Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat November 19 - November 25 including Thanksgiving

11-19-2012, 07:24 AM
Prepare. It's the week of U.S. Thanksgiving. We've been training all year for this, guys. We can master this situation.

That's what we need - a pep talk like before a big game by a firm, authoritarian coach, LOL.

The good news for us is that we join friends at Thanksgiving - at their house. So there won't be any stuffing left over around here. Bad news is that there won't be any left over turkey either. Left over turkey sandwich with everything is a childhood favorite.

I continue to be mobile on my crutches; slightly embarrassed at the amount of attention I receive when there are folks with issues that won't be cured in six weeks or so. I've heard more horror stories from people who've had serious breaks with mangled supporting parts.

11-19-2012, 08:07 AM
Good Morning all!

Bill Glad to hear that you are progressing along the recovery road. And being on crutches makes it harder to get things to snack on from the kitchen, yes? :lol:

Good luck to all the Americans as the "Holiday Eating Season" officially beings there with their Thanksgiving. :eek:

We are in full Christmas mode up here. Went to the mall with my cousin and carols, Christmas ornaments, etc. are everywhere. I have been drooling over the edibles I can order from both LL Bean and Land's End. I will not get them as DH is now sincerely trying to lose weight. I avoided the Christmas food area all together in the Williams Sonama store. I won't list the goodies as that is some serious food porn. :p

Good week all!

Dagmar :cool:

11-19-2012, 08:32 AM
I am going out for Thansgiving dinner to friends but we are not having the traditional dinner , Crab Cioppino is going to be the main dish.

11-19-2012, 08:39 AM
I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't consider what's on the platter and the serving dishes as the problem this week.

My problem this week is my mind. This year, the anniversary of my father's death happens to fall on Thanksgiving Day itself. And also, it's the end of our fiscal year at work and there is a tremendous crush of writing assignments to finish before the month ends -- yes, just when I want to take days off from work and enjoy the holidays. Generally, what happens is there is more work than I can finish during weekdays, and so I will spend part of the long Thanksgiving weekend on my laptop while at my mother's house, catching up on work.

Oh, and there's the gift-buying and card-writing to add on top of that.

So I just see this as a test of endurance, which won't end till about the second week of December.

11-19-2012, 08:45 AM
saef, I do hope you are well paid, I mean REALLY well paid, it seems like you put in an enormous amount of time on your work, weekends, holidays , all seem to be work days for you.

11-19-2012, 08:51 AM
Good morning.

We are staying in town for the week, instead of going to my grandmother's like we usually do. I am a little sad to miss it as it is also her 96th birthday, and it's the only time I get to see her and my aunts, uncles and cousins. But, it is certain to be a more relaxing and healthy holiday.

I ordered a meal from publix so I won't be cooking, either.

11-19-2012, 09:37 AM
Hi all,

I really feel like I've been through the wringer and am glad that big, long sampling trips are done at work for now and my play is over, even though the play comes with pride and sense of accomplishment. These particular trips for work don't come with those positive feelings, just relief that they are done. I spent the weekend doing laundry, sleeping, and trying to get my dog back to her more regular walking schedule. I also tried to catch up on some phone calls with my family and start Christmas gift lists. Has anyone else noticed that in the US not only are displays up already, it seems there are early sales that started last Friday? I'm sure there will be black Friday sales, too, but really. I'm not ready!

My only exercise the last two weeks has consisted of walking the dog, though not as far and often as our usual ~20 miles a week. I got to my yoga class last Wed for the first time in months. It felt great, and actually made me sore. That means I'm really out of shape. Forget waiting for the New years diet/workout resolutions. This is changing now! At least I actually completely maintained on the scale. I didn't have time to overeat. My weight is still exactly 154. My body really seems to "like" this weight as it's been here for most of the year and when I fluctuate a few lbs, comes back here.

