Posts tagged ‘#familytime’

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We’ve now come to probably my favorite time of year–like seriously, my favorite time of year! I know, I know. You’re probably all thinking, “oh dear night, she’s one of THEM.” And….you’d be right 😛

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Okay so yes, I do listen to Christmas music in October, and dream about all the food at Thanksgiving, and know for a fact that I’m going to be ridiculously busy until January 1st–but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (I’ll quote a movie here) There are some people who look at the holidays as the worst time of year. That their favorite day is December 26th. But that’s the saddest day for me.

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I had to wonder why I’m such a holiday nut? (Or probably more, a Christmas nut) Why are the holidays so special to me? I think the main reason the holidays are so special to me, is because there is still a mystery to me about the holidays. There is still a bit of childish wonder that just makes me so happy and gives me a warm feeling all over.

Growing up, our parents always made Thanksgiving and Christmas feel special. Family gatherings on both sides were filled with love, family, and amazing food. We would watch the Macy Day Parade’s, football, and Christmas movies. Every Black Friday, my mom, brother, and I would put up all the Christmas lights. Dad and David would put up the house lights and the star on the manager. And when it was dark, I would watch in wonder, as the house was flooded in different colored lights.

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So maybe having a good family experience at the holidays helped with my love for the season. But a lot of people grow out of that. I think, however, that with how the world is right now—maybe having some childlike wonder isn’t a bad thing. Seeing the world how we did when we were kids, and let the magic of the season bring the mystery of it to life. Remembering that the holidays are not a time to despair and be grumpy about; but instead, reaching into us and finding what the holidays really mean to us. So some advice from me—a person who got these and who’s life is better for it, and can’t wait to share it with my man and kids when that time comes:

Return to that childlike wonder.

Remember the real reason for the season.

Embrace your inner child and don’t be afraid to dream and be amazed.

Don’t try to solve every problem.

Make a snow angel.

Drink hot coco.

Make Christmas cookies.

Eat pumpkin pie.

Play with your cousins.

If you got kids, spend time with them.

Get off the electronics.

Trim the tree together.

Drive everyone around the neighborhood to look at lights.

Hug your grandparent’s necks.

Forgive someone who’s hurt you.

Love on those around you.

Don’t yell at fellow shoppers.

Pay it forward.

Don’t tell kids Santa isn’t real.

Watch sappy Christmas romance movies.

Read a book.

Turn off all the lights and just leave on the tree.

Snuggle up with someone you love.

Create memories!

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Sunday Seasonings: Starting a One Week Challenge

To start off, here is a recipe that I found very tasty after a good hard workout. I call it chocolate blueberries 😛

Take a scoop of chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

and a tiny bit of water to give the powder some smoothness (ice cream consistency with the frozen-ness of the blueberries)

HEAVEN!!!!

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I wonder if you blend it up a bit if it would BE ice cream 😀

Here’s to letting you guys in on something that my mom, me, and (at least for some of it) my dad will be undertaking this week. A while back, my mom bought this book called the Belly Fat Cure. I was in high school and didn’t think that I would like it, it would be too hard, or I just couldn’t do it. I wasn’t into that whole “health” thing. Getting my dad to do something like this–yeah…..right….but as I was talking about Friday: enjoying Christmas, food, and such it was great until that cursed scale started to inch itself back up (much to my dismay).

So mom pulled down this book again, looked at it, and then handed it to me.

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As I looked at the book, and read through it–I realized that what he was saying the same thing that THM is saying. Jorge however runs his system through a S/C system. No more then 6 servings of carbs (120 grams) a day and no more then 15 grams of sugar a day. In this book, he talks about the harm of sugar (especially refined sugar) and how it causes problems with belly fat. (This is what I’m struggling with right now with these last couple of pounds and inches). He uses a carb swap system and believes that insulin is the cause of all problems. He does say that exercise is optional while following this plan, which…….in my case, increasing calories and then lowering the intensity of my workouts in order to balance my hormones, (and get Mother Nature to get back to running), this sounds good.

He talks about how you can lose up to 4-9 pounds in a week. Now, while this sounds amazing–I’m wondering if it’s actually true. (I really hope it is though….at least so that way I can lose what I gained back 😛 ) The book gives 5 one week plans to follow, so we’re following the “carb lover” week, and we’ll see how this works. However, if that scale starts to inch toward 155 and over then we’ll have to do something for the rest of the Christmas season, and then start this back up at the start of the year.

Ironically, he does tell you to stay away from fruits that have high sugars (but once you get to your goal then you can add back in 2 servings of fruit). But I’ll be adding in some blueberries and banana with the blackberries and raspberries because…..every where I look they say–blueberries: the weight loss fruit. The book also gives a bunch of recipes along with some carb swap products he suggests and a carb swap food list that gives you a series of food items with the S/C for each.

(This will be hard for me considering there is fudge in the fridge, cookies in the cookie jar, and I want to make more 😛 )

Now here we go people, let the one week challenge begin!!! I’ll let you know what’s happening on Wednesday and we’ll see how this goes right before the holidays 😛

Merry Christmas!!!!

