100 lb. Club - Was Santa good to you?
12-28-2009, 10:52 PM
This Christmas was a very different Christmas for my husband and I in comparison to past years. Gone were the multiple candy bars and chocolate in the stockings, gone was the big canister of Almond Roca that was one of my usual presents, gone were the containers of candy and nuts that were a staple around our house in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and gone were the cookies, cakes, pies and other stuff that usually made up a good portion of our holiday food intake.
Instead, I got the heart rate monitor I've been wanting (and love!), a Fitbook journal, a pair of ear warmers to wear when I'm running or biking outside, a pair of good goggles for swimming, and Hungry Girl recipe cards.
I ate without overeating, made healthy choices, ignored the sweet stuff that my relatives brought (and made them take the remainders home with them when they left) and don't have to deal with any post-holiday guilt.
Instead of spending the holidays eating and laying around, my husband and I went for a 25 mile bike ride one day and a 4 mile run the next.
So, how was this holiday season different for you?
12-28-2009, 10:55 PM
Hugely different. I didn't receive tons of boxes of chocolate. I got one nice dark bar in my stocking and NO cheap crap. I ate moderate amounts of my favourite foods and NEVER went back for seconds.
It was... relaxing ;)
12-28-2009, 11:00 PM
It was very different :) I got a small box of dark assorted Godiva chocolate (which will last me for a long time since I like to eat one every once in a while!) and the day was more activity based than just food. I did cook Christmas dinner and invited my dad and stepmom over but it was all WW recipes :lol:
12-28-2009, 11:51 PM
I got all kinds of goodies, but instead of dwelling on them I put them all in a big grocery bag and handed them over to my boyfriend, who doesn't struggle with overeating sweets. I didn't feel any reluctance, in fact I was happy to see the sweets go away. On Christmas I ate the turkey and salad and tried to make good choices.
12-28-2009, 11:57 PM
yup, me too! I had treats thru the house for guests (hehehe sneaky me i put stuff there i don't like) but no candies for each other. DH and I decided to buy chickens/goats/mosquito netting for a village a friend of ours is doing engineering work for in Africa, it made a huge difference to their standard of living which was awesome, but then DH went and cheated and bought me an iPhone too! yay! and he bought me cutie little journals - small ones without lines, don't know why but i love 'em -- and cute little pens and glue stick as i'm always doodling in my food journals and pasting inspirational things in it... sigh... he's dreamy!!!
12-29-2009, 01:47 AM
yup, me too! I had treats thru the house for guests (hehehe sneaky me i put stuff there i don't like) but no candies for each other.
That is such a brilliant idea. Really, next time I have company over and want to give them a special dessert I will make sure it is something I am not fond of, but I know other people will like.
Thighs Be Gone
12-29-2009, 02:13 AM
I got one box of whoppers--the Jr. size and ate them with coffee Christmas morning. LOL--500 calories downed in a matter of 6-7 minutes! I also got one dark choc. Dove bar.
I got monogrammed leopard slippers, a set of pjs, body cream and a bicycle with a helmet, bell and lock! We have had ice since Christmas so no riding just yet for me!
I bought myself perfumes from Estee' Lauder (out of the ordinary since I always wear Sung) and a huge makeup kit from E Lauder too. I also bought myself the 3-mile Advanced Walk DVD by Leslie Samsone for $4. I highly recommend it--I had my doubts because it was just walking but it's very good--and more than just walking.
My mom bought me a heavy duty portable stair stepper so that I can exercise after my kids go to sleep and put it away during the day so the kids can't hurt themselves on it. Stair steppers are the only exercise I like doing because the movement seems natural to me and there is almost no impact. I could never have afforded it on my own and I really appreciate the gift so much. My sister gave me a microwave hard boiled egg cooker. It only takes 5 minutes in the microwave for perfect eggs! Both my kids are liking them too. My husband bought me a book of local hiking trails and the kids and I have spent the vacation exploring new nature hikes. My present to myself was to stay 100% on plan. :)
Here's to a great 2010 for all of us.