BF and I are going to leave Wed AM to see his family and get back Friday PM. I find interacting with his family to be difficult sometimes bc they cause BF so much grief and frustration. I want to be mad at them for hurting him, but feel I should instead play the dutiful GF and be polite and make inane conversation (which I'm terrible at - inane conversation, not politeness). I'm always afraid "So why are you so dysfunctional?" or "hey, heard you got busted for a DUI and posession!" will pop out of my mouth. At least I usually only have to see them once per year. The trick will indeed be to not dive into the food as distraction. But no leftovers in my house either, which Fat Megan is sad about, and Thin Megan is relieved about.

Dagmar, I always receive the Harry & David's catalog, having been the recipient of some gifts from them in the past. The pictures always get me. The IMHO outrageous prices keep me from ever even imagining ordering anything for myself. Or as a gift to anyone else. My homemade jams and jellies will suffice.

Michele, glad DD's dog is coming so soon! I hope it will be helpful to your DD and relieve some of her stress and anxiety.

Bill, hang in there! This might be a really great time to do something you've been meaning to do that requires sitting, like convert your records/CDs/VHS to digital files. Hope you heal quickly.

I've missed a lot over the past few weeks. I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things with more regular exercise and accountability. And since today is my office's thanksgiving lunch this would be a good time to start. I think I will balance my meal with a big salad for dinner tonight and a long wog with the dog.

11-19-2012, 10:38 AM
I'm struggling to downsize Thanksgiving. Going from 27 to 8 is actually difficult! I'm making all the same dishes, only smaller and probably less buttery because DD has lost more weight and wants everything to be healthy. I bought everything Saturday and have dinners planned for Thursday and Friday (when we'll celebrate her birthday) but that leaves me with Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with no plan. I have some steaks defrosting for tonight and I'll fix an acorn squash to go with them. Leftover soup on Tuesday, but Wednesday, when DD and her boyfriend arrive, I have no idea what I'll fix. That also means I'll need to go to the store that afternoon and doing THAT the day before Thanksgiving is NOT what I want to do! Perhaps I'll send DS to the store for a mountain of zucchini and I'll do pasta-less spaghetti. I always have the ingredients for sauce.

Christmas this year will be small. So far, I have two presents each for DD and DS. We're not exchanging between DH and myself or with his parents. We've all agreed that there is nothing we want or need (well, I do need golfballs, but the kids can get those for me!). Almost everything I've bought has been online. I need to get the traditional pajamas and some stocking stuffers (usually toiletries) and I'll be done. The less time I spend in stores the better! I really hate this time of year with everyone fighting over merchandise that is on sale.

Hoping to hear from the bank this week.....

Everyone hang in there! We'll get through this season!

11-19-2012, 11:15 AM
The older my children get and the older I get the harder it is to come up with Christmas Gifts. No more trips to ToysRUs, that was so easy. I am thinking now of Omaha Steaks all around, everybody has to eat, right ?

11-19-2012, 11:32 AM
The older my children get and the older I get the harder it is to come up with Christmas Gifts. No more trips to ToysRUs, that was so easy. I am thinking now of Omaha Steaks all around, everybody has to eat, right ?

I know! I do Harry & David for my Dad. My friend gives me an Omaha Steak gift each year. I think I'll send her wine this year.

My kids' birthdays are around Christmas and that makes it even harder. I asked DD what she wanted--a grill. So we got her a small portable grill and my in-laws are giving her the accessories (cover and utensils) to go with it. That was easy. I asked DS what he wants for his birthday. He has no idea.

11-19-2012, 12:03 PM
My roommate and I are obsessed with Christmas and bought a ton of craft supplies to make Xmas cards yesterday.

Thanksgiving will be a small gathering at my BF's mom's house with enough food to feed two or three times as many people as will be there. She always makes special brownies and the like so who knows how many plates I'll be putting away?!

Sadly, BF's mom's BF was just diagnosed with lung cancer so I don't think it will be a joyous time all around. Struggling to think what I should bring as a hostess gift for them. So far all I have is a tiny packet of wildflower seeds from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

traveling michele
11-19-2012, 12:08 PM
Good morning all!
We will be strong this week.:dizzy:maybe
Sounds like everyone has plans in place for the week.
It should be a very interesting and busy week for us!
Dh came home Saturday. I couldn't wait for him to be surprised by my painting of the bathroom and it took him hours before he finally went in there! He was surprised and pleased so I was relieved.

