got that song stuck in your head. Didn’t I? I had that album when I was a kid–yes I mean the vinyl album–and listened to it over and over and over again with a little Nat King Cole mixed in. I knew every word, including the cheesy spoken intros with Dave.

OH how I LOVE the holidays! And this year I’m especially excited. For the first time ever we are staying home for Christmas. Just me and the boys creating our own traditions. I’m smiling just thinking about it!

You may be wondering why I’m talking about this now. Well, I realized something–We have exactly one month before Christmas (for those of you that celebrate.) That’s one month to give ourselves the best present ever.

Balance.

I’m not setting any specific weight loss or size goals by Christmas. The scale has not been my friend. Not because it’s not moving in the direction I want it to, that’s on me, but because it’s not a motivator for me any longer. I can’t explain it. I see the number and it bugs me, but it doesn’t motivate. If anything, it UNmotivates me.

Honestly, I just want to feel in control of my eating habits again. Old patterns and habits are resurfacing and I just don’t like it.

The solution for me is simple: It’s all about the food journal. I want the structure and the accountability and I’m committing to keep it until Christmas. Starting today.

Note: I’m putting no pressure on myself to share it real time or take the best photos. The journals will be raw and the photos are more for me to remember what I ate then to show off the food.

My post-Thanksgiving breakfast started with a grapefruit and cup of tea.

Then Mom and I enjoyed our free breakfast at Ikea.

Yes we shop on Black Friday, but we are aren’t the nut balls waiting in line. It’s all about mother/daughter time and getting a jump on the holiday shopping. While walking around the mall we shared a bag of popcorn too. It was nice. :)

When we came home I polished off the Thanksgiving salad.

I started this tradition last year and perfected it yesterday. This salad ROCKS! Greens, walnuts, gouda cheese, pears, dried cranberries and some raspberry vinaigrette. It’s TO DIE FOR!

After the salad I made the first of many leftover turkey sandwiches.

Click here for the recipe. I’m hoping to post a few more ideas this weekend.

It was soon time for a warm bowl of my homemade turkey soup.

It came out FABULOUS this year. I added a few cloves and cubes of ginger when I made the stock and it added such great flavor.

Before Little Guy went to bed we decided to split some frozen grapes and then I enjoyed one more bowl of soup while watching a movie with my parents.

I feel great about my choices today. Especially after yesterday. Let’s just say I had more than my share of pie, cookies AND truffles. Yes the Mother-in-Law brought truffles. I love and hate her at the same time. ;)

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I’ll be back tomorrow. :)



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Discussion

There are 13 comments so far.

    Laura James

    November 26, 2011

    I feel you! The scales don’t motivate me AT ALL!! I hate them. Yes, it’s great to see how much I have lost, but when I don’t have a loss it becomes a massive thing for me. Today is my birthday – 24, woo! – (it’s the 26th of November here in Australia), and I have decided to just enjoy myself and go with the flow today. The same goes for our engagement party and xmas. Be smart but not overly stressed about what I am eating.
    Good on you Roni. When I read this blog so many things click into place that I have thought about but not necessarily taken on board. Thanks for helping us all out =)

    Susy

    November 26, 2011

    Roni – I SOOO understand the wanting to get back incontrol of eating habits. I have only been on my latest weight loss journey for 4 weeks and already I feel annoyed at what I am putting myself through. Not motivating at all.
    I have not tried a food diary but it might be just what I am looking for.

    LisaM

    November 26, 2011

    Thanks so much for a reminder about food journaling. My pattern every (& I do mean every) year is to find myself up too many pounds after the holidays, so I have to be very serious & disciplined until about Easter to take off the weight, and I can then lighten up a little and maintain OK. Then the holidays hit, and the gaining begins. Sure enough again, because of slacking on the exercise and eating too much crap this week, the scales are starting to creep. And I don’t want to fall in that same damn hole this year! Roni, you have inspired me to add the journaling piece back in until Christmas. If that helps with some damage control, I willl be forever greatful!

    Sandra

    November 26, 2011

    Okay Roni, let’s do this!!! I’ve known that a food journal is what I’ve needed for a while, but I have to admit, I’ve been avoiding it! If you’re going to do it, so will I! Until Christmas right? Want to keep each other accountable? I’m sure your blog will help you stay accountable and I’ll be back to check in to keep me accountable. I can DO THIS! :) Glad to be doing it with someone else!

    Mehgann

    November 26, 2011

    The scale does motivate me. I am very good at being in denial about the truth of my weight…it’s important for me to have that “check in”. However, if it is NOT motivating you, then you are right to leave it in the closet. Good decision making means knowing what’s right for YOU and sticking with it!!!

    Amanda

    November 26, 2011

    Night time gets me too. When I used to go to the gym at night I would be so hungry when I got home. I love your idea of keeping a food journal with the goal of doing it to christmas. The picture idea is a great way to remember what you ate and to even look back and see just how much you did eat! Maybe stealing this idea from you :)

    Dawn, Lay Down My Idols

    November 26, 2011

    Good post! Glad you enjoyed some mom time and I’m happy that you can share Christmas just with your “boys”!! Exciting!
    Dawn

    Lauren

    November 26, 2011

    I just found your blog today (from a link on Dani Spies’ blog) and was happy that you’re also in Baltimore! This post is exactly what I needed to read! I lost 140 lbs between late 2008 and mid 2010 and now 10 lbs have crept back on and its scary! I’m going to regain control by focusing on maintaining balance and journaling…..and not making excuses! =) Thanks for some inspiration this a.m!

    Michelle

    November 26, 2011

    Roni, I journal on myfitnesspal.com and it is so easy for me. In the “notes” box I keep track of my WW pts. I also track my fitness there. For me, it’s great to be able to see it all at a glance. And THAT is what motivates me…to log in everyday and make my numbers!!

    On the other hand, I’ve still got enough to lost that the scale is still an issue. Just when I was getting frustrated,though, I lost a pound today!! SO, I guess I won’t thrown the thing in the street after all. lol

    Roz@weightingfor50

    November 26, 2011

    I love the idea of finding balance during the holidays. (well, all year actually!!!) I also LOVE the Chipmunk’s Christmas album. I owned the EXACT same one! (In fact, it is probably still in my parent’s attic with the other box of lp’s they are “storing”. Not sure why, I don’t own a turntable anymore…maybe it’s time to let them go – well, let MOST of them go, I’d hang on to my Chipmunk’s Christmas album though!! :) ) Have a great rest of the weekend Roni!!

    Teresa Langley

    November 26, 2011

    food journal starts tomorrow!!

    Paula

    November 27, 2011

    I really like your idea and I am going to incorporate it into my life. I am experiencing inbalance and old habits are resurfacing so I am going to take your advice and ease up on the number thing. It isn’t motivating me either. I just want to be back in control.

    The food journal has been the single-most helpful thing I’ve done on this journey – any time I have some “holes” in the journal after traveling for long periods of time, etc, I just try to start fresh with the most recent things I’ve eaten and start tracking again. Are you using something to track it other than the site? I have mine in a spreadsheet I created (naturally) :)