12-29-2009, 08:21 AM
I did great as well-I didn't overeat at all. :carrot: (unlike Thanksgiving!)
For presents, the only thing I got (and the only thing I really wanted) was a new Bible. :) I love it.
12-29-2009, 08:57 AM
I was visiting my parents at the beach, so we had fresh swordfish steaks for Christmas dinner. (They're my favorite and I can't get seafood worth eating in my landlocked state.) We also had Brussels sprouts roasted in bacon and they had yams on the side. It was a really nice, healthy meal.
No chocolate on Christmas morning from my food pusher dad, either. It's taken him three years, but he's finally learning.
12-29-2009, 08:59 AM
Santa was nice to me. I got a scarf and a book I wanted. There were no sweets from Santa this year. I did a lot of baking but I gave away the stuff I like as presents and put the stuff I don't like out for guests.
12-29-2009, 09:46 AM
Santa was very good to me. Among other things, I got some Pink Grapefruit lotion from B&BW. It has been discontinued, but our local shop had a few bottles tucked away. That was a nice suprise. I also got a really great steam iron for my quilting work.
I didn't do as well as the rest of you on eating. I overindulged in just about anything you can think of. I threw the rest of the peanut brittle, popcorn, breads, etc away last night. I am retaining water like crazy; I can't get my ring off my finger at all. I think I've learned my lesson (finally!) to stay away from that crap. It doesn't make me feel good except while it's in my mouth; as soon as that part is over, I feel bad. And it makes me realize how easy it would be to go right back to my old habits.
Happy New Year, everyone!
12-29-2009, 09:53 AM
My husband filled my stocking with things like fancy coffees, an array of pretty-colored spatulas and a single, high-quality dark chocolate bar. My grandmother gave me a hungry girl recipe book. My father gave me some hiking accessories. And a family friend, upon seeing me for the first time in over a year, embraced me and asked me if I needed any food, because she had some in her car :-) Favorite reaction ever!
12-29-2009, 10:18 AM
And a family friend, upon seeing me for the first time in over a year, embraced me and asked me if I needed any food, because she had some in her car :-) Favorite reaction ever!
:rofl: I love it!!
12-29-2009, 10:26 AM
hi everyone, i am new to this site and am not sure if i'm posting right. santa was good 2 me but i was not very good back. ate wayyyyyy too much, planning on the gym when kids go back 2 school. hard 2 do when they're home. hope everyone on here has a healthy new year!
12-29-2009, 10:49 AM
Yup, Santa was good to me too. I didn't have any treats around the house-- none given or received. Just one apple pie that I made for our family of six and yesterday my friend brought over a cake that I'm not planning to eat-- she was SO SWEET she brought over a scented candle just for me. My only mistake was overeating HAM. Guess I won't make that next year.
12-29-2009, 11:01 AM
I was not so good in the eating department, but I suppose it was still different from before because only three days after Christmas I started losing weight again, and have been keeping up with my exercise regimen. I didn't make any desserts, so I don't have cookies, fudge, cakes, pies, etc in my house. I didn't buy any candy, except for the candy canes on the Christmas tree. I still pigged out at OTHER people's house where they did all of those things, though. :o But at least it's not here to prevent me from making progress. :D
As for gifts: I did not get very many, but that's okay. I'm an adult now, and feel like Christmas is really about the kids. Someday I'll have my own brood to get more excited about Christmas with. I got Planet Earth on BluRay & some soft bamboo hair curlers (from my mom), The Sims 3 World Adventures Expansion Pack (the hubs knows me well!), a calendar (my dad buys this for everyone), and a framed and wallet picture of my nephew (from sister).
12-29-2009, 12:29 PM
Santa was very good to me this year, and like many here got me totally different things than usual.
I got a heart rate monitor and an armband for my ipod, both for when I go to the gym, and I LOVE them (yes I have tried them out 3 times already! I also got The Biggest Loser and Wii Fit Plus games for the Wii, a new swimming costume as I almost swim out of mine now it's so big lol, and new smaller knickers!