Dd #1 came home late last night. She hadn't been home in almost six months. The dogs were super excited to see her, and Dewey abandoned us to sleep with her. She is happy that this should be her last time flying sans her service dog.
Today, dh and I are going to Napa and spending the night. I'm looking forward to it but know I won't get any formal exercise and will eat too much.

Dd #2 comes home Wednesday night. She has been so homesick! She said she can't wait to: drive, hold Dewey, eat steak, and play her guitar!
Thursday we will have a huge feast for just the four of us. Dh and dd#1 love cooking thanksgiving foods, so I don't do much except clean. I may go to bikram yoga, but there will only be one morning class so it is bound to be packed.

Dd2 wants me to go Black Friday shopping Thursday night. Ugh. That's the last thing I want to do. Saturday is her baptism, and then we will have a party at our house after. Then everyone leaves Sunday and Monday including dh so it will be a packed week.

I wish dh would wake up so we could leave for napa!:dizzy:

11-19-2012, 12:45 PM
Hey folks! We are also having a smaller than usual Thanksgiving this year, 7 people. My in-laws are hosting and my parents are in town, but BIL and SIL both decided to spend the holiday with their SO's families. MIL is pretty upset about it because their family is Jewish, so typically they have Thanksgiving together and then everyone goes to their non-Jewish SO's families for Christmas. SIL had already refused a Christmas invitation from her BF (it involved traveling to Oregon and she didn't want to go) so she felt obliged to go to Thanksgiving with them which was local. No excuse for BIL, he's been distant in general lately.

In any case it's just me, DH, MIL, FIL, my mom and dad, and DH's grandma this year. We ordered a giant turkey anyway though because I love leftovers and turkey mushroom casserole (I think I posted it in the recipes sticky) is my favorite thing ever. I'm cooking sweet potatoes and a couple desserts. Which reminds me that I need to check with MIL about cranberry sauce . . . Oh, and also I am going to attempt to cook DH's grandma's yeast rolls. She's not making them this year because of a combination of not having the right kitchen stuff in the assisted living place she's moved into and being too weak to do the kneading, so I invited her to come over to our house and supervise me to make sure I do it right.

One year at Thanksgiving we had 10 people and 10 pies. :lol: I think this year we'll have 7 people and 3 desserts (2 pies, one persimmon pudding).

11-19-2012, 01:30 PM
Love persimmon pudding.!
My church is doing something interesting, someone donated an olive grove, volunteers from the church picked the olives and they will be pressed and bottled and the Organic Olive Oil will be sold and the proceeds will got to Food Programs. I plan to buy several bottles for Christmas gifts and myself.

11-19-2012, 04:25 PM
Hi friends,
Good luck to us all this week, and thanks for being my friends!
I've decided to set some behavioral goals, knowing it's OK to gain some weight this week and knowing I can and will take it off in early to mid December. I'm nervous of course but here we go...

Ideal maintenance weight for me is 180-185 pounds. After my birthday party and a recent four-day international wedding conference, I start my week at 186. Oh well. But OK.

So I will continue to isolate any overeating and eat in a careful, dietary way for breakfast and lunch. Then just join the family and enjoy dinners. This is a strategy, not for weight loss or even maintenance, but to stay reasonably conscious and not go on a week long "food bender" like I have done in years past. A moderate weight gain will be OK for this week..

Whatever we decide, I think this exercise might be helpful, to just decide in advance what we plan to do, share our intentions here, and then stay with the plan!

