One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Weighing, er, I Mean Checking in on Christmas!

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I have had the most amazing two days EVER!

Yesterday was a complete cook-fest. The boys and I did one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.


Decorate cookies!

They were such little troupers, especially the 8-year-old, but after about a half hour I ended up losing them to the Grinch so I finished alone.


I didn’t mind. I still enjoy decorating.

We made 2 batches of Less-Sugar Sugar Cookies and a batch of chocolate chips to bring to the grandparents.


In addition to the cookies I made some onion and mushroom soup, which I will be sharing on GreenLiteBites because it came out FANTASTIC!


Like amazingly fantastic. My best batch yet and I’ve been making French Onion soup on Christmas Eve for a few years now.

Our Christmas Eve dinner is actually quite simple. We have the soup (which the kids refuse to eat but I make them try it every year), steamed shrimp, crab legs, fried fish and roasted cauliflower. It’s a weird meal, I know, but it works for us and is now a tradition.

Besides the meal our other tradition is to drive around looking at Christmas lights. Then the kids go to bed and the Husband and I drink wine, watch A Christmas Story and wait for Santa.


Christmas morning was just wonderful. Both kids were so good and so fun. We lounged around, played with new toys and just chilled all day.

Really, what more can I honestly ask for?

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and see how everyone’s week/day went.

Oh! and I HAD to share this year’s ornament — If you don’t know the story click here. The Husband has bought me an ornament every year since we’ve been dating and he again nailed it!


This month marks my one year CrossFit anniversary. I joined my current gym last December and have really fallen in love with the challenge of it. I even won my first scaled competition this past August and am registered for another in just a few weeks.

The Husband was nervous about his choice because it’s not officially an “ornament” but I LOVED it. He again captured something that was special to me about this year in ornament form. I love him. I feel so damn blessed right now!

I hope you had a wonderful week. We’re off to see the grandparents for more holiday celebrations. I’ll check in here and there until New Years. No throwing away the week, OK? Perfection doesn’t start on New Year’s Day. Let’s commit to doing what we can when we can this week to start the new year with positive momentum on our side. Deal?

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    December 26, 2013

    Deal! :)


    carla birnberg

    December 26, 2013

    throws up the WYCYWC sign and hopes we can chat next week. xoxo


    Wendy Wiech

    December 26, 2013

    I’m with you.



    December 26, 2013

    That ornament is beautiful. I mean, it’s not sparkly or shiny, but it shows that he knows and cares about what’s important to you. We should all be so lucky!!!! Merry Christmas!



    December 26, 2013

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    December 26, 2013

    All the wonderful things one year can hold.