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It isn't even January but I'm thoroughly sick of snow

Saturday, December 26, 2009

This is my little portion of the Christmas Blizzard of 2009. Just now I finished clearing ONE car width of driveway from the garage to the street so that tomorrow my daughter in law will have a place to put her car and we can have Christmas dinner.

It took three shovel bites in a spot to lift this stuff and get to pavement. I went out in half hour sessions. Sometime in the hours of 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, and 2... which makes about 3 hours worth of shoveling and I haven't done the sidewalks yet!

It's enough to turn a body into a grinch. However, before it got well underway, had a nice Christmas eve with two of my sisters and their families:

Hope that Sparkers everywhere have had a good holiday and are able to face the New Year with fresh determination to live healthy!

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LINDAJOYWK 12/28/2009 7:07PM

    I feel ya! I was able to get down the hill to work today-but couldn't get back up-had to
back all the way down(with some slight getting stuck)Moses didn't get his food/potty
break & he is psycho! They are calling for more wintery mix/snow-pray for SUN!!! And
may you find warmth in the days ahead-Linda

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WARMSPRINGDAY 12/27/2009 7:11AM

    Don't forget to count your snow shoveling as cardio. It burns a pile of calories.

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MSLZZY 12/26/2009 9:31PM

    We've had 18-20 inches of snow and the drifts are 6-8 + feet high in places.
This could have waited until 2055 LOL! Then I wouldn't have to shovel it.
If nothing else, it will keep me humble and limber. emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/26/2009 6:45PM

    Oh, my, what a lot of snow shoveling. The only up part of it is all that exercise to track! Just don't shovel yourself sick!!!

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KALIGIRL 12/26/2009 6:33PM

    Glad for your Christmas Eve celebration.
We had to clean 1/2 the street as well as the drive because of drifting snow, but it is beautiful (now that we can get out...)

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/26/2009 4:30PM

    Yeah, up here in North Dakota we're in the middle of a major winter storm. First one for this season. We have been having an amazingly light winter up till now. But now the drifts are so high - even knee deep - or highter - in the streets.

As long as I can stay inside there is something really beautiful about a winter strom. The night winds blowing the snow, seeing the drifts piling up - just something lovely in nature. (Like the beauty of tornados - as long as you're not in one).


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Playing with boxes - and Christmas luncheon

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nothing makes a mom happier than knowing she can send stuff to her kid. Got his APO address yesterday. Also picked up some of those Priority Mail flat rate boxes and am playing with how to put them together and plotting what goodies to put into them!

He's saying he doesn't have any specific needs, but he's at least going to get a calendar full of photos of German Shorthaired Pointers. Yes, that's his dog whose photo I posted a while back.

Yesterday was our small team luncheon celebrating the holiday. We had great news from one team member: she's newly engaged! Not so great news from another... her mom's having more health issues, and she had to miss the lunch to be with her... no time is a good time, but Christmas is so hard. Thoughts and prayers for her, for sure.

To the heart of SparkPeople: lunch was at a sit down nice place. The portion sizes were HUGE! Fortunately, I've been in training, and am patting myself on the pack for cutting them down to size, and letting the server remove the plate long before it was empty. Yes, I'm one of those "clean plate club" people... it takes some doing to retrain oneself.

Hope everyone is making good choices to feel pampered but also healthy this season packed with goodies! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 12/22/2009 2:21PM

    Wonderful post - I'm sure he'll love his goodies and way to go on portion control!

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NELLIEC 12/22/2009 2:03PM

    I tend to nowadays ask for a container for taking home the extra food for another day. I guess I learned well from my mother and grandmother who came through the Great Depression -- waste no, want not!

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JGOLFER 12/22/2009 11:36AM

    I know you are going to enjoy filling up those boxes and I know your son will really enjoy receiving them. I too am a member of the Clean Plate Club. Great job on the restraint. Your luncheon sounded wonderful. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

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MSLZZY 12/22/2009 10:35AM

    I am also one of the "Clean Plate Club". It does take some retraining, especially when the food is served, as opposed to helping yourself. But the temptation is always there, at a buffet, to take more than I need because it all looks so good.
The added bonus, I didn't have to cook or do the dishes LOL!
Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas! emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/22/2009 7:43AM

    Most of us do belong to the "Clean Plate club" - thus it is also the reason we belong to Spark.

The Luncheon sounded nice and you did a great job on the restraint.

So happy you have an address for your son. Have fun with those boxes. It doesn't make any difference what you send, He will be grateful to hear from home.

Our Soldier Boy, Joshua, is flying home today and will arrive in St. Louis around 9:30. I am getting excited. Our Tree Trimming Party is tonight and all I have to do is warm up the soups.

Hugs, to you, Sunny!