Shannon in ATL
11-19-2012, 05:28 PM
We are going to my grandmother's for Thanksgiving. She has had some heart trouble and spent some time in the hospital this year, quite recently she had chest pains and another stress test. When we asked if she wanted to move the party to somewhere else and let other people do the work she asked why, said that two weeks ago on the day she had her stress test my grandfather brought home deer he'd killed for her to dress and process. Said that Thanksgiving dinner had to be easier than that. LOL

11-19-2012, 05:29 PM
I guess I'm different then most of you. This is my first year of maintenance, but in my previous 2 years when I was actively losing I ate like a pig on Thanksgiving. As much as I wanted of whatever I wanted. And I plan to do it again this year. For that day and that day only.

My maintenance range is 115-120 and I weighed 116 this morning, so I'm feeling pretty good heading into Thursday....

11-19-2012, 05:54 PM
Thanksgiving to me will be an eat whatever I feel like eating and probably seconds of some of the items BUT I won't stuff myself to the point where I'm uncomfortable. I know I'll consume more calories than I should but with all the work I'll be doing (plus that 5k) I think I'll come in about even or maybe just a tad high for the day. I'm not concerned about it. I am concerned about the leftovers. For whatever reason, I have a lot of restraint on the holiday, but once it's over, I feel like I can have a free-for-all with the leftovers. I'll have to be more careful this year.

11-20-2012, 09:55 AM
Cherry, eating whatever I want on Thanksgiving is my usual maintenance technique. In fact, I eat whatever I want on most holidays. The trick for me is, as some wise maintainer once said, not to let holi-DAYS turn into holi-MONTHS!

I do try to avoid stuffing myself to the point of discomfort though, which means instead of taking some of everything I usually only take the foods I particularly like on Thanksgiving. This usually means a big pile of sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, a tiny bit of turkey, a whole bunch of dessert, and not much else. I also try to get some exercise and not eat too much the rest of the day.

11-20-2012, 10:01 AM
I have found since losing a lot of weight and maintaining reasonably well that I just can't eat a lot of food at one time. For Thanksgiving I would pick a little turkey, potatoes and gravy , dab of each, a smidgen of stuffing, a bit of cranberry sauce and a whole lot of pie, preferably with whipped cream.

Shannon in ATL
11-20-2012, 10:38 AM
Jen, I typically eat what I want on the holidays. Like Jessica I work on not letting it turn into holiday months. LOL I tend to eat a small amount of regular food unless it is something I love and then get small pieces of lots of desserts. This year I'm not sure if I'm in control enough for that, though. The last four years I've approached Thanksgiving pretty comfortable but this year not so much.

11-20-2012, 10:40 AM
I am struggling not to eat everything in sight these past few days. I feel out of whack mood-wise, TOM is late (my roommate was late too which makes me feel better, since I'm about a week to two weeks behind her), and I feel temporarily fatigued and bored of my exercise routines. Getting up to go to the gym before work in the cold is the least appealing thing right now!

11-20-2012, 11:05 AM
Oh! I'm so glad to know that others give themselves free days on Holidays. I say I ate like a pig, but like you guys said, it will be nothing compared to how I used to eat! I just can't eat like that any more - not psychologically but physically! I don't enjoy that uncomfortably full feeling.

I'll be starting off the day with a 5K race. In reality it won't burn very many calories at all but it will make me feel better about eating so much LOL. I also LOVE turkey and fruit, so I'll be eating a lot of that so that's not so bad. My one really bad weakness is bread, so I will probably eat too much of that. But one day isn't going to kill me.

On a completely different note, I worked out last night and did 200 20 lb kettlebell swings and boy does my a$$ hurt today! Just thought I'd share LOL


11-20-2012, 11:10 AM
The mama of our office kitty did have kittens. I was afraid of that. We had noticed that she was getting fat in the wrong way and then suddenly she was back to being thin, so we were sure she had them, but until yesterday we didn't know for sure. But there appears to be two kittens, one a very, very dark tortoiseshell and the other a piebald gray tabby. We estimate them to be about 4 weeks old. So in a couple of weeks we'll concentrate on catching mama (we've tried unsuccessfully before) and if the kittens happen to get trapped as well, I'm going to take them home and tame them and hope to find them a home. If not, then we'll trap them later and have them fixed.