I did get a bit of choc, DD got me one Thorntons choc in the shape of an xmas pudding, DH got me a Terry's Chocolate Orange and my mum got me a small box of my fav Cherry Liquor chocs. I haven't touched any of them yet and am determined that they will be enjoyed a very little at a time over the next few months.
It was a lovely Xmas/Hanukkah this time around, all kinds of quiet and homey. Treats were kept to a bare minimum. I didn't bake this year, so my boss and work friends didn't get the nosh on my homemade brownies and cookies, but you know what? Everyone survived. I said it somewhere earlier in the month, I think -- my boss is an athlete, the kind of unconsciously uber-healthy person I want to be when I grow up. I'm sure it was way more important to him and my other friends that I'm making efforts to get my own heath back in check anyway.
On the homefront, we had nice meals and watched movies and just spent good, solid time together. Since money's tight and things are rough all around, we really tried to get back to the basics this year. Our biggest gift to each other was the time we never get together.
We did pick up the Let's Dance game for the Wii, which is fun and goofy and a great way to get moving around.
Eating-wise I did just fine -- Xmas dinner was a standing rib roast with potatoes and roasted broccoli. I had a skinny cow for dessert.
I don't know if it was because we stayed close to home and focused more on the people than the event this year, but I'm happy to say that in the food realm December 25th passed as another pretty normal day. Maybe that was my biggest Xmas present. :)
My mom got me a heavy duty stair portable stepper so I could exercise after the kids are asleep and then put it away so the kids didn't get hurt. Stair steppers are the only exercise I really like and it was so nice of her to get me this expensive equipment. My husband gave us a book of local hiking trails and the boys and I have spent the vacation finding new nature hikes. A great Xmas with a supportive family! :D
12-29-2009, 10:27 PM
I love Christmas, but am glad it's over! I got spoiled, as always, I'm the only girl and the youngest (at 30!). I got the wii active, plus the add on, which I'm very happy for :) Got a new hair straightener, a stocking full of makeup from the bf.. my first Chanel mascara!
What I ate was terrible, but luckily I didn't eat too much! We got TONS of chocolate, which I've been slowly taking to work... very sneaky ;)
I saw above somewhere that someone got a "Fitbook", it looks really great! Where can one get this??
Congrats to us all.. we made it thru the Holiday's! :lol:
Oooooh, I just googled the fitbook. As someone who has a thing for paper journals, I think I'm a little enamored.
Aimee, I see it's available on amazon, and also at getfitbook.com.
I may have to put that down as my treat for my next mini goal!
12-29-2009, 11:52 PM
I'm the one who got the fitbook - I started using it this week and love it so far. I first heard about it through a Hungry Girl email where she was highlighting some cool gift ideas.
The book itself is pretty compact but the paper is like a sturdy card stock, so the ink from my sharpie doesn't bleed through. It's a 12-week journal, which is perfect for me since I am 12 weeks away from my first half-marathon, and this will be a way for me to record my daily exercise and food intake, as well as goals, etc.
At $20 a pop, I don't know that I'll get another one, but I may use it to create my own version. :)
http://www.getfitbook.com/ is the website if anyone's curious. They have a tool where you can see inside and get a better idea of how it's set up.
12-30-2009, 02:17 AM
my Santa got me wii dumbells that the wiimotes go into and ankle weights that go with the wii fit. so I can use them with any game i want! now i HAVE to start being serious about exercise. and some sugar free gum, because it had a biggest loser ad on it. My Santa is so thoughtful, I'm a lucky girl!
12-30-2009, 11:14 AM
Litchick - I got something very similar in Sept, it's only 9 weeks, I bought 3 (they were 99 cents), and loved them! I am going to need a replacement, so this might be the perfect thing :) Thanks for the tip!
gloo - I am also a sucker for a paper journal. I've tried doing it online, and just haven't ever been able to get into it. Plus I'm not near a computer for most of the day, so if I change what I eat I have to write it down anyways! I will definitely be investing!