Weight Loss Wednesday: Surviving Thanksgiving

I have to say that I think the holidays are officially here! This makes me excited, but at the same time–for those of us who are trying to lose weight the holidays can be a bit unnerving and stressful. Or that could just be me. 😛 I finally got to come home after 4 months in the city, and let me tell you, it’s SO AMAZING–I don’t think Dad and Mom are going to be able to get me back in my car to head back (HAHAHA). I had this whole plan about what I was going to do when I got home as too not destroy 4 months worth of work–yeah that went up in smoke when I saw the cookies at my best friend’s bridal shower.

Needed him at the shower 😛

So I gained weight. This kind of depressed me because the fact I went from 149.6 to 151.8 and THEN I had the Scholz Thanksgiving the next day. I was upset with myself because I knew that I would have been fine if I hadn’t indulged myself in so many cookies the day before. My mom actually brought up a very good point: there’s a difference between good calories and bad calories (bad calories meaning sugar). I have a massive sweet tooth, and with one more Thanksgiving meal coming up on Saturday–I have given myself some tips. (I also found them online, but I’m adding some of my own).

1) Workout the morning before and eat a good high protein breakfast.

I’m going to be doing a tough workout the morning before we go. Some study I read said that people who worked out in the morning were more likely to be mindful of what they ate throughout the day. I’m also having a Greek yogurt parfait with tart cherries for breakfast in order to get my protein fill and kick start my metabolism.

2) Drink some apple cider vinegar before the meal

I was talking to a woman from my church who has dropped an AMAZING amount of weight, (SO SO SO SO proud of her!) and she reminded me of drinking ACV before every meal. I was only doing this once a day, but after the fiasco of my 2 pound weight gain, (gosh I sound pathetic), I decided to put this back in. So this whole week I have made 24 oz of water with 6 Tbsp ACV, a dash of chili powder and paprika (actually more then a dash, about 2 tsp of cayenne so…..to your taste I guess and I had to use these because mom doesn’t have cayenne at home), cinnamon, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 second squeeze clover honey, and some stevia in the raw. I drink this about 30 minutes before each meal and so far it’s working nicely. Also drink some water just before eating, that way you’re just a bit fuller when you go for the food

3) You only get 1 plate. Repeat–NO SECONDS!!

This rule is especially hard for me, but I did it at the Scholz Thanksgiving on Sunday and you know what–I was fine. I know that with these type of holidays most people say that you should, “gobble till you wobble”. But here’s the thing. I filled my plate up with everything that I wanted, but only small portions of each (maybe 2-3 bites). Then I sat down and I actually sat down and slowly ate the food. I actually forced myself to eat slowly and enjoy each bite. This might sound strange to you, but ever since grade school, it always seems like I have to wolf down my food–this is bad not only for your waist line because you eat more, but also for your digestion. Sit down, enjoy your food, and you only get one plate. Which leads me to #4–>

4) Eat the things you only get once (or twice if you count Christmas) a year

With our family (at least the Elder’s) it’s all about the green bean casserole. The Scholz’s, homemade chicken and noodle (though we didn’t have it this year). The Harden’s, all about that bake mac and cheese. With all this delicious food, make sure you get the stuff that you only get once or twice a year. But make sure that you make protein your top priority! So I made my plate with small portions of all everything I liked, and believe it or not–I got full off of all of it. Of course, not full enough to skip dessert…..

5) 1 plate (probably a bit smaller) of dessert

Even though I am giving myself these rules, this one I’m worried about because I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. So with this one, I am going to have to watch myself. Just like the food, take small portions of things that disappear fast, and then whatever else. But I’m going to have to watch it. I might take things that disappear fast and then walk away and save the other until later in the day. Since our food sits out all day

6) Get up and do something after eating

Go outside and take a brisk walk around the yard, or if it’s nice get some sort of game going with your family. Play with the little ones, but do something to get your heart rate going after eating.

7) I was going to say something about munching here

I’m going to have to tell you how Saturday goes, but I’m going to have to be very mindful about munching and grazing throughout the day considering that we leave the food out. But because of health issues with my family, there will be a lot of salads, veggies, and fruits–so I’ll have to hit those. But even those need to be eaten in moderation. But I’ll have to watch it because I need to eat to be satisfied, not gobble till I wobble.

8) most importantly–ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH FAMILY!!!!

This is the whole point of the holiday, when it boils down to it enjoy your family time! When you enjoy your family, you’ll forget about food. Love each other, talk with each other, make amends, make memories, laugh, sing, and enjoy the time you have, because you never how much time you have left with each other.

Hope you guys like these tips, and I hope they help. I know that I’m going to have to follow them closely and be mindful–but #8 to me is the most important to me, and that’s what I’m going to focus on. (Just no grazing for me 😛 ) And I’ll be back on Friday to give some thoughts about what to do the day AFTER a fest like Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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