So excited that DD is coming home tomorrow! So funny that when we're all together for Thanksgiving the animals in the house will outnumber the humans! There are 8 animals and only 7 for dinner!

11-20-2012, 01:13 PM
Our loan has been APPROVED!!!!!

The banker is delivering the letter to us tomorrow so he can go over it all.

So relieved, but so scared all the same. So much work to be done now!

11-20-2012, 01:22 PM
Allison, good news !!!

11-20-2012, 04:44 PM
Jen, I also let myself eat what I want for a holiDAY meal, but try to remind myself to use restraint, take small portions, and not keep going back for more and more, leftovers, etc. My family can be really difficult at Christmas food-wise because they like to have a full meal each night, dessert, and have what I call "the fat table" that is full of desserts and food gifts, everyone likes to bake, etc. It is really a test of willpower - I simply don't bring those things into my own home bc I know I can't resist - so knowing I will have some of them I try to balance by exercising, filling up on fruit and veggies, salads etc and use portion control. When I get home in my own space it's right back to my normal eating habits.

Allison, I missed something but I'm guessing your loan is for the new office space you were looking at/thinking of buying? Great!!! I know it will be so much work to move but once you're settled in your new space and out from under your old landlord I know it will be a great relief. Enjoy the time with your DD!

I will probably be online this week, but if I'm not, have a Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans. Dagmar, have a great week! Lol.

Shannon in ATL
11-20-2012, 04:47 PM
Yay, Allison! Woo hoo!

11-20-2012, 05:25 PM
Day one: yesterday I had a dietary breakfast and lunch and then a big dinner with family. Many stresses (what else is new) but when I ask myself if overeating helps with stress REALLY, I have to admit the answer is no.

Day two: A great maintenance day actually, with a reasonable dinner planned.

This is OK so far.

11-20-2012, 05:32 PM
Congrats on the loan approval, Allison! And absolute yes to getting that kitten-making machine off the streets, or at least "modified".

Thanksgiving is at our house this year. DH will be giving the turkey a long slow smoke and it will be outstanding. I'm all over that. The rest sort of depends on what shows up - I know there is a Cajun side dish in the works, there will be a big pan of roasted veggies, and something new in the cranberry relish world. I've never been a huge fan of pie, and have sort of evolved out of my past desire to gorge on mashed potatoes and dressing.
The only major danger is my girlfriend's appetizer - it's an artichoke/spinach/bacon dip that is deadly addicting. And too much wine, which is a very real risk since the inlaws are coming.

I am sure I'll be more than adequately full. :p My intent is to enjoy it for the tasty splurge it is, to eat mindfully and slowly, and to enjoy the day instead of letting my inner critic run wild.

11-21-2012, 02:01 PM
I saw this today and thought of all of us. Granted it says Facebook, but I think it belongs here, too.

Shannon in ATL
11-21-2012, 03:20 PM
I saw that one, Allison. I like it. :)

11-21-2012, 03:47 PM
like ;)

11-21-2012, 04:23 PM
Yes, it's those moments away from the laptop, when I think of one of you and understand that I haven't kept my life compartmentalized at all, and that certain things that my online friends have said have stuck with me well beyond one browsing session.

11-21-2012, 04:46 PM
Thanks for sharing , Allison. I have often said I have friends I have never met and they are right here.

11-21-2012, 06:03 PM
:wave: Hi everyone. Sorry I've been AWOL. Just got busy and then my internet service has been wonky as they were working on going 4g.

Anyway, 11-15-2012, 1 year anniversary of maintaining my weight loss!:D

We will be doing Thanksgiving at my sisters. The full meal deal. Like many others I am going to eat what I want, just in smaller quantities than years past.

Happy Thanksgiving all!:hug:

11-21-2012, 06:12 PM
janelle, congratulations on 12 months maintenance. Awesome !!!!

11-22-2012, 12:15 AM
Thank you!:hug::carrot::D

11-22-2012, 06:18 AM
Good luck to all my american friends today! :cheer2: Thanksgiving is only one day so enjoy it in any way you like. :D

Dagmar :happ3:

11-22-2012, 08:57 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Checking in before my 8 AM trip to the gym, then cleanup & throwing stuff into the car, and then the five-hour drive Upstate to partake of the bird with my mother & Fritz.