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Another good day

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Three, oops, four things made it good:

1. I had the time to start the beans from scratch for Thursday's Christmas eve chili.

2. I got my exercise in early in the day, so didn't have it hanging over me the rest of the day.

3. My son made contact from Iraq. Somehow I just always feel better hearing from him. Seems he's not quite in his "permanent quarters" yet. He has internet access in his room, but has to walk half a football field length to find a restroom. He looks like he's lost a few pounds since I last saw him in October.

3. The Nutcracker Ballet, live, was wonderful! I wished my big sis a Merry Christmas afterward, as she gets on the plane to go see her daughter and family at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

Tomorrow is another Monday... the countdown to Christmas is short. I'm feeling good, and hope you all are too. In my case, the advent of Christmas just CANNOT be put down. The joy creeps in softly and I find myself singing or humming carols despite whatever challenges may surround me. Even in the tough years, when Christmas is more a matter of "keeping" than "celebrating", it's there.

May peace touch all of you this special time of year.

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KALIGIRL 12/22/2009 2:25PM

    Beans - yummy (I love chili from scratch)
Wonderful day indeed.
Here's to many more!

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SUNNY332 12/21/2009 9:43AM

    I am with you on this all the way. The closer it get, the more Joy I feel.
Our soldier boy will be home tomorrow - yea! I have cleaning to do so need to get shakin. Take care and be Blessed.

Hugs, Sunny

Christmas - that magic blanket
that wraps itself about us, that
something so intangible that it is
like a fragrance. It may weave a spell
of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day
of feasting, or of prayer, but always it
will be a day of remembrance - a day
in which we think of everything
we have ever loved.
~Augusta E. Rundel

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MSLZZY 12/20/2009 10:01PM

    Christmas is always there when you open your heart to the true meaning of the season. Our faith keeps us strong! emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/20/2009 9:15PM

    I have been listening to Christmas carols and songs. That always get me in the mood!

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BARNFISH 12/20/2009 9:06PM

    I've noticed the Christmas Joy creeping into my consciousness, a little more, each day now. I actually enjoy Christmas songs again!

Happy Holidays!

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Getting close

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I changed my profile picture... what you now see is me wearing my "inches lost" ribbon that represents the milestone around October 24th. These are inches lost from the end of May until then, from bust, waist, abdomen, and hips combined. Today was another milestone (second one since the ribbon in the picture), and my ribbon was 30 inches long. The photo was snapped about five minutes ago. Yes, I'm happy!

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VSWINGLE 12/20/2009 10:46AM

    I love the ribbon...what a great way to visualize the progress you've made!

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MSLZZY 12/19/2009 10:56PM

    emoticon emoticon I like the new photo!

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CONCHA77 12/19/2009 9:43PM

    emoticon You are a inspiration to all of us. emoticon

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NELLIEC 12/19/2009 5:36PM

    emoticon Great way to celebrate!!!

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SUNNY332 12/19/2009 3:33PM

    What a cool thing to do.

You have lost 30" - that is totally awesome. Way to go.


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Mid-week progress

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

OK, so I heard from my son on Sunday, but the connection kept dropping. His laptop is dying... how do you replace a laptop in Iraq?

Anyway, I would like to introduce my new grand-kitties, Kalimdor (the one with the dark brown nose, male) and Antonica (the lighter colored one, female). My daughter in law had to re-home the bunnies, due to her allergies becoming progressively worse. They have a nice new home with lots of other bunnies (six in all), and I'm sure they'll be fine.

But that left a very empty apartment, with him gone. Enter new kittens.

The program has been both bad news (emotional eating over last weekend) and good news (did great at the work holiday dinner today... portion control... portion control...). And I've been diligent about getting my sleep!

I threw out perfectionism for December... I was thinking of something else to toss today... COMPARISON with how others behave or the results they get. That's another in the old baggage that definitely needs to go straight up some fireplace as smoke.

Hope you're all enjoying every minute of your holiday season!

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MSLZZY 12/18/2009 7:35AM

    Cute kittens!
Sometimes we have to pick our battles and leave the rest!

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KALIGIRL 12/17/2009 10:24AM

    Love the kittens.
Great to hear your holiday dinner went well.
Here's to lack of perfectionism and comparisons!

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CONCHA77 12/17/2009 8:27AM

    Kitties are adorable, Perfection not so much....
Glad you heard from your son!

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SUNNY332 12/17/2009 7:06AM

    Yes, yes, yes, get rid of "COMPARISON". When we compare ourselves to others, we always come up the looser."

The kittens are precious. They will keep you daughter in law company and also
warm on these cold winter nights.


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TEACHINMOM 12/16/2009 9:48PM

    I agree. Perfectionism = TROUBLE (at least for me)!! AND yes, the grand-kitties are cuties!!!!

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NELLIEC 12/16/2009 8:20PM

    Perfectionism definitely should be thrown out!!!

The grand-kitties are adorable!

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