Have a good holiday!

11-22-2012, 09:24 AM
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everybody and if you are driving may you have a safe drive.

11-22-2012, 11:29 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!

11-22-2012, 11:34 AM
Just got back from my 5K Turkey Trot. Didn't burn that many calories but it will make me feel better psychologically about what I'm going to eat! Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

11-22-2012, 12:09 PM
Happy Thanksgiving.

Here's to enjoying food, family, and friends without falling into the traditional over eating because . . . because . . . that's what we did when we were little.

11-22-2012, 02:08 PM
We finished our Turkey Trot and are getting ready to start cooking. Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

11-23-2012, 06:37 AM
Happy Thanksgiving-is-over Day. I'm celebrating because I ate rationally, just as if rational eating was part of life, LOL. One plate, mostly veggies, no seconds. And mostly fruit salad for dessert.

I've needed some restraint to get my head aligned for the rest of the eating season. So I feel I'm on my way.

I'm off to a family wedding, so won't be posting until next Wednesday. Have a good weekend.

11-23-2012, 07:25 AM
Checking in early on the morning after Thanksgiving. Yes, I had a good meal. I had a decent amount of dark meat -- I do like that second joint -- and also steamed cauliflower & green beans, and a plain baked sweet potato. My mother made a little cranberry sauce with Splenda for me. I had one forkful of her stuffing. No dessert. Neighbors had invited her to their home for pie & coffee, so she went without me while I curled up on the sofa with Fritz & watched RuPaul's Drag Race Allstars, which I loved, and haven't seen in ages, as I don't have Logo on my Cablevision package downstate.

So it was a good holiday.

Now for the day after, which I wish I'd left with more free downtime, as I've got a to-do list that intimidates me somewhat. At least it's not related to the Black Friday sales.

11-23-2012, 01:38 PM
Just popping in to say that I weighed less this morning (the day AFTER Thanksgiving) than I did yesterday morning (Thanksgiving Day). How's that for irony?

Believe me, I was no saint yesterday. I ate small portions and didn't stuff myself, but I nibbled on the pie dough a bit more than I should have. And my weight is no where close to where I want it to be.

One year I got on the scale the day after Thanksgiving (thinking I had curbed my indulgence) and the scale jumped four pounds and never let them go. What a nightmare! I am glad not to be reliving that again.

In other news, I am back after a hiatus. I stayed OP with WW for three weeks in October before I finally lost the two pounds I needed to lose to weigh in within my maintenance range. I was on the edge of starvation the entire time and about lost my mind. I ate plenty of fruit (5 servings or so a day) but I'm wondering if the WW points for someone in my weight range is too little? It just seemed like I was starving the entire time. There is no way I could maintain that plan for an extended time. Now I'm four pounds above my WW weigh-in-free range. Time for Plan B, whatever that is.

11-23-2012, 02:15 PM
We had a very nice Thanksgiving. The guys watched football and the gals cooked. DD took over making both pies (crumb-top apple and pumpkin/pecan). I made all the sides and go the turkey into the roaster with DH's help (brining 20-pound turkeys in 2 gallons of brine requires two people to carry that thing in from the garage fridge to the kitchen!). MIL did more than her share of dish washing and helping to clean up all the cooking mess. Everything turned out done at 5 PM (which was my goal) and everything was good. Well, except the stuffing. I bought Orowheat instead of Pepperidge Farm and I wasn't thrilled with the outcome. I added more broth than they required, but it was still way drier than I'm used to, so I was disappointed with that, but I can add more liquid to it for leftovers.

Tonight we'll celebrate DD's birthday which isn't until next Thursday, but she's going back home tomorrow. The menu tonight is chicken enchiladas with all the appropriate sides and my special jalapeno martinis. DD said yesterday she wishes I would have planned turkey tetrazzini, but it hadn't even occurred to me to make that. Oh, well. I'm not going out shopping on black Friday--even to the grocery store!

My weight is up 2 pounds since yesterday, but I doubt it's from the food. I think it is more water retention in my muscles from the 5k yesterday. I pushed myself and my butt is feeling it today. It's obvious that I need to work out more regularly.

We might go to a movie this afternoon, Life of Pi or Silver Linings Playbook. Both have gotten good reviews. The only problem is that the theater is AT the mall and that means dealing with black Friday shoppers and trying to find a parking spot.

But first I must make sandwiches for lunch. The Pioneer Woman has a leftover turkey panini that sounds divine!

traveling michele
11-23-2012, 03:36 PM
I did eat a little more than I should have yesterday but nothing too extreme. I also went to bikram yoga in the morning to help offset things. Weight was up.

Dd convinced me to go with her black friday shopping last night. We went to the mall and arrived at 11:40. The mall was a zoo. We bought bras at Macy's and then went to The Limited where everything was 50% off. She needed a dress. We found a dress and I found a pair of pants and a top. We then waited in the checkout line for about 45 minutes! We left the mall at 2 am, got home, and I couldn't sleep-- could have been due to the coffee and tea I had to stay awake. I had to get up this morning to bring all four pets to the vet-- it was interesting to say the least!!

The mall was interesting though. You would never have known it was the middle of the night. I've never seen it so crowded. Starbucks had a line probably 100 people long and there was a hot dog on a stick place with a huge line. Really?!?! Gross. I'm not eager to repeat the whole experience.

Camping out at panera today with older dd while we both do some work. Off to yoga hopefully this afternoon.

11-23-2012, 06:58 PM
Tooo much food yesterday and today. Oh well, not surprising, I fly home tomorrow and diet back to my maintenance range again.

11-23-2012, 07:27 PM
Happy Thanksgiving-is-over Day. I'm celebrating because I ate rationally, just as if rational eating was part of life, LOL. One plate, mostly veggies, no seconds. And mostly fruit salad for dessert.

I've needed some restraint to get my head aligned for the rest of the eating season. So I feel I'm on my way.

I'm off to a family wedding, so won't be posting until next Wednesday. Have a good weekend.

Bill Thanksgiving-is-over Day. Such a quiet, dry sense of humour - :lol3:.

We don't have Black Friday up here. I never got to go to Boxing Day sales either as my mother had a huge buffet that day every year and I was needed as servant. I don't think I missed much. Now I get hot and slightly stunned in about an hour at the mall on regular shopping days. I prefer online shopping hands down now.

Dagmar :dizzy:


11-24-2012, 02:08 PM
Well, Thanksgiving was nice and dinner was great. DS and I went down with food poisoning that night (ohhhh, that was a long night!) due to raw radishes on a lovely appetizer tray. Fortunately, we were the only two out of 12 to indulge in them. Yesterday was a very slow day, but we have fully recovered. We shall say, delicately, that we did not have to worry about weight gain. :barf:

11-24-2012, 04:22 PM
Scary about the food poisoning! Radishes. Wow, that's odd. Glad you're feeling better though.

I'm sore. It just shows how out of shape I am. Tonight I'll get on the elliptical for a while to try and get back into the swing of exercising, but until then we'll be walking the golf course. Golf again in the morning. We walked the dogs to the park yesterday--the only out of house experience I was willing to take on Black Friday. I did my grocery shopping early this morning before crowds came out, but I did run out for lunch just before noon and it was crazy with traffic. I loathe crowds and dislike heavy traffic. We'll weather it tomorrow when we head out to a movie (that is at the mall). No way around that one.

One of my cats is sick. Louie lost his voice a couple of days ago and today I noticed what I thought was a runny nose. His eyes are clear and he's eating just fine, so I'm not terribly worried, but the poor thing sounds horrible. He's normally quite vocal and when he does try to meow, it comes out more like a squeak or something, and the fact that he isn't trying to meow as much makes me think he's also got a sore throat. Poor baby.

11-25-2012, 12:08 AM
Thanksgiving was Great!

Food wise we had all the food, but, we had small plates. I only ate one plate and shared a 1/2 slice of pumpkin and pecan with my grand daughters. Just enough to get a taste but not get wild.

Then we colored and pushed the grand daughters around the dorm, (my sis is a dorm director and all the students were gone so we had Tg in the dorm) on her office chair. Up and down the long dorm halls! Great fun!

Her chair is squeaky and needs some WD40! lol!

11-25-2012, 10:51 AM
Hi all! I did exactly what I planned on Thanksgiving and stuffed myself silly. I have found, of course, that I just can't eat the way I used to, though, and - I know this sounds like I'm on a bus to Crazytown - there is almost a....sadness...that I can't eat like that anymore.

The next day the scale showed me up 6 pounds! But I was back on track eating wise Friday and yesterday and today I'm back to 118.0. That's 1.5 pounds up from Thursday morning, but still well within my 115-120 maintenance range.

The next 30 days are going to be a real challenge but I feel pretty strong right now.


traveling michele
11-25-2012, 12:57 PM
That's scary Becky!

My weight is way up and I'm starting to panic. I started looking back to see where I was last year at this time and I think I'm going to start tracking that in my weight journal. I am 9 pounds heavier than last year. Ugh. I was 123 before we went to Napa. Then I went up to 129 which I assumed was partially water weight but then we had Thanksgiving so I didn't really have a chance to get it off. I'm 128 this morning. I just dropped dd off at the airport and my other dd goes back tomorrow morning. Dh also left this morning for a couple of weeks so I'm going to refocus myself and make a serious dent in this gain. I have a few weeks before we go to Houston and I really want to be comfortably under my red line (125) before I go.

11-25-2012, 07:58 PM
No idea what my weight is, but I'll be checking on the morning after I get home, back to my scale.

I haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary, though I've had turkey for two nights straight and tonight made a turkey & barley & vegetable soup, which I got from the Kalyn's Kitchen website, a South Beach dieters' mainstay.

I did have a treat, but it wasn't food: On Black Friday, I went to a day spa for a facial and a 50-minute massage, which led to my discovering a fabulous male masseuse. He seems to have "fixed" a twinge that ran from my neck down into my left shoulder after a bout of lifting.

I'm planning to get to bed at a decent hour and make a return appearance at my Upstate spin class on Monday, which is at 5:45 AM. I've got a dentist appointment at 9:30 AM. Then I've gotta drive for five hours to back downstate. And I'll head back to work on Tuesday, though I've kept my email inbox clean as possible and finished my portion of my year-end review, which is due first thing on Monday.

I'm hoping after the month of November ends, we get a bit of a respite at work, since that will be our fiscal year end, too.

11-25-2012, 08:00 PM
So DD was home for Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, with whom she said she didn't want to get too far into the relationship (he's joining the army in February). Well, she informed us that she's spending Christmas with his family in Washington state. Sad. While Christmas isn't her favorite holiday, and she doesn't think all the presents are all that necessary, it is fun to spend family time together.

Friday night we celebrated DD's birthday (22) 6 days early. We gave her a grill and the in-laws gave her all the necessary accessories. She posted a photo on Saturday of her fixing steaks and corn on the cob for their dinner. After dinner on Friday, we all played Cards for Humanity--a very inappropriate game for adults to play with "kids" but boy did we have fun!--it's like Apples to Apples only with much more adult words (I had to look one up and boy was I embarrassed to learn the meaning while DS, DD and her BF were all chuckling). Now DD wants the game for herself and DS wants the expansion deck. LOL

11-25-2012, 08:16 PM
Allison, have you ever played "Thingz"? OMG - can be crazy in the right company! The questions are on the order of "Things you shouldn't do on a bus", "Things you shouldn't title a children's book", and then everyone but the question reader writes their answer on a slip of paper and submits them to the person next to the reader (to eliminate handwriting giveaways). The reader gets to take first guess at who wrote it, then it gets passed, etc etc. Depending on the crowd ... :